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CBCP head seeks help for underserved quake-hit areas

KIDAPAWAN CITY - The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called attention to the plight of earthquake victims “who are less served.”

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, CBCP President, said that focus must also be turned to thousands of victims who are not in big evacuation centers.

He said that many families were camped in makeshift shelters near their damaged homes “who received very little attention”.

“They are less served because they are not in the very visible big evacuation centers,” Valles said.

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CBCP urges prayers for quake victims

MANILA - The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has asked people to pray for the victims of the earthquake that killed at least five people in southern Philippines.

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, expressed his solidarity with all those affected by the earthquake that struck several parts of Mindanao on Wednesday. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are for those families who lost lives and also suffered damages to their properties,” Archbishop Valles said. 

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Pope names new Sorsogon bishop

SORSOGON - Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Jose Alan Dialogo of the Manila archdiocese as the new bishop of Sorsogon.

The bishop-elect will succeed Bishop Arturo Bastes, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 last April. He served the diocese for 16 years.

Dialogo’s appointment was made public by Bastes himself during the ordination of three men to the priesthood at the Sorsogon Cathedral on Tuesday morning.

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Pope names Filipino Archbishop Auza as nuncio to Spain

Pope Francis has appointed Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza on Tuesday the new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Andorra.

The papal envoy succeeds retired Italian Archbishop Renzo Fratini, who has been in the post since 2009.

Fratini turned 75 in July, the age at which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignation into the pope.

The appointment of Auza, who is fluent in Spanish language, was announced in Rome at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Pampanga priest elected new CEAP president

ILOILO CITY - The country’s Catholic education body has elected Fr. Elmer Dizon of the Archdiocese of San Fernando as its new president.

Fr. Dizon, 59, was elected during this year’s national convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (ceap) held in Iloilo City from Sept. 25 to 27.

He succeeded Jesuit Fr. Joel Tabora, president of the Ateneo de Davao University, and who served the post for three years.

“I am certain Fr. Elmer will lead us forward well,” Fr. Tabora said.

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Pope Francis to visit Thailand and Japan in November

VATICAN — The Vatican confirmed Friday that Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November with stops scheduled in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Pope Francis will visit Thailand Nov. 20-23 in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Vatican Mission to Siam in 1669. The pope will then travel Nov. 23-26 to Japan, where the theme of his visit is “Protect all life.”

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Families play key role in encouraging vocations, says CBCP head

Parents play a pivotal role in the discovery and promotion of religious vocations, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said.

Speaking at a diaconate ordination Sept. 2, Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao said that family is the first school of discipleship or the “seedbed of vocations”.

“God’s calling is easier to hear when it is made or heard in the context of a family that has faith,” Archbishop Valles said in his homily.

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Archbishop Lampon leads Vocation Month launching

COTABATO CITY - Archbishop Angelito Lampon, OMI on Sunday led the launching of Archdicoerse of Cotabato vocation month during a mass at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. 

An activity promoting vocations followed at the NDSAC gymnasium.

 

 

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New bishop for Iligan ordained in Diocese of Ipil

A 47-year-old man of the cloth has become the first priest to be ordained bishop in Ipil diocese in southern Philippines.

Bishop Jose Rapadas was raised to the episcopacy in a ceremony at the town’s St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral on Tuesday.

Ipil is the youngest Catholic diocese in the country with around half-a-million Catholics.

It was the first episcopal ordination in Ipil since 2010 when it was erected into a diocese.

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Church groups mourn death of Gina Lopez

Tributes have been paid to a longtime environment advocate who dedicated many years of her life to the cause.

The Caritas Philippines extended its sincere condolences to the family of former environment secretary Gina Lopez, who succumbed to brain cancer on Monday morning. She was 65.

Social media users also flooded Facebook and Twitter with the news of Lopez’s death, who was strongly supported by many bishops and church groups for her strong anti-mining stand.

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