• Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Mass marking the 3rd World Day of the Poor


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 3rd World Day of the Poor held at San Andres Sports Complex, Malate Manila, on November 16, 2019, at 8 a.m.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass for 3rd World Day of the Poor.
    Photo by: Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, muli po, nagpapasalamat tayo sa Diyos na tayo ay magkakasama muli sa pagdiriwang ng Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Mahihirap. Ito po ay sinimulan ni Pope Francis, sabi n’ya meron tayong World Youth Day, meron tayong World Meeting of Families, dapat magkaroon tayo ng World Day of the Poor.

    Pero hindi nga lang ito isang araw, dapat araw-araw. Araw-araw ay dapat buhay sa atin lalo na bilang mga alagad ni Kristo ang pagdamay, ang pagtatanggol, pagtataguyod sa mga kapatid na gipit na gipit, hirap na hirap.

    At sa taong ito katulad ng nabanggit natin, ang tema na pinili ni Pope Francis na tema ay “The Hope of the Poor will not perish forever.” Ang pag-asa ng mga dukha ay hindi maglalaho, magpakailanman o pang walang hanggan, hindi mamamatay ang pag-asa ng mga dukha. Bakit? Kasi sabi sa Salmo ang inaasahan ng dukha ay ang Diyos.

    At maganda po ang mga pagbasa. Sa unang pagbasa pinaalaala sa atin na ang Diyos ang nagligtas sa bayang Israel noong sila ay inalipin sa Ehipto. Gumawa ng mga kababalaghan ang Diyos. Pati ang dagat ay hinawi upang ang bayan N’ya ay mapalaya. Isang dahilan, isang alaala, para sa mga taong nanghihina ang loob, alalahanin ang ginawa ng Diyos para iligtas ang Kan’yang bayang Israel.

    At sa Ebanghelyo sino ang makapagbibigay ng tunay na katarungan? Binigay ni Hesus ang isang kwento, isang babae, balo, na punta ng punta sa isang judge para makakuha s’ya ng katarungan. Pero itong hukom na ito raw ay walang takot sa Diyos at dahil walang takot sa Diyos, walang iginagalang na tao. Gan’yan kapag pati sa Diyos hindi ka natatakot, wala ka nang igagalang na tao. Kaya ito raw hukom na ito, walang takot sa Diyos, walang paggalang sa tao, pero sa kan’ya kumakatok itong babae. “Huy, sa ano mo naman, sa desisyon mo, ibigay mo sa akin ang katarungan.”

    Sa kwento, itong hukom binigay naman ang tamang desisyon para sa babae. Pero hindi dahil naniniwala s’ya sa katarungan. Bakit n’ya binigay yung desisyon pabor sa babae? Sabi, “napaka kulit naman kasi nitong babaeng ito para hindi na ako kulitin. Para hindi na ito magpabalik-balik, aayusin ko na ang desisyon nang tumahimik na.” Hindi pa rin katarungan talaga ang binigay, para lang lumayo.

    Pero ang Diyos, sabi ni Hesus, ang Diyos nand’yan. Ang tanong lang ni Hesus, pagdating ng anak ng tao may makikita kaya S’yang mga taong nananalig sa kan’ya? Ang paanyaya ni Hesus ay manalig, umasa, ang Diyos hindi katulad ng ibang mga hukom, ang Diyos magbibigay ng katarungan subalit nananalig ba tayo? Maganda yung narinig po nating mga kwento, iba-iba ang uri ng kahirapan. May kahirapan na ikaw ay nasabit sa isang mali na hindi naman ikaw ang may kagagawan, at n’ung naghulihan ikaw pa ang nahuli. Nagtiwala sa mga kaibigan, sumama, pero nung hulihan na takbuhan na! Yung naanyayahan, s’ya ang nadakip. Isang uri yan ng paghihirap.

    May halong parang pagtataksil, may halong pagpapabaya tapos para lang mapaikli ang iyong sentensya, aminin mo nalang kahit hindi ikaw ang gumawa. Napaka hirap yon ho. Aminin ang isang bagay na hindi mo ginawa, isang uri yan ng kahirapan. Isang uri yan ng pagkadukha na nangyayari araw-araw sa napakaraming tao. “Aminin mo na lang nang tumahimik na.” Tapos po yung hirap na dulot ng karamdaman. Hirap sa katawan, pero lalo ka pang pahihirapan kapag tinanggihan ka at nasabihan, “Hanggang d’yan ka nalang! wala ka nang pag-asang lumago.”

    Isang uri pa rin yan ng kahirapan. Nakita natin yung kahirapan na nagpupunyagi ka, nagtatrabaho ka para sa pamilya mo, sinasamantala ka naman pala ng iyong pinagtatrabahuhan. Hirap na hirap ka na sa kakatrabaho, hindi mo pa nakukuha yung dapat sa iyo at sa pamilya mo. At kahit na may hustisya, hindi pa rin naibibigay ang dapat sa iyo. Isang mukha na naman ng kahirapan. At yung isang mukha pa, “wala naman akong inaangkin, di ko naman sinasabing amin itong lupa, humihingi lang kami ng konsiderasyon at tamang proseso.” Tapos maya-maya ikaw na ang may kaso! Napaka hirap, nawalan na nga ng bahay, ikaw pa ang may kaso.

    Ilan lamang ito sa mga mukha ng kahirapan na narinig natin. Pero makita natin yun sinasabi po ni Pope Francis bilang mensahe sa taong ito. narinig natin, ang tawag ko sa kanilang apat ay mga teacher natin, teacher sa pag-asa. Doon sa Salmo at sa mensahe ni Pope Francis, ang ating pag-asa nasa Diyos. Sana po ito ay maging leksyon, aral, hindi lamang sa mga dumaranas ng paghihirap kun’di para sa ating lahat. Ang pag-asa ay sa Diyos. Ang Diyos lamang ang maaasahan.

    Maghihintay tayo, kailan kaya ang pagkilos ng Diyos? Maghihintay tayo. Sabi nga kanina, PUSH! Pray Until Something Happens. At yung something happens, hindi yan gawa ng kung sino-sino, gawa yan ng Diyos pero maghihintay tayo. Minsan kung kailan mo hindi inaasahan biglang, BOOM! Nahawi ang dagat at ikaw ay makakatakas na. only God, tanging Diyos lang ang makakagawa n’yan. Ang ating papel, sabi ni Hesus sa ebanghelyo, manalig! H’wag manghihinawa, h’wag susuko, h’wag maiinip, kasi ang Diyos sabi nga, “Ang pamamaraan ng Diyos ay hindi pamamaraan ng tao.”

    At ang panahon ng Diyos, iba sa panahon natin. Tayo mainipin, ano ho? Pero bahagi ng pag-asa ay, “kakapit ako sa iyo Diyos, kahit inip na inip na ko! Pero alam ko ikaw pa rin ang kikilos.” Sabi nga nila, in God’s own time, sa panahon ng Diyos. Meron ho akong kilala. Nabalitaan ko yung asawa n’ya ay buntis. Sabi ko, “O, congratulations! Mag-aapat na ang anak mo.” Sabi n’ya, sana itong ikaapat lalaki na.” Kasi tatlong babae. Sabi n’ya, “Sinabi ko nga sa Diyos kapag itong ikaapat ay babae na naman, hindi na ako maniniwala sa kan’ya! Magbo-born-again na ako, aalis na ako sa simbahan.”

    “Ha? Kahit babae yan, kahit lalaki yan, anak mo yan biyaya ng Diyos!” “Hindi! Minsan lang ako humiling.” Nung nanganak, babae nga. Aba’y umalis, umalis nga sa simbahan. Sabi ko, “Pambihira ka, pasalamat ka may apat kang magagandang anak.” Nagbiro pa nga ako, “Kami nga ni isa wala ikaw, apat, masama pa ang loob mo?” (Cardinal laughs) Naku po! ang pag-asa, may paggalang din sa kilos ng Diyos at timing ng Diyos.

    Ang ikalawang paalaala ni Pope Francis, kung ang pag-asa ay sa Diyos, kailangang makilatis tayo. Minsan kasi sa pagmamadali ang pag-asa natin hindi na sa tunay na Diyos, umaasa na tayo sa pera. “Basta maraming pera okay ang buhay ko!” Naku hindi! Yung iba umaasa ginagawang diyos ang kanilang posisyon. Yung iba ginagawang diyos ang kanilang kapangyarihan, yan ang sinasamba. Yan ang pinag-aalayan ng pag-asa. Pero hindi lahat yan lilipas. Kaya kapag nawala si pera, problemado ka na naman. Kapag nawala ka sa posisyon, aburido ka na naman, kapag nawala ang kapangyarihan, nako, isambakol ang mukha. Pero yung kumakapit sa Diyos at hindi S’ya ipinagpapalit sa mga diyus-diyosan, yan ang may tunay na pag-asa.

    Sabi ko nga kagabi, kahapon sa isang misa, yung mga kaedad ko siguro dito ho, natatandaan n’yo ba yung kantang “Sinasamba kita.” Meron ba sa inyong nakakaalaala ng kantang ‘yon? Pakitaas ang kamay (some raised their hand) o naku marami pala akong ka edad dito (audience laughs). Di ba yung sabi, “kung ano mang dahilan ay di mahalaga basta’t sinasamba kita!” ang problema, hindi naman yun sinasabi sa Diyos, sinasabi yun ng kanta sa isang crush. Aba, ginawang diyos yung kan’yang napupusuan. “Sinasamba kita” (in singing tone) nanginginig pa habang kinakanta yan ha! (audience laughs) Nasa videoke ba yan? (audience laughs) Aba, oo daw, nag vivideoke kayo? (some answered)

    Kapag yung sinasamba kita at ang kaharap yung crush ko, sinasamba kita ang kaharap ay limpak-limpak na pera, ang ganda ng pagkanta. “Kahit ano pang dahilan ay di mahalaga basta’t sinasamba kita!” (cardinal sings) Pero kapag, tumayo tayo para sa pag-awit, unang sa simula ng misa. “Bayan umawit, ng papuri Sapagkat ngayon, ika’y pinili” (cadinal sings in funny tone) (audience laughs) Kapag sa Diyos na, walang kabuhay-buhay pero kapag sa crush ‘pag sa pera, “Sinasamba” (in singing tone) (audience laughs) Alam n’yo, ang sumasamba sa diyus-diyosan, yan ang walang pag-asa. At uuwi yan sa corruption, sa pagkasira ng lipunan, sa pagsira sa kapwa, lalong didilim ang buhay, walang pag-asa.

    Kaya yung pagsabi nating, “Sa Diyos ang pag-asa” may kasama yan, iwasan ang diyus-diyosan. Yung iba d’yan e nagtext lang yung crush, naku hindi na makatulog. “Tinext ako! Tinext ako!” tapos ibabalita na sa iba, “Tinext ako! Tinext ako!” lolokohin ka n’yan! Naku, ha wag mo d’yan ilagay ang pag-asa mo ha, sa Diyos! Ang Diyos kahit hindi mo itext nakikita ka, pinapakinggan ka, ang tanong ni Hesus may matatagpuan ba S’ya na nananalig sa Diyos? Kaya mamaya yung susunod na kanta ha, para sa Diyos kaya dapat, ano? (audience laughs) Kung bakit sa videoke e talagang ang score 100! Pero kapag sa Diyos na kakanta anu na, o kayo ha choir. At pang huli po, baka kayo’y inip na inip na.

    Ang pag-asa sa Diyos, ingatan ang mga diyus-diyosan, at ikatlo, tayo’y maging daan ng pag-asa sa iba. At sabi ni Pope, wag tayog ambisyoso. Ngayon, para maging daan ng pag-asa sa mga mahihirap ay mangangako tayong, “hwag kang mag-alala kaya naming yan! Sagot ko yan!” kasi sa totoo, hindi naman natin kayang sagutin lahat. Sabi ni Pope Francis, gawin ang makakaya pero magtulung-tulungan para malaki ang maaabot. At sa pang-ara-araw na buhay, pwedeng maging daan tayo ng pag-asa sa naghihirap. Yung sabi n’ya even a smile, kahit yung ngiti, yung isang salitang nagpapalakas ng loob, yung kaya mong makinig, yung kaya mong dumamay na ipapadama mo sa naghihirap na kasama n’ya ang Diyos.

    Kailangan natin ng mga ministries, kailangan natin ng mga programs, pero kasama n’yan kailangan din yung ating personal na pakikitungo sa mga mahihirap kahit minsan walang salita. Isang presensya na nagpapadama ng aruga at tunay na pagdamay, nakakapagpalakas na ng pag-asa. Pinatatawa ko kayo, tatapusin ko sa isa na namang joke. Ilan ho sa inyo ang involve doon sa Pondo ng Pinoy lalo na sa Hapag-Asa yung feeding program para sa mga bata na… (some raise their hand) Ayun meron. Yan ho, kung hindi man kayo kasama dun sa pagluluto, siguro yung tulong na bente singko sentimos ang daming bata na napapakain n’yan.

    Minsan, pumunta ako sa isang feeding center, hindi ako nagsabi na darating ako, pumunta po ako don sa lutuan kung saan sila nagluluto, sa likod ako dumaan, hindi nila ako nakita. Naggagayat, rinig na rinig ko yung usapan. “Kung alam ko lang na ganito kahirap itong pag-vo-volunteer, hindi na sana ako nag-volunteer!” (audience laughs) Aba sabi nung isa, “Oo nga araw-araw ka palang mamamalengke, araw-araw kang magluluto!” (Cardinal laughs) Edi ako naman unti-unti, lumapit ako. “Ehem!” (Cardinal cleans his throat) “Good morning!” Sabi nila, “Ay bishop!” Sabi ko, “ Huy salamat sa inyo ha, sa inyong pagsasakripisyo, kaya lang kako ang pinakakain natin mga malnourish, wag nating dagdagan ng rekado ng sama ng loob, reklamo, ano ho?

    Baka lalong hindi tumaas ang timbang kasi ang kinakain nila, hindi lang pala manok, kun’di manok na sama ng loob.” (audience laughs) Ba’t ko kinukwento yan? Kasi naalaala ko nung sinabi in Pope Francis, yes, yung mga projects mahalaga yan at dapat palalimin pa, palawakin pa, pero h’wag kalilimutan, ano yung dala-dala din natin, tamang pakikitungo, patience, even just a smile ano ho? Kaya habang nagluluto, nakangiti, habang dumadalaw sa mga naghihirap yung pagluha na bunga ng pakikiisa at ikaw mismo helpless, as helpless as the others, makita na hindi ka nagmamalaki, ikaw ay kapwa dukha.

    Dukha rin tayo na lumalapit sa kapwa dukha. Tayo po’y tumahimik sandali at tanggapin ang alok, hamon ng mga pagbasa at ni Pope Francis sa World Day of the Poor sa taong ito. (Radio Veritas and Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Cardinal Tagle to Catholic schools – Form Good citizens and Christians


    Delivering his homily during Mass for the 60th Anniversary of the Manila Ecclesiastical Province Schools System Association (MAPSA), Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has called on all the catholic schools to recognize their strength and learn from their weaknesses.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass for the 60th Anniversary of MAPSA.
    Photo by Jheng M. Prado

    Catholic schools in the archdiocese of Manila are called to be in communion with its mission to educate young people.

    “In the church the term is communion. Sana sa pamamagitan ng MAPSA, tayong lahat ay magkatulung-tulong, mabuklod sa iisang misyon. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagtatapakan. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagsisiraan. Kung ano ang mahina sa isa, tulungan natin mapalakas. At kung ano ang malakas sa isa, huwag kainggitan. Pasalamatan at baka may matututunan tayo,”Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle who is also the President of MAPSA, said that education plays a significant role in the mission of the Church. He added that in the Bible, Christ is called “Rabbi” or teacher whose mission is to guide, mold and teach the people of God.

    “Kung tutuusin, pwede nating sabihin na lahat ng ginagawa sa Simbahan ang pangangaral, ang Bible study, ang sakramento, ang social action, lahat yan ay pamamaraan ng pagtuturo, paghuhubog. Nagkataon lang na, the educational ministry became more formal. But it is not only through the school that the Church teaches, educates and forms. All aspects of the Church’s mission is educational, formative. Kaya nasa dugo ng Simbahan ang edukasyon,” he said.

    Reflecting on Vatican II, Cardinal Tagle stressed that aside from the role of the schools to educate, they are also task to form the students to become good citizens and Christians.

    “According to Vatican II, the schools of the Church are supposed to form men and women through the development of their intellectual capacities, the development of their values, the development of their missionary engagement that the educational institutions form good citizens of society and also good Christians,” he said.

    At the end of his homily, Cardinal Tagle said, “Sana po sa pagsisimula ng 60th anniversary ng MAPSA, sa naging mga pagbabago, sa pagdaloy ng panahon, sana lalong umigting at patuloy tayong maghanap ng naaangkop na pamamaraan ng pagsasama-sama, pagtutulungan.

    The 60th Anniversary of MAPSA was held at The Manila Cathedral, on November 15, 2019. It was attended by representatives from the different MAPSA schools. MAPSA celebrates “60 years of deepening the life of faith in children and young people, of becoming centers of excellence of learning, and creating that environment in our schools where justice and development are emphasized and realized.” (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 60th Anniversary of MAPSA


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 60th Anniversary of MAPSA held at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, on November 15, 
    2019.


    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we give thanks to God for this beautiful day. We also give thanks to God for bringing us together as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of MAPSA.

    We thank our dear bishops and our brother priests who have been part of MAPSA in different stages of its mission and its existence. Maraming Salamat po sa inyong pakikiisa.

    Maraming salamat din sa mga religious men and women, mga lay collaborators, sa admin, teaching and non-teaching staff at salamat sa mga estudyante.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo by Fatima Llanza

    Imagine on this year of the Youth in the Philippines, MAPSA is marking its 60th anniversary. Hindi pa siguro pinapanganak ang mga magulang ng mga estudyante, may MAPSA na. Ang MAPSA ang isa sa inyong lolo o lola. Baka lolo sa tuhod na ninyo, o lola sa tuhod which is a beautiful way of thinking of a living institution. It is not just an association it was one of the fruits of Vatican II. Four years after the conclusion of Vatican II, MAPSA of the Archdiocese of Manila was formed by our beloved Cardinal Rufino Santos. And since then, new dioceses have been created. Each diocese now having its own educational system but the association remains. We work together.

    Siguro po batay sa mga pagbasa, ibig kong magbigay ng dalawang pabaon para sa pagninilay.

    The first is the role of education in the mission of church. Sa Bibliya, si Hesus ay tinatawag, “Rabbi”, guro, teacher, at ang ating kinikilalang Panginoon ay guro. Sa simula pa lang ng Kan’yang misyon ang paggabay, paghuhubog, pagtututro ang isa sa kinilala ng mga tao na Kan’yang gampanin.

    It comes as no surprise that the Church which is the body of Christ, will continue the presence and the mission of Christ through teaching.

    Kung tutuusin, pwede nating sabihin na lahat ng ginagawa sa Simbahan ang pangangaral, ang Bible study, ang sakramento, ang social action, lahat yan ay pamamaraan ng pagtuturo, paghuhubog. Nagkataon lang na, the educational ministry became more formal. But it is not only through the school that the Church teaches, educates and forms. All aspects of the Church’s mission is educational, formative. Kaya nasa dugo ng Simbahan ang edukasyon.

    According to Vatican II, the schools of the Church are supposed to form men and women through the development of their intellectual capacities, the development of their values, the development of their missionary engagement that the educational institutions form good citizens of society and also good Christians. Magkasama yun. Pagiging mabuting mamamayan at mabuting kristiyano.

    At yan ang sinasabi sa mga pagbasa natin. Hindi dapat mag-away yung paniniwala sa Diyos at yung kaalaman.

    Knowledge and faith should come together, support each other rather than fight each other. sa pamamamgitan ng karunungan, harinawa lalung matuklasan ang Diyos. At sa pamamamgitan ng pananampalataya, nagagabayan ang utak.

    Sabi sa Unang Pagbasa, yung iba naging matalino, maraming alam nasuri ang kalangitan, ang mga buwan, ang mga bituin, ang araw. Na dissect na yata lahat ng uri ng palaka. Nagdi-dissect ka ba ngayon ng palaka o bawal na yan? Bawal na, kasi animal rights. Ang daming alam pero na humaling, na humaling sa mga nilalang. Na humaling sa dami ng alam tungkol sa mundo at nakalimutan ang lumikha, ang Diyos. At yan ay umuuwi sa confusion. Ang mga nilalang ang ginagawang Diyos. Kapag nakalimutan ang tunay na Diyos, yung ating kaalaman tungkol sa mga nilalang, creatures or even things of this world, nagiging idolatry.

    Halimbawa, hindi naman masama na may alam ka sa economy and finance. Pero kapag nakalimutan mo ang Diyos baka yung pera ang maging Diyos mo. At kapag pera ang naging Diyos, magkakagulo hindi lamang ang pananampalataya magkakagulo ang lipunan. Lalago ang kurapsyon. Lalago ang discrepancy between the rich and the poor. Why? Because my study of finance led me to forget the true God, the source of all good, the creator, the provider and then I claim to money as God. Gulo sa lipunan. Kaya sana habang nagpapakadalubhasa sa mga kaalaman lalong lumalalim ang pagtuklas sa Diyos na pinagmulan ng lahat.

    Yung iba siguro sa inyo mahilig sa art. Maganda yung art. Ano ba ibig sabihin ng art? Expression of beauty. Expression of the truth. Expression of the Good. Pero yung iba, ginagawa na nilang Diyos yung kanilang art. Nawawala na ang Diyos kaya lagi nalang pinag-uusapan artistic freedom. Kinakatay ko yung tao. Nilalapastangan yung babae sa pelikula, ni-re-rape. Ano yan? Artistic freedom. Tapos bigla na lang natatapos yung pelikula ang nakita mo puro kasamaan, kasamaan, kasamaan, wala man lang redemption. Pag-uwi mo nasa isip mo mas malakas ang kasamaan. Nakalimutan na ang Diyos.

    O yung iba mahusay sa IT at maganda naman yan. Naku! Bonding, connectedness, hindi naman ginagamit yung tunay n’yang pangalan, nanghihiram ng pangalan ng iba. Biruin n’yo two years ago, may nagpost na ako raw ay namatay, pati yung ospital kung saan ako namatay ay nakalagay, at sabi pa ay ako’y napaliligiran ng aking pamilya at mga kaibigan at ang kapatid ko raw ay nagpasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong at nakiramay, January 30. Kaya nung nagmisa ako February 2, Day of Consecrated Life, pagdating ko, sabi nung paring sumalubong sa’kin, kayo ba ay bangkay? Sabi ko, teka, kailan ba yun na post? Ay, tatlong araw, nabuhay na mag-uli.

    Pero, grabe ha, yung technology na yan gagamitin para patayin ang tao hindi na kailangan minsan ng baril, kailangan lang ang karunungan mo sa paggamit ng mga gan’yang gadgets at pwede kang pumatay.

    E, di ba yan ay para sana sa sharing of knowledge, of information pero pag nakalimutan ang Diyos lahat yan ay karunungan na umuuwi sa pinakamalalim na kamangmangan dahil walang papel ang Diyos. Who is wisdom? Who is the truth? and Who is the life? Uulitin ko yan, burahin natin ang Diyos, ang ating pinagmamalaking karunungan ay talagang kamangmangan.

    And it is the mission of Catholic schools to show to the world that knowledge and faith come together and with faith we know more and we use knowledge better for the good of humanity, the good of society and also for the mission of the declaring, proclaiming the Good News.

    O, kaya lalo na sa mga teachers, sa mga estudyante, huwag n’yong ikakahihiya ang inyong pananampalataya. Mas kilala nyo si Hesus, mas marami kayong malalaman tungkol sa mundo, tungkol sa kasaysayan. At mas kilala nyo si Hesus, kayo ay makapagbibigay sa mundo ng natatanging kontribusyon.

    Bago ko iwanan itong puntong ito, masyado pangbata itong mga estudyante. Pero naalaala ko noon merong kanta, “Sinasamba Kita.” Yung mga kaedad ko baka naalaala pa yan. Kaya lang hindi naman sa Diyos kinakanta yung Sinasamba Kita. Kinakanta sa isang kapwa tao na siguro, crush. At yung tao na yun ginawang Diyos, “Sinasamba Kita. At nanginginig pa pag kinakanta, kung anumang dahilan.

    Kaedad ba kita? Mukhang bata ka pa siguro laman ka ng videoke.

    “Kung anumang dahilan ay di mahalaga basta’t sinasamba kita.”

    Anong susunod? Biruin mo kakakntahin mo sa isang tao, baka yan ngayon kinakanta na rin sa isang alahas o sa isang figurine, Sinasamba Kita. Aba magugulo ang buhay pero kapag nasa benediction, ang Panginoong Hesus ang kaharap, “Sacramentum, Sacramentum,”antok na antok. Pero kapag “Sinasamba Kita.”

    Sabi sa Ebanghelyo kapag dumating ang araw ng Diyos, baka makita ka, ang mga sinasamba mo mga diyus-diyosan at hindi mo makilala ang tunay na Diyos. Yan ang kaalaman.

    At panghuli po, nakikiusap po tayo, tayo ay association. In the church the term is communion. Sana sa pamamagitan ng MAPSA, tayong lahat ay magkatulung-tulong, mabuklod sa iisang misyon. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagtatapakan. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagsisiraan. Kung ano ang mahina sa isa, tulungan natin mapalakas. At kung ano ang malakas sa isa, huwag kainggitan. Pasalamatan at baka may matututunan tayo.

    Kapag pinagsama-sama natin ang ating mga Catholic schools at tayo’y kumilos ng sama-sama, ng may pananampalataya at may misyon, tinanggap kay Hesus at misyon para sa lipunan, napakalaking ambag ito.

    At sana po sa pagsisimula ng 60th anniversary ng MAPSA, sa naging mga pagbabago, sa pagdaloy ng panahon, sana lalong umigting at patuloy tayong maghanap ng naaangkop na pamamaraan ng pagsasama-sama, pagtutulungan.

    Sabi ni Pope Francis, Synodality, walking together because we have only one mission, we have only one humanity to serve and here we have one nation, and we have one common home, our earth to take care of.  That’s part of the wisdom that comes from the Lord.

    Let us pause and as we thank God, we renew our commitment to this beautiful commission the Lord has given to the Church and to MAPSA. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Archdiocese of Manila website is Best Diocesan website


    The Archdiocese of Manila website (www.rcam.org) won the Best Diocesan Website in the 4th Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA) held
    in St. Francis Theatre at the Lourdes School of Mandaluyong on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    Launched on July 25, 2003, the website was conceptualized with the initiative of the then Auxiliary Bishop Socrates B. Villegas under the administration of then Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin. It was re-designed and was re-launched on March 3, 2012, during the Manila General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS). The website is a clear manifestation of responding to the call and coping with the changes to evangelize the people using the internet.

    CSMA is in its fourth year of recognizing and encouraging dioceses, parishes, and church organizations to evangelize through the digital world. It was established by YouthPinoy, an “online missionaries” who “strive to win the world through the Word” and Areopagus Communications in 2015. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


    Here are the winners of the Catholic Social Media Awards 2019:

    ·        Best Female Social Media Influencer – Rissa Singson-Kawpeng

    ·        Best Male Social Media Influencer – Fr. Luciano Felloni

    ·        Best Catholic Song of the Year – Servants Of The Lord

    ·        Best Catholic Blog – Defend the Catholic Faith

    ·        Best Catholic Vlog – The Lord and His Shepherd by Fr. Dane Coronel

    ·        Best Catholic Organization Website – Live Pure Movement

    ·        Best Parish Website – Diocesan Shrine and Parish Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu

    ·        Best Catholic Organization Facebook Page – Hugot Seminarista

    ·        Best Arch/Diocesan Website – Diocese of Manila

    ·        Best Public Facebook Group – Buhay Sakristan

    ·        Best Instagram – Quiapo Church

    ·        Best Parish FB Page – Quiapo Church – Minor Basilica of the Black Nazaren

    ·        Best Twitter – CFC Youth for Family and Life

  • EDSA Shrine launches "Marian Dove, Fly!"


    The EDSA Shrine – Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA, with the efforts of their Rector, Rev. Fr. Lazaro Abaco, launched its project: “Marian Dove, Fly!” - Lakbay Dalangin under the program Oasis of Peace last November 4-6 2016.

    EDSA Shrine – Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA
    Photo Credit: Spot.ph

    Fr. Abaco, together with the EDSA Shrine’s Family and Life Ministry, the Pastoral Council and the 9-colors of Peace Liturgical Dancers and a group of EDSA Shrine Pilgrims visits churches under the various Dioceses all over the Philippines leaving a replica image of the Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA (Our Lady of EDSA).

    The first 3 churches visited by the Marian Dove, Fly! were under the Archdiocese of Lingayen under the stewardship of Archbishop Socrates Villegas in which he officiated the Mass at the St. John the Evangelist Cathedral, giving a meaningful homily, and to quote: “People who cannot be trusted cannot be peacemakers, in the same way, that people who are trustworthy, no matter how little work you do, will always continue to please God in great marvelous ways.” Bishop Villegas challenged everyone to be a peacemaker by having a thankful and happy heart. 

    At present, the Marian Dove, Fly! (The MDF) has visited 34 Churches from the Archdiocese and Dioceses of Manila, Lingayen, Bataan, Antipolo, Paranaque and Laguna.    The MDF is intending to introduce and encourage devotion to Our Lady of EDSA and simultaneously promote peace.  

    The Marian Dove, Fly! is intending to visit the Parishes of Nuestra Senora de Guia in Ermita Manila for the 12 pm Mass and St. Vicent de Paul Parish in San Marcelino Manila for the 5 pm Mass this coming Sunday, November 17, 2019. (Anna Melissa De Guzman/SOCOM - EDSA Shrine)

  • 41st Catholic Mass Media Award held Celebrating Human Communities


    The 41st Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA), more prestigious award-giving body in the Philippines was held on November 13, 2019, at the Teatro ng GSIS, GSIS Headquarters Bldg., Pasay City.

    CMMA was organized by the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin in 1978 that rewards as well as pays tribute to media productions that enhance the total human development of the Filipino audience through the competent and professional use of mass media techniques.


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo Credit: CMMA Facebook

    The theme for this year is “We are members one of another. From network community to human communities.”

    In his message during the awards night, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, who is also the Chairman of the Board of CMMA, challenged media practitioners to be promoters of Good News especially in this digital age where there is a rampant proliferation of fake news.

    “We become truthful even reporting evil but as believers in Jesus, we should be more zealous and animated in proclaiming the Good News, good will always prevail,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    Here are the list winners: 

    Serviam Award - Society of the Divine Word St. John Paul II Award: Men of Light

    FOR PRINT

    Best Student Organ - Grade School: HASIK (La Salle Greenhills)
    Best Student Organ – High School: THE SAGE (Sophia School)
    Best Student Organ – College: THE VASITARIAN (University of Santo Tomas) 
    Best Student Literary Publication - PHOENIX (Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas
    Best Student Public Service Ad: HIS HOME (Faith Colleges)
    Best Print Ad – Public Service 
    Best Children’s Magazine - BACKPACK (Rex Bookstore Inc./CMN Asia Inc.)
    Best Youth Magazine - FISH: THE ZANY SIDE OF LOVING GOD (Shepherd’s Voice Publications Inc.)
    Best Family-Oriented Magazine - FAMILY MATTERS (Don Bosco Press, Inc.)
    Best Special Feature - BATTLE VS. CYBERPORN (Ador Vincent Mayol/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Best News Photograph - PACKED WITH DEVOTION (Mark Alvic Esplana/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Best Business Column - ALL IN THE FAMILY (Queena Lee Chua/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Best Entertainment Column - WORD & LIFE BARKADA (Glady Ramos/Word & Life Publications)
    Best Editorial Cartoon - FAMILY BUSINESS (Albert Rodriguez/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Best Comic Story - ANG TUGTOG NG BUHAY NI MANG DIEGO (Orly Aquino/The Bread Basket)
    Best Opinion Column - PUBLIC LIVES (Randy David/Philippine Daily Inquirer)

    Special Citations:
    TEENIG KONGRESYONALYAN (Congressional Integrated High School)
    SENSUS COMMUNIS: THE LATHE JOURNAL (Batangas State University)
    THE GUILDS: REMEMBER ERLINDA (Bataan Peninsula State University-Main Campus)
    ELECTION 2019 – BIDDING (Manila BulLetin)
    THE BREAD BASKET (Rex Bookstore Inc/CMN Asia Inc.)

    FOR RADIO

    Best Student Public Service Radio Ad - BOTTLE OF PEACE (Our Lady of Caysasay Academy)
    Best Radio Ad – Public Service - MOR MAMAKULIT NA PAALALA (MOR 101.9 For Life Manila/ABS-CBN Creative Communication Management)
    Best Counselling Program - TALK TO PAPA (Barangay LS 97.1/GMA Network Inc)
    Best Entertainment Program - RADYO BALINTATAW (DZRH – Manila Broadcasting Company)
    Special Citation - THE CONCERT SERIES (Monster RX 93.1/Audio Visual Communicators Inc.)
    Best News Feature - MOTHER’S DAY (102.7 Star FM Manila/Bombo Radyo Philippines)
    Best News Feature - JUEVES SANTO (96.3 Star FM Davao/Bombo Radyo Philippines)
    Best Business Program - RADYO NEGOSYO (DZMM Radyo Patrol 630/ABS CBN Corporation)
    Best News Commentary - ANONG SAY N’YO? (Super Radyo DZBB 594/GMA Network Inc)
    Best Drama Program - GENESIS (102.7 Star FM Manila/Bombo Radyo Philippines
    Best Educational Program - BOMBO LIFESTYLE (Bombo Radyo Iloilo – People’s Broadcasting Service Inc)
    Best Public Service Program - OPERATION TULONG (DZRH – Manila Broadcasting Company)
    Best News Program - SUPER BALITA SA UMAGA, NATIONWIDE (Super Radyo DZBB 594/GMA Network Inc)
    RADYO PATROL BALITA ALAS-SIYETE (DZMM Radyo Patrol 630/ABS CBN Corporation)

    Special Citation - SA KANYANG PANAHON (DZRH – Manila Broadcasting Company)

    SONGS

    Best Inspirational Song - INANG MARIA NG LINDOGON (Jamie Rivera/Star Music)
    Best Secular Song - ILILIGTAS KA NIYA (Gary Valenciano/Star Music)
    Best Inspirational Album - “CHOSEN” SONGS FROM AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL (Various Artist/Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc)Best Secular Album - SUPERHERO (Jed Madela/Star Music)
    Best Music Video - I PRAY (Marlo Mortel/Star Music)

    Special Citation - I PRAY (Marlo Mortel/Star Music)

    DIGITAL

    Best Digital Ad – Branded: CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES (Frontrow/Creative Programs Inc)
    SM SO MANY STORIES “TATANG” (SM Investment Corporation/Logika Concepts Inc)
    Best Digital Ad – Public Service: FAKE NEWS – UNCONDITIONAL (Manila Bulletin)
    Best Website: www.phjesuits.org (Philippine Jesuit Aid Association Inc) 

    TELEVISION

    Best Student TV Production - PWDENG-PUWEDE (UST Angelicum College Inc)
    Best Student Public Service TV Ad - THE DANGERS OF CYBERBULLYING/INFOGRAPHICS (UST Angelicum College Inc)
    Best TV Ad – Public Service - ELSA AND SARAH (ABS-CBN NEWS/ABS-CBN Creative Communication Management)
    Best TV Ad – Branded - ONE LOVE, ONE PINAS (ABS-CBN Corporation/ABS-CBN Creative Communication Management)
    TAGAY 2.0 (Ginebra San Miguel Inc/ASPAC-DAN)
    Best Children and Youth Program - NANG NGUMITI ANG LANGIT (ABS-CBN 2)
    TOPPSTAR TV (GMA 7)
    Best Adult/Educational Program - BIYAHE NI DREW (GMA NEWS TV)
    Best Public Service Program - REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK “SILANG PINAKAMAHIRAP” (GMA 7)
    Best Comedy Program - DADDY’S GURL (GMA 7)
    Best Station I.D. - TV5 STATION ID (TV5 NETWORK)
    Best Religious Program - KERYGMA TV (IBC 13 & TV Maria / Shepherd’s Voice Radio & TV Foundation, Inc.)
    Best Talk Show - MAGANDANG BUHAY (ABS-CBN 2)
    Best Drama Series/Program - SAHAYA (GMA 7)
    Best TV Special - 7 LAST WORDS (ABS-CBN 2/Mission Communication Foundation, Inc.)
    Best Special Event Coverage - UNANG HIRIT SA VATICAN AT ITALY LIVE SPECIAL COVERAGE (GMA 7)
    Best News Magazine - KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO (GMA 7)
    Best News Program - AKSYON (TV5)
    Best Entertainment Program - ASAP NATIN ‘TO (ABS-CBN 2)
    Best Student Short Film - HAPAG (Don Bosco Technical College – Mandaluyong)

    Special Citation - ANG BABAE NG BALANGIGA (ABS-CBN 2)
    Special Citation - MY SPECIAL TATAY (GMA 7)
    Special Citation - BATTLE FOR MANILA BAY (PTV 4)
    Special Citation: PEREGRINO (The Dominican Studentate)
    Philippine Jesuits | Go Where There Is GREATER NEED

  • Archdiocese of Manila to mark 3rd World Day of the Poor




    “The hope of the poor will not perish for ever” (Ps 9:19). 

    In his message for the Third World Day of the Poor released on June 13, 2019, he reminded the faithful to be in solidarity with the poor and encouraged them to become instruments of peace and hope to every human being especially the poor.

    Responding to the call of the Holy Father in the Year of the Youth, the Archdiocese of Manila will mark the Third World Day of the Poor on November 16, 2019, at the San Andres Complex, San Andres Street Malate, Manila, at 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

    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 17.

    “I ask all Christian communities, and all those who feel impelled to offer hope and consolation to the poor, to help ensure that this World Day of the Poor will encourage more and more people to cooperate effectively so that no one will feel deprived of closeness and solidarity,” Pope Francis said.

    The half-day event will hold an activity entitled “A Dialogue of the Cardinal and the Marginalized” where Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will interview people from the poor sectors of the society. It aims to convey the message of Pope Francis to the poor and highlights Jesus’ preferential for the poor. It will culminate with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist where Cardinal Tagle will preside.

    Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso Moreno, the former actor will attend the event and will deliver the opening remarks.

    In a circular letter released to priests, religious men and women, and laypeople in October, Cardinal Tagle invited the faithful to attend the gathering and be one with the poor.

    “I am inviting you and members of your community to participate in this gathering and let God’s love, grace, and hope strengthen the spirit of the poor in the face of all hardships that they are suffering,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP unveils logo for Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples



    The official logo of the 2020 Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples.


    To mark the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples in 2020, the Catholic Church has unveiled a new logo and theme for the celebration.

    According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the special year aims to celebrate “the human fraternity by promoting the culture of dialogue as a path to peace”.

    It also aims “to work for unity and harmony while respecting diversity and to recognize indigenous peoples’ identities, spiritualities and ancestral domain.”

    Released on Nov. 13, the logo features three shapes, two in blue colors and one in red, creating a blank space in the form of heart.

    The three shapes, the CBCP said, represents a harmonious dynamism and movement in a circle.

    At the center of the heart is the theme for next year: “Dialogue Towards Harmony”.

    “Even though the shapes are different, they follow the same direction. The logo is formed by two blocks distinguished by the two colors,” the CBCP said.

    “These colors are the same colors as the Filipino flag. The blue color represents the color of the Pacific Ocean and the color of the Filipino islands,” it added.

    The red color, on the other hand, represents the textile art of the Indigenous Peoples.

    “The two blocks signify dialogue as they face each other forming a heart, which signifies the human fraternity and respect for each other,” the CBCP also said.

    The celebration is part of the nine-year “spiritual journey”, which started in 2013, to prepare for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

    The Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples will precede the Year of the Youth, which will officially end on Nov. 24, 2019, the feast of Christ the King.

    The remaining year of the preparation will be dedicated to “missio ad gentes” in 2021. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila website nominated as Best Diocesan Website



    The official website of the Archdiocese of Manila (www.rcam.org) is nominated as Best Diocesan Website in the 2019 Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA).

    The website serves as a source of information on the Archdiocese of Manila and for mainstream media. It also features and highlights the different events and activities of the Social Communications Ministry of the different parishes in the archdiocese as well as in the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila and the Vatican.

    On July 25, 2003, the website was first launched with the initiative of the then Manila Auxiliary Bishop of Manila Bishop Socrates B. Villegas under the auspice of the then Manila Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin.

    On March 3, 2012, the website was re-designed and re-launched during the 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 was organized by Youth Pinoy in collaboration with Areopagus Communication Inc. and 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 16, 2019, the CSMA will hold its awarding ceremony at Lourdes School in Mandaluyong, at 7 p.m. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle for the departed clergy, religious and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the annual commemoration of the departed clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila held at the Chapel of Arzobispado de Manila on November 8, 2019, at 8 a.m.

    We thank God for bringing us together, and we thank God for this beautiful practice, a beautiful tradition in our Archdiocese [where we] dedicate one morning of Eucharistic to remember our Bishops, Priests, I don’t know if we have deacons, and religious men and women.

    Of course we do not forget our beloved lay people, our many co-workers in different ministries and apostolates who have also offered their lives in ministry and also to the Lord in eternal life.

    Since we are gathered for the Eucharist we should really be [clothed] with thanks, Eucharist is thanksgiving. 

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo by Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC
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    Although we know that many times the Eucharist the focus is not so much thanksgiving, the focus is petitions we ask for some blessings or graces or even penitential. But we should not forget that the core of the Eucharist by its very name is thanksgiving as we remember Jesus. And as we are formed once again by Jesus’ body, through His word through His body and blood and through the spirit formed into our hearts

    And it is in the spirit of remembering the Lord who brings us into Himself even now that we thank God for our priests, our religious men and women. And also express our hope that they who in their fragile ways here on earth have been part of Christ and part of Christ’s mission may enjoy the fullness of that communion in eternal life. For that is what Jesus promised in the Gospel. Jesus prayed for His disciples while here on earth, “All those you gave me Father, I would have in my company where I am.”

    That’s the prayer of Jesus. “Where I am, may the disciples be with me.” That is His desire. This communion with him and if the disciples are with Him then they will see the glory that the father has given to Jesus. Jesus has revealed His disciples the name of the Father. And He says, I will continue to reveal it so that Your love for me, the Father’s love for Jesus may live in my disciples. And I may live in them. If it is beyond our imagination, so deep and so beautiful that eternal life, eternal bliss, heaven is Jesus living in us. 

    Now, St. Paul already said that, “to die is gain.” He has only one wish. It’s no longer I that live but Christ who lives in me. That’s eternal life even now. And I’m sure some moments of inspiration, we have experienced that. In prayer, in ministry, parang, “wow! I don’t know, I can explain it but parang it is not me,” and then it disappears. Just like in Emmaus, after the recognition, disappears and then you continue with life. But we are given even now snippets of that. Eternal life is not something. But it is Jesus who graces us with his life. And who are we? Who are we? And it is the joy of the disciple. That is the joy of an apostle. And that is the joy of Jesus that He may live in us.

    St. John in his letter said, “We are God’s children now.” Even now but what we will be in the future? In the new heavens? In the new earth? He said, that will still be revealed. But so we thank God for our own experiences of eternal life now. Jesus in us not merited but pure gift.

    And we thank God for our departed bishops, priests, religious men and women who have had such an experience and who in their ministry have led other people to experience Jesus in their lives, to experience the meaning of eternal life in this world.

    And I’m sure there are many, there are many. Even the most broken priests, even the most temperamental sister could somehow be an instrument of God in conveying eternal life, Jesus in us. And we don’t claim any credit. It is pure gift. 

    But for us who are here, still here, siguro sabi nga nila practice makes perfect. Let us practice now the dispositions that will make us really focus on eternity which is not the afterlife, which is not the after world, but very concretely Jesus in us. Jesus in us.

    If I go back to Aristotle, parang nasa classroom. He said there are, parang three types of friendship what we call friendship.

    One is the friendship of pleasure. Parang you, I enjoy your company, I like you because of something delightful that you bring to me. You make me laugh or I learn something from you. So, you are valuable because I find some comfort or some pleasure in me because of you. That’s friendship of pleasure or delight.

    The second is friendship of utility, usefulness. I am attracted to you. I like you because you are useful. There is some need in me that you are able to fulfill. Or look that’s why some of the rich people have many friends. They are useful. And you see the type of politics that they have. It’s friendship of usefulness. If you are no longer useful, the friendship ends. You will be dropped and they move to another party that will be useful to them. So, it’s not party system it is friendship of utility, friendship of usefulness. 

    But the third, he says is, the friendship of good. If you look at the first two, you are my friend because I gain something. I find some pleasure. I find something in my need that is fulfilled. 

    But the third is, I love you, you. Even if it is not pleasurable, even if it is not useful for me in fact you are a liability to me, but I’m not thinking of that. I’m not thinking of what comes back to me. I’m thinking of you. So, it’s literally I love you, You. You. 

    That’s what Jesus did to us. What pleasure will Jesus get from us? If we bring pains to each other and to people and we bring more pain to Jesus. What use are we to Jesus? Technically, none! God created everything, what can we contribute to Him? But He just says, “I love you and I want to live in you.” And we hope that we grow in that other directed action of life called love for that is an experience of eternal life. And hopefully we could say that to Jesus. 

    Our brothers and sisters who we remember have been wounded not only in their human lives but in their ministry. I’m sure many of them have received so many criticisms. They’ve undergone many misunderstanding even from within.

    But we just hope that even when they were being burned that they remained focused.  Jesus is in me and I am in Jesus not because I deserve it but that’s how love goes.

    And we hope that the prayer of Jesus would be fulfilled, “That your love for me will live in them and I may live in them.” (Archdiocesan Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • Eternal life on earth when Christ is in our hearts - Cardinal Tagle


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle remembered in prayers the deceased clergy, religious men and women and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. It was held at the Chapel of Arzobispado de Manila on November 8, 2019, Friday, at 8 a.m.

    “We thank God for bringing us together, and we thank God for this beautiful practice, a beautiful tradition in our Archdiocese [where we] dedicate one morning of Eucharistic to remember our Bishops, Priests, I don’t know if we have deacons, and religious men and women,” he said.

    “Of course we do not forget our beloved lay people, our many co-workers in different ministries and apostolates who have also offered their lives in ministry and also to the Lord in eternal life,” he added.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo by Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)
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    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the “eternal life” we experience on earth, that is, allowing Christ to live in or hearts. He also thanked the priests and religious who in one way or the other have become instruments of the grace of God. 

    “And we thank God for our departed bishops, priests, religious men and women who have had such an experience and who in their ministry have led other people to experience Jesus in their lives, to experience the meaning of eternal life in this world,” he said.

    “And I’m sure there are many, there are many. Even the most broken priests, even the most temperamental sister could somehow be an instrument of God in conveying eternal life, Jesus in us. And we don’t claim any credit. It is pure gift,” he added.

    Cardinal Tagle also remembered during the Mass all those who are wounded and those who suffered criticisms and misunderstanding.

    “Our brothers and sisters who we remember have been wounded not only in their human lives but in their ministry. I’m sure many of them have received so many criticisms. They’ve undergone many misunderstanding even from within,” he said.

    On October 30, 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 as part of the annual commemoration of the departed clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Vatican's Ambassador to PH to celebrate Mass for Puerto Princesa's Bugsayan


    Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, will be presiding the eucharistic celebration for "Bugsayan 2019" in Puerto Princesa on November 30.

    Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines
    File Photo: Archdiocesan Office of Communications

    Bishop Socrates Mesiona, in one of his public speaking engagements, has invited all the faithful to attend the Mass to be presided by the Papal Nuncio.

    "Let us show to the Nuncio the warmth of our Catholic faith here in the Vicariate," he said in Filipino. 

    The 61-year-old Nuncio hails from Milan, Italy and came to the Philippines as papal ambassador in 2017. Prior to his assignment to the country, he was a Nuncio to Lebanon for 8 years.  

    The Holy Mass as the highlight of Bugsayan will be concelebrated by Bishop Mesiona with the clergy from the Vicariate of Puerto Princesa and Taytay on November 30, 11 AM at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.

    Bugsayan is an annual event in Puerto Princesa and Southern Palawan since 2014, attended by thousands of faithful from 32 parishes in the  Vicariate. 

    This year's theme is "Grateful for the Faith: We receive. We celebrate. We live. We Proclaim." (Katya A. Santos/SOCOM - Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa)

     

  • Caritas Manila and Quiapo Church donate 1M for earthquake victims in Mindanao



    Caritas Manila, the social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila once again appealed for assistance to raise the additional funds needed to help the victims of consecutive earthquakes that jolted Mindanao.

    In an article posted on Radio Veritas Website, Rev. Fr. Ric Valencia, Priest in charge of Caritas Manila Damayan said that a total of P500,000 were already donated to the victims of the earthquake in the Diocese of Kidapawan. The said amount according to him, is not enough to meet the needs of the affected residents who are still in the evacuation center and are in fear of their safety.

     “So ngayon ay naghahanap pa rin tayo ng pondo, alam natin na yung initial na ipinadala doon ay would not be enough. Marami ang pababa palang mula doon sa kanilang mga lugar sa kabundukan na walang mauwian dahil nasira ang mga bahay. Yung mga nandoon sa evacuation center ay takot bumalik dahil may mga crack ang mga bahay,” Fr. Valencia told Radyo Veritas.

    Fr. Valencia also shared that aside from P500,000 donation of Caritas Manila, they are also in an on-going coordination and cooperation with church institutions like the Archdiocese of Manila and Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) who also donated P500,000 to the victims in the Diocese of Kidapawan. 

     “Nag-coordinate na tayo ang RCAM (Archdiocese of Manila), ang Quiapo Church at ang Caritas Manila and napag-usapan together with the Bishop there kung anong mga pangangailangan nila and ang Quiapo Church ay nag-commit na ng P500,000 para sa Diocese ng Kidapawan...,” Fr. Valencia said.

    On October 16, 2019, a magnitude of 6.3 earthquake first hit Mindanao. Two succeeding earthquakes followed on October 29 and 31 with a magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 respectively.

    Earlier, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful to pray for the victims of the earthquake. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Jose Alan Dialogo


     
    The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Jose Alan Dialogo will be on Thursday, December 12, 2019, Memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Philippines, at the Manila Cathedral, at 9 a.m.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will be the Principal Consecrator while Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales and Bishop Emeritus of Sorsogon Arturo M. Bastes, SVD will be the Co-Consecrators.

     

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  • Cardinal Tagle: Family is a gift not a burden


    “Minsan may kumakalat na pananaw na ang pamilya, pabigat. Kaya yung iba ayaw na magka-pamilya o kaya ipo-postpone hanggang hindi na magkakapamilya. Kasi mag-aasawa 75-years old na e, talaga naman paano ka pa naman magkakaanak."

    This was the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle during his homily for the “Family is a Gift Conference” held at St. Paul College in Pasig City, on October 26, 2019.

     
    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle strikes a pose with the families during the "Family is a Gift Conference held at St. Paul College in Pasig on October 26.
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    Cardinal Tagle reflected on the people’s perspective that family is a burden, the reason why many delay marriage.

    “Ayan palipat lipat ng girlfriend, ng boyfriend pero postpone ng postpone kasi pabigat e, pabigat. E, pero itong pagtitipon natin, we affirm something quite contrary to what people say. Ang pamilya ay hindi pabigat. Ang pamilya ay regalo ng Diyos,” he said.

    He also added that the family that Christ built is called the Church.

    “And the family is called the Church in the home na sana si Hesus din ang nagtitipon. Siya ang gumagawa at humuhubog ng pamilya ng Diyos,” he said.

    Family is a Gift Conference was organized by the Archdiocese of Manila Commission on Family and Life in coordination with the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth and Couples for Christ.

    In line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth, the Vicariate of San Fernando de Dilao will hold Youth and Family Encounter at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium, Paco Catholic School, on November 16, 2019, at 7 a.m. It will be followed by Usapang Totoo at Katotoo (UTAK) with Cardinal Tagle. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the "Family is a Gift Conference"


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the “Family is a Gift Conference” held at the St. Paul in Pasig City on October 26, 2019.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
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    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for this beautiful day and we thank for bringing us together. 

    Maraming salamat sa Diyos. Siya ang nagtipun-tipon sa atin. Marami naman sa atin hindi magkakakilala kahit mag-imbita yung isa, palagay ko hindi darating yung isa kasi hindi naman kilala.

    Pero sa ngalan ni Hesus nagkakasama sama tayo. Yan ang maganda. Ang pamilya na si Hesus ang nagbubuo ang tawag ay Simbahan.

    And the family is called the Church in the home na sana si Hesus din ang nagtitipon. Siya ang gumagawa at humuhubog ng pamilya ng Diyos.

    Huwag kayong mag-alala hindi ko hahabaan ito, magta-talk pa ako after the Mass. Pwede rin namang habaan ko na ito hindi na ako magta-talk mamaya. Mamili kayo. Whichever, ganun naman ang maririnig ko talaga, whichever. Pero magkaiba ho kasi ito homily batay po sa mga Pagbasa.

    What a wonderful set of readings for today as we focus on the family as a gift of God. 

    Ang pamilya regalo, handog ng Diyos hindi pabigat. 

    Minsan may kumakalat na pananaw na ang pamilya, pabigat. Kaya yung iba ayaw na magka-pamilya o kaya ipo-postpone hanggang hindi na magkakapamilya. Kasi mag-aasawa 75-years old na e, talaga naman paano ka pa naman magkakaanak.

    Ayan palipat lipat ng girlfriend, ng boyfriend pero postpone ng postpone kasi pabigat e, pabigat. E, pero itong pagtitipon natin, we affirm something quite contrary to what people say. Ang pamilya ay hindi pabigat. Ang pamilya ay regalo ng Diyos. 

    At ang ating mga Pagbasa nagbibigay po ng ilang element ng pagiging tunay na regalo ng pamilya.

    Una po, in the First Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans. Sabi po ni St. Paul, “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” No condemnation. 

    This is the past time, the hobby of our world today. Kaya minsan parang nakakabigat ng kalooban kung magbabasa ka ng diyaryo, makikinig ka ng radyo, mag-a-ano ka no ho. Parang wala nang katapusang condemnation, condemnation and blaming and blaming.

    Kapag meron nangyari, you have someone to blame and to condemn. Kapag may konting sigalot ang agad hahanapin, sino ang pupuwedeng sisihin at kung pupuwede alisin, alisin na hanggat maaaga sa balat ng lupa para gumanda ang buhay. Parang ganyan ang mindset ngayon. Condemn. Blame. Condemn. Blame.

    But in the Gospel, we have this image. A person seeing a fig tree not bearing fruit at yung may ari nung garden sabi, “Ito naman punung ito hindi naman namumunga nakakasikip. Tanggalin na, putulin niya.” Pero sabi nung gardener who is the image of Jesus Christ, sabi niya, “Huwag, hayaan nyo muna at tignan natin ako, I will cultivate. I will cultivate the ground around it. I will fertilize it.”

    Yung owner, give up na. walang kwentang puno ito, putulin na. Pero yung gardener, larawan ni Kristo hindi, gagawa ako ng paraan. Tutulungan ko at kung talagang ayaw mamunga saka kayo kumilos.

    What St. Paul says, there is no condemnation in Christ, means Christ knows that we are gifts from God. We are all created by God and in the book of Sirach and the wisdom literature, God will not hate anyone and anything that God has created.

    Hindi kamumuhian ng Diyos ang kanyang nilalang. Kaya kay Hesus magkahirap hirap man siya, magpasan man siya ng krus huwag lang umuwi sa condemnation ng iba.

    The patience of God is giving us room to respond to God’s love. Siyempre kailangan tumugon tayo pero nandiyan yung gift of God ino-offer. Hindi gusto ng Diyos na tayo ay siraan. Tatanggapin ba natin yun?

    How easy it is for us to lose the sense of gift. Basta nagkaproblema, hindi na gift ang tingin natin sa sitwasyon o sa tao. Kaya condemnation, blaming.

    Sa isang family festival nga sa Italy, parang ganito rin yung tema, gift. Gift. Katulad nung nakita ni Adan si Eba sa Genesis. Kasi binigay ng Diyos kay Adan ang dami mga ibon, mga isda, mga hayop. Pero si Adan nalungkot pa rin. Nung nakita niya yung babae sabi ni Adan, “At last! Bones of my bones, flesh of my flesh.” Nung pagkakita niya, wow! What a gift! 

    E, tinanong ko yung mga mag-asawa doon sa Italy, “Ngayon pagkatapos ng ilang taon na magkasama kayo, mga mister pag nakikita nyo yung misis nyo ganun pa rin ba? Wow! What a gift! Ano nakikita nyo sa misis nyo?”

    Tahimik yung mga lalaki, walang sumasagot. Tahimik. (crowd laughs)

    Tinanong ko yung mga babae, “Wives, pag nakikita nyo yung mga mister nyo, ano ganun pa rin ba na katulad ni Adan, atlast! Ano nakikita nyo sa inyong mga mister? Gift?”

    Malakas ang loob nung mga babae, Italyana sumigaw, “No!” (crowd laughs)

    Sabi ko, “E ano nakikita nyo?” “Problema.” (crowd laughs)

    Ayun na, hindi na gift, problema na. And ano ginagawa sa problem? Sinusolusyonan. E, ano ang solusyon sa problema na ang pangalan ay asawa? Anong solusyon diyan kung problema siya? Kung problema, e pabigat e, e di putulin ang puno. Nakakasikip yan sa hardin, sa bahay. Ganyan e, pero in Christ, in Christ, a new perspective only in Christ sabi ni St. Paul at sa gospel. 

    Matatawa kayo kasi doon yung inattendan ko bitbit talga yung mga ank talagangfamily. Tinanong ko yung mga bata na Italyano, “Anong tingin ninyo sa inyong gma magulang? Gift? Gift ba?” Yung isang bata sumagot, “credit card” (crowd laughs) ang tingin niya sa magulang niya credit card. Pag kailangan niya ng pera e, di (sound effect) mahuhugutan. Yun lang? Yung lang ang tingin mo sa magulang mo, credit card? Pero mabuti naman na-i-express. 

    Magandang tanong ho iyan and our Readings lead to that which leads to my second point and last point nasabi ko na.

    Itong ganitong gift instead of problem condemnation, blaming happens in Christ. Siyempre tayo sa ating mga pagsisikap na linisin ang motibasyon at pananaw, makakatulong yun pero yan ay magaganap lamang in Christ. Kaya sabi ni St. paul, tignan ninyo ano ba ang nakaka-impluwensiya sa atin? Ang espiritu ba ni Hesus o ang espiritu ng mundo? Kasi kung espiritu ng mundo, wala. Wala talaga. We will easily lose the sense of gift. 

    Pero sa mata ni Hesus at sa bisa ng Espiritu Santo, kahit na, kahit na yung magnanakaw na nakapako ay maaaring mapangakuan ng langit. God does not rejoice in the destruction of sinners. Even wounded people are still gifts of God. Pero yan ay faith perspective in Christ and in the power of the spirit. Kaya maganda po na sa Misa tayo nagsisimula para tanggapin ang Salita ni Hesus. Tanggapin ang kanyang katawan at dugo at ibukas ang ating sarili sa espiritu niya kasi kung wala si Hesus at ang kanyang espiritu walang mangyayari sa tema ng ating pagdiriwang.

    Pagkatapos ng magagandang talk, pag-uwi natin anong tingin mo sa asawa mo? Gift ba? Maaring hindi pa rin. Kaya hindi lamang natin effort ito. 

    So, during this Eucharistic celebration, let us humbly welcome the Words of Jesus, his very person body and blood and his spirit. (Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • An Evening with Cardinal Tagle: Patron of the Arts 2019


    Villa San Miguel, 22 October 2019 – Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hosted a sumptuous dinner to formally launch the Archdiocese’s regular benefit Christmas Concert, “The Patron of the Arts.” The special night was emceed by Fr.Nono Alfonso SJ, Executive Director of Jesuit Communications, which has staged the benefit concert the last seven years.

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    “Patron of the Arts has two important goals,” Alfonso explained, “these are to celebrate art and support the Cardinal’s many projects for the Archdiocese of Manila. Every year, we choose an awardee hailing from a different form of art- visual, performing, music, etc. Patterned after the Royal Variety Show in the UK, which helps gather funds for artists and their crafts, we are also able to raise funds for the Cardinal’s noteworthy causes.”

    “It is fitting of the church to celebrate this, as historically it has been a legitimate patroness of the arts. Through the support and generosity of the Church, many of the world’s greatest artists flourished,” he continued.

    Among Patron of the Arts’ distinguished list of awardees are sculptor Napoleon Abueva, film director Marilou Diaz-Abaya, composer Ryan Cayabyab and playwright Dr.Onofre Pagsanghan. The highly anticipated Patron of the Arts concert annually falls on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and jointly, the ordination anniversary of Cardinal Tagle.

    Since its first staging in 2012, donations and proceeds from Patron of the Arts have retrofitted the Manila Cathedral, built social housing for the Archdiocese’s employees, sustained parochial schools, established medical funds for the poor as well as aging priests, and helped families victimized by Extra-Judicial Killings.

    Acknowledging the presence and vital contributions of major sponsors and both corporate and individual donors, Fr.Nono officially turned over the P7.5 million check for the Archdiocesan Commission on the Youth to Cardinal Tagle assisted by Moderator Curiae Msgr. Clem Ignacio. The said commission was the identified beneficiary for last year’s Concert.

    This year the beneficiary would be the Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization (OPNE). Its Director, Fr. Jason Laguerta, gave a brief presentation of the breadth and value of their work. 

    “There is the need to evangelize, not just preach the Good News but convince people of the truthfulness of faith. There is the need for families to become bearers, transmitters of Good News. The vision is clear- we are a community. The Lord wants this very moment to be a new Pentecost to us. Let us evangelize our families and communities. By doing so, we proclaim Jesus to them.”

    Among the OPNE’s most successful programs is the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE), an annual three-day gathering first organized by Cardinal Tagle in 2013. What Fr. Jason described as a “manifestation to the call for renewed evangelization” draws an average of over 6000 participants yearly, including foreign delegates, who experience communion with God, in the context of the new millennium.

    With so much room for growth and expansion, OPNE’s goal of re-proposing the Gospel in an integrated way to today’s Catholics has already gained significant notice. Before imparting his final blessing to the evening’s guests, Cardinal Tagle shared an enlightening anecdote.

    “In a meeting with Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella (President, Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization), he told me that it is only in Manila that there is such institutionalized gathering on New Evangelization.  With our little effort, the Vatican has recognized something great is happening in Asia and has to be taken seriously.”

    As he bid goodbye, Cardinal Tagle echoed feast-day celebrant Saint John Paul II’s timeless message of evangelization.

    “Do not be afraid. Open the doors to Christ. Tayo rin, do not be afraid to share Jesus. Let us open our doors, our hearts to share Jesus.” (Jesuit Communication)

  • Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 launch “Voice of Truth”


    Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 launched a Coffee Table Book titled “Voice of Truth” as part of the 50th Anniversary of its Foundation in 1916. The book launch was held at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 10 a.m.

    Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 launch a Coffee Table Book titled “Voice of Truth” on October 28, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila.

    The Coffee Table Book serves as a marker for both Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 of their five decades of spreading the Good News and New Evangelization as the VOICE OF TRUTH being the Catholic Church’s Media Apostolate of the Philippines.

    Present during the book launching was Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle who gave an inspirational message to the two radio stations who serve as the voice of truth.

    A person of inspiration, an event of inspiration breathes out an air of humility, truth and goodness. And it also depends on what we breathe in. So inspiration, or (rather) the lack of inspiration is really a matter of breathing. And so we hope Radio Veritas Asia and 846 will not only breathe as a site of life,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Also present were Diocese of Pasig Bishop Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D., Radio Veritas Asia General Manager Fr. Victor F. Sadaya, CMF, and Radio Veritas846 President Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual.

    The book launch was concluded with a book signing with Cardinal Tagle, Fr. Sadaya, and Fr. Pascual.

    After the launching the sponsors and benefactors were invited to an exclusive lunch where Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846’s project called “The Pilgrim,” was introduced. It is a mini series video documentary covering the history of Christianity in the Philippines. The project is in partnership with History Channel.

    Copies of the "Voice of Truth" coffee table book is also available for all. To reserve a copy, you may call 0915 522 2021 and look for Ms. Audrey Elli.

    The proceeds of the books sold will go to the Veritas Foundation in support of the Kapanalig Community activities and programs. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle calls the faithful to pray for victims of Earthquake in Mindanao


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle asked for prayers for the victims of the strong earthquake in Mindanao on October 29, 2019, Tuesday. 

    "Nanawagan kami sa inyong lahat, una, panalangin sa Panginoon sa kaligtasan ng ating mga kapatid na naapektuhan ng lindol" said Cardinal Tagle on Radio Veritas. 

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
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    Cardinal also mentioned the importance of our prayers for the protection and safety of the victims of the earthquake in Mindanao. 

    He asked the faithful to protect and help the people in Mindanao affected by the strong earthquake. 

    “Kapag nanawagan ang mga Dioceses, mga parokya sa lugar na ‘yun, sana ay maging bukas palad tayo sa pagtugon," he added.

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported a magnitude of 6.6 earthquake jolted some parts of Mindanao and Visayas on Tuesday morning, October 29.

    In an article posted on the website of Radio Veritas, Most Rev. Jose Colin M. Bagaforo, D.D., Bishop of Kidapawan, said that residents are still staying outside of their houses due to damages caused by the earthquake and the aftershocks that continue to occur. At the time of posting of this news 5 Churches were already reported to have been damaged by the quake.

    The Rector of Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Grace also seeks prayers for their safety.

    Rev. Fr. Jun Balatero, Rector of Kidapawan Cathedral, said that all churches will be open to accommodate evacuees. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

     

    PANALANGIN

    Mapagmahal na Ama, ikaw ang may likha ng lahat nasa iyong kamay ang aming pag-iral nasa iyong kamay ang pag-inog ng mundo

    Hinihiling po namin na ang mga kamay mo rin ang magprotekta sa mga kapatid namin na sa oras na ito ay kinakabahan at naapektuhan ng lindol

    Magpadala ka rin po mga tao, kapwa tao na may magandang kalooban na handang tumulong, dumamay at manalangin para sa kanila

    O Mahal na Ina, ikaw na laging takbuhan ng mga nangangailangan ang iyong pusong maka- Ina, nawa ay kanilang maramdaman lalo na sa oras na ito

    Itong panalamgin na ito mapagmahal na Ama ay aming ipinaabot sayo sa ngalan ni Hesus na aming kapatid at Panginoon sa bisa ng Espiritu Santo iisang Diyos magpasawalang hanggan.

  • A call for Filipino children to pray the rosary


    Filipino Children are called to pray the holy rosary for world peace and unity.

    A global campaign called "One Million Children Praying the Rosary” initiated by the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) aims to gather children from different countries to pray the Holy Rosary for peace and unity.

    Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines
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    In the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines led hundreds of Filipino children gathered at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City, on October 25, 2019, 8 a.m., to pray the rosary. It was simultaneously held in different countries around the world.

    Participants in the event received rosaries blessed by His Holiness Pope Francis. 

    "I know that at the end of this meeting, you will receive as a gift, a rosary but you will receive also to remember the presence of Pope Francis, one image. When you pray the rosary you also pray for Pope Francis that it can continue to guide the church as Saint Peter did with the other apostles at the very beginning," Archbishop Caccia told the children in his welcome message.

    The "One Million Children Praying the Rosary” was organized by ACN that started in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2005. The campaign was launched in the Philippines in 2016.

    In his message, Archbishop Caccia pointed out our the three important teachings of Mary as a mother, tried to understand the things that happened in the life of Jesus.

    "So, let us start our prayer asking Mary first to help us to understand the life of Jesus deeply and understand our life."

    "Second, let us always live our joy and sufferings together with Mary like a mother."

    "And third, make us doing something which makes Mary happy because we are united and we are at peace." (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • We are called to be holy not scary - San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry's Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint Contest "


    "Sila po ang nagpapaalala sa ating lahat na isa lang ang ating dapat paghirapan, pagsikapan makamtan at 'yan ay ang kalangitan." says Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang, Parochial Vicar of San Felipe Neri Parish, in his homily during the Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint Contest. 

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    On Sunday, October 27, 2019, the San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry (SFNPYM) hosted their 7th Year of Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint Contest 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. 

    Participants were from different ministries, areas, and organizations under the San Felipe Neri Parish. There were thirty-one participants who registered for the event whereas twenty participants for Children's Category and eleven participants for Youth Category. 

    The program started with the presentation and introduction of the Saints' that they are portraying with their most famous quotes or lines. Some did a little role play and sang for their chosen Saint. 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. 

    "Sobrang saya at fulfilling sa pakiramdam na ginagawa ng Simbahan ang mga ganitong event...sa pamamagitan nito ay nakakapaglingkod ako kay Hesus" said Ms. Irish Peralta, who portrayed St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

    Concluding the event was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang. 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.

     

  • Message delivered by Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines during the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary”


    Message delivered by Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines during the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” held at the Don Bosco Technical Institue in Makati City, on October 25, 2019, at 8 in the morning.

    Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines
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    Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat! 

    I'm so glad to be with you today and I thank the Salesians Father for welcoming in this beautiful building and school.

    I thank the Aid of the Church in Need, Ambassador, President, and also the National Director for the kind words and explanation.

    And I know that at the end of this meeting, you will receive as a gift a rosary but you will receive also to remember the presence of Pope Francis, one image. When you pray the rosary you also pray for Pope Francis that it can continue to guide the church as Saint Peter did with the other apostles at the very beginning. And if you are very good, you have to look at the image but also to turn it because, on this side, there is a prayer for Pope Francis. 

    And today, I bring to you the greetings of Pope Francis who by the way was in the Philippines four years ago. Maybe you remember, some of you. So, in life or through the television

    I bring also the gratitude because you answered this appeal for prayer together with the other children all over the world and especially, in the end, I will give you his apostolic blessing to continue to be good Christians and good citizens.

    I will just say three simple things because we are here around Mary. You see, we brought the statue, and I have to ask you, "Did Mary understand everything that happened to Jesus during his life, yes or not?" (crowd answers)

    No, the answer is no. She couldn't always understand what was going on with her and with Jesus when it got lost in Jerusalem and they found Mary and Joseph after three days. She couldn't understand the answer that Jesus gave but what she did, she treasures all the things in her heart and ponder and think about it. 

    So, the first teaching today from Mary is, when you don't understand something about the life, the words of Jesus, just keep that words in your heart and keep asking yourself, "why?" and you will find an answer. That's why we pray the rosary with the mysteries of the life of Jesus so that we can understand the life of Jesus and find answers also to our life.

    Second, how many mysteries in the life of Jesus are there? (crowd answers). Many, five but there is the Mystery of Joy, the Mystery of Light, the Mystery of Sorrow, and the Mystery of Glory. Our life is the same. We have joy and yet suffering. 

    When you are very happy because you get a very good note, you go home and you say, "Mama, Oh, wonderful. I passed the exam." Wonderful note. Correct? Do you do that? (crowd answers)

    And when you have pain or something get wrong, you go home and say "Mama, I'm feelin' bad, please help me." Do you do that? (crowd answers)

    And so, Mary is teaching us today to live joy and suffering with her. She's always there to share our joy and to help in our sufferings.

    And third and the last thing, do you have brothers and sisters? (crowd answers) You get along always well? (crowd answers) You fight sometimes? (crowd answers) When you fight, your mother, your mom is happy or unhappy? (crowd answers)

    When Mary, the mother of all, see their children fighting at war, she's happy or unhappy? (crowd answers)

    So, when we pray Mary, we have to ask to be at peace and united that's why we are here to pray for unity and peace. A mother is always happy when the children are united and are at peace.

    So, let us start our prayer asking Mary first to help us to understand the life of Jesus deeply and understand our life.

    Second, let us always live our joy and sufferings together with Mary like a mother.

    And third, make us doing something which makes Mary happy because we are united and we are at peace. 

    And may God bless you all! (RCAM - Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during the enthronement of the image of Sto. Niño de Tondo


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle for the enthronement of the image of Santo Niño de Tondo held at the Manila Cathedral on October 18, 2019.

    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya. Una po sa lahat, magpasalamat at magpuri tayo sa Diyos na Siyang nagtipon sa atin, bilang isang simbahan. Upang sa pagdiriwang ng Eukaristiya, tayo ay mapanibago Niya, mapalakas, bilang tunay na sambayanang kristiyano, nabubuhay sa salita ng Diyos, sa katawan at dugo ni Kristo, at sa ating pagtitipon, bunga ng Espiritu Santo.

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    At nagpapasalamat po tayo sa Panginoon sa araw na ito sa paglulukolok ng Sto. Niño De Tondo, dito po sa ating Cathedral ng Archdiocese of Manila. Salamat po sa parish, community ng Archdiocesan Shrine ng Sto. Niño De Tondo, sa pamumuno ni Fr. Lito Villegas, salamat po sa pagdadala dito ng ating mahal na imahen, salamat po. (nagpalakpakan ang mga tao)

    Sapagkat ang simabahan ng Tondo, palagay ko, 1572 yata, mula noon, nakaluklok na ang Sto. Niño De Tondo. Bago pa nadeklara na Cathedral ang ating simabahan ay may debosyon na sa Sto. Niño De Tondo. Kaya napakaganda na ang kasaysayan ng Archdiocese of Manila, ang kasaysayan ng unang katedral sa Pilipinas, ang Manila Cathedral, ngayon ay yayakapin ang isa sa mga una at pinakamatandang debosyon kay Hesus sa Kanyang taguri bilang banal na bata- Sto. Niño ng Tondo.

    Ang atin pong mga pagbasa ay may mga magagandang paalaala tungkol sa ating debosyon, sa batang si Hesus. Kasama na rin ang paalaala ni Hesus na kung hindi tayo magiging tulad ng mga bata, ibig sabihin tulad Niya, hindi tayo mapapabilang sa paghahari ng Diyos. Ang mundo natin ngayon, maraming modelo ng pagiging bata at sasabihin pa nung iba, “bakit asal bata ka? Diba sabi ni Hesus, ‘pag hindi ka naging bata, hindi ka papasok sa paghahari ng Diyos.” E pero ang pamantayan ng pagiging bata, hindi yung mga binibigay ng mundo. Magpapabanat ng.. (bahagyang natawa ang Cardinal)ng ano ba ‘to? ng mukha! Ayan, mukha na akong bata. Magpapakulay ng buhok, iba-ibang kulay, noh? Minsan green, minsan purple, minsan brown. Ayon! Bata na, oho. Magbibihis ng parang teenager, bata na. Pero para sa atin ang pagiging bata ay pagtulad kay Hesus at lalo na po para sa atin, taga Archdiocese of Manila at Sto. Niño De Tondo. Ang pagiging bata sa paghahari ng Diyos ay nangangahulugan, tularan si Hesus. Si Hesus na nanatiling bata, anak, anak ng Ama.

    Papa’no maging bata? Alam natin ang buhay ni Hesus. Subalit sa mga pagbasa, may dalawa tayong paalaala.

    Una po, sa sulat ni Apostol San Pablo sa mga taga-Roma, binibigay niyang halimbawa sa atin si Abraham. Si Abraham may edad na at ang kanyang asawa, si Sarah, may edad na rin, hindi sila magkaanak. Pero ipinangako ng Diyos sa kanila, “Abraham, magiging ama ka ng napakaraming bansa, katulad ng mga tala sa langit. Hindi mo mabilang, ganyan karami ang iyong magiging anak.” Kung ako si Abraham, sasagutin ko ang Diyos e, sasabihin ko, “Diyos, salamat ha pero, hindi nga kami maka-isang anak, tapos sasabihin mo, magiging ama ako ng ganyang karami. May edad na ako, may edad na yung asawa ko. Sabi nga nila baog, paanong mangyayari ‘yan?” Mabuti na lang, hindi ako si Abraham, kung hindi, naiba ang kasaysayan. Sabi ni San Pablo, si Abraham, nanalig sa Diyos. Kahit na parang imposible, at parang sasabihin nga natin, sa tahasang salita, ay walang katuturan ang sinabi sa kaniya ng Diyos. Pero nanalig siya, dahil ang nangangako ay ang Diyos. ‘Yan ang pagiging bata.

    Maraming bagay, hindi natin lubusang mauunawaan. Ganyan ang birhen Maria, ang daming mensahe sa kanya ng anghel, ng mga pastol, pati yung kanyang anak na nakabayubay sa krus, hindi niya naunawaan lahat, subalit, nanalig sa Diyos. Si Hesus, maraming bagay din bilang tao, hindi Niya maunawaan. Nakabayubay sa krus, ano ang isang panalangin ni Hesus? “Diyos ko, Diyos ko, bakit mo naman ako pinabayaan?” Dumaan Siya sa matinding lungkot, subalit hindi nawala ang pananalig. Sa bandang huli ang sinabi pa rin niya, “Ama sa iyong mga kamay, ihahabilin ko ang aking sarili.”

    ‘Yan ang pagiging bata. Nakita natin kay Abraham, nakita natin sa mga dakila na babae at lalaki ng pananampalataya, ang pag-asa ay sa Diyos. Kahit na hindi ko lubusang nauunawaan ang Diyos, sa kanya ako aasa. Ang kabaligtaran niyan ay, ilagay ang pag-asa hindi sa Diyos, kundi sa mga diyos-diyosan. Maraming tao ang pag-asa na at pananalig, sa pera. Kaya hanap nang hanap ng pera. Akala, basta maraming pera, ang buhay mo, ayos na. Yung iba ang hanap, posisyon, basta ako ay may tamang posisyon, ayos na ang buhay ko. Yung iba, basta ang pangalan ko, ang pangalan ko ay tanyag, ako ay pamoso, ayos na ang aking kinabukasan. Kaya, inihahabilin natin ang ating buhay sa pera, sa karangalan, sa ambisyon. Eh kapag ginawa natin ‘yon, tatanda ka. Mamemerwisyo ka. Konsumisyon ‘yan, araw-araw tinitignan mo, “teka magkano na ba ang interes sa bangko?” Hindi ka kasi makapagtiwala sa Diyos, ang tiwala mo sa pera, posisyon, sino diyan ang kalaban ko? Sino diyan ang lalaban sa akin? Sino ang tatakbo? Tatanda ka. Ang pusong bata, may kapayapaan dahil nagpapakumbaba. Hindi siya ang nagko-kontrol sa buhay niya. inihahabilin ang sarili sa Diyos.

    Kaya ang debosyon natin sa Sto. Niño, sana, hindi lamang sa pamamagitan ng mga seremonyas, kundi sa pagtulad kay Hesus- anak ni Maria, anak ni Abraham. Sila, nanatiling bata sa mata ng Diyos.

    At ang ikalawa po at pagtatapos sa ebanghelyo, sinasabi ni Hesus, na may mga pagkakataon na baka subukin tayo. Tayo ba ay sasaksi pa rin kay Hesus? O itatatwa natin Siya? ‘Pag ikaw ay inuusig na dahil sa iyong pananampalataya kay Hesus. Pangangatawanan mo pa ba na ikaw ay alagad Niya? bahagi ito sa pagiging bata. Sabi ni Hesus, kapag ikaw ay kinaladkad na, iniharap sa tagapamahala ng Sinagoga at mga may kapangyarihan na lilitis sa iyo, huwag kang mabahala. Huwag mong isipin kung papa’no mo ipagtatanggol ang sarili mo. Ang Espiritu Santo ang magtuturo sa iyo.

    Mga kapatid napakahirap nito, ‘no ho? Diba ‘pag kayo ay i-tsinitsismis, ang gusto mo agad eh sugurin yung gumagawa ng usap laban sa iyo. Gusto mong sugurin, gusto mong ingudngod sa lupa, gusto mong putulan ng dila. Ipagtatanggol mo ang sarili mo. Ang hirap nitong turo ni Hesus, ano ho? Pero bahagi ito sa pagiging bata. Sino ang magtatanggol sa iyo? Ang sarili mo o ang Espiritu Santo? Hayyy (bahagyang natawa ang Cardinal) Tayo diba ho? Parang ang ating instinct, ang tulak sa atin, “ako ang magtatanggol sa sarili ko at karangalan ko.” “At kung may kilala ako na may koneksyon, aba, gagamitin ko ang mga koneksyon ko, ipagtanggol ko lamang ang sarili ko.” Pero sa ebanghelyo ang pagiging bata- huwag kang mabahala. Ang Espiritu Santo ang magtuturo sa iyo. Sumaksi ka, nahihirapan ka, magtiwala ka, manatili kang bata kahit sa gitna ng pag-uusig. Nakita natin ‘yan kay Hesus, pati si Pilato, nagkamot na ng ulo. Ang dami niyang tanong, sabi ni Pilato, “hindi ka ba magsasalita? Sumagot ka, puwede kitang palayain.” Sinasabi ni Pilato, umasa ka sa akin. Ang kalayaan mo nasa akin. Ang katahimikan ni Hesus ay pagiging bata. At sa ikatlong araw, binuhay Siyang muli ng Ama na Kanyang pinagkatiwalaan.

    Sa pagharap natin sa maraming pagsubok, mananatili kaya ang ating pagiging bata? Year of the youth, puwede bang malaman sino sa inyo yung totoo lang ha, yung tunay na kabataan? Pakitaas ang kamay ho. ‘Yan, ‘yon.. may mga natutukso oh, parang gusto (bahagyang natawa ang Cardinal) oh mga kabataan ha, sana lagi kayong matuto sa pagiging bata, hindi sa mga sinasabi ng advertising, mga sinasabi ng mundo. Tularan ang batang si Hesus. Ang kanyang tiwala, pananalig sa ama, na hindi natitinag kahit na may pagsubok sa buhay.

    Mga kapatid sa parokya at Archdiocesan Shrine ng Sto. Niño De Tondo, napakagandang bahagi ng kasaysayan ng ating parokya ng shrine ang pagiging missionary. Misyonero. Ang parokya ng Tondo dati ay may misyon, sa Calumpit, sakop ‘yan ng Tondo, ng parokya ng Tondo. Nagmimisyon ang parokya ng Tondo hanggang Calumpit. Pati Hagonoy yata. Tapos, nadagdagan pa ‘yan, hanggang Pampanga, Betis. Sumunod ang Malabon, bahagi ng kasaysayan ng Sto. Niño De Tondo ang pagiging misyonero. Hindi lamang para sa amin ang aming pananampalataya. Ang pananampalataya kay Hesus, ibinabahagi. Bagamat, ang Bulacan ay may sarili na ring diyosesis, ang Malabon ay bahagi na rin ng ibang diyosesis, huwag sanang mawala ang espiritu, ang diwa ang misyon na nasa ugat ng parokya ng Sto. Niño De Tondo.

    Magmisyon sa pamilya, mag-misyon sa mga kabataan, mag-misyon sa mga pamilyang nagkakawatak-watak. Mag-misyon sa mga kabataan na natutukso at naliligaw ng landas. Magmisyon. Dalhin si Hesus. Huwag nating sayangin ang napakaganda na pundasyon ng ating parokya.

    Tayo po’y tumahimik sandali, at tanggapin muli ang biyaya ng araw na ito. At hilingin nating masundan natin si Hesus sa kanyang pagiging bata. (Radio Veritas/RCAM-AOC)

  • ANG PAGHAHANDOG NG IMAHE NG SANTO NIÑO


    Bilang paggunita sa pagdiriwang sa ika-450 taon ng pagdating ng Santo Nino sa bayan ng Tundo (1569-2019), naghandog ng Imahe ng Santo Niño ang Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino de Tondo sa Manila Cathedral noong ika-19 ng Oktubre 2019.

    The Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño de Tondo donated an image of Santo Niño to the Manila Cathedral on October 19, 2019.
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    Sa ganap na ika-6:30 ng umaga, nagtipon sa labas ng simbahan ng Tundo ang mga mandated organization at mga parishioner kasama ang mga pamunuan ng Bikaryato ng Santo Nino, upang sumama sa paghahatid ng Imahe papuntang Manila Cathedral.

    Nagkaroon pagdiriwang ng Banal na Misa ng pagtanggap sa pangunguna ng kanyang kabunyian Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle kasama ng iba’t ibang pari sa Bikaryato ng Santo Nino. 

    Sa kanyang misa nagpasalamat ang Cardinal sa Panginoon sa pagluluklok ng Santo Nino de Tondo sa katedral ng Archdiocese of Manila at gayundin sa Parish at community ng Archdiocesan Shrine ng Santo Nino de Tondo sa pamumuno ni Fr. Lito Villegas na nagdala ng mahal na imahe ng Sto. Nino.

    Sa Kanyang homilia, Inilahad ng Cardinal ang hamon hango sa Ebanghelyo na kung hindi tayo magiging tulad ng mga bata, hindi tayo mapapabilang sa paghahari ng Diyos. “Ang pagiging bata ay ang pagtulad kay Hesus.”

    Sa huli, sinabi ni Cardinal Tagle na, “Huwag sanang mawala ang espiritu, ang diwa ng misyon na nasa ugat ng parokya ng Santo Nino de Tondo.  Mag misyon sa pamilya, mag misyon sa mga kabataan, mag misyon sa mga pamilyang nagkakawatak-watak.” (Cristy Dela Cruz / Social Communications Ministry - Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino de Tondo)

     

  • Archdiocese of Manila to hold "Family is a Gift Conference"


    The Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a “Family is a Gift Conference” at the St. Paul College, Pasig, on October 26, 2019.


    The conference, which is in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth is aimed to positively proclaim the beauty of family, to expose the many challenges posed by modernity, and to propose the effective response.

    “The conference will be one of the concrete actions of the church in journeying with her people. The families are facing a lot of challenges today. The reality of the influence of social media, relativism, irregular situation of families, and the lowering of the value of faith are some of them. It will offer timely and appropriate approaches in facing those challenges that they may see and realize the beauty of their families,” Bro. Edgardo Cabuello, lay coordinator of Commission on Family and Life explained.

    The event will commence with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at 8 in the morning.

    The plenary session will begin with the talk of Cardinal Tagle on “Family is a Gift.”  His talk will help the faithful to understand God’s plan for the family in the light of Amoris Laetitia "The Joy of Love," an exhortation by Pope Francis addressing the pastoral care of families. Recognize the challenges that modern families face and learn how you can overcome these challenges as a family.

    Bro. Michael “Shok” Ariola of Couples for Christ will be the speaker for the topic entitled “Pamilya: Tawag at Tugon” and will tackle how families can make the best out of God’s original plan for the family and how they can share their giftedness to other families.

    There will be eight concurrent sessions (4 tracks for parents and 4 tracks for the youth) in the afternoon that will be facilitated by experts in their respective fields.

    Expected to participate in the event are Family and Life volunteers, PPC members, Youth Ministry members, catechists, and those who are in charge of parish formation.

    The conference will be concluded with LIVELOUD Concert that will feature contemporary Catholic praise and worship songs.

    Rev. Fr. Joel Jason, Commissioner, Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila will lead the commissioning and consecration of families and the young people. 

     “Family is a Gift Conference” is in coordination with the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth and Couples for Christ. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle: Every baptized person is sent to a mission


    “Bawat binyagan ay hindi lamang nagiging kasama ni Kristo sa bagong buhay kundi bawat binyagan ay isinisugo sa misyon”.

    "Every baptized person living the life of Christ by sharing in his death and resurrection is also sent on mission," says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Pista ng Misyon at the Cuneta Astrodome, on October 18, 2019.
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    Speaking in front of 8,300 people in attendance to the "Pista ng Misyon" held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay last October 18, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle stressed that every baptized person is also sent on mission and not only ordained and consecrated.

    With the theme “Baptized and Sent”, the Pista ng Mission was in line with the Holy Father’s declaration of October 2019 as Extraordinary Missionary month in celebration of the centenary of the promulgation of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter "Maximum Illud" – an important papal document about mission.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle cited important points about the mission.

    A Personal Encounter with Jesus

    To become a missionary of Christ, one should have a personal encounter with him which means that one should have a deeper knowledge and experience of Christ.

    “This is a requirement for growth in Baptism and in mission.  Do I know Jesus? Have I encountered him and what am I doing in order to deepen my knowledge of Jesus,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Mission is Fundamentally Witnessing

    Those who are baptized are called to become missionaries who have experienced a personal encounter with Jesus and become witnesses to Christ in word and deed.

    “Mission in word, in deed, in my relationship, even in my silence is witnessing to Christ and to witness to Christ means bearing the cross, bearing the cross especially the cross of helplessness. When you love, you are helpless.” 

    Mission of Charity

    The mission of Christ is a mission of charity and this is expressed in our love for our neighbor as well in our environment.

    The Cardinal during the gathering also asked the faithful to remember in their prayers those who were greatly affected by the earthquake that hit Mindanao last October 16 with magnitude of 6.3. He also led those who were gathered to remember those who escaped from Syria and have nowhere to go because of the continued bombings. Kenya, was also remembered as it still experiences severe drought.

    The Cardinal also urged the faithful to be missionaries for the environment. 

    “Ang kalikasan ay nalalapastangan at pag ang kalikasan ay namatay, ang tao nanganganib din ang buhay,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Present also during the event were the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President Romulo Valles, who is also the Archbishop of Davao. 

    Pista ng Misyon was organized by the Commission on Mission of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Pontifical Missionary Society in the Philippines headed by Rev. Msgr. Esteban Lo. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle for Pista ng Misyon


    Mga minamahal na kapatid, magpasalamat tayo sa Panginoon  na nagtipon sa atin sa hapong ito.

    Nagpapasalamat po tayo kay Pope Francis na tumawag na magkaroon ng Extraordinary Month of Mission at ito po ang ating ipinagdiriwang sa araw na ito, kapistahan ni San Lukas.

    Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa ating minamahal na Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, sa kanyang presensiya sagisag ng pakikiisa ng Santo Padre sa atin.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Pista ng Misyon held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, on October 18.
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    Salamat din kay Archbishop Romulo Valles, Archbishop of Davao and President of the CBCP at ang ating mga kapatid na mga obispo, mga pari na nakikiisa bagamat nasa Pasay, ito po ay isang event na na pinamunuan din ng National Pontifical Mission Society office, kaya hindi lang po ito local ito po ay national at international. 

    Pwede malaman who among you come from countries of Asia other than the Philippines? Raise your hands, yung galing sa ibang Asian countries. We have priests from China, could you please rise. Di ko alam paano sabihin sa Chinese. They are here for their ongoing formation. Xie Xie! Ibig sabihin ng Xie Xie ay “Thank you” pero ang intindi nila upo na umupo naman. Iba talaga ang Chinese ko.

    May we know who among you are from a European country? Ayan! there! Yan!

    Or from Africa? There, Monsignor, there, welcome! 

    From North America? South America, Central and South America, ayan, father, monsignor.

    Oceania? Like Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa, Fiji?

    From the Philippines? (Loud clap)

    So, salamat sa Diyos, salamat! 

    Ang tema po natin, Baptized and Sent. Bawat binyagan ay hindi lamang nagiging kasama ni Kristo sa bagong buhay kundi bawat binyagan ay isinisugo sa misyon. 

    Mission should not be associated only with the ordained. It should not be associated only with those in consecrated life. It is associated, it is linked to baptism. Tatanungin ko, ilan sa inyo ang inordinahan, diakono, pari, obispo, pakitaas po ang kamay. Who among you are ordained? Ayan, kaunti lang kami.

    How many of us here are in consecrated life, nagawa ng mga vows in consecrated life and communities? Hindi rin lahat.

    Ilan sa inyo ang may asawa, married? Hindi rin lahat. Ay! bat ba ako nakataas? (crowd laughs) Hindi lahat. 

    Ilan sa inyo ang students?  O yan, marami pero hindi lahat. Pero kapag tinanong sino sa atin ang bininyagan? Baptized. Lahat tayo o kaya kapag baptized, sino sa atin ang sinusugo sa misyon dahil bininyagan? Lahat tayo, lahat.

    Ang ganda, every baptized person living the life of Christ by sharing in his death and resurrection is also sent on mission. At maganda yung narinig natin sa maraming panayam. Wala pwedeng magsabi, hindi ko naman alam saan ako sinusugo? Napakaraming sitwasyon ang buhay. Sitwasyon sa mundo na isinusugo tayo ng Panginoon, sabi nga sa Ebanghelyo, “upang ipahayag na ang Diyos ang naghahari.”

    Hayaan nyo po na magbigay lang ako ng ilang puntos na ibinahagi rin ni Pope Francis sa Extraordinary Month of Mission.

    Una, para maging misyonero ni Hesus, kailangan kilala si Hesus. Kailangan may karanasan kay Hesus.

    A personal encounter with Jesus. This is a requirement for growth in Baptism and in mission.  Do I know Jesus? Have I encountered him and what am I doing in order to deepen my knowledge of Jesus. Ano ang aking mga pagpupunyagi para makilala si Hesus? 

    Salamat sa isang katulad ni San Lukas na nagbabahagi sa atin sa Ebanghelyo niya tungkol kay Hesus lalo na ang papel ng mga dukha sa misyon at Ebanghelyo ni Hesus. Salamat sa isang San Lukas tayo ay naaakay para makilala lalo si Hesus. 

    Salamat sa isang San Pablo na naging kasama ni San Lukas at tumulong din para lumalim ang pagkilala ni San Lukas kay Hesus. 

    So, no mission, no proclamation of the Gospel without an encounter with Jesus who is the Gospel. Kaya po bagamat ang misyon lagi nating naiuugnay sa ano ba ang pwede kong gawin na tama naman pero ang ugat niyan ay ang aking pakikipag-isa , pagkilala kay Hesus. 

    Naalala niyo ang sinabi ni Cherry Pie at sinabi ni Marian at ni Dingdong, sabi nila, hindi nila napasok itong kanilang mga misyon kung hindi nila naranasan ang Panginoon sa kasal, sa pagpapatawad kaya spirituality. Sa mga bata, may oras kayong magtext, sana naman mas maraming oras sa pagbabasa ng Bibliya, ng katesisimo, para makilala si Hesus.

    Baka yung iba sa inyo may nakita diyang ang cute, ang cute. Mabangga nga, “Uy excuse me. Sorry ha, sorry, taga saan ka?” (crowd laughs) “Pwede ka bang maka-konekta?” “Hindi eh, hingi pa ko ng permission sa tatay ko.” Pero sa puso niya, Yi! Yi! Yi! Napansin ako! (crowd laughs)

    E, ano yan, cute nga yan, lolokahin ka lang niyan. (crowd laughs) E, sana kinikilig din tayo kay Hesus. Ang puso natin matunaw kay Hesus. Kilalalanin siya, which leads to the second point.

    Mission is fundamentally witnessing. Martyrdom. Ang misyon ay pagsaksi kay Hesus. Pagsaksi sa salita, sa gawa, sa pagkatao, sa ating ugnayan. Sabi nga ng bagong santo, si St. Cardinal John Henry Newman, sabi niya, “Let me preach you without preaching not by my words but by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do. The evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you.”  

    Hayaan mong ipahayag kita ng hindi nangagaral kundi sa pamamagitan ng init ng pag-ibig na nararamdaman nila kung ano man ang aking ginagawa.

    So, mission in word, in deed, in my relationship, even in my silence is witnessing to Christ and to witness to Christ means bearing the cross, bearing the cross especially the cross of helplessness. When you love, you are helpless.  

    Ang umiibig ang daming gustong gawin. Protektahan ang minamahal, baguhin ang minamahal, baguhin ang sitwasyon pero alam niya minsan kapus na kapos siya at yun ang krus ng nagmamahal. Pero yung krus na yun at pagdurusa kasama rin sa pagsaksi kay Hesus.

    So, yung una, encounter with Christ. Ikalawa, witnessing. Yun ang kahulugan ng salitang martir. Ang martir, saksi hanggang kamatayan.

    Ang ikatlo, mission of charity. Habang tayo po ay nandito sana nasa isip at puso natin ang mga kapatid natin na naapektuhan ng lindol sa Mindanao itong mga nakaraang araw. 

    Sana kasama sa ating alalahanin  ang mga tumatakas ngayon sa Northern Syria dahil doon sa mga bombahan na hindi alam kung saan pupunta.

    Sana nasa isip at puso natin yung mga magulang  na naghahanap kung nasaan ang kanilang mga anak subalit ayaw pumunta sa morge dahil baka nandoon ang anak ko.

    Sana kasama natin sa ating puso’t kalooban ang mga tao, kaibigan, kapatid natin sa Kenya na mahigit nang isang taong wala walang ulan sa kanilang lugar. Tubig pang-inom, tubig panglinis, tubig para sa mga sinasaka, wala.

    Charity. At kung makikita natin ang misyon ni Hesus it was a mission of charity. Sabi nga nina Marian, Dingdong, at ni Cherry Pie, magsasawa ka kapag ang iniisip mo lang sarili mo. Ang pag-ibig ay patungo sa iba. Hindi dahil naiinis ka sa sarili mo kundi ang pag-ibig sa sarili ay nagiging ganap sa pag-ibig sa kapwa at pagdamay pati sa kalikasan.

    Ang kalikasan ay nalalapastangan at pag ang kalikasan ay namatay, ang tao nanganganib din ang buhay. So, our mission is total. O, nakikita ko may mga bottled water. Ngayon marami tayo, pag-alis kaya natin sana hindi na kailangan ng janitor para maglinis dito kasi lahat tayo may pagmamahal sa kapaligiran. Kung natutukso ka na yung balot ng candy na kinain mo ay itapon diyan, maghunus dili ka. Extraordinary Month of Mission pa naman tapos dudumihan mo ang ano, bago mo itapon, itabi mo muna sa iyong bibig. Ilagay mo sa bulsa mo kasi yung pagtatapon na ganyan, kayabangan yan. Nasa isip mo, hindi bale na ako mag-iwan ng dumi meron naman niyang pupulot mamaya. Hindi yan pagdamay sa kapwa. Part of our mission of charity is caring for creation and caring for human beings. 

    At pang huli po, mission together. Sama-sama hindi kanya kanya. 

    Si San Pablo ang sabi niya si San Lukas ang kanyang nakasama hanggang sa huli hindi siya iniwanan. Sa Ebanghelyo, isinugo ng Panginoon sila, pitungput dalawa, dala-dalawa hindi solo-solo. Dala-dalawa. Hindi ka magdadala ng kung anu ano. Hindi ka magdadala ng lukbutan. Hindi ka magdadala ng sandalyas. Hindi ka magdadala ng kung anu-ano pero kasama mo naman ang kapwa misyonero. 

    E, yung iba, bitbit lahat. Bitbit merienda, parang gugutumin. Bitbit merienda, bitbit tubig, bitbit pati tabo pero ayaw na may kasama sa misyon. Kaya siguro sinasabi ni Hesus, huwag nyong bitbitin lahat yan. You have what you need the Gospel and you have a companion. Ang misyon na ito ay hindi pangsarili kundi sama-sama. At pati ang mga bata, pari ang mga dukha sa society, sa lipunan ay may bahagi sa misyon. Di ba yan din po ang espiritwalidad ng tinatawag nating Pondo ng Pinoy. Kahit na ikaw ay hindi mayaman sa maliit na beinte singko sentimos, sa iyong maliliit na pagkilos, ikaw ay nagmimisyon ng pag-ibig sa kapwa. Hindi kanya-kanya. 

    Minsan nasa isip natin mawala lang itong isang ito, gaganda ang misyon ko. Sabi nila mawala lang tong asawa ko gaganda ang buhay ko. (crowd laughs) Mawala lang itong bata sa aking sinapupunan, yayaman ako, giginhawa ang buhay ko. Mawala lang itong mga nanggugulo dyan, gaganda ang lipunan. Ang ating isip kanya-kanya, alisin! Alisin! Alisin! Pero sinisugo tayo ng Panginoon, sama-sama, dala-dalawa. Siya ang bitbit mo hindi kung anu ano.

    So, mission is in community. Mission is ecclesial, the church. 

    O, tama na kasi parang nauubos na ho yung boses ko at nauubos na rin kayo parang mga kandila na nauupos na. Yung iba nakaganun na nga, e. Yung laway na tumutulo pwede ko ipadala sa Kenya (Crowd laughs) para magkaroon sila ng pandilig sa kanilang mga taniman doon. Sabagay kasama rin sa misyon yung matulog. Basta pagkatulog tayo, ang misyon. Ok ba yun?

    So, yung apat lang ho, personal encounter with Christ. Pakiulit nga (crowd repeats what Cardinal says).

    Second, witnessing to Christ (crowd repeats what Cardinal says).

    Third, Mission of Charity (crowd repeats what Cardinal says).

    Fourth, anong sabi natin? Wala pa kong sinasabi (crowd laughs). Mission together. Ano ho ikaapat? (crowd answers)

    Marami pa po sa narinig, napanood itong araw na ito, pakidala po sa pagninilay pag-uwi and let us encourage every baptized person. You are sent.  You are sent by Christ and by the church.

    Tayo po ay tumahimik sandal at tanggapin muli ang panawagan sa atin sa pamamagitan ng panalangin ni San Lukas, ang simbahan nawa sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo ay maging simabahan ng mga binyagan na handing isugo para sumaksi kay Hesus. (RCAM - Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Santisima Trinidad Parish holds Rosaryo ng Kalinga


    The Santisima Trinidad Parish in Malate held a Rosaryo ng Kalinga in celebration of the month of the Rosary on October 12, 2019.

    Rosaryo ng Kalinga is a variation of living rosary aimed at supplying the parish pantry for the needy by placing gifts of rice and other essentials instead of flowers and balloons in place of life-sized rosary beads. 

    "Ito ay isang nahahawakang pagpapakita ng pagdarasal ng Santo Rosaryo na kung saan binibigyan natin ng katuparan ang diwa nito na maghatid ng pagmamahal at kalinga sa ating kapwa,"  Rev. Fr. Joselito Buenafe, parish priest of Santisima Trinidad Parish explained. (David John Torres/SOCOM – Santisima Trinidad Parish)

     

  • St. Pius X Parish to hold its annual Living Rosary this October


    On the 26th of October 2019, the parish of St. Pius X in Onyx Ave, Paco, Manila will hold its annual ‘Living Rosary' dedicated to the culmination of the month of the Holy Rosary each year. The activity will be spearheaded by the Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) together with their Liturgical theater company – Teatro San Pio Decimo (TSPD). 


    Unlike the conventional living rosary undertakings wherein the participants will form a human-rosary shape on the ground, SPX PYM likes to have it their way. Animations, songs, and acts will be included per mystery as its narration in a poetic form. This is their way to have a more creative and dynamic story-telling about these mysteries in the life of Christ. 

    The event will be attended by various ministries and organizations from the pastoral council and the event is open to anyone who wishes to participate in the praying of the Holy Rosary. 

    FILIPINOS AND MARY

    The people of the Philippines’ devotion to ‘Mama Mary’ is unquestionable. We love Mary as much as we love our hot pandesal in the morning or our home-cooked sinigang durig the rainy days. This is because Mary is a role model for us Filipinos, especially Catholics. Resilient, loving, caring, patient and obedient – those traits are intrinsic to us from the beginning; and it will always be. The devotion to our Holy Mother is overwhelming. In-fact, a lot of churches, cities, towns, and municipalities are named after her – even the whole country was placed under her guidance and protection, the immaculate conception. The Holy Mother is our ultimate intercessor to His Son, Jesus Christ, the reason why she is on our top-of-mind pick when it comes to our favorite saint.

    PARISH’ ANNUAL LIVING ROSARY

    The Living Rosary started in 2013 under the initiative of the parish youth ministry (PYM) to have an activity for the culmination of the month of the holy rosary. This prayer activity aims to evangelize the faithful about the significance of praying the rosary and narrate the stories of the mysteries creatively. Since then, the Parish has been always supportive of the endeavors of the young people especially in the spearheading of the said event. This year marks the 7th year of the living rosary and we are hoping to invite as many people as possible to join the event and also to let them experience the power of prayer and the joy of praying the rosary collectively.

    For more information please contact Ms. Jerly Lata (+63 936 601 6852), SPX-PYM Coordinator. (Ernest Garcia - SOCOM Minister/St. Pius X Parish)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to Interview Celebrities in "Pista ng Misyon"


    The Archdiocese of Manila will hold Pista ng Misyon at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay on October 18, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


    Pista ng Misyon is in line with the Holy Father’s declaration of October 2019 as Extraordinary Missionary month in celebration of the centenary of the promulgation of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud – an important papal document on a mission.

    Celebrities Cherry Pie Picache, Dingdong Dantes, and Marian Rivera will join Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle in one of the segments of the celebration called “Usapang Misyon”.

    Msgr. Bong Lo, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Society in the Philippines, expressed hi invitation to the faithful.

    “Mga kapatid sa Panginoong HesuKristo, mayroon po tayong isang magandang pagkakataon upang ipahayag, ipagdiwang at lalong patatagin ang ating ugnayan sa Diyos at sa kapwa, ang ating buhay pananampalataya, pag-asa at pag-ibig. At ang pagkakataon na ito po na ipahayag, ipagdiwang, at lalong patatagin ang ating pananampalataya ay ang Pista ng Misyon,” 

    The document Maximum Illud, according to Msgr. Lo, was written by Pope Benedict XV in 1919 and was in the context of the aftermath of World War I to evangelically renew the church concerning mission awareness, mission consciousness, and mission statement.

    “Noong isinulat po ito ni Pope Benedict XV, it was in the context of the aftermath of World War I, na ang buong mundo at ang buong simbahan ay talagang nag-suffer sa trahedya, sa trauma ng Unang Pandaigdigang Digmaan,” Msgr. Lo said.

    “At naapektuhan talaga po ang lahat pati ang simabahan at ilang taon na ang misyon, maraming simbahan nasira, maraming ospital nasira,  maraming orphanages nasira, maraming school ang nasira, maraming missionaries nasira at maraming nasiraan ng loob,” he added.

    At the conclusion of the Year of the Youth, as the young people partake in the mission of evangelization, Msgr. Lo challenged them  to take the Pista ng Misyon as an avenue to share the catholic faith.

    “Alam natin kung hindi tayo nag-e-exerise, nanghihina ang ating muscles. Pero nakakatamad ding mag-exercise hindi ho ba, mas masarap magpagulung gulo sa kama, umupo sa upuan manood ng TV kumain ng chicharon. Pero the more we exercise the more we strengthen ourselves. Ganun din po ang mission. The more we make time, exert effort to share our faith to others to tell the world of his love, the more we ourselves are blessed, the more our church is blessed,” Msgr. Lo said.

    Pista ng Misyon will be a celebration full of songs and dancing, thanksgiving, and sharing of stories about God’s abiding graciousness.

    Cardinal Tagle will preside the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 2 in the afternoon. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)




    Photo Credit:
    Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera - journal.com
    Cherry Pie Picache - drama.wiki.com

  • Social Communications Ministers of the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Formally Installed


    The Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Social Communications Ministry officers and members were officially installed last October 6, 2019 at St. Joseph Parish Gagalangin presided by its Vicar Forane, Rev. Fr. Prudencio T. Solomon, Jr. concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Joselino B. Tuazon, Priest-In-Charge of the Ministry and Parish Priest of St. Joseph Parish Gagalangin.

    Installation of members and officers of the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Social Communications Ministry 
    Photo by Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC
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    Bro. Eijay Valerio de Paz was solemnly commissioned as Vicariate Coordinator of the Ministry together with Bro. Jose Lorenzo V. De Jesus as the Assistant Coordinator, Sis. Lou Jeanne P. San Juan, Secretary, Sis. Rowena T. Rodriguez, Assistant Secretary and Sis. Angelique L. Piol, Treasurer.

    Also installed were the coordinators, officers and members of the Parish Social Communications Ministry of Parishes under the Vicariate-- Archdiocesan Shrine of Espiritu Santo, St. Joseph Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish, Chapel of St. Lazarus, San Rafael Parish, Parish of the Risen Christ, San Roque de Manila Parish, Sta. Monica Parish and San Jose Manggagawa Parish.

    Fr. Jun Solomon emphasized in his homily that Social Communications Ministers are called to proclaim the Good News in the world of Social Communications. In his message of gratitude, Bro. Eijay Valerio de Paz challenged the Social Communications Ministers and the faithful to spread the good news especially in social media where fake news swiftly proliferate. (Eijay Valerio de Paz/Vicariate Coordinator, Vicariate of Espiritu Santo)

  • Pope Francis names Manileno Priest as New Bishop of Sorsogon


    The Vatican announced on Tuesday evening, October 15, that Pope Francis named Fr. Jose Alan V. Dialogo of the Archdiocese of Manila as the new bishop of Sorsogon.
     Father Jose Alan V. Dialogo
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC


    Fr. Dialogo is set to replace Bp. Arturo M. Bastes, SVD as Sorsogon bishop. He will be the 5th bishop of the Diocese of Sorsogon, following Bishop Bastes.
     

    The appointment of Fr. Dialogo was made after Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bp. Bastes after reaching the age of 75. He has been the head of the Diocese of Sorsogon since April 2003.

    Bishops are required to submit their resignation to the Pope when they turn 75.

    Bishop-elect Fr Dialogo was born on July 10, 1962, at the Lagonoy, Camarines Norte, and was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Manila on July 31, 1996, at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral).

    Fr. Dialogo holds a Licentiate in Spirituality from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

    At the time of his appointment as a bishop, Fr. Dialogo has been serving since 2015 as director of the Cardinal Sin Welcome Home, the priests' retirement facility of the archdiocese. The house is located at Sampaloc Manila.

    Part of his priestly ministry, he served as Parochial Vicar at the San Roque Parish in Mandaluyong in 1996; Vice-Rector at the EDSA Shrine in Ortigas in 20015; and Parish Priest at the St. John of the Cross Parish in Makati in 2018.

    He also served as Dean of Seminarians and Rector at the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary in 1999 and 2003 respectively.

    In 2008, he became a member of the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pope Francis appoints Filipino Archbishop Auza as new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain


    Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza is the new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Andorra.

    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, currently the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, has been appointed as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain.
    Photo Credit: Roy Lagarde - CBCPNews

    The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, titular of Suacia and currently Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations Organization in New York, as apostolic nuncio in Spain and in the Principality of Andorra.

    The appointment of Archbishop Auza was made by His Holiness Pope Francis was announced in Rome a 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 1 according to the Vatican website.

    Archbishop Auza succeeds retired Archbishop Renzo Fratini, who has been in the post since 2009 and turned 75 in July, the age which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignation into the pope.

    Upon his appointment, Archbishop Auza who is fluent in the Spanish language has been serving as the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, a post he held since 2014.

    According to the CBCP Website, Bishop Ruperto of Balanga said that it is very "significant and meaningful” that the new papal envoy to Spain will be a Filipino since Archbishop's Auza's appointment came less than two years before the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines through the Spanish missionaries.

     “On the forthcoming grace-filled event of 500 years of Christianization of our country, the Philippine Church gives her gift and gratitude in the person of Archbishop Auza,” he said.

    “God’s graces and the Gospel our Spanish missionaries have sown in us are our fruits for Spain and for the whole world.

    “It is indeed a call for us to celebrate with gratitude and with deep appreciation of our 500 years of Christianization,” Bishop Santos added.

    A native of Talibon in Bohol province, Archbishop Auza was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tagbilaran in 1985. He was incardinated to the then newly-formed Diocese of Talibon in 1986.

    In 1990, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. His first assignment was in Madagascar from 1990 to 1993 and was a member of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the U.N. before assuming his post in Haiti in 2008.

    Archbishop Auza also served in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican, after his assignment to the Apostolic Nunciatures in Bulgaria and Albania. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)



    Sources:
    Vatican Website
    CBCPNews

  • Pondo ng Pinoy: 15 Years of Engaging the Filipino in Caring for the Poor


    Rationale:

    Fullness of lifeas the vision of founder Archbishop Cardinal Rosales for all especially the poor remains to be the primary guide of Pondo ng Pinoy as it journeys into its fifteen years of mission. 

    Since the founding of Pondo ng Pinoy in 2004, the movementcontinues to do evangelization work, encouraging the faithful to live the life of humble stewardship of the poor through little but regular acts of goodness exemplified by the “crumbs” as little as25 centavo coins.“Theology of the Crumbs” or “Theology of the Little” is Pondo ng Pinoy’s unique advocacy – it engages anyone, students, professionals, even the poor towards greater consciousness of povertyby way of gratefully and regularly sharing a small portion of one’s time and talent, and money – one’s “crumbs” or “mumo” with the view that taken together, these crumbs will make a significant change in people’s lives. 

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Press Conference for the 15th Year Anniversary of Pondo ng Pinoy held on September 30 at the Arzobispado de Manila. 
    Photo Credit: Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC


    Fifteen years past, individuals, parishes, academic institutions, and corporations are still consistently giving their crumbs. From fiscal years 2004 to 2019, crumbs collection has amounted toaround PhP 400 millionthat are translated into projects and aids for the empowerment of poor communities. To date, “crumbs distribution” has helped around 250,000 individuals and communities through projects on health and nutrition, livelihood, education, housing, and occasionally, emergency relief.

    All these initiatives towards integral evangelization, as the drive of Pondo ng Pinoy is also in alignment with the Philippine Church’s celebration of the fifth centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the country. Its evangelization helps elicit the “missionary zeal” of every person by participating in works for the poor even in small regular acts, in bringing the Good News to the poorand to those who have drifted from the faith and to those of other faiths through inclusive projects, and in forming the youth in active faith. Like the mustard seed, may Pondo ng Pinoy contribute significantly in church renewal as we celebrate the great jubilee in 2021.

    Four strategies/programs enable the mission of Pondo ng Pinoy:

    The Four Pillars of Pondo ng Pinoy:

    Small Acts: Little acts that the Gospel indicates as the wat of God’s Kingdom.

    Regularity: Little gestures of kindness exercised with regularity that form virtue and build character.

    Rooted in love of God and Neighbor: Love of God poured generously into our hearts that serves as primary motive for action to love back and the commitment to be people for others.

    Empowerment of the Community: “Givers” and “receivers” are transformed by their habit of love and goodness.

    Evangelization as Key to Sustaining Stewardship

    Pondo ng Pinoy created Speakers’ Bureaus or pools of trainers who give formation to schools, parishes, dioceses and other requesting organizations. This catechesis aims to educate and form persons into joyful givers conscious of their social responsibility to the poor. Training sessions are also complemented with printed modules and audio-visual materials.

    Crumbs Collection

    Dioceses who are members of Pondo ng Pinoy echo formation and training sessions within their network. This leads to the saving of 25-centavo coins in used bottles, cans, or other containers, as one of the measurable impacts of the transformation of persons, young and adults, in helping the poor. These crumbs are systematically collected withand transparency measures and remits these to the National Management Office. 

    • Total crumbs collectionfrom 2004 to June 2019: Around PhP 400 Million

    • Sources of Crumbs: 54% dioceses, 36% project-specific donors, 7% others/anonymous, 2% international community, 1% corporations

    Crumbs Distribution

    Dioceses and other proponents apply for projects to be implemented directly or in partnership with organizations. The National Management Office provides technical assistance in reviewing project proposals and recommends effective implementation schemes to help individuals and communities regardless of faith.

    • Nature of projects: health and nutrition, livelihood, education, housing.

    • Number of individual beneficiaries: more than 250,000.

    Promotions

    Pondo ng Pinoy develops materials that promote the mission and impact of the institution. These include audio-visual productions about Pondo ng Pinoy, about stories of funded projects (communities, scholars, cooperatives/microfinance groups, parish clinics, etc.). A theme song “Kahit Isang Kusing” was also composed by Fr. Carlo Magno S. Marcelo. Several articles in broadsheets and other printed media, as well as brochures and annual reports were published. Radio programs consist of the “Oras ng Pondo ng Pinoy” aired over Radio Veritas andthe online radio-tv program. Pondo ng Pinoy is also present in social media platforms such as website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Poster making and mobile photo contests were also launched to intensify popularization of Pondo ng Pinoy.

    Website: www.pondongpinoy.com
    |Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Facebook:https://web.facebook.com/pnpcfi/
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/pnpcfi_nmo
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pnpcfi.nmo/

     

    “Anumangmagaling, kahitmaliit, basta’tmalimit, ay patungonglangit.” 
    His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, D.D.
    Founder  

     

    Source: Pondo ng Pinoy
    Accomplishment Report
    Press Conference
    September 30, 2019

  • Goodwear for Good Will Caritas Manila partners with rising online shop




    Caritas Manila Inc., the Social Action Arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, has come to formal agreements with a new online community store “Goodwear,” wherein sellers from the community store may choose to donate their unsold items from the store to Caritas Manila. Sellers and buyers from the community store also have an option to provide cash donations to Caritas Manila.

    This partnership aims to further help the less fortunate to be given more scholarships through Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program or YSLEP, with the help from Goodwear online store’s generosity

    Good Wear shares advocacy with Caritas Manila and believes that "good, mindful style isn’t expensive if it’s shared," and it is setting itself as an example of its belief through helping share their products for those in need through the option of donating. Goodwear also aims to break the barriers of a common belief that pre-loved items are less prestigious from brand new products, and focuses on the trend of sustainability through these pre-loved items.

    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.

    For more information about Goodwear and its products, you may visit their social media pages at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoodwearPh/, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goodwearph/

    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.. (Public Relations Office - Radio Veritas)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle: God's grace is not sold or bought


    “Hindi hadlang ang pagiging simple at pagiging mahirap sa pagtanggap ng biyaya mula sa Diyos, ang biyaya ay hindi nababayaran at kailanman ay walang presyo.”

    Cardinal Tagle baptizes 450 beneficiaries of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation at the Manila Cathedral on September 28.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAMAOC
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    This was Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle's message during the baptism of 450 children under the care of Tulay ng Kabataan on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Manila Cathedral.

    In his homily Cardinal Tagle told the faithful that the sacrament of Baptism is a grace from the Lord and has no price tag.

    He also commended all the parents and godparents for their duty in helping the children grow in faith through the sacrament of Baptism.

    “Palakihin ang inyong mga anak bilang mabuting tagasunod ni Hesus at mabuting miyembro ng Simbahan at pamayanan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Tulay ng Kabataan has been serving the poorest children in Manila and was able to help 55,000 children for the past 21 years including a young man from the slums of Pasig named  Darwin Ramos, Servant of God. He died on September 23, 2012, at the age of 17 because of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • UST Canon Law to hold Seminar on Matrimonial Law



    In response to the call of Veritatis Gaudium and the Instruction on the Reform of the Matrimonial Process, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Canon Law will hold a one-day Seminar on Matrimonial Law including a review of the canonical understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage and the grounds for the declaration of nullity of marriage. This seminar is intended primarily for Parish Priests and their vicars, and any cleric who may be interested in the topic. Speaker is Rev. Fr. Julius Paul Factora, O.P., J.C.D., an Assistant Professor at the UST Faculty of Canon Law, and Regent of the UST College of Nursing.  

    The seminar will be held on October 24, 2019, Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the UST Martyrs’ Hall of the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties. The seminar objectives are: To strengthen the Parish Priests’ knowledge of the sacrament of marriage, to provide the Parish Priests the opportunity to properly respond to people who are possibly interested in verifying the nullity of their marriage and help them determine if there are possible grounds for nullity, and to make Parish Priests able collaborators of the Matrimonial Tribunal Personnel so that the latter becomes more effective in their ministry. Registration fee of Php 500.00 will cover the expenses of the seminar including lunch and snacks.

    Through this seminar, the Holy Father’s apostolic letter MitisIudex Dominus Iesusis made relevant and known to the clergy. This will be the first of two parts. Another seminar will be on the new process of the declaration of nullity for those who want to become familiar with the procedure.

    For more details, please contact the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties office at +63917-7221378 /(02) 731-4066 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email) to reserve a slot since there are only limited slots available. (University of Santo Tomas)

     

  • Parilympics 2019 kicks off


    Priests from the Archdiocese of Manila and Dioceses of Cuba, Parañaque, and Novaliches gather in Paco, Manila for the opening of the yearly Parilympics on Monday, September 23, 2019. (Photo by RCAM/-AOC)
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    Young priests are encouraged to do more sports activities.

    This was the invitation of Fr. Tony Navarette, over-all in charge of the Parilympics 2019, as the sports event opened on Monday, September 23, 2019, at the Philippine Columban Association in Paco, Manila.

    "Sadly ang mga bagong pari ay di na masyadong into sports, siguro sobra silang nahihilig sa mga white collar activities like computer," Fr. Navarette said.

    The sports festival held its opening ceremony with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. presided by Fr. Ricky Pacoma from the Diocese of Parañaque, then with the recitation of the oath of sportsmanship led by Fr. Moises Ciego, of the Archdioese of Manila.

    Formerly known as Cardinal Sin's cup, Parilympics is an annual sports festival hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila that started in 1995 during the auspice of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, then Archbishop of Manila. It is aimed at promoting brotherhood and fostering stronger bond among priests. The sports festival is also a reminder for the priests to take care of their health especially when they become so busy with their pastoral work.

    "We find sports as a place where we can be close, we can help each other and also take care of our health kasi marami sa amin naha-high blood, naha-heart attack but pagka may sports, sabi nga eh may form of relaxation, yung perspiration na we need kesa lang yung kain ng kain pag fiesta," Rev. Fr. Joey Irlandes from the Diocese of Cubao explained.

    Fr. Irlandes, who was last assigned at the Our Lady of Hope Parish in Cubao and is now in retirement, finds time to join the activity. According to him, events like Parilympics may also serve as a point of attraction for young men to be interested in entering the seminary and be part of the priestly brotherhood.

    "Siguro when they see the priest not only in terms of seeing them at the altar, seeing them at the court, they find them, 'A ganito pala ang priest, at the other side they are also human.' Akala kasi parang ang hirap hirap maging pari, but when they find the priest as their spiritual director, a person na pwede nilang maging coach, pwede nilang cheerer so, dun mo makikita na pragmatic, practical din yung priest, reachable," Fr. Irlandes said.

    During the opening day of the event, games like tennis, bowling, and badminton were played by the priests from the five dioceses. This year's Parilympics is joined by the Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Cubao, Diocese of Novaliches, Diocese of Malolos, and the Diocese of Antipolo. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP releases logo, theme for ‘500YOC’


    The Catholic Church has released the official theme and logo for the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines.

    The official logo of the 500th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

    “Gifted to Give” is the theme, taken from Matthew 10:8, for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, also dubbed as “500YOC”.

    The motto and logo were officially approved by the bishops’ permanent council at a regular meeting in Manila on Sept. 18.

    The logo’s central figure was conceptualized with the painting of national artist Fernando Amorsolo titled “The first baptism in the Philippines” in mind.

    It also displays a cross, a ship, a hovering color of blue, the sun, the “Ichthus”, and a holy rosary.

    The cross signifies the Christian salvation while the ship signifies the expedition which brought the faith to the archipelago.

    The hovering color blue, meanwhile, shows various symbolisms. Most notable among them is its depiction of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove.

    The background is the “Philippine Sun”, a trademark of Amoroso’s various artwork. “More considerably, the sun signifies the new life, new beginning, the Risen Christ, the hope of our salvation,” the bishops said.

    Underneath the other elements is the fish which symbolizes Jesus, as the early Christians would use it to indicate or introduce their selves to fellow Christians. It is colored in red to signify that the blood of the martyrs “had been the seed of our Christian faith in imitation of Christ”.

    “This “Ichthus” is a sign of looking back of the history as the foundation of our Christian faith,” the added.

    The blue beads also depict the holy rosary “as we Filipinos are deeply devoted to our Blessed Mother”.

    It is notable that the entire color scheme resembles the Philippine flag “for the Christian faith is never a threat to our Filipino culture nor alienated its richness, because indeed Christian values go beyond and cross over any sort of cultural diversities”.

    In all of these, the images are placed on a “subtle and gentle hand of God the Father” in a bold accented brown lines, “from whose uncreated wisdom has planned that all these events will be unfolded according to his will, giving us the whole picture of what we are to celebrate now, the 500 years of our Christianity.” (CBCPNews)

  • Seminary in Manila goes "Solar"


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the blessing and inauguration of Solar Power facility at the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (HASS) in Makati City on September 17, 2019. 


    72 units of solar panels were mounted at HASS that can cover up to 43% of the electrical power requirement of the seminary. It was supplied and installed by the We-Gen Distributed Energy Philippines.

    In his Facebook post, Rev. Fr. Roy Decena, Acting Rector and Dean of Seminarians at HASS said, "This demonstrates the shared commitment of the Archdiocese of Manila, We-Gen and the seminary community in heeding Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home as articulated in the encyclical Laudato Si.”

    Among those who graced the event were Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Moderator Curiae and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila, Fr. Enrico Ayo, Dean of Studies of Theology Department at San Carlos Seminary, Fr. Benjamin Ledesma, Parish Priest at the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. Mr. Jun Cruz and Joel Mercado of We-Gen Distributed Energy Philippines were also present during the event. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle to baptize Tulay ng Kabataan children


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will baptize 450 beneficiaries of the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation on September 28, 2019, at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, at 9 a.m.

    Photo File/Yana Villajos-Radio Veritas

    Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez, executive director of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation and ten other priests will assist Cardinal Tagle in baptizing the children from the slum areas.

    It is often the perception that because of poverty or lack of financial resources, the poor cannot receive the graces brought about by the Sacraments. TNK in partnership with the Archdiocese of Manila wishes to correct this false perception.

    “When it is so difficult to bring our wounded children to God, it is, on the opposite, very easy to bring the Lord to them through the Sacraments,” Fr. Matthieu Dauchez said.

    Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation has been serving the poorest children of Manila since 1998.  The foundation developed 5 programs aiming at giving back the dignity of street children, street children with special needs, scavenger children, and children in slums. Apart from those, the institution also helps the elderly that are abandoned in the streets. They welcome a total of 1,500 children each year in 36 centers in Metro Manila and 1 in Bataan.

    More than 55,000 children in Metro Manila have been helped by the TNK foundation for the past 21 years. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • "SALAMAT SA DIYOS, KATEKISTA KA!"


    “Salamat sa Diyos, Katekista ka!”, a powerful message addressed to all catechists who attended the 1st General Assembly of the National Association of Catechists in the Philippines (NAC-PHIL) held at Sienna Hall, Sienna College in Quezon City last July 17, 2019.

    Celebration of the Holy Eucharist 1st General Assembly of the National Association of Catechists in the Philippines (NAC-PHIL) held at Sienna Hall, Sienna College in Quezon City on July 17, 2019.
    Photo by Katekista-Media Team (K-Media Team) of CFAM.

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    Most Rev. Roberto C. Mallari, D.D., the re-elected chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education led the said assembly. In his opening remarks, he emphasized the significant role of the Catechists in strengthening the faith of the people under their care. He added that objectively, the most dynamic workers of the Church are the catechists, somebody who can organize and do the different tasks needed by the Church. He deeply expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Church for the catechists’ love for their vocation and notable work in the life of the Church.

    Fr. Ernie De Leon, Executive Secretary of ECCCE gave his keynote address focusing on the theme: “Catechists: Empowering the Youth for a Synodal Church”. Fr. Ernie developed the theme emphasizing the role of the catechists as youth ministers. He explained that all the efforts of the catechists in ministering the youth is towards building a “Synodal Church” which is one of Pope Francis’ goals; to build a democratic Church.

    Dr. Clarence Batan of UST Research Team presented the result of the study that investigated the current state of catechetical ministry in the Philippines from the perspectives of Filipino catechists and catechetical leaders. The presentation highlighted the value and importance of the catechetical ministry and its catechist, even more now when the faith is being attacked. Dr. Batan emphasized in his presentation that “Kayamanan ng Simbahan ang mga Katekista”.

    Dr. Erickson Javier of Pasig Catholic College did the presentation of the Concept of the National Association of the Catechists of the Philippines (NAC-PHIL) followed by the breakup groups by Ecclesiastical Province. The group sharing was focused on the three questions formulated by the organizer, which was about the catechetical best practices implemented by each province. After the lunch break, big group sharing was done.

    The gathering was concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist presided over by the ECCCE chairperson. Before the blessing, the newly organized ADHOC committee composed of a representative from different Catechetical Ecclesiastical Provinces was presented to the assembly. They will be responsible for coming up programs for NAC-PHIL.

    The event was attended by more one thousand catechists nationwide. (Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila -CFAM)

  • SEGUNDA MANA EXPO HELD AT VISTA MALL ANTIPOLO


    Segunda Mana, in partnership with Vista Mall Antipolo in the province of Rizal, launched its first EXPO within the area. The expo officially opened with a blessing officiated by Diocese of Antipolo Bishop Francis De Leon, DD, with the attendance of Marketing Officer of Vista Mall, Mr. Kane Molina and Province of Rizal Governor Rebecca Ynares for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, with a guest appearance by Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Rizal, Ms. Honey Grace Cartasano.

    Photo Credit: Anna Chastine Laurente, Intern at Radio Veritas 846 

    The Segunda Mana flagship program focuses on education for the underprivileged youth under its Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program also known as YSLEP, the integrated youth development program of the Social Arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila Caritas Manila that develops the youth’s potential in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes, and trains them to become good servant leaders. YSLEP utilizes training and formation that emphasizes not just academic excellence, but leadership while cultivating moral integrity and social commitment to the poor.

    Pre-loved items such as clothing, shoes, bags, toys, home, and fashion accessories, all donated and given by generous individuals, companies, and organizations are being offered at affordable prices as part of Charity Work. This is part of Caritas Manila’s mission to instill the value of giving as a way of life.

    The mission of Caritas Manila is to instill the significance of giving as a way of life. Through its pro-poor platforms and determinations, they help sustain and uphold the organization’s mission to cultivate and enable the disadvantaged and the vulnerable.

    According to Bishop De Leon, purchasing commodities from Segunda Mana greatly helps since it funds the programs of Caritas Manila. “Ang Segunda Mana ay isang paraan ng pagtulong kasi ang mapagbibilhan dito ay gagamitin sa ibat ibang services nila katulad ng scholarship program, katulad nang pag mayroong disaster at maging sa mga pabahay," the Bishop said.

    Caritas Manila Executive Director and Radio Veritas846 President Fr. Anton CT Pascual also believes in the importance of using proper education to develop the state of life of Filipinos especially those in rural areas of the country. “Naniniwala tayo na ang edukasyon is the great social equalizer kung gusto nating kalabanin ang kahirapan, kamangmangan at kawalan ang susi d’yan ay edukasyon na binubuo ng knowledge, skills and attitude,” explained by Fr. Anton.

    Caritas Manila is inviting all the faithful to be part of The Segunda Mana EXPO which was held starting from September 2 until 15, 2019 from 11:00 am at the Vista Mall Antipolo in Rizal.

    For more information and you wish you donate to Caritas Manila and its programs, you may call 563-9311, 564 0205, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857 and you may visit their website at caritasmanila.org.ph or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(Radio Veritas PR)

  • Japanese Orchestra to hold a concert in the Year of the Youth



    The Worldship Orchestra from Japan will hold a free concert at the San Pedro Calungsod Youth Center, Knights of Columbus in Intramuros, Manila on September 7, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.

    The WSO will perform together with the Tondo Chamber Orchestra from the community of San Pablo Apostol Parish in Tondo. 

    The concert is part of the activities of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth.

    Worldship Orchestra (WSO) was founded by leader, Akihide Noguchi. It caters free classical concerts for children in various Asian countries.  Since its first concert series in  February 2015, the orchestra has reached no less than  15,000 kids in the  Philippines,  Thailand,  Sri  Lanka,  Indonesia and  Cambodia  partnering  with  the  local  orchestras  in  the  said  countries.  The group also gives free music workshop for children in different schools, institutions, and youth orchestras.

    According to Oggie Cayetano, a youth member of the Archdiocese of Manila, music unites people wherever they are.

    “We always hear that Music is one of the universal languages.  It connects people of different nationalities and culture and distinguishes each from the others,” Cayetano said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pilgrim Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe visits Vicariate of Espiritu Santo


    The pilgrim Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe visited the different parishes under the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo from June to August 2019.


    The HMSP sisters from San Roque offer a song of gratitude to the Blessed Mother during the visit of the Pilgrim Tilma of the Our Lady of Guadalupe.
    Photo by: Jerry Jamen

    The visitation at the Sta. Monica Parish (June 29-July 6) to San Rafael Parish (July 16-31). It was then brought to the following parishes: Risen Christ Parish (July 13-20); San Jose Manggagawa (July 20-27); St. Joseph Parish (July 27-Aug 3); Immaculate Conception Parish (August 3-10); Chapel of St. Lazarus (August10-17); Archdiocesan Shrine of Espiritu Santo (Aug 17-24); and San Roque de Manila Parish (Aug 24-31).

    At the San Roque de Manila Parish, the Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe was welcomed on August 24, 2019, by the Hermanas Misioneras Servidores dela Palabra (HMSP) sisters with the official song “La Guadalupana” to the Virgen de Guadalupe.

    During the visitation, parishioners of San Roque de Manila actively participated in the recitation of the rosary and novena masses. Flowers and Marian songs were also offered to the Blessed Mother as a sign of gratitude for the prayers she answered.

    From San Roque de Manila Parish, the pilgrim Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe was brought at the Santisimo Rosary Parish, University of Santo Tomas, in Espana, Manila on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

    The Pilgrim Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe or cloak is made of cactus fiber, upon which the Virgin's image is imprinted, held to be miraculous by devotees. Some scientists claim an absence of brush strokes on the tilma while others report that the coloration contains no animal or mineral elements. (Lou Jeanne San Juan/SOCOM-San Roque de Manila Parish)

  • Vicariate of Santo Nino Youth Challenged to Say 'Yes' to the Lord


    The Vicariate of Santo Niño celebrated its Vicariate Youth Day with a jam-packed of activities at the San Pablo Apostol Parish on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

    Dubbed with the theme "I am the Servant of the Lord, may it be done according to your word", the young people who attended the event were filled with series of talks and sharing, youth jam, and praise and worship.

    Young people from the Vicariate of Santo Nino gather at San Pablo Apostol Parish, Tondo on August 31, 2019, for the Vicariate Youth Day.
    Photo Credit: Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino - Tondo Parish Youth Ministry

     

    Make A Ruckus

    The Vicariate Youth Day commenced with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan, commissioner of Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY). He was joined by Rev. Fr. Allan Dizon, Spiritual Director of San Pablo Apostol Parish Youth Ministry and Rev. Fr. Arnel Calata, Jr., Vicariate Youth Director of Santo Nino. 

    In his homily, Fr. Licuanan encouraged the youth to make a ruckus as reminded by Pope Francis in his post-synodal letter to the young people, Christus Vivit. 

    "Ang sabi ni Pope Francis, lalo na kayong mga taga-Simbahan, mag-ingay kayo, magwala kayo. Anong klaseng pag-iingay at pagwawala? Yung ingay ng kabutihan at magwala ng kabuluhan," Fr. Licuanan said.

    Fr. Licuanan who celebrated his 51st birthday last August 31, was greeted by the young people who attended the celebration.

    You're Not Alone in Saying Yes to the Lord

    Speaking in front of the youth, Vicariate Youth Director Rev. Fr. Arnel Calata, Jr. pointed to the young during his Opening Remarks that in saying “yes” to the Lord, they are not alone.

    "Kung tunay na gusto nating sumagot ng "yes, Lord" tandaan natin na hindi kayo nag-iisa, at hindi kayo mag-iisa sa pagtugon ng oo." Fr. Calata said.

    How the Youth Will Say Yes?

    Seminarian Jesus Madrid who currently in his 4th year taking up Theology at San Carlos Seminary shared with the young people his experiences on how he was able to say Yes to the Lord despite his woundedness.

    "Posible palang magmahal sa kabila ng kawasakan. Tara, magbigay ng sarili at mag-yes kay Lord," Bro. Madrid said.

    He stressed that a person who is willing respond God’s call should know and trust Christ. He also needs to surrender himself and his brokenness to the Lord as well as being consistent to his commitment and must face challenges with the help of Christ.

    Fiat Ng Kabataan Inspirations

    In the forum segment, Usapang Kabataang Tondo #FiatNgKabataan, Rev. Fr. Calata who is also the youth director and assistant priest of Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño Tondo, reminded the young people that they are not alone in their journey in life saying, "Lagi tayong may kasama sa pag-oo natin."

    During the activity, some of the young were able to share their journeys in saying yes to the Lord.

    "Si Mother Mary, ituturo niya sayo kung ano ang tama."
    Sis. Lisa Manguben the youth coordinator of Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

    "Find your heart and you will always say yes to the Lord."
    Ejay Espiñosa
    Medical doctor by profession and coordinator of Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Youth Ministry and San Roque de Manila Parish Youth Ministry

    "Lagi natin tandaan na ang pag-oo natin kay Lord, nauna na siyang om-oo sa atin."
    Bro. Justin Gatus
    Seminarian from Holy Apostles Senior Seminary Bro. Justin Gatus reminded the Vicariate Youth Ministry

    The participants from the vicariate of Sto. Nino for the National Youth Day held in Cebu last April 2019 also shared their experiences in the NYD, encouraging the other youth to participate in the next NYD.

    The segment was hosted Ms. Kat Beral of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth and Ms. Babes Cayetano from San Pablo Apostol Parish.

    After Saying Yes, What Now?

    During the second talk for the VYD entitled "After my Yes, What Now?", Mr. Oggie Cayetano, Vicariate Youth Coordinator of Vicariate of Santo Nino Youth Ministry reminded the young on the reason why they say yes in serving the Ministry.

    "Dumating sa punto sa ministry na ayaw mo na magpatuloy, ngunit si Hesus hindi nangako ng masayang buhay, hindi niya sinabi na hindi ka niya pahihirapan. Pero pinangako Niya na di ka Niya iiwan. Lagi lang natin tatandaan kung bakit tayo nandito." Cayetano said.

    He also advised them to return to the Lord if they feel broken or empty. 

    "Pag dumadating na nasisira ka na, balik ka sa Diyos kasi Siya ang makakabuo sayo, kasi alam Niya kung paano ka Niya aayusin. Bago ka minahal ng mga tao sa paligid mo, tandaan mo na may Kristong nagmamahal sayo. Kapag binigay mo kay Kristo ang oo mo, hindi Siya makikipag-break sayo," Cayetano said.

    The whole day event also showcased talents who performed in various activities like song, dance, short skit and spoken poetry from the youth ministries of the seven parishes under the vicariate.

    Seminarians from the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (HASS) were also there to join the activity and invited the young people to see priesthood as a way of answering God’s calling. (AJ Llanes/ SOCOM - Vicariate of Santo Nino/Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino – Tondo)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Stewardship is humble discipleship


    “Stewardship is humble discipleship.” 

    "Only Jesus could teach us how to be a good custodian," says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. cardinal Tagle during Mass to conclude the Stewardship Summit of the Archdiocese of Manila at the Paco Catholic School on August 31.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC
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    This was what Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle told the participants of the Archdiocese of Manila Stewardship Summit held at the Paco Catholic School, on Saturday, August 31, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    “A steward is a disciple. He or she tries to discern, what is the mind of the true owner and I will take care of what the owner has entrusted to me according to the owner’s desire,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the Reading from the Book of Sirach where it speaks about humility.

    “Kung mahal mo yung nagbibigay sayo, mas mahal mo yung hindi mayabang. While you appreciate people who give you gifts, you appreciate more those who are humble,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Reflecting on the said Reading, Cardinal Tagle expounded on the humility of becoming stewards of God’s creation. As stewards, we are also called custodians who humbly acknowledge that God is the owner of everything around us and we are caretakers of His creation.

    “Ang pag-aalaga sa mundo, pag-aalaga sa kapwa and all of that rooted in our identity - I am not an owner, I am a steward. And so, a steward follows an owner. I am a disciple. And I execute what my master wants me to do,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Stewardship Summit is a response to the call of the bishops from the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila through a Pastoral letter issued in 2017 entitled “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another (1 Petet 4:10). The bishops invited the faithful to be responsible stewards of God’s various gifts for the building up of the Church. It envisioned “vibrant parishes supported by generous stewards who all feel they belong, and who participate in the Church’s work of bringing people to communion with one another and with God.” 

    Cardinal Tagle also delivered the Keynote Address in the morning followed by the talk of Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo on the Spirituality of Stewardship.

    Some of the best practices on stewardship in parishes were discussed by the following priests: Rev. Fr. Joselito Jopson, Diocese of Pasig; Rev. Fr. Gilbert Kabigting, former Parochial Vicar of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Makati; and Rev. Fr. Benny Tuazon, St. Anthony Parish – Singalong.

    In the afternoon, a workshop was held where participants were grouped according to vicariates followed by the talk of Mr. Joey Clemente on the Socio Pastoral Institute. 

    The celebration of the Holy Eucharist concluded the event and was presided over by Cardinal Tagle and Bishop Pabillo along with the other priests and was attended by more than 700 lay people and priests from the different parishes in the archdiocese.

    In connection to the Stewardship Summit, the Walk for Creation the following day, September 1, which was culminated by a mass presided by the Cardinal at the Quezon City memorial Circle. The celebration of the Season of Creation will be celebrated annually from September to October. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle Leads Launch of New Songbook for Church Choir


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the launching of the complete Mass setting entitled “Ang Pista ng Samabayan” at the Lay Formation Chapel, San Carlos Seminary, Makati City on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 8 a.m.

    Photo Credit: The Manila Cathedral

    The complete Mass setting will be used in liturgical celebrations and the formation of choirs in the communities. It is composed by liturgical music composer Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ and arranged by Sir Jason Ros.

    The first part of the songbook includes the lead sheets (melody, chord, and lyrics) for use of any choir, guitarist, and organist in our parishes and communities. The second part of the songbook contains the choral and organ arrangements for the whole Mass Setting.

    The launched culminated with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Cardinal Tagle.

    In his homily, he said that the spirit of the Pista ng Sambayanan should continue in every home of every Filipino because it symbolizes the people’s gratitude to the Lord. 

    He also stressed that the faithful should evaluate his relationship with the Lord to become better stewards of his grace.

    “Kayraming biyayang masasayang kasi hindi maayos ang pakikitungo sa Pangioon kaya’t hindi namumukadkad ang bawat talent,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Attended by the different music coordinators, directors, and representatives from various parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila, the event was organized by the Manila Cathedral and Manila Archdiocesan Ministry on Music in the Liturgy.

    The songbook, which includes Papuri sa Diyos, Offertory Hymn, Ama Namin, Communion Song, and Recessional Song is available at Php 250 each at the Manila Cathedral Cabildo St., Intramuros, Manila; Tanging Yaman Store at Sonolux Building, Ateneo de Manila University; and Tanging Yaman Kiosk, 5th Floor SM Megamall. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle issues Oratio Imperata for dengue fever and Leptospirosis

     



    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, issued on Thursday, August 29, the Oratio Imperata for dengue fever, leptospirosis, and other illness. 

    The Circular 2019-37 on the Oratio Imperata for Dengue Fever and Leptospirosis states that "[b]ecause of the alarming number of those afflicted by dengue fever and leptospirosis in the country, His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle is requesting all of us to pray for the healing of those who are sick and for the protection of everyone from these and other illness.” The Circular is signed by Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila, and is addressed to all clergy and religious communities in the Archdiocese of Manila.

    Written in English and Filipino, the Oratio Imperata is to be prayed after the Post‐Communion Prayer in all Masses in the Archdiocese of Manila starting Sunday, September 1.

    According to the Department of Health (DOH), dengue fever is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the world. It is endemic in 100 countries and is transmitted by day-biting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. From 2012 to 2016, the number of average cases of dengue reaches up to 185,008. The number of deaths are at 732, with an average Case Fatality Rate of 39%.

    Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by the leptospira bacteria, present in floodwater contaminated with urine of infected animals. Through the bacteria's entry in open wounds, humans acquire this fatal illness characterized mainly by inflammation and internal bleeding. From January to April this year, DOH recorded 406 cases of leptospirosis, 47 of which resulted to deaths. Given the rainy season and the rise of occurrence of floods, it is expected that the number of cases will increase in the coming months. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Vicariate of Santo Nino to celebrate Youth Day




    The Vicariate of Santo Nino will celebrate “Vicariate Youth Day” on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at the San Pablo Apostol New Land in Velasquez, Tondo, Manila, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    With the theme "I am the Servant of the Lord, may it be done according to your word", the whole day event will commence with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan, Commissioner of Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY) of the Archdiocese of Manila, 8:30 a.m., with the seven youth coordinators of the vicariate.

    The organizers of the event have prepared various activities where the youth of the vicariate of Santo Nino including the youth from other vicariates will be sharing their joys and struggles on being on a mission and journeying with their co-young people.

    Registration is P20.00.

    The Vicariate of Santo Nino is composed of the following parishes: Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino - Tondo; Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Delpan, Tondo; Saint John Bosco Parish, Magsaysay Street, Tondo; San Pablo Apostol Parish, Velasquez Street, Tondo; Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Church); Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Personal Parish (beside Binondo Church); and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Parish Camba Street, Binondo. (AJ Llanes/SOCOM- Vicariate of Santo Nino - Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino - Tondo)

     

  • Immaculate Conception Parish Tayuman Turns 68


    The Immaculate Conception Parish, Tayuman, Tondo celebrated their 68th Parish Foundation Anniversary on Monday, August 26, 2019, with a host of activities leading to and on the day itself.

    Photo by: Jose Lorenzo V. de Jesus / SOCOM - Immaculate Conception Parish


    Solemn Thanksgiving Mass

    Rev. Msgr. Geronimo F. Reyes, parish priest, celebrated a solemn thanksgiving Mass, Monday, August 26, with concelebrants, resident guest priests Rev. Fr. John Lourdusamy, Rev. Fr. Gerald dela Cruz, Rev. Fr. Lad Bryan Lawrence Ligutom, and, Rev. Fr. SeverinoEnopeña.

    In his homily, Fr. Enopeña emphasized the reason that we keep count of the parish anniversary is, unlike the ancient empires of old, the parish is alive.

    “Buhay na buhay ang Inmaculada Concepcion dito sa Tayuman,” he said, applauding the council officers, pastoral workers, and the parishioners for keeping alive the virtues of the Blessed Mother in Tayuman. 

    He said that a parish cannot live through the effort of only a few people, but takes the will of society.

    “Hindi nabubuhay ang isang parokya dahil sa iilang ta olamang; ito’y buhay ng buong lipunan.”

    Noodle Festival

    It has been a tradition in the parish to hold simple agape during important occasions, and this year, to celebrate 68 years as the seat of Marian devotion in Tondo, a Noodle Festival was held after the Mass featuring a potluck contribution of different noodle dishes from the various organizations and sub ministries.

    Parishioners, pastoral workers, and clergy alike shared in heaps of pancit bihon, pancit palabok, spaghetti, baked macaroni, lomi, and others.

    Parish Ministry Fair 2019

    To begin the celebration of the parish’s foundation anniversary and to boost parish awareness on different avenues of service, a Ministry Fair was held in the church grounds on August 25, featuring various parish ministries and organizations.

    Each organization and sub ministry set up informative booths that highlighted the activities and goals of each organization. Parishioners were invited to join and discover how they can further serve Christ and His Church. Organizations also set up bazaars and sold a host of different items, from snacks to collectible toys. Free lugaw was also distributed to all churchgoers courtesy of Duterte’s Kitchen.

    Tracing Its Roots from Mary

    The Immaculate Conception Parish was established on August 26, 1951, according to the Decree signed by Bishop Gabriel Reyes. Rev. Fr. Arsenio Pineda was appointed by Archbishop Michael O’Doherty as the first parish priest.

    Blessed by the late Rufino Cardinal Santos on December 8, 1954, the newly erected church was designed as a temporary Cathedral (pro-Cathedral) while the church in Intramuros was still undergoing construction following the devastation of the Second World War. Upon its reconstruction, the Immaculate Conception Church in Intramuros was designated again as a cathedral. Up to this writing, Tondo residents still refer to ICP Tayuman as the “Cathedral.”

    Under the guidance of its parish priest, Rev. Msgr. Geronimo F. Reyes, Immaculate Conception Parish continues to guide and serve the community of Tayuman. (Jose Lorenzo V. de Jesus / SOCOM - Immaculate Conception Parish)

  • Archdiocese of Manila to observe Season of Creation from Sept. 1 to Oct. 6

    The Archdiocese of Manila will celebrate the 7th year of the Season of Creation starting September 1, 2019 to October 6, 2019. 

    The theme for this year’s celebration is “Go and Repair my house as you can see lies in ruins”. 

    The month-long celebration will be marked with the celebration of the Holy Mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino de Tondo, on September 1, 2019, at 8 a.m. to be presided by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

    There will be workshops on various solutions to Climate emergency and plastic population at the Shrine’s patio from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    These free workshops are Ecobrick and other plastic recycling technologies, Urban Organic/natural gardening with free vegetable seeds and seedlings, Solar Lamp Assembling and off-grid installations.

    Those who are interested to join are asked to bring a clean and dry (all sizes) used/empty plastic wrappers, bags, boxes, straws, and styro products for exchange and participate in kinds of workshops in different parishes.

    There will also be an exhibit of Eco-Friendly household supplies.

    Prayers for Creation and Laudato Si Reflections will be recited before each Mass on Saturday evenings and Sundays of September in different parishes of the Archdiocese of Manila.

    The Season of Creation started in 2013 as a response to the call of the Holy Father Pope Francis to all the people in the world to collaborate with each other in caring and saving our planet. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Diocese of Novaliches has a new bishop


    Manila Archbishop Luis Anotonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the Episcopal Ordination of Roberto Gaa as the third bishop from the Archdiocese of Manila on Thursday, August 22, 2019, Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the Manila Cathedral.


    His Excellency Most Reverend Roberto Gaa of the Diocese of Novaliches
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    Before the celebration of the Mass, the Profession of Faith of Bishop Gaa was held at the chapel in Residencia del Arzobispo in Intramuros followed by the procession to the Manila Cathedral along with his fellow priests.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle expressed the archdiocese’s gratefulness to the Lord for the gift in Bishop Gaa.

    “And we are grateful to God that the Archdiocese of Manila who has received the beautiful gift in Fr. Robbie is now asked to share that gift to others especially to Novaliches. That’s the nature of the gift. It is given and must be continuously given. If it is not given anymore, it ceases,” Cardnal Tagle said.

    He also reminded Bishop Gaa whose ordination falls on the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, to keep the Blessed Mother in his mission to spread the word of Christ.

    “We hope that your ordination as a bishop on the Queenship of Mary would constantly remind you that the royal people, the kingly people must be led in faith so that it is the kingdom of our Lord Jesus served beautifully, profoundly by the Queen Mother who listened to the Word of God, who put it into practice even it spelled out inconveniences for her. That’s your personal mission and mission has a vision,” the Cardinal said.

    Bishop Gaa was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches by Pope Francis last June 6, 2019. Before he was appointed, he has been serving as Rector at the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (HASS) in Guadalupe, Makati City.

    Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan and Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig served as the co-consecrators for the ordination of the new bishop.

    Also present during the event were Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines  Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles, Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches Anotnio Tobias, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, and other bishops from the different dioceses of the Philippines.

    On August 24, 2019, Bishop Roberto Gaa was installed as third Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches at the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd in Fairview, Quezon City. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Malolos diocese welcomes new bishop


    A huge crowd filled the church on Wednesday and burst into applause as they welcomed the new bishop of the Diocese of Malolos.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    Bishop Dennis Villarojo was installed as the diocese’s pastoral leader during a Mass at the Malolos Cathedral, also known as the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.

    The fifth bishop of Malolos, he’ll now serve as head of the diocese, home to nearly 4 million Catholics in the entire Bulacan province and the nearby city of Valenzuela.

    Villarojo, 52, has served as auxiliary bishop of Cebu since 2015.

    During his installation on Aug. 21, he was recognized as one who can provide a renewed sense of hope and faith for the local church.

    “The mission of the Church is to wipe away the blood, tears, and sweat of those who are heavily laden,” Villarojo said.

    The first 20 minutes of the Mass was dedicated to Villarojo’s installation officiated by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila and Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

    A mitre was placed on his head, a shepherd’s staff was handed to him and then he sat in the cathedra, signifying his possession of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Malolos.

    He was then greeted by members of the diocesan clergy and lay faithful who represented various parts of the diocese. Some government leaders also came up to greet him.

    Also present were 50 bishops and around 200 priests, mostly Cebu and Malolos.

    Upon his arrival in Malolos on Aug. 19, Villarojo visited some ministries that attend to the church’s works of mercy – such as houses of charity and a correctional facility.

    The diocese has been without a bishop since Bishop Jose Oliveros died in May 2018. For more than a year, the ecclesiastical territory was overseen by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao as apostolic administrator.

    Many of the bishops present during the installation also came all the way from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay for the episcopal ordination of Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan on Aug. 20.

    Bishop Rapadas is the first priest from the country’s youngest diocese to be raised to the episcopacy. He will be installed as the new bishop of Iligan in Lanao del Norte on Sept. 5. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC) 

  • Youth Cross, Blood Relic of St. John Paul II to be welcomed by Vicariate of Sto. Nino


    The Archdiocesan Youth Cross and the Blood Relic of St. John Paul II will visit the community of Vicariate of Sto. Nino in line with the celebration of the 2019 Year of the Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila.

    The Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino - Tondo, also known as Tondo Church, will initiate the welcoming rites on August 26, 2019, at 9 am. The Youth Cross and Blood Relic will be coming from the Vicariate of St. John the Baptist. Veneration and Taize Prayer will be the activities for the community until August 28, 2019. The next parish to be visited is Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish.

    It will be remembered that last November 2018, the Blood Relic of St. John Paul II visited the community of Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino. The Vicariate of Santo Nino consists of seven (7) parishes. Namely,  Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino - Tondo located at Chacon Street, Tondo; Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish located at Delpan Street, Tondo; Saint John Bosco Parish located at Magsaysay Street, Tondo; San Pablo Apostol Parish located at Velasquez Street, Tondo; Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz also known as Binondo Church; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Personal Parish located beside Binondo Church and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Parish located at Camba Street, Binondo. The vicariate will also have its Vicariate Youth Day on August 31, 2019, at San Pablo Apostol Parish gymnasium, gathering the young people in their community.

    This visitation of Archdiocesan Youth Cross and Blood Relic of St. John Paul II is an activity of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila to celebrate the Year of the Youth. This celebration is in line with the preparation of the 500 years of Christianity in the country in 2021. (AJ Llanes/SOCOM/Vicariate of Santo Niño, Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño - Tondo)

     

  • Cardinal to Youth--Develop Gifts, Exchange gifts


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle had his regular dialogue with the Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila at the Usapang Totoo at Katoto last August 17, 2019, at the Nazarene Catholic School in Quiapo.

    Three young people from the Archdiocese of Manila share their stories of pain and hope during the third Usapang Totoo at Katoto with Cardinal Tagle at the Nazarene Catholic School, Quiapo, on August 17.
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    In the encounter with the youth, the Cardinal listened to stories of the three young people who at an early age experienced pain and suffering. They were:  Irish Callao, member of the Parish Youth Ministry at San Jose de Trozo Parish; Alisah Nina Banaobra, finalist at the Voice Philippines and Top 11 at X-Factor UK; and Van Jover Telebrico, member of Parish Youth Ministry at Santa Cruz Parish.

    Cardinal Tagle thanked the three young guests who shared their experience to other youth. He then gave advice to the youth to appreciate whatever blessings they receive from God. 

    He also encouraged them to build instead of destroying each other.

    “Sa halip na hatak, i-build up. Recognize your gifts, i-develop ninyo, at yung gift ng iba i-develop din ninyo, sa halip na magkalaban naghihilahan, celebrate the gifts, mag exchange gift kayo,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Usapang Totoo at Katoto 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.

    UTAK is regularly organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth. This month’s UTAK was in coordination with the Vicariate of San Jose de Trozo Parish Youth Ministry. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • "Yorme" meets with Manila Catholic Youth


    Hundreds of young people filled the gymnasium of the Nazarene Catholic School on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in a youth encounter called Usapang Totoo at Katoto (UTAK). It was also where Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle met with Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko" Domagoso Moreno. 

    Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko' Maoreno meets with the youth of the Archdiocese of Manila during Usapang Totoo at Katoto (YTAK) wth Cardinal Tagle at the Nazarene Catholic School in Quiapo, Manila on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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    Mayor Moreno, fondly called by Manilenos as "Yorme", was the special guest in the regular dialogue of the youth with the Archbishop. The Mayor gave an inspirational message to the young people challenging them to do their part as he and the city government of Manila do their responsibilities in taking care of the Manilenos. 

    “Huwag kang aasa na may bagong mangyayari sayo bukas kung ang ginawa mo ngayon ay katulad ng kahapon. Pareho parin ang resulta niyan. So, that’s why tinanong ko kayo, kayong mga bata, kayo ang pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Maynila. Bagay naming ginagawa ngayon ay hindi para sa nanay nyo o para sa amin lamang para kami magkaroon ng maayos na pamayanan, hindi. Ito ay ireregalo namin sa aking mga anak, sa mga anak ng bawat pamilya dito sa lungsod ng Maynila,” Mayor Moreno said. 

    Mayor Moreno, who was also an actor, shared his struggles during the early stage of his childhood. He narrated how he strove hard to in order to survive. Because of extreme poverty, he rummaged for foods from the garbage. He experienced also eating the eraser of a pencil during recess because he had no money to buy food. He believes that his stories can be a source of inspiration of the young people. 

    “Wala akong baon pero hindi ko pinayagan na itong mga kinakaharap ko ay maging hadlang upang makamit ang diploma ko. E, nakinig ako sa nanay ko, awa ng Diyos, high school finish ako tapos ng nakaluwag na ko sa buhay, bumalik ako sa kolehiyo. Pagka-graduate ko sa kolehiyo nakapag-abogasya ako ng kaunti. Naging Vice Mayor, ngayon Mayor. Maniniwala ba kayo na merong isang basurero--ito mas impossible ha--may isang basurero, pwede palang maging estudyante sa Harvard,” Mayor Moreno said. 

    At the end of his message, he encouraged the young people to do their part by studying hard and become a proud citizen of Manila. He as well urged them to always keep their faith in the Lord whatever difficulties they will encounter in life. 

    “Halimbawa may kinakaharap ka na, sinusubukan mo na, ang gagwin mo lang simple. O, titingala ka lang sa taas. Pagtapos, o, kausapin mo na. Sabi ng nanay ko ang Diyos daw kahit anong oras pwede mong makausap,” Mayor Moreno said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Walk humbly with your God

     
    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Thanksgiving Mass of the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, on August 16, 2019, Memorial of Saint Roque, at 6 p.m. 

    "Walk humbly with your God," says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tgale during the Thanksgiving Mass of the Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on August 16, at the Arzobispdo de Manila Chapel in Intramuros, Manila.
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    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle encouraged the organizers, partners, staff, and volunteers of the Office for the Promotion on New Evangelization (OPNE) who attended the Mass to walk with Christ with humility.

    “Kapag ang kasama mo ang Diyos, wag kang lalakad na parang kung sino na. Kasi wala ka naman. Kung meron kang nararating sa paglalakad na iyan dahil kasama ang Diyos. At ang Diyos maghahatid doon sa lugar na hindi naman natin talagang ginawa,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    He also warned the faithful and advised them to be cautious as to whom they are walking with. They might be walking with those who pretend to be God and not with Jesus Christ.

    “Kung ang kalakbay mo ay Diyos, magiging bayan ka ng Diyos. Kung ang kalakbay mo ay iba, bayan ka noon. Kanino ka nakikipaglakad? Sino ang kalakad mo? Huwag kalilimutan. Ang paglimot ay paglalakad ng solo o baka kasama nyo na ang ibang diyos?,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    PCNE 6 was held last July 18-21, 2019, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas and carried the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus”.

    The four-day event was also in celebration of the Year of the Youth as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and is part of the preparation for the five hundred years of Christianity in the Philippines. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC) 

  • Radio Veritas846 Holds 17th Marian Healing Exhibit



    “Mary is the mother. And a mother’s main concern is the health of her children … Our Lady guards our health … helps us grow, face life and be free.” (Pope Francis, St. Mary Major Visit)

    The history of Marian art testifies to the enduring truth of this prophecy. Such art also provides the ardent student of Christian culture with ample resources for faithful reflection of a philosophical nature, as well as for delving more deeply, by means of prayerful meditation, into the mystery of the Trinity, the central mystery of the Catholic faith. This Christian art emphasizes the illustration, supplementation and portrayal in tangible form the principles of Christianity. Traditionally, devotees visit images of saints and the Holy Mother for healing and prayer, and this practice remains strong today.

    The Catholic faithful seeking healing and other petitions are invited to visit and take part in the 17th Marian exhibit of the Church-run Radio Veritas that will be held at Shangri-La Plaza Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City from August 15 to September 13, 2019. A formal opening and blessing of the exhibit will be held on August 15, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. to be presided by Radio Veritas846 Vice President, Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen with the attendance of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation Executive President and General Manager Danila Regina Fojas.

    As Radio Veritas continuously propagates the devotion to Our Blessed Mother, the station will hold the “Mary and the Saints in the Year of the Youth” exhibit that will feature canonically crowned and popular venerated images of Mary from various parts of the country including Our Lady of Manaoag and Our Lady of Fatima, as well as images of the Saints with devotion to and writings of healing such as St. Padre Pio and many others.

    Radio Veritas President Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual stated “We encourage the Catholic faithful to visit and support the Marian exhibit and foster devotion to Mary Blessed Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of Church, because she is the path towards salvation and peace.”

    The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has set 2019 as the year of the Youth as part of the nine-year preparation period for the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021. Since 2013, the CBCP called us to focus on each of the Nine Pastoral Priorities of the Church in the Philippines for the New Evangelization.

    Radio Veritas 846, the number one faith-based AM radio in the Philippines, is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila. Established in 1969, the Ramon Magsaysay recipient Catholic radio station continues to be the leading social communications ministry for Truth and Evangelization in the country today. The exhibit is free and open to public during mall hours from 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For inquiries, please call Ms. Renee Jose at (02) 925-7932 to 39 local 129. (Radio Veritas)

  • Movie "Unplanned": Not about judgement or condemnation but of Hope and Forgiveness


    The anti-abortion movie titled “Unplanned” will hit the Philippine theaters on August 21, 2019.

    Ashley Bratcher, the lead actress of the movie "Unplanned" and moviemaker Mike Manhardt speak about what happens during an abortion in a press conference held at the SM North Edsa, on August 13.
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    This was announced during the movie’s press conference held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, and was attended by its lead actress Ashley Bratcher and moviemaker Mike Manhardt. It was later followed by the movie's premiere showing at the SM North EDSA.

    The movie Unplanned is about the pro-life transformation of Abby Johnson, the youngest clinic director at Planned Parenthood where she worked for eight years and was involved in 22 abortions. She also counseled countless women about their right to choose. 

    Abby’s pro-life transformation happened when she was called to assist in the ultrasound during the abortion. She saw with her two eyes how the unborn child fought to avoid the suction. After that experience, she resigned from Planned Parenthood and decided to volunteer to help an anti-abortion group in front of her former office.

    Speaking from the character she portrayed, Ashley Bratcher expressed how this movie will change the heart of the people believing that the movie is not about judgment or condemnation rather of hope and forgiveness.

    “Unplanned is about changing hearts. It’s not just about the restrictions or the politics, or legislation, Unplanned is about reaching the hearts of people because a portion is a heart issue and order to change people’s mind about it. You have to convince them of the humanity and the sanctity of life,” Bratcher said.

    As a moviemaker, Mike Mandhart expressed his belief about the movie as a Catholic Christian.

    “I believe that Life begins at the moment of conception and that life is to be respected from the moment of conception to natural death,” Mandhart said.

    He stressed that the showing of the movie is in God’s time. 

    “We knew as moviemakers wanting to tell this story that it was time, that it was God’s time when not just you ask, but many other cultures, many other countries. For example in the Philippines, it's illegal, it’s never been legal, but we know that as time goes by, there’s more and more pressure politically to make abortion legal. And we’re not stupid, you are not stupid, everyone knows that abortion is happening illegally,” Mandhart said.

    He also added that the film exposes what really happens during an abortion and its negative effects on the baby, to the mother and father as well as to the community and society.

    The movie is directed by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman. It will be shown exclusively in SM Cinemas nationwide on August 21, 2019, in coordination with the Pregnancy Support Services of Asia and Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Promoting Catholic faith through digital makeover


    In its aim to produce a video that will highlight the Filipino Catholic faith, the 5th National Catholic Media Convention held a video making contest called “Project Church: Digital Makeover”.

    Delegates from the National Capital Region win the video-making contest called Project Church: Digital Makeover during the 5th National Catholic Media Convention at the Shercon Ecology Park and Resort.
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    Aimed at producing a simple yet modern digital media that is potentially viral, the contest featured and promoted Filipino Catholic Faith with themes such as faith and politics, adoration, Pro-life, the Church, family, devotions, and challenges.

    The National Capital Region group was proclaimed the winner of the video-making contest during the 5th National Catholic Media Convention held at the Shercon Ecology Park and Resort in Batangas, last August 6-9, 2019.

    #Feelings (kung mahal mo, iparamdam mo) is the official entry of the NCR group to the media convention. It is a two-minute video that rebrands the way the Filipino faith is presented in the community especially to the millennial generation.

    According to Fr. Luciano Felloni who spoke in the video, Filipinos have devotions to different saints and visit various shrines to express their love for the Lord. 

    “Akala mo ba ikaw lang ang may feelings? Hindi, ang Panginoon din may feelings. Kaya mahirap na alam mo na minamahal pero di mo nararamdaman. Ganun din ang Panginoon. Yan ang dahilan kung bakit tayong mga Katoliko may pinupuntahang mga shrines, lahat po ito para sa Panginoon. Hindi lang alamin kundi maramdaman niya na mahal natin siya. Ang pagpunta sa mga debosyon ay di lang tradisyon kundi ekspresyon ng ating pagmamahal and when we do it, napaka-blessed, siya at tayo ay naramdaman ang pagmamahal”.

    The NCR group is composed of the delegates from the different dioceses in Metro Manila as well as a congregation and a religious foundation: Diocese of Cubao, Diocese of Novaliches, Diocese of Imus, Diocese of Pasig, and Archdiocese of Manila including the St. Paul’s Media and Communications Foundation for Asia.

    The 5th National Catholic Media Convention was organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) headed by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. It was hosted by the Archdiocese of Lipa. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • "Batangas Flavor", This Year's Catholic Media Convention


    More than 180 social communication ministers from the different archdioceses and dioceses in the Philippines  gathered at the Shercon Ecology Park and Resort in Batangas for the 5th National Catholic Media Convention on Aug. 6, 2019.

    Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera presides the Holy Eucharist for the Opening of the 5th National catholic Media Convention at the Montemaria Shrine, Batangas, on August 6, 2019. (RCAM-AOC)

    This year's theme "Ala Eh, Kita Dine!", a Batangueño expression which means "Come Here" or (I can) See From Here is anchored on Pope Francis' message on World Communications Day, "We are Members One of Another (Eph 4,25); From social netwotk communities to human community".

    The convention is an invitation to all Catholic Communicators to come together, see and discover from various perspective the different ways on how to create genuine human encounter through effective, interactive and responsible use of media, particularly the social media.

    The four-day event opened with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera held at the Montemaria, Mother of all Asian Shrine in Batangas City. He was joined by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, out-going Chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communication and Boac Bishop Marcelino Maralit, Jr., incoming Chairman of CBCP-ECSC.

    In his homily, Bishop Garcera pointed out the three important things that a social communicator must remember to be able to preach the truth in their ministry: Warning from the Gospel, Jesus in Prayer, and Renewal of Truth.

    "The renewal for truth ang magpapanibago na tayo ay instrumento ng Diyos upang ipahayag ang kanyang katotohanan," Bishop Garcera said.

    The 5th National Catholic Media Convention is organized by the Catholoc Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communication (CBCP-ECSC) and runs from August 6-9, 2019. It is hosted by the Archdiocese of Lipa. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Pray for the nation and for those persecuted unjustly - Cardinal Tagle


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle urged the priests, religious men women, and all the faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila to pray for the country and most especially the bishops and priests who are suffering because of persecutions and false accusations.

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

    In a circular letter released by the Archdiocese of Manila on August 1, 2019, through its Chancery office, Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful, religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Manila to “offer Masses and prayer" as expression of solidarity and fraternal support.

    “Let our prayers be the best expression of our solidarity and fraternal support for them,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle also invited the faithful to respond in faith and hope through common prayer, discernment and awareness as the society faces many disturbing issues.

    He requested that a Prayer for the Nation be prayed at all Sunday Masses, including the evening Masses of Saturday, for the whole month of August beginning August 4, the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, patron of all priests. The prayer will take the place of the Prayer of the Faithful of the Mass and will be prayed standing.

    “We lift up to you our bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and lay faithful who suffer from misunderstanding, false accusations, and persecution on account of their faith and their promotion of justice. Grant them holy joy that will see them through the dark nights of suffering,” according to the Prayer for the Nation by Cardinal Tagle.

    Other dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Diocese of Cubao and Balanga Bataan, held Mass in support of their bishops who were accused earlier by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) of charge inciting sedition. The bishops were charged for their alleged involvement in a released video that linked prominent personalities, including the President's family, with the illegal drug trade. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Circular on PRAYER for the NATION


    Circular No. 2019-34
    1 August 2019

    TO: ALL CLERGY AND SUPERIORS OF RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
    RE: PRAYER FOR THE NATION

    Dear Brother Priests, Brothers, and Sisters,

    On Sunday, August 4, 2019, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we will also celebrate St. John Marie Vianney Sunday. Our dear Archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, is asking all of us, priests, religious men and women, and lay faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila, to offer our Masses and prayer for all our bishops and priests, especially those who suffer because of persecutions and false accusations. Let our prayers be the best expression of our solidarity and fraternal support for them.

    His Eminence also invites us to be aware and discerning of the many disturbing issues in our society today. We are invited to respond in faith and hope through our common prayer. Attached is the Prayer for the Nation (in English and Tagalog) which His Eminence requests to be prayed at all Sunday Masses, including the evening Masses of Saturday, for the whole month of August beginning August 4. The prayer will take the place of the Prayer of the Faithful of the Mass and will be prayed standing.

    May St. John Marie Vianney, patron of all priests, pray for us so that like him we may have a heart patterned after the heart of Jesus, our Good Shepherd.

    Thank you.

     

     

    Sincerely yours in Christ,


    (Signed)
    FR. REGINALD R. MALICDEM
    Chancellor 




    PRAYER FOR THE NATION

    Almighty and merciful God
    you have brought us together in the name of your Son Jesus. 
    We beg for your mercy and grace in our time of need. 
    Open our eyes to see the evil that we have done. 
    Forgive us for failing to do what is good and just.  
    Touch our hearts and bring us back to You. 

    We pray for an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, malicious propaganda, 
    deadly weapons, or cold indifference. 
    May our homes, our nation, and our world 
    become havens of Your peace.

    Grant us the grace to see every human being as a child of God, 
    regardless of race, language, or culture, 
    even drug addicts, criminals, and hardened sinners.

    Give us the strength to teach our children and youth 
    how to resolve differences non-violently and respectfully. 
    May elders become models of decent and honorable behavior. 

    We entrust to your mercy those who hate the Church 
    and spread prejudice against our Catholic faith.
    Illumine their minds with the light of your truth. 
    Touch their hearts with your love.  

    Inspire those in public office 
    to uphold, preserve, promote, and defend 
    the dignity of every human being 
    and acknowledge you, our God, as the Source and Lord of all life.

    Touch the hearts of those who oppress others 
    and those who take the law in their own hands. 
    Touch the consciences of the perpetrators of heinous crimes, 
    violence, senseless, and indiscrimate killings. 
    Move them to abandon their pride and their instruments of destruction.

    We also remember the police and first responders 
    who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety.  
    May they also be instruments of fair and just law enforcement 
    that guarantees the dignity of persons 
    and promotes truth, peace, and wellbeing in society.

    We lift up to you our bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and lay faithful 
    who suffer from misunderstanding, false accusations, and persecution 
    on account of their faith and their promotion of justice. 
    Grant them holy joy 
    that will see them through the dark nights of suffering.

    Welcome to your eternal feast in heaven 
    the people who died in senseless brutal organized killings, 
    including priests who have lost their lives 
    in the pursuit of truth and justice.

    With St. Paul, we say: 
    “We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; 
    perplexed, but not driven to despair; 
    persecuted, but not abandoned; 
    struck down, but not destroyed; 
    always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, 
    so that the life of Jesus 
    may also be manifested in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).

    Since you, O God, are with us, 
    nothing that has happened, 
    nothing still to come,
can rob us of our hope in Christ.
    In your enduring love we trust.

    You alone can heal our broken hearts.
    You alone can wipe away the tears that well up inside us.
    You alone can give us peace.
    You alone can strengthen us to persevere. 
    Assure those who are discouraged that with you nothing is impossible. 
    Filled and invigorated by the Holy Spirit,
    may our love for one another be deepened. 

    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

    Mary, Mother of Hope, pray for us. 
    St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
    St. John Marie Vianney, pray for us.
    San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us. 
    San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us. 
    Blessed José María de Manila, pray for us. 
    Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon, pray for us.


    PANALANGIN PARA SA BAYAN

    Ama naming makapangyarihan at mapagmahal, 
    tinipon mo kami sa ngalan ng iyong Anak na si Hesus.  
    Padaluyin mo sa amin ang iyong awa at biyaya sa panahon ng aming pangangailangan.
    Imulat mo ang aming mga mata sa kasamaang aming nagawa. 
    Patawarin mo kami sa mga pagkukulang naming maging mabuti at makatarungan.
    Himukin mo ang aming mga puso at akayin mo kami pabalik sa iyo.

    Dumudulog kami na mawakasan na ang karahasan dulot ng masasakit na salita, mapanirang paratang, nakamamatay na sandata, o pagbubulag-bulagan.  
    Nawa’y maging kanlungan ng iyong kapayapaan 
    ang aming mga tahanan, ang aming bayan, at ang buong mundo.

    Biyayaan mo kami upang makita namin sa bawat tao ang isang anak ng Diyos 
    anuman ang kulay, wika, o kultura 
    kahit na ang mga drug addict, kriminal, at makasalanan.

    Pagkalooban mo kami ng lakas na hubugin ang aming mga anak at kabataan 
    na harapin ang mga pagkakaiba at alitan 
    sa mapayapa at magalang na pamamaraan.  
    Nawa’y maging huwaran ang mga nakatatanda 
    ng marangal at matuwid na pamumuhay.

    Ipinagkakatiwala namin sa iyong awa ang mga may galit sa Simbahan 
    at tumutuligsa sa pananampalatayang Katoliko.  
    Tanglawan mo ang kanilang mga isipan ng liwanag ng iyong katotohanan.  
    Himukin mo ang kanilang mga puso ng iyong pag-ibig.

    Gabayan mo ang mga lingkod bayan na maipagtanggol, 
    mapangalagaan, maisulong, at maitaguyod ang halaga ng bawat tao.  
    Kilalanin ka nawa nila bilang Diyos na Bukal at Panginoon ng Buhay.

    Himukin mo ang puso ng mga nambubusabos sa kapwa 
    at inilalagay ang batas sa kanilang mga kamay.  
    Himukin mo ang budhi ng mga nagsasagawa ng mga karumaldumal na krimen,
    karahasan, at walang saysay na pagkitil sa buhay ng tao.       
    Akayin mo silang isantabi ang katigasan ng kanilang puso 
    at mga kasangkapan ng pamiminsala.
    Inaalala rin namin ang kapulisan at ang mga nagbubuwis ng buhay 
    upang tiyaking ligtas ang lahat.  
    Maging kasangkapan nawa sila ng patas at makatarungang pagpapatupad ng batas 
    na gumagalang sa karangalan ng tao, 
    nagsusulong ng katotohanan, kapayapaan, at kapakanan ng lahat sa lipunan.

    Itinataas namin sa iyo ang mga obispo, pari, relihiyoso, at layko 
    na nagdurusa dahil sa maling paratang at pag-uusig 
    dahil sa kanilang paninindigan sa pananampalataya at katarungan.  
    Pagkalooban mo sila ng banal na kagalakan at kapanatagan 
    na magtatawid sa kanila sa madidilim na gabi ng paghihirap.

    Tanggapin mo sa iyong hapag sa kalangitan 
    ang mga napaslang sa mga marahas na organisadong pagpatay 
    kasama ang mga paring nagbuwis ng buhay 
    sa pagsusulong ng katotohanan at katarungan.

    Kasama ni San Pablo aming sinasambit,
    “Kabi-kabilaan ang pagpapahirap sa amin, ngunit ‘di kami nalulupig. 
    Kung minsa'y nababagabag kami, ngunit ‘di nawawalan ng pag-asa. 
    Inuusig kami, ngunit hindi kami pinababayaan ng Panginoon. 
    Napapabagsak kami, ngunit ‘di tuluyang napapatay. 
    Lagi naming taglay sa aming katawan ang kamatayan ni Hesus, 
    upang sa pamamagitan ng aming katawan 
    ay mahayag ang kanyang buhay” (2 Corinto 4:8-10).

    Dahil kapiling ka namin, Panginoon, 
    walang anumang naganap na o darating pa 
    ang makaaagaw sa aming pag-asa kay Kristo.
    Nagtitiwala kami sa iyong walang maliw na pagmamahal.
    Ikaw lamang ang makahihilom ng mga sugatang puso.
    Ikaw lamang ang makapagpapatahan sa aming pagluha.
    Ikaw lamang ang makapagbibgay sa amin ng kapayapaan.
    Ikaw lamang ang makapagkakaloob ng lakas upang kami ay magpatuloy.
    Palakasin mo ang mga pinanghihinaan ng loob 
    at bigyan ng katiyakang walang imposible o hindi mapangyayari sa iyo.
    Puspos ng Espiritu Santo, lumalim nawa ang aming pag-ibig at malasakit sa bawat isa. 

    Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Kristong aming Panginoon.

    Amen.

    Maria, Ina ng Pag-asa, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Miguel Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Juan Vianney, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.
    Beato José María de Manila, ipanalangin mo kami.
    Beato Justo Takayama Ukon, ipanalangin mo kami.

  • Pray for Batanes, Bishop Urges faithful


    Bishop Danilo Ulep of Batanes has asked the faithful to pray for all in the victims of the earthquake that hit Batanes on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

    Itbayat Church in Batanes is one of the structures damaged by the earthquake last July 27, 2019. (Photo from CBCPNews)

    A magnitude of 5.4 and 6.4 struck the island of Itbayat, one of the three main islands of Batanes leaving eight people dead and hundreds injured. 

    According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the quake was felt at 4:16 in the morning on Saturday, after which several aftershocks were recorded since then.

    According to Bishop Ulep, they are closely monitoring the Island of Itbayat where most people were injured and properties were damaged.

    “We are trying to find a way including my priest how to get there (Itbayat) to monitor, hopefully, the government and the military will be able to send some rescue mission in Itbayat kasi ang problema ang pagpunta doon right now,” Bishop Ulep told Radio Veritas.

    The earthquake in Batanes coincided with the Metro-wide Shake Drill (Duck, Cover, Hold) on July 27, that started at 4 a.m. The activity is part of the preparation for “The Big One.”

    As the prelature of Batanes continues to face the crisis brought about by the tremor, Bishop Ulep seeks prayer and support for the people in Batanes who were greatly affected by the quake.

    “I’m continuing to appeal to our people, our brothers and sisters to continue to show our support and solidarity in whatever way they could,” Bishop Ulep told Radio Veritas. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pondo ng Pinoy holds video making contest


    Pondo ng Pinoy (PnP) Community Foundation, Inc. is holding a video making contest in celebration of its 15th year anniversary with the theme “Pondo ng Pinoy through the years”.



    The video-making contest aims to increase awareness especially among the youth about PnP – its vision (pananaw) and its 4 pillars (education, promotion, projects, collection) as well as how lives have been transformed by those who give and receive from PnP.

    The contest is open to all parishes and RCAM-ES schools in the Archdiocese of Manila. Each parish/school is allowed to submit one entry and must be endorsed by the parish priest.

    The video can be in English, Tagalog, or Taglish and should be between 1-3 minutes in length.

    All entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Message Content (20%), Relevance to the Theme (20%), Creativity (20%), Impact to Target Audience  - Motivation and Inspiration (20%), and Overall quality of the video/technical aspect (20%).

    The deadline for submission of video entries is on August 16, 2019.

    Three winners will be chosen.

    The announcement of winners will be during the Manila Archdiocesan General Assembly (MAGPAS) on October 5, 2019.

    Founded by Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales in 2004, Pondo ng Pinoy, the poverty alleviation program of the Archdiocese of Manila has become a way of life giving the people the opportunity to be of service to others. It encourages Filipinos to save as little as 25 centavos a day. It carries the saying, "Anumang maliit basta't malimit ay patungong langit". (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Toys"R"US and Caritas Manila's “Bring Toys Back to Life” Campaign


    Caritas Manila in partnership with Toys"R"US and Ayala Fairview Terraces will hold a corporate social responsibility campaign entitled “Bring Toys Back to Life”.

    This campaign is to encourage everyone to donate their pre-loved toys for a good cause. These toys will be restored by participants through a one-day workshop held at Ayala Malls Fairview Terraces on August 3, 2019, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The reconditioned toys will then be sold at the venue and at the Caritas Segunda Mana outlets. The proceeds from this campaign will then be awarded to Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program Scholars of Caritas Manila

    Toys”R”Us is now accepting pre-loved toys at their selected stores to help our YSLEP scholars attain a college education. Each toy will be of great help to shape the future of our youth. Toy donations are still welcome in these participating branches until November 30, 2019.

    (Metro East, Shangri-La Plaza, Power Plant Mall, South Park, Eastwood, Lipa, Century City, Imus, Estancia, Alabang Town Center,  Las Piñas, U.P. Town Center, Tagaytay, Ermita, Nuvali, Galleria, Marquee, Fairview Terraces, Harbor Point, Trinoma, Ilocos, Magnolia, Legazpi, Antipolo, Cloverleaf, Uptown Mall BGC, Feliz, Greenbelt 5, Festival, Vertis, The 30th) - (Caritas Manila)

  • Catechists – frontliners to Evangelization


    Brother Jude Manuel Liao III, Youth Coordinator of the Diocese of Cubao, elaborates on Catechism under the theme of “Buhay si Kristo! Mabuhay si Kristo! A Reflection on ‘Christus Vivit’” during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

    Brother Jude Liao (File Photo: RCAM-AOC)

    Brother Jude talks about the potential each of us possesses and the role of schools and institutions, serving as avenues and opportunities for young people to discover their full potential in life which was expounded in Pope Francis’ ‘Christus Vivit’.

    Emphasis was given to the role of Catechists as Brother Jude says, “Humila po kayo ng estudyante doon sa classroom na kinacathechise niyo, tanong niyo sino Obispo, malamang sa malamang, hindi po nila kilala. Tanong niyo po sino Parish Priest , malamang hindi rin po nila kilala. And this is where we all butt in, our importance in the church because we are now the frontliners! Sa totoo lang  po, di bale lang hindi muna nila kilala ang mga pari, importante, makilala nila si Kristo sa atin.”

    “The challenge for us is to teach young people that there are things in life you have to wait for, there are things in life you have to take time for, hindi lahat mabilis, hindi lahat agad-agaran”. (Louise Nazir Banzuela/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish)

     

  • Globalization has Traps to youth - Vietnamese Youth Leader


    Cardinal Tagle taught me English as well as about new Evangelization."

    Joseph Cao Huu Minh Tri from Vietnam is one of the speakers during the “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People” at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.  (Photo by RCAM-AOC)

     

    This was how Joseph Cao Huu Minh Tri, a university student from Vietnam, described Cardinal Tagle in his talk as one of the speakers during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.

    Tri, who is also the assistant for the Commission on Youth in the Archdiocese of Saigon Ho Chi Minh, talked about “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People”and shared how globalization as a key process in the society has influenced the young people in Vietnam and in the world.

    He shared that he himself has found the need to learn to speak the English language because of the need for communication and to be able to coup up with the fast changing world.

    “I got a habit of starting my day by watching a video in English just for practicing the listening skill and His Eminence Cardinal Tagle is always my first choice. So, to be honest, I’m glad to say he is my English teacher. And so, I think today, I’m so grateful to practice what I have learned from him in the internet through youtube video,” Tri said.

    Globalization as he described is actually “a call of being together regardless of whoever we are, whatever we do and wherever we are”.

    “The rays of globalization is a calling, as missionary service to the others. For the Lord calls us to share his work of creation and to contribute to the common good using the gifts we have receive,” Tri said.

    In his talk, he pointed out the “temptations” that lure young people nowadays – lack of orientation and skipping the rules. Tri explained that young people of today easily fall in love with the trap of sex, money, alcohol, and drugs. And most of the times they don’t listen. They do not want to hear the wisdom of the elders.

    “Rules of love peace and cooperation are replaced by violence, discrimination and selfishness,” Tri said.  With the traps that accompany globalization, he encouraged the youth to dream and move forward and to make Christ the center of everything they do.

    “We should not be afraid, but, rather than instead, look up to the cross and keep a dream that can be able to set us free. And God himself is our dream. So, Christ is alive, God is our hope. And in the fearful way he brings the youth to the world. Everything he touches become new, young and full of life, so, why don’t we touch our self, our minds especially our rays,” Tri said.

    in 2018 Tri took part as Auditor in the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops held in Rome.

    Other speakers during the “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People” were Macy Lee, founder Talang Dalisay’ of ‘a mental health organization in the Philippines ; Ricky Orozco, founder of Catholic Connect; and Anastacia Indrawan, who has been involved in Catholic youth programs for 10 years. (Fatima Llanza/SOCOM - San Felipe Nerish Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Serving the Young with Mary


    Participants of the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) were extremely blessed to have the Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Haosian, SVD, Bishop of Bangued and Chairperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) as the presider of the Eucharistic celebration held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.

    Celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Most Rev. Leopoldo Haosian, Bishop of Bangued, Abra for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) at the Quadricentennial pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Photo by RCAM-AOC)

    During his homily, Bishop Jaucian shared three significant points in relation to the celebration of the Year of the Youth

    1. How do I recognize young people? 

    Bishop Jaucian recounted one of his missions in a far-flung place and how the young girls’ and boys’ unique ways of welcoming him made such great impact. He said, he saw in the young people that “their giftedness, creativity, and talents become the music, the sound that gives life for the Church and their freshness becomes light that gives hope for the Church.”

    After going through that wonderful experience, he declared that “the Filipino youth are the treasure, joy, and power of the Church” during the launching of the Year of the Youth in Balanga, Bataan.

    2. Life and example of Mary

    As a participant of PCNE 6, I found the words of the good bishop very encouraging and inspiring. 

    Pope Francis asked us to focus on the life and example of Mary who is our “supreme model not only on how to discern the will of God for us but more importantly on how to care for the young.”

    On the recent document, “Christus Vivit”, as explained by Bishop Haosian, Mary was placed not at the end of the document but in paragraphs 43-48, stating that Mary is also journeying with us. It is through this that I got a deeper understanding of the Blessed Mother who I can really depend on as I face my fears in life. As Bishop Jaican said it, “Inang Maria, nakikiisa sa paglalakbay natin sa buhay”.

    Bishop Jaucian also encouraged the people especially the young to be like the Virgin Mary in answering her PIAT and to have the courage to stand up and say, “YES, LORD!”

    3. The joy of serving the young

    The third point that Bishop Jaucian shared to the participants was how he finds joy in serving the young. 

    During his homily, he reminisced his childhood days where he faced life’s hardships and struggles and how a priest school director helped him paved the avenue to pursue a college education. Bishop prayed to the Lord and said, “Lord, if you will give me this job I will offer my life, magpapari po ako”. This particular story of Bishop Jaucian was a testimony that God really listens and answers our prayers

    His eyes were in tears as he recalled that the altar which he used to clean while he was a sacristan is the very altar where he was ordained as a Bishop 30 years ago. He was able to open his life to the grace and to the love of God. 

    The most important part of his homily that really struck me was when he is willing to offer his life for the young no matter how hard it is to live.

    The PCNE 6 for me became a way to fully understand how the grace of God works in us. Faith and trust in his will, will surely give us the blessings we truly deserve. With Christ and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can walk on the rest of the paths ahead of us. (Joie Bulaon/SOCOM - Saint Joseph Parish Gagalangin, Tondo)

  • My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!


    Homily delivered by Most Rev. Leopoldo Haosian, SVD, Bishop of Bangued during Mass for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.

    "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! " says Bishop Leopoldo Haosian of Bagued, Abra during his homily for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 20, 2019.
    Photo by RCAM-AOC

    To my brother bishops, we thank God for the gift of Cardinal Chito, the very reason that we have PCNE. May we give him a big hand! (clap) Thank you, Cardinal Chito. Bishop Nes of Cubao and Bishop Afable of Digos, may we acknowledge my brother bishops.

    My brother priests, reverend sisters, all the youth ministers who are here, the youth leaders and sa lahat ng mga kabataan minamahal ng simbahan, ng Santo Papa, mga obispo, minamahal ang sambayanang Filipino. Mabuhay! The Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted and Empowered.

    Tatlong bagay gustong ibahagi ni Bishop Pol. Three things that I would like to share. 

    The first is, from the moment of my ordination as a priest, I’ve been involved in the youth ministry and six years as chairman of the CBCP, how do I recognize young people? That’s the first.

    The second, today, the Mass and also the Readings especially the Gospel as Pope Francis encourages all of us to focus on the life and example of Mary, our supreme model not only how to discern the will of God for us especially in taking good care of the young, of youth ministry.

    And finally, the third point that Bishop Pol would like to share with you is the joy of serving the young.

    Sa una po, as a Bishop of Abra, Bangued, the diocese, in my first time to visit the farthest, the poorest mountain mission place of Abra, I have to walk ten hours. Wala pong daan only trail, to cross rivers, to climb mountains, and after a long walk, nalo-lowbat na si Bishop Pol, sumasakit ang mga paa at nagtatanong ako, “Malayo pa ba ng pupuntahan natin?” And my companions would tell me, “Ilang bundok pa, bishop”.

    Pagkarinig ko yung mga gongs because most of the people belong to the… tribe, when I heard the sound of the gongs, I told myself, “malapit na tayo”. At sabi ng mga kasama ko, “Isang bundok pa ang aakyatin natin, bishop.” But on the top of that mountain, I saw lights  e, wala namang kuryente sa lugar na yun. And I told myself “Malapit na nga tayo, nakikita na natin may mga ilaw”.

    And you know my brothers and sisters when we reach the place, whom that they see? It was the young boys striking the gongs to welcome the bishop. It was the young girls with flashlights on their forehead to give light to the way of the bishop and his companions. That, has a great impact on me, for young people. That, with the sounds of their gongs, I see in the young that their giftedness, their creativity, their talents become the music, the sounds that give light for the Church. And their freshness becomes light that gives hope for the church.  

    Kaya noong I launched the Year of the Youth in Balanga, Bataan with the Central Luzon Region, I declared Pilipinong kabataan, kayo ang kayamanan ng simbahan, kayo ang ligaya ng simbahan at kayo ang lakas ng simbahan. 

    My dear young people you are the treasure of the church, you are the joy of the church, and you are the power of the church. Palakpakan po lahat ng mga kabataan. (clap) 

    Pangalawa po, alam nyo nung Synod of Bishops pinag-uusapan kung saan ilalagay ang Inang Maria sa dokumento. Kadalasan, traditionally of all the documents, Mary was always placed at the end of the document. Para bang, let us ask Mary to intercede for us. But in this document, Christus Vivid, Pope Francis in order to place Mary focus, he placed it on paragraph 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 and only on the last, one of the last paragraph, 289, because Pope Francis would like us to put Mary as experts of Mariology would tell us, Mary is not only statue that we offer flowers, that we offer our novenas. To the experts they would say, Mary as Pope Francis in Christus Vivid said, she is a young woman from Nazareth. She was a historical person. She journeys with us. Our joys is her joys. Our sufferings is her suffering.  So, hindi lang pala si Hesus ang kalakbay natin sa buhay, Inang Maria nakikiisa sa paglalakbay natin sa buhay.  

    At in the Readings today, Mary and they would say even Elizabeth as she confirms the will of God for her when Elizabeth was so excited, “Blessed are you among women and how is the mother of my Lord came to visit me”. And only then also, Mary as she opened her eyes to the will of God for her upon the announcement of Angel Gabriel to her and had the courage to say Piat, I am the servant of the Lord, may His will be done. So, together Elizabeth became the spiritual director of Mary. Accompanying and confirming the will of God for her and later on she claimed, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”.

    Pope Francis in preparation for the World Youth Day in Panama, January of this year had three years of preparation focusing on Mary. 2017, the theme was, “The Lord has done great things for us, holy is his name”. Pope Francis invites all the young people to see the good things, the great things that God has done for them. And 2018, the theme was, “Do not be afraid, Mary, this is a Work of God by the Holy Spirit”. 

    Pope Francis would like to invite the young people to acknowledge, to know, ano ung mga kinakatakutan nila sa buhay? Because when we face challenges, Mary, even asked questions upon hearing that she will be the mother of God’s only son and said, “How can this be?” 

    My dear young people, sa ngayon, ano yung mga kinakatakutan mo sa buhay? Mawalang wifi? Mawalan ng boyfriend? Magkakahiwalay ang pamilya? What are your fears? And sabihin nila there are three things to face fear: either you face it, you freeze, and you flee. But Mary upon knowing and learning, she opened her eyes that this is the will of God for her and have the courage to stand up and say, “Yes Lord!” Piat.

    My dear young people, we, be like Mary that amid the challenges of life, with her we have the courage to always discern the will of God for us and together with Mary say, Yes Lord!

    Finally, the joy of serving the young. After ordination, I was a missionary to Taiwan and assigned as an assistant parish priest and I was in charge of the young. Afterward, I went to a high school also a campus minister. And now, six years as chairman of the CBCP. A lot of people are asking me, “Bishop Pol, bakit mahal na mahal mo ang paglinkod sa kabataan?” And allow me to share kung bakit?

    Ang hirap ng buhay pinagdaanan ni Bishop Pol. Elementary pa lang, tumira po ako sa lolo’t lola ko sa Victoria, Tarlac. Pag gising sa umaga maglalampaso, magwawalis hindi lang sa loob ng bahay, sa labas. Magdidilig ng mga halaman, maghahanda ng pagkain, maghahain, maghuhugas ng pinggan. Ang lola ay may tindahan sa harap ng elementary school, sasamahan ko ang lola dala dala ang paninda. Every break time I have to leave and help her sell her goods. Pagkatapos ng school, sasamahan ko naman ang lola dala dala ang paninda sa kanyang bahay.  That was my elementary.

    My high school, I have to stay again with my lola and lolo, the parents of my tatay in Urdaneta, Pangasinan. Doon ko talaga natanto kung gaano kahirap ang buhay. Darating ang examinations, hindi pa nakabayad ng matrikula. Magpapagawa ako ng mga promissory notes para lang ako maka-take ng exam. Nakaraos din. Naka-graduate ng highschool.

    It was my dream. It was my prayer to continue on college. After attending a Sunday Mass after graduation sa Divine Word College sa Urdaneta, the school director after the Mass had the compassion. He stopped and asked me, sabi niya, “Pol, anong plano mo sa buhay?”At sabi ko, “Wish ko lang father, gusto kong magpatuloy ng kolehiyo, walang kakayahan ang aking mga magulang”.  At sabi niya, “Gusto mo bang irekomenda kita kasi naghahanap ang Christ the King Mission Seminary sa Quezon City ng full-time sacristan? And I saw in that proposal sabi ko, “Ah, magwo-working student ako. Father rector, kindly write a recommendation letter”.

    And on my way on a Pantranco bus pa noon, from Urdaneta to Cubao, I was making a bargain, praying to the Lord, “Lord, if you will give me this job I will offer my life, magpapari po ako”. Pag dating ko po sa seminary, binigay ko ang recommendation sa father director at pagkabasa, ano ang reaction ng father rector, sabi niya, “Ay salamat sa Diyos, may nag-apply. Tanggap ka na!” And that was June 1976 but I have to stop schooling to be a full time employee of the SVD. But while waking up early morning para buksan ang simbahan, maglinis, iprepara ang Misa, kung di darating ang seminarista, mag-se-serve, magbabasa pagkatapos maglilinis ng altar, ng sakristiya, ng crypt. Yan ho ang buhay. Pero habang nakikita ako ng mga misyonerong SVD, sabi nila, “Pol would you like to join us?” Sabi ko sa sarili ko, “Wala ngang pang kolehiyo seminaryo pa?” But two American old missionaries promised, “We would find, look for a benefactor for you”. 

    On my second year, I applied, I was accepted. I entered first-year college Philosophy sa Christ the King Missionary but I have to remain working as a sacristan.  A full-time pa rin na empleyado ng SVD. And that I entered the seminary June 1977. Miracles of miracles, mga kapatid.  

    Exactly almost 30 years, March 26, 2007, I went back to the very altar where I claimed it was there I was ordained a bishop.  Isang sakristan pwede pa lang maging obispo. All because I was able to open my life to the… to the love of God and Mary helped me. So it’s always a joy serving the young. At sabi ko sa sarili ko kung gaano kahirap ang buhay, iaalay ko ang buhay ko para maglingkod sa kabataan. 

    It has been joy to serve ECY for six years. More so, if one or two of my staff would say, “Bishop Papasok kami sa seminary”. Mag-se-search in either sa religious life, meron ding sa religious women at last Sunday lang po nasa AMRSP ako sa Iloilo. And last Sunday, I told the youth of Jaro, I would like to meet the designer, the maker of the logo for the Year of the Youth. Kenneth is his name. Pag dating niya sa …sa isang parish, lumapit siya sa akin at sabi niya, “Good news bishop”.  “Ano yung good news mo Kenneth?” “Papasok na po ako sa seminary”. Sabi ko “Anong nangyari sayo? Sabi niya, “I was so inspired while making the design, that logo for the Year of the Youth. And that inspired me that I have to offer my talents not only for me, for my family, I would like to share it in service of the young.”

    Kaya ngayon itong si Kenneth by the start of school year papasok sa seminary. So, meron din pong mga youth ministers na kilala ko po na sabi nila because of my service to the young and their love for the young, marami na pong pumasok sa seminary.  

    This is Pope Francis would say, that vocation is not only for the priesthood, for the religious life, but if they discern in life, ano bang kagustuhan ng Diyos sa aking buhay? That is a call. That is a vocation of life. 

    Pang huli po, bago ako naging obispo ako po’y parish priest sa St. Jude national Shrine ditto malapit sa Malacanang. Tuwing Sabadao kasama ko ang mga kabataan bumibisita sa charity ward ng Chinese General Hospital dito sa Dimasalang. 

    One Saturday afternoon, pagpasok namin sa charity ward nakakita kami ng isang matandang Tsinoy, very sick paralyzed. Pag bukas ng pintuan nakita niya mga katolikong kabataan bumibisita sa kanya at nagsisigaw, “Yes …. Jesus is coming, dumarating si Hesus”. Akala naming nakakita siya ng vision ni Jesus. Nakikitingala din kami wala naman kami makita. But when I got near, that old man sabi ko, “Lolo where is that Jesus you’re crying?” and then he immediately raise his right hand and pointed to all the catholic young people in his room and said, “Hindi ba kayo? Hindi nyo naman ako ka ano ano, ka-relihiyon, I’m a Buddhist. Hindi nyo naman ako kapamilya and yet at this very moment you find time to show your love and concern for me. Ang nakikita kong dumadalaw ngayon ay inyong pinapaniwalaang Hesus.What I see coming to visit me now is your Jesus”.

    Ito ang huling tanong ni bishop, pakitingin yung mukha ng katabi mo at tatanungin mo, “Nasan si Hesus kapatid?”  At this very moment dito sa Quadricentennial Hall, where is Jesus? At naniniwala ako sa pamamagitan ng inyong mga ngiti, hawakan ninyo ang kamay at sabihin ninyo, “Kapatid, in your face I see Jesus is alive”.

    God bless us. Together with Mary, we say, my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, Amen. (RCAM-Office of Communications)

  • Bo Sanchez: God created you for mission


    "God has anointed you. God has created you to bless the world. God created you for mission”.

    Bro. Bo Sanchez of The Light of Jesus Community and The Feast tells young people that they are created by God for a mission during the Heart to Heart Tak with Cardinal Tage at 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 19, 2019.
    Photo by RCAM-AOC

    This was the message of Bro. Bo Sanchez, founder of “The Light of Jesus Community” and “The Feast“ during the “Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Tagle” at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas on Friday, July 19, 2019.

    During the sharing, Sanchez recalled that at the age of thirteen he was already accepting speaking engagements because of his leader, Sister Aida who consistently encouraged him to do so. At that time, he was not confident about the reception of the audience towards him but eventually, he has learned to accept the mission entrusted to him by God.

    He adviced the young people inside the pavilion to trust in the will of the Lord and believe that they can be an instrument of evangelization.

    “God created you to bring God’s love to the world. Never look down to yourself. Never say that you’re not enough. Never say I’m inadequate. Just believe that He loves you. He has a plan for your life,” Sanchez said.

    This year’s PCNE was in celebration of the Year of the Youth with the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus”. (HJ Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Journeying with the Youth


    “We are called to journey with them [the youth].”

    Ms. Christina Lamas, Executive Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in the United States of America (USA), gave emphasis on the topic “New Trends in Youth Ministry” in one of the concurrent sessions during the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) held at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, on July 20, 2019.

    Christina Lamas of Executive Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in the United States of America (USA) expounds the topic New Trends in Youth Ministry in one of the Concurrent Session of the PCNE 6. (Photo by RCAM-AOC)

    “We don’t need them just to fill out our pews, the young need mentors to accompany them along the way,” Lamas said.

    Ms. Lamas stressed that the youth of today want to belong and be connected; that others would value their skills, knowledge and wisdom; and that they wanted a simple foundation of honesty, loyalty, sincerity and authenticity.

    “Our goal is for the youth to encounter Christ...the young people wants to know from us how Christ is being lived and manifested in our lives,” Lamas said.

    Lamas also stated that during the Synod on Youth, it was discussed that a ministry works using the disciples in Emmaus as a model. 

    She as well told the participants that the young people want the elders to journey with them, to be approachable and not untouchable saying that the young people have something to offer and that it’s worth listening to. (Rocelyn V. Garcia /SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish, Gagalangin)

  • Invest in your faith says actor Robi Domingo


    Actor and TV host Robi Domingo spoke of his faith as a celebrity during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on Friday, July 19, 2019.

    Actor Robi Domingo says, "Invest in your faith" during the Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Tagle at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 19, 2019. 
    Photo by: RCAM-AOC

    In a segment called “Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Chito”, Domingo who joined Pinoy Big Brother in 2008, told the audience how he handles his spiritual life while being in the limelight.

    “You invest while you’re still young. Not just in terms of financials, pero invest in your character, in your connections especially invest in your faith,” Domingo said.

    “Kasi if you go in this kind of industry kailangan mo ng kakapitan and yung pinakamatinding kakapitan mo ang ating Panginoon,” he added.

    When asked by Cardinal Tagle how he managed his private life especially in this world where everyone is connected, in reply, Domingo shared how his experience inside the PBB house changed his life.

    “Kakaiba po kasi ang experience ko. I started out in Pinoy Big Brother in 2008. And then, wala lang Cardinal sobrang iba yung pakiramdam na papasok ka sa isang reality show. You live there. I live there for 77 days, eleven weeks. And after that, paglabas mo lahat ng mga tao parang kilala ka na. So, akala ko yung camera sa loob yung lang ang tumitingin sakin pati pala paglabas ko ng bahay may Pinoy Big Brother pa rin hanggang ngayon,” Domingo said.

    “It adds to that pressure sa mga gagawin mo hindi ka pwedeng maging totoo minsan. Minsan pag malungkot ka, may dinadaanan ka kailangan nakangiti ka pa din,” he added.

    The 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization was held from July 19-21, 2019 with the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus”. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Young actor’s personal relationship with God: He will handle the rest


    Pinoy Big Brother Housemate Rhys Eugenio also shared the center stage with Robi Domingo during the Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Tagle at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on July 19, 2019.

    Rhys Eugenio of PBB is among the sharers during the Heart to Heart Talk with cardinal Tagle at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 19, 2019. 
    Photo by: RCAM-AOC

    Eugenio joined PBB but was evicted on the eighth week said that as a celebrity, they have to put a mask where they can hide what they really feel especially now that he is in the showbiz industry.

     “Whenever you go out you have to put on a face, a persona, like you can’t show them that you’re sad, even though you’re sad, you have to be happy,” Eugenio said.

    The 18-year-old heartthrob from Tarlac also shared how he handles his personal relationship with the Lord in times of joy and pain.

    “But then later on in life, I realized that if there is something that I’m stressed about and I can’t do anything about it, then, I’m gonna place that in God’s hands because why should I stress out about it when I can’t do anything about it,’ Eugenio said.

    “And if I can do something about it, I’m gonna try my best and also pray because I believe that if I gonna try my best, God’s gonna handle the rest. And then, If I can’t do anything, I’m just gonna let him deal with it and let him handle it for me,” he added.

    Eugenio was joined by Robi Domingo, Actor; Atty. Tarhata Basman, Member of Parliament of the Bangsamoro Transition; Cherry Rondina, Volleyball Player from the University of Santo Tomas; Austin M.D. Quik, President and COO of Catholic Connect; and Bro. Bo Sanchez, Founder of Light and Jesus Community. (HJ Boquiren/SOCOM - San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • The Story of Sisi Rondina - Finding God in the midst of poverty


    Volleyball superstar Cherry “Sisi” Rondina of the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses shared a piece of herself during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas on Friday, July 19, 2019.


    Cherry Rondina of the University of Santo Tomas shares her story of faith and hope in the love and mercy of God during PCNE 6's Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Chito on Friday, July 19, 2019.
    Photo by: RCAM-AOC


    Rondina, Most Valuable Player of the UAAP Season 81Women’s Division shared how she and her family find God even when they struggle fighting poverty in Cebu. 

    “I started nothing po. Wala talaga, mahirap yung buhay po pero doon na lang po humahawak sa quote na ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and lagi po akong nagdadasal. Kasi sa pamilya po namin tatay ko pa lang sobrang istricto niya like hindi po niya kami pinapatulog pag hindi pa po kami nagdadasal. So always talaga yan,” Rondina said.

    Given the state of life her family has, the young athlete remained optimistic and never gave up with her determination to give her family a better life 

    “And yun yung sabi nga ni papa na manalig lang tayo, may outcome itong paghihirap natin. And yun nga po, maraming pinagdaanan to the point na, nasabi ko naman to na bata palang kami, proud ako na nakaain kami ng panis sa hirap ng buhay. But sabi ko nung pagkakain ko nun father, sabi ko, hinding hindi na to mauulit kasi tumungin ako sa mga kapatid, sa pamilya ko, ang hirap ganun yung makikita mo,” Rondina said.

    Rondina also shared how she finds comfort from God’s embrace through constant prayer.

    “Lagi po akong nagdadasal na Lord tanggalin niyo po ang anxiety ko. Lagi akong umuupo sa simbahan, paglabas ko magaan na. Ang gaan sa feeling na yung Diyos yung gagamot sa'yo."

    Rondina’s life story was featured in ABS CBN’s Maalala Mo Kaya on Saturday, July 29, 2019, portrayed by Kim Chu. (HJ Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Feeding the "Hungry Souls with Holy Companions"


    Towards noontime of Day 2 of a full packed schedule of PCNE, participants were treated with a highly charged artistic plenary session during the "Hungry Souls, Holy Companions" segment. 

    Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ holds an on the spot song composition with the audience's participation for the segment "Hungry Souls, Holy Companions during the second day of PCNE 6.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    Presentations were made by an inspirational storyteller and singer of "Where's The Sheep?", Michael Shimamoto, a Spoken Word Poet, Serge Gabriel and a Bukas Palad Music Ministry founder, Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ. 

    Mr. Shimamoto treated the audience with his soulful rendition of some worship songs like "Who Am I?" and had shared his personal spiritual mantra which is to always "choose Christ!" 

    Mr. Gabriel likewise shared his life experience on encountering Jesus in the context of a "rally, classroom and condo," and Fr. Francisco with the participation of selected participants came up with a new powerful song that expresses deep desire for truth which should always emanate from Jesus. (Jojie Juanerio/RCAM-SOCOM)

  • God’s love is always present


    “Ang memory ni God ay palaging present. At ganito ang pag-ibig niya, palaging present".

    Bishop Rex Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet speaks of the cross as the real symbol of the love of God for mankind during his homily for the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino on July 19, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    This is what the newly ordained Bishop of Daet Rex Alarcon told the participants of the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) during the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on Friday, July 19, 2019, at 8 a.m.

    In his homily, Bishop Alarcon expounded on how unconditional, endless, and truthful God’s love is for mankind especially for the young people.

    “Magtiwala sa kanya, hindi siya nakakalimot. Ang kanyang memory ay hindi tulad ng ‘hard disk’ na nagsa-save at ina-archive. Ang kanayang memory ay pusong tigib ng habag;  natutuwa sa pag-delete ng traces ng kasamaan. Hindi nire-record ang ating mga kasalanan,” Bishop Alarcon said. 

    “Ang memory ni God, hindi katulad ng memory ng computer, smartphone or digital. Yung sa kanila ina-archive. Ang mga ito ating mga extended memory,” Bishop Alarcon added.

    Apart from his reflection that God’s love is always present, Bishop Alarcon also pointed out that the most important symbol of love is not the heart but the cross.

    “I thought the symbol of love is a heart, now I realized, it is more of the cross. Ang krus ay ang pag-ibig ng Diyos, ang krus ay ang pagliligtas ni Hesus. Sa krus ibinigay ni Hesus ang kanyang buhay upang tayo ay muling mabuhay,” Bishop Alarcon said.

    Bishop Alarcon was appointed by Pope Francis as the Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Commission on Youth at the recent CBCP Plenary Assembly held last July 6-8, 2019, in Tagaytay City.

    The 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization is being held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, from July 19-21, 2019. (Brandon Owen Salvador/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • International Delegates increased attendance in PCNE 6


    More than 5,000 members of the clergy, religious, schools, lay people, youth, and other communities and organizations attended the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization which is being held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas that opened on Friday, July 19, 2019.

    Some 5,000 delegates from all over the country gathered at the Quadricentennial pavilion, University of Santos for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 19, 2019. (Photo by Maricar Santos)


    On Thursday, July 18, “A Day of Encounter with Clergy and Consecrated Persons” was held at the same venue attended by more than 90 members of the Manila Clergy while 31 international delegates (Los Angeles-10), Vietnam (5), Malaysia (5), Brunei Darussalam (4), Kuala Lumpur (3), Indonesia (3), and Taiwan (1) attended the said event.

    In his message for the young people, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle saw the need to discover how Jesus walks, his various “styles” of walking with people.

    “This call becomes more urgent as we bring to the youth the Good News that Jesus is alive, He is their friend, He walks with them wherever they go, and He will never leave them alone,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    PCNE was introduced in 2013 by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as a response to the call of new evangelization.

    This year’s PCNE carries the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus” in celebration of the Year of the Youth as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines as part of the preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP releases statement on sedition charges against bishops


    The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines has issued a statement on the accusation of sedition against three Philippine bishops.


    Bishop Teodoro Bacani, Jr. (retired Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches)
    File Photo: RCAM-AOC


    According to the statement, one of the main newspapers had the front page news item titled: PNP FILES EDITION RAPS VS LENI, OPPOSITION, BISHOPS published on Friday, July 19, 2019.

    The police have filed sedition and other criminal charges against the three bishops namely: Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan), Archbishop Socrates Villegas (Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan), Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. (retired Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches) and Bishop Honesto Ongtioco (Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao).

    CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles found it hard to believe about the involvement of the four bishops.

    Archbishop Valles who is also the Archbishop of Davao also expressed how well he knows those bishops. They are “perceived as very vocal and very critical in their pronouncements” but at the same time they are “bishops whose sincerity, decency, respectfulness and love for our country and our people are beyond doubt”.

    “I am very saddened by this news and am greatly disturbed by this development. I know these bishops quite well. I had worked closely with two of them: I functioned as the vice president of Abp. Villegas when he was heading the CBCP, and Bp. David is currently my vice president in the CBCP,” Bishop Valles said.

    “These are individuals whose love for country and dedication for the welfare of our people I cannot doubt. Some of us may feel ill at ease in the way they publicly made known their opinions,” Bishop Valled added.

    However, Archbishop Valles prayed for those officials who will be involved in the process and for his brother priests to be found innocent.

    “I always keep my respect and confidence in the people in government who are involved in the processes regarding the cases filed against these bishops. I pray to the Lord for them, that fairness and truth will guide them,” Archbishop Valles said.

    The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed complaints of charges of inciting sedition, cyber libel, libel and obstruction of justice against 3 Philippine Bishops, a religious brother, Vice President Lenny Robredo, and 35 members of the opposition. The charges were filed on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

    They were charged for the release of a video that went viral on the internet early this year that linked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his family on illegal drug trade. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • On the accusation of sedition against some bishops





    The national news daily, the Philippine Star, today has this front page main news item:
    PNP FILES SEDITION RAPS VS LENI, OPPOSITION, BISHOPS. The bishops who are named are: Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches), Archbishop Socrates Villegas (Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan), Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. (retired Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches) and Bishop Honesto Ongtioco (Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao). The police have filed sedition and other criminal charges against them.

     

    I am very saddened by this news and am greatly disturbed by this development. I know these bishops quite well. I had worked closely with two of them: I functioned as the vice president of Abp. Villegas when he was heading the CBCP, and Bp. David is currently my vice president in the CBCP.

     

    That they are accused of sedition and other criminal complaints is for me beyond belief. They may be perceived as very vocal and very critical in their pronouncements. But that they consciously worked promoting seditious activities and other related crimes, these honestly I cannot believe. These are individuals whose love for country and dedication for the welfare of our people I cannot doubt. Some of us may feel ill at ease in the way they publicly made known their opinions. But again, I say this, I cannot bring myself to believe that these bishops were involved in seditious activities; they are bishops whose sincerity, decency, respectfulness and love for our country and our people are beyond doubt.

     

    I always keep my respect and confidence in the people in government who are involved in the processes regarding the cases filed against these bishops. I pray to the Lord for them, that fairness and truth will guide them.

     

    I also pray for my brother bishops; this will be a very distressing situation for them, to say the least. I pray that they may remain calm and confident that in the end, they will be found innocent. I make this prayer to the Lord, with the Blessed Mother as our intercessor.

     

     

     

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.

    Archbishop of Davao

    President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

    19 July 2019

     

  • Send-Off Mass for Volunteers and Staff of PCNE 6


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Send-Off Mass for Volunteers and Staff of PCNE 6 held at the Santisimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomas, on July 16, 2019.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Eucharistic celebration for PCNE 6 volunteers and staff held at the Santisimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomas, on July 16, 2019.
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    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for bringing us together on this almost rainy day so that in the Eucharist we will experience Jesus’ renewing love and presence. We are renewed by the Word of God, by the Body and Blood of Christ and the spirit formed into our community. And this is a wonderful, now a  tradition before the PCNE that we, who are involved in the organization and in the actual holding of the event would first come together to worship, to pray, to give thanks to God and at the end of the Mass to go forth, to evangelize, to be missionaries. And one very concrete way of doing that mission is through this conference on the new evangelization.  And our gathering, our Eucharistic gathering is made special because it happens to be the memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. So, to our Lady’s protection and guidance, we commend ourselves and the PCNE.

    Allow me to share a few points and hopefully, I could relate them with the PCNE focused on the youth. The Filipino Youth walking with Jesus.

    First Carmel. Carmel. Mount Carmel. It’s a place but more than just being a place especially in the Old Testament, Mount Carmel is always associated with the prophet Elijah’s challenge so the false prophets of the false god……on Mount Carmel. The true God manifested his face, his power. So, Carmel is more than just a place that we can locate on the map. Carmel is a place where you need the true God. 

    At napakahalaga yan ngayon sa tinatawag na New Evangelization. Not only now but from the beginning of creation, of human history, from Genesis. One of the dramas of human existence is, Who is the true God? Remember the temptation, the serpent. How did the serpent innovate, allure Adam and Eve to go against God. Sabi niya, “Kaya kayo pinagbabawalan kumain ng bunga ng puno na yan, kasi pag kumain kayo niyan, you will be like God”. Sino ba ang tunay na Diyos? At minsan lahat tayo ay may ambition, sana ako ang Diyos. At bawat iral, maraming nagagawang mga bagong diyus-diyosan. And part of new evanelization is to go to Carmel, to the many Carmels especially of the youth where false Gods are being presented to them by false prophets. That’s where the walk should happen. Where are the Carmels of today? And can we help the vulnerable youth to discover the true God?

    So, kahit saan kayo nakatira ngayon, iisa lang ang address natin, Carmel. Yung mga nakatira sa Mayumi Street, ngayon Carmel Street. Yung mga nakatira sa Arzobispo Street, ngayon Carmel Street yan. At lalo na ang mga kabataan, pumunta kayo sa Carmel ng buhay ninyo. Magpapakita ang tunay na Diyos.

    The second point is Our Lady and the wisdom of women, the wisdom of women. The beauty of Carmel was very fascinating to some religious men and they formed religious order dedicated to Our Lady of the beautiful Mount Carmel. So, the wisdom of the women, the mother in leading us to the truth and the discovery of the true God. Of course, we know our Lady. Our Lady who was deserving of God’s will. And most especially the courage to let go of her plans when the true God manifested himself to her. That freedom of heart, to harmonize herself with the will and plan of the true God. Kaya nga siya ay ang bagong Eva. Hindi siya nagdi-diyos diyosan. Hindi niya sinabi yun sa Anghel Gabriel, “E, ang gulo mo naman nakahanda na ang plano ng buhay ko, magpapakasal na kami ni San Jose, huwag mo nang guluhin, ayos na ang plano ko.”  

    Kapag may plano ang tunay na Diyos, lahat ng plano mo, ano na? Kasi hindi naman ikaw ang Diyos, yung tunay na Diyos. And Mary, the new Eve did not pretend to be God but recognized the true God. And the plan of God, the design of God will always be the priority compared to her plan no matter how good that plan might be.

    In the first reading from the Book of Exodus, we see also women, the Levite woman who was very wise, who hid her child to protect the child and the sister of the child watching, “Ano kaya ang mangyayari?” 

    Then, the daughter of Pharoah moved with compassion upon seeing in the basket is a Hebrew Boy at yung ate, “Gusto mo humanap ako ng mag-aalaga jan sa bata?” Very wise! Dinala naman doon sa nanay nila. E, di ang nag-alaga yung tunay na nanay. And they were very wise talaga, itong mga women dito, talaga naman. The feminine wisdom na talagang nasasalisihan ang Pharoah that focus on saving the life, saving this child out of not only concern but real compassion. And they did not know that this child that they were saving had a place in the plan of God. In their sincerity, in their creativity, they were participating in God’s walk. God is walking. Walking with them and they participated in God’s walk.

    Moses, the one that will walk ahead of the people towards liberation. But how he was nurtured by the walk of these great women. And the new Moses, Jesus Christ always accompanied by his mother. Standing there at the foot of his cross after that arduous walk that we call the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, the mother walked with her son. And that walk was a participation in God’s revealing action. 

    Kaya Malaki ang papel talaga ng mga mothers, women in evangelization in this continuing walk in order to proclaim the Good News.

    At panghuli po, yung ating tema, Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus. Ilang araw ko na ho iyang pinaglalaruan sa isip ko. Sabi ko nga ano ba ang mga walk ng Filipino youth? Kasi noong nanalo sa Miss Uniiversa yung isang Filipina, sabi nanalo raw siya dahil sa kanyang walk. Ano ba yung tawag sa walk niya? (crowd answered) Ano ho? (crowd answered again) Lava walk. Wag nyo kong…yung hindi ko alam, Lava walk. 

    Yun ang tanong ko, ano ba ngayon ang mga walks ng kabataang Filipino? Tapos sinasabi natin, there are many walks of life. Life has different types of walking and your state of life is a way of walking. Walk of life. Your mission is also your way of walking. Naku-curious ako. Ano ang mga lakad ng batang Pilipino? Lava! Ano pa kaya? Ano pa?

    Sana itong mga darating na araw mamamngha ako. Ako man lang makita ko, ganyan na sila ngayon maglakad. Yan ang lakad. And then what we are saying that the Filipino youth with their walks, walk with Christ. Pero tinatanong ko rin, ano ba naman ang mga lakad ni Kristo? E, maglakad ka ba naman sa ibabaw ng tubig. Maglakad ka sa disyerto o kaya naman matulog ka habang naglalayag. Ang pagtulog ay isang uri ng paglakad ni Hesus. Naglalakad siya, mukha siyang multo. A ghost! Ang daming lakad ni Hesus.

    Sana ang mga kabataan ang maging lakad nila yung lakad din ni Jesus pero papaano ba maglakad si Hesus? Lava walk ba rin? Di ba dun sa prophet Mica sabi, “Oh man you know what God desires of you. Do justice, do goodness, and walk humbly with God”. 

    Sabi po nung isang teacher ko, and kahulugan daw po nung walk humbly with God ay hindi so much yung dahil ang kasama mo ay Diyos, be humble as you walk with God. Tama rin daw yun pero hindi yun ang talaganang ano. You walk humbly with God because God’s walk is humble. So, you walk with God and follow God’s walk you will walk humbly because that’s how God walks. How does Jesus walk? 

    Yan ang new evangelization. Rediscovering the many walks of Jesus. Discovering also Jesus’ walks in the way the young walk especially the way of the cross leading to the walk of life and light. Via Crusis, Via lucis. Ay exciting ano ho? Iba-ibang walk kaya sa unang araw pa lang demonstrate your walk. Kayong tatlong mariang nandyan, babantayan ko kayo, ano ang walk ninyo? At titignan naming kung yan ay walk ni Christ.

    O tama na, baka magalit na ang Lady of Mount Carmel sa akin.

    So, we thank God for this opportunity to walk the youth and really the different walks of life and rediscover Jesus’ many creative ways of walking with humankind. (RCAM-AOC)

  • Pope names Iloilo priest as Cebu auxiliary bishop


    Pope Francis has appointed Father Midyphil Billones, a priest from Iloilo, as auxiliary bishop of Cebu.

    Bishop-elect Midyphil Billones of Iloilo (Photo Credit: CBCPNews)

    As auxiliary bishop, he will assist Archbishop Jose Palma in running the largest archdiocese in the country and in Asia, having the most number of Catholics, priests, religious and seminarians.

    Billones’ appointment, which assigns him to the Titular See of Tagarata, was made public on Tuesday by the Vatican.

    His appointment also came two months after Palma’s lone auxiliary bishop Dennis Villarojo was named the new bishop of Malolos.

    The bishop-elect is currently the Rector of St. Joseph Regional Seminary in Iloilo City.

    Billones, who just turned 50 years old on July 4, is a native of Panay, in Capiz province.

    He took his Philosophy at St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary in Iloilo City and Theology at Loyola School of Theology in Manila, where he also obtained his master’s degree in Theology.

    Billones was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Jaro on Oct. 2, 1995.

    For two years after his ordination, he served as parochial vicar at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral.

    From 1997 to 2001, the priest also served as personal secretary, first to the late Archbishop Jover Piamonte and then to retired Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.

    In the meantime, he was also a member of the Presbyteral Council, Vice-Chancellor, and head of the archdiocese’s Commission for Youth.

    In 2011, he obtained his Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

    Returning from his studies in Rome, he was Vice-Chancellor and Director of Human Formation at St. Joseph Regional Seminary in Jaro, later becoming its Rector.

    Since 2013, he also headed the archdiocese’s Commission on the Laity. (RCAM-AOC / CBCPNews)

  • An urgent call for ecological conversion, hope in the face of climate emergency




    “We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that … we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies”

    (Romans 8:22-23).

     

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

     

    In 1988, we issued a groundbreaking Pastoral Letter on Ecology entitled, “What is Happening to Our Beautiful Land?”  In its opening paragraph, we noted, “Our small farmers tell us that their fields are less productive and are becoming sterile.  Our fishermen are finding it increasingly difficult to catch fish.  Our lands, forests and rivers cry out that they are being eroded, denuded and polluted.  As bishops we have tried to listen and respond to their cry.  There is an urgency about this issue which calls for widespread education and immediate action...”

     

    Three Decades of Commitment to Ecological Concerns

     

    Since 1988, we have sustained this concern about ecology that runs through our subsequent pastoral teachings. We may recall that in 1998 we collectively expressed in A Statement of Concern on the Mining Act of 1995, highlighting the ill effects of mining operations both on the environment and on the people, particularly indigenous communities. In 2000, we issued Water is Life calling for a concerted effort to address the problem of water insecurity and the urgency to protect our remaining watersheds. In 2003, we issued Celebrating Creation Day and Creation Time to introduce the celebration of Creation Day on September 1st of every year and the observance of Creation Time between September 1 and October 4. In 2008, we issued Upholding the Sanctity of Life (20 years after the CBCP Pastoral Letter ‘What is Happening to our Beautiful Land?’) not only to reaffirm our rejection of irresponsible mining and illegal logging operations but also to crucially include the challenges of global warming and climate change among “the new threats to our environment”. In 2013, we issued a Pastoral Statement on the Recent Earthquake and Typhoon that Devastated the Central Region of the Philippines to express our solidarity with the victims of calamities and to preempt their future recurrence. We also remember that in 2015, we clearly manifested that climate action is an issue of life and justice through the statement entitled Stewards, Not Owners: “Climate change has brought about suffering for nations, communities and peoples. It is that kind of suffering that, in the words of Benedict XVI’s ‘Deus Caritas Est’, ‘cries out for consolation and help’.” (n. 28). When they who are in need cry out, it is not an option to respond. It is an obligation." In all these statements, we have taken for granted that concern for our environment is an essential dimension of our pastoral ministry.

     

    The Continuing Destruction of Our Common Home

     

    Given the high rate of poverty in the Philippines, the need to manage the environment is paramount. Poverty and environmental degradation mutually reinforce each other. ‘In today’s world, hunger, violence and poverty cannot be understood apart from the changes and degradation affecting the environment.’ Pope Francis’ recognition of this led him to introduce an eighth work of mercy in 2016: ‘care for our common home’.  He expressed this in his message for the 2016 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  This new work of mercy, he insisted, should be both corporal and spiritual.

     

    Biodiversity is also a concern that has a direct connection to poverty and development. The poor in the rural areas are directly dependent on biodiverse resources for food, fuel, shelter, medicine and livelihood. This variety of living organisms together with its environment provide critical services that are necessary for survival such as air and water purification, soil conservation, disease control, and reduced vulnerability to disasters such as floods, droughts and landslides. When these resources or their environment are subjected to pressures that exceed their capacity to be resilient or to bounce back to their original state, imbalance in the ecosystem is created, leading to degradation. When situations like these arise, they make lives, especially in the rural areas, more difficult; they also make development efforts more challenging.

     

    Our remaining forests and biodiversity are continually being threatened by extractive mining operations and the building of dams. Respect for God’s creation is disregarded when irresponsible mining practices are allowed to continue. Land and life is desecrated when almost two-thirds of the ancestral domains of indigenous peoples and more than half of protected and key biodiversity areas are directly threatened by mining applications and operations. Despite evidences against 26 mining operations ordered closed or suspended last February 2017, not one mine has stopped extracting because of technical administrative loopholes. Social justice is not served when only the few mining companies, many of which are also owned by political leaders, reap the benefits from mineral extraction. The rural poor remain poor as mining only contributes less than one percent to our GDP, employs less than 0.4% of our labor force and directly threatens agriculture, forestry, watersheds and fisheries resources that are essential for the survival of the rural poor.

     

    Another problem related with mining is the phenomenon of our country’s growing dependence on fossil fuel-based energy, such as coal. There are at least 23 existing coal-fired power plants operating across the country; 28 more may be operational by the year 2020. To support and sustain this dependence, a huge number of coal power plants involved in extensive coal extraction has to be put in place. Thus, coal mining projects have been allowed to increase to 186, including small-scale ones. Worse is, most of these coal projects are located within the vicinity of communities of indigenous Filipinos and are supported by rich ecosystems and biodiversities.

     

    Centuries of emissions from coal have been scientifically proven to be among the lead causes of the current climate degradation. Coal projects also further exacerbate the vulnerability of impoverished host communities in the Philippines already struggling to cope with the effects of the worsening climate. Many coastal and agriculture-reliant communities face the loss of their livelihood because of land conversion and the pollution of resources caused by coal. Health problems also plague such communities due to the toxic substances and heavy metals released into the air and water resources by the mining, transporting, and burning of coal.

     

    The burning of coal and other fossil fuels and the destruction of nature are natural consequences of extractive mining. Needless to say, these industries are pursued primarily for profit accumulation and rarely, if at all, in response to peoples’ needs. This is the root cause of the continuous escalation of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere which, in turn, is causing the climate crisis. The climate crisis has thus far claimed tens of thousands of lives, displaced millions of people, and brought about tragic devastation in many parts of the world. This climate crisis is bound to get much worse in the years ahead.

    We affirm the prevailing science of climate change that the present global warming is due to the abnormal buildup of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere which traps the heat and makes the earth dangerously warm. The IPCC scientists have a very solid consensus that global warming is not caused by natural factors (e.g., volcanic activity, variations in the earth’s orbit and axis, or the solar cycle) but by GHGs coming mainly from two unsustainable human activities. One is the reliance on fossil fuels (e.g., oil, natural gas, coal) and other non-renewable energy sources since the advent of western industrialization in 1750. Another is the massive deforestation that deprived the earth of the sufficient forest cover needed to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and other GHGs.

     

    The Philippines, being an archipelago, is prone to climate-induced disasters brought about by sea level rise, storm surges, prolonged droughts, and flash floods, among others. We are known to be the second among the countries with the greatest exposure to disaster risks worldwide.  We are at the doorstep of all the major threats of climate change which cause irreversible damage to agriculture, marine resources and the entire bio-networks.  Moreover, extreme weather events are occurring more frequently in our country. The catastrophic super typhoons like Yolanda, Ondoy, Sendong, and Pablo, that have devastated several of our regions, attest to this level of climate vulnerability. On record, Yolanda (Haiyan) is the strongest tropical cyclone ever to make a landfall on our country. The damage from Yolanda was catastrophic, resulting to an estimated 8,000 casualties, affecting 16 million people in 10 provinces, while over 1.1 million homes were damaged, about half of them completely destroyed. The sources of livelihood of an estimated 5.6 million poor people were severely affected.

     

    Climate-related disasters threaten us all. The reality of the climate crisis, proven by the catastrophic impact of typhoons and other human induced-disasters, has made us aware that the time to act is now, not tomorrow. We must activate climate action on behalf of the voiceless people and the planet.

     

    Laudato Si’ and the Care for Our Common Home

     

    On June 18, 2015, as the global leaders were preparing for the climate summit in Paris, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical highlights the adverse impacts of the climate change on the poor and most vulnerable. Pope Francis aptly articulated the scale of the climate crisis: “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” (LS, 25)

     

    Laudato Si emphasizes the underlying moral and ethical context of our ecological problems and the call for meaningful commitment, not just for the Church, but for all people, because what is at stake is our common home!  Pope Francis calls for a re-evaluation of the prevailing models of global development and a redefinition of our notion of progress so that it can truly serve the common good. For the Church, climate change is an urgent issue that is clearly related to our Christian responsibility to care for the earth and to care for the poor and vulnerable in our midst.

     

    In December 2015, at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in France, the Paris Agreement was also adopted calling all nations to act on the climate crisis by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.[1] The Holy Father, then, said that “its implementation will require unanimous commitment and generous dedication by everyone” and nations “pay special attention to the most vulnerable population . . . to carefully follow the road ahead, and with an ever-growing sense of solidarity.”[2]

     

    In 2018, however, three years after the Paris Conference, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that we have only 12 years left before reaching “the tipping point” of 1.5°C above the pre-industrial temperature.  This means, starting 2019, we have only 11 years remaining to act. Moreover, the UN report on 4 May 2019 warns us that failure to limit global warming to 1.5°C would lead not only to human suffering but also to the extinction of one million flora and fauna species.

     

    During his meeting with oil industry executives and some of their biggest investors on 14 June 2019, Pope Francis prophetically declared “Time is running out!” He also insisted that “a radical energy transition is needed to save our common home.” With a sense of urgency, he declared that we are facing a “climate emergency” that impels us to “take action accordingly, in order to avoid perpetrating a brutal act of injustice towards the poor and the future generations.” His urgent call deserves a decisive response.

     

    Pope Francis also expressed his unequivocal critique of dirty energy, because “most of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity” (LS, 23). The encyclical also strongly advocated for a clear policy direction: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay.” (LS, 165)

     

    The Theological/Moral Basis of Our Response to Climate Emergency

     

    The foregoing ecological analysis strongly calls all human beings to urgently respond to the climate crisis. As Christians, however, we have a deeper reason to be concerned with climate because it is “a common good” (LS 23) and to cause its undesirable change is “a moral issue” (St. John Paul II, Peace with God the Creator, no. 15). Along this line, Laudato Si’ cites Patriarch Bartholomew who “has spoken in particular of the need for each of us to repent of the ways we have harmed the planet, for ‘inasmuch as we all generate small ecological damage’, we are called to acknowledge ‘our contribution, smaller or greater, to the disfigurement and destruction of creation’.” This challenges us “to acknowledge our sins against creation.” Foremost among them is our tendency “to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate” (LS 8).

     

    In this light, our efforts to mitigate global warming and our collective moves aimed at helping others adapt to the new normal brought about by climate change may be meaningfully viewed both as acts of reparation for our ecological sins. We need to go beyond the prevailing meaning of reparation in a manner that includes restitution for the ecological damages we have done to nature.

     

    Societal indifference to climate change is immoral as it affects even the innocent, especially “the poor who live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and [whose] means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry” (LS 25). Our preferential option for the poor pushes us to prioritize the most affected “poorest of the poor” who cry out to God for justice. It is our moral obligation to respond to their suffering.

     

    Moreover, the evils of climate change are evident in the destruction of biodiversity as other living species of the planet face the risk of becoming extinct due to their inability to adapt quickly to the changes that we have caused. Pope Francis laments, “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right” (LS 33). Creatures “have a value of their own in God’s eyes” (LS 69, 221) and they have the inherent right not only to exist but also to fulfill their particular function in the community of life (i.e., ecosystem) and to reach the fullness of life as far as their nature would allow. If we recognize that all created realities originate from the Creator, we must also see to it (Psalm 24:1) that they are respected and valued.

     

    Biblical Basis of Our Effort to Care for All Creatures

     

    The Book of Genesis tells us that when God looked at all that he had created, he “saw that it was good.” He “blessed them, saying, ‘Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth’” (Gen 1:21-22). God placed Adam in the garden he had planted in order “to till it and to keep it” (Gen 2:15). He also assigned humans to exercise stewardship over all the creatures that inhabit sea, air and land (Gen 1:26-28). After the flood, God made a covenant with Noah and his descendants “and with every living creature … that never again shall all creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood” (Gen 9:9-11).

     

    We likewise believe that because “the Word became flesh” (Jn 1:14), the whole cosmos has been renewed. As St. John Paul II concisely explained, “the incarnation of God the Son signifies the taking up into unity with God not only of human nature, but in this human nature, in a sense, of everything that is ‘flesh’: the whole of humanity, the entire visible and material world” (Dominus et Vivificantem, 50). Thus, with St. Paul, we hope that “creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Rom 8:21).

     

    Did not the Lord often exhort his disciples against greed and lifestyle excess (Lk 12:16-21)?  Did he not teach us to trust in Divine Providence and learn from the birds of the air and the wild flowers of the field? (Mat 6:25-34)

     

    Intergenerational Responsibility and Solidarity

     

    In An Open Letter of the Filipino Youth to the Catholic Church in the Philippines, the Filipino youth verbalized some sentiments related to ecology while drawing a roadmap for the celebration of the Year of the Youth (YOTY) in 2019. They expressed their dream “of a safe and sustainable world to live in” as they “value Mother Earth and all of God’s creation.” They also emphasized “the importance of caring for our common home,” stressing in particular the “need to realize that our seemingly small actions can either have a greatly positive or negative impact.

     

    In response, through our Pastoral Letter for the 2019 Year of the Youth, we recognized their “being vital members of the Body of Christ, the Church” and assured them that they are “”beloved, gifted, and empowered. We challenged them to participate in the Church’s mission as “we all long for a better world and society, and for a renewed Church.”   We exhorted on them to boldly carry out their important role as “protagonists of this change, as the dynamic force of the Church now,” and to “reach out to the peripheries to bring Jesus and His message of salvation to the lost, the least and the last, including other young peoplewho yearn to be loved, gifted and empowered.”[3]

     

    In Laudato Si, Pope Francis is asking: what kind of world are we leaving to the next generation? For him, “intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic issue of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us . . . An integral ecology is marked by this broader vision.”

     

    While many “young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment,” they are also aware that “they have grown up in a milieu of extreme consumerism and affluence which makes it difficult to develop other habits” (LS, 209). The encyclical likewise points out that today’s “young people demand change” and they “wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded” (LS 13).

     

    We also owe it to the next generation of Filipinos to ensure ecological integrity and biodiversity conservation for their own benefit in their own time.  We must reject the current ways of excessive production and consumption, which get us habituated to wasteful living.  Ignoring the political and developmental constraints in the current initiatives towards amending the 1987 Constitution could pave the way towards the deletion of the people’s right to a safe and sound ecology, and remove the legal barriers to an all-out foreign exploitation of our national resources.

     

    Rights of Nature and Integral Ecology

     

    Believing in “integral ecology” in all aspects of life is a necessary response to the global crisis, says Pope Francis.  “Since everything is closely interrelated, and today’s problems call for a vision capable of taking into account every aspect of the global crisis,” he suggests that we now consider “some elements of an integral ecology, one which clearly respects its human and social dimensions.” (LS, 137)

     

    The recognition of the Rights of Nature is at the core of the call for ecological conversion, as Pope Francis emphasized in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.There he suggested that a “true ‘right of the environment’ does exist because we human beings are part of the environment. We live in communion with it, since the environment itself entails ethical limits which human activity must acknowledge and respect. Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity.”

     

    The prevalent anthropocentric and utilitarian perspectives tend to negate our traditional role of responsible stewardship and deny the reality that humans are part of nature. Both the book of Genesis and our own indigenous folklore about the origin of humankind manifest strongly that we were created out of nature’s very elements—earth, water, wind and fire.

     

    We need a paradigm shift in order to reestablish our sacred relationship with nature: Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.” (LS, 139). Indeed, we are all part of nature.

     

    A paradigm on ecological conversion needs to usher in a new awareness: that mother earth cries for justice and not just for a token of environmental protection and care.  The cry of mother earth is as equally urgent as the cry of the poor for social justice. 

     

    Call to Action and Ecological Conversion

     

    In his message for the World Day of Peace in 1990, St. John Paul II insisted that the environment should be our common concern, and that this concern has an essential moral and religious dimension. There he also pointed out that care for the earth and the call to ecological conversion should be treated as an urgent issue in the Church. We are to take the advocacy for a sustainable ecology seriously because it is an integral aspect of our responsibility as Christians.  He said, "Christians, in particular, realize that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of their faith.”

     

    Today, guided by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, we again call on everyone to care for the earth and for the poor and embrace ‘integral ecology’ for the sake of our common home. We have to act in order to be able to stop the deterioration of our planet. United in our commitment to the Universal Church, and truly convinced that integral ecology is inseparable from an integral society, we make a definitive pledge to respond to the climate crisis—securing a sustainable future for our people and our planet.

     

    We recall again the message of our Pastoral Letter in 1988: “Our faith tells us that Christ is the center point of human history and creation.  All the rich unfolding of the universe and the emergence and flowering of life on Earth are centered on him.  (Eph. 1:9-10; Col 1:16-17).  The destruction of any part of creation, especially, the extinction of species defaces the image of Christ which is etched in creation”.

     

    For our continuing reflection, we also commit to celebrate the Season of Creation as a way of integrating our ecological advocacy to our prayer and liturgical life as urged by the Pastoral Statement of the CBCP Permanent Council in 2003.

     

    As your pastors, we call for a continuing ecological conversion in all our Metropolitan Provinces, Dioceses, Parishes and Basic Ecclesial Communities — to discern the issues and actively care for the earth in personal, communitarian and institutional levels. The voices of faith must be an indispensable part of our continuing efforts at framing the agenda for collaborative ethical action.

     

    Therefore, we in the Church, consistently caring for our common home, commit to abide by the following ecological convictions:

     

    • The Earth is our home.  We are to care for our common home. We are to act in order to protect all life forms on Earth, from ridge to reef.

     

    • Even while we dream of fullness of life in the hereafter, our Lord teaches us to let His kingdom come and His will be done, “on earth as it is in heaven” - meaning, already in the here and now. We are therefore duty bound to act and resist all forms of destruction damaging our people and our planet.

     

    • We are connected to the Earth, just as our lives and the life of all other beings are interconnected with each other.

     

    • We hear both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor. We are to respond and act together in order to mitigate the ill effects of climate change on our planet and our communities; and in the spirit of accountability, we demand climate justice.

     

    Concretely, we call upon the dioceses to implement that decree in the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines, which categorically calls for the setting up “an ecology desk in social action centers” that would make ecology their special concern.[4] And spearheaded by our revitalized ecology programs in our diocesan and parish ministries, we commit to live the spirit and principles of Laudato Si through the following concrete ecological actions:

     

    1.    Integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of Christian discipleship. (Psalm 8:4-9)

     

    2.    Live simply, minimize consumption and actively promote ecological awareness and action through integral waste segregation and by minimizing the use of plastic and paper, by eliminating single-use plastics, polystyrene and the like, from our homes and institutions.

     

    3.    Prevent and reduce biodiversity loss by growing indigenous plants and trees, expanding forests through rain forestation, resisting destructive mining, dirty energy, the unbridled construction of roads and dams, as well as projects that cut into forested and protected areas. Implement programs that will allow the growth and recovery of forests, ecosystems and biodiversity.

     

    4.    Promote diversified and sustainable agriculture. Avoid the genetically modified agricultural products propagated in plantations and monoculture production, which destroy biodiversity and threaten indigenous lands.

     

    5.    Participate in efforts to protect and preserve our seas, oceans and fishery resources.

     

    6.    Protect our watersheds while at the same time using fresh water wisely, promoting and establishing massive rainwater collection, and putting a stop to infrastructures that can be detrimental to the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity.

     

    7.    Push for an immediate transition to safe, clean, and affordable energy. Ensure just and fair transition to renewable energy sources and reject false solutions; support the use of solar power in our homes and institutions (dioceses, churches, schools, seminaries); promote, advocate and invest in renewable energy (solar, hydro, wind and geothermal power); join the campaign to immediately phase out coal-fired power plants and all other plants dependent on fossil-fuel, including coal mining.

     

    8.    Do not allow the financial resources of our Catholic institutions to be invested in favor of coal-fired power plants, mining companies and other destructive extractive projects.   Divestment from such investment portfolios must be encouraged.

     

    9.    Integrate Laudato Si in the curriculum and strategic plans of Catholic educational institutions including seminaries and religious formations. Popularize and integrate the understanding of climate change and its mitigation in our formation programs.

     

    10.  Organize and educate people into a well-informed and empowered citizenry using all means available including mainstream and social media platforms for the passage of into law of bills aimed at protecting our common home, such as the Rights of Nature Bill, Forest Resources Bill and Alternative Minerals Mining Bill, and National Land Use Bill, as well as the implementation of environmental laws, such as, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. In the initiatives to amend the 1987 Constitution, any move that poses a threat to the integrity of creation, justice and peace, should be opposed.

     

    11.  Network with international bodies to create a groundswell of worldwide pressure powerful enough to convince multinational institutions to lower emissions and to actively engage in environmental actions for the protection of our common home and on behalf of the poor who are most threatened by aggressive but irresponsible industries.

     

    12.  Respect, recognize, and support the rights of indigenous peoples in protecting their ancestral domains and promoting sustainable development.

     

    13.  Strengthen adaptation measures and disaster risk management and reduction for our vulnerable communities. Advocate the prioritization of government budget allocation for climate resilient adaptation programs.

     

    We, in the Philippine Church, are one with the Holy Father in pursuing common agenda to protect our fragile ecosystem from the threat of the continuing ecological crisis. We have the moral imperative to act together decisively in order to save our common home. This is our Christian duty and responsibility.

     

    For the Church, the faith-based organizations (FBOs), our partners in the government and civil society organizations, living Laudato Si is an urgent challenge and invitation. We conclude by sharing the optimism of Pope Francis:  “Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home…. All is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good and making a new start” (LS, 13, 205).  Indeed, “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home!” (From the ‘New Beatitudes of Pope Francis’)

     

    Let us be one in prayer, confident that “God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light and strength needed to continue on our way.” (LS 245)

     

     

    For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines: 

     

     

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, DD
    Archbishop of Davao

    CBCP President
    16 July 2019

     

                                   

     

     

     

     



    [2] Pope Francis, Angelus Prayer, Vatican City, December 13, 2015

    [3] CBCP Pastoral Letter for the 2019 Year of the Youth, “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered,” Manila, December 2, 2018

    [4] Acts and Decrees of the 2nd Plenary Council of the Philippines, Part IV, Title VI, Section 4, Article 31

     

  • Be Missionaries of Christ


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Baccalaureate Mass of the Lyceum of the Philippines University of Manila held at Manila Cathedral, on July 11, 2019.

    Photo Credit: Lyceum of the Philippines University of Manila Facebook Page

    In his homily, he challenged the students to become missionaries of Christ after they graduated from college.

    “The gift of tertiary education is for a mission. Ang edukasyon hindi lamang para kumita ng limpak-limpak at kahit na ano pa ang gawin para lang kumita, hindi. Ang edukasyon ay para sa misyon at naniniwala tayo na bawat isa sa inyo ay apostol ni Hesus na isinusugo niya,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle also pointed out to the students that the significance of discovering the meaning of life is by becoming a missionary. He hoped that through education, the students will be molded into dedicated servants of the Lord.

    “Ang kahulugan ng buhay ay ang pinag-aalayan. Ang buhay, binigay sa atin para ialay, kapag wala kang makabuluhang pinag-aalayan ng buhay, patay ka na. And we hope that your education and formation have prepared you to know yourself better and see yourself where God put you.”  Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC and Radio Veritas)

  • 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.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    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)

  • 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)

     

  • 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)

  • 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)

     

  • 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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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)