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Irish priest who designed some churches in Mindanao dies at 97

MANILA - An Irish priest who is credited for designing several churches in southern Philippines died on Nov. 23, the feast of their congregation’s founder, St. Columban.

Fr. Desmond Morrison passed away at Manila Doctors Hospital at around 7am.

At 97, he was the oldest Columban priest in the Philippines at the time of his death.

Born in Ireland’s northern city of Derry, Desmond was an engineer by profession before he was ordained priest in 1951. He arrived in the Philippines in 1956.

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Revamp of Church humanitarian arm for 'greater good': Caritas PH

MANILA – Caritas Philippines, the humanitarian, development and advocacy arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) supported the decree issued by Pope Francis to reorganize the Caritas Internationalis (CI).

Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, Caritas Philippines president, said Thursday the decision to reorganize is not about corruption or mismanagement of funds.

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Avoid comparing priests to each other, Manila archbishop tells parishioners

As the new clergy assignments in the Manila archdiocese are already underway, Cardinal Jose Advincula has a request to the faithful: do not compare priests with other priests.

Priests have their own uniqueness, gifts and talents, according to him during a recent Mass at the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord in Mandaluyong City.

“Please do not compare priests because when you do, you are hurting them,” Advincula said. “When you compare priests, you are wounding the brotherhood of priests and your community as well.”

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Church is called to evangelize social media — Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said what is needed is not merely a social media in the Church but a Church in the social media.

The Filipino cardinal told a recent gathering of Asian bishops in Thailand that social media are not only means of communication “but a world in itself, a world that tries to recreate our world”.

They are creating a “new humanity,” said the Pro-Prefect for the Section of Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, with its own consciousness that controls not just the business world but even politics.

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Time to come back to churches, Catholics told

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday encouraged the faithful to return to churches for Mass, especially on Sundays.

CBCP president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said the current pandemic circumstances “permit and oblige us to the normality of Christian life, which has its home of the celebration of the liturgy, especially the Eucharist”.

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After 2-year hiatus, Penafrancia procession draws throngs of devotees

Devotees of Our Lady of Penafrancia and the Divino Rostro once again flocked to the pilgrim city of Naga for this year’s “Traslacion” procession.

Two years without celebrations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an estimated half-a-million devotees filled the streets on Friday, Sept. 9 to mark the start of novenario at the Naga Cathedral.

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of Caceres said in his homily “tuwang tuwa ako halos mapaluha sa pagdating ng Mahal na Ina dito sa Cathedral, matapos ang tatlong taon ng pag-aantay dahil sa pandemic, sino ba naman ang hindi matutuwa?”

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Pope Francis names Cardinal Tagle as envoy to Asian bishops’ meeting in Bangkok

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as his special envoy for the upcoming and biggest gathering of Asian bishops in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok.

The pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization will preside over the closing Mass of the 50th general conference of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences on October 30.

According to the Vatican bulletin, the liturgical celebration will be held at the Assumption Cathedral.

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Bishop tells students to reconnect with people

MANILA – As classes start next week, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines - Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (CBCP-ECCCE) has encouraged students and teachers to open the incoming school year full of trust and eagerness.

Bishop Jose Elmer Mangalinao, chairman of the Commission of Bayombong, said the return of face-to-face classes is a great opportunity for students to reconnect with fellow learners, teachers, and people in general.

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Holy Saturday At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Gn 1:1, 26-31a

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Bishop to voters: Choose a servant, not a boss

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan on Thursday warned those in power to act responsibly or it will destroy them.

Speaking during the Mass of the Lord’s last supper, he lamented those who “act like gods” when they get into a position of power.

“It’s dangerous to be in a position of power, man can get drunk with it and even go crazy,” David said in homily at the Kalookan Cathedral.

“They are the type that the devil can play with. They become a new kind of slave, enthralled by power,” he said.

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