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Pope to priestsand Show Jesus’ truth by being close to the people

If Jesus and his truth are to become truly present in today’s world, priests must do what Jesus did and be street preachers, going out to encounter and accompany sinners with tenderness and compassion, Pope Francis told the world’s priests.Jesus could have been a scribe or a doctor of the law, but he wanted to be an ‘evangelizer,’ a street preacher, the bearer of good news for his people, the pope said March 29 during the chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. This is God’s great choiceand The Lord chose someone who is close to his people, Pope Francis said.

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You say I am a king

Reading 1 IS 52:13—53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at himCso marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of manCso shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechlessfor those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it.Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like a shoot from the parched earththere was in him no stately bearing to make us look at

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Grow closer to God this Holy Week – CBCP head

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines encouraged the faithful to make the most of Holy Week so they would grow closer to God as Easter approaches.As the Church comes to the depths of Lent, CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles hopes that the week provides the people more time to meditate on the deeper things of God.

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Fr. Chito calls for healing, reconciliation in Marawi

A Catholic priest who was held hostage for months by militants in southern Philippines urged Filipinos to embrace reconciliation as people displaced by war face an uphill battle towards recovery.Fr. Teresito Chito Soganub said any efforts towards peace and rebuilding Marawi city is destined to fail without sincere commitment.At a press conference in Manila on Friday, he stressed the importance of healing by opening a door to people who experienced the tragic reality of conflict. For me, that is the real response we can do as Christians.

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Police focused on measures for safe Lenten holidays in Region 12, ARMM

COTABATO CITY --- The police and military started deploying Monday security details in areas prone to possible attacks by misguided Islamic militants during the Lenten Holidays.Chief Inspector Aldrin Gonzalez, information officer of the Police Regional Office-12, said Monday plainclothes agents have been fielded in markets, terminals and in other busy spots in cities and provinces in central Mindanao as part of the security measures.Region 12 covers the cities of Koronadal, Cotabato, General Santos, Kidapawan and Tacurong and the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, North Cotabato a

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Pope appoints Msgr. Galbines as new bishop of Kabankalan

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Louie Galbines as the next bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental.He replaces Bishop Patricio Buzon who was transferred to the Bacolod diocese in 2016 after serving Kabakanlan for 13 years.Upon his appointment, the third Kabakalan bishop has been serving as the vicar general of the Diocese of Bacolod.Born in Sagay City on November 18, 1966, Galbines completed his philosophical and theological studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Bacolod on 29 April 1994.Galbines, 51, then served

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Put kids first, Cardinal Tagle tells parents

MANILA -- Amid the renewed push to legalize divorce in the country, a top Church official called on parents to consider the welfare of their children before making a decision that would forever change their marriage.Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said that the comfort and happiness of the parents, as adults, should not hinder the welfare of their kids, whenever possible. My appeal to the couples is think not just of yourselves but also of the children, Tagle said over Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas. They (children) are just at the stage of discovering life.

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Bishop Varela buried at Sorsogon cathedral

MANILA -- Hundreds of Catholics gathered in Sorsogon City Wednesday to bid farewell to the diocese’s former bishop.Retired Bishop Jesus Varela of Sorsogon died at a hospital in Manila of Feb. 23.

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Pope appoints new bishop of Tandag

MANILA -- Pope Francis has named a Cagayan de Oro priest as the third Bishop of Tandag in Surigao de Sur province.Fr. Raul Dael, who comes from Jasa-an in Misamis Oriental, was appointed by the pope as the successor of 77-year-old Bishop Nereo Odchimar.Odchimar, who is retiring having passed the age limit of 75, has served the diocese for almost 17 years and was a former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.Upon his appointment, the bishop-elect has been serving as the Vicar for the Clergy of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.Dael was born on October 10, 1966.

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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.

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