Tuesday Mar, 05 2024 07:35:56 PM


2 retired Filipino bishops in Mindanao pass away

MANILA - Two retired Catholic prelates passed away on Thursday.

In separate social media posts, the dioceses of Tandag and Malaybalay announced the passing of bishop emeritus Nereo Odchimar and bishop emeritus Honesto Pacana, respectively.  

The Tandag diocese said Odchimar died at 10:27 a.m. at the San Pedro Hospital in Davao City. He was 83. 

“While in his retirement, he had been suffering from diabetes and kidney complications. He died of metabolic encephalopathy due to end-stage renal disease and diabetic nephropathy,” it added.


Pagadian bishop dies after heart bypass

DAVAO CITY - Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian died on Tuesday at a hospital in Davao City, where he had been in intensive care following a heart bypass operation last week.

The 57-year-old bishop died at 8:28 a.m., according to Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao in a message to the secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

A social media post from the Pagadian Cathedral revealed that Lunas underwent heart bypass surgery on December 28.

The diocese has yet to release a statement on Luna’s death as of this posting.


CBCP calls for prayers for peace in Israel, Palestine

MANILA – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday appealed to the faithful to pray for peace amid ongoing conflict between Israeli troops and the Hamas militant group.

"It is urgent and necessary that we pray and hope for peace. Peace is what our world needs. We pray for restraint and goodwill to reign in everybody’s heart and mind," Antipolo Bishop Ruperto Santos, vice chair of the CBCP - Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) said in an interview with Church-run Radio Veritas.


Archdiocese of Cotabato vocation month to be launched Sunday, Oct 1

ILULUNSAD BUKAS October 1, 2023 ng Diocese of Cotabato ang vocation month 2023 sa pamamagitan ng misa na gaganapin sa Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral alas otso ng umaga.

Si Cotabato Archbishop Angelito Lampon, OMI ang main presider ng launching mass kasama ang mga pari mula sa Oblates of Mary Immaculate at Diocesan Clergy of Cotabato pati na ang iba't-ibang religious congregation.

Pagkatapos ng misa gagawin naman alas nuwebe ng umaga ang isang maikling programa sa Notre Dame of Cotabato Inc.


Filipina WYD volunteer gets surprise of a lifetime

After months of being a service volunteer for the World Youth Day in Lisbon, a former campus minister got the surprise of her lifetime: a lunch with Pope Francis.

Audrey Abatol has been a fan of Pope John Paul II. Growing up, she has always been fascinated with the WYD founded by the pope-turned-saint.

Since November last year, she had been volunteering at WYD international relations secretariat after resigning from her work at a Jesuit-run school in the city of Mandaue.

Then the organizers pulled out a big surprise a week ago.


Caritas Philippines appeals aid for typhoon-hit areas

The Caritas Philippines, the Church’s social action arm, launched an appeal on Thursday to help relief efforts in typhoon-hit areas of the country.

Authorities said typhoon “Egay” brought widespread flooding and landslides to several parts of the country on Wednesday, leaving at least five people feared dead.

The Office of Civil Defense reported that approximately 44,356 families or 180,439 individuals have been affected in the regions of Ilocos, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Soccsksargen.


Sunday readings: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading – Isaiah 55:10-11

Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.


Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14

R. (Luke 8:8) The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.


Should people hold hands or put their hands in the air during the “Lord’s Prayer”?

The liturgical commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has clarified that “both gestures are liturgically accepted” to accompany the prayer during Mass.

“We are, therefore, exhorted to exercise sincere respect for each other in the gesture we express during the prayer,” Archbishop Victor Bendico, chairman of the CBC Episcopal Commission on Liturgy, said in a circular released Friday. 


Bishop Bagaforo reelected Caritas Philippines president, sets agenda for last term

MANILA - Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of the Diocese of Kidapawan was reelected as chair of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace and at the same time the President of Caritas Philippines during the CBCP’s 126th plenary assembly on Saturday at the Marzon Hotel in Aklan province’s Kalibo town.


Bishop David reelected CBCP president

MANILA - Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of the Diocese of Kalookan was reelected to head the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The 64-year-old prelate was chosen for the position on the first day of the CBCP’s 126th plenary assembly on Saturday at the Marzon Hotel in Aklan province’s Kalibo town.

Around 80 bishops are currently gathered for the three-day assembly– the highest decision-making body of the CBCP.

David will be taking the role for a second, and last term of another two years.



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