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CBCP issues new precautionary measures against COVID-19 for Lent

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has released a liturgical guideline for the Lenten season as a precautionary measure to reduce transmission of the coronavirus.

For Ash Wednesday, the bishops’ conference suggested the sprinkling of ashes on the crown of the head instead of marking the forehead with a cross to avoid body contact.

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, said that the ashes to imposed on the crown “signify our repentance from sin, which has marred the grace of Baptism”.

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To prevent spread of COVID-19, Hong Kong Diocese cancels Masses

HONG KONG — The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church programs Feb. 15-28, including Sunday Masses and the Ash Wednesday liturgy that marks the beginning of Lent.

Ucanews.com reported Cardinal John Tong, apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, said the “disappointing” decision had been made “because the next two weeks will be a crucial time to suppress the epidemic.”

“Some church members may be disappointed” with the diocesan move, the cardinal said in his Feb. 13 pastoral letter. “This is not an easy decision.”

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Cardinal Tagle bids farewell to his hometown Imus

IMUS, Cavite - Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle bid farewell to his hometown of Imus in Cavite on Monday before his expected transfer to Rome.

In a Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar, he thanked all those who attended the celebration, including some public officials.

“This kind of celebration gives me strength,” a teary-eyed Cardinal Tagle said.

It was the same cathedral where the cardinal was baptized a Catholic, and where he was ordained priest in 1982 and bishop in 2001.

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Pope Francis: It is beautiful when babies cry at Mass

VATICAN— Pope Francis baptized 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel Sunday, telling parents not to worry if their children cry at Mass.

“Let the children cry,” the pope said. “It is a beautiful homily when a child cries in church, a beautiful homily.”

On the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Jan. 12 with the parents and godparents of 17 boys and 15 girls, who were baptized surrounded by Michelangelo’s frescoes.

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Warning: Scammers use Bishop Bagaforo's names to prey on victims

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Bishpo Jose Colin Bagaforo of the Diocese of Kidapawan has raised the alarm against scammers who have duped people by using the names of bishops without their consent for a bogus project to repair churches damaged by natural calamities.

Bishop Bagaforo posted on his Facebook account about how scammers used his name and other bishops in soliciting donations through bank deposits.

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Cardinal Tagle leads prayers for peace amidst tension in Middle East

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila led thousands of devotees in prayers for peace as tensions mount between the United States and Iran following the assassination of a top Iranian general.

Few days after Iran warned of retaliation for the Jan. 3 US airstrike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the cardinal said that “a threat of danger and violence is felt in some parts of the world”.

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Pope prays for Philippines, struck by deadly Christmas Day typhoon

Pope Francis Thursday prayed for the people of the Philippines, who were hit Christmas Day by a typhoon which has killed more than a dozen people and caused extensive damage.

“I join in the pain that hit the dear population of the Philippines because of the typhoon Phanfone,” the pope said Dec. 26, at the end of his Angelus address.

Typhoon Phanfone first struck the Eastern Samar province of the Philippines as a Category 1 hurricane Dec. 24, continuing across the islands of the Eastern Visayas region into southern Luzon and Western Visayas Dec. 25.

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2020 Year of the Ecumenism Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous People: Dialogue Towards Harmony

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, DD, CBCP president

"Father, just as you are in me and I am in you; may they also be one in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." John 17:21

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Bishop to youth: Give more time to Jesus than on your cellphones

A Catholic bishop called on young people to free themselves from addiction to mobile phones and instead give more time to Jesus.

Addressing the delegates of this year’s Tagbilaran Diocesan Youth Days on Nov. 24, Bishop Alberto Uy said that while cellphones are useful tools, it must be used in the right way.

“Let us give Jesus more time, more than the attention we give to our gadgets. Love Jesus more than you love your cellphones,” he said.

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OMI priest, other missionaries in Thailand accept pope’s challenge

BANGKOK, Thailand — Filipino Catholic missionaries stationed in Thailand have welcomed the pope’s message as a challenge “to immerse further” into the lives of the people.

Oblates of Mary Immaculate Father Franklin Mirasol said the presence of Pope Francis “is a booster” for the men and women of the cloth, “especially for the foreign missionaries.”

“The Holy Father’s message, more than encouragement, is a guide for every missionary in this region. It will help us in our mission to evangelize,” he said.

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