• OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Caritas Manila NOT affiliated with Caritas Health Shield Inc.




    “The recent news about Caritas Health Shield has again led to erroneous public perception that Caritas Manila is related to Caritas Health Shield.  Our logo and office site were even mistakenly shown by a news network while delivering the news report about Caritas Health Shield.

    This is to inform the public once more that Caritas Manila is NOT connected with Caritas Health Shield. Owing to the confusion brought about by the similarity in corporate names, Caritas Manila was constrained to resort to legal action and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has in fact already ordered Caritas Health Shield to remove and replace “Caritas” from its corporate name.

    Caritas Manila is a non-profit organization devoted to helping the poor. It does not and has never engaged in the health care business for profit, as such activity goes against the very spirit of its objectives.”  (Public Relations Department/Radio Veritas)

  • PCNE 6 to introduce Prayer Spaces


    Prayer Spaces is the newest addition to this year’s PCNE. It is composed of various activities that participants can join all throughout the three days. 

    The Wailing Wall or Western wall in Jerusalem (Photo Credit: Anamarie Fuentes)

    According to PCNE, they will be having a Labyrinth and Prayer Walls. These prayer spaces will be placed around the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas. 

    A Prayer Wall is where participants can post their written prayers to the Lord. This practice of placing slips of paper containing written prayers to God is similar to the Wailing Wall or the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem and the prayer wall in the house of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey.

    A Labyrinth is where participants will enter in a maze-like journey where they are given the opportunity to concentrate or meditate in silence or in prayer. 

    Other activities leading to prayer include counseling and confession.

    PCNE 6 will start on July 19-21, 2019, with the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus”. It is in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). It is also part of the preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in the country.

    For inquiries, please call 405-0093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information visit http://www.pcne.com.ph. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP reelects Archbishop Valles as president


    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reelected Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao as its president. 


    Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, CBCP President, speaks at the opening of the bishops’ 119th plenary assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila July 6.
    (Photo Credit: CBCPNews)

    The vote gives Archbishop Valle, 67, his second and last term to lead the conference, during their plenary assembly in Manila on Saturday.


    His reelection would also make him more visible face of the church as it gears for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.


    Archbishop Valles was first elected CBCP head in July 2017, succeeding Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan. 

    The CBCP also reelected Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan as Vice President, Archbishop John Du as Treasurer and Fr. Marvin Mejia as Secretary General.

    About 83 bishops, 73 of them are active and five are retired, attended the ongoing assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. 


    The CBCP is currently composed of 134 members— 83 of them are active, 3 are administrators, and 45 are retired from 86 ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

    Pope Francis has assured his support to the CBCP members as they began their plenary assembly to discuss matters that affect the Church and the country.

    He also wished their plenary assembly “bear fruit for the benefit of all the faithful in an environment of living communion”.

    They will stay in office from Dec. 1, 2019, to November 30, 2021. 

    CBCP officials have a two-year tenure in office, or a total of four to include the second term. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Robi Domingo to have heart to heart talk with Cardinal Tagle


    Actor and TV host Robi Domingo will share the stage with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on a conference that puts youth on center stage.

    Robi Domingo, first runner-up of the reality competition series Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus in 2008 will be one of the guests at the sixth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE ) that will happen on July 19-21, 2019, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santos Tomas in España, Manila.

    On the first day of the conference, Domingo will be one of the sharers during the “Heart to Heart Talk with the Cardinal”, at 10:30 a.m., where he will give a testimony on how his faith transformed him and brought him closer to the Lord.

    Known for his versatility, Domingo possesses a positive attitude that the young people can emulate. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences.

    He will also share the stage with volleyball superstar, Cherry Rondina of the UST Lady Tigresses and Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • CHERRY RONDINA to be Cardinal Tagle’s guest at PCNE 6


    Cherry Rondina, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Most Valuable Player for Season 81, will be put to limelight with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during a conference on evangelization.

    Sisi, as her colleagues call her is a volleyball player from the University of Santo Tomas. She will be one of the sharers during the “Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Tagle” in the forthcoming sixth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) that will run from July 19-21, 2019, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santos Tomas in España, Manila.

    The 5’6” Rondina is a breadwinner that hails from Compostela in Cebu. She has three sisters. Her mother Alona, a dressmaker and father Arnold, a fisherman. She will share her story of hope and faith on July 19, at 10:30 a.m. 

    Her leadership, discipline, positive attitude in court are some of the qualities that young people may imitate as they proclaim the Word of God especially that the conference is in celebration of the Year of the Youth.

    The 22-year-old lady tigress bagged four beach volleyball MVPs will also share the stage with actor Robi Domingo, one of the finest hosts in the Philippines and lawyer Anna Tarhata Basman, member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Segunda Mana opens its charity outlet in Tanauan, Batangas


    Caritas Manila's Segunda Mana opened its FIRST charity outlet in the province of Batangas at Tanauan City.

    Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila blesses the charity outlet of Segunda Mana in Tanauan, Batangas on July 4, 2019, at the Victory Mall. 
    Photo by Radio Veritas


    Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales led the opening of the 34th outlet of Segunda Mana last July 4, 2019, at the Victory Mall.

    Cardinal Rosales, who is also the founder of Pondo ng Pinoy, stressed that the income of...

    “Hindi ito negosyo [Segunda Mana] kundi isang gawain ng Simbahan, lahat po ng tinutubo dito ay para ipag-aral sa mga kabataang nangangailangan at kapos palad,” Cardinal ROSALES told Radio Veritas.

    Also present to grace the occasion were Vice Mayor Jun-Jun Trinidad and some representatives from the management of Victory Mall.

    Segunda Mana, which literally means “Second Hand”, is a fundraising initiative that promotes the spirit of stewardship. It is a program of Caritas Manila that collects donated items that are no longer being used but still have value. These "pre-loved" items are then sold for a reasonable price. The proceeds of the sold items help sustain the programs of Caritas Manila for the poor especially YSLEP. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Caritas Manila's Back to School Telethon raises funds for YSLEP scholars


    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila has launched its Back to School Telethon last Monday, July 1, 2019, from 6 am to 6 pm with the theme "Feeding of 5,000 Sponsorship Campaign".

    Photo from Radio Veritas

    According to Caritas Manila, the telethon has gathered P6,505, 387.13 as of 6:01 p.m. of July 3, 2019.

    The proceeds of the telethon will be used to support the scholars under Caritas Manila's Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP).

    "The sponsorship campaign is aligned to support our flagship program Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP), envision to invest further in a long-term solutions to eradicate poverty and in nation building through educating our Filipino youth,” message of Caritas Manila.

    This year, Caritas Manila's YSLEP was able to produce 1,000 scholars who graduated from college including 6 magna cum laude; 41 cum laude; and academic achievers from the 51 dioceses all over the country. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cherry Pie Picache on forgiving her mother’s assailant: “It’s by God’s grace”


    Award-winning actress Cherry Pie Picache shared how she was able to find courage in forgiving her mother’s assailant because of God’s grace.

    Veteran Actress Cherry Pie Picache greets Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal on his 62nd Birthday on June 21, 2019, at Intramuros, Manila. 
    Photo by: Laureen Camille Jaring

    “So, it’s by god’s grace…napatawad ko siya habang pinagbabayaran niya yung kasalanan na ginawa niya. At the end of his life, makakabalik siya sa Diyos natin na buo ang dignity niya, kung paano siya ginawa ng Dyos, isang mabuting tao,” Picache told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) during her visit to greet Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on his 62nd birthday on June 21, at his residence in Intramuros.

    The veteran actress who was one of the sharers during PCNE 5’s Heart to Heart Talk with the Cardinal held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, also invited the Archbishop of Manila to the advance screening of her documentary film titled “Radical Love”. 

    During PCNE 5, Picache brought the audience into tears as she narrated the story of how her 75-year-old mother, Zenaida Sison was brutally killed by Michael Flores, helper, who was under the influence of drugs on the time of the murder. Picache’s mother was found dead inside their residence in Quezon City with stab wounds.

    The documentary film “Radical Love”, according to Picache, is “a glimpse on the daughter’s journey through processing, deciding, and working on the forgiveness of her mother’s assailant.”

    “We should not all come from a place of anger. We should always come from a place of love and compassion. Kaya ko po tinawag na Radical Love yung documentary, kasi ganun ang Panginoon. Yung radical love niya sa atin, na no matter how much we sin, we fail him, we abandon him, yung love and mercy niya nandoon lang,” Picache said.

    The actress who already portrayed several roles in the movies and television conveyed a powerful message to all the people especially those who share the same journey as her.

    “Ang gusto ko lang po ipaalala sa tao, ang evil hindi pwede labanan ng another evil. Ang evil dapat nilalabanan ng kabutihan. Sabi nga sa Proverbs 12:21, “We shall all overcome evil with goodness and kindness.” 

    “Buhayin natin yung value ng pagmamahal sa kapwa, yung compassion sa kapwa, yung malasakit. So, sana ay mabuhay natin ulit yun sa puso at damdamin natin,” Picache said.

    The advance screening of Radical Love will be held on July 4, 2019, at the Dolphy Theater at the ABS CBN studio. The national telecast will be aired on July 7, 2019, at ABS CBN Sunday’s big event, at 10:30 p.m. The documentary film was created by the ABS CBN News and Current Affairs. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Newly appointed bishop of Novaliches to be ordained on August 22


    Bishop Roberto O. Gaa will be formally ordained on August 22, 2019, the Queenship of Mary at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros at 9 a.m.

    Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa of the Diocese of Novaliches. (Photo from CBCPNews)


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will serve as the principal consecrator while Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan and Bishop Mylo Vergara of Pasig will serve as co-consecrators.

    Bishop Gaa's appointment was made after His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Antonio Tobias who has been serving as apostolic administrator until Bishop Gaa's installation.

    Bishop Gaa was ordained priest in 2000 for the Archdiocese of Manila. 

    In 2008, he became rector of the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary and member of the presbyteral council of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Episcopal Ordination of His Excellency Most Rev. Roberto Orendain Gaa, Bishop of Novaliches


    The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Roberto Gaa will be on Thursday, August 22, 2019, Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, at the Manila Cathedral, at 9 a.m.



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  • Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is what the world needs


    The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is what the world badly needs today.

    Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio delivers his homily during Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 28, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila chapel.
    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring/RCAM-AOC
     

    “This devotion to the Sacred Heart is what we badly need today to experience God’s love in our lives. And this is what our Lord Jesus Christ brought to us, to remind us how much he loves each and every one of us,” Msgr. Clemente said during Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 28, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel in Intramuros.

    Msgr. Ignacio, Moderator Curiae and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila spoke of the relevance of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as the people face the modern times where there is a need for speed and fast-moving changes.

    “Kung mapapansin natin ang bilis bilis ngayon ng buhay. Ang daming pagbabagong nangyayari. Pati nga sa pag order lang ng celfone or sa internet, gustung gusto natin sana yung mabilis ayaw natin ng mabagal,” Msgr. Clemente said.

    In his reflection, he told the employees how the world was transformed from the Middle Age to the modern time through changes in technology in terms of communication, particularly in the social media used by the young people of today and how this greatly affects their personality.

    According to him, even if the youth regularly checks their social media for the latest news, trends, events, and updates from their peers, they still feel isolated. 

    “Ang mga kabataan tumataas ang mga cases ng suicide. Maraming nawawala, hindi nila nakita ang sarili nila. Ang stress level ay napakataas. At ang feeling of isolation has grown so much,” Msgr. Clemente said.

    “Merong study na ginawa sa U.S., yung one of the fears of the young people of today is to experience FOMO. Ano ba yung FOMO - fear of missing out,” he added.

    Before he ended his homily, Msgr. Clemente who is also the Commissioner of the Social Communications Ministry of RCAM reminded the employees of God’s love who is the source of life and peace.

    After the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was held followed by the announcement and awarding of winners of the 2019 RCAM Bowling tournament in the afternoon. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • 6th National Conference in Manila Puts Youth on Center Stage


    The Sixth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE6) will be held from July 19-21, 2019, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila.

    File Photo: RCAM-AOC

    The theme for this year’s PCNE is “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus” which is aimed to celebrate the Year of the Youth as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and is part of the preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in the country.

    On July 19, the start of PCNE for All will focus on the theme “World of New Generations”. Bishop Rex Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet will preside the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino, at 8 a.m. Meanwhile, the youth will have a chance to speak about their joys and pains, anxieties and hopes through a conversation with Cardinal Tagle called “Heart to Heart with Cardinal Chito”, at 10:30 a.m. In the afternoon, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo will lead the evening prayer at 5 p.m.

    The second day of the conference will focus on the theme “Discerning: A Listening and Accompanying Church”. The segment “A Listening and Accompanying Church” will tackle the experiences of the youth ministers and their youth discipline while the “Hungry Souls, Holy Companions” is a Staged Reading or Spoken Poetry that will narrate the young people’s clamor for a Church that is welcoming and a clergy and consecrated persons that are willing to listen and journey with them. At 5 p.m., Cardinal Tagle will lead the evening prayer.

    The last day of the conference will explore the theme of the Year of the Youth “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered. There will be three segments for the day namely: Segment 1: Praise and Worship (Youth as the Now of God); Segment 2: Youth Jam (Testimonials, Dances, and Songs); and Segment 3: Young people and their encounter with Family, Community and Country, Fellow Youth Church and God. The celebration of the Holy Mass and the Commissioning of Missionary Disciples to be led by Cardinal Tagle will culminate the activity.

    Apart from the plenary sessions, there will be 10 concurrent sessions on education, culture, mission, youth, social advocacy, catechesis, social media, new trends in youth ministry, family, and FGD with the Young (“Mga Hugot at Galak: The Joys and pains f the Filipino Youth in the Catholic Church).

    PCNE 6 introduces Youth Pathways and Spaces that are composed of various activities where the participants can participate all throughout the four days. The activities include a Labyrinth, Prayer Walls, Counselling, Confessions or other Group Prayer Activities.

    Cardinal Tagle introduced PCNE in 2013 as a local response to the call of the new evangelization. It was first held from October 16 to 18, 2013, with the theme “God makes all things new (Rev 21:5).” 

    For registration and other inquiries, please call 405-0093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information visit http://www.pcne.com.ph. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • Cardinal Tagle: Keep Church Events clean and free of Trash


    To care for the environment is to give importance to God’s creation.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament (Sta. Cruz Parish), on June 23, 2019.
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    This is the message Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle imparted to the faithful who attended the Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament (Sta. Cruz Parish), on June 23, 2019.

    “Nakikiusap po ako sa ating lahat pahalagahan ang kalikasan, pahalagahan ang ating mundo, dahil galing yan sa Diyos, regalo. Ang regalo hindi sinisira. Ang regalo pinahahalagahan,” Cardinal Tagle said. 

    He also expressed his disappointment every time the Church celebrates big occasions where people leave tons of trash.

    “Nakakapagtaka kung kailan may malaking pyesta ang simbahan, marami ring kalat. Kung kailan tayo nag papasalamat sa Diyos sa tinapay, na bunga ng lupa at gawa ng tao, sa alak na bunga ng lupa at gawa ng tao, tayo naman nagpapakita, walang pag-aalaga sa bigay ng Diyos,” he said.

    Cardinal Tagle also pointed out the practice of false virtue of the faithful who actively serve in the church. 

    “Tayo po simba ng simba, adoration, ayan ha. Baka sumisimba, pero taksil naman pala. Nag-a-adoration pero wala naman palang pakialam, ayaw magbahagi,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Before he ended his homily, he once again reminded the faithful that God’s love is felt in the Eucharist because of the presence of Christ.

    “Through our sharing hopefully, the presence of Jesus, will be more felt, seen, and experienced, by people who go through dark nights of betrayal and indifference,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    After the celebration of the Holy Mass, a procession with the Blessed Sacrament was held from Sta. Cruz to the Manila Cathedral.

    Corpus Christi is the day when the church celebrates and affirms the presence of Christ as Body and Blood in the form of bread and wine on a special day in the whole liturgical year. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Butuan welcomes new shepherd as Bishop Almedilla is ordained, installed


    Newly ordained and installed Bishop Cosme Damian Almedilla celebrated his first Mass in Butuan Tuesday announcing himself as both a father and servant in the diocese.

    Bishop Cosme Damian Almedilla waves to the crowd after his episcopal ordination and installation as the new bishop of Butuan at the St. Joseph Cathedral June 25. PHOTO COURTESY OF NICOL DULTRA

    The around two-hour service at St. Joseph Cathedral was the first and among the celebrations to get Almedilla acquainted with his new flock.

    More than 3,000 gathered at the cathedral to meet the man who will serve as the third bishop of the diocese in the southern region of Mindanao.

    “I come to you not as a bishop but more as a father who cares, a servant who is willing to work with you all,” Almedilla said.

    The 59-year-old prelate admitted he was afraid of his new task, adding that never in his wildest dream that he would become a bishop.

    He said that his whole desire was just to be an ordinary member of the presbyterate and to serve the people.

    Bishop Almedilla has chosen for his episcopal motto a phrase from the Gospel of St. John: “Pasce oves Meas” (Tend my sheep).

    “I did chose to listen and obey His call for greater task and service and that is to take care or His sheep here in the diocese of Butuan,” he said.

    The service was streamed on the internet with schools and parishes throughout the diocese able to watch online.

    The principal consecrator was Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de oro. Co-consecrators were Bishops Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay and Daniel Parcon of Talibon.

    Papal nuncio Archbishop Gabrielle Caccia, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, 21 bishops and more than 100 priests and the religious also attended the event.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reminded the new bishop that “there’s only one brand of shepherding that you can give to Jesus’ flock”.

    “Jesus said ‘follow me’. But how can you follow Him if you forget that you are also a sheep, you are part of the flock,” Tagle said.

    “And as a sheep, learning the shepherding love of Jesus then follow Him, give the flock the caring, the tending that Jesus gives to to you,” he added.

    Pope Francis appointed Almedilla to head the Butuan diocese on March 25, taking the post that was vacated by Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos who died in October 2017.

    Born in San Miguel, in Bohol, Almedilla was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Talibon in 1987.

    He used to be spiritual director at the John XXII College Seminary and director of the Holy Child Academy in Bohol, and chaplain at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City.

    Since 2015 until his appointment as bishop, Almedilla, who is known for promoting the Basic Ecclesial Community movement, has been assistant pastoral director of the Talibon diocese. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Caritas Manila to hold Back to School Telethon


    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a Back-to-School Telethon entitled “FEEDING THE 5000” Through Education in commemoration of The Year of the Youth, on July 1, 2019, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to be hosted by Radio Veritas.


    According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ open letter for the Year of the Youth on Education: “We value our education together with our teachers and formators, who teach us majority of what we know, as we spend most of our time in school. Unfortunately, not all Filipino youth are given the opportunity for formal education. Some even end up on the streets or find themselves before high-risk situations such as child labor.”

    The Catholic Church believes the importance of education in forming the youth to bring the better future for the world. The Church acknowledges the issues regarding the youth being vulnerable to the cruelty and abuse that lead them astray and takes action through helping the youth strive for better lives through education. This year recognizes and gives importance to the youth and its formation with God. Most of the youth have scarce opportunity in having proper education that results in the slow development of the country and society as a whole.

    “As we prepare to the nation’s celebration of 500 years of Christianity in 2021, we are challenging all the Catholic faithful to raise the bar of our social commitment as Christians. We must give back to the Lord in gratitude a portion of the gifts from the Almighty Father, and share them lovingly with others, especially for the poor,” Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual stated.

    Caritas Manila believes that education is the most effective developmental program for poverty reduction.  And so it has designated Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) as its flagship program to break the chains of poverty in the Philippines by providing opportunities for a college education for poor, underprivileged but deserving youth.

    YSLEP is an integrated academic and leadership development program designed to provide an environment for scholastic excellence reinforced with leadership and values formation to empower and give its beneficiaries not just financial assistance for education but reinforce it with Christian values. It prioritizes Urban Poor Youth, Menial Youth Workers, Children in Conflict with the Law, Children of Fishermen and Farmers, Differently Abled Youth, Orphans, Young Indigenous People, Children and Youth who are Survivors of War and Disasters and Human Trafficking, Children of Prisoners, Street Children and Youth, High school and College Dropouts.

    Since its inception in 1953, the program boasts of over 14,000 graduates and currently supports 5,000 beneficiaries nationwide.

    For inquiries and donations to YSLEP, kindly contact Caritas Manila’s hotline at 563-9311, 564-0205, 354-1050, 254-5519, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857, and 0917-5955083. You may also visit their website at https://caritasmanila.org.ph/caritas-manila-events/ or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Radio Veritas/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to lead Pope’s Day celebration on June 29


    The Archdiocese of Manila will celebrate Pope’s Day on June 29, 2019.

    His Excellency Most Reverend Gabriele Giordano Caccia, D.D., Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines leads 2018 Pope's Day Mass at the Manila Cathedral.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful in the celebration of Pope’s Day to be held at The Manila Cathedral, at 6 p.m., Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

    Cardinal Tagle will be joined by His Excellency Most Reverend Gabriele Giordano Caccia, D.D., Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

    The pope is the head of the Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome and has the duty to look after and care for the people. He also strengthens the union of the faithful in the Church and with Christ. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Sta. Cruz Parish celebrates 400th year anniversary as a parish


    Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud, SSS presided over the Thanksgiving Mass for the Jubilee of the 400th year anniversary of Sta. Cruz parish in Manila on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

    Sta. Cruz parish celebrates its 400th year anniversary as a parish with a Thanksgiving Mass presided by Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud, SSS on June 20, 2019.
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    As the parish celebrated its 400th year anniversary, Bishop Bancud asked the faithful to focus their attention to the very essence of the celebration keeping in mind all the good and bad experiences the parish underwent through the years.

    “Each experience whatever they may be are always experience with Jesus Focus on what we are celebrating, for theres one thing and no one that can stop us from rejoicing and thanking the Lord. Tayo ngayon na nagkakatipon ay totoong kumikilala sa biyayang kaloob ng ating Panginoon. Biyaya na kung saan pagkalipas ng 400 taon mula nang itinatag ang simbahang ito, ang bawat siglo maraming kwento, ang bawat isa sa atin ay may kanikaniyang kwento, kung bakit tayo ay naririto nakiisa sa ganitong uri ng pagdiriwang,” Bishop Bancud said.

    Among the reasons for the celebration, Bishop Bancud pointed out that the church is composed not only of the faithful who hear Mass daily and serve the church but all those who became part of the history.

    The church according to him, should keep its mission in bringing closer to the Lord those who are left behind in the society.

    ”Lahat tayo’y bahagi ng simbahan, na kilala natin na tayoy pinagpala ng Diyos, Wag mong kalilimutan ang mga nandoon sa tabi-tabi, ilapit natin sila sa Diyos," Bishop Bancud said.

    On June 20, 1619, Sta. Cruz parish was established. In 2017, the canonical coronation of the Our Lady of Del Pilar was held. In 2018, the pariah was declared as Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament. (Radio Veritas and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle to students and teachers: communicate Christ


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila-Educational System (RCAM-ES) on Wednesday, June 19, at the Manila Cathedral, at 9 a.m.

    Students from different Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Manila gather at the Manila Cathedral for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on June 19, 2019.
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    Delivering his homily in front of the students, teachers, and faculty staff who attended the Mass, Cardinal Tagle expressed his admiration to the young people who are good in communication as well as in social media. He encouraged them to properly use it as a means to communicate the teachings of Christ with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit sent by the Lord.

    “Pakiusap sa mga kabataan, kayo ang sanay na sanay sa communication, iba’t-ibang lengguwahe ang gamit n’yo… pero sana dahil hinihingi natin ang Espiritu Santo, ang maging lenguwahe, wika, salita ng mga kabataan, ay tungkol kay Hesus. Huwag kayong mahihiya na ipahayag si Hesus," Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Manila archbishop further added that there will be no proliferation of fake news if the faithful will speak in the language of the Holy Spirit that is based on truth.

     “Ang Espiritu Santo pinagsasalita tayo hindi para mag-chismis, hindi para manira, hindi para maging bulgar, hindi para mangmaliit ng kapwa, hindi para magpahayag ng fake news, hindi para mam-bully, hindi yan gawa ng Espiritu Santo," Cardinal Tagle said.

    Also during his homily, Cardinal Tagle directed his reminders to the teachers whose vocation is to teach and guide their students to be always truthful with their words.

    “Para sa mga teachers, anu man ang subject matter, make sure that what you are teaching are ideas, concepts, that leads the students to God, to Jesus. Ituro natin ang tamang paggamit ng wika at lalo na maging totoo sa salita. Kapag sinabi mo ang isang bagay, pangatawanan mo at siguruhin mong nakabatay sa katotohanan," Cardinal Tagle said.

    Before he ended his homily, the Cardinal reminded both the teachers and students to be morally upright and decent in keeping up with the trends.

    The Mass of the Holy Spirit is held at the start of the school year to seek the help and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

    RCAM-ES has about 28 catholic school members from Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati, and San Juan. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Blood letting drive, a birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle


    When we donate blood, we give a gift called life.

    Cardinal Tagle talks to one of the blood donors during the blood letting drive on Friday, June 21, 2019.
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    This is what Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle shared during the celebration of his 62nd birthday where a blood letting drive was held.

    According to him, when we donate blood, we do not just give something. Donating blood can save a life.

    “Hindi magshi-share lang ng kayamanan, ng oras, pero magshi-share ng dugo, blood letting kasi ang dugo po ay sagisag ng buhay. Alam naman po natin marami tayong kapatid na dahil sa sakuna, mga violence ay nangangailangan ng operasyon at pagsasalin ng dugo, kaya po sa araw na ito kung may oras kayo at sapat na kalusugan at papasa sa mga requirements, punta po kayo dito.”

    On its twelfth consecutive year, Dugtong –Buhay project is the Archdiocese of Manila’s birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle. It was held on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    A total of 66 bags were collected from donors from the schools, parishes, ministries, employees of the Archdiocese of Manila and government agencies like the Social Security System (SSS) and Pag-ibig.

    The bloodletting drive was organized by the Human Resource Department (HRD) of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • RCAM personnel greet Cardinal Tagle on his Birthday


    Singing the song Seasons of Love, the employees of Arzobispado de Manila gathered at the Residencia del Arzobispo to greet Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on his 62nd birthday. 

    “We will all be measured by love" is the message of the RCAM employees to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle on his 62nd birthday. 
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    In a birthday greetings read to Cardinal Tagle, the employees recollected on the year that has been for the Archbishop of Manila. At the same, it became an occasion for the employees to thank the Cardinal for the inspiration he brought to them.

    “As we look back to the year that has been for you, we see nothing but humble and dedicated service to all peoples”.

    “But thanks to you, dear Cardinal, we are reminded to measure every moment of our lives in a much deeper sense. Every day, every hour, every minute became opportunities to be of service to others, to be of service to God”.

    In return, the Cardinal also thanked the employees for their love and untiring service to the church.

    A blood letting drive is also happening at the fourth floor of Arzobispado de Manila, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blood letting drive is a birthday gift for Cardinal Tagle organized by the Human Resource department of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Let Christ enter your heart


    “When you find life burdensome, come here. Jesus wants to enter your heart, your home, and you will find rest”.

    Blessing of the new chapel of the National University Nazareth School in Sampaloc, Manila on June 18, 2019. 
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    This was the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the blessing of the new chapel of the National University Nazareth School in Sampaloc, Manila on June 18, 2019.

    In his message during the blessing, the Manila Archbishop reflected on the importance of allowing Christ to enter the hearts of the people by going to prayer. He added that it is through prayer that one finds peace. 

    “Do not leave this place empty for the one who lives here will fill your hearts,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle also encouraged the faithful to show love to the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and those in prison when they let Christ enter their hearts.

    At the end of his message, he also asked the young people to share the peace they find when they are home with the Lord. (Radio Veritas and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle tells young people: relate yourself with one another


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity on June 16, 2019, at the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Balic-Balic Sampaloc, Manila.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity on June 16, at the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Balic-Balic Sampaloc, Manila.
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    Stating the interrelated relationship of the three persons of one God, Cardinal Tagle asked the faithful to imitate the Most Holy Trinity. He explained that a person discovers himself when he relates or creates a relationship with other people.

    “Ang persona laging may kaugnay at sa ugnayan doon nya nakikita natuuklasan kung sino siya,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    This Year of the Youth, Cardinal Tagle challenged the young people to relate with one another through acts of kindness. 

    He also added that the appreciation of the beauty and weakness of a person is another way of establishing a relationship with them.

    “Mga kabataan you are persons, you are not just individuals. Learn how to relate with one another at ipakita n’yo yan sa inyong malasakit. Itigal na sana ng mga kabataan ang bullying, minamaliit ang kanyang kapwa, “ Cardinal Tagle said.

    “We are persons may kagandahan lahat tayo, meron ding kapintasan. Magkakaugnay tayong lahat kaya itigil ang paninirang yan. Kapag meron kayong nakitang inaapi, kayo ang unang dadamay. Kapag meron kayong nakitang inaalipustang kabataan isipin niyo kayo rin ang anak na isinusigo ng Diyos Ama taglay ang Espiritu ng paglingap at pag damay,” dagdag

    Apart from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the Catholic Church also celebrated the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) Sunday. Cardinal Tagle expressed his hope that the young people will discard individualism and be part of the building of small communities

    “Nakiusap po ako sa ating lahat na iwaksi na ang ganitong individualism na dahilan ng pagkasira ng tao ng bayan at ng kalikasan. Only genuine personhood that recognizes the other as part of me and I as part of the other, can the world and society be created and recreated dahil ganyan ang kilos ng Banal na Santisima Trinidad,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Use God’s gift for a mission, Cardinal Tagle tells devotees of St. Anthony de Padua


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle encouraged the faithful to make good use of the gifts they received from God especially in spreading the Good News.

    Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass for the feast of St. Anthony de Padua on June 13, 2019, at the Santuario de San Antonio Parish. (Photo Credit: Radio Veritas)

    In his homily during Mass for the feast of St. Anthony de Padua on June 13, he said that all the gifts God bestowed upon us should not be used for personal consumption. Rather, it must be used for a mission.

    “The gift will be there generously given by God, but we can waste the gift if not used for the good of the people and that’s how mission is important,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “The gifts given to us by God are not for personal consumption. All the gifts, they are given to us for a mission, which is to make Jesus known to strengthen brothers and sisters, and to strengthen the community. Without the sense of mission, the gifts will be wasted,” he added.

    Cardinal Tagle also emphasized that the talents and intelligence every person receives are all God-given gifts. But he also pointed out that the most important gift every human should possess is the gift of love for God and neighbors. 

    “Only in love will the different gifts will work together for the common good,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The feast of Saint Anthony of  Padua is celebrated every 13th of June. He is called the “Priest and Doctor of the Church”.  He was from Lisbon. He was a devoted student of scriptures and was first to teach theology to his fellow friars. He was a gifted orator and preacher and was known as the “Evangelical Doctor”. He is invoked for lost articles and the patron saint of harvest, the poor and Portugal. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle Exhorts the Clergy for his Birthday: Love and Pray for persecutors


    The clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila celebrated early the birthday of Cardinal Tagle, archbishop of Manila, as they gather for their monthly recollection and meeting at the San Carlos Seminary compound on June 18. The celebration began with a mass presided by Cardinal Tagle himself and concelebrated by Bp. Broderick Pabillo and Bp-elect Robbie Gaa, the Rector of Holy Apostles Senior Seminary who was appointed as the new bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches.

    In his homily, the Cardinal reflected on the challenge of the Scriptures to be perfect just as the Father is perfect. The Cardinal encouraged the clergy to continually work and be of service to the poor as a way towards perfection. He admitted that the poor remains underserved in the archdiocese because of their sheer number despite the many programs that are continually being organized for them. Apart from the poor, the youth and the males are the other sectors that remain underserved, according to a recent survey within the archdiocese quoted by the Cardinal.

    The Cardinal also exhorted the clergy to continue to pray for those who persecute the Church. He narrated that during the visit of the bishops of the Philippines to the Vatican (Ad Limina), the Pope said to the bishops that he is aware of the situation in the Philippines, especially about some of the violations against human dignity and life. In spite of these, the Church is being called to be pastors even of these violators, the Pope said. The Cardinal pointed out that the Church has a ministry to fulfill even to politicians who are in conflict with the Church. “Politicians who give us trouble might be wounded people and their behavior might be a cry for help… Can we empty ourselves and be the Pastor’s love towards the enemy?” Cardinal Tagle said.



    After the Mass, a brief conference about the Church’s mandate to be missionaries was given by Msgr. Bong Lo, head of the Pontifical Mission Society in the Philippines. 

    On June 21, Cardinal Tagle will celebrate his 62nd birthday. A Mass will be celebrated and the annual blood letting activity in the Archdiocese will be held in the Arzobispado de Manila, Intramuros, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Fr. Roy M. Bellen/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocesan celebration of Corpus Christi


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful in the celebration of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament (Sta. Cruz Church) in Manila.

    Corpus Christi 2018 (Photo File: RCAM-AOC)

    Cardinal Tagle will have a dialogue with the youth at 2 p.m. with the theme, “Kabataan: Tinawag at Biniyayaang maging Alagad ni Kristo upang maging Eukaristiya sa Paglilingkod sa Kapwa”. It will be followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist where Cardinal Tagle will preside at 3 p.m.

    After the Mass, there will be a procession from Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament to the Manila Cathedral at 4 p.m.

    Corpus Christi is the day when the church celebrates and affirms the presence of Christ as Body and Blood in the form of bread and wine in a special day in the whole liturgical year. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • PNP personnel join Archdiocese of Manila’s conference on young men


    The Philippine National Police has sent representatives to join the conference on men organized by the Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization (OPNE) of the Archdiocese of Manila from June 14-16, 2019.

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    Almost 40 policemen from Makati, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Taguig, and Pateros station joined the three-day event held at the Mary Mother of Hope Chapel in Landmark, Makati City.

    According to Rev. Fr. Jason Laguerta, Director of OPNE, the conference aimed at helping young men of today to value themselves and to discover the important roles they will play in the society as well as in their families and the Christian life.

    “Gusto nating mabigyan ng ayundin naman ang kanilang magiging papel sa kanilang mga ppansin yung kahalagahan ng mga kabataang lalaki para turuan sila sa pag-unawa ng kanilang pagiging lalaki at gamilya bilang tatay sa kanilang magiging pamilya [sa hinaharap] o kaya naman bilang kuya sa pamilya. So gusto nating malaman o maunawaan kung paano ba talaga ang pag-unawa natin sa isang kristiyanong lalaki o mga kristiyanong kalalakihan.” Fr. Laguerta said in an interview by Radio Veritas.

    Fr. Laguerta also stressed that aside from the above-mentioned roles, the conference also focused on what would be their chosen vocation in life.

    The conference whose theme was “Believing, Living, Thriving” Accompanying Young Men in Virtue” was attended by at least 300 participants from the Archdiocese of Manila and its suffragan and in other places in the country. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Make space for the young people in the church


    “Hindi natin malalaman yung kayang gawin ng bata kung hindi natin sila bibigyan ng pagkakataon”. 

    Mr. Jude Liao of the Diocese of Cubao answers questions on young people during the open forum of the 5th Kapihan sa RCAM on June 13, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros.

    Speaking in front of the participants of the 5th Kapihan sa RCAM held at the Arzobispado de Manila last Thursday, June 13, Mr. Jude Liao, diocesan youth coordinator at the Diocese of Cubao, spoke of the roles and potentials of young people as instruments of evangelization in this digital age.

    “Pagdating sa creativity, pagdating sa mga posters, pagdating sa mga powerpoint ng simbahan, pagdating sa mga programa yung mga title ng programa na catchy, pagdating po sa pagbasa, pagdating sa senakulo, pagdating sa evangelization, pagdating sa catechetical, pagdating sa pagsisilbi. Ang hindi lang po yata magagawa ng bata ay maging pari. Pero kahit ano pa yan basta mabigyan sila ng pagkakataon, magagawa nila,” Mr. Liao said.

    Given the perils and dangers of using social media as a tool for evangelization, Mr. Liao, who is also the NCR youth coordinator urged the young people to “maximize the use of social media to its potential”.

    “When we say maximize the use of social media, yes we should but still along the bounderies of it being the mode of proper communication. Na hindi dapat siya labasan ng sama ng loob, hindi dapat siya share-an ng fake news. Kailangan purposeful para sa inyo,” Mr. Liao said.

    He also stressed that social media is a world of communication where we get the opportunity to meet other young people wherever they are in the world.

     “You can say something but you can also get something from it. Say something, ibig sabihin, we have to maximize that when we say something, we say it with purpose. We say it in such a way that we evangelize other people. And when we take something from it, we learn from whatever it is that they say,” Mr. Liao said.

    Kapihan sa RCAM is a bi-monthly town hall meeting of RCAM employees where speakers are invited to discuss matters of national interest.

    The 5th Kapihan sa RCAM was organized by the Human Resource Department of the Archdiocese of Manila with the theme “Getting to Know and Engaging the Youth in Evangelization”. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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  • Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Cardinal Tagle tells students


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle encouraged the students of San Carlos Seminary to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as the seminary marked the beginning of the academic and formation year.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (File Photo: RCAM-AOC)

    In his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit held at the San Carlos Seminary on June 10, Cardinal Tagle stressed that aside from the wisdom the students gained from their formators and teachers, the Holy Spirit also plays an important role in the formation of the seminarians. 

    “God forms us continuously even after ordination or even after the seminary life. It was the Holy Spirit that formed the human Jesus in the womb, only the Holy Spirit can form Christ in others,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Archbishop of Manila also expressed his hope that the seminarians will find their inspiration from the life of Christ as the new school year begins.

    In addition, Cardinal Tagle asked the students to resonate in their words and deeds the virtues of Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.

    “The work of the Holy Spirit is to form Jesus in us so that when we open our hearts we would only be inspired by the Holy Spirit to say and pray the marvel he has done,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    At present, there are more than 170 seminarians in San Carlos Seminary, while there are 30 from the Lorenzo Mission Institute. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Pope appoints Fr. Jose Rapadas as bishop of Iligan


    Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Jose Rapadas as bishop of the Diocese of Iligan in southern Philippines.

    Bishop-elect Jose Rapadas of Ilaga (Photo Credit: CBCPNews)

    The bishop-elect is just 46, the youngest Filipino bishop serving in and outside the country today.

    The appointment was announced in Rome at 12 noon (6:00 p.m. Manila time) on Thursday.

    Rapadas will replace Bishop Elenito Galido who died on Dec. 5, 2017. Since then, Bishop Severo Caermare of Dipolog has been overseeing the diocese as apostolic administrator.

    Upon his appointment, the bishop-elect has been serving as the Vicar General of the Diocese of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay.

    Rapadas was born in Tondo, Manila in 1972. He is a product of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City, and was ordained a priest in 1999.

    He also holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Ateneo de Manila University.

    For 20 years in the priesthood, he has served in a number of pastoral roles including parish vicar and coordinator of diocesan social pastoral ministry.

    The bishop-elect also served as seminary professor, director of the Office of Catechesis for the Family and Life, rector of the Saint Joseph College Seminary and professor of religious studies at the University of Zamboanga.

    Rapadas will be the fifth bishop of Iligan, with around a million Catholic population in 26 parishes. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • ACY Ka-Talk #70 focuses on marriage and same sex attraction



    The Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY) is gearing up to hold a conference on Marriage and Same-Sex attraction on June 22, 2019, at the San Isidro Catholic School Taft Avenue Pasay, City, at 1 p.m.

    Ka-Talk #70 aims to raise awareness for people and to help them understand the teachings of the church about marriage and same-sex attraction.

    Right after Ka-Talk #70, will follow Usapang Totoo at Katoto (UTAK) with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle.

    UTAK is an encounter of young people that aims to voice out their concerns, anxieties, doubts and fears as well as their hopes, joys, and dreams.

    Admission is free.

    For inquiries, please call the ACY office 523-2814 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Retired Bishop Tobias named apostolic administrator of Novaliches


    Retired Bishop Antonio Tobias of Novaliches has been appointed as apostolic administrator of the diocese.

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    Speaking during the Diocesan Pentecost Recollection at the Shrine of Saint Paul in Quezon City June 8, the bishop announced that Pope Francis appointed him to the post a day after his retirement.

    The prelate will serve the post until Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa formally takes over as the new bishop of Novaliches.

    While the dates of Gaa’s episcopal ordination and installation are yet to be announced, Tobias hinted he will serve as administrator for three months only.

    “When Bishop Robbie arrives, Bishop Toby leaves. The end, that’s it,” Tobias said.

    In the meantime, it is business as usual for the 77-year old bishop, who has been serving the diocese since 2003.

    According to him, he would be able to deliver whatever his prior commitments demanded of him.

    “It’s good this happened… I can continue what I need to do under the capacity given me by Rome as apostolic administrator,” he added.

    The pope on June 6 accepted the resignation of Tobias from the pastoral care of Novaliches, and at the same time appointed Fr. Gaa as his successor.

    Tobias explained while Fr. Gaa is still awaiting for his episcopal ordination and installation, he already has that “full power” over the diocese.

    “Every move I make, I would have to inform the new bishop,” he added, “such as creating a new parish or ordaining priests.”

    Upon his appointment, Fr. Gaa of the Archdiocese of Manila has been serving as rector of the Holy Apostle Seminary in Makati City. (Minnie Agdeppa-CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Blood letting drive on Cardinal Tagle’s 62nd birthday




    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will celebrate his 62nd birthday on Friday, June 21.

    The Archdiocese of Manila will hold a bloodletting drive to celebrate Cardinal Tagle’s birthday called “RCAM Celebrating Life Year XII – a Birthday Gift to our Archbishop.”

    Rev. Fr. Sanny de Claro, Director of Human Resource Department appealed for blood donations in a letter released to the employees, seminaries, dormitories, and parish personnel of the Archdiocese of Manila dated June 3, 2019. 

    “The Human Resource Department of the Archbishop of Manila once again appeals to you and your relatives and friends, to donate blood on June 21, 2019, to commemorate the 62nd birthday of our Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D.,” Fr. De Claro said.

    The bloodletting activity will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the 4th floor of Arzobispado building in Intramuros. It is in coordination with the Philippine National Red Cross.

    For inquiries, you may call the HRDD office at telephone numbers 527-3956 / 527-6254 and look for Mr. Joel Madronio or Mr. Jomel Clarito. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Conference for young men on the gift of the sexuality organized by the Archdiocese of Manila


    The Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization will hold a conference for young men from June 14-16, 20198, at the Mary Mother of Hope Chapel, Landmark Chapel Makati City.



    With the theme “BLT: Believing, Living, Thriving (Accompanying Young Men in Virtue)”, the three-day conference aims to help young people discover sexuality as a great gift indwelt by Mystery, so as to live relationships according to the logic of the Gospel as well as to help Youth Ministers in translating this aspiration into a thorough affective and sexual education.

    On June 14, 10:30 a.m., Bro. Jun Escoto, Dean, School of Leadership, Light of Jesus Community will give the first part of the talk on Anthropology of the Filipino Male (Kuya, Ama, ‘pre’, ‘dre’ , Lolo) while the second part will be given by Rev. Fr. Lamberto Ramos, Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Abandoned, Diocese of Antipolo at 11:30 a.m.

    At 2:30 p.m., Fr. Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life International will deliver a talk on What Does it Mean to be a Christian Man? 

    At 3:30 p.m., Mr. Joseph Piquero, Director (Asian Region) of Kairos, International youth work of the Sword of the Spirit will discuss on the topic Living a Brotherhood of Real Men.

    On June 15, 10:30 a.m., Fr. Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life International will expound on the topic Male Spiritual Growth. At  11:15 a.m., Mr. Frank Padilla, Founder of Couples of Christ will deliver a talk on The Journey to Christ (Fighting the Good Fight of Faith).

    In the afternoon, there will be sessions on Discerning God’s Will.

    A Eucharistic celebration will be held on the first and second day of the conference at 12:00 p.m.

    The event will culminate on June 16 with the celebration of the Holy Mass where all the young adults and men of the Archdiocese of Manila and its suffragans will gather for a chastity and commitment ceremony.

    Registration is free.

    Those who are interested to join may register online. For group registration please download and fill up the form and submit to OPNE office.

    For inquiries and other information, please call OPNE office at 405-0093. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

  • Pope Francis appoints Fr. Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches


    His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Roberto Gaa of the Archdiocese of Manila as the new bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches.

    Photo Credit: Lorenzo Mission Institute

    The appointment was made after Bishop Antonio Tobias resigned from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Novaliches.

    Fr. Gaa was born in Manila in 1962. He was ordained priest in 2000 for the Archdiocese of Manila.

    Upon his appointment, he has been serving as rector of Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (HASS) Guadalupe, Makati City.

    Fr. Gaa has served in a number of pastoral roles including parish vicar, parish priest, and spiritual director of the dean of studies at the HASS. 

    In 2008, he became rector of the HASS and member of the presbyteral council of the archdiocese. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Our Lady of the Assumption Parish wins Faith Lens 2


    Our Lady of Assumption parish in Malate, Manila won this year’s Faith Lens 2 competition.

    “Ako si Genesis”, the official entry of the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Malate won the Best Video award in Faith Lens 2 held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.

    Faith Lens 2 is a film festival of the Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila in celebration of the 53rd World Communications Day. It is a follow-up of last year’s “Faith Lens”.

    Faith Lens 2 is a one-minute video making contest that focuses on the theme for the Year of the Youth, “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered”.

    Aside from winning the Best Video Award, “Ako si Genesis” also won the Best Relevance to the Theme, Best Doctrinal Soundness, and Best Poster award.

    The film is about a young man named Genesis who believes that he can be the beginning of change amongst his fellow youth pressed by the different social issues that man created – an abuse to God’s own creation.

    According to Geck Punzalan, Director of “Ako Si Genesis”, he wanted to inspire other young people to be like Genesis who believed that little things matter.

    “Gusto naming imulat na ang mga simpleng bagay na ito ay maaring pagmulan ng pagbabago sa komunidad na kaniyang kinagagalawan. Sa mismong video, nais naming ipakita na ang isang kabataan, kahit pa siya ay nag-iisa lang, ay maari  maging simula ng pagbabago sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay kagaya ng paghindi sa mga bagay na nkasasama,  mapag impok, magtapon ng maliliit na kalat at maging sandalan ng mga kaibigan,” Punzalan said.

    Punzalan added that their inspiration to make the film was driven from their desire to encourage other young people to be of service for the Church.

    “Sa totoo lang, mahirap maghikayat ngayon ng kabataan dahil andyan ang samut saring diskurso sa social media.  Kung kaya't isang malaking bagay ang Faith Lens upang sa pamamagitan ng maiiksing video, makita ng mga kabataan sa aming komunidad na ang paglilingkod sa simbahan ay hindi "boring" kundi isang  malaking avenue din upang mailabas at magamit ang mga talentong mayroon ang bawat isa para sa mga bagay na maaring magbigay luwalhati sa panagalan ng Ama,” Punzalan said.

    The Best Video award, First Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up received the corresponding amount of P10,000.00, P8,000.00,  and 5,000.00 respectively.

    There were 9 parishes from the Archdiocese of Manila who joined the contest namely: Saint Anthony Shrine, Our Lady of La Paz Parish, San Roque de Manila Parish, San Roque Parish –Pasay, Santisima Trinidad Parish, Santuario del Santo Cristo Parish, Sacred of Jesus Parish – Mandaluyong, Our Lady of Fatima – Mandaluyong, and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.

    There were 3 parishes from the Diocese of Kalookan who joined namely: San Roque Cathedral, San Jose de Navotas Parish, and Holy Trinity Quasi-Parish.

    More than 140 members of the Social Communications Ministry of the different parishes participated in the said event. It also marked the second SOCOM General Assembly for 2019.

    Present during the occasion were Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio; Commissioner, Rev. Fr. Jojo Buenafe, Assistant Commissioner; and Second Assistant Commissioner, Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen.

    Guest Speaker during the event was Ms. April Frances Ortigas of Areopagus Communications.

    World Communications Day is celebrated on the Sunday before Pentecost which in 2019 falls on June 2, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


    Below is the list of winners who took home awards:


    Best Video
    AKO SI GENESIS
    Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Concept
    AKO SI GENESIS
    Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Doctrinal Soundness
    AKO SI GENESIS
    Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Poster Design
    AKO SI GENESIS
    Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila



    Second best Video
    UNPRODIGAL SON
    Santuario del Santo Cristo Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Technical Concept
    UNPRODIGAL SON
    Santuario del Santo Cristo Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila



    Third Best Video
    BALOTA
    Santisima Trinidad Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best Relevance to the Theme Award
    BALOTA
    Santisima Trinidad Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila


  • CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY


    Circular No. 19-11 

    April 24, 2019 

    Your Eminences. Your Excellencies and Reverend Diocesan Administrators. 

    SUBJECT: CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY 

    Peace in the Risen Lord! 

    As approved in the CBCP 108th Plenary Assembly, the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is renewed every year on her feast day in every diocese, until the Year 2021. 

    Since the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary falls on June 29 this year 2019, which is also the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is transferred to June 1, 2019, the first Saturday of June. 

    Thank you for your kind attention. 

    Sincerely yours, 

    Rev. Fr. MARVIN MEJIA

     Secretary General, CBCP


    Photo Credit: Diocese of Digos

    (To be recited jointly on 1 June 2019 in all cathedrals, churches, chapels in the Philippines with as many of the Catholic Faithful present.)

    We have recourse to your protection, O holy Mother of God.” As we recite the words of this antiphon with which the Church of Christ has prayed for centuries, we find ourselves today before you, our Mother, in this Year of Faith. We, who make up the “Body of Christ” present in our land, recite the words of this present Act of Consecration and Entrustment, in which we gather, first of all, the hopes and anxieties of our Filipino people, at this moment of our history.

    Mother of our people, we who rejoice in the name, “Pueblo amante de Maria”, bayang sumisinta kay Maria-- you know all our sufferings and our hopes, you who have a mother’s awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the world today. Mother of our people, accept the cry which we, deeply moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to your heart.

    Embrace, with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, our people and our land, which now we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are truly concerned for the earthly and eternal destiny of every individual among us and for all our people.

    “We have recourse to your protection, o holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities.” 

    Behold, as we gather before your Immaculate Heart, we desire, the Church of the Lord in our land, joined in heart and mind with all our people, isang bayang Filipino, -- to unite ourselves with the consecration which, for love of us, your Son made of himself to the Father: ‘For their sake,’ he said, ‘I consecrate myself that they also may be consecrated in the truth’ [John 17: 19]. We wish to unite ourselves with our Redeemer in this consecration for the world and for the entire human race, which, in his divine Heart, has the power to obtain pardon and to secure reparation.

    The power of this consecration by your Son, Our Lord, lasts for all time and embraces all individuals, peoples and nations. Thus also it embraces our people and our land. The power of this consecration overcomes every evil that the spirit of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our times, in the hearts of men and women in human history.

    How deeply we now feel the need for the consecration of our people, in union with Christ Jesus himself. For the redeeming work of our Redeemer must be shared in and by the world, and by our own people, through the Church.

    We turn to you, Mother of our Redeemer and our Mother: above all creatures may you be blessed, -- you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obeyed the divine call. Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son.

    Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, hope and love! Help us to live in the truth of the consecration offered by Jesus your Son for the entire human family, and for us, the Filipino people and for our beloved land.

    In entrusting to you, O Mother, our people, your “Pueblo amante de Maria,” we entrust to you this very consecration itself, placing it in your motherly Heart.

    Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the threat of evil, which so easily enters and takes root in the hearts of people today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our country, and seem to block the paths toward the future!

    From hatred, violence, conflicts which divide and destroy our people, deliver us. 

    From sins against human life, from its very beginning, deliver us. 

    From the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. 

    From every kind of injustice in the life of society, deliver us. 

    From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us. 

    From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. 

    From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us.

    Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry, laden with, the hopes and burdens, the sufferings of each one of us, and of all our people. Help us, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to overcome and conquer all sin: individual sins, ‘social sins’ and ‘the sin of the world’, -- sin in all its manifestations.

    Let there be revealed once more, in our own history as a people, the infinite power of the Redemption, the power of God’s merciful Love! May it destroy the power of sin and evil among us! May it transform consciences! May it change hearts to the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, and your own heart! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all, in our land and through all the world, the light of hope! O Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, our life, our sweetness and our hope! Amen.

    * (Adapted for our “National/Philippine Act of Consecration/Entrustment to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Shortened and directed to our present context, from the “official act of consecration” written by Saint John Paul II himself for 25 March 1985, Feast of the Annunciation. It was meant to be offered by himself and all the bishops of the Catholic Church. Our Philippine hierarchy, led by Cardinals Jaime Sin of Manila and Ricardo Vidal of Cebu, in the name of all of us in the Church in the Philippines, took official part in this solemn act of offering. Fr. C. Arevalo, SJ.).

     

  • MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS FOR THE 53rd WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY


    "" We are members of one another "( Eph 4:25). 
    From social network communities to the human community""

    Photo Credit: Catholic News Agency

     

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    since the internet was available, the Church has always tried to promote its use in the service of meeting people and solidarity among all. With this message I would like to invite you once again to reflect on the foundation and importance of our being-in-relationship and to rediscover, in the vastness of the challenges of the current communicative context, the desire of the man who does not want to remain in his own solitude.

    The metaphors of the "network" and the "community"

    The media environment today is so pervasive as to be indistinguishable from the sphere of everyday life. The network is a resource of our time. It is a source of knowledge and relationships once unthinkable. Many experts, however, with regard to the profound transformations imparted by technology to the logic of production, circulation and use of contents, also highlight the risks that threaten research and the sharing of authentic information on a global scale. If the Internet represents an extraordinary possibility of access to knowledge, it is also true that it has turned out to be one of the places most exposed to the misinformation and to the conscious and targeted distortion of facts and interpersonal relationships, which often take the form of discredit.

    It is necessary to recognize that social networks, if on the one hand serve to connect us more, to make us find and help one another, for the other they also lend themselves to a manipulative use of personal data, aimed at obtaining political advantages or economic, without due respect for the person and his or her rights. Among the youngest, statistics reveal that one in four boys is involved in cyberbullying episodes . [1]

    In the complexity of this scenario it may be useful to return to reflect on the metaphor of the network initially based on the Internet, to rediscover its positive potential. The figure of the network invites us to reflect on the multiplicity of paths and nodes that ensure its stability, in the absence of a center, of a hierarchical type structure, of a vertical type organization. The network works thanks to the sharing of all the elements.

    Referred to the anthropological dimension, the metaphor of the network recalls another figure full of meaning: that of the community . A community is stronger the more it is cohesive and supportive, animated by feelings of trust and pursues shared goals. The community as a solidary network requires mutual listening and dialogue, based on the responsible use of language.

    It is clear to everyone that, in the current scenario, the social network community is not automatically synonymous with community. In the best cases the communities manage to show cohesion and solidarity, but often they remain only aggregates of individuals who recognize themselves around interests or topics characterized by weak ties. Moreover, in the social webtoo often the identity is based on the opposition to the other, the stranger to the group: we define ourselves from what divides rather than from what unites, giving space to the suspicion and outburst of every type of prejudice ( ethnic, sexual, religious, and others). This trend feeds groups that exclude heterogeneity, which also feed unbridled individualism in the digital environment, sometimes ending up fomenting spirals of hatred. What should be a window on the world thus becomes a showcase in which to exhibit one's narcissism.

    The network is an opportunity to promote the encounter with others, but it can also strengthen our self-isolation, like a web capable of trapping. It is the children who are most exposed to the illusion that the social web can totally satisfy them on the relational level, up to the dangerous phenomenon of young "social hermits" who risk being completely estranged from society. This dramatic dynamic manifests a serious breach in the relational fabric of society, a laceration that we cannot ignore.

    This multiform and insidious reality poses various questions of an ethical, social, juridical, political and economic nature, and also challenges the Church. While governments seek ways of legal regulation to save the original vision of a free, open and secure network, we all have the possibility and responsibility to favor its positive use.

    It is clear that it is not enough to multiply the connections because it also increases mutual understanding. So how can we find the true community identity in the awareness of the responsibility we have towards each other even in the online network?

    "We are members of one another"

    A possible answer can be sketched starting from a third metaphor, that of the body and members , which St. Paul uses to talk about the relationship of reciprocity between people, founded in an organism that unites them. "Therefore, banish the lie and tell each one the truth to his neighbor, because we are members of one another" ( Eph 4:25). Being members of one anotherit is the profound motivation with which the Apostle exhorts to lay the lie and tell the truth: the obligation to preserve the truth stems from the need not to deny the reciprocal relationship of communion. Truth is revealed in communion. The lie instead is the egoistic refusal to recognize one's belonging to the body; it is the refusal to give oneself to others, thus losing the only way to find oneself.

    The metaphor of the body and the members leads us to reflect on our identity, which is based on communion and otherness. As Christians we all recognize ourselves as members of the one body of which Christ is the head. This helps us not to see people as potential competitors, but also to consider enemies as people. There is no longer any need for the adversary to self-define himself, because the gaze of inclusion that we learn from Christ makes us discover otherness in a new way, as an integral part and condition of the relationship and proximity.

    This capacity for understanding and communication between human persons has its foundation in the communion of love between the Divine Persons. God is not Solitude, but Communion; it is Love, and therefore communication, because love always communicates, indeed it communicates itself to meet the other. To communicate with us and to communicate to us God adapts to our language, establishing in history a true and proper dialogue with humanity (cf. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council , Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum , 2).

    By virtue of our being created in the image and likeness of God who is communion and self-communication, we always carry in our hearts the longing to live in communion, to belong to a community. "In fact," says San Basilio, "it is as specific to our nature as to enter into relationship with each other, to need one another." [2]

    The current context calls all of us to invest in relationships, to affirm the interpersonal character of our humanity also in the network and through the network. All the more reason we Christians are called to manifest that communion that marks our identity as believers. Indeed, faith itself is a relationship, a meeting; and under the impulse of God's love we can communicate, welcome and understand the gift of the other and correspond to it.

    It is precisely the communion in the image of the Trinity that distinguishes the person from the individual. From faith in a God who is Trinity it follows that to be myself I need the other. I'm really human, really personal, only if I relate to others. The term person denotes in fact the human being as a "face", facing towards the other, involved with others. Our life grows in humanity as we move from individual to personal character; the authentic path of humanization goes from the individual who perceives the other as a rival, to the person who recognizes him as a traveling companion.

    From " like " to " amen "

    The image of the body and limbs reminds us that the use of the social webit is complementary to the encounter in the flesh, which lives through the body, the heart, the eyes, the gaze, the breath of the other. If the network is used as an extension or as a waiting for such a meeting, then it does not betray itself and remains a resource for communion. If a family uses the net to be more connected, to then meet at the table and look at each other, then it is a resource. If an ecclesial community coordinates its activity through the network, to then celebrate the Eucharist together, then it is a resource. If the network is an opportunity to get closer to stories and experiences of beauty or suffering physically distant from me, to pray together and together to seek the good in the rediscovery of what unites us, then it is a resource.

    So we can go from diagnosis to therapy: opening the way to dialogue, to meeting, to smile, to caress ... This is the network we want. A network not made to trap, but to free, to preserve a communion of free people. The Church itself is a network woven by the Eucharistic communion, where the union is not founded on the " likes ", but on the truth, on the " amen ", with which each adheres to the Body of Christ, welcoming others.

    From the Vatican, 24 January 2019, Memory of St. Francis de Sales.

     

    Franciscus

  • RCAM SOCOM holds Faith Lens 2


    The Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a film festival on World Communications Day.

    Faith Lens 2 is a follow-up of last year’s "Faith Lens" organized by the Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila. The festival aims to utilize the technical skills and develop the creativity of the social communications ministers using a professional or cellular phone camera. It also promotes Catholic faith and values in one and a half minutes.

    San Roque de Manila Parish is Faith Lens 2018 Best Video.

    The festival is open to all the members of the Social Communications Ministry of parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila and other dioceses.

    Faith Lens 2 is a one and a half minutes video making contest that dwells on the theme for the Year of the Youth, "Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered."

    The participating parishes are allowed to make use of any kind of production equipment, be it mobile phone, DSLR, or any type of video camera and any kind of editing software to produce entries. Predominant use of visuals and/or image and minimal dialogue are highly encouraged. 

    All participants are also requested to submit a poster promoting the video entry.

    All entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Technical Aspect (25%), Relevance to the theme (25%), Concept (25%), and Doctrinal Soundness / Faith impact (25%), for a total of 100%.

    There will be three proclaimed winners: Best Video, First Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up for Best Video.  Special Awards will also be given to the following: Best in Technical Concept, Best Relevance to the Theme, Best in Concept, Best in Doctrinal Soundness, and Best Poster Design.

    For the Best Poster Design award, promotional posters of video entries will be uploaded on May 23, 2019 on the Facebook Page of the Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications.  Tallying of valid reactions garnered only on the posts found on the said Facebook Page will end on May 28, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.

    The announcement of winners will be on June 1, 2019, in line with the celebration of World Communications Day, held annually on the Sunday before Pentecost, falling this year on June 2, 2019. The winning film entries will also be shown at the awarding ceremony to be held at the Sr. Caridad Barrion Hall, St. Scholastica’s College in Malate, Manila, from 1 to 5 in the afternoon.

    In his message for the World Communications Day, His Holiness Pope Francis urged the faithful to become active in proclaiming the Word of God through the importance of communication by connecting, interacting, and encountering one another.

    “Ever since the internet first became available, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons, and of solidarity among all. With this Message I would like to invite you once again to reflect on the foundation and importance of our being-in-relation and to rediscover, in the vast array of challenges of the current communications context, the desire of the human person who does not want to be left isolated and alone,” Pope Francis said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pope Francis receives copy of coffee table book on Manila Cathedral


    His Holiness Pope Francis personally received a copy of the coffee table book on Manila Cathedral on Monday, May 20, 2019.

    Photo Credit: The Manila Cathedral

    The new coffee table book, “Manila Cathedral: Restoring a Monument of Faith, Architecture and History” was personally handed by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis with Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of The Manila Cathedral during their Visita Ad Limina Apostolorum in Rome. 

    Cardinal Tagle and Fr. Malicdem were with other Filipino bishops to report to the Pope the status of their dioceses. 

    Also during the Ad Limina Visit, Pope Francis received a small replica of “La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc” as a gift from Bishop Renato Mayugba of Laoag, according to CBCPNews.

    Bishop Mayugba personally thanked the pope for the two privileges he granted recently his diocese: the pontifical coronation of “La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc” and the elevation of the church into a Minor Basilica. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Radio Veritas to hold Festival of Saints


    Radio Veritas, the Catholic radio station of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a Festival of Saints from May 15-30, 2019, at the Our Lady of Veritas Chapel from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.


    The Festival of Saints is a way to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in celebration of the Flores of May or Flores de Mayo. The festival will showcase the relics of known saints like Saint Simon Stock and Saint Bernardine of Siena.

    Saint Simon Stock, who was a Prior in a group of Carmelites founded many communities across Europe especially in University towns such as Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, and Bologna. Saint Stock was visited by the Virgin Mary bearing the message, "Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection."

     Saint Bernardine of Siena was an ordained priest during the 15th century was known for his devotion in caring for the people, especially the sick. During the 1400s Bernardine, accompanied by a group of men, helped ill people in Siena from a plague. He then committed to studying and fasting to discover God’s plans for him to accomplish.

    These mentioned are only among the several saints whose relics have been placed at the chapel of Radio Veritas for the public to see. These relics are the remaining remnants and proof of existence of the holy people that have stood bearing the standard of God for the people.

    For inquiries and other information about the Festival of Saints, please call Radio Veritas at (632) 925-7932 to 39 local 129 or visit their website at https://www.veritas846.ph/. You may also visit them at Veritas Tower 162 West Avenue cor. EDSA, Quezon City. (Radio Veritas/RCAM-AOC)

  • Palawan Church plants 10K trees in protected area


    The Church in Palawan hits its target of planting 10,000 trees at the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape, in Southern Palawan.

    According to the Bishop Socrates Mesiona of the Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, based on initial assessment as of May this year, they have already planted more than 10,000 trees in different project sites in Brookes Point, Palawan.

    “It is a continual planting program among the Pala’wans, our partner indigenous peoples, since August last year,” explained the prelate.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    A response to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, the project of the vicariate to plant 10,000 trees in a year is being implemented through the help of the Augustinian Missionaries of the Philippines-Indigenous Peoples Mission (AMP-IM).

    Sr. Mae Juanitas of AMP-IM explained some trees that did not survive because of the weather and other factors are always replaced to ensure that the target is really achieved.

    Beto Calman, one of the IP leaders, said the project of the Church is a “big help.”

    “It helps us to make sure that our culture is preserved because taking care of the environment is part of our Pala’wans’ culture,” he explained in Filipino.

    The Church is still set to validate the actual number of surviving trees, said Mesiona. (Katya A. Santos /Puerto Princesa City)

  • Pope names new Malolos bishop


    Pope Francis has appointed Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Villarojo as the new bishop of Malolos.

    The appointment was announced May 14 to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines by the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.

    At 52, he will be the fifth head of the Malolos diocese, succeeding Bishop Jose Oliveros who died at the age of 71 in May 2018.

    Most. Rev. Dennis Villarojo becomes the fifth bishop to head the Diocese of Malolos. (CBCPNews)

    For a year that the diocese has been without a bishop, it was managed by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, who was its concurrent apostolic administrator.

    A native of Cebu City, Villarojo finished philosophy at San Carlos College Seminary of Cebu and theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

    He was ordained a priest on June 10, 1994.

    After his ordination, he served as the personal secretary of the late Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, who was then the Cebu archbishop.

    The bishop also studied at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome from 1998 to 2001 where he obtained a doctorate in Philosophy.

    After his studies in Rome, he returned to Cebu and continued serving as Vidal’s secretary until 2010 when he eventually became a parish priest.

    In 2015, the Vatican appointed him as General Secretary of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress held in Cebu in January 2016.

    A few months later that year, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu, receiving the episcopal consecration the following August 10.

    Since April 2019, he’s been the lone assistant bishop of Archbishop Jose Palma after Bishop Oscar Florencio was installed to the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Radio Veritas 846, best AM station at Gawad Tanglaw

     


    Radio Veritas 846 was awarded as Best AM Station in the 17th Gawad Tanglaw ng Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.
    Rev. Fr. Bong Bonggayan, Assistant to the President of Radio Veritas received the recognition held at the newly inaugurated baklad-inspired Museo ng Muntinlupa on May 8.

    Gawad Tanglaw (Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagala) is an award giving body that recognizes members of the media who made significant contributions not just through excellence in art but also in raising awareness on national issues.

    Radio veritas 846, a church run radio is under the Archdiocese of Manila headed by Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual as president.
    Based on the Kantar survey, Radio Veritas is fourth in AM radio stations being heard by the public in Mega Manila.  
    The officials of Radio Veritas were grateful and honored for the award given to them. The station offered the recognition to all the members of the Kapanalig Community who support and religiously listen to their station.
    On April 21, Radio Veritas celebrated its 50th anniversary in promoting truth and justice to their listeners. (Marian Pulgo/Radio Veritas and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)
     

  • Cardinal Tagle urges priests, faithful to a “process of discernment”

     

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle shared to the clergy of Manila a “process of discernment” this coming election.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (File Photo/RCAM AOC)


    On May 7, Cardinal Tagle released a letter addressed to all priests in the Archdiocese of Manila encouraging them to be discerning in the process of choosing and voting for candidates. To his end, he endorses a tool-process that the group People’s Choice Movement has used.

    “We want to share with you the process of discernment undergone by the People’s Choice Movement, a purely lay group organized by lay Christian leaders,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “I urge you to share this initiative of the lay faithful with the lay groups, youth organizations, circles of discernment in your parish as a guide to their own discernment,” he added.

    The People’s Choice Movement is an organization of lay faithful composed of 130 Christian leaders who heeded the call of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to “Seek the Common Good” during its Plenary Assembly in January 2019. The call particularly pertains to the 2019 May election.

    According to Cardinal Tagle, PCM asked the faithful to consider the following criteria before voting for a candidate: character and honor; competence and abilities; faithfulness to public service; and faithfulness to God, the Constitution and the laws.

    The Archbishop of Manila also asked the parishes to conduct activities that will result into a peaceful and orderly election.

    I am also encouraging you to include the integrity and peaceful conduct of the elections in the daily masses leading up to May 13. Depending on the context of your parish, please organize prayer moments like a Holy Hour, rosaries, a triduum and the like,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    He also reminded the priests that after the elections, they should continue with their mission “of participating in the renewal of society based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

    This year’s election, which is May 13, coincides with the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila to celebrate feast of Our Lady of Fatima


     

    In celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 2019, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo will preside the Holy Eucharist on Sunday, May 12, at The Manila Cathedral, at 6 p.m. to be followed by a candlelight procession around Plaza Roma in Intramuros.

    The celebration also invites the faithful to be one in prayer to have a peaceful, orderly, and godly mid-term election on May 13.

    “Magkakaroon po tayo nang padiriwang nang banal na misa at ng Candle Light Rosary Procession na iaalay natin para sa isang mapayapa, maayos at maka-Diyos na halalan,” Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Rector of Manila Cathedral said in his video message.

    “Punuin po natin ang Plaza Hall dito sa Intramuros ng ilaw ng ating mga kandila at ng ating mga tinig na nagdarasal at umaawit upang hingin ang tulong at patnubay nang Mahal na Ina at ng kaniyang anak na si Hesus sa ating pagpili ng mga makatao at maka-Diyos na mamumuno sa atin. Ipakita po natin na tayong mga Katoliko, tayong mga Pilipino ay kayang magkaisa,” he added.

    To make the celebration more meaningful, the presence of a replica of the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the Chapel of Apparitions from Fatima, Portugal will be used during the rosary procession brought home by a group of Filipinos from a Marian pilgrimage.

    On Monday, May 13, more than 60 million voters are expected to participate in the elections to fill 18 thousand positions in local and national government. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • First Media Camp to be held on May 2-4



    The Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila and TV Maria in coordination with SIGNIS Philippines will hold its first Media Camp at the La Salette Retreat House in Silang, Cavite from May 2-4, 2019.

    Highlighting Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, Laudatu Si, the three-day event will be attended by the different social communications ministers of parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila.

    With the theme “Social Communications Ministers as Stewards of God’s Creation” the event is aimed at developing camaraderie among social communication ministers as well as to develop their technical skills in creating and producing a mini-feature documentary that promotes the care for the environment as our home.

    Highlights of the activity include a session on Laudatu Si, training on pre-production, conceptualization, scriptwriting, and post-production and an actual shooting on various locations.

    Guest speakers in their respective expertise are invited to mentor SOCOM Ministers throughout the media camp. They are Mr. Nonie Amos, Mariology lecturer at the Institute of Catechetics of the Archdiocese of Manila/Religious Association of Formators; Mr. Bernard, Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker, Media Education Specialist. Culture Building Workshop Facilitator; and Ms. Pie Fenomeno, Vice President for Operations at Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA).

    In his message, Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio imparted an inspiring message to the SOCOM ministers who will participate in the media camp through the Archdiocesan Office of Communications.

    “Thank you very much for taking time out with us for this media camp. We encourage all participants to actively take part in the activities of this media camp. This will be a great opportunity to learn and develop our skills and talents in the field of pre-production, production, and post-production of our media projects. More, it will help us appreciate the importance of our roles and responsibilities as social communicators in our parishes,” Msgr. Clemente said.

    “Let us be illumined by the message of Christ who is really the first communicator. Let us be one as bearers of Christ’s Good News,” he added. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Let Christ's love overshadow darkness


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has called on the faithful to see the love in the risen Christ.

    In his Easter message, Cardinal Tagle asked the faithful to see and to love Christ even during the times when they are enveloped by darkness because life is unbearable.

    “We invite you to seize the power of love unleashed by the risen Christ this Easter, and with the love you have received, spread seeds of hope across our country," Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Love is not just a word, it’s a lifestyle of seeing, encountering, and understanding other people. It is the lifestyle of Jesus, crucified and risen.  It is the style of being with and living for others in the belief that light will always overcome darkness,” he added.

    Cardinal Tagle leads the Easter Vigil Mass held on April 20, 2019, at the Manila Cathedral. (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)

    The Cardinal also said that like Christ who was abandoned and crucified on the cross, the faithful no longer feels love especially in these trying times where there is hunger, unemployment, addictions, indignities, abuse, hate speech, false accusations, killing, corruption, and human trafficking.

    Citing these kinds of darkness that spread in the world, the Cardinal remains hopeful that kindness will still prevail.

    “What difference can one act of kindness make in the face of unrelenting evil?  It can make all the difference in ways we can’t even imagine how because these small acts of care and love are crowned by the total self-giving of Christ crucified on the cross,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Manila Archbishop who is also the President of Caritas Internationalis cited that an act of kindness can be expressed through a culture of encounter.

    “We are called as Christians to encounter others and walk with them humbly, without judgment or pretensions of having the answer to all their problems,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “It is through these encounters that our hearts are opened and presented with new horizon and a renewed energy to move forward,” he said.

    “It is through these encounters of love and caring that persons, families and communities are transformed from prisoners of despair into bearers of hope,” he added. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Easter Message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle

     

    Easter Message 2019
    WHERE IS LOVE?
     

    “Where is Love?” This was the question asked by the orphan boy Oliver Twist in the 1960’s Oliver when he felt alone and abandoned. This song touched me deeply when I was a boy. It is a question many of us ask ourselves when life is hard or when we see injustices destroying lives.

    Christ must have asked the same question on the cross when he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Where was love when Jesus was betrayed, abandoned by his friends and crucified like a criminal?

    Sometimes we find ourselves in a dark place, like Jesus on the cross, and our lives can seem loveless.  When hunger, unemployment, addictions, indignities, abuse, hate speech, false accusations, killing, corruption, human trafficking run wild and seem to reign, our world appears dark. But if we look more carefully, more intently at people and situations, it is then that we see love revealing itself.

    On Jesus’ way to the cross and beyond, in the sea of hate surrounding him, there were also intense moments of love: the women, the Blessed Virgin Mary and John, who brave the sorrow if standing at the foot of the cross when everyone else had abandoned him; the good thief, who broke the stereotype of the delinquent and asked to be remembered when Jesus came into his kingdom; Joseph of Arimathea, who overcame his fear of being an open follower of Christ to ask Pilate for his body; Nicodemus who generously gave vast quantities of myrrh and aloes to anoint Christ’s body; the women who went to the tomb on the third day to tend to the body, even though they had no idea how to move the boulder blocking its entrance; and even Pilate, who saw the injustice of the situation and wanted to release Jesus.

    What these actions have in common is that they seem insignificant, especially if you compare them to the violence of the crucifixion and all that had gone before it. What difference can one act of kindness make in the face of unrelenting evil?  It can make all the difference in ways we can’t even imagine how because these small acts of care and love are crowned by the total self-giving of Christ crucified on the cross.

    Since the time of Christ, who tended to the poor and healed the sick and welcomed the outcasts, our faith has been built on personal encounters and on people who empty themselves, enabling them to see people and their situations with deep understanding, compassion and solidarity. We are called as Christians to encounter others and walk with them humbly, without judgment or pretensions of having the answer to all their problems. It is through these encounters that our hearts are opened and presented with new a horizon and a renewed energy to move forward.  It is through these encounters of love and caring that persons, families and communities are transformed from prisoners of despair into bearers of hope.

    We invite you to seize the power if love unleashed by the risen Christ this Easter, and with the love you have received, spread seeds of hope across our country. Love is not just a word, it’s a lifestyle of seeing, encountering, and understanding other people. It is the lifestyle of Jesus, crucified and risen.  It is the style of being with and living for others in the belief that light will always overcome darkness.  In the name of the Archdiocese of Manila, I wish you a blessed and safe Easter!

     

     

    +Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Archbishop of Manila

     

     

     

  • Cardinal Tagle tells young people to live in truth


    “Mga kabataan, mabuhay kayo sa katotohanan. Ang pag-ibig nakabatay sa katotohanan.”

    This was the message of Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during his homily for the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, April 19, at the Manila Cathedral.

    Cardinal Tagle expressed his disappointment that even in social media many people try to hide their true identity instead of facing reality.

    “At dahil gumagamit ng ibang pangalan nagtatapang tapangan, kung manira, kung bumatikos, matapang lang hindi niya inaaamin ang tunay niyang pangalan. Ang daming duwag sa mundong ito at dahil duwag hindi marunong magmahal ng may katotohanan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during the Commemoration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, April 19. He asks the young people to live in truth.
    (Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring)


    The Archbishop of Manila shared that he discovered there are 4 Facebook accounts under his name that he did not create.

    He also said that he was also a victim of fake news stating that he died.

    “Noong isang taon po, January 31, may nagpadala sakin na isang nakapost daw na balita na ako ay namatay. Ako raw ay namatay sa Cardinal Santos hospital. Napapaligiran ng aking mga magulang at mahal sa buhay. At mapayapa ko raw na hinarap ang huling sandali,” Cardinal Tagle said according to the news.

    As the Catholic Church celebrates the Year of the Youth, Cardinal Tagle challenged the young to be brave like Christ who is always willing to suffer because of his great love for mankind.

    “Mga kabataan simulan ngayon ang pagiging marangal na tao. Hindi nagpapahamak ng iba. Kung ikaw ang maysala, harapin mo. Huwag kang magtuturo ng iba na mapapahamak dahil sa iyong pagkatakot at kasinungalingan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Stressing that even in silence, the truth will always prevail, Cardinal Tagle at the end of his homily asked the young people to refrain from bullying.

    “Mga minamahal na kaibaigan lalo na ang kabataan, mangako kayo ngayong Biyernes Santo, hindi kayo maninindak. Hindi kayo magiging marahas. Hindi kayo magiging bully sa inyong mga kaibigan at kahit kanino pa,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Good Friday is the day the whole Catholic Church commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross that brings salvation and life to believers. (Jheng M. Prado/ RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to young people: Believe that Jesus loves you


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle told the young people to believe that “Jesus loves you with an everlasting love.”

    This was the strong message Cardinal Tagle imparted to youth especially to the 12 young people whose feet he washed during the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019.

    “Please, young people, believe with certainty no matter what your experience with your family has been even if one of your parents is absent, even when the stresses of life have made you doubt whether you are loved, believe Jesus loves you with an everlasting love,” Cardinal Tagle said. 

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.
    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    He asked also asked the young people to turn to Jesus even when they are wounded and broken.

    “Let Jesus wash you, don’t be afraid, don’t be ashamed. The world will judge you but Jesus will wash you. Wash you with his blood. That’s how precious you are to him,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    He also appealed to the young to imitate what Christ did even when at the time they are also broken and wounded.

    “Mga kabataan, lumabas kayo sa inyong mundo, may mga ibang mundo pa dyan. Marami ring sugatan katulad nyo. Kahit ka may sugat, huwag mong gawin ang sugat mo bilang bilangguan. Nakakulong ka na lang doon. Pahugasan mo kay Hesus ang sugat mo at pag nahugasan, lumabas ka, hugasan mo rin ang sugat ng iba,”Cardinal Tagle said.

    "Be compassionate, not self-focused. Be a servant rather than wait to be served. Love others and not just expect to be loved,” he added.


    The 12 young people

    In celebration of the Year of the Youth, the Archdiocese of Manila has chosen these 12 young people whose feet were washed and kissed by Cardinal Tagle.

    The 12 young people shared their stories of faith, hope, and love for family in a simple gathering with Cardinal Tagle before the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper took place.

    Nicole Anne Perez, 23 years old and works as a call center agent.  She is an active member of the Parish Youth Ministry of San Roque Parish in Mandaluyong City.  She was appointed by Pope Francis as a participant to the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People.

    Rafael Villegas, 22 years old, is a first year college student taking up Economics at the Universidad de Manila.  He is a volunteer of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting of the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels in San Miguel, Manila.

    Luna Mirafuentes, 18 years old and will vote for the first time this 2019 midterm election.  She is a member of the Parish Youth Ministry and the Ministry of Greeters and Collectors at San Fernando de Dilao Parish, Paco, Manila.  She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at the Rizal Technological University.  

    Carlito Sapunto, suffers from cerebral palsy.  But despite this illness, he is a church volunteer at the St. Dominic Savio Parish, Mandaluyong Manila.  He is also an awarded player of the sport boccia, a ball sport played by people with disability bound by wheelchair. 

    Jeffrey Ranola, 25 years old, is from Parola, Tondo, Manila.  He is a fresh graduate of BS Education from the Universidad de Manila.  He is also an active member of the Youth Ministry.

    Sr. Antonisa, MC, 26 years old and a nun of the Missionaries of Charity.  She is from Bangladesh and has been in the Philippines for the past 5 years taking care of poor and abandoned children in the Alay ng Puso House in Del Pan, Binondo, Manila.

    Joel Obreo, 23 years old, is from India.  He has been in Manila for 10 months now as a missionary under the Ligaya ng Panginoon Community and Christ Youth in Action.  

    Janrey Nevado, 20 years old and the only child of a security guard and a housewife.  He graduated summa cum laude from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde with the degree in Business Administration, Major in Computer Applications, with specialization in Business Analytics.  He is the only summa cum laude among Benilde’s graduates this year.  

    Jenezis Caliwag, 25 years old, is a staff of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church).  Being a devotee himself of the Black Nazarene, he works closely with the Hijos de Nazareno, especially with regard to their spiritual formation. He is also a campus youth animator in St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Novaliches.

    Ferdinand John Azogue and Daisy Jane Azogue, both 31 years old, were married last March 30, 2019.  Ferdinand John works as a medical representative in Alabang, Muntinlupa and Daisy Jane is a hotel employee.  They firmly believe that it is their faith in God that strengthened their relationship and love for each other. 

    Jinky Pelopero, 21 years old and a college student at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.  She stays with the sisters of Colegio de Santa Rosa in Intramuros.   She is an active member of the Ministry of Greeters and Collectors of the Manila Cathedral.

    Before he ended his homily, Cardinal Tagle reminded those people who have the responsibility to look after the welfare of the young. 

    "Para po sa mga magulang na nandito, sana maipadama ninyo sa inyong mga anak ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa kanila para hindi sila magdududa na may Hesus na nagmamahal,”Cardinal Tagle said.

    "Para po sa mga teachers, para sa mga may responsilidad sa lipunan, ang mga kabataan ay dapat gabayan hindi dapat pagsamantalahan. Ang kabataan minamahal hindi ibinebenta, nioloko at pinagku-kuwartahan,” he added.

    In 2018, Cardinal Tagle washed the feet of migrants, refugees, and displaced peoples.

    The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It was at the Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles reminding the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are called to serve others in a spirit of humility. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle leads Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal led the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday at the Manila Cathedral, on April 18, 2019.

    “We come together anointed by the spirit with our different gifts. Let us come together as a consecrated people, as a people set apart, as a priestly people, and we ordained are called to serve the priestly people to awaken the priestly consecration of all the baptized. That is our ministry, not to take over and say ‘we are the only priests’, we belong to the common priesthood the common consecration of the baptized and the ministers as ministers we served the awakening, the blossoming of that consecration, Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle blesses the Chrism oils on Holy Thursday at the Manila Cathedral on April 18, at 7 a.m. 
    Photo by: Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle mentioned a few challenges that young people are facing nowadays. 

    “Many young people live their lives in bad news, hindi makatapos ng pag-aaral, kulang sa pera. Yung nakatapos wala namang mahanap na trabaho, yung iba binu-bully “ang pangit mo, ang taba mo, ayaw kitang kaibigan, nakakahiya kang kasama, ayus ayusin mo yang mukha mo para maging kaibigan kita,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Alam po ninyo may mga bata na ayaw ng pumasok dahil mabu-bully sila. May mga bata nag-iisip magpakamatay na lang kasi ang pakiramdam nila ‘walang nagmamahal sa akin’. Minsan ang mga magulang din po masyadong matatayog ang mga hinihingi “92 ang grade mo? 92? 92 lang? hindi mo ba alam na may 93, 94 bakit 92 lang? sayang ang pinag-aral ko sayo 92 ka lang pala,” he said.

     “So many young people never hear good news they only hear criticism. They only hear their incapacity to meet the expectations, expectations which are not realistic,” he added.

    Despite these, Cardinal Tagle stressed that the young people are also consecrated and anointed by the Holy Spirit and that they have a role in the evangelization of the faithful.

    “We are consecrated anointed by the Spirit. Parents, teachers, peers go live your consecration. Proclaim Good News. Ang dami dami na, na tagapagdala ng bad news, fake news, hate speech. We, today all the consecrated, all the baptized bearing the Holy Spirit will say ‘I will not deliver fake news, hates speech, I am consecrated by the spirit, I will bring good news to the poor and the suffering,’” Cardinal Tagle said.

    After delivering his homily, Cardinal Tagle led the renewal of the vocation of priests and the blessing of oils that will be used in administering, baptism, confirmation, and anointing of the sick.

    The Archdiocese of Manila also gave special recognition to those 11 Jubilarians of the archdiocese who celebrated their 25th, 50th, 60th, and 65th in the priesthood. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle leads Holy Wednesday Mass at Parola

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided over Holy Wednesday Mass at Gate 58 Parola Compound in Binondo, Manila on April 17, 2019, at 9 a.m. 

    Cardinal Tagle blesses two young people after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist held at Gate 58 Parola Compound Tondo, Manila. (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)

    At the beginning of his homily, Cardinal Tagle shared that he had celebrated Mass in the same place after it was destroyed by a fire in March 2015 where some 5,000 families were left homeless. He also expressed his admiration for the people’s hope and courage to rise again after the unfortunate incident.

    “…nakakatuwa rin na alaala dahil nakita ko kung papaano magtulungan ang mga taga rito sa Parola. Nakita ko na mayroong laging lakas na nanggagaling sa pag-asa na kapag merong gumuho ay makatatayo. At hindi pa isa-isa kundi sama sama. Napakaganda pong alaala yun lalo na ngayong tayo ay nasa Semana Santa,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Also in his homily, Cardinal Tagle stressed to the faithful that life and dignity should be valued over material possessions.

    “Sana po dito sa atin kahit na may kahirapan sa buhay, ang ating kayamanan ay ang ating pagkatao. Ang ating kayamanan ay ang buhay ng ating pamilya at ang dangal ng ating mga anak. Sa bandang huli po yan ang tunay na kayaman. Yan ang hindi mapre-presyuhan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle rode an E-trike from Nuestra Señora dela Soledad Parish, Tondo. He was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Adviento, Parish Priest, and Rev. Fr. Sigfred Arellano, Parochial Vicar, Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz before celebrating the Holy Eucharist at Parola.

    Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector, Quiapo Church joined in the celebration of the Mass was among those who extended assistance and donated goods to the families who were victims of the fire in 2015.

    A short program was held after the Mass where Cardinal Tagle joined the families in a meal prepared by the parish. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • 2019 Holy Week in Intramuros

    The Intramuros Administration (IA), in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DoT), the Manila Cathedral and the San Agustin Parish Church with the support of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Knights of Columbus, Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL), Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU), Mapua University and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), will be staging several activities during the observance of Holy Week in Intramuros, from 14 to 21 April 2019.

    Nine churches/chapels/prayer grounds will now be open to pilgrims and tourists alike during Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday, 18 to 20 April 2019.

    On regular days, only the Manila Cathedral and the San Agustin Church are accessible to the public. From the previous year, there were only seven venues open during Holy Week. IA has worked out to open two more sites this year, some located inside schools or government offices.

    Visita Iglesia

    The churches that will be open during the Visita Iglesia include are the following:

    1. Manila Cathedral
    2. San Agustin Parish Church
    3. Fr. Willman Chapel at the Knights of Columbus Building
    4. PLM Chapel
    5. Mapua University Chapel
    6. LPU Chapel
    7. CSJL Chapel
    8. St. Matthew’s Chapel at the BIR Building and 
    9. Guadalupe Shrine at Fort Santiago.

    Penetencia

    Included in the IA program is the Penetencia around Plaza Roma and the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday, 18 April at 7 p.m. by the Cainta Nazareno Inc.

    Stations of the Cross

    Stations of the Cross installations will be displayed at the stretch of Gen. Luna Street, from Beaterio Street to Muralla (side of PLM) from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday (April 18 to 20, 2019).

    Traffic

    To facilitate traffic within Intramuros, General Luna St. will be closed to all vehicles from the night of Holy Wednesday until Good Friday.  There will be designated areas for public parking in various locations.

    Security

    Security is a priority, and the Philippine national Police – MPD, the Philippine Navy – Naval Reserve Command (NAVRESCOM) and the Philippine National Red Cross will be on-call to ensure the safety and security of devotees and tourists.

    There will be two stand-by ambulances from the Red Cross in front of the Manila Cathedral at Plaza Roma and at the Red Cross Headquarters in General Luna.

    Portalets will be installed all over the city and near the churches for public use. (DOT/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of the young this Holy Thursday


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of young people on April 18, 2019, Holy Thursday.

    In a press conference held at the Manila Cathedral Hall on April 15, Rev. Fr. Kali Llamado, vice rector, Manila Cathedral announced that Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of 12 young people with different backgrounds and experiences.

    The 12 young people were chosen in line with the Year of the Youth celebrated by the Church in the Philippines this 2019 and in view of the coming midterm election on May 13, 2019, said Rev. Fr. Reginal Malicdem, rector, Manila Cathedral.

    (File Photo: RCAM-AOC) 

    Among those whose feet will be washed by the Cardinal is Nicole Anne Perez, 23 years old and works as a call center agent. She was appointed by Pope Francis as a participant to the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People.

    Cardinal Tagle will also wash the feet of Carlito Sapunto who suffers from cerebral palsy. But despite this illness, he is a church volunteer at the St. Dominic Savio Parish, Mandaluyong Manila. He is also an awarded player of the sport boccia, a ball sport played by people with disability bound by a wheelchair. 

    Also on the list is a missionary nun from Bangladesh named Sr. Antonisa, MC, 26. She is from the Missionaries of Charity and has been in the Philippines for the past 5 years taking care of poor and abandoned children in the Alay ng Puso House in Del Pan, Binondo, Manila.

    Joel Obreo, 23, a missionary from India is also on the list. He has been in Manila for 10 months now as a missionary under the Ligaya ng Panginoon Community and Christ Youth in Action. 

    Also included on the list are the following: Rafael Villegas, Luna Mirafuentes, Jeffrey Ranola, Janrey Nevado, Jenezis Kaliwag, newly married couple Ferdinand John Azogue and Daisy Jane Azogue, and Jinky Pelopero.

    The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper to be held at the Manila Cathedral at 5 pm. It was at the Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles. It reminds the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are called to serve others in a spirit of humility.

    Cardinal Tagle will also preside at the following Mass at the Manila Cathedral during the Holy Week: Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, April 18, 7 am and Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 5 pm; Good Friday, April 19, 3 pm; and Easter Vigil on Black Saturday, April 20, 8 pm. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • Palm Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish, Paco, Manila


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Palm Sunday Mass at the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish in Paco, Manila, on April 13, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, magpasalamat po tayo sa Diyos, tayo ay Kan’yang binuklod bilang isang sambayanan ngayong atin pong sinisimulan ang mga Mahal na araw, o ang tawag natin Holy Week, Semana Santa.

    Pero nakakabagabag, papa’no nga ba naging Holy, Santa, ang linggong ito? Isang linggo na nakakakilabot, nakakabagabag, dahil sa sinapit ni Hesus. Si Hesus na katulad sa unang pagbasa ay nagpahayag ng salita ng Diyos, subalit ang Kan’yang tinanggap ay panlalait at poot.

    Photo by Earl Alpay

    Si Hesus na sinasabi sa ikalawang pagbasa, hinubad N’ya ang Kan’yang dangal bilang Diyos, upang makipag-isa sa atin, sinamahan tayo, pero ano ang Kan’yang napala sa pagsama sa atin? Kapahamakan.

    Ano ang banal sa linggong ito? Hindi ba dapat tawagin itong isang linggo ng kahihiyan? Hindi ba dapat tawagin itong linggo ng pagkatalo ni Hesus? Hindi ba dapat tawagin itong linggo ng karahasan at kalupitan ng tao sa isang inosenteng kapatid? Hindi ba ito dapat tawaging linggo ng kawalan ng utang na loob? Bakit natin ito tinatawag na holy? Bakit natin ito tinatawag na banal? Ang nagpapabanal po sa linggong ito ay si Hesus.

    Kaya mula po ngayon, titigan natin si Hesus, kahit kung minsan hindi maarok ng ating isip at hindi kaya ng ating puso na masikmura ang ating makikita sa Kan’ya pero walang ibang dahilan, walang ibang dahilan bakit banal ang linggong ito kun’di dahil kay Hesus.

    Harinawa, araw-araw lalo na pagdating sa Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, ipukol natin ang ating mga mata kay Hesus, buksan ang puso kay Hesus, buksan ang tainga sa Kan’yang salita, at kahit hindi nga natin S’ya lubusang maunawaan, h’wag bibitaw sa Kan’ya upang matuto tayo sa Kan’ya, ganito ang kabanalan.

    Ganito ang holiness, ganito ang pakikitungo ng Diyos sa atin. At harinawa, tayo ay tumulad sa Kan’ya, sumunod sa Kan’ya. Itong linggo ng palaspas o ang tawag po natin, linggo ng pagpapakasakit N’ya, Passion Sunday, ang pakiusap po sa atin, sumunod kay Hesus. Malimit kong sabihin kapag tayo ay mamamasyal, maraming gustong sumama sa atin. Kapag ikaw ay maglilibre sa restaurant, maraming susunod sa iyo.

    Kapag ikaw ay mamumudmod ng benepisyo, kay rami-raming susunod! Kapag nagbalita ka, mamimigay ako ng 2,000, ang dami-daming susunod pero kapag [mayroon] sa kabila magsasabing, “3,000!” iiwanan ka! Pupunta doon sa 3,000. Pero kapag ikaw ay pupunta sa kalbaryo may sasama kaya? Ang nangyari kay Hesus, iniwanan S’ya ng mga alagad, kaya naghahanap si Hesus ngayon.

    Ginunita natin ang pagpasok N’ya sa Jerusalem. Sinalubong ng mga nagkakantahan at nagwawagayway, pero hanggang kailan yan magtatagal? Kapag S’ya ay nandoon na sa krus, may susunod pa ba? Nandito sa ating parokya ang Kan’yang inaanyayahan, “tumingin kayo sa akin, sumunod kayo sa akin.” At h’wag po tayong maghintay, “hindi ako karapatdapat, makasalanan ako! Hindi ako makakasunod sa iyo Hesus.”

    Kalimitan ‘yon ay ating dahilan lamang para talaga hindi sumunod. Sa narinig nating ebanghelyo, sino ang mga sumunod? Si Simon na taga Sirene. Galing sa bukid, nag trabaho, na tyempo, nakita s’ya ng mga sundalo, “halika! Pasanin mo ang krus ni Hesus.” Napilitan, walang plano, pero s’ya ang sumabay kay Hesus. Tayong mga minsang tatakot-takot, nag-aalinlangan, h’wag kang mag-alala, pwede kang sumunod kay Hesus. Ang mga kababaihan, tumatangis para kay Hesus, sumusunod, matapang, nalulungkot.

    Sila ang nakarinig ng mabuting balita kay Hesus. “H’wag Ako ang tangisan ninyo, tangisan ninyo ang inyong sarili, tangisan ninyo ang mga anak ninyo, tangisan ninyo ang mga marami pa na ipapako sa krus, h’wag Ako.”

    Binabaling ni Hesus ang kanilang mga mata at puso sa iba pang mga nagdurusa. Kababaihan, kayo ang matatapang, kayo ang hindi nag-iwan kay Hesus, patuloy kayong sumunod kay Hesus at patuloy kayong lumapit sa mga nagdurusa sa mundo. Yaong isang makasalanang nakapako kasama ni Hesus, yung isa sinusumbatan si Hesus.

    ‘Di ba ikaw ang mesiyas, patunayan mo! Iligtas moa ng sarili mo, iligtas mo kami.” Pero yung isa, makasalanan, inamin ang kasalanan n’ya, pinagalitan pa nga n’ya yung isa, sabi n’ya, “Tayong dalawa, dapat talaga ipako kasi makasalanan.

    Ito si Hesus, inosente,” at s’ya ay sumunod kay Hesus. “Alalahanin mo ako sa iyong paghahari.” At ipinangako ni Hesus, “Ngayon pa man, kasama ka sa paraiso.” Makasalanan tayong lahat, dapat tayo ang ipinapako, pero pwedeng sumunod kay Hesus.

    Mga kapatid, may iba-iba tayong kwento, yung iba sa inyo parang Simon ng Sirene. Palakad-lakad lang d’yan baka tawagin ka, sumunod kay Hesus, sumama ka! baka ikaw ay tumatangis, awang-awa sa isang nagdurusa, sa isang nagugutom, tumangis ka, kasama ‘yan sa pagsunod kay Hesus.

    Makasalanan tayong lahat pero hindi ‘yan balakid para sumunod kay Hesus hanggang sa paraiso. ‘Yan ang magpapabanal sa linggong ito. Ang inapi, ang niluran, ang nilapastangan na si Hesus, ano ang ganti sa atin? Pagpapatawad, pang-unawa, paraiso.

    S’ya ang dahilan bakit banal ang linggong ito. Holy Week. At sana, maging banal din tayo, papaano? Titigan mo si Hesus, sumunod kay Hesus kahit hindi karapatdapat, mahalin si Hesus at gawin ang Kan’yang halimbawa.

    Mga kapatid sino po kayo? Si Simon ng Sirene, kababaihang tumatangis, o yung magnanakaw na nakapako? Sa mga magnanakaw, may pag-asa ka, sumunod ka kay Hesus, hanggang sa paraiso. (Radio Veritas/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle leads Holy Week Rites at Manila Cathedral


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle leads the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila in the Holy Week activities at the Manila Cathedral.

    Cardinal Tagle presided at the Palm Sunday Mass on April 14, 2019, at 7 am. 

    Palm Sunday is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. It is a day in which the Church enters upon the mystery of Death, Burial and Resurrection of the Lord. It commemorates Christ’s arrival at Jerusalem a few days before he was crucified. 

    Cardinal Tagle blessed the palms of the people at Plaza Roma in front of the Cathedral. It was followed by the procession of the people and the main celebrant into the church and served as the entrance rite of the Mass.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle blesses the palms of the people in front of Plaza Roma in Intramuros before the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on April 14, 2019. (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC)

    At 7 in the morning of Holy Thursday, April 18, Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Chrism Mass, “one of the principal expressions of the fullness of the Bishop’s priesthood.” During this Mass, all the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila gather at Manila Cathedral as a sign of unity and brotherhood. The chrism or holy oil is also blessed during the Mass.

    At 5 in the afternoon, Cardinal Tagle will again preside at Mass commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles. In line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth, Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of 12 young people with different backgrounds and experiences.

    On April 19, Good Friday, there will be a Station of the Cross at 8:30 in the morning while the Seven Last Words will start at 12 noon. The Mass for the Commemoration of the Lord's Passion will start at 3 pm. The celebration consists of three parts, namely, the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.

    The Easter Vigil Mass will be at 8 pm on April 20.

    Confessions will be held on Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Holy Wednesday (8-9 am, 11 to 12 noon, and 4-5 pm); Holy Thursday (10 am to 5 pm and 7 pm to 12 midnight); and Good Friday (8 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 7 pm). (Jheng M. Prado - RCAM-AOC)

  • Caritas Manila holds Holy Women of Lent exhibit and Segunda Mana Expo

    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila holds an exhibit entitled Holy Women of Lent and the Segunda Mana Expo at the Starmall EDSA Activity Center in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, from April 2-14, 2019.

    Holy Women of Lent exhibit showcases dozens of life-size images of women saints that came from as far as Angono in Rizal and Paete in Laguna. The images will be put on display for public veneration. 

    Officials and Administrators of Starmall lead the opening of the Holy Women of Lent exhibit and Segunda Mana Expo 
    (Photo Credit: James Conception/Public Relations Office-Veritas 846)

    The exhibit was accompanied by the opening of Segunda Mana Expo of pre-loved items like clothes, shoes, bags, toys, home, and fashion accessories. These items are all donated by generous organizations and individuals. The items are offered at a reasonable price for consumers to respond to the call of charity works during Lenten season.

    The two events are part of Caritas Manila’s mission of inculcating to its faithful the value of giving as a way of life.

    The event was attended by the officials and administrators of Starmall.

    For inquiries about the event and how to donate, you may call 563-9311, 564-0205, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857 and you may visit their website at caritasmanila.org.ph or email them This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP-ECSC holds regional media workshop for Catholic media ministers


    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines- Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) conducted a three-day regional workshop for Social Communication Directors and Catholic media practitioners. The event was held at the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) from March 20-22, 2019.

    Catholic media ministers and practitioners gather for a three-day regional media workshop at the Communication Foundation for Asia in Sta. Mesa, Manila from March 20-22, 2019. (Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring/RCAM-AOC)

    Dubbed with the theme “Empowering you with the Truth in this Digital Age,” the workshop aims to properly educate, train, and equip the Catholic media practitioners with the skills to be online missionaries.

    “We hope to gain expertise in the creation, management, and dissemination of information to effectively influence public opinion according to Gospel values,” said CBCP-ECSC president Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara in his letter of invitation to the Catholic SOCOM practitioners.

    The workshop commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Bishop Vergara followed by the welcoming of participants from the different dioceses and archdioceses in the country.

    Rev. Fr. Joselito Jopson, CBCP-ECSC Executive Secretary gave his welcome remarks and discussed the important mission of communication in this digital age by telling the Catholic media practitioners that “Media must be guided with moral principles” and “communications must state the truth”.

    Ms. Sally Jo Bellosillo, President and CEO of Caelestics Production Inc., was the guest speaker during the conference. Among the topics she discussed were: Editorial Management and Content Creation, Brand Narrative Creation for multiple medium especially for Social Media, How the Church is the Competitive Voice to mainstream Media and the Voice of the Truth, and Crisis Management

    In his homily during Mass to culminate the three-day workshop, Fr. Jopson took note of the important role of the Church to its faithful especially social media has been the main source of evangelization nowadays.

    He cited that upon entering the digital age where there is a widespread proliferation of fake news, the Church should lead the people to Christ, who himself is the only truth.

    “No matter what fake news does to people, we cannot underestimate the power of truth. Indeed, the truth shall set us free. We pursue that path of truth in our chosen apostolate and consequently leads the people to the truth,” Fr. Jopson said.

    “So, dear Catholic media practitioners, persevere in the Lord in the search for truth. This will lead the whole Church into our long-desired freedom in the Lord,” he added.

    Hearing from the point of view of a Catholic media practitioner, Sr. Maricris Licup, FMM, from the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Diocese of Cubao had expressed her thoughts on the various activities she engaged in during the workshop.

    As Catholic media practitioners, she said the workshop deepened her conviction that the priests, religious, and lay media practitioners should collaborate to put their acts together.

    “We aspire to inspire God’s people to see the glory of God through our good deeds and in turn bring them back to the fold,” Sr. Maricris said.

    Father Ilde Dimaano, SOCOM head of the Diocese of Batangas, said that he sees the communication crisis in the Church as a “challenge to convince Church workers, clergy and lay alike, to also get involved in this epic endeavor, to continuously believe in the power of truth using Church media”.

    He also urged the Catholic media practitioners “to be more assertive in the spread of good and be more diligent in the work of seeking what is true and just”.

    The three-day regional media workshop was in coordination with the Communication Foundation for Asia.

    On August 2019, the 5th National Catholic Media Convention which is also a project of the CBCP-ECSC will be held in Lipa, Batangas. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila Commission on Youth to hold Catequiz 2019


    The Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold its 7th San Pedro Calungsod Catequiz on April 6, 2019, at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium, Paco Catholic School Paco, Manila from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Catequiz 2019 is the commission’s response to the call of New Evangelization. It aims to instill in the youth the love for the person of Christ and to appreciate the teachings of Christ. 

    Guidelines and Mechanics

    This year’s Catequiz will highlight the celebration of the Year of the Youth as part of the preparation of the 500 years of Christianity in the country in 2021.

    The Catequiz will be held in three phases namely: Elimination Round, Semi-Final Round, and Final Round. Questions related to the celebration will be coming from the following sources: 
    1. Scriptures passages relevant to the youth issues
    2. Church Documents relevant to the youth issues
    3. Open Letter of the Youth to the Bishops.

    The contest is open to all youth ages 13-21, 1 team per parish, organization, campus, dormitory, CEAP Manila School, and RCAM-ES School in the Archdiocese of Manila.

    Each team is composed of 5 members (one acts as team captain), one adviser and 2 reserved contestants. They must be certified and endorsed as active members of their parish, organization, campus or dormitory.

    In his circular letter, Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan expressed the significance of the event in communion with the youth.

    “Please encourage young people to participate and come together as a community to learn more about the Catholic Social Teachings and have enriching interaction with fellow youth,” Fr. Licanan said.
    For inquiries, please call the Youth office at 523-2814 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pope names 2 new Filipino bishops


    Pope Francis on Monday has made two appointments in the Philippines.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews


    At 7 pm today, he named Fr. Cosme Almedilla as the new bishop of Butuan and Claretian Fr. Leo Dalmao as prelate of Isabela in Basilan.

    Almedilla, a clergy of the Diocese of Talibon, succeeds Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos who died in October 2017.

    A native of San Miguel, Bohol, the bishop-elect is a product of the St. John XXII College Seminary in Malaybalay City and the Loyola School of Theology (LST) in the Ateneo De Manila University.

    He was ordained a priest on Aug. 4, 1987.

    Upon his appointment, the 60-year-old priest has been serving at the Holy Child Parish in Ubay, Bohol.

    Among his previous assignments include being the spiritual director at the John XXII College Seminary, Director of the Holy Child Academy in Bohol, and chaplain at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City.

    Since 2015, Almedill, who is also known for promoting the Basic Ecclesial Community movement, has been Assistant Pastoral Director of the Talibon diocese.

    Dalmao, meanwhile, will take over the post from Martin Jumoad, who was appointed archbishop of Ozamiz in October 2016.

    The bishop-elect is currently serving as Consultor and the Prefect of Formation at the Istituto Guiridico Claretiano in Rome, Italy.

    At 49, he will be the first Filipino Claretian to join the College of Bishops. 

    Born in Tagbilaran City, also in Bohol, he entered the Congregation in 1986 and studied philosophy at Claret Formation Center, now known as St. Anthony Mary Claret College.

    After his theology studies at the LST, he was ordained priest by the late Bishop Emeritus José María Querejeta Mendizábal of Isabela in 1997.

    Mendizábal was a Spanish missionary who served as the first Claretian bishop in the Philippines.

    Bishop-elect Dalmao is not new to the prelature. After his ordination, he was assigned in Basilan where he served as project coordinator for indigenous people Samal-Badjau.

    “Fr. Dalmao’s years of stay in the place provided him a chance to know and experience the life and mission of the Claretians in the whole southern Philippines,” his Congregation said.

    In 2000, he was named Prefect of Students and three years later, became Novice Master while serving as Consultor and Prefect of Formation of the Philippine Province.

    Ten years later, he was elected as superior of the Philippine Province of the Claretian Missionaries.

    While serving the post, he was also elected as co-chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines until he was transferred to Rome in 2015.

    Dalmao remains to be the first and the only Filipino priest elected to the general government of the Claretians worldwide. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • KRUS NG ATING KALIGTASAN, GABAY NG MGA KABATAAN (97th Founding Anniversary of Kambal na Krus)


    With praise and thanksgiving to God, Kambal na Krus Chapel celebrated its 97th Founding Anniversary last March 23, 2019, and its Community Fiesta last March 16-17, 2019 with the theme: “KRUS NG KALIGTASAN, GABAY NG MGA KABATAAN.”

    Photo by Eijay Valerio de Paz / SOCOM - St. Joseph Parish, Tondo

    A triduum of Masses preceded the day of Fiesta. This was presided by the following:  
    March 13 – Rev. Msgr. Sabino A. Vengco, Jr., President, Kadiwa Foundation for Priests
    March 14 – Rev. Msgr. Claro Matt M. Garcia, Parish Priest, St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish
    March 15 – Rev. Fr. Nolan A. Que, School Director, Cluster V and VI of the RCAM-ES. 

    On March 16, Bisperas ng Kapistahan, the Holy Mass presided Rev. Fr. Conegundo B. Garganta, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Episcopal Commission on Youth

    On the day of its Fiesta, March 17, 2019, Sunday, the 10:00 a.m. Misang Maringal was presided by Rev. Fr. Estelito L. Villegas, Rector/Parish Priest of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño with Rev. Fr. Marlon M. Reyes, SSS, a homegrown parishioner of the parish and the chapel who resides at Barangay 147 of Tondo, Manila as concelebrant. 

    The 5:00 p.m. Pontifical Fiesta Solemn High Mass was presided by the Bishop-Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan, His Excellency, the Most Rev. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr. D.D. with Rev. Fr. Joselino B. Tuazon, Parish Priest of St. Joseph Parish Gagalangin as concelebrant.  In his homily, Bishop Iñiguez emphasized the importance of the message of the cross that were sent to the community.  "Ang ating pinararangalan sa ating pagdiriwang na ito dito sa ating lugar ay ang inyong Kambal na Krus - isang nangyari dito sa inyong lugar na inyong tinanggap na isang pagpapahayag ng Diyos sa inyo ng kahalagahan ng naganap sa Krus." 

    The Pontifical Mass was followed by the Maringal na Prusisyon which were attended by thousands of devotees from the different parts of the cities and provinces, who comes to the chapel every year during the day of its Fiesta.

    The 97 founding anniversary of Kambal na Krus was celebrated on March 23, 2019. The following activities were held: Peeling of the Chapel’s Bells at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon– the actual time when the crosses were found and a Solemn High Mass at 8:00 o’clock in the evening presided by Rev. Fr. Joselino B. Tuazon, Parish Priest. 

    The fiesta commemorates the allegedly miraculous properties of the chapel's twin crosses.

    The KAMBAL NA KRUS CHAPEL is a visita that lies in the heart of Tondo situated along Raxabago Street. The chapel is under the jurisdiction of St. Joseph Parish Gagalangin and covers seven barangays such as Barangays 147, 149, 150, 151, 154, 157, 158 and 160. Its feast day is celebrated during the third Sunday of March.  The Kambal Na Krus was founded by a young laborer named, Crispino Lacandaso who was chopping wood from a felled, hundred-year-old Sampalok tree on an empty lot at 1885 Juan Luna St. Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila. Lacandaso initially had difficulty in cutting the trunk, but upon finally, cleaving in twain, he saw a dark cross on the base, imprinted on both halves of the wood. 

    The pieces of wood were subsequently encased in glass, and devotees from other parts of the city flocked to the site, and a small chapel was later built to enshrine the wood. The 2009 renovation completely altered the Chapel, adding a second altar and two more floors to the structure. On the second floor is the new choir loft, while a rooftop area and bellcote are on the third. The altar was also overhauled, and the Chapel received a new set of liturgical vessels. (Eijay Valerio de Paz / SOCOM - St. Joseph Parish, Tondo)

  • Santisima Trinidad parish celebrates silver jubilee


    The Santisima Trinidad Parish in Malate celebrated its Silver Jubilee on March 25, 2019, with a Thanksgiving Mass presided over by Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches Teodoro Bacani, Jr. at 6 p.m.

    A Trinity Congress was held on March 2, 9, and 16 where Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided at the Closing Mass of the Congress.

    A Triduum Mass at 6 p.m. was also held from March 22-24, 2019, led by Rev. Fr. Domingo Baybay, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, and Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales respectively.

    Photo Credit: Santisima Trinidad Parish Facebook Page

    Other activities include: Medical Mission, Palarong Pinoy, Sayaw Santatlo, and Parada Bente Singko.

    In his homily, Cardinal Rosales reminded the faithful that God’s love never ceases even though at times we run away from him.

    “To know this God, who is good, who is God and above all He loves you. Never mind kahit ganyan ka, you will change but God never change in His love for you,” Cardinal Rosales said.

    The theme for the celebration is “Dalawampu’t limang taong pag-alala sa Dalawampu’t limang taong pagpapala.” (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle urges faithful to join Earth Hour 2019


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle urged the faithful to take part in this year’s Earth Hour on Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening.

    “Medyo patayin muna natin ang mga appliances at mga gamit na may kuryente para pagpahingahin muna natin ang kalikasan. At ang atin pong kalikasan na makapagpapahinga ay magtatagal ang buhay para naman ang ating buhay ay sumagana,” Cardinal Tagle said in his video message for Earth Hour 2019.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle / File Photo (RCAM-AOC)

    Radio Veritas, the Catholic Radio Station of the Archdiocese of Manila will broadcast a special program called “Ang Banal na Oras para sa Kalikasan” on Saturday, March 25 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. 

    The program will be an occasion for reflection, prayer, and sharing of the different Ecumenical groups at Our Lady of Remedies Parish (Malate Church).

    The Earth Hour activities at the Globe Circuit Events Ground in Makati will also be heard live at Radio Veritas.

    Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is an annual environmental campaign that aims to increase awareness on the different effects of climate change. During Earth Hour, individuals are asked to switch off their lights and some appliances that are not being used at home and in the office for an hour and shine a light on climate action.

    The first Earth Hour started as a lights-off event in Sydney Australia in 2007 and the Philippines was first among Asian countries to participate in Earth Hour in 2008. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle for the Solemn Canonical Coronation of Virgen de la Rosa


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Solemn Canonical Coronation of Virgen de la Rosa at the Saints Peter and Paul Parish on March 16, 2019.

    We thank God for gathering us as one church, as one community, as one family of faith on this beautiful day.

    Salamat umulan, may mga nagtatanong ito ba raw ay dahil sa cloud seeding or prayers? Sabi ko prayers! Siyempre prayers! And we thank the Lord for this day, Saturday, traditionally dedicated to our Blessed Mother and today in this historic parish we will honor her in a special way.

    Photo Credit TV Maria

    Thanks to the special grace from the Holy Father Pope Francis we will have the Canonical Coronation of our Lady – Virgen Dela Rosa De Makati. (Applause) And our day is really made more special by the presence of our dear Cardinal ang ipinagbubunyi ng langit at lupa ang Kanyang Kabunyian Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.

    And our beloved Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency Gabrielle Caccia, Thank you. Our Brother Bishops and Archbishops, the religious men and women, the Government officials and all of you maraming salamat po.

    Dela Rosa… Virgen Dela Rosa, Rose. Even outside of Christianity the flower called Rose has been associated with different Goddesses, even Aphrodite the Goddess of love and especially the color red, love, and no wonder our Lady would also be associated with the rose, in fact, the most popular prayer is the ROSE-ary.

    Galing pa rin sa rose ano po? Maraming gumaganun, (tumatango) “ah oo nga ano”… parang ngayon lang natin nai-konekta yung rosary sa rose. Sometimes the most obvious of things are the things that we forget. Kaya kung tutuusin every family that prays the rosary, actually crowns the Virgin of the rose.

    She is not only here in Makati, but she is also everywhere, where we celebrate love, and we pray the rosary. But what is the coronation all about? Crowning, well, even from ancient of times the coronation is recognition of the sovereign power and the glory of a monarch so it is associated with people who have a special or particular status, especially in the monarchy.

    It is associated with sovereignty, with power, with authority, and because they are crowned, then the people must pay homage, there is a corresponding response to someone who is crowned. But what is the crown of the Blessed Mother? Why do we crown her? Why – What is her claim to sovereignty? What is her claim to glory? What is the status that we are recognizing in this coronation?

    From what we have heard in the reading and from what we know of the person and the mission of Mary, we know that her crown derives from the crown of Jesus her son, in reality, Jesus is her crown.

    The angel told her that she will conceive a child who will be called the son of God, the highest God, the highest of all sovereign rulers. Her son possesses the eternal crown and Mary will be crowned only because of her connection with her son. And our readings for today indicate for us some of the jewels of the crown of Mary.

    Hindi ko po tatapusin lahat kasi baka abutin tayo ng Easter sa hindi natin mabilang na mga bahagi nitong mga mysteries of the crown of Mary, but base on the readings let me focus on a few.

    First, the angel greeted her, “Rejoice!” we have translated it into “Hail!” kasi parang mas bagay sa hari o reyna, “Hail!” But the greeting of the angel was very simple “rejoice,” and why should she rejoice? You are full of grace, you have found favor with God, and this is the first jewel in the crown of Mary. Whatever joy she experiences, it is because God has favored her, God has seen something in her to merit God’s complete love.

    Grace is not a thing, Grace is God Himself, the Lord is with you. If the Lord is with us then you are happy, you experience the joy that the world cannot give. Mary’s crown reminds everyone to find joy in the presence of God in their lives.

    Itong araw na ito tinatanong po tayo, Ano ho ba ang nagpapaligaya sa atin? shopping? discounts? Yung nadapa yung kagalit mo? matuwa tayo! Yung kinaiisan ko nadapa!

    Well, that is not the crown of Mary. The crown of Mary is very simple, “the Lord is with you” and that is the cause of joy, no other jewel could match or surpass God in one’s life.

    The second crown is the humility of Mary. In fact, her admission of her incapacity to do the mission entrusted to her, sabi po ng anghel.“Huwag kang matakot, kasi ikaw ay kinalulugdan ng Diyos!” Pero, basta mayroong biyaya ang Diyos, mayroon ding misyon.

    “Maglilihi ka at mangangak ng isang lalaki at tatawagin mo siyang Hesus.” Meaning – God saves. Now that mission could have been construed by somebody else as an honor, just an honor. If Mary were not full of grace, if Mary did not have God’s abiding presence, Mary would have said, “Ako ang napili!? Sa dami ng babae ako!? Wow! Espesyal ako.Wow! pakisabi sa Diyos he made the right choice.”

    (Audience laughs) “I’m truly blessed among women” At siguro kapag bisita niya kay Elizabeth, hindi magnificat ang sasabihin niya kun’di sasabihin niya… “Elizabeth, better luck next time, panahon ko ngayon! Ako ang nagwagi! Maghintay ka.Beth! Sana may chance ka pa.” But no, that’s not the crown of Mary.

    The first thing that Mary said to the angel… ”How could this be? How? I don’t have a husband”… By saying this, Mary adds a jewel to her crown. She is in communion with the many humble, helpless people of her time and of all ages. She has united herself with people who almost say every day, “how can this be?” How can I provide water for my family? How can I provide food on the table? How can I find a decent job?

    And we unite ourselves with our brothers and sisters in New Zealand, our brothers and sisters praying in the mosque who were attacked at the moment of prayer and some of them, now the survivors asking, “how could this happen?

    When you are communing with God something contrary to God happens to you. There are so many people whose daily life is inadequacy, helplessness and Mary did not make use of her calling to separate herself from them, to forget them.

    In fact, in her magnificat, she sang God’s praises. She sang a song of hope not only for herself but for the poor, the hungry, the humble. The woman crowned as the mother of God is a humble woman whose heart beats with the helplessness, with the cries, with the pains of the humble people of every generation.

    Kasi po tayo kung minsan kapag nalagyan (gesturing on his head) hindi nga ng korona eh. Minsan katiting lang,parang umaangat na tayo sa pakiki-ugnay sa ibang tao. Minsan nga yung simpleng kapitbahay na naglalakad-lakad lang naman diyan, kapag naging barangay tanod aba nakoronahan na, at pati ang pagsasalita na iba na, dati halimbawa…” Ay mang Chito kamusta ho? naging barangay tanod… “Ay mang Chito!”… “Yes? What can i do for you?”(Modulated voice) reminding people that, “Hey! I have additional weight.

    I have additional honor and we are not similar anymore. Para bagang yung makilala ka na mahina, katulad ng iba ay kasiraan sa iyong korona, not with Mary. Part of the jewel of Mary is to remain the sister of the helpless and the poor that’s why she is not the only mother of Jesus but Mother of the Church, The body of Christ of the many, many people who rely on God.

    And finally po, the crown of servanthood. “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word.” To be a servant of the Lord does not mean only doing things for the Lord. During the time of Jesus and Mary to be a servant of someone means I belong to the one who I serve. More than work, it is about belongingness, to whom do I belong? And if I belong to the Lord I will serve the Lord.

    No wonder Jesus will say, you cannot serve both God and money. Now, but if you belong to money, you will serve money, but if you belong to the Lord, you will serve the Lord. It is not just action; it is about belonging. If I belong to the Lord, I will serve the Lord.

    This is the jewel, another jewel on the crown of Mary. She proudly proclaims, “I belong to God and so my service will be rendered to God.” This is the glory of Mary, the glory of someone who trusts that the Lord is with her, the glory of someone who remains in solidarity with many poor helpless people and the jewel of someone who says I belong to the Lord so I will serve the Lord.

    These are the same jewels we find on the crown of her son Jesus and we hope that all of us, children of Mary, Devotees of Mary, especially the parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul, this parish which is the home of the Virgen De la Rosa De Makati.

    We hope on this day and from this day forward our crown will be the crown of Mary, rejoicing in the Lord, rejoicing in solidarity with the poor, rejoicing in belonging to God and serving God.

    Kaya po kung hindi ganyan ang ating korona tanggalin na, ‘wag nang ipamigay baka susuotin pa yan ng iba, durugin n’yo na o kaya itago n’yo na at i-lock na at ngayon ibang korona na ang isuot. Yung korona na ipinamana ni Jesus sa kan’yang ina at atin namang isusuot bilang mga anak ni Maria.

    Tatapusin ko po ito sa isang kwento. Kanina, I said let us unite ourselves with our Muslim brothers and sister who were massacred in the mosque, the two mosques in New Zealand and we are afraid that this is another form of terrorism that targets just anyone.

    I just came back from Syria and we visited some of the communities that had been really affected by the war for the past 8 years. Huwag naman mangyayari po sa atin, no more war please, no more.

    Parang yung sinabi ni Saint Paul VI when he visited the United Nations during the 2nd Vatican Council, “Jamais plus la Guerre, Jamais plus la Guerre!” “No more war, not ever again!” Try to imagine coming here to Makati and on both sides the buildings the houses have been reduced to rubble.

    Sabi ko nga, iba yung nakikita mo sa TV iba yung nakikita mo sa print at kapag nandun ka. I visited a clinic administered by Caritas Syria. And when I was introduced to the patients, one woman obviously a Muslim woman approached me and through an interpreter said, “My two sons had died of cancer and my only daughter has cancer.

    We don’t even have water and food, how could I send her to a hospital?” You are as helpless as she is, then she smiled she said, “but thanks to people like you, thanks to Caritas, thanks to these volunteers, we know we are not alone.”

    This suffering mother is wearing a crown. Pope Benedict said, “Beauty, beauty for us is found in the crucified one. Beauty, found in a body mangled, humiliated but made beautiful because if exudes total love.

    Finding beauty in what the world considers ugly. Mary stood at the foot of the cross of her son, the son crowned with thorns an ugly site but she stood there and found the mysterious beauty of crucified love.

    Where do we locate beauty? Mary teaches us the way. May our celebration today enable us to be people of faith and hope seeing beauty even when the world declares that is ugly.

    Artists see what the rest do not see. People of faith see the beauty that only God, the Artist can paint, can recite and can sing of. Let us pause and prepare ourselves for this solemn right of canonical coronation.

    Let us ask the Lord to fill us with His presence, the way He filled Mary. And may we be consoled by our solidarity with those that world considers ugly, detestable, so that we may convey to them the beauty of mercy, compassion, and hope. (Radio Veritas/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Pope names new Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese


    Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Fidelis Layog as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.

    A priest of the same archdiocese, the bishop-elect is currently serving at the Our Lady of Purification Parish in Binmaley, Pangasinan.

    The appointment was made public in Rome at 12 noon (7:00 p.m. local time) on Saturday, March 18.

    Pope Francis appoints Fr. Fidelis Layog as Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan on Monday, March 18. (Photo Credit: CBCPNews)

    Fr. Layog was born in Dagupan City on November 20, 1968.

    He studied philosophy at Mary Help of Christians College Seminary and theology at the Immaculate Conception School of Theology in Vigan City.

    After his priestly ordination on April 29, 1996, Layog spent the first four years of priesthood as Prefect of Discipline at the at the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary in Dagupan City.

    In 2003, he also obtained a degree in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome.

    Back in the diocese, after years of study in Rome, he was:

    Parish priest of the Holy Family Parish in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan (2006-2009)

    Parish Priest of St. Peter and Paul Parish in Calasiao, Pangasinan and Vicar Forane (2011-2014)

    Director of Mapandan Catholic School (2014-2016).

    Aside from being a parish priest in Binmaley, he is also the Director of St. Columban Institute of Domalandan in Lingayen, Pangasinan since 2017.

    As auxiliary bishop, Layog will assist Archbishop Socrates Villegas in running the archdiocese. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily delivered by Cardinal Tagle during the 33rd National Migrants' Sunday


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 33rd National Migrants Sunday on March 10, 2019, at the Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish in Pasay City.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po una sa lahat ay nagpapasalamat sa Diyos na tumatawag sa atin at nagtipon bilang isang sambayanan ngayong unang Linggo ng kuwaresma.

    Ang apatnapung araw ng kuwaresma ay paanyaya sa atin na maghanda na makipaglakbay kasama ni Hesus.

    Saan ba pupunta si Hesus? Sa Jerusalem, upang doon ay Kan’yang tuparin ang misyon na ialay ang buong buhay bilang pagtalima sa Diyos Ama at pagmamahal sa atin.

    ‘Yong mga alagad N’ya nangako, “sasama kami sa iyo hanggang Jerusalem.” Pero noong hinuhuli na si Hesus, iniwanan na nila si Hesus.

    Photo file: RCAM-AOC


    Tayo sabi natin sa Salmo Responsoryo, “Poon ko samahan mo ako sa aking dusa ay kahirapan,” e kung sabihin naman ni Hesus, “Kayo samahan ninyo naman ako sa aking dusa at kahirapan,” sasama ba tayo?

    Kaya itong apatnapung araw, paghahanda natin para talagang samahan natin si Hesus, dahil S’ya nangako, sasamahan N’ya tayo. Kapag tayo ay pupunta sa shopping, mag-sho-shopping, ang daming gustong sumama. Kapag manonood ng sine, lalo na kapag libre, ang daming sasama. Kapag may libreng tanghalian, ang daming sasama.

    Pero kapag sumama ka sa Akin, pasanin mo ang Krus, ialay mo ang iyong buhay para sa kapwa’t sa Diyos, may sasama kaya?

    Ang paglalakbay ni Hesus patungo sa Kan’yang kalbaryo ay napaka lungkot, hindi lamang dahil sa hirap ng katawan at isip, ito ay lalo nang mahirap dahil iniwanan S’ya ng Kan’yang mga kaibigan.

    Papaano tayo maghahanda para masamahan si Hesus sa Kan’yang pagpunta sa kalbaryo? Ito pong mga darating na araw ay nag-aalay sa atin ng mga aral, mga pagninilay para kung papa’no tayong sinamahan ni Hesus sa ating paglalakbay, samahan din natin S’ya.

    Sa araw na ito ang mga pagbasa ay tungkol sa ating paglalakbay sa pananampalataya. Sa unang pagbasa, pinaalaala ni Moises sa bayang Israel, “sinamahan kayo ng Diyos sa inyong paglalakbay, mula sa pagkaalipin sa Ehipto hanggang kayo ay makalaya.”

    Kaya taun-taon, huwag n’yong kalilimutan na kayo ay bale wala na mga tao pero minahal kayo ng Diyos. Huwag n’yong kalilimutan ‘yon kung paano kayo pinulot ng Diyos sa kawalan, hinubog, minahal, ginawang kan’yang bayan, at harinawa kapag naalaala ‘yon, magpasalamat sa Diyos, mag-alay ng papuri, mag-alay ng mga ani ninyo sa lupa.

    Dati wala kayong lupa ngayon meron na kayong natatamnan, huwag n’yong kalilimutan iyan ay dahil sinamahan kayo ng Diyos.

    Ito po ang isang aral natin, alalahanin, gunitain, papaano tayo sinamahan ng Diyos at magpasalamat. Tayo po kasi madaling makalimot, kaya ang paglalakbay natin paputo-putol.

    Halimbawa, kapag nawalan ng trabaho, “Diyos ko! Diyos ko! Samahan mo ako!” kapag nagkatrabaho na, good time na, good time! Gastos dito, gastos doon, nakakalimutan na ang Diyos. Tapos, sa sobrang kain, tataas ang blood pressure, tataas ang diabetes, tawag na naman sa Diyos, “Diyos ko! Diyos ko!” tapos kapag maayos na naman, nakalimutan na naman, litson dito, chicharon dyan, kaya ang ating buhay, paputol-putol, kulang sa memory.

    Ang paglalakbay natin sa buhay, sa kamay ng Diyos ay isang napakagandang alaala, kapag nakalimutan, napuputol ang paglalakbay. Kaya nga sa misa, ano ang bilin ni Hesus, “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa Akin.

    Dahil hindi kita malilimutan, hindi Ko kayo kinakalimutan, pero bakit Ako ay inyong nakakalimutan? Sa ikalawang pagbasa naman, hindi lang pala sapat na naalaala natin ang kabutihan ng Diyos at salita ng Diyos, ang naaalaala natin, ipahayag, ibahagi i-share.

    Sabi ni San Pablo, ang salita ng Diyos malapit sa inyo, nasa inyong puso. Pero kung malapit na sa puso, sana nasa labi rin, ipinahahayag. Huwag sarilinin ang alaala ng salita ng Diyos, ibahagi.

    Mga kapatid, bahagi ng ating paglalakbay kasama ni Hesus ay ang misyon, ngayon ang labi ng tao parang punong puno ng galit. Sabi nga nila ngayon kumakalat ang tinatawag nating hate speech, Yun bang nagiging uso yung salita na hindi maganda at tinatanggap nalang, Yung salitang naninira, yung salitang nakakasakit parang ano nayon ngayon uso?

    Uso kapag magalang kang magsalita parang wala ka sa moda, Parang ang pagiging magalang ay pinagtatawanan parang ngayon katanggap tanggap kapag ang dila mo ay matalas at marumi.

    Hindi yon ang sinasabi sa atin ni Hesus, kung bubukas ang bibig mo sana salita ng Diyos na malapit rin sa iyong puso. Mga bata na nandito huwag n’yong tutularan ang hindi magandang halimbawa nang mga nakakatanda na ang pagsasalita ay magaspang.

    Kapag magaspang ang pagsasalita gagaspang narin ang iyong mukha, kahit na ano pang sabon ang gamitin mo, kahit ano pang pabango ang gamitin mo, kahit ano pa ang isuot mo, magaspang! Alalahanin, gunitain ang kabutihan ng Diyos sa atin at ang malapit sa puso mo ipahayag ng iyong labi.

    Pero siyempre yang paglalakbay na ‘yan hindi laging mapanatag. Sa ebanghelyo maraming tukso, para ang paglalakbay natin sa pananampalataya ay mapigilan. Si Jesus nga tinukso, ano yung mga tukso niya? Kapareho ng mga tukso na nararanasan natin. Halimbawa, “patunayan mo ang sarili mo!” yung tukso ba na magyabang, “kung ikaw nga ang anak ng Diyos, sige nga itong mga bato gawin mong tinapay patunayan mo ang sarili mo.

    Yun tayo, yung tukso na hindi naman ‘yung kabutihan na gagawin kun’di patunayan mo na meron kang masasabi.

    Mag e-eleksyon na naman lahat pinatutunayan ang kanilang sarili. Wala pa akong narinig na nangampanya na nagsabi, “Ako po, mahina, hindi ko po kaya ito, kaya magtulong-tulong po tayo.”

    Naku walang ganyan! Ang lahat nang nangangampanya siya ang magaling. Tukso layuan mo ako! Pinaniniwala tayo na kaya nila lahat yon? hindi mo kaya baby! Aminin mo! Kapag doon nagsimula sa panglilinlang “Kaya ko ito!” tukso yan, ano na mangyayari? Sa simula palang gano’n na eh ano mangyayari?

    ‘Yung ikalawang tukso, naku po, “palitan mo na ang Diyos ako na ang sambahin mo, ang demonyo ang sambahin.” Ang demonyo ang magbibigay sayo ng kapangyarihan hindi ang Diyos. Kapag ang demonyo ang kinuhanan ng kapangyarihan, hindi na paglilingkod ang mangyayari, abuso na sa kapangyarihan. Pero kapag sa Diyos kinuha ang kapangyarihan ano ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos – Pag-ibig.

    Kaya delikado na ang Diyos ay inaalipusta at pinapalitan siya at ang sinasamba na ay ang demonyo. Kapag ang diyos mo ay ang demonyo ang puder mo ay mala-demonyo rin.

    At ang ikatlong tukso subukan mo ang Diyos, “sige nga subukan mo ang Diyos magpatihulog ka tingnan natin kung kikilos siya.”

    Mga kapatid sa ating paglalakbay sa pananampalataya ang ganda ng memory ng pagmamahal ng Diyos na sana ay ating naipahahayag sa iba. Pero maraming tukso, tuluran natin si Hesus kumapit sa salita ng Diyos, huwag ipagpapalit ang Diyos, huwag sasamba sa ibang diyus-diyosan, kasi kapahamakan ang dulot ng mga huwad na diyos.

    Kahit minsan hindi natin nauunawaan ang Diyos, ‘yan ay biyaya kase ang diyos na madaling unawain baka hindi yan diyos. Ang tunay na Diyos ay misteryo, kapag ang diyos ay napapaliwanag mo na nang lubus-lubusan huwad na diyos na yan ingat po tayo.

    Unang linggo palang ho ito, sana palalimin natin ang ating paglalakbay sa pananampalataya para makasama natin si Hesus sa Kan’yang paglalakbay.

    Sa Linggo pong ito ay Migrants Sunday. Kung tutuusin lahat tayo ay migrante, lahat tayo ay naglalakbay lang dito sa lupa. Dito pa sa atin na nasa Pasay, puwede ko bang malaman sino sa inyo ang talagang taga-Pasay? Taas ang kamay, Ilan sa inyo ang talagang pinanganak dito? Ilan sa inyo ang mga ninuno ay taga-Pasay? Ilan sa inyo sa atin ang nakatira dito sa Pasay pero ang pinagmulan ng mga ninuno ay sa ibang probinsya?

    Ilan sa atin ang nandito ngayon dahil sa misang ito? (some raised their hand) mga migrante tayo, Migrants dito sa Santa Clara De Monte Falco. Araw-araw migrante tayo, umiikot tayo at karapatan ng tao ang pumili ng kanyang ibig puntahan, matirahan at magtrabaho.

    Ang nakalulungkot lamang po, maraming tao ang napipilitan mag-migrate, ang tawag natin ay forced migration. Kung tutuusin gusto nila huwag umalis, pero dahil sa iba’t ibang mga factors; kahirapan, giyera, kawalan ng trabaho o kaya pagkasira ng mga tirahan nila dahil sa bagyo, dahil sa ecological changes, kahit yung ayaw mag-migrate napipilitan umalis.

    Ang paglalakbay nila katulad nang nasabi ko kanina ay paglalakbay na maraming kalungkutang dala, pati yung kanilang pamilya naiiwan. Palagay ko lahat tayo dito mayroong isang kamag-anak na nag migrate sa ibang lugar, sa ibang bansa kung hindi man, sa ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas.

    Tatapusin ko po ito kasi humahaba na, kararating ko lang po kaya medyo maliit ang aking – talaga namang maliit ang aking mga mata pero lalo pang lumiliit kasi kararating ko lang po galing Syria at Lebanon dahil po sa aking tungkulin sa Caritas International.

    Bumibisita po ako sa mga lugar na either nasalanta ng natural calamities or nang giyera. Nakakalungkot po ang nakita ko sa Syria, huwag sana mangyari sa atin ano ho? Pero i-imagine n’yo, iniimagine ko kanina pa pasok dito sa Pasay, ‘yun bang habang pumapasok ka sa isang city sa kaliwa’t kanan ang makikita mo lamang mga bahay, building na na-bomba at ang natira na lamang ay mga bato-bato, mga bakal na liko-liko at alam mo sa ilalim ng mga bahay na yan ang daming bangkay na hindi na nahukay.

    Lumikas ang mga tao, forced migration. May nakita akong bata putol ang paa tapos may isang bata lumapit sa akin nakangiti tapos kinausap ko through an interpreter, siya nalang ang buhay sa kanilang pamilya. Walong taon na bata. Saan nakatira? Kinupkop ng lolo, sabi nung lolo, “walong apo ang naiwan sa akin,” “anong gagawin ninyo?” “Lilikas kami.”

    Forced migration; walang tubig, walang pagkain, walang kuryente. Pero mga kapatid ito po ang lalong nakasindak sa akin, sa Lebanon at Syria nagmisa ako sa mga Filipino na naroon, kahit lugar na peligroso pinupuntahan ng ating kababayan at yung dalawang minisahan ko mga kababayan natin na naging biktima ng human trafficking. Pinangakuan ng trabaho, pagdating nila doon – wala.

    Kinuwartahan lang sila ng mga tinatawag na agency at sabi nung isa, “Ako po Kamag-anak ko pa ang nangdaya sa akin.” Ang kanilang paglalakbay ay malungkot, pero alam ninyo ang kanilang sinasabi, “Kapit lang Cardinal, kapit lang kay Hesus, kapit lang sa pananampalataya.”

    ‘Yon ang nagbibigay lakas sa kanila, sa kanilang migration. Pero dahil ang buhay natin ay araw-araw migration, sana rin pananampalataya ang ating kapitan at ipagdasal po natin ang mga kapatid natin na nasa panganib.

    ‘Yung mga naka kulong sa detention center for illegal migrants. At sa mga pamilya na nandito baka hindi n’yo alam ang pinagdadaanan ng inyong mahal sa buhay abroad dahil hindi nila sasabihin sa inyo ang tunay na kuwento.

    Pakiusap ko lang, alagaan naman ninyo ang kanilang mga ipinadadala. Pahalagahan, huwag lulustayin kasi buhay nila ang nakataya para buhayin ang kanilang pamilya dito at bahagi na ng paggalang natin sa kanila ang gamitin ng maayos ang kanilang mga ipinadadala, kanilang ipina-uuwi sa atin.

    Salamat nalang may Hesus na nakipaglakbay sa atin, nagbibigay lakas loob sa mga naglalakbay na dumaraan sa hirap.

    Tayo po’y tumahimik sandali at ipanalangin ang ating mga kababayan at ang hindi natin kababayan, na ngayon ay naglalakbay, ibinebenta, dinadaya, nawa’y sila ay mailigtas sa kapahamakan. (Radio Veritas / RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle seeks support for Alay Kapwa 2019




    In his Pastoral Letter for Alay Kapwa 2019, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful to be more generous in almsgiving this season of Lent.

    “The practice of almsgiving helps us to grow in charity and generosity. It helps us, too, to recognize the Lord Jesus in the poor and needy. It is a path that can lead to true conversion: in drawing close to our brothers and sisters, we draw close to God Himself,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Alay Kapwa is an annual Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Catholic Church that supports the social services for the poor and in need especially during times of disaster.

    Responding to the call of Cardinal Tagle, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a second collection in all Masses during the six Sundays of  Lent from March 10, 2019, to April 14, 2019. The amount to be collected will be used by Caritas Manila for their Damayan relief assistance, emergency response and humanitarian aid.

    Also, Caritas Manila, the leading social development arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, in partnership with Radio Veritas846 is set to hold this year’s Alay Kapwa Telethon on Holy Monday, April 15, 2019, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise awareness and funds for Caritas Damayan.

    In 2018, Caritas Damayan extended help to the victims of typhoon Agaton, Josie and Ompong and to the victims of the numerous fire disasters in Metro Manila. They also provided assistance to the lumads of Tandag, and to the affected families of Mayon eruption.

    As the country continues to face calamities, Cardinal Tagle asked the faithful to be more generous to Alay Kapwa. 

    “With the increasing number and magnitude of disasters and calamities being responded to by Caritas Damayan, our Alay Kapwa funds get immediately depleted,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Donations are accepted through Caritas Manila’s  Peso and Dollar Bank Accounts:

    Account Name: Caritas Manila Inc.

    BPI S/A: 3063 5357 01
    BDO S/A: 5600 45905
    METROBANK S/A: 175-3-17506954-3
    UNIONBANK C/A: 00-030-00122705
    PNB C/A: 10-856-660001-7

    DOLLAR ACCOUNTS:
    BPI S/A: 3064-0033-55
    (SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM)

    PNB S/A: 10-856-660002-5
    (SWIFT CODE: PNBMPHMM)

    Or donate via: http://caritasmanila.org.ph/donations-for-caritas/

    Or any Cebuana Lhuillier Branch

    Donations may also be dropped off at 2002 Jesus St. Pandacan, Manila.

    For inquiries, you can call Caritas Manila at 562-0020 loc 118 or 254-5519. (Jheng M. Prado)

  • Pastoral Letter Alay Kapwa 2019

     


    Lent is a special time for renewal and conversion, a time to return to God. But it is only a time to intensify our prayer, but also an occasion to think of others, particularly those who are poor, suffering of on need. In fact, the Church has instructed us to practice almsgiving -  together with prayer and fasting - especially during the Lenten season (cf. Mk 6, 1-6, 6-8).

    The practice of almsgiving helps us to grow in charity and generosity. It helps us, too, to recognize the Lord Jesus in the poor and the needy. It is a path that can lead to true conversion: in drawing close to our brothers and sisters, we draw close to God himself.

    For decades now, during the Lenten season, we have been conducting our Alay Kapwa Lenten evangelization and fundraising program. The program is meant to support our social services to the poor, especially those who suffer during natural and human-caused calamities. Funds raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (March 10, 2019- April 14, 2019) will be remitted to Caritas Manila for our Damayan relief assistance, emergency response and humanitarian aid.

    Last year, 2018, Caritas Damayan extended help to the victims of typhoon Agaton, Josie and Ompong, as well as to the victims of the numerous fire disasters in Metro Manila. We also provided assistance to Marawi rehabilitation, to the lumads of  Tandag, and to the affected families of Mayon eruption.

    With the increasing number and magnitude of disasters and calamities being responded to by Caritas Damayan, our Alay Kapwa funds get immediately depleted. It is therefore our hope that we will be more generous in our almsgiving this season of Lent. Let us "not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased" (Heb 13, 16).

    May God bless you and reward you for your kindness and generosity.

     

    Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Archbishop of Manila



     

  • Cardinal Tagle leads Manila Cathedral’s launch of the new book on faith and history


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the launching of The Manila Cathedral’s new coffee table book entitled “Manila Cathedral: Restoring a Monument to Faith, Architecture and History,” on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at The Manila Cathedral, at 10 in the morning.

    Apostolic Nuncio Gabriele Giordano Caccia receives a copy of the new coffee table book of Manila Cathedral for Pope Francis (Photo Credit: The Manila Cathedral Facebook Page)

    According to Cardinal Tagle, who recently had a visit to war-ravaged Syria as president of Caritas Internationalis, said that the book is a “testament to faith, to unending hope, undying hope”.

    “We will launch this book which is not just a book. It is a testament. It is our way of witnessing to the power of love. If you love God, if you love your community then your faith will urge you to do something,” Cardinal Tagle said during his welcome remarks.

    “So as this book chronicles how to reconstruct a cathedral, the first cathedral in the Philippines, we don’t have only data about architectures, about expenses, about all the studies. We have much more than that,” Cardinal Tagle added.

    In his closing remarks, Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of The Manila Cathedral urged the faithful to bring home to their homes a copy of the book.

    “Today let me say that every good Filipino Catholic should have a personal copy not only of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church but also of the Coffee Table Book of the Manila Cathedral,” Fr. Malicdem said.

    “Please bring home a copy of the book about our home to your homes. A book about our home, our mother Church, the Manila Cathedral,” he added.

    Present during the launch were Apostolic Nuncio Gabriele Giordano Caccia who received the book for Pope Francis, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, and Mr. Alfred Ty of GT foundation.

    Fr. Malicdem also commended Rev. Msgr. Nestor Cerbo, former rector of the cathedral who was also in attendance who took on the challenging task of restoring the cathedral from 2012 – 2014.

    The Manila Cathedral will also give a copy of the book to the dicastery of the Holy See, College of Cardinals, NCC LGU, Intramuros Administration, National Library, all schools and clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila, and GT Foundation.

    The book is available at the Manila Cathedral with a regular price of P2,500.00. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Manila Cathedral to launch commemorative coffee table book




    The Manila Cathedral will launch a commemorative book entitled Manila Cathedral: Restoring a Monument to Faith, Architecture and History on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 10:00 in the morning, at the Manila Cathedral.

    The book features not only the rich story of the first Cathedral of the country but more importantly, it tells the story of the structural restoration it underwent in the recent years, making it a good source in the field of heritage conservation.

    Among the special features of the new book is the collection of never before seen pictures (not even in Google) found by the researchers from different archives and libraries. An example is a photo from the Pardo de Tavera collection showing the laying of the cornerstone of the postwar Cathedral on December 8, 1954, by Cardinal Fernando Quiroga y Palacios of Santiago de Compostela.

    Professor Gerald Lico, multi-awarded architectural historian, and heritage conservationist is the executive editor of the book while the young and promising architectural photographer Marc Henrich Go is the principal photographer.

    His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, President of the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica Foundation, Inc., and Mr. Arthur Ty, Chairman of the Metrobank Foundation, will lead the formal turnover of the first copies of the book to His Excellency Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, His Excellency Archbishop Romulo Valles, Archbishop of Davao and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Atty. Guiller Asido, Administrator of the Intramuros Administration, Director Rico Pableo, Jr. of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, Director Cesar Gilbert Adriano of the National Library, and others.

    For inquiries, please call the Manila Cathedral parish office at 527-3093. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM - AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle urges Catholics to mark the start of Lent by helping feed children in poorest communities across the country


    As Catholics enter the 40-day solemn and religious observance as a reminder of compassion and sacrifice, Church leaders encourage everyone to participate in small acts of charity.

    “We, Filipinos, have a deep relationship with our faith. The season of Lent is another opportunity for us to re-center our lives by helping those who are most in need,” said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.

    Photo Credit: Hapag-Asa Website

    One of the charitable activities that the Church has been promoting, especially during this time, is the Hapag-Asa Integrated Nutrition (Hapag-Asa) program. Hapag-Asa has actively partnered with the Church to reduce hunger and malnutrition among more than two million Filipino children through regular feeding programs in the poorest and remotest places in the country. 

    Poverty is one of the main causes leading to three out of 10 Filipino children currently stunting (low height for age) or wasting (severe weight loss). These conditions have long-term effects on children’s physical and mental development and render them susceptible to communicable diseases. 

    To be able to continue their mission to reach and help these children, Hapag-Asa is appealing to Churchgoers who practice fasting during the season to donate the funds they are able to save from fasting to what it calls FAST2FEED. Under the FAST2FEED initiative, as little as PHP 10 a day can feed a child Manna Pack-based meal. Manna Pack is a rice meal formula fortified with proteins, Vitamin A, B, C, D, and calcium which is mixed with vegetables and commonly used for nutrition feeding programs.

    “Feeding hungry children can start with our little sacrifice. Imagine how our Php 10 can go towards nutritious meals that may spell a difference for their future,” said Hapag-Asa Program Director Florinda Lacanlalay.

    Hapag-asa feeding programs are supplemented by skills and livelihood training for parents and values education sessions for both parents and children. Hapag-Asa also helps communities, especially mothers, to form self-help groups to establish a strong support system within the community capable of organizing their own initiatives to get them out of poverty.

    Visit hapagasafeeding.com  to know more about Hapag-Asa and donate to the program. You may also deposit directly to the program by using Hapag-Asa or FAST2FEED envelopes to be distributed during the Ash Wednesday Mass in churches throughout the country.

    Hapag-Asa is a nationwide feeding program that aims to reduce malnutrition prevalence among children between 0 to 12-years-old and improve the capacity of parents to care and provide for basic needs of their children. (Hapag-Asa / RCAM-AOC)

  • Pastoral Letter for Ash Wednesday 2019


    The Lenten season, which begins today, Ash Wednesday, is a time of mercy. It is an acceptable time (cf. 2 Cor 6, 2) to allow ourselves to be reconciled and to be renewed by the tenderness of the Father. It is a time given to us to trace our steps back to the path from which we strayed. God’s merciful love is not asking anything from us, but only that we return to Him and to urify our hearts (cf. JI 2, 12-13).

    Now, in her great wisdom, the church invites us to verify the quality of our Lenten commitment also in the light of charity. Indeed, it is charity that must shine above all and fill our hearts, because everything will end one day, with the exception of charity (cf. 1 Cor 13, 8) – a discreet, humble charity that does not make any noise to draw attention to itself, but works quietly and secretly (cf. Mt 6, 1). To practice charity is concrete proof that we are striving to follow Jesus, and that we are making the gift of ourselves the active principle of Christian life.

    One of the charitable activities we have been promoting for several years now, especially during the season of lent, is Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa Integrated Nutrition. Hapag-Asa has been helping to reduce malnutrition prevalence among Filipino children. Mainly because of poverty, more than three out of ten of our children are now stunting in physical and mental development due to prolonged hunger.  The development of their full potential will not be achieved unless they are cared for and fed with nutritious food.

    Since it started in 2005, Hapag-Asa has helped in feeding more than two million hungry and malnourished children throughout the country.  To sustain its gains, it has also capacitated the children’s parents through values education, and skills and livelihood training.  For Hapag-Asa to continue on its mission to help these children, Pondo ng Pinoy is once again launching the FAST2FEED 2019 campaign. We hope to provide one hot and nutritious meal a day fir 120 feeding days to atleast 30,000 children.  We appeal to your kind hearts.  Please support Hapag-Asa. It only takes 1,220.00 for six months – or Php 10.00 per day – to nourish a hungry and undernourished child.

    This season of Lent, let us “re-center” our lives on God, who takes the initiative to call us to conversion. Let us deepen our relationship with him, by practicing charity and helping those in need. Let us make a difference in the lives of these hungry and malnourished children by donating whatever we save from fasting to Hapag-Asa. Let us FAST TO FEED our needy children.

    May God continue to bless your generosity and charity.

     

    +Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle 
    Archbishop of Manila

     

    Read:
    2019 Ash Wednesday Message
    Travel Light this Lenten Journey - Cardinal Tagle

  • Travel Light this Lenten Journey - Cardinal Tagle


    The Season of Lent begins this year with Ash Wednesday on March 6, 2019.

    In his Ash Wednesday message, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle asked the faithful to “travel light” the way Jesus did. 

    “Let us cast on the Lord our burdens in the spirit of faith and hope through prayer. Almsgiving, fasting and prayer will help us leave behind unnecessary bags and baggages on our Lenten journey with Jesus. Our Mother Mary will accompany us," Cardinal Tagle said.

    File Photo / RCAM-AOC

    During Lenten Season, the Archbishop of Manila also called on the faithful to do acts of charity by supporting the Fast2fFeed Campaign of Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa, a program that feeds hungry and malnourished children around the country.

    Ash Wednesday is a day of universal fast and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, and abstinence is from age 14 (CIC 1252).

    On this day, ashes are blessed and imposed after the homily during the Mass. These ashes came from the palms blessed in the previous Palm Sunday which have been burned. The priest, deacon or lay minister says, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” while imposing the ashes.

    The 40-day Season of Lent begins from Ash Wednesday to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The altars are not decorated with flowers. Musical instruments may be played.  In most Churches, a purple cloth is used to cover religious images. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

    Read: 
    2019 Ash Wednesday Message
    Pastoral Letter for Ash Wednesday 2019

  • Youth Takes Center Stage in Vicariate of Espiritu Santo’s February GGV


    The Vicariate of Espiritu Santo holds its second Gandang Gabi Vicariate (GGV) Formation Night with the theme “Our Country’s Problems Are Opportunities in the Eyes of the Youth,” Friday, February 22, 2019, at the Immaculate Conception Parish, Tayuman, Tondo, Manila.

    This month’s speaker is prolific formator, TV, and radio host, Bro. Nony Amous. After establishing the relevance of the Church’s celebration this year of the Year of the Youth, Bro. Nony drew from the deep well of social media to identify the source of our country’s predicaments.

    Photo by Sis. Nikki Biso (Immaculate Conception Parish SOCOM)

    Our Country’s Problems: the Youth and Society

    “Pic or it didn’t happen.” The common mentality of the youth today, stemming from their rootedness in social media is the search for physical proof, Bro. Nony reminded in his talk that this fixation on the self is the root of our country’s problems. The standard of truth has been reduced to what can be captured through the “digital eye:” gadgets of modern technology that chronicles everything. The country’s “selfie” mentality is one that blinds us from the needs of others and invites us to a life of excess. 

    He invited the youth that, amidst the suffering of Filipino families, to open their eyes and look at these problems as opportunities to see and recognize Christ. He went on to remind that not only the youth but even more so, the adults should lead in this recognition of Christ and move towards making a difference in the society 

    Christ Conceals Himself: Jesus and Social Media

    Focusing on the theme’s emphasis on the “eyes,” Bro. Nony went on to reflect on how the “digital eye,” the youth of today’s infatuation with experiencing the world through their gadgets instead of in person, is utilized. He posed the question: “Would Jesus have used the modern tools of social communications?”

    According to him, it is likely, but not in all certainty. He introduced the paradox in Christ’s ministry, in that, as He made himself known to the public through his preaching and miracles, he also, simultaneously concealed Himself. However, Bro. Nony emphasized that “Christ conceals himself not away from us, but FOR US and WITH US in this JOURNEY OF FAITH. 

    Self-Denial Key to Solving Problems

    Furthermore, Bro. Nony invited us to battle the “Selfie” Culture and this age’s Culture of Convenience with constant and vigilant self-denial, suffering for the sake of others. He challenged us to live modestly and with the excess help our neighbors. This suffering is our gateway to glory.

    He emphasized that Christianity is not “feel-good-ism.” We are deceived by technology. He asked to go back to the fundamentals. Whoever is one with Christ’s suffering will be one with Him in glory.

    “Lord Stay with Me”

    As he ended the formation, Bro. Nony invited everyone to, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we ask the Lord to stay with us, in our hearts, because only then can we honestly say that we are one with Christ and that is perfect love.

    Only in unity in Christ, according to Bro. Nony, can the youth and all of us also, truly say “We are beloved. We are gifted. We are empowered. The Youth in Mission.”

    Bro. Nony Amous co-hosts “Anong Say ni Father? Anong Say ni Brother” with Fr. Jojo Buenafe every Sunday, 9:00 p.m. at DWIZ 882 kHz, hosts “Our Father in Heaven” every Monday, 7:00 p.m., at Radyo Veritas, and “Bishop’s Move” with Bishop Teodoro Bacani, every Friday, 10:30 a.m., at TV Maria.

    Gandang Gabi Vicariate Formation Night is a monthly seminar on current Church and social issues organized by the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Education Ministry. It is held every fourth Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish, Tayuman, Tondo, Manila. (Jose Lorenzo de Jesus/Immaculate Conception Parish SOCOM)

  • Social Communicators are asked to keep their feet on the ground


    The digital age has opened a lot of opportunities for many to become rich and famous. And while many are enjoying the luxury of fame and power, social media has become an avenue for bragging instead of making use of it as a form of communication. 

    Now, many ask if we have forgotten the virtue of humility?

    Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC
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    This was one of the points of the talk of Mr. Nonie Amos during the First SOCOM General Assembly for 2019 of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications (ACSC) held at the San Pedro Calungsod Youth Center, Knights of Columbus in Intramuros, Manila, on February 16, 2019.

    Mr. Amos, a Mariology lecturer at the Institute of Catechetics of the Archdiocese of Manila/Religious Association of Formators, who was bare-footed all the while he was giving his talk, shared enriching insights about the Year of the Youth as preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the country.

    He explained, “Once you get to know Mary, you get to know your humanity and your humanity is your groundedness. And that groundedness is your humus. The humus is ground, the root word of our humanity. This one reminds me of my groundedness.” 

    “Alam mo kapag social communicators din kayo, kapag sumisikat kayo, nagpapataas. Remain barefooted and you’ll be reminded to be humble. Groundedness,” he added.

    The whole day assembly was attended by more than 100 members of the Social Communications Ministry of parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila who were asked by the commission to be updated and trained, according to Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen, Assistant Commissioner during his welcome remarks.

    “We are members of one another and so we are being asked to become from network communities to human communities,” Fr. Bellen said.

    “Ang tao ngayon ay mataas ang standard. We are being challenged na tayo sa simbahan ay i-professionalized ang quality natin. Hoping to professionalize yung atin pong gawain sa SOCOM ng ating parokya and hopefully ng buong archdiocese,” he added.

    The facilitator who shared her insights during the workshop on scriptwriting was Ms. Sharon Joy Isla of TV Maria while Ms. Pie Fenomeno of Communication Foundation Asia (CFA) shared her expertise in cinematography and production design.

    Rev. Fr. Joselito Buenafe, Assistant Commissioner and Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Commissioner were also present during the assembly.

    The SOCOM General Assembly is a quarterly meeting of all social communication ministers of all the parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila who are encouraged to participate actively in the programs of the commission whose aim is to help them organize, educate, and motivate to become co-operators in its mission of evangelization making use of the different social media as its platforms.

    Last December 1, the ACSC conducted its last assembly for the year 2018 with an advent recollection and Christmas party held at the fourth floor of the Arzobispado de Manila. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle leads Walk for Life 2019


    A Eucharistic celebration led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle was held to highlight the third Walk for Life at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, on February 16, 2019, from 4 to 8 in the morning.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    Delivering his homily in front of thousands of people gathered for the event, Cardinal Tagle commended the active participation of the youth in this activity.

    “Let this be part of your growing-up years and memory. Sana maipasa niyo ito sa inyong mga anak at mga apo na taon-taon hintayin itong Walk for Life, kasi mga kabataan, darating din ang panahon na tatanda tayo at hayaan natin na ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon itong pagpapahalaga sa buhay,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    In solidarity to uphold the dignity of life, Cardinal Tagle affirmed the dignity of a woman. A mother’s womb according to him is where life started and nurtured.

     “The womb, ang sinapupunan ng Ina, dyan nararanasan ang pagsisimula ng tao at buhay ang pag-ibig at pagkalinga kaya bahagi ng ating Walk for Life, standing for Life, celebrating life ay ang pagtanggap sa dangal ng babae,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “There cannot be any walk for life that doesn’t at the same time affirm the dignity, humanity of every woman chosen by God to be the human expression of God’s tender compassion and love, the love that gives life,” he added.

    Cardinal Tagle also stated that after a child was born, he enters into a new womb called family including other different kinds of womb such as neighbors, schools, parishes, and communities.These wounds according to him should continue to nourish a person especially his spiritual life. 

    “Today let our families and other communities that play the role of families to commit themselves to be the nurturing spaces of life and especially the life faith, life of decency, life of values. Kasama yan sa pinangangalagaan, dinidiligan at ipinapasanabuhay,” Cardinal said.

    Another point that the Archbishop of Manila stresses is the womb called a wider society that has “a heart that beats with empathy.”

    “A society that is a womb that is alert to the hungers, the thirst, the misery of peoples and not just from the external observance of some rules and obligations but from the heart, really moved with compassion,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    At the end of his homily, Cardinal Tagle encouraged the faithful to build a womb where families and society work together to nourish its people with the intervention of the Blessed Mother.

    “Sana po katulad ng Mahal na Ina, the model of the church, ang ating simbahan, ang ating sambayan ang Kristiyano may really be also a womb of tenderness and love where life is celebrated, life is shared and life becomes a gift not only of God to us but our gift to society and to humanity,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Walk for Life 2019 was organized by the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity chaired by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo who also called on the youth to participate actively in the society especially this Year of the Youth.

    The event was also celebrated simultaneously in Tarlac, Dagupan, Cebu, Ormoc, and Cagayan de Oro City and in towns of Palo and Palompon, both in Leyte province. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily delivered by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo during Mass to mark the 27th World Day of the Sick at The Manila Cathedral on February 11, 2019, at 9 a.m.


    Ngayong araw po, sa mga pagbasa natin araw araw sa Misa, sinisimulan po natin basahan ang aklat ng Genesis, unang aklat ng banal na kasulatan. At ito po ay nagsisimula sa paglikha ng Diyos sa mundo. May sinasabi po sa atin na ang lahat po sa mundo ay galing sa kamay ng Diyos. Ang Diyos ang manlilikha. Galing ang lahat sa kamay ng Diyos at ang lahat ay babalik sa Diyos. At ang nilikha ng Diyos ay maayos. Maaayos ang kanyang paglikha. Wala siyang kalaban ngunit ito ay bukal sa kanyang kalooban na ibahagi sa atin ang buhay, ang pag-iral at ang kagandahan. At ang Diyos ay natuwa sa kanyang nilikha. Kaya nga yung awit natin sa Salmony Tugunan ay maganda. Ang ay tugon ay natutuwa sa kanyang mga nilikha. Kasi mabuti ang kanyang nilikha.

    Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo delivers his homily during Mass for the 27th World Day of the Sick at The Manila Cathedral on Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring)

    Ngunit kung ipagpapatuloy natin ang kwento ng Genesis, kung mabuti ang kanyang nilikha, bakit may nararanasan tayong kasamaan? Dumating na ang mga alitan, dumating na ang karamdaman, ang kahirapan, ang kamatayan. Ito po’y hindi galing sa Diyos. Ito’y hindi gusto ng Diyos. Yan po ay galing sa kasalanan. Sa maling pagpili natin. Sa halip na piliin natin ang Diyos, sa halip na makinig tayo sa salita ng Diyos ay nakinig tayo sa salita ng ahas at pinilit natin yung gusto natin hindi yung gusto ng Diyos at nagkagulu-gulo na po. 

    Pero ang Diyos po ay hindi nagpapabaya sa kanyang plano. Mananaig ang plano ng Diyos kaya nga nagpadala siya ng isang bayan upang ang plano niya ng kaligtasan ay ipagpatuloy nyo at iyan po yung bayan ng Isarael, ang bayang pinili ng Diyos. At mula sa bayang ito ay pumili siya ng ipadadala sa atin upang magbigay ng kaligtasan at yan po ay walang iba  kundi si Hesus. Si Hesus ang tanging tagapagligtas natin. 

    At ngayong araw po ay ipinagdiriwang natin ang kapistahan ng ating Mahal na Ina ng Lourdes. Noong nagpakita ang mahal na Ina sa isang bata na si Bernadette noong 1858 at ang pahayag ni Mama Mary sa batang ito, “Ako ang Immaculada Concepcion.” Ibig sabihin na si Maria ay ipinaglihi ng walang kasalanan sapagkat sa kanya manggagaling, makukuha ng Diyos, ang katawan ng kanyang banal na anak na naging tao.

    Kaya pinaghanda ng Diyos ang pagdating ng kanyang anak. At si Mama Mary ang isang mahalagang paraan na ginamit ng Diyos sa pagdating ng kanyang anak.

    At narinig natin sa ating ebanghelyo, ganun nga ang ginawa ni Hesus at ng kanyang mga alagad, sila’y pumupunta sa iba’t ibang mga lugar upang ipahayag ang Mabuting Balita na nandito na ang kaligtasan. Yun ay hindi lang siya nagsalita na nandito na ang kaligtasan, ipinamalas niya sa tao ang kaligtasang ito. Siya ay umiikot upang magpatawad ng kasalanan, upang magpalayas ng demonyo, at magpagaling ng mga may sakit. At ang mga tao ay lumalapit sa kanya upang gumaling at dinadala ang may sakit sa kanya upang mahipo man lamang nila ang laylayan ng damit ni Hesus at sila’y gagaling.

    Hanggang ngayon po, itong gawain ni Hesus na magpagaling, na magdala ng kaayusan na siyang balak ng Diyos ay ipinagpapatuloy po sa Simabahan. Kaya ang isang mahalagang gawain ng simabahan ay pangangalaga sa mga may sakit. Yung mga may sakit hinihikayat nilang lumapit sa Diyos. Mahawakan ang Diyos kaya sila’y tinuturuang magdasal, sila’y tinuturuang mangumpisal at tumanggap ng Banal na Komunyon at Sakramento ng Pagpapagaling at Pagpapahid ng Banal na Langis at maraming mga tao sa simbahan na walang sakit ngunit ibinibigay nila ang kanilang sarili sa pangangalaga sa may sakit. Sila po yung nagbubuhat ng mga tao upang mapalapit sa Diyos tulad nung ginawa nung panahon ni Hesus.

    Yan po yun, dito napakaraming mga volunteers natin. At ngayon po….ng Mahal na Lourdes, yan po ang araw ng mga may sakit na ay itinalaga ni Papa San Juan Pablo II noong 1993 kaya ika-27 taon ito ng ating World day of the Sick, pagpapahalaga sa may sakit.

    At taun taon ang Santo Papa ay nagbibigay ng mensahe sa araw na ito. At ngayong taon po ang kanyang mensahe ay ang generosity. What you have received freely, give freely. Ang natanggap nyo ng paggaling sa Diyos ay ibigay nyo din sa inyong kapwa na maging generous at itong panawagan ni Santo Papa Francis ng generosity, yun na po ang mensahe niya sa mga may sakit, tanggapin natin generously ang biyaya ng buhay kahit na tayo’t may karamdaman, nandyan yung biyaya ng Diyos na ibinigay sa atin. At maging generous din tayo sa pag-aalay ng ating nararamdaman sa Diyos. 

    Si Hesus po nakapako sa krus, siya ang nagbayad ng ating kasalanan, ng ating kasamaan. Kaya sa inyo pong pagtanggap ng mga sakit sa ating katawan, yan po ay nakikiisa tayo sa pag-aalay sa Diyos. Maging generous po tayo na sa pag-aalay na ito, tanggapin ng buong pagmamahal. Pagmamahal sa Diyos at pagmamahal sa kapawa at kayo po’y nakikiisa na sa gawain ng kaligtasan. Pati pala itong mga sakit natin, mga karamdaman natin ay nagiging paraan din sa kaligtasan  ng mundo, nakikiisa tayo dito. Be generous.

    At ganun din po ang panawagan ng Santo Papa sa mga walang sakit lalung lalo na sa mga volunteers, also, be generous sa pagtulong sa mga nangangailangan at ito’y ipinapakita ng napakaraming volunteers. Ang kanilang pagtitityaga, ang kanilang pasensiya, pag-aalaga sa mga may karamdaman. At yan po nararamdaman ng maraming tao, ang kamay ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng kamay ng mga nag-aalaga sa kanila. Yung generosity na yun.

    At panawagan din sa lahat na maging generous tayo sa pagtulong sa may sakit, sa may karamdaman. Hindi naman ginugusto ng mga taong itong magkasakit sila. Kaya tulungan po natin sila, itong…their sense of giftedness na ibinigay ng Diyos

    At kada taon po sa World Day of the Sick may isang lungsod na binibigyan ng focus na siya po ang nagiging host sa Pandaigdigang Pagdiriwang ng World Day of the Sick. At ngayong taon po ang pinili ay ang lungsod ng Calcutta sa India. At alam natin itong lungsod ng Calcutta ay nakadikit kay Santa Teresita ng Calcutta. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. 

    Kaya yan po nakita natin ang halimabawa ni Mother Teresa na talagang ibinigay niya ang kanyang sarili sa mga taong mahihirap, sa mga taong nangagailangan, sa mga may sakit upang pangalagaan, ipadama sa kanila ang pag-ibig ng Diyos. Ang sinabi niya “hindi ko man magagamot itong mamamatay na” pero at least “bago sila mamamtay maramdaman nila may nagmamahal sa kanila.” At yan ay isang larawan ng Diyos na nagmamahal sa kanila. At yan din po matututnan natin. Iparamdam sa iba ang pagmamahal ng Diyos na hindi  tayo pinapabayaan ng Diyos. Magandang mensahe po iyan para sa ating lahat.

    Ngayon po sa pagdiriwang natin, bibigyan po natin ng Sakramento ng Pagpapahid ng Banal na Langis ang mga maysakit na nandito. Sa pamamagaitan ng sakramentong ito ipinagpapatuloy natin ang gawain ni Hesus. Iyan naman po ang layunin ng mga sakramento na hanggang ngayon at si Hesus ay kumikilos sa pamamagitan ng simbahan. 

    Kumikilos siya sa mga may kasalanan, pinapatawad niya ang kanilang mga kasalanan. Nandyan yung Sakramento ng Binyag, Sakramento ng Kumpisal. 

    Pinapakain nya ang mga nagugutom. Nandyan yung Sakramento ng Eukaristiya. 

    Ibinibigay niya ang Espiritu Santo satin, Sakramento ng Kumpil. 

    Pinababanal niya ang mga mag-aasawa, Sakramento  ng Kasal.

    Itinatalaga niya ang mga naglilinkod sa kanya. Nandyan yung Sakramento ng Pagpapari.

    At ipinagpapatuloy ang pagpapagaling ni Hesus at pangangalaga sa mga may sakit, yan po ang Sakramento ng Pagpapahid ng Banal na Langis.

    Yan po yung igagawad sa inyong lahat. Ito po ay may dalawanag mahalagang bahagi. 

    Una po ang pagdarasal. Ipagdarasal namin kayo sa pamamagitan  ng sama-samang pagpapatong ng kamay para sa inyong mga may sakit. At pagkatapos nandyan yung paglalagay ng langis na tanda ng pagpapalakas sa inyo.

    Pero alam po natin na may kaugnayan ang nararamdaman ng ating katawan at ang kalagayan ng ating kaluluwa. Maraming dahilan ng ating karamdaman sa katawan ay ang ating kakulangnan ng kapayapaan sa ating kaluluwa dahil po sa kasalanan. Kaya nandyan yung pagpapatawad ng kasalanan. Kaya hinihiling ko po sa mga may sakit na papahiran ng langis, pagsisihan nyo po ang inyong kasalanan…upang dumaloy ang grasya ng Diyos sa pamamagitan  ng Sakramentong ito.

    Lahat po tayo ay may pagkukulang. Wala namang makapagsasabi na wala akong kasalanan. Kaya si Hesus ay dumating upang iligtas tayo hindi lang sa ating karamdamang pangkatawan ngunit mas malalim, tinatanggal niya, pinapatawad niya ang ating mga kasalanan sa ating kaluluwa. 

    Ilagay po natin ito sa kamay  ng Diyos at mamaya sa  ating Euckaristiya, tanggapin natin si Hesus. Hindi lang po natin mahihipo ang laylayan ng kanyang damit. Ang kanyang katawan ay matatanggap mismo natin. Tanggapin natin siya ng may pananampalataya. Iugnay po natin ang ating kalagayan sa pagliligtas ng Panginoon at hingin natin sa kanya an gating kaligtasan. (RCAM-AOC)

     

  • 27th World Day of the Sick calls for a culture of generosity

     

    The Archdiocese of Manila celebrated the 27th World Day of the Sick with a Mass presided by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo at The Manila Cathedral on February 11, 2019, commemoration of the Our Lady of Lourdes.

    In his homily during the Mass, Bishop Pabillo focused on generosity which is the message of his Holiness Pope Francis for the observation of World Day of the Sick 2019.

    “Tanggapin natin generously ang biyaya ng buhay kahit na tayo’y may karamdaman, nandyan yung biyaya ng Diyos na ibinigay sa atin. At maging generous din tayo sa pag-aalay ng ating nararamdaman sa Diyos,’ Bishop Pabillo said.

    World Day of the Sick 2019 (Photo by Lauren Camille Jaring / RCAM-AOC)

    The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope John Paull II on May 13, 1992. It has been celebrated every year in different places .

    This year, it has been celebrated in Kolkota in India with the theme, “You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt. 10:08)

    Talking about generosity to the poor, Bishop Pabillo reflected on Saint Mother Teresa’s pure love and care for the poor especially the sick. This woman from Calcutta is a symbol of charity who had expressed and shown God’s love and mercy to mankind.

    “Kaya yan po nakita natin ang halimabawa ni Mother Teresa na talagang ibinigay niya ang kanyang sarili sa mga taong mahihirap, sa mga taong nangagailangan, sa mga may sakit upang pangalagaan, ipadama sa kanila ang pag-ibig ng Diyos,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    “At yan ay isang larawan ng Diyos na nagmamahal sa kanila. At yan din po matututnan natin. Iparamdam sa iba ang pagmamahal ng Diyos na hindi  tayo pinapabayaan ng Diyos. Magandang mensahe po iyan para sa ating lahat,” he added.

    Commending the volunteers’ patience and dedication to serving the people in need especially the sick, Bishop Pabillo also called on them to be more generous in their mission.

    “Ang kanilang pagtitityaga, ang kanilang pasensiya, pag-aalaga sa mga may karamdaman. At yan po nararamdaman ng maraming tao, ang kamay ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng kamay ng mga nag-aalaga sa kanila,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    At the end of his homily, Bishop Pabillo further explained the essence of forgiveness that gives us peace and frees us from sin.

    “Pero alam po natin na may kaugnayan ang nararamdaman ng ating katawan at ang kalagayan ng ating kaluluwa. Maraming dahilan ng ating karamdaman sa katawan ay ang ating kakulangnan ng kapayapaan sa ating kaluluwa dahil po sa kasalanan. Kaya nandyan yung pagpapatawad ng kasalanan,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    Aside from the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Archdiocese of Manila marked the event with the anointing of the sick and a medical mission in Sto. Niño de Baseco in Port Area, Manila.

    The event was in coordination with the Archdiocese of Manila-Ministry on Health Care headed by Fr. Manuel Abogado III and the Philippine Association Sovereign Military Order of Malta. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • People are not for sale, nor for profit


    Homily delivered by Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, D.D. during Mass for the International Day of Awareness and Prayer against Human Trafficking at The Manila Cathedral on February 8, 2019.

    Today our Church celebrates the memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita. Today is also the International day of Awareness and Prayer for Human Trafficking.

    Saint Josephine was a victim of human trafficking, and now as patron saint of those who suffered from human trafficking.  At an early age she was a happy and promising child from Olgossa in the Darfur region of Sudan, Africa.  But she was kidnapped by Arab slave traders and sold her a slave market in El Obeid.  From then on she was sold a dozen times.  She was forced to manual labor, taken as a slave and considered as a disposal property.

    Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga delivers his homily during PACOM 4 (Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring)

    As a commodity, the young Josephine was bought by a Turkish family where she was cruelly verbally and physically abused.  She was beaten daily as she recalled that as soon as one wound would heal, they would inflict another.

    The Turkish general sold her to the Italian vice-consul, Callisto Legani.  The family was kind and compassionate to her.  At the end of the tenure of the vice-consul, Josephine begged then to take her to Italy.

    She was given away to another family.  When her new family decided to return to Sudan because of business dealings, Josephine was given to the custody of Canossian sisters in Venice.  And there she was introduced to God, baptized Josephine and later on became religious sister. On the evening of February 8, 1947, Josephine spoke her last words, “Our Lady, Our Lady.”

    She was raised to the altar of God on October 1, 2000, as Saint Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of Sudan.

    In today’s gospel, a young girl, the daughter of Herodias was used and abused to perform a dance for her birthday of King Herod (v21).  They took advantage of her innocence for the personal interest and for their political benefits.

    From the bitter experience of Saint Josephine as human trafficked, sold and became slave and from the unnamed daughter in today’s gospel, we can conclude that it is not age which lead then to pain or sin but the people behind them.  It is the people around them who made them suffered or forced them to do bad things. And it is very tragic and ironic these were the people from their and house and in the government offices.

    Children are not for sale. People are more important than profits.  Children are not commodity. People are not objects, nor tools for pleasure they are human persons. Children are precious. Children are precious, very special and so important. They are for us God’s gift.

    Life is sacred. Life should always be spared and saved. We don’t sacrifice life. We do sacrifices for life. Pope Francis says “let us pray loudly because there are children that are hungry, that are thirsty, don’t have medicine and their live in danger.”

    And so together with our common prayers is our united effort to protect them, to promote their rights and prevent them from anyone or anything that will destroy their future and lives. Who are they? These two kinds of people mentioned in today’s gospel.

    1. Modern day Herod, those who misused and abused their power and position

    2. Modern day Herodias, those who have not been true to their divine calling as parents and guardians to their children.

    First. They are the new Herod, who just to prolong their terms and tenures will spread fake news and will never speak of truth, nor to defend it.  They are those, who just to stay in power and acquire privileges will sacrifice morality.

    Authority is given to us for the service of our people.  Service to our people is to protect them from death and destruction, to preserve and promote their rights and dignity. God gives and takes away. There is no absolute power. Only God is absolute. We are all responsible before God.  We will give accounting to Him. And God will surely ask us “where is your brother?” (Genesis 4, 9).

    Second. They are new Herodias, who just to continue illicit ways and immoral dealings are willing not only to endanger their children but will force them to commit sin. Thus reflecting deeper it is not the children whom they have to arrest and label as in conflict with the law but those who trafficked them for drugs, sex and human organs. Those who have to be investigated, prosecuted and punished are those who do abortions, those who made children suffered due to shameful Dengvaxia vaccines, and those who made use of their children to beg along streets.

    Indeed it is very tragic and so saddening that those who are in power and even parents do and decide again for another “head of Saint John the Baptist” (Mark 6, 24).

  • Walk for life 2019 slated on Feb. 16


    In an act to uphold the dignity of human life, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Laity through its lay arm, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas will hold another Walk for Life on February 16, 2019, at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City from 4 to 8 in the morning.

    Carrying the theme, Walk for Life 2019: A choice to uphold human life and human dignity, the event will be held simultaneously in Tarlac, Dagupan, Cebu, Ormoc and Cagayan de Oro City and in towns of Palo and Palompon, both in Leyte province. 

    Walk for Life 2019 Press Conference held on Feb. 8, 2019, with Bishop Ruperto Santos and Bishop Broderick Pabillo as guest speakers. (Photo by Laurenn Camille Jaring/RCAM-AOC) 

    In his message of invitation, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle encouraged all the people to participate in the said event.

    "Napakahalaga ang buhay, napakahalaga ang tao, ang ating kontribusyon sa February 16, 2019 isang maliit na hakbang pagpapakita ng pagpapahalaga sa buhay. Kaya tayo na po, sama-sama tayong maglakad, Walk for Life, Magkita-kita po tayo dun," Cardinal Tagle said. 

    Earlier, Bishop Broderick Pabillo also asked the people to participate and stand up for the dignity of human life.

    “Kayo pong lahat  ay inaanyayahan namin na sumama sa Walk for Life. Maninindigan po tayo sa buhay. Ipakilala po natin sa lahat na tayo po ay nababahala sa mga nangyayari ngayon at gusto po nating panindigan ang karapatan ng lahat para sa buhay,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    On its third year, Walk for Life 2019 will be highlighted with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle. (Jheng Prado / RCAM -AOC)

     

  • Homily for the Solemn Declaration of Santo Niño de Tondo as an Archdiocesan Shrine


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Solemn Declaration of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño in Tondo, Manila on February 5, 2019.

     

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM - AOC

    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, magpasalamat po tayo sa Panginoon sa napakagandang okasyon.

    Tinipon niya tayo, napakarami po natin sa gabing ito upang siya ay papurihan. At isang pagbati lalo na sa bumubuo ng Parokya ng Sto. Niño de Tondo, ngayon po ang ating simbahan ay dambana na rin, Archdiocesan Shrine ng Sto. Niño. At binabati rin po natin ang mga pilgrims na dumating ngayon, puwede pong malaman sino po ang hindi taga-parokya ng Sto. Niño na nandito ngayon? (Some raise their hands)

    Ayan, talagang Shrine, kasi may pilgrims. Ang pagiging Archdiocesan Shrine ay hindi lamang po isang titulo ng karangalan, ito po ay titulo ng misyon.

    Una, sa pagpapalalim ng debosyon kay Kristo na sanggol na anak ng Diyos, kaya ang debosyon na ito ay magiging daan ng Evangelization – pagpapalalim ng pagtanggap natin sa mabuting balita at pagsasabuhay lalo na sa liwanag ng misteryo ni Hesus na naging tao at naging sanggol, naging bata.

    Kasama sa misyon ng isang Shrine ay ang pag-welcome, pagtanggap sa mga pilgrims simula sa mga Parokya ng Archdiocese at hari nawa galing din sa iba pang mga Dioceses upang dito makatagpo sila ng tahanan, makatagpo ng pananalangin, pagdarasal, pagmimisa na nakakapukaw ng puso at damdamin.

    Dito matagpuan nila ang Diyos na kanilang hinahanap, dito maghahatak pa sila ng iba pang mga pilgrims dahil napakasarap namnamin ang presensya ni Kristo.

    Mga kapatid lalo na ang mga bumubuo ng sambayanan ng Sto. Niño de Tondo sa pagtanggap po ninyo sa titulo ng Archdiocese & Shrine, tinatanggap din ba ninyo ang misyon ng pagiging Archdiocesan Shrine? (Crowd answers: Opo)

    Ayan, Mabuhay! Mabuhay ho kayo. Babalik kami para tingnan kung ginagawa yung misyon ng pagiging Shrine. At ano naman po kaya ang natatanging konrtibusyon ng Archdiocesan Shrine ng Sto. Niño?

    Hayaan po ninyong magmungkahi ako ng tatlo, na batay sa mga pagbasa, batay sa misteryo ni Kristong sanggol, anak, bata.

    Una, mula kay propetang Isaias, pinakita po sa atin ang pangitain ng propeta na ang panahon ng digmaan, ang panahon ng pagsisiraan, ang panahon na ang kapwa ay niyuyurakan, panahong nagdudulot ng dilim ay mapapalitan ng tuwa, ng liwanag, ng kapayapaan, dahil isang sanggol ang isisilang sa atin at ang sanggol na ‘yan ay pagkakalooban ng trono ni David.

    Pero hindi lamang siya magtutuloy ng pagkahari ni David, ang kanyang paghahari sabi ni Isaias ay isasagawa ng makapangyarihang Diyos.Pananalitihin niya ang katarungan at katwiran.

    Iyan ang paghahari ni Hesus na sanggol, hindi ang paghahari na naghaharian hanggang matapakan ang kapwa, kundi ang paghahari ng Diyos na ibinabalik ang katarungan, katwiran dahil ito ang gusto ng Ama. Ito ang gusto ng Ama, kaya ang anak gagawin ang gusto ng Ama. Tapos na ang digmaaan, tapos na ang siraan, tapos na ang dilim, simula na, katarungan, katwiran, tuwa, kapayapaan. Iyan po ang una na dulot ng Sto. Niño, sana dito sa Archdiocesan Shrine ng Sto. Niño matutunan ng buong Archdiocese, matutunan ng lahat ng Pilgrims kung ano ang gusto ng Diyos Ama na paghahari.

    Katwiran, Katarungan, Tuwa at Kapayapaan. Sana dito sa ating Archdiocesan Shrine magkaroon ng isang Evangelization Program tungkol dito sa pamamahala ng isang sanggol. Papaano mamahala ang sanggol na anak ng Diyos.

    Ikalawa po, mula sa sulat ni San Pablo sa mga taga-Efeso, isa na namang tatak ni Kristong Anak, sanggol. Sabi po ni San Pablo, “Sa pamamagitan ni Hesus na anak ng Diyos, tayong lahat ay nabigyan ng Spiritual Blessing.”

    Ano yon? Hindi lamang mga materyal na blessing, kasama rin yon, pero ang pinakamalalim na blessing ay ang tayo’y ituring na mga anak ng Diyos. Ibinahagi ni Hesus, na sanggol at anak, ang kanyang pagiging anak ng Diyos. Hindi niya sinarili, tayo, sa pamamagitan ng kanyang pangalan, ay naging mga anak na ampon ng Diyos.

    Ibig sabihin, sharing, ang Sto. Niño mapagbahagi, hindi spirituality ng Sto. Niño ang magkamkam, “akin lang ito.” Ang Sto. Niño ibabahagi niya pati yung biyaya na natatangi sa kanya, ang pagiging Anak. Kaya tayo ay mga anak ng Diyos din, sana ang ating Archdiocesan Shrine ng Sto. Niño maging center of Sharing! Dapat sa lugar na ito walang maramot. Dapat sa Sto. Niño de Tondo Shrine ang lifestyle ay sharing, magbahagi, kasi iyon ang spiritualidad ng Sto. Niño. Sabagay, marami na po talagang programa ng sharing dito sa ating Shrine – ang Feeding Program, ang mga Livelihood Program – dagdagan pa, Sharing, dahil yan ang pamamahala ng Sto. Niño.

    Ikatlo, sa ebanghelyo, si Hesus dinala ni Maria at Jose taun-taon sa Jerusalem, sa Piesta. Pwede nating baguhin, dinala ni Maria at Jose ang batang si Hesus sa Tondo, piyesta. Pag-uwi nila naiwan ang bata sa Tondo, pero hinanap nila, at nakita nila yung bata, nakikipagtalastasan sa mga guro ng salita ng Diyos, ibig sabihin naturuan na rin ni Maria at Jose ang batang ito tungkol sa salita ng Diyos.

    At noong tinanong ni Maria, ‘anak bakit naman ganyan ang ginawa mo sa amin?’ sabi naman ni Hesus, ‘eh bakit ninyo ako hinahanap?’ Naku, kapag ganiyan ang sagot ng bata ngayon sasabihin ng aman, “Aba, ang batang ito bakit ganyan sumagot?!

    Hindi naman ganoon ang ginawa ni Jose kasi sinundan agad ni Hesus, ‘hindi ba ninyo alam na ako’y dapat nasa bahay ng aking Ama? Tinutupad ko ang misyon na binigay sa akin ng aking Ama, pero bagamat siya ang anak ng Diyos, nagpasailalim si Hesus kay Maria at Jose.

    Umuwi kasama nila, at sa piling ni Maria at Jose, lumago, lumaki si Hesus sa karunungan at siya’y kinalulugdan ng Diyos. Sana po ang ating Archdiocesan Shrine ay maging sentro rin ng Family Ministry.

    Mga magulang, saan ninyo dinadala ang inyong mga anak, sa simbahan ba? O bitbit sa shopping mall lang? O bitbit lang sa restaurant? Si Maria’t Jose bitbit ang bata sa bahay ng Diyos para ipakilala ang Diyos.

    Si Maria at Jose noong nawawala ang anak, hinanap, bumalik sa Jerusalem. Mga magulang kapag hindi pa umuuwi pa anak na ninyo, hinahanap ba ninyo? Dito sa Tondo lahat ng magulang hahanapin ang kanilang anak. Dito sa ating Shrine, walang anak na mapapabayaan. Dito sa Shrine walang magulan na, tuloy lang ang tong-its kahit hindi pa umuuwi ang anak, tuloy lang ang ‘lok-lok-lok-lok-lok’, kahit ang anak ay hindi pa kumakain.

    Ang Sto. Niño hinanap nila Maria at Jose, dito sa Shrine lahat ng Maria, lahat ng Jose hanapin ninyo ang inyong anak. Dito sa Shrine, lahat ng bata, lalago sa biyaya at karunungan sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi matututunan ng anak sa bahay ang pagmumura.

    Hindi matututunan ng bata sa pamilya ang kagaspangan ng ugali. Hindi sa pamilya dapat matutunan ag bisyo. Katulad ng Sto. Niño, sa pamilya niya lumago siya sa karunugan at kinalugdan ng Diyos at kapwa.

    Iyan ang pamilya ni Hesus, iyan ang pamilya ng, sana, dito sa Archdiocesan Shrine.

    Tatlo ho, marami pa sana pero tama na muna, pasimula pa lamang, sabi ninyo kanina, ‘opo,tinatanggap namin ang misyon ng pagiging Shrine ng Sto. Niño’ mungkahi po, misyon para ipakita, papaano ba mag-hari ang batang si Hesus? – hindi digmaan at paninira kundi katwiran, katarungan, tuwa, kapayapaan.

    Ikalawa, Sharing. Hindi sinasarili, inaangkin, ang mga biyayang tinanggap sa Ama. At ikatlo, isang magandang pamilya, kung saan ang bata ay mahalaga, hinahanap, inaaruga, pinalalago sa katarungan, karunungan at maging kalugud-lugod sila sa mata ng Diyos.

    Tayo po’y tumahimik sandali. At sa pagpapasalamat ay tanggapin natin muli ang misyon ng pagiging Shrine ng Archdiocese of Manila sa karangalan ng Sto. Niño de Tondo. (Radio Veritas)

  • MACC announces winners of 2018 Painting Competition


    The Manila Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church recently concluded the 2018 MACC Painting Competition with the awarding and exhibit of entry winners and finalists, held last January 25, 2019, at the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila.  

    First Prize

    The panel of judges for this year’s competition comes from the art and cultural heritage community: Cebu-born artist Romulo Galicano is a distinguished portrait artist known for his technically academic works.  He won the grand prize at the International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America, among his other awards, and has done numerous solo exhibitions both locally and overseas.  Another judge, Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II is a practicing lawyer and visual artist who is a member of the Saturday Group of Artists.  Atty. Rojas was previously Vice-Chairman and General Manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and chair of the Philippine Racing Commission.  He is currently an opinion columnist for the Business Mirror and Pilipino Mirror, and a 2014 awardee of People Asia’s ‘Men Who Matter’.  The next judge is Corazon Alvina, who is currently director of the Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo.  She was previously director of the National Museum of the Philippines (2001-2010), and has served as chairman of the Asia-Europe Museums Network (2005-2007), chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan committee, a three-term governing board member of the SEAMEO Project for Archeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA) in Bangkok, and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (1991-2001).  The last juror, Joselina Cruz, is the director and curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila.  Ms. Cruz previously worked as a curator for the Lopez Museum and Singapore Art Museum.  She was also curator of the 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), 13th Jakarta Biennale (2009), and curated the Philippine Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale.            

    The first prize was won by Miguel Emmanuel Borbor from First City Providential College, with his entry entitled, “Pananampalataya: Daluyan ng Buhay at Pag-asa”.  The second prize was given to Justine Olivarez from the Philippine Normal University with his entry, ”Bata Bata Paano Awa Ginawa”.  The third prize winner was Louis Rafael Espinosa from the University of Santo Tomas with his title entry, “Para Sa Poong Nazareno”.    

    Three Jurors’ Choice awards were given to Aldrin Tamidles from the Technological University of the Philippines for his entry, “The Last Suffer”, and students from the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, namely, Joegan Espina for his entry, “Paniniwala at Pinagpala´ and John Hernandez for his entry, “Stations of the Cross”.

    Now on its 12th year, the MACC Annual Painting Competition seeks to engage young artists in contemporary artistic interpretations of the Catholic faith and to promote awareness and appreciation of religious art.  (MACC)


    Second Prize

     

    Juror's Choice

  • Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis at Zayed Sports City Abu Dhabi


    Homily delivered by Pope Francis during Mass in Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City on February 5, 2019, the last day of his Apostolic Journey to the United Arab Emirates.

    Blessed: this is the word with which Jesus begins his preaching in Matthew’s Gospel.  And it is the refrain he repeats today, as if to fix in our hearts, more than anything, an essential message: if you are with Jesus, if you love to listen to his word as the disciples of that time did, if you try to live out this word every day, then you are blessed.  Not you will be blessed, but you are blessed; this is the first truth we know about the Christian life.  It is not simply a list of external prescriptions to fulfil or a set of teachings to know.  The Christian life, first and foremost, is not this; rather, it is the knowledge that, in Jesus, we are the Father’s beloved children.  The Christian life means living out the joy of this blessedness, wanting to live life as a love story, the story of God’s faithful love, he who never abandons us and wishes to be in communion with us always.  This is the reason for our joy, a joy that no one in the world and no circumstance in our lives can take from us.  It is a joy that gives peace also in the midst of pain, a joy that already makes us participate in that eternal happiness which awaits us.  Dear brothers and sisters, in the joy of meeting you, this is the word I have come to say to you: blessed!

    Photo Credit: Vatican News

    Even as Jesus calls his own disciples blessed, we are yet struck by the reasons for the individual Beatitudes.  We see in them an overturning of that popular thinking, according to which it is the rich and the powerful who are blessed, those who are successful and acclaimed by the crowds.  For Jesus, on the other hand, blessed are the poor, the meek, those who remain just even at the cost of appearing in a bad light, those who are persecuted.  Who is correct here: Jesus or the world?  To understand this, let us look at how Jesus lived: poor in respect to things, but wealthy in love; he healed so many lives, but did not spare his own.  He came to serve and not to be served; he taught us that greatness is not found in having but rather in giving.  Just and meek, he did not offer resistance, but allowed himself to be condemned unjustly.  In this way Jesus brought God’s love into the world.  Only in this way did he defeat death, sin, fear and even worldliness: only by the power of divine love.  Let us together ask here today for the grace of rediscovering the attraction of following Jesus, of imitating him, of not seeking anyone else but him and his humble love.  For here is the meaning of our life: in communion with him and in our love for others.  Do you believe in this?

    I have also come to say thank you for the way in which you live the Gospel we heard.  People say that the difference between the written Gospel and the lived Gospel is the same difference between written music and performed music.  You who are here know the Gospel’s tune and you follow its rhythm with enthusiasm.  You are a choir composed of numerous nations, languages and rites; a diversity that the Holy Spirit loves and wants to harmonize ever more, in order to make a symphony.  This joyful polyphony of faith is a witness that you give everyone and that builds up the Church.  It struck me what Bishop Hinder once said: that he not only feels himself to be your shepherd, but that you, by your example, are often shepherds to him. 

    To live the life of the blessed and following the way of Jesus does not, however, mean always being cheerful.  Someone who is afflicted, who suffers injustice, who does everything he can to be a peacemaker, knows what it means to suffer.  It is most certainly not easy for you to live far from home, missing the affection of your loved ones, and perhaps also feeling uncertainty about the future.  But the Lord is faithful and does not abandon his people.  A story from the life of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the great founder of monasticism in the desert, may be helpful to us.  He left everything for the Lord and found himself in the desert.  There, for a time, he was immersed in a bitter spiritual struggle that gave him no peace; he was assaulted by doubts and darkness, and even by temptation to give in to nostalgia and regrets about his earlier life.  But then, after all this torment the Lord consoled him, and Saint Anthony asked him: “Where were you?  Why did you not appear before to free me from my suffering?”  But then he clearly heard Jesus’ answer: “I was here, Anthony” (Saint Athanasius, Vita Antonii, 10).  The Lord is close.  It can happen that, when faced with fresh sorrow or a difficult period, we think we are alone, even after all the time we have spent with the Lord.  But in those moments, where he might not intervene immediately, he walks at our side.  And if we continue to go forward, he will open up a new way for us; for the Lord specializes in doing new things; he can even open paths in the desert (cf. Is 43:19).

    Dear brothers and sisters, I want to tell you that living out the Beatitudes does not require dramatic gestures.  Look at Jesus: he left nothing written, built nothing imposing.  And when he told us how to live, he did not ask us to build great works or draw attention to ourselves with extraordinary gestures.  He asked us to produce just one work of art, possible for everyone: our own life.  The Beatitudes are thus a roadmap for our life: they do not require superhuman actions, but rather the imitation of Jesus in our everyday life.  They invite us to keep our hearts pure, to practice meekness and justice despite everything, to be merciful to all, to live affliction in union with God.  This is the holiness of daily life, one that has no need of miracles or of extraordinary signs.  The Beatitudes are not for supermen, but for those who face up to the challenges and trials of each day.  Those who live out the Beatitudes according to Jesus are able to cleanse the world.  They are like a tree that even in the wasteland absorbs polluted air each day and gives back oxygen.  It is my hope that you will be like this, rooted in Jesus and ready to do good to those around you.  May your communities be oases of peace.

    Finally, I would like to consider for a moment two of the Beatitudes.  First: “Blessed are the meek” (Mt 5:5).  Those who attack or overpower others are not blessed, but rather those that uphold Jesus’ way of acting, he who saved us, and who was meek even towards his accusers.  I like to quote Saint Francis, when he gave his brothers instructions about approaching the Saracens and non-Christians.  He wrote: “Let them not get into arguments or disagreements, but be subject to every human creature out of love for God, and let them profess that they are Christians” (Regula Non Bullata, XVI).  Neither arguments nor disagreements: at that time, as many people were setting out, heavily armed, Saint Francis pointed out that Christians set out armed only with their humble faith and concrete love.  Meekness is important: if we live in the world according to the ways of God, we will become channels of his presence; otherwise, we will not bear fruit. 

    Second: “Blessed are the peacemakers” (v. 9).  The Christian promotes peace, starting with the community where he or she lives.  In the Book of Revelation, among the communities that Jesus himself addresses, there is one, namely Philadelphia, that I think bears a likeness to you.  It is a Church which, unlike almost all the others, the Lord does not reproach for anything.  Indeed, that Church kept Jesus’ word without renouncing his name and persevered, went forward, even in the midst of difficulties.  There is also a significant detail:  the name Philadelphia means brotherly love.  Fraternal love.  Thus a Church which perseveres in Jesus’ word and fraternal love is pleasing to the Lord and bears fruit.  I ask for you the grace to preserve peace, unity, to take care of each other, with that beautiful fraternity in which there are no first or second class Christians.

    May Jesus, who calls you blessed, give you the grace to go forward without becoming discouraged, abounding in love “to one another and to all” (1 Thess 3:12). (Source: Vatican News)

  • Archdiocese of Manila releases prayer for victims of the bombing in Jolo





    The Archdiocese of Manila through its Chancery office has released a prayer for the victims of the bombing in Jolo Cathedral on January 31, 2019.

    In a circular letter addressed to all the priests, chaplains and religious, Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor, asked them to include the victims and their families in prayer.

    “As an expression of our solidarity to the victims of the Jolo Cathedral bombing last Sunday, January 27, to those who are injured and those who died, their families, and the community of Jolo, may we ask that this intention be included in the Prayer of the faithful of our Masses, especially on Sunday, February 3, 2019,” Fr. Malicdem said.

    On January 27, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., a bomb exploded inside the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral. After a few minutes, another bomb exploded at the parking lot of the cathedral.

    The Archdiocese of Manila issued a statement saying: “The bombing in the Cathedral of Jolo and in the parking area is senseless because it is inhuman”.

    In solidarity with the victims and their families, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle assured them of prayers and assistance with their needs.

    “We in the Archdiocese of Manila unite ourselves with the civilians and military personnel who died. You are in our prayer. Be assured that you will be given divine justice. We are one with the families of the dead and the wounded and the community of Jolo. You have a family in us. We are ready to assist you in your needs,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was on a plenary assembly in Manila when they received the news from Fr. Romeo S. Saniel, OMI, Apostolic Administrator of Jolo. They also issued a statement condemning the explosion as “an act of terrorism”. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     


     

  • Pope Francis calls the young people “The Now of God”


    His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated the concluding Mass for the 34th World Youth Day in Panama on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

    Delivering his homily in front of the thousands of pilgrims from the different parts of the world, Pope Francis has called on the young people to express themselves and to actively participate in the mission of evangelization.

    Photo Credit: Vatican News

    Pope Francis said that the youth of today is “the now of God.”

    “You, dear young people, are not the future but the now of God. He invites you and calls you in your communities and cities to go out and find your grandparents, your elders; to stand up and with them to speak out and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you,” Pope Francis said
    .
    Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke, Pope Francis said: “This is the now of God. It becomes present with Jesus: it has a face, it is flesh. It is a merciful love that does not wait for ideal or perfect situations to show itself, nor does it accept excuses for its appearance. It is God’s time, that makes every situation and place both right and proper. In Jesus, the promised future begins and becomes life.”

    He also took note of the beautiful message of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops last October 2018 with the theme "Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment". He encouraged each one to meet and listen to one another.

    “The enrichment of intergenerational dialogue, the enrichment of exchange and the value of realizing that we need one another, that we have to work to create channels and spaces that encourage dreaming of and working for tomorrow, starting today,” he said.

    Earlier, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led a morning catechesis with the theme “I am the Servant of the Lord”. It was held at the Parish of Cristo Redentor in Panama City where young pilgrims from California, Austria, Zimbabwe, and the Philippines participated.

    Vatican News reported that the Filipinos’ excitement was partly motivated by the presence of Cardinal Tagle who said that the “young people everywhere are more attracted to direct actions of service and charity”.

    “Let them experience service of neighbour, and let their hearts burn with service. Then you invite them to the “naming” of that experience,” Cardinal Tagle told the Vatican News.

    During the concluding Mass, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, announced that the 2022 World Youth Day will be in Lisbon, Portugal.

    The 2019 World Youth Day was held from January 22-27, 2019, with the theme, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word”. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • The ABC of Mercy


    The fourth Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM4) whose theme is “Divine Mercy, In Communion with the Young” ended its three-day congress with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on January 26, 2019.

    Rev. Fr. Ernesto Panelo, Spiritual Director of Divine Mercy during the Closing Mass of PACOM 4.
    Photo by RCAM-AOC

    Focusing on the Divine Mercy of God, Rev. Fr. Ernesto Panelo, Spiritual Director of Divine Mercy shared the ABC of Mercy that devotees of the Divine Mercy should carry in their heart as they live each day of their lives.

    “Alam mo ba yung ABC of mercy? A, ask for mercy. Humingi ka ng awa. Bakit ka hihingi? Kasi kailangan mo. B, be merciful. Nakatanggap ka ng awa, mahahawaan ka din ng pagiging maawain ng Diyos. Be merciful kaya nandun yung corporal at spiritual works of mercy. C, complete trust. Dahil marunong kang maawa, marunong ka ring magtiwala sa Panginoon na hindi yan sayo. Hindi mo kaya lahat. Hindi mo kakayanin. Pero kakayanin sa awa ng Diyos,” Fr. Panelo said in an interview by the Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications.

    He also reminded the young and old Divine Mercy devotees that their faith is deepened and strengthened when they admit and submit themselves to the fact that they need God’s mercy. 

    He also told the Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications that true devotion to the Divine Mercy is not only through the chaplet and the image. Rather, those serve as reminders that God’s mercy overflows.

    “Ang awa ng Diyos talaga para sa lahat. Lahat tayo nangangailangan ng awa ng Diyos. Akala ng ilan yung devotion ng Divine Mercy ay sa chaplet lang saka dun sa image ng Divine Mercy,” Fr. Panelo said.

    “Nakakalimutan natin yung chaplet saka yun gimage ng Divine Mercy, powerful paalala yun ng kahit saan kapumunta, kahit na anong edad mo, kahit na sino ka pa, ang awa ng Diyos para sayo. Mapa-bata, matanda; mapa-may asawa o wala; may kapansanan, sugatan, lahat may pinagdadaanan, lahat ay nangangailangan ng awa ng Diyos,” Fr. Panelo added.

    Almost four thousand participants attended the last day of the three-day congress on Mercy held at the Filoil Center Flying V in San Juan, Manila from January 24-26, 2019. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Seek the Common Good (CBCP Pastoral Statement on the May 13 Elections)


    “Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.” (Ps 85:10)

    Every election period is a promise of better times or a foreboding of what is worse to come. The choice is in our hands. It is as if God is telling us “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live.” (Deut 30:19).


    Photo Credit: Roi Lagarde / CBCPNews

    The year 2019 is not just an ordinary election year. The midterm election on May 13 is in itself already crucial. In our country today the checks and balances in the government are being undermined. So far the Senate is the institution in the government that is holding out as our country is inching towards total control. It is very crucial therefore that we elect public officials who are principled, courageous and who have the common good as their main concern and not their own political interests. We encourage voters to be very discerning in their votes. Let the lay groups engage in discernment circles to help one another know the candidates well and choose the candidates with the common good of the whole country in mind and not according to what the candidates promise, much less according to what voters have received from these candidates. Participation in politics for Christian lay people is not just to be limited to non-partisan involvement. Christians are also encouraged to engage in principled partisan politics. This means that they can campaign for good candidates as an exercise of their Christian faith.

    However, more than the elections, another serious, and perhaps more insidious, matter that we should pay attention to is the threat the version of constitutional change and federalism approved by the Lower House and now being dangled to the senators. It takes away the term limits of most of the elected officials and allows political dynasties to continue. It opens the national resources to foreign ownership and eventual control. Its version of federalism is vague and it will do away with the 2019 elections. 

    We denounce any attempt to avoid the 2019 elections. This right of the people to vote should not be shelved. We reiterate what we have taught before: “If the Constitution is to be revised at all, the process should lead to a greater defense and promotion of the moral values of human dignity and human rights, integrity and truth, participation and solidarity, and the common good.” (CBCP PASTORAL GUIDELINES FOR DISCERNING THE MORAL DIMENSION OF THE PRESENT-DAY MOVES FOR CHARTER CHANGE issued on January 29, 2018) We do not see the proposed revised constitution approved by the Lower House as an improvement of the 1987 constitution but is a self-serving attempt of present politicians to remain in power. We stand by what we have stated in the aforementioned letter: “As servant leaders, we have listened to many others who believe that the solution to our problems is not a revision of the Constitution, but a full implementation of the 1987 Constitution (e.g., on political dynasties & on freedom of information), and a revision of the Local Government Code, originally designed to devolve power from central authority.”

    Our dear People of God, we are in a crucial moment of our history. In our hands is the direction of our country. Let us be vigilant in what is happening. Let us not just be on-lookers but let us be involved. Pope Benedict said: “A big part of the vocation of Christian lay people is their participation in politics in order to bring justice, honesty and defense of true and authentic values, and to contribute to the real human and spiritual good of society.  The role of the laity in the temporal order, and especially in politics, is key for the evangelization of society.” (Pope Benedict XVI on receiving the Bishops of Paraguay in September 2008) Pope Francis taught: "‘A good Catholic doesn’t meddle in politics.’ That’s not true. That is not a good path. A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern…. None of us can say, ‘I have nothing to do with this, how they govern.’ … No, no, I am responsible for their governance, and I have to do the best so that they govern well, and I have to do my best by participating in politics according to my ability.” (Pope Francis September 16, 2013) Furthermore, we heed the appeal of Pope Francis in his message on the World Day of Prayer for Peace of this year that good politics is at the service of peace.

    No one can say in this age of the social media that she/he cannot participate in politics. Each of us can let our voice be heard and be a part of national conversation by posting our views in the social media, but with great respect for others and with the end of advancing the truth. We especially encourage the youth whose future is very much at stake to participate in the electoral process especially by using their skills and knowledge of the social media to advance what is true, what is just, and what is for the common good.

    Let the common good be the aim of our politicians and let the common good be the basis of our choice for our next set of public officials, then truly, “love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss” (Ps 85:11) in our land. 

     

     

    For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,

     

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao
    President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
    January 28, 2019

  • CONQUERING EVIL WITH GOOD (CBCP PASTORAL STATEMENT)


    “Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)

    Our dear People of God,

    Peace be with you. We are aware that many of you have been wondering why your bishops have kept a collective silence over many disturbing issues, about which you may have felt you urgently needed our spiritual and pastoral guidance.  Forgive us for the length of time that it took us to find our collective voice.  We too needed to be guided properly in prayer and discernment before we could guide you.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    RESPONDING WITH SILENCE

    For the past few months now, we have observed how the culture of violence has gradually prevailed in our land.  The recent bombing of the cathedral of Jolo where scores of people were killed and several more were injured is a further evidence to the cycle of hate that is destroying the moral fabric of our country.  Lately, we have also been on the receiving end of cruel words that pierce into the soul of the Catholic Church like sharp daggers. From deep within, the body of Christ is crying out in anguish as he did to Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus. (Acts 9:4)  We have silently noted these painful instances with deep sorrow and prayed over them.  We have taken our cue from Pope Francis who tells us that in some instances, “…the best response is silence and prayer.” 

    FAITH: OUR PEOPLE’S SOURCE OF STRENGTH

    We respect the freedom of conscience and religion of people of other faiths, including former Catholic Christians who may have already renounced their faith. We also respect the freedom of expression of our fellow citizens in this country, including their personal opinions about faith and religion. But as far as we know, the freedom of expression does not include a license to insult other people’s faith, especially our core beliefs. We know that this cuts deeply into the souls of our people—especially the poor, because faith is the only thing they have to hold on to.  It gives them hope and strength to continue living and working despite all the odds that come their way.  It sustains them when they feel alone and defenseless in foreign lands where they work.  

    When people do not understand our essential doctrines as Roman Catholic Christians, we have also ourselves to blame.  It could also mean we have failed in our preaching.  Perhaps we have not been effective enough in our catechesis about the faith?  Perhaps we should find better and more appropriate ways of communicating the faith. Our preparation for the celebration of the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines could serve as a perfect opportunity to embark on a renewed integral evangelization in word and witness.

    ADMITTING OUR SHORTCOMINGS

    Like the leaders and members of any other human institution, no doubt, we, your bishops and priests have our own share of failures and shortcomings as well. We have already mentioned in our previous statement that “we bow in shame when we hear of abuses committed by some of (us)...”, that “we hold ourselves accountable for their actions, and accept our duty to correct them...”

    NOT AGAINST FIGHTING ILLEGAL DRUGS

    There are people who, perhaps out of concern for us, have warned us about being critical of the government’s fight against illegal drugs. Perhaps we need to make ourselves clear about this issue. We are not against the government’s efforts to fight illegal drugs. We do respect the fact that it is the government’s duty to maintain law and order and to protect its citizens from lawless elements. We have long acknowledged that illegal drugs are a menace to society and that their easier victims are the poor. Like most other Filipinos we had high hopes that the government would truly flex some political will to be able to use the full force of the law in working against this terrible menace. It was when we started hearing of mostly poor people being brutally murdered on mere suspicion of being small-time drug users and peddlers while the big-time smugglers and drug lords went scot-free, that we started wondering about the direction this “drug war” was taking.

    As bishops, we have no intention of interfering in the conduct of State affairs. But neither do we intend to abdicate our sacred mandate as shepherds to whom the Lord has entrusted his flock.  We have a solemn duty to defend our flock, especially when they are attacked by wolves(!) We do not fight with arms. We fight only with the truth. Therefore, no amount of intimidation or even threat to our lives will make us give up our prophetic role, especially that of giving voice to the voiceless. As Paul once said, “Woe to me if I don’t preach the Gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16)

    GOD’S IMAGE AND LIKENESS

    Our faith informs us that no human being in this world deserves to be treated as a “non-human”, not even the mentally ill, or those born with disabilities. This is consistent with our defense of the right to life even of the unborn, because we believe that all human beings are creatures in God’s image and likeness, imbued with an innate dignity. We also must consider the right to life of people who are brutally murdered just because they are suspected of being opponents of government, as well as those who are summarily executed by armed groups.  Everyone in the civilized community of nations would agree that even those who may have committed criminal offenses should be treated in a humane way, even as justice demands that they be held accountable for their actions.

    SAVE THE CHILDREN

    There is no way we can call ourselves a civilized society if we hold children in conflict with the law criminally liable. Children who get involved in crimes, such as those who are used as runners by adult drug pushers, do not deserve to be treated as criminals; they are victims that need to be rescued. It is obvious that most children in conflict with the law come from very poor families and were born and raised in an environment of abuse. We beg our country’s legislators to give the bills they are drafting some serious rethinking and consider the greater harm that such a move can cause on the young people of our country.  We commend the initiatives to improve the Bahay-Pag-asa shelters for the care of children in conflict with the law.

    THE PERSPECTIVE OF MERCY

    Being civilized is not just about more advanced technology and infrastructure but about being more humane to the poor, the weak, the disadvantaged, the elderly, the children, those with special needs and all those who tend to be left out in society. We are not just creatures endowed with intelligence and guided by the evolutionary instincts of “survival of the fittest”. What makes us more superior as creatures is not our impulse to dominate each other but our innate sensitivity and capacity to love, to respect, to care for one another, to be both just and merciful, to be compassionate, to build community and to be genuinely concerned about the common good. The law of retaliation that demands “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:24) has long been repudiated in Christian tradition. As Christians, we have to learn the way of Jesus who says, “Be merciful, just as [also] your Father is merciful.”(Luke 6:36) 

    CONQUERING EVIL WITH GOOD

    More than ever, as members of the Church, we must realize that our strength lies in keeping our communities of faith intact. We must educate the faithful in the application of their conscience to the complex and myriad problems of life — in the choice of leaders, in the exercise of their vocation as citizens, in the raising of families, in their work and chosen professions, in the efforts to care for the environment, etc. Our faith must try to hold these different aspects of life together into an integral whole — letting conscience speak its wisdom consistently in every aspect of our life.

    Finally, we reiterate what we said in the previous statement that “the battles that we fight are spiritual.” (Ephesians 6:10-17).  In the midst of spiritual warfare, St. Peter admonishes us to “be sober and alert” especially when the enemy attacks “like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) As members of God’s flock, we must learn to be brave, to stick together, and look after one another.  Let this moment be a time to pray, to be strong, wise, and committed.  Let this be also a teaching moment for us all—a moment for relearning the core beliefs, principles and values of our faith, and what it means to be a Catholic Christian at this time. 

     

     

    For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines:

     

    ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
     Archbishop of Davao
     President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
     28 January 2019

  • Statement of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on the Jolo Cathedral Bombing

     


    The bombing in the Cathedral of Jolo and in the parking area is senseless because it is inhuman. That it happened during the Eucharistic celebration on a Sunday, the commemoration of Jesus’ triumph over death, makes it abominable because it violates the sense of God present in every human heart. Shock, anger and sadness envelope our hearts. What has happened to humanity? Is there no more room for decency and conscience?

    We in the Archdiocese of Manila unite ourselves with the civilians and military personnel who died. You are in our prayer. Be assured that you will be given divine justice. We are one with the families of the dead and the wounded and the community of Jolo. You have a family in us. We are ready to assist you in your needs.

    We urge those who planned and executed this brutal act to ask forgiveness of God and humanity, to leave behind their destructive ways and to start a new life of truthfulness, justice and love befitting true human beings. We call on all Filipinos, especially Catholics and Christians not to abandon our commitment to peace. Only good can combat evil. Instead of being discouraged, let us strengthen our resolve to work for peace based on justice, truth, love and respect for human life and dignity. Let us multiply good and honorable thoughts, sentiments, words and actions. Let us not abandon our efforts to dialogue with people who differ from us. Bridges are more useful than walls. We affirm our faith in Jesus who is our peace and reconciliation. As Jesus accepted death with and for us, so will the dead, the wounded and our people rise again with and for Jesus. Mary, Mother of hope, walk with us. 

     

  • CBCP condemns bombing in Jolo


    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) condemns the bombing of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo during Sunday Mass.

    In a statement released by CBCP on January 27, 2019, CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said that they received the sad news from Fr. Romeo S. Saniel, OMI, Apostolic Administrator of Jolo.

    Photos from Western Command Mindanao

    The Catholic bishops were gathered in Manila for the 118 plenary assembly. They have included in their prayers the victims, their relatives, and prayed to bring an end to violence.

     “We condole with the families of the several soldiers and civilians who were killed by the explosions. We also express our sympathies with those who were wounded and extend our solidarity with the rest of the church-goers inside the Cathedral and the rest of the church community in the Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo,” Archbishop Valles said.

    According to CBCPNews, at 8:30 a.m., a bomb exploded inside the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral. A few seconds later, another bomb exploded at the parking lot of the cathedral.

    CBCP also condemned this “act of terrorism” that took place only a few days after the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

    There were 27 people killed and dozens were injured in the incident.

    The Catholic bishops asked the Christians to “join hands with all peace-loving Muslim and indigenous people in the advocacy against violent extremism” as the region begins a new phase in the peace process.

     “May all our religions of peace guide us in our quest for a brighter future for the peoples of Mindanao,” they said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Message of CBCP Bishops on the Jolo bombing of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral

     

    We, Catholic Bishops gathered in our Plenary Assembly in Manila, received today the sad news from Fr. Romeo S. Saniel, OMI, Apostolic Administrator of Jolo, of the bombing of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo during the Sunday Mass.

    We condole with the families of the several soldiers and civilians who were killed by the explosions. We also express our sympathies with those who were wounded and extend our solidarity with the rest of the church-goers inside the Cathedral and the rest of the church community in the Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo.

    Photo credit: CBCPNews

    At the same time, we condemn this act of terrorism that has taken place only a few days after the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

    As we begin a new phase in the peace process with the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM), we ask our Christian brethren to join hands with all peace-loving Muslim and Indigenous People communities in the advocacy against violent extremism.

    May all our religions of peace guide us in our quest for a brighter future for the peoples of Mindanao.

     

    From the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

    + Romulo G. Valles
    Archbishop of Davao
    President, CBCP
    January 27, 2019

  • Heart of St. Camillus journeys to the Philippines anew

     

    Filipino Catholics and devotees will have another chance to honor and venerate the heart relic of St. Camillus de Lellis, patron saint of the sick, doctors, nurses and other health workers, as it will be in the country from February 2 to March 31, 2019.

    The heart relic of the Founder of the New School of Charity and the Ministers of the Infirm, also known as the Camillians, first visited the country in 2013 when it stayed for almost a month from February 18 to March 10.

    The sacred relic will arrive on Feb. 2 at NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City and will proceed via a motorcade to Our Lady of La Paz Parish in Makati City where it will stay until Feb. 4. It will then journey across the country’s various parishes and several hospitals. The complete schedule and itinerary of the relic’s visit are available via the social media channel and website of the Camillians.

    The Camillians are known for their dedication and commitment in serving and taking care of the sick particularly the poor. Likewise, they also care for the welfare of their partners and collaborators particularly healthcare workers and providers. The Camillians are active in ministries like hospitals and hospital chaplaincy, parishes, pastoral centers, homes for the aged, lepers, community-based health and rehabilitation centers, HIV/AIDS centers, and other healthcare centers or where the sick are present.

    “The visit of St. Camillus’ heart relic provides a perfect opportunity for all of us to give importance to the humanization of health care in the country, to place our sick brothers and sisters at the center of care and not leave them on the margins, and for all healthcare providers and carers of the sick to renew their dedication and commitment in loving and serving the sick,” said Fr. Dan Vicente Cancino Jr., MI, Chairman of the Journey of the Heart 2.0.

    St. Camillus himself in his lifetime had an experience being sick as he had a sore in his leg that would not heal, and spent a lot of time in hospitals where he also later on served as a caregiver. The experience made him realize that God called him to serve the sick.  It also led him to establish a religious congregation dedicated solely to care for the sick—the Ministers of the Sick, popularly known today as the Camillians.

    Cancino shares, “Like St. Camillus, we are encouraged to put our hearts into the care and service we provide to the sick, akin to caring and serving Christ Himself. And in doing so, the sick will feel the presence of God, through us.” 

    St. Camillus’ heart was taken an hour after his death on July 14, 1614, and the relic is enshrined at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Rome, Italy, where he was buried. The relic of the heart of St. Camillus is contained in a crystal glass in the shape of a heart. The crystal glass measures 11 cm (height), 10 cm (width) and 7 cm (depth) (tridimensional view).  

    “St. Camillus’ heart relic really has such spiritual symbolism. The most common being that the heart is the universal symbol of love. And even his last breath, St. Camillus’ heart was in the service of the sick. For him, to serve the sick is to serve Christ Himself,” cited Fr. Dan. 

    The reliquary that holds the crystal glass evokes an old, classical style temple. Four Doric pillars are the base and support the dome on top of which stands the Cross, symbol of the Order of St. Camillus. In the inner part of the temple-like, two angels support the crystal glass with elegance and gentleness, leaning forward as if presenting the Relic to the faithful.

    The “new school of charity” that St. Camillus established has been touching the hearts of people and loving the sick in 42 countries all over the world, including the Philippines. Camillian presence in the Philippines started in 1974 and the Philippine Province of the Camillian Order was formally established on July 1, 2003.

    Presently, they exercise their ministry in Luzon (Quezon City, Makati, Marikina, Pasig, Antipolo and Baguio City), in the Visayas (Calbayog and Balugo, Dumanguete), and in Mindanao (Davao City and Mati, Davao, Oriental).

    For more information, visit the official Facebook page of the Camillians at www.facebook.com/thecamillians. (Camillians / RCAM-AOC)



    Schedule of the Visit of the Heart Relic

     

  • Listen to youth’s stories of mercy: listen to Jesus


    Cardinal Tagle has encouraged the young and old people in PACOM 4 celebration for two things: Listen to the youth's experience of mercy and listen to Jesus.

    In a video message played during the opening ceremony of the 4th Philippine Apostolic Congress of Mercy (PACOM 4), Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle who is in Panama for the World Youth Day celebration, emphasized that the young people’s experience of God’s mercy be heard, for they are the center of the celebration.

    “Una, let us listen to the Youth. During this PACOM, let the youth speak, not only to the elders, speak to themselves, and speak to the whole church. Let us listen to their experiences of Mercy, how were they shaped and formed by mercy and compassion from God and from neighbor and from the church. Let us listen to them also, how they have been broken, how they have been wounded by the lack of mercy,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM-AOC

    After listening to the different stories of transformation and compassion, Cardinal Tagle asked the people to listen to Jesus who is the “incarnation of mercy.”

    “Let us listen to Jesus’ experience as a young person. How did mercy come to him especially through Mary, through Joseph, through his friends, through society. What were the experiences of the lack of mercy, the lack of compassion, the lack of forgiveness, the injustice, the discrimination that the young Jesus saw, and how did he transformed to be God’s living parable of mercy,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Despite the joy of the celebration of PACOM 4 where the young people are the focus of attention, Cardinal Tagle cannot hide his disappointment on the present situation of the youth in the country. The children should be enjoying their childhood with the love and comfort of their families and friends. But at an early age, they are already victims of suffering, brokenness, and woundedness from the people who supposed to be their guide and protector from the evils of society.

    “I am very much bothered when we hear young people subjective to all types of abusive behavior. I am amazed and to unbelief that some of them still survived as wholesome human beings in spite of what they have gone through. I am disturbed that young people are being subjected to violence, bullying, shaming, and they are being told that is normal.

    At the end of his message, he asked the faithful to heed the call of the Church to be “missionaries of mercy.”

    On Wednesday, on its second reading, the House of Representatives approved the bill that seeks to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9 years old.

    The said bill received criticisms from various groups and institutions in the country. (Jheng Manalang Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Statement from the CBCP Media Office on a certain "Bishop" Richard Alcantara


  • Divine Mercy for You(th) - Homily delivered by Bishop Santos during the Opening Mass of PACOM 4


    Homily delivered by Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga during the Opening Mass for the 4th Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM 4) held at the Filoil Center Flying V Arena in San Juan City on January 24, 2019.

    My brothers and sisters, have you asked yourselves. What are we going to tell to our young people? What are we going to impart to them? As we gather together for this Fourth Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy, let us remind our young people who Jesus is. Jesus is Divine Mercy. Divine Mercy is Jesus. With Jesus, He is telling us three imperatives which are very applicable especially to our young people. What are these? 

    First. Don't be afraid. 
    Second. Don't waste your life. 
    And lastly. Don't lose your faith.

    Photo by Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC

    First. Jesus is always telling us "it is I. Do not be afraid" (John 6,20). The early life of Saint Faustina was of simplicity and of sacrifices. They were poor and the social condition at that time was severe and difficult. She worked hard, even as housemaid. Yes, the young Faustina, baptized at that time Helen, experienced pain and sufferings. Yet she was firm and steadfast with her Catholic faith, reaffirming her conviction, "I will go and serve God because that is what I resolved to do since my childhood, and that I will do." 

    With the destruction and famine brought about the horrors of the First World War, the Kowalska family was in poverty and destitute. Yet they remained united and strong with their faith in God. In her needs and with uncertain times, Sister Faustina did not lose sight of God, reassuring herself "I had to fulfill my duty toward God." 

    During her religious formation it was indeed a way of the cross. She was also misunderstood, even ridiculed. Some were indifferent to her, suspicious of her words and actions as illusions. But Sister Faustina remained patient with them, prayerful and even so very penitent. In her great sufferings she called and hold on to God alone. She prayed harder and constantly: 

    "Help me, o Lord, that my hands may be merciful and fliled with good deeds, 
    so that I may do only good to my neighbors and take upon myself
    the more difficult and toilsome tasks. 

    Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbor, 
    and overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. 
    May true rest is in the service of my neighbor" (Diary 163). 

    Days before her death, Sister Faustina was asked "aren't you afraid of death?" She replied "why?" and continued "all my sin and impurities will be consumed like a straw in the fire of the Divine Mercy." She was not afraid of anything, and of anyone. It is because of her complete faith to Jesus, unwavering fidelity to Divine Mercy. Now, my brothers and sisters we pray and repeat: Jesus, I trust in You. 

    My brothers and sisters, there are calamities. Crimes are recurrent. Even our civil leaders are cruel, morally and physically corrupt. Yet we will not be afraid. Why? It is because of Jesus, whom we turn to and to trust.

    When justice is elusive, when life becomes cheap and people suffer so much because of irresponsible and dishonest civil authorities, our hope and help is God's mercy. And we beg of Him, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!" (Luke 18,38). 

    An OFW returns to her previous employer in Como in Milan. She was asked "what do you feel?" She replied, "I am very nervous and afraid. I think much of my children. But I do and ready for anything for their own good, for their future." 

    "How are they?" her co-worker in the chaplaincy wanted to know. Rosalinda said, "I left them to my mother. I told to be obedient, to study hard and pray always. And I asked them together with their Lola, whenever they are together to pray the 3 o'clock habit." 

    She added, "and in my time I also recite the Divine Mercy chaplet to be with them in spirit. This gives me strength and assurance of their safety. We entrust ourselves to Divine Mercy." 

    Second. Jesus is reminding us "i came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10,10). Jesus wants us safe. He does all to save us. Jesus gives us life, and grants us life eternal with the Father. 

    In spite of inner conflicts, fear and being frightened because of God's immense works for her, Saint Faustina, professed to Jesus "I am ready for every beck and call of Your will” (Diary 439). She submitted herself completely, her will at the service of Jesus. She spent her time in prayers and fulfilling faithfully her convent duties. And she was very much contented with her life, her oneness with Jesus, attesting from her Diary 609 that "God grants everything that we ask of Him with trust." 

    Remember our dear young people, that "God saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good" (Genesis 1,31). You are all very good, all the very best of Gods' creation. God makes you special. You are with God-given skills and talents. Use them for God's glory and for the good of others. Don't squander them. And don't waste your life. 

    Life is precious. It is God's gift, entrusted to us to nourish, to take care of it and to cherish. We must not take it for granted, not to abuse or to misuse. Life is to be respected, protected and promoted. Live faithfully and to the fullest. 

    We don't just exist. Nor just to be present or visible, that is, hindi para lamang mag-pacheck ng attendance. But we have to make the most of our life. Our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis reminds us and especially our young people "the Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence" (GE,1) 

    Our society offers instant fame and beauty. Some of our people entice us with false adulation, fake news and empty promises. They prompt us to be powerful and to be popular. But all of these would never guarantee meaningful and fulfilled life. All of these will pass away. Let us not forget that only God is eternal. Only God is absolute. Only God matters. And "His mercy endures forever" (Psalm 136,1ff). 

    Lastly. Saint Paul in second letter to Timothy tells us that he has "fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (4,7). Don't lose your faith. Jesus assures us that He will be always with us. He listens to us, and attends to our needs. Never will He abandon us, nor forsake us. So, let us always have Jesus in our hearts, in our lives. Hold on Him. And remembers affirms "take courage. It is I" (Matthew 14,27). 

    Saint Faustina fulfilled to the letter everything Jesus commanded her. She did not miss what Jesus said, and continued to follow Him and apply His words in her life and for others. And our Lord Jesus assured her "my daughter, do not be afraid of what will happen to you. I will give you nothing beyond your strength. You know the power of My grace; let that be enough" (Diary 1491). 

    Saint Faustina spoke of God's mercy and shared His mercy. She lived God's mercy and led others to God's Divine Mercy. 

    Our dear young people, there are those who attack and undermine our Catholic faith. They even ridiculed and made fun of our religious beliefs. They insulted and dishonor our good God. God cannot be mocked. Saint Faustina heard an interior voice which said "my mercy does not want this but justice demands it" (Diary 20). 

    Let us persevere with our faith. Let us be patient with them. We resort to prayers and remain polite. Yet let us be firm, faithful and even fearless to speak out and to show our Catholic faith. To them and for them we think of mercy, we speak of mercy and we do mercy. We follow what our Lord Jesus implores of us "be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6,36). 

    An OFW who lived and worked for almost fourteen years in Rome came to see her chaplain. She wanted to ask for his blessing and to offer Holy Mass. She was about to return home for good. Lourdes, the OFW informed the priest that her children graduated and fully employed. They asked her "Mama, umuwi na po kayo sa amin. Nagbunga na po ang inyong pagpapakasakit para sa amin. Tapos na po ang paghihirap ninyo diyan. Kami naman po ngayon ang mag-aalaga sa inyo." 

    Recalling her sacrifices and sufferings, and she surpassed all those things, Lourdes admitted to the priest, "Padre, may awa talaga ang Diyos" (God is truly merciful). And now with the successes of her children and they were all safe throughout those years, she credited and acknowledged everything "sa awa ng Diyos" (all because of God's mercy). 

    My brothers and sisters in Christ, have you asked yourselves. What are we going to tell our young people? Remind them that Jesus is Divine Mercy. Divine Mercy is Jesus. And Jesus is asking them: 

    Don't be afraid.  Don't waste your life.  Don't lose the faith. (PACOM 4/RCAM-AOC)


     

  • Welcome Message of Cardinal Tagle during the Opening Ceremony of PACOM 4


    Welcome Message (via video) delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal for the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy held at the Filoil Center Flying V Arena in San Juan City on January 24, 2019.


    Good day to all of you my dear brothers and sisters, this is Cardinal Chito Tagle of the Archdiocese of Manila, welcoming all of you to the 4th Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy, PACOM 4.

    We are very happy in the Archdiocese of Manila, to be able to host this congress, and we want to thank in a special way the wonderful team of Archdiocese especially those who are centered in the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Msgr, Albert Salonga, Fr. Jojo Panelo and all of their collaborators, all of you servants ministers of Divine Mercy. We want to extend a special greeting for the delegates who come from other parts of the country.

    The theme of the gathering is Mercy. Divine Mercy in the Year of the Youth kasi alam po natin na sa Pilipinas bilang paghahanda sa 2021, ang ikalimang daang anibersaryo ng pagdating ng Kristiyanismo sa atin ay nakalaan para sa kabataan ngayon, Year of the Youth at katatapos lang po ng Synod of Bishops on the Youth kaya po napakaganda bagamat hindi po ako makakasama sa inyo ngayon in person dahil nasa World Youth Day po ako sa PANAMA, ibig ko lang po na hindi lamang magbigay ng pagtanggap sa inyo kundi kaunting pagninilay din o kaya’y paanyaya sa pagninilay, galing po sa Synod of Bishops at sa atin po sa CBCP at lahat ng mga naglilingkod sa kabataan ngayon, ilang paala-ala lang po.


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC

    Una, let us listen to the Youth. During this PACOM, let the youth speak, not only to the elders, speak to themselves, and speak to the whole church. Let us listen to their experiences of Mercy, how were they’re shaped and formed by mercy and compassion from God and from neighbor and from the church. Let us listen to them also, how they have been broken, how they have been wounded by the lack of mercy.

    Again, beginning with the family and friends and in the wider society, what are the instruments, the experiences of mercy to the youth where do they find mercy and where do they unfortunately not find mercy? Let us listen to the youth. Let us listen to ourselves to who are young in the past and let us connect our experiences and voices.

    Secondly, after hearing all of those stories, let us listen to Jesus, the word of God, the incarnation of mercy. Pakinggan natin si Hesus, pagkatapos mapakinggan ang karanasan ng kabataan ano naman ang sinasabi ni Hesus, dahil si Hesus ay nagging kabataan din at siya’y namatay, pinatay na bata.

    Let us listen to Jesus’ experience as a young person. How did mercy come to him especially through Mary, through Joseph, through his friends, through society. What were the experiences of the lack of mercy, the lack compassion, the lack of forgiveness, the injustice, the discrimination that the young Jesus saw, and how did he transformed him to be God’s living parable of mercy.

    How did He face this lack of mercy in His crucifixion? What was the source of His words, “Father forgive them” when He was being cursed lowly by unmerciful acts. Let us listen to Jesus, who was also young. And then third moment, how will listening to Jesus drive us to be individuals, disciples of mercy, especially to the young who’s stories we have heard. How can our families, parishes, and the wider Filipino society be the hope of mercy that will give hope, new life to our young people in the midst of the wound? How could we be merciful to creation, to nature that we are treating with so much disrespect?

    I am very much bothered when we hear young people subjective to all types of abusive behavior. I am amazed and to unbelief that some of them still survived as wholesome human beings in spite of what they have gone through. I am disturbed that young people are being subjected to violence, bullying, shaming, and they are being told that that is normal. I am ashamed that young people are being sold to prostitution by their own parents and people whom they trust, I am ashamed that society is not a safe, kind, and more loving, a bold for our young people.

    But it is not just lament. It is a call to mission. After listening to the youth and listening to Jesus, then, out of love and concern, out of mercy, the mercy that we have all experienced, then we will be missionaries of mercy.

    We welcome you once again in the Archdiocese of Manila and may the merciful God bring to each fruition this wonderful fourth Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy. At ipagdasal din nyo po kami sa World Youth Day. God bless you all. (RCAM-AOC)

  • Australian Choir Serenades Arzobispado de Manila


    The Catholic choir from Melbourne, Australia, “Excelsis” visited the Arzobispado de Manila on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

    Rev. Fr. Nicardo Blanquisco, head, Audit department led the employees of Arzobispado in welcoming the group.

    Led by conductor Tom Buchanan, the Excelsis choir delighted the employees with the songs Emarabini (traditional South African song) and Change in my Life.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    The group Excelsis, which takes its name from the Latin word meaning “highest,” performed in a fund-raising concert entitled “One Voice for the Poor II” at the Manila Cathedral on January 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

    The concert was organized by the Commission on Social Services and Development of the Archdiocese of Manila headed by Rev. Fr. Eric Adoviso.

    The proceeds of the concert will be used to the different projects of the commission. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

    Read: “One Voice for the Poor II” concert to be held at the Manila Cathedral

     

     

  • PACOM 4 to focus on youth



    The young people will be the focus of attention at the Fourth Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM 4) from January 24-26, 2019, at the Filoil Flying V Center, San Juan, Metro Manila.

    Dubbed with the theme “The Divine Mercy in Communion with the Young,” PACOM 4 aims to promote and propagate the devotion of Divine Mercy to the young people. 

    The three-day event is in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth as part of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

    Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Caccia will preside the Opening Mass on January 24, at 10:15 in the morning with Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, WACOM Asia Episcopal Coordinator as homilist.  He will also give the first talk on “Divine Mercy for You(th)” that aims to deepen the youth’s devotion to the Divine Mercy.

    On the same day, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Vice President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will give the second talk at 1:15 p.m. He will tackle the topic “IMG (I Am God) Selfie Syndrome and the Image of the Divine Mercy.” The talk aims to explain the ill effects of this phenomenon and to teach young people how to make Christ the center of their lives.

    On January 25, second day, Fr. Michael La Guardia, SDB will deliver the third talk at 9 a.m. entitled "N-Chances from No to Nfinity – healing from a broken relationship through the Divine Mercy". He will share the multiple ways how God’s infinite mercy can mend broken relationships.

    At 10:45 a.m., Fr. Joel Jason of the Archdiocesan Commission on Family and Life will give the fourth talk on “Love Despite Regret (LDR)”. The talk aims to provide participants with an understanding of the Divine Mercy's love and what it entails.

    The last talk will be about “Immortal Combat – Divine Mercy and the battle for souls” to be given Fr. Jose Francisco Syquia, Chief Exorcist Priest, Archdiocese of Manila. He will enlighten the participants of the Divine Mercy's power to strengthen souls, giving a whole new meaning to "Immortal Combat."

    Antipolo  Bishop Francisco De Leon will preside the closing Mass at 3 p.m. on the last day of PACOM 4 on January 26.

    PACOM is part of the worldwide congresses to promote the devotion to the Divine Mercy. It emanates from the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM), and from it comes the Asian Apostolic Congress on Mercy (AACOM).

    It was held in the following places: Lipa, Batangas (2012); El Salvador, Cagayan de Oro (2014); Bacolod, Negros Occidental (2016).

    This year, it will be held at San Juan City, Manila, Philippines. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Santo Niño Parish in Tondo now an archdiocesan shrine


    The Santo Niño Parish in Tondo, Manila has been declared an archdiocesan shrine and will be officially erected on February 5, 2019, during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle.

    Cardinal Tagle made the announcement on January 12, 2019, during the third-day Novena Mass for the feast of Santo Niño on January 20, 2019.

    Photo Credit: Sto. Niño de Tondo Facebook Page

    According to the decree signed by Cardinal Tagle, the erection of Sto. Niño Parish as an archdiocesan shrine arose from the petition of Fr. Estelito Villegas, parish priest of Sto. Niño Parish in Tondo and the parish community.

    “By the Decree of Erection, We shall likewise grant to the said Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño all the rights and privileges embodied in the Statutes which we also approve at the same time”.

    In his homily during the third-day Novena Mass for the feast of Santo Niño, he challenged the parishioners to be prepared as they embrace their new identity and mission.

    “Kung iyan ang identity, yan ang misyon. Kasama sa identity ay pagiging misyonera ng ebanghelisasyon,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Christ’s identity and mission


    “Your identity is your mission.”

    This was the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to the faithful during the third day of Novena Mass for the Feast of Sto. Niño de Tondo on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

    Photo by Cristy dela Cruz/Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the Gospel of John. He elaborated the identity and mission of Christ that began during the time when John the Baptist baptized his cousin Jesus.

    "Ang kapistahan ng pagbibinyag kay Hesus ay may dalawang mahahalagang bahagi. Pinapakilala sa atin sino si Hesus. Ang Christmas season, patuloy tayo na inaanyayahan na kilalanin si Hesus. Sino si Hesus? At ikalawa, ano ang misyon ni Hesus? At masasabi natin kung sino si Hesus at ang kaniyang misyon ay magkasama. Ang kaniyang identity at ang kaniyang misyon ay magkadikit,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Having explained how the identity and mission of Christ began, Cardinal Tagle also described Christ as the son of God who is filled with the Holy Spirit, holiness and love, and full of God’s life.

    “Dahil sa pagkabinyag kay Hesus ay nakita natin kung sino siya at kung ano siya. Iyan ang kaniyang misyon sa buhay,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Sino ba tayo? Sino ka? Sasabihin natin na ako ay binyagan. Ibig sabihin, anak ng Diyos, kapatid ni Kristo, templo ng Espiritu Santo. ‘Yun tayo. ‘Yun din ang ating misyon,” he added.

    Cardinal Tagle also urged the faithful to nurture their identity because it speaks of their mission in life. He also added that being faithful to one’s mission is becoming truthful to himself.

    During the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Cardinal Tagle was joined by Manila Auxilary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D. with Rev. Fr. Estelito Villegas, Parish Priest, Sto. Niño de Tondo and the clergy from the different parishes of the Vicariate of Santo Niño.

    Before the celebration of the Mass ended, Cardinal Tagle announced the declaration of the Sto. Niño Parish into an Archdiocesan Shrine. He challenged the faithful to be prepared as they embrace their new identity and mission.

    “Kung iyan ang identity, yan ang misyon. Kasama sa identity ay pagiging misyonera ng ebanghelisasyon,” Cardinal Tagle said. 

    On February 5, 2019, the Sto. Niño de Tondo parish will be formally declared as Archdiocesan Shrine in a Mass to be led by Cardinal Tagle.

    On January 30, there will be catechesis and confession. A triduum Mass will be held on February 2-4, 2019. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC and Michelle Caandoy Buenavides, Cristy M. Dela Cruz/SOCOM-Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo)

     

  • Christ is the first devotee, says Cardinal Tagle


    The celebration of the feast of the Black Nazarene culminated with a midnight Mass at the Quirino Grandstand on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

    Delivering his homily in a sea of devotees, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle emphasized Christ’s devotion to mankind was manifested on the cross when he came down from heaven, lived on earth, and died for the salvation of the world. 

    “Pero si Hesus nasa langit bababa para samahan tayo. At iyan ay upang ipakita na ang kalooban ng Diyos ay hindi para maparusahan tayo kundi mailigtas tayo. Ganyanka-devoted si Hesus sa atin. Pati langit iiwanan niya mapasama sa mga kapatid na makasalanan hindi para yurakan sila. Hindi para sila’y parusahan kundi upang iligtas,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Photo by Fatima Maisog Llanza
    Photo Gallery: Midnight Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene

    Cardinal Tagle also spoke of the theme of the celebration, “Deboto ni Poon Hesus Nazareno: Hinirang at Pinili Niya upang maging lingkod Niya.” 

    Reflecting on the theme, Cardinal Tagle stated the difference of devotion and fanaticism.

    “Ang tunay na deboto ay nagmamahal. Ang dahilan ng debosyon ay pagmamahal,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Ang panatiko hindi nagmamahal. Ang panatiko nag-a-ano lang yan e, kumapakapit sa isang nagbibigay ng halaga sa akin,” he added.

    He also reminded the faithful that the devotion to the Black Nazarene goes beyond its feast day and does not end in Traslacion. 

    “Kaya kapag sinabing deboto hindi langyan pang-nuwebe Enero. Ang debosyon sa Poong Nazareno, araw-araw, saglit-saglit, sa bawat panig ng daigdig,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Traslacion commemorates the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from Luneta Grandstand to Quiapo Church where the procession passes through the different streets of Quiapo.

    According to Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector and parish priest of Quiapo Church who presided the Mass, aside from Manila there are also other places in the Philippines who held their own Traslacion like Cagayan De Oro, Tagum, Batanes, Legazpi, and Nueva Vizcaya as well as the Filipino Community in the United Arab Emirates.

    Present during the Holy Eucharist was the Clergy of Manila, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, officials from the different groups and agencies of the government, and fiesta committees who helped in the preparation of the feast.

    The long procession of the Black Nazarene lasted for 21 hours from its departure to Luneta to its arrival to the Quiapo Church according to the Quiapo Command Center. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Blessing of replicas of the Black Nazarene held on Jan. 7


    Thousands of devotees from the different parts of the country, some were barefooted wearing a maroon shirt with the image of Nazareno flocked around Quiapo church for the annual blessing of the replica of the Black Nazarene on Monday, January 7, 2019, two days before the Traslacion on January 9.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    The different replicas of the Nazareno were blessed by Reverend Father Danichi Hui, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church and other priests at 1:30 p.m.

    On January 8, the image of the Black Nazarene will be brought to Quirino Grandstand and will stay overnight for the traditional “Pahalik.” A huge number of devotees are expected to gather to kiss and touch the Nazareno image.

    On January 9, 12 midnight, Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector of Quiapo Church will preside the Holy Eucharist with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as homilist. 

    The image of the Black Nazarene will leave Luneta Grandstand at 5 in the morning for the Traslacion.

    The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. It has been known to be miraculous by its Filipino devotees and is being attended by millions of devotees, making it one of the country’s biggest annual religious procession. 

    Traslacion is the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from Luneta to Quiapo Church that usually lasted for more than 20 hours.

    Traslacion 2019 will be broadcasted on TV Maria at Sky Cable channel 210, Sky Direct channel 49, Sat Lite channel 102, and Destiny Cable channel 96. It can also be viewed at their website (www.tvmaria.ph) and Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/tvmariaphils/).

    Radio Veritas will also air special programming about Traslacion at Veritas 846. Special coverage will also be aired on their Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/Veritasph/). (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle: A Child is born for you


    The stories of Christmas are foretold every year in different ways. But the real story of Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ.

     “A child is born to us. And in the Gospel, the angels told the shepherds a Savior is born, and what is the sign? An infant in swaddling clothes,” Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle said during his homily for the Christmas Evening Mass at the Manila Cathedral.

    Photo by Maricar Santos

    Cardinal Tagle also reflected on the celebration of Christmas in the Year of the Youth. 

    “The world will find joy and peace only when all of us rediscover the true youthfulness that Jesus offers to us. Apart from being a child-like Jesus, there will be no joy and peace,” he said.

    “So, the Year of the Youth, Christmas in the Year of the Youth is an invitation for all of us see how a child can rule with joy and peace. That’s the promise a child is given us. So, let us recover our being children like Jesus,” he added.

    The year 2019 was declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) as the Year of the Youth starting Dec. 2, 2018, and culminating on Nov. 24, 2019.

    The second point Cardinal Tagle reflected on was toxicity the youth of today might swallow like lies, the proliferation of fake news, violence, and corruption among others.

    “In the name of the elders, I want to ask pardon of you young people. We are sorry if the world that we are bequeathing to you is a toxic world. Toxic of falsehood, toxic with lies and fake news, fake reporting coming from fake personalities,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “We are sorry if the world has become toxic because of vices, violence, bullying, brutality, greed, and corruption. You don’t deserve this world, but you, young people can make this world better for the Savior was a child,” he added.

    In celebration of the 200th year anniversary of the song Silent Night, Cardinal Tagle stated that during the birth of Christ, those silent nights were holy nights because Christ poured out his pure love to us. While in this day and age, silent nights are no longer holy nights “because in the night crimes, evil, evil deeds are planned, plotted, and executed but those silent nights are not holy nights.” 

    “Some people continue to suffer, some people are harassed, some people are threatened to remain silent and their lives have become a continuous silent night but not holy night,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    At the end of his homily, the Manila Archbishop asked the faithful especially the young people not to swallow the toxic of the world. He asked them to bring back to society those silent nights.

    “Let us bring back to society pure love, let us bring back to society tenderness, let us bring back to society gentleness, then silent nights become holy nights,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Huwag mahihiya to be tender and mild, huwag ikahihiya ang loves pure light. Kapag ganyan talagang Year of the Youth, talagang pasko ng kabataan at ang pinakamadilim na gabi ay magiging banal na gabi,” he added. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

  • The Child Jesus is God’s pure love


    In his Christmas message, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle asked the faithful to look at the Child Jesus as God’s pure love as he apologized to the young people on behalf of the elders for bestowing upon them a toxic world.

    “My prayer and wish for all Filipinos and for the whole of humankind, especially for our beloved young people, is for us to welcome and live the joy and peace of the Child Jesus, who is God's pure love, tenderness and gentleness,” Cardinal Tagle said in his Christmas message.

    “To the youth, we elders ask pardon if the world we are bequeathing to you is darkened by toxic falsehood, violence, bullying, vices, greed and corruption. Please do not swallow or inhale this toxicity. Jesus the Child is with you. With Him, renew humanity, society, religions and creation with love's pure light, tenderness and gentleness. Christmas is for you,” he added.

    Photo by Maricar Santos

    Cardinal Tagle also cited that this year marks the 200th year anniversary of the famous Christmas carol Silent Night. The song was first sung in a village church in Austria on Christmas Eve in 1818. The song according to Cardinal Tagle has provided a message of true Christmas joy and peace to generations of Christians all over the world.

    Reflecting on this, Cardinal Tagle said that some silent nights are not holy nights.

    “During the time of Jesus up to our contemporary time, some nights have become moments of ominous silence. Crimes and evil deeds are often plotted and executed in the frightening silence of the night. The people who suffer and are continuously threatened and harassed live in endless silent nights,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    According to him, silent night becomes holy night when the Child Jesus pours on us “love’s pure light.” 

    “Pure love makes nights bright and holy because it comes from God. Only God can love authentically and absolutely,” he said.

    Cardinal Tagle will celebrate the Christmas Eve Mass on December 24, 2018, at 8:30 p.m. at the Manila Cathedral. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2018




    In the name of the Archdiocese of Manila I wish you and your loved ones a Blessed celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ!

    The bishops of the Philippines have declared 2018-2019 as the Year of the Youth. It is good to reflect on the relationship between the youth and Christmas since we often say that Christmas is for everyone but especially for the young. To fulfill His plan to save us, God sent His Son as a child. Jesus is his name, meaning "God saves His people". Isaiah prophesied a time of JOY and PEACE "for a child is born to us, a son is given to us, upon his shoulder dominion rests" (Isaiah 9:5). The rule of the Child King ushers in joy and peace from God. Only the child-like can bring joy and peace to world. The Filipino youth deserve genuine joy and peace offered by the Savior Jesus, "the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger" (Luke 2:12). 

    This year we also mark the 200th anniversary of the famous Christmas carol SILENT NIGHT, first sung in a village church in Austria on Christmas Eve 1818. Since then the song has provided a message of true Christmas joy and peace to generations of Christians all over the world. Silent night. During the time of Jesus up to our contemporary time, some nights have become moments of ominous silence. Crimes and evil deeds are often plotted and executed in the frightening silence of the night. The people who suffer and are continuously threatened and harassed live in endless silent nights. But those silent nights are not holy nights. The Child Jesus transformed eerie silent nights into holy nights by pouring on us "love's pure light". Pure love makes nights bright and holy because it comes from God. Only God can love authentically and absolutely. The song also states that God's pure love is manifest in the Child "so tender and mild". Pure love, tenderness, gentleness are marks of the rule of the Child King, thereby making nights holy.

    My prayer and wish for all Filipinos and for the whole of humankind, especially for our beloved young people, is for us to welcome and live the joy and peace of the Child Jesus, who is God's pure love, tenderness and gentleness. To the youth, we elders ask pardon if the world we are bequeathing to you is darkened by toxic falsehood, violence, bullying, vices, greed and corruption. Please do not swallow or inhale this toxicity. Jesus the Child is with you. With Him, renew humanity, society, religions and creation with love's pure light, tenderness and gentleness. Christmas is for you. 

     

    + Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Archbishop of Manila

     

     

  • Like Mary, obey God’s plan


    On the feast of the Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, Cardinal Tagle urged the young people to imitate Mary’s obedience to the plan of the Lord.

    “Kay Maria, makikita natin ang halimbawa hindi lamang para sa kabataan kundi para sa ating lahat. Isang tao na laging handang makinig sa Diyos upang hindi ang kalooban ko lamang kundi ang kalooban ng Diyos ang syang matupad at kalooban ng Diyos ang gagawin kong pangarap ko,” Cardinal Tagle said during Mass held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Makati.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke, Cardinal Tagle shared how obedient Mary was to the Lord. She was already engaged to Joseph, a descendant of David when Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that she will conceive in her womb and will bear a son and will be named Jesus. The Holy Spirit poured upon her and the Highest overshadowed her. Though confused, Mary accepted the mission the Lord had entrusted to her. 

    In this year of the Youth, Cardinal Tagle stressed the role of Mary being the light that guides the path of the young people of today who according to him is not only the future. Today, they are also considered as the present of the world. 

    “Hindi lamang sila ang kinabukasan, sila na po ang present. Bakit? More than 80% ng tao sa Metro Manila ay kabataan. Kaya ang quality ng kabataan, yan din ang quality ng ating lipunan at ng ating simbahan. Kaya mahalin natin sila, gabayan natin sila. Pakinggan natin sila at hanggang abot ng ating kaya makipaglakbay kasama nila upang tulad ni Maria, sila rin makapagsasabi, narito ang alipin ng Panginoon, maganap sa akin ayon sa wika mo,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Also in his homily, he encouraged the young people to always have the spirit to live and to have a positive attitude in life.

    “Bahagi ng pagiging kabataan ang magkaroon ng udyok para sa tatahakin sa buhay. Huwag nating papatayin ang energy, ang zeal ng kabataan na harapin ang kanilang buhay at ang kinabukasan. Kaya mga kabataan continue dreaming,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    After the encouragement he told the youth, he also urged the rest of the faithful who joined in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to continue to support and guide the young ones as they find their purpose in life. 

    “Tayo pong hindi na bata, tayo ang gumagabay sa kabataan, hindi sapat na sabihin natin, sige hanapin mo ang pangarap mo sa buhay. Kasama ng pag-gabay natin sa kanila ay ang pakikinig, ihanda natin silang makinig sa Salita ng Diyos. Makinig sa Diyos sapagkat sa bandang huli ang Diyos ang siyang magtatakda ng tunay na pakay ng ating buhay,” cardinal Tagle said.

    The feast of the Our Lady of Guadalupe also marked the 17th anniversary of the Episcopal ordination of Cardinal Tagle. (Jheng Manalang Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Immaculate Conception Parish in Tayuman celebrates 67th Fiesta


    The 67th Parish Fiesta of the Immaculate Conception Parish - Tayuman, Tondo coincides with the Church’s opening of the Year of the Youth. Through the theme, “Maria, Kalinis-linisang Ina ni Kristo at ng mga Kristiyano” the parish reminds us that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we have for a spiritual Mother His blessed and immaculate Mother Mary.

    The Fiesta celebration started with the 9-day Novena Masses led by different guest priests reflecting on daily sub-themes. The 6th Novena Mass, December 6, coincided with the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Immaculate Conception Parish church. Monsignor Geronimo F. Reyes, parish priest, led the turnover rites for the past and incoming Hermanos and Hermanas Mayor. After the Mass, a fellowship dinner was held by the Liga ng mga Hermanos at Hermanas to formally launch the Fence Renovation Project of the parish.


    A Marian Exhibit featuring almost 50 images corresponding to titles and events in the life of the Blessed Mother was held at the Bulwagang Inmaculada through the joint effort of this year’s Hermano Mayor, Mr. Allan Ignacio, his friends, and the pastoral workers.

    It has become a tradition in the parish to welcome the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception with a Grand Marian Procession on the eve of the parish Fiesta. The 14th Grand Marian Procession featured 32 images of the Blessed Mother in beautifully garbed and well-lit carrozas graced the main streets of the parish’s 44 barangays. Among the images were that of Our Lady of Manaoag under the care of this year’s Hermana Mayor Ma. Teresa Sun and the Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted from her parish in Maricaban, Pasay, accompanied by parish priest Fr. Russel G. Ocampo and parishioners. The 4-hour procession was capped with a mini fireworks display to the delight of the parishioners.

    On Fiesta morning, parishioners were captivated by the sight of the image of the Blessed Virgin standing on what seemed like a garden full of beautiful flowers on the altar. Six Masses were held to mark this Holy Day of Obligation.

    The 6:00 p.m. Concelebrated Mass was joyfully opened with a traditional Karakol as the image of the Blessed Mother is carried to the altar. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist was presided by Fr. Reynaldo F. Reyes, of the Society of St. Paul. In his homily, he emphasized that as God made Mary clean to receive our savior, so as each of us, faithful Christians, should cleanse ourselves to receive Christ in our hearts and our lives.

    After the Mass, the Hermano and Hermana Mayor treated our pastoral workers to a sumptuous Agape Dinner at the church’s patio as a thanksgiving to God and our patroness Mary the Immaculate Conception for a successful celebration of our parish’s 67th Fiesta. The audience were treated to a cultural dance presentation from the Sining ng Lahi Dance Troupe. Also, the winners of the Parish Parol-Making Contest, with their lanterns made out of recycled materials were awarded by Sis. Susanna Ty, Parish Finance Council Head.

    As the parish fiesta theme echoes the Philippine Catholic Church’s celebration of the Year of the Youth, ICP Tayuman similarly prepares for the 2021 celebration of the 500th Year of Christianity in the Philippines, coinciding with the parish’s 70th Anniversary. (Bro. Lester Lat / Parish Pastoral Council Vice President / Immaculate Conception Parish)

  • False Gods be Warned

     
    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on Monday, December 10, 2018, warned the faithful on worshipping false Gods.

    In a Mass to celebrate the Solemn Dedication of the Altar of The Manila Cathedral, Cardinal Tagle enumerated the different kinds of false gods people worship. He was referring to money, power, and ambition. 

    Photo by Maricar Santos

    During his homily, the archbishop of Manila stressed that these kinds of gods people look up to will only allow selfishness to reign in their hearts and the clarity of the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s love, mercy, and compassion will be obscured.

    “Yung diyos-diyosang ambisyong makalamang sa kapawa, ang dami ring nakapila dyan, maghahandog ng kaaya-ayang alay. Kaya lang po may kaibahan ang pera, ang kapangyarihan, ang ambisyon hindi kayang magmahal…Ang pera, mamahalin kaba ng pera? Hindi!  Gagawin kang corrupt ng pera. Hindi kamamahalin ng pera. Ang pera hindi ka mamahalin sa bandanghuli gagawin kang bankrupt ng pera,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Ang kapangyarihan mahal ka ba niyan? Ang kayabangan mahal ka ba niyan? Hindi. Binubulag ka, hindi ka mahal nyan. Ginagawa kang manhid,” he said.

    “Mahal ba tayo ng ambisyon?Nilalason tayo ng ambisyon di tayo mahal niyan. Hindi niyan hinahanap ang kabutihan natin,” he added.

    Having said the dangers of worshipping these gods, Cardinal Tagle encouraged the faithful to fill their hearts with love so that they can also give love like Christ who is the living temple. 

    After Cardinal Tagle delivered his homily, the rite for the dedication of the altar started with the recitation of the Litany of Saints. Afterward, Cardinal Tagle poured the Holy Oil around the altar symbolizing the presence of the Holy Spirit. The smoke of the incense accompanied the faithful’s prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord. A candle was also lighted signifying that Christ is the light of the world.

    The altars of the eight side chapels of the Manila Cathedral were venerated by the present successors of the eight bishops who consecrated the chapels in 1958. These are: St. Peter Chapel - Cardinal Julio R. Rosales (Cebu); Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel - Bishop Alfredo Ma. A. Obviar (Lucena); Blessed Souls Chapel - William Brasseur, CICM (Mountain Province); St. Jude Chapel - Archbishop Mariano A. Madriaga (Lingayen-Dagupan); Sta. Potenciana Chapel -Archbishop Emilio H. Cinense (San Fernando); St. Pius X Chapel- Archbishop Teofilo B. Camomot (Cagayan de Oro); St. Joseph Chapel - Archbishop Luis del Rosario, SJ (Zamboanga); and Christ the King Chapel - Archbishop Juan C. Sison (Nueva Segovia).

    Two Filipino prelates who are on their way to sainthood were present during the consecration rites in 1958 – Archbishop Teofilo Camomot and Bishop Alfredo Ma. Obviar who consecrated the altars of the Pius X Chapel and the Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel respectively.

    On December 8, 2018, His Eminence Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka and Envoy of His Holiness Pope Francis led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the culmination of the 60th anniversary of the Manila Cathedral postwar. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Maeda leads the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Manila Cathedral postwar


    His Eminence Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka and Envoy of His Holiness Pope Francis led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the culmination of the 60th anniversary of the Manila Cathedral postwar.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    Before the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Cardinal Maeda blessed the unveiled image of the Immaculate Conception at the front door of the cathedral. He was joined by Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Caccia and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle. 

    In his message, Cardinal Tagle warmly welcomed the Archbishop of Japan and recounted the first time Cardinal Maeda visited the cathedral on April 2018 where they concelebrated a Mass.

    In his homily delivered in Nihongo which was translated into English by Fr. Eric De Guzman, a Filipino priest Ordained in Osaka; Cardinal Maeda spoke of the many connections and relations between Osaka and Manila specifically between Japan and Philippines that were strengthened by the blood shed by martyrs like Takayama Ukon and San Lorenzo Ruiz.

    “The gospel of the Lord giving us forgiveness and reconciliation with one another, and from now on I would like to see stronger and more ties between Japan and the Philippines through the guidance of His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and yours truly and I hope and I pray for each and every one, for all the faithful of Japan and the Philippines that further strengthen our ties and further strengthen our faith in our Lord,” Cardinal Maeda said. 

    Cardinal Maeda arrived on the evening of December 7 and will be in the country until the morning of December 10.  He will also visit the Chapel of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, San Carlos Seminary, Sto. Domingo Church, and the University of Santo Tomas.  He will be accompanied by Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS, a priest of the Archdiocese of Manila and Episcopal Vicar for Foreign Communities Concern, and Fr. Eric de Guzman, a Filipino priest working in the Archdiocese of Osaka.

    On Monday, December 10, the Solemn Dedication of the Altar of the Manila Cathedral according to the Rites of the Second Vatican Council will be held at 5:00 in the afternoon.

    “This is a great time for many of us to come together in our Mother Church, as we dedicate the table where, as one people of God, we offer our sacrifices and our prayers,” Father Regie Malicdem, Rector, Manila Cathedral said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka, Envoy of His Holiness Pope Francis, during the Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and 60th Anniversary of the postwar Manila Cathedral


    I would like to greet first His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and all the clergy and all the faithful here in Manila Cathedral, congratulations and Happy Feast day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary and Congratulations for the 60th Anniversary of the reconstruction and consecration of the post-war Manila Cathedral.

    I have the great honor of being invited as the Special Envoy of His Holiness Pope Francis to celebrate with all of you this momentous and very solemn event, and I know that it was made possible through the recommendation of His Eminence Cardinal Tagle and once more I am very thankful for that.

    And I see that there is a very special connection between Manila Cathedral and our Cathedral in Osaka the one in Tamatsukuri, Osaka because both Cathedrals are dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    And to cherish this very special connection between the two Cathedrals, I created a haiku and it reads as follows: Conceived without sin, Manila, and Osaka, Oh Mother Mary.

    Photo by Maricar Santos

    And I see that the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Virgin Mary is not only a relationship in between two Cathedrals but in actuality, it is a necessary condition for Mary to become the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Mary to become the tabernacle of our Lord Jesus Christ must be preserved from all sin.

    And it is as we see in the first reading, our first parents Adam and Eve committed the first sin, and after that, a man committed all other forms of sin and became a very sinful race. However, God did not forsake us for this miserable condition, indeed God protected us and He made sure that where there is sin, there will be more and more outpour of graces.

    And we have our Blessed Virgin Mary the very first person to have a foretaste of the salvation that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is offering all of us mankind.

    And this abundance of grace from God where sin has been committed can be also seen through the very long history the over 400 year history of the Archdiocese of Manila and the long history of the Manila Cathedral, having many times has to raise in to rubble by different disasters and war, but no matter how hardship Manila Cathedral has undergone, the faithful has always been very ready to rebuild it from the rubble and many times the Manila Cathedral has been rebuilt from the ashes of the rubble the more beautiful that it becomes. This is another proof that God indeed showers us with many blessings even though we are sinful.

    And Japan also has shared in a little dark history when unfortunately when unfortunately it is on the same day, December 8, 1940, that Japan started participating in the Second World War. However, we believe that it is through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary that although the Japanese people did something wrong in participating in the war, it is also the same Blessed Virgin Mary's Solemnity, however on August 15, 1945 when World War 2 has ended, it reminded everyone of us Japanese the evils of war and it made us decide that never again, we will participate in a world war like what we used to before.

    And then there is another connection between Osaka and Manila that I remember, it is through the connection of the Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon it was in 2015 when we celebrated the 400 years of the death of the Blessed Takayama Ukon that His Eminence Cardinal Tagle attended our Mass in Kobe and after 2 years we are fortunate to have the beatification of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon as a martyr and it was held in Osaka. So, as a matter of fact, the memorial of the Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon is celebrated every third of February and in Japan we have used to celebrate festival on the third of February it signifies the end of winter and during that time we always say, "Out with the bad spirits, and In with the blessing." So I created another haiku and it reads as follows, "Manila and Osaka bound by good fortune. The passing of Ukon, Philippines, and Japan, bound by good fortune." For us, the third of February is the memorial of Justo Takayama Ukon and in Japan, it is our festival signifying the end of winter and also, as a matter of fact, we recall the Takayama Ukon as a symbol of evangelization which promotes forgiveness, reconciliation with God and peace among all mankind.

    And I find it also a very big grace and blessing from God that we have many connections, we have many relations between Osaka and Manila and also between Japan and Philippines, moreover they are strengthened by the blood or our martyrs shed both in Japan and in the Philippines. For example, Takayama Ukon was born and raised in Osaka but he ended his life here in Manila. On the other hand we also have San Lorenzo Ruiz who was born and raised in Manila but was martyred in Nagasaki in Japan and also I would not like to forget to mention the six Franciscan Friars that first started their evangelization here in the Philippines and then they also went further to Japan to do their evangelization works there. However, they were caught and martyred in Nagasaki and they were also part of the 26 martyrs of Japan. I would like to express that the martyrs are praying for us and they are giving us an example of what is most important, the most important thing is the gospel of the Lord. The gospel of the Lord giving us forgiveness and reconciliation with one another, and from now on I would like to see stronger and more ties between Japan and the Philippines through the guidance of His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and yours truly and I hope and I pray for each and every one, for all the faithful of Japan and the Philippines that further strengthen our ties and further strengthen our faith in our Lord. (RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle welcomes Papal Legate Cardinal Maeda


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle welcomed Papal Legate, His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka, Japan.

    In his welcome remarks before the Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Tagle expressed his profound gratitude to the Holy Father Pope Francis for sending Cardinal Maeda to the Philippines to represent him in Manila Cathedral’s 60th-anniversary celebration. 

    “We welcome the Papal Legate, His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka, Japan.  The Archdiocese of Manila thanks the Holy Father Pope Francis for gracing the feast through you.  We also thank you for accepting the mission the Pope has entrusted you,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Cardinal Maeda is one of the 14 cardinals appointed by the Holy Father in June 2018 and the newest cardinal in Asia. 

    Cardinal Tagle also recounted Cardinal Maeda’s visit to the Philippines on April 2018 where he concelebrated a Mass at the Manila Cathedral. A month after, the Holy Father announced that Cardinal Maeda was elevated to the College of Cardinals.

    “Your Eminence, last April 12, 2018, I welcomed you here in Manila Cathedral. You came with Japanese pilgrims who were tracing the sites connected to Blessed Justo Ukon Takayama, a Japanese martyr who died in Manila in 1615. A month later, Pope Francis announced that you were being elevated to the College of Cardinals. I would like to think that Manila Cathedral prepared you for a new mission,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle also associated Cardinal Maeda’s being an advocate for peace to Manila Cathedral’s rebuilding after the war saying, “Like you, this reconstructed Cathedral is a testament to the power of peace over violence.  We will always rise again after every storm, earthquake, fire and war, because we believe in peace”.

    At the end of his message, he told the faithful that Cardinal Maeda is a poet who composes Japanese haiku even in his homilies.

    After Cardinal Tagle’s welcome remarks, Cardinal Maeda presided the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales.

    On Monday, December 10, the Solemn Dedication of the Altar of the Manila Cathedral according to the Rites of the Second Vatican Council will be held at 5:00 in the afternoon. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Priest says Advent is a homecoming

     
    Rev. Fr. Joselito Buenafe delivers his opening remarks during the Advent recollection for social communication ministers.
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    The greatest gift we can offer this Christmas is to wholeheartedly surrender ourselves to the Lord.

    In his opening remarks during the Advent Recollection for Social Communicators of parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila, Rev. Fr. Joselito Buenafe, second assistant commissioner of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications (ACSC) told SOCOM ministers to admit their sins and come back to the Lord this advent.

    “God is talking to you in many ways. Ang kailangan lang talaga matutong makinig. Kasi alam mo naman kung ano yung hinihingi niya sa’yo,’ Fr. Buenafe said.

    “This season is pointing to something. Homecoming. Pagbabalik loob. Kayong mga taong simabahan marapat huwag nyo ng hahayaan na magpapasko na hindi ka nangungumpisal,” he added.

    Fr. Buenafe also stressed the essence of Christmas is in the fulfillment of giving something with a joyful heart without expecting anything in return knowing that you make other people happy.

    “I do believe that is a sign of maturity. I do believe that all of us should go in that direction. To that direction of going out of being able to share, of being at the vantage point that you’re the ones giving,” Fr. Buenafe said.

    “And when you give its something beautiful that we give with a joyful heart. We give and when we give, we feel fulfilled. We give and when we realized that others, napasaya natin, napaligaya natin, that would be enough,” he added.

    Miss Penelope Lanzona talks on communication and the meaning of Advent during the 4th SOCOM General Assembly
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    Miss Penelope Lanzona, main anchor of Veritas Pilipinas aired over Radio Veritas, Line Producer/Dubbing Director for Asianovela, Japanese Animè, Hollywood movies for GMA 7, and Voice Talent for commercials and AVP was the guest speaker during the recollection held at the Arzobispado de Manila on December 1.

    On November 26, an advent recollection for the church and secular media was also held at the Arzobispado de Manila chapel. Mr. Bernard Factor Canaberal, Head, SIGNIS Philippines was the guest speaker.

    The advent recollection for church and secular media and social communicators were organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications (ACSC) and Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) and aims to further deepen their understanding of the celebration of advent season and to strengthen their faith through spiritual renewal and conversion of heart. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • The Manila Cathedral culminates its 60th anniversary


    The Manila Cathedral culminates the 60th anniversary of its reconstruction and consecration post war with two important celebrations. 

    The first celebration will be on Saturday, December 8, Saturday, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 12:00 in the afternoon. We will welcome the Envoy of His Holiness Pope Francis in the person of His Eminence Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda, the Archbishop of Osaka. He will lead us in a Eucharistic Celebration to honor the Patroness of the Cathedral and of the whole Filipino people, and he also brings a message and a special blessing from the Holy Father himself.  


    In the letter of Pope Francis to Cardinal Maeda released originally in Latin by the Vatican on December 1, 2018, the Pope writes, “You are to act in our name, therefore, on the 8th day of the coming month of December, more than four years since we have visited it, at the Cathedral in Manila—also called the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary—giving thanks to God for the beauty of this temple, but most importantly for the lively faith of the pastors and of the Christian faithful . . . We therefore abundantly pour upon you our Apostolic Blessing, and we generously share it with all of those to whom you will be sent: beloved pastors, seminarians, religious men and women, and lay Christian faithful, most especially the poor and the children.  (Full text of the English translation attached.)

    It is a very symbolic gesture on the part of Pope Francis to send a Japanese Cardinal as Envoy.  Aside from being the newest Cardinal in Asia, Cardinal Maeda’s presence on December 8 will signify the reconciliation and peace between our two nations once torn apart by war.  In fact, one of the biggest contributions for the rebuilding of the Manila Cathedral came from the Japanese people. Moreover, a few weeks before it was announced that Cardinal Maeda would be named a Cardinal, he visited the Manila Cathedral and concelebrated Mass with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

    Cardinal Maeda will be in the country from the evening of December 7 until the morning of December 10.  He will also visit the Chapel of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, San Carlos Seminary, Sto. Domingo Church, and the University of Santo Tomas.  He will be accompanied by Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS, a priest of the Archdiocese of Manila and Episcopal Vicar for Foreign Communities Concern, and Fr. Eric de Guzman, a Filipino priest working in the Archdiocese of Osaka.

    The second celebration will be on Monday, December 10, at 5:00 in the afternoon. We will gather once again to witness the Solemn Dedication of the Altar of the Manila Cathedral according to the Rites of the Second Vatican Council. This is a great time for many of us to come together in our Mother Church, as we dedicate the table where, as one people of God, we offer our sacrifices and our prayers.

    One special feature of the celebration will be the veneration of the altars of the eight side chapels of the Manila Cathedral which were all consecrated in 1958 by bishops who came from different parts of the country.  On December 10, we invited their present successors to venerate, together with some priests, religious women, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila, these chapels.  It is interesting to note that two Filipino prelates who are on their way to sainthood were present during the consecration rites in 1958 – Archbishop Teofilo Camomot and Bishop Alfredo Ma. Obviar who consecrated the altars of the Pius X Chapel and the Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel respectively.

    In a video message, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, invites all the faithful to these significant events of the Manila Cathedral.  He said, “I hope you could mark these dates as days when the Filipino people can come together as brothers and sisters in our Mother Church, and show that hate and destruction can be overcome by God's rebuilding love. These are very special occasions of our Mother Church.  Please come home!”  (The Manila Cathedral)

  • Cardinal Tagle urges youth to become missionaries of Christ


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has called on the young people of the Archdiocese of Manila to become missionaries of Christ whose qualities manifest the strength that Christ possesses.

    “Humanap ka ng lakas kay Hesus at hindi ka mambubusabos ng kapwa. Ang mga nambubusabos ng kapwa sa salita, sa isip at gawa, yan ang pinaka-insecure na mga tao sa mundo. Nagpapanggap lang yan,” Cardinal Tagle said during his homily at the launching of the Year of the Youth on December 2.

    “Pero ang tao na malakas kay Hesus, you can be calm. You can be humbly confident. You don’t need to brag. Bakit?  Kasi kapit ka sa tunay na malakas, si Hesus,” he added.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC

    Cardinal Tagle stressed that as young missionaries participating in the mission of Christ, they will be blessed, empowered and will be sent to make a better world.

    He also challenged the thousands of young people who attended the launching to see Christ in every activity and to establish a deeper relationship with him.  He also pointed out that the year-long celebration will be a failure if Christ is not the center of the occasion.

    The launching of the Year of the Youth coincided with the first Sunday of Advent and is part of the preparation of the five hundred years of Christianity in the country in 2021.

    Aside from the launch that happened at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila and other dioceses in the country also conducted activities to mark the opening of the Year of the Youth.

    In the Diocese of Balanga, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia led thousands of young pilgrims to the historic Mt. Samat in Bataan where he celebrated Mass. The pilgrimage is an annual event of the Central Luzon Dioceses that started in 2004.

    According to CBCP News, Archbishop Caccia joined the pilgrims as they walked seven kilometers from the foot of Mt. Samat to the World War II Monument and White Cross built in memory of the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Battle of the Bataan.

    The event also highlighted the opening of the Year of the Youth that coincided with the 9th Central Luzon Youth Pilgrimage which was hosted by the Diocese of Balanga from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.

    Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos encouraged the youth of Bataan to join and be one with the church.

    Wendell Ventura, a seminarian and youth of the Diocese of Balanga who was inspired by the homily of Bishop Santos, shared a message to his fellow youth in Bataan and to the whole world. 

    “Patuloy nating panatilihin ang alab ng pananampalataya. Ang alab nating mga kabataan ang nagbibigay ng liwanag sa simbahan. Ibahagi natin ang alab na ito sa pamamagitan ng ating pagmamahal, pag-asa, at pananampalataya. Mga kapwa kabataan, pinahahalagahan tayo ng simbahan, gayundin naman, ating pahalagahan ang simbahan. Ibahagi ang ating alab. Makiisa tayo sa taong ito, ang ating taon,” Ventura said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila observes Red Wednesday


    The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros and other parishes, shrines, and basilicas were lit in red to mark Red Wednesday in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world.

    The Red Wednesday campaign was held for the second time in the Philippines by the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines to encourage people to make a “Stand for Faith and Freedom”. 

    The one-day campaign asks the faithful “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.”

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    Rev. Fr. Teresito "Chito” Soganub, Vicar General of the Prelature of Marawi presided over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 

    In his homily, Fr. Soganub who was taken hostage by Maute-ISIS group in 2017 recounted his struggles during his 116 days in captivity and how he remained hopeful even in a situation that called him to give up.

    “We have to hope in God even in “hopeless times and situations”, he said. 

    After the Mass, he led the faithful gathered outside the cathedral for a short prayer while holding candles. 

    According to the ACN, the Red Wednesday campaign was also celebrated in other parts of the world including the iconic buildings and landmarks in the United Kingdom. The Marble Arch, Lambeth Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Cathedrals across the UK were also lit in red including St. Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, Norwich Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, and Wrexham Cathedral.

    In Scotland, St. Mirin’s Catholic Cathedral, Paisley, Scotland went red, and in the Scottish Parliament, a #RedWednesday event was held including a presentation of ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report.

    Other countries who participated in the Red Wednesday campaign include France where the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Great Synagogue of Paris and the Rialto Bridge, in Italy, Venice went red.

    In the Philippines, there were 47 cathedrals and 29 basilicas participated in the Red Wednesday of ACN.

    Earlier, the ACN Philippines released “Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report,” that documented an increase in the number of people persecuted in the large parts of Muslim World, India, China, Korea, and Myanmar due to Islamic fundamentalism. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • San Felipe Neri parish Music Ministry holds Harana Kay Maria concert


    The San Felipe Neri Parish Music Ministry conducted a Marian Concert entitled: Harana kay Maria last November 29, 2018, 8:00 p.m., at the San Felipe Neri Parish, Mandaluyong City. 

    The concert is one of the activities prepared by the parish for the 1st visit of the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Manaoag.

    Six (6) choirs of the best choirs from the city and the vicariate showcased their talent as they serenaded the Blessed Mother with sacred songs. 

    Photo by ICM


    Here are the names of choirs and songs that  they performed: 

    Icthus Friends Children’s Choir
    “Loving and Forgiving” and “Totus Tuus Maria”  

    Mandaluyong City Employees Choir
    “Song of Hope” and “Aba Ginoong Maria”  

    POLA Youth Choir
    "One Thing I Ask” and “I Believe/Ave Maria”  

    Namayan Chapel Choir |
    “Ama Namin” and “Ave Maria”  

    Mandaluyong Children’s Choir
    “Festival Sanctus” and “Ave Maria”   

    The Lighter Side Movement
    "We Will Serve Him" and "Hail Mary"  

    The concert was well attended by both friends and parishioners of San Felipe Neri Parish. 

    It commenced with the welcome remarks of Bro. Ronnie Bayani, San Felipe Neri Parish Pastoral Council President and ended with all of the performers singing Ryan Cayabyab's, "Memorare" and Hangad's "Inang Mahal." 

    The Harana kay Maria concert according to the organizer is a way of expressing their gratitude and love to the Blessed Virgin Mary for all the blessings their ministry receive.

    The San Felipe Neri Parish Music Ministry in coordination with the Mandaluyong City Government conducted a Marian Concert entitled: Harana kay Maria last November 29, 2018, 8:00 p.m., at the San Felipe Neri Parish, Mandaluyong City.

    Pueblo Amante De Maria, the “Harana kay Maria” was a Marian concert where selected choirs from different parishes under the Vicariate of San Felipe Neri Parish and the finest choirs from the city offered and dedicated their gift of voices to our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Fatima Maisog Llanza/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • Vicariate of Espiritu Santo holds workshop on Photography


    The Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Social Communications Ministry conducted a Seminar-Workshop on Photography entitled: Capturing LIFE through the Lens of FAITH last November 17, 2018, at the Chapel of St. Lazarus, DOH Compound, Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila.  The program began with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Leo Casas.  

    The resource speaker of the Seminar-Workshop was Mr. Paul Allyson R. Quimbao, Founder of the Fotomasino, The Thomasian Photographer Guild.  He discussed thoroughly the proper gear in photography, composition and techniques in event photography, the right vantage points and access, photographer’s ethics in covering religious events. 

    He also  shared with the attendees his rich experiences in photography especially during the Papal Visit 2015 where he was one of the official photographers at the Pope’s Encounter with the Youth at the University of Sto. Tomas. 

    The seminar-workshop was organized to develop the skills of the SOCOM members of the Vicariate as they effectively carry out their task especially in taking photos during the activities held in their parishes. 

    Bro. Eijay Valerio de Paz, Coordinator of the Vicariate Social Communications Ministry said in his opening remarks, “Allow the meaningful parish activities posted in our parish social media accounts that propagate the rich treasure of our faith to inspire other people, especially those in the peripheries.” (Eijay Valerio de Paz/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish)


    Here are some of the photos during the seminar
    (By Eijay Valerio de Paz)



  • Archdiocese of Manila to launch Year of the Youth


    The young people will be in the front line as the Catholic Church celebrates the Year of the Youth in the coming year.

    As part of the preparation of the Catholic Church’s nine-year journey for the new evangelization in 2021, the Archdiocese of Manila will officially launch the Year of the Youth with an overnight vigil on December 1-2, at the Our Lady of the Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City.

    The young people at the San Juan Nepomuceno Parish are ready for the launch of the Year of the Youth on December 1-2, 2013
    Photo credit: ACY-Manila Facebook Page

    On December 1, the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth which will spearhead the launch has prepared series of activities for the youth where they can participate in like forum/interview, Spoken Poetry, Holy Hour and Taize, and Concurrent Sessions.

    Among the highlights of the celebration on December 2 is the Youth Concert at 2 a.m. followed by the living Rosary at 4:00 a.m. 

    To culminate the event, Cardinal Tagle will lead the Holy Mass and Commissioning of the youth after the Holy Rosary.

    The activities for next year’s celebration will have the following themes: youth in formation, youth in community, Church and society, youth in mission, and youth ministry and youth ministers.

    “The Year of the Youth is indeed a journey of encounter with Jesus, accompanied by Mary, the Star of the New Evangelization,” the CBCP Commission on Youth said in a statement.

    “In this journey, we tell the story of the Filipino youth with our Risen Lord; we, young Filipinos and Filipinas, listen to Jesus, the Youth Minister par excellence and, as we are blessed and gifted during this journey, we are empowered to witness to and share our faith,” it added.

    Carrying the theme “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered,” the Year of the Youth is the seventh in a series of nine annual celebrations to mark the five hundred years of Christianity in the country. The year-long celebration will begin on the first Sunday of Advent and will end on November 24, 2019, the feast of Christ the King.

    Earlier the official theme song of the Year of the Youth was released by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY). The song titled, “One in Mission”, was written and composed by Gino Paulo Buizon of the Archdiocese of Capiz. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Archdiocese of Manila supports Red Wednesday campaign



    The Archdiocese of Manila has endorsed the request of the Aid to Church in Need to support the launch of the Red Wednesday campaign on November 28, 2018, at the Manila Cathedral at 6:30 p.m.

    To show solidarity to all the Christians all over the world who are persecuted because of their faith, Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila invited the faithful to join the campaign.

    “On Red Wednesday campaign, facades of the cathedrals and parish churches all over the country are to be illuminated in red lights after the evening celebration of the Holy Eucharist to honor the blood of the persecuted Christians,” Fr. Malicdem said in a circular released on November 8, 2018 to the parishes, religious communities, organizations and schools in the Archdiocese of Manila.

    The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the Aid to Church in Need that creates awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution and invites everyone “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow, light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.”

    “The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has endorsed the Red Wednesday campaign by inviting all cathedrals, minor basilicas, and national & diocesan shrines to illuminate their façade in red. Furthermore, several Catholic universities in Manila have also expressed interest to join the campaign,” according to the ACN website.

    A Eucharistic celebration will be held at the Manila Cathedral at 6:30 p.m. to be followed by a program to discuss the significance of the illumination of the said structures then a communal prayer for persecuted Christians. 

    ACN is a Pontifical charity organization dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer, and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need.

    For the list of the ecclesiastical territories, universities, groups worldwide, and other countries that will join the Red Wednesday campaign, you may visit the ACN website at www.acn-philippines.org. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • World Day of the Poor highlights self-acceptance of becoming poor in spirit


    Speaking in front of the poor families gathered during Mass to celebrate the Second World Day of the Poor at Santisimo Parish – UST on Nov. 17, Cardinal Tagle told the faithful the only way to listen to the cry of the poor is to accept among themselves that they are also poor in spirit.

    “Lahat po tayo ngayon dito, lahat po tayo ay dukha, lahat tayo walang maipagmamalaki,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Walang dapat nagmamalaki at nagpapanggap na siya’y mayaman, na siya’y may kakayahan. Pag nakinig ka masasabi mo magkapatid nga tayo. At tayo’y unang magkapatid sa ating iisang sitwasyon. Pareho tayong dukha. Ang makatutugon sa dukha ay yung tumanggap na siya rin ay dukha. Ang taong nagpapanggap na siya’y mayaman at malakas hindi yan tutulong sa dukha, mambubusabos yan sa dukkha,” he added.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Reflecting on the theme of the celebration, “This poor man cried and the Lord heard him” (Psalm 34:6), Cardinal Tagle stressed the importance of listening and why many people are afraid to hear the sufferings of others especially the poor.

    “Sa pakikinig po hinuhubad natin ang ating sarili. Sa pakikinig na ating kinakatakutan hindi lamang maantig tayo at makokonsensiya sa pinagdaraanan ng iba na maaaring tayo rin ay may papel. Pero ang isang kinatatakot natin ay pag nakinig tayo sa iba matutuklasan natin ang ating sarili. Ang mga bagay na itinatanggi natin sa sarili natin, lahat ng ating pagbabalat kayo kapag nakinig ka babagsak yan. Natatakot tayong makinig dahil  baka bumulaga sa atin ang tunay nating pagkatao at guguho ang lahat ng ating pagbabalat kayo kaya ayaw nating makinig,” he said.

    On the other hand, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications that more than the help and assistance the church provides the poor, listening to them through personal encounter will help regain their importance in the society.

    “Ang hina-highlight niya yung encounter sa mga mahihirap, na makinig sa kanila at makiisa sa kanila and so hindi lang ang simbahan tumutulong ay dapat din makiisa sila sa mahihirap. Kaya yung ngayong ang hina-highlight yung encounter sa kanila lalung lalo na yung matuturo ng simbahan na making sa mga mahihirap yan din ang nagpapataas sa dignidad ng mahihirap na binibigyan sila ng halaga,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    Like Cardinal Tagle, Bishop Pabillo hoped that the message of the Second World Day of the Poor will continue to be celebrated today and every day of the year.

    “Kaya nga ang…una, ang mga parokya sana gawin din ang ginawa dito at pagkatapos ipagpatuloy sana tayong makipag-encounter sa mga mahihirap, ang daming mahihirap na mga tao. Dapat kausapin natin sila, pahalagahan natin sila, making tayo sa kanila, ipaalam natin sa kanila na tayo’y may malasakit,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    “Kaya yung action will come later on o it’s only being done. Marami na tayong mga action na mga feeding, mga scholarship, ipagpapatuloy yun pero mas lalong ma-encounter natin sila mas titindi siguro yung mga gawain at mas magiging bahagi na ng magkakapatid,” he added.

    In Vatican City, the Holy Father Pope Francis led the Mass for the Second World Day of the Poor at the St. Peter’s Basilica on November 18. 

    According to Vatican News, on Nov. 16, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to the First Aid Station in St. Peter’s Square. The walk-in clinic is open more than 14 hours a day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. This initiative by the Holy Father is supported by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization (PCPNE) aims to offer medical attention to those most in need.

    The World Day of the Poor is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and was established by the Holy Father Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera that was issued on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Parilympics 2018 promotes unity among clergy and religious


    The recently concluded 2018 Parilympics have brought together the clergy and religious of the Archdiocese of Manila and other dioceses.

    “Ang mas mahalagang trophy na dapat na pagsikapang makuha ng bawat Pari at ng bawat Religious ay ang mga kaluluwa na mas maganda pa sa paningin ng Panginoon na dapat mas maganda pa sa ating paningin kaysa sa anumang tropeyong ginto, pilak o anumang medalya sapagkat yan ang talagang treasure ng Panginoon at dyan ang kalaban natin sabi ko nga hindi ang kapwa pari kundi ang demonyo, ang kamunduhan at ang mga masasamang hilig, mga makasalanang hilig ng ating sarili,” Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. said in an interview by Radio Veritas during the closing ceremony of 2018 Parilympics.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Bishop Bacani presided over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to culminate the event held at the Bahay Pari in San Carlos Pastoral Complex in Makati City last November 14, 2018. The opening ceremony was held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, Makati City last September 24, 2018, where Antipolo Auxiliary Bishop Nolly Buco led the Eucharistic celebration.

    This year, there are six teams who joined the Parilympics namely, Dioceses of Imus, Antipolo, Malolos, Novaliches, Archdiocese of Manila, and Order of Augustinian Recollects who emerged as the champion.

    Here is the list of winners of PARILYMPICS 2018:

    BOWLING-

    2nd Runner-Up – Order of Augustinian Recollects
    1st Runner-Up – Diocese of Novaliches
    Champion – Archdiocese of Manila

    BOWLING TOP SCORER -Fr. Benito Tuazon

    TENNIS (DOUBLES)
    2nd Runner-Up – Archdiocese of Manila
    1st Runner-Up – Order of Augustinian Recollects
    Champion – Diocese of Novaliches

    TENNIS (SINGLES)
    2nd Runner-Up – Fr. Gleen Ortega, OAR – Order of Augustinian Recollects
    1st Runner-Up – Fr. Anthony Olaguer – Archdiocese of Manila
    Champion – Msgr. Romy Rañada- Diocese of Novaliches

    BADMINTON (DOUBLES)
    2nd Runner-Up – Order of Augustinian Recollects 
    1st Runner-Up – Archdiocese of Manila
    Champion – Diocese of Antipolo

    BADMINTON (SINGLES)
    2nd Runner-Up – Archdiocese of Manila
    1st Runner-Up – Order of Augustinian Recollects
    Champion – Diocese of Novaliches

    BASKETBALL (3 on 3)
    2nd Runner-Up – Diocese of Antipolo / Diocese of Novaliches
    1st Runner-Up – Order of Augustinian Recollects
    Champion – Archdiocese of Manila

    BASKETBALL Team
    3rd Runner-Up – Diocese of Imus
    2nd Runner-Up – Diocese of Malolos
    1st Runner-Up – Archdiocese of Manila

    Parilympics is an annual sports festival that started in 1995 during the auspice of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila that is aimed at promoting unity, friendship, and sportsmanship as well as developing camaraderie among priests. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pope Francis urges faithful to hear the cry of the poor


    “This poor man cried and the Lord heard him.” (Psalm 34:6)

    In his message for the Second World Day of the Poor released on June 13, 2018, Pope Francis asked the faithful to hear the cry of the poor people.

    “We can ask ourselves how their plea, which rises to the presence of God, can fail to reach our own ears, or leave us cold and indifferent. On this World Day of the Poor, we are called to make a serious examination of conscience, to see if we are truly capable of hearing the cry of the poor,” Pope Francis said.

    Photo Credit: Catholic News Agency


    Heeding this call of the Holy Father in the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the Archdiocese of Manila will mark its second Archdiocesan celebration of the World Day of the Poor on November 17, 2018, at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Central Seminary Gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. at the Santisimo Rosario Parish in UST, Espana.

    According to Rev. Fr. Eric Adoviso, Head of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Services who spearheaded the event, this year’s celebration will allow the faithful to be in the shoes of the poor who will share their struggles and joy as they battle poverty.

    “Meron tayong  mga mahihirap na mag-sha-share ng kanilang true to life na story. May dramatization na ipapakita para mas maunawaan natin ang buhay ng mahihirap. Tayo, bilang mga tao ng Simbahan, makinig tayo sa mga panaghoy nila at tugunan natin ito. Kasi kinakailangan nating buksan ang sarili nating mga mata at making sa mga kwento nila,” Fr. Adoviso said.

    The World Day of the Poor was established by the Holy Father Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera that was issued on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. It is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, this year falls on November 18.

    In his circular letter to the priests and religious men and women released in September, Cardinal Tagle said that the archdiocese’s preparation for the World Day of the Poor is “a declaration that a true Filipino promotes the dignity of their neighbors, especially the poor.”

    “May dangal ang bawat tao at Pilipino na dapat kilalanin, igalang at ipagtanggol. Hindi nambubusabos ng kapwa ang marangal na Pilipino,” he said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Second World Day of the Poor


    MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

    SECOND WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

    33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    18 November 2018

    This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

    Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on January 16, 2015.
    Photo Credit: ANSA/L'Osservatore Romano


    1. “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” (Ps 34:6). The words of the Psalmist become our own whenever we are called to encounter the different conditions of suffering and marginalization experienced by so many of our brothers and sisters whom we are accustomed to label generically as “the poor”. The Psalmist is not alien to suffering; quite the contrary. He has a direct experience of poverty and yet transforms it into a song of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. Psalm 34 allows us today, surrounded as we are by many different forms of poverty, to know those who are truly poor. It enables us to open our eyes to them, to hear their cry and to recognize their needs.

    We are told, in the first place, that the Lord listens to the poor who cry out to him; he is good to those who seek refuge in him, whose hearts are broken by sadness, loneliness and exclusion. The Lord listens to those who, trampled in their dignity, still find the strength to look up to him for light and comfort. He listens to those persecuted in the name of a false justice, oppressed by policies unworthy of the name, and terrified by violence, yet know that God is their Saviour. What emerges from this prayer is above all the sense of abandonment and trust in a Father who can hear and understand. Along these same lines, we can better appreciate the meaning of Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).

    This experience, unique and in many ways undeserved and inexpressible, makes us want to share it with others, especially those who, like the Psalmist, are poor, rejected and marginalized. No one should feel excluded from the Father’s love, especially in a world that often presents wealth as the highest goal and encourages self-centredness.

    2. Psalm 34 uses three verbs to describe the poor man in his relationship with God. First of all, “to cry”. Poverty cannot be summed up in a word; it becomes a cry that rises to heaven and reaches God. What does the cry of the poor express, if not their suffering and their solitude, their disappointment and their hope? We can ask ourselves how their plea, which rises to the presence of God, can fail to reach our own ears, or leave us cold and indifferent. On this World Day of the Poor, we are called to make a serious examination of conscience, to see if we are truly capable of hearing the cry of the poor.

    To hear their voice, what we need is the silence of people who are prepared to listen. If we speak too much ourselves, we will be unable to hear them. At times I fear that many initiatives, meritorious and necessary in themselves, are meant more to satisfy those who undertake them than to respond to the real cry of the poor. When this is the case, the cry of the poor resounds, but our reaction is inconsistent and we become unable to empathize with their condition. We are so trapped in a culture that induces us to look in the mirror and pamper ourselves, that we think that an altruistic gesture is enough, without the need to get directly involved.

    3. The second verb is “to answer”. The Psalmist tells us that the Lord does not only listen to the cry of the poor, but responds. His answer, as seen in the entire history of salvation, is to share lovingly in the lot of the poor. So it was when Abram spoke to God of his desire for offspring, despite the fact that he and his wife Sarah were old in years and had no children (cf. Gen 15:1-6). So too when Moses, in front of a bush that burned without being consumed, received the revelation of God’s name and the mission to free his people from Egypt (Ex 3:1-15). This was also the case during Israel’s wandering in the desert, in the grip of hunger and thirst (cf. Ex 16:1-6; 17:1-7), and its falling into the worst kind of poverty, namely, infidelity to the covenant and idolatry (cf. Ex 32:1-14).

    God’s answer to the poor is always a saving act that heals wounds of body and soul, restores justice and helps to live life anew in dignity. God’s answer is also a summons to those who believe in him to do likewise, within the limits of what is humanly possible. The World Day of the Poor wishes to be a small answer that the Church throughout the world gives to the poor of every kind and in every land, lest they think that their cry has gone unheard. It may well be like a drop of water in the desert of poverty, yet it can serve as a sign of sharing with those in need, and enable them to sense the active presence of a brother or a sister. The poor do not need intermediaries, but the personal involvement of all those who hear their cry. The concern of believers in their regard cannot be limited to a kind of assistance – as useful and as providential as this may be in the beginning – but requires a “loving attentiveness” (Evangelii Gaudium, 199) that honours the person as such and seeks out his or her best interests.

    4. The third verb is “to free”. In the Bible, the poor live in the certainty that God intervenes on their behalf to restore their dignity. Poverty is not something that anyone desires, but is caused by selfishness, pride, greed and injustice. These are evils as old as the human race itself, but also sins in which the innocent are caught up, with tragic effects at the level of social life. God’s act of liberation is a saving act for those who lift up to him their sorrow and distress. The bondage of poverty is shattered by the power of God’s intervention. Many of the Psalms recount and celebrate this history of salvation mirrored in the personal life of the poor: “For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; and he has not hid his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him” (Ps 22:24). The ability to see God’s face is a sign of his friendship, his closeness and his salvation. “You have seen my affliction, you have taken heed of my adversities… you have set my feet in a broad place” (Ps 31:7-8). To offer the poor a “broad space” is to set them free from the “snare of the fowler” (Ps 91:3); it is to free them from the trap hidden on their path, so that they can move forward with serenity on the path of life. God’s salvation is a hand held out to the poor, a hand that welcomes, protects and enables them to experience the friendship they need. From this concrete and tangible proximity, a genuine path of liberation emerges. “Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid” (Evangelii gaudium, 187).

    5. I find it moving to know that many poor people identify with the blind beggar Bartimaeus mentioned by the evangelist Mark (cf. 10:46-52). Bartimaeus “was sitting by the roadside to beg” (v. 46); having heard that Jesus was passing by, “he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me’” (v. 47). “Many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more” (v. 48). The Son of God heard his plea and said: “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight” (v. 51). This Gospel story makes visible what the Psalm proclaims as a promise. Bartimaeus is a poor person who finds himself lacking things as essential as sight and the ability to work for a living. How many people today feel in the same situation! Lack of basic means of subsistence, marginalization due to a reduced capacity for work, various forms of social enslavement, despite all our human progress… How many poor people today are like Bartimaeus, sitting on the roadside and looking for meaning in their lives! How many of them wonder why they have fallen so far and how they can escape! They are waiting for someone to come up to them and say: “Take heart; rise, he is calling you” (v. 49).

    Sadly, the exact opposite often happens, and the poor hear voices scolding them, telling them to be quiet and to put up with their lot. These voices are harsh, often due to fear of the poor, who are considered not only destitute but also a source of insecurity and unrest, an unwelcome distraction from life as usual and needing to be rejected and kept afar. We tend to create a distance between them and us, without realizing that in this way we are distancing ourselves from the Lord Jesus, who does not reject the poor, but calls them to himself and comforts them. The words of the Prophet Isaiah telling believers how to conduct themselves are most apt in this case. They are “to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke… to share bread with the hungry and bring the homeless and poor into the house… to cover the naked” (58:6-7). Such deeds allow sin to be forgiven (cf. 1 Pet 4:8) and justice to take its course. They ensure that when we cry to the Lord, he will answer and say: “Here I am!” (cf. Is 58:9).

    6. The poor are the first to recognize God’s presence and to testify to his closeness in their lives. God remains faithful to his promise; and even in the darkness of the night, he does not withhold the warmth of his love and consolation. However, for the poor to overcome their oppressive situation, they need to sense the presence of brothers and sisters who are concerned for them and, by opening the doors of their hearts and lives, make them feel like friends and family. Only in this way can the poor discover “the saving power at work in their lives” and “put them at the centre of the Church’s pilgrim way” (Evangelii Gaudium, 198).

    On this World Day, we are asked to fulfil the words of the Psalm: “The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied” (Ps 22:26). We know that in the Temple of Jerusalem, after the rites of sacrifice, a banquet was held. It was this experience that, in many dioceses last year, enriched the celebration of the first World Day of the Poor. Many people encountered the warmth of a home, the joy of a festive meal and the solidarity of those who wished to sit together at table in simplicity and fraternity. I would like this year’s, and all future World Days, to be celebrated in a spirit of joy at the rediscovery of our capacity for togetherness. Praying together as a community and sharing a meal on Sunday is an experience that brings us back to the earliest Christian community, described by the evangelist Luke in all its primitive simplicity: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers… And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:42.44-45).

    7. Countless initiatives are undertaken every day by the Christian community in order to offer closeness and a helping hand in the face of the many forms of poverty all around us. Often too, our cooperation with other initiatives inspired not by faith but by human solidarity, make it possible for us to provide help that otherwise we would have been unable to offer. The realization that in the face of so much poverty our capacity for action is limited, weak and insufficient, leads us to reach out to others so that, through mutual cooperation, we can attain our goals all the more effectively. We Christians are inspired by faith and by the imperative of charity, but we can also acknowledge other forms of assistance and solidarity that aim in part for the same goals, provided that we do not downplay our specific role, which is to lead everyone to God and to holiness. Dialogue between different experiences, and humility in offering our cooperation without seeking the limelight, is a fitting and completely evangelical response that we can give.

    In the service of the poor, there is no room for competition. Rather, we should humbly recognize that the Spirit is the source of our actions that reveal God’s closeness and his answer to our prayers. When we find ways of drawing near to the poor, we know that the primacy belongs to God, who opens our eyes and hearts to conversion. The poor do not need self-promoters, but a love that knows how to remain hidden and not think about all the good it has been able to do. At the centre must always be the Lord and the poor. Anyone desirous of serving is an instrument in God’s hands, a means of manifesting his saving presence. Saint Paul recalled this when he wrote to the Christians in Corinth who competed for the more prestigious charisms: “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you’” (1 Cor 12:21). Paul makes an important point when he notes that the apparently weaker parts of the body are in fact the most necessary (cf. v. 22), and that those “we think less honourable we invest with the greater honour, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require” (vv. 23-24). Paul offers the community a basic teaching about charisms, but also about the attitude it should have, in the light of the Gospel, towards its weaker and needier members. Far be it from Christ’s disciples to nurture feelings of disdain or pity towards the poor. Instead, we are called to honour the poor and to give them precedence, out of the conviction that they are a true presence of Jesus in our midst. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).

    8. Here we can see how far our way of life must be from that of the world, which praises, pursues and imitates the rich and powerful, while neglecting the poor and deeming them useless and shameful. The words of the Apostle Paul invite us to a fully evangelical solidarity with the weaker and less gifted members of the body of Christ: “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together” (1 Cor 12:26). In his Letter to the Romans, Paul also tells us: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly” (12:15-16). This is the vocation of each of Christ’s followers; the ideal for which we must constantly strive is ever greater conformity to the “mind of Jesus Christ” (Phil 2:5).

    9. Faith naturally inspires a message of hope. Often it is precisely the poor who can break through our indifference, born of a worldly and narrow view of life. The cry of the poor is also a cry of hope that reveals the certainty of future liberation. This hope is grounded in the love of God, who does not abandon those who put their trust in him (cf. Rom 8:31-39). As Saint Teresa of Avila writes in The Way of Perfection: “Poverty comprises many virtues. It is a vast domain. I tell you, whoever despises all earthly goods is master of them all” (2:5). It is in the measure in which we are able to discern authentic good that we become rich before God and wise in our own eyes and in those of others. It is truly so. To the extent that we come to understand the true meaning of riches, we grow in humanity and become capable of sharing.

    10. I invite my brother bishops, priests, and especially deacons, who have received the laying on of hands for the service of the poor (cf. Acts 6:1-7), as well as religious and all those lay faithful – men and women – who in parishes, associations and ecclesial movements make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor, to experience this World Day as a privileged moment of new evangelization. The poor evangelize us and help us each day to discover the beauty of the Gospel. Let us not squander this grace-filled opportunity. On this day, may all of us feel that we are in debt to the poor, because, in hands outstretched to one another, a salvific encounter can take place to strengthen our faith, inspire our charity and enable our hope to advance securely on our path towards the Lord who is to come.


    From the Vatican, 13 June 2018
    Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua


    Francis



    Source: Vatican Website

  • Cardinal Tagle leads Mass for the celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Eucharistic celebration for the Dedication of St. John Lateran at the San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex in Makati City on November 9.

    “My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for bringing us together as one community on this celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran. This is the Basilica which is also the cathedral of the Church of Rome. It is the cathedral of the bishop of Rome. So, we are celebrating today, our communion with the whole church in the ministry and the service of the local Church of Rome and especially of the Holy Father,” Tagle said during his homily.

    Photo by Leahna Villajos/Radio Veritas

    In his homily before the clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Cardinal stated the reason of celebrating in Manila and in other parts of the world the dedication of a church in Rome.

    “This is an opportunity for us also to reflect on the spirituality of the temple. This is not just about a building. This is the temple of God and the beauty of our Christian faith and scriptures is that symbols are multi-layered. Symbols are open to a wealth of meaning and significance,” he said.

    Referring to the temple or church not only as a building, Tagle also emphasized that it is also the Body of Christ.  A dwelling place where “life is rejuvenated, where people are sanctified, and where God is glorified.” 

    He added that the faithful are called to enter the heart of Jesus, whom he referred to as the living temple.

    “The temple of God is there to enter and we enter not just a building. We enter Jesus. We enter his heart. We are transformed as we enter Jesus. And we enter Jesus, we become his body and hopefully, as the body of Christ, the living community. Many people will be sanctified.  Many people will be able to render God fitting service.”

    The celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran also coincided with the annual commemoration of the departed clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. 

    Tagle remembered in the Mass these people who according to him “have offered their lives unto death strengthening the living body of Christ, inviting many people to be living stones.”

    On November 8, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) personnel prayed for all the departed clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila at the crypt of the Manila Cathedral and at the La Loma Catholic Cemetery. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Tulay ng Kabataan celebrates 20th year anniversary


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the 20th anniversary of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation (Anak-TNK) at the Ateneo de Manila High School on November 3 at 6:00 p.m.

    TNK aims to give life to those people who have lost their dignity because of poverty.

    Since its foundation in 1998, TNK has been serving the poorest of the poor in Manila and have helped 54,000 children including those who are handicapped, abandoned, in slum areas as well as the elderly people. 

    Each year, there are 1,300 children and elderly who are sheltered in 30 centers in Manila.

    Photo Credit: Élise Cruse/Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation


    Delivering his homily in front of two thousand children who attended the event, Cardinal Tagle said that Tulay ng Kabataan has been giving life to many children for twenty years noting that the essence of living is being able to give life to other people the way TNK has been doing. 

    “Kaya tayo binigyan ng buhay ay para magbigay buhay. Hindi tayo binigyan ng buhay para pumatay. Binigyan tayo ng buhay para magbigay buhay sa iba,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    He encouraged the people especially the children to celebrate life by loving God with all their heart and soul and by loving other people the way they love themselves. He also stressed that it is because of God’s love that humanity was saved from sin. 

    “Tayo ay nabuhay dahil inibig tayo ng Diyos. Patuloy tayong mabubuhay pag tayo ay mag-iibigan. At patuloy na mamamayani ang buhay at malalabanan ang puwersa ng kamatayan kung may pag-ibig. Hanggat hindi ganap at lumalaganap ang pag-ibig tuloy ang kamatayan,'" he said.

    At the end of his homily, Tagle expressed a powerful message to the young people who are renewed with love from Tulay ng Kabataan, the house they called their home.

    “Marami tayong plano pero simple lang ang plano ng Diyos, magmahalan kayo ay mabubuhay. Kung saan may pag-ibig, may buhay. Kung saan may pag-ibig naroon ang Diyos. Ang Diyos ng pag-ibig ay ang Diyos ng buhay, “ he said.

    The whole day activity showcased the children’s ability in sports and developed camaraderie among the other children. The celebration was capped with the display of fireworks at 9 p.m. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • 8th Manila Cathedral Pipe Organ Concert features MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound


    The wonderful life of Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church was showcased at the 8th Pipe Organ Concert at the Manila Cathedral last November 9.

    The concert entitled MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound also marked the 60th Anniversary of the rebuilding and consecration of the Manila Cathedral post-war.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle told the faithful in his message to fix their gaze on Mary, who he said “is truly God’s most beautiful artwork” and “God’s divine obra maestra.”

    “Together, let us lovingly set our eyes on our Blessed Mother as we ponder also the history and vocation of our Mother Church, the Manila Cathedral,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle sings the finale song "Inay" during the 8th Manila Cathedral Pipe Organ Concert (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)


    Singer Frenchie Dy, dubbed as the country’s “Big time Belter” opened the concert with a song entitled “When You Believe” with the Manila Cathedral-Basilica Choir. Star in Million champion Eric Santos delighted the crowd with his rendition of “You Raise Me up”. Folk singer and composer Noel Cabangon Chua did a medley of the songs “Ugoy ng Duyan” and “Payapang Daigdig.”

    Other guests include Poppert Bernadas, Cheska Sarausad, Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, Caisa Borromeo, Alfritz Blanche, and the Southernside Dance Theater. A video of the song “Mary Did You Know” by El Gamma Penumbra was also shown.

    Cardinal Tagle ended the night by singing the beautiful song, “Inay’’earning loud claps from the crowd.

    MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound was directed by Rem Zamora, musical direction by Ejay Yatco, and written by Cathy Azanza-Dy. It was produced by The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica Foundation, Inc. with Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc., and A+B Expedio Integrated Marketing Communications, Inc.

    The Pipe Organ Festival is an annual event of The Manila Cathedral that started in 2006. After the 6th Pipe Organ Festival in 2012, the cathedral was closed for retrofitting and much needed structural repairs. In 2012, the festival resumed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila website nominated as Best Diocesan Website

     


    The Archdiocese of Manila is nominated as Best Diocesan Website in the 2018 Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA).

    The website of the Archdiocese of Manila (www.rcam.org) serves as a source of information on the Archdiocese of Manila and for mainstream media. It also features various events and activities of the Social Communications Ministry of the different parishes in the archdiocese. 

    The website was launched on July 25, 2003, with the initiative of then Manila Auxiliary Bishop Socrates B. Villegas under the term of then Manila Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin.

    It was re-designed and was relaunched on March 3, 2012, during Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle doing the ceremonial log-on to the website.

    In 2016, CSMA awarded the Best Diocesan Website to the Archdiocese of Manila website.

    The CSMA recognizes the best communicators of Catholic content through the various social media platforms and believes in the value and importance of online evangelization.

    On November 17, 2018, the CSMA will hold its awarding ceremony at Sienna College, Quezon City, at 7 p.m.

    The CSMA was organized by Youth Pinoy in collaboration with Areopagus Communication Inc. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • St. Joseph Parish and Kambal na Krus Chapel launch Parade of Saints


    The St Joseph Parish in Gagalangin Tondo, Manila together with Kambal na Krus Chapel Community, a chapel under the jurisdiction of the parish have launched its first Parade of Saints.

    Aimed at propagating the rich treasures of the Catholic faith, the Parade of Saints promotes the true essence of celebrating All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.

    (Eijay Valerio/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish, Gagalangin Tondo)

    The activity was held on October 20 at Kambal na Krus Chapel Community and October 28, at St Joseph Parish, Gagalangin. 

    Youth among the various barangays in cooperation with the Sangguniang Kabataan officials together with the mandated organizations of the parish enjoined the activity and dressed up like a Saint. 

    The Parade of Saints was concluded with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fathers Joselino B. Tuazon and Conegundo B. Garganta. (Eijay Valerio/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish, Gagalangin Tondo)


    Here are some of the photos during the Parade of Saints

     

  • San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry holds Holy-Win: Dress Like a Saint contest


    The San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry (SFNPYM) conducted their 6th year of Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint-Contest last Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2:00 p.m., at San Felipe Neri Parish, Mandaluyong City. 

    The Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint-Contest is a yearly activity of SFNPYM where the children, the youth, and the adults are dressed in saints’ vestments or costumes to bring back the celebration of the "Hallowed Eve" or the Feast of All Saints, rather than letting them wear scary and horrific costumes of ghosts, witches, and other evil characters. Instead of Halloween, it is named as “Holy-Win” where the saints are honored and glorified with God for their victory against the temptations of sin and their success in attaining holiness.

    Photo by Information and Communications Ministry / San Felipe Neri Parish

    Parishioners and other members of the parish’s ministry and organization were highly encouraged to participate in the activity to replace the secular celebration of the Halloween with a sacred and meaningful one and also to encourage the children, the youth and the adults to become models of holiness by imitating the Saints. 

    The participants were divided into three (3) categories: ages 5 to 12 for the Children’s Category, ages 13 to 25 for the Youth Category, and lastly ages 26 & up for the Adult Category. 

    This year, there were sixty-three (63) young and brave participants who registered for the event.

    The program started with the presentation and introduction of the Saint participants. Each participant was on their best character and attire to really let people see the Saint that they are portraying to. Resourcefulness, creativity, and simplicity were evident. 

    Highlighting the event was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang, the Parochial Vicar of San Felipe Neri Parish, at 4:00 pm where the participants and their parents were recognized.

    Before the final blessing, the winners of the said contest were announced and awarded. The Holy Win Dress Like A Saint is not only a contest but an occasion that teaches everyone to be holy, not scary. (Fatima Maisog Llanza and Ma. Chiara Raphaela D. Leornas / San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • Archdiocese of Manila celebrates “Araw ng mga Katekista”


    The Archdiocese of Manila celebrated the “Araw ng mga Katekista” last October 13, 2018, at the San Carlos Auditorium in Makati City.

    Dubbed as “KATEKISTA: KUWENTO, KANTA,” the event recognized the selfless service of the catechists who continuously serve the faithful especially the young people with passion and dedication to their vocation.

    The activity commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Carlo Magno Marcelo, Minister of the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM).

    "Mapapalad ang mga nakikinig ng Salita ng Diyos at tumutupad nito,"  Fr. Marcelo said during his homily as he reflected on the Gospel of Luke.

    Photo from CFAM Website


    According to the news posted at the CFAM website, the priest reminded the catechists of the importance of listening and living out the story of God. He also encouraged them to reflect and understand God’s message to them as catechists. He as well urged them to continue inspiring other catechists to serve the people by telling their own stories of faith, hope, and love.

    “KATEKISTA: KUWENTO, KANTA” is a special presentation that featured the life story of the catechists and how they responded to the call of God to become of service to him. The show also tackled topics like Alternative Catechesis and Beyond Catechetical Boarders.

    Highlighting the celebration were performances from selected guest singers that gave life to the songs written by Fr. Carlo Marcelo about the colorful and meaningful journey on the life of a catechist.

    Sr. Leah Japos and CFAM Choir, Ms. Geli Federoso, Sr. Susay Valdez and Mr. Oggie Benipayo, Fr. Gelo Parlan and Katekista Band, and Ms. Rosanna Robles were among those who sang the beautiful music of Fr. Marcelo. 

    The event was attended by the catechists (full time and volunteers), parishes, and schools from the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2018


    Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all

    Dear young people, I would like to reflect with you on the mission that we have received from Christ. In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God. What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us. “Mission revitalizes faith” (Redemptoris Missio, 2), in the words of Saint John Paul II, a Pope who showed such great love and concern for young people.

    The Synod to be held in Rome this coming October, the month of the missions, offers us an opportunity to understand more fully, in the light of faith, what the Lord Jesus wants to say to you young people, and, through you, to all Christian communities.

    World Youth Day Cross (Photo from Vatican News Website)


    Life is a mission

    Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth. To be attracted and to be sent are two movements that our hearts, especially when we are young, feel as interior forces of love; they hold out promise for our future and they give direction to our lives. More than anyone else, young people feel the power of life breaking in upon us and attracting us. To live out joyfully our responsibility for the world is a great challenge. I am well aware of lights and shadows of youth; when I think back to my youth and my family, I remember the strength of my hope for a better future. The fact that we are not in this world by our own choice makes us sense that there is an initiative that precedes us and makes us exist. Each one of us is called to reflect on this fact: “I am a mission on this Earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world” (Evangelii Gaudium, 273).

    We proclaim Jesus Christ

    The Church, by proclaiming what she freely received (cf. Mt 10:8; Acts 3:6), can share with you young people the way and truth which give meaning to our life on this earth. Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us, appeals to our freedom and challenges us to seek, discover and proclaim this message of truth and fulfilment. Dear young people, do not be afraid of Christ and his Church! For there we find the treasure that fills life with joy. I can tell you this from my own experience: thanks to faith, I found the sure foundation of my dreams and the strength to realize them. I have seen great suffering and poverty mar the faces of so many of our brothers and sisters. And yet, for those who stand by Jesus, evil is an incentive to ever greater love. Many men and women, and many young people, have generously sacrificed themselves, even at times to martyrdom, out of love for the Gospel and service to their brothers and sisters. From the cross of Jesus we learn the divine logic of self-sacrifice (cf. 1 Cor 1:17-25) as a proclamation of the Gospel for the life of the world (cf. Jn 3:16). To be set afire by the love of Christ is to be consumed by that fire, to grow in understanding by its light and to be warmed by its love (cf. 2 Cor 5:14). At the school of the saints, who open us to the vast horizons of God, I invite you never to stop wondering: “What would Christ do if he were in my place?”

    Transmitting the faith to the ends of the earth

    You too, young friends, by your baptism have become living members of the Church; together we have received the mission to bring the Gospel to everyone. You are at the threshold of life. To grow in the grace of the faith bestowed on us by the Church’s sacraments plunges us into that great stream of witnesses who, generation after generation, enable the wisdom and experience of older persons to become testimony and encouragement for those looking to the future. And the freshness and enthusiasm of the young makes them a source of support and hope for those nearing the end of their journey. In this blend of different stages in life, the mission of the Church bridges the generations; our faith in God and our love of neighbor are a source of profound unity.

    This transmission of the faith, the heart of the Church’s mission, comes about by the infectiousness of love, where joy and enthusiasm become the expression of a newfound meaning and fulfilment in life. The spread of the faith “by attraction” calls for hearts that are open and expanded by love. It is not possible to place limits on love, for love is strong as death (cf. Song 8:6). And that expansion generates encounter, witness, proclamation; it generates sharing in charity with all those far from the faith, indifferent to it and perhaps even hostile and opposed to it. Human, cultural and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel of Jesus and to the sacramental presence of the Church represent the extreme peripheries, the “ends of the earth”, to which, ever since the first Easter, Jesus’ missionary disciples have been sent, with the certainty that their Lord is always with them (cf. Mt 28:20; Acts 1:8). This is what we call the missio ad gentes. The most desolate periphery of all is where mankind, in need of Christ, remains indifferent to the faith or shows hatred for the fullness of life in God. All material and spiritual poverty, every form of discrimination against our brothers and sisters, is always a consequence of the rejection of God and his love.

    The ends of the earth, dear young people, nowadays are quite relative and always easily “navigable”. The digital world – the social networks that are so pervasive and readily available – dissolves borders, eliminates distances and reduces differences. Everything appears within reach, so close and immediate. And yet lacking the sincere gift of our lives, we could well have countless contacts but never share in a true communion of life. To share in the mission to the ends of the earth demands the gift of oneself in the vocation that God, who has placed us on this earth, chooses to give us (cf. Lk 9:23-25). I dare say that, for a young man or woman who wants to follow Christ, what is most essential is to seek, to discover and to persevere in his or her vocation.

    Bearing witness to love

    I am grateful to all those ecclesial groups that make it possible for you to have a personal encounter with Christ living in his Church: parishes, associations, movements, religious communities, and the varied expressions of missionary service. How many young people find in missionary volunteer work a way of serving the “least” of our brothers and sisters (cf. Mt 25:40), promoting human dignity and witnessing to the joy of love and of being Christians! These ecclesial experiences educate and train young people not only for professional success, but also for developing and fostering their God-given gifts in order better to serve others. These praiseworthy forms of temporary missionary service are a fruitful beginning and, through vocational discernment, they can help you to decide to make a complete gift of yourselves as missionaries.

    The Pontifical Mission Societies were born of young hearts as a means of supporting the preaching of the Gospel to every nation and thus contributing to the human and cultural growth of all those who thirst for knowledge of the truth. The prayers and the material aid generously given and distributed through the Pontifical Mission Societies enable the Holy See to ensure that those who are helped in their personal needs can in turn bear witness to the Gospel in the circumstances of their daily lives. No one is so poor as to be unable to give what they have, but first and foremost what they are. Let me repeat the words of encouragement that I addressed to the young people of Chile: “Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me” (Meeting with Young People, Maipu Shrine, 17 January 2018).

    Dear young people, this coming October, the month of the missions, we will hold the Synod devoted to you. It will prove to be one more occasion to help us become missionary disciples, ever more passionately devoted to Jesus and his mission, to the ends of the earth. I ask Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and Blessed Paolo Manna to intercede for all of us and to accompany us always.


    From the Vatican, 20 May 2018, Solemnity of Pentecost

    FRANCIS

     

  • Devotees venerate heart relic of Padre Pio in Davao


    Coming from different places in Davao, thousands of Davaoeños devotees of Padre Pio queued for the public veneration of the incorrupt heart relic of the saint from October 14-17, 2018.

    The heart relic of the Italian priest coming from Cebu arrived at the Davao Airport on October 14, at 10 a.m., followed by a motorcade going to Ateneo de Davao Matina Campus where Bishop George Rimando, Auxiliary Bishop of Davao presided over the Holy Eucharist.

    The public veneration started at 1 p.m. followed by a conference on the life of Padre Pio at 5 p.m.

    Photo from Davao Catholic Herald Official Facebook Page

    A procession from the Ateneo University to the San Pedro Cathedral took place at 8 p.m. where the relic stayed for a day before it was transferred to the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary (REMASE) on October 16. On that day, the priests and religious had the chance to venerate the relic as part of the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons before it was brought back to the cathedral for the celebration of the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

    Culminating the visit of the heart relic before it was brought back to Batangas, a Holy Eucharist was held at 6 a.m. at the cathedral. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Marawi children among “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign


    The Aid to Church in Need Philippines launched the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign on Monday, October 15.

    Among the children who will be joining the worldwide campaign in reciting the Holy Rosary on Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. are the Marawi children from the Philippines who are victims of war and persecution.

    In the Philippines, there are 1,293 parishes, 777 schools, and 41 dioceses who commit to participate in this year’s campaign and is in partnership with the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

    From left, ACN Philippines National Director Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines’ Chief Operating Officer Amb. Henrietta de Villa and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan are the panelists during the launching of the "One Million Children Praying the Rosary" Campaign on October 15. (Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring)

    The highlight of the celebration will be at the San Jose Academy in Navotas (Diocese of Kalookan) where the orphans of EJK victims who are scholars of the diocese in the said school will lead in the praying of the rosary.

    Aside from the Marawi children, joining the prayer campaign via video are selected children from Syria (Aleppo), Korea (Seoul), Australia, and a special group of children from San Jose Academy.

    According to Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines’ National Director, they did not only focus on the prayer component of this year’s campaign.

    “When you pray the rosary, dapat merong charity na kasama. The rosary itself is a prayer of peace and it is also an act of charity to others,” Luciano said quoting Pope John Paul II during a press conference held on October. 15.

    Luciano added that the campaign advances its cause to a more concrete expression of solidarity through the “One Peso Solidarity Project”. The project encourages children to donate a portion of their allowance dedicated to projects that would help other children in the different world especially those who are undergoing extreme depression, discrimination, and are persecuted in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

    The one million children who will join in the praying the rosary will sign their names in a Friendship and Solidarity Form and will be encouraged to donate ONE PESO (1.00) as a token of solidarity and support to the suffering children across the world.

    The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” initially started in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in 2005.

    ACN is the charity arm of the Holy Father founded in 1947. Through its three pillars: information, prayer, and action, ACN helps Christians who are persecuted and oppressed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    ACN is the charity arm of the Holy Father founded in 1947. Through its three pillars: information, prayer, and action, ACN helps Christians who are persecuted and oppressed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Priest asks devotees to love like Christ and Padre Pio

    When we love truly, we get hurt deeply.

    These were the words that Antipolo Bishop Francisco De Leon uttered in front of the thousands of devotees of St. Padre Pio who heard Mass on the second day of visit of the heart relic at The Manila Cathedral at 12:10 p.m.

     

    “But real love and to love really, you have to be open to the other person. If you’re not then, that is not real love. But there is a danger of being open to another person and the danger is this. Pwede kang masaktan kapag binuksan mo ang iyong puso sa isang tao siya’y minamahal mo pwede kang masaktan,”  Bishop de Leon said.

    Capuchin Priests prepare the incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio enclosed inside a glass container for public veneration in Davao. 
    (Photo by Nemrieck Kiel Umali/Diocese of Digos Social Communications)

     

    Reflecting on the events in the life of Christ, Bishop de Leon said, the love of Christ is like the love of God to mankind. Christ, who is the son of God embraced his sufferings during the times when he was persecuted.

    At that time, one of his apostles betrayed him, the other denied him and the rest run away from him. Despite these things, his unconditional love prevailed. He chose to forgive and died on the cross.

    “Subalit ang ginawa niya ay siya’y nagpatawad mula pa sa krus. Panginoon patawarin mo sila hindi nila nalalaman ang kanilang ginagawa. That wound and that heart crucified him on the cross and killed him but on the third day he arose again,” he said.

    Like Christ, Padre Pio also has his own sufferings like that of Christ. The holy priest bore the same wounds of Christ.

    “And that stigmata are not punishment given by God. It is a privilege given by God.  If you really love Jesus and the cross, if you truly follow the cross, Jesus saying, “If you like to follow me carry your cross, you will suffer, we will suffer,” he said.

    Padre Pio’s stigmata were doubted by the church including the monastery where he belonged. They thought the wounds came from the devil. Because of that, he was forbidden to hear confession and celebrate public mass.

    At the end of his homily, Bishop De Leon challenged the devotees to imitate the saint’s characteristics.

    “Kung totoong devotee tayo ni Padre Pio, hindi lang misa, hindi lang nobena, hindi lang paghalik sa relic, kundi paggaya sa kanya, sa kanyang pagmamahal kahit masakit, patuloy na nagmamahal hanggang sa wakas ng kanyang buhay,” he said.

    Bishop De Leon also reminded the faithful to embrace their own sufferings and cross in life.

    “Kaya nga sa bawat simbahan may cross to remind us of the depth and the width and the pain of the love of Christ,” he said.

    The heart relic visited the University of Santo Tomas (Oct. 8), The Manila Cathedral (Oct. 9-11), Archdiocese of Cebu (Oct. 11-14), and currently at the Archdiocese of Davao (Oct. 14-16).

    After the visit to Davao, the relic will be brought to Lipa, Batangas on Oct. 17, then back to the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on Oct. 18 – 26  before it returns to Italy. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cebu welcomes heart relic of St. Padre Pio


    The incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio was transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu after a Farewell Mass was held at The Manila Cathedral on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at 6 a.m.

    The Holy Eucharist was presided by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese Manila.

    At past 7 a.m., the relic was brought to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport together with Father Joselin Gonda, rector of National Shrine and Parish of Padre Pio in Batangas. The relic stayed in Cebu from Oct. 11-14.


    Cebuanos warmly welcome the heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral (Photo by Rev. Fr Joselin Gonda's Facebook Page)


    Upon the arrival of the heart relic in Cebu, a Welcome Mass was held at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral presided over by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma at 10:30 a.m.

    In an article posted at the CBCP website, Archbishop Palma, in his homily encouraged Padre Pio’s devotees to pray for their personal intentions as well as the welfare of the country.

    “When we come and pray before the heart of Saint Padre Pio, pray for the nation, for the transformation of our society,” Archbishop Palma said.

    “Let’s also pray that his visit will bring grace to those in need,” he added.

    Veneration and confession were held during the relic’s stay at the cathedral.

    The sacred relic was transported from the Cebu Cathedral to the IEC Pavillion on Oct. 12,  after the 10:30 a.m. Mass led by Rev. Msgr. Ruben C. Lajo of the Cebu Cathedral.

    Series of conferences on the Person, Life, and Spirituality of Padre Pio and Renewed Servant Leaders for (Clergy and Consecrated Persons) for New Evangelization were held on the same day.

    On Oct. 13, a Mass was held in the IEC Pavilion, sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima. Public veneration was held from 4 to 9 p.m. 

    At midnight, Fr. Jonald Concha of the Archdiocese of Cebu officiated the anticipated Mass.

    Before the relic of the famous saint flies to Davao, a concelebrated Mass was held at 6 a.m. presided over by Rev. Fr. Dennis Villarojo, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu.

    The relic will visit Davao starting Oct. 14-16. It will be brought to San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa City, Batangas on Oct. 17 and will be brought back to the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on Oct. 18-26 before it returns back to Italy.

  • Homily delivered by Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon during Mass for the visit of the heart relic of Saint Padre Pio at the Manila Cathedral on October 10, 2018, at 12:10 p.m.


    Brother priests, the devotees of St. Padre Pio and my brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,

    Para sa marami sa atin ang puso ay sagisag ng pagmamahal.  Kaya nga kapag ang isang lalaki o babae ay may gusto sa isang babae o lalaki ay sinasabi niyang siya ang aking napupusuan. At kapag sila’y kinasal na ay sinasabi siya’y kabiyak ng aking puso. Kapag ang isang tao ay malupit, cruel, mean, sinasabi din wala kang puso buti pa ang punong saging may puso.

    But real love and to love really, you have to be open to the other person. If you’re not then, that is not real love. But there is a danger of being open to another person and the danger is this. Pwede kang masaktan kapag binuksan mo ang iyong puso sa isang tao siya’y minamahal mo pwede kang masaktan.

    Photo by Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM AOC

    So, to be open is to be vulnerable.  The word vulnerable comes from the latin “vulnus” which means wounded, vulnus is wound. So, vulnerable in tagalong is “sugatable”. Pwede kang masugatan. But that is love at makikita natin yan sa ating Panginoong Hesus. Batid natin na minahal niya tayong mga tao. Ang pagmamahal niya sa tao ay katulad ng pagmamahal ng Diyos sa tao. Pero dahil mahal niya ang mga tao at binuksan niya ang kaniyang sarili siya’y nasugatan. Sa labindalawang pinili niyang mga apostoles isa ang nagkanulo sa kanya. Isa naman denied him three times. Ang iba naman ay tinakbuhan siya nung siya’y inaresto sa halamanan ng Gethsemane. Isa lang ang natira doon sa paanan ng krus, si San Juan Ébanghelista. Kaya pati anak ng Diyos na nagmahal at nagbukas ay nasaktan. Subalit ang ginawa niya ay siya’y nagpatawad mula pa sa krus, “Panginoon patawarin mo sila hindi nila nalalaman ang kanilang ginagawa”. That wound and that heart crucified him on the cross and killed him but on the third day he arose again.  

    The greatest commandment given to us by the Lord Jesus is this, Love God and love another. Love God with all your your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength, and with all your soul.  Love one another as I have love you.  Kaya ang tunay na tagasunod ni Hesus ay tunay na nagmamahal. Handing masaktan at handa ring magpatawad.

    Si Padre Pio na narito ngayon ang incorrupt heart ay nagmahal. Minahal niya ang Diyos, minahal niya si Hesus, minahal niya ang simbahan. Subalit siya ay nasaktan.  Ang sasabihin ko lang sa inyo ay yung nabasa ko at yung napanood ko sa kanyang buhay. Nasaktan siya ng Diyos sapagkat hindi niya alam kung ano ang ibig ng Diyos sa kanya. Parati niyang itinatanong, “Lord what do you want me to do?” Buhat pa noong pumasok siya sa monasteryo at naging pari at nagkaroon ng stigmata, Lord what do you want me to do?” E masakit po iyun di po ba. Na hindi mo alam kung ano ang ibig sayo ng Diyos. Hindi mo alam kung anong misyon ang ibinibigay sa’yo ng Diyos. Mas madaling pasanin at gawin ang isang mas mahirap na bagay kung alam mo kung ano ito, kung bakit ito.  The how is easy if you know the why.

    Nasaktan rin si Padre Pio ng simabahan. Pinagdudahan kung saan galing ang kanyang stigmata.  Maaari raw sa demonyo. At minsan pa nga pinagbawalan siyang magpakumpisal na ibig, ibig niyang gawin. Matagal siya sa doon confesionario so many hours. He spent so many hours hearing confessions but he was forbidden to do so. He was also forbidden to celebrate a mass for the public. He was allowed to celebrate a mass by himself pero walang mga tao. Matagal niyang tiniis yuon hanggang sa inalis yun ng simbahan, yung mga ipinagbabawal sa kanya ay ibinalik.

    Pero hindi lang simbahan pati na yung mga kasamahan niya sa grupo. Nasaktan din siya sapagkat ilan sa kanila doubting him. At noong siya’y nag fundrasing para magpagawa ng hospital, maraming donation, nag-contribute, pero kinausap siya ng grupo ng mga superiors na, “pwede ibigay mo sa amin ang pera”? Bakit? “Kasi yung investment namin ay nalugi at maraming umasa sa aming ibang mga tao, wala kaming maibigay”. Ang sagot ni Padre Pio, “hindi ko maaaring ibigay dahil hindi sa akin ang pera, it belong to the hospital. Yung sa akin, ibibgay ko,” kaya dumukot siya sa bulsa ng ilang kusing, istampita, rosario at yun ang ibinigay. So, he was pressured to give the money, but he refused. Hanggang dumating ang araw inalis siya sa pamamahala ng hospital. Hindi na siya ang pwedeng mamahala sa hospital. At merong mga ilang siyang confriar na nagsasabi sa kanya, “huwag mong sundin ang simbahan, unfair, hinatulan ka, parati ka na lang pina-iimbestigahan”. At parating sinasabi ni Padre Pio the church has a reason for that and it is the duty of the church to do that”. Nasaktan na siya pinagtatanggol pa niya. Ilang tao ang makakagawa noon. Sapagkat mahal niya ang Diyos, mahal niya ang simbahan kaya siya nasaktan. Kung hindi mo mahal ang isang tao siguro kung masasaktan ka, mababaw lamang. Pero kung mahal mo ang isang tao, mahal mo ang Diyos, mahal mo ang simbahan malalim ang sakit na kakamtin mo. Very painful kaya marahil incorrupt ang puso ni Padre Io sapagkat wagas, tunay at walang kaduda duda ang kanyang pagmamahal.

    Sabi pa niya my “nourishment is the cross of Christ”. Ganun na lamang ang pagmamahal niya sa krus ni Hesus kaya siya nagkaroon ng  stigmata. Ang limang sugat ni Hesus ay lumitaw sa kanya: dalawang kamay, dalawang paa, tagiliran. And that stigmata is not punishment given by god. It is a privilege given by God.  If you really love Jesus and the cross, if you truly follow the cross, Jesus saying, “If you like to follow me carry your cross, you will suffer, we will suffer”. Kahit ikaw ay magulang, asawa, o pari lahat tayo basta’t tunay na nagmahal, we will experience the cross of Christ. And let us not reject that cross because that cross will save us. Like the cross of Jesus, like the cross of Father Pio and like the cross of St. Francis of Assisi.

    Si St. Francis of Assisi nagkaroon din ng stigmata. And they did not reject the suffering, they embrace it. How many of us can do that? If we are truly devotees of St. Padre Pio, we will not reject the cross, we will embrace the cross kahit napakasakit. Because again and again we will be hurt, and again and again we will be asked to forgive. Minsan ibig na nating maghiganti. Lintik lang ang walang ganti! But Jesus asked us to forgive seventeen times seven times kung totoong sumusunod tayo kay Jesus. Kung totoong devotee tayo ni Padre Pio, hindi lang misa, hindi lang nobena, hindi lang paghalik sa relic, kundi paggaya sa kanya, sa kanyang pagmamahal kahit masakit, patuloy na nagmamahal hanggang sa wakas ng kanyang buhay.

    Kaya pagnilay nilayan po natin iyan mga kapatid. Hindi madaling maging devotee ni St. Padre Pio. We are asked to be like him just he was asked to be like Christ. So let us be like Christ. Let us embrace our cross inspite of the hurt and the pain and that will save us. The cross is our salvation. It is a scandal for the Jews and foolishness for the... But for us it is our salvation sapagkat sa cross makikita ang tunay na nagmamahal. Kaya nga sa bawat simbahan may cross to remind us of the depth and the width and the pain of the love of Christ. Let us do that. And I know with the help and prayer of Mary, our mother, the seven sorrows of Mary, who also suffered pain in her heart, praying for us magagawa natin mga kapatid. Ganun din sa tulong ni Padre Pio, magagawa natin mga kapatid.

    Sa mga panahon na ito, mahirap magmahal. Madaling sabihin ayoko na sayo, hiwalay na tayo; suwail na anak ka, lumayas ka na; masama kang pari ipalilipat kita, sabihin kita sa obispo para ilipat ka. Mahirap! But that is our salvation. That is our growth. That is how we will know that we truly love, God knows but do we know? Alam ba natin?

    So, let us pray my brothers and sister for one another.

  • Devotees’ prayers to St. Padre Pio


    Thousands of devotees of St. Padre Pio flocked at The Manila Cathedral during the three-day visit of the heart relic of the Italian priest of Pietrelcina.

    Unmindful of the heat of the sun and the occasional pour of rain, the faithful devotees including the young, old, pregnant, sick and with disabilities, patiently waited for hours for their turn to venerate the relic and prayed with their hearts.

    Faith brought the devotees in this three-day visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio. They believe in the power of prayer. They look up to Padre Pio not as God, but as an instrument where they can send their prayers.

    Devotees say their prayer in silence after venerating the heart relic of St. Padro Pio at the Manila Cathedral (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)

    Marina Santos, 56, married with five kids, hails from Bagong Silang Caloocan City, is one of the many devotees who believed that miracles do happen when you have faith. 

    Three years ago she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. With a teary-eyed, the woman became emotional as she was thankful to Padre Pio for hearing and bringing her intentions to the Lord.

    “Sa pananalig ko kay Padre Pio at sa Diyos, sabi ko tulungan niya ako, more extension ng buhay ko para makapaglingkod pa ako sa Diyos,” she said.

    After surviving from cancer, she unselfishly prays for guidance for her family to God through Padre Pio.

    “Patnubayan at gabayan ang buhay ng mga anak ko, iligtas sa mga sakuna, at siyempre in case na wala na ako, sana maging maayos ang mga anak ko,” she said.

    According to her, she is a member of Mother Butler and Soldier of Christ, a Charismatic Community in Caloocan. 

    Aside from her devotion to Padre Pio, Santos, being a mother, shared that she is also a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    “Si Mama Mary, humihingi din ako ng tulong sa kanya para ilapit ako kay Hesus. Kaya hawak lang tayo sa Panginoon. Sa tulong ng ina at ni Padre Pio na tulay natin sa pagdadasal, pagbibigyan ang ating kahilingan lalung lalo na ang mga may sakit na gustong maglingkod,” she shared.

    Ericson Sabungan, 20, is from Northern Samar. He admitted that he is not really a devotee but it doesn’t mean he does not believe in the intercession of Padre Pio. His faith that prayers are the strongest form of communication with the Lord is what brought him to The Manila Cathedral to venerate and pray. One of his prayers according to him was granted.

    “Yung prayer ko, I prayed to have a Latin honor. I graduated Cumlaude. And this made my parents and siblings proud kasi sila ang nagpa-aral sa akin,” he said.

    At the moment, while taking a nursing review, he prays to have a 100 percent passing grade. He also prays to land a good job and to have a stable life in the future.

    Asked if he would encourage other young people to have a devotion to Padre Pio, the young man joyfully said, he will.

    “Nowadays po, na-observe ko po mga kabataan ngayon nalalayo na kay God dahil yung influence po ng technology, nalalayo na yung perception nila kay God. Nababawasan na po,” he said.

    Sabungan also shared that he looks up to Padre Pio for being holy and prayerful. He also admires the saint for bearing the same wounds that Jesus bore.

    A Farewell Mass for the heart relic of Padre Pio was held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 6 a.m. It will be transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu (Visayas) from October 11-13 then to the Archdiocese of Davao (Mindanao) from October 14-16.

    The next destination is at the Lipa Cathedral in Batangas on October 17 and will be brought back to the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas on October 18 until its departure to San Giovanni, Rotondo in Italy on October 26. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pabillo asks Padre Pio’s devotees to pray for the Philippines

     
    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the devotees of St. Padre Pio to pray for the Philippines.

    Delivering his homily in front of thousands of devotees gathered at the Manila Cathedral to welcome the heart relic of St. Padre Pio on October 9, 2018, Bishop Pabillo requested the devotees to pray not only for their personal intentions but for the Philippines and its leaders.

    “Huwag lang tayo lalapit kay Padre Pio para sa ating personal na pangangailangan, personal na kahilingan para sa atin, sa ating pamilya,”  he said.

    “Isama din natin sa ating pagdadasal kay Padre Pio ang panalangin para sa ating bayan. Kung sugatan po ang buhay natin, sugatan din ang bayan natin. Napakaraming problema. Ipagdasal din natin ang ating bayan na tulungan tayo ng panalangin ni Padre Pio at pabanalin tayo lalung lalo na ang ating mga leaders. Ipagdasal din natin sa Diyos,”  he added.

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo presides the Holy Eucharist to welcome the heart relic of St. Padre Pio at the Manila Cathedral on October 9.
    Photo Eric Paul Guanlao

    Aside from asking prayers through the intercession of the Italian priest from Pietrelcina, Bishop Pabillo pointed out that one of the ways to become holy like Padre Pio is to share in the sufferings of Christ by embracing our own woundedness.

    “Pero isa rin po sanang gustong ipakita sa atin ni Padre Pio, pati yung mga sakit sa buhay na ating nararamdaman. Kapag iyan ay tinatanggap natin ng may pananampalataya at ng may pag-ibig, yan din po ay magpapabanal sa atin,”  he said.

    The heart relic arrived at The Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018, at 9 a.m. It will be transferred to the Visayas (Archdiocese of Cebu) after 6 a.m. Mass on October 11, 2018.

    It will stay in the country until October 26, 2018. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily delivered by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo during the Welcome Mass for the arrival of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio at The Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018, at 9 a.m.


    Welcome po sa inyong lahat dito sa ating veneration sa heart relic ni Padre Pio. Alam ko po na marami sa inyo ay nanggaling pa sa malalayong lugar. Marami sa inyo ay kanina pa nandito na nag aantay sa pagdalaw ni Padre Pio sa atin.  At welcome din po kay Padre Pio sa kanyang relic na pagdalaw dito sa atin sa Manila Cathedral.  Kaya ngayon po ay nagtatagpo ang dalawang pagnanais natin.  Pagnanais ng Diyos na lumapit sa atin sa pamamagitan ng relic ng ating banal na santo at sa pamamagitann din ng pagnais natin ng paglapit sa Diyos.  Nagtagpo po tayo  dito ngayon sa Manila Cathedral. 

    Kung titign po natin ang larawan ni Padre Pio na kumakalat ngayon, hindi naman talaga siya gwapo. Pero bakit natin siya nilalapitan? Hindi po dahil sa kanyang mukha.  Starstruck tayo dahil po sa kanyang kabanalan. Kaya tayo’y lumalapit sa kanya kasi alam natin nandito ang isang banal nagdadala ng kabanalan ng Diyos. Kaya dito po’y pinapakita na holiness is attractive. Holiness attracts. At tayo mismo napapalapit dahil sa kabanalan ni Padre Pio. 


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Maaring ang iba ay nandito dahil sa curious lang sila. Ano ba yung incorrupted heart relic ni Padre Pio? Pero palagay ko po kokonti lang yan, ang nandito at nagtiyaga dahil sa kanilang curiosity. Mas marami siguro ay nandito sapagkay mayroon tayong kahilingan na gusto nating idulog sa ating banal na santo. Na sa tulong ng kanyang panalangin tayo’y papakinggan ng Diyos. Kasi alam po natin lahat ng grasya, lahat ng biyaya ay may isa lang pinanggalingan. The father is the source of all goodness. Sa Diyos lamang nanggaling yan. Ngunit nandito, mayroon isa na malapit sa Diyos, at siya nga ay santo kaya dineklara na nasa langit kaya ang kanyang panalangin ay makakatulong sa atin. Sa ating paglapit sa Diyos, kasama natin siyang nagdadasal sa para sa ating pangangailangan. Kaya dala dala natin anu ano  man yan na mga problema natin sa kalusugan, sa buhay, sa relasyon, sa ating business na gusto nating ipagdasal tayo ni Padre Pio sa ating Diyos Ama.  

    Pero sana po may isa pang malalim na dahil ng ating pagpunta dito. Narinig natin ang sinabi ni Hesus kay Martha. “Martha, Martha you are preoccupied. You are anxious about many things. But there is only one thing necessary.” Pakinggan po natin yan kasi baka tayo, anxious tayo sa maraming mga bagay, nakakalimutan natin yung mahalaga. At ang pinakamahalaga po ay yan yung pinili ni Padre Pio walang iba kung di magpakabanal. Lumalapit tayo sa isang taong banal upang sana tulungan tayong maging banal. At bandang huli yan po yung pinakamahalaga at pinakita sa atin ni Maria, sa ating Ebanghelyo ang paraan ng pagpapakabanal na walang iba kundi paglapit kay Hesus. Pagkinig sa kanya, pagtulad sa kanya, at yan din po ang nagpabanal kay Padre Pio, ang paglapit niya kay Hesus, pag-alay niya ng kanyang sarili at ganun nalang kahigpit ang kanyang paglapit kay Hesus na siya’y nakiisa sa sugat ni Hesus.  San kanyang paghihirap, tulad ng sinabi sa simula ng ating Misa, napakanganda po ng pagdalaw sa atin ng heart relic ni Padre Pio kasi pinagdiriwang po natin ang ikalimampung anibersayro ng kanyang kamatayan. So he died 50 years ago. At kasama niyan ipinagdiriwang natin ang 100th anniversary ng kanyan g pagtanggap ng stigmata. Ang stigmata, yan po yung sugat ni Hesus na natanggap ni Pader Pio. Ibig sabihin limampung taon dala dala ni Padre Pio sa kanyang katawan ang sugat ni Hesus.  At kung nadala niya ang sugat ni Hesus ibig sabihin dala dala niya ang sakit ng sugat na yan. Hindi lang po iyan larawan ng sugat ni Hesus. Talagang sugat ni Hesus at ang sugat ay masakit. Talagang nakiisa siya kay Hesus hanggang sa kanyang kahirapan, yan po yung kabanalan.

    Si Padre Pio po magaan ang puso niya sa mga kahirapan ng tao lalung lalo na sa may sakit. Kaya kahit na nung buhay pa siya nagpatayo siya ng ospital na malapit sa kanilang kumbento upang magamot ang mga may sakit at hanggang ngayon, buhay na buhay ang opspital na iyan doon sa Italy na gumagamot sa mga may sakit. Pero isa rin po sanang gusotng ipakita sa atin ni Padre Pio, pati yung mga sakit sa buhay na ating nararamdaman. Kapag iyan ay tinatanggap natin ng may pananampalataya at ng may pag-ibig, yan din po ay magpapabanal sa atin.  Kaya habang sinisikap natin na tayo ay gumaling, habang sinisikap natin na alagaan yung mga may sakit, alagaan yun mga naghihirap, sana matanggap din natin at masabi din natin sa kanila na pati yung kahirapan na iyan ay bahagi din ng ating pakikiisa sa paghihirap at kamatayan ni Kristo upang makiisa tayo sa kanyang muling pagkabuhay. Yan po yung mas malalim na dahilan ng ating paglapit dito, na makiisa tayo sa kabanalan ni Kristo. Makiisa tayo sa kanya ng buhay at wala pong makasasabi sa atin na hindi ko na kayang maging banal. Naging masama na ang buhay ko, ordinaryong tao lang naman ako, hindi naman ako tinawag diyan. Kasi ang bawat isa sa atin ay tinawag ng Diyos para maging banal.

    Narinig natin sa ating Unang Pagbasa ang patotoo ni san Pablo, di naman siya nagsimula ng maayos. Nagsimula siya na galit sa simsbahan. Inuusig nga ang mga kristiyano.  Ngunit ang Diyos na tumawag sa kanya bago pa siya ipinaglihi, ipinakita sa kanya ang daan.  At siya’y nagsisi sa kanyang ginawa.  Hindi lang po si San Pablo ang tinawag bago pa tayo ipinaglihi.  Ang bawat isa sa atin ay tinawag din ng Diyos. Tinawag ng Diyos na maging banal.  Kaya nga sinabi ni Pablo mula noon nagsikap na siya na malaman itong tawag na ito.  Kaya siya’y  pumunta sa Arabia, marahil doon siya’y nagdasal, nagnilay. Kaya siya’y pumunta sa Jerusalem, nakipag-usap, nakipagtagpo sa mga apostol at siya pa ang naging dahilan ng pagpupuri ng mga tao sa Diyos na ang isang umuusig sa kanila ay ngayon nagpapahayag na tungkol kay Hesus.

    Dahil sa pagbagong buhay ni San Pablo. Kaya tayo rin, kahit nasabi natin makasalanan na ako, may nagawa na akong masama, ordinaryong  tao lang naman ako, kapag tayo’y naging banal magiging dahilan pa tayo ng pagpupuri ng maraming mga tao na lalapit sa Diyos dahil sa nakita nila ang ginawa ng Diyos sa atin na ginawa tayong banal sapagkat ang kabanalan ay kagagawan din ng Diyos. Kailangan lang tayong mag-cooperate. Ganun din po ang nangyari kay Padre Pio. Ordinaryong  tayo lang naman si Padre Pio. Sa isang malayong lugar, hindi nga siya nasa loob ng lungsod. At nung siya’y naging Capuchino, doon lang siya sa isang malayong kumbento hindi nga siya umikot sa ibang mga lugar. Naiwan lang siya sa isang kumbento. Ngunit dahil sa naging banal siya nilapitan siya ng mga tao. At ngayon ang lugar na iyun sa Giovanni Rotonda na malayong puntahan ay pinupuntahan na ng napakaraming pilgrims at ngayon tayo nasa Pilipinas ang layo naman natin sa Italya, narinigin natin nakilala natin si Padre Pio. At ngayon pumunta tayo rito, ordinaryong tao, ordinaryong monghe, ordinaryong pari, nilalapitan ng mga tao dahil sa kanyang kabanalan.  Kaya ang nangyari kay Padre Pio yan din po ang maaaring mangyari sa atin. Buksan lang natin ang ating puso tulad ng binuksan ni Padre Pio ang kanyang puso sa Diyos.  

    Kaya mapalad tayo ang relic na dumating sa atin ay ang incorrupted heart.  Ang puso ni Padre Pio na tumibok para sa Diyos.  Ang puso ni Padre Pio nanagdusa at ngayon ay nandito sa atin.  Sana po sa pag lapit natin dito at mayroon kayong pagkakataon na pipila upang makita ng malapitan ang puso ni Padre  Pio, hingin natin, kasama ng ating ibang mga kahilingan, Padre Pio tulungan mo po na ang puso ko ay tumibok din para sa Diyos, tumibok din kasama ng pagtititbok ng puso ni Hesus. Tulungan mo lalung lalo na, hipuin mo ang puso ko na tumibok tulad ng puso mo.Yan po ang mahalaga.  

    “Martha, Martha you are worried about so many things. Anxious about many things. There is only one thing necessary.” Baka tayo rin marami tayong pinagkakaabalahan, marami tayong pinoproblema, isa lang ang mahalaga at yan nga, na maging malapit sa Diyos , yan nga na maging banal. Kaya umupo tayo sa paanan ni Hesus. Makinig tayo sa kanyang mga aral, tularanan natin ang kanyang buhay.  At kung ipagkakaloob din sa atin na makiisa tayo sa kanyang kahirapan tanggapin po natin. Yan po’y ginawa ni Padre Pio.

    Sana po ang pagdalaw ni Padre Pio ngayon ay hindi lang isang pangyayari na bukas tapos na, sa makalawa tapos na. Sana po’y magbigay ito ng impetous sa ating buhay pananampalataya na palagi nating maranasan nandiyan ang Diyos, nagpapahiwatig siya ng kanyang presensiya sa pamamagitan ng presensiya ng mga santo.  Nagbibigay siya ng tulong sa atin sa tulong ng panalangin ng mga santo. At higit sa lahat ay tinatawagan tayo tulad ng pagtawag niya sa ating banal na santo na maging malapit sa Diyos.

    Pero isa na lang po gusto kong idagdag. Huwag lang tayo lalapit kay Padre Pio para sa ating personal na pangangailangan, personal na kahilingan para sa atin sa ating pamilya. Isama din natin sa ating pagdadasal kay Padre Pio ang panalangin para sa ating bayan. Kung sugatan po ang buhay natin, sugatan din ang bayan natin. Napakaraming problema. Ipagdasal din natin an gating bayan na tulungan tayo ng panalangin ni Padre Pio at pabanalin tayo lalung lalo na ang ating mga leaders. Ipagdasal din natin sa Diyos. Sama sama tayong magdasal kasi ito’y pagdalaw ni Padre Pio sa Pilipinas. Ngayon dito sa Maynila para sa Luzon, sa susunod na mga araw sa Cebu para sa Visayas, susunod na mga araw sa Davao para po sa Mindanao. Talagang dadalawin niya ang Pilipinas. Kaya tayo sana lumapit sa kanya hindi lang bilang mga indibidwal, lumapit din tayo sa kanya bilang mga Pilipino na mayroon din tayong pagmamalasakit para sa ating bayan.  At humingi din tayo ng renewal  sa bayan natin kung gusto nating marenew tayo personally na maging banal, sana po ang Pilipinas ay maging banal din. Upang siyang maging asin, siyang maging liwanag dito sa parte ng mundong ito sa Asya.

    So, sabay sabay po nating ialay ang ating banal na misa bilang pasalamat, papuri sa Diyos at paghingi ng tulong s ating banal na santo na samahan tayo sa ating paglapit at pagtanggap kay Hesus.

     

  • Heart relic of Padre Pio arrives at The Manila Cathedral


    Devotees venerate the heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at The Manila Cathedral
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    The incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio, an Italian priest from Pietrelcina arrived at The Manila Cathedral on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 9 a.m.

    After the send-off Mass at the Santisimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomas, the sacred relic was transferred to The Manila Cathedral where a Welcome Mass was celebrated by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

    In his homily, the prelate spoke about the holiness of Padre Pio who shared in the sufferings of Christ. According to him, to follow the teachings of Christ is the way to holiness.

    “At ang pinakamahalaga po ay yan yung pinili ni Padre Pio walang iba kung di yung magpakabanal. Lumalapit tayo sa isang taong banal upang sana tulungan tayong maging banal,” he said.

    “Pagkinig sa kanya, pagtulad sa kanya, at yan din po ang nagpabanal kay Padre Pio, ang paglapit niya kay Hesus, pag-alay niya ng kanyang sarili at ganun nalang kahigpipt ang kanyang paglapit kay Hesus na siya’y nakiisa sa sugat ni Hesus, “ he added.

    The Holy Eucharist was attended by priests and thousands of devotees wanting to see and touch the relic of the famous saint.

    The cathedral is open 24 hours to accommodate many devotees to venerate the relic. Confession is also available before and after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

    Series of Masses will be held during the three-day visit of the heart relic. 

    On October 11, before the heart relic departs from the cathedral, a Farewell Mass will be presided by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila at 6 a.m.

    From The Manila Cathedral, the relic will be transferred to the Visayas (Archdiocese of Cebu) and will stay from October 11-13 then to Mindanao (Archdiocese of Davao) from October 14-16.

    The visit of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio from October 5-26, 2018 is organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy (CBCP-ECC) in coordination with the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Homily delivered by Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David during Mass for the visit of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio at the Plaza Mayor, UST on October 8, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.


    Dear friends in the Lord, fellow sharers in the gifts of priestly vocation and consecrated life, isang mapagpalang hapon sa inyong lahat. In Gal 6:17, Paul says in Greek ἐγὼ γὰρ τὰ στίγματα (stigmata) τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματί μου βαστάζω. In English: “...for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.”

    This passage should give us a good reason today as members of the Clergy and the Consecrated persons to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the stigmata, or the marks of Jesus’ wounds on the much-loved Saint Padre Pio. We might be surprised to find out that many of us have these marks too, even if they might not be in the right places.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    It is not uncommon for people in this day and age to be stigmatized for one reason or another. You know what I mean; stigma no longer has the neutral meaning that it had before. Modern English has assumed this Greek word in its vocabulary but has given it a very negative meaning. Very much like the words UNCLEAN or SINNER during the time of Jesus—as common labels for the rejects in Jewish society in the first century AD, those regarded as violators of the law. Or very much like the STAR OF DAVID the Jews were forced to wear during the time of Hitler. Or the SCARLET LETTER in the novel of Nathaniel Hawthorne, the woman who had committed adultery, and who had been condemned to wear a dress marked with a bold letter A (for adulteress) in scarlet, to make sure that her sin was known by the whole town.

    Perhaps the modern equivalent for the scarlet letter A in our country today is DS—meaning, “drug suspect”. It is probably the worst stigma that can be given as label to people who land in the drug watch list. It is generic but cruel because it can mean anything: drug user, pusher, runner, protector, supplier, producer, smuggler, etc. This stigma can get people jailed or killed, and people just shake their heads with pity when they see their dead bodies on a street alley. It takes just one toxic whisper, “He must be a drug suspect” to justify the murder.

    Actually, the stigmata of Jesus did not have a neutral or positive meaning either. They were also the marks of a criminal, one who had been condemned to death through the brutal and the most cruel form of death penalty invented by the Persians and adopted by the Romans. Two marks on the hands and two marks on the feet for the nailing on the cross. But unlike the other criminals, Jesus bore a fifth mark on his side. One that supposedly pierced his heart. Let me share about that fifth stigma of the man from Nazareth who had been condemned as criminal, on the occasion of the visit of the heart of Saint Padre Pio. Take note that the original stigmatist before this Franciscan Capuchin, Padre Pio, was no other than Saint Francis of Assisi himself.

    The most familiar photos of Saint Padre Pio are those of him celebrating Mass with extended hands covered with mittens that have marks of blood. But unknown to many people, aside from the stigmata on both hands and feet, the most painful stigma that Padre Pio received was hidden under layers of clothes marking the wound inflicted on the side Jesus when a soldier pierced him with a lance after he had expired on the cross. At least, Jesus was dead already when he got it; Padre Pio was very much alive when he received his fifth stigma. In one of his writings, he described what it was like when he saw a vision of an angel thrusting a flaming spear into his side. He described the excruciating pain that he felt as the spear cut into his flesh and pierced his heart. He said he thought he was going to die right then and there.

    The pain that Padre Pio experienced in his heart after that mystical experience is what we came here to reflect on today dear brothers and sisters in the Clergy & Consecrated Life. We’re not just here to venerate a relic. We’re here to reflect on the priestly heart of Padre Pio, and on that which wounded this heart to be so configured to the Heart of Jesus, our Supreme High Priest. Is this not what we sing about during our First Friday devotion? “O sacred heart O love divine, do keep us near to Thee, and make our hearts so like to Thine that we may holy be.” Like that of St. Francis of Assisi, Padre Pio‘s heart was wounded, not to bleed, but to burn, to be set on fire. In our Gospel, we heard how the divine heart burned with indignation (like those of the prophets of old) when he drove away the traders and money-changers from the temple and cried out, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” The evangelist tells us people were reminded of the words of the Psalm 69:10, “Zeal for your house consumes me!” The closest Tagalog translation that I can think of for this is that line that we sing in our national anthem: “Alab ng puso sa dibdib mo’y buhay.” Or more accurately, “Alab ng puso ko para sa tahanan mo, sa dibdib ko’y buhay.” (Good thing, it is not the line that the honorable senator wanted to revise. I think what he wanted to change was the ending, “Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.” Apparently, he does not want us to sound defeatist, so he suggests to revise it to “Ang ipaglaban ang kalayaan mo.” People who are too eager to fight for a cause can be dangerous too. Like those who say, “Ipaglaban ang kaayusan ng lipunan laban sa mga kriminal” who would probably feel more comfortable changing the slogan to “Ang pumatay ng dahil sa iyo.” This is never the way of Christ. Ang paraan ni Kristo ay hindi ang pumatay. Manindigan sa tama kahit pagdurusa at kamatayan ang kapalit nito. Christ’s way is never about the eagerness to kill but the zeal to offer one’s life, like San Lorenzo Ruiz who said, “I am a Catholic and I am ready to offer my life for the Lord. If I had a thousand lives, I’d be willing to offer them all for him.”)

    The heart of Padre Pio, like that of Jesus, burned with the priestly zeal to save, not to condemn sinners. Like Christ, he was indignant towards religious leaders who turned religion into politics and business.

    The Bible is replete with many instances when God’s Word, or God’s mercy & compassion are described like fire burning within people. Remember the Call of Moses? Something was already burning within him before he encountered God in the burning bush. God was merely echoing to Moses what Moses himself had already been feeling whenever he witnessed the oppression of the Hebrew slaves. The words God said in the burning bush “I have seen the affliction of my people; I have heard their cry, and I know well they are suffering...” could have been said by Moses himself.

    Or remember Jeremiah who wanted to give up his prophetic mission because proclaiming God’s Word always got him into trouble? How he resolved to just shut up his mouth and stop speaking on God’s behalf? He said in chapter 20:9 “I say I will not mention him, I will no longer speak in his name.But then it is as if fire is burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones;I grow weary holding back, I cannot endure it!”

    Or remember those two disciples who were running away from trouble in Jerusalem, how the Lord who had walked and talked with them like a casual stranger was revealed to them at the breaking of the bread? How they looked back and said, “Were not our hearts burning within as as he explained to us the Scriptures?”

    Kaya pala napakahalagang simbolo ng apoy sa ating pananampalataya. Di ba’t sa lahat ng mga simbahan natin, kapag naroon ang Katawan ni Kristo sa Banal na Eukaristiya, kailangan laging may apoy din, ang ilaw ng bihilya, na hindi rin dapat hahayaan ng mga pari na mamatay kailanman. Tayo palang mga pari ay tagapangalaga ng apoy.

    Walang duda, ang apoy ay sumisimbolo sa walang hanggang pagibig ng Diyos para sa atin, at sa Salita niyang nagbibigay liwanag. Ngunit kung minsan ang apoy ng pagibig ay nagiging apoy din ng banal na galit na dulot ng malasakit, pagpupuyos sa kalupitan at pagkasuklam sa pagkukunwari at pagbabanal-banalan. Kaya pala nang sabihin ni Hesus “wasakin nyo ang templong ito at itatayo kong muli sa ikatlong araw”, natandaan ng mga tao ang nasusulat sa Salmo: “Ang alab ng puso ko para tahanan mo, sa dibdib ko’y buhay.”

    The Carmelite saint, John of the Cross, did not receive stigmata, but in one of his poems, he describes an experience similar to what Saint Padre Pio experienced when he received his fifth wound. The poem is entitled LIVING FLAME OF LOVE.

    Oh, living flame of love
    That tenderly wounds my soul in its deepest centre,
    Since thou art no longer oppressive, perfect me now if it be thy will, Break the web of this sweet encounter.

    Oh, sweet burn! Oh, delectable wound!
    Oh, soft hand! Oh, delicate touch
    That savours of eternal life and pays every debt!
    In slaying, thou hast changed death into life.

    Sa sentenaryo ni Padre Pio, mga kapatid kong pari at relihiyoso na naririto ngayon, tiyakin ninyong sa bawat pagpasok ng mga mananampalataya sa ating mga simbahan ay may apoy pa rin silang maiuuwi at maibabahagi sa kanilang kapwa. Ano ang saysay ng ating naglalakihang mga simbahan kung wala na silang masumpungang ilaw na magbibigay liwanag sa mga kadilimang kailangan nilang harapin sa buhay? Ano ang kabuluhan ng salitang ating ipinahahayag kung wala nang init na naidudulot ito sa mga kaluluwang nanlalamig?

    Minamahal kong mga kapatid sa pagkapari at sa buhay konsagrado, kapag ang ating mga parokya ay naging mga bahay-kalakalan na lamang, kapag nilalagyan natin ng takdang presyo ang mga sakramento at dahil dito’y alangan nang lumapit sa simbahan ang mga dukha, kapag hindi na nila maramdaman na bahagi rin sila ng ating mga pamayanan, ibig sabihin, wala nang apoy sa ating mga simbahan. Kapag wala na tayong madamang malasakit sa mga asawang nabalo at mga anak na naulila ng mga araw-araw na pinapaslang na mga taong napagbibintangang “drug suspect”, kapag hindi na tayo nababahala sa karahasan, sa patayan, sa katiwalian, at sa pagmumura, panlalait, paninirang puri at kasinungalingan. Kapag wala na tayong pakialam sa pagkasira at pagkawasak ng kalikasan at kapaligiran, o sa paglapastangan sa ating pananampalataya, sa panlalait sa ating mga martir at mga banal, kapag tuluyan na nating isinantabi ang kapakanan ng bayan para sa pansariling kapakanan, muling masusumpa ang ating mga bahay-dalanginan at manganganib na mawasak muli ang ating lipunan.

    Ang sakit na naramdaman ni Padre Pio sa kanyang dibdib ay parang apoy na nag-alab sa kanyang puso. Sa mga panahong iyon ng panlalamig ng pananampalataya sa Europa, ang hatid ni Padre Pio ay bagong apoy na nagdulot ng bagong init at liwanag. Sa pagdalaw sa kanya ng libo-libong tao sa San Giovanni Rotondo, para bang sumiklab na muli ang apoy ng kabanalan at kumalat na muli sa buong Italya at sa iba’t ibang sulok ng mundo. Sa paglapit ng taong 2021, bago dumating ang ikalimangdaang taon ng pananampalatayang Kristiyano sa Pilipinas, hilingin nating ang panalangin ng mahal na Santo Padre Pio ay muling magpaningas sa pananampalataya nanlalamig ng maraming mga Pilipino. Hilingin nating ipagsanggalang niya sa mga tukso ng pang-aabuso at mga gawaing nakaiiskandalo ang kaparian sa Pilipinas at sa bawat sulok ng daigdig. Hilingin nating siya ay maging inspirasyon nating lahat sa pagkapari at buhay konsagrado, upang manatiling maalab sa ating mga puso ang pag-ibig ni Kristo, at ang pagsusumikap na manatiling tapat sa pag-ibig na ito sa kabila ng mga sugat na dulot karupukan at kataksilan ng iba.

    Sandali tayong tumahimik at magnilay sa liwanag na dulot ng Salita ng Diyos.

  • UST welcomes heart relic of Padre Pio


    The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas welcomed the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on Monday, October 8, 2018.

    The heart relic departed from the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas at 8:30 a.m. and arrived at the Santísimo Rosario Parish - UST at 10 a.m. where the welcome liturgy was held.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao
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    In celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, a private conference was held immediately after the welcome liturgy.

    Before 12 noon, the heart relic of the Italian priest was venerated by the clergy and religious.

    At 4:30 p.m., the relic was transferred to the Plaza Mayor inside the university where the celebration of the Holy Eucharist was held and was presided over by Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

    Before the final blessing, Bishop David led the Renewal of Vows for priests and religious and a prayer for the sick and for the nation.

    Among the bishops who concelebrated in the Mass were: Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, Jr, DD, Diocese of Novaliches; Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, Diocese of San Pablo, Chairman of CBCP Episcopal Commission on Clergy; Bishop Jacinto Jose, Diocese of Urdaneta;  and Bishop Edgardo Juanich, Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay Palawan. 

    The Mass was followed by a procession from the UST Plaza Mayor to the parish.

    The relic was brought to The Manila Cathedral on October 9, after the send-off Mass at 7:30 a.m. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Mass on the Occasion of the Visit of the Relic of the Heart of St. Padre Pio at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio Sto. Tomas, Batangas, on October 6, 2018


    Homily delivered by Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, DD during Mass on the Occasion of the Visit of the Relic of the Heart of St. Padre Pio National Shrine of St. Padre Pio Sto. Tomas, Batangas, on October 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.


    Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat.

    It is my joy to be with you today as we celebrate this Mass in honor of St. Pio of Pietrelcina - or Padre Pio as he is known worldwide.   I greet His Excellency Archbishop Gilbert Garcera and the Archbishop-Emeritus Ramon Arguelles and I thank them for the warm welcome they accorded me.    I am grateful to Rev. Fr. Joselin Gonda, the Rector and Parish Priest of this National Shrine, for inviting me on your behalf, and giving me the privilege of making a pilgrimage here at the National Shrine dedicated to Padre Pio.  I am happy to see Religious Sisters, some local officials, mothers, fathers, the elderly and the young.  I am moved by the presence of those who are sick, their being here is a manifestation of the power and comfort that can only come from faith.

    I wish to convey to all of you the paternal affection and blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis, whom I represent in this Country.  He has fond memories of his visit in the Philippines and he always keep you, Filipinos, close to his heart.  Please remember to pray for him, especially in this difficult time.

    We are happy to welcome the relic of the heart of Padre Pio in our midst.  But what is the heart of Padre Pio like?   Allow me to share with you three characteristics of the heart of the Saint.

    Photo by Fatima Llanza

    Padre Pio’s heart is a child-like heart.

    In the Gospel, Jesus praises the Father because he revealed the mysteries of his Kingdom to the little ones. Who are these little ones? The little ones are those who are in need of the great, who are not self-sufficient, who do not think that they can rely on themselves alone. 

    The little ones are those who have a humble and open heart, poor and needy, who are aware of the need to pray, to entrust themselves and to let themselves be accompanied. 

    Pope Francis describes the heart of these little ones like an antenna: “...it receives God’s signal, immediately; they notice it immediately. Because God seeks contact with all, but those who make themselves great create enormous disturbance, and God’s intention does not arrive when one is full of oneself, there is no room for God. This is why He prefers the little ones; he reveals himself to them, and the way to encounter him is by abasing oneself, becoming inwardly smaller, acknowledging oneself as in need”.    

    This child-like heart is best expressed in one of Padre Pio’s famous sayings: “Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”  Padre Pio is a model of completely trusting in God and His will for our lives. He understood that there was no reason to worry. Instead of worrying we grow in confidence in God and through our prayer we can deepen our relationship with Him and learn to find comfort, peace and joy in Him even during times of hardship because He keeps our lives in his hands.

    Padre Pio’s heart is a suffering but loving heart.

    Padre Pio was a man whose heart bore numerous sufferings and trials throughout his life with great patience.  He saw in them a way to conform himself more with the Lord Jesus Crucified.  Because of this, his heart was conformed to that of Christ.  

    His unity with the suffering of the Lord became even more concrete when on September 20, 1918, while doing his thanksgiving prayer after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.   It was a great gift but his life became more complicated after that.  These physical batterings left him bruised, bloodied and sleepless on many occasions. Nevertheless, Padre Pio maintained his serenity, abandoning his life into God’s hands.

    He also suffered the calumnies received from ecclesiastical personalities and authorities.  On two occasions (1924 and 1931), the authenticity of the stigmata was put into question. He was prohibited from celebrating the Holy Mass publicly and from hearing confessions. In spite of all these, Padre Pio obeyed without complaining and maintained his calm.  Soon after, these prohibitions were lifted.

    On his Canonization on June 16, 2002 at the St. Peter’s Square, Saint Pope John Paul II, in his homily, said: “The life and mission of Padre Pio prove that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted out of love, are transformed into a privileged way of holiness, which opens onto the horizons of a greater good, known only to the Lord.” 

    Such suffering made him a man of constant prayer, a man of mercy in administering the Sacrament of Confession and a man of charity who saw Jesus in the sick and the suffering whom he wanted to assist with the establishment of a hospital called “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” (Home for Relief of the Suffering).   During his life, a lot of people had recourse to Padre Pio to ask him prayers and intercede for them to God. Many of them were reported cured through the intercession of Padre Pio even when he was still alive. 

    I see many sick people here with us.  Let Padre Pio’s loving heart assure you that you are not alone in your suffering.   You are united with the sufferings of Christ which always lead to the Resurrection, our greatest hope and consolation.

    Padre Pio’s heart is a pure heart.

    The love that filled the heart of Padre Pio made it pure.  Such purity of heart was concretely shown through his being an effective minister of God’s compassion and mercy.  Padre Pio, in his lifetime, reconciled innumerable souls back to God through the sacrament of confession. He was always in great demand as a confessor. People were willing to wait many days and brave any inconvenience in order to make their confession to him. For years, Padre Pio spent the greater part of each day in the confessional. It was for this reason that he was often spoken of as a “martyr of the confessional.”  That is why Pope Francis wanted his body brought to St. Peter’s during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which we have recently celebrated.

    The Lord endowed Padre Pio with extraordinary spiritual charisms for his ministry in the confessional. He was given the gift of reading hearts and of infused knowledge.  It was told that a man once went to St. Giovanni Rotondo to confess to Padre Pio.  When he finished the accusation of his sins Padre Pio said: "Do you have anything else to confess?" and he said, "No Father!" He repeated the question: "Do you have anything else to confess?" "No Father!" For a third time Padre Pio asked him: "Do you have anything else to confess?” At this third negative answer he said firmly with the voice of the Holy Spirit: "Go away! Go away! Because you are not reformed of your sins!"

    A pure heart sees well.  It can see what is good and what is evil   (He can see our hearts too!), and moreover it can discern God’s will.  How can we keep our hearts pure?  Through prayer. “Like all great men of God Padre Pio himself had become prayer, body and soul.  His days were a Rosary lived, that is, a continuous meditation and assimilation of Christ's mysteries in spiritual union with the Virgin Mary”.    And it all culminated in the celebration of holy Mass in which he was fully united with the Crucified and Risen Lord. From the altar, as an ever living source, flowed charity, mercy and compassion.

    Today, in this Shrine, in front of his holy heart, Padre Pio invites us to also entrust our hearts to the Lord; and he says to us: “Where are you going? To Jesus or to your sadness? What are you going back to? To the One who saves you or, to your misery, your regrets, your sins? Come, come, the Lord is awaiting you. Take courage, no reason is so grave as to exclude you from his mercy”.  

    As we continue with the celebration, let us ask Padre Pio to pray for us so that like him, we may have hearts that are child-like, hearts that are loving and hearts that are pure.  

    Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.

     

  • Saint Padre Pio’s Heart Relic to be venerated at UST



    On the day after the solemnity of Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario, the incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a devotee of the Rosary, will be at the University of Santo Tomas and Santísimo Rosario Parish from October 8 to 9, 2018. This is part of the nationwide tour of the relic with the theme, “Healing and Reconciliation.”

    A private conference for clergy and consecrated persons will be held on October 8 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This will be followed by the procession of the relic from the Parish to the UST Plaza Mayor for a Eucharistic Celebration with Kalookan Bishop Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D., as presider. There will be a Renewal of Vows for priests and religious, and a prayer for the sick and for the nation, which are open to everyone.

    The overnight veneration at the Parish church, according to Santísimo Rosario Parish Priest Rev. Fr.Louie R. Coronel, O.P., will also be open to the public beginning 7:00 P.M. of October 8. Visitors may enter UST Gate 7 at Padre Noval street

    The heart relic will be transferred to the Manila Cathedral after the send-offMass at 7:30 A.M. of October 9.

    The visit of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio is organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy (CBCP-ECC) in coordination with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas.

    The visit to UST is part of its tour of the Philippines, which is from October 5 to 26, 2018. The relic will stay in Luzon from October 8 to 11 in the Archdiocese of Manila before being transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Visayas from October 11 to 13, and to the Archdiocese of Davao in Mindanao from October 14 to 16. (University of Santo Tomas)

     

  • Padre Pio’s heart relic arrives in the Philippines


    The incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina arrived in the country on Friday, October 5, 2018.

    The sacred relic arrived at the terminal one of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 10 p.m. from San Giovanni Rotondo in Rome, Italy. It was accompanied by retired Archbishop of Lipa, Ramon Arguelles; Fr. Joselin Gonda, rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas; and two Capuchins. 

     

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

     

    The arrival and welcome rites were followed by a motorcade from NAIA to the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Batangas where the Welcome Mass was presided by Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera on October 6 at around 12:30 a.m.

    A Holy Eucharist was also held at 9 a.m., presided over by Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines. 

    In his homily, Archbishop Caccia shared the three characteristics of the heart of Padre Pio who is also known for his sufferings and trials. According to him, Padre Pio’s heart is a child-like heart, suffering but loving, and pure.

    At the end, Archbishop Caccia emphasized that, “A pure heart sees well. It can see what is good and what is evil, and moreover it can discern God’s will.”

    The relic is staying in the Philippines from October 5-26, 2018 making a round to Luzon from October 8-11 (Archdiocese of Manila), the Visayas from October 11-13 (Archdiocese of Cebu), and Mindanao from October 13-16 (Archdiocese of Davao).  

    It will be brought to San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa, Batangas on October 17 and will stay at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio from October 18-26.

    The historic visit is made possible through the collaboration of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy headed by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, Archdiocese of Lipa, headed by Archbishop Gilbert Garcera, and Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas Batangas.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

    WATCH: Highlights during the veneration of the devotees to the heart relic of St. Padre Pio and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Archbishop Gabriele Caccio, DD, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on October 6, 2018, at 9 a.m.

     

  • Social Media workshop for parish personnel


    The Human Resource Department of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) conducted a two-day seminar maximizing the use of social media in evangelization on September 27 and 28, 2018, at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The seminar entitled “Social Media Skills Enhancement Training Workshop” was participated by the different parish personnel in the Archdiocese of Manila. 

    The activity aims to teach the parish personnel to see and use social media as a way to live out their faith.


    Photo by RCAM-AOC

    Among the topics discussed were – Social Media Jargons, Risks, and Rewards, Visual and Video Storytelling, Experiential Story Telling, Secondary Reflection, Reframing: Outsmarting Fake News, and a crash course on Mobile Photography.

    Guest speakers during the training were Ms. Josh Alfaro of Radio Veritas and Mr. Patrick Manlapaz of the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN).

    On July 22, 2018, RCAM HRDD also conducted the same training for the employees of the different ministries of the Archdiocese. The activity was aimed at responding to the call of becoming a good and effective evangelizer in the digital age. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • “Konek-Tahan” focuses on Evangelization


    The main task of a Social Communications Ministry is to communicate the importance of the message of God.

    Putting into perspective the task of a Social Communications Ministry, Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications pointed out the importance of a social communicator’s ability to evangelize the Word of God during the fourth vicariate visitation in San Felipe Neri on September 22, 2018.

    According to him, a social communicator must reflect the teachings of Christ in words and deeds in various forms of communication in and out of the ministry.

    “There are many ways of saying things. At ito po ang diwa ng ating trabaho sa social communications na when we say things hindi lang ito basta nakakatuwa, nakakaaliw, and people are entertained, rather we say something true,” Fr. Bellen said.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring


    A social communicator, according to him, must remember three important things when partaking in the mission of evangelization namely, the message, medium, and the process.

    “Three things, the message is always about the Word of God. The medium, speak simply as how the Lord being God as he is, he spoke in the language of farmers, of fishermen that they would understand. It is not about him, it is about the message. At huling huli, the process. At some point, you can only do so much. Sana po let God do his work as well hindi po tayo ang mga Kristo,” Fr. Bellen said.

    On August 18, 2018, the ACSC conducted its third visitation in the Vicariate of Saint John the Baptist. It was held at the Arzobispado de Manila coinciding with the SOCOM third general assembly.

    The vicariate visitation is dubbed as “KONEK-TAHAN” that is aimed at encouraging and equipping the ministers/communicators in the parish to utilize their technical skills, develop creativity, and promote catholic faith and values un parish and vicariate levels.

    The ACSC is currently organizing and mobilizing parishes to actively participate in the Church’s evangelization through the mechanism of effective communication. 

    The Vicariate of Saint John the Baptist is composed of the following parishes: Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord, mary the Queen, Territorial/Personal), Archdiocesan Shrine of Mary the Queen of Peace (Our Lady of EDSA) Quasi Parish, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint John the Baptist, Santuario de San Jose, and Santuario de Santo Cristo while the vicariate of San Felipe Neri is composed of Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Welfareville, Saint Dominic Savio, San Felipe Neri, and San Roque respectively. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • CBCP releases prayer for teachers

     

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has released a prayer for Filipino educators to be read in masses on September 29 and 30.

    “The CBCP asks that the special prayer be recited in the anticipated masses on Sept. 29 and in all Sunday masses on Sept. 30,” according to CBCPNews post.

    Photo Credit: The Nazarene Catholic School Facebook Page

    Also according to the post, the prayer was released on September 21, two weeks before the “World Teachers” Day on October 5. The occasion also marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that recognizes the right to education as a social right and a responsibility.

    With the theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” the celebration aims to remind the global community that the right to education cannot be achieved without the right to be trained and be qualified teachers.

    The release of the prayer for Filipino educators is also in celebration of the National Teachers’ Month that calls for the teachers to be blessed by God, and asks to “inspire them to touch the future.”

    “They influence how big a dream we dream for ourselves,” part of the prayer reads.

     

    Here’s the full text of the prayer:

    A PRAYER FOR TEACHERS

    Giver of All Wisdom, Greatest of all Teachers,
    Look upon our teachers with love

    Grant them the resolve,
    To nurture our eager minds
    And to never give up on us who fall behind

    Bless their hearts
    For they rejoice when we succeed
    And encourage us when we fail

    Endow them with gentle patience
    For the path of learning is never easy

    Kindly a spirit of passion in them
    It is the flame that ignites the love of learning in us

    Help them see the potential in each student
    Their belief in us means much more that the grade we make

    Instill in them a commitment to keep on learning
    It shows us to not fear new knowledge and experiences

    Inspire them to touch the future
    They influence how big a dream we dream for ourselves

    Bless our teachers who have come before for their work endures to this day

    Let the light of Your example shine upon all teachers:

    To build up with their words
    To love with their mind
    To share with their heart

    Amen.

     

  • 2018 Parilympics kicks off


    The 2018 Parilympics opened on Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City.

    The annual sports festival hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila held its opening ceremony with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. and was presided by Bishop Nolly Buco of the Diocese of Antipolo. Rev. Fr. Marthy Marcelo led the priests in the recitation of the oath of sportsmanship.

    Archdiocese of Manila
    Photos by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Among the dioceses who joined the opening of the event were Malolos, Imus, Antipolo, and the Archdiocese of Manila including some priests from the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR).

    Parilympic which started in 1995 during the auspice of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila is aimed at promoting unity, friendship, and sportsmanship as well as developing camaraderie among priests.

    In his homily, Bishop Buco reminded the clergy of the value of sportsmanship and healthy competition.

    “Kaya nga sa sports, we are reminded na dapat tayo magpapasalamat, manalo man tayo, natalo tayo. Ang natatalo dapat nagpapasalamat dahil napapasaya nila ang mga nananalo. At ganun din ang nga nananalo dapat nagpapasalamat sa natatalo dahil hindi sila makakatanggap ng reward kung walang natatalo,” Bishop Buco said.

    According to Rev. Fr. Tony Navarette, over-all in charge of the event, the clergy will compete against each other in basketball, volleyball, bowling, tennis, and badminton.

    Basketball will be held for a month while volleyball, bowling, tennis, and badminton will be held on October 4, 2018, at the Philippine Columban in Paco, Manila.

    The schedule of the closing ceremony will be announced soon.

    Diocese of Imus

    Importance and Significance

    Rev. Fr. Bong Bayaras from the Archdiocese of Manila, found joy and excitement by looking at the event as an occasion to bond with his friend priests inside and outside the seminary. It is also a fitting moment to interact with his fellow priests from other dioceses.

    He also noted the significance of spirituality not only in sports or any activities, more so in strengthening brotherhood with other priests.

    “Inaalala din namin siyempre, hindi naman namin pwedeng hubarin yung pagkapari namin pag naglalaro kami. Alalahanin pa rin namin na nakikita parin kami ng mga bata, yung mga seminarista, ng ibang tao na pari kami, na we also bring spirituality sa ginagawa din namin. Hind lang basta physical well-being pero kung paano mo rin kikilalalanin ang iba, paano ka magbi-build ng relationship, paano mo papatibayin yung brotherhood sa mga kapatid na pari,” Fr. Bayaras said.

    Bridging the gap between the diocesan and religious priests, Rev. Fr. Vincent Cadeliña, OAR said that the event is a good opportunity and collaboration among the priests. 

    “Para sa akin, kailanganin din ng collaboration. Meron kasing agwat between diocesan saka mga religious. It’s a good move na merong sumali na mga religious para makilala din in sports not only sa mga meeting na ganyan,” Fr. Cadeliña said.

    According to Fr. Cadeliña, this is the first time that the Clergy of the Order of Augustinian Recollects joins the Parilympics. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    Diocese of Malolos

    Diocese of Antipolo


    Photo gallery: 2018 Parilympic

  • Caritas Manila sends Relief and Rehabilitation Aid to Typhoon Ompong Victims


    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila has given 6 million pesos relief and financial aid to the families affected by typhoon Ompong especially in Northern Luzon.

    Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila, said that a total of 6-million pesos has been donated to the rehabilitation and livelihood of the families affected by Ompong.

    “Marami tayong napadalhan ng relief sa mga biktima ng bagyong Ompong. Ngayon ay nagsimula tayo sa rehabilitation na binubuo ng housing repair at mga livelihood support,”  Fr. Pascual said in an interview by Radio Veritas.


    Fr. Pascual further added that the funds donated for the rehabilitation and livelihood of the victims come from ALAY KAPWA, an annual Lenten Evangelization, and fundraising program of the Roman Catholic Church for social services of the poor and most in need, especially during times of disaster.

    The Church has already distributed a total of 9-million pesos financial aid, rehabilitation of houses, and livelihood support to the affected families of Ompong in the Dioceses of Tuguegarao, Iligan, Tabuk. Laoag, Baguio, and Tarlac.

    Earlier Caritas Manila agave a 1-million pesos financial aid to the five dioceses affected by typhoon Ompong that made a landfall in Northern Luzon last September 15, 2018. A typhoon proof chapel will be built and will serve as the evacuation center during calamities. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Padre Pio’s holiness in the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons


    Finding the visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio timely in the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of The Manila Cathedral, urged his fellow priests to draw inspiration from the life and sufferings of the saint.

    “Nawa sa taong ito ng mga pari at ng mga taong nagtalaga sa Diyos, makita naming si Padre Pio bilang isang magandang halimbawa ng aming pagsunod sa Panginoon, sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng aming mga tungkulin ng buong katapatan at sa pamamagitan din ng pagbabata ng aming paghihirap sa katahimikan bilang pagsunod sa kalooban ng Diyos,”  Fr. Malicdem said.


    Clergy from the different dioceses and archdioceses attend the celebration of the Holy Eucharist during the third day of PCNE5
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    He reflected on the life of Padre Pio who lived in San Giovanni Rotondo in Foggia, Italy and spent his life as a Capuchin Friar. During his ministry, there were controversies and suspicions on him receiving the stigmata. He was brought to a secluded place and was not allowed to perform his priestly duties. 

    The holiness of Padre Pio was reflected during those times when he embraced with obedience and an open heart the pain he bore from the wounds of Christ.

    “Si Padre Pio, hindi lang naman s’ya gumawa ng mga karaniwang ginagawa ng isang pari, nagmimisa, nagpapakumpisal, nangangaral, yung kabanalan ni Padre Pio ay nakita rin natin dun sa kan’yang tahimik na pagbabata ng paghihirap, at pakikiisa sa paghihirap ni Kristo. Alam nating lahat na sakan’yang katawan dinala rin ni Padre Pio yung mga sugat ni Hesus,”  Fr. Malicdem said.

    In the observance of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, where the Church is being castigated by various issues, Fr. Malicdem urged his brother priests to respond to the call of holiness by carrying out with joy and ardor their own sufferings and mission of evangelization.

    “Maraming pagsubok sa daigdig na ito, maraming pag-uusig ang hinaharap ng simbahan at maraming pag-uusig, lalong-lalo na sa mga namumuno sa Simbahan. Pero sa tahimik na pagbabata nito, sa tahimik na pagdadala nito sa aming mga puso bilang pakikibahagi namin sa paghihirap, sa pagdurusa ni Kristo, doon nagkakaroon din kami ng kabanalan,”  Fr. Malicdem said.

    According to a circular letter released by the Archdiocese of Manila, the visit of the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio will highlight the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Person. 

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission of the Clergy (CBCP-ECC), in cooperation with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas is hosting the visit of the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio to the Philippines from October 5-26, 2018.

    The heart relic will be in Luzon (October 8-11), Visayas (October 11-13), and Mindanao (October 14-16).

    Part of the Luzon visit, the heart relic will be in the University of Santo Tomas on October 8, 2018. The whole day is dedicated for the Priests and Consecrated Persons. From October 9-11, 2018, the relic will be in Manila Cathedral. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archbishop Abaya dies at 89


    Archbishop Emeritus of Nueva Segovia passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

    According to a post on the CPCB website, Archbishop Abaya died at around 3 p.m. at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. He was 89.

    Photo credit: www.cbcpwebsite.com

    Abaya was the first appointee of the late pope-turned-saint John Paul II as bishop in the Philippines.

    He was born on January 19, 1929, in Candon, Ilocos Sur and was ordained a priest for Nueva Segovia in 1953. He was appointed the third bishop of Laoag in 1978 and served the diocese for two decades.

    In 1999, he was elevated as archbishop of Nueva Segovia, making him the first Ilocos Sur native to serve the post. 

    He served the pastoral ministry for 65 years until his retirement as archbishop in 2005.

    During his active years in the ministry, Abaya had served as chairman of the CBCP’s Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs from 1988 to 1989.

    He was also a member of the CBCP Permanent Council from 1990 to 1991. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Visit of the incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio set at the Manila Cathedral


    Devotees of Padre Pio will have a chance to venerate the incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at the Manila Cathedral from October 9 – 11, 2018. 

    The sacred relic will arrive at the Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018, with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m.   It will depart from the cathedral to Cebu on October 11, 2018, with a farewell Mass at 6 a.m.

    The cathedral will be open 24 hours to allow the devotees of Padre Pio to venerate his relic. Confessions will also be available.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral said the visit is significant because this year marks the Centenary of Padre Pio’s receiving the stigmata (the five wounds of Jesus) on September 20 and the golden anniversary of his death on September 23. He also said that the Manila Cathedral is blessed to be visited by the heart relic because this year is the 60th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Manila Cathedral postwar.

    The historic visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio who died in 1968 at San Giovanni Rotondo in Foggia, Italy, shows that like us, he is also human who lived in this world and endured a lot of sufferings and tried to be holy.

    …ang isang mahalagang makita natin sa kan’yang pagdalaw sa atin, yung kan’yang puso ay katulad din ng ating puso at yung kan’yang puso na inilaan n’ya sa Diyos, sana ganun din tayo, ilaan natin yung ating mga puso sa Diyos ang ating buong buhay sa Diyos,” Fr. Malicdem said.

    Fr. Malicdem also asked the faithful to continue praying to Padre Pio the grace of having a heart that is rooted in the profound love of the Lord for mankind.

    “Humingi tayo ng panalangin kay Padre Pio, kasi alam natin kahit noong nabubuhay pa s’ya napakabisa ng kan’yang panalangin. Maraming dumarayo sa kan’ya upang humingi ng kan’yang panalangin sapagkat alam natin na ang isang pusong nakatalaga sa Diyos, ay dinirinig ng Diyos, kaya sa paglapit natin sa kan’ya dalin natin yung mga hinaing ng ating puso, dalin natin yung mga dinadala natin sa ating buhay,” Fr. Malicdem said.

    The visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio is organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy (CBCP-ECC) in coordination with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas Batangas.

    The relic will stay in the Philippines from October 5-26, 2018 making a round to Luzon from October 8-11 (Archdiocese of Manila), the Visayas from October 11-13 (Archdiocese of Cebu), and Mindanao from October 14-16 (Archdiocese of Davao).  

    It will be brought to San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa, Batangas on October 17 and will stay at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio from October 18-26. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

    Schedule of the visit  of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio to the Philippines

    Schedule of Visit at the University of Santo Tomas and The Manila Cathedral 

  • Caritas Manila to build “Typhoon-proof chapel”


    Caritas Manila, the Social Service Arm of the Archdiocese of Manila aims to continue its program for the construction of a “typhoon-proof chapel" in various provinces that were affected by typhoon Ompong.

    In an article posted in the website of Radio Veritas, Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila said, there were 74 3-in-1 chapels built in Leyte and Samar after the 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda.

    “Matibay ang ating chapels sa Visayas yung tinamaan ng Yolanda 3-and-1 ‘yan. Kahit ang tinamaan ng bagyong Sendong sa Visayas at Mindanao matibay na ang mga chapels natin na puwedeng gamitin evacuation center may mga CR yan it can withstand 250 kph, strong winds hanggang 250 kph nasubukan na ‘yan. At ‘yan ang gusto nating replicate sa mga lalawigan,”  Fr. Pascual said.


    During the fury of typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut), several churches in Northern Luzon were destroyed including St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Gattaran, Cagayan.

    Ompong landed in the Philippines on September 15, 2018, at 1:30 in the morning.

    According to Fr. Pascual who is also the President of Radio Veritas, the said “typhoon-proof chapels” can be used as a church, training, and evacuation centers and can withstand a wind power of 240 kilometers per hour.

    Fr. Pascual also added that Caritas Manila has also built a large warehouse, training center, ambulance, and 40 ft. container van in Tagum, Mindanao that can be used for rescue operations during calamities.

    “It can go anywhere in Mindanao. Meron syang mobile clinic, office at rescue natin at magre-replicate din tayo sa Visayas,” Fr. Pascual added.

    Earlier, Caritas Manila sent a million pesos help to the different archdiocese and dioceses that were affected by typhoon Ompong in Luzon.  (Marian Navales Pulgo/Radio Veritas and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • Caritas Manila calls for donations for 'Ompong' victims

    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila is appealing to the faithful for prayers and donations for the victims of typhoon Ompong (International name "Mangkhut").
    Typhoon Ompong brings heavy rains that caused massive flooding to the different provinces in Luzon particularly in Cagayan and Isabela.  
     Donations maybe in cash and kind:
    - Food (rice, munggo, sugar, salt, pancit malunggay/kalabasa or bihon, canned vegetables, dried fish
    - Non-food items like water, hygiene kits, mats, blankets and towels, clothes, new underwear
    - Cash for shelter materials
    Cash donations may be deposited at the following bank accounts:
    Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc.
    BDO S/A: 5600-45905
    BPI S/A: 3063-5357-01
    Metrobank S/A: 175-3-175069543
    or any Cebuana Lhuiller branch
    Donations may also be dropped off at 2002 Jesus St. Pandacan, Manila. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)
  • Ministry on Bible Apostolate to hold Parish Bible Formation


    The Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Bible Apostolate will hold a Parish Bible Formation on September 15, October 13, and November 10, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex in Guadalupe, Makati City.     

    The formation entitled, “Introduction on the Gospels for the Parish Bible Apostolate Coordinators in the Archdiocese of Manila” is aimed at equipping the coordinators with the basic knowledge of the Books of the Bible especially the Gospels. 

    The formation also serves as a requirement for the Commissioning of the Parish Biblical Apostolate Coordinators (PBAC) as well as preparation for the participation in other programs offered by the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) and Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate – National Capital region (ECBA-NCR).

    Rev. Fathers Rolando Garcia, Jr., RCAM-MBA Director and Adonis Saclolo will be the speakers during the formation.

    Each parish in the Archdiocese of Manila may send two participants to join the formation who have been named coordinators by the Parish Biblical Apostolate together with the endorsement letter from their parish priest.

    A registration fee of P1,000.00 will be collected for the said dates of formation.

    A Certificate of Completion will be given to those who will attend the formation.

    For inquiries, please call RCAM MBA at cellphone number 0919-2166744 and look for Sister Leysis or email at rcam.mba@gmail.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • CEAP-NCR launches “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” month


    The Catholic Education Association of the Philippines National Capital region (CEAP-NCR) Advocacy Committee officially launched the “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” month at the Don Bosco Technical College in Mandaluyong City on September 7, 2018.

    Rev. Fr. Atilano “Nonong” Fajardo, CM-Chairman of CEAP-NCR Advocacy Committee, said that the campaign is aimed at promoting and inculcating honesty, integrity, and generosity to the students.  According to him, it is also a way for the Catholic schools to fully participate in responding to the social issues our country is facing nowadays.

    “Ngayong araw po ay nilo-launch ng CEAP-NCR Advocacy Commission na nagkataon ako din po ang head ito pong Huwag Kang Magnakaw Month, sinisimulan po natin sa lahat ng Eskwelahan yung initiative po for honesty, Integrity and Generosity para po nang sa ganun ang bawat eskwelahan po ay patuloy na magbigay ng kanilang mga pwedeng ipakita na ang Catholic School pala ay talagang bahagi nung pagbabago ng bayan…,”  Fr. Fajardo said in an interview by Radio Veritas.



    However, Fr. Fajardo who is also the head of the Archdiocese of Manila Public Affairs Ministry pointed out that change must begin from within a person’s heart, by living out the slogan printed on the “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” shirt to help promote the campaign.

    CEAP-NCR is consists of 173 member Catholic schools from the eight dioceses in the National Capital Region.

    On December 16, 2014, the Catholic Church officially launched in the Philippines the “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” t-shirt drive that was taken from the Seventh Commandment, “Thou Shall not Steal”.

    The campaign aims to show the Filipinos’ sentiments on the corruption in the government. (Reyn Letran/Radio Veritas and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Penafrancia visits St. Joseph Parish in Tondo


    The pilgrim image of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia visits the St. Joseph Parish in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila from September 5-13, 2018.

    The parishioners of St. Joseph Parish welcomed the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia with a multitude of colorful balloons and confetti and with songs of joys and hymn of praises.

    Photo by Eijay Valerio de Paz/SOCOM Minister - St. Joseph Parish

    Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon, parish priest of St. Joseph led the welcome Mass on September 5, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Sister Pablita Lagasca led the Panalangin ng Pagtanggap to the Blessed Mother at the opening of the Mass.

    In his homily, Fr. Tuazon reflected on the various miraculous deeds of the Blessed Mother in the lives of the faithful and how these miracles affect their faith in God.

    On September 11, a Healing Mass will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the Manto Imposition of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia while on September 12, a Solemn farewell Mass will be held at 6:30 p.m. to be followed by a procession at 7:30 p.m.

    The image will be brought back to Naga on September 13, 2018. (Eijay Valerio de Paz/SOCOM Minister - St. Joseph Parish)

     

  • Heart Relic of Padre Pio to visit Philippines in October


    The incorrupt image of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina will be in the Philippines from October 6-26, 2018.

    The heart relic will arrive on the evening of October 5, 2018, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).  It will be followed by a motorcade to the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas where the welcome Mass will be held between 1-2 a.m. on October 6, 2018.

    During a press conference held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Batangas, said that the heart relic will be brought to the three major islands of the country, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Padre Pio’s heart relic will visit Luzon on October 8-10 and will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila while the visit in the Visayas will take place on October 11-13 and will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu. The Mindanao visit is scheduled on October 14-16 and will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Davao.

    On October 17, the heart relic will go back to Batangas where a concelebrated Mass will be held at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa City. After the Mass, it will proceed to the Capuchin Monastery at Brgy. San Sebastian in the city for the exclusive veneration of the Capuchins of the Philippines.  The Saint belongs to the Capuchin branch of the Franciscan Order.

    On October 18, the relic stays at the National Shrine, and a round the clock veneration takes place until its departure on October 26, after, a farewell Mass at 9:00 in the morning.

    In a press release, Fr. Gonda noted that this year will mark two milestones in the life of Padre Pio.

    “First, on September 20, we will commemorate the Centennial (100 years) of Padre Pio’s receiving the stigmata (the five wounds of Jesus).  Second, we will celebrate his golden death anniversary (50 years) on September 23,” explained Fr. Jojo Gonda when asked why he thought of inviting the heart relic to the National Shrine. 

    “The visit of the heart relic is a fitting epilogue to these two important events in the life of St. Padre Pio. Besides, it is the Year of the Clergy and the Consecrated Persons. Padre Pio,  given as a role model for them, can be an inspiration and challenge to us to have a heart like his, close to the Eucharistic and forgiving heart like the Lord,” he added.

    The Philippines is the fourth country that this heart relic will visit. It has already visited the United States, Paraguay, and Argentina. 

    The historic visit is made possible through the collaboration of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy headed by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, Archdiocese of Lipa, headed by Archbishop Gilbert Garcera, and Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas Batangas.

    Saint Padre Pio was born on May 25, 1887, and died in 1968 at San Giovanni Rotondo in Foggia, Italy where he spent his entire life as a Capuchin Friar. 

    The Parish of St. Padre Pio in San Pedro, Sto. Tomas, Batangas was initially established at the chapel of Barangay San Pedro on June 28, 2003, by His Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales, D.D. (Archbishop Emeritus of Manila), then Archbishop of Lipa. 

    On July 11, 2015, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) voted unanimously to declare this Shrine as National Shrine of St. Padre Pio. This is the first shrine to be declared as a national shrine in the Archdiocese of Lipa, in the whole province of Batangas. The Solemn Declaration was held on September 14, 2015. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Radio Veritas holds Marian Healing Exhibit


    Radio Veritas 846, the Catholic radio station in the AM band of the Archdiocese of Manila holds Marian Exhibit from September 1-16, 2018 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.

    On its 12th year of informing and propagating the devotion to the Blessed Mother, the exhibit entitled, “Marian Healing Exhibit” highlights canonically crowned and popular venerated images as well as life-sized images of the Blessed Virgin
    Mary from various parts of the country. 

    Photo by Carl Geronimo/Radio Veritas

    The formal opening and blessing of the exhibit was held on September 1, 2018, and was led by Rev. Fr. Bong Bonggayan, Assistant to the President of Radio Veritas. He was joined by Miss Lolit Deala, Veritas846 Marketing Collaterals Head.

    Aside from its mission of spreading the role of Mary in the life of the faithful, Radio Veritas President Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual said that it is also an opportunity to prepare for the celebration of the 500th years of Christianity in the Philippines and the feast of the Nativity of Mary.

    “Our main goal for this event is to bring a remarkable experience to all the devotees and Catholic faithful as it is our way of helping them strengthen and deepen their faith to the Blessed Mother,” Pascual said.

    “As we all know the Catholic Church is also preparing for the celebration of the Nativity of Mary and this event is also a good opportunity for all the devotees to strengthen their faith to the Blessed Mother. That is why we are encouraging them to join and support this event,” he added.

    The exhibit is free and open to the public during mall hours from 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

    For inquiries, please call Ms. Renee Jose or Mr. Lawrence Valdez at (02) 925-7932 to 39 local 129. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Laudato Si Conference opens 6th Season of Creation


    The Archdiocese of Manila will open its 6th Season of Creation and the 3rd World Day of  Prayer for Creation with a Laudato Si Conference during the Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium in Paco Manila, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The theme for this year’s celebration is “Go and Repair my house, which, as you can see, lies in ruins.” A timely call for all of us during this time of global ecological crisis. Pope Francis reminded us in his message during the 3rd year anniversary of the encyclical, Laudato Si.



    The conference will develop the Laudato Si theme of Integral Ecology and inspire us to the Ecological Conversion that most of us need to undergo in order to help repair the damage done to God’s creation.

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will deliver a talk on Laudato Si and Ecological Conversion at 8:45 a.m. and will preside the Holy Eucharist at 4:00 p.m.

    Aside from the various talks on Laudato Si, Archdiocese of Manila will also launch its campaign of addressing plastic pollution through  Ecobrick Workshop and demonstration of the use of the finished product. Ecobrick is the most practical, simple and accessible technology that everyone can participate.

    From September 2 to October 6, one Laudato Si chapter from the Faith Exposed Video of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will be shown before the start of every Sunday Mass as a way of continuing education and call to ecological conversion.

    Meanwhile, all the parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila will celebrate the Season of Creation from September 2, 2018 to October 6, 2018 with various concrete activities like Ecobrick and LampAraw assembling as witnessing to the proper care of our common Home.

    His Holiness Pope Francis proclaimed September 1, 2015, as the World Day of Prayer for Creation. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • PITONG DAHILAN BAKIT TAYO TUTOL SA CHARTER CHANGE AT PEDERALISMO?

     
    Sa kasalukuyan, may tatlong proposal ang inilabas tungkol sa balangkas ng Pederal Konstitusyon. Una ay mula sa Resolution ng Both Houses No. 8 na isinumite ni Cong. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. at Eugene Michael De Vera, ikalawa ay mula sa PDP-Laban sa pamumuno ni Sen. Koko Pimintel at ikatlo ay mula sa Consultative Committee na binuo ni Pangulong Duterte, at pinamunuan ni retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno. Narito ang mga dahilan kung bakit tayo tumututol sa panukalang baguhin ang Saligang Batas at palitan ang porma ng gobyerno patungong Pederalismo:

    1. Hindi dapat Constituent Assembly ang paraan ng pagbabago ng Konstitusyon dahil mga pulitiko rin ang huhugis ng mga pagbabago at hindi malayong maglagay sila ng mga probisyon na papabor sa kanilang personal na interes gaya ng pagpapalawig ng kanilang termino. Ang dapat ay Constitutional Convention kung saan ang mamamayang Pilipino ang pipili ng mga taong pinagkakatiwalaan nilang maghugis ng bagong Konstitusyon. Lalo lamang mamamayagpag ang mga political dynasties na animo’y hari at reyna sa kanilang mga rehiyon o probinsya.

    2. Sa kasalukuyang Konstitusyon, hindi maaaring makipagkasundo ang gobyerno sa mga korporasyon na hindi 60% na pag-aari ng Filipino tungkol sa paggamit o pagkatas ng likas na yaman ng ating bayan. Sa mga panukala, ito ay papayagan depende sa batas na gagawin ng Regional o Federal Government.

    3. Sa kasalukuyang Konstitusyon, hindi maaaring paupahan sa pribadong korporasyon ang ating lupang agrikultural nang higit sa 25 taon at higit sa isang libong ektarya. Hindi rin maaaring paupahan sa isang Filipino ang ating lupang agrikultural na higit sa 500 ektarya at hindi rin maaaring makatanggap ang isang Filipino ng lupang agrikultural mula sa gobyerno na higit sa 12 ektarya. Sa mga panukala ay aalisin ang ganitong mga limitasyon.

    4. Sa kasalukuyang Konstitusyon, bawal mag-ari ang mga dayuhan ng lupang pribado sa Pilipinas, maliban kung ito ay minana, o kung ang isang korporasyon ay 60% na pag-aari ng mga Filipino. Sa mga panukala ay aalisin ang ganitong mga restriksyon.

    5. Ganito rin aspeto ng public utilities gaya ng kuryente, langis, tubig, transportasyon, komunikasyon, at mass media. Ang ating konstitusyon ay nagtatalaga ng limitasyon na tanging mga Filipino o mga korporasyong may 60% pagmamay-aring Filipino lamang ang maaring magnegosyo. Sa mga panukala, binibigyan ang Regional o Federal government ng kalayaan na magpapasok ng mga dayuhan na magnegosyo sa mga industryang ito.

    6. Maliban dito ay siguradong tataas ang buwis na ipapataw sa mamamayan dahil kailangang tustusan ng buwis na ito ang laki at lawak ng bagong istruktura at operasyon ng bagong pederal na gobyerno. Maraming bagong ahensiya at opisina ng gobyerno ang itatatag upang umandar ang rehiyonal o pederal na istruktura. Siguradong mas malupit ang hagupit nito sa Train Law.

    7. Tatamaan din ng Pederalismo ang sektor ng mga manggagawa dahil maaaring sa iba’t-ibang rehiyon ay maging iba’t-iba na ang depenisyon ng regular na manggagawa at kontraktwalisasyon. Lalong gugulo ang batas ukol sa paggawa dahil dedepende na sa mga rehiyon ang mga bagong depinisyon ng batas.

    Ang Charter Change at Pederalismo ay panlinlang lamang sa tunay na agenda na ibukas ang yaman ng Pilipinas sa mga dahuyan. Higit na maghihirap ang mga mahihirap kung mawawala ang mga proteksyon at limitasyon na itinalaga ng kasalukuyang Konstitusyon. Bibigyan ang mga dayuhan ng karapatan na mag-ari ng mga lupang pribado, lupang agrikultural at public utilities. Lalo nang mawawalan ng espasyo ang mga Filipino sa kaniyang sariling bayan. Lalong maghihirap ang magsasaka, manggagawa, maralitang taga-lungsod, at mga katutubo. Hindi natin ito dapat payagan. Hindi man perperkto ay sapat na ang 1987 Constitution upang paginhawahin ang buhay ng mga Filipino. Wala sa porma ng gobyerno ang problema kundi nasa korupsyon at kapabayaan ng mga namumuno na inuuna ang mga interes ng mga dayuhan at mga dambuhalang namumuhunan.

    CHARTER CHANGE AT PEDERALISMO, 

    HINDI MAKABUBUTI PARA SA MGA MAHIHIRAP.

    TUTULAN!


    Commission on Social Services and Development
    Archdiocese of Manila
    August 2018

  • PAHAYAG NG PAKIKIISA AT PAGGUNITA SA ARAW NG MGA BAYANI



    Sa araw na ito, isa ang Church Labor Conference (CLC) sa paggunita at pagpupugay sa ating mga naging bayani na nanindigan para sa prinsipyo at kapakanan ng bansang Pilipinas.

    Nagpupugay rin ang CLC sa mga buhay na bayani mula sa hanay ng mamamayan tulad ng: mga manggagawa; magsasaka; OFWs na nagbubuhos ng dugo at pawis para sa pag-unlad ng tao at lipunan. Subalit, higit lalong humirap ang kalagayan ng mga manggagawa at sambayanang Pilipino sa ilalim ng bagong administrasyon.

    Nananatili ang sistemang kontraktwalisasyon sa kabila ng EO51 at DO174; umabot na sa higit 10 milyon ang walang trabaho; nagtaasan ang mga bilihin at serbisyo na di kayang tugunan ng kakarampot na sweldo. Biktima ng matinding karahasan dulot ng giyera sa droga ang mga mahihirap samantalang nananatiling malaya ang nagnenegosyo ng droga.

    Nasaan ang pangakong pagbabago at kaunlaran? Bakit lalong nalugmok sa kahirapan at karahasan ang sambayanan? Ayon nga sa pahayag ng simbahan sa usaping panglipunan: ang mabuhay ng may dangal ay pagkilala at paggalang sa karapatan (ng mga manggagawa) sa regular na trabaho; sapat na sweldo nang sa gayun ay matugunan ang pangangailangan nila bilang tao – para sa pagkain; pagpapaaral; pabahay at iba pang batayang pangangilangan.

    Hindi lasap ng manggagawa’t mahihirap ang “Change is coming” ng rehimeng Duterte. Pinapatay na nga ng mababang sahod, nagtataasang mga bilihin, at kontraktwal na paggawa. Maari pang maging biktima o “collateral damage” ng gyera kontra droga. Kapag nangahas namang lumaban sa ganitong kasuklam-suklam na kalagayan gaya ng mga manggagawa ng NutriAsia na sinagupa ng pulisya’t mga goons ng kapitalista. Ang kabalintunaan, marami sa kanila ang kasama sa 16 milyon na botante’t tagahanga ni Duterte noong nakaraang halalan.

    Ngunit bayani man kung ituring ang mga manggagawa, kami ay hindi mga martir. Dumating na ang panahong nagsawa na kami sa pagtitiis at pagsasawalang-kibo. Ubos na ang aming pasensya sa krisis sa kabuhayan at sa paghahari ng inhustisya sa lipunan.

    Ang taong simbahan ay nakikiisa sa paglaban ng mga manggagawa upang tunay na maghari sa lupa ang kaharian at kapayapaan ng Diyos – hindi ng pera, pulitika at karahasan. Nararapat lamang, kung gayon, na makiisa ang simbahan sa mga pagsusulong ng manggagawa sa mga karapatan sa regular na trabaho, sapat na sweldo, pag-oorganisa at sa pagpapatatag ng kanilang hanay.

    Nagkakaisang-tinig kaming ipinapaabot sa gobyernong ito ang kanyang obligasyon na magkaloob ng disenteng trabaho at buhay sa kanyang mamamayan lalo ng mga mahihirap. Ito ay mahalagang responsibilidad bilang mga opisyal sa serbisyo publiko. Isaprayoridad ang kapakanan ng mga manggagawa at sambayanan!. Itigil ang kontraktwalisasyon!


    Agosto 27, 2018
    Church Labor Conference (CLC)


     

     

  • RCAM Personnel participate in Emergency Drill


    Personnel of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) housed in Arzobispado de Manila participated in Shelter-In-Place and Fire Evacuation Drills on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at their office in Intramuros, Manila. It is aimed at preparing and ensuring the readiness of the community in responding to various types of crisis and disasters.

    The Station Commander of Intramuros Fire Sub-Station Chief Inspector Jema B. Wee and her team witnessed the drills. 

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Shelter-In-Place Drill (in situations where there is an imminent threat to one’s safety)

    The rapid ringing of the bell signaled the beginning of the drill at 4 in the afternoon while two unidentified men entered the building. Employees inside their offices closed and locked the doors and windows, and sought cover. Lights were turned off and mobile phones and other devices were turned into silent mode.

    Those employees outside the room or those who are in the lobby, stairs, and hallway looked for a safe and secure place.  They also placed their gadgets into silent mode. 

    Everyone was in silence until an announcement over the Public Address (PA) system was made that ended the drill.

    FIRE EVACUATION

    A few minutes after the first drill, the fire alarm was activated. All the employees came out from their rooms carrying their personal belongings. Some brought with them important documents and laptop. Members of the RCAM disaster team immediately guided the employees in proceeding to the parking lot designated as the evacuation area. The Disaster Team made sure that no employees were left inside the building.

    Last August 2, 2018, an Earthquake and Compound Shutdown Drills were also conducted to familiarize the employees what to do in case an actual earthquake and other emergency happen.

    The Emergency Drill was organized by Emergency Response Team composed of volunteer employees from the different department. ERT is chair by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Message delivered by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo during the Thanksgiving Mass for the 14th year anniversary of Pondo ng Pinoy at the Manila Cathedral on August 12, 2018, at 11 a.m.


    Kagabi po nung kasagsagan ng ulan at hangin, may natanggap akong text message, “Bishop, tuloy ba bukas ang ating caravan?” At ang sagot ko sa text message, “Oo, tuloy, nakasakay naman kayo sa sasakyan. Hindi naman kayo mababasa.” 

    Pero ang malalim pong dahilan ay sapagkat ang “Pondo ng Pinoy” ay tanda po ng katapatan, ng perseverance. So anumang panahon, tag-ulan man, tag-init, bumabagyo man o hindi tuluy-tuloy ang “Pondo ng Pinoy”. Kaya nga po tayo naka-14 na taon na dahil po rito. At alam niyo po ang mahirap sa “Pondo ng Pinoy”, ang ha… ang hamon sa Pondo ng Pinoy ay hindi yung bente-singko na ibinibigay. Madali lang naman magbigay ng bente-singko. Yung hamon ay yung araw-araw, palagian ‘no. ‘Yan ang pinakahamon sapagkat ang “Pondo ng Pinoy” ay hindi po fund-raising project kasi ang lahat ng fund-raising project ay may katapusan; pagpagpagawa ng simbahan, tapos na ang simbahan, tapos na ang fund-raising natin. |

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Pero ito po ay sinabi nga ng ating mahal na Cardinal ay evangelization program, ine-evangelize tayo, ibig sabihin binabago tayo. Ano yung binabago sa atin? Na araw-araw po naiisip natin ang mga mahihirap at may ginagawa tayong kongkreto araw-araw kahit na bente-singko lang. So, hindi lang yung naiisip ‘no kasi pwede naman silang isipin araw-araw pero yung araw-araw may ginagawa tayong kongkreto kaya ibig sabihin binubuksan ang puso natin araw-araw; sa pagbibigay ng bente-singko. So, yun po ang ating “Pondo ng Pinoy”. Naging mahirap ba? 

    Naramdaman niyo ba? Gumaan yung bulsa niyo dahil sa araw-araw na bente-singko na ibinibigay niyo? Gumaan ba ang bulsa niyo? Nahirapan ba kayo sa budget? Hindi naman siguro pero alam niyo po ngayong taon, dito lang sa Archdiocese of Manila, nakalikom tayo ng higit na 8 milyon. (CLAPS) ‘Yan po ay sa Archdiocese of Manila lang, isang taon lang ng pagbibigay natin ng patak-patak nang gano’n ni hindi natin naramdaman pero ang rami na pong natulungan niyan. 

    Maraming napa-aral, maraming napakain, nabigyan ng gamot, nakapatayo ng bahay, nabigyan ng puhunan sa hanapbuhay dahil po sa hindi natin nararamdaman pero araw-araw nagpapatak tayo. Ano pa kaya kung mas marami ang magpapatak-patak? Sana maging leksyon sa atin itong tag-ulan. Yung ulan po, sa totoo lang naman, patak-patak na tubig yan. Hindi naman isang buhos na tubig, patak-patak yan. Ngunit patak-patak nang sabay-sabay at patak-patak nang palagian, bumabaha ang Maynila dahil sa patak-patak na ‘yon. So, gano’n din po sa atin sa “Pondo ng Pinoy”, kahit patak-patak lang kung lahat tayo at palagian, malaki po ang maitutulong. Pero ang “Pondo ng Pinoy” ay hindi lang pagbibigay nang patak-patak. 

    Una po ‘yan po’y promotion, pino-promote natin sa iba. Kaya yung ginawa nating caravan kanina palagay ko maganda parang binulabog natin ang buong Archdiocese sa ating mga caravan na ipinakita buhay pa ang “Pondo ng Pinoy”. Labing apat na taon na tayo pero tuluy-tuloy sana ang ating promotion. At pagkatapos kasama ng promotion ay education. I-educate natin ang mga tao na magkaroon ng concern sa mga mahihirap, na magkaroon po tayo ng kongkretong ginagawa, educate natin sila na yan po’y mahalaga sa mata ng Diyos. Ang mga details ay mahalaga para sa kabanalan natin. Hindi yung mga big acts na paminsan-minsan lang naibibigay. Yung details ng araw-araw na paggawa yan po ang nagpapabanal sa’tin. Kailangan po natin ng education at ang resulta ng education yung patak-patak na ibinibigay natin. 

    Pero may isa pa tayong programa diyan, kailangan natin ng projects kasi maraming mahihirap, maraming nangangailangan. May pera ang “Pondo ng Pinoy” pero kaunti po yung project natin. Tulad ng ngayon taon sa Archdiocese of Manila, may nakalaan po sa ating 3 million, allotted sa ating Archdiocese. May 3 projects lamang na na-approve. Ang halaga ay 800,000 lang. Hindi naman nasayang yung pera kasi yan ang hindi natin nagamit, nagamit ng ibang probinsya, nagamit din ng ibang dioceses pero marami ring mahirap dito sa atin kaya gumawa rin kayo ng project. May mga nagre-reklamo, ang hirap kasing gumawa ng project. Masyadong istrikto ang ating National Office. Natural istrikto sila kasi yan ay pera ng mga mahihirap. O kaya nga dapat pangalagaan na talagang tatama sa tulong sa mga mahihirap. Hindi nasasayang. Kaya chine-check yung project, maayos ba yan, nakakatulong ba talaga sa mahihirap yan, sino ba ang patutunguhan niyan, ano yung mga reports ninyo? Talagang hinihingi yan kasi yan ay pera ng mahihirap. Hindi pwede yang waldasin. 

    So, ‘yan po yung apat na gawain ng “Pondo ng Pinoy”; promotion, education, yung patak-patak ng cramps, yung contribution at pagkatapos yung project. Kayong lahat na nandito kahit natag-ulan, thank you very much for coming. Sana kayo ngayon ay mga mensahero na ng “Pondo ng Pinoy”. Taga-pagpadala kayo sa inyo-inyong mga parokya, vicariato tungkol dito. Pwede kayong makasama kung saan man. Pwede kayong sa promotion, pwede kayong sumama sa education, pwede kayong sumama sa taga-bilang ng pera ‘no, taga-submit ng pera kasi marami rin problema natin. Mga bente-singko na hindi nabibilang sa inyong mga parokya ‘no kaya kailangan din natin ng taga-pangalaga sa ating koleksyon. At kailangan din natin ng taga-pangalaga sa project, gumawa ng project at magpatupad ng project. Kaya congratulations, susunod tayo next year, 15th year anniversary. Sana po next year, pagsikapan nating lahat na sa 15th year anniversary, kaya kaya nating maabot ang 10 million? Kaya kaya? Depende yan kung nagpo-promote kayo at nage-educate tayo, maaabot natin yung 10 million na ‘yon. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. (CLAPS)

  • Pocket Newscasting highlighted in recent media convention


    “Duyog Ta, Bai”
    emerged as the winner of the pocket newscasting during the 4th National Catholic Media Convention.

    Among the five entries of pocket newscasting during the media convention, “Duyog Ta, Bai” or “We Accompany Each Other” won the championship award for producing the news reporting video in the 4th National Catholic Media Convention held at Mergrande Ocean Resort, Davao City last August 6-9, 2018.

    “Duyog  Ta, Bai” is a three-minute video that featured the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people at the Kadayawan Village in Davao City.

    Datu Jaime of the Manobo Tribe
    Kadayawan Village
    Magsaysay, Davao City

    Photo by Abert Gerez/Diocese of Pasig

    The Kadayawan Cultural Village

    The Kadayawan Cultural Village in Magsaysay Park becomes a place for culture and peace. The village features the houses of 11 different tribes namely:  Taosug, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Kagan, Maranao, Sama,  Klata, Ata, Ubo Manuvo, Matigsalog, and Tagabawa.


    The village also showcases the rich culture of the 11 tribes through their native houses and display of their handicrafts, crops, and clothes. The different tribes also perform their dance, play their music, wear their traditional clothes, and hold their sacred rituals.

    Peace in Davao

    The Kadayawan Village where the 11 different tribes are located, is a diverse community. Each tribe, though they differ in some aspects, work together for a common goal: to be at peace with one another despite their differences.

    According to the indigenous people who live in the village, they give importance to their culture. But the most important thing that matters is peace and unity among the tribes.

    Fhebelyn Mohamad who lives in Kadayawan Village said that mutual respect brings peace among them and the people who visit their village.

    “Ito lang respeto sa bawat isa yun lang siguro ang gawin natin saka self-discipline. Katulad ng na experience namin dito so far walang away peaceful talaga yung 11 tribes dito. Saka wine-welcome namin kung sino yung pumaspasok sa amin. Nirerespeto namin ang paniniwala nila, saka irespeto naman nila kami, yun lang mutual respect, mutual understanding,” she said.

    Embracing Change

    With the rapid changes that encompass the world, especially in technology, the indigenous people in Magsaysay Park are able to adjust to the modern living or lifestyle.

    From the winning video “Duyog Ta, Bai”,  Litania Benito, 48 years old, stated how they are able to adapt to the changes brought about by the different developments in their culture.

    “Oo, tinuturuan naman ang mga bata na huwag nilang kalimutan kung saan sila nagsimula at huwag ikahiya ang kanilang wika dahil lamang natuto silang magbisaya kaya sa amin tinuturuan namin sila,” Litania said. 


    Datu Jaime Epil who belongs to the Matigsalog tribe has been in the village since 2015. 

    According to him, one of the ways to preserve their culture is to play the Kulintang where he asks the grace from God. 

    “Pagkagising ko, nagdadasal ako. Tatlong taon na ako namumuhay dito, sa awa ng Diyos, mabuti naman. Na-aadapt pa rin ang kultura noon hanggang ngayon kasi nakasanayan nila. Halimbawa, pagtugtog ng kulintang, ang mensahe ay paghingi sa ating Panginoon,” Datu Jaime said.

    Datu Jaime also asked the people to join them in praying that the future generation may continue to value their culture despite the developments happening in the world.

    “Kailangan ng pagpapatulong sa pagdadasal na hindi mawala ang kanilang kultura na mula noon hanggang ngayon hanggang sa pagdating ng panahon hindi mawala ang kultura sa kanila,” he said.

    The “Duyog Ta, Bai” group is composed of delegates from the different dioceses and archdioceses in the Philippines namely: Caloocan, Pasig, Novaliches, Malolos, Bacolod, Digos, Boac, Tagum, Sorsogon, Bangued, Jaro, and Manila.

    Photo by Albert Gerez/Diocese of Pasig

    The 4th National Catholic Media Convention was organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) and was hosted by the Archdiocese of Davao. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of delivered by Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, Jr. for the launching of Catholic Women’s League’s Centennial Year in 2019 on August 4, 2018 at the Manila Cathedral.


    Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat!

    Alam n’yo po medyo na dismaya ako nung binabasa ko yung gospel for today. Naghahanda tayo ng 100 years ng Catholic Women’s League and yet, are two women who are in league with each other, certainly they are not Catholic Women, hindi Catholis Women’s League, ang napagkasunduan nila, napagkutyabahan nila ay hilingin na si Juan Bautista ay patayin dahil merong sinabi na hindi nakatuwa ni Herodias at sa kanyang kasama na si Herodes Antipas. Pero on the other hand, nang mabasa koi to medyo natuwa ako sapagkat, women in league with each other can accomplish many things that are either good or bad.  In this case they accomplished something bad, but in the case of the Catholic Women’s League, you are in league with each other for something very beautiful, so that you want to become indeed disciples of the Lord and missionary servant disciples practicing charity, work and loyalty. That is a league that is very, very helpful. Iniisip ko tinanong ko kanina ilan na ba ang mga Catholic Women’s League, sabi sa akin 250,000, at mula sa Batanes hanggang Jolo sabi nga po ni Cardinal Rosales, “ubiquitous”, makikita sa lahat ng dako, kahit saan ka magpunta, merong naka asul at puti na Catholic Women’s League, can you imagine that, 250,000 women in league with each other to do good, to follow the Lord and to bring the good news to others by your service in love, work and loyalty, how wonderful! Kaya tignan naman ninyo, kayo po sa totoo lang ang laki ng magagawa ninyo para sa ating lipunan, at ginagawa na ninyo pero marami pa rin kayong magagawa. Isipin po ninyo, pano ninyo maiimpluwensyahan ang inyong mga asawa, ang inyong mga anak, ang inyong mga apo, para sa gayun, sila ay matulad din sa inyo na naglilingkod sa Panginoon at naghahatid ng magandang balit. Yan po ay magagawa ninyo at kung si Herodias malakas kay Herodes sigurado ko, kayo rin malakas din sa mga mister ninyo, sa mga anak ninyo, sa mga apo ninyo. Yung mga mister ninyo paghindi sumunod sa inyo, itsapwera ninyo sa kulambo e siguradong babait yan kung inyong tutulungan na magbait. That is one area how you can help you husband, your sons, your grandchildren, become people who will also serve the Lord in the society that we live in  and which is unfortunately is not the society that we all desire to have in our lifetime. Kaya po isa yan.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Ang ikalawa ay yung, ngayon, nagdiriwang tayo ng Fiesta ni St. John Mary Vianney, harinawa po ay ipanalangin ninyo at tulungan ninyo na dumami ang nagpapari. Napakalaki ng magagawa ninyo sa pagdami ng mga kaparian at mga people in consecrated life, maybe you can do that during this year as we prepare for the centennial it so happen that it is also the year of the clergy and of people in consecrated life. Maybe you can have special projects in order to help people become good priests, to help other people consecrated to the Lord and live their consecration in the mission that they do for the church and for our society. Pagka ganito po, maganda ang league ng mga kababaihan, Catholic Women’s League na talaga. Kaya we ask the blessing of the Lord for you as you prepare for your 100 year and may you continue in your march and in your pilgrimage to become faithful and servant disciples of the Lord, bringing the mission of Christs to our fellowmen and to our society, Amen.

     

  • Pondo ng Pinoy marks 14th year anniversary

     

    Pondo ng Pinoy, a poverty alleviation program initiated by Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila will celebrate its 14th year anniversary on August 12, 2018.

    The celebration will begin with a motorcade going to Manila Cathedral. The thirteen vicariates in the Archdiocese of Manila are expected to participate in the motorcade.

    At 11 a.m., a Thanksgiving Mass will be held at the Manila Cathedral to be presided by His Eminence Luis Antonio.G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.


    On its fourteenth year, Pondo ng Pinoy continues to aspire to reach more people and create greater awareness of its existence especially in the parish communities.

    In his letter addressed to parish priests in the Archdiocese of Manila, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Team Ministry of Pondo ng Pinoy asked the priests and its parishioners for full support and cooperation in the said activity. 

    "Your participation with your fellow parish priests/priests in the vicariates and communities in the parish and urban areas, religious congregations and schools (administrators, faculties, staff amd students) in evangelization and social development programs of Pondo ng Pinoy will be highly appreciated," Pabillo said.

    The prelate also asked the parish priests to incorporate Pondo ng Pinoy in their homilies in August.

    Pondo ng Pinoy was launched in 2004 by then Archbishop of Manila, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales during the Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS).

    With its motto, "Anumang maliit basta't malimit ay patungong langit," Pondo ng Pinoy encourages the faithful to do small acts of kindness and solidarity in the simplest way by saving 25 centavos a day. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

  • Catholic Communicators gather for media convention in Davao City


    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Media Directors and Catholic Communicators in the different parts of the Philippines gathered for the 4th National Catholic Media Convention from Aug. 6-9, 2018 at the Mergrande Ocean Beach Resort in Talomo, Davao City.

    Dubbed with the theme: "Ako ni, Bai!" (It is I!), the convention aims to deepen the spirituality of the Catholic media making use of the modern tools and technology in the present world in order to build and create a unified society.

    The convention commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Most Rev. Romulo Valles of Davao and President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) at the San Pedro Cathedral on August 6, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.  He was joined by Bishop George Rimando, Auxiliary Bishop, and Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig and ECSC Chairman. Archbishop Vallles also delivered the keynote address during the second day of the convention.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Attended by 137 delegates (45 priests, 7 religious sisters, and 85 lay people), the convention featured various speakers who shared their expertise in the field of media and journalism.

    In his homily, Archbishop Valles emphasized that a Catholic Communicator must have a heart that is full of joy and delight and possesses hope and confidence in order to articulate the truth in situations of good and evil. 

    “To be a media person that would convey to the community a message that is filled with joy and delight is so wonderful,” Archbishop Valles said.

    The 4th National Catholic Media Convention was organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) and was hosted by the Archdiocese of Davao.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Conference Synthesis by Cardinal Tagle


    Synthesis delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, during the last day of the Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the University of Santo Tomas on July 22, 2018

    Parang there is no need with a synthesis ano? With this family present among us, but I have to fulfill my task, kailangang sumunod ako sa OPNE (Office of the Promotion of New Evangelization) Office. Sabi nila, “Kardinal, magbigay ka ng synthesis.” “Opo.” (Laughter) So this is the fifth edition of PCNE and every year we try to follow a theme that is given to us by the universal church or by the church in the Philippines. Naalaala nyo yung Year of Mercy? This year in the Philippines as part of our preparation for the 500 Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity, the Bishops declared this year to be dedicated to a reflection on the role the ministry of the ordained and of consecrated people. The focus of the year is really servant leadership, but for PCNE, for our purposes, we maintained the theme of our servant leadership but, we went to another biblical passage. Kasi the CBCP focused on the washing of the feet, while that stunts, hindi naman malalampasan yung paghuhugas ng paa, but we look for another image, since the bible specially the gospels are full, are full of this images of servant leadership. And according to our program, ito po, program book, if you look at page 5, we chose Mark 6: 30-44 and it’s a parallel in John 6: 1-14. Kaya po ang napili nating theme was, “Moved with Compassion… Feed the Multitude.” And for the synthesis, kasi baka abutin tayo ng five days dito kung uulitin ko lahat, e mahirap na ho yon, hindi na synthesis yon…

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    I was trying to find the way to bring together the different themes and topics, and I thought, why not go back to the biblical text, Mark 6: 30-44 and John 6: 1-14. But I would like to point on one detail, yung Mark 6: 30-44, was preceded by the sending of the Apostles. They were sent by Jesus, two by two, and they were told to proclaim the good news, they were given authority to expel demons, to cure the sick, but they should not bring money, they should not bring an extra tunic, ano ho? Wala. Kasi tayo po minsan, nadala na lahat. Ang nakalimutan ‘yung gospel. When Jesus sent someone, you are sent to bring the good news. The Evangelion. And to evangelize, evangelization means bringing good news. E tayong mga Pilipino kapag magpi-picnic dala na lahat. Biscuit, tubig, fried chicken, kanin, balut, tabo… lahat. Dala-dala ba ang ang ebanghelyo? That’s why Jesus is reminding them, “Please, don’t allow yourselves to be distracted. Bring what is necessary.” And you should be vulnerable because the gospel that you are proclaiming is the kingship of God. So show by your vulnerability that you are first to believe that God cares… that you can depend on God. So it’s not just the message but also the lifestyle. And if Icnnot talk anymore about the message as in some parts of the world, your lifestyle, your person will be the good news that God reigns. Doon nagsimula e. They were sent and then they came back to Jesus. Jesus summoned them. Gano’n lang naman e, Jesus sends and we come back to Jesus. You come back to the one who sends you. Kaya delikado ‘yung hindi pinapadala. Kanino ka babalik? If you are not sent, to whom will you go back? Hay, kapatid nating mga pari, mga religious, minsan hindi naman tayo pinadadala e. Tayo ang namimili kung saan pupunta, kaya walang mabalikan. You will return only to the one that has sent you. Peace… (laughter) Now, this passage in St. Mark was the return of the apostles to the one who had sent them, Jesus. And they told Him what had happened on their mission and what they had thought. They presented to Jesus the content of their teaching and also the activities and results. Their Jesus saw calm and rest. Look at the compassionate Jesus – calm and rest awhile. But the people got to that faraway place before the disciples in the end their only rest was in the boat going to the place. Jesus saw them like a sheep without a shepherd, and He was moved with compassion. And then you know the rest of the story. Jesus asking them, well, give them something to eat. It is quiet similar in the version of St. John. Except that in St. John, it was Jesus’ mission, not the mission of the twelve. He was the one who engage in the mission. Siya ‘yung nagturo, siya ‘yung nangral., siya ‘yung naggawa ng milagro, pero walang naniwala sa kanya. Kaya hindi lang ‘yung mga apostoles ‘yung pagod. Si Jesus mismo pagod na pagod. And then, people followed at gano’n na naman ang nangyari. Jesus was moved with compassion and asked the disciples about feeding the multitude. Naaalaala niyo na ‘yung gospel passages. Do I need to read pa the whole text? Naalaala niyo na naman e. Ayan, o. Kayo diyan, naaalaala ninyo?

    Now linking it to what has happened these past few days, I would like to highlight a few things. The first point for our synthesis: Jesus saw the needs of His disciples and they saw the needs of the crowds. Sa mga heart to heart talk, doon sa listening heart, doon sa ating mga sharing, doon po sa ating mga workshops, we were brought, our eyes were opened, our hearts were opened to the many needs of our world today. The needs of the people in Marawi , the needs of the families in Payastas, the needs of the youth, the needs of the parishes, the needs of the drug dependents. Our talks, our sharing, our storytelling, our workshops were a way of making us see… making us see the needs – the way Jesus saw the needs of his disciples and the disciples saw the needs of the world. Pero ito, after seeing the needs, the calling to respond. And Jesus challenged the disciples, in both cases in Mark and John, He challenged them, “Why don’t you give them something to eat?” In St. John, he asked Philip, “Where can we buy food for this crowd?” Hay nako Hesus! He was asking the humanly impossible. And he knew it, ha! Itong si Jesus talaga? Alam naman niya e… Alam naman niya… He knew, and that’s why the objection of the disciples was logical. It came from the some sort of unbelief na… Haaayy Hesus, hello? Talaga bang iyan ang sinasabi mo? Pakainin namin? Kung ako sasabihan ngayon, “bigyan mo ng hapunan lahat ng um-attend ng PCNE.” (Applause… laughter) Sasabihin ko, “Jesus pauwiin na hangga’t maaga. Pauwiin! Let them go home before sundown.” I understand. I won’t judge. Kaya ‘yung iba sa inyo na very harsh on the twelve, please! Ilagay niyo ‘yung sarili ninyo sa kanila. Kasi minsan tayo kung mag-ano, the twelve callus of heart! Mga gan’yan. No! How do you feed five thousand? And then Jesus of course knew that you needed two hundred days wages to buy food. He knew that they had nothing. And that was part of evangelization. Two days wages worth of food would not even be enough. That was their conclusion. But then Jesus asked, “How many loaves do you have?” And then in St. John’s gospel Andrew said, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves.” So there are five loaves, two fish, at tama ‘yung tanong nila, what good will that bring?

    Now how is this part of the new evangelization? I think Jesus exposes the disciples to the needs and challenges them to respond to the needs knowing that they cannot do it. He wants them to feel and experience the helplessness of being able to provide what is needed. Even with the impulse, the desire, to respond, you feel helpless. “How? How could I?” Yes, goodwill is there. But humanly speaking, I have to admit the impossibility of being able to satisfy the needs of others. And this sense of helplessness is punctuated by an attitude that is calculating and practical. Biruin mo ‘yung mga apostoles nakapag-calculate na agad. Dalawang daang araw na suweldo. E ilang buwan iyon ha? Ilang buwan na suweldo ‘yon? Kapag nag-calculate ka imposible talaga. Imposible. Kulang talaga, ‘no? Two hundred days. Ilang days ba sa isang buwan? Thirty. So, ilang buwan ‘yon? Almost seven months, ‘no? Seven months na suweldo para ipakain dito sa mga tao. So and then you start calculating. You start accounting and, naku talaga… imposible. What happens to some people before the helplessness of the situation? Some are paralyzed. They don’t feel compassion anymore. “Wala rin naman akong magagawa, ‘wag na lang.” So try to distract yourself from being compassionate. Don’t allow yourself to be affected, “anyway wala naman akong magagawa.” ‘Yung iba naman nagiging messianic. “Kaya natin ‘yan! Kaya ko ‘yan!” So it is not anymore compassion, it is messianism. ‘Yung iba, nawalan ng compassion, hindi na kikilos. ‘Yung iba, nawalan ng compassion, ‘yumabang. Kung hindi kaya ni Hesus, “Kaya ko. Bigay niyo sa akin ‘yan, aayos ‘yan. Kaya ko ‘yan.” That’s not compassion. And people who are needy are doubly victimized by false messiahs who lack compassion and whose only dream is to promote themselves and their agenda. And the needy are used for their personal projects. Kaya tama si Hesus e.

    I think part of our PCNE 5 as a marvel the work of the Holy Spirit; as we marvel all our sharing I hope we also feel with humility the human helplessness. The helplessness needed to be compassionate. When we experience being helpless, we can approach the needy and the helpless not from a position of superiority but of real compassion. Very often, we come to the needy from a posture of superiority. Kaya minsan pinadarama sa atin ng Diyos ‘yung sarili din nating kahinaan at helplessness para tunay ang compassion. That’s why this PCNE 5 was given with a gift of tears. Ito ‘yung PCNE na parang ang dami kong naiiyak kaysa sa nainom. Parang nade-dehydrate na ako e. Pero it was not tears of pity. I was almost always crying for myself, for my own incapacity to be a problem solver. And maybe we need to cry more. Cry, face with our own helplessness then we understand the tears of those who suffer. And we come to them as brothers and sisters, not providing solutions, easy solutions, because their situations are not really problems but dilemmas. For problems, there are solutions but dilemmas you don’t have a solution. For problems you propose solutions. To dilemmas you tell stories. Stories of people who have been I that situation. You have good smile like CJ. Could sing like their families. It is not a solution, it is life stronger than pain.

    Pwedeng malaman kung sino dito ang may asawa? Ayan. (Some audiences raise their hands) Ano ang tingin niyo sa asawa niyo? Problem o dilemma? (Laughter) O sa mga religious dito? Anong tingin ninyo sa iyong mga provincial? Problem or dilemma? A dilemma is a problem that does not disappear and so there is no solution. Mga pari anong tingin ninyo sa inyong mga obispo? (Laughter) But, siguro ano ho, kasi tayo ewan ko ba, especially to our brother priests and to our brothers and sisters in consecrated life, I don’t know why our mode of approaching needy people is problem solving. Sometimes, people only want to talk with us and we propose so many solutions. I don’t know why we have that idea of ourselves, concept of ourselves – problem solving. And we do not want to admit that we are as helpless as the people who come to us. Sometimes gusto lang naman nila na may makinig. Sometimes, ang gusto lang naman nila mayroong kaiyakan. I think Jesus really ask the impossible from the disciples to make them feel helpless. Helpless, for people who are always successful might lose compassion.

    I was telling Bro. Andrei as when I was a doctoral student in the States when I was finishing my thesis. I thought I better do volunteer work kasi baka my studies would… parang take me out of yung situations of peoples… mga speculative theology… and then I won’t have anymore ‘yung contact and compassion. So I volunteered in a hostel administered by the missionaries of charity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. And then in that hostel they welcome homeless people… ‘yung mga may sakit with no families to take care of them, and also HIV/AIDS patients who were dying. Kaya kanina when the Holy Spirit sister, nandito pa ba siya? Sister when you were telling your story, yeah, I knew. Ilang beses din akong napagalitan ng mga madre for things I did wrong. It was a year that would be, parang, unforgettable for me. And I remember the first person that I was asked to take care of. He was close to death, and he was much taller than I was. Hindi na siya maka-move so I had to do everything for him. And that day he had Diarrhea. Kaya the whole day wala na akong ginawa kung hindi to clean him, change his diaper… tatlong araw akong hindi makakain. And I was tempted to call the mother superior to tell her that, “I’m busy with my writing. May I’d be excused?” But then there was a change. It was not just work. They are not just patients. They became persons. Not just individuals, but persons. And I felt becoming a person too related to them. One day, one of them was really close to death. And according to the sisters, “Prepare them to meet the Lord.” So I gave the person who has probably his last sponge bath, I change the pillowcase, change the linen, and I prepared a small vase of flowers beside his bed, and there was a set of prayers that I said aloud. In between the prayers I would read from the Bible, and I would give him reflections coming from my theological training. Scatology, the last things, death, Hell, Heaven, Purgatory, all of those… but the longer I talk the more ridiculous I sounded to myself. And I told to myself, “Chito, tumahimik ka na ha.” Parang I was not making sense even to myself. Why? I thought I was doing it out of compassion but I was coming from a position of strength. And God sent someone. God sent another HIV/AIDS patient who came into the room into a walker and stood at the feet of the bed of Richard – the name of the dying person. This man said, “Richard, you will meet Jesus soon. Tell Jesus how much we love Him. And we love you too, Richard. Goodbye.” Then he left the room. I cried and cried for myself. I said, “where is my compassion?” But that patient, not pretending to be any stronger than Richard, maybe struggling from his own coming death, gave the most beautiful message. Before mourning for Richard, I mourned for myself. And I want to believe it was a preparation for mission – to feel one’s own helplessness so that we could really be one with helpless.

    The second point po for the synthesis so we see the needs, we see the magnitude of the problems; we see the magnitude of the dilemmas; we see the magnitude of the neediness, ‘no po? But we also see the scarcity of materials, of resources – five loaves, two fish, scarcity of our human resources. Some of the dioceses, some of the religious orders sasabihin kulang na kami. The average age sa community 89. Don’t laugh ah! I was able to visit a community in Northern Italy. The youngest member was 89 years old. And so during their last chapter they decided they will not accept candidates anymore. They would allow their congregation to, ano na, to die a happy death. When I visited them there were only three living members of the congregation. Sabi nila, “God raised us as a community to respond to particular need or a particular tyime, maybe God will raise up other communities. It doesn’t have to be us.” Napaka ano ho, napaka free. Now we can see that the magnitude of needs, and the scarcity of materials and then we are helpless. According to the two biblical texts, that’s where Jesus enters. Jesus tells them, “tell the people to sit down in groups.” Jesus would not accept it, “ano lang e wala na tayong pera e. O limang tinapay lang e.” No, Jesus says, “let us prepare a party! Let us prepare a banquet. Group them! Group them into fifty’s, hundreds,” and so it was a preparation for a banquet. He will host the banquet. It is not the disciples, it is Jesus who will host the banquet. He took the loaves and fish, He looked up to heaven. He said the blessing. He broke the loaves and gave to the disciples to be distributed to the people. Jesus transforms a potential moment of hunger into a feast. And Jesus takes hold of meager resources and gives them back as shared gifts and in the end and everyone was satisfied and there was an abundance of leftovers. They can stay for another day. Pwede pang may kainin for breakfast. But it is Jesus who must host it. Si Hesus ang dapat maghanda.

    Alam n’yo kinuha ni Hesus sa kan’yang mga kamay ang kakaunting tinapay at isda. Mahalaga ang kamay na pinagdadaanan ng tinapay at isda. Depende yan sa kamay e. Huh! Kapag baliktarin natin, five thousand loaves and two thousand fish, kapag dumaan sa maling kamay, kahit limang tao hindi makakakain. (Applause) No miracle will happen. Nasa kamay kasi ni Hesus e, hindi naman tayo laging sinasabing, “Kulang! Kulang!” Baka hindi naman kulang, kaya nagkukulang ay dahil ang mga kamay na makati, mga kamay na makamkam, mga kamay na pakabig. But the hands of Jesus will hold the bread and the fish and will look up to heaven, recognizing the source. These are gifts, gifts from God, they are not commodities to be kept accumulated and hoarded. These are gifts from God and they must continue circulating as gifts.

    Ayan na naman ang mundo natin ngayon, hindi na gifts ang tingin e, objects, commodity. O mga mister at misis, anong tingin nyo sa asawa nyo? Gift? walang sumagot… (Laughter) Gift pa ba? Gift pa? Ayan… mga sisters, anong tingin nyo sa community members n’yo? Gift? Ay parang ayaw… (Laughter) Gift ano? Pagnakikita n’yo ba e, “Wow! Biyaya ng Diyos!” ano ho? Ganyan… How do we look at reality? Is it from the horizon of gifts? The hands of Jesus always recognize gifts, so Jesus is at the center, Jesus is the good news, Jesus is the host, Jesus transforms gifts into overflowing gifts. Jesus orders the disciples to feed the multitude, but actually He will feed the multitude. Ang trabaho po ng iba ay serbidor. Wag nating agawan si Hesus sa Kan’yang papel, S’ya ang magpapakain, tayo servers lang. E minsan binabaliktad natin e. Tayo ang nagpapakain, si Hesus ang server. Kaya balik dun sa papel ha, kahit pa Monsignor ka, Your Eminence ka, taga-bigay ka lang ng tinapay baby!! (Laughter) Tana na yang mga kung ano-anong akala mo kung ano. Ang even sa mga ano, sasabihin, “Oh that project, kung hindi dahil sa akin, wala yan.” “That hall, kung wala ang aking pamilya, hindi maitatayo yang hall na yan.” “Yang mga upuan nay an, dapat nand’yan ang mga pangalan ng mga ano,” as though everything all the food came from me. No! withouth Jesus the good news, whose hands can transform meager resources into God’s abundant gifts to the multitude, we have nothing to serve. We are just servants, servants! Taga-dala ng tray! Pero hindi tayo ang pinagmulan ng tinapay! Bakit ba ako nagagalit? (Laughter) E kasi puro servant leadership, servant leadership… Pero naku! All the pretentions, that we are the host, we are the ano, hindi. It is Jesus, what do we bring? We bring our nothingness. Maswerte sila merong five loaves, yung iba sa atin one fourth long ang loaf natin e. Okay nay un. If it comes from God then it is a gift that could be multiplied for others, “yung iba dalawa ang fish, ako buntot lang ang dala ko.” But bring it, bring it the the hands of Jesus, and then wait. Wait to serve the people, not with your bread, not with your fish, but the bread and fish that now have become gifts from the loving Jesus. No feeding happens if we pretend to be the one feeding others. Jesus is the good news, Jesus must do it. Kanina ininterview ako, “papano po ba nagsimula itong PCNE?” Mga ganyan, ganyan, hindi ko nga malaman paano ko sasagutin e. Kasi talagang wala ka naman talagang ano e, naibigay. I want to believe it is Jesus who is the gospel, who summons all of us here, who wants to renew us in compassion so He can continue serving and feeding His flock. But He needs our hands, He needs us to go and bring His food to others.

    Yung testimonies from Marawi, yung Sanlakbay, yung HIV nga po, those who have lost their loved ones, yung mga migrants… How many of you were there in Cuneta? Alam n’yo ho, wala namang script yun e, I did not know what to expect, basta meron lang questions, “Tell your stories.” But in the hands of Jesus, nagdugtong-dugtong. Yung si Sam at si Father Chito, si Teacher Sabs, at saka si Antoinette, na hindi ko mapigilan. And then si Bishop Cornelius at si Sr. Luz, ano ho? And then you could see, sabi ng iba, “Okay ho ang pagka-facilitate n’yo.” And then at the back of my mind, “They brought their five loaves and their fishes into the hands of God and God multiplied it, multiplied the graces and the blessings.” And were not our hearts overflowing, with love, and compassion. Were not our tears overflowing also? Halos kantahin ko noon, gusto ko na sanang baguhin yung kanta e, hindi na yung huwag kang umiyak e, gusto ko sanang kantahin yung ano doon e, yung … (Laughter) Ah hindi, nakalimutan ko lang yung linya… (Laughter) yun bang parang, “They ask me how I knew that true love was true, when your hearts on fire, you don’t realize, smoke gets in your eyes” ayan! Kapag nag-aalab ang puso sa pag-ibig, ang puso nasa mata, iiyak ka na! But those six persons, six loves, six fishes, have fed thousands, they have fed thousands of us in Cuneta. So salamat ulit dun sa anim, Bishop Sim, thank you very much and thanks to the hands of Jesus.

    And finally, the compassion of Jesus, Jesus sees the hunger of peoples. But Jesus sees different types of hunger. In the gospel, before feeding them with bread, Jesus fed them with the word of God. He thought them many things. The bread that is the gospel, the bread that is the evangelion, the bread that nourishes and transforms life. Yes, bread and fish, but Jesus has not forgotten the word of God. He also gave them healing, the hunger for healing, He delivered many from demons and evil spirits. During these past days, we have been initiated into the different needs of peoples, different hungers and we bring our respective breads and fish, our gifts, our charisms, the clergy, the consecrated people, the lay, the youth, the parents, the police, those in social advocacies, teachers, catechists, bring your bread, because there are many different types of hunger, and no single individual can pretend to have all the types of bread for all the hungers of the world. Kailangan tulong-tulong. From where I stand, yung iba sa in’yo mukhang, ensaymada (Laughter) yung iba sa in’yo mukhang biscocho, yung iba sa in’yo mukhang siopao, (Laughter) yung iba sa in’yo mukhang balikutsa, alam n’yo ba yung balikutsa? Yung iba sa in’yo mukhang jacobina, ano ho? Ay ganun e, masarap yun! Yung iba sa in’yo, mukhang mumo, pero yung mumo na yon, ay nakapagpapakain ng mga nangangailangan. So it is Jesus who will feed, because it is Jesus who is compassionate, because, Jesus’ heart can resonate with the many needs of people. Kaya tulungan natin si Hesus doon sa iba’t-ibang hungers. Para dun sa naka-attend ng maraming workshops, para dun sa nakarinig ng maraming kwento, ayan pag-uwi ninyo, wag na tayong mag messiah na, “sasagutin ko lahat yan!” Nako, yan ang formula sa hindi pagsagot. Ako ho kung makakatugon ako sa pakanta-kanta edi sige, hindi naman kasi ako makatula, o di yung mga tutula tumula. Yung ganyan, ano yung maibibigay mo at pagsama-samahin natin. But look at the compassion of Jesus in the Gospel of St. John, after seeing the feast, after seeing the multiplication of the loaves, people said, “Oh there is a prophet in our midst!” and they wanted to carry Him away, to make Him king. What sis Jesus do? He saw that and He withdrew to the mountain alone.

    This is a detail that is often forgotten. I want to imagine Jesus going up to the mountain to be alone with His Father. I want to see Him crying with deep pain, as though telling the Father, “They did not understand me. They did not understand the sign that I performed. I am not here to be a king, they’re not looking for me, they’re not looking for the true Chris, they are looking for somebody else.” And that aloneness, He cries to the Father. In His own need, He turns to the Father. This is an important element of PCNE and new evangelization. Jesus refuses any attempt to instrumentalise God’s word for worldly goals. Kunwari gospel yun pala ambisyon. Kunwari tulong, yun pala media mileage. Kunwari malasakit, yun pala career.

    My dear brothers and sisters, after PCNE let us not pretend to be the new kings and queens. If they attempt to carry us, to become their heroes, heroines, please like Jesus, cry. Cry to the Father and pray that they may finally see the true Jesus and the true gospel.

    Now I have to admit, nahirapan akong gumawa ng synthesis na ito hindi ko alam kung papaano, but I just followed the biblical inspiration of PCNE5 and I hope that these points – seeing the needs and feeling helpless will make us more compassionate. Secondly, it is Jesus who feeds, we are just servers of what He prepares and thirdly, let us not use the gospel, let us not instrumentalise the gospel for self-interests and non-evangelical purposes, when that happens we should withdraw. Cry, so that the true Jesus and the true gospel may be seen and accepted.

  • "Did Pope Francis Change an age old Church teaching?" A theologian's reflection about the Church teaching on Death penalty

     

    Yesterday August 3, 2018 news media both within and outside the Church circles were abuzz with the headline that Pope Francis just “changed” the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty.

    Particulary, it was on the revision that Pope Francis permitted to be introduced on number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (the 1997 edition promulgated by then Pope and now St. John Paul II and is still in use until the present) where he taught the death penalty is now “…inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person.”

    For the purpose of clarity and precision, let us see below the original text then followed by the revised edition:

    Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Capital Punishment: Official Translation of the 1997 Latin text:

    2267 Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does nor exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

    If, however non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

    Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offence incapable of doing harm - without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically non-existent.’

    The Official Text of the Revised Version approved by Pope Francis on May 11, 2018 and published on August 2, 2018:

    2267 Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.

    Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.

    Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that ‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,’ (emphasis added) and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

    Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching?

    If by “change” we mean altering the teaching in a way that it is now totally different, if not even diametrically opposed, to what was being taught before and has been constantly taught throughout the history of Catholic Church teaching, the answer is NO.

    But if by “change” we mean bringing into fullness or putting more emphasis to what has been consistently taught throughout millennia of Catholic Church teaching, then the answer is YES.

    In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the teaching on death penalty can be found in numbers 2266 and 2267.

    In 2267 we can read: “…the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude (emphasis added) recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”

    This gave the impression that the Catholic Church promotes the capital punishment as a way to address the question on what to do with those who commit heinous crimes and bring harm to society. Add to this the preceding numbers 2263-2265 where “legitimate self defense” is taught to accept the possibility of taking the life of an actual aggressor (i.e., a real threat to one’s life) as morally acceptable.

    But if we read the whole tenor of numbers 2266 and 2267, we can easily see that the Catechism is teaching in the direction of restorative justice, i.e., not taking away the life of the evildoer so as to not take “away from him the possibility of redeeming himself.”

    Number 2267 continues: “ If, however non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, (emphasis added) as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.”

    Furthermore, CCC 2267 sees capital punishment as acceptable “only in rare occasions.” And observing that “ (t)oday, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offence incapable of doing harm - without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically non-existent’” (emphasis added).

    By referring to conditions that may allow for capital punishment to be exercised as   “…very rare, if not practically non-existent” 2267 almost practically rules out capital punishment as part of the Catholic Church’s teaching>

    With Pope Francis exhorting in the new version that the capital punishment is “…inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,’ (emphasis added) and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide”,  he did, as chief doctrinal teacher of the Church, “change” the teaching of the Catechism but not in the sense of bringing it to the opposite direction but in the sense of directing it to its fullest expression.


    By Rev. Fr. Joel O. Jason, SThL, parish priest of Mary Mirror of Justice Parish in Comembo Makati City; professor of Moral Theology in San Carlos Seminary and head of the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila.

  • “Konek-Tahan” responds for a culture of hate


    Heeding the call to respond to the challenges of the times to give hope in a world full of hate and violence, the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila conducted a vicariate visitation called “KONEK-TAHAN”.

    Konek-Tahan is a vicariate assembly aimed at encouraging and equipping the ministers/communicators in the parish to utilize their technical skills, develop creativity, and promote Catholic faith and values un parish and vicariate levels.

    The ACSC is currently organizing and mobilizing parishes to actively participate in the Church’s evangelization through the mechanism of effective communication. 

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    On June 30, 2018, the ACSC conducted its first visitation in the vicariate of Espiritu Santo held at the Manila Cathedral School in Tayuman. The activity commenced with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen, 2nd Assistant Commissioner of ACSC and Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC).

    The second visitation was in the vicariate of Loreto held at the University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila on July 29, 2018.

    As vicariate coordinator of Loreto and parish priest of Santisimo Rosario, Fr. Louie Coronel, OP, expressed his gratitude to the commission for all the information they received during the meeting.

    The Communicators in both vicariates participated actively in all the activities prepared by the commission. An open forum was held to allow them to express the various problems they encountered as well as the coverage of their work in the ministry.

    At the end, Fr. Bellen said that the social communicators in the parishes are called to be “Salt and Light of the Earth,” (Matthew 5:13).  The SOCOM as “Salt” must be enhanced in order to stand out and become the “Light” that will shine and reflect the good works of Christ.

    The Vicariate of Espiritu Santo is composed of the following parishes: Archdiocesan Shrine of Espiritu Santo, Immaculate Conception, Risen Christ, Saint Joseph, San Jose Manggagawa, San Rafael, San Roque de Manila, and Santa Monica while the Vicariate of Loreto is composed of Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Most Holy Trinity, Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, Nuestra Señora de Salvacion, Our Lady of Fatima, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sanctuary of Saint Anthony of Padua, San Roque de Sampaloc, and Santisimo Rosario respectively. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Catholic Women’s League Launches its Centennial Year, Jubilate! 100 Years of Grace


    The Catholic Women’s League, the largest Catholic women’s organization will launch its Centennial year in 2019, on August 4, 2018, at the Manila Cathedral with a concelebrated mass to be officiated by His Excellency Bishops Teodoro Bacani, D.D. together with Msgr. Hernando Coronel, National Asst. Spiritual Director and CWL Manila Spiritual Director, Msgr. Roberto Canlas.

    All 84 CWL Dioceses and around 250,000 women across the country will celebrate the occasion simultaneously.



    The launching is timed with the Feast Day of St. John Ma. Vianney, Patron saint of priests; also in honor of the CWL founder, His Excellency Michael O’ Doherty, Archbishop of Manila. Flower arrangement will be offered by the National Officers and Junior CWL on his tomb in the crypt below the Cathedral, following the mass.

    The National Board led by Dr. Rosa Rita Mariano, president has planned a year-long set of activities highlighting its various programs. Hope… H for Holiness, O for Outreach, P for Pastoral Involvement and E for Empowerment focusing on the sanctification of its members, families, and communities in their outreach and pastoral evangelization programs. They have an active advocacy for family and life and a special program for the care of creation (Environment) Laudato Si and Youth. 

    Among the highlights of the celebration are the Book Launching – Jubilate, One Hundred Years of grace CWL’s History Book and a Video Presentation. Planting of 100 trees per Diocese, coupled with a MOA agreement for tree planting in the Marikina Watershed. A Memorial Mass for deceased founders and members in November and a Centennial Assembly and Gala dinner dance in May 2019. 

    The Jubilee Executive Committee is headed by CWL President Dr. Rosa Rita Mariano and Amparo Lim, Executive Director and National Consultants Melissa Macapanpan, Dra. Amelita Dayrit-Go, Joy Gaviola, and Atty. Alice Ganzon and National Board Members.

    The CWL was formed in 1919 by His Excellency Michael O’ Doherty with a group of prominent Catholic civic women among them, Annie Macleod Kingcome, Maria Villamor, Aurora Aragon Quezon and Margarita Ansaldo who saw the need of an organization to take care of the spiritual and moral, at times temporal concerns of young women, students and young professionals area. Their initial apostolate was a dormitory for them in the Ermita – Malate District which still exists and where the National Office stands. Their apostolic work then included Catechetical work especially with public school children, free night school, adult education and welfare cases such as broken homes, unemployment and family problems. All through-out the years including World War II they were at work this time also tending wounds and caring for the sick, operating in an emergency hospital set up in Ermita and soup kitchens.

    Other women leaders in the organization were Ms. Aurora Aquino, Justice Ines Luciano, Aurora Aquino, Justice Ines Luciano, Imelda Katigbak-Dayrit, Remedios Rodrigo, Annie Bagatsing, Atty. Carolina Basa, Susan Africa, and Dr. Zeny Rotea.

    Thus, in war and peace, the CWL has made significant contributions to the country and continues to move forward. (CWL)

     

  • Bishop Pabillo on Federalism and Charter Change: July Gandang Gabi Vicariate Formation Night


    Bishop Broderick Pabillo, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila held a talk Friday night, July 27, 2018, at the Immaculate Conception Parish Church, Tayuman, Tondo, Manila, during the monthly Gandang Gabi Vicariate Formation Night, of the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo.

    Tackling “Federalism and Charter Change,” Bishop Pabillo meticulously and in full detail laid bare the dangerous provisions and repercussions of the proposed charter change and the transitioning to the federal form of government. 

    His talk, which lasted for almost two hours, was taken from various statements of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and similar presentations from lawyers Neri Javier Colmenares, of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) and Christian Monsod, a constitutionalist. With solid arguments and statistics, Bishop Pabillo laid the groundwork for a more inquisitive and socially aware Catholic community urging everyone to participate in the discussion, explore the issue, and proclaim their faith.

    Photo by Jolo V. de Jesus

    Good Christians, Good Citizens

    “We cannot be good Christians, without being good citizens,” opened Bishop Pabillo, as if to answer the silent question in the audience: “Why should we care about the politics in our country?” Expounding on this premise, he then goes on to explain how one becomes a good citizen. According to Bishop Pabillo, “a good citizen now is one who is involved,” especially so because our form of government is participative-democratic. 

    “Ang mabuting mamamayan ay dapat isang taong nakiki-alam, nakikisangkot, nakikiisa sa ating pamahalaan,” said Pabillo. Not to be involved in putting a stop to injustice and untruth, we are sinning by omission, and in essence, participants in the propagation of said injustice and untruth. The time for asking whether or not we as Christians should be involved has long gone. The question that remains is how should we be involved. He provided a method consisting of three parts through which Christians can get involved.

    First, we should see, that is we should know and analyze the facts. In today’s age of fake news, we should have the discernment to separate false from reality, and from the verified truths identify the appropriate action. By observing our environment, we stay deeply rooted in our present realities. 

    Next, we should judge said reality not through the lens of a businessman, politician, security officer or any other lens, but through the lens of a faithful. Our standard should not be the principles of the world but of our faith. In this aspect, the Holy Mother Church, with its teachings should serve as our guide.

    And lastly, seeing and judging are not enough, as said earlier, it is the time to act. Action, according to Bishop Pabillo, is rooted on a decision. Given all what you have seen, and through your judgment, what have you decided to do? He also emphasized the Church’s need to network with others, as acting for the society is a societal act.

    CBCP as a Guiding Voice

    According to Bishop Pabillo, the CBCP, sensing the push for charter change, published a pastoral letter entitled: “CBCP Pastoral Guidelines for Discerning the Moral Dimension of the Present-Day Moves for Charter Change: ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.’ (2 Cor. 3:17),” published January this year. Signed by CBCP President, Romulo G. Valles, Archbishop of Davao, the bishop reiterates their view, which they hold up to now, that “The move for Charter Change is and has been, the proposed vehicle to adopt Federalism as a new form of government.”

    The letter is the fifth in a series of pastoral guidelines released by the CBCP tackling charter change, dating back to previous administrations as far back as Fidel V. Ramos, in his attempt for charter change he termed as CONCORD. 

    The CBCP emphasized the careful crafting of the constitution as the “fundamental law of the land” has been the fruit of years of dictatorship and widespread participation from the people. According to Bishop Pabillo, similar to the partage experienced in Africa, our experience as a nation, undergoing twenty-one years of dictatorship has shaped our constitution into the progressive law it is known the world over today. As such, revising it “requires widespread peoples’ participation and consultation, a unity of vision, transparency, and relative serenity that allows for rational discussion and debate”—factors the bishops believe the current political and social environment does not have.

    Why Are We Suspicious?

    Given these guiding words from the bishops, Bishop Pabillo further demonstrates why Christians should be suspicious of the present push for Charter Change. Bishop Pabillo enumerates several reasons why a healthy questioning of the motives for Charter Change is warranted.

    Because of the new constitution, the president is granted new and formidable powers, which begs the question: Is Charter Change being pushed solely for the self-serving provisions that can be included in it? As Bishop Pabillo takes apart, one by one, all the changes made to the 1987 Constitution by lawmakers, it slowly becomes more and more evident safeguards to human rights, and social justice present in the current constitution are being removed or changed to fit their nefarious intention. From fisher-folks not being able to fish peacefully in their piece of sea or lake, to indigenous people being deprived of their ancestral lands, the proposed iteration of the constitution are stories too harrowing, if not too sad, to tell.

    With the people’s ignorance of our current constitution, it is a small wonder why the prospect of federalism and charter change seems enticing. As Bishop Pabillo states during the talk, the Filipino people have no idea of the beauty and importance of the provisions in the Constitution, and yet these are all being taken away right from under their noses.

    Federalism as a Façade

    As the night wore on, so was the façade that was federalism was being torn down by Bishop Pabillo. With statistics showing that the Duterte Administration’s promise of devolving power and resources from the “Imperial Manila” to the Visayas and Mindanao is proven false as the Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration, Inc. (PAGBA) reports show increased budget allocation for NCR during the Duterte Administration compared with the Aquino administration.

    Bishop Pabillo challenges everyone to take action! Echoing his opening salvo, he invites everyone not to cower and succumb in fear against the culture of violence that is the Duterte legacy. (Jose Lorenzo V. de Jesus /  Social Communications Minister, Immaculate Conception Parish)

  • PCNE 5 Opening Mass


    Homily delivered by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of the Diocese of Cubao during the Eucharistic Celebration of the 1st day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion University of Santo Tomas on July 18, 2018.


    His Eminence “Cardinal” Chito, my brother bishops, my brother priests, reverend sisters, our dear consecrated persons, brothers and sisters in Christ.

    We gathered on this sacred days of prayer not only because we are participating in the PCNE but because of the days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving initiated by the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); while the organizers of the PCNE may not have foreseen this wonderful coincidence. I truly believed that the Lord had willed it so. What better opportunity for us to reflect on the priesthood than on a day of prayer and fasting. The Lord Jesus gave thanks to the Father for revealing to the childlike what he has kept hidden to the wise and the learned in us much as fasting is a spiritual discipline that empties us of ourselves, we become less of ourselves and so become smaller and therefore more capable of understanding the secrets of the Lord. 

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Often times we think that having degrees in Philosophy and Theology make for knowing the Lord. But the Lord Jesus said that “no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.” To whom does the Son wish to reveal the Father? Is it not to those to whom the Father prefers to reveal the secrets of the kingdom? These are not the wise nor the learned but those who are like little children. It is with the humble disposition that we should approach the mystery of the priesthood Jesus. After all, the priest of the Lord cannot be understood apart from the kenosis or the self-emptying of Christ.  

    When Jesus showed his love for his own, he took-off the outer garments and tied a towel around His waist in order to wash His disciples’ feet. St. Paul sings of this mystery, “though He was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God but rather He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” He took off His outer garments, He emptied Himself, He tied a towel around His waist, He took the form of a slave, He began to wash His disciples’ feet. He purified us by shedding His blood on the cross. He obediently accepted death, death on a cross. 

    Is this not what Christ’s priesthood is all about?  Is it not about His obedience unto death? Christ the high-priest entered heavenly holy of holies not with the blood of animals but with His own blood. His sacrifice was His obedience unto death, His absolute and unconditional obedience to the Father.  His obedience unto death was the most perfect sacrifice that glorified the Father. This Jesus is the son of the Father, the obedient child of the Father through whom the Father was pleased to reveal everything. In Jesus, the Father was well pleased. And to me, this is the real essence of the priesthood. A priest is the one who offers the sacrifice. In our time a priest is the jack of all trades, expert in multi-tasking, he is expected to be an expert in almost everything. However, we must never forget why the priest is called a “priest”. The priest is essentially the one who offers the sacrifice which in any religion is the most perfect act of worship. Jesus is the high priest of all priests because it is He who rendered to the Father the most perfect homage of all time, His obedience unto death; death on the cross. His self-emptying did not end with the incarnation, His humility even when further down. Downed to the humiliation of the cross and even when further downed to the abyss of death, He simply did not stop descending until He reached rock bottom of the abyss, He showed His love unto the end. And we who wished to share in His priesthood must imitate Jesus in His childlikeness. We must go down on that road of kenosis with absolute trust in the Father’s love, we must not hesitate to go down the path of childlike obedience. 

    On the day we were ordained, the bishop handed to us the gifts for sacrifice he said, “Receive the oblation of the holy people to be offered to God.” Understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate and conform your life to the mystery of the Lord’s cross. To share in the priesthood of Christ is to receive the oblation of the holy people to be offered to God. To understand what we do, we must keep in mind the kenosis of Christ. To celebrate in spirit and in truth, we must imitate this self-emptying of the Lord by constantly descending along the path of humility and renunciation, by constantly seeking the last place, by constantly seeking the company of the least and of lost, and by refusing to regard the priesthood as a career. Most of all to share in the priesthood of Jesus is to conform our lives to the mystery of the cross of the Lord. There is no other way except the cross. The priests who had gone before us must have taken up their crosses. Our very own fathers Marcelito Paez, Mark Anthony Ventura, and Richmond Nilo have imitated Christ to the point of shedding their blood. 

    The cross is the altar where Christ offered his sacrifice, the altar where we offer ours should be no different after all the sacrifice we offer is Christ. Sacred ordination does not simply confer power on us; it should configure us to Christ, to Christ who emptied himself, to Christ who made himself poor, to Christ who served, to Christ who gave up his life. 

    Let St. Paul’s words be ours, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me.” The life I now live in the body, I live by the faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me… Amen.

  • Archdiocese of Manila celebrates 50 years of Humanae Vitae




    The Encyclical Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI marked its 50th year of publication on July 25, 2018.

    In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila will feature a one-day conference that will revisit, relearn, and rekindle the real meaning of marriage and family.

    The conference entitled HV@50 Humanae Vitae 50th Year Anniversary will be held at St. Paul’s College in Pasig City on August 11, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Rev. Fr. Joel Jason, Commissioner, Family and Life, invited everyone to come to the event.

    “We invite all of you to revisit the message of this landmark encyclical and together let us discern its relevance to the personal, familial, social, and ecclesial challenges of the present day!, “ Fr. Jason said.

    The activity will commence with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at 8:30 a.m. He will also deliver a talk at 10:30 a.m. on “HV and a Consistent Ethic of Life.” At 11:30 a.m., Rev. Fr. Joel Jason will tackle the topic, “HV Revisited.”

    Well-known personalities and experts will expound on the various topics like family, marriage, social, psychological, and relevant issues during the breakout sessions that will start at 1 p.m.

    Humanae Vitae, also called the landmark encyclical give moral guidance on the conduct of the faithful on the value of life starting from contraception. It also stated the prohibition of the use of artificial contraceptives.

    Participants for the conference can choose one topic from the nine breakout session’s batch one and two.

    Here is the list of the breakout sessions with the corresponding speakers:

     

    Batch 1

    1. Winning the battle Against Depression and Suicide - Ms. Ilsa Reyes
    2. Humanae Vitae and Artificial Reproductive Technologies - Fr. Joel Jason
    3. Pastoral Care for Brethren with Same-Sex Attraction - Mr. Ansel Beluso
    4. Thou Shall Not Kill: An In-depth Knowledge About Extra-Judicial killings - Fr. Jaime Achacoso
    5. Marriage and de facto Unions (divorced, remarried, cohabitation) - Ms. Demy and Sylvia Chavez

    Batch 2

    1. Generation Z(est): Engaging Today’s Youth in Rebuilding the Culture of Life - 
    Ms. Lee-an Rosal
    2. Contraception: Why Not? Abortion and Contraceptive mentality - Dr. Angie Acosta
    3. Sexual orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE): It’s Complicated - Mr. Rollie Delos Reyes
    4. Encounter Life-Advancing Humanae Vitae in Catholic Schools  - Fr. Nolan Que

    The Humanae Vitae conference is organized by the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila in cooperation with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, Family is a Gift, and other Family-oriented groups.

    For inquiries please call brother Edgardo Cabuello at cellphone numbers 09274630987 / 8819803. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • RCAM-HRDD holds training for Social Media Skills Enhancement


    Responding to the call of becoming a good and effective evangelizer in this digital age where social media becomes a way of life, the Human Resource Department of the Archdiocese of Manila conducted a whole day training for Social Media Skills Enhancement on July 12, 2018 at the Arzobispado de Manila, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring/RCAM-AOC


    The activity aimed at equipping the employees with the power and risks of using social media and how they can maximize its use in proclaiming the Word of God.

    Guest speakers during the training were Ms. Josh Alfaro of Radio Veritas and Mr. Patrick Manlapaz of the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN).

    Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen, Vice President for Operations, TV Maria and Radio Veritas and Director of RCAM Office of Communications gave the participants from the different ministries of RCAM, an overview of what Social Media is, including its dangers, advantages, and disadvantages.

    According to Mr. Angelo Dela Cruz, Programs and Training Officer of RCAM-HRDD, the seminar was a result of the needs analysis they conducted last year.

    “Yung Training na yon (Enhancement of Social Media Skills Training) ay nag-surface sa training needs analysis that we conducted last year. Sila mismo ang nag-request ng training. To my surprise, eh puro mga taga ministries yung nag-express ng training need,” Mr. Dela Cruz said.

    The whole-day training was in coordination with the Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • THE WHISPER OF COMPASSION

     

    Homily delivered by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Diocese of Caloocan during Mass of the fourth day of the Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE5) at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila on July 21, 2018.

    I know that you all know the passage that we read today from John Chapter 2 as a “miracle story” about the “water turned into wine”. But did you know that there is also a story about the wine that turned into water? No kidding. The story is set in a poor village somewhere in France during the medieval times. Here’s how the story goes: Once there was a man and a woman who fell in love with each and decided to get married. Because they both came from poor peasant families the village elders proposed, at a village meeting, to take care of the wedding banquet for them. The couple however politely declined the offer, insisting that they had saved enough to be able to serve a simple meal for the guests. But in order not to offend the villagers who had made the generous offer, the couple said that the villagers were welcome to contribute the wine for the banquet. And so, the village folks agreed to bring one jar of home-made wine per family. Several huge empty wine barrels were put in the middle of the village hall where the wedding was going to be held and the villagers were instructed to just deliver their jar of wine to the hall and pour it into the barrels themselves, whenever ready. On their way home after the village meeting, one of the villagers whispered to his neighbor, “Just between us: you know, honestly, I wouldn’t waste my good wine on these poor peasants. They don’t even know what it’s worth. If I bring along a jar of water instead of wine and pour it into the barrel, I am sure nobody would even notice that the wine is a little diluted. Haha.” But the neighbor whispered it to the other neighbor, and the other neighbor to the several other neighbors. On the day of the wedding banquet, the mayor stood up to propose a toast to the newly wedded couple. He said, “Long live the bride and the groom!” And as they drank from their cups, their faces blushed with shame because the wine had turned into water! The moral: one little toxic whisper of deceit is all it takes to spoil the joy of a wedding banquet.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Our first reading from Genesis chapter 3 about the sin of Adam and Eve is the passage that was made popular recently by you know who. He gave his own commentary on a text that he found stupid, and which made him declare that God is stupid.

    Let me proceed now to tell you about the wisdom of this text, which is meant to be literary, not literal. We all know serpents do not talk in real life. Oh but figurative serpents do! They are fond of juicy gossips and intrigues that are best said in whispers. I call the serpent’s dialogue line in Genesis 3 the “mother of all gossips”. One little toxic whisper from the serpent was enough to cause the downfall of humankind. If I may paraphrase his “tsismis”, the serpent is supposed to have said something to this effect, “Just between us, don’t believe what God told you that would die if you eat of that delicious fruit. On the contrary, you will be perfect! You will be like God!”

    You see, if looks can kill, whispers can kill too. Nowadays, it takes just a whisper to put a name in a drug watch list. Sometimes it can even go with a kiss, like it did at Gethsemane. It takes just an asset’s whisper to lead the death squads to their targets. They also collect their 30 pieces of silver afterwards. It takes just one neighbor’s whisper to get the whole barangay conditioned into accepting the killings as justified as in the case of Jennifer, “Kumabit daw kasi sa pusher para may maipakain sa dalawang anak”. It takes just a whisper to condition people into believing that the priests who were murdered just got what they deserved—like “who would not die if you’re having an affair with several women?” It takes just a whisper to get Sr. Patricia Fox’s deportation sound like a matter of policy: “She joined anti-government rallies.” It takes just a whisper to justify martial law: “Terrorists are plotting to overthrow the government.”

    But today I have good news for you. If whispers can kill, some of them can also give life. Such as in the story we heard today about the wedding at Cana. Some bible scholars suggest that the Blessed Mother must have been helping out in the kitchen, like most Filipino mothers would do in barrio weddings (before catering became popular). How could Mary have noticed the crisis situation if she had not been involved in the reception? If the serpent’s whisper of deception was poisonous and death-dealing, Mary’s whisper of compassion was life-giving. No wonder we refer to her as the “New Eve”. From her lips came a whisper that was at the same time a prayer “They have run out of wine.” It is followed by yet another whisper, this time to the servants: “Do what he asks of you.” Are we not all familiar with this “running out of wine experience” in our work in the Church? Do we not find our lives and ministries sometimes turning bland and tasteless? Even if there is nothing but water to fill up the empty jars with, as long as we have the bridegroom in our midst, one little whisper can change our humble water into sweet wine so that the guests would declare that you have kept the good wine until now!

    For the past few days now, we have been meditating on the feeding of the multitude. Take note of the battle of whispers in that passage: first, the whisper of practicality from the disciples who say, “Dismiss the crowd.” Jesus counters it with a whisper of compassion: “No, give them something to eat yourselves.” Next the disciples whisper again, “We have nothing but five loaves and two fish here—unless you’re willing to spend up all our funds!” Jesus counters it again with a whisper of gratitude for the five loaves and two fish. I imagine him mumbling, “They’re quite enough. Just have them sit down on the grass in groups.” Have you ever wondered why some priests say the words of consecration i whispers? “Take and eat, this is my body. Take and drink, this is my blood.”

    Dear brothers and sisters, the next time you engage in whispering, stop for a while and ask which template you’re following: the serpent’s toxic whisper? Or Mama Mary’s and Jesus’ life-giving whisper? It’s ok to whisper; just make sure you follow the right template. Believe me, the quickest way to spread the good news is to preface it with, “Atin-atin lang ito, ha?” Like Jesus did. And look, the good news continues to spread throughout the world!

  • THE GOOD SHEPHERD

    Homily delivered by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Diocese of Caloocan during Mass of the second day of the Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE5) at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila on July 19, 2018.

    I’d like to begin by confessing to you that I used to dislike these I AM passages in John’s Gospel. They make Jesus sound so “MAYABANG”. They make him sound like a braggart who indulges in self-adulation. As in: “I AM the LIGHT OF THE WORLD! I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE! I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, I AM THE RESURRECTION, I AM THE VINE and here: I AM THE GOOD GOOD SHEPHERD.” Can you imagine our humble Jesus talking this way?

    Thank God for Bible scholars who remind us of what “I AM” means for the Jewish faith. It is what YAHWEH, their proper name for God, means: “I AM WHO AM”. The historical Jesus most likely did not speak this way. It is John who makes him talk this way—John who is fond of metaphors. John who is fond of double meanings. And it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Who is the Good Shepherd proclaimed by Psalm 23, who leads Israel like a flock in verdant pastures, who refreshes their souls, the Shepherd whose rod and his staff give them courage even when they walk in the valley of darkness? He is Yahweh, the Great I am. Who is the Good Shepherd who denounces the false Shepherds of Israel in Ezekiel 34, who says, “I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest—the lost I will search out, the strays I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, and the sick I will heal...” It is Yahweh, the Great I AM!

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    When John makes Jesus say, “I am the Good Shepherd,” he is proclaiming to us that in Jesus Christ, we encounter the Great I AM, who is a Good Shepherd. He is unlike the hireling, he says, who runs away from danger because he is just working for pay. He is good, not only because he feeds the lambs, carries them in his bosom and leads the ewes with care. He is Good, because in him we find the Shepherd who allows himself to become the LAMB who is ready to lay down his life for his flock. (John is telling us: only the one who is ready to die like a Lamb can grow into a good Shepherd.)

    Some of you may have read a reflection I posted on FB about a seminarian who asked me in an open forum, “Bishop, what advice can you give to seminarians who are losing heart and feeling discouraged about pursuing the priestly vocation because of the recent victims of killings in our country who were priests?”

    I said, “If a priest is murdered because he defends human rights, like Fr. Tito Paez, or he speaks out for environmental protection like Fr Mark Ventura, or he protects victims of rape and defends the Catholic faith like Fr Richmond Nilo, and his death causes you discouragement instead of inspiration, then I advise you to forget about the priesthood and just leave the seminary as soon as you can.” The priesthood is not for cowards; it is not for the fainthearted. Jesus would probably say, “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden.”

    And please, make no mistake about your vocabulary. Fr Paez, Fr Ventura and Fr Nilo were not “victims”. Victims are those who have no choice about their fate; it was merely imposed on them. No, these priests made a choice; they’ve opted to be “martyrs”, meaning witnesses. They chose this path, the road less traveled by. They responded freely to the invitation to choose the path of Jesus, knowing full well that it could cost their lives. This is what “martyrdom” is about. It is not about dying for a cause; it is about living out one’s faith, no matter if it could mean suffering and death. From the moment they chose the path of Christ, they already chose the path of suffering and death. So how can you call them victims?

    Yesterday, Cardinal Chito Tagle explained to us that the temple priests of the Old Testament offered “victims” on the altar of sacrifice. These were handpicked animals slaughtered, burned and given up as offerings. Not so with the priesthood of Christ, the mediator of the new covenant. We are all called, by baptism, to be signs and instruments of the one priesthood of Christ, in whom the offerer and the offering, the priest and the victim are one. The priests in the image of Christ will not say, “I will offer a lamb for you”. Rather, they will say, “I will be the lamb, I’ll give up my life for you, because I am a friend of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

    Last night, as I was preparing for this homily, I was interrupted by a sad news from one of our parishes. One of the widows of the victims of EJK who are leading the support group for EJK victims in our diocese was killed by masked killers. The texter was telling me that the killers were still around that very moment that she was texting me. They were still looking up close if Jennifer was really dead already. Jennifer was one of the widows who applied for a scholarship for her son Prince JR a few months ago. I remember her clutching in her armpit the death certificate of her husband Ryan, who had also been killed by masked killers a year ago now. At that time she narrated how her husband’s body was mutilated by the killers. They gouged his eyes and cut off his private parts. I remember how I squirmed as she told the story and even whispered to remind her that her daughter was listening. Now her two little children, aged five and seven, are complete orphans...

    The killers were not even rushing. They took their sweet time. They moved to another street, just a few blocks away and killed another one. Jennifer was from Barangay 152. After Jennifer, they moved down to Barangay 146 and killed 36 year old Alvin Teng. I feel so sad that I am unable to protect my flock from wolves. Today, in utter shame and frustration, I declare, “I have not been a good shepherd to my flock. The wolves have been prowling the streets and alleys of Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas. They have killed hundreds already, and I am unable to protect them with my life. I will bow in shame if the Good Shepherd will denounce me as a mere hireling, who remains safe and secure, who can get a good sleep in his warm bed while his sheep are being slaughtered.” I was saying this to myself last night

    But early this morning, I heard the Good Shepherd whispering to me in my prayer: “You are right, Ambo. You are not the the Good Shepherd. I AM. But you are in me, just as I am in you. You are not alone. It’s ok to say YOU ARE NOT THE GOOD SHEPHERD. I only entrusted the flock to you; pls continue to look after them. Do it for no other reason than for love of me. You do not have to substitute for me or to take my place. I only asked you to represent me. Speak to your flock and tell them to grow from lambs to fellow shepherds. Never shepherd my flock alone. Only by uniting yourself with your flock can you grow together into the Church, which is my body, the Body of the Shepherd. Only then can you truly say, I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD.”

    May I invite you then, brothers and sisters, to unite ourselves with Jesus and repeat after me: I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I AM WILLING TO LAY DOWN MY LIFE FOR THE FLOCK. I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I AM ALSO A LAMB, A FRIEND OF THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD. AMEN.

  • Message of the Apostolic Nunciature in the Philippines for the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization


    In response to your letter of 13 July, addressed to the Holy Father, I am pleased to convey to you the following message:

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle Archbishop of Manila

    His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Manila will convene the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization from 18 to 22 July 2018, and he sends Fraternal best wishes to you, your brother Bishops, the Clergy, the men and women religious and the Lay Faithful who will participate in it.



    As you gather to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the Church as communion and explore the necessity of communion-in-mission. He prays that the participants will be challenged to a missionary discipleship and transformation, setting their vision not only within the Philippine archipelago but also to the vast continent of Asia and even beyond.

    For “It is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The Joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded “(Evangelii Gaudium, 23).

    May everyone find inspiration in the Lord Jesus who manifested the face of the God of mercy in his command that the disciples feed the multitude (cfr. Mark 6:3044).

    With these sentiments, His Holiness entrusts all of you to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, and he willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and strength in our Lord.

    With assurances of my best wishes, I remain Sincerely yours in Christ, Gabriele Caccia Apostolic Nuncio

     

     

  • REJOICE AND BE GLAD! CBCP PASTORAL EXHORTATION


    “Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called sons and daughters of God.” (Mt 5:9)

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, do we not all aspire for the grace to be called “sons and daughters of God?” If we do so, then we must constantly strive to be peacemakers in these troubled times in our country. And that means to always strive to bring love where there is hatred, pardon where there is injury, faith where there is doubt, hope where there’s despair, light where there is darkness, and joy where there is sadness (from the prayer for peace attributed to St. Francis of Assisi).
    Photo by CBCPNEWS


    PEACE: OUR COMMON VOCATION AND MISSION

    Our enemies in this world are not fellow human beings, not “flesh and blood” (Eph 6:12).  We do not fight our battles with guns and bullets.  We do not seek protection from those who might wish to harm us by wearing bullet-proof vests, because the battles that we fight are spiritual.  In these times of darkness, when there’s so much hatred and violence, when murder has become an almost daily occurrence, when people have gotten so used to exchanging insults and hurting words in the social media, we admonish the faithful to remain steadfast in our common vocation and mission to actively work for peace.  

    But make no mistake about it; even the master said, “Not as the world gives peace do I give you peace.” (Jn 14:27). His peace is never the peace of compromise or capitulation to evil; it is also not about the absence of conflict and turmoil.  Was he not rejected by his own townsfolk in Nazareth? (Lk 4:16-30) Was he not called crazy by his own relatives? (Mk 3:20-22). Was he not called a “prince of demons”? (Mk 3:22-30). Was he not called a drunkard and a lover of tax collectors and sinners? (Mt 11:19)

    Did he not show us how to deal with adversities when he slept in the boat, or walked on water even in the midst of a storm? (Mk 4:35-40; Mk 6:45-52) But like the apostles, we are often so easily overcome by fear and panic. Even when we’re already making baby steps on troubled waters like St. Peter, we find ourselves sinking because of our “little faith” (Mt14:31). There is nothing that can calm us down in these turbulent times except the quiet recognition of him who assured us of his abiding presence — “Be not afraid; it is I!” (Mt 14:27) 

    THE COST OF WITNESSING TO CHRIST

    What is new about priests being murdered for witnessing to Christ? What is new about modern prophets being silenced by the treacherous bullets of assassins? What is new about servant leaders who are maligned because they have carried out their duties as shepherds configured to the person of their Chief Shepherd?  Have you forgotten that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians”? (Tertullian)   It is what has kept the Church alive after two thousand years. Be not afraid! Did not our master say, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul into Gehenna” (Mt 10:28)?

    We are no strangers to ridicule and persecution.  What we are going through is no different from what the Psalmist describes in Psalm 64: “They sharpen their tongues like swords; they aim bitter words like arrows to shoot at the innocent from ambush, shooting suddenly and recklessly.” But what does the Lord tell his disciples when they are persecuted or humiliated for his sake?  He tells them to “rejoice and be glad” (Mat 5:12).  These are the very words with which Pope Francis opens his apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate”. They are the Lord’s words to those persecuted and humiliated for his sake. With the intention of calling us all to strive for a life of holiness, Pope Francis says the Lord does not want us “to settle for a bland and mediocre existence” (GE 1). How have we been taught to deal with persecution? Listen to what the apostle, St Paul, says, “When we are insulted, we respond with a blessing; when we are persecuted, we bear it patiently; when slandered, we respond gently. We have become the world’s refuse, the scum of all; that is the present state of affairs” (1 Cor 4:12-13).

    And how are we to deal with divisions among ourselves?  How are we to deal with fellow “Christians” who see nothing wrong about the killings, who just laugh when our God is blasphemed, and who take part in passing on fake news? Did not the Lord himself warn us that part of the exigencies of working for peace is having to go through the crucible of conflicts? (Lk 12:51-53) There will always be those among us who profess the faith in Christ but are so easily seduced by the empty promises of Satan. Remember him who once sold the master for 30 pieces of silver because he had allowed himself to be mastered by Satan?  St. Paul is right in saying, “...there have to be divisions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may become known.” (ESV 1 Cor 11:19)

    THE SUFFERINGS OF THE POOR

    Our sufferings as Church leaders are nothing compared to the sufferings of the poor in our country.  Do we not hear the cry of poor slum-dwellers being jailed for “loitering”?  Have they forgotten that for the homeless urban poor — the little alleys between their flimsy homes also serve as kitchens, bathrooms, recreation spaces, and playgrounds for their children?  Have they forgotten that they live in tiny dwellings that are razed quickly to the ground when fire strikes, because they do not have proper roads? Do we not feel the sufferings of drug addicts who are labelled as “non-humans”, and are stigmatized as criminals when their names end up in the dreaded “drug watch lists”? Yes, we are aware of the sufferings of those who have been victimized by substance abusers, but can we not see them also as sick people who are struggling with a disease? Should we not rather look at them also as victims who are crying out for help? Are we to remain as bystanders when we hear of people being killed in cold blood by ruthless murderers who dispose of human lives like trash?  Do we not realize that for every drug suspect killed, there is a widowed wife and there are orphaned children left behind — who could hardly even afford a decent burial for their loved ones? Do we not care when poor people’s homes are searched without warrants, or when drug suspects are arrested without warrants, or detained without charges?

    Do we not care about the misery of people charged of drug-related offenses and packed like sardines in extremely congested jails? Can we even bear the thought of seeing most of them languishing in jail, knowing that rehabilitation is what many of them need? Do we not hear of the sufferings of indigenous peoples who are displaced from their ancestral lands in order to give way to mining companies and dams?  And how do we feel about communities that are forced to leave their homes for fear of being caught in the crossfire of conflicts between government troops and insurgents? How are we affected when our own troops die because of unceasing hostilities that have not been adequately addressed through peaceful dialogue?  We have a saying in Tagalog, “Ang sakit ng kalingkingan ay ramdam ng buong katawan.” (The pain of one part of the body is felt by the whole body.)  Alas, this is not always true! There is no way we can feel each other’s pains when some parts of the body are numbed by sheer indifference.  

    To those in this world who boast of their own wisdom, those who arrogantly regard themselves as wise in their own estimation and the Christian faith as nonsense, those who blaspheme our God as stupid, St. Paul’s words are to the point: “For the stupidity of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (1 Cor 1:25)   And to those who ridicule our faith, we say with St. Paul, “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.”(1 Cor 1:27-29).

    THE WAY OF JESUS

    We wish to remind those who have been angered by the insulting statements of people in authority; remember what the Lord had taught his disciples. He said, “But to you who hear I say... bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well...” (Lk 6:27-29). Vengeance is never the way of Christ.  It is not the way of Jesus to return evil for evil; no, we can conquer evil only with good (Rom 12:21). Up to the last moment of his breath, he had nothing but words of mercy towards his tormentors, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do” (Lk 23:34).

    There are those who accuse us of getting involved in political moves to destabilize the government.  Nothing can be farthest from the truth.   Our concern is never the establishment of any earthly kingdoms.  Worldly kingdoms come and go.  We work only for God’s kingdom which is beyond this world — so that we can start learning to live life “on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10). For the times in our history when we fell into the temptation of working for political power, we can only bow in shame and say, never again!  We do not proclaim a false image of God, such as one who is just watching from heaven like a ruthless deity who threatens us of damnation in hell all the time.  Ours is the God revealed to us in Jesus Christ — the God who saves, a God “rich in mercy and compassion”, a God involved in our history, a God who — for love of us — emptied himself totally, and “became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9).

    CHURCH AND GOVERNMENT

    The Church respects the political authority, especially of democratically-elected government officials, as long as they do not contradict the basic spiritual and moral principles we hold dear, such as respect for the sacredness of life, the integrity of creation, and the inherent dignity of the human person. We are not political leaders, and certainly not political opponents of government. The Church has, throughout history, coexisted with countless forms of government.  The Church has always been and will always be a partner of government (especially in the LGUs and barangays) in countless endeavours for the common good, especially in addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged sectors of society. Sometimes we qualify the collaboration as “critical”, mainly to distinguish our differences in terms of ultimate goals, even as we partner in some shared endeavours. Needless to say, on some specific issues, collaboration might not be possible because of our spiritual and moral beliefs, which we persistently propose, but never impose on the unwilling. In such instances, we can only invoke our right to conscientious objection. We do recognise the constitutional provision of the separation of church and state, mainly in the sense of distinction of roles in society. When we speak out on certain issues, it is always from the perspective of faith and morals, especially the principles of social justice, never with any political or ideological agenda in mind.

    CHURCH OF SINNERS, CALLED TO HOLINESS

    We admit humbly that we are a Church made of members who are “wretched but chosen” (Miserando atque Eligendo, Pope Francis’ episcopal motto). We are a Church of sinners called to conversion and holiness at the same time.  We bow in shame when we hear of abuses being committed by some of our fellow Church leaders — especially those ordained to “act in the person of Christ”. We hold ourselves accountable for their actions, and accept our duty to correct them — as duly mandated by our own higher authorities in the universal Church.  We humbly admit that we have many weaknesses and shortcomings, human as we are.  We have no reason to justify our weaknesses on the basis of our participation in the human condition, because we profess faith in the God who embraced the human condition, precisely to set a new template of humanity in his son Jesus Christ.  We draw a lot of strength from St. Paul, who desperately begged the Lord to remove his weakness but only got these words as assurance, “My grace is enough for you; for in weakness power reaches perfection.  It is when I am weak that I am strong” (2 Cor 12:9).

    CALL TO PRAYER AND FASTING

    On July 16, 2018 on the feast of the Blessed Mother of Mt. Carmel, the mountain associated with the bold challenge of the prophet Elijah in defense of God (2 Kings 18), let us spend a day of prayer and penance, invoking God’s mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God’s Holy Name, those who slander and bear false witness, and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality in our country. We invite you to join us, your bishops, in three days of fasting, prayer and almsgiving from July 17 to 19, 2018.

    We commend you, our dear people of God, to the maternal care of the woman to whom Jesus entrusted his “Beloved Disciple” and said, “Behold your son!”  (Jn 19:26) We, for our part, behold her — our mother in faith — with filial love. Mary, mother of the Church, be near to us especially when we tend to despair and run out of the wine of faith, hope and charity (Jn 2:1-11). Teach us to do only what your Son asks of us. And when we lose heart in the face of persecution, may we stand by you at the foot of the cross and regain our strength from the blood and water that flowed from the wounded side of your Beloved Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN.




    For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,

    Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, DD
    Archbishop of Davao
    President, CBCP
    July 9, 2018

  • Archdiocese of Manila holds first KAPIHAN sa RCAM


    In response to the call of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to form communities of discernment, the Archdiocese of Manila held the Kapihan sa RCAM at the San Pedro Calungsod Hall, Knights of Columbus in Intramuros on June 28, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Kapihan sa RCAM is a bi-monthly town hall meeting of RCAM employees where speakers are invited to discuss matters of national interest. 

    The forum entitled, “PH National Situationer: Issues and Implications,” is first of a series of KAPIHANS that aims at increasing awareness and understanding of political and social issues as seen in the eyes of the Catholic church as well as to engage in the current political, economic, and psycho-social concerns to be able to come up with Christian responses.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Guest Speaker Dr. Antonio Gabriel M. La Vina, former dean of the Ateneo School of Good Governance and Convenors of MANLABAN sa EJK Coalition discussed the present issues in our country, what are its implications to the Filipinos and how they will respond to these challenges as an individual or as part of the group.

    The issues he discussed covered topics including the economy, foreign policy, human rights, peace process particularly in Mindanao, corruption, state of democracy, and Charter Change.

    Among the issues, La Vina emphasized during the forum was the controversial statements of President Rodrigo Duterte against the Catholic Church. He said that it is a direct violation of the religious freedom of the Filipino people. 

    According to La Vina, Duterte should be more careful in his speech and should avoid to offend or discriminate against anyone.

    “Of course it’s a freedom of speech, but as a President, he cannot attack a Religion it’s a violation of freedom of religion if he attacks a religion kasi presidente siya. I can attack a Religion, Iglesia ni Kristo, preacher can do that, a priest can do that, we cannot do that because we are not Presidents we are ordinary people, but any government person cannot do that because a government person is supposed to be non-partisan, Independent…,” La Vina said.

    Duterte ranted about God and called him stupid for the concept of “original sin” in his June 22 speech in Davao City.

    Recently, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle released a letter to Clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila asking them to be calm and be at peace.

    The Kapihan sa RCAM was organized by the Human Resource Department of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • MESSAGE TO THE CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DAVAO on the recent commentaries and pronouncements regarding the faith of the Catholic church and the teachings from the bible



    My dear brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church: Peace! Recently, we have heard of some pronouncements and commentaries regarding our faith in God in the Catholic Church, and our teachings from the Bible. I believe that these pronouncements and commentaries have caused us uneasiness, worries, sadness and confusion. And for some, even anger. Perhaps, you are asking what I would say about these events, as your father and shepherd here in the Archdiocese of Davao. First of all, as faithful children of God, let us strive to maintain a peaceful and charitable spirit in our hearts in the midst of these events. Let us ask for these gifts from God in our prayers during these days. If we keep this peace and charity in our hearts, we would be able to love and respect others. Secondly, these events give us a great opportunity to revisit our Catholic faith, the faith that we have held for so many years. For most of us, this faith has always been the faith of our forefathers. Let us look back and examine the living experiences of our faith in God in the Church – our faith in Jesus Christ our Savior. Never forget how you, yourselves, experienced how beautiful, how precious and how powerful this faith is! Never forget the countless moments in which you were touched, through this faith, by the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist that we celebrate, in your reception of the Body and Blood of Christ. You were inspired by the Word of God as you listened to the preaching and explanation of your priests.

    Never forget how you experienced the presence of God as you knelt before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle of the Church. Never forget your experience of the Mysterious Presence of God, the God who is full of love and mercy towards us, in the other Sacraments, like the Sacrament of Holy Anointing of the Sick and the Sacrament of Confession.

    Never forget those beautiful moments when the Blessed Virgin, our Mother, and the saints manifested their abiding presence and accorded you their constant assistance. This is our living faith in the Church, our faith in Jesus Christ, our God.

    Brethren, for many years, this is our faith amidst the joys and the sufferings of this life. Love and cherish this faith. This is the faith that binds us as a Church, and urges us to serve and to love and to respect our fellowmen.

    As St. Paul says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Rom 8: 38).

    Let us remain steadfast in this faith, the faith that gives us joy and peace of heart, the faith that is grounded on total trust in God through Jesus, who always abides with us.


    With great trust in Christ Jesus,

    ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao
    28 June 2018
    Vigil of the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
    The 38th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Davao

  • 2018 Pope's Day Mass


    Homily delivered by Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Cacciia, D.D. during Mass in celebrtion of the Vigil of Saints Peter and Paul at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Intramuros, Manila on June 28, 2018, at 6 p.m.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Your Excellencies and dear brother Bishops present here tonight in large number,
    Your Excellencies, the Ambassadors, and Colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps, thank you for your presence. Distinguished Government Officials, Reverend Fathers, Reverend Sisters,
    My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, dear friends 

    We gather together this Evening, the vigil of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, to celebrate the Holy Eucharist where we pray in a special way for the wellbeing, the ministry and the intentions of His Holiness Pope Francis, on the sixth year of His Pontificate.

    I am very grateful to His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and his collaborators in the Archdiocese of Manila, especially the Rector of this Cathedral, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, for their graciousness in organizing this celebration of the Pope’s Day, which actually is my first as Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

    The good Cardinal cannot be with us this evening because he is Rome. In few hours, he will join the Consistory in which the Pope will create fourteen new Cardinals coming from all over the world, including Iraq, Pakistan, Poland, Peru, Japan, Madagascar, Italy. According to Pope Francis, the places of origin of the new cardinals show the universality of the Church that continues to preach the merciful love of God throughout the earth, and the fact that they are all in Rome, shows the unity of the disciples in preaching the unique Gospel, founded on the rock of Saint Peter’s profession of faith.

    Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI described this universality beautifully, saying: “Catholicity means universality – a multiplicity that becomes a unity; a unity that nevertheless remains multiplicity”.  “Catholic” and “one”. Today’s Solemnity puts emphasis on these ecclesial characteristics even more profoundly and I would like to quote again, Pope Benedict, he said;

    “Since the most ancient times, the Church of Rome has celebrated the Solemnity of the Great Apostles Peter and Paul as a single Feast on the same day, 29th June. It was through their martyrdom, that they became brothers; together they founded the new Christian Rome. The blood of martyrs does not invoke revenge but reconciliation. It is not presented as an accusation but rather as the “fairer light”, as the force of love that overcomes hatred and violence, thus founding a new city, a new community. Through their martyrdom, they – Peter and Paul – became Roman citizen forever. Through their martyrdom, through their faith and love, both Apostles point to where true hope lies; they are founders of a new sort of city that must be constantly rebuilt in the midst of the old human city that is threatened by the opposing forces of human sin and selfishness. By virtue of their martyrdom, Peter and Paul are in a reciprocal relationship forever. They died for the one Christ and in their witness for which they gave their lives, they are one.

    Now we know that Peter and Paul met in Jerusalem at least twice; the paths of both were ultimately to converge in Rome. We ask ourselves why? Might this be something more than a pure chance? Might this contain a lasting message? Let us see.

    Paul arrived in Rome as a prisoner but, at the same time, as a Roman citizen who, precisely as such, after his arrest in Jerusalem had appealed to the Emperor to whose tribunal he was taken. However, in a deeper sense Paul came to Rome of his own free will. Through some of his most important Letters he had already become inwardly close to the city: he had addressed to the Church in Rome the writing that sums up the whole of his proclamation and his faith better than any other. In the initial greeting of this Letter, he says that the faith of the Christians of Rome is being talked about in all the world and is, therefore, reputed everywhere to be exemplary. He then writes: “I want you to know, brethren, that I have often intended to come to you but thus far has been prevented.” And at the end of the Letter, he returns to this topic now speaking of his project of a journey to Spain. He said, “I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little.” These are two things that become obvious: for Paul, Rome was a stopping place on the way to Spain, in other words – according to his conception of the world – on his way to the extreme edge of the earth. He considers his mission to be the fulfillment of the task assigned to him by Christ, to take the Gospel to the very ends of the world. Rome lay on his route. Whereas Paul usually went to places where the Gospel had not yet been proclaimed, Rome was an exception. He found there a Church whose faith was being talked about across the world. Going to Rome was part of the universality of his mission as an envoy to all peoples. The way that led to Rome, which already prior to his external voyage he had traveled inwardly with his Letter, was an integral part of his duty to take the Gospel to all the peoples – to found the Catholic or universal Church. For him, going to Rome was an expression of the Catholicity of his mission. Rome had to make the faith visible to the whole world, it had to be the meeting place of the one faith.

    But why Peter did go to Rome? The New Testament says nothing about this directly. Yet, it gives us hints. Peter, who comply with God’s order, had been the first to open the door to pagans, as described by the episode of the centurion Cornelius in the Acts of the Apostles, left the leadership of the Christian-Jewish Church of Jerusalem to James the Lesser in order to dedicate himself to his true mission: the ministry for the unity of the one Church of God formed both by Jews and pagan, first he did that in Antioch and later in Rome.

    Among the Church’s characteristics, St. Paul’s desire to go to Rome places emphasis on the word “Catholic.” St Peter’s journey to Rome as representative of the world’s people comes especially under the word “one.” His task was to create unity of the Catholica, the Church formed by Jews and pagans, the Church of all the peoples. And this is Peter’s ongoing mission even today, to ensure that the Church is never identified with a single nation, with a single culture or with a single State but it is always the Church of all; to ensure that she reunites humanity over and above every boundary and, in the midst of the divisions of this world, makes God’s peace present, the reconciling power of his love.

    In the world today, thanks to technology that is the same everywhere, thanks to the world information network and also thanks to the connection of common interests, new forms of unity exist, yet they spark new disputes and give a new impetus to the old ones. In the midst of this external unity, based on material things, our need for the inner unity which comes from God’s peace is all the greater – the unity of all those who have become brothers and sisters through Jesus Christ. This is Peter’s permanent mission and also the specific task entrusted to the Church of Rome.

    Let us pray then tonight for Pope Francis, the present Bishop of Rome and the Successor of St. Peter, to continue by the grace of God his ministry of communion and unity.

    And let us pray to the Lord that we too, through the intercession of Saints Peter and Paul, may be strengthened to be witnesses everywhere of the love of Jesus and promoters of unity and communion, so that the world may believe. Amen.

     

  • Episcopal Vicar of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth to grace PCNE 5



    In celebration of the upcoming 500th Year of Evangelization onward to the New Evangelization in the Philippines, the Episcopal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth of Canada, Rev. Fr. James Mallon will take part as the keynote speaker of the forthcoming Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE5) on July 18 to 22, 2018.

    The theme for this year’s PCNE is “Moved with Compassion: Feed the Multitude,” which is aimed to celebrate the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). It will be a celebration of the ministerial priesthood and the consecrated life as a community of the baptized faithful, as a missionary disciples and servant leaders like Christ, and a roadmap to foster the spirit of communion and synergy among the laity and consecrated.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D. will preside the opening Mass on the first day (July 18), and will lead the plenary session about the spiritual life of priests through an encounter with Christ, with the theme “Sharing in the One Priesthood of Christ”.

    Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. James Mallon, Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, will deliver the keynote message on the theme “Renewed Servant-Leaders for the New Evangelization” during the second day of PCNE 5, July 19. 

    The second day of the conference will focus on the ordained ministers and consecrated persons as disciples of God and their mission to join Christ as they strive to have their hearts formed.

    The third day of PCNE 5, aptly themed “Ministerial Priesthood at the Service of Baptismal Priesthood”, tackles the primary tasks of the clergy and consecrated persons in bringing all their creativity, imagination and enthusiasm for the Gospel to the ministry. 

    Apart from the plenary sessions, there will be 13 tracks of concurrent sessions on parish/BECs, schools, workplace/government, family, youth, the digital and social media, catechesis, a church in mission, new ministry, young adult, and new trends in the church. 

    PCNE was introduced by Cardinal Tagle in 2013 as a local response to the call of a new evangelization. It was first held from October 16 to 18, 2013 with the theme “God makes all things new (Rev 21:5)”. PCNE I focused on rekindling the ardor of evangelization and renewal of faith experience in the local and Asian context.

    For registration and other inquiries, please call (02) 405-0093, or mobile numbers (+63) 995-191-3473 for Globe subscribers, (+63) 908-119-3533 for Smart subscribers or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information visit http://www.pcne.com.ph.


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  • OUR GOD IS NOT STUPID


    He said it again. And this time with emphasis.  ‘YOUR GOD IS STUPID!”

    The God of our fathers, and of the whole Christendom is being proclaimed in this Christian nation, on National Television, by our President, as stupid.  He taunts our teachings, he insults our scriptures and his cohorts would even have the gall to defend all these by saying that the Catholic Church should repent from our own sins and scandals.

    The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Council of the Laity of the Philippines), together with its Religious Leaders and pastors, denounce in the strongest possible terms these unstatesmanly, untrue and uncouth manners, speeches and attacks to our faith, and the insults being hurled to OUR GOD.

    As Christians and citizens in OUR country, we have the right and duty to point out these very offensive actuations.  He should repent and relent.  The President should be man enough to accept these are wrongdoings and should be mature enough to stop tantrums.

    With this statement, the LAIKO calls on all our lay faithful to express their indignation in a truly Christian and civil manner, through all possible means and channels.


    For the LAIKO Board of Directors,

    MA. JULIETA F. WASAN
    President 
    Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas

    Noted:

    MOST REV. BRODERICK S. PABILLO, D.D.
    Chairman
    CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity

    June 29, 2018

  • On question about God: Cardinal Tagle urges priests to keep calm


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    “Be fools for Christ. Be at peace. God is the Savior. We do not need to save God. It is God who will save us.”

    These were the words of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to his priests in the Archdiocese of Manila in a letter released on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, as he shared his thoughts on the question about God.

    Cardinal Tagle wrote the letter while he was in Geneva for the UN Conference on Migrants and Refugees sponsored by the Holy See. He advised the clergy to be calm on the different issues arising.

    “Be at peace. Be calm. Don't let things disturb your inner peace. Let us read the situation with the eyes of faith,” Cardinal Tagle told his priests.

    Amidst the issues that the country and the church are facing, Cardinal Tagle reminded the clergy that there are other pressing concerns they need to pay attention to like the prices of goods, job security, problems encountered by OFW, children, and women, and crimes, and violence in the community.

    “While these questions are extremely important for the dialogue between faith and current concerns, let us not be distracted from addressing other pressing concerns with the fervor of faith and love: for example, the increasing prices of goods, job security,  exploitation of women and children, violence in homes and neighborhoods, different types of addictions, crimes, vulnerabilities of OFWs, the daily paralyzing traffic in big cities, flooding, reconstruction of destroyed cities, combatting terrorism, corruption and others,”  he said.

    “We need to come together and contribute to positive responses according to each one's capability. We cannot address these problems by just blaming someone. Those who believe in God must work faithfully and joyfully for the Lord.  Those who do not believe in God must serve out of human decency, generosity and concern for neighbors, he added.

    Cardinal Tagle stressed what the Vatican II teaches Catholics on religion.  He urged them to respect each other’s belief and to make use of religion as an instrument for peace.

    “Vatican II stressed that we Catholics should respect non-Catholics and their religions. We also respect those who do not believe in God. All people should strive to respect those who differ from their beliefs. Religions are not to be used for conflicts but for mutual understanding and peace," he said.

    He also discussed in his letter the questions about God and the many times it has become topics for study, research, and reflections.

    “Questioning God and God's ways is not new. It is as old as humanity and religions. In the history of the church they have become moments for study, reflection and clarification of doctrine. Creation and evolution, God's goodness and evil, God's grace and human freedom, God's mercy and eternal punishment - these topics have been raised at various moments of the Church's history,’ he said.

    At the end of his message, he shared a few bible verses that will help them restore their faith and peace when they are disturbed by questions about God and his ways. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Letter of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to the Clergy from Geneva






  • Statement of the Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila




    The Office of Communications of the Archdiocese would like to clarify that Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle does not issue any statement or message stating that the Church should take leadership over the government, particularly the one that is spreading in social media the past few days. 

    However, the Cardinal issued pastoral statements that encouraged the faithful to participate in activities that promote goodwill in parishes and communities. He also asked the faithful to pray for the country and for the Church.

    Let us all continue to work and pray for peaceful collaboration among all Filipinos. 


    Fr. Roy Bellen 
    Archdiocesan Office of Communication

     

  • Cardinal Tagle launches Global Week of Action

     
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    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided over the Mass that officially launched the Share the Journey Campaign Global Week of Action held last Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo, Manila, at 5:30 p.m.

    “Today, we are opening the Week of Action which is endorsed by Pope Francis called “Share the Journey”, makibahagi sa paglalakbay. This is the program of Pope Francis and Caritas regarding a humane encounter, personal encounter with migrants all over the world especially forced migrants,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Share the Journey’s call for Global Week of Action that runs from June 17-24, 2018 is an initiative of Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis. The campaign was launched last September 2017 and aimed at developing a culture of personal encounter with migrants and refugees all over the world.

    During his homily, Cardinal Tagle pointed out a few reasons why many people are forced to migrate.

    “We have the right to migrate, to live where we want to live but many people in the world are forced to migrate, they go to countries, to other places because of poverty, because of violence, because of hunger, because of lack of work, because of conflicts, because of environmental distraction,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle who is also the president of Caritas Internationalis, stressed that there are 65 million people who walk and sail in “dangerous circumstances” without any assurance that people will welcome them.

    “Everyday we hear reports, we see images and we Filipinos we know there are, they say around 10 million Filipinos who have also migrated to other lands,” he said.


    Global Week of Action in the Archdiocese of Manila

    Cardinal Tagle reinforced the call for the Global Week of Action by inviting the faithful to engage in simple actions and gestures that facilitate the different encounter with the displaced people in different parishes and communities.

    “These actions should be simple enough to be repeated in the homes, schools and neighborhoods towards the blossoming of a welcoming and caring culture towards displaced person,” he said.

    The Archdiocese of Manila, particularly the Ministry on Migrants headed by Fr. Artemio Fabros, formulated a program for the whole week.

    Caritas Manila opened its clinics located in 26 different parishes to the local and international migrants on Monday, June 18 as part of the healthcare activity of the Global Week of Action.  It will be opened again on Saturday, June 23.

    A migrant couple shared their plight during the Clergy Recollection of the Archdiocese of Manila held at the Lay Formation Center in San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, Makati on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 where Cardinal Tagle celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m.

    On Thursday, June 21, Cardinal Tagle’s 61st birthday, he presided over a Mass with a group of local and international migrants at 11 a.m. whom he also shared lunch with at the Residencia del Arzobispo in Intramuros. At 5 p.m. on the same day, a Mass for migrant people was also held at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia, Ermita, Manila and was presided by Rev. Fr. Ramon Magana.

    The Archdiocesan Youth Ministry with its commissioner, Fr.Jade Licuanan will hold Feast with Me: Worshipping and Praying Young Migrants and Refugees at Cinema 4 in SM Manila on Friday, June 22, from 8 to 10 p.m.

    On the feast of the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on Sunday, June 24, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will lead the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Saint John the Baptist Parish in San Juan, Manila, at 5:30 p.m.

    Cardinal Tagle also called on the international community to “treat migrants humanely” as well as to “send words of encouragement” to the 65 million forced migrants all over the world.

    “Let us complete our Global Week of Action with attentive listening to God’s word, Eucharistic celebration, and prayer,” he said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Statement of the Commission on Social Services and Development - Archdiocese of Manila on the death of Fr. Richmond Nilo


    Even if the Commission for Social Services and Development of the Archdiocese of Manila does not know all the facts yet, we can make a statement in line of our Catholic Faith.

    Trying to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ who practiced the “non-violent approach” even if he would die a most violent death, we strongly promote non-violence. As Jesus asked us to love our enemies and to pray for those who hate us, we ask God’s mercy for the killers so that they may repent and return to the God of love.

  • "Dugtong-buhay", Faithful's Gift to Cardinal Tagle

     

    Employees of the Archdiocese of Manila donate blood as a birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle during the bloodletting drive on June 21, 2018.
    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrated his 61st birthday on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

    As a birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle, the Archdiocese of Manila conducted a bloodletting activity entitled “RCAM Celebrating Life…a Birthday gift to our Archbishop.”

    Now on its eleventh consecutive year, this Dugtong Buhay project was held on Thursday, June 21, at the fourth floor of Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    In a video message of the Cardinal, he expressed his gratitude to all the people who willingly donated their blood as a birthday gift to him.


    “Para po sa lahat ng nagbigay ng kusang loob ng dugo para po sa aking kaarawan, maraming, maraming salamat po,” he said.

    “Pati po sa bibliya, ang dugo ay simbolo ng buhay. Tayo ay binigyan ng buhay, tayo naman ay makapagbigay buhay din po.  At sa isang bag ng dugo, tatlong tao pala ang pwede nating matulungan.  Kaya po para sa inyo, maraming, maraming salamat. Magbigay buhay din po tayo sa iba’t ibang pamamaraan,”
    Cardinal Tagle added.

    A total of 59 bags were collected from the donors from the schools, parishes, ministries, and employees of the Archdiocese of Manila.  There were also volunteers from the AMO-PDM of the Archdiocese of Manila, a few employees from the Social Security System (SSS) – Recto Branch and from the Diocese of Imus and Cubao who donated blood.

    The bloodletting drive was organized by the Human Resource Department (HRD) of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Message of His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila for Independence Day



    Mga minamahal na kapatid at kababayan sa Arkidiyosesis ng Manila,

    Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Dios sa biyaya ng kalayaan. Ang tunay na kalayaan ay bahagi ng ganap na buhay na dulot ni Jesus (Juan 10:10). Salamat din sa pagpupunyagi ng mga dakilang Pilipino at Pilipina na nagpamana sa atin ng kalayaan. Subalit nakalulungkot tanggapin na laganap pa rin ang pagkaalipin sa bisyo, droga, korupsyon, kapangyarihan, pera, luho at karahasan. Marami pa rin ang inaalipin ng kahirapan, pagkagutom, pagsasamantala, takot atpagpatay. Bukod sa pagkitil ng buhay ng Ilan nating kababayan sa ibang bansa tulad ni Henry Acorda na pinaslang sa Slovakia, marami ring pinapaslang sa ating bansa - Wala nang pinipili -sanggol, kabataan, magulang, lola, pulis, sundalo at pari. Ang pinakahuling biktima ay si Fr. Richmond Nilo ng Cabanatuan at sana’y hindi na masundan. Tumatangis tayo para sa kanila, sa kanilang pamilya at sambayanan. Humihingi tayo ng katarungan para sa kanila. Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan. Inuulit po natin: Taliwas sa kalooban ng Dios ang pagyurak sa buhay. Hindi solusyon ang pagpatay sa mga problemang personal at panlipunan. 

    Sa diwa ng Salita ng Dios at turo ng Simbahan nananawagan po ako sa inyo:

    1. Bilang isang sambayanan, humingi tayo ng patawad sa Dios sa mga kasalanan laban sa buhay. Sabayan natin ng gawaing magbibigay buhay ang paghingi ng patawad: pagdamay sa naulila, pagbabahagi ng pagkain, pakikiisa sa Pondo ng Pinoy at Sanlakbay, paglahok sa Caritas, dialogo sa hindi Kristiyano o Katoliko at iba pang pagkakawanggawa. “Ipanalangin din ang mga umuusig, huwag silang isusumpa,” sabi ni San Pablo (Roma 12:14). Baka sa iyong pagsumpa sa kanila, matulad ka sa kanila at maging alipin nila. 

    2. Kapag ikaw ay itinutulak ng galit, inggit, yabang at paghihiganti upang manakit ng kapwa-tao, huwag kang susunod. Kapag ikaw ay inuutusan o binabayaran na manakit o pumatay ng kapwa-tao, huwag kang susunod. Huwag kang magpapaalipin. Ang Pilipinong tunay na malaya ay hindi nagsasamantala, naninira at nambubusabos ng kapwa. Pinalaya na tayo ni Jesucristo sa pamamagitan ng Espiritu Santo, sabi ni San Pablo sa taga-Roma 8:2. Huwag na tayong magpaalipin muli sa mga hangarin at silakbo na umuuwi sa kamatayan, ayon kay Apostol Santiago 1:15.

    3. Tinatawagan natin ang mga mambabatas at tagapangalaga ng kaayusan at katahimikan: bakit po napakaraming baril o sandata na nagkalat? Baka kailangan suriin ang mga batas at patakaran hinggil sa paggawa, pagbebenta, pagbili at pagmamayari ng baril. Huwag nawang dumating ang araw na mas madali pang bumili ng baril kaysa bigas. 

    4. Ituloy po natin ang pagtunog ng kampana ng simbahan tuwing alas-8 ng gabi bilang pagalala at panalangin para sa mga namatay. Panawagan din ito sa mga pumatay na alalahanin ang kanilang ginawa at magbagong-buhay. Mag-alay po tayo ng misa ating mga parokya sa loob ng 9 na araw mula June 13 para sa mga pinaslang, lalo na sa mga pari dahil ngayon ay Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.

    Pagpalain po kayong lahat at ingatan ng Panginoon. Huwag tayong panghihinaan ng loob. 

    Kapiling natin si Maria, Ina ng mga Pilipino, sa tuwa, dalamhati at liwanag.

     

    +Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle 

    Arsobispo ng Maynila

    11 June 2018

  • Bloodletting drive to mark Cardinal Tagle’s 61st birthday



    Cardinal Tagle during Mass celebrating his 60th birthday
    (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will celebrate his 61st birthday on Thursday, June 21.

    To commemorate his birthday, the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a bloodletting activity on June 21 called “RCAM Celebrating Life Year XI – a Birthday Gift to our Archbishop.”

    In a letter released to the employees, seminaries, and parish personnel of the Archdiocese of Manila dated May 30, 2018, Rev. Fr. Sanny de Claro, Director, Human Resource Department appealed for blood donations.

    “The Human Resource Development Department of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila appeals to you and to your friends, to donate blood on June 21, 2018, to commemorate the 61st birthday anniversary of our Archbishop, Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D.,” de Claro said.

    The bloodletting activity will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the 4th floor of Arzobispado building in Intramuros.

    The said activity is in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross.

    For inquiries, you may call the HRDD office at telephone numbers 527-3956 / 527-6254 and look for Mr. Joel Madronio or Mr. Omar Matro. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Bone relic of St. Augustine open for public veneration in Manila

     

    Fr. Dennis Ruiz, Postulator General of the Order of Augustinian 
    Discalced (OAD) with the Bone relic of St. Augustine
    Photo by Leandro-Jose C. Tesorero


    The bone relic of the Theologian and Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, will be opened for public veneration in various parishes in Metro Manila from June 5 to 8 as part of its nationwide pilgrimage.

    On June 5, the relic will be venerated at Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park at 12 nn to 5 p.m. Postulator General of the Order of Augustinian Discalced (OAD), Fr. Dennis Ruiz, will deliver a special talk on Holiness and Veneration of Relics, at 4 p.m. to be followed by a Thanksgiving Mass at the Greenbelt Chapel in Makati at 5:45 p.m.

    On June 6, the relic will be welcomed by the faithful from Paranaque with the centuries-old image of the Mother of St. Augustine at the Chapel of St. Monica – Don Galo, which will be followed by a Penitential processional walk going to the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew. The Welcome Mass and Public veneration will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the same day.

    From June 7 to 8, the relic will be exposed for public veneration at the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian at Plaza Del Carmen, Manila. Masses will be held in honor of the Holy Father Saint Augustine. Fr. Ruiz will also deliver a talk on the Lives of Saints and the Relics on June 7 at 8p.m. in light of the commemoration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.


    The Bone relic of St. Augustine



    The Pilgrim Relic Visit was a dream come true for Fr. Ruiz, who arranged the entire pilgrimage together with various Filipino collaborators and brought the relic all the way from their General Curia in Rome, Italy.

    St. Augustine was ordained priest in year 391 and became a full Bishop four years after. He died in Hippo Regius (now Algeria) during the year 430 at the age of 75. His remains are now kept at the Church of San Pietro in CielD’oro Pavia, Italy. His writings like the City of God influenced the development of Christianity and Western philosophy. (Leandro-Jose C. Tesorero and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to lead the celebration of Corpus Christi



    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal during Corpus Christi 2017


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful in the celebration of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) and the Declaration of Sta. Cruz Church as the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament on June 3, 2018, at Sta. Cruz Church in Manila.

    The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist by Jesus Christ to His disciples during the Last Supper. It follows the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

    The celebration will be highlighted with the procession from Sta. Cruz Parish to the Manila Cathedral at 4:00 p.m.

    The preceding activities on that day will start with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a talk on “Eukaristiya: Biyayang Kaloob sa Paglilingkod” by Bishop Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS, D.D., of the Diocese of Cabanatuan.

    Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. The Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament follows the procession to Manila Cathedral.

    In line with the preparation for the Declaration of Sta. Cruz Church as the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament on June 3, 2018, the parish will hold a Triduum Mass from May 31 to June 2, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. to be followed by a Solemn Vesper. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF FR. MARK VENTURA



    STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF FR. MARK VENTURA

    Our brother priest, the late Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura, was a dedicated priest, a zealous pastor, a missionary to the
    "peripheries". He was beloved by all who knew him. He was an affectionate person, sympathetic, close and intimate
    to many people: rich and poor, men and women, young and old. We miss his infectious smile and untiring zeal.

     

    Obviously he had enemies. We do not know who they are or why they had to kill him. The Police is investigating the
    killing from all angles. We do not want to speculate on what the reasons are for his death. Neither do we want that the
    investigation be muddled by the spreading of unfounded rumors and malicious insinuations. We trust that the PNP is
    faithfully doing their job. We wish them success, to come out with solid evidence, to apprehend the killers and determine
    the mastermind. We hope and pray that the real truth will come out so that justice for Fr. Mark will finally be served.

     

    The truth will set us free (Jn. 8, 32).

     

     

    + Sergio L. Utleg, D.D.
    Archbishop of Tuguegarao 
    May 21, 2018

     

     

     

  • Mensahe ng pakikiramay ni Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle sa pagpanaw ni Bishop Jose Oliveros ng Diocese ng Malolos

     


    Sa buong Diyosesis ng Malolos sa pamilya at kamag-anak ni Bishop Joey, pinaaabot ko ang paikiisa ng Archdiocese of Manila at ng
    inyong lingkod sa dalamhati ninyo sa kanyang pagpanaw.

    Magpasalamat tayo sa Diyos sa panahong nakasama natin si Bishop at sa kabutihang naranasan natin sa kanyang pagkatao at paglilingkod.
    Salamat Bishop Joey sa pananalig, pagtityaga at pagpupunyagi na ipinamalas mo lalo na sa panahon ng iyong karamdaman.

    Mapayapa kang humimlay sa kandungan ng Diyos. Amen.

  • CMMA joins RCAM-SOCOM in celebration of World Communications Day




    The Catholic Mass Media Awards joined the Social Communications Ministry of the
    Archdiocese of Manila in observance of the World Communications Day.

    The Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila recently held its 2nd
    Archdiocesan General Assembly and Faith Lens awarding ceremony.

    The event was held at the Arzobispado de Manila last May 12, 2018.

    Finding the event of SOCOM as a fitting occasion to celebrate its 40th anniversary, CMMA, the
    award-giving body organized by the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin in 1978, mounted a graphic
    exhibit of some of its winners in the previous years. The exhibit also highlighted the various
    points of CMMA’s 40 years of existence.

     
    To kick off CMMA’s 40th anniversary celebration, CMMA chairman Edgard A. Cabangon led
    the ribbon cutting ceremony held during the SOCOM’s event.

    CMMA is a project of the Archdiocese of Manila and shares with the SOCOM’s desire to put
    communications and the mass media at the service of Christian values.

    Also on the occasion of their 40th anniversary, CMMA is also accepting entries that promote
    values-oriented media from print, radio, television, and advertising industries as well as students
    from all over the country.

    Deadline for submission of entries is on May 25.

    For inquiries, you may call the CMMA office at telephone numbers 892-4779 and 867-4026 and
    look for Miss Sasa Tobias. (Jheng Manalang Prado)



    Photos by Maricar Santos




    Related News: 
    San Roque de Manila Parish wins Best Video in 2018 faith Lens

  • San Roque de Manila Parish wins Best Video in 2018 Faith Lens




    San Roque de Manila Parish in Blumentritt won this year’s Faith Lens competition.

    “Katok ng Pag-asa”, the video entry of San Roque de Manila Parish won the Best Video award in the first Faith Lens
    film festival of the Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila in celebration of the 52nd
    World Communications Day.

    Faith Lens 2018 is a one-minute video making contest that dwells on the theme used by Pope Francis in his message for
    the World Communications Sunday 2018, “The truth will set you free’ (John 8:32), Fake News and Journalism for Peace.”

    Aside from bagging the Best Video Award, the entry “Katok ng Pag-asa” also received Best in Concept award.

    Lou Jeanne San Juan, scriptwriter of the winning entry was overwhelmed after receiving the award. According to her,
    one of the main reasons why their parish joined the contest was to support the Office of Social Communications project.

    “We believe that through videos and other forms of media we can also evangelize. We are tremendously overjoyed for
    bagging the Best in Concept and Best Video Awards.”, Lou Jeanne stated.

    The Best Video award, First Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up received the corresponding amount of P10,000.00, P8,000.00,
    and 5,000.00 respectively.

    There were 6 parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila who joined the contest namely: San Roque de Manila Parish,
    Immaculate Conception Parish, San Felipe Neri Parish, San Juan Nepomuceno Parish, Saint Anthony Shrine, and Saint John the Baptist Parish.

    Our Lady of Hope Parish and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Diocese of Cubao) and San Roque Cathedral (Diocese of Caloocan) |
    from the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila also joined the competition.

    More than 80 members of the Social Communications Ministry of the different parishes participated in the event last Saturday,
    May 12, 2018 which was held at the Arzobispado de Manila. It also marked the second SOCOM General Assembly.

    Present during the occasion were Assistant Commissioner, Rev. Fr. Jojo Buenafe, and Second Assistant Commissioner, Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen.

    Guest Speaker, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Public Affairs, Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano,
    encouraged the SOCOM ministers to communicate not only the news they read. He emphasized that as “Social Communicators”,
    they should not be afraid to speak and proclaim the truth which is Jesus Christ.

    Towards the end of the event, SOCOM Commissioner Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio congratulated the participants who joined
    and won the contest and at the same time thanked all the members of the SOCOM Ministry who attended the event.

    “I’d like to encourage everybody and the prayer is for all of us to really be more zealous in what we are doing in our Social Communications
    Ministry,”Rev. Msgr. Ignacio said.

    World Communications Day is celebrated on the Sunday before Pentecost which in 2018 falls on May 13, the Solemnity of the
    Ascension of the Lord. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



    Photos by Maricar Santos

    Below is the list of winners who took home awards:

    Best Video
    KATOK NG PAG-ASA
    San Roque de Manila Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    First Runner-Up
    TRENDING NGAYON
    UY TOTOO BA?
    Saint Anthony Shrine
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Second Runner-Up
    REAR VIEW
    Saint John the Baptist Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Technical Concept
    REAR VIEW
    Saint John the Baptist Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best Relevance to the Theme Award
    TREND
    }Our Lady of Hope Parish
    Diocese of Cubao

    Best in Concept
    KATOK NG PAG-ASA
    San Roque de Manila Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Doctrinal Soundness
    TRENDING NGAYON
    UY TOTOO BA?
    Saint Anthony Shrine
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Poster Design
    TINANIKALA, PINALAYA
    San Roque Cathedral
    Diocese of Caloocan


    Related News: CMMA joins RCAM-SOCOM in celebration of World Communications Day

     

  • RCAM SOCOM to hold Faith Lens 2018 awarding

     


    The Social communications Commission of the Archdiocese of Manila is set to give awards to the winners of FAITH LENS 2018 film festival on May 12 at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros.

    Respected actress and multi-awarded director Laurice Guillen was one of the judges and headed the deliberation of winners last May 7. 

    Other judges include: Mr. Edwin Lopez (Eternal World Television Network – EWTN), Ms. Sharon Joys Isla (TV Maria), Mr. Darren Ramos (Radio Veritas), and Mr. Dennis Dayao (Areopagus Communications).

    The event will also mark the 2nd Archdiocesan SOCOM Assembly and the celebration of World Communications Day.

    Faith Lens 2018 is the first Archdiocesan Film Festival organized by the Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila aimed at encouraging servant leader-communicators in the parish to utilize their technical skills, develop creativity, and promote Catholic faith and values in a one-minute video with a theme, “The truth will set you free (John 8:32), fake news and journalism for peace.”

    The following are the parishes who participated in the competition with their entries:

    "KATOK NG PAG-ASA"
    San Roque de Manila Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    "KIDNAPPED!"
    Immaculate Conception Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    “LIARS GO TO HELL"
    San Roque Cathedral
    Diocese of Caloocan

    "TINANIKALA, PINALAYA"
    San Roque Cathedral
    Diocese of Caloocan

    "REAR VIEW"
    Saint John the Baptist Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    “TRUTH: WHERE ART THOU?"
    San Felipe Neri Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    "SHHH"
    San Juan Nepomuceno Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    "TREND"
    Our Lady of Hope Parish
    Diocese of Cubao

    "DYARYO"
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
    Diocese of Cubao

    "TRENDING NGAYON"
    Saint Anthony Shrine
    Archdiocese of Manila

    The entries were judged based on the following criteria: Technical Aspect, Relevance to the theme, Concept, and Doctrinal Soundness / Faith impactt.

    In his message for the 52nd World Communications Days, Pope Francis challenged the faithful to take an active participation in the Church’s evangelization by proclaiming the Good News not only in words but also by witnessing in their life.

    “The best antidotes to falsehoods are not strategies, but people who are not greedy but ready to listen, people who make the effort to engage in sincere dialogue so that truth can emerge; people who are attracted by goodness and take responsibility for how they use language.” 

    World Communications Day is celebrated on the Sunday before Pentecost which in 2018 falls on May 13, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Archdiocese of Manila releases Prayer for the Barangay Elections




    Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem of the Chancery office of the Archdiocese of Manila released a circular letter on Prayer for the Barangay Election dated May 4, 2018.
    Addressed to all the parish priests, rectors of shrines, chaplains of chaplaincies, and superiors of religious communities in the Archdiocese of Manila, Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila encouraged the faithful to pray the Prayer for the Barangay Election after the Post Communion Prayer in all Masses from May 6 to 13 upon the proposal of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.


    Below is the Circular and Prayer for the Barangay Election

    Circular 2018-16
    4 May 2018

    TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, RECTORS OF SHRINES, AND CHAPLAIN OF CHAPLAINCIES, AND SUPERIORS OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
    RE: PRAYER FOR THE BARANGAY ELECTION

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Greetings of peace in the Risen Lord! Upon the proposal of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, our Archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, encourages us to pray the attached Prayer for the Barangay Election after the Post Communion Prayer in all Masses from May 6 to May 13, 2018.

    Thank you and God bless.

    Sincerely yours in Christ,

    (signed)
    FR. REGINALD R. MALICDEM
    Chancellor


    PRAYER FOR THE BARANGAY ELECTIONS

    Lord God, we come to you as the Barangay Elections approaches. In Christ, you have given us the model of a servant who lay’s his life down for his sheep. Give us the wisdom to elect women and men who will work for truth, justice, and the upliftment of human dignity. We ask you to enlighten our minds and hearts – so that we may search for Shepherds after your Son’s heart to watch over our barangays. Teach us Christ’s way of looking at people – so that we will be able to give a voice to the poor, the powerless, the abandoned, and the oppressed. And finally, grant us the gift of discernment – so that we may wisely exercise the gift of suffrage as an expression of our desire for peace and love for neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. Saints Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, pray for us. Saint Michael and all Holy Angels, watch over us.

    PANALANGIN PARA SA HALALANG PANG-BARANGAY

    Panginoong Diyos, dumudulog kami sa iyo habang papalapit ang Halalang Pang-Barangay. Kay Kristo, binigyan mo kami ng huwaran ng isang lingkod na handang ialay ang kanyang buhay para sa kanyang kawan. Pagkalooban mo kami ng dunong na makapaghalal ng mga babae at lalaking magtataguyod ng katotohanan, katarungan, at pagtataas ng dignidad ng mga tao. Hinihiling naming liwanagan mo ang aming mga isip at puso – upang makahanap kami ng mga Pastol na hinubog sa puso ng iyong Anak na mangangalaga sa aming mga Barangay. Ituro mo sa amin ang pamamaraan ng pagtingin ni Kristo sa mga tao – upang mabigyan namin ng tinig ang mga mahihirap, mahihina, inabanduna, at mga inaapi. At sa huli, pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya ng pagwawari – upang matalino naming magamit ang biyaya ng paghahalal, bilang pamamaraan ng pagpapahayag ng aming pagnanais para sa kapayapaan, at ng aming pag-ibig para sa aming kapwa.

    Hinihiling namin ang lahat ng ito sa pamamagitan ni Kristong aming Panginoon. Amen.

    Maria, Reyna ng Kapayapaan, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Lorenzo Ruiz at San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin ninyo kami.
    San Miguel at lahat ng mga Banal na Anghel, bantayan ninyo kami.

  • Catholic church celebrates 400 years of Carmel devotion with "Salubong and Traslacion"




    The Catholic faithful celebrates today, May 4, the 400 years anniversary of the arrival of image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a Salubong and Traslacion.

    The Marian event begins with a Salubong, a fluvial parade of the image at the Manila Bay at 5 am followed by a Mass at the Quirino Granstand in Luneta at 6:30 am.

    The procession or the Traslacion starts at 8 am from Quirino Granstand to San Sebastian Church and passes by at Quiapo Church where the image of the Black Nazarene is brought out for the traditional "Dungaw".

    Devotees, particularly in Quiapo, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a key figure in the annual Black Nazareno feast, where she appears during the Dungaw, awaiting the passing in procession of the image of the black Jesus.

    At 11 am, the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel is available for public veneration at the grounds of San Sebastian Basilica.

    Earlier, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle released a circular inviting the faithful to participate in the re-living of the arrival of the image 400 years ago from Mexico.

    "With the ‘Salubong at Traslacion,’ we hope to strengthen the devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, drawing strength from her and from each other’s presence. Let us take this occasion to pray for healing and reconciliation in our land and to consecrate our country to the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    He also said that those who will participate in the activities will receive plenary indulgence or the remission of temporal punishment due to sins as approved by the Vatican.

    Initially housed at San Juan de Bautista de Bagumbayan at the Luneta, the image was enthroned at the first San Sebastian Church in Quiapo when it opened its doors in 1621.

    Canonically crowned in 1991 by Cardinal Sin under the authority of St. Paul II, Our Lady of Mount Carmel remains the queen of San Sebastian Basilica and Quiapo. (Jheng Manalang Prado /RCAM-AOC)

  • Bishop Pabillo leads Labor Day celebration


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D. presided the Holy Eucharist in celebration of Labor Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) at 8 am.

    In his homily, Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Laity (CBCP-ECL) emphasized that work should not be viewed as an "economic activity". Instead, Pabillo stressed that workers should be given importance because they play a significant role in the economic progress of a company and the country.

    He also stated that a worker should have regular employment, just wage, and security of tenure in order to meet the basic needs of his family.

    “Bigyan dapat ng living wage, hindi lang sapat na sahod at kailangan din ng trabahong pangmatagalan- security of tenure. Kasi hindi tama ang ‘endo’, hindi tama na contractual lang. kailangan regular na trabaho at ‘yan ang malaking pagkukulang sa ating kalagayan," Pabillo said.

    Aside from the rights of the workers Pabillo mentioned, he also urged them to value their jobs by striving hard not only for themselves but for the society as well.

    As workers who also belong in a community, Pabillo encouraged them to look after the welfare of their fellow workers who are experiencing abuse in their jobs and are receiving unjust compensation.

    "Ang paggawa ‘it creates human communities’ nagkakaisa sila. So’yan din ang tungkulin ng manggagawa na sikapin na maayos ang kanyang trabaho at pakikisama sa kaniyang kapwa manggagawa. At ang paglilingkod niya sa lipunan. Sana makita ng mga manggagawa ang kaniyang trabaho ay hindi lamang sa kaniyang sarili ay para rin sa lipunan,” Pabillo said.

    In celebration of Labor Day, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order prohibiting illegal contracting during a meeting held in Cebu City.

    The President admitted that the EO is not enough because he said the congress needs to review the outdated labor code in the Philippines.

    Pabillo was joined by Rev. Fr. Matvin Cruz, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church and Rev. Fr. Enrico Adoviso of the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Labor Concerns.

    In the Catholic Church, May 1 is the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. (Marian Navales-Pulgo /RadioVeritas and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM AOC)

     

  • Official Statement of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao on the brutal killing of Rev. Fr. Mark Y. Ventura

  • Homily delivered by Fr. Cielo R. Almazan, OFM on the AMRSP Mass of Solidarity for Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS at St. Anthony Shrine-Sampaloc on April 27, 2018.


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    What is the meaning of this?

    My dear brothers and sisters, fellow religious and priests, justice and freedom loving Filipinos,

    We are converged this afternoon in this church called St. Anthony Shrine for celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass particularly for the well-being of Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS.

    Looking at what is happening around, as we register our protests against injustices and hold indignation rallies, write statements, and show our solidarity to the affected like Sr. Patricia, all the more now we need to recognize that there is somebody out there who has the last say. We humans, starting with us here, must listen to the voice of God. For our actions, our activities or activisms have meaning only if they conform to the will of God.

    I do not know Sr. Patricia very well, I don’t know if she knows me, but certainly she knows God, that’s why she has been here in our country; that’s why she will leave us behind. Good bye, sister! (Not yet!)

    I believe as a fellow religious, as a nun, Sr. Patricia has spent more time praying to God early in the morning, in evening, before she goes to bed and at other times, more than she studied, more than she washed dishes, more than she interacted with us, with you here and with her loved ones.

    When I feel helpless and when something is not right, I ask, “what is the meaning of this? Why is this happening?” It is easy to explain. But in spite of the myriads of explanations, still we are at a loss and troubled. What is the meaning of this?

    In the gospel today, we hear Jesus say to his troubled disciples, “Do not be troubled. Trust in God and trust in me.” These very powerful words of Jesus strengthened the confused apostles; they were simple fisherfolks or tambay, they did not have the education which Sr. Pat obtained before she became a nun. 

    Jesus was bidding good bye to prepare a place for his apostles. After his passion, death and resurrection, he would go back to heaven.

    Yet the famous skeptic and ignorant apostle Thomas said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going.” As if Thomas was saying, “what is the meaning of all these? We do not know what you are talking about. How do we know what you mean?”

    Thus Jesus uttered his famous self-revealing words, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”

    Sr. Patricia has kept these words in her heart during her involvement with the peasants, the poor and the marginalized. Maybe St. Patricia does not ask anymore, “What is the meaning of this? Why are they doing this to me?” Long before, through her prayers, adorations of the blessed sacrament and meditations, she has understood that it was coming. So now it has come. The state machineries are in place to get rid of her. She is not surprised. If ever she is surprised, she would say, “Why me? Insignificant lang ako, tahimik lang naman ako, marunong lang magtagalog; natutuwa ang mga tao kung nagsasalita ng wika nila. Nakikikain lang naman ako ng ginamos, ang payat ko na nga, miss ko yong kangaroo beef, sa bukid, nangangamoy araw din ako, atbp.”

    My dear brothers and sisters, we can only have meaning if we love Jesus Christ, whom Sr. Patricia loved very much. She is like a lamb led to a slaughter or maybe to paradise, to Australia. She knows in her heart that there is such thing as resurrection. God has the last word. Earthly kingdoms come and go.

    We whom Sr. Patricia will leave behind, if nothing will change, will continue her and our missionary work, God’s mission, not according to the definition of Mr. Webster’s Dictionary or Wikipedia. We will follow the definition of the gospels, interpreted by committed and zealous first Christians and those who came after them, our popes, bishops, saints, founders and foundresses and present-day theologians.

    We will be like the apostles Paul and Barnabas in the first reading, who evangelized the Jewish people in Antioch in Pisidia, in the present day Turkey. They boldly preached in the synagogue how the authorities in Jerusalem shabbily treated Jesus, condemning him to death, but God frustrated their plans. God raised Jesus from the dead.

    Well, brothers and sisters, Sr. Pat, this could be the meaning of what is happening now. We continue connecting ourselves with Jesus, in our hearts, in our minds, in our communities, banking on his words to set us free, and we together as a church, one body, continue advancing God’s kingdom in the cities and in the country sides and in the world.

    With the powerful intercession of St. Anthony of Padua, we will find justice, peace, fulfillment and joy we are looking for. God bless you all.

    God bless you.

  • AMRSP STATEMENT ON SR. PATRICIA FOX, NDS ILLEGAL ARREST AND DETENTION BY THE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION

     



    The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines expresses its solidarity with Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, in her work of proclaiming the good news of salvation and liberation to the poor and powerless. As religious and consecrated persons, we stand with her and all who do God’s mission of care and compassion for His anawim, the poor of the land.

    We are shocked that after 27 years of dedicated service to the poor, Sr. Pat was unduly arrested and detained for allegedly being an “undocumented alien” and for participating in “political activities.” It is simply unacceptable that in the age of computerization, the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation could not verify that Sr. Pat had a valid missionary visa. This to us is harassment of an advocate of the rights of the poor.

    We demand that the rights of Sr. Pat be respected, and so the rights of our mission partners, foreigner or Filipino, who truly work for justice in our country. Let the government agencies, especially the BID, not hamper the prophetic work of our foreign missionaries to alleviate the lives of the poor and powerless.

    Moreover, Sr. Pat is a missionary for Life, Human Rights and Justice. She can only be considered undesirable alien to those who seek to muzzle the truth and foist tyranny upon us.

    We stand with Sr. Pat and all human rights defenders. Even in her old age, Sr. Pat is fulfilling her prophetic mission to be in solidarity with the poor and powerless. And for this, she should be commended, not deported or harassed.

    Once again, we in the AMRSP, stand our ground. We continue to obey God’s mandate to quench the thirst for justice and peace in our country.




    Fr. Cielito Almazan, OFM (SGD) 
    Sr. Regina Kuizon, RGS (SGD)
    AMRSP Co- Chairpersons

  • ON THE RECENT DEVELOPMENT: SR. PATRICIA FOX, NDS IS ORDERED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY

     


    This is our second statement regarding the situation of Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, a catholic nun working in the Philippines.

    Last week, Sr. Patricia was taken into custody and detained and questioned by the Bureau of Immigration (BI). But later, she was released.

    Today, we read in the national newspapers that the Bureau of Immigration has revoked the visa of Sr. Patricia, compelling her to leave the country within 30 days from receipt of the order. “She was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of her visa… We direct Fox to leave the Philippines within 30 days from receipt of this order.” (Philippine Star, page 2)

    We are truly saddened by this turn of events. 

    The situation certainly involves legalities – the authorities have said that she has been found to have violated certain laws of our land. On the other hand, it is reported that her lawyer would first file a motion for reconsideration before the Bureau of Immigration to dispute the findings. (Philippine Star, page 2)

    As in our previous statement, all the information that we have regarding this recent development is from the national newspapers. Our CBCP Secretariat is still trying to get more information from the community of Sr. Patricia Fox.

    In this recent development, we sincerely make an appeal that the authorities may make a reconsideration of their order for Sr. Patricia Fox to leave the country. 

    Without entering into the merits of both parties in the case, this is for the proper authorities to decide. But this we say: We believe in the sincerity and dedication of Sr. Patricia to serve our people. We believe further that she is moved to serve our people by the love of Christ. “The love of Christ urges us.” (2 Cor. 5:14)

    With a hope for a reconsideration regarding the BI’s order after giving Sr. Patricia a chance to explain herself again, in a spirit of dialogue, could she be given a chance to stay and continue serving our people? 

    We continue to pray for the Lord’s enlightenment for all those who are involved in this case, but in particular, we continue to pray for Sr. Patricia Fox – for her health and wellbeing. 




    From the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, 26 April 2018

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao
    President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

     

  • RCAM SOCOM holds Faith Lens 2018

    The Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a film festival on World Communications Day.

    Faith Lens 2018 is the first Archdiocesan Film Festival organized by the Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila that aims to utilize the technical skills and develop the creativity of the SOCOM ministers using a professional or cellular phone camera as well as to promote Catholic faith and values in one minute.

    The festival is open to all the members of the Social Communications Ministry of parishes in the Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Manila.

    Faith Lens 2018 is a one minute video making contest that dwells on the theme used by Pope Francis in his message for the World Communications Sunday 2018, “The truth will set you free’ (John 8:32), Fake News and Journalism for Peace.”

    Interested participants are requested to send via email their letter of intent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from April 10-22, 2018. All entries must be original and have not been submitted or exhibited previously in other similar contests.

    The participating parishes are allowed to make use of any kind of production equipment, be it mobile phone, DSLR, or any type of video camera and any kind of editing software to produce entries. Predominant use of visuals and/or image and minimal dialogue are highly encouraged.

    All participants are also requested to submit at the Office of Communications a poster promoting the video entry (.PNG for the format, 600 x 749 pixels for the size) and an endorsement letter signed by the Parish Priest endorsing the video entry.

    The deadline line for submission of entries is on May 4, 2018.

    All entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Technical Aspect (25%), Relevance to the theme (25%), Concept (25%), and Doctrinal Soundness / Faith impact (25%), for a total of 100%.

    There will be three proclaimed winners: Best Video, First Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up for Best Video.  Special Awards will also be given to the following: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editor, and Best Poster Design.

    For the Best Poster Design Award, promotional posters of video entries will be uploaded on May 5, 2018 on the Facebook Page of the Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications.  Tallying of valid reactions garnered only on the posts found on the said Facebook Page will end on May 7, 2018 at 12:00 NN.

    The announcement of winners will be on May 12, 2018 in line with the celebration of World Communications Day, held annually on the Sunday before Pentecost, falling this year on May 13, 2018. The winning film entries will also be shown at the awarding ceremony to be held at the Arzobispado de Manila from 1 to 5 in the afternoon.

    In his message for the World Communications Day, His Holiness Pope Francis called on the faithful to promote a “journalism for peace” in response to the worldwide spread of fake news.

    “I would like, then, to invite everyone to promote a journalism of peace.  By that, I do not mean the saccharine kind of journalism that refuses to acknowledge the existence of serious problems or smacks of sentimentalism.  On the contrary, I mean a journalism that is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines.  A journalism created by people for people, one that is at the service of all, especially those – and they are the majority in our world – who have no voice.  A journalism less concentrated on breaking news than on exploring the underlying causes of conflicts, in order to promote deeper understanding and contribute to their resolution by setting in place virtuous processes.  A journalism committed to pointing out alternatives to the escalation of shouting matches and verbal violence,” said Pope Francis. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Blood relic of St. John Paul II open for public veneration at Manila Cathedral


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    The Manila Cathedral will hold the first public veneration of the Blood relic of St. John Paul II on Saturday, April 7, 2018 after the welcome mass to be presided by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.

    The Blood relic of the saintly pope was unveiled during a press conference on Thursday, April 5 at the Pope Francis Hall of Manila Cathedral. 

    Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception said in his statement that the Blood relic was given by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, former secretary of the Pope after they wrote to the Vatican and requested for relics of three important Popes who were recently beatified and canonized in preparation for the cathedral’s 60th year anniversary of rebuilding after the Second World War.

    According to Father Malicdem, Cardinal Dziwisz sent the vial of blood through Sr. Nancy Banares, a Filipina nun of the Sisters of the Visitation who is the superior of the community in Bolechowice, Poland, and came with a personal letter to Cardinal Tagle and an authentication certificate of the relic.

    According to Father Malicdem, the blood is in a liquid state because of an anti-coagulant substance that is present in the test tubes at the moment of extraction. The blood was extracted from the pope during an emergency transfusion near the end of his life due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

    There are seven vials of this pope’s liquid blood enshrined in different churches around the world: St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, the Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital, a pilgrim relic that belongs to the Postulator of the Cause of the Pope, the John Paul II Center in Krakow, Poland, theu National Shrine and Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Cherash, Malaysia, and the Manila Cathedral in the Philippines.

    After the welcome Mass, Father Malicdem said they will be distributing prayer cards or stampita of the saint to those who will go the cathedral.

    The veneration of the blood relic of St. John Paul II is open to public on Sunday, April 8 from 6 am to 8 pm.

    Precious Gift

    In his statement, Father Malicdem also regard the blood relic of the pope as a “precious gift” that gives comfort to the people especially for those who are suffering from physical illness.

    “This precious gift of John Paul II's blood relic is truly a source of consolation and help especially for those who are suffering physical illnesses. Let St. John Paul II, who himself endured courageously his sickness, be the companion and intercessor in their journey.”

    “Let those who have special intentions and petitions come in veneration and prayer, because we are assured that our beloved John Paul II is now in the home of the Father, interceding always on our behalf.”

    Pope’s message during 1995 World Youth Day reverberates

    According to father Malicdem, the presence of the blood relic of St. John Paul II reminds the faithful of the pope’s message during the 1995 World Youth Day for us to become instruments of evangelization.

    “Kayo ay isinugo ni Kristo tulad ng pagsugo sa kanya ng Ama. Salamat at pinakinggan ninyo ang kanyang Salita. Inaanyayahan ko kayong maging mga alagad ng Ebanghelyo, at mga tagapagtaguyod ng kanyang Kaharian sa inyong mga pamilya, parokya, samahan, at sa bawat bahagi ng inyong buhay bilang mga Pilipino. Nawa'y maging matatag kayo sa inyong pananampalataya at pagmamahal sa inyong kapwa,” said St. John Paul II in his homily during the 1995 World Youth Day Closing Mass at Luneta.

    Father Malicdem stressed that the same message reverberates even up to this present time.

    “We are called to live out the vocation to love and be in solidarity with our fellow human beings, to defend the inalienable dignity of human life, and to witness to the love of Jesus in the midst of the realities and needs of our times.”

    Proper Decorum

    During the press conference, Father Malicdem noted that they will not restrict the faithful who will take their selfies especially now that we live in the digital age where social media becomes one of the platforms for evangelization. Instead, the priest encouraged the faithful to behave and be respectful while venerating the blood relic.

    “Mahalaga yan sa atin lalung lalo na ngayon sa social media. Pero yun lang yung proper respect, yung decorum din natin na hindi lang ito basta isang museum piece o isang bagay na nagpapa-picture tayo. But we consider this as a presence of a holy man in our midst. Yung proper decorum din and attitude before a holy thing in the presence of a holy person,” Father Malicdem said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Quiapo SOCCOM holds “2018 Traslacion: Sa Lente ng mga Camera” exhibit



    The Social Communications Ministry of the Quiapo Church - Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene holds a photo exhibit entitled “2018 Traslacion: Sa Lente ng mga Camera.”

    The exhibit showcases various photos of the Traslacion or the Feast of the Black Nazarene that is celebrated every 9th of January. 

    The exhibit tells the story of the passion and suffering of Christ which many devotees relate their poverty and struggles. It also tells the devotees' stories of faith, hope and love that transcend from one generation to another. These stories touch the hearts and affect the lives of the people.

    Apart from the stories of faith, the exhibit also shows the story of Evangelization from the time of the preaching of Christ to this present day.

    The exhibit will run from April 1 – 8, 2018 from 8 am to 5 pm at the fourth floor of Benedict building, Quiapo Manila. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle washes feet of Fr. Chito Soganub on Holy Thursday


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle washed the feet of Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub, the priest that was hostaged for 116 days by the Maute group in Marawi City in May 2017.

    Fr. Soganub was one of the twelve persons whose feet were washed by Cardinal Tagle during the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday, March 29 at the Manila Cathedral.

    The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper during Holy Thursday. It is a powerful symbol of humility and love of Christ when he himself washed the feet of his twelve apostles.

    Fr. Soganub became emotional and was seen wiping his tears when Cardinal Tagle began washing his feet. According to him, he was deeply touched knowing that the Church, through Cardinal Tagle and Pope Francis, cares and looks after the situation of those who are victims of conflicts and are experiencing hardships like the migrants and refugees.

    “Napaiyak ako dahil touching para sa akin yung sagot ng ating simbahan lalong-lalo na si Cardinal at Santo Papa, si Pope Francis, na bigyan din ng pangangalaga yung mga taong biktima ng giyera, mga refugees, mga displaced persons kaya doon, napapaiyak ako dahil ganun pala na may malaki at malalim na pag-alala ang simbahan tulad namin na mga dumaan, nakaranas ng mga masakit na pangyayari sa aming buhay lalong lalo na sa mga biktima ng giyera, mga refugees at mga displaced people,” he said in an interview by Radio Veritas (Veritas846.ph).

    Cardinal Tagle also washed the feet of Mr. and Mrs. Crisanto and Eva Demafelis, the parents of the overseas Filipina worker in Kuwait who was found dead in a freezer. 

    He also washed the feet of the following people:

    • Mr. and Mrs. Irfan Masih and Shazia Irfan, who sought refuge in the Philippines because of religious persecution in their homeland.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Danilo and Janet Pelayo, with their daughter, Danica, a family relocated from their home in Paco, Manila to Cabuyao Laguna.

    • Isidro Indao and Kaylo Bontolan, both Lumad leaders who fled their homelands because of massive militarization and destruction by logging and mining companies.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni and Yolicres Badidles, who serve the country through the Philippine Navy.

    The washing of the feet of 12 persons, representing the twelve apostles whose feet were washed by Christ during the Last Supper, was also an act of oneness with the Share the Journey campaign of His Holiness Pope Francis, that calls all Catholics to show love and care, and walk with suffering people particularly with the migrants, refugees, persecuted, and the victims of war, slavery, and injustices. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of migrants, refugees, and displaced people on Holy Thursday



    This photo was taken during the Washing of the Feet in 2016 held at the Manila Cathedral.

     

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of migrants, refugees, and displaced people on March 29, Holy Thursday.

    Cardinal Tagle who is also the President of Caritas Internationalis continues to advocate the call of Pope Francis in his New Year message to look after the situation of migrants and refugees whom he calls “men and women in search of peace.”

    The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to be held at the Manila Cathedral at 5 pm. 

    This year, the Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception has posted in their Facebook account the list of the twelve people representing the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ whose feet will be washing by Cardinal Tagle. They are the following:

    • Mr. and Mrs. Crisanto and Eva Demafelis, parents of Joanna Demafelis, the Filipina OFW in Kuwait who was found dead in a freezer.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Irfan Masih and Shazia Irfan, who sought refuge in the Philippines because of religious persecution in their homeland.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Danilo and Janet Pelayo, with their daughter, Danica, a family relocated from their home in Paco, Manila to Cabuyao Laguna.

    • Isidro Indao and Kaylo Bontolan, both Lumad leaders who fled their homelands because of massive militarization and destruction by logging and mining companies.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni and Yolicres Badidles, both came from the Philippine Navy

    • Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub, a priest from the Prelature of Marawi, has worked tirelessly for the Christian dialogue in Mindanao.

    It was at the Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles. It reminds the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are called to serve others in a spirit of humility.

    Cardinal Tagle will also preside at other liturgical services at the Manila Cathedral during the Holy Week: Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, 6 am and Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 5 pm; Good Friday, March 30, 3 pm; and Easter Vigil on Black Saturday, March 31, 8 pm. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle presides HOLY WEEK activities

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila in the Holy Week activities at the Manila Cathedral.

    Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Palm Sunday Mass on March 25 at 7 am. Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates Christ’s arrival at Jerusalem a few days before he was crucified. Cardinal Tagle will bless the palms of the people at Plaza Roma in front of the Cathedral. It will be followed by the procession of the people and the main celebrant into the church and will serve as the entrance rite of the Mass.

    At 7 in the morning of Holy Thursday, March 29, Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Chrism Mass, “one of the principal expressions of the fullness of the Bishop’s priesthood.” During this Mass, all the priests of the archdiocese of Manila gather at Manila Cathedral to signify unity.  The chrism or holy oil is also blessed during the Mass.

    At five in the afternoon, Cardinal Tagle will again preside at Mass commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles. The Manila prelate will also wash the feet of 12 laypeople symbolizing Christ’s humility when he washed the feet of his apostles.

    On March 30, Good Friday, there will be Station of the Cross at 8:30 in the morning while the Seven Last Words will start at 12 noon. The Mass for the Commemoration of the Lord's Passion will start at 3 pm. The celebration is consisted of three parts, namely, the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.

    The Easter Vigil Mass will be at 8 pm on March 31. 

    Confessions will be held on Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday (8-9 am, 11 to 12 noon, and 4-5 pm); Holy Thursday (10 am to 5 pm and 7 pm to 12 midnight); and Good Friday (8 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 7 pm).

     

  • Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Kabankalan

    The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Louie Galbines as new Bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. The appointment was made to public in Rome Monday, March 12, 2018.

    Msgr. Galbines, 51, is currently the Vicar General of the Diocese of Bacolod. He will replace Bishop Patricio Buzon who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod in 2016 following Bishop Vicente Navarra's retirement.

    He was born on November 18, 1966 in Aliwanag, Sagay, Negros Occidental.

    He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila and was ordained priest for the Diocese of Bacolod on April 29, 1994.

    He also studied at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas where he obtained a licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology from 1997-2001.

    Bishop-elect Galbines served as deputy dean and spiritual director at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City in 1994 and became chancellor and secretary of the diocesan Curia of Bacolod from 1994-1996.

    He held various positions upon returning to his homeland such as: treasurer and collaborator of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines (2001-2006); vice-president and subsequently president of the diocesan Commission for the Clergy as well as parish vicar of the Saint Sebastian parish of Bacolod City (2007-2012).

    In 2012 he became rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary of Bacolod City and, in 2013, vicar general of the same diocese. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle asks support for Alay Kapwa 2018

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful to support Alay Kapwa, an annual Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Catholic Church that supports the social services for the poor and in need especially during times of disaster.

    “During this season, we are especially called upon to exercise charity in our dealings with our neighbor – that is to say, to have a genuine concern for those who are needy and who suffer, and to perform concrete good works.  Charity, after all, is the very heart of Christian life,” Cardinal Tagle said in his pastoral letter.

    In response to Cardinal Tagle’s call to be more generous as we open our hearts to the poor people especially this season of Lent, Caritas Manila and Radio Veritas (Veritas 846) will conduct an Alay Kapwa Telethon.

    With the theme “Renewed-Servant Leadership for New Evangelization towards Living out the Spirituality of Alay Kapwa”, the telethon will be held on Holy Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm at Radio Veritas 846 and livestreamed at www.veritas846.ph.

    The funds raised during the Alay Kapwa Telethon will be used to fund the programs of Caritas Damayan, Caritas Manila’s program for disaster prevention, mitigation and emergency relief in times of natural and human-caused calamities. 

    Last year, the funds raised during Alay Kapwa were used to provide assistance to ab