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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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Diocesan baptism: 500 children baptized in Kidapawan diocese

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, DCC, DD has baptized 125 of the 500 children slated for Christening in celebration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

Each vicariate has 125 children to be baptized.

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Easter brings ‘profound message of hope’ amid pandemic: Duterte

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday reminded Filipinos that amid the prevailing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives “a message of hope” that there is an end to pain and suffering.

In his Easter Sunday message, Duterte extended his greetings to Filipino Christians here and abroad in commemorating the most important day of the year for Christians.

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Manila bishop voices solidarity with Myanmar people on Holy Thursday

MANILA - A Catholic bishop washed and kissed the feet of “new missionaries”, including a nun from the beleaguered country of Myanmar, during Holy Thursday celebrations in Manila.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila washed the feet of Sr. Venus Marie Pegar of the Sisters of St. Francis Xavier (SFX) as a symbol solidarity with the people of Myanmar as the nation grapples with a military coup.

“We stand with the people of Myanmar in their struggle for democracy and peace,” Pabillo said in his homily at the Manila Cathedral.

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New Manila archbishop opts to keep line open with Malacañang

Protecting human rights will be a key mission for the Manila archdiocese’s new shepherd, but wants the opportunity to have an open line of communication with Malacañang.

Cardinal Jose Advincula made the comments in a recorded interview with one of his priests in Capiz that was released to the media on Wednesday.

The statement comes amid expectations that he will tackle human rights issues and will continue to be a voice for the poor.

“I foresee to maintain an open line of communication with Malacañang,” said Advincula, who just turned 69 March 30.

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Faith still strong among Catholics in Kidapawan despite pandemic: Bishop Bagaforo

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Kung si Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, DD ang tatanungin, nanatili aniyang buhay at buo ang pananampalataya ng mga katoliko sa panginoon lalong lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya kung saan nasusubok rin ang katatagan ng mga katoliko.

Sinabi ito ni Bishop Bagaforo kasabay ng selebrasyon ng ika 500 taong pagpapalaganap ng kristyanismo sa bansa ngayong taon.

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Former Tacurong employee now a priest

TACURONG CITY - Former employee of Tacurong City LGU now a priest. Rev. Rino P. Lacar used to work as ordinary employee of the City Trearurer's Office.

While there, his calling pushed him to enter the seminary and is now a priest.  Cotabato Archbishop Angelito Lampon, OMI, DD ordained him to the priesthood today.

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Bishop asks people to pray for more Covid-19 vaccines in PH

A church official called on the faithful to pray that more Covid-19 vaccines will be accessible for Filipinos as soon as possible.

Military Bishop Oscar Florencio, vice chairman of the bishops’ Commission on Health Care, said that more people need to be inoculated to protect the country’s population.

“We pray that the next deliveries of vaccines will be speedy because it’s the lives of our people that are at stake here,” Florencio said.

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Cebu archbishop tests positive for Covid-19

Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu has tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, making him the seventh Filipino prelate to contract the disease.

The archdiocese made the announcement on Friday following confirmation from swab and laboratory results.

Monsignor Joseph Tan, spokesman of the archdiocese, said that Palma is now under the medical care at the Perpetual Succour Hospital in Cebu.

“The archbishop remains in a stable condition. Let us all pray for his steady and speedy recovery,” Tan said.

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500 Years of Christianity: Dioceses to designate ‘jubilee churches’

Catholic dioceses across the country will designate “jubilee churches” for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the bishops’ conference, said dioceses will kick off the jubilee year by opening the pilgrim churches’ “holy door” on April 4.

“The jubilee year would open on Easter Sunday, remembering on this day the first recorded Eucharist celebrated in our land,” Valles said.

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