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Vocation Month begins in archdiocese of Cotabato

COTABATO CITY -- Cotabato Archbishop Angelito Lampon, OMI on Saturday led the launching of Archdicoerse of Cotabato Vocation Month during a mass at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cotabato City.

The Eucharistic Celebration was attended by representatives from the following catholic congregation:

OMI - Oblates of Mary Immaculate

DCC - Diocesan Clergy of Cotabato

FMS Marist Brothers

OND - Oblates of Notre Dame

RVM - Religious of the Virgin Mary

OP - Order of Preachers

RNDM - Religious of Notre Dame of the Missions

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Zamboanga bishop declares 40-day fasting, penitence amid Covid-19 surge

A Catholic bishop in southern Philippines announced a 40-day fasting and penitence as the nation continues to grapple with the pandemic.

Bishop Moises Cuevas, the apostolic administrator of Zamboanga, made the declaration “in solidarity with those who suffer readily the effects of the pandemic”.

The days of fasting and penance will begin on Oct. 13 with the tolling of church bells across the archdiocese at 8pm followed by the praying of the rosary.

Cuevas said a catechesis on this period is to be held in the weeks preceding the penitential activities.

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Caritas Philippines defends COA after Duterte tirade

The Catholic Church’s social action arm has rallied behind the Commission on Audit after the agency received a tirade from President Rodrigo Duterte for flagging possible misuse of government funds.

Caritas Philippines lauded the firm stance of state auditors in reporting to the public the government’s use of public funds.

Its national director Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo urged the people to support COA in flagging misuses and abuses of public funds “to finally serve justice”.

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Native of Mlang, North Cotabato is new bishop of Diocese of Malaybalay

MANILA - POPE Francis on Tuesday appointed Monsignor Noel Pedregosa, currently the diocesan administrator of Malaybalay, as the new bishop of the diocese.

Monsignor Pedregoza's appointment was announced in Rome at 12 noon (6:00pm Philippine time).

In Manila, the appointment of Monsignor Pedregosa was announced by Papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown before Mass for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Manila Cathedral.

A native of Mlang, North Cotabato, Pedregosa was ordained a priest for Malaybalay in 1991.

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Pope taps Filipino priest as bishop of Papua New Guinea diocese

Pope Francis has recently appointed a Filipino missionary priest as the new bishop of the diocese of Daru-Kiunga in Papua New Guinea.

Bishop-elect Joseph Tarife Durero, 53, of the Society of Divine Word will replace Canadian Bishop Gilles Côté of the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, who served the post for 22 years.

The pope accepted the resignation Côté after he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in November.

The appointment of Durero, until now the vicar general of the archdiocese of Madang on the nation’s north coast, was announced in Rome on May 23.

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Fr. Jun laid to rest

COTABATO CITY - Fr. Eliseo Mercado, OMI, missionary, ambassador of peace, theologian, philosopher, professor, lecturer, retreat master, writer, spiritual director, counsellor, artist, mystique, poet, the best chef, architect, gardener, nature lover, coffee drinker, politician in a positive sense, helper of the poor, true friend of the Muslims and GOAT, which means Greatest Of All Time,” has been laid to rest.

That was how Fr. Hilario Asilo, OMI described Fr. Jun.  

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Remains of Fr. Jun Mercado now at NDU chapel

Photo courtesy of Teng Canseco

UPDATE: Public viewing of Fr. Jun's body is now open (May 25) at NDU and will follow the daily schedule from 9AM to 11AM and at 2PM to 4PM.

In the context of the rising COVID-19 cases in Cotabato City and its neighboring towns, OMI Philippines is announcing the following:

1) Fr. Jun Mercado's body is now at the Archbishop Mongeau Chapel of Notre Dame University in Cotabato City.

2) Daily viewing of the body and the protocols to be followed are as follows:

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Fr. Eliseo Mercado, OMI succumbed to cardiac arrest

COTABATO CITY  – A priest who survived Covid-19 succumbed to cardiac arrest Sunday while on his road to recovery, his congregation today said.

“It is with great sadness that we announced the passing of Fr. Eliseo Mercado Jr, OMI at 3:25 p.m. today at the CRMC,” Fr. Amador Castillo, OMI, the Mercado’s colleague, announced Sunday.

He was tested positive to SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes Covid-19, but have survived and was ready to go home when he suffered cardiac arrest at past 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Ashes of Fathers Sanoy and Bacero now at Cotabato Cathedral

COTABATO CITY  – The ashes of two diocesan priests who tested positive for SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are now at the Arcdiocesan mausoleum inside the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral parish compound here.

Fr. Ben Toreto, rector of the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, said interment is yet to be announced.

Diocesan clergies are to meet Monday, May 24, with the families of the Father Sanoy and Fr. Bacero.

Fr. Sanoy, 78 died at 8:25 p.m. Thursday and Fr. Bacero, 52 expired at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

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Filipino bishops entrust nation to St. Joseph

Philippine Catholic bishops have placed the nation under the special patronage of St. Joseph on May 1, his feast day.

Led by Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the bishops’ conference, the national act of consecration was live-streamed from the San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City.

The consecration began with a rosary led Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Billones from the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City.

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