• CHURCH in ACTION


    In response to the call to help those who are greatly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila extends its effort to help the poor and the needy during these trying times.

    The parishes, as well as the schools in the Archdiocese of Manila, have opened its doors to welcome the homeless and the street dwellers affected by COVID-19.


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  • Let our Homes become Church in Time of COVID-19 -- Bp. Pabillo


    In a Pastoral Instruction called “The Church in Our Homes” released by the Archdiocese of Manila on April 1, Bp. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila reflected on the families' role to pray together in their homes.

    Bp. Pabillo reflected that the families are called to be Churches where they can encounter the Lord through prayer, allowing them to establish a profound relationship to God aside from the individual prayers each family members may recite.

    “What makes building a church? It is not the structure, nor the paintings or statue, much less the design. We go to church because there we are in the presence of God. We want to meet the Lord. There we experience the Lord in prayer. A building becomes a church because people gather there to pray together.” he said.

    Photo Credit: Focus on Family website

     
    The Bishop encouraged families to pray altogether the Oratio Imperata and the family rosary and by participating to the online Masses in their respective parishes since the declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon.

    “Let us set aside time together to pray as a family. We join as a family in the online Masses, most especially on Sundays. The church bells are rung daily at 12 noon and 8 pm, inviting families to pray the Oratio Imperata and the family rosary,” he said.

    Bishop Pabillo is hopeful that the families can organize their own Bible sharing as part of the family prayers where stories from the scripture passages are being meditated by each members of the family.

    “In our homes too, the Word of God can be proclaimed and reflected upon. It would be good to have the family gathered together to hear passages of the Bible read as part of family prayer. The family can have Bible sharing. Stories of the Bible can be told and retold within the family walls. The faith is not just a personal matter. It should be a family affair.” he added.

    The Apostolic Administrator emphasized that the families can also include in their prayer intentions as a gesture of love to the frontliners, neighbors, the needy and others who are affected in the quarantine period.

    ”This love within the family can expand to the people around us. We do not have contact with many people during the quarantine, but surely we can be kind, courteous and generous to some neighbor, to the garbage collector, to the barangay tanods, to the storekeepers, to the poor around us. Then the church in the family is in action,” he said.

    Bp. Pabillo urged the families to recognize their call to pray especially when they encounter the Church in their households wherein God is truly present to His people.

    “We can live the experience of Church in our homes. God is very much present among us even if we cannot go to Church. He comes to our homes when we pray together, let the Word of God be heard within our homes, and love is lived among us as a family," the Bishop said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)

  • Meet "Paco", the baby born and named after shelter where parents were accommodated


    Rica Morales, 20 years old, married to Rene Morales gave birth to a healthy baby boy in normal delivery in the afternoon of March 31, 2020, at Ospital ng Maynila. The baby was named “Paco.”

    Rica’s family is among the group of homeless people along the streets in Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. According to Fr. Luke Moortgart, one of the priests ministering in Paco Catholic School (PCS), they were brought to the school, which is one of the Catholic schools that provide temporary shelter for the homeless during the enhanced community quarantine, with the assistance of Fr. Flaviano "Flavie" Villanueva, SVD, of the Kalinga Foundation.

     Rica Morales with her newborn baby boy, Paco. l Photo Credit: Charles Caluza/San Fernando de Dilao Parish

    According to Fr. Carlo del Rosario, Chaplain of PCS, the parents decided to name the baby boy "Paco", although they are not yet sure if a second name will also be given to him.

    Fr. del Rosario said, the family will be discharged from the hospital in the afternoon of April 2, 2020, and will wait for further instructions from Fr. Flavie if they will still be brought back to PCS or will be transferred to another shelter.

    “PCS will be happy kung gusto niya dito pabinyagan o gusto niya kunin ninong mga pari dito,” Fr. Del Rosario told Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC).

    For Fr. del Rosario, it is good news that people receive the blessing of new life from the Lord with the birth of Paco amidst this time of COVID-19 crisis.

    “Unang una, in the midst of this crisis, there is a sign of hope then sa gitna nung problema at krisis may magandang balita. Mayroong sign ng bagong pag-asa at the same time ay blessing, biyaya na sa gitna ng krisis ng Corona pandemic ay merong bagong buhay na sinilang sa gitna ng maraming mga homeless saka hopeless na inaalagaan natin sa PCS,” the priest said.

    “Maging sila, hindi lang kaming mga pari, kundi maging sila mga kapwa nila mga homeless at street people ay very joyful na merong isinilang na bagong sanggol dito mismo sa PCS,” he added.

    Paco Catholic School shelters one hundred homeless people to date. On April 2, another batch of one hundred street people rescued from Lawton in Manila will be brought to Msgr. Domingo Cirilos Gym (MDCG), which is also in PCS.

    Fr. del Rosario thanked the parents, students, and alumni of PCS and the parishioners of San Fernando de Dilao who continuously share assistance to the people in need. He also appeals for donations as the number of families to support increase. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • Cardinal Tagle joins Pope Francis in the call for global ceasefire amid COVID-19


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, re-echoed Pope Francis’ appeal for global ceasefire in all corners of the world during the COVID-10 outbreak urging the faithful to help protect and save lives.

    “The COVID 19 emergency urges all of us to help save lives. Our common foe is the infection, not other human beings. The proposed ceasefire reminds us that we must be protecting each other, not killing each other. And we hope that when the pandemic is over (and we hope soon), that the ceasefire would continue as a way of life,” Cardinal Tagle said.

     Cardinal Tagle delivers his message during the Advent Recollection held last December 2019 in Smart-Araneta Coliseum. l Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

    Pope Francis made his appeal following the recitation of the Marian Prayer on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the Vatican in support to the call of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for global ceasefire during the corona virus crisis.

    Cardinal Tagle, also the former Archbishop of Manila, reflected on the present situation of the world as it faces and battles with an invisible enemy.

    “The present crisis has revealed many disturbing things to us. It is shameful that some countries have large reserves of weapons but lack medicines, masks and protective equipment. It is scandalous that a big portion of national budgets goes to arms but very little to efforts towards dialogue and reconciliation,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “It is unbelievable that some people in authority use the emergency for political and ethnic bashing, when the virus does not choose races and political persuasions,” he added.

    During this time of crisis, he asked the faithful to make it an occasion to live in peace and harmony with one another.

    “This crisis could become an occasion for peace and reconciliation if we, as one human family, have the humility to accept the folly of discrimination, prejudice, domination and violence and also the humility to choose acceptance, respect, compassion, service and peace," the Cardinal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • More Catholic Schools respond to provide shelter to COVID-19 health workers


    In response to the call of the Catholic Church to provide shelter to the medical "frontliners" whose lives are at risk as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines-National Capital Region (CEAP-NCR) appealed to its affiliate schools to extend health workers temporal and spiritual support at this time of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine period.

     Paco Catholic School provides temporary shelter for the poor families affected by the CIOVID-19. l Photo Credit: Richard Fajardo/SOCOM-San Fernando de Dilao Parish)

    CEAP-NCR is composed of 150 schools in Metro Manila.   

    According to Radio Veritas news, aside from the medical frontliners, the schools are also asked to provide basic necessities and accommodation to the needy, homeless, and street dwellers.

    In his letter to the directors of the schools, Fr. Nolan Que, Regional Trustee of CEAP-NCR pointed out that as they provide temporary home for the health workers and the homeless, they also allow them to rest and reconnect with the Lord during these trying times.

    "Open our school facilities to those who are homeless, to health workers and even to persons under investigation (PUI’s) and/or persons under monitoring (PUM’s) for them to have place for resting and recreation, and more importantly for reconnecting with the Lord," he said.

    The faculty, parents, and students are also called to share their available resources to the needy, the homeless, and those who are without jobs during the quarantine period.

    Fr. Que encouraged the affiliated schools and nearby communities to reflect and collectively pray every 7:00 in the morning the Holy Rosary and the Oratio Imperata. 

    In the Archdiocese of Manila, CEAP-NCR affiliated Catholic Schools and Religious congregations have opened their doors for accommodation to the homeless and street dwellers.

    As of March 30, 2020, these are the temporary shelters for the COVID-19 frontliners that are already active. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


    Most Holy Trinity Parish
    - 50 beds available for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) 

    Archdiocesan Shrine Nuestra Señora de Guia – Ermita
    - 19 rooms for Manila Doctors Hospital and still has 34 slots for other medical practitioners 

    EDSA Shrine
    - 6 slots available

    St. John Bosco Parish – Makati
    - 40 medical practitioners for Makati Medical Center

    National Shrine of the Sacred Heart - Makati
    - 5 slots for Makati Medical Center

    Holy Child Catholic School
    - 12 beds for female nurses of Mary Johnston Hospital

    Malate Catholic School;
    - 10 rooms for medical frontliners of Philippine General Hospital (PGH)

    Espiritu Santo Parochial School
    - 16 beds for female doctors of Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital

    St. Lorenzo Ruiz Dormitory – Legarda
    - 20 airconditioned rooms

    Pope Pius Catholic Center
    - more than 50 rooms available

  • Homily delivered by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila during the Sunday online Mass on March 29, 20202, at 10 a.m.


    Dalawang linggo na tayong nakakulong sa ating mga tahanan. Nararamdaman nating sumisikip na ang buhay natin. Parang nasa libingan tayo. Hindi lang masikip. Hindi na natin alam kung hanggang kailan. Dalawang linggo na lamang ba o tatagal pa?

    Sa Wuhan, nagsimula sila ng lockdown ng January 23 at sa April 6 pa lang magbubukas ang kanilang lungsod. Dalawa’t kalahating buwan iyan. May nagsasabing maaaring umabot ito ng anim na buwan. Kailan ba talaga? Hindi lang tayo parang nasa libingang masikip. Para din tayong patay na wala nang pag-asa.

    Sa ganitong kalagayan, napakasarap pakinggan ang Salita ng Diyos kay propeta Ezekiel. “Sabihin mong ipinasasabi Ko: bayan Ko, ibubukas Ko ang inyong libingan. Ibabangon Ko kayo.” Mga kapatid, ito ang Mabuting Balita sa atin. Babalik ang buhay. Matatapos din ang lockdown na ito. Huwag nating itanim sa puso natin ang sisihan sa panahong ito. Yung mga “sana”. Sana kung nakinig tayo sa mga early warning signs noong February. Sana hindi na pinapasok ang mga Intsik mula pa noong Chinese New Year, noong January 25 sa ating bansa. Hindi na natin maibabalik ang nakaraan. Wala nang magagawa ang sisihan. Magdadala lang ito ng negative energies. Magpapabigat lamang ito ng ating loob. Ganoon ang kalagayan ng magkapatid na Maria at Marta. Pareho ang paunang salita na sinabi nila kay Hesus nang matagpuan nila siya. “Panginoon, kung narito po lamang Kayo, hindi sana namatay ang kapatid ko.” Isang pagsisisi na may dalang sumbat. Wala Ka kasi dito, eh. Iyan din ang sumbat ng ilang mga tao noon. “Nakapagpadilat Siya ng mga taong bulag. Bakit hindi Niya nahadlangan ang pagkamatay ni Lazaro?” Parang wala nang magagawa kasi patay na. Ganoon din ba ang paningin natin? Wala nang magagawa kasi kalat na ang virus? Marami na ang namatay? Lockdown na tayo?

     

    Bishop Broderick Pabillo delivers his homily during the online Sunday Mass on March 29, 2020, at 10 a.m. l Screenshot from TV Maria's live streaming

     

    Ngunit, para kay Hesus, hindi pa tapos ang kuwento kasi patay si Lazaro. Mayroon pang pag-asa sa kabila ng kamatayan. May pag-asa sa kabila ng pandemic na ito. Iyan ang Muling Pagkabuhay. “Mabubuhay Siyang muli,” ang sabi ni Hesus kay Marta. Sumang-ayon naman si Marta, “Oo, sa wakas ng panahon, pagkabuhay ng mga patay.” Iyan din siguro ang pananampalataya natin. Oo, matatapos din ito pagkaraan ng isang taon, ng anim na buwan. Kaya, mag-antay at magtiis na lamang tayo. Ok lang na may pag-asa tayo, na naniniwala tayo sa Muling Pagkabuhay, pero, ang Muling Pagkabuhay ay hindi lang ang wakas ng panahon. Hindi doon magsisimula ang Muling Pagkabuhay. Hindi lang tayo magkakaroon ng buhay pagkatapos ng lockdown. Sabi ni Hesus kay Marta, “Ako ang buhay at ang Muling Pagkabuhay. [Ako na nasa harap mo ngayon.] Ang nananalig sa Akin ay hindi mamamatay kailanman.”Maaaring lito si Marta. Oo nga, pero patay na si Lazaro, ang kapatid ko. Apat na araw siyang nasa libingan. Nabubulok na. Nangangamoy na. Mahirap paniwalaan si Hesus, ngunit naniwala si Marta, hindi sa gagawin ni Hesus. Hindi lamang niya alam kung ano nga ang gagawin ni Hesus. Naniniwala siya Kay Hesus. She believes, not so much what Jesus can do or will do. She believes IN Jesus. Napakaganda ang sagot niya. “Nananalig ako sa Iyo. Kayo ang Anak ng Diyos, ang Mesiyas na inaaasahang paririto sa mundo.

     Itong pananampalatayang ito ay siya ring pananampalataya ni Pedro at ng mga apostol. Noong ang mga alagad ni Hesus ay isa-isang umaalis, nang sabihin ni Hesus sa Capernaum na Siya ang tunay na pagkain at tunay na inumin, at malibang kainin ang Kanyang laman at inumin ang Kanyang Dugo, hindi sila magkakaroon ng buhay. Marahil hindi rin naintindihan ng mga alagad, ni Pedro, “Ano ba ang ibig sabihin na kainin ang Kanyang laman at inumin ang Kanyang dugo?” Ngunit, nang hinamon sila ni Hesus, “Ano? Aalis din ba kayo?” Ang sagot ni Pedro, “Panginoon, kanino pa kami pupunta? Kayo ang may Salitang nagbibigay-buhay. Naniniwala kami sa Iyo, ang Banal ng Diyos.”  Naniniwala sila, hindi sa gagawin o sa biyaya ni Hesus. Naniniwala sila KAY Hesus mismo. Ito rin ang paniniwala natin. Sana, ito rin ang paniniwala natin. Panginoong Hesus, hindi po namin alam kung ano ang gagawin Mo at saan ito tutungo, ngunit naniniwala kami sa Iyo. Ikaw ang Anak ng Diyos. Ikaw ang pinadala ng Diyos. Ikaw ang Kristo. Hindi Mo kami pababayaan.

    Kaya, napakaganda ang Salmo na ating sinagot kanina sa Salmong Tugunan. “Sabik akong naghihintay sa tulong Mo, Panginoon, pagkat ako’y may tiwala sa pangako Mong pagtulong.” Oo, mga kapatid. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan.

    Kahit na may pananalig si Marta, nag-alinlangan siya. Kaya, noong paalisin ni Hesus ang bato na tumatakip sa libingan, gusto niyang pigilin si Hesus. Apat na araw siyang nakalibing. Nangangamoy na siya. Patay pa rin ang turing niya sa kanyang kapatid at nabubulok na, kahit na nandiyan na si Hesus. Kaya, pinaalalahanan uli siya ni Hesus. “Hindi ba sinabi Ko sa iyo na kung may pananalig ka sa Akin, makikita mo kung gaano ka-dakila ang Diyos?” Pananalig kay Hesus. Iyan din ang sinasabi ni Hesus sa atin. Manalig tayo sa Kanya at makikita natin ang kadakilaan ng Diyos.

    Maaaring tanungin natin, ano ba ang ibig sabihin ng pananalig kay Hesus sa panahong ito? Una, paniniwala na nandito Siya. Iyan ang ating pananalig. Kasama natin Siya. Hindi Siya absent sa panahong ito. Iyan ang tawag sa Kanya noong nakaraang March 25, Feast of the Annunciation, na ipinagdiwang natin, na sinabi, “He is the Emmanuel.” Ang Diyos na sumasaatin. Hindi Siya absent sa buhay natin ngayon. Kung nandiyan Siya, pansinin natin Siya at damhin natin ang Kanyang pag-ibig sa atin, kahit na akala natin na nasa libingan tayo. Nasaan ang presensya Niya? Nasa pag-ibig. Hindi ba sinabi din sa atin sa Banal na Kasulatan: “Kung nasaan ang pag-ibig, naroroon ang Diyos.” Sikapin nating umibig, at ngayong nasa lockdown tayo, ang mamahalin natin sa paligid natin ay ang mga tinatawag nating mahal natin sa buhay – si Nanay, si Tatay, ang kapatid, ang mga anak, ang mga lolo’t lola. Ang ating pamilya mismo ang ating iibigin. Habang tumatagal ang lockdown, hindi sana nating pagsawaan ang isa’t isa. Ngunit, lalo pa nating matutunang mahalin sila. Tingnan niyo ngayon ang mga mukha ng inyong mga kasama niyo sa bahay – siya, siya, siya, siya ang iyong mamahalin upang madama na ang Diyos ay present sa atin ngayon. At paaano natin Siyang mamahalin? Alam niyo po, praktikal ang pag-ibig na hinihingi sa atin. And these are the characteristics of love, na sinasabi rin sa Banal na Kasulatan, “Love is patient. Love is kind. It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way. Love is not irritable or resentful”.  Let us practice love in this way and we will see God’s presence among us.

    Anong ibig sabihin ng pananalig kay Hesus sa panahong ito? Totoo, una, maniwala na nandito Siya. Pangalawa, hindi lang na present si Hesus sa buhay natin. Siya ay kumikilos ngayon. Hindi lang Siya nanonood sa atin. Hindi lang tayo lalabas sa libingan pagkatapos ng lockdown. Hindi lang Siya tatawag ng “Lazaro (o Ernie o Liza o Kulas), lumabas ka!” ‘pag wakas na ng virus, tulad ng hindi lang tayo bubuhayin sa wakas ng panahon. Ngayon ay binubuhay na niya tayo. Ngayon ay binubuksan na Niya ang ating mga libingan. Ngayon ay tinatawagan na tayong lumabas. Binabago Niya tayo ngayon. Let us not take this time as only a time of waiting. This will be very boring. Waiting for a whole month or even more. But it is a time of growth, a time of renewal. Sana, ‘pag labas natin sa lockdown, lalabas tayo na mga makabagong tao. Hindi ito basta-basta mangyayari. Ito’y pangyayarihin natin. We make this happen. It will not happen by itself. Suriin natin, suriin ang bawat isa, ano ang dapat mamatay sa kanyang sarili upang makalabas ang bagong buhay? Ito ang sinabi ni San Pablo sa Ikalawang Pagbasa natin. “Hindi na tayo mamuhay ayon sa laman.” “Live according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh.” Mamatay at mabulok na sana ang makalamang hilig, pagnanasa, makalamang ugali. Ano-ano ba ang mga ito?

    Tingnan natin ang ating sarili. Tanggalin na natin, palitan na natin ng mabuting ugali na galing sa Diyos. Kaya, sinabi rin sa atin, yamang nasa atin ang Espiritu ng Diyos, mamuhay tayo ayon sa Espiritu, which is according to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The fruit of the Spirit. I repeat – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control. These will transform our graves into paradise. And we do not do this alone. Jesus’ spirit works in us.

    Kaya, pakilusin natin ang Espiritu ni Hesus, at papanibaguhin Niya tayo. Kaya, sana ang ating dasal during these days, “Come, Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth. Come Holy Spirit, renew me.” Kumikilos si Hesus sa pamamagitan ng Kanyang Espiritu sa panahong ito. Hayaan nating baguhin Niya tayo upang lumabas tayo sa ating mga libingan na may makabagong pagkatao. Ito sana ang ating sama-samang panalangin sa Banal na Misang ito. Tulad ng binabago ng Espiritu ang tinapay at alak sa Katawan at Dugo ni Kristo, baguhin rin nawa Niya tayo ang ating pagkatao sa hornuhan ng COVID-19 na ito. (RCAM-AOC)

  • Bishop Pabillo lauds Oplan Ugnayan donors


    Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, expressed his gratitude to Caritas Manila's donors who initiated Oplan Ugnayan, a collaboration of businessmen who came together to extend help to the poor in Metro Manila who are worst affected by the community quarantine.

    According to Bishop Pabillo, Oplan Ugnayan was able put together 1.5 billion pesos that has been allotted for Caritas Manila's relief operation to bring aid to those affected with the help of the Local Government Units.

    “Pasalamatan po natin ang business people, 'yan po ay inisyatiba ni Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala. At nagkuha siya ng mga kasamahan niya sa mga business. Sila po ang nagkolekta ng pera na tinatawag nilang Oplan-Ugnayan,” he added.


    According to a report from the Church-run Radyo Veritas, each family is to receive  P1,000 worth gift certificate to be able to procure for themselves necessities and basic needs during the community quarantine.

    Caritas Manila relief operation (Oplan Damayan), in partnership with the businessmen initiative (Oplan Ugnayan), targets to cover 10 Dioceses, including those in the National Capital region and nearby provinces of Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite

    “Nakakatulong din tayo sa daily wage earners, ito ngang ipinamimigay na mga gift certificates na ito po ay galing sa mga negosyante at ipinadaan sa Caritas Manila na ipinadaan naman ng Caritas Manila sa mga Parokya. Hindi lang sa archdiocese, kundi sa buong NCR,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    Based on the latest update from Caritas Manila, 200,000 families had already received gift certificates coming from 628 parishes. Continuous distribution of the aid is still going on with the help of parishes to reach more families who are in need. (Fatima Llanza/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • Pastoral Instruction: The Church in Our Homes


    Archdiocese of Manila releases Pastoral Instruction: The Church in Our Homes by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila.

  • Supplement to the Recommendations for Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Celebrations in Time of Covid-19





    Circular No. 20-19

     

    TO ALL THE BISHOPS AND THE DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATORS
    Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, and Reverend Administrators:

    RE: Supplement to the Recommendations for Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Celebrations in Time of Covid-19

    This present Circular is a supplement to our previous recommendations, Circulars No. 20-14 and No. 20-15. At the same time, the Congregation For Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (CDWDS) has also released two (2) Decrees/Instructions relevant to our Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Liturgical Celebrations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will refer to these two documents as Vatican Guidelines.

    All these instructions on the liturgical celebrations of the Church during this time of world crisis should help us find the balance between the worthy celebration of the liturgy of the Rites of Holy Week and the call of our health and civil authorities to help stem the rapid transmission of the Corona Virus Disease.

    Relative to the above, especially with the recent instructions from the Holy See, we have this present Circular containing additional observations and suggestions of Fr. Genaro Diwa, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy, for the celebrations of Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum:

    On the Liturgical Celebrations of Holy Week

         1. Avoid Concelebrations: The recent Vatican Guidelines specifically instruct us to avoid concelebrations since our celebrations must also show our sincere efforts at avoiding the gathering of people.


         2. Omitting the Sign of Peace: The recent Vatican Guidelines indicate “omitting the sign of peace”. But we can still do the giving of the sign of peace since in our recent practice it is done now through the nodding or bowing of the head. (cf. CBCP Circular No. 20-05, dated January 29, 2020: Discourage our faithful from holding hands during the singing/praying of the “Our Father” and shaking of hands during the Sign of Peace).

         3. The Vatican Guidelines emphasize that all our Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Celebrations be made available to our faithful:

              a. That the Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Celebrations should be brought to our faithful through radio, television, and social media;

              b. That the schedules of these broadcasts should be known to our faithful so they can follow, in spirit, these celebrations;

              c. That these scheduled celebrations made available to the faithful should be LIVE coverages.

         4. On our Previous Suggestion (cf. CBCP Circular 20-15): For the presider of the celebrations to go around the parish after every celebration whether to bless the Palms, bring the Blessed Sacrament and the Cross:

    This should be considered with great caution, having in mind not to give an opportunity for our faithful to congregate outside their homes. In such a scenario, it will be very difficult to implement the “social distancing” measure. Moreover, such a scenario will be in contradiction to the lock down and “stay at home” measures now enforced in many places.

    On this matter, close coordination with local government and health authorities should be done.

         5. Palm Sunday: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

              a. “The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem is to be celebrated within the church, the sacred building.” (Vatican Guidelines, March 25, 2020).

              b. The same Vatican Guidelines recommend the use of the “Second Form: Solemn Entrance” for the Cathedral churches and the “Third Form: Simple Entrance” for the Parish churches. However, we recommend upon closer study that we use the “Second Form: Solemn Entrance” but in a modified way. Since the blessing of the palm branches is in this form, it may be used at the Entrance Rite when the presider is already in the sanctuary.

              c. When the faithful follow this celebration through radio, television, and social media, the blessing of their palms or any leaf branches is imparted by the Scriptural Reading and Prayer of Blessing during the celebration. In their homes there is no need for holy water for the blessing of their palm branches.

         6. The Chrism Mass

              a. Both Vatican Guidelines allow us this: After thorough assessment of the situation of the diocese in the face of the threat of Covid-19 and in compliance with the call of our government and health authorities to avoid mass gatherings, each bishop may transfer the Chrism Mass to another date when this crisis has ended.

              b. Holy Oils: In this situation, if the diocese will need new Chrism, the Bishop may consecrate some amount of Chrism. The Oil of the Sick may be blessed by each priest during the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick, as the need arises. This is provided for in the Rite of Anointing of the Sick.

         7. Holy Thursday: The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

              a. Please refer to our previous Circular (cf. CBCP Circular No. 20 – 15).

              b. A Particular Note: The recent Vatican Guidelines say, “The faculty to celebrate Mass on this day in a suitable place, without the people, is granted in an exceptional manner to all priests.”

    This means that each priest may celebrate the Mass alone on this occasion. This is due to the intrinsic connection between the priesthood and the Eucharist, the anniversaries of which are highlighted in the liturgical celebration of this evening.

         8. Good Friday: Friday of the Passion of the Lord

              a. Please refer to our previous Circular (cf. CBCP Circular No. 20 – 15).

              b. The liturgy is the usual Liturgy of the Friday of the Passion of the Lord found in the Roman Missal.

              c. The recent Vatican Guidelines indicate that the Presider alone will do the kissing in the Veneration of the Cross.

              d. In the Solemn Universal Prayers in this liturgy of Good Friday, the recent Vatican Guidelines say, “The bishop will see to it that there is a special intention for the sick, the dead, for those who feel lost or dismayed (cf. Roman Missal pag. 307, no. 13).

    In the concrete, this special intention would include those who are presently sick of Covid-19, those who have died because of this disease, as well as our doctors, nurses and other medical staff, health care workers, the frontliners in the food services and relief operations, those keeping peace and order, civil servants, and the poorest among our families who are greatly affected by this crisis.

         9. Easter Vigil:

              a. Please refer to our previous Circular (cf. CBCP Circular No. 20-15).

              b. The recent Vatican Guidelines say that the Easter Vigil is to be celebrated only in Cathedral and parish churches.

              c. This can be celebrated not earlier than 5:00 p.m.

              d. The “Lucernarium” can be celebrated but within the building of the Church.

              e. In the “Baptismal Liturgy”, we only omit the “Ritual of Baptism” and we maintain the “Blessing of Water” (cf. The prayer of blessing used if no one is present to be baptized) and the “Renewal of Baptismal Promises”.

    Related Considerations:

         1. Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Family/Home Celebrations: These we offer to our faithful so that they can use them even if they cannot be physically present in all our liturgical celebrations. It is to be noted that these Family/ Home Celebrations are different and are to be used apart from the liturgies we offer to our faithful to watch and listen to.

    These Family/Home Celebrations can be used after the family has followed the liturgical celebrations of the Church through radio, television, and social media. The father or any of the elders of the household can lead the celebration.

    We will send you the PDF copy of these celebrations so you can translate these to your native language and eventually disseminate them to your parishes.

         2. The Need for Confession when No Priest is Available: The opportunity of celebrating the Sacrament of Confession is extremely difficult to have during this crisis situation.

    Thus, we remind our clergy that our faithful should be instructed on the issue of the need for Confession in a situation when no priest is available. On this problematic pastoral situation, Pope Francis has made this clarification, echoing the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Nos. 1451 and 1452):

    “I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can’t leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me… How can I do that unless I find a priest?’. Do what the catechism says. It’s very clear. If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He’s your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’ You will return to God’s grace immediately. You yourself can draw near, as the catechism teaches us, to God’s forgiveness, without having a priest at hand.” (Homily, Casa Santa Marta Chapel, Pope Francis, March 20, 2020).

         3. Guidelines for Those Who Minister to those Affected by the COVID-19: We are also sending you a copy of the Guidelines for Those Who Minister to those Affected by the COVID-19.

         4. Modified Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Celebrations: We will also send you, the soonest, copies of the modified Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Celebrations, to guide our clergy and our faithful.

     

     

    Sincerely yours in Christ,

     

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao
    CBCP President

    31 March 2020

     

     

  • Malate Catholic School opened a Center for COVID-19 frontliners


    Malate Catholic School, one of the centennial schools of the Roman Catholic Archbishop Manila Educational System (RCAM-ES) has opened one of its facilities to medical frontliners responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    A venue for the formation of
    persons through international dynamic exchanges of traditional Catholic Doctrines and Co-creations of New Social Realities, the Malate Catholic School International Regenerative Formation Center (MCS-IRFC) will serve as sleeping quarters for those qualified and healthy medical frontliners battling against the spread of coronavirus.

    The project to make the MCS-IRFC available to medical frontliners is spearheaded by its school director, Fr. Elpidio Biliran Jr.

    The Malate Catholic School Gymnasium in Manila serves as a shelter for the street dwellers affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19 outbreak.  l Photo Credit:  Malate Catholic School Facebook Page

     

    According to Kenjie Eneran, the Pastoral Ministry Coordinator of Malate Catholic School, the MCS-IRCF at the moment can only accommodate 10 frontliners and they are from the UP-Philippine General Hospital. 

    The MCS-IRCF released guidelines for the medical personnel who will be using the said facility and are expected to follow some protocols based on the regulations assigned by the Department of Health. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC )

  • Social Communications Ministers Challenged to Inspire and Transmit Good News amidst COVID-19


    Social Communications (SOCOM) ministers are seen these days at the frontline in delivering information that is true and inspiring amidst many heartbreaking events brought about by the pandemic COVID-19.

    In a video message sent to all Social Communications Ministers in different dioceses and parishes in the Philippines, Bishop Marcelino Antonio Maralit, Jr, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC), challenged them to show the relevance and significance of the SOCOM Ministry especially in this time when the country is enveloped with fear and discouragement as the effect of the outbreak of corona virus (COVID-19).

    “Sa ganito din pong katotohanan, ako po naman ngayon ay humahamon at naghahamon sa inyo na ano, na sa panahong ito higit sa lahat ng panahon, ito na yung pagkakataon nating lahat na maglingkod ng higit sa simbahan… At dito na rin po natin pwedeng ipakita kung anong halaga ng Social Communications Ministry sa simbahan,” Bishop Maralit said.

    File Photo/RCAM-AOC

    In proclaiming the truth, he asked the SOCOM ministers to offer their services to the Church through the knowledge they have gained in the training they received and to make use of the available resources they have.

    He also encouraged them to bring stories of hope for the faithful who read and watch in social media and are often exposed to rampant proliferation of bad news, and worse, to fake news.

    Bishop Maralit particularly asked the ministers to transmit three important things.

    “Kung ano mang mensahe meron una, ang ating mahal na Santo Papa para sa ating lahat… Second, transmit kung ano yung gustong iparating ng inyong mga obispo sa lahat ng mananampalataya ng ating diocese. Third, ganun na rin po, transmit also all events and activities na ngayon hindi na masasamahan ng mga tao sa loob ng ating mga simbahan,” he said.

    Another very important directive that the Bishop gave SOCOM ministers is to help the faithful take part in the Holy Week celebration in spite of the cancellation of public liturgical activities.

    “Pero online, kaya nating i-provide sa kanila ang karanasan ng pakikiisa pa rin. Kaya’t transmit activities and all events lalo na po pagdating ng Holy Week. Ang Holy Week po ay patuloy pa rin po nating gagawin at sa simbahan ito po ang rurok ng lahat ng ating mga pagdiriwang sa buong taong liturhiko. Kaya nga’t kahit walang tao sa loob ng simbahan, gagampanan pa rin ng mga obispo’t mga pari ang mga pagdiriwang na ito,” he said.

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine, the SOCOM ministry has exerted utmost effort to bring online the celebration of Holy Masses and other religious activities that nourish the soul and spirit of the faithful.

    With the multiplicity of tasks that the SOCOM ministers are engaged in, Bishop Maralit reminded them to pray for strength to serve the church with humility, gratitude, and joy.

    "At ang huli po, paalala ko po sa inyong lahat, pray. This is the best moment for ministers to pray. We must pray with humility. We must pray with gratitude. But also we must pray with joy sapagkat sa pagkakataong ito mapaglilingkuran natin ang ating simbahan at lalo’t higit ang ating Diyos," the Bishop said.

    Annually, representatives of the Social Communications Ministry from different dioceses all over the Philippines gather in the National Catholic Media Convention, an event organized by the CBCP-ECSC. It aims to train, update and intensify the ministers and invigorate them in their mission of evangelization.

    This year the different SOCOM Ministers led by the CBCP-ECSC are preparing for coverage and broadcast of the activities in the celebration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Interfaith Bayanihan alive amidst COVID-19


    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, has distributed gift certificates (GCs) to the families in need within the archdiocese and in other nearby dioceses. The GCs were part of the aid given to Caritas Manila by businessmen who came together to provide resources to help the poor who are most affected by the community quarantine. Each household received a GC worth one thousand pesos that can be used to buy groceries and other items they need.

    Photo from Fr. Herbert Camacho’s Facebook Post
     

    One of the recipients who received GC was Nabil Mustafa’s family from the Parish of Our Lady of Airways in Pasay. Nabil, a Muslim, 21 years old, married with a kid works as a casual airport baggage loader whose income was severed due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

    According to Fr. Moises Ciego who shared his experience in distributing the GCs, Nabil was surprised to receive the gift certificate. He thought that being a Muslim he is not qualified to receive financial assistance from Caritas Manila, an organization run by the Catholic Church.

    “Being a Muslim he somehow surmised that he would not qualify to receive the financial help Caritas Manila distributed to all his Catholic neighbors. Little did he know, the generosity of the Church did not extend only to those who confess Her faith,” the priest said in his message to the Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila.

    Mustafa was thankful for the generosity of the Catholic Church who extends her help even to Non-Catholics like him.

    “Binigyan po ako ng tulong ng Caritas Manila Catholic Church. Malaking tulong po ito para sa aking pamilya. Pagpalain po tayo ni Allah para sa binigay nila sa ating lahat. Thank you po,” Mustafa said.

    On his Facebook post, Fr. Herbert Camacho, Parochial Vicar of the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels visited barangays in San Miguel, Manila to distribute GCs for the poor families suffering from the effect of the quarantine.

    During his visit, he met Kapitan Buleg, a well-respected Muslim who leads the said barangay.

    Kapitan Buleg, who is respected by the members of his barangay and happy with the newly built friendship between him and Fr. Camacho, told the priest, ”Father, i-Facebook ko ito, ipagmamalaki ko, Kristiyano tumulong sa kapatiran.”

    In this time where the Filipinos and the rest of the world are battling an enemy that is invisible, Fr. Camacho found wisdom on some of the messages that the pandemic COVID-19 tries to impart on us.

    “Kung mayroon mang isang bagay na nagbuklod sa amin ng kapatiran ng muslim at parokya ng San Miguel, hindi ang pananampalataya, hindi ang paniniwala. Kundi ang sakit na covid 19,” he said on his post.

    “Akala ko dati kapag maganda ang programa ng parokya, maraming tao ang mahahatak, maraming kristiyano ang mamumulat. Ngayon kahit pala matinding virus, possible na magkaroon ng bagong kapanalig at kapamilya,” he added.

    This year, the Catholic Church celebrates the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples as part of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.

    “Father, sigurado, magkikita pa po tayo. Hindi lang magkapit- bahay, kundi mag kaibigan,” Kapitan Buleg said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Churches will continue to celebrate Holy Week Liturgies


    Amidst the outbreak of COVID-19, the Archdiocese of Manila will proceed with the celebration of all Holy Week Liturgies without the participation of the lay faithful said Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, during his interview at Radio Veritas.

    In compliance with the declaration of the government, Holy Week liturgical Celebrations will be held without the gathering of the congregation as a safety precaution for COVID-19.

    “Tuloy-tuloy po ang mga celebrations ng mga simbahan ngayong Semana Santa but not in public, walang congregations. So mayroon po tayong pagdiriwang ng misa sa Palm Sunday pero wala pong tao,” Bishop Pabillo said.

     Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila conducts a pastoral visit to San Juan Nepomuceno Parish in March 2020. l Photo Credit: Brian Espino – San Juan Nepomuceno Parish

     

    He encouraged the faithful to just stay at home and participate in the celebration of Palm Sunday and other Holy Week Celebrations through television, radio, and live streaming online.

    He explained that the lay faithful can celebrate Palm Sunday without the palms itself because the importance of the celebration is our faith in Jesus.

    Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion is celebrated every 6th Sunday of Lent, which this year falls on April 5. It commemorates the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem before his Passion. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week.

    According to Bishop Pabillo, the Church will not rescind the provision for the spiritual needs of the faithful during this time of quarantine, particularly the Anointing of the Sick and Blessing of the Dead.

    "Patuloy po tayo sa pagbibigay ng ating mga ministries sa kanila. Kaya sa mga maysakit patuloy po ang pagbibigay natin ng anointing of the sick, magtawag lamang sila Parokya,” said Bishop Pabillo.

    The Holy Week begins on April 5, Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion until April 11, Holy Saturday that will be followed with the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ or Easter Sunday. (Fatima Lllanza/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • COVID-19: A time of choosing


    His Holiness Pope Francis granted an Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing for the faithful worldwide to pray for an end of the corona virus pandemic at the sagrato of St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, on March 27, 2020.

    In his meditation, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of St. Mark. He stated that the disciples' who found themselves in a sinking boat and the faithful around the world who are battling COVID-19 are in the same situation - they both feel lost and afraid. 

    “For weeks now it has been evening, Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice it in people’s gestures, their glances give them away,” Pope Francis said.

     Pope Francis delivers an extraordinary blessing to Rome and to the world on Friday, March 27, to pray for an end to COVID-19 pandemic. (Screenshot from TV Maria's Live Streaming)

    In his reflection, Pope Francis pointed out how like the disciples in the sinking boat, the faithful are now also calling on Jesus with their faith as it is tested during these trying times.

    "You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing, Now is not the time of God’s judgment, but of our own: A time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others," Pope Francis said.

    According to the Pope, the faithful can learn from medical personnel and all other frontliners who are risking their lives in fighting the battle against COVID-19 even though with the fear that they themselves can become infected with the virus. He praised the medical workers for being “the force of the Spirit poured out and fashioned in courageous and generous self-denial.”

    During the period of quarantine where families are limited to stay in their homes, the Pope reminded the faithful to make the Holy Cross as a pillar of hope, as it also reminds us of the Lord's resurrection.

    "In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things. Let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: He is risen and is living by our side,” he said. 

    Pope Francis prayed before The Salus Populi Romani - an ancient icon of the Blessed Mother housed at the Basilica of St. Mary Major and the Miraculous crucifix kept in the Church of San Marcello - two symbols of faith that have been with the people of Rome for centuries.

    Highlighting the Urbi et Orbi was the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Apostolic Blessing and the offering of the Plenary Indulgence to the faithful. (Hazel Boquiren/San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Doctors asking for more Spiritual Nourishment


    The Archdiocese of Manila has mobilized to provide accommodations to hospital personnel who are at the front-line of responding to the threat of the corona virus. Parishes and Catholic schools near hospitals were opened to receive doctors, nurses and other medical auxiliaries to provide them place to rest as well as nourishment after exhausting duties.

    Some doctors, however, have revealed that aside from the physical rest and nourishment, they are in need of spiritual strength.

     Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang, Parochial Vicar of San Felipe Neri Parish l File Photo of Eric Paul Guanlao

     
    Fr. Hans Magdurulang, Parochial Vicar at San Felipe Neri Parish, Mandaluyong, have shared how many of those who are working in hospitals are weakened spiritually in their fight against COVID19. In an online interview with Fr. Magdurulang he said that doctors and all the others who respond to treat the sickness brought about by the virus are so grateful for spiritual nourishment when it is available for them in masses, blessing, and prayers.

    “For two Sundays now, since this community quarantine started, I celebrate a short but solemn Sunday Eucharist for the health workers and staff of Mandaluyong City Medical Center,” Fr. Magdurulang narrated. “When I thanked them they repeatedly told me that this is what they all really need more…  The doctors, nurses, medtech, security personnel who joined in our prayer outside the lobby of Sta. Ana Hospital were so emotional and they said they are uplifted especially after the sprinkling of the Holy Water. They said, ‘Please be with us through your prayers’.”

    Fr. Magdurulang also shared how emotional the people became when he led them in prayer through the public address system of the hospital so that those who were not able to join for the mass also received and felt the blessing.

    A medical personnel sent a message to the priest after visiting the hospital that said, “Salamat sa tapang mo, Father, na misahan at basbasan mo kami...yan ang magliligtas sa amin!”

    The priest visits the hospitals on regular basis in coordination with the parish close to them to bring bread, water, fruits and some medical aid. But more importantly, he is happy to be among the “frontliners” to give them blessing and spiritual strength in responding to the crisis.

    At the end of the interview, Fr. Magdurulang assured, “I will be visiting them every Monday and serve them whenever they need me. With their service, I am blessed. Through my prayer, they are uplifted. Jesus is truly with us.” (Fr. Roy M. Bellen/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese to Open more Parish Facilities to Provide Accommodation to COVID19 Responders


    The Archdiocese of Manila is stepping up to make all available facilities to be made available for Medical personnel responding to the corona virus crisis for them to have places to rest as they take breaks from their duties.

    In a message sent to priests early morning of March 29, Bp. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, instructed for all available facilities to be made into temporary accommodation places for the medical frontliners, which include not just doctors and nurses, but also the auxiliary personnel working in hospitals.

    “There are now more parishes and religious houses opening their facilities. Thanks for this availability. But the need is piling. Now not only doctors and nurses are in need of lodging but also hospital maintenance people and orderlies. Either they cannot get home or there is no physical distancing in their homes. Can parishes clean up their meeting halls and other unused spaces and offer them for night lodging - with proper physical distancing?”

     Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Sra De Guia, Ermita, Manila ( Ermita Shrine) accommodates Medical Frontliners from Manila Doctors Hospital for them to rest and sleep after their duties.

     

    Apart from the accommodation, the Bishop also requested for parishes to help transport the medical personnel and auxiliary to and from their hospital assignments.

    “You can also offer your vans to shuttle the health frontliners. They are so grateful that they can find welcome and safe haven in our churches.”

    Bishop Pabillo also put into the attention of the Archdiocese the needs of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who have returned from abroad and have become persons under monitoring (PUM) after possible exposure to the COVID 19 in their place of work outside the country. The Ministry for Migrants, headed by Fr. Tem Fabros was tapped to spearhead the initiative for the OFW.

    In the end of his instruction, the Bishop has mentioned that he has also started tapping religious congregations within the Archdiocese to assist in the ministering the needs of those who are at risk and those who are involved in responding to the COVID19 pandemic. (Fr. Roy M. Bellen/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Reading the Bible can bring Plenary Indulgence


    "The Bible is such a great gift of God and gives us a lot of spiritual benefits that the Church attaches a plenary indulgence to it whenever we read it in a prayerful way for at least 30 minutes." 

    This was the message of Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, as he emphasized the importance of the Sacred Scripture in the Church and its benefits for the spiritual nourishment of a person when it is read in a prayerful manner.

     


    The Bishop has quoted The Handbook of Indulgences that states, “A partial indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who read sacred Scripture with the veneration due God’s word and as a form of spiritual reading. The indulgence will be a plenary one when such reading is for at least one-half hour” (80).

    The Archdiocese of Manila issued a Pastoral Instruction for the faithful called "The Bible: Our Light and Our Strength" since the declaration of Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon.

    Bishop Pabillo stated that the very preoccupied lives of the faithful hinder them from learning the value of the Sacred Scriptures. He added that during the enhanced quarantine period brought about by the COVID-19, the faithful should take it as an opportunity to spend time reading the Bible with their families.

    "We all wanted to read the Bible, but somehow the busy lives that we led prevented us from doing so. We had no time. Now suddenly, in these quarantine weeks, we have time, a lot of time! In fact we are considering how we can spend our time meaningfully at home. We do not want to squander this rare commodity that we have now," he said. 

    In his Pastoral Instruction, Bishop Pabillo reminded the faithful to follow the five simple steps in meditating the Sacred Scriptures which is estimated for at least an hour.

    "Read. Meditate. Pray. Contemplate. Act. These are the simple steps to read the Bible in a prayerful way. It can be done approximately between 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on how long is the passage you have chosen," said.

    During this moment of trials, Bishop Pabillo said that is the time that the faithful need the Word of God.

    “The Word of God is very appropriate in our situation. Not only do we have the time. We need light to understand our state, and strength, to hang on in the face of boredom and weakness, especially for the sick,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • March 29 - Special Day of Prayer for Medical Frontliners


    The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has declared in a circular letter that March 29 is a Day of Special Prayer for all medical frontliners against the pandemic COVID-19.

    Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the CBCP, stated that the Day of Prayer will be done during the 5th Sunday of Lent. During this day, Masses, Rosaries, Holy Hour, and even in moments of personal prayer, the faithful are encouraged pray with the intention for those who serve as frontliners in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

     Camillian Priests and seminarians give Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Socio-Health Institutions and medical centers. l Photo Courtesy of Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino MI/The Camillians

    Archbishop Valles, who is the Archbishop of Davao, also reminded the faithful to observe the precautionary measures and directives mandated by the local government specifically that of staying at home during the enhanced community quarantine period.

    "Among the actions of support we can do is to remind ourselves and our people to cooperate with and obey and follow the quarantine measures that our local government directed us to follow, most especially the directive to stay at home," he said.

    The Archbishop emphasized that the frontline medical personnel--doctors, nurses and staff--are in a difficult situation especially when they feel they are not welcome in their own homes because of fear being carriers of the virus.

    "They are hesitant to go back to their families, and their families and children are hesitant to receive them at home – for the simple obvious reason: they fear that the Corona Virus Disease might be transmitted to them," Archbishop Valles said.

    "Also we heard that some landlords are now becoming hesitant to allow them to come home to their rented places for fear of the transmission of this disease," he added.

    The CBCP also hopes that the Dioceses and Parishes can move their prayers into action such as providing spaces for the frontliners where they can stay and rest.

    "As dioceses and parishes, can we start assisting them by providing facilities for them to go home to, some place for rest and sleep, and perhaps some meals – a second home for our dedicated medical frontliners – like some available buildings and rooms in our dioceses and parishes, for example, formation centers, retreat houses, and pastoral centers? And of course, with well-prepared hygienic protocols as we make these places available for them," he said.

    Recently, CBCP commended the National government's declaration of the last week of March as the National Week of Prayer in battling against COVID-19. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pastoral Instruction: The Bible, Our Light and Our Strength





    My dear people of God in the Archdiocese of Manila,

    When people are in the dark, they need light. When people are weak, they need

    strength. We are in the dark. We do not know when this pandemic will be over

    and what will happen to us and to our world after this. We are weak. Do we still

    have the strength to carry on in this way for two more weeks, and perhaps

    longer? We need light. We need strength. We identify with the Psalmist: “My

    heart shudders, my strength forsakes me; the very light of my eyes has failed”

    (Ps. 38:11). The Word of God in the Bible provides light and strength.

     

    The Bible gives us light because it points Jesus to us. He said: "I am the light of

    the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light

    of life" (Jn. 8:12). Because Jesus is our Rock we can say with St. Paul: “I have the

    strength for everything through him who empowers me” (Phil. 4:13).

     

    The Bible is such a great gift of God and gives us a lot of spiritual benefits that

    the Church attaches a plenary indulgence to it whenever we read it in a prayerful

    way for at least 30 minutes.

     

    We all wanted to read the Bible, but somehow the busy lives that we led

    prevented us from doing so. We had no time. Now suddenly, in these quarantine

    weeks, we have time, a lot of time! In fact we are considering how we can spend

    our time meaningfully at home. We do not want to squander this rare

    commodity that we have now.

     

    Take time to read the Bible. You will never regret the time you give to be in touch

    with God by reading his Word. Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “The disciples in a

    certain sense become drawn into intimacy with God by being immersed in the

    word of God” (Verbum Domini #80).

     

    How to immerse ourselves in the Word of God in the Bible? For more than 1500

    years we Christians have developed a simple but effective way to do this. We call

    this Lectio Divina. It is a prayerful and spiritual way of reading the Bible. With

    time in our hands, we can try this out daily until it becomes a habit.

     

    Take a biblical text, say the Bible reading of the day. Read it slowly, paying

    attention to each word. Read it several times, and as you read, ask yourself the

    question: What do these words say? You can stay on this, reading the passage three,

    five or even seven times. You then close the Bible and meditate on what you

    have read, asking the question: What does this passage say to me? When you are

    able to say in a sentence or two the meaning of the text for you, turn to God and

    pray. The message is God’s word for you and your prayer is your answer to God.

    This prayer answers the question: How does this Bible passage lead me to address

    God? Your prayer may be a prayer of praise, or thanksgiving, or petition, or

    contrition – depending on how God spoke to you in the text.

     

    After having prayed, now keep silent. Contemplate. It is creating a space of deep

    awareness of God’s presence. Just open yourself to him. Finally, reflect and

    answer this question: What does God ask me to do today? This is the action part. The

    Word of God leads us to action.

     

    Read. Meditate. Pray. Contemplate. Act. These are the simple steps to read the

    Bible in a prayerful way. It can be done approximately between 30 minutes to 45

    minutes depending on how long is the passage you have chosen.

     

    The Word of God is very appropriate in our situation. Not only do we have the

    time. We need light to understand our state, and strength, to hang on in the face

    of boredom and weakness, especially for the sick. Again Pope Benedict tells us:

    “It is in times of pain that the ultimate questions about the meaning of one’s life

    make themselves acutely felt… Faith born out of an encounter with God’s word

    helps us to realize that human life deserves to be lived fully even when

    weakened by illness and pain”(Verbum Domini #106).

     

    Let us not be afraid of the silence we are now in. In fact, it is the opportunity to

    tap on the treasure of God’s Word. “Only in silence can the word of God find a

    home in us, as it did in Mary, woman of the word and, inseparably, woman of

    silence” (Verbum Domini #66).

     

     

     

    Yours truly in Jesus Christ,

     

    + BRODERICK PABILLO

    Apostolic Administrator of Manila

    March 27, 2020

     

     

  • CBCP Commends Government's National Week of Prayer




    The National Government has declared the last week of March 2020 as the National Week of Prayer amidst the pandemic COVID-19.

    In a message released by the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Archbishop Romulo Valles expressed their appreciation of the declaration of the government of the “National Week of Prayer” as it embodies the Philippines as a God-fearing nation.

    "The declaration by our National Government for a National Week of Prayer is very much appreciated. It shows that we are a nation that is truly “Maka-Diyos”, a people with a deep sense of God," the Archbishop said.

    Archbishop Valles, who is also the Archbishop of Davao, reminded the faithful that even when they are in the midst of this COVID-19 outbreak, the Lord is aware of all their sufferings and yet he remains to be merciful and compassionate.

    The Archbishop also emphasized that the manifestation and expression of the faithful's conviction that the Lord is with them is through the nation's collective prayer.

    "It is a prayer, I hope, that keeps us close to the Lord, and I believe that when we are close to the Lord in prayer, we will realize that the Lord to whom we pray, desires for us to be with Him in looking out for those who are the weakest and the most vulnerable in this time of crisis....," he said.

    With the nation's collective prayers, Archbishop Valles is hopeful that the faithful will discover their own selflessness by paying attention to their fellow neighbors especially when challenges arise in their midst.

     “As we deepen our trust and confidence in the Lord as a nation, may our prayer also lead us to a rediscovery of our God-given capacity to look after others who are most in need in our midst. As a nation, let us continue praying together," he said.

    The National Week of Prayer, also known as Proclamation No. 934, aims to “pray for those who are now suffering from, for comfort to those who lost loved ones, and for the protection of all, especially the most vulnerable sectors of society.” (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • A CALL AND INVITATION TO A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR OUR FRONTLINE MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS




    Circular No. 20-18

     

    TO ALL THE BISHOPS AND THE DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATORS

    Your Eminences, Your Excellencies and Reverend Administrators:

    RE: A CALL AND INVITATION TO A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR OUR FRONTLINE MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS

     

    Although I am quite sure that many of us, if not all, have been remembering and keeping in our prayers, like our Oratio Imperata, those who are in the medical frontline of our collective efforts to face the menace that the Corona Virus disease has brought to our people, we make this call and invitation to all our bishops, clergy and religious, and to all our faithful, to be united in a

     

    ·  Special Day of Prayer for All our Frontline Medical Personnel in our fight against the Corona Virus Disease Pandemic

    ·  On March 29, 2020, the 5th Sunday of Lent

    ·  We do this in all our Masses, our Rosaries, during our Holy Hour, and in our moments of Personal Prayer.

     

    OUR FERVENT PRAYERS FOR THEM:

    For our doctors, nurses, medical staff, all people working in hospitals and clinics, all our medical specialists and researchers, and all those personnel in our DOH:

    ̶   Our prayer of gratitude to the Lord for their heroic service to our people in these difficult times.

    ̶   Our prayer to the Lord for their continued safety and well-being.

    ̶   Our prayer to the Lord for those among them who lost their lives, having been infected by the disease itself, the disease that they were precisely fighting against. Let us pray for their grieving families and loved ones.

    ̶   Our prayer to the Lord for those among them who are sick and those who are getting over-fatigued.

    ̶   Our prayer to the Lord that they may receive the much-needed material support and assistance to perform their duties as medical frontliners in this crisis situation.

    We leave it to each diocese and its parishes to concretize this general call to prayer in your liturgies and pastoral directives. This may be articulated in our introduction to the masses, homilies, prayers of the faithful, and intentions in our rosaries and holy hour. Of course we continue praying our Oratio Imperata.

     

    MAY OUR PRAYERS MOVE US TO ACTION:

    Among the actions of support we can do is to remind ourselves and our people to cooperate with and obey and follow the quarantine measures that our local government directed us to follow, most especially the directive to stay at home.

    Another action we can do: It has come to our attention that many medical personnel, doctors, nurses, and medical staff are now in a problematic situation. They are hesitant to go back to their families, and their families and children are hesitant to receive them at home - for the simple obvious reason: they fear that the Corona Virus Disease might be transmitted to them. Also we heard that some landlords are now becoming hesitant to allow them to come home to their rented places for fear of the transmission of this disease.

    May our prayer move us to action: As dioceses and parishes, can we start assisting them by providing facilities for them to go home to, some place for rest and sleep, and perhaps some meals - a second home for our dedicated medical frontliners - like some available buildings and rooms in our dioceses and parishes, for example, formation centers, retreat houses, and pastoral centers? And of  course, with well-prepared hygienic protocols as we make these places available for them.

    Thank you very much for your kind consideration of this call and invitation. Let us continue praying for each other.

     

    Sincerely yours in Christ,


    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao
    CBCP President

    26 March 2020

  • Catholic Schools to open as shelter for the homeless and street dwellers


    Responding to the call of the Catholic Church to extend help to the poor families who suffer from the effect of the pandemic brought about by COVID-19, the parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Manila will open its doors to shelter the homeless and the street dwellers.

    In a letter sent to parents and partners of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila Educational System (RCAM-ES) Schools by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, he expressed his gratitude to all the school directors who opened its doors to shelter those poor families who have nowhere to go because of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

    “We laud this gesture of our school directors to provide quarters to the homeless and street dwellers, and health workers where they can be safe and secure,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    Among the parochial schools who will open their facilities as temporary shelters to the homeless and street dwellers during the enhanced community quarantine period in Luzon are Malate Catholic School, Espiritu Santo Parochial Schools, and Holy Trinity Academy.

    According to Bishop Pabillo, Paco Catholic School “accommodated the homeless families under the care of Fr. Luke Mortgart, CICM” and “The Nazarene Catholic School will soon accommodate the health workers from San Lazaro Hospital.”

    He also added that Fr. Flavie Villanueva who heads the Arnold Janssen KALINGA Center is coordinating the transfer of the homeless to the schools where they can be taken care of. The Center and its volunteers he said, will “provide for the basic needs of those who are taking shelter at the said schools.”

    Bishop Pabillo assured the parents and partners of RCAM-ES that the school will follow safety precautions from the Department of Health and World Health Organizations to prevent the transmission of the virus. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Families called to join Earth Hour




    The Archdiocese of Manila released a Pastoral Instruction called "Let us not put aside care for Mother Earth" on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak
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    In his Pastoral Letter, Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, pointed out that the faithful should pay attention to the damages the pandemic can do as effect of environmental abuse and destruction of nature.

    "This great concern on the coronavirus, however, may cloud our mind from other important matters that should call our constant attention. I speak most specifically of our care for Mother Earth, our common home. The global damage that COVID 19 does should make concrete to us the global destruction that will come upon us if we do not care for our common home," Bishop Pabillo said.

    In this light, he encouraged families to participate in the Earth Hour in the Philippines on March 28, 2020, especially this quarantine period where families are in their homes.

    "In the Philippines this year we will be turning off the light from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. It will be very dramatic and felt by all families because we will all be at home," he said.

    Started by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet.

    Bishop Pabillo also urged the faithful to be stewards of creation by participating in the advocacy of Earth Hour.

    "We will stay in darkness and in silence for an hour, hopefully to make us appreciate the importance of energy. If we squander it, we will be forced to do without it because energy too is scarce resource. As Christians let us spend this hour in prayer for our Mother Earth and for all those who defend and care for it." he added.

    As the country is facing the challenges brought about by the widespread of the COVID-19, the Apostolic Administrator reminded the faithful to be healthy to be able to care for his creation.

    "Let us not be myopic. We are not only fighting against COVID 19. We are fighting for a better and healthier life. We cannot achieve this without a cleaner and healthier Mother Earth." Bishop Pabillo said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CATHOLIC BISHOP CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES MESSAGE FOR THE NATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER




    The declaration by our National Government for a National Week of Prayer is very much appreciated. It shows that we are a nation that is truly “Maka-Diyos”, a people with a deep sense of God. In the midst of the grim mystery and reality of death, of suffering, of the threats of the Corona Virus Disease we are facing, deep in our hearts, we also believe in the presence of God in our midst – a God who is merciful and compassionate, a God who is mindful of our sufferings.

    And we manifest and express this conviction in these days of trial and suffering by our collective prayer as a nation. It is a prayer, I hope, that keeps us close to the Lord, and I believe that when we are close to the Lord in prayer, we will realize that the Lord to whom we pray, desires for us to be with Him in looking out for those who are the weakest and the most vulnerable in this time of crisis – the elderly, those who sickly, the young children, those in the frontlines in the tasks of of keeping us safe and well – those in the medical and health front liners, those in peace and order front liners, those who keep social services necessary operating – and those who are suffering in hunger because they have lost much of their daily income that will bring food to their tables day after day.

    As we deepen our trust and confidence in the Lord as a nation, may our prayer also lead us to a rediscovery of our God-given capacity to look after others who are most in need in our midst. As a nation, let us continue praying together.

    May our Lord Jesus continue to bless us; May our Blessed Mother, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, keep is under her motherly protection.

     


    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao CBCP President

  • Pastoral Instruction: Let us not put aside care for Mother Earth




    My dear people of God in the Archdiocese of Manila,

    During these quarantine days most of our attention is riveted to COVID 19. This is understandable because it is an invisible enemy perceived to be everywhere.This great concern on the coronavirus, however, may cloud our mind from other important matters that should call our constant attention. I speak most specifically of our care for Mother Earth, our common home. The global damage that COVID 19 does should make concrete to us the global destruction that will come upon us if we do not care for our common home.

    In a way, this coronavirus phenomenon inadvertently has some positive effects for Mother Earth. The forced rest imposed on us by the virus also gives rest to Mother Earth. The factories that are shut down, the air, land and sea travels that are cancelled, the business buildings that are quiet – all of these, at least momentarily, bring down the CO2 emissions that we spew out to our skies. But more than these, we are forced to face some important realities of life. For one, that we are all interconnected. What happened  in Wuhan, China is now affecting all the world, and almost all aspects of our life. And if it is true that this virus came from animals, exotic at that, this tells us that we humans are bound to other living creatures as well.

    Now that our life is constricted, we are seeing that it is possible to live an alternative lifestyle contrary to that which we had been so used to, and we thought we could not do without. We thought that we need to be always on the go, that we could buy things that we wanted, and easily throw away those that we do not want. Pope Francis told us in Laudato Si’: “Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life… one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption” (LS #222). Now we see a glimpse, and in fact, we may already enjoy it, that “LESS IS MORE.” It is spelled out thus: “Christian spirituality proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little. It is a return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack” (LS #222). Let us go through this again and reflect on it. Is this not what we are living now? Is it not liberating?

    Hopefully these days of forced quarantine can help us see life anew and inculcate in us a way of life that is more friendly to our family and to our beloved Mother Earth.

    To home in on us our responsibility to the environment, providentially we have EARTH HOUR this year on Saturday, March 28. EARTH HOUR started in Sydney in 2007 when businesses and residential houses turned off all lights for one hour to make a stand against climate change. Since then, it has been done annually all over the world, participated in by more people in all countries. In the Philippines this year we will be turning off the light from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. It will be very dramatic and felt by all families because we will all be at home. We will stay in darkness and in silence for an hour, hopefully to make us appreciate the importance of energy. If we squander it, we will be forced to do without it because energy too is scarce resource. As Christians let us spend this hour in prayer for our Mother Earth and for all those who defend and care for it.

    Let us not be myopic. We are not only fighting against COVID 19. We are fighting for a better and healthier life. We cannot achieve this without a cleaner and healthier Mother Earth. We are reminded that: “The effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (LS #217).

    In Mother Mary, the Word of God took flesh. Because of this “creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God” (Rom. 8:19). Together with us, creation awaits salvation.

     

     

    Yours truly in Christ,

     
    (signed)
    + BRODERICK PABILLO
    Apostolic Administrator of Manila

    25 March 2020

     

  • Pope Francis asks faithful to pray "Our Father"; grants Urbi et Orbi


    On March 25, 2020, feast of the Annunciation, the whole Catholic Church will be one in praying the Lord's Prayer (Our Father) as intercession for those who are sick and those who are responding all over the world to the pandemic brought about by the coronavirus. This was the invitation of Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus (March 22) in Rome.

    "In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the thread of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven," he said.

     Pope Francis prays the Sunday Angelus from the Apostolic Library in the Vatican l Photo Credit to Vatican News

    According to Vatican News, Pope Francis also invited "the Heads of the Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the omnipotent God, to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us."

    "On that day on which many Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord listen to the united prayer of all of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ," he said in a form of prayer.

    Pope Francis also announced that on Friday, March 27, he will grant an Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing which he will preside at the sagrato (churchyard) of St. Peter's Basilica.

    The [Urbi et orbi] blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” signifies that a papal document is addressed not only to the City of Rome but to the entire Catholic world. This phrase is applied especially to the solemn blessing with plenary indulgence which, before the occupation of Rome, the pope was accustomed to impart on certain occasions from the balcony of the chief basilicas of the city. This blessing was given annually at St. Peter's on Holy Thursday, Easter, and the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul; at St. John Lateran on the Ascension; at St. Mary Major on the Assumption.

    It will start with the readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all the faithful who will listen through various communication platforms.

    The blessing will be broadcasted live in the Vatican, at 12 noon (Rome Time) and 7 p.m. (Manila Time).

    The Holy See Press Office stated that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et Orbi blessing is "subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary." (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Caritas Manila sends kit and food bags to families affected by COVID-19 outbreak



    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila distributed LIGTAS COVID-19 kits and Caritas Manna Food Bags to the poor families affected by the pandemic coronavirus in the country.

    “With the COVID-19 pandemic, the poor and the elderly are the most vulnerable. In difficult times like this, we are called to open our hearts and be moved to do concrete acts of charity by sharing our resources with those who need it the most,” according to Caritas Manila.

    The kit distributed includes alcohol, face masks, liquid soap, vitamin c, reusable gloves, and disinfectants in order to protect themselves to COVID-19 while the manna food bag includes rice, canned goods, kalabasa/ malunggay noodles, munggo seeds, and salt and sugar.

    Last March 20, 1,054 Manna Food Bags were distributed to the identified poor families in Baseco, Tondo, Smokey Mountain, and Intramuros.

    Kapamilya actress, Bela Padilla donated one million pesos worth of canned goods and sacks of rice to Caritas Manila as one of the beneficiaries of her fundraising campaign for COVID-19.

    "We have received Ms. Bela Padilla's donation of 1 million pesos worth of canned goods and rice for our Ligtas COVID-19 campaign. We express our heartfelt gratitude to you and all the donors who are in solidarity with the poor as we fight COVID-19," they said.

    Fr. Anton Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila personally turned over to Fr. Flaviano Villanueva of KALINGA program the 200 boxes of vitamin C, 100 pieces of mats and blankets from Caritas Manila. The donations will be given to the street families from the KALINGA program of the Divine Word Missionaries.

    Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila stated in an earlier Pastoral Instruction that the faithful can donate to Caritas Manila for the needy.

     "Our call of entreaty to God will be heard if we also hear the silent cry of those who have none. You can send your donations to your parishes or to Caritas Manila. The Archdiocese has a program to reach out to them through the parishes and other church institutions," he said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

    Here is how to donate online:

    (Online bank transfer)

    Savings Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc.

     

    Banco De Oro - Savings Account No.: 000-5600-45905

    Bank of the Philippine Islands - Savings Account No.: 3063-5357-01

    Metrobank - Savings Account No.: 175-3-17506954-3

     

    For dollar accounts:

    >Bank of the Philippine Islands - Savings Account No. 3064-0033-55

    Swift Code - BOPIPHMM

     

    (Debit or Credit Cards)

    https://ubpay.com.ph/caritasmanila/

    Choose Caritas Damayan LIGTAS COVID-19

     

    (Lazada)

    www.lazada.com.ph/shop/caritas-manila

    Choose between Caritas LIGTAS COVID-19 kit, Caritas Manna food bag, or the donation vouchers (50, 100, 200, 500, 1000)

     

    (Give2Asia)

    www.bit.ly/Give2CaritasManila

    Choose Caritas Damayan LIGTAS COVID-19

     

    (GCash)

    >Scan the QR code below

     

    For proper acknowledgment of your donations, fax a copy of the deposit slip to 8563-9306 or email a scanned copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate your name and address.

    For more inquiries, call telephone numbers 8-562 0020 to 25 local 118, 139, 135, or 09175955083.

     

  • Seeing the light of God in the darkness amidst COVID-19


    “When we are no longer in control then we look up to him who is in control.”

    These were the words of Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, during the Online Sunday Mass held at the Chapel of the Holy Rosary in Manila on March 22, 2020, at 10 a.m.

    “Mga kapatid, sa pangyayaring ito ng Corona Virus pandemic hanapin po natin ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos sapagkat alam po natin ang Diyos ang may hawak ng kasaysayan. Kasaysayan ng bawat isa sa atin at kasaysayan ng mundong ito. Ang pangyayari ng Corona Virus ay maaaring isang paraan upang mas lalo nating makilala at tanggapin ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos,” Bishop Pabillo said.

     Screenshot from TV Maria’s live streaming of the Mass

     

    In March 2020, the government declared Luzon and other places in the country under enhanced community quarantine, limiting the movements of the people to avoid the further spreading of the virus, but consequently depriving the people of their normal way of life, like going to school, offices, and doing their daily routines.

    In compliance with the declaration of the government, the Archdiocese of Manila issued a Pastoral Statement on COVID-19 stating the cancellation of masses in all parishes from March 14-20. It was followed by another Pastoral Statement of all the bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila extending the cancellation of masses to April 14 and thus suspending all the Holy Week activities.

    In these trying times, Bishop Pabillo urged the faithful not to lose hope in the Lord because he is a God of mercy and compassion.

    “Kaya tumawag tayo sa kanya, humawak tayo sa kanya. At ang Diyos po ay hindi nagba-balewala sa kahirapan ng tao kaya pinagaling niya ang bulag. May habag ang Diyos at hindi siya nagbabale wala sa kahirapan ng maraming tao ngayon dahil sa pandemic na ito. Bibigyan niya din tayo ng lunas. Bibigyan nya tayo ng liwanag. Darating din ang katapusan nito,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    During the 30-day quarantine period, he asked the faithful to spend time with their family and do more things together among which is reading and sharing about the Word of God.

    "Lord, let us pray that we may see and see your light in the darkness of our times. Nasa kadiliman tayo ngunit ang liwanag ni Kristo sana ay magbigay ng daan sa ating lahat," he said.

    Bishop Pabillo presides the celebration of the Holy Eucharist broadcasted online every Sunday, at 10 a.m., during the quarantine period to continue bringing the faithful closer to the Word of God. This Mass is considered "Archdiocesan mass" as it encourages all the faithful within the Archdiocese, clergy and laity alike, to take part in the celebration even if online. No other online mass is broadcasted during that period.

    The Mass is broadcasted via that RCAM SOCOM platforms: TV Maria, Veritas846.ph, and Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications and will be aired on TV Maria channels (Sky Cable ch210, TV plus ch. 29, Destiny Cable ch. 96, SkyDirect ch. 49, SatLite ch. 102, and Cablelink ch. 18). It will also be cross-posted on The Manila Cathedral and Quiapo Church Facebook page. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)  

  • Homily delivered by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila during the online Sunday Mass on March 22, 2020, at 10 in the morning.


    Sa pamamagitan po ng online Mass na ginagawa natin ngayon at gagawin po natin tuwing araw ng Linggo, alas 10 ng umaga, nagkakaisa po tayo bilang Archdiocese ng Maynila. Sabay sabay pong nagdadasal sa espesyal na panahong ito. Kaya po sa ating pagmimisa ngayon, isama po natin ang lahat ng ating mga kahilingan. Sama-sama tayong magsamo sa Diyos na pangalagaan ang ating mga pamilya na pangalagaan ang ating mga health workers at mga frontline sa digmaang ito labas sa virus at sana po mawala na ang virus sa lalong madaling panahon.

     Screenshot from TV Maria’s live streaming of the Mass

    Sa bigla-biglang pangyayari ng Corona Virus na ito, tayo ay nabigla, tayo ay nalito. Tulad tayo ng taong bulag na hindi alam ang ating kalagayan at lalu’t higit, hindi natin alam saan tayo pupunta. Naglalakbay tayo sa mga araw na ito sa kadiliman. Talagang nabigla tayo.

    Noong January, nabalitaan natin ang Corona Virus sa Wuhan. Isang balita mula sa malayong lugar. Naawa tayo sa kanila hindi naman tayo nabahala sa atin. Sa Tsina nangyari yun. Malayong lugar.

    Noong February, dumating na sa ating dalampasigan ang virus. May tatlong may virus ngunit sila’y mga Intsik. Isa’y namatay ngunit yung dalawa nakabalik na at pagkaraan ng ilang mga araw, wala naming nangyari sa atin. Ngunit nababalitaan na rin natin ang nangyayari sa Hongkong, sa Singapore, sa Korea ngunit medyo malayo pa rin sa atin. Naawa tayo at nabigla na tinigil na ang misa sa Singapore at sa Hongkong. Pero doon yan sa kanila.

    Ngunit pagdating ng Marso pati na sa Roma tinanggal ang mga misa. May dumating ng kaso dito na sa Greenhills, Pilipino na ito at may isa nang namatay na Pilipino rin. Medyo natatauhan na tayo at lalung lalo nang natauhan tayo last week noong sinabi sa atin sa Archdiocese of Manila mula noong Sabado, hindi na tayo magmimisa. May mga nagrereklamo pa sa atin. Kailangan ba talaga yan?

    Ngunit noong Lunes ay dumating na ang balita - lockdown sa buong Luzon. Magandang salita lang ang ginamit -Enhanced Community Quarantine, ngunit ang ibig sabihin niyan, lockdown. Ibig sabihinin mapipigil na tayo sa ating pang araw araw na gawain sa bahay na lang tayo.

    Sa ganitong biglang pangyayari sa loob lamang ng isang linggo, maaaring ang iba sa atin nagtatanong, sino ba ang nagkasala? Sino ba ang dahilan nito? Baka ang iba pa pati ang Diyos ay sinisisi. Hindi ba ito rin ang tanong ng alagad nung makita nila ang taong pinanganak na bulag? Sino po ang nagkasala? Siya o ang kanyang magulang? Hinanap nila ang source ngunit ang sagot ni Hesus, hindi ito kasalanan niya or ng kanyang magulang. Nangyari ito upang mahayag ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos.

    Mga kapatid, sa pangyayaring ito ng Corona Virus pandemic hanapin po natin ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos sapagkat alam po natin ang Diyos ang may hawak ng kasaysayan. Kasaysayan ng bawat isa sa atin at kasaysayan ng mundong ito. Ang pangyayari ng Corona Virus ay maaaring isang paraan upang mas lalo nating makilala at tanggapin ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos. When we are no longer in control then we look up to him who is in control.

    Aminin natin sa mga nakaraan, binabalewala natin ang Diyos. Kung tayo ay nagdadasal man o nagsisismba man madalas ito ay parang lip service na lamang sa kanya. Pero talagang wala naman siyan kabuluhan sa buhay natin. Ngayon siguro inaanyayahan tayo, let us take him in earnest. Hindi na natin ito kaya. Kaya tumawag tayo sa kanya, humawak tayo sa kanya. At ang Diyos po ay hindi nagba-balewala sa kahirapan ng tao kaya pinagaling niya ang bulag. May habag ang Diyos at hindi siya nagbabale wala sa kahirapan ng maraming tao ngayon dahil sa pandemic na ito. Bibigyan niya din tayo ng lunas. Bibiyan nya tayo ng liwanag. Darating din ang katapusan nito. This too, will pass. He will intervene as he did intervene to the blind kaya gumawa siya ng milagro upang pagalingin ang bulag.

    Maraming mga milagrong ginawa ang Panginoon sa kanyang buhy. Ang ibang mga milagro ay bigla bigla ang resulta. Yung patay biglang nabuhay. Yung may ketong biglang gumaling. Nagsalita lang siya at nangyari. May mga milagro pa ngang remote control tulad ng alipin ng isang Roman official, na ang Roman official po ang nagsabi, huwag na kayong pumunta sa amin. Just say a word and my servant will be here.

    Pero sa milagrong ito, hindi po bigla bigla. May prosesong ginawa si Hesus. Lumura siya sa putik, kumuha siya ng putik, inilagay ang putik sa mata ng bulag wala pong social distancing at pinahugas niya doon sa…ang bulag at saka nakakita. Inayos ng Diyos ang kanyang pagkabulag through a process.

    At siguro sa ating kalagayan ngayon, pwede naman ang Diyos sasabihin, virus wala ka na at maaari naming mangyari yan....pero baka naman ang ginagamit niya ay aayusin niya sa pamamagitan ng proseso. Sumunod tayo sa proseso. Maaaring ang quarantine ay bahagi ng proseso. Maaaring ang pagpapagamot ay bahagi ng proseso. Ang pagtututlungan natin sa isa’t isa ay bahagi ng proseso. Papagalingin niya tayo sumunod lang tayo sa proseso na dinadaanan natin.

    Pati na nga ang pagkakakilala kay Hesus sa ating narinig ngayon ay may proseso ding dinaanan. Yung unang tinanong ang bulag, sino ba siya? Ang sabi ng lalaki, isang lalaking tinatawag na Hesus. Just someone hindi ko nga alam kung nasaan na siya. Tapos may lumalim na kinilala niya. Siya’y hindi maaaring hindi makasalanan kung nkakakapagpagaling isya ng bulag. Tapos nakilala niya ang taong ito’y sumusunod sa kalooban ng Diyos. Wala namang makakagawa nito na hindi sumunod sa kalooban ng Diyos tapos mas lumalim pa. Sino ba siya? Siya ay isang propeta. At sa bandang huli kinilala niya na siya ang anak ng Diyos at sinamba niya si Hesus.

    Dumaan din siya sa proseso sa malalim na pagkakilala kay Hesus. Kaya hindi lang po siya nabigyan ng physical sight, nabigyan siya ng spiritual sight. Hindi lang siya nakakikta, nakita niya ang katotohanan na si Hesus nga ay ang pinadala ng Diyos.

    We have the physical sight. Nakakakita tayo but do we see the truth? Do we have the spiritual sight or are we spiritually blind?

    Kaya po sa mga araw na ito, tanggalin po natin itong cabwebs na maging hadlang na makilala natin ang katotohanan na makilala natin ang totoo.

    Sa Unang Pagbasa po natin sa aklat ni Samuel, ang isa pong nagpapabulag sa atin because we look only at appearances. We look at the externals. We don’t look at the heart. Kaya nung makita ni Samuel si Eliab, ang panganay na lalaki ni Hese, matangkad, malakas, magiting na lalaki, kagad ang sabi niya, narito na ang hari ng Israel. Ngunit hindi siya ang pinili ng Diyos. Ang pinili ng Diyos ang isa na binale wala pati na ng kanyang tatay, siya’y inaiwan na mangalaga ng mga tupa, yung bunso. Ngunit siya ang pinili ng Diyos.

    God looks at the heart. God does not look at appearances. We are often taken over by the cult of appearances. Externalities. Kaya ang nakikita natin yung hugis, yung mukha, yung kumikintab na pilak, yung mga bagong gadgets, yung mga nakakatawag ng pansin ng ating mata. Ngunit iba ang paningin ng Diyos.

    Kaya sa mga araw na ito, sikapin po nating tignan ang puso. Tignan ang nasa kalooban. At may pagkakataon tayo ngayon lalung lalo na ang mga puso ng ating mga mahal sa buhay. Magsasama tayo ng at least 30 days. Sana mas lalong makilala natin sila tulad ng nakikilala sila ng Diyos. Tignan natin ang puso pati na ang Salita ng Diyos. May panahon tayo ngayong magbasa ng Bibliya. Siyasatin natin ang puso ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng kanyang salita. Huwag tayong mabulagan ng appearances.

    Anu pa ang nagpapabulag sa atin na hindi natin makita ang katotohanan. Sinabi sa atin sa Second reading, sinabi po ni San Pablo, huwag na kayong sumama sa mga taong gumagawa ng mga bagay na walang ibinubungang kabutihan. Mga bagay na dulot ng kadiliman. Bad company. Kaya kung minsan madilim ang ating paningin kasi kasama tayo ng mga tao ng kadiliman. Nai-impluwensiya ang ating pananaw ng mga taong ito na didilim din ang ating pananaw.

    Let us be influenced by the truth. Let us be influenced by the good. Kaya sa mga araw na ito na may oras tayo, ano yung binabasa natin? Ano yung pinapanood natin? Ano yung pinag-uusapan natin? Mga bagay ba ng kadiliman o mga bagay ng katotohanan? Huwag tayong sumama sa mga ito. Kaya magiging maliwanag, makakatulong sa atin ang pagkilala sa kalooban ng Diyos kung tayo’y hindi sumasama sa mga tao ng kadiliman, mga gawain ng kadiliman.

    At pangatlo, dito sa ating Ebanghelyo, bakit hindi nakilala ng mga Pariseo si Hesus? Sapagka they are more concerned about customary practices, about the rule at ang rule na ito ay galing pa kay Moses than about their neighbor.

    Ang mga Pariseo hindi nagtaka, hindi nagsaya, hindi namangha na ang isang taong bulag mula sa pagsilang sa kanya ay nakakita. A very wonderful thing! Hindi sila nagtaka kasi ang pinapansin nila, hindi niya …. The day of rest, ang araw ng pamamahinga. Sa halip na matuwa nagalit pa sila. Let us look at our neighbors during this time.

    Sinabi po sa atin sa Second Vatican Council, “The joy and hopes, the grief and anxieties of the men and women of our time especially the poor and afflicted are the joys and hopes, the grief and anxieties of the followers of Christ as well.” Yan po sana ang tignan natin.

    Yes, we miss coming to Mass and we will miss the many dear Holy Week practices that we are accustomed about. But are we concerned about this and not rather about the heroic efforts of our health workers and those who continue to serve the community - ang mga tanod natin, ang mga nagtitinda sa atin. Are we not concerned about the distress of the sick? Are we not concerned about those who are afraid of hunger and real hunger kasi walang trabaho, walang pera, walang pagkain? Ito dapat ang ating pansinin para makita natin ang mukha ng Diyos na tumatawag sa atin. Let us open our eyes to our neighbors and we shall see the truth of God. So, this is a time to widen and to deepen our sights that we may not become spiritually blind.

    Hingin po atin sa Diyos, sa Banal na Misang ito at sa ating mga panalangin that we may see, na buksan ng Diyos ang ating pananaw. Buksan ng Diyos ang mata natin ng may pag-asa that God is controlled, that he protects, that he is calling us to come near to him.

    Lord, let us pray that we may see and see your light in the darkness of our times. Nasa kadiliman tayo ngunit ang liwanag ni Kristo sana ay magbigay ng daan sa ating lahat. (Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • Keep the Lord’s Day holy amid COVID-19


    "Dear friends, let us keep the Lord's Day holy in our homes even in these extraordinary times." This is how His Excellency Broderick S. Pabillo, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila emphasized the importance of Sunday Masses.

     Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC


    The Archdiocese of Manila released a Pastoral Instruction called 'How to Make the Lord's Day Holy' in the context of COVID-19 outbreak which was released on March 21, 2020.

    Bishop Pabillo gave some recommendations to the faithful on how to spend Sundays sacred as the Lord's Holy Day despite the community quarantine set by the government which the Archdiocese of Manila heeded:

    - We take time to nourish our faith by prayer and the reading of the Scriptures.

    - It is good to participate in the online Mass as a family.

    - Take time to pray together, especially the family rosary, and even to read the Word of God together.

    - Since we are just at home we can have some family games or storytelling. These moments of laughter and jest will ease our boredom and will be treasured by all, young and old alike, later on.

    - If each family gives some food or some money to one or two other persons on Sunday in their vicinity, we would be helping many people as church and be spreading the joy of the Lord’s Day to them.

    The newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of Manila asked the faithful for prayers and to extend assistance to every family and to those who are in need.

     "Let us offer our Sundays to the Lord by our prayers as a family, by enjoying our love for each other, and by going out of our way to help one or two needy persons around us," he said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado-RCAM-AOC)

  • Pastoral Instruction: How to keep the Lord’s Day holy




    My dear people of God in the Archdiocese of Manila,

    We know the 3rd Commandment: You shall keep the Lord’s Day holy. In ordinary times we tend to believe that we have kept this commandment when we have attended Mass on Sunday. After the Mass, we do what we want with Sunday. In many cases it has ceased to become the Lord’s Day when we are done with the Sunday obligation to go to Mass. In fact, many times it has become MY Day.

    In this special time of the Corona Virus, we are forced to rethink how to make the Lord’s Day holy, as we are forced to rethink many of our customary practices. Can I still make the Lord’s Day holy when I can no longer attend Mass? We all feel that the online Mass is not the same as the physical attendance to the Holy Mass. It is a very poor substitute. How then to keep the 3rd commandment?

    To consider Sunday as the Lord’s Day is to keep it the Lord’s Day. It is not OUR day. It is the Day of the Lord Jesus. On Sunday we celebrate the greatest event of salvation, the Resurrection of Jesus. He has overcome evil and sin, and even death! It is a day then that we turn our attention to Jesus. During all the days of the week we have been concerned about ourselves – our job, our home, our school work, our friends. On Sunday we turn our attention to the Lord. Thus we participate in his victory over death by the celebration of the Eucharist and by paying attention to the other important things in life which otherwise are crowded out in the day-to-day concerns. Thus we take time to nourish our faith by prayer and the reading of the Scriptures. We pay attention to our family. Sunday is often the family bonding day. Another way to keep the Lord’s Day holy is to set aside time to serve others in the community. To serve others is to serve the Lord.

    During the coming weeks, we will not be able to come to the Holy Mass physically nor serve in church, but there are still other things that we can do. We can have greater bonding with our family members. Thus it is good to participate in the online Mass as a family. Then we can take time to pray together, especially the family rosary, and even to read the Word of God together. Some families are helped to deepen their relationship when they have Bible sharing as a family. Since we are just at home we can have some family games or storytelling. These moments of laughter and jest will ease our boredom and will be treasured by all, young and old alike, later on.

    We cannot go out to serve the Church or the community these quarantine days. Can we not set aside some amount on Sunday and give to the poor and the daily wage earners around us? If each family gives some food or some money to one or two other persons on Sunday in their vicinity, we would be helping many people as church and be spreading the joy of the Lord’s Day to them. 

    Dear friends, let us keep the Lord’s Day holy in our homes even in these extraordinary times. Let not the COVID 19 steal the joy of Sunday from us. Let us offer our Sundays to the Lord by our prayers as a family, by enjoying our love for each other, and by going out of our way to help one or two needy persons around us.

    May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph be with us and protect our families.

             

    Yours truly in Christ,


    (Signed)
    + BRODERICK PABILLO Apostolic Administrator of Manila

    21 March 2020

     

     

     

  • Pope names new auxiliary bishop of Zamboanga


    Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Moises Cuevas as auxiliary bishop of Zamboanga.

    In his new role, the 46-year-old bishop-elect will assist the current archbishop of Zamboanga, Archbishop Romulo Dela Cruz.

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

     Auxiliary bishop-elect Moises Cuevas of Zamboanga. PHOTO FROM PASTOR BONUS SEMINARY

    Upon his appointment, Cuevas has been serving as the parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Zamboanga City.

    Born in Batangas City, the new bishop too his philosophy studies at the Pastor Bonus Seminary in Zamboanga City and theology at the Regional Major Seminary in Davao City.

    He was ordained a priest for the Zamboanga archdiocese on Dec. 6, 2000.

    He then carried out the following ministries:

     - Parish vicar of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Zamboanga (2001-2003)

     - Rector of the sanctuary Nostra Signora del Pilar (2003-2009)

     - Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga (2003-2009)

     - Administrator of the Pastoral Center (2005-2007)

     - Parish priest of the parish of Santa Maria (2009-2015)

    Since 2017, Cuevas has also been serving as director of the archdiocese’s Commission on the Clergy. (CBCPNews and RCAM-AOC)

  • Pray, Fast, and Help Those in Need


    The Archdiocese of Manila issued a Pastoral Instruction on "Days of Fasting and Prayer" in response to the Metro Manila Bishops appeal that prayer, penance, and fasting which will be done during all the Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday. The instruction was given in the context of the current situation of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

    Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, the Archdiocese's Apostolic Administrator, emphasized that the faithful should allow themselves to seek Divine Intervention from God and encourage their families to pray and share the Word of God together. 

    "On these days let us take time to pray, especially pray as a family. You can join in the online Holy Mass, you can pray the rosary, even all the four mysteries, and you can read the Scriptures as a family and have some kind of Bible sharing," he said.

     Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila l File Photo of RCAM-AOC

    He asked the faithful to pray for those who are directly affected by the virus, those who have died and the frontliners responding to the crisis.

    "Let us pray for the healing of those afflicted by the virus, let us pray for the eternal repose of those who have died and their families, let us pray that the spread of this contagion be stopped, let us pray for the protection of the health care workers," he added. 

    Bishop Pabillo reminded the faithful that fasting is not measured on how long a person can feel hunger. He said the intake of food can be reduced but with consideration to the health condition of a person.

    "As for fasting, you can lessen the intake of food, like no merienda, or only two meals, or take only one full meal that day, depending on the health condition of each one. These Fridays are also days of abstinence from meat. Let us be reminded, though, that fasting is not just measured by the feeling of hunger," the bishop said.

    The Apostolic Administrator appealed that parishes and church institutions send their donations to Caritas Manila in order to provide necessities for the needy and health workers.

    "I appeal to all to set aside whatever they may have saved because they have fasted and give this to those who are in need. Those who are capable can even go much further. They can donate more generously to the poor and the health care workers. Our call of entreaty to God will be heard if we also hear the silent cry of those who have none. You can send your donations to your parishes or to Caritas Manila. The Archdiocese has a program to reach out to them through the parishes and other church institutions," Bishop Pabillo said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)

  • Pastoral Instruction on Days of Fasting and Prayer


  • NCR Churches suspend Masses and Holy Week Activities amidst NCOV-19 Outbreak


    The Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila announced in their Pastoral Statement the suspension of all Masses including Holy Week activities in response to the community quarantine implemented by the government.

    The Ecclesiastical Province of Manila is composed of Diocese of Cubao, Diocese of Novaliches, Diocese of Kalookan, Diocese of Pasig, Diocese of Parañaque, Diocese of Antipolo, Diocese of Imus, Diocese of San Pablo, Diocese of Malolos, and Archdiocese of Manila.

     Palm Sunday celebration in 2019 l Photo File by RCAM-AOC


    Following the directives of the government since the declaration of Community Quarantine to National Capital Region effective March 15, 2020, the Metropolitan Bishops of Manila declared that the suspension of Holy Mass will be extended until April 14 and Holy Week liturgical Celebrations will be held privately in order not to attract a huge amount of crowd as a safety precaution for COVID-19.

    “We should continue to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Liturgical celebration even in the absence of a congregation,” the bishops said in the statement.

    Baptisms, Confirmation, and Weddings scheduled within the dates of the quarantine period will push through and “cannot be postponed due to the enormity of preparations involved” but are “subject to severe restrictions as to the number of participants and attendees, and proper social distancing should be observed.”

    Holy Week activities like blessing of the palms, Visita Iglesia, Siete Palabras, Good Friday procession and Easter Salubong are also cancelled. The bishops encouraged the faithful to just stay at home and participate in spiritual activities like the Mass, recollections and bible studies through television, radio, and live streaming online.

    The Bishops advised the faithful to spend time in prayer, particularly the Holy Rosary, to reflect on the mysteries on the life of Christ.

    On the Fridays of Lent (March 20, March 27, April 3), the faithful are encouraged to spend the day for prayer, penance, abstinence and fasting most especially on Good Friday (April 10).

    They also appealed to the parishes and religious institutions to assist people when they lack basic necessities, by giving donations to help the needy and the sick. 

    "Let our parishes and church institutions, in close coordination with their local government units (LGUs), be creative in going out of their way to help the people in their basic needs. We appeal for donations to help the poor and the sick," they bishops said in the statement. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC) 

  • Pastoral Statement of the Bishops of Metro Manila

     

    There is an appointed time for everything (Eccl. 3:1). 

    To the People of God in Metro Manila: 

    “There is an appointed time for everything,” (Eccl. 3:1) the Holy Bible says. Let us heed the signs of our time and respond to them appropriately. The government has declared a community quarantine in Metro Manila from March 15 to April 14 to stem the spread of COVID 19. We bishops of this region met to discuss common pastoral actions in the light of this development. We have been guided by fidelity to the faith, service to the people, and the common good of the community. After much discussion and discernment, we have decided on the following points which we will implement in our ecclesiastical jurisdictions in the Archdiocese of Manila, in the dioceses of Cubao, Novaliches, Pasig, Kalookan, Parañaque, parts of both the diocese of Antipolo and Malolos that belong to Metro Manila, and some parts of the Military Vicariate of the Philippines. 


    1. We will abide by the government’s directive to suspend all large gatherings from 

    March 15 to April 14. So there will be no celebration of the Holy Mass with a large congregation within this period, plus other religious activities during the Holy Week which usually attract huge crowds of the faithful. We heed the instruction of the CBCP which reads: “We should continue to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and Holy Week liturgical celebrations even in the absence of a congregation. In spite of the fact that our faithful cannot be physically present in the Eucharistic celebration, the crisis gives us the opportunity to unite ourselves with one another in the bond of spiritual communion through the digital technology” (CBCP circular 20-14). 


    2. The Baptisms, Confirmations, and Weddings scheduled within these dates, 
    which can no longer be postponed due to the enormity of the preparations involved, may push through, but
    will be subject to severe restrictions as to the number of participants and attendees, and proper social distancing should be observed. All other celebrations of these aforementioned sacraments are to be temporarily deferred. 


    3. Since the dates for the Metro Manila Community Quarantine will coincide with the last three Sundays of Lent, and Holy Week, it would mean that the liturgical celebrations during those days, including Palm Sunday, the rest of the Holy Week and Easter Sunday will not be open to the public. 


    4. There will be no public blessing of palms, Visita Iglesia, Siete Palabras, Good 
    Friday procession and Easter Salubong. We encourage the faithful to stay home and follow the said activities on TV, Radio, or online. The faithful are called upon to pray the Rosary as it is a good prayer to meditate on the mysteries of the life of the Lord that we intensely celebrate in the universal Church during the Holy Week. 


    5. We call for days of penance, prayer, and fasting during all the Fridays of Lent 
    (March 20, 27, and April 3), including Good Friday (April 10). This is our response to the CBCP appeal: “We are enjoining all the Local Ordinaries and the Diocesan Administrators to call for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for all those who are infected with the COVID-19 and those who have died, and for our deliverance from this pandemic” (CBCP circular 20-14). 


    6. The month-long community quarantine will affect the poor and the daily wage earners heavily. Let our parishes and church institutions, in close coordination with their local government units (LGUs), be creative in going out of their way to help the people in their basic needs. We appeal for donations to help the poor and the sick. 


    7. Let the bells of our Churches be heard at 12 o’clock noon and 8 o’clock in the evening to call all the faithful to pray the Oratio Imperata together with the praying of the Angelus at noon and the family rosary in the evening. Let us all earnestly turn to the Lord in prayer. Together with the psalmist, let us pray: “I love you, LORD, my strength, LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, my saving horn, my stronghold!” (Ps. 18:2-3) 


    Our present situation is very fluid. For the moment these are our common actions in our dioceses. Other developments and subsequent instructions may come in the future. Let us all be vigilant. We offer to the Lord the difficulties and uncertainties that confront us in the spirit of Lent, which is the spirit of fervent prayer, penance and generosity. We are assured of Easter. Life will overcome death. This virus will pass us by. We say with St. Paul: “We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts” (Rom. 5:3-5). 


    Let us entrust ourselves to the maternal care of Mary, Mother of the Afflicted. 




    Yours truly in Christ: 


    Most Rev. NOLLY C. BUCO 
    Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo


    Most Rev. PABLO VIRGILIO S. DAVID 
    Bishop of Kalookan 


    Most Rev. FRANCISCO M. DE LEON 
    Bishop of Antipolo


    Most Rev. OSCAR L. FLORENCIO 
    Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines 


    Most Rev. ROBERTO O. GAA 
    Bishop of Novaliches


    Most Rev. JESSE E. MERCADO 
    Bishop of Parañaque 


    Most Rev. BRODERICK S. PABILLO 
    Apostolic Administrator Archdiocese of Manila   


    Most Rev. HONESTO F. ONGTIOCO 
    Bishop of Cubao 


    Most Rev. MYLO HUBERT C. VERGARA 
    Bishop of Pasig


    Most Rev. DENNIS C. VILLAROJO 
    Bishop of Malolos 

    16 March 2020 

     

  • Bishop Pabillo on Online Mass: Prepare yourselves well for it


    Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila released a Pastoral Instruction for the faithful on How to make most of Online Holy Mass, although acknowledging it to be a poor substitute to the Mass celebrated in the Church.

    Bishop Pabillo gave essential tips in order to prepare for the Mass for the faithful to participate better online.

    Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila l Photo by RCAM-AOC


    Here are the pastoral instructions he gave:

    Since you know the time of the Mass, prepare yourselves well for it. Do not watch it with a cup of coffee in hand.

    Before the Mass read the Mass readings to prepare yourselves to hear them better once they are proclaimed in the Eucharist.

    Have a few moments too to think what you are to thank the Lord for and what to offer to him this Mass.

    Remember that you are praying this Eucharist with many other fellow Catholics not only in your parish but all over the world.

    Stay in reverent gesture throughout the Mass, standing or sitting up properly.

    It would be good if the whole family in the house joins together in the Mass.

    DO NOT JUST WATCH THE MASS. JOIN IN PRAYERS, RESPONSE AND SINGING.

    At the time of Communion, make a spiritual communion (Act of Spiritual Communion).

    At the end of the Mass, take some moments of silence to read again the scriptural readings and reflect how, enlightened by the homily, you can live God’s Word that day.

    Bishop Pabillo added that the celebration of Mass online is only temporary.

    May this temporary deprivation bear fruit in a fuller appreciation of the great gift of the Eucharist that we in the Archdiocese are privileged to participate in regularly,” he said.

    On March 13, the Archdiocese of Manila issued a Pastoral Statement declaring the announcement of public masses and gatherings in to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pastoral Instructions on How to Make the Most of the Online Holy Mass



  • Bishop Pabillio: Let Us Serve the Lord


    Newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo D.D. concluded his Pastoral Visit to San Juan Nepomuceno Parish on March 11, 2020.

    In his homily, he thanked the whole parish community from the laity and the religious for their efforts especially to the situation of the communities within the jurisdiction of the Parish.

    "Dinalaw ko po ang inyong parokya at iyan po ang ginawa namin nung hapon upang magkaroon kami ng ideya sa kalagayan ng parokya dito ng San Juan [Nepomuceno] at ako po ay tuwang tuwa dahil at bilib na bilib sa mga ginagawang serbisyo ng mga laykong leaders at mga kaparian, talagang malaki ang papel na kanilang ginagampanan," he said.

     Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila is welcomed by parishioners of the Vicariate of Santa Clara de Montefalco in March  2020. L Photo Credit - Fr. Mike Kalaw

     
    He explained that as someone who serves in the Lord, the way isn't easy just as it seems even the time of the Prophets.

    "Ngunit hindi po madali na maglingkod sa Diyos dahil kasama po sa paglilingkod sa Diyos ay ang pag-uusig na mga dumating sa mga naglilingkod ayan po ang nararanasan natin," he added.

    Bishop Pabillo met with the religious helping the parish through its pastoral needs, such as the Religious of the Assumption, Rogationists of the Child Jesus and Dominican Sisters of the Presentation of the Lord.

    Bishop Broderick Pabillo conducts a Pastoral Visit to the Vicariate of Santa Clara de Montefalco in March  2020. L Photo Credit - Fr. Mike Kalaw

    He also visited the five clusters under the Basic Ecclessial Communities and talked to the laity regarding the service of the Parish itself.

    The Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Council of the Parish were grateful for Bishop Pabillo's presence as it also coincides with his 65th Birthday.

    Bishop Pabillo conducted Pastoral Visit to Our Lady of Fatima, Pasay on the 1st week of March. He is expected to visit San Isidro Labrador Parish soon and the remaining parishes of Vicariate of Sta. Clara de Montefalco. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)

  • Catholic Churches in Manila cancel Masses amidst COVID-19


    The Archdiocese of Manila canceled the celebration of the Holy Mass in the Churches, as well as other public gatherings in the parishes.

    Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, released a pastoral letter, "A Call for Charity for the Common Good" on March 13, 2020, Friday, in response to the threat of the contagious virus and help prevent its spread.

    "The alert level for the COVID-19 has now been raised to Code Red sub-level two. We are enjoined to avoid large gatherings of people to avert the further spread of the virus. We heed this call not with panic but with care for charity to others and the common good," Bishop Pabillio said.

     Photo File - RCAM-AOC

     
    Churches under the Archdiocese of Manila will not hold public celebration of the Holy Mass from March 14, Saturday, until March 20, Friday.

    "From March 14 onwards let all the bells of our Churches be rung every twelve o'clock noon and eight o'clock in the evening to call all the people to pray the ORATIO IMPERATA prayer to fight the virus,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    The Bishop also urges the faithful together with their families to gather at eight o'clock in the evening to pray for divine protection.

    He also directed that the Churches and places of prayer under the Archdiocese of Manila should always be open for the faithful to have a place to pray. Sanitizers or alcohol should be available at every entrance of the Church and should be regularly cleaned.

    He encouraged everyone to make use of the different platforms of media like Radio Veritas, TV Maria, Quiapo Church live streaming and other social media channels for a regular broadcast of Masses and other religious activities.

    Amidst the fear of COVID-19, Bishop Pabillo said that this can be an opportunity to be more present to our loved ones and to the Lord. He asked the faithful to invoke the intercession of the Blessed Mother, as together we pray for the recovery of the sick and the protection for those who are well, most especially those who serve in medical institutions.  (Fatima Llanza/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pastoral Letter: A Call of Charity for the Common Good Unless your faith is firm, you shall not be firm! (Is. 7:9)




    My dear people of God,

    The alert level for the COVID 19 has now been raised to Code Red sub-level two (2). We are enjoined to avoid large gatherings of people to avert the further spread of the virus. We heed this call not with panic but with care for charity to others and the common good. Hence in the Archdiocese of Manila I dispense all the faithful from the obligation of going to Mass this Sunday. There will be no public celebration of the Holy Mass and no public activities in all the churches in the Archdiocese for seven days, starting Saturday, March 14, till Friday, March 20. I recognize that this may impact many faithful and priests but let us do this with the spirit of sacrifice for the good of all. Within the week we will monitor more fully the situation in
    coordination with health agencies and government bodies. Further instructions will then be issued in the coming days. Please keep in touch with the official website of the Archdiocese of Manila* in order to be updated and to avoid fake news.

    Although we will not be able to come to Holy Mass, this does not mean that we no longer can come to the Lord. We should all the more strive to be in touch with Him by fervent prayer. Thus from March 14 onwards let all the bells of our churches be rung every twelve o’clock noon and eight o’clock in the evening to call all people to pray the ORATIO IMPERATA prayer to fight this virus. Let us join in this prayer. Let families gather together at 8 pm to pray as a family for divine protection. After the Oratio Imperata the families can pray the rosary and read the Scriptures. The fervent prayers of all the people of God will draw us closer to him and away from the scourge of this disease.

    In the spirit of Lent let us accompany our prayer with acts of penance and charity. Penance, which calls for self-abnegation, keeps us from being selfish and thinking only of ourselves. Charity opens our attention and our hearts to others. Let not fear run our lives. Hence we avoid panic buying. We should not consider only our needs but also the needs of others. Driven by self-preservation, we can easily fall into selfishness in moments of fear, thus we think only of ourselves. Let us also think of the needs of others, especially of the poor who are the most vulnerable. Therefore let our parishes go out of our way to help and serve them. Scripture warns us: “those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will themselves call out and not be answered” (Prov. 21:13). Whereas, by opening our hands to give, we also open them
    to receive God’s help and blessing.


    I enjoin the parishes and places of prayer to be open all day so that people may come and find solace in silent prayer. However, let sanitizers be available at the entrances and let the churches be regularly cleaned. For the moment let us not organize Kumpisalang Bayan to avoid large gatherings of people but let all priests give definite time to hear individual confessions during the day to be of service to the penitents who come. Although there are risks, priests must be available to visit the sick and minister to them. In time of crisis people need the Lord, and the priests show God’s nearness by their presence among the people.


    We can use the social media and other means of communication to help us in our faith. Please tune in to Radio Veritas 846 and TV Maria for their regular broadcasts of Masses and other religious activities. Quiapo and other churches also have live streaming of their Masses. We will coordinate with other media outlets to participate in our noon and evening prayers. You can also follow the daily readings of the Mass by reading your Bibles. The Word of God in the Scriptures gives us hope, strength and guidance. Being in community quarantine can be an opportunity to be more
    present to our loved ones and to the Lord.


    Let us be assured that this crisis too will pass. This has come upon us so quickly and unexpectedly, but let us take this as a call to be more faithful to God and more loving to others. “So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all” (Gal. 6:10).

    Once again let us trustingly invoke the intercession of Mary, our Mother, the Health of the Sick.



    + BRODERICK PABILLO
    Apostolic Administrator of Manila
    March 13, 2020

  • LIHAM PASTORAL UKOL SA COVID 19


    Nakita ni Hesus ang napakaraming tao.  Nahabag siya sa kanila at pinagaling ang mga maysakit na dala nila
    (Mt. 14:14). 

    English Version


    Minamahal na Bayan ng Diyos, mga pari, mga tagapangasiwa ng  mga institusyong pangsimbahan at mga namumuno sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila:

    Mula nang unang matuklasan noong Disyembre ng nakaraang taon, mabilis na kumalat sa buong mundo ang corona virus na ngayo’y kilala na sa taguring COVID 19.  Patuloy na sinasaliksik ng mga doktor at daluhasa ang mga paraan ng pagkahawa at  pagkalat nito.   Hindi dapat ito magdulot ng panic at takot.  Hayaan nating pamayanihan tayo ng pagmamalasakit at pagkalinga sa kapwa.  Sa diwa ng malasakit sa isa’t isa, ipagpatuloy natin ang mga hakbang sa pag-iingat.

    Hinihimok ko ang lahat na paigtingin ang ating mga panalangin upang hilingin ang tulong ng Diyos.  Kayang lipulin ng pananampalataya ang kasamaan.  Habang tayo ay nananalangin, tiyakin din natin na pangalagaan ang ating kalusugan.  Bilang mga katiwala ng ating kalusugan sikapin natin na maging malakas ang ating pangangatawan paglaban sa mga sakit. Kaya kumain ng masustansyang pagkain, maglaan ng sapat na panahon para sa pahinga, panatilihin ang kalinisan, mag-exercise, at iwasan ang hindi kinakailangang paglalakbay at pagtitipon ng maraming tao.           

    Habang ginagawa natin ang lahat ng ito, gawin natin ang mga sumusunod na tagubilin sa ating mga simbahan at institusyon:

    1. Ihinto muna ang kinaugaliang pagsawsaw ng daliri sa holy water font o lalagyan ng banal na tubig.  Tanggalan ng laman ang mga holy water fonts at ipaalam sa mga tao na pansamantalang ihihinto ang paggamit nito.  Maaaring mamigay ng holy water na maaaring iuwi sa bahay, o gawin ang pagwiwisik ng banal na tubig sa simula o pagtatapos ng mga pagtitipong pangsamba.
    1. Maghanda ng mga lalagyan ng 70% ethyl alcohol sa mga pintuan ng mga gusaling pinangangasiwaan ng simbahan.
    1. Paalalahanan ang mga tao na manatili sa kanilang mga bahay kung may nararamdaman ng sintomas ng trangkaso at ubo.  Kailangan nilang sumangguni sa doktor para sa ikabubuti nila at ng kanilang pamilya.  Maaaring magpaskil ng mga ganitong paalala sa mga naaangkop na lugar.  Maaaring mapabanal ng mga maysakit ang Linggo o Araw ng Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng pananalangin at pagbabasa ng Salita ng Diyos sa bahay.   Maaari rin silang manood ng TV Mass sa Quiapo Facebook page at website, TV Maria, Radio Veritas at mga parokyang may video streaming.   Hinihiling din sa mga pari at laykong lingkod na may sintomas ng trangkaso na iwasan munang maglingkod sa Misa.  Tanda ito ng pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.
    1. Madalas na linisin gamit ang disinfectant ang mga palagiang nahahawakang bagay tulad ng mga upuan, bangko, pintuan, at takip ng mikropono.
    1. Tiyakin din ng lahat na sundin ang mga tagubilin tuwing uubo tulad ng pagtakip sa kanilang bibig gamit ang manggas ng damit o napkin na dapat ring itapon sa tamang lugar.  Ugaliin ang madalas na paghuhugas ng kamay.
    1. Ipaalala na huwag munang maghawak-hawak ng kamay sa pagdarasal ng Ama Namin at sa pagbibigay ng Tanda ng Kapayapaan.  Sa ngayon, ang magandang kaugalian ng pagmamano sa nakatatanda at sa mga pari ay maaaring palitan ng magalang na pagtungó na may ngiti o pagtapik sa ulo bilang pagbabasbas.
    1. Hanggang patuloy na kumakalat ang virus na ito, iwasan muna ang paghalik, paghawak o pagpupunas sa mga imahen at sa mga salamin sa harap nila.  Lagyan muna ng harang ang mga imahen upang maiwasan ang paglapit ng mga tao.
    1. Tiyakin ng mga pari at mga laykong lingkod na maghugas ng kamay bago magdulot ng Katawan ni Kristo sa komunyon.  Pinakikiusapan ang mga nagsisimba na sa ngayon tumanggap ng Komunyon gamit ang kamay.
    1. Pinapayuhan na gumamit ng face mask sa pagsisimba ang mga parokyano na mahihina o may sakit na diabetes o cancer.
    1. Ang mga simbahan at adoration chapels na naka-aircondition ay dapat mag biomist.   Makakatulong ang paggamit ng air purifier ngunit may kamahalan at wala pang katibayan ng pagiging epektibo nito sa mga malalaking lugar tulad ng simbahan.  Buksan ang mga pintuan at bintana at patayin ang aircondition upang lumaganap ng tama ang hangin, init, at sikat ng araw.
    1. Pinatotohanan din ng World Health Organization (WHO) na maaaring kumalat ang virus sa pamamagitan ng pera.  Ang mga may tunkuling magbilang ng pera sa mga parokya ay dapat gumamit ng face mask at latex gloves.  Gumamit din ng alcohol pagkatapos magbilang.
    1. Marapat na maghanda ang mga parokya sa pang-pinansiyal na epekto sa pagkalat ng COVID 19.    Maaaring ipahinto ang lahat ng pagtitipon ng maraming tao sa gitna ng pinakamalalang sitwasyon.  Kailangan tayong mag-impok sa panahong ito ng krisis.  Tiyakin natin ang pagpapatuloy na operasyon ng ating mga institusyon.  Sa panahong ito, tanging mahahalagang bagay lamang ang pagkagastusan upang makapag-ipon para sa anumang pangyayari.  Iwasan muna ang capital expenditures at gawing matipid ang ating mga gawain at programa.  Ang lahat ng matitipid ay maaaring iimpok sa Disaster Resiliency Fund.  Sa ganitong paraan, dumating man ang panahon na mawalan o bumaba ang koleksyon, matutustusan natin ang pasuweldo sa ating mga manggagawa at patuloy pa ring maitataguyod ang ating paglilingkod sa bayan ng Diyos.

    Habang tinutupad natin ang mga tagubiling ito, kalingain natin ang mga maysakit sa ating mga tahanan at pamayanan.  Sila’y mahina at laging nasa panganib ng iba pang karamdaman.  Pag-ukulan natin sila ng higit pang pagkalinga at pansin.  Tandaan natin ang wika ni Hesus:  “Ako’y maysakit at inalagaan mo ako” (Mt 25:36).

    Habang nagitiwala tayo sa Panginoon at naninikluhod sa pagdulog sa kanyang awa, tumindig din tayo upang kumilos at tiyakin ang kalusugan ng pangangatawan upang marapat na mapaglingkuran ang Diyos at ang kanyang bayan.  Lingapin nawa tayo ng maka-inang pagkalinga ng Mahal na Birhen Maria, Ina ng mga Maysakit at mga Nahihirapan.


     

    Sumasainyo kay Kristo,

    (signed)
    + BRODERICK S. PABILLO
    Tagapangasiwang Apostoliko ng Maynila

    Ika-9 ng Marso 2020

  • PASTORAL LETTER ON COVID-19


    Jesus saw the vast crowd. His heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick (Mt. 14:14).

    Tagalog Version

    Dear People of God, clergy, administrators of church institutions, and church leaders in the Archdiocese of Manila,

    Since it was first discovered in December of last year, the corona virus now know as COVID 19 has rapidly spread all over the world. Doctors and scientists are still learning about its transmission and complications. We should not spread unnecessary panic and fear. Let our attitude be compassion and care for others. Thus we need to take precautionary measures in the spirit of charity for all. We also need to be prepared for any eventuality.

    Hence, I encourage all to intensify our prayers to ask for Divine protection and intervention. Faith can avert evil. While we pray, let us also exercise good stewardship over our health. In the spirit of Lent let us keep a healthy lifestyle so that our bodies may be strong enough to resist infections. Thus eat healthy food, have enough rest, keep clean, get enough exercise and avoid unnecessary travels and gatherings of large crowds.

    While we do the above, let us take the following precautions in our churches and institutions:

    1. Suspend the practice of dipping of hands in the Holy Water Font or Stoup. Empty all Fonts and let the faithful be informed that such practice will be temporarily suspended. Holy water can be made available for people to take home or sprinkling of the Holy Water can be done before or after liturgical gatherings.

    2. Let containers of 70% Ethyl Alcohol be located at various entrance doors accessible to the public in our church institutions.

    3. Advise the faithful to stay home when they are sick with flu-like symptoms and cough. They should get medical attention for their good and the good of their family members. Signages may be posted to this effect in prominent places. They can sanctify the Lord’s Day by praying in their homes and reading the Scriptures. TV masses are available for them to watch at the Quiapo Church Facebook and website as well as TV Maria. Radio Veritas also airs Masses regularly and other parishes have their own video streaming facilities. Priests and lay ministers who have flu-like symptoms should also refrain from serving. This is an act of charity that we can offer to the people.

    4. Routinely clean with disinfectants the high touch areas, pews, benches, door knobs as well as microphone covers.

    5. All should take care to observe cough etiquette (like covering their mouth with their sleeves or napkins which they should immediately dispose in safe places.) Frequent hand washing is to be promoted to all.

    6. Remind all that we need not hold hands when praying the Lord’s Prayer and when giving the sign of peace. For the time being, the beautiful Filipino sign of reverence in holding the hands of the priests and the elderly (the Mano Po) can be substituted by a slight bow with a smile or by a slight touch on the head for the giving of the blessing.

    7. Until the virus is overcome all should refrain from the kissing and holding of statues and sacred images, and even the glass frames that protect them. Let barriers be installed so that people do not get near them to touch them.

    8. Let ministers and priests thoroughly wash their hands before they serve. For the time being, Holy Communion is to be received by the faithful by hand.

    9. Those parishioners who are weak or have non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer, etc. are encouraged to wear masks even during Holy Mass.

    10. Churches and adoration chapels with air conditions and hardly any windows should be biomisted. Air Purifier perhaps may be of help but it will be very expensive and there is no clear evidence of its effectivity in large areas like churches. Open windows and doors after mass and shut off the air conditioning in order for the air, heat and sunlight to circulate.

    11. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that the coronavirus may spread through money. Those who count the money must wear mask and use alcohol after counting. It is good that they be provided with latex gloves.

    12. Let the parishes be prepared for the economic effects of the COVID 19 phenomenon. Worst case scenario would be the suspension of public gatherings. We need to save at this time of impending crisis. Let us make our church institutions resilient. At this time, let expenses be made only in what is essential in order to save for any eventualities. Let us suspend purchases on capital expenditures and make our programs frugal. What we can save, let us put in a Disaster Resiliency Fund. In this way, in case we have no collections, we may sustain the salaries of our employees maintain our religious institutions.

    While we take the above precautions, let us take care of the sick in our families and communities. They are weak and vulnerable for infections. Let extra attention and care be given to them. Let us remember the words of Jesus: “I was sick and you take care of me.” (Mt 25:36)

    While we trust in the Lord and fall on our knees to beg for his mercy, let us also stand on our feet to act and wash our hands to keep ourselves fit to serve Him and His people.

     May Mary the Mother of the Sick and the Afflicted keep us under her protecting mantle.




    Sincerely yours in the Lord,


    (signed)
    + BRODERICK S. PABILLO, DD
    Apostolic Administrator
    9 March 2020





  • Cardinal Tagle’s “The Word Exposed” Continues Production in Rome

     

    Former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, host of The Word Exposed (TWE), will continue his regular catechetical TV program even now that he is already in Rome. 

    According to a website post of Jesuit Communication Foundation’s (JesCom), the organization that handles the production of the series, the production will resume Cardinal Tagle's world-recognized, charismatic, down-to-earth and sincere brand of preaching direct from his Vatican post as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

     

    Former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l Photo Credit - Jesuit Communications
     

    The first episode of TWE from Rome will be aired on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 5 am on ABS CBN S+A and at 6 am via ANC. Cardinal Tagle will reflect on the readings of the Second Sunday of Lent.

    On its 12th year of bringing the faithful closer to the Lord, TWE continues “to be a testament to Cardinal Tagle’s steadfast commitment to media evangelization.”

    TWE is JesCom's Sunday reflection and catechism program broadcasted in television as well as in social media. 

    TWE episodes can also be watched on JesCom’s Youtube channel as well as in TV Maria, the Filipino Catholic Chanel. It also airs in several international Catholic networks such as Telecare TV, Catholic TV, Shalom World, and Salt and Light TV.(Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Church, PNP and AFP Join Forces for Holy Week Amidst Virus Threat


    As part of the preparations for the Holy Week celebrations, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) met with the Archdiocese of Manila last March 3, 2020, at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros.

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, who was recently appointed as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese on February 10, 2020, after the reassignment of former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, met with the officials of PNP and AFP.

    Church, AFP and PNP officials discuss security plans for Holy Week 2020 at Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros , on March 3.
    Photo by Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC l View Photogallery

     
    Debold M. Sinas, Regional Director of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said that PNP already has a security plan for the forthcoming Holy Week celebration. He said that the policemen are on “red alert” and are “ready to address any concern”.

    “Kung walang imminent father, hindi po kami masyado nag-e-engage. We rely on our chief of police, director, to engage with their respective kura paroko. If there are big concerns that we really need to share with sa inyo, one of us general, will talk to you and with some of our concerns…Mahirap po yung alam namin ang nangyayari di namin sasabihin sa inyo,” PMGen Sinas said.

    PMGen Sinas also assured Bishop Pabillo that they will directly coordinate with the parish priest of each parish (big or small) in Manila and will assign PNP personnel to look after the situation in the area. They will also deploy security on all streets and highways where the expected bulk of people will pass by to come and visit churches in Manila.

    Fr. Jerome Secillano of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Public Affairs Office who was also present during the visit said that the police presence must be felt by the people even though there is no coordination yet with the parish.

    “I think bishop, mas maganda na i-suggest dito na kahit walang coordination sa kura paroko. Because I think it’s going to be difficult also. Mas maganda na as a matter of policy, gawin nalang na may presence talaga na kahit wala pang coordination…especially now that we are approaching Holy Week,” Fr. Secillano said.

    “So, we better provide police assistance, police visibility doon sa mga lugar lalung lalo na sa simbahan kasi we’ll never know lalung lalo ngayon medyo volatile ang situation  natin. So, maglagay na po tayo,” he added.

    Among the areas of concern discussed during the visit was the plan of action of PNP for CONVID-19. 

    Lt. Col. Beverly De Guzman, Medical Officer of PNP Regional Health Service of the NCRPO said that aside from directly coordinating with the Department of Health, they have created a quick response team composed of medical personnel from regional health service and regional crime laboratory group.

    PNP, said Lt. Col. De Guzman continues to educate their police personnel on their responses to CONVID-19 cases and inquiries.

    “Our regional director does not want our police officers na maglimit nung aming usual na trabaho just because of fear of coronavirus especially so when there are reports from the public na they need to respond to and yet there is an issue na baka coronavirus, like yun pong na-viral po na Chinese looking po na person na nag-collapse sa daan walang nag-assist for the fear of coronavirus,” she said.

    With the ongoing education given to PNP personnel, Lt. De Guzman said they should also be equipped with the proper knowledge to protect themselves just in case it turns out to be positive especially if there would be cases of local transmission.

    PNP has also established hotlines for Corona Virus responses and presently, they are recalibrating their moves based on the findings and studies that are given by DOH. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • AFP and PNP Officials Visit Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Pabillo


    The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police led by PBGen Alex DC Luna, Commander of the AFP Joint Task Force - National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) and PMGen Debold M. Sinas, Regional Director of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) paid a courtesy call to Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila.

    PMGen Debold M. Sinas, Regional Director of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and other AFP and PNP officials pay a courtesy call to Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, newly appointed Apostoli Administartor of Manila. l Photo by Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC l View Photogallery

    The visit which was held at the Arzobispado de Manila on March 3, 2020, was aimed at strengthening the collaboration between the Church and the men and women of AFP and PNP.

    “We paid our courtesy call kay bagong bishop ng Maynila, of course, to pay respect and congratulate him for the new designation. But the most important talaga, is to establish yung strong coordination at natuwa kami na pumayag si bishop na meron na kaming regular ugnayan,” PMGen Sinas told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications.

    “Dati kasi mapapansin mo wala, tapos ngayon maganda na yun nagkaalaman na pareho pala kami gusto. Ang point lang is walang meeting point at medyo nagkahiyaan. Siguro ngayon we’re very happy that bishop and some of the clergy na present are also amenable to the idea,” he added.

    PMGen Sinas assured Bishop Pabillo and the rest of the clergy that they will always be of service to the Church and that they need the clergy’s guidance and blessings considering the nature of their job as law enforcers.

    The General also expressed his hope that the PNP will pursue a regular dialogue and positive engagement with the Church where constant updating about the situation of NCR can be done.

    “Mas maganda nandito na kayo, narinig nyo yung ibang aspeto na kung gusto nyo po let’s say, once a month, once a quarter. Kung gusto nyo po malaman ang situation ng NCR, we’re very willing to brief you on criminality, on terrorism, at of course yung pinaka-organized crime. Or any incident you’re interested. We’re very willing to engage po para po maliwanagan po kayo,” PMGen Sinas said.

    Bishop Pabillo in return expressed his gratitude and told the PNP that they have a unified objective when it comes to serving the people.

    “Kailangan talaga natin because we are serving only one people that we really work together. Alam ko marami pong mga misunderstandings ang ma-a-avoid kapag tayo naman ay sama samang nag-uusap,” Bishop Pabillo said.

    Among those who were also present during the meeting were Fr. Chris Fajardo and Fr. Nonong Fajardo of the Archdiocese of Manila Public Affairs Office and Fr. Jerome Secillano of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Public Affairs Office. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • "In Sin, man makes himself like God"


    The Lenten season begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 26, 2020.  In the Archdiocese of Manila, Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila, celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel in Intramuros, at 7:30 a.m.

    In his homily, Msgr. Clemente, who is also the Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila, pointed out that the discipline of Lent enables the faithful to reflect, repent and reconcile with the Lord through Confession especially that the world is surrounded by different kinds of temptations.   

    Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, on February 26, 2020. l Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

     

    "Sa buhay natin na napapadpad sa maraming mga alalahanin at maraming mga pang-aakit dito sa mundo, kailangang magbalik-loob tayo sa ating sarili at sa ating Diyos,” Msgr. Clemente said.

    He also stressed that sin draws us away from the love of God that is why he urged the faithful to do prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

    "Ang kasalanan, nilalayo tayo sa katotohanan ng ating sarili. Ginagawa nating diyos ang ating sarili at nililimot natin ang Diyos."

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fast and abstinence in the Church. Fasting required from ages 18 to 60 while abstinence is from age 14.

    The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead saying, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed in the previous Palm Sunday which have been burned.

    Earlier, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Archdiocese of Manila issued liturgical guidelines on Ash Wednesday. CBCP strongly recommends the sprinkling of ashes on the head to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

    In the Vatican, following an ancient Ash Wednesday tradition, Pope Francis began the “stational” liturgy at the church of Saint Anselmo before leading a penitential procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill where he celebrated Mass.

    Pope Francis in his homily reflected on the ashes imposed on the forehead of the faithful.

    “We are the dust of the earth, upon which God has poured out his heaven, the dust that contains his dreams. We are God’s hope, his treasure and his glory,” Pope Francis said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Side tracking Lent


    The fear of the spread of the corona virus, now named COVID-19, is affecting our lives, not only our entertainments and our travels, but also our church activities. The bishops of Singapore and Hong Kong have cancelled masses for the coming month. Here in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has instructed that receiving communion be done by the hand for the time being. Now even our Ash Wednesday imposition of the ashes may also be affected. There are also many public practices that we do during the Lenten season where crowds gather, like the Way of the Cross processions, the recollections, the kumpisalan ng bayan, and especially the Holy Week celebrations. Would these also be affected?


    There may be changes in some of the church practices that we do, but let us not be side-tracked by these discussions from the real meaning of the season of Lent which is a season of grace and conversion. Let us go to the core meaning of our rites rather than be confused by changed external practices.

    Right now there are already discussions about the imposition of the ashes on Ash Wednesday. In the Philippines we have been used to put the ashes on the forehead. But this is not the only way to do it, nor is it even the original way. In the Bible and in many churches in the world, the ashes are put on the top of the head, not on the forehead. More than where the ash is imposed and in what manner, the meaning is the same. The ashes imposed on us is a call to humility and repentance. Job repented of his challenges to God when God finally spoke to him, and he meekly said: “Therefore I disown what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:6) We are reminded by Ben Sirac in the Wisdom literature of the Bible: “God holds accountable the hosts of highest heaven, while all mortals are dust and ashes.” (Sir. 17:32)

    Thus while the dust is imposed on us, whether on top of the head or on the forehead, we are reminded of our lowly origin. So the words are said: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” We are also called to repentance, so another formula can be said: “Repent and believe in the Good News.” Humility and repentance are the essence, and these should not be lost in whatever form the ash is imposed on us.

    Ash Wednesday opens us to the Season of Lent, the 40-day period of penance, prayer and almsgiving that prepares us for the great event of our salvation: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus (called the Paschal Mystery) which we all participated in during our baptism. This season asks us to take seriously our baptismal commitment to die to sin and to live for God by following Jesus.

    Ash Wednesday then is not just a one-time event. It ushers us to a season of renewal. We renew ourselves by self-control (this is the meaning of fasting and abstinence from meat that we do), by generosity (hence we are enjoined to be more generous to the poor by almsgiving), and by prayer. These three are related to each other. By saying no to ourselves (penance), we are able to say yes to others (almsgiving) and to God (prayer). Let us not be side-tracked by the corona virus in living the season of grace this lent.


    Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo
    Apostolic Administrator
    Archdiocese of Manila
    February 19, 2020

  • Museo San Agustin holds exhibit on liturgical vestmests


    A special exhibit entitled, "Atuendo" was opened at the Museo San Agustin yesterday (14 February).

    The special exhibit was opened by Fray Roy Gallano OSA, Prior of the Convento de San Agustin, Fray Ricky Villar OSA, Museum Director, Atty. Reggie Dimacuja, and Filipino fashion designers Glenn Lopez and Kim Vallado in a ceremony attended by guests and friends.

    Photo Credit: Agustinos Vicariato de Oriente Facebook Page

    "Atuendo" highlights the Filipino design ingenuity, interpreting the 1700s Spanish influence and lifestyle manner of dressing to its transition in the 21st-century high fashion. The exhibition also features the centuries-old liturgical vestment collections of the Museo with reproductions interpreted by one of the leading embroiderers in ecclesiastical fashion.


    Some of the works featured in the exhibit include the works of world-renowned Filipino fashion designers like Simoun Andres, Vince Sityar, Mars Silud, Roman Sebastian, Jontie Martinez, Dee Jay Abustan, Edgar San Diego, Glenn Lopez, Jehrick dela Roca, Cliff de Torres, Sony Boy Mindo, Edwin Uy, Sasa Abarentos, Ira Baylon, Kim Vallado, Armand Marco, Francis Calaquian, and Joemel Calma.

    "Atuendo" runs until 15 April 2020 and is located on the second floor of the Museo. (Agustinos Vicariato de Oriente)

  • Sprinkling of Ashes is not Innovation but Ancient practice--CBCP


    The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has Recommended the sprinkling of Blessed Ashes instead of Marking Foreheads for Ash Wednesday. This initiative was made through an additional liturgical guidelines to reduce the threat brought about by the transmission of the COVID-19.

    File Photo: Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

     
    In a circular released on Thursday, February 20, the CBCP has strongly recommended that ashes be sprinkled on the crown of the head instead of marking the forehead as a way of reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

    “On Ash Wednesday, during the Imposition of Ashes, ashes can be imposed on the faithful by dropping or sprinkling a small portion of blessed ash on the crown of the head of the faithful with the prescribed formula,” CBCP president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said in the circular.

    The sprinkling of ashes on the head, according to Archbishop Valles, is not an “innovation but in accord with the ancient practice of the Church.” It signifies one’s repentance from sin, “which has marred the grace of Baptism.”

    Archbishop Valles also recommended the faithful to refrain from kissing or touching the cross during the veneration on Good Friday. Instead, he asked them to genuflect or to take a bow.

    “On Good Friday, during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, at the part of the Veneration of the Cross, we strongly recommend also that the faithful refrain from kissing or touching the cross for veneration. Instead, the faithful are requested to genuflect or make a profound bow as they venerate the Cross,” the Archbishop said.

    Moreover, more than the ritual, the faithful are reminded about the importance of acts of charity. “As we begin the season of Lent, we are reminded of the constant call for renewal in our Christian life by self-control (fasting and abstinence), generosity and charity (almsgiving) and prayer. Our charity is also expressed in our concern for the well-being of our brothers and sisters, thus our utmost care and efforts towards the prevention of the spread of COVID-19,” Archbishop Valles said.

    Earlier, CBCP released guidelines on the prevention of the outbreak of COVID-19 where the faithful are discouraged from holding hands when praying or singing the Our Father and shaking hands during the sign of peace. They also released “Oratio Imperata” to be prayed after Holy Communion.

    The Archdiocese of Manila also released on the same day a circular on the Instructions for Liturgical Celebrations on Ash Wednesday following CBCP’s guidelines.

    These recommendations are in compliance with the World Health Organizations (WHO) precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the deadly virus and upon the consultation with the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Liturgy Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Genaro O. Diwa.

    Ash Wednesday falls on February 26, 2020, which marks the beginning of Lent in the Catholic Church. The 40-day season encourages the faithful to do fasting, abstinence, generosity, and charity. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Collegio Filippino Rector appointed Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome


    Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston, Rector of Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome was appointed by Italian bishops as the new coordinator for the pastoral care of Filipino Migrants in the whole of Italy.

    The announcement was made by don Pierpaolo Felicolo, priest in charge of migrants in Rome during Mass presided over by Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 10:30 am.

    Photo Credit Facebook Page of Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle who was recently named as the new Prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (formerly known as the Congregation for the Propagation of Faith) encouraged those present to be faithful to God's commandments, which are not meant to be burdens upon us, but to guide us in our relationship with him and with others.

    "Obeying God's commandments shows that we are committed to him. But in the first place, his giving us the commandments shows his commitment towards us," Cardinal Tagle said.

    Fr. Gaston, who has been serving as Rector of PCF since 2010, succeeded Fr. Paulino Bumanglag, SVD.

    The Vicariate (Diocese) of Rome has designated Santa Pudenciana in 1991 as the Pastoral Center for Filipinos in Rome, also called the “Sentro Filippino”.

    Prior to that year, the Collegio served as the de facto Filipino Chaplaincy, with an office at one corner of the Collegio building, coordinating perhaps 20 or 30 Filippino Communities.

    Even earlier, in the 1970’s, when more Filipinos started migrating into Italy, three Religious Congregations initiated Masses for the Filipinos: the Salesians of Don Bosco in Sacro Coure beside Termini, the SVD near Pyramide, and the Irish Pallotine Fathers in San Silvestro, right in Rome City center.

    Today, some 50-60 Masses in Filipino, English, Ilocano, Cebuano and Bicolano are coordinated by the Sentro Filippino every Sunday in different parishes, convents and chapels, with Collegio Priests assisting the Sentro in around 15-20 Masses. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Health Workers do not just Bring Cure but also Care


    The Archdiocese of Manila celebrated the 28th World Day of the Sick with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, Jr., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Novaliches, at the Manila Cathedral on February 11, 2020.
                                

    The theme for the celebration was “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

    Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, bishop-emeritus of the Diocese of Novaliches leads the Exposition and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament during the celebration of the 28th World Day of the Sick at the Manila Cathedral. (Photo by Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC l View Photogallery)

     

    In his homily, Bishop Bacani told the health workers that aside from bringing the cure to the sick, he urged them to show love, care, and concern.

    “At mga health workers na naririto, paalaala sa atin ni Pope Francis at madalas na paalaala ng papa na tayo po minsan makatutulong tayo at madadala natin ang cure, pagpapagaling. Kung minsan hindi na natin madalan ng cure. Wala na. Ngunit kahit hindi mabigyan ng cure lahat tayo makapagbibigay pa rin ng care. Alaga. Pagmamalasakit,” Bishop Bacani said.

    In addition, he also asked them to come to the Lord not because they are sick but because they find the love of Christ that they will resonate as they cure those who are suffering from illness.

    “At tayo rin na mga health workers sabi ng Panginoon, lumapit kayo sa akin hindi dahil sa may sakit kayo kundi kailangan niyo ang puso ko para sa ganon paglapit ninyo sa may sakit hindi lang sarili ninyong kakayanan ang dala ninyo kundi ang pagmamahal ko at pangangalaga,” he said.

    The World Day of the Sick is an annual celebration of the Catholic Church initiated by Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1992. The feast coincides with the Commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.

    This year’s celebration of the World Day of the Sick, instead of the usual anointing of the sick people who were present, the exposition and procession of the Blessed Sacrament was held.

    The annual event is organized by the Ministry on Healthcare of the Archdiocese of Manila and the Order of Malta Philippines. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Bishop Pabillo appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila


    His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, following the departure of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle for Rome, leaving a Sede Vacante.

    The announcement was made on February 10, 2020, a day after Cardinal Tagle left to fulfill his new assignment as the new Prefect for the Propagation of Faith.

    “As a sign of his paternal solicitude, the Holy Father Pope Francis announced today, February 10, 2020, the appointment of His Excellency Most Reverend Broderick S. Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila until a new Archbishop is installed,” Father Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila said in his circular letter.

    Bishop Broderick Pabillo, newly appointed apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila
    File Photo: RCAM-AOC

    An apostolic administrator is appointed by the Pope until a new bishop or archbishop is formally appointed to a diocese or archdiocese. He generally has the same function and power that of an archbishop with certain limitations.

    Born on March 11, 1955, at Victorias, Negros Occidental, Bishop Pabillo has been serving as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila since 2006.

    Bishop Pabillo entered the seminary in 1972 at Don Bosco Juniorate in San Fernando, Pampanga. He finished his Philosophy degree at Don Bosco College Seminary in Laguna in 1977. Then, in 1981 he continued his Theological studies at the University of Santo Tomas.

    On December 8, 1982, he was ordained a priest at the Manila Cathedral, but was sent for further studies to obtain a Licentiate Degree in Sacred Scripture at the Pontificum Institutum in Rome in 1986.

    Before his appointment as Administrator, Bishop Pabillo held various positions in the Archdiocese of Manila, such as Vicar General, Bishop-in-charge of the Council on Pastoral Affairs, and  as Episcopal Vicar for Manila Guests Priests.

    He was also involved in the Archdiocese's Board of Consultors, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation, and in the Philippine Bible Society

    In the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), he was the Chairperson of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace, and Permanent Committee on Public Affairs. At present, he is the Chairperson of Episcopal Commission on the Laity. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle Leaves Philippines to Start in Vatican Post


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle left for Rome, Italy, evening of February 9, 2020 to take on his new mission as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

    “Tonight I say goodbye. Work starts for me this week at the Congregation. It was an honor and blessing to have known you and have collaborated with you. I will always treasure my time with you. You can count on my prayers,” Cardinal Tagle said in his farewell message to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila.

    “Please pray for me and my mission as well. Let us pray for docility to the Holy Spirit as we continue our life as an Archdiocese and await the next Archbishop. Stay well and joyful,” he added.

     His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrates his last Mass as Archbishop of Manila at the Manila Cathedral on February 9, 2020, at 7 a.m.
    Photo Credit: Manila Cathedral

    In the morning of February 9, Cardinal Tagle celebrated his last Mass as Archbishop of Manila at the Manila Cathedral. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, the Cardinal’s personal secretary and rector of the Cathedral, unveiled his coat of arms set on marbles at the central nave.

    “This signifies that you will be remembered in all the prayers and Masses offered in this cathedral. This is also a sign that you continue to be a clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila. You still belong to us. And this is an assurance that you always have a home in this cathedral,” Fr. Malicdem said in his message posted at the Facebook page of Manila Cathedral.

    On December 8, 2019, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis announced Cardinal Tagle’s appointment as the new Prefect of the Propagation of Faith. He succeeds Italian Cardinal Fernando Filoni (2011-2019). (Jheng M. Prado/RCAMAOC)

  • A Message from Cardinal Chito



    Good evening. Tonight I say goodbye. Work starts for me this week at the Congregation. It was an honor and blessing to have known you and have collaborated with you. I will always treasure my time with you. You can count on my prayers. Please pray for me and my mission as well. Let us pray for docility to the Holy Spirit as we continue our life as an Archdiocese and await the next Archbishop. Stay well and joyful! Cardinal Chito

  • Archdiocese of Manila to mark 28th World Day of the Sick


    Most Rev. Teodoro C. Bacani, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches will lead the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the 28th World Day of Sick at the Manila Cathedral on February 11, 2020, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, at 9 a.m.

    With the theme "Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28), Fr. Manuel Abogado III, Minister, Ministry on Healthcare said that there will be Anointing of the Sick during the Mass.

    World Day of the Sick 2018
    Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

    The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1992.

    In his message for the 28th World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be like Jesus who offered mercy and comfort to the sick, oppressed, and poor.

    “He looks upon a wounded humanity with eyes that gaze into the heart of each person. That gaze is not one of indifference; rather, it embraces people in their entirety, each person in his or her health condition, discarding no one, but rather inviting everyone to share in his life and to experience his tender love,” Pope Francis said in his message.

    By doing so, Pope Francis urged all the healthcare institutions and government leaders throughout the world not to neglect those who do not have access to medical care because of poverty.

    “It is my hope that, by joining the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity, efforts will be made to cooperate in ensuring that everyone has access to suitable treatments for preserving and restoring their health,” he said.

    The World Day of the Sick is organized by the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Healthcare in coordination with Sovereign Military Order of Malta Philippines. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • PCNE: The Mission to Evangelize continues


    PCNE will continue its mission of evangelization even after Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle leaves the Archdiocese of Manila, the host diocese of the conference, to take on his new mission in Rome

    Fr. Jason Laguerta, Director of the Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization, reiterated Cardinal Tagle's message at the concluding Mass of the conference, the work of evangelization of PCNE will still continue.

    “As Cardinal Chito said in the Mass in the concluding Mass of PCNE 7, PCNE is not about him, it is not dependent on him. PCNE is about new evangelization so, therefore it continues,” Fr. Laguerta told the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle and  Fr. Jason  Laguerta, Director of the Office for the Promotion of News Evangelization (OPNE) during PCNE 7 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 29, 2020.
    Photo by: Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC

    After Cardinal Tagle leaves for Rome, Fr. Laguerta said PCNE will continue but they will also await the instructions of the new archbishop. Fr. Laguerta expressed his confidence that the new archbishop will support what the PCNE has already begun.

    "The mission to evangelize continues but as to the format whether it’s a three-day conference like we have or a two-day conference, that, we don’t know yet. The direction will depend on the new archbishop so we will take our cue from him,” he said.

    “But I’m sure the new archbishop will always have in his heart the mission to evangelize because that’s the mission of the church - to spread the good news to all,” he added.

    Fr. Laguerta emphasized that this year, PCNE gives highlight to the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples. Through PCNE 7 he said, they were able to collaborate with the different ministries and commissions of Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Archdiocese of Manila.

    “We are excited because as per our conversation with the other commissions, we are now planning for new activities and events for the whole year. So, they said, they told me, PCNE 7 is just a kick-off, it’s just the beginning of a whole year celebration of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples,” Fr. Laguerta said.

    He will make use of his timeslot in his program. Fr. Laguerta also anchors in one of Radio Veritas' program, "Hello Father 911" every Friday. He says that this radio program will also tackle relevant topics on Ecumenism.

    Also, the bi-monthly gathering in the Archdiocese of Manila called Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) will be in the pipeline. Pocket events, small conferences, talks, and symposia will also be a means of communicating the message of dialogue during the Year of Ecumenism.

    “Sa akin yun ang buod ng misyon natin ngayon na tayoý magkakapatid, tayo ay kapwa tao kaya ang misyon natin talaga ay magmahalan, igalang ang isa’t isa at lahat tayo sama-sama para tugunan ang misyon ni Hesus,” he said. (Jheng M. Prad/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle Reminds Filipinos: You are Gifted, be a Gift to Others.


    At the concluding  Mass of the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 7), His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle reminded the participants that everyone has received gifts from God, and so everyone is also called to be a gift to others.

    Delivering his homily at the conclusion of PCNE 7, Cardinal Tagle, who is newly appointed Prefect for the Propagation of Faith, reflected about the celebration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

    “The gift you have received give as a gift. At tungkol din po sa paghahanda natin sa 2021, taon ng misyon. Kung papaanong dumating sa atin ang pananampalataya, ngayon naman bilang mga binyagan tayo ay inaaanyayahang ibahagi ang biyaya na ating natanggap.  The gift you have received give as a gift,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    A boy hands over to Cardinal Tagle the image of Santo Niño during send-off at the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 29, 2020. 
    Photo by Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications (RCAM-AOC) l View Photogallery

    Christ is the gift that everyone receives, the Cardinal pointed out. And as bearers of that gift, a Christian's mission is to spread the Word of God wherever he or she is.

    “Mga kapatid, bawat isa sa atin katulad ni Hesus ay buhay sana na butil na ihahasik. Kapag kayoý napunta sa lansa-lansangan, tularan si Hesus. Kapag kayo’y napunta sa batu-batuhan, tularan si Hesus. Kapag kayoý napunta sa mga dawagan, tularan si Hesus,” he said.

    To close the 2-day conference, a small image of Sto. Niño and a small container for holy water were distributed to all the participants, symbolizing the gift of baptism.

    “Dahil ang 2021 yung 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity, ang tema natin ay 'Gifted to be a gift.' Yun ang misyon. Lahat tayo gifted as baptized. At ito po ay magiging sagisag mamaya. Ibibigay po ito sa bawat isa. Bawat isa ay makatatanggap….Pero ibibigay niyo sa katabi niyo at yung katabi niyo ibibigay naman sa inyo, okay? At dadasalan natin ang bawat isa. Pagka-abot po ninyo ng inyong gift sa katabi niyo paki-krusan sa noo,” he instructed.

    PCNE 7 was held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 28-29, 2020 with the theme “At Sino Ang Aking Kapwa.” (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the concluding Mass of the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 29, 2020, at 3:30 p.m.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, muli po magpasalamat tayo sa Panginoon na siyang dahilan kung bakit tayo narito at bakit tayo natitipon. Sa pangalan ng Panginoong Hesus tayo ay nagkakaisa.
     

    At naging tradisyon na po ng PCNE na kung papaano nagsisismula ang PCNE sa hapag ng Panginoon sa Eukaristiya,

    dito rin tayo magtatapos. At nakaugalian na rin na sa huling Misa ng PCNE, hindi lang natin sinasabi humayo kayo tapos na ang Misa. Hindi. Meron ding commissioning. Pahahayuin tayo upang ang ating nakita, narinig, nahawakan tungkol sa Salita ng Diyos na si Hesus ay ating maibahagi sa iba.

     Cardinal Tagle receives the cross that serves as a reminder that a Christian life is like the way of the cross and Christ’s resurrection during the send-off at the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 29, 2020.
    Photo by RCAM-AOC l Photogallery

    Kaya ang pagdalo sa PCNE ay hindi lamang, excused ako sa klase o excuse ako sa trabaho, hindi. Pagkatapos ng PCNE, makikibahagi sa misyon.

    Maganda po ang mga Pagbasa natin, huwag po kayong matakot kahit mahahaba yung dalawang Pagbasa mas mahaba po ang homilya.

    Marami na tayong narinig at kita naman ninyo na halatang halata na yung diyakono ay bata. Ang boses niya mas malakas. Ako poý ang lalamunan ay medyo nanganganib.

    Maganda po ang dalawa nating Pagbasa tungkol sa misyon. 

    The gift you have received give as a gift. At tungkol din po sa paghahanda natin sa 2021, taon ng misyon. Kung papaanong dumating sa atin ang pananampalataya, ngayon naman bilang mga binyagan tayo ay inaaanyayahang ibahagi ang biyaya na ating natanggap.  The gift you have received give as a gift.

    Kapag ang misyon ay inisip natin hindi bilang trabaho kundi sharing of a gift, parang mas katanggap tanggap. Kasi  kapag misyon, naku, mabigat yan trabaho yan. Umaatras eh. Pero kapag ang misyon ay sharing the gift that we have received then, natural lang yun e na kapag may natanggap kang biyaya, ito’y panatilihing biyaya. Ibinibigay.

    Pero paano nga ba magmisyon? Dalawang paalaala mula sa mga Pagbasa.


    Una po, sa Ikalawang Aklat ni Samuel, si Haring David ay mayroong magandang panukala. He had a good, good and noble project - magtayo ng tahanan para sa Panginoon. Pero sabi ng Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng propeta Nathan, “Hoy! Ikaw ang magtatayo ng bahay para sa akin? Alam mo ba yang plano mo? Ipagtatayo mo ng bahay ang Panginoon? E, ako nga ang gumawa ng lupa at langit. Anong maibibigay mo sa akin. Ako ang magtatayo ng bahay para sa iyo. At ang bahay na itatayo ko, hindi gawa sa kahoy, sa semento. Ang itatayo kong bahay ay ang iyong pamilya. Hindi bahay na bato kundi ang iyong tahanan at mula sa iyong lahi ay darating ang manunubos.”

    Ito’y magandang paalaala sa atin sa misyon. Minsan good intention naman gusto natin may magawa para sa Diyos at sa sambayanan. Hindi po masama yun, hindi masama. Magandang hangarin at magandang gawain. Pero paalaala, ang Diyos ang may gagawin sa atin. Siya ang unang may gagawin at itatayo. Tayo po ay makikiisa lamang sa kanyang pagkilos.

    Minsan ang misyon nagiging ambisyon. May patutunayan ako sa bayan na yan, may patutunayan ako. Kaya kong gawin ito. Kaya kong itayo ito. Kaya kong simulan ito at tatapusin ko. E, salamat pero ang tunay na misyon ay makiisa ka kaya sa itinatayo ng Diyos. Baka yung itinatayo mo hindi naman yan ang gustong itayo ng Diyos. Ang tunay na misyon ay nasa pagkilatis sa kung ano ang gusto na itayo ng Diyos.

    Ito po’y naikuwento ko na ilang pagkakataon. Naalaala nyo ba ang pagbisita ni Pope Francis? Anong year iyun? 2015. Anong buwan? Fifth anniversary ngayon talaga naman. Kaya yung PCNE 2015, kailan natin ginawa? Kailan? January. Nagparticipate si Pope sa PCNE 2015. Ayaw nyong maniwala?

    So, 5 years ago. E, di ba katakut-takot ang ating paghahanda sa pagdating ni Pope. Ako poý saksi. Ilang buwan na meeting, ilang buwan na pagpunta sa iba’t ibang lugar para tignan saan nga ba magmimisa ang Pope. Ano ba ang pwede niyang bisitahin. Ang tanong sa akin pa noon, mula sa Nunciature hanggang sa Manila Cathedral, ilan kilometro at gaanong kabilis yan? Sabi ko, “Sa Pilipinas hindi namin tinatanong ang kilometro. Ang tinatanong naming ano ho, ang trapik. Kung walang traffic, ten minutes. Kung may traffic, four hours. Iba po ang pag measure namin. Kayo kilometro kami traffic.” Tawanan kami pero nakito ang pagpupunyagi sa Tacloban, dito po sa Manila, doon sa MOA, lahat po. Lahat ibig natin makapaghandog kay Pope at sa buong mundo ng magandang handog.

    Kung bakit naman dumating ang bagyo Enero at yung araw pa na bibisita si Pope sa Tacloban. Akoý talagang parang nagtampo. Sabi ko sa Diyos, “Ang dami naming pinlano, ang dami naming itinayo lalu na yung mga tao sa Tacloban. Mayroon naming 365 days a year, bakit itong araw ka nagpadala ng bagyo. Wala ka na bang ibang mapili.” Nanghihinayang ako sa itinayo, ipinlano, at inihanda namin.


    Pero sabi nga, God has a better story to tell. Dahil doon sa bagyo at pati yung Misa sa Luneta, for the first time nakakita sila ng Papa na nagpopontifical Mass naka-kapote. At lalu na sa hindi natin pinaplano nakapagbigay ng saksi ang ang mga taga-Tacloban at mga karatig na lugar at ang bayang Pilipino na nagtipon sa Luneta. Nakapagbigay ng saksi sa buong mundo na kahit bumabagyo, kahit umuulan nandun tayo. Hindi tayo aatras, hindi natin aatrasan ang bagyo. Basta makapagdiwang at salubungin ang Santo Padre.  Hindi natin plano yun pero yun ang ginawa ng Diyos.

    Pagkatapos po ng Pope’s visit, mga two weeks later, pumunta ako sa Rome umattend ng meeting. Sa airport pa lang may nakakilala sa akin, “Kayo ba yung sa Pilipinas sa Manila?” Sabi ko, “Opo.” “Wow! Ang bayan ninyo, ang mga Pilipino nagturo sa amin kung papaano manalig.”

    Ang Diyos ang magtatayo hindi tayo. Yan ang misyon. Magplano ka pero kapag may ibang plano ang Diyos, huwag mong igiit ang plano mo. Huwag mong itayo ang ibig mong itayo. Guguho iyan. Pero ang magandang balita may itatayo ang Diyos. Maaaring hindi natin agad nauunawaan pero sa takdang panahon ang itatayo niya higit pa sa naiplano nating itayo. Maski ngayon lahat tayo siguro very eagered, unity, unity baka pag uwi nyo nga e, katukan nyo agad yung mga iba doon, let us dialogue.

    At baka meron kayong kapitbahay na hindi katoliko o hindi kristiyano baka pilitin nga ninyo e, hey c’mon, dapat by tomorrow nagda-dialogue na tayo. O simulan natin ngayon eye to eye. Bukas naman ear to ear. Ayan nakaplano yan at sakit yan ng simbahan ngayon. Naku po! Planning dito planning diyan planning dito planning diyan. Lahat measurable. Lahat accountable. Ay ganyan. Teka maganda yun pero, hey, have we consulted God what does God want to construct?

    At panghuli po sa Ebanghelyo yung naghasik, another image of mission. Ang Diyos naghahasik ng mga binhi. Sabi po sa akin naka-attend ako ng Bible sharing, e, karamihan po mga magsasaka. Ito yung una kong assignment sa Mendez Nuñez, Cavite. Ah, may taga-Mendez ba dito? A, ayun pahinge nga ng kape. E, di mga magsasaka, coffee growers, sayote. Meron pa bang sayote? A, meron pa, ganyan. E. doon sa isang barangay, may sharing sabi sa akin nung isang leader na alam kong farmer, sabi niya, “Alam nyo po yung nasa Gospel na maghahasik? Hindi po tunay na farmer yan. Kung tunay na farmer yan bat ka naman mag-aaksaya ng ano sa batu-bato. Sa mga tinik tinik, ganyan. Kung tunay na farmer yan, ayusin muna ang lupa at doon ka maghahasik.” Sa loob loob ko lang, oo nga ano. Sino ba ang pakikinggan ko? Itong si Hesus o itong farmer na ito? Parang gusto nang sabihin na kausapin mo nga si Hesus. Kayo nga ang mag-areglo diyan. Pero napapaisip ka nga ano. At ang hinahasik pa naman ay hindi basta binhi kundi Salita ng Diyos. Pero ganyan naman talaga siguro ang tiwala ng Diyos. Parang God takes chances.

    Iba-ibang lupa. Kayo anong klaseng lupa kayo? Kayo ba yung nasa daan daan lang diyan mukhang sidewalk. Kayo ba yung mukhang mabato? Kayo ba yung matinik puro tinik? Lahat ng mapalapit sa’yo ay aray natutusok. O, kayo ba yung matabang lupa?

    Pero may mga kahulugan ang iba-ibang uri ng daan. Pero kung tutuusin po itong Salita ng Diyos na kanyang hinasik, hinasik ng Diyos ay hindi basta salita kundi ang kanyang anak na si Hesus-ang Salita ng Diyos na naging tao. Yan ang misyon ng Diyos. Isugo, ihasik ang kanyang anak na buhay na salita at alam naman natin ang buhay ni Hesus. Parang naitapon siya sa mga daanan. Yun bang tinanggap siya pero biglang dumating si satanas at binawi siya sa puso ng iba. May ganyang karanasan si Hesus.

    Si Hesus naihasik din sa kabatuhan. Naku, nakinig ng may galak pero pagkatapos ng dumating ang kahirapan at pag-uusig, wala na nanlamig na. Di ba yung iba nakinig tas nung sinabi niya, ako ang kakainin ninyo ang aking katawan, iinumin niyo ang aking dugo. Sabi nung iba, ay mahirap yan. Isa-isa silang umalis.

    Si Hesus naihasik din sa mga dawagan. Yun bang mga bagay na makamundo ang inuna at pagkatapos ay iniwan siya. Naalaala niyo ba yung rich young man? Susunod ako, sabi ni Hesus, “Ibenta mo lahat ng ari-arian mo. Ibigay sa mahirap at sumunod ka sa akin.” Wala na. Wala na.

    Pero meron din naming mga matatabang lupa. At yung mga matatabang lupa hindi mo inaasahan. The syrofenetian woman, the Samaritan leper, the woman with flow of blood. Yung mga akala mo mga tabi tabi nandun pala ang matabang lupa. Outsiders. Kababaihan may karamdaman.

    Mga kapatid, bawat isa sa atin katulad ni Hesus ay buhay sana na butil na ihahasik. Kapag kayoý napunta sa lansa-lansangan, tularan si Hesus. Kapag kayo’y napunta sa batu-batuhan, tularan si Hesus. Kapag kayoý napunta sa mga dawagan, tularan si Hesus. Huwag lang kayo mamili ng laging matabang lupa. Yung matabang lupa na pinipili nyo baka hindi yan mataba. Hayaan niyong ang Diyos ang pumili kung saan ka ihahasik.


    Mga kapatid na pari, huwag kayong mamili ng assignment. Kung saan ka ihasik, yan ang matabang lupa para sa iyo. Parang meron kayong pinahihiwatig. Kayo rin, kung saan tayo hinahasik ng Panginoon. Hindi ka na president ng Pastoral Council, okay. Huwag yung hindi na ako kailangan ni Father kaya ako’y mag lay low ngayon, lay low. Gusto mo lagi yung matabang lupa? Nakatabi ka sa picture, ano ka, ganyan at laging nakukunsulata? Hindi, hindi baka ang matabang lupa para sa iyo ngayon doon sa tahimik na misyon. Basta may lupa mataba yan kapag pinili ng Panginoon na doon ka ipunla. Maging salita ka, binhi ng Panginoon.

    Hay naku po! Parang ako ang unang dapat making sa aking sinasabi. At totoo po yan. Kaya ganito naman ang aking pagbabahagi ay dahil ito rin ang narinig kong sinasabi sa akin.

    At sa pagtatapos po, mamaya, mamaya pa bago matapos ang Misa, sa commissioning bawat isa ay makatatanggap ng isang regalo. May Santo Niño at isang maliit na botilya, container ng holy water. Pero wala pa hong tubig kasi baka inumin na ho at saka ano ho.

    Pero dahil ang 2021 yung 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity, ang tema natin ay “Gifted to be a gift.” Yun ang misyon. Lahat tayo gifted as baptized. At ito po ay magiging sagisag mamaya. Ibibigay po ito sa bawat isa. Bawat isa ay makatatanggap. Teka, hindi pa pumalakpak kayo agad. Pero ibibigay niyo. Ayan wala nang pumapalakpak. E, sabi yung gift to be given, di ba. Pero ibibigay niyo sa katabi niyo at yung katabi niyo ibibigay naman sa inyo, okay. At dadasalan natin ang bawat isa. Pagka-abot po ninyo ng inyong gift sa katabi niyo paki-krusan sa noo.

    The water and the sign of the cross, reminders of Baptism. At yung unang binyag sa Cebu kaya Santo Nino reminding us of our own baptism. The gift that we have received and now as baptized butil tayo na ihahasik ng Panginoon. Pwede po ba yun? At pag uwi ninyo humingi kayo ng holy water sa inyong parish priest. Ayaw na naman. Ano ba naman. At sana magamit niyo ito pati sa pamilya. Mga magulang dasalan ninyo ang inyong mga anak. Dasalan ninyo ang bawat isa and don’t hesitate to bless. Kung meron kayong mga kapatid, kamag-anak bring the gift that we have received who is named Jesus, the word of God sown that green of wheat that fell to the ground. We are that ground, that ground of humanity even the dust and mud of humanity on which Jesus the seed fell even unto death. It is from this earth that the seed grew more fruit and hopefully we are those fruit. Let us be also the seed falling on the ground.

    Tayo po’y tumahimik sandali at sa panalangin ay ating ihanda ang ating sarili na maging mga butil ng presensiya ni Hesus na ihahasik ng Panginoon sa malawak na lupain ng sangkatauhan. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino for the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 28, 2020, at 8 a.m.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya magpasalamat po tayo at magpuri sa Panginoon sa magandang araw na ito at tayo ay kanyang tinipon bilang isang sambayanan. At welcome po sa PCNE number seven. (crowd claps)

    At para po doon sa nandiyan hindi ho kayo tinatalikuran. Kasama ho kayo diyan….salamat po.

    Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa mga kapatid nating bishops na kasama po natin sa umagang ito. At nararapat lamang na ang PCNE sa taong ito ay nakaugnay sa taon na idineklara ng ating mga obispo.

     His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino for PCNE 7 at Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 28, 2020.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao l View Photogallery

     

    A year of dialogue in harmony na may mga sangkap, ecumenical dialogue ang atin pong pakikipag-kapwa kalooban sa mga kristiyano na hindi katoliko. Gayun din interreligious dialogue ang ating pakikipag-kapwa kalooban sa mga taong hindi kabilang sa relihiyong Kristiyano. At ating pakikiisa sa mga indigenous peoples. Yung mga tinatawag nating mga katutubong Pilipino, ang kanilang kultura at ang kanilang pinahahalagahan sa buhay.

    Kaya ang tema ng PCNE number 7 ay, ‘At Sino ang Aking Kapwa?’ Kasi minsan ang tingin natin sa iba sa atin hindi na kapwa basta iba yan, iba. Pero Makita ang kapwa, kapatid pati ang aking sarili. Kaya minarapat po na ang pagbubukas na misa ay pagpapasalamat sa Diyos sa Mahal na Ina bilang Ina ng Simabahan. Ang ina na nag-uugnay sa ating lahat. Ang ina na ibinigay ni Hesus para maging ina natin at tinaggap niya tayo bilang kanyang mga anak.

    Ang Unang Pagbasa ay mula sa aklat ng Genesis. Nakakalungkot pumasok ang kasalanan noong wala pang kasalanan. Parang nanabik si Adan na makita si Eba. Regalo sila sa isat isa.

    Sabi nga ni Adan noong nakita si Eba, “Sa wakas, sa wakas, buto ng aking buto laman ng aking laman kapwa-tao kita.”

    E, pumasok yung tukso, sabi nung ahas, “Pag kumain kayo ng bunga ng punong yan, kayo’y magiging parang Diyos

    E, nakakaakit maging Diyos. Hindi na ako tao, hindi ko na kayo kapwa. Diyos na ako at nung tumikom na nga hindi naman sila naging Diyos. Nakita nila hubad sila.

    At ang ating Pagbasa pinapakita ang bunga ng kasalanan. Kung yung dati yung lalaki tuwang tuwa binigay sa kanya ng Diyos ang babae, ngayon,  sinisisi niya yung babae. Sabi niya sa Diyos, “E, kaya naman ako kumagat dun sa bunga yang babaeng binigay mo na yan, yan, yan ang may kasalanan ba’t ba binigay bigay mo pa yan.”

    Yung babae naman nung tinanong ng Diyos, bakit mo ginawa yan. “E, kasi ito ang naging ng ahas na ito eh, yan, yan.” Nagsisisihan na nawala na ang pagkaka-ugnay.

    Ang regalo naging salot. Ang naging tingin na sa regalo ay perwisyo. Pero mabait pa rin ang Diyos bagama’t sila ay nagkasala, sila ay dinamitan at sabi po ng Unang Pagbasa, “Ang tinawag sa kanyang asawa ay Eba dahil siya ang ina ng mga buhay, ina ng sangkatauhan.

    Sino po ang naging unang anak ni Adan at Eba? Adan junior. (crowd laughs) Seryosa ka ba? Sino ho? Sino ang naging unang mga anak nitong si Adan, tao at Eba, ina ng mga buhay? Si Cain at Abel. Kayo talaga kailangan pang anuhin. Magkapatid. Ano ang ginawa ni Cain? Dahil sa selos pinatay si Abel.

    Mga kapatid ang unang krimen na nakasulat sa Bibliya ay pagpatay na ginawa ng kapatid. Ang unang krimen ay ang pagsira ng kapatiran. Kapatid ang pumapatay sa kapatid.

    Parang hindi sila nanggaling sa iisang ina. At yan ay ipinamana nang ipinamana. Hanggang ngayon naman e, magkakapatid nag-aaway dahil sa kapirasong lupa. And one square meter lang naman yung lupa pero pag sinabi mo ba’t kayo nag-aaway diyan? Hindi po, hindi po lupa ito. Ang pinag-aawayan po naming ay prinsipyo. Ha? Prinsipyo ba ‘yon na ang kapatid mo kadugo mo ay kaya mong ipagpalit sa kapirasong lupa. Yan ba ang prinsipyo? Kaya pala nagkakawindang windang ang mundo. Yan ang prinsipyo. Wala nang kapatiran. Walang kapwa. Walang ugnayan kahit na kadugo pwedeng patayin.

    Salamat kay Hesus sa Ebanghelyong narinig natin bago siya mamamatay alam niya kung papaano mangungulila ang kanyang ina. At hindi niya hahayaan na ang kamatayan ay umuwi sa ganitong paghihiwa-hiwalay. Sa paanan ng krus ng kamatayan naroon ang kanyang ina at ang alagad na minamahal niya kasama rin ang ilang kababaihan. At sabi ni Hesus, “Ginang narito ang iyong anak” at sa alagad niya, “Narito ang iyong ina.

    Ang nasira ng kasalanan ang sinira na kapatiran at ugnayan ngayon binubuo ng isang mamamatay nag-aalay ng buhay upang ang mga nagkawatak-watak ay mapanumbalik. Kaya sabi nila sa paanan ng krus ni Hesus bumukal ang bagong pamilya. Pamilya na hindi na lamang nakabatay sa dugo kundi sa kalooban ni Hesus na tayoý magturingan ng magkakapatid sa iisang Diyos ama at ngayon sa kanyang ina.

    Sino ba ang nanay ni Hesus? Sino ba ang kanyang mga kapatid? Ang sagot ni Hesus, ang nakikinig sa Salita ng Diyos at tumutupad nito ay aking ina, kapatid na lalaki, kapatid na babae.

    Sa ilalim ng patnubay ng ating iisang Ama, matuklasan nawa natin muli ang kapatiran ang pagiging kapwa.

    At sa Mahal na Ina, ang ina makilala natin ang bawat isa bilang kapatid sa iisang pamilya. Tama na, tama na, huwag ng palaganapin ang ipinamana ni Cain. Ang tanong ng Diyos, “Nasaan si Abel, nasaan ang kapatid mo?” ang sagot ni Hesus, “Narito ang iyong ina. Narito ang iyong kapatid. Mamili tayo, ano ang ipalalaganap, yung unang krimen o ang mapagligtas na kilos ni Hesus?

    Atin pong isaalay sa Mahal na Ina hindi lamang ang PCNE kundi ang paghahanap ng mundo sa tunay na kapatiran at pagkakapwa tao.

    Nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga taga Diocese of Imus kay Bishop Rey at sa mga nag-Caracol. Ang atin pong imahen ang Nuestra Señora del Pilar, ang Patrona po ng Parokya ng Imus at ng Diocese of Imus. Ako po’y lumaki doon sa parokyang yun, Nuestra Seña del Pilar. At ang kuwento po ay hindi pa umaakyat sa langit si Maria buhay pa siya dito sa lupa, ang mga alagad na kanyang mga anak na ngayon na inihabilin ni Hesus sa kanya ay lumalakad na sa misyon. At nagpapaalam daw sa kanya bago umalis.

    Si Santiago apostol ay nakarating sa España hindi sa España boulevard kundi doon sa Spain. At hindi naging mabunga ang kanyang misyon. Pagod na pagod na raw si Santiago at ang mga kasama niya at gusto nang sumuko. At isang gabi natutulog sila doon sa ilog…ay nakarinig sila ng awitan ng mga anghel at nung tumingin sila sa taas ay ankita nila ang Mahal na Ina, nakaupo sa isang Pillar bitbit ng mga anghel at sinabi ng Mahal na Ina kina Santiago Apostol, bumangon at ituloy ang misyon na tinanggap nila mula kay Hesus.  At nagsabi na ibig niya na mayroong simbahan na maitayo doon. Yun po ngayon ang Zaragosa sa Zaragosa, Spain. Nandun ang Basilica ng Nuestra Señora del Pilar.

    Ina na sumusubaybay sa mga anak niya na ibingay sa kanya ni Hesus at subaybay na may kasamang encouragement, ituloy niyo ang misyon na tinanggap niyo mula sa aking anak. Kaya sa Mahal na Ina, Ina ng sambayanan sa kanyang pangalang Nuestra Señora del Pilar atin pong ihabilin ang ating sarili at ang pagkakaisa ng sangkatauhan. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • Fire and Heat, Lightnings and Clouds Bless the Lord! (Dan 3:66, 73) Pastoral Message on the Natural Calamities Happening in the Country


    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

    This is not the first time the scenic Taal volcano erupts. It will most certainly not be the last. And throughout its fiery and violent history, it has always taken a toll on human lives and on human well-being.

     


    But coming in the heels of other natural disasters like the destructive typhoons that hit the country, the devastating floods that left many of our countrymen homeless and prostrate, earthquakes that have wrecked buildings, lives and the basic sense of security without which we cannot live in tranquility, sicknesses and infections never heard before threatening us — our people ask themselves what they might have done to deserve chastisement from God. And not only us, the plants and trees and animals suffer and moan too but unlike us, unable to speak.

    Lord Help Us We are Perishing! (Mt 8:25)

    It has always been the witness of the Scriptures that God’s mercy overlooks our sins and that he does not deal with us as our failings deserve.“If you, Oh Lord, marked iniquities, Lord, who would endure?” (Ps 130:3)

    We miss our steps and fall. A bus that loses traction on a mountain track plunges into a ravine. What is at work is not God’s wrath but the law of gravity– the very same law that keeps our feet, our homes and the objects with which we deal firmly rooted on the ground, the same gravity that makes life easier to live on earth.

    Typhoons are not the scourges of a vengeful God.

    “While it is true that suffering has a meaning as punishment, when it is connected with a fault, it is not true that all suffering is a consequence of a fault and has the nature of a punishment. The figure of the just man Job is a special proof of this in the Old Testament. Revelation, which is the word of God himself, with complete frankness presents the problem of the suffering of an innocent man: suffering without guilt. (St. John Paul, Salvifici Doloris, 11)

    The point is that our world – the very same world that nurtures and nourishes us – is made up of processes: the very processes by which the wonderful miracle of evolution has taken place and continues to take place.

    If we are grateful for the earth and its resources, then we must be grateful for the very same processes that bring them about. Unfortunately, persons who live close to volcanoes, or who build their homes along waterways, or who live along the corridor of typhoons and hurricanes are the victims of destruction and the hapless sufferers, not because God punishes them. It is not because God hates them, but because that is just the nature of this imperfect world. It is a world where the activities of humankind and the processes of nature do not always coincide with each other.

    One who takes to the seas in search of its resources must be prepared to face the risks of wave and wind. The very same sea that yields a trove of sea-life is also the very same sea that can serve as the watery grave of some. There is nothing about God’s anger or punishment or vengeance in all this.

    This is just how our world is.

    All Creation is Groaning in Labor Pains (Rom 8:29)

    Earthquakes and typhoons and ash falls are signs that we are still living in an imperfect natural world. They are natural disasters.

    Indeed it is not the unpredictable processes of the earth that militate against God’s existence and his goodness. It is rather the resolve that we will rise from where we fall, that we will extend helping hands to those who can no longer rise. It likewise involves putting our scientific acumen and our human intelligence into understanding volcanoes and earthquakes and typhoons and draughts and floods better so that we can plan our lives relying less on chance and more on human providence. It is all this that allow us to utter the Holy Name of God in the midst of earth’s birth pangs that await the dawning of God’s Eternal Day.

    God accompanies us in the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and floods and storms not as a Great Punisher but as the Great Loving Emmanuel, One to whom we can turn assured that He will never forsake the people who call on His name. These calamities can be opportunities for grace and blessings. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him. (Rom 8:28).”

    The Greatest of These is Love (1Cor 13:13)

    Many can go to Taal to view the spectacle. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong about observing an eruption, to do so without empathy for those who suffer is certainly not Christian. To be a spectator and to make of the misery of our brothers and sisters a mere object of curiosity is certainly to be like the priest and the Levite who passed by, even as the wounded man was bleeding to death by the roadside (cfr. Lk 29:30-37). Certainly he was not the victim of either, but the sin of these “holy men” consisted precisely in passing by without heeding the ethical demand that the situation made on them.

    We laud the government for the effort it has taken to rescue our fellow Filipinos within the danger zone and to evacuate them to centers of refuge. But we must continue to ask that budgetary priorities be set aright so that the Department of Science and Technology, and in particular, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology, may be more adequately supported, so that observations and studies may be more helpful, and findings may be more precise. We commend the DOST and Phivolcs for their heroic services despite the limitations of funds and equipment.

    Knowing that we are a disaster-prone country particularly because we lie in the Pacific Ring of Fire, as well as within the typhoon belt along the gateway to Southeast Asia, as well as the zone where the tectonic plates collide and push against each other with unimaginable force, disaster preparedness cannot be a peripheral concern. We appeal for the construction of permanent evacuation centers in the most vulnerable areas.

    Certainly, preparing for disasters like stocking up on food supplies and necessities, upgrading relief and rescue equipment and the training of personnel, both civilian and military, deserve more than what is left over from unspecified intelligence funds!

    Already, we have been witnesses to the enthusiasm with which other Filipinos have responded not only because of pity but because of Christian solidarity. We are happy that Christians and peoples of other faiths, and not only Catholics, have been among the first responders. It is the determination with which our wounded and impoverished countrymen pick up the pieces of their broken lives. In all these, we see the strength of God at work. It is the selflessness with which Filipinos and other people from all over the world have responded with empathy and genuine concern to the needs of those now suffering privation that allows us to acknowledge the goodness and the mercy of God.

    You are Our Hope Lord (Ps.71:4)

    We can also see these natural calamities as calls of God. These can be God’s way of purifying us and forging us as people. The God of Dialogue is speaking to us through and in all these. Do we hear him?

    God is purifying us how to treat Mother Nature as our common home. Though not all calamities can be caused by human activities, like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, some are proven by science as human-induced, like floods and droughts and typhoons. We should change our ways so as not to contribute to climate change which bring about ravages of nature. These calamities call for conversion. These calamities appeal for deeper compassion.

    God is calling us to greater solidarity with one another. The unfortunate events call for greater generosity. We can control our wants so that we can respond more to the needs of others.

    Behold He makes all things new (cfr. Rev.21:5)

    This is the time to strengthen our love, to increase our faith and embolden our hope. God is not the Great Punisher. He is the Lord who walks among His people in distress. God is love.

    May Our Lady Comfort of the Afflicted embrace our suffering nation and lead us to her Son the Lord of all consolations.


    For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines:

     

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao
    CBCP President
    27 January 2020

     

  • PCNE 7 All Set for January 28-29


    The 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE7) with the theme "At Sino Ang Aking Kapwa? (And who is my neighbor? - Luke 10:29)" will be held from January 28-29, 2020, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

    This year's conference will focus on the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples, which is part of the preparation for the celebration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

    On January 28, the conference will kick off with the celebration of Misa ng Sambayanang Pilipino to be presided by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, at 7:30 in the morning. This will be followed by the Talk of Kalookan Bishop Virgilio Pablo David and Ms. Rachel Joyce Marie Sanchez, Ph.D., entitled, "’And who is my neighbor?' An exegesis of Luke 10:29."

     His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass on the last day of PCNE 6 on July 21, 2019.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC 


    Cardinal Tagle will host the most anticipated part of the conference, Heart to Heart Talk with celebrity couple Robin and Mariel Padilla as among the guests. Other guests are Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones, Ms. Bai Rohaniza “Honey” Sumnad-Usman, Mr. Kirk Damasco, and Rabbi Eliyahu Azaria.

    An Ecumenical Prayer experience at De La Salle Manila University will also highlight this year’s conference.

    In celebration of the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous People, PCNE 7 will provide a special portion for the presentation of Indigenous People’s hopes and dreams called Magkaugnay.

    During the conference, Cardinal Tagle, who has recently described himself as an "Overseas Filipino Worker" (OFW), after being appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Propagation of Faith in Rome, will be interviewed by broadcaster Bernadette Sembrano for the Conference Synthesis.

    PCNE 7 will conclude with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on January 29 presided by Cardinal Tagle at 3:30 in the afternoon.

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

    For those who want to attend and participate in PCNE7 please visit the site for online registration: http://www.pcne.com.ph. For inquiries, please call 405-0093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Jesus is the Word of God


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided over the Holy Eucharist in celebration of the National Bible Sunday at the Manila Cathedral, on January 26, 2020, at 10 a.m.
     

    Cardinal Tagle, who is set to leave this February for Rome to fulfill his appointment as the Prefect for the Propagation of Faith has reminded the faithful about the importance of the Word of God and their role as bearers of the Good News.

    "So these are three reminders: We follow Jesus who preach the word of God, who was the fulfilment of the word of God and we ask Jesus to open our eyes about the word of God because He is the word of God. Secondly we are all called to work with Jesus after listening to Him, we go and proclaim the word of God and thirdly, it is not just listening and speaking about the word of God, living, fulfilling the word of God in our lives," Cardinal Tagle said.

     His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle leads Mass in celebration of the National Bible Sunday at the Manila Cathedral, on January 26.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC l View Photogallery

     
    At the Vatican, Pope Francis also celebrated Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God, urging the faithful to make room in their lives for the Word of God.

    “Each day, let us read a verse or two of the Bible.  Let us begin with the Gospel, let us keep it open on our table, carry it in our pocket, read it on our cell phones, and allow it to inspire us daily.  We will discover that God is close to us, that he dispels our darkness and, with great love, leads our lives into deep waters,” Pope Francis said during his homily.

    According to Vatican News, those who were present for the mass were given a free copy of the Bible as a symbolic gesture of encouragement to make room each day in their lives for the Word of God.

    Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio “Aperuit illis”, has instituted the yearly observance of the Sunday of the Word of God every Third Sunday in Ordinary Time for the entire Catholic Church. This annual event is dedicated for the celebration, study, and spread of the Word of God. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Red Wednesday to be an Official Church Celebration


    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has approved the Red Wednesday Campaign to be an official church celebration in the Philippines.
     

    During the first day of the 120th CBCP Plenary Assembly held at Pope Pius XII in UN Avenue, January 25, the bishops unanimously agreed to institutionalize the campaign an official church celebration in the Philippines, according to CBCPNews post.

    “This formally makes the Red Wednesday an official day of observance in all churches and Catholic institutions in the Philippines,” said Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines national director.

    Mr. Jonathan Luciano, Director, Aid to the Church in Need – Philippines l Photo Credit: ACN – Philippines Facebook Page


    The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the Aid to Church in Need that creates awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution and invites everyone “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow, light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.

    The campaign was first organized in the United Kingdom in 2016, the Philippines started joining the campaign in 2017.

    More than 90 bishops are currently gathered for the biennial meeting, which will end on Jan. 27.

    “The overwhelming support makes the Philippines the first country to do this. We will do this, and we will continue to do this for every Christian in need,” Luciano said.

    The annual event will be held on a Wednesday every after the Solemnity of Christ the King.

    More than 2,000 parishes, Catholic schools, and universities, and other institutions joined the campaign and simultaneously lit their facade in red in last year’s Red Wednesday campaign. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 400 Years of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran at the Manila Cathedral on January 24, 2020, at 3 p.m.


    Mga minanmahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpuri at magpasalamat sa Diyos sa napakagandang araw na ito.

    Magpasalamat din po tayo sa kanya dahil tinipon niya tayo, pinagsama-sama niya tayo bilang isang sambayahan na nagpapahayag ng mga magagandang bagay na ginawa ng Diyos sa salit-saling lahi. ‘Yan ang diwa ng panalangin ng Mahal na Ina. At ýan din po ang diwa ng ating pagdiriiwang.

    Salamat sa Diyos salamat din po sa Order of Preachers mayroong San Juan de Letran. 400 years na po. (crowd claps)

    Salamat sa dalawang maliliit na eskuwela na nagsanib para maging Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

    At sa umpisa palang ang San Juan de Letran ay para sa mga werfanos. Sa mga, ano yun? Orphans. Sa mga, ano sa tagalog ang orphan? (crowd answers) Ulila. Lalo na ang mga anak ng nasa military service nung panahong yaun.

    Binuksan ng Colegio de San Juan de Letran ang handog ng bagong buhay, dangal, paglago sa mga taong kung walang mag-aalay sa kanila ay ang tingin sa sarili, kamiý wala na, hanggang dito na lang kami. Nasa ugat ng Colegio ng San Juan de Letran ang puso at pagtulong, pagyakap sa mga ulila, inulila at nag-iisa. Kasama yan sa ugat at sana lagi yang kasama sa lahat ng sanga at magiging bunga.

    Pwede malaman sino po sa inyo ang nandito na sa Intramuros 400 years ago? Ah wala. Sayang. Magbibigay pa naman sana si Father provincial ng 400,000.00. E, wala. So, Father ok na. You can relax.

    Pero napakaganda po na sa pagpapasinaya ng napakayaman ng misyon, misyon ng Kolehiyo ng San Juan de Letran dumadalaw muli sa kanyang orihinal na tahanan walang iba kundi Intramuros ang Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario La Naval de Manila. (crowd claps)

    Naunang nanirahan dito sa Intramuros sa unang Santo Domingo Church. At dahil nga po sa gera siya ay inilikas, salamat naman at siya ay inilikas sa UST hanggang siya ay nailuklok sa kanyang pangkasalukuyang tahanan sa Shrine ng Santo Domingo sa Queon City subalit dito sa Intramuros unang nanirahan. At mula noong Second World War, eto siya dumadalaw muli. Welcome home Mama Mary, welcome home! (crowd claps)

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle crowns the image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila during Mass for the 400 Years of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran at the Manila Cathedral on January 24, 2020. l Photo Credit: Angelo Mangahas

     

    Ang yaman po ng ating pagdiriwang. At samantalang tayoý nagsasaya at nagagalak, parang naririnig ko ang mga nagsimula ng Kolehiyo de San Juan de Letran, gayun din ang Mahal na Ina na ang ating pagdiriwang at pagsasaya ay hindi paglimot, hindi pagkalimot sa mga kapatid natin na sa oras na ito ay nangungulila lalu na po ang mga naaapektuhan ng Taal Volcano.

    Kaya inaanyayahan ko po kayo na tumahimik sandal  at ipanalangin ang lumilikas, ang mga nawalan ng kabuhayan at yaung mga tumutulong sa kanila at maaaring naghihirap din sa mga oras na ito.

    Salamat po. Alam ko po na marami pang buwan ang maaaring igugol lalo na ng Order of Preachers at ng malaking sambayahan, komunidad ng Kolehiyo de San Juan de Letran sa pagninilay ng napakalaking biyaya na ito.

    Ibig ko lang pong baybayin, sundan ang tatlong Pagbasa at ikonekta ito sa pamana sa atin ng Nuestra Señora de Santisimo Rosario La Naval de Manila na kilala na matatakbuhan at sa kanya ngang pananlangin ay sinasabing nasugpo ang pag atake ng mga Dutch forces at nasalba hindi lamang ang Manila kundi ang Pilipinas.

    Si Maria, ang kanyang panalangin, dun po ako tututok at harinawa ang San Juan de Letran na dinadalaw ng Mahal na Ina at makikitulog ngayon gabi sa Letran, sana turuan niya tayo panalangin, manalanign.

    Ano nga ba ang panalangin? Ang panalangin ay pakikipag-ugnay sa Diyos. Ang panalangin ay pakikipag-kapwa kalooban sa Diyos. Ang panalangin ay pagtatakbo ng dalawang kalooban, dalawang loob. At ito ay nagsisimula sa Diyos hindi sa atin. Siya ang unang lumalapit. Siya unang ibig makipag-ugnay sa atin. Nasa sa atin na ngayon kung tayoý magbubukas ng ating loob sa kanya. Kung tayo’y magtutuloy na makipag-ugany sa kanya. Wala nang tanong tungkol sa parte ng Diyos. Ibig niyang kaugnay tayo. Tayo ba? Tayo ba’y makiki- ugnay sa kanya sa tinatawag na panalangin?

    Ang tatlong Pagbasa ay may paalaala tungkol sa panalangin lalo na ang Mahal na Ina.

    Una, kayong mga estudyande dito makinig kayo. Kung meron kayong papel at lapis o ballpen pakisulat kasi may quiz mamaya.

    Ang una po mula sa Aklat ni Propeta Zacharias. Ang ganda ang Diyos ay mananahan sa piling mo. Wow! Ang Diyos darating at sasamahan ka. Ganoon nagsisismula ang pananlangin, ibig ng Diyos mapasa-atin. At ano ang tamang tugon? Sabi po dito manahimik sa harapan ng Panginoon pagkat siyaý tumindig mula sa kanyang temple. Kapag ang dumarating sa iyo ay ang Diyos na parang iniwanan niya ang temple niya sa langit at ikaw ang pinupuntahan, paano ka tutugon? Ano ang panalangin? Katahimikan. Hindi yung katahimikan ng taong walang pakialam. Hindi yung katahimikan ng taong galit.

    May mga bahay na kahit na sa kainan tahimik. Huwag nyong sabihin na kaya kayo tahimik ay nag-re-retreat ang inyong bahay. Tahimik kami kasi nananalangin. Kalimitan kaya tahimik magkaka-away. Hindi nagpapansinan. Hindi ganoon ang katahimikan ng nananalangin. Ito ay ang katahimikan ng isang namamangha. Isang hindi makapaniwala na siya ay dinalaw ng Panginoon.

    Naalaala ko po nung ak’y batang pari, nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na humarap kay Pope John Paul II. Nung in-announce yun nagmemorize na ako ng linya. Ito ang sasabihin ko at medyo kinakaba-kabahan na sabi, ayan na, nandyan na, nandyan na. bumukas na yung pinto lumabas ang Papa at ako yung unang nilapitan. Lahat ng hinanda ko, lahat ng minemorya ko nawala. Pero dapat lang, dapat lang. May mga pagkakataon lalo na ang malalalim na pagdalaw ng biyaya, ang panalangin katahimikan.

    Sa mundo na nagmamadali lahat magsalita, sa mundo na lahat may opinyon, sa mundo na ang tingin ng bawat isa tama ako, paingay ng paingay at hindi na nakikita ang pagdalaw ng Diyos. Huwag tayong matakot mautal, mawalan ng salita at manahimik.

    Colegio de San Juan de Letran, sana itong darating na taon maraming pagkakataon ng katahimikan sa harap ng Diyos na ibig manahan sa piling natin.

    Ang ikalawang katangian ng panalangin sabi po sa Gawa ng mga Apostol, pagkatapos umakyat sa langit ni Hesus ang mga alagad niya ay bumalik sa Jerusalem at nandun sila sa silid sa itaas. The upper room, the Cenacle kung saan nila hinintay ang pagdating ng Espiritu Santo. At doon sila nanalangin kasama si Maria, ang ina ni Hesus.

    Ano kaya ang panalangin ni Maria kasama ang mga alaagad habang hinihintay ang Sspiritu Santo? Ako po ay may hula. Siguro yung kanilang panalangin kasama si Maria ay panalangin ng pag-alala. Memory.

    Di ba sabi po sa Ebanghelyo, maraming bagay ang itinago ni Maria sa kanyang puso at kanyang pinagnilay-nilayan. Mga bagay na naranasan niya tungkol kay Hesus.

    Palagay ko noong nandun sila sa upper room, sina Pedro, Andres, si Juan, si Santiago, nagtatanong kay Maria, “Maria, Inang Maria, sino si Hesus?” Ikaw bilang ina at palagay ko lahat ng laman ng puso ni Maria na walang iba kundi si Hesus ay kanyang ipinahayag.

    That’s part of prayer. That’s part of the prayer of Mary. A prayer of remembering. A prayer focused on memories of Jesus.

    At aking pasinta, pasintaha, wow ha, palalim ng palalim ang ating pananagalog. Ang aking pong  pakiwari dito sa mga ikinuwento ni Maria tungkol kay Hesus nandiyan ang Joyful Mysteries. Nandiyan ang Sorrowful Mysteries. Nandiyana ang Mysteries of the Light at nandiyan din ang Kaluwalhatian ni Hesus.

    Mga kapatid, ano ba ng laman ng puso natin? Kapag binuksan ang puso ni Maria alaala ni Hesus. Puso na lagging nananalangin kasi ang laman ay Hesus. Hesus na iniisip, Hesus na iniaalaala

    Tayo kaya pag binuksan ang ating puso, ano ang makikita? Cholesterol, mga taba na nanigas hindi dahil sa lechon, naku, naglalaway ako. Hindi dahil sa Chicharon, naninigas yung taba dahil sa galit, sa poot, sa inggit, sa ambisyon, sa pagnanasa ng hindi maganda sa kapwa. Yan ang nagpapatigas ng mga ugat pati ang puso hindi na pumipintig, walang buhay. Ang pusong nananalangin laging buhay dahil ang alaala ay si Hesus.

    At panghuli po, o, ano yung una? Silence. Yung ikalawa, memory. At yung ikatlo po batay sa Ebanghelyo, ang panalangin ni Maria ay panalangin ng isang tapat na tao na nagkikilatis ng kalooban ng Diyos para sa kanya. Discernment

    Sa panalangin sa pakikipag-ugnay ni Maria sa Diyos sa pamamagitan ng angel, luminaw sa kanya ano ang kanyang bokasyon. Ano ang tawag sa kanya ng Diyos. Ano ang kanyang misyon. At nung sa panalangin, unti-unting lumilinaw ang gusto ng Diyos sa kanya, umuwi sa pagtugon, “Narito ang alipin ng Panginoon, maganap sa akin ayon sa wika mo.” Mahalagang bahagi yan ng prayer pakikipag-ugnay sa Siyos upang matuklasan ko ang plano ng Diyos sa akin.

    Usung uso ngayon ang mga planning. Minsan mas mahaba pa yung planning sa execution. Tapos na nga yung i-e-execute hindi pa tapos ang planning. Hindi naman masama yang planning pero sana ilagay sa diwa ng panalangin at maiiba ang …planning, it becomes discernment of God’s will. At kapag nagging discernment minsan yung plano aaminin natin maganda nga pero parang hindi iyan ang gusto ng Diyos.

    So, dear friends, sa Colegio de San Juan de Letran sana itong taon na ito will be devoted to prayerful discernment. After 400 years, where is God calling our community? To what mission is the lord leading us?

    Yun po ang tatlo: silence, memory, discernment. Ganyan nanalangin si Maria. Sana lahat po tayo bilang kanyang mga anak at lalu na tayo dito sa Intramuros at higit sa lahat ang Kolehiyo de San Juan de Letran, may you be a community of prayer patterned after the heart and spirit of the prayer of Mary.

    Tayo poy tumahimik sanadali at hilingin sa Panginoon ang Espiritu Santo na magtuturo sa atin papaano tunay na maki-ugnay, panalangin sa Diyos. (Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Pray Like Mary


    His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle encouraged the faithful to pray like Mary as they celebrate their quadricentennial year with the revered image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila.

    Several decades after the war, the walled city of Intramuros welcomed again the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated upon her arrival at the Manila Cathedral on Thursday, January 24, 2020.

    Cardinal Tagle crowned the image at the beginning of the Mass to honor Our Lady and to reminisce her canonical coronation more than one hundred years ago.

    In his homily, the Cardinal expressed gratitude for the joyous occasion of being gathered together by Our Lady.

    Viva Ala Virgen! La Naval in Intramuros
    Photo Credit: Angelo Mangahas l View Photogallery

    He also shared three points for reflection of the faithful gathered for the celebration: Silence. Memory. Discernment.

    First, we must be silent in order for us to hear the Lord and feel His presence because he is always near us. The Lord came down from heaven to dwell among us and promised to be with us.

    Second was memory. Mary pondered many things in her heart. Her heart was full of memories of Jesus. Cardinal Tagle said that one should remove all hatred, envy and negative things that clog the heart so that it can be filled by Jesus. He further shared that we should be like Mary who kept it all in her heart: all the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious memories of Jesus.

    And lastly, he reflected on discernment. Cardinal Tagle urged the faithful that in silence, we hear the voice of God, in memory, we become full of His love in the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of our lives. He said that our prayer should not end there and Mary teaches us how- through discernment. One should pray for guidance to know God’s will and to live according to that will, like Mary who said her “yes” to God.

    A few moments of silence was also spent in prayer for all the victims and evacuees of the Taal Volcano eruption. Cardinal Tagle explained that Our Lady also experienced the same during the Second World War when she had to leave Intramuros, which was her home for over three centuries.

    The venerable image of Our Lady was carved by an anonymous Chinese sculptor under the direction of Captain Hernando de los Rios, as commissioned by Governor-General Luis Perez Dasmariñas in 1593. In 1646, the Dutch launched five attempts to capture Manila but all failed- a miracle attributed to Our Lady of the Rosary. From then on, she became known as “La Naval de Manila”.

    The naval victory is celebrated every second Sunday of October and acclaimed as “The Procession of Processions”.

    Pope Pius X granted the canonical coronation of Our Lady in the year 1907, the first canonical coronation to take place on Philippine Soil. (Angelo Mangahas/Contributor)

  • Cardinal Tagle says Goodbye to Imus his Hometown


    "From here, I will be an overseas Filipino worker (OFW). Please continue to pray for me, especially for Pope Francis."

    These were the words of His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pillar as he bid farewell to his hometown in Imus, Cavite, On Monday, January 19, 2020.

    "This kind of celebration gives me strength." the cardinal said.

    Photo Credit: May Richelle Dominguez, and Rev. Fr. Reymar Arca/StJamesthe Greater Imus

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle warned the faithful against self-promotion, saying that mission without spirituality has no value.

    "Mission is spirituality. We might be doing something but not a mission," he said.

    Present during the celebration was the Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista, Bishop of Imus. Bishop Pedro Arigo, retired Bishop of Puerto Princesa, was also present as well as Cardinal's parents.

    Photo Credit: May Richelle Dominguez, and Rev. Fr. Reymar Arca/StJamesthe Greater Imus

    As the Cardinal Tagle is set to assume his post at the Vatican in February, the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization was set to be held on January 28 and 29, 2020 at the Araneta Coliseum, which he himself will lead for the last time as the Archbishop of Manila. (Fatima Llanza/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Be Humble like the Child Jesus


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided the 9th Novena Mass for the Feast of Santo Niño at Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish on January 18, 2020, at 6 p.m.
     

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle expressed how Jesus, the Child of God humbled himself even though he became the savior of the world.

    "Sino yang bata na ating tutularan sa paghahari ng Diyos? Walang iba kundi si Hesus. Siya na nanatiling bata kahit na siya’y trenta anyos, trentaý tres anyos. Siya ay anak ng Diyos. Bilang sanggol, bilang hindi na sanggol, nanatili siyang bata, anak ng Diyos. Sa kanya nakikita ang paghahari ng Diyos Ama. At kung ibig nating mapabilang sa paghaharing yan, maging bata tulad ng bata at anak na si Hesus,” the Cardinal said.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC
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    Cardinal Tagle stressed that as a child of God, humility is one of the characters that a Christian must possess.

    “Sa mundo ang pagiging dakila ay paangat ka ng paangat. Hanggang pang ang layu layo mo na sa iyong mababang pinagmulan. Mas malayo ka na mas dakila ka. E, pero kay Hesus ang dakila ay yaung hindi nahihiya na makiisa sa mga bata, sa mga mabababa,” he said.

    The newly appointed Prefect for the Congregation of Evangelization of Faith ended his homily by asking the faithful to continue to include in their prayers all the people who were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

    “Marami siguro sa kanila nag-i-struggle kaya ang atin pong pagdiriwang, ipanalangin natin sila at alam ko sa naririnig nating mga kwento galing sa kanila sila pa ang magtuturo sa ating papaano tumulad kay Hesus. Maging bata umaasa sa ama,” he said.

    “Tumahimik po tayo sandali at makiisa tayo sa mga kapatid natin sa Batangas, sa Cavite, sa Laguna na ngayon ay lumikas o tumatanggap ng mga evacuees,” he added.

    In the afternoon, before the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Buling-Buling Festival was held. It is a religious and cultural event celebrated annually in Pandacan, Manila on the third Sunday of January, in time with the town's fiesta to give honor to Santo Niño. It is a festival of street dancing where Pandaqueños are well-dressed in traditional Filipino costumes along the streets of Pandacan accompanied by a marching band. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM_AOC) 

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Novena Mass for the Feast of Santo Niño at the Santo Niño de Pandacan on January 18, 2020, at 6 p.m.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa Panginoong Hesukristo, una po sa lahat magpasalamat tayo at magpuri sa Panginoon. Siya po ang nagtipon sa atin para maging isang sambayanan, isang pamilya ng pananampalataya.

    At tayo po ay nagagalak parang patuloy pa po ang pasko. Hindi na nga naaalis yung mga parol. E, bakit nga naman aalisin ito ay parokya ng Santo Niño kaya araw araw pasko. Baka kahit ano pa ang nangyayari, kasal, parol dapat ang dekorasyon. Anibersaryo sa kasal, parol. Libing, parol. Walang katapusang pagdiriwang ng misteryo ng pagkakatawang tayo ni Hesus bilang sanggol at bata.

    Parang madaling sabihin maging bata pero sa Ebanghelyo, malinaw po na ang pagiging bata sa paghahari ng Diyos ay pagtulad kay Hesus. Siya ang modelo ng pagiging bata. Kasi sa mundo natin ngayon napakaraming nagpapanggap. Ako ang modelo ng pagiging bata.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC
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    Nandiyan yung pabanat ng pabanat ng mga peleges. Nandiyan yung paputol ng paputol ng mga bituka para lumiit ang bilbil. Nandiyan ang iba-ibang kulay ng buhok araw araw nag-iiba ang kulay. Yan ang pamamantayan ng pagiging bata sa paghahari ng mundo at napakagastos.

    Ang atin pong ipinagdiriwang ay ang paghahari ng langit, paghahari ng Diyos. At sabi ni Hesus, kapag hindi tumulad sa mga bata, hindi tayo mapapabilang sa pinaghaharian ng Diyos

    Sino yang bata na ating tutularan sa paghahari ng Diyos? Walang iba kundi si Hesus. Siya na nanatiling bata kahit na siya’y trenta anyos, trentaý tres anyos. Siya ay anak ng Diyos. Bilang sanggol, bilang hindi na sanggol, nanatili siyang bata, anak ng Diyos. Sa kanya nakikita ang paghahari ng Diyos Ama. At kung ibig nating mapabilang sa paghaharing yan, maging bata tulad ng bata at anak na si Hesus.

    Ang atin pong mga Pagbasa ay mayroong mga pinahihiwatig kung paano naging bata si Hesus.

    Sa Unang Pagbasa, sabi ng propetang Isaias, ang mga taong naglalakad sa dilim nakasugong ng liwanag. Ano yung dahilan ng dilim? Bakit madilim ang paglalakbay ng tao? Kung tititgnan po natin yung description ng dilim, ito ay dahil sa pag-aalipin sa kapwa, pagsasamantala sa mga mahihina. Gera, yan ang nagpapadilim.

    Kapag merong manipulasyon ng kapwa, ibig sabihin may nagpapanggap, ako ay mas mataas ikaw ay mababa pwede kitang tapakan. Kapag mayroong pang-aalipin, ibig sabihin mayroon diyang nagpapanggap, ako ang ao ikaw ay mababang uri. Kapag mayroong karahasan ibig sabihin may nagtatangka, dapat kang mawala.

    Yung mga ugaling iyan hindi yun hindi iyan ugali ng bata sa paghahari ng Diyos. Kaya ang dulot niyan kadiliman

    Sabi ng propeta Isaias, may liwanag para sa mga inaalipin, para sa mga nabibigatan dahil sa karahasan at digmaan. Sa pagdanak ng dugo, may liwanag. Bakit? Ipapanganak para sa atin ang isang sanggol na lalaki. At alam natin ang pangalan ng sanggol na iyan, Hesus.

    At makikita natin kay Hesus puro kabaliktaran, hindi siya nang-api ng kapwa. Hindi siya nang-alipin ng kapwa. Siya pa nga ang naghugas ng paa ng kapwa. Hindi siya pumatay kahit na siya ang sinaktan. Yan ang bata. Yan ang bata na nagbibigay ng liwanag.

    O kaya sa piyesta natin ngayon pag uwi iwanan na dito ang lahat ng yabang. Huwag nang ilabas. Huwag nang iuwi at dalhin sa kung saan saan yung maling kaisipan, akoý mas mataas itoý mas mababa. Iwaksi ang lahat ng tendency na pwede ko namang samantalahin ang aking kawpa. Minsan hindi natin yan namamalayan pero nagagawa natin.

    Bibigay ho ako ng halimbawa. Hindi makapaniwala yung ibang tao na akoý Pilipino. Ano magagawa ko talagang nasa ninuno e, ano ho. (crowd laughs) Talagang may dugong Chinese.

    Minsan ho, akoý pumunta sa Rome umattend ako ng meeting hindi pa po ako Obispo nun. Pagka-init init nung araw na yun, summer. Bumili ako ng, maghuhulog ako ng sulat kaya pumunta ako sa post office ng Vatican. E, nagkataon nung araw na yung araw na yun ang bilihan ng stamps parang mga kubul kubul doon sa plaza, nakapila yung mga tao nakabilad sa araw.

    E, di ang haba ng pila. Yung dulo ng pila, pumila ako. Narinig ko nag-uusap Tagalog. Aba, mga Pilipino pala itong mga andito. Sabi, “Ang init init naman bakit ba nilabas pa ang bilihan.” Ang sabi nung isa kaya ko nalaman sabi nila kung saan sila nakatira, “Kung sa Germany ito mas mabilis dito kasi Italy mabagal sila.” Uy! Nasa Germany pala. Tapos nakita ako sabi, “O, ito yang Intsik na yan dito pa pumila nakita nang mahaba.”  (crowd laughs)  Ganyan tayo e, ano ho. Pag akala natin iba pag-uusapan.

    E, di tumahimik ako. Nagpanggap nga akong siopao, siomai, sige nga. (crowd laughs) E, di bumila na sila ng stamps. Ang dami nilang post card. E, ako isa lang naman yung sulat ko. Isa lang yung binili kong stamp. Nilawayan ko (crowd laughs) tapos hinulog ko. E, sila ang dami, laway sila ng laway. Nilapitan ko sabi ko, “Ingat kayo ha, baka matuyo ang laway ninyo.” (crowd laughs) “Ay, Pilipino pala. Bago sila makapag-aplogize, tumakbo na ako sabi ko, bahala kayo. Mangumpisal kayo. (crowd laughs)

    Ay naku, parang maliit na bagay pero yung tendency na mangmaliit, pag usapan ang akala nating hindi nakakaintindi. Kapag nakakita ng parang deaf, di naman tayo naririnig niyan. Kapag bulag, di naman tayo nakikita niyan. Hindi yan ang bata na nagdadala ng liwanag. Yan ang ugali ng mapang-alipin, mapanghamak at marahas na nagdadala ng kadiliman. Ang liwanag ay dala-dala ng isang sanggol at ang pangalan ay Hesus.

    At panghuli po, sabi po ni Hesus sa Ebanghelyo, ang sino mang tumatanggap sa isang bata, sa isang mababa na ganito, ako ang tinatanggap. Wow! Bahagi ito ng pagkabata ni Hesus nakikisa siya sa mga mababa. At doon nasusukat ang kadakilaan.

    Sa mundo ang pagiging dakila ay paangat ka ng paangat. Hanggang pang ang layu layo mo na sa iyong mababang pinagmulan. Mas malayo ka na mas dakila ka. E, pero kay Hesus ang dakila ay yaung hindi nahihiya na makiisa sa mga bata, sa mga mabababa. Kaya sabi ni Hesus nung ako’y nagugutom pinakain mo ako. Nung ako nauuhaw pinainom mo ako. Nung akoý walang damit, dinamitan mo ako. Nung akoý dayuhan, tinaggap mo ako. Nasaan si Hesus na bata? Hindi nya ikinahihiya ang mga mabababa. Nandun siya sa kanila.

    Kailangang kailangan ng ating mundo ang ganitong katangian ng paghahari ng Diyos. Solidarity, communion sa halip na diskriminasyon. Para bagang ikinahihiya na mapabilang sa mga mabababa.

    Kaya nga minsan po, hindi naman sa ano ho, minsan may mga kababayan tayo napupunta sa abroad. Pagkatapos ng isang taon pagbalik dito, aba’y, “What is the word for egg? I forgot it already.” Isang taon pa lang nakalimot na ng Tagalog. Magsasalita, “A, a, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’ve been living in California for two months.” Two months? (crowd laughs) “Saan ka nakatira?” Ano ba yan. Di bale kung doon ka pinanganak, e. Dadalawang buwan ka palang sa Amerika, seventy six years old ka, alanganaman nakalimutan mo yung tagalog ng…. Nakakagat kagat tuloy ang dila kaka-tweng, tweng, tweng. (crowd laughs)  Kasi lang ayaw lang magpakilala na identified with Filipinos. Kailangan ako ay banyaga.

    Hindi ganyan ang batang si Hesus. Bagamat siya’y anak ng Diyos, hinubad niya ang kanyang karangalan at kapag may ginawa ka na mabuti sa maliliit, sa kanya mo rin ginawa. At kapag merong hindi ka ginawa sa kapwa na maliliit, hindi natin ginawa kay Hesus.

    Okay po. So, sana po hindi lang maging bata, period. Maging bata tulad ni Hesus. At yan ang paghahari ng ama na si Hesus ang nanatiling bata, anak ng ama. At tayong lahat ay anak din ng Dyos. Salamat kay Hesus na anak. Huwag nating sayangin ang biyayang ito.

    At para po sa sambayanan natin dito sa Pandacan, yan sana ang maging tatak hindi lamang ang masayang piyesta. Hindi lamang ang mabighaning pagsayaw. At hindi lamang ang tradisyon na Buling Buling. Sana makilala tumutulad kay Hesus bilang bata at ang ating parokya maging bahagi, karanasan ng paghahari ng Diyos sa mundo.

    Bilang pagwawakas po, isipin natin at isapuso ang mga kapatid natin na sa oras na ito ay dumaranas ng kahirapan at kawalang kasiguraduhan sa buhay dahil sa pagsabog ng Taal. Ako’y medyo nahihihya, nakakapagsalita ako ng ganito, nagkakapagpaliwanag tungkol sa pagiging bata na aasa sa Diyos.

    Pero kapag ang bahay mo ay halos bumagsak dahil sa bigat ng abo, ang iyong bukid halos hindi mo na makita. Tapos hindi mo matanaw, kelan kami maaaring bumalik, kami ba’y makakapagsaka pa? Napakahirap maging bata na sabihin, sa iyong mga kamay ama inihahabilin ko ang lahat.

    Marami siguro sa kanila nag-i-struggle kaya ang atin pong pagdiriwang, ipanalangin natin sila at alam ko sa naririnig nating mga kwento galing sa kanila sila pa ang magtuturo sa ating papaano tumulad kay Hesus. Maging bata umaasa sa ama.  

    Tumahimik po tayo sandali at makiisa tayo sa mga kapatid natin sa Batangas, sa Cavite, sa Laguna na ngayon ay lumikas o tumatanggap ng mga evacuees. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications – RCAM AOC)

  • Si Hesus ang Haring Lulupig sa Kasamaan at Magdadala ng Kagalingan -- Cardinal Tagle


    Pinangunahan ng kaniyang kabunyian Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ang huli at ikasiyam na nobenaryo para sa Kapistahan ng Banal na Poong Santo Niño, na ginanap noong nakaraang ika-17 ng Enero 2020, sa Archdiocesan Shrine ng Santo Niño de Tondo.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao
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    Sa kaniyang homiliya, binigyang diin ni Cardinal Tagle na walang ibang hari na kayang malupig ang kasamaan at kasalanan kundi si Hesus lamang. Hiling din niya para sa mga parokyano ng Tondo na nawa’y ang paghahari ng Santo Niño ang ipagbunyi at kilalanin.

    “Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Diyos. Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Niño na siyang nagdadala ng tunay na kagalingan, paghilom at tagumpay sa kasalanan at kamatayan", wika ng Cardinal.

    Kasama rin sa mga nakiisa sa banal na misa ang Rektor at Kura Paroko ng Dambana ng Santo Niño na si Rev. Fr. Estelito Villegas, at iba pang mga kaparian .

    Bago matapos ang banal na misa ay naghandog ng maikling programa ang mga piling naglilingkod sa Dambana ng Tondo bilang taus-pusong pasasalamat sa Cardinal sa kaniyang patuloy na panalangin at pagsuporta sa mga gawain ng parokya. 

    Nag-alay ng mga awitin ang Music Ministry na pinangunahan ng Grand Choir at naghandog ng isang masiglang sayaw ng Himno ng Santo Niño ang mga piling kabataan mula sa Parish Youth Ministry at iba pang miyembro ng iba’t ibang organisasyon sa parokya.

    Bilang pagtatapos sa maikling programa, naghandog din ang parokya ng imahe ng Santo Niño para kay Cardinal Tagle. Ito ay munting regalo ng mga taga-Tondo para kay Cardinal bago pa man siya tumungo sa Roma para sa panibago niyang misyon na itinalaga ng Santo Papa. (Michelle Buenavides/SOCOM-Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño)

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Novena Mass for the Feast of Santo Niño at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño de Tondo on January 17, 2020, at 7 p.m.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpasalamat, magpuri sa Diyos na siyang nagtipon sa atin bilang isang sambayanan ngayong huling araw ng ating pagnonobena bilang paghahanda sa kapistahan ng Santo Niño.

    Pwede pong malaman dahil tayo po ay nasa Archdiocesan Shrine, Dambana ng Arkidiyosesis.

    Pwedeng malaman sino po sa inyo ang galing sa iba pang parokya at sisimba dito ngayon? Pakitaas ho ang kamay. A, maraming salamat po! Talagang Archdiocesan Shrine po tayo. Hindi lamang ang Parokya ng Santo Niño de Tondo kundi galing pa sa iba’t ibang mga parokya.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC
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    Welcome po, welcome dito sa ating Archdiocesan Shrine of the Santo Niño.

    Ang atin pong mga Pagbasa sa araw na ito ay may malaking sinasabi tungkol sa atin pong pagkilala kay Hesus. Ang kanyang ngalan Hesus nagliligtas ang Diyos.

    Sa Unang Pagbasa mula sa Unang Aklat ni Samuel, mayroong hiling ang bayan kay Samuel. Humihingi sila ng isang hari. Gusto nila mayroong tao, hari na mamumuno sa kanila. At ano ang dahilan? Sa Pagbasa ay nakita natin na ang dahilan ay napakasimple. Yung ibang bansa mayroong hari. E, di gayahin natin sila. Mayroon silang hari, e, di tayo rin dapat may hari.

    Ayaw ni Samuel kaya nagreklamo siya sa Diyos. Ano ang sagot ng Diyos?

    Sabi ng Diyos, Samuel, ako ang tinatanggihan nila. Parang ayaw ng bayan na ako ang hari. Gusto nila ibang hari katulad ng hari sa ibang bansa. Tayo namumukod tangi, ang bayang Israel ang hari ng Israel ay ang Diyos pero ayaw na ng tao. Gusto gayahin yung iba na mayroong sariling hari. Gaya gaya. Makasunod lang sa moda. At para makasunod sa moda, pati ang Diyos na tunay na hari ng langit at lupa at hari ng bayang Israel, tinatanggihan na. Bakit? Gaya gaya! Ginagawa nila dun e, gawin din natin. Parang napakababaw na pagpili at dahil sa ganyang kalakaran pati ang Diyos tinanggihan.

    Mga kapatid, itong Unang Pagbasa ay nangyayari pa rin sa ating panahon. Bagamat tayo nakapupuno ng simbahan at alam ko bukas ang daming sasali pa sa prusisyon at sa araw ng Linggo, ang daming makikipiyesta, sisimba, magpapabinyag. Pero huwag tayong maging mapagmataas. Aminin natin may tukso lagi na ang Diyos ay palitan ng ibang hari.

    Kapag iwinagayway na sa ating harapan ang pera, naku po, baka ang tunay na Diyos palitan na sasambahin na ang pera.

    Kapag nagkaroon ng pagkakataon sumikat, maging makapangyarihan baka pati ang Diyos sasabihin natin, tumabi-tabi ka nga diyan. Sayang ang pagkakataon parang mas masarap sundan ang karangyaan, ang kapangyarihan.

    Huwag natin sasabihin ang nangyari sa Israel hindi mangyayari sa amin, hindi po. Tayo ay magpakumbaba natutukso tayo araw araw palitan ang Diyos.

    Nakuwento ko sa inyo yata nagkumpil ako sabi ko sa mga batang kukumpilan, pagkatapos ng kumpil dapat makita sa kanila na sila ay kumakapit kay Hesus, sumusunod kay Hesus.

    Sabi ko “nauunawaan ba ninyo?“

    “Opo, bishop.”

     Sabi ko, “sige nga, ano ang mas mahalaga, pag-aaral o pagbubulakbol?”

    “Pag-aaral po.”

    Wow! Talaga naman! Pinipili ang tama.

    “Ano ang mas mahalaga, manood ng TV o magdasal?

    “Magdasal po!”

    Wow! Talaga naman! Naihanda mabuti ng katekista.

    Tas sabi ko, “ano ang mas mahalaga, Misa o 30 million dollars?

    “30 million dollars.”

    Gusto kong i-cancel yung kumpil, e. O kaya lakasan ang pagsampal. Buti wala nang sampal sampal ngayon.

    O, kayo tatanungin ko. Sino ang pipiliin nyo, ang Diyos o 100 million dollars? Parang nanghihinayang….

    Ganun ba talaga? Ganun? Ulitin ko ho.

    Huwag na baka sabihin nyo niloloko ko kayo. Pero di ba may dumarating na pagkakataon na ang tunay na Diyos parang napakadaling bitawan at hihingi tayo, gayahin natin sila. Iba ang kanilang hari bakit tayo mananatili sa Diyos bilang hari.

    Pero sa Ebanghelyo at sa ating Archdiocesan Shrine makikita natin hindi nagsawa ang Diyos. Ipinadala niya ang kanyang bugtong na anak. Ibang uring hari.

    Sa Ebanghelyo narinig natin taung-tao subalit tunay na anak ng Diyos. Diyos pa rin ang naghahari subalit sa pamamaraang makatao at ang kanyang paghahari ay kakaiba, nagpapatawad ng kasalanan. Hindi lamang kaaway na may armas, kaaway na may pera at kapangyarihan. Ang kanyang nilulupig ay kasalanan. Walang ibang hari na kaya na malupig ang kasalanan.

    At ang tugon sa kanya bilang hari hindi subol, hindi pagpapalapad ng papel. Ang hinihingi lang niya pananampalataya.

    Nung nakita niya ang pananampalataya nung paralitiko at nung mga kaibigan, naghari ang Diyos. Ang karamdaman, ang kasalanan ay napatawad. At nanumbalik hindi lamang ang kalusugan kundi ang karangalan, ang dangal at buhay sa sambayanan ng taong may karamdaman. Yan ang paghahari ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.

    May humanga sabi nila, hindi pa kami nakakikita ng ganito. Subalit meron ding nainis. Ang paghahari ni Kristo ay paghahari ng isang anak, isang sanggol. Kaya ang kanyang paghahari ay hindi naayon sa patakaran ng paghahari ng mundo subalit mas malalim, mas laganap, mas nanunuot dahil kasalanan, kamatayan ang kanyang nilulupig at napagtatagumpayan.

    Si Hesus naging bata kahit trenta anyos, trentaý tres anyos, bata. Bukas sa kanyang ama, bukas sa mabababang kapwa tao at sa kabukasan sa ama kabukasan sa kapwa, naghahari ang kabanalan ang buhay at pagpapatawad ng kasalanan.

    Mga kapatid, ito po ang naririnig kong tanong ng Santo Niño sa atin. Hahayaan nyo ba na ako ang maghari sa inyo? O papalitan din ba ninyo ako?

    Sa piyesta po ng Santo Niño at sa ating debosyon, sana ho, sana talagang ang paghahari ni Santo Niño ang ating kilalalanin. E, baka mamaya piyesta ni Santo Niño lasingan lang ng lasingan. Yan ba ang paghahari ng Santo Niño? Piyesta nga ng Santo Niño, iinom mag-iinit ang ulo magbubugbugan. Yan ba ang paghahari ng Santo Nño?

    Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Diyos. Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Niño na siyang nagdadala talaga ng tunay na kagalingan, paghihilom at tagumpay sa kasalanan at kamatayan.

    Tayo poý tumahimik sandali at hilingin ang biyaya ng malalim na pananampalataya para hindi natin itakwil at ipagpalit si Hesus bilang tunay nating hari. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications – RCAM AOC)

  • Caritas Manila holds Damayan Kapanalig Telethon


    Caritas Damayan, in partnership with Radio Veritas846 Ang Radyo ng Simbahan, will be conducting a Nationwide telethon on Friday, January 17, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Radio Veritas846 HQ. The telethon aims to raise more funds to ultimately help out the communities and individuals severely affected by the Taal volcanic eruptions.



    The unexpected eruption of the Taal Volcano last January 12, 2020, caused tremendous devastation across the Calabarzon region and its neighboring areas, leaving families without homes, and lose their livelihoods with some even forced to leave their livestock just to be able to evacuate. Until now, organizations are still on high alert for any possible occurrence with the rampaging volcano; and communities, government and non-government organizations, private groups, and concerned individuals have gathered to provide as much help for those who have fallen victim to the chaos ensued by the disaster.

    These include the Social Arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, Caritas Manila Inc. through its Community Well-being and Disaster Management Program: Caritas Damayan. From the word “Damayan” meaning compassion, Caritas Manila unites volunteers and donors for higher preventive healthcare services, crisis intervention, emergency response, and disaster recovery and rehabilitation, putting faith into action.

    Since the past years, Caritas Damayan has reached out to over 6,000 areas nationwide in helping communities, individuals, and parishes that have faced dire endeavors. Through the help of good-hearted individuals, institutions and organizations, were able to provide medical assistance such as medicine and equipment, laboratory services, Food/Crisis prevention, and preparation equipment, Burial/wake assistances and, clothing, institution referrals regarding concerns, and Medical and Dental Checkups and missions, livelihood assistance, and crisis responses.

    Caritas Damayan promotes capacity building for environmental health, food, and security and nutrition, disaster preparedness, mitigation, and emergency response. Caritas has put in place a system that allows for emergency health response and disaster management, relief operation, and immediate crisis intervention.

    For inquiries regarding the telethon and about Caritas Manila, Inc. and its programs, and for those who wish to donate cash and in-kind, you may call them at (8) 563-9311, (8) 564-0205, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857. You may also visit their website at https://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 and RCAM-AOC))

  • Manila Cathedral offers assistance to couples to wed in churches in Batangas and Cavite


    The Manila Cathedral is offering assistance to those couples who are scheduled to be wedded in parishes in Batangas and Cavite provinces affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

    A post on the Cathedral's official social media site on January 16 says, “Due to a number of calls and inquiries we are receiving regarding the transfer of weddings affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas and Cavite areas to the Manila Cathedral, we are now opening slots and extending assistance for weddings scheduled this January and February 2020.”

     

     A personal visit to the Cathedral office will be helpful for us to assist you with the process," it added.

    On January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano erupted for the first time since 1977. The eruption forced thousands of families to evacuate from their homes to various evacuation centers.

    Various parishes, schools and religious institutions in Batangas and Cavite immediately responded to those who were affected by the ash fall caused by the eruption.

    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila spearheaded the relief operations for the victims of the eruption. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Call for Donations fo our Brothers and SIsters Affected by the Taal Volcano Eruption



    With the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas, more than 6,000 families or 25,000 people living near the volcano area were forced to evacuate and currently taking temporary shelters in 75 evacuation centers. Several municipalities in Batangas were directly affected by the eruption as PHIVOLCS raised the status to Alert Level 4. According to PHIVOLCS, the phreatic eruption of the volcano is increasing its activity and series of explosion and tremors might still be felt in the region in the coming days.

    We at Caritas Manila once again appeal for your prayers and generous heart to help and support our brothers and sisters affected by the recent disaster. Through your donation, we will be able to provide an immediate response to the needs of the displaced families from the affected areas.

    Caritas Damayan, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management program arm of Caritas Manila, provides quick response relief operation and effective crisis intervention nationwide such as this kind.

    We accept the following donations:

     

    FOR CASH DONATIONS

    You may deposit your donations through:

    Account Name:  Caritas Manila, Inc.

    BPI S/A:  3063-5357-01

    BDO S/A:  5600-45905

    or to any nearest Cebuana Lhuillier outlet nationwide, free of charge.

    For proper acknowledgment of your donation, please send us a scanned copy of your deposit slip at

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax at 8564-667 and 88563-9306.

     

    FOR NON-CASH DONATIONS

    Food, drinking water, sleeping mats, blankets, hygiene kits (soap, adult & baby diapers, sanitary napkin, underwear, N95 face mask).

    For other inquiries, you may call us at 8562-0020 to 25 locals 119, 120, 121, or you may call/text at 0905-4285001 and 0929-8343857.

     

  • Pope names Bishop Layog as apostolic administrator of Alaminos


    Pope Francis on Tuesday announced Bishop Fidelis Layog as the Apostolic Administrator of the Alaminos diocese.
     

    The appointment comes as former Alaminos Bishop Ricardo Baccay was installed as the new archbishop of Tuguegarao at St. Peter’s Metropolitan Cathedral on January 14, 2020.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    Layog, 51, has been the auxiliary bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan since May 2019.

    He will temporarily oversee the affairs of the diocese until a new bishop is appointed by the pope.

    The Vatican usually appoints an apostolic administrator to temporarily head a diocese when it becomes vacant, especially if special circumstances surround the ecclesial territory.

    The pope appointed Baccay to Tuguegarao last Oct. 19, replacing retired Archbishop Sergio Utleg.

    During the installation Mass, Utleg formally turned over his post by handing over the crosier to Baccay while seated in the “cathedra”, or bishop’s chair.

    Bishop Layog was also present during the ceremony. (CBCPNews and RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila holds Second Collection for Victims of Taal Volcano Eruption


    In a circular letter released by the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of Manila, His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle requested a second collection for the victims of Taal Volcano Eruption.

    “In solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano, His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle requests that a second collection be taken at all Masses from the evening of Saturday, January 18, and the whole day of Sunday, January 19,” Cardinal Tagle stated in the circular.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    File Photo - Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM-AOC

    Cardinal Tagle also requested to remit all collections to the Treasury and Accounting department of the Archdiocese of Manila on or before Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

    He also requested the faithful to include in all Masses the safety of the people as well as the eruption to end.

    “We also encourage the intention that the eruption may end and that all may be safe to be included in the Prayer of the Faithful of all our Masses," Cardinal Tagle said.

    Earlier, Cardinal Tagle issued a prayer for all the victims of the eruption of Taal Volcano. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • Cardinal Tagle leads faithful to prayer for victims of Taal Volcano eruption


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal offered a prayer for our brothers and sisters who were affected by the recent eruption of Taal Volcano.

    The Cardinal particularly interceded in his prayer the safety of all the people, especially those in the province of Batangas that is affected the most by the eruption.

    “Dios na makapangyarihan, muli kaming humaharap sa pagsubok dulot ng pagsabog ng Bulkang Taal. Napakaliit namin upang harapin ang lakas ng bulkan. Subalit naniniwala kaming mapapahupa ng Iyong kamay ang bangis nito. Iligtas mo po kami sa kapahamakan, lalo na ang mga mahihirap, may karamdaman, mga bata at nakatatanda at nag-iisa,” Cardinal Tagle said in his prayer. 

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    File Photo - Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM-AOC

    The Cardinal also prayed for solidarity among the people especially during this time of hardship.

    "Paigitingin mo rin sa amin ang pagdadamayan, pagmamalasakit at pangangalaga sa kapwa at kalikasan. Hinihiling namin ito sa ngalan ni Hesukristo kasama ng Espiritu Santo, Amen," he said.

    On January 12, Taal Volcano erupted for the first time since 1977. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

    Below is the full text of Cardinal Tagle’s Prayer 

    Dios na makapangyarihan, muli kaming humaharap sa pagsubok dulot ng pagsabog ng Bulkang Taal. Napakaliit namin upang harapin ang lakas ng bulkan. Subalit naniniwala kaming mapapahupa ng Iyong kamay ang bangis nito. Iligtas mo po kami sa kapahamakan, lalo na ang mga mahihirap, may karamdaman, mga bata at nakatatanda at nag-iisa

    Paigitingin mo rin sa amin ang pagdadamayan, pagmamalasakit at pangangalaga sa kapwa at kalikasan. Hinihiling namin ito sa ngalan ni Hesukristo kasama ng Espiritu Santo, Amen.

    Maria, Ina ng Awa, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Miguel Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami 

    San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

     

  • Tradition of Remembering and Celebrating Day of Baptism Revived


    12 infants received Sacrament of Baptism during the launch of Holy Birth Day, a campaign that was officially launched at the St. John the Baptist Parish, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church, on January 12, 2020, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, at 1 in the afternoon.

    Photo Credit: Quiapo Church – Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene


    The campaign seeks to promote the celebration of one’s Baptismal Day alongside one’s yearly celebration of his/her Birthday or Natal Day.

    The launching was highlighted with a special baptismal rite of 12 infants from poor families within Metro Manila.

    Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches Teodoro Bacani, Jr., officiated the Sacrament of Baptism with Radio Veritas President and Caritas Manila Executive Director Fr. Anton CT Pascual.

    According to Bishop Bacani, parents should not only provide their children with food. Parents should also feed them with the Word of God.

    “Sa pagpapalaki sa kanila, hindi sapat ang gatas o kanin at ulam, ang kinakailangan ay ang mabuting balta ng ating panginoong Hesukristo ang ebanghelyo at ang inyong mabuting halimbawa at panalangin,” Bishop Bacani said.

    Entertainment and celebrity personalities including comedian and Papal Awardee Ai-Ai de las Alas served as godparents.

    According to the Veritas Truth Survey, only 57% of Filipino Catholics know their Baptismal day while 32% do not know the date of their Baptism. There are 11% who are unsure of their Baptismal date. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Panalangin ng Kanyang Kabunyian Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle sa pagsabog ng Bulkang Taal


    Dios na makapangyarihan, muli kaming humaharap sa pagsubok dulot ng pagsabog ng Bulkang Taal. Napakaliit namin upang harapin ang lakas ng bulkan. Subalit naniniwala kaming mapapahupa ng Iyong kamay ang bangis nito. Iligtas mo po kami sa kapahamakan, lalo na ang mga mahihirap, may karamdaman, mga bata at nakatatanda at nag-iisa

    Paigitingin mo rin sa amin ang pagdadamayan, pagmamalasakit at pangangalaga sa kapwa at kalikasan. Hinihiling namin ito sa ngalan ni Hesukristo kasama ng Espiritu Santo, Amen.

    Maria, Ina ng Awa, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Miguel Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami 

    San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand on January 9, 2020, at 12 midnight.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpasalamat at magpuri sa Diyos sumapit na naman ang pagdiriwang ng Traslacion. Nagpapasalamat tayo sa magandang panahon at sa presensiya ng bawat isa. Papurihan po natin ang Panginoon! (crowd claps)

    Sa atin pong pagtitipon na puno ng pananalangin, pasasalamat, atin pong alalahanin na sa ilang bahagi ng ating mundo ay nag-aamba ng panganib ng karahasan at harinawa huwag umuwi sa gera, sa digmaan.

    Ipanalangin po natin na maging ligtas ang ating mga kapwa sa Middle East. Humupa ang mga pagnanais na sirain ang kapwa. Humupa ang mga hangarin na maghiganti at ipanalangin natin ang ating mga kapwa Pilipino. Ang kanilang mga pamilya dito na nangangamba, inaaanyayahan ko po kayo na tumahimik ng sandali at mag-alay ng panalangin para sa kapayapaan.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM-AOC
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    Mga kapatid, taun taon ang ating Traslacion ay mayroong tema.  Bagamat ang mga Pagbasa ay hango taun taon sa kapistahan ng Pagtatampok o Tagumpay ng Krus ni Hesus, may tema na ating sinusundan. Ano po ang tema sa Traslacion 2020?

    Wala ba ho? Meron eh. Ayun na nakasulat dun sa ano, basahin na lang natin. Pwede ho sabay sabay nating basahin. (Crowd reads) Iba’t Ibang Kaloob, Isang Debosyn, Tungo sa Misyon.

    Naririnig ko ang tinig ni Bishop Tony Tobias, ang Bishop Emeritu ng Diyosesis ng Novaliches. Salamat Bishop (crowd claps).

    Kasama din po natin ang kapwa Pilipino na obispo sa Papua New Guinea, si Bishop Ronnie Santos ng Vincentia

    At ating Auxiliary Bishop sa Lingayen-Dagupan si Bishop Fidelis Layug.

    At ang dami po natin kasamang mga pari, religious galing sa iba’t ibang dioceses, religious orders at lalu na ang mga layko na naglilingkod sa iba’t ibang parokya at ministry sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng mundo. Tayoý natitipon dahil sa ating debosyon kay Nuestro Padre Hesus Nazareno.

    Iba’t Ibang Kaloob, Iisang Debosyon, Tungo sa Iisang Misyon

    Ano ang tatlong salita na keywords sa ating tema?

    Kaloob, Debosyon, Misyon.

    Pinagnilayan ko po ito batay sa ating mga Pagbasa at ang aking atensiyon ay natutok kay Hesus. Siya naman ang sentro ng ating pagdiriwang. Si Hesus na taga Nazareth. Papaano niya isinabuhay ang ating tema?

    Simulan ko po sa ikalawang salita. Ano yung ikalawang salita. (crowd answers) Debosyon.

    Debosyon. Ibig sabihin, loyalty.

    Pag sinabi kong I am devoted to you. Ibig sabihin niyan, loyal ako sa iyo. Loyalty na ipinapakita sa isang araw pagtataya ng sarili. Para ngang panata kaya yung salitang devotion ay may ugat na “vow”. Ako ay nagpanata. Pero hindi ka naman namamanata sa isang tao na hindi ka nakakaranas o nakararandam na ako ay magiging tapat sa taong ito.

    At kay Hesus ayon sa mga Pagbasa lalo na sa Ikalawang Pagbasa, ang kaniyang loyalty ay sa Diyos Ama. Mayroon siyang debosyon sa Diyos na tinatawag niyang Ama.

    At ayun kay San Pablo, ang kanyang debosyon sa ama ay ipinakita niya sa pagiging masunurin sa ama hanggang kamatayan. Hindi lang ito kamatayan para kay Hesus. Ang kamatayan niya ay bunga ng kanyang debosyon, pagiging tapat, masunurin sa ama.

    Pero sinabi din sa Ebanghelyo na si Hesus ay may debosyon, loyalty sa kapwa tao, sa atin. Sa katunayan hinubad niya ang katangian ng pagiging Diyos para maging kapiling natin, maging kaisa natin.

    Debosyon ni Hesus sa Diyos. Debosyon niya para sa atin at dahil sa debosyon niya sa kapwa tao, binitawan niya ang kanyang karangalan para lang makapiling tayo. Debosyon hindi oblogasyon. Debosyon, hindi obligasyon. Ang tao na kumikilos dahil lang sa obligasyon masama ang loob. Mabigat ang loob. Gagawin niya ang isang bagay kaladkad ang paa.

    Sino dito ang mga estudyante? Pakitaasn ang kamay. Nag-aaral pa kayo? Ano yun? Obligasyon o debosyon? Syon, sana debosyon.

    Paggising sa umaga, salamat Lord, papasok na naman ako. Salamat Lord, meron eksamen mag-aaral na naman ako. Ganon kayo di ba? Debosyon.

    Mga pari nagmimisa kayo, obligasyon o debosyon? Syon! (crowd laughs)

    Nagdadasal ba tayong lahat? Obligasyon o debosyon? Syon! (crowd laughs)

    Mga may asawa, nagtratrabaho, nagtatagal, bubuhayin ang pamilya, hindi masama ang obligasyon pero kapag walang obligasyon, Aha! Pag nakatalikod ang asawa parang nakawala. Salamat na lang nagbakasyon ang asawa ko hindi ako nakikita. Ayan! Kaya laging nasasabi magbakasyon ka kaya. Magpahinga ka para maputol ang obligasyon.

    Mga kapatid, debosyon at iisa ang debosyon. Debosyon na ipinakita ni Hesus. Debosyon sa Diyos, debosyon sa kapwa. At kahit hindi ako inaasahan ng obligasyon, kapag akoý devoted, gagawin ko kahit hubarin ang karangalan at susunod dahil ang Ama ko ang nagsabi.

    Uuwi yan sa ikalawang salita na nasa ikatlo ng ating tema. Ano yung ikatlong salita? Misyon.

    Sabi po sa Ebanghelyo, si Hesus ay ipinadala ng Ama. Isinugo ng Diyos ang kanyang anak. Si Hesus ay may misyon mula sa Ama.

    Bakit isinugo ng Diyos ang anak? Sabi po dito, gayun na lamang ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa sanlibutan kaya ibinigay niya ang kanyang bugtong na anak. Ganyan na lamang ang debosyon ng Diyos Ama sa atin. Pati ang kanyang bugtong na anak ibinigay niya.

    Ang misyon ni Hesus ay bunga ng debosyon at pagmamahal ng Ama sa atin. Kaya naman ang misyon ni Hesus ay ganun din. Pumarito si Hesus hindi upang hatulan, maparusahan ang sanlibutan. Naparito si Hesus upang iligtas ang salibutan. Naparito si Hesus upang ang mga sumasampalataya sa kanya ay hindi mapahamak. Hindi misyon ni Hesus ang magpahamak. Ang kanyang misyon ay magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan ang sanlibutan. Hindi kapahamakan kundi buhay. Hindi kaparusahan kundi pagliligtas. Yan ang misyon ni Hesus at pinangatawanan nya yan kahit siya ay magpasan ng krus.  Ang krus na pinasan niya doon din siya ipinako at namatay.

    Pero bakit natin sinasabi nagtagumpay ang krus ni Hesus samantalang parang natalo siya. Kung titignan po natin ang krus ni Hesus hindi lamang po ito pagdurusa. Ang nagtagumpay sa krus ay ang pag-ibig niya. Pag-ibig na tatahakin lahat, babatahin lahat, susuungin lahat huwag lang mapahamak ang kapwa. Magkaroon sila ng buhay kahit na ako ang mamatay.

    Wala nang pag-ibig na hihigit pa sa pag-ibig ng isang taong handang mag-alay ng buhay para sa kaibigan. Iyan ang nagtatagumpay sa krus ni Hesus. Tagumpay ng pag-ibig laban sa pagpapahamak ng kapwa. Tagumpay ng pag-ibig para mabuhay ang kapwa. Tagumpay ng pag-ibig para maligtas ang kapwa.

    Mga kapatid, tularan natin ang misyon ni Hesus. Sa pagtulad natin sa debosyon ni Hesus, wagas na pag-ibig yan din ang ating misyon. Hindi tayo dapat maging daan ng kapahamakan, kasiraan ng kapwa. Ang tunay na deboto ni Hesus, daan ng buhay. Daan ng pagliligtas. Sa atin dapat nagsisimula ang tagumpay ng pag-ibig.

    Mga kapatid, kung nararanasan nyo ang naranasan ni Hesus hinahamak hamak ka, mahalin mo ang humahamak sa iyo. At pag minahal mo ikaw ang mas marangal. Pero kapag hinamak mo ang humamak sayo, talagang ibinaba-baba mo na ang sarili mo.

    Sinasaktan ka, mahalin mo yakapin mo at sabihin mo, mahal kita. At ikaw ang magiging ganap na. Pero kung mananakit ka sa nanakit sa iyo, ikaw na ang nanakit sa sarili mo.

    Ang misyon natin kahit anong pinagdadaanan, magwagi ang pagmamahal.

    Gising pa ba kayo? (crowd answers) Ako parang hindi na. (crowd laughs)

    Nakadalawa na tayo, debosyon at misyon.

    Ang ikatlong salita na nalalabi ay kaloob. Iba’t ibang kaloob. Iba’t ibang gifts, tanim at iba’t ibang biyaya galing sa Diyos.

    Pero yan ho makikita din natin kay Heuss. Ang kanyang debosyon at ang kanyang misyon ginawa niya sa iba’t ibang mga pamamaraan. Naipakita ni Hesus na marami rin siyang iba’t ibang kaloob. At katulad natin, iba’t iba ang kaloob.

    Halimbawa, si Hesus noong bata, bata palang, dose anyos, meron na siyang kaloob na maging ganap. Gala ng gala.

    Sa mga kabataan dito, sino sa inyo ang merong kaloob, gift, talent na parang ang kati kati ng paa gusto gala ng gala. Taas ang kamay. O, ayun o. Kasi yung iba ang gift ay, manatili. Hindi gumagalaw. Yung iba naman, sige gala. Kailangan natin yung kaloob na yun. Yung gala. Taas nga ulit ang kamay. Ayun ang daming gala. Gamitin mo yang kaloob na yan. Huwag kang gala ng gala sa mall ha.

    Kung may debosyon ka at may misyon, tularan si Hesus. Gamitin mo yung gala mo pumunta ka sa Quiapo Church. (crowd claps) Pumunta ka sa parokya ninyo. Diyan ka gumala. Gumala ka sa Bible study, gumala ka sa orphanage, gumala ka sa home for the aged. Dumalaw ka sa mga may sakit. Diyan ka gumala. Yang kaloob mo gamitin sa debosyon at misyon.

    Ilan po sa atin dito ang mayroong kaloob na medyo magaling magsalita? May bokanura. Huwag ng mahina. Taas ang kamay yung may kaloob na yan.

    Wala ba ditto? Wala? Kaya pala ang mga homilya. (crowd laughs) Wala talaga. Mahiyain.

    Kung meron kang kaloob na magaling kang magsalita, gamitin mo yan huwag sa pambobola. Huwag sa manipulasyon ng katotohanan. Huwag para manlinlang ng mga nililigawan mo pagkatapos ay iiwanan mo pala. (crowd reacts) Huwag mong gamitin yan sa ganyang paraan. Gamitin mo ang kaloob mo na mahusay kang magsalita, ipahayag mo a ng katotohanan. Ipahayag mo ang Salita ng Diyos katulad ni Hesus. Kapag ibinuka ang bibig, laging ang narinig niya sa Ama ang kanyang ipinahihiwatig.

    Sino sa inyo ang marunong at masarap magluto? Ayun meron dun.

    Si Hesus marunong din. Nung kanyang muling pagkabuhay, naghanda siya parang…party para sa kanyang mga alagad at bago siya namatay naghanda ng hapunan.

    Marunong ka palang magluto. Huwag ka lang luto ng luto para mabusog ang sarili mo. Mag-volunteer ka sa feeding program, HAPAG-ASA ng inyo parokya. Birthday mo, magluto ka ng pancit dalhin mo sa jail, magpakain ka ng mga walang dumadalaw.

    Si Hesus sa limang tinapay at dalawang isda, nakapagpakain libu libo, mahusay siya maghanda ng pagkain.

    Debosyon. Misyon. Huling tanong. Ilan sa atin may gift maganang kumain?

    Naku, lahat yata. Lahat may gift maganang kumain. Okay, are you sure? O, yung isa dalawang kamay pa itinaas. Talagang gutum na gutom yata. Alam nyo yung bang tao walang ganang kumain. Kapag may gana kayo, praise the Lord.

    Si Hesus maganang kumain. Di ba kaya siya pinulaan. Si Juan Bautista raw hindi kumakain, hindi umiinom. Si Hesus laman ng mga bahay kain ng kain. Gift yun pero sabi ni Hesus ang kanyang pagkain ay ang Salita ng Diyos. Mahilig ka sa litson, sana mas mahilig kang kumain ng Salita ng Diyos.

    Nauuhaw ka sa tubig at iba pang tubig na may kulay. Sana mas mauhaw ka sa tubig na buhay, ang Espiritu Santo.

    Iba iba ang ating kaloob. Lahat yan kaloob din kay Hesus. At kay Hesus nakikita ang mga kaloob kapag may debosyon ay laan para sa misyon.

    Ito po ang ating panalangin para sa ating lahat.

    Mga deboto, ang debosyon umuuwi sa misyon. At walang makapagsasabi hindi ko kaya ang misyon. Hanapin mo ang kaloob na natanggap. Ang kaloob na yan, panatilihin mo sa pag-ibig at sa pamamagitan niyan, magtagumpay nawa ang Diyos sa inyong paglilingkod.

    Tayo poý tumahimik sandali at tanggapin sa ating kalooban ang kaloob ng Diyos sa atin. Hilingin natin ang tunay na debosyon upang makiisa tayo sa misyon ni Hesus. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications – AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle leads Black Nazarene Devotees in Prayer for Middle East Tension


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle offers prayers for the Middle East during the midnight mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene
     

    In his homily during the Mass at the Quirino Grandstand on January 9, 2020, Cardinal Tagle requested the sea of devotees to include in their prayers all counties who are involved in the conflict, particularly the United States and Iran.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand, on January 9, 2020, at 12 midnight.
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    The newly appointed Prefect for the Propagation of Faith also asked the faithful to pray for their fellow Filipinos who work in the Middle East as well as their anxious families.

    “Sa atin pong pagtitipon na puno ng pananalangin, pasasalamat, atin pong alalahanin na sa ilang bahagi ng ating mundo ay nag-aamba ng panganib ng karahasan at harinawa huwag umuwi sa gera, sa digmaan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Ipanalangin po natin na maging ligtas ang ating mga kapwa sa Middle East. Humupa ang mga pagnanais na sirain ang kapwa. Humupa ang mga hangarin na maghiganti at ipanalangin natin ang ating mga kapwa Pilipino. Ang kanilang mga pamilya dito na nangangamba, inaaanyayahan ko po kayo na tumahimik ng sandali at mag-alay ng panalangin para sa kapayapaan,” he added.

    Earlier, His Holiness Pope Francis appeals for self-control amidst the heightened threat of war between the US and Iran saying, “War brings only death and destruction.”

    The threat of war between the US and Iran comes after a US airstrike killed General Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general in Iraq. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Gift, Mission and Devotion rooted in God’s love


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, concelebrated at the Midnight Mass of the Traslacion for the Feast Day of the Black Nazarene. The mass was presided by Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, and was held at the Quirino Grandstand last January 9, 2020. While being a concelebrant, the Cardinal delivered the homily for the celebration.

    The theme for this year's Traslacion is "Iba't ibang Kaloob, Isang Debosyon, Tungo sa Isang Misyon."

    Cardinal Tagle focused on the three keywords of the theme in his homily--Kaloob [Gift], Debosyon [Devotion] at Misyon [Mission].

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
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    The Cardinal emphasized that devotion will always be rooted in loyalty and honesty. He connected it to Jesus, the Nazarene's, suffering on the Holy Cross.

    "Debosyon: ibig sabihin, loyalty. Pag sinabi ko I am devoted to you, ibig sabihin niyan I am loyal to you. Kaya ang salitang devotion ay may kaugat na vow, pero hindi ka namamanata sa isang taon na hindi mo nararamdaman na may mararamdamang kang katapatan dito. Ang kanyang [Hesus] loyalty ay sa Ama. Ang kamatayan Niya ay bunga ng kanyang debosyon, pagiging tapat, masunurin sa Ama."

    According to Cardinal Tagle, Jesus himself had a devotion to humanity as He stripped himself of honor and glory to become man according to the plan of God for the sake of the salvation of humanity.

    The Cardinal also appealed to the devotees to discover their mission. As a devotee, they have a personal commitment that is rooted in God’s love that will eventually lead to fulfilling their quest as a Christian without the feeling and need to be obliged.

    "Si Hesus ay may debosyon sa kapwa tao, sa atin, sa katunayan hinubad nya ang katangian ng pagiging Diyos para makasama natin, para makapiling natin at dahil sa debosyon Niya sa kapwa tao binitiwan Niya ay kanyang karangalan. Debosyon hindi obligasyon, ang tao lang na kumikilos dahil sa obligasyon ay masama ang loob."

    "Sabi po sa Ebanghelyo, Si Hesus ay ipinadala ng Ama, isinugo ng Diyos ang kaniyang Anak. Si Hesus ay may misyon mula sa Ama. Bakit isinugo ng Diyos ang anak? Gayon na lamang ang pagibig ng Diyos sa sanlibutan kaya ibinigay niya ang kaniyang Anak," the Cardinal said.

    "Ang misyon ni Hesus ay bunga ng debosyon at pagmamahal ng Ama sa atin. Pumarito si Hesus hindi upang mahatulan, parusahan ang sanlibutan. Naparito si Hesus upang iligtas ang sanlibutan. Ang kanyang misyon ay magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan ang sanlibutan," he added.

    In this Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples, Cardinal Tagle pointed out that it is an opportunity for the faithful to recognize the diversity of their gifts and selflessly use them for one another, motivated by love.

    "Ang kanyang debosyon at ang kanyang misyon ay ginawa Niya sa iba't ibang pamamaraan. Ipinakita ni Hesus na marami rin syang kaloob, tulad natin marami din Siyang iba't ibang kaloob."

    "Iba-iba ang ating kaloob. Lahat yan kaloob din kay Hesus, at kay Hesus din nakikita ang lahat ng kaloob 'pag ang debosyon ay daan sa misyon.

    "Mga deboto, ang debosyon ay umuuwi sa misyon at walang makapagsasabi na hindi ko kaya ang misyon. Hanapin mo ang kaloob na bigay sa iyo at ang kaloob na yan ay palalimin mo sa pagibig. [At] sa pamamagitan niyan ay magtagumpay nawa ang Diyos sa iyong paglilingkod." (Hazel Boquiren and Mio Hermoso / SOCOM – San Juan Nepomuceno Parish

     

  • Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Feast of the Black Nazarene: No Types of Obstruction will be Allowed


    Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso wants to make the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9 to be orderly, peaceful and solemn.

    Mayor Domagoso said that he will not allow any type of obstruction during the Traslacion.

    Speaking in front of the media in a press conference held at the Pope Pius Building in Quiapo, Manila, on January 6, 2020, Mayor Domagoso said that he will not allow any type of obstruction during the Traslacion.

    “I don’t know if it is first time for you but there is always a first time that no, no types of obstruction will be allowed. So, you think whatever you want to think what type of obstruction. When we say no, all. When you say all, it has to be clear including government vehicles,” Mayor Domagoso said.

    “It may be an ambulance, it may be a police car, it may be a fire fighting vehicles or any vehicles that is being utilized by the respective agencies along the route. It has to be cleared of everything including motorcyles,” he added. 

    Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso joins the Press Conference for Traslacion 2020 at Pope Benedict Building Quiapo, Manila on January 6, 2020.
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    Mayor Domagoso considered as a type of obstruction are the vendors along the streets where the procession will pass by. The No Vendors Policy will be strictly implemented.

    As a Catholic, he reminded the people to make the celebration solemn instead of taking advantage to raise money for gain or profit.

    “So let’s make this solemn. It is about Jesus this is not about opportunity to raise ourselves economically. Ito yung time ng pagmumuni-muni and I think it’s high time or also for everyone. I’m a Catholic, if you’re a Catholic, this is the time for you to muni-muni sa buhay. Hindi ito negosyo. We just wanted a very solemn celebration. Nothing more, nothing less. Walang shenanigans,” he said.

    Challenging his fellow politicians to do something new, Mayor Domagosa asked them to refrain from posting greetings on tarpaulins.

    “And I’m calling all officials to refrain from greetings. All your greetings will be considered obstructions. We will tear it down. I think it’s high time also to mend our ways as politicians.  Walang mag-eepal. Mas marami pa pagbati nyo kesa sa pagbati ng tao. Everything, please, please, let’s do something new. Let’s do something we can improve it, sort of saying. We can improve it,” he said.

    In addition, the Mayor warned that those devotees who will join the Traslacion but are intoxicated with alcohol will be taken out of the procession. He stressed that no one is allowed to drink on the streets even if it is the feast of the Black Nazarene, in compliance to the Manila City Ordinance 5555.

    Curfew will also be implemented.

    “For children 18 years below, I mean 17 years below, we’ll take care of them and then we’ll penalize the parents kasi isa sa problema natin maraming nawawalang bata nami-misplaced. Sila yung unang kawawa pag may konting aninomities, I hope pagpapasensiyahan nyo na ito naman ay mga batas na umiiral. Ang tanging trabaho ko lamang ay tupdin itong mga batas na ito. Kailangan natin ipatupad,” he said.  (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Devotees flock to Quiapo for Replica Procession of the Black Nazarene


    Viva Hesus Nazareno! Viva!
     

    It was the chant of the thousands of devotees that echoed within the vicinity of Quiapo Church in Manila for the annual blessing and procession of the replica of the Black Nazarene.

    Barefooted devotees from all walks of life mostly wearing a maroon shirt printed with the image of the Black Nazarene flocked to Quiapo, Manila bringing with them the image of Nazareno in various clothes and sizes on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

    Devotees flock to Quiapo, Manila for the annual Blessing and Procession of the replica of the Black Nazarene on January 7, 2020, at 2 p.m.
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    The blessing and procession of the replica started at 2 p.m. led by Fr. Danichi Hui, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church.

    "Itong taunang pagbabasbas ng mga replica ay isinasagawa upang sa ganon makabawas ng mga pagdala ng mga replica sa mismong araw ng Traslacion o ng prusisyon. Para ng sa ganon hinihiwalay natin magkaroon ng isang rito, magkaroon ng isang panqlangin sa sama-sama na babasbasan ang replica ng Poong Hesus Nazareno na nagmula sa iba't ibang lugar," Father Hui told Radio Veritas.

    The traditional "Pahalik" will begin on January 8, at the Quirino Grandstand.

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    At 12 midnight on January 9, Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church will lead the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as homilist.

    The image of the Back Nazarene will leave Quirino Grandstand for Traslacion after the morning prayer at 5:30 a.m.

    During the activities for the celebration of the Feast of Nazareno, Fr. Hui called on the devotees to make the occasion solemn.

    "Sana po makiisa ang lahat na maging mahinahon, maging mapagdasal, at maging masaya lang sa pagdiriwang ng kapistahan ng Poong Hesus Nazareno," Fr. Hui said.

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    For the safety of all the children and elderly who wish to join the procession, Fr. Hui reminded them to stay as much as possible in the prayer stations.

    "Maaari po kayong manatili sa mga prayer stations na aming itinalaga na kung saan doon naman talaga dadaan ang imahe ng Poong Hesua Nazareno. Doon na lang po kayo maghintay ng sa ganon wala pong masaktan o walang mga mas marami pang karamdaman ang mapinsala sa ating mga deboto," Fr. Hui said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Traslacion 2020 activities kick off


    "Traslacion 2020: Iba't Ibang Kaloob, Isang Debosyon, Tungo sa Isang Misyon."

    The celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene started with the 9-day novena masses to the Black Nazarene at the Quiapo Church on December 31, 2019, to January 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. A dawn Thanksgiving Procession was held on December 31, 2019, at 1 a.m.

    Photo Credit: Quiapo Church - Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene 

    A concelebrated Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God was held on January 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. followed by the procession of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 6 p.m.

    Barangay visitation within Quiapo Community was scheduled for January 2-6, 2020.

    Holding it for the first time in the history of the celebration of Traslacion, all estandartes from various organizations were blessed on January 4, 2020, inside Quiapo Church at 7 p.m.

    A Send-Off Mass for all the volunteers of Traslacion 2020 will be held at the Quirino Grandstand at 6 a.m. Also on January 7, 2020, a blessing of all replicas of the Black Nazarene from various parts of the country will be held.

    The devotees will have a chance to kiss and touch the image of the Black Nazarene known as “Pahalik” on January 8, 2020, at the Quirino Grandstand starting at 8 a.m.

    The program at the Quirino Grandstand will start at 3 p.m. followed by an overnight vigil. Spiritual talks, youth dance and drama presentations, and catechesis are among the activities lined up for the occasion.

    The feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2020, will be highlighted with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church, at 12 midnight. His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will be the homilist.

    After the 5 a.m. morning prayer, the annual Traslacion from Luneta to Quiapo will take place. The annual observance of Traslacion commemorates the arrival of the image of the Black Nazarene to Quiapo, known as St. John the Baptist in 1767. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Be people of dialogue


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the New Year’s Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 31, 2019, at 8 p.m.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to be a people of dialogue as the Catholic Church observed World Day of Peace and the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God on January 1.

    “Be people of dialogue. When we dialogue we listen, we understand. We get reconciled. We forgive and then we do not destroy each other. We do not destroy society. We do not destroy the earth,” Cardinal Tagle said.

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    He also stressed that having a dialogue with one another brings peace and hope.

    “There will be no peace if we do not have hope. Only people who hope in God, who believe that in God's time will have a better quality. Only people of hope will work for peace. If you are hopeless, you will be violent,” he said.

    Still reflecting on the importance of dialogue, Cardinal Tagle cited how Mary and the Holy Spirit became a good dialogue partner of God.

    “At maganda po yung ating fiesta, the dialogue between God’s fullness of love in the Holy Spirit and Mary and in that dialogue was born the prince of peace.”

    “A dialogue of prayer, a dialogue of mission, a dialogue of faith and hope, then, the prince of peace comes in the flesh,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM – AOC)

     

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during New Year's Eve Mass


    Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the New Year’s Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 31, 2019, at 8 p.m.

    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpuri, magpasalamat sa Diyos na siyang nagtipon sa atin sa gabing ito upang sa pagsalubong natin sa Bagong Taon at sa pagdiriwang ng Oktaba ng Pasko patuloy nating mapagnilayan ang napakalaking biyaya na dumating sa atin sa pamamamgitan ng pagkakatawang tao ng Salita ng Diyops, ang anak ng Diyos, kay Hesus. At yan ay naganap sa pamamagitan ng isang babae na nagngangalang Maria ng nagkatawang tao ang anak ng Diyos, meron siyang hinirang para maging ina ng kanyang anak, si Maria.


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    Kaya po ang kapistahan natin ngayon ay ang kapistahan ni Maria, Ina ng Diyos. Mary, the Mother of God.

    At napakaganda na ang Bagong Taon sinsalubong sa pagkilala natin sa pinili ng Diyos Ama na maging ina ng kanyang anak. At ngayon din ay araw ng pananalangin para sa kapayapaan ng daigdig.

    So, we welcome all of you to the Manila Cathedral, the home of Mary, the Mother of God immaculately conceived.

    Pwedeng malaman sino sa inyo ang first time na mag-New Year’s Eve sa Manila Cathedral?

    Who among you are celebrating New Year’s Eve for the first time in the Manila Cathedral?

    Thank you for coming. Welcome to the Cathedral! (crowd claps) Welcome, po!

    And we also welcome our two friends from the Apostolic Nunciature, Msgr. Caburei and Msgr. Viola. Welcome! (crowd claps)

    Alam ko nagmamadali kayong umuwi kaya hahabaan koi tong homilyang ito. Mas nagmamadali kayo mas hahabaan ko. Hindi ho, huwag naman.

    So, I want to develop or share with you two points, two and a half points.

    Yung first point po ay about time. Time. We are saying goodbye to one year. Saying goodbye with thanksgiving and gratitude and we welcome the New Year with hope.

    Panahon. Ano ba ang oras? Ang panahon ba ay yung nabibilang. 2019  at mamaya-maya ay 2020. Ang oras ba ay yung nandito, ngayon ay 8:25. Mamaya maya 11:59 tapos 12. Yun yung time na ating nabibilang sa relo, sa kalendaryo. Pero meron pang isang pag-unawa sa panahon.

    Sabi ni San Pablo sa mga taga-Galatia sa Ikalawang Pagbasa noong dumating ang takdang panahon, sinugo ng Diyos ang kanyang anak. Isinilang siya ng babae.

    Merong panahon at oras na sinusukat natin, binibilang natin ang segundo, minuto, oras, araw, lingo, buwan, taon, nabibilang. Pero para sa Diyos, may tinatawag na takdang panahon.

    From one perspective, time could be measured according to seconds, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. But St. Paul talks about another way at looking at time. In the fullness of time, God sent his son.

    Time is not only measured. Time has a quality. And time can be empty but it could be full. The fullness of time is equivalent to the fullness of God’s love manifested in Jesus born of a woman.

    Ang panahon hindi lang nabibilang merong kalidad, kaganapan ng panahon. Ang panahon minsan ganap, buo pero minsan din hungkag, para sa Diyos. Kailan dumating ang kaganapan ng panahon? Noong kaganapan din ng pag-ibig ng isinugo niya ang kanyang anak. Ruruok ng pag-ibig, yan din ang rurok ng panahon. Pag-ibig na nagngangalang Hesus. Siya ang nagbibigay ng kalidad sa panahon, sa oras. Kapag nandyan ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus, buo ang iyong oras. Ganap ang iyong panahon.

    Di ba, ano yung pinaka-memorable na panahon? Huwag niyong sabihin, ah 11:30, hindi. Ang pinaka-memorable na panahon ay young kapiling mo ang iyong mahal sa buhay o naranasan mo ang pag-ibig. Maaaring makalimutan mo yung araw at yung takdang oras pero hndi mo makakalimutan na yung panahong yun dumating ang pag-ibig.

    Our most memorable moments are not a date only or a specific hour. The most memorable moments are those filled with love.

    We may forget the exact date or the exact hour but we remember that, that moment was full because of love.

    Bagong Taon, sana maging ganap ang Bagong Taon dahil kay Hesus. Pag-ibig ni Hesus na nagiging misyon natin. Pag-ibig sa kapwa. Pag-ibig sa lipunan. Pag-ibig sa ating kalikasan. Basta may pag-ibig, sa ngalan ni Hesus buo, ganap ang panahon. Kapag walang pag-ibig ang isang minute parang pagkakatagal-tagal. Pero kapag may pag-ibig, tatlong oras na pala kayong nag-uusap, parang sandali lamang. 

    O kaya yung may mga crush diyan, apat na oras ng nagte-text, naggaganyan, pinatutulog ka na ng tatay mo kasi para sa kanya apat na oras nay un. Pero para sa iyo parang sandal lamang yan. Naku yung isang bata ginaganyan yun nanay niya. Parang sinasabi sa nanay niya, huwag mon a kong pipigilan.

    Pero totoo yun pag sinabi nating, O time flies, when does time fly? You don’t notice the time when the moment is filled with love. But if it is not filled with love, you feel bored you want it to end right away.

    So, time has a quality and the fullness of time has a name – Jesus.

    Thanks to the woman named Mary who cooperated with God when God’s time to pour out his fullness of love came. The love of God was full and the faith of this woman was also full and in the meeting of the two loves came, the apex of history, time has changed.

    And that is how everyday becomes new. Every year becomes new when love is renewed. When the love of God poured upon us in the Holy Spirit is received by us and Jesus becomes alive.

    Para maging bago lagi ang taon hindi na yung kalendaryo lang ang ating papalitan. Kapag ang pag-ibig ng Diyos tinanggap natin ng buo ring pag-ibig katulad ni Maria, ang oras , ang kasaysayan mababago.

    Kaya salamat kay Maria at tayong lahat sana buksan ang sarili sa Espiritu Santo, ang pag-ibig ng Diyos para maging daan din tayo ng fullness of time sa napakaraming tao.

    Bring Jesus, bring love to time and time will have its full quality.

    Pwede malaman sino sa inyong mga estudyante? Sudents, pakitaas, ayan, ayun! Hi! Nag-aaral ba kayo? (crowd answers)

    Ilang oras kayo nag-aaral? (crowd answers)

    Two minutes. Mahalin ninyo ang pag-aaral. Kapag dinala ninyo ang pagmamahal sap ag-aaral nakaaninm na oras ka na parang sandal lang. pero pag hindi mo mahal ang pag-aaral, one page pa lang para ka nang inaapoy-apoy. Mahalin, mahalin yun.

    Ilan sa inyo nagluluto sa bahay? Pakitaas ang kamay. O, ayan, nagluluto rin. Ayun. Sa pagluluto, dalhin ang pag-ibig. Hindi yung habang nag-gagayak eh, nakakainis naman ito nakakapagod na. kaya tuloy pagkinain, nagsasakitan ang tiyan, namamayat lalo, tumataas ang kolesterol ang mga blood sugar nagtataasan kasi hindi mo binuhusan ng love.

    Para maging full, full stomach, dapat love. At yan sa lahat ng ating ginagawa do not waste time by engaging in an activity without love. Make use of time wisely. Put love into time. Put Jesus into time and it will have a quality.

    Final na ho, final.

    Pope Francis issued a message for the Word day of Peace and it is journeying in hope through dialogue, reconciliation, and ecological conversion. There will be no peace if we do not have hope. Only people who hope in God, who believe that in God's time will have better quality. Only people of hope will work for peace. If you are hopeless, you will be violent.

    Ang kapayapaan ay gawa lamang ng mga taong may pag-asa sa Diyos at may pag-asa na mapapaganda ang panahon dahil sa Diyos. Kapag walang pag-asa, magiging violent eh marahas ang tao. At ang isang daan ng kapayapaan in hope is dialogue.

    At maganda po yung ating fiesta, the dialogue between God’s fullness of love in the Holy Spirit and Mary and in that dialogue was born the prince of peace.

    A dialogue of prayer, a dialogue of mission, a dialogue of faith and hope, then, the prince of peace comes in the flesh.

    Sana yung ginawa ni Maria at ng Diyos Ama na pakikipag-kapwa kalooban na humantong sa pag-silang ni Hesus, yan din ang maging lifestyle natin sa bagong taon.

    Be people of dialogue. When we dialogue we listen, we understand. We get reconciled. We forgive and then we do not destroy each other. We do not destroy society. We do not destroy the earth.

    Mary and the Holy Spirit became a good dialogue partner of God and they spoke the word Jesus, the fruit of every dialogue.

    Dun po sa mga hindi nakikipag-usap sa kanilang asawa, silence treatment the cold shoulder. Hoy! Dialogue na!

    Yung mga magulang at anak na hindi nagbabatian, hmmm, dialogue.

    Yung magkakapatid na hindi nag-uusap pinag-aawayan ang kapirasong lupa, one square meter lang pala.

    Mga hindi nag-uusap dahil yung hikaw ni lola dapat akin yun, yun pala namang hikaw na yun ay tanso. Mag-dialogue na kayo.

    Yung mga punong bayan na nagiging past time ang siraan, mag-dialogue kayo.

    At sana katulad ng dialogue ng Diyos at ni Maria, ang namumutawi ay Hesus.

    He who is our peace, our reconciliation.

    Tayo po’y tumahimik sandal, makipag-dialogue sa Diyos. Magpasalamat at hilingin natin na lagi nating masambit at maisabuhay si Hesus. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications - AOC)

  • The message of Christmas is Salvation


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Christmas Evening Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, 2019, at 8:30 p.m.

    Speaking in front of thousands of faithful attending the Mass, the newly appointed Prefect for the Evangelization of Peoples asked the faithful at the beginning of his homily for a moment of silence to pray for the safety of those who experienced the wrath of typhoon Ursula in the Visayas area during Christmas.

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    “Sa simula po, ipagdasal natin yung mga kapatid natin lalu na sa Visayas at Bicol area na sa oras na ito ay nakakaramdam na ng epekto g bagyong si Ursula.  Talagang hindi natin mailalagay sa schedule ang katulad ng bagyo. Subalit sa ating pakikiisa sa kaniala, pananalangin makakarating sa kanila ang diwa ng sambayanan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Also in his homily, Cardinal Tagle spoke of the message of Christmas which is the goodness of the Lord that brings salvation to mankind.

    “Ang pasko ay tungkol sa pagliligtas ng Diyos. Ang pasko ay tungkol sa biyaya na hindi natin talagang karapat dapat na angkinin subalit kusang ibinibigay ng Diyos, ang tawag natin – kaligtasan,” he said.

    Christmas according to Cardinal Tagle is saving other people and not finding joy in destroying them.

    “Sometimes you ask yourself, does anybody really care about salvation? Saving others or should we just reside to the fact that our human instinct our drive is to destroy others for as long as I am comfortable. If that were the case, well, the news is, that is not Christmas. That is contrary to Christmas,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    At the end of his homily, he encouraged the faithful to listen to what Christ is telling them.

    “Tumahimik po tayo sandali. Tinatanong tayo ni Hesus, para saan ka ba? Sa pagliligtas ko o sa kapahamakan? Ano ang iyong itataguyod?  Salvation or damnation? Choose Christmas. Bring Christmas to its proper spirit. Choose salvation,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Christmas Eve Mass


    Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, 2019, at 8:30 p.m
     

    Mga minamahal na kapatid at mga kaibigan, magpasalamat po tayo sa Panginoon sa pagsapit na naman ng Pasko ng pagsilang ng Panginoon at tayo ay pinagpala na magkasama-sama sa gabing ito.

    Pwede bang malaman sino po sa inyo ang magchri-Christmas Eve Mass sa Manila Cathedral sa unang pagkakataon? First time to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass here in Manila Cathedral.

    Welcome, welcome to the Manila Cathedral, Welcome! 

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    At yun pong hindi nakapasok sa Cathedral, marami yata po ang nandun sa plaza, kasama po kayo sa pagdiriwang hindi po kayo hiwalay hindi kayo nasal abas. Isang sambayanan po tayo kasama ang mga bituin ng alapaap at ang buong miundo na nagpupuri sa Diyos sa pagsilang ng manunubos.

    And we want to welcome our guests from other countries or from other dioceses, thank you for celebrating Christmas Eve with us in this Mother Church the first Cathedral in the Philippines.

    And we welcome also the community of the Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines, thank you for joining us in this celebration.

    Sa simula po, ipagdasal natin yung mga kapatid natin lalu na sa Visayas at Bicol area na sa oras na ito ay nakakaramdam na ng epekto g bagyong si Urzula.  Talagang hindi natin mailalagay sa schedule ang katulad ng bagyo. Subalit sa ating pakikiisa sa kaniala, pananalangin makakarating sa kanila ang diwa ng sambayanan.

    Kaya I’m inviting everyone to pause and in a moment of silence to pray for our brothers and sisters living on the path of the typhoon that just entered Philippine territory.

    Taun taon nagdiriwang tayo ng pasko ng pagsilang ng Panginoon. Taun taon kapag ganitong gabi yun din naman ang mga naririnig nating Pagbasa. Pero taung taon may bagong bagay na parang ipinamumulat sa atin. Ang kuwento ng pagsilang ni Hesus hindi kalianman magiging luma lagi siyang sariwa.

    The story of the birth of Christ is repeated every year but it never grows old or stale. It remains fresh. It speaks to us every time we reflect on the meaning and significance of the incarnation.

    Sa gabing ito, ibig ko pong magbigay ng pansin sa isang mahalagang salita. Kanina sa news, sabi po nung reporter, sige kayong mga kababayan namin na nasa daraanan ng bagyo alalahanin nyo pasko pa rin kahit kayo ay nsa evacuation center. Pasko pa rin. Pagdarasal naming kayo. Sana maging ligtas kayo.

    Christmas will come even if you are in the evacuation centers. We pray for you and be safe. That’s Christmas. Being safe.

    Sabi ng Salmo Responsoryo, “Sa atin sumilang ngayon manunubos, Kristo Poon.”

    The redeemer, the savior, Christ the Lord.

    Paulit-ulit yan. Kaligtasan, manunubos, tagapagligtas. That’s the whole point of this birth. Kaya nga po sabi ni San Pablo kay Tito sa Ikalawang Pagbasa, “Inihayag ng Diyos ang kanyang kagandahang loob na nagdudulot ng kaligtasan sa lahat ng tao.”

    What is revealed in the birth of Jesus Christ is the goodness of God that brings salvation to all people.

    Ang pasko ay tungkol sa pagliligtas ng Diyos. Ang pasko ay tungkol sa biyaya na hindi natin talagang karapat dapat na angkinin subalit kusang ibinibigay ng Diyos, ang tawag natin – kaligtasan.

    Salvation. The one born is called the savior.

    Palagay ko mahalaga pong pagnilayan yan kasi sa panahon natin ngayon parang tuwang tuwa ang mga tao kapag yung hindi nila gusto ay napapahamak. Hindi na salvation eh. Hindi na kaligtasan ng iba ang gusto. Ang hanap pa nga minsan kapahamakan. Tina-trap tapos iba-block mail. Kapag trap na trap na, tuwang tuwa pa, hahahahha! Hawak kita! Hahahaha!Hindi ganyan ang mga anghel.

    Ang daming bata ngayon. Kapag kaklase mo mas mataas ang grade kesa sa iyo, siya gra-graduate Valedictorian, ikaw Salutatorian, natutuwa ka ba? Nagpapasalamat ka ba na ang kaklase mo ay nagtagumpay? O, gagawa ka ng paraan para siya ay mahatak pababa at ikaw ang mai-angat?

    Tuwang tuwa kapag may nasisiraan. Basta ako maligtas hindi bale ka nang mapahamak.

    Na-eskandalo nga ako sa isang joke pero nagtawanan naman sila pero sabi ko nga bakit sila nagtawanan, narinig ko ho e.

    Uma-attend ako ng seminar. Meron daw barko na lulubog. Kailangan may mag-volunteer na lulundag para gumaan ang barko.

    Nag-volunteer daw isang British. Sabi daw, “Long live the Queen.”Lundag! E, mabigat pa rin.

    May nag-volunteer daw Japanese. “Oh, Moshi Moshi!” Lundag! E, mabigat pa rin.

    Humingi daw ng volunteer. Nagtaas daw ng kamay yung Filipino. Sbi daw nung Filipino, “Mabuhay ang Filipino! Itinulak yung Intsik.

    Tawanan kayo ha. Yan ba ang Pasko? Tignan ninyo dyan tayo natutuwa. Hahahaha. Napahamak siya ako buhay. Kaya napakadilim ng mundo.

    Sometimes you ask yourself, does anybody really care about salvation? Saving others or should we just reside to the fact that our human instinct our drive is to destroy others for as long as I am comfortable. If that were the case, well, the news is, that is not Christmas. That is contrary to Christmas. All the Readings, all the songs are about salvation not destruction. Not damnation. Saving others. That’s the cause of joy.

    Unfortunately, in our world, many people rejoice and count it as success when they have destroyed so many lives, families, even creation. It’s a bunch of honor that they have destroyed and if you try to save, you are ridiculed. That’s not Christmas.

    Hindi iyan ang pasko. Gusto natin maisabuhay yung Christmas spirit? Sumama kay Hesus sa pagliligtas. Hindi sa pagpapahamak. Sumama kay Hesus na tutubusin ang iba hindi sisirain ang iba.

    Papaano yan ginawa ni Hesus? Una, naging dukhng bata.

    The savior came as a poor infant. An infant is always poor but salvation must come through poverty. The troubles of the world come with pride, greed, ambition. So, salvation will come only through to the path of childhood, simplicity, poverty.

    It is not a coincidence that the Savior came as a child. A child is born to us.

    Sabi sa Unang Pagbasa, sabi ng mga anghel sa mga pastol, ito angpalatandaan na dumating ang manunubos. Isang sanggol nakabalot sa lampin.

    The savior comes as a helpless, poor child. And salvation comes that way.

    Kaya po Christmas, alisin na sa atin yung pagmamalaki, pagmamataas, pagkukunwari. Kaya ko yan! Kaya ko yan! Hindi mo yan kaya. Mas lalao kang nag-iilusyon lalo kang nagpapahamak ng kapwa. Maging mapagkumbaba ka, magiging daan ka ng kaligtasan.

    So, poverty, simplicity.

    The second path of the savior is choosing the path of justice and peace.

    Sa Unang Pagbasa, sa propeta Isaias, ang kaligayahan na dulot ng manunubos ay ihinahalindtulad sa pagtatapos ng digmaan.

    Ang pagdanak ng dugo wala na. Kasi yung mga instrument ng pandidigma ay hindi na gagamitin sa pagpatay kundi para na maging productive. At yan sa daan ng katarungan. Puspos ng Espiritu Santo tungo sa kapayapaan.

    So, the second path of the savior is aside from poverty, simplicity is turning the weapons of war and violence to weapons of farming productivity. Why destroy? Build up, plant rather than destroy. Be productive rather than destructive. But you choose the path of peace by being just.

    O kaya ang pasko walang dayaan. Kung nagtitinda ka sa araw ng Pasko huwag mong dadayain ang timbang. Hindi Pasko yan.

    Yung mga may boyfriend, girlfriend, huwag mandaraya. Hindi pasko yan. Magkita tayo mamaya, sabihin,magkita tayo mamaya, o sige mga 9 o’clock na. Bakit? May family reunion kami. Yun pala nandun sa isa pang nililigawan. Hindi Christmas yan. Salot yan. Kapag may dayaan, walang pasko.

    O, tama na yung dalawa. Tama na lang yun.

    Who is born today? The savior. Christmas is about saving because of goodness. No wonder the song of the angels is “Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to People of Goodwill.” Good will.

    Not evil designs, not evil plans to destroy others. Goodwill that enables us to save and to work for others. And I end with that.

    Lagi sinasabi, isinilang para sa inyo ang manunubos ninyo.

    It is not just a savior, a savior for you. Born to us. The savior is always other-directed. The moment we become self-directed, we don’t contribute to salvation.

    So, get out of ourselves the way the son of God emptied himself and became our salvation.

    Tumahimik po tayo sandali. Tinatanong tayo ni Hesus, para saan ka ba? Sa pagliligtas ko o sa kapahamakan? Ano ang iyong itataguyod?  Salvation or damnation? Choose Christmas. Bring Christmas to its proper spirit. Choose salvation. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications – AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle Urges Faithful to Reclaim Christmas


    Jesus is born to save lives. This is the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for the season of Christmas. He reminded the faithful that the true meaning of Christmas is saving lives, as contrary to the pervading culture of destruction to humanity, families, and society spreading in our society.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral, on December 24, 2019.
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    The Cardinal expressed how it is very disheartening that some people find amusement in causing pain and destruction to their fellow mankind. 

    Moreover, it is awfully disturbing that many young people are developing mental condition that causes them to hurt, or worse, kill themselves.

    Cardinal Tagle prays that with the birth of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the true meaning and spirit of Christmas be restored. With His birth is the hope that love, mercy and compassion be proclaimed that more lives may be saved. (Radio Veritas / Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

     

    Here is the whole Christmas Message of Cardinal Tagle:

    My dear friends,

    “A Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord,” the angel said to the shepherds keeping the night watch over their flock (Luke 2:8-14). In Jesus, the Infant Savior, the people shall be called “the redeemed of the Lord”  and no longer forsaken (Isaiah 62:11-12). 

    The mystery of Christmas is contrary to the drive, the desire and the impulse to destroy people, lives, families, societies and creation. Christmas reveals a God who comes to save, not to destroy. We are saddened and shocked to see how some people find pleasure and “success” in having shattered other people’s lives. We are even more disturbed to see young people already bent on harming themselves and ending their lives. We are bothered because Christmas is about God’s will to save, not to ruin. So let us reclaim Christmas! 

    Celebrating the true spirit of Christmas means joining Jesus in fulfilling God’s plan of love, mercy and compassion that saves. This Christmas and beyond, let Filipinos be bearers of salvation, not of damnation. The glory of God radiates through people of good will! 

    A blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones! 

    +Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the New Bilibid Prison – Maximum Security in Muntinlupa City, on December 20, 2019.


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the New Bilibid Prison – Maximum Security in Muntinlupa City, on December 20, 2019.

    Mga kapatid, magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat.

    Magpasalamat tayo sa Diyos, binigyan N’ya tayo ng magandang panahon, at nagkakasama-sama po tayo.

    Sabi ni sister, first time kong magmisa sa covered court, kasi dati sa chapel, e ito nga malaki nga ang covered court parang na doble yata ang attendance, natriple pa, so maraming salamat ho sa inyo.


    Manila Archbishop delivers his homily during Mass for the New Bilibid Prison – Maximum Security in Muntinlupa City, on December 20, 2019. 
    Photo by Leahna Villajos / Radio Veritas


    Nakakatuwa pong magmisa dito dahil dito n’yo rin maririnig ang pagkanta ng isa sa pinaka magagaling na choir sa Pilipinas, ang choir dito, ‘no ho? Bigay na bigay, at nagulat ako kasi dati akong pari sa Cavite, na-assign ako sa Tagaytay, yung mga kinompose na kantang pangmisa ng mga seminarista doon hindi naman naging sikat e pero kinakanta dito, katulad yung kanina yung sumigaw sa galak. Kami ang may gawa nun e.

    Nakalimutan na ng mundo kasi may mas mga sikat na heswita pero dito hindi nakakalimutan ang mga awit galing sa Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol sa Tagaytay. Mamaya, umawi pa kayo.

    Yun hong pagbasa natin, lalo na yung ebanghelyo ay tungkol sa pagdalaw ng Mahal na Birhen sa kan’yang pinsan, kamag-anak na si Elizabeth. Kung kayo po ay nagrorosaryo, yung visitation, ang pagdalaw ay isa sa mga Joyful Mysteries.

    Ito ay isa sa mga misteryo na nagbibigay ng aliw, galak, misteryo ni Hesus. Parang sa atin ‘no? ano ba naman ang misteryo, dumalaw lang. Bakit pinalalalim pa natin? Bakit ginagawang komplikado? Dumalaw lang naman e, bakit napabilang sa mga misteryo? Aba! Napaka lalim ng kahulugan. Kasi po yung pagdating ni Hesus, yung Kan’yang pagkakatawang tao, naging tao, pagdalaw yan e, dumalaw S’ya, pero hindi na umalis, dumalaw at naging kapiling natin. Yung ibang dumadalaw, pagkatapos dumalaw aalis. Si Hesus, dumalaw, nanatili. Ang tawag Emmanuel, ang Diyos, nasa atin, ang Diyos, kapiling natin, hindi lang bisita ang Diyos, ang Diyos kapiling natin.

    Pagdalaw. Tayong mga pilipino mahilig din naman tayong dumalaw, ano ho? Lalo na kapag may okasyon. Kaya lang ngayon po ginagawa nating malaking problema ang pagdalaw, bakit? Iniisip natin ano ba ang bibitbitin ko? Ano ba ang ibibigay ko pag dumalaw ako. Kapag ang dadalawin mo ay medyo, alam mo na may sinasabi sa buhay. Nakakahiya naman na ang pagdalaw mo ang dala mo lang ay biskwit kaya namomroblema ka. “Big time tong dadalawin ko e, dapat naman ang dala dala ko ensaymada!” Ayan ha medyo, kaya pinoproblema natin yan e sinusukat natin yung dadalawin.

    Kapag ang dadalawin parang kapantay ko lang o kaya mababa sa akin e pwede na d’yan ano sprite, pwede na d’yan chocnut mga ganyan. E pero kung ang dadalawin mo bigtime, kailangan yata d’yan Red Ribbon! Kaya yung pagdalaw, sa halip na misteryo ng kaligayahan, nagiging problema ng gastos.

    Pero si Maria, ano yung pagdalaw n’ya? Ano yung bibit n’ya? Mukhang wala naman e, ang bitbit n’ya, ang kan’yang pakikiisa sa kan’yang pinsan. Ibig n’yang dumamay sa kaligayahan at tumulong at higit sa lahat, nasa sinapupunan ni Maria si Hesus. Hindi mapapantayan yan ng kahit anong bitbit. Kapag dumalaw, dalhin si Hesus. Dalhin ang Kan’yang pakikipagkapwa tao, dalhin ang Kan’yang pagdamay, dalhin ang Kan’yang ngiti, dalhin ang Kan’yang salita na nakakapawi ng mga mabibigat na pasanin.

    Kaya nga dumating sa atin si Hesus, kaya dumating si Hesus kay Maria, para bitbitin ni Maria si Hesus, saan man s’ya pumunta. Si Hesus, patuloy na dadalaw sa ibang tao sa pamamagitan natin. Dalhin natin si Hesus sa kahit sinong tao na ating madadalaw. Siguro pagkatapos ng misa babalik yung iba sa inyo sa ano n’yo, o sa selda, edi pagbalik n’yo don, parang dadalaw kayo don sa mga naiwan don. Dalhin n’yo ang salita ng Diyos, dalhin n’yo si Hesus.

    Pero hindi lang naman tayo ang dumadalaw, tayo rin, dinadalaw. Nakakalungkot lang minsan kapag walang dalaw ano ho? Pero sabi ko nga kanina, lalo na sa ganitong panahon nab aka yung iba sa inyo talagang naghihintay sana, makadalaw ang mga mahal sa buhay.

    Palagay ko naman yung iba sa inyo mabibigyan ng ganyang regalo, may dadalaw. At para dun sa iba na walang dadalaw, sana maging sensitive tayo. Kung alam n’yo na walang dalaw yung kasama n’yo, wag n‘yo nang iinisin.

    “Wow nakatanggap ako ng ano, ikaw ba meron?”

    “Wala.”

    “Kawawa ka naman!”

    Wag naman, wala s’yang dalaw, ikaw ang dumalaw, ikaw ang magdala ng pagdamay at kaligayahan. At higit sa lahat, higit sa lahat katulad ng sinabi ko kanina, si Hesus katulad nung unang pasko, dumalaw, pero hindi na umalis. Para sa mga walang dalaw sa araw ng pasko, imulat mo ang mata mo, si Hesus dumadalaw sa iyo.

    Si Hesus, mahal ka! Si Hesus hindi ka kakalimutan at hindi ka iiwan.

    May pakiusap pa ako sa inyo ho, itong ating mga guards, itong ating mga warden, meron din silang mga pamilya e, pero dahil sa tungkulin, hindi rin sila makadalaw. Kaya dalawin n’yo din sila, ngitian n’yo.

    “O sir, ngitin naman d’yan!”

    Para lahat tayo ay makaranas, pag-ibig ni Hesus ang Pasko.

    Tatapusin ko po ito sa isang kwento. Nung ako ho ay Obispo pa sa Cavite, basta bago magpasko nagmimisa ako doon sa Provincial Jail. At dahil ang katedral ay nasa Imus, dalawa ang aking Christmas Eve Mass yung December 24 ng gabi. Ang una kong misa ng Pasko, yung gabi ng bago magpasko ay sa Imus City Jail. Inuuna ko yun bago ako magmisa sa Katedral.

    Sabi ko nga sa katedral, “naisilang na si Hesus sa City jail, nauuna don kaysa dito sa katedral.” Binibiro ko sila, ‘no ho?

    Dun ho sa minsan nagmisa ako, simbang gabi talaga alas kwatro sa Trese Martires, sa Provincial Jail. Pagkatapos ng misa edi 5:30, umiikot kami doon sa mga selda. Yung isang selda, medyo masikip may mga nakatayo, naghahalinhinan sila kapag may gumagamit ng kama nakahiga, yung iba naman nakatayo. Tapos tatayo naman yung nakahiga, yung nakatayos sila naman ang hihiga. Ano e, exchange gift, parang ganyan. Tapos, ano ako e, bati, bati ganyan.

    Nung paalis na ako may sumigaw, “Bishop! May gusto pang bumati sayo!”

    Sabi ko, “Nasaan?”

    “Hayun sa sahig!”

    Nakadapa. Edi nilapitan ko, lumuhod ako kasi nakadapa s’ya e.

    “Kumusta ho?”

    “Eto ho, ano ko ho e, turn ko para dumapa.”

    Edi nakaluhod ako, hindi ko alam ang sasabihin ko. Sabi ko nalang e, “Magpapasko na, ano ba? Kumusta ho kayo? Pasko na, nararamdaman n’yo ba ang pasko?”

    Sabi n’ya, “Marami hong hindi sigurado sa buhay ko. Hindi ko alam kung makakalaya ako. Hindi ko alam kung pagnapalaya ako, hindi ko alam kung tatanggapin ako ng aking pamilya, mga kaibigan, hindi po sigurado yun.”

    Tapos sabi n’ya, “Pero Bishop, isang bagay po ang sigurado, mahal ako ni Hesus.”

    Tapos sabi n’ya, “Tuloy po ang pasko, kaya tuloy po ang pasko.”

    Nung Christmas na yun, parang s’ya ang nagturo sa akin, sabi ko, “dinalaw ako ni Hesus sa pamamagitan ng isang bilanggo.” Na nagpaliwanag sa akin, ano ang kahulugan ng pasko. Maraming hindi sigurado, isa lang ang sigurado, sabi n’ya mahal ako ni Hesus kaya tuloy ang pasko. (Radio Veritas and Archdiocesan Office of Communications - AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle Celebrates Mass with Prisoners


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal became emotional as he concluded his mass for the inmates of the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security, last December 21, 2019.

    This was after the inmates offered prayers for him, in his new mission as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evanglization of Peoples, one of the top offices in the Vatican.

    Tearful Cardinal Tagle concludes the mass for NBP maximum inmates after prisoners offered him prayers in his new mission - December 21, 2019, Muntinlupa City.
    (Photo by Leahna Villajos / Radio Veritas)


    The inmates were aware that this may be the last mass of the Cardinal with them, so they took the opportunity to bless him and say a prayer for him.

    In the prayer, the prisoners expressed their love for the Cardinal who celebrates a mass for them every year during the Christmas Season.

    They asked God to guide him, protect him from danger and bless him with good health so he can fulfill his duties as a faithful servant of God.

    “Sa kanya pong pag-alis, nais po naming ipabaon sa kan'ya ang aming pagmamahal, pagmamahal ng mga bilanggo. Hinihiling din po namin na sa ibang panahon, makadalaw pa rin s'ya dito sa amin. Panginoon, patnubayan po ninyo ang aming Mahal na Kardinal, saan man po s'ya mapunta ay maging ligtas po s'ya sa anu mang sakuna o panganib. Pagkalooban po ninyo s'ya ng kalakasan at malusog na pangangatawan para po lubos n'yang magampanan ang kan'yang paglilingkod bilang tapat mong alagad.” Part of the prisoners' prayer for Cardinal Tagle.

    Filled with gratitude, Cardinal Tagle promised that if there will be a chance to visit the Philippines, he will ask the NBP to allow him to celebrate mass for the prisoners even if it's not Christmas.

    NBP Inmates raise their hands over Cardinal Tagle as they pray for him in his new mission as Prefect for the Congregation of New Evangelization of Peoples.
    Photo by Leahna Villajos / Radio Veritas


    Cardinal Tagle admitted during the mass to the prisoners that his mind is also full of uncertainties towards his new appointment but what is important, he said, is to place our faith in Jesus, the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

    “Katulad nung kwento ko kanina, sabi nung bilanggo maraming bagay hindi raw sigurado sa kan'ya, ganun din ho ang pakiramdam ko ngayon ang daming hindi ko alam. Yun nalang, magtiwala sa Panginoon, na napakaraming tao na kahit hindi ko nakausap, hindi ko nakaulayaw pero nagsasabi na magdarasal at ako po'y umaasa talaga sa mga dasal ninyo sa selda, sa chapel, dito sa covered court lalo na galing po sa inyong puso.” (Leahna Villajos / Radio Veritas and Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Priest's Belen Collection featured in UST Paskuhan 2019 celebrations


    An exhibit of Belen Collection by Fr. Genaro Diwa of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Manila was featured in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Paskuhan 2019 celebrations.

    Almost 150 Belen collection of Fr. Diwa is displayed at the UST Museum and Main Building. It was organized by the UST Museum Rector, Rev. Fr. Isidro D. Albaño, OP.  The Belen exhibition is a great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.



    With the theme "Unto Us, A Child is Born," the annual UST Paskuhan commenced on December 2, at the Plaza Mayor.

    In his homily, Very Rev. Hermino Dagohoy, OP reminded the community that in the advent season, "We are called to the kind of faith that rejoices because the birth of Jesus is the sweet sign of God's grace and love for us."

    Among the highlights of the UST Paskuhan celebration was the traditional lighting ceremony graced by Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso.

    A drone show with two sets of aerial show, one with 50 and the other set with 180 drones. Various figures were formed like the spinning Christmas tree, reindeer, and bells. The Main Building was illuminated in dazzling colors and designs.

    The UST Christmas Concert, one of the Paskuhan events was held on December 5, 2019 (Preview Night) and December 6, 2019 (Community Night), at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church.

    The Paskuhan festivities culminated on December 20, 2019, with well-known bands performing at the UST Grandstand, and the Paskuhan Fair on the campus.

    The much anticipated pyromusical display illuminated the UST skyline at 10 p.m. as the finale of the traditional Paskuhan celebrations for this year. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Advent Recollection for Media


    The Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) recently organized an Advent Recollection for secular and Catholic media at Pope Francis Hall, Manila Cathedral, on December 19, 2019. This is in accordance with the Church's mission of evangelization, not just by using different media platforms, but giving formation and support to media practitioners as well.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle gives a surprise visit to the media during their Advent Recollection.
    Photo by Rian Francis Salamat / RCAM-AOC
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    Before the recollection, a Eucharistic celebration was held at the Christ the King Chapel of the Manila Cathedral presided by Fr. Roy M. Bellen, Director of AOC.

    Reflecting on the Gospel, Fr. Bellen reminded those in attendance in his homily to trust in the Lord and never doubt the Holy Spirit. He stressed that no matter hope hopeless a situation maybe, God can always find a way to help.

    The Mass was followed by the Advent Recollection facilitated by Fr. Carmelo Arada, Jr., Parish Priest of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish.

    Celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Rev. Fr. Roy M. Bellen, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Communications
    Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

    Rev. Fr. Herbie Santos, the Director of the Social Communications Ministry of the Diocese of Cubao, who was also present during the event, expressed his thoughts on Christmas as the season of hope.

    " Alam natin na iba na ang media ngayon. Ang social media, information is transmitted in the speed of light. So, sabi nga, Christmas is a season of hope, more often now, we see news that is very dark, depressing. So, tayo po yung tagapagdala ng pag-asa para sa mga tao," Fr. Santos said.

    Fr. Carmelo Arada is the facilitator during the Advent Recollection for the media.
    Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

    Msgr. Jose Clemente  F. Ignacio, Commissioner of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle also graced the event and gave a brief message to the media practitioners.

    On December 7, 2019, an advent recollection for social communicators from the different parishes of the archdiocese was also held. It was held at the San Pedro Calungsod Youth Center in Intramuros.  Fr. Arnel Calata of Santo Niño de Tondo Archdiocesan Shrine was the guest speaker. A simple Christmas party was also held after the recollection.

    Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio visits the media during the Advent Recollection and delivers an inspiring message.
    Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

    The advent recollections for church and secular media and social communicators were organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications (ACSC) and Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC). the office aims to further deepen the understanding among the media personnel the celebration of the advent season and to strengthen their faith through spiritual exercises as well as giving a more personal avenue to interact and share their experiences. (Fatima Llanza and Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Simbang Gabi at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2019


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpuri at magpasalamat sa Diyos sumapit na naman ang simbang gabi at tayo po ay tinipon niya.

    Alalahanin po natin ang mga kapatid natin lalo na sa Mindanao na kahapon ay dumanas na naman ng lindol at mas malakas kaysa sa mga nauna pa.

    Ako po’y nagpadala ng mensahe sa mga Obispo doon sa bahagi ng Cotabato, Davao, Davao Del Sur. Ang pinaka-naapektuhan ay yung nasasakupan ng Diocese ng Digos. At ang sabi ng Obispo kagabi meron pang isang pari na sugatan dahil inabutan ng lindol habang bumibisita siya sa isang malayong lugar. Pero sabi nung Obispo Chito, simbang gabi na bukas at ipapamalas ng sambayanan na kahit sa lindol ay may pananampalataya at ‘yon po ang diwa, ang diwa ng simbang gabi.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo Credit: Eddiemar Escaño/TV Maria

    Pananampalataya, nananalig tayo at naniniwala na mayroong darating, Hesus ang diyos ang magliligtas. Emmanuel ang Diyos kapiling natin at sa darating na siyam na araw, Siya ang ating titingnan para sa pagdating ng pasko. Siya si Hesus talaga ang ating tanggapin ng mabago, magkaroon ng liwanag, magkaroon ng kapayapaan ang ating buhay, ang ating pamilya at nang ating sambayanan. Kaya makiisa po tayo sa mga kapatid natin na sa oras na ito baka nagsisismbang gabi hindi sa loob ng isang napakagandang simbahan katulad ng Manila Cathedral.

    Subalit pinahahayag pa rin nila ang kanilang pananampalataya at ngayon ang araw ng unang araw ng simbang gabi ay ating pananalangin para sa kabataang Filipino. May hihilingin ako sa inyo, magsabi lamang ng totoo, sino sa inyo ang kabataan? Kasi nga po kailangan natin na himukin ang mga kabataan na lalo na pagpasko tumutok na kay Hesus. Kapag hindi pa magsimula ngayon bilang kabataan sa pagtutok kay Hesus kailan pa?

    Huwag ng maghintay pa na merong mga mangyayari sa buhay bago tumutok kay Hesus gawin na ito bilang bahagi na pang araw-araw na buhay.

    Simbang gabi, siyam na madaling araw o siyam na gabi. Ito po’y mga misa sa karangalan ng Diyos, sa pagbibigay niya sa atin ng isang babaeng nangangalang Maria na unang tumanggap kay Hesus bilang kanyang anak at sa siyam na buwan dinala niya si Hesus sa kanyang sinapupunan hanggang dumating ang pagsilang, siyam na buwan.

    Sa siyam na simbang gabi parang sinasamahan si Maria ng siyam na buwan, bawat araw isang buwan ng pagbubuntis ni Maria at tayo naman sinasamahan natin siya, natututo tayo kay Maria papaano taglayin si Hesus sa ating buhay. Kaya tayo na, nagsimula ito ang unang araw tapusin ang siyam na buwan, tapusin ang siyam kung hindi baka ma-premature.

    Hindi naman po puwedeng ang babae nagdadalang tao ay buntis sa Enero pag-Pebrero ay hindi na ulit, Marso buntis na ulit tapos Abril buntis ulit, Mayo hindi na naman buntis. Samahan ho? bakit walang sumasagot? Sasamahan ba? Sorry Mama Mary ‘ayan atin po itong devotion.

    Bago po tuluyang maubos ang boses ko, atin pong tutukan ang mensahe ng mga pagbasa sa unang simbang gabi. Sabi po ng Panginoong Hesus sa ebanghelyo ni San Juan Bautista, ay nagpatotoo tungkol sa kanya sa pamamagitan ng pangangaral at buhay ni San Juan Bautista.

    Siya ay nagbigay ng pagsaksi na tunay nga para tingnan ang Mesias, ipinakilala niya si Hesus. Iyan ang tungkulin ng saksi, siya ay nagpapatotoo, ang sumasaksi ay tao ng katotohanan at kay Juan Bautista hindi siya sumasaksi lamang sa isang bagay o isang pangyayari, siya ay nagpahayag ng katotohanan tungkol kay Hesus bilang sugo. Mesias galing sa Diyos Ama na pati nga siya hindi karapat-dapat na kalagan ang panali sa sandalias ng paa ni Hesus.

    Si San Juan Bautista nagpatotoo tungkol kay Hesus pero sabi ni Hesus bukod kay Juan Bautista meron pang nagpapatotoo na siya nga ang isinugo ng Diyos Ama at ano yon? Ang mga ginawa ni Hesus. Ang mga bulag nakakakita, ang mga pilay nakakalakad, ang mga bingi nakakarinig, ang mga may ketong napapagaling, ang mga patay nababalik sa buhay at ang mga dukha nakakarinig ng Mabuting Balita, ang mga gawa ni Hesus sabi niya ay patotoo na ang Diyos nga ang kumikilos sa Kanya.

    Marami kasing tao nagdududa kay Hesus, marami kasi sa kanila humahanga sa talino pero nakikita nila siya nakikisalamuha sa mga makasalanan, nakikikain sa bahay ng isang Zacheo na makasalanan. Kaya nagdududa sila ito nga ba ang sugo ng Diyos? Ang sabi ni Hesus tingnan ninyo ang mga nagpapatotoo sa akin,si Juan Bautista na hinangaan ninyo bakit hindi niyo siya paniwalaan?

    At ikalawa ang mga gawa na aking nagagampanan dahil iyan ang gusto ng Ama, hindi niyo po ba nakikita ang aking mga gawa?

    Mga kapatid naghahanda tayo para tanggapin nating lahat at marami pang tao si Hesus pero ang panawagan sa araw na ito kailangan ni Hesus ng mga magpapatotoo sa kanya. Lalo na sa mga taong ayaw maniwala kay Hesus, sa mga taong binabatikos si Hesus, sa mga taong minamaliit si Hesus, sa mga taong pinalitan na si Hesus.

    Ngayong Pasko si Hesus ba ang pinanabikan ng iba? Mukhang hindi naman, ang pinanabikan ay bonus. Kapag may bonus pasko kahit walang Hesus.

    Alam na alam lahat saan may discount pero yung ebanghelyo parang hindi naman yata mahalaga. Sa ibang palamuti sa pasko ni hindi nga nilalagay yung Belen kung saan sa araw ng pasko si Hesus, si Nino Hesus ay ilalagay. Anong mayroon, kahon, kahon na may ribbon, kahon na may na mga ano. Bakit? Ang isisilang ba ni Maria ay kahon? Ang ipinangako ba ng Anghel Gabriel kay Maria ay Maria maglilihi ka ng isang kahon na tatawagin siyang Pasko. At kapag hindi nakatanggap ng kahon sasabihin ay kuwarta o kahon,.

    Yung mga kabataan hindi na alam yon. Kaya tama itong mensahe ng mga pagbasa. Pasko ngayon at kahit na hindi pasko kailangan mga tao na saksi kay Hesus. At ang mga paalaala ng Propeta Isaiah sa unang pagbasa ayon sa katarungan at laging matuwid ang inyong gagawin. Sabi ni Hesus kung sino yung unang saksi sa kanya? Juan Baustista, ano yung ikalawang saksi sa kanya? Ang kanyang mga gawa. Ngayon sasabihin ko kay Hesus. Hesus may ikatlong saksi na para sa iyo, ang mga nagsimbang gabi sa Manila Cathedral, sila ang sasaksi sayo tulad ni Juan Bautista sa kanilang maalab na pananampalataya at sa kanilang gawa.

    Justice, goodness, love so that there will be peace on us. Tayo po, lalo na ang kabataan huwag lang kayo sasaksi sa mga bagay na mabibili. Ano ang moda at lalu na huwag kayong maging saksi ng kabulaan, kasinungalingan na ang tawag na fake news.

    Alalahanin ninyo si Hesus pinatay dahil sa false testimonies at mga huwad na saksi, hindi iyan ang kailangan natin. Tunay na saksi ang nagpapatotoo kay Hesus, yan ang ating ialay sa kanya at matutuwa ang mahal na birhen sasabihin niya totoo nakita na nila na ang pinaglilihi ko si Hesus ay hindi kuwarta o kahon.

    Tumahimik po tayo sandali at tanggapin ang misyon na sumaksi kay Hesus. (Radio Veritas and RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Advent Recollection with Cardinal Chito Tagle at the Araneta Coliseum


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle led the annual Advent Recollection at the Araneta Coliseum, almost a week after his appointment by His Holiness Pope Francis, as the Prefect of Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide). 

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Advent Recollection held at the Smart Araneta on December 15, 2019.
    Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC
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    Over a thousand attendees have attended the said recollection last Sunday. The annual recollection started out from a small group of pilgrims called the Via Lucis and over the years the attendees grew

    During the recollection the Cardinal reflected and shared his insights about the importance of the season of Advent in the Church.

    The Cardinal also emphasized the role of Angels as they assist in facilitating the encounter of the Divine with humanity. He pointed out that when we think of Angels we should think of their mission in bringing the good news, which we oftentimes forget. Also, their presence should always remind us of meeting God.

    Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, of the Society of Jesus, and the Executive Director of Jesuit Communications, expressed his sadness saying that this will be the last Advent Recollection that the Cardinal himself will give to the annual gathering as he embarks to his new mission in Rome as Prefect to the Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples.

    At the end of his reflection, Cardinal Tagle challenged all who were present to be like angels, that is, to be bearers of truth and be missionaries proclaiming the good news.

    The recollection concluded with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by the Cardinal and concelebrated by Bp. Honesto Ongtioco, Bishop of Cubao. (Maricar Santos/SOCOM - San Felipe Neri Parish)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year of Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue begins in the Archdiocese of Manila


    With the theme " Ugnayan sa Iisang Tirahan an Interreligious Dialogue", an Interreligious Dialogue was held at the Mater Ecclesiae Gym, San Carlos Seminary, Makati City, on December 14, 2019. It is aimed to promote an encounter with other religions to attain peace and unity.

     Photo by Rian Francis Salamat / RCAM-AOC)

    Aris Christian Pudol, seminarian at San Carlos Seminary sees the event as an opportunity towards having commonality with other religions.

    "Para mawala yung prejudices or pre-conceived ideas nuka sa ibang religions para mas maging mutual, maging comfortable sa ibang religion," Pudol said.

    For Joven Pabon, Social Communications Minster at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Interreligious Dialogue paves the way to becoming versatile and open to other religions.

    "Yung kahit na mayroon tayong iba't ibang pinaniniwalaan at kultura nagiging versatile tayo and nagiging open para makipag kilala sa iba pang religion," Pabon said.

    More than one hundred participants from San Carlos Seminary, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Focolare Movement, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Hindu, Silpeace Manila attended the whole day event.

    "The event was very enlightening. Even though we are from different religion, we found a common ground which is our service for the love of God," Jaymee Albos said, volunteer at the Latter Day Saints.

    The Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples is part of the nine-year novena in preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

    Ugnayan was organized by the Ministry on Ecumenical and Inter-faith Affairs of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Social Actions Committee Philosophy Department of San Carlos Seminary. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle for the Ordination of Bishop Alan Dialogo


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Ordination of Bishop Alan Dialogo held at The Manila Cathedral on December 12, 2019.

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    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for gathering us as one Church as one community of faith. We thank God for the graciousness that he has been showing to us. First, through our Blessed Mother, the patroness of the Philippines under her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

    And today also, for the singular gift of raising one of the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila to become a missionary as a bishop in Sorsogon. But in a way it’s also a coming home for him for he was born in Naga, raised in Naga in the Bicol region under the care of our Lady of Peñafrancia, Ina. Now he is going home as bishop of Sorsogon. Thank you, Alan! (crowd claps

    And we thank him for attending his ordination (crowd laughs). Had he not shown up then we would have canceled all of these.

    And we also are very glad to have in our midst as co-consecrators, ang kinalulugdan ng langit at lupa, ang Kanyang Kabunyian Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales.

    And also the bishop emeritus of Sorsogon, Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD.

    The solidarity, the communion of the Holy Father is also made manifest to us through the presence of our Apostolic Nuncio Most Rev. Gabriele Caccia. (crowd claps)

    We thank our brothers in the episcopacy who will welcome and encourage our new bishop.

    We thank the clergy of Sorsogon for being here in welcoming their new pastor. Welcome to the Manila Cathedral.

    And welcome also to the clergy of Manila, the religious men and women and all people who want to share the joy of the whole church.

    Also, the family of Bishop Alan. Salamat po sa inyo, sa inyong pagdalo. Dios Mabalos! Tama ba yun?

    I think in your liturgical guide you have a clear presentation of the ministry of the bishop even the symbols are well explained there. We see how the ministry of a bishop is called by the Second Vatican Council as the fullness, the apex of the sacred ministry. It is service but sacred.  It is not just of a secular worldly character. And Vatican II reminds every bishop that his calling is that of sacred ministry performed in the Christian community - Communitatis Cervitum. The service of the church, how?

    First, through the ministry of the Word of God. For the community grows in faith through the Word of God proclaimed, heard, received, and lived.

    Secondly, the priestly ministry of prayer, of sacrament, of liturgy which is also the word is the ministry of the word but now put into signs and symbols gathering the community again through the grace of God.

    And thirdly, what we called the shepherding, the kingly ministry governing through charity the service of charity. And all of these done as a sacred service that is why it is not the word of the bishop but the Word of God. It is not the sacrament of the bishop performed in his name. No, sacraments are performed in the name of the Father, the sign and the Holy Spirit. And it is shepherding not according to one’s style but according to the pastoral love, charity of the good shepherd.

    It all goes back to God who in his mysterious ways has chosen weak, limited even sinful human beings to entrust to them this sacred ministry.

    So, Bishop Alan, yun na yun. And you have a whole lifetime to learn about it and to grow into it knowing that when you do not know what to say, well, it is God’s word not yours. When you do not know how to help people, then, it is God’s grace in sacrament, not yours. When you do not know how to shepherd then turn to the true shepherd, learn from him, learn from him.

    That is the official teaching and that is what we normally see but the feast of today, Our lady of Guadalupe, especially the Gospel of the Annunciation to Mary by the Angel Gabriel presents to us very often the unseen aspect of the ministry not only of the bishop but also of the clergy, the calling of the religious, and your calling to, your calling as married people, your calling as teachers, as servants in the community. There is a public exterior service but as we engage in that there is an inner drama. The mysterious designs of these dialogue between God and a human being, Mary.

    In Nazareth, can anything good come out of Nazareth? Look at how people regarded Nazareth. A woman already with her plans…to Joseph.  Her name was Mary. The angel came to her, “Rejoice Mary!” We say, “Hail Mary!” But it is really, “Rejoice Mary!” Mahusay sa psychology ang angel sinimulan sa rejoice, rejoice. But is the cause of rejoicing? You are full of grace you have favor with God And when God comes you should rejoice.

    What Pope Francis has repeatedly reminding us of the joy of the Gospel, the joy of the Gospel. Exalt and rejoice the call to holiness always rejoicing. When God comes, that is enough reason to rejoice.

    And the angel says the Lord is with you. The Lord will help you. The Lord will be near to you. The reaction of Mary was not to jump and to same with joy. She was greatly troubled at what was said and that’s when the angel assured her, “Do not be afraid.”  And he repeated, “You are full of grace, you have found favor with God.” 

    Then comes the mission. You will conceive a son and you shall name him Jesus.  He is the son of the Most High God. He will inherit the throne of his father David and his kingdom will be forever. Rejoice, Mary! You are graced. The Lord is with you. And the Lord asked you to do a mission and the mission is focused on Jesus, Jesus. This son of God who will be her son. The mission is about Jesus.

    Mary in her bewilderment was asked to focus Jesus is your mission. It will involve tasks but in the end, your mission has a name. The name of a person, Jesus.

    Now comes an important aspect of mission. Mary recognized her inadequacies, her limitations. How could this be? I have no relations with man. Mahalaga po iyan sa misyon. Hindi yung wow! Sa dami dami ng babae diyan sa Nazareth, ako ang pinuntahan ng anghel. Sorry na lang sa kanila. Ako siguro ang pinakamagaling. Ako siguro ang pinakamatalino. Ako siguro ang pinakasikat. This is my moment. Hindi misyon ag tawag dun. Ambisyon. Mary right away said, how could this be? It is not possible. And again, the angel assured her. The Holy Spirit will come upon you. Do not be afraid, Mary. God knows your limitations. That’s why the Holy Spirit will act.

    And a sign was given, Elizabeth in her old age now has conceived a son, humanly impossible but with God everything is possible, with God.

    Mary, alert, humble, honest, intelligent, she asked the right questions she was discerning, and finally, she said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word.” Fiat. Let it be done.

    The motto of Bishop Alan, Fiat. Alan, the fiat came at the end of the long process. And all the elements of the inner dialogue with God must be present. But rejoice, ngiti ka naman dyan. Rejoice! Rejoice!

    You will be graced. You are grace and the Lord will help you and don’t be ashamed to show God that you are terrified, that you tremble and admit before God your limitations and he will assure you nothing will be impossible with and for… and then re-focus if it is not about us it is Jesus. Our mission is Jesus to spread his name, to promote his kingship. And you will say Fiat everyday many times a day. This is the beginning of a lifetime of mission, of trembling, of being humbled and humiliated, of being a….and saying Fiat, Fiat.

    And we asked all of you especially the Christian community of Sorsogon. Do not leave Bishop alone in saying Fiat.

    Ang mga pari, mga religious at ang community together with him should discover our common mission, calling and our common response for it is one mission that will be accomplished according to our different gifts and charisms. But together we listen to the calling together we rejoice, together we focus on Jesus. Together we build up each other for each one is limited. We pray for each other and together we say, let it be done to me, to us according to your word.

    Napakalungkot na maging obispo kapag nag-iisa ka na nga doon eh, doon sa Sorsogon isa lang naman ang obispo. Ewan ko lang kung meron pang nakatagong obispo pero ang alam natin isa lang. napakalungkot naman kapag wala siyang makakasama doon sa misyon. Kaya today, we commit also ourselves to mission with our new bishop.

    But let me close with this. We are celebrating today Our Lady of Guadalupe who in turn visited Juan Diego.

    Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and afterward, Mary became the bearer of Good News. And in a particular way in Mexico to that humbled person, Juan Diego.

    She came like an angel the bearer of Good News bearing the news of the closeness of God to the marginal, the poor, the little ones. She came to Juan Diego ask a native lady, one of them.  And she almost repeated the words of the angel Gabriel to her assuring Juan Diego, “Do not be terrified, do not be afraid. And I’m not here your mother, I am your mother.

    That’s why the beautiful prayer addressed to Our Lady of Guadalupe especially during moments of fear and anguish, we pray that we be kept in the folds of her mantle, in the crossing of her arms, in the hollow of her hands. And Juan Diego became a messenger to the bishop. When you are visited by an angel, you become a messenger, too.

    It’s the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and as she sent Juan Diego, she’s also sending you and through you Alan, we hope many, many more people would hear God’s calling and be sent as well.

    Let the chain of the proclamation of the Good News, faith and response lead to a never-ending angelic proclamation.

    I hope when the Nuncio who was also named Gabriel, Gabriele talked with you, I hope you saw an angel in him. I hope you heard an angel coming to you. I’m sure his words, his presence, his person are very encouraging until you hear the message.

    We thanked you for saying, yes. You know Bishop is a rawer. He joins competitions. So, I have a vision that you would blend very well being a pastor with being a fisher of men. 

    Remember that St. Peter who was called to be a shepherd was earlier called to be a fisher of men. As a shepherd, you walk on firm earth but as a fisher, you will be tossed. It is uncertain sometimes you do not know how to reach the other side but that’s our time, less land but more fluid oceans.

    So, we entrust you to our Blessed Mother. Be a good shepherd. Be a good shepherd and raw with all your might.

    And I hope one day when you cannot reach the other side, you will see someone walking towards…it is I, it is I. (RCAM AOC - Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Remain in Dialogue with God--Cardinal Tagle


    His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presided over the celebration of the Eucharist during the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 9, at the Manila Cathedral.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Feast of Immaculate Conception at The Manila Cathedral on December 9, 2019.
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    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle emphasized Mary’s important role in the salvation history. The Cardinal used the story of Man’s fall from grace to show how this dialogue of blessing and harmony between God and the first humans got disrupted when “human beings refused to harmonize themselves with the calling and the will of God.”

    He pointed out that  when man chooses his own paths, write our own scenarios, and value our own words rather than God’s, harmony and dialogue are destroyed.

    Then, when an angel bearing God’s message reveals himself to Mary and announces God’s proposal. All of humanity awaits Mary’s answer, MAsy's words: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your Word,” harmony and dialogue with the creator are restored! Through Christ, the Word that will become flesh in here, the dialogue continues, and it will never be broken again.

    The Cardinal reminded the faithful that during these times, we are reminded to listen to “angels” sent by God. Listen to their message and remember that we are graced by God. Believe that He will be with us, assisting us in spite of our resistance. Cardinal Tagle urges us, even in a whisper, utter the same words of our Immaculate Mother, “Let it be done to me according to your word.”

    The Cardinal’s homily comes after the formal announcement of his appointment as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fidei), December 8, 12:00 p.m., Vatican Time. (Jolo de Jesus/SOCOM-Immaculate Conception Parish)

  • Cardinal Tagle Speaks Harmony to Educators


    Hours before the announcement of the Vatican to his appointment as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila conducted Principals’ Advent Recollection at RCAM Chapel, Dec. 8.

    Photo by Donny Lastimosa/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish Tondo 

    Reflecting on the Readings on the Second Sunday of Advent, he asked the participants to live in harmony with Jesus.

    “Ano ang pinanabikan natin sa pagdating ni Hesus? Ang sagot ni San Pablo, harmony,” Tagle said.

    He said that in the spirit of Advent and Christmas, “we longing for, hoping for, waiting for harmony.”

    “Baka mayroon kayong kamag-anak  o kaibigan na ang buhay ay kailangan ng harmony, ipagdasal n’yo sila o kaya ipagsimba n’yo din. At baka yung kaunting effort o kaunting word of kindness o kaunting encouragement ay makapagbukas towards harmony,” Tagle explained.

    He told that to prepare oneself for the gift of harmony, one must follow three simple tips.

    “First is justice- respecting every person especially the poor - giving what is due to them.”  he claimed.

    “Kaya po sana sa inyong paaralan, sa inyong ng mga guro sa isa’t isa, [at] ugnayan sa estudyante, sana laging buhay ang justice,” Cardinal added.

    Cardinal Tagle said that acceptance is the second tip.

    “Tanggapin ang bawat isa pero sa pamantayang na kung paano ka tinanggap ni Hesus,” he said.

    Instead of the usual acceptance,  he said that people sometimes give prejudice, judgement and condemnation to others. He further elaborated that Jesus does not tolerate wrongdoings but instead help one in getting up. 

    “Sabi nga ni San Pablo, accept one another,” he said. “Si Hesus dumarating ‘when I was hungry, when I was thirsty, when I was hopeless, when I was sick, when I was imprisoned.’ Dumarating Siya kamukha ng hindi mga ‘di tinatanggap ng lipunan,” he added.

    He further said that acceptance is also in line with the observance of the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indegenous Peoples in the country.

    “Repent- isang mahalagang harmony ay ang harmony with God,” Cardinal said in his last tip.

    He said that there should be a change of thinking, a change of living, a change of seeing people in the eyes of God.

    “You live to prove. Ipakita mo sa buhay mo na gusto mong magbago. Tulong-tulong tayo sa paglago sa misyon sa edukasyon,” Cardinal Tagle ended.

    The seminar was attended by more than 200 school principals and representatives from the divisions of San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Makati, and Manila.

    The event was organized by the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM) with a theme: “Jesus, the Key to Peace and Dialogue.” (Donny Lastimosa/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish Tondo)

  • Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Tagle as the new Prefect of Propaganda Fide




    His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as the new Prefect of Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide).

    The appointment was announced in Rome on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Cardinal Tagle will replace Cardinal Fernando Filoni who has been in the post since 2011.

    Meanwhile, Cardinal Filoni will assume the post of Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher in place of Cardinal Edwin Frederick O' Brien, who resigned in April 2019.

    Cardinal Tagle is the second Asian to hold that post and the second major nomination to the Roman Curia made by Pope Francis in the last quarter of the year.

    Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle, 62, was born on June 21, 1957, in Manila. He was ordained priest in 1962. He obtained his doctorate in Theology in the United States. In 1997, he joined the International Theological Commission after he spent seven years in Rome. He served as parish priest of the Cathedral of Imus and was nominated Bishop of that diocese by Pope John Paul Ii in October 2001. On October 13, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Metropolitan Archbishop of Manila. In November 2012, he was appointed Cardinal.

    Cardinal Tagle is also the president of Caritas Internationalis and Catholic Biblical Federation.

    An official statement from the Archdiocese of Manila is to be released on the afternoon of December 9, 2019. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Bishop-elect Jose Alan Dialogo appeals for help for Diocese of Sorsogon

     


    We make an appeal to your generous hearts to help our faithful who are extremely affected by typhoon Tisoy that badly damaged their property and source of daily living. We badly need shelter materials, food, clothes & drinking water. For donations in kind, pls deliver them to the ff drop-off points:

    1 For Manila & QC Area- Cardinal Sin Welcome Home. JS Fugueras St. Sampaloc, Manila (Inside the compound of Our Lady of Loreto Church),

    2. For Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig & QC- Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, EDSA, Makati.

    3. For Naga City Area- Manto nin Pagkamoot Children's Foundation, Inc.- 445 Dimasalang St. Brgy Sta. Cruz, Naga City.

    4. For those donating Cash, you may deposit at Chinabank Sorsogon branch 
    Magsaysay St. Sorsogon city

    Account No: 1911243418

    Current account

    Account Name: Sorsogon Social Action Foundation Inc.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH! SALAMATONON! DIYOS AN MABALOS!-


    Bishop-Elect Jose Alan Dialogo
    Diocese of Sorsogon

  • Our Lady of Candelaria de Tondo Joins Annual Marian Procession for the First Time


    Joining the procession for the first time, the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Madre y Patrona de Tondo graced the 40th Intramuros Grand Marian Procession (IGMP) on December 1, 2019, at the Manila Cathedral.

    Photo Credit: Jazzper Manapul/SOCOM-Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño de Tondo

    One hundred twelve Marian images marched the streets of Intramuros and celebrated by devotees coming from different parts of the country.

    The Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Madre y Patrona de Tondo is the second patron of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino de Tondo, celebrating its feast day on February 2. The image was accompanied by its parishioners.

    The IGMP is an annual event every first Sunday of December in honor of the Feast of Immaculate Conception. It is organized by Intramuros Administration and Confradia de la Inmaculada Conception Foundation with the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (AJ Llanes/SOCOM-Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo)

  • Panalangin para sa mga apektado ng Bagyong Tisoy




    Mapagmahal na Ama, kinikilala at sinasamba Ka namin. Batid Mo ang pangamba ng maraming Pilipino dahil sa pagpasok ng bagyong Tisoy sa aming bansa. Pahupain nawa ng Inyong mapagpalang kamay ang hangin at ulan. Ilayo po ninyo sa panganib at sakuna ang mga pamilya, lalo na ang mga dukha. Himukin mo kaming magdamayan. Patuloy nawa naming alagaan ang kalikasan at bawa't kapwa-tao. Dinadalangin namin ito sa ngalan ni Jesukristong Anak Mo, kasama ng Espiritu Santo, iisang Dios na Maylikha, Amen.



    Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Archbishop of Manila

  • Healthy Morality is Key to Healthy Body--Priest


    Rev. Fr. Manuel Abogado III, Director of the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Healthcare has a reminder to the youth during the celebration of National AIDS Sunday last December 1, 2019. Fr. Abogado reminded the young people about the need to be very careful with their desire and eagerness to explore, especially in matters of sexuality. Their curiosity, according to him, can be a factor that could lead to sexually transmitted diseases.

    “Malaking apektado talaga yung mga youth 15 to 34 years old kung tutuusin at kailangan talagang magsumikap na mag-abstain, maging faithful, lalong lalo na sa ating pananampalatayang Katoliko, kung hindi man katoliko yung relasyon sa Diyos. Magsumikap na magtimpi, magtiis, huwag basta-basta magpadala sa pita ng laman,” Fr. Abogado said during his homily.

    Photo Credit: Yana Villajos /Radio Veritas

     

    Fr. Abogado, who led the celebration of the Holy Mass held at the San Roque Cathedral in Kalookan for the First Sunday of Advent encouraged those who suffer from HIV-AIDS to remain hopeful.

    “Ngayon ay unang linggo sa panahon ng adbiyento at ang unang kandila na sinindihan ay sumisimbulo sa pag-asa, hindi porket maysakit ang isang tao wala nang pag-asa pa. Ipanalangin natin na makatawid tayo to be able to pass over from sin to salvation, from death to life, from sickness to health… Hindi mawalan ng pag-asa sa mga may sakit, kung susundin lamang yung therapy at magiging maayos na babaguhin yung lifestyle hindi na magiging tulad ng dati, mayroong pag-asa,” Fr. Abogado said

    According to the United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS there are up to 77 thousand people or so-called People Living with HIV in the Philippines. However, there are only about 62 thousand of them have been reported and diagnosed. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila observes Red Wednesday


    The Manila Cathedral and other 
    parishes, shrines, and basilicas in the Philippines were lit in red on November 27, 2019, in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world because of faith.

    The Red Wednesday campaign of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) marked its third year celebration in the Philippines. The campaign asked the faithful to wear red as a statement of support to all the Christians who stood up for their faith.

    The Manila Cathedral marks Red Wednesday on November 27, 2019.
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    Most Rev. Virgilio Pablo David, Bishop of Kalookan celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 6:30 in the evening.

    In his homily, he asked the faithful to pray not only for the persecuted Christians but also those who persecute them.

    "And so today, at this Eucharist, as we commune with Christ, we must learn to say to those who hate us, “You may consider us your enemy, but we will never treat you as our enemy.  That is why we pray for you—because you are also our brothers and sisters, fellow creatures in God’s image and likeness, and called to grow into sons and daughters of the same God.   We pray for you that God may allow you to see the light," Bishop David said.

    After the Mass, an Ecumenical Prayer was held outside the cathedral. Candles were distributed and lighted.

    More than 2,000 parishes, Catholic schools and universities, and other institutions joined the campaign and simultaneously lit their facade in red.

    The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the Aid to Church in Need that creates awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution and invites everyone “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow, light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.

    ACN is a Pontifical charity organization dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer, and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Year of the Youth: The Mission to Evangelize continues


    Young people's mission continues as the Year of the Youth concludes.

    This was what Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan, Director of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth said during the Commissioning and Thanksgiving ceremony of the Year of the Youth held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, Makati, on November 23-24, 2019.

    Archdiocesan Commission on Youth Director Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo celebrate the Holy Eucharist of the Commissioning and Thanksgiving of the Year of the Youth at Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary on November 24, 2019.
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     and Commissioning

    According to Fr. Licuanan, the Year of the Youth will not close because the church is sending the young people to continue its mission of evangelization.

    “Ayaw po nating isara ang Year of the Youth, mas maganda po ituloy natin ang pag-aalaala, paghubog, pagbibigay halaga sa mga kabataan” Fr. Licuanan told Radio Veritas.

    Fr. Licuanan further added that the young people can greatly contribute to the promotion of peace and unity especially that the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples began as part of the preparation for the five hundred years of Christianity in the Philippines.

    “Tamang-tama yung pagninilay natin about No Borders, No Limits, somehow maghahanda sa ating mga kabataan para buksan ang kanilang mga pinto o kanilang mga bintana ng buhay para sa pagkakaisa ng buong Kristiyanismo," Father Licuanan said.

    With the theme “Sent! No Borders, No Limits!”, the event commenced with the Opening Liturgy featuring the Archdiocesan Pilgrim Youth Cross and Blood Relic of Saint John Paul II.

    Attended by more than 2,000 young people from the different parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila, the 2-day event was concluded with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo at six in the morning of November 24. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Bishop Virgilio Pablo David during Red Wednesday Mass


    RED WEDNESDAY 2019
    Gospel - Luke 21, 12-19


    Homily delivered by Kalookan Bishop Virgilio Pablo David during Red Wednesday Mass at the Manila Cathedral on November 27, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

    This is the third year that the Catholic Church in the Philippines is observing what we now popularly call Red Wednesday.  It is our opportunity to come together to celebrate the Eucharist with two specific intentions:  one, to unite ourselves in spirit with all the persecuted Churches and fellow Christians around the world, and two, to pray also for our persecutors and to unite ourselves in the spiritual battle against the onslaughts of the Evil One.

    Kalookan Bishop Virgilio Pablo David
    Photo by Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC

    Let’s start with the first intention: what is the best way to UNITE OURSELVES IN PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED FELLOW CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD?  By celebrating the Eucharist, our Sacrament of Love.  When we celebrate the Eucharist and receive Christ in Holy Communion, we enter into communion (a spiritual bond), not just with Christ, but with all our fellow members in the body of Christ throughout the world, especially those who suffer persecution. 

    The first time the earliest Christians were persecuted, we are told by St. Luke in Acts 9 that their persecutor, a rather zealous Pharisaical Jew named Saul had pursued them all the way from Jerusalem.  On his way to Damascus, he was struck down by a blinding light and he heard a voice that said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Even after the voice had identified himself to him as Jesus, Saul was puzzled, of course, because he had never met Jesus personally.  And yet there he was, falling on the ground and being confronted personally  by Jesus who was suffering the most from the pain that Paul was inflicting on the early Christians.

    No wonder, Paul would later call the Church an organic unity similar to that of the human body in 1 Cor 12.  “Like a body with many parts, so it is with Christ.”  How can one part Of the body get hurt without the rest of the body feeling it? In Tagalog, we would say, “Ang sakit ng kalingkingan ay ramdam ng buong katawan.” Meaning, it is a good sign when we are able to feel the pain of the other parts of the Body of Christ.  What is bad is when we don’t feel it at all, when we remain indifferent about it.  When Christians behave this way, it could only mean that the body is sick, that some parts are probably numb or festering with gangrene. 

    The Church is no stranger to persecution because there has never been a time in our history that we did not experience it. For many of our brothers and sisters, persecution has led to martyrdom— the ultimate act of witnessing, exactly as we have heard it in the Gospel:  “They will seize you and persecute you and lead you before governors and princes.  But it will lead to your giving witness.”     Tertullian once said to the persecutors, “We multiply whenever we are mown down by you; the blood of Christians is seed."  And seeds do not mind falling and being buried, do they?  We should know why.

    Our faith is founded already on the witnessing of John the Baptist, that bold prophet whose words disturbed many consciences in Israel, and whom the ruling authorities regarded as a serious threat to their worldly interests.  What better way was there for the governor, Herod Antipas, to silence him than to have his head cut off? And yet, for all his heroic martyrdom, John the Baptist called himself a mere precursor to the one he introduced as the Lamb of God, the one whose sandals, he said he was not even worthy to untie.

    John had offered his head to a headless society.  His disciples were part of that crowd that would touch the heart of Jesus.  Mark tells us, his heart was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep without a Shepherd, or like a body without a head. 

    The one who humbly immersed himself with sinners in the Jordan would fill up the vacuum.  Not only would Jesus in turn offer his head to a headless community.  He would give his whole life, body and blood, in total oblation on the cross.  Therefore the Cross of Christ has become the ultimate symbol of our faith.  Although the cross is a gruesome instrument of torture and capital punishment, for us Christians, it is not a morbid symbol.  It does not stand for suffering and death.  It stands rather for LOVE, the unconditional love of God, the love that is not afraid to suffer and die for the beloved.  Thus Jesus said at the Last Supper as he held the chalice, “This is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins.” 

    That Kenosis, that total emptying of self, that pouring out has never stopped from the day Jesus was martyred on the cross.  We are told that “more Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all other centuries combined.”  We also know that “around 105,000 Christians are martyred for their faith each year, in North Korea, in Pakistan, in Syria, in Libya, in Nigeria, in China, and in many other countries around the world.” 

    St. Paul himself also said in Colossians 1:24  “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church.”  In saying this, he makes us understand that Christ’s work of Redemption goes on.  It was not a one time affair that began and ended on the cross two thousand years ago. It continues to this very day because of our stubborn proclamation that God desires the salvation not just of A few, not just of the righteous and the deserving, but of the sinners and the undeserving as well.  To be able to participate in this redemptive work, we must do our part as members of his body, by being ourselves ever ready to pay the price.

    We suffer because we refuse to believe that there are people in this world who are innately evil. We cannot call ourselves Christians if we believe that there are innately evil people, can we? We stubbornly refuse to believe  that God intends only the salvation of the good and the deserving. We believe rather in the God whose essence is to save, not to condemn, and who desires to save all of us— sinners included. Our faith impels us all the time, even as we reject Evil, to always choose the path of nonviolence and forgiveness.

    Finally, our second special intention for this Mass is to PRAY FOR OUR PERSECUTORS AND UNITE OURSELVES IN THE SPIRITUAL WARFARE.

    Our faith teaches us that although we detest the undeserved suffering that is inflicted on us by those who hate us, we should never learn to hate them in return.  Vengeance has never been the way of Jesus.  We are never to return violence for violence, evil for evil.  Rather, he teaches us to conquer evil with good. 

    Did he not say to us, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who persecute you?”  For if we can do good only to those who are good to us, what merit is there for us, he asks.  As gold that is tested by being made to go through the crucible of fire, he teaches us something that is neither easy to accept nor understand:  “Blessed are you when they insult you or curse you or utter every kind of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven.”

    And so today, at this Eucharist, as we commune with Christ, we must learn to say to those who hate us, “You may consider us your enemy, but we will never treat you as our enemy.  That is why we pray for you—because you are also our brothers and sisters, fellow creatures in God’s image and likeness, and called to grow into sons and daughters of the same God.   We pray for you that God may allow you to see the light.

    We are not at war with you.  As Saint Paul says in Ephesians 6:12-13, 16-17 “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground... In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

    The only battle that we fight is the spiritual battle, following only the standard of Christ. Like our master, we intend the salvation of all, including sinners.  For we believe that it is never God’s business to condemn but to save. But because he does not give up on us even when we are sinners, he is ready to pay the price for our salvation.  That is what we call redemption.  We are to regard even the sufferings that our persecuted brothers and sisters are going through in many parts of the world as participation in Christ’s work of redemption.

    In the midst of so much persecution, I cannot think of a more consoling line from Scripture than Romans 8:31.35, where Paul says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?  Who can separate us from the love of God?”  Nothing but God’s love gives Paul the confidence to say,

    2 Corinthians 4:8-10. “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.”

    Kaya, sino nga ba ang makapaghihiwalay sa atin sa pagibig ng Diyos?  Wala.  Dahil kay Kristo Hesus na ating Panginoon.  AMEN.

  • Showing Compassion, Most Potent way of Evangelization


    What is the best way to Evangelize? This was the question Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle was asked amidst the many modern means of communication for evangelization.

    “Meron sigurong mga tools na hindi magiging obsolete at kailangang gamitin pero mayroon ding mga bago na kailangang hanapin para ma-address yung nagbabagong pananaw, nagbabagong kaisipan.”

     Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at the Parola Compound in Binondo, Manila in 2018.

    But the most effective means to Evangelize, the Cardinal said, one that will never be obsolete, is showing compassion to the poor, to the sick especially those who are in the hospital and even to those who are grieving.

    The Cardinal also pointed out that in this changing world, there are also methods or means of communication that we need to adopt.

    “Pero meron ding mga naging methods na parang akma sa isang kultura o sa isang mind set na tanggapin natin na nag-iiba rin. Kaya pati yung lenguahe, tool ang language. O kaya yung mga kanta, yung mga programs paano mo i-package yung approach sa Word of God. Yun ay kailangan ire-review,” Cardinal Tagle told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications.

    In addition, he cited how parents continuously find ways to show their love and affection to their children.

    “Katulad din siguro yan ng magulang. Yung mga anak mo nung sanggol yan, ganito yung approach mo tapos pag nag-teen-ager, yun din naman mamahalin mo din pero naghahanap ka ng ibang pamamaraan paano mo makausap, paano mo maipadama yung pagmamahal mo,” he said.

    “Noong bata yan laging kapit sa iyo yan eh, pag teen-ager parang ayaw na, na kasama mo. Hahanap ka naman ng ibang way. Pag yan ay nag-asawa na, yan ay may mga sarili ng mga anak, meron ka ring ibang style. Parang ganun yung nakikita ko,” he added. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Even Pains caused within Families can be Source of Grace


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the 4th Usapang Totoo at Katoto (UTAK), a regular avenue for the youth to dialogue with the Cardinal. The event was spearheaded by the youth of the Archdiocese Manila Commission on Youth at Paco Catholic School, Manila on November 16, 2019.

    Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

    The participants of the forum came from the different parishes under the Vicariate of San Fernando de Dilao. There were youth sharers who talked about brokenness in their family and a mother who shared the pain of losing a child.

    The Cardinal expressed his empathy for the young sharers. He affirmed that the real and nuclear family cannot be changed no matter how imperfect it may be. However, by the hands of God, the youth can still be saved from any unfortunate situation by their own relatives, parish communities and movements in order to make them feel they are part of a family.

    "Kapag mas nalalapit ka kay Hesus, 'pag mas sumusunod ka sa kanya, lumalambot ang puso mo," Cardinal Tagle also emphasized. Their agony can be turned into something greater that leads to a call to serve the Lord and one another, especially those who are in need. "Ang dusa ng isa ay dusa ng lahat. Ang ligaya ng isa ay ligaya ng lahat," he added.

    The recent UTAK forum pointed out how the nuclear family plays a very important role in society and the Church. As a family, relationships are vital for the fruition of the children's values and how they manage the negative experiences as they grew up. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Fatima Llanza/SOCOM/San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • World Day of the Poor calls for Integral Human Development

     

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist marking the Third World Day of the Poor at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila, on November 16, 2019.

    Speaking in front of the faithful who attended the half-day event, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the theme for the celebration, as chosen by Pope Francis, “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,” the Cardinal said.

    Photo by: Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

    Before the Mass, a dialogue called “Panayam, Pag-Asa” was held with the poor and the marginalized. The segment exposed the different faces and experiences of the poor and how they were able to find hope amidst the pains and struggles in life.

    As the Cardinal encouraged the faithful to be in solidarity with the poor, he stressed that aside from the material assistance we extend like giving them clothes and feeding their stomach, more important is to feed them spiritually.

    “Alam mo, siguro yan ang isang tanong na dapat tanungin lagi kasi ito ang laging direksiyon ng simbahan. Ang tawag natin ay integral human development. Yung lumago ang buong tao. Lahat ng aspeto ng kanyang pagkatao,” Cardinal Tagle told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications.

    “At dahil ang tao ay nilalang ng Diyos, lahat ng aspeto na yun ay kasama sa evangelization hindi natin pwedeng paghiwa-hiwalayin,” he added.

    Cardinal Tagle added that human integral development is part of the mission of the Church in the evangelization.

    “At ang pangangailangan ng kabuuan ng tao, kailangang mahipo ng Gospel, ng Mabuting Balita. Hindi nagiging integral ang Evangelization kung iilang tao lang ang nae-e-evangelize ng kabuuan. Kasama sa integral evangelization ay bawat tao, buong tao, at ng lahat ng tao,” he said.

    Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila, also led the Mass for the Third World Day of the Poor organized by the Order of Malta Philippines in Quiapo, Manila, on Nov. 16. The lay religious organization conducted a medical mission and distributed Christmas gifts to one hundred poor families.

    At Vatican City, the Holy Father Pope Francis led the Mass for the Third World Day of the Poor at St. Peter’s Basilica on November 17, telling the faithful that the poor remind us of how we should live the Gospel: “like beggars reaching out to God.” According to Vatican News, like last year, there was a temporary walk-in-clinic in St. Peter’s Square. The clinic offered free medical examinations for the poor.

    The World Day of the Poor is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and was established by the Pope Francis as he promulgated his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Paano nasagip at nailigtas si Elone at Ana sa prostitution?


    Ito ay dahil sa kalinga, pagmamahal at pag-asa o ipinagkaloob na “pastoral care” ng Congregation of Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS).

    Sa panayam ng Radio Veritas kay Elone at Ana, mga dating prostitute sa Cagayan de Oro, kanilang ibinahagi na dahil sa pakikiisa, pagmamalasakit, pagpapakain at shelter care ng RGS ay unti-unti silang namulat sa maling gawain at tuluyang nakaahon mula sa tanikala ng prostitusyon.

    Photo Credit: Radio Veritas

    At bilang pasasalamat, nagsisilbi sa kasalukuyan si Elone at Ana na social worker volunteer o kabilang sa mission partners ng RGS na humihikayat naman sa mga prostitute partikular sa Makati at Pasay area na talikuran na ang pagbibenta ng katawan at panandaliang aliw sa mga lalaki.

    Ibinahagi ni ‘Elone’ dating biktima ng prostitusyon at kasalukuyang volunteer social worker ng RGS at bahagi ng Tingog sa Kasanag sa Cagayan De Oro na mahalagang matulungan ang mga kababaihang ibangon ang kanilang dangal upang maligtas sa mga sakit dulot ng prostitusyon tulad ng HIV/AIDS at iba pang nakakahawang sakit.

    Lubos naman ang pasasalamat ni Ana sa RGS sa ibinigay na pag-asa sa kanya upang makaahon sa prostitusyon at makapagbagong buhay.

    Matapos ang mapait na karanasan sa prostitusyon, naging misyon na ni Ana na tulungan din ang mga babaeng nasasadlak sa pagbibenta ng katawan para sa sexual pleasure ng mga lalaki.

    Naniniwala si Sr. Ailyn Binco, Mission Development Coordinator ng St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, Inc.,(the social welfare and development foundation of Religious of the Good Shepherd(RGS(Religious of the Good Shepherd) na sa pagkalinga ng mga prostituted women ay muling maibalik ang kanilang moral at dignidad bilang babae na kabilang sa mga anak ng Diyos.

    “Once a woman undergo healing sessions, she regain her dignity and self-worth; she will reclaim that she is a child of God and will realize that God loves her unconditionally,” pahayag ni Sr. Binco sa Radio Veritas.

    Sa panayam ng Radio Veritas sa ilang biktima ng prostitusyon sa Makati Red Light District, pinasok ni alyas “Ana” ang prostitusyon dahil sa labis na kahirapan.

    Aniya, bilang single parent mas binibigyang prayoridad ni ‘Ana’ ang kinabukasan ng anak na mabigyan ng wastong edukasyon para sa magandang kinabukasan.

    Iginiit naman ni alyas ‘Lyn’ na kailangan nitong tustusan ang pangangailangan ng pamilya dahil iniwan ito ng kanyang asawa kaya’t nagsusumikap itong maghanap buhay at tanging sa prostitusyon napadpad.

    “We stared our involvement with the women thru getting to know them: bar visit, informal talk, befriending them, inviting them to our centers, providing sessions: establishing personal relationship with them is very effective; they should feel at home and at peace so that they will trust us,” ani ni Sr. Binco.

    Binibisita ng mga madre ang mga bar upang kilalanin ang kababaihang biktima ng human trafficking at makagawa ng hakbang na maalis sila sa prostitusyon.

    Kabilang sa mga lugar na tinutungo ng RGS sisters ang Olangapo, Pampanga, Pasay, Ermita, Quezon Ave., Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Makati (P.Burgos area) at sa Baclaran (airport road areas).

    RGS PROGRAMS

    Para sagipin ang mga babaeng binansagang “sex workers o prosti”, sa pakikipagtulungan sa Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Makati at Natioanl Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help o Baclaran church ay itinatag ang “Marta’s kitchen”.

    Ayon kay Sister Binco, layunin ng Marta’s kitchen na makiisa at makilakbay sa mapait na dinaranas ng mga babaeng nasasadlak sa prostitusyon sa bansa.

    Tuwing alas-tres ng madaling araw ay pinapakain ng R-G-S sisters katuwang ang mga social worker volunteer at mga layko ng parokya ang mga prosti bilang pakikiisa sa kanilang kalagayan.

    DROP-IN CENTERS

    Ang advocacy campaign na “drop in center” ay lugar kung saan maaring magpahinga ang mga “prosti” at lugar ng counselling at spiritual formations.

    SHELTER CARE

    Sa Healing naman itinatayo ang Shelter Care – dito pansamantalang maninirahan ang mga rescued prostituted women habang tinutugunan ang kagalingang pisikal, emosyonal at ispiritwal kabilang na dito ang pagbibigay ng skills training at edukasyon.

    AFTER CARE

    Habang napapaloob naman sa “after care” ang family reintegration, independent living, job assistance/placement, at educational assistance.

    Panoorin at alamin ang mapait na katotohanan na dahilan kung bakit naging bilanggo ng prostitution ang mahigit sa 500,000 Filipina sa dokumentaryo ng TV Maria na ipapalabas sa Sky cable 210, Destiny cable 96, Sky direct 49 at Satlite 102 sa ika-25 ng Nobyembre 2019.

    Sa iba pang karagdagang impormasyon sa masaklap na dinaranas ng mga babaeng biktima ng maunlad na “sex commercialization” sa bansa, bisitahin ang veritas846.ph at www.rcam.org na itinanghal na best Diocesan website sa ikaapat na Catholic Social Media Awards.

    Kaalinsabay sa paggunita ng International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women tuwing ika-25 ng Nobyembre, mariing nanawagan ang RGS sa ehekutibo, lehislatibo at lokal na pamahalaan na tuluyang ihinto ang sex commercialization sa bansa. (Norman Dequina and Arnel Pelaco/Radio Veritas)

  • Women are not commodities! Stop sex commercialization


    Nananawagan ang Religious of the Good Shepherd o RGS sa pamahalaan na magpatupad ng “Zero tolerance for buyers of sex sa Pilipinas.
     

    Hinimok ng RGS ang Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso, Senado, Ehekutibo at mga Local Government Unit (LGUs) na lumikha ng batas na magpaparusa sa mga nagsusulong ng commercialized sex at mga nagbabayad para sa isang sexual act.

    “Condemn state sponsorship of prostitution; reject the legalization of prostitution. Call for laws that do not criminalize a prostituted person but prosecutes those who sponsor commercialized sex and those who purchase sexual acts from other persons”. panawagan ng RGS.

    Photo Credit: Radio Veritas

    Ikinababahala ng RGS ang laganap na “human trafficking” bilang isang criminal industry na naging dahilan ng lumalalang prostitution sa Pilipinas.

    Itinuturing ng RGS ang “prostitution of women and girls” na gender violence kung saan ang tingin ng mga lalaki at lipunan sa mga babae ay isang commodity lamang.

    Ikinalulungkot din ng RGS ang pagtanggap ng pamahalaan sa prostitution bilang isang work agenda o propesyon.

    Naninindigan ang RGS na kung hindi pinapayagan ng pamahalaan at hindi tinatangkilik ng mga lalaki ang “flesh trade” ay walang tinatawag na “sex workers” o “prosti” at walang prostitution industry.

    Tinukoy ni Sister Ailyn Binco, Mission Development Coordinator ng St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. (the social welfare and development foundation of RGS) ugat ng prostitution sa Pilipinas tulad ng kahirapan, patriarchy, male privilege, extreme wealth, racist attitudes, militarization, ecological degradation, kawalan ng family support, kawalan ng maayos na migration policies at mataas na sex demand ng mga lalaki.

    Kinatigan ng RGS ang United Nations 1949 Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others na itinuturing ang prostitution na paglapastangan sa dignidad ng tao at nagdudulot ng panganib sa kapakanan ng isang indibidwal, pamilya at komunidad.

    MARTA’S KITCHEN

    Para sagipin ang mga babaeng binansagang “sex workers o prosti”, sa pakikipagtulungan sa Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Makati at Natioanl Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help o Baclaran church ay itinatag ang “Marta’s kitchen”.

    Ayon kay Sister Binco, layunin ng Marta’s kitchen na makiisa at makilakbay sa mapait na dinaranas ng mga babaeng nasasadlak sa prostitusyon sa bansa, lalo na sa may P. Burgos Makati area at Pasay.

    Tuwing alas-tres ng madaling araw ay pinapakain ng RGS sisters katuwang ang mga social worker volunteer at mga layko ng parokya ang mga prosti bilang pakikiisa sa kanilang kalagayan.

    Ibinahagi ng Madre na upang personal na makisalamuha at makadaupang palad ang mga prosti ay madalas na binibisita at pumapasok ang kanilang grupo sa mga bahay aliwan.

    Tinutungo ng RGS ang Olongapo, Pampanga, Ermita, Quezon Ave., Batangas, Cagayan de Oro at Cebu.

    DROP-IN CENTERS

    Ang advocacy campaign na “drop in center” ay lugar kung saan maaring magpahinga ang mga “prosti” at lugar ng counselling at spiritual formations.

    SHELTER CARE

    Sa Healing naman itinatayo ang Shelter Care – dito pansamantalang maninirahan ang mga rescued prostituted women habang tinutugunan ang kagalingang pisikal, emosyonal at ispiritwal kabilang na dito ang skills training at edukasyon.

    AFTER CARE

    Habang napapaloob naman sa “after care” ang family reintegration, independent living, job assistance/placement, at educational assistance.

    Naninindigan ang RGS na ang prostitusyon “is exploitative and is never part of a decent work agenda. The idea that women are commodities available to be consumed and exploited has no place in a society striving for gender equality. Rejects any notion of “child prostitution”. Reject the notion that a person in prostitution is a “sex worker”. We express solidarity with those who are vulnerable to being the objects of prostitution. We seek to listen to the experiences of these persons, accompany them in their personal journeys and develop, with them, holistic programs to meet their needs. We support women and girls in healing, self-sufficiency through employable skills, economic and personal growth opportunities, and reconciliation with often-estranged families.

    Naniniwala si Sr.Binco na bagamat napakahirap ang kanilang mithiin na mai-ahon at maalis ang mga prosti sa pagbibenta ng panandaliang aliw sa mga lalaki ay kanilang naipapadama sa mga ito ang pag-ibig ng Diyos.

    Ikinalugod ng madre na sa ilang taong adbokasiya ng kongregasyon katuwang ang mga barangay, health centers para sa hygiene checkup at sa City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development offices, matagumpay itong nailigtas ang mga kababaihan na sa kasalukuyan ay may kanya-kanyang propesyon.

    Kaugnay nito, sa kanyang Apostolic visit sa Thailand, nanawagan si Pope Francis ng respeto para sa mga “prosti” at biktima ng human trafficking.

    Ayon sa Santo Papa, ang mga kabataan at babaeng biktima ng prostitution ay bahagi ng ating pamilya, mga magulang, mga kapatid at mga kaibigan na dapat samahan at makilakbay sa kanilang mapait na karanasan at kalagayan.

    Hiniling ni Pope Francis sa lider ng mga bansa na protektahan ang mga kabataan at kababaihan sa pananamantala ng ilang negosyante at pulitiko sa kanilang kahinaan.

    Panoorin at alamin ang mapait na katotohanan na dahilan kung bakit naging bilanggo ng prostitution ang mahigit sa 500,000 Filipina sa dokumentaryo ng TV Maria na ipapalabas sa Sky cable 210, Destiny cable 96, Sky direct 49 at Satlite 102 sa ika-25 ng Nobyembre 2019.

    Sa iba pang karagdagang impormasyon sa masaklap na dinaranas ng mga babaeng biktima ng maunlad na “sex commercialization” sa bansa, bisitahin ang veritas846.ph at www.rcam.org na itinanghal na best Diocesan website sa ikaapat na Catholic Social Media Awards.

    Alinsunod ng panawagan, pangungunahan ng RGS ang isang pagkilos para isulong ang International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women sa Lunes, ika-25 ng Nobyembre, 2019. (Arnel Pelaco/Radio Veritas)

  • Nuns, provide food and shelter to Makati and Pasay “Harlots”

     
    Kinakalinga ng grupo ng mga madre ang mga indibidwal na biktima ng prostitusyon o tinaguriang mga “Harlots” sa bansa at tinutulungang makabangon sa karanasan.

    Ang mga prostituted women o sinasabing mga Magdalene/Babaeng mababa ang lipad ay tinatawag na mga Harlot sa bibliya.

    Photo Credit: Radio Veritas

    Naniniwala si Sr. Ailyn Binco, Mission Development Coordinator ng St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, Inc., (the social welfare and development foundation of Religious of the Good Shepherd(RGS) na sa pagkalinga ng mga prostituted women muling maibalik ang kanilang moral at dignidad bilang babae na kabilang sa mga anak ng Diyos.

    “Once a woman undergo healing sessions, she regain her dignity and self-worth; she will reclaim that she is a child of God and will realize that God loves her unconditionally,” pahayag ni Sr. Binco sa Radio Veritas.

    Sa panayam ng Radio Veritas sa ilang biktima ng prostitusyon sa Makati Red Light District, ikinatwiran ni alyas “Ana” na napilitan itong pasukin ang prostitusyon dahil sa labis na kahirapan.

    Aniya, bilang single parent mas binibigyang prayoridad ni ‘Ana’ ang kinabukasan ng anak na mabigyan ng wastong edukasyon para sa magandang kinabukasan.

    Dahil sa kahirapan, hanggang First Year high school lamang ang tinapos ni ‘Ana’ at nagtrabaho bilang factory worker subalit bunsod ng kontraktuwalisasyon nawalan ito ng kabuhayan.

    Sa panig naman ni alyas ‘Lyn’ kailangan nitong tustusan ang pangangailangan ng pamilya dahil iniwan ito ng kanyang asawa kaya’t nagsusumikap itong maghanap buhay at tanging sa prostitusyon napadpad.

    Sa kasalukuyang tala tinatayang humigit kumulang 500,000 ang mga indibidwal na nasa prostitusyon.

    Ibinahagi ni Sister Binco na apat na dekada na ang nakalipas ng simulan ng RGS sisters ang Ministry for Women in prostitution bilang bahagi ng kanilang misyon nang maitatag ang kanilang kongregasyon sa Pransya noong ika – 17 siglo.

    Binibisita ng mga madre ang mga bar upang kilalanin ang kababaihang biktima ng human trafficking at makagawa ng hakbang na maalis ang mga ito sa prostitusyon.

    “We stared our involvement with the women thru getting to know them: bar visit, informal talk, befriending them, inviting them to our centers, providing sessions: establishing personal relationship with them is very effective; they should feel at home and at peace so that they will trust us,” ani ni Sr. Binco.

    Kabilang sa mga lugar na tinutungo ng RGS sisters ang Olangapo, Pampanga, Pasay, Ermita, Quezon Ave., Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Makati (P.Burgos area) at sa Baclaran (airport road areas).

    Pagbabahagi pa ng madre na sa ilang taong adbokasiya ng kongregasyon katuwang ang mga barangay, health centers para sa hygiene checkup at sa City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development offices, matagumpay itong nailigtas ang mga kababaihan na sa kasalukuyan ay may kanya-kanyang propesyon na sa lipunan.

    “For the past years, with God’s grace through healing sessions and capacity building activities, there are already women who are professionals and employed in a humane job; formed gender advocates that act now as peer educator and outreach worker to those women who are still in situations of prostitutions. The struggles are still there, but they are already capacitated on how to handle problems and face life challenges.” pahayag ni Sr.Binco sa Radio Veritas

    Ayon naman kay ‘Elone’ dating biktima ng prostitusyon at kasalukuyang volunteer social worker ng RGS at bahagi ng Tingog sa Kasanag sa Cagayan De Oro, mahalagang matulungan ang mga kababaihang ibangon ang kanilang dangal upang maligtas sa mga sakit dulot ng prostitusyon tulad ng HIV/AIDS.

    Batay sa tala ng United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, nangunguna ang Pilipinas sa buong mundo na may pinakamaraming kaso ng HIV/AIDS.

    RGS Programs

    Para tugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga tinaguriang “Harlots”, isinasagawa ng Sts. Peter and Paul Parish ng Makati, sa tulong at gabay ng R-G-S ang MARTHA’S KITCHEN, at ipinapatupad naman ng RGS and mga DROP-IN CENTERS,SHELTER CARE at AFTER CARE Programs.

    DROP-IN CENTERS

    Ang advocacy campaign na “drop in center” kung saan maaring magpahinga ang mga Harlots at lugar na isasagawa ang counselling at spiritual formations.

    SHELTER CARE

    Sa Healing naman itinatayo ang Shelter Care – dito pansamantalang maninirahan ang mga rescued prostituted women habang tinutugunan ang kagalingang pisikal, emosyonal at ispiritwal kabilang na dito ang skills training at edukasyon.

    AFTER CARE

    Habang napapaloob naman sa “after care” ang family reintegration, independent living, job assistance/placement, at educational assistance.

    MARTHA’S KITCHEN

    Pinalalakas ng RGS nuns ang GABAYAN Program para sa prostituted women o Harlots kung saan pinakakain, binibihisan at tinutulungan ang bawat biktima na tuluyang maahon sa prostitusyon.

    Mapapanood at matutunghayan ang kabuuang dokumentaryo ng “Church-In-Action” sa TV Maria sa pamamagitan ng Sky cable 210, Destiny cable 96, Sky direct 49 at Satlite 102 sa ika-25 ng Nobyembre 2019.

    Sa iba pang karagdagang impormasyon sa masaklap na dinaranas ng mga babaeng biktima ng maunlad na “sex commercialization” sa bansa, bisitahin ang veritas846.ph, www.rcam.org na itinanghal na best Diocesan website sa ikaapat na Catholic Social Media Awards. (Norman Dequina/Radio Veritas)

  • RED WEDNESDAY campaign slated on Nov. 27



    The Red Wednesday campaign of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will mark its third year of creating awareness about the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

    On November 27, Kalookan Bishop Virgilio Pablo David will preside the Holy Eucharist in celebration of Red Wednesday at the Manila Cathedral, at 6:30 p.m. After the Mass, the facade of cathedrals and parish churches will be illuminated with red lights to honor the persecuted Christians.

    According to Jonathan Luciano, National Director of ACN - Philippines, a total of 2,065 parishes are expected to participate. Catholic schools and universities and other institutions have expressed their intent to join the campaign.

    There will be campus forums and exhibits on religious freedom and persecution, to be led by the University of Santo Tomas, Adamson University, and the San Carlos Seminary.

    In light of the coming Year of Ecumenism, Inter-religious Dialogue, and Religious Peoples as preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, Mr. Luciano said that this year’s Red Wednesday campaign will involve Christians from other denominational families and ecumenical groups.

    “For the first time, we will be involving our brothers and sisters who belong to different Christian denominations sa liturgical celebration. We will be having an ecumenical prayer right after the Mass, and together we will light up the church as a symbol of a tribute to the martyrs. To the Christian martyrs hindi lang po katoliko ang martyr. There are other Christians who are martyr, evangelical, orthodox, protestants, they also profess that Christ is god,” Mr. Luciano said.

    Based on the 2018 Religious Freedom Report, a formal and annual presentation of facts on religious freedom by ACN, there are approximately 300 million Christians in the world who are persecuted and do not have the freedom to practice their faith including the bishops.

    “Bishops are also suffering persecution right now. I need not mention it I need not elaborate it. We pray, we continue to pray for our bishops,” he said.

    Early this year, Mr. Luciano said that they sent a request to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) requesting Red Wednesday to be an official church celebration in the Philippines.

    “Starting next year, hopefully, we pray ma-grant ang request namin because the CBCP Permanent Council generously responded to our request and they said that they will be discussing this matter sa kanilang January plenary assembly next year,” he said.

    “It will be on Wednesday after Christ the King. So every November, the Wednesday after Christ the king set aside as the day of prayer for persecuted Christians and the Red Wednesday,” he added.

    The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the Aid to Church in Need that creates awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution and invites everyone “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow, light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.

    ACN is a Pontifical charity organization dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer, and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • 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
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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
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    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.

     

    You may download the following:

    COAT of ARMS

    Explanation of the Coat of Arms

  • 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.

    Photo Credit: Jesuit Communication

    “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. 

    Photo by: Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC

    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.

    Photo Credit: Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC

    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.