Tuesday Nov, 19 2019 08:32:24 AM


Pope names new bishop of Iba

MANILA — Pope Francis has named Monsignor Bartolome Santos, Jr., as the new bishop of the Diocese of Iba in Zambales which has been vacant for almost four years now.Santos, 50, will succeed Archbishop Florentino Labaras who was appointed to head the Archdiocese of San Fernando in Pampanga in 2014.The bishop-elect is currently the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Malolos in Bulacan.Since 2009, Santos has also been serving as the rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela City.Santos was born in Santa Maria, Bulacan on December 1, 1967.


Pope appoints new archbishop of Jaro

MANILA— Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, and named Bishop Jose Romeo Lazo of San Jose de Antique to succeed him.Lagdameo, Jaro’s archbishop since 2000, is 77, exceeding for two years the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn their resignation to the pope.Bishop Lazo, who just turned 69 last month, will be the 13th archbishop of one of the largest archdioceses in the country with more than three million Catholic population.In the meantime, the pontiff has named Lagdameo, a former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Phi


New bishop of Mati named

DAVAO City —The second bishop of Mati has been named.Msgr. Abel Apigo, rector of St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary is the new bishop-elect of Mati.The announcement was made after a Holy Mass celebrated as part the 8th annual gathering of Friends of REMASE, a group formed to support the studies of seminarians in Mindanao.The communiqué signed by Apostolic Nuncio Gabriele Caccia, was read by REMASE vice rector, Fr. Reynaldo Retardo.


Duterte names new envoy to the Vatican

MANILA — As had been expected for the past week, President Rodrigo Duterte has nominated Grace Relucio-Princesa as Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See.


New CBCP president vows ‘open communication lines’ with gov’t

VALLADOLID, Carcar City, Cebu – Weeks before his first Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) plenary assembly as CBCP president, Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said he is committed to engaging the Duterte administration through open dialogue.


When does Christmas end? Priest clarifies

MANILA – A priest reminded Filipinos, who are said to celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world, starting in September, that Christmas does not end with Christmas shopping and merrymaking on Dec. 25.For Catholics, Christmas has only just begun and this is the time to celebrate. After 4 weeks of preparation in Advent for this most important event in the history of humanity, today the entire Church and Christian world are filled with joy and gratitude to the Most Holy Trinity, to Mother Mary, and to St.


Cardinal Quevedo's Christmas message

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Cardinal Tagleand Stop hatred, discrimination

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has called for an end to bickering and discrimination against people of different cultures and beliefs as he celebrated the first of nine predawn Masses that usher in Christmas.In his homily at the Manila Cathedral, the cardinal focused on overcoming division and pointedly talked about the anti-Muslim sentiments fueled by the recent Marawi crisis.He said Filipinos must tear down barriers to peace, stressing that Christians should look with hope to unity, not bickering and division.


5 ways to change the world, according to Cardinal Quevedo

MANILA – Listen up, young ones who want to change the world!


Pope names new Iligan Bishop

MANILA — Dipolog Bishop Severo Caermare has been appointed the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Iligan.Caermare, 48, will oversee the diocese in an acting capacity until Pope Francis elects a new bishop.The prelate’s appointment was made on Dec. 6, a day after the death of Bishop Elenito Galido who served the diocese for 11 years.Galido passed away on Dec. 5 at a hospital in Iligan City, years after battling cirrhosis of the liver.



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