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By Justin Heifetz, for CNN Wailing worshippers crammed the hot streets of the Philippines' capital for 22 hours Monday as they fought to make contact with a holy statue believed to grant miracles. More than a million Catholics joined this year's Traslacion, a dramatic religious parade returning a dark, life-size wooden...
By Ivee L. Johnson The Catholic Church now permits cremation of deceased persons, but it forbids the scattering of ashes and keeping cremated remains at home, according to a document released recently by the Vatican. The document, Ad resurgendum cum Christo (To Rise With Christ), presents an instruction approved by Pope...

Holy Name of Jesus

By Corazon Damo-Santiago At the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Philippians 2:10 says. Jesus is the name of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. It was the angel Gabriel who instructed the Blessed Virgin Mary that the...
THE first Philippine visit of the relics of the couple Saints Louis and Zélie Martin were welcomed through a Mass at the Shrine of Saint Thérese of the Child Jesus in Villamor, Pasay City. It was held on January 2, the 144th birth anniversary of their daughter Saint Thérese,...

Galileo Galilei now in glee

By Corazon Damo-Santiago Until his death on January 8, 1642, the Church considered Galileo a heretic. In 1992 Pope John Paul II expressed regret on how the Galileo case was handled. He issued a formal apology, acknowledging the error of Catholic judges. Galileo Galilei, an astronomer and physicist, was forbidden from...
TACLOBAN CITY—Start the year with “AFP”, not the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but with “right attitude, right foundation and right protector.” This was the exhortation of Fr. Noel Lao, a parochial vicar of Santo Niño Church in this city, during a New Year’s Eve Mass. “A saying states, ‘A good...
TACLOBAN CITY—The season of Christmas is not all about gifts but all about self-giving. This was the message of Fr. Lito Maraya, rector of the Saint John the Evangelist School of Theology in this city, in his Christmas Eve homily. In this time when not everyone can afford to buy gifts...

The 12 Days of Christmas 

Conclusion Gifts of the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, equal with God the Father and God the Son. It is the Holy Spirit that sanctifies man, works in many ways “to build up the whole Body in charity,” according to Ephesians 4:6. The...
The relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, will arrive in the Philippines on January 1 and tour around the country until February 28. The welcome Mass for them will be on January 2 at 12 noon at the Shrine of...
BEIJING—China’s head of religious affairs said Beijing is willing to have constructive dialogue with the Vatican but stressed that Catholics should “hold up high the flag of patriotism” and adapt Catholicism to Chinese society. Wang Zuo’an, the director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, made the remarks on Tuesday...
CARIGARA, Leyte—Palo Archbishop John Du gave a stirring message on the need to return to prayer and the Sacraments during the Year of the Parish during the archdiocesan launching of the year-long event on December 10 at the Holy Cross Church in this town. “Let us return to prayer, let...

The 12 Days of Christmas

First of two parts KING Henry VIII broke off ties with the Vatican. The reason: the pope refused to grant him permission to divorce Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII set up the Church of England and outlawed Catholicism. Thus, from 1558 to 1829 Roman Catholics were not allowed to practice...
By Fr. Francis Ma. Tiquia, OATH, STHL, MA ADVENT is from Latin advenio, meaning to come to. Parousia is its Greek term. Advent is preparing for Christ’s coming on His birthday. Christ came on earth more than 2,000 years ago. He was born of Mary in Bethlehem. But Christ also comes to...
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis is calling for a renewed culture of nonviolence to inform global politics today, saying military responses to conflicts only breed more violence. Francis cited Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. as models of nonviolent peacemakers in his annual message for the Catholic Church’s World...

Songs for Advent

By Corazon Damo-Santiago God, who wills everything to happen, allowed man to compose music for himself, to make him fulfilled and happy. And holy, too. Although the 20th century is characterized as the post-truth era, to the composer, poet or artist, history is an emotional passage of time, as well. For...
By Manuel Mariano Jr. Tracing back the history of the Judeo-Christian faith, I was so much interested on making a research on the history of God. Deep inside me, I was looking for the answer to who could be the one true God among the many gods being worshiped by...
VATICAN—Drug addiction is a “new form of slavery” and a “wound in our society” that should be combatted with education and rehabilitation. That was Pope Francis’s message to a Vatican conference called “Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue,” which was hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on...
By Corazon Damo-Santiago John Yepes was born on June 24, 1541, in Fontiveros, between Ávila and Salamanca, Spain.  His father, Francisco Gonzalo de Yepes, was a wealthy silk merchant who was disowned by the family for marrying Catalina Alvarez, who was below his social class. His father died after John’s birth....
They say life is short. How do you want to live life to the fullest? Do you want to live for 969 years like Methuselah, or just a few seconds and die? Why did God allow us to live and die? There must be a reason. Adam and the first...
A the drug-war death toll nears 5,000, a Catholic bishop is concerned that many Christians have become desensitized to the deliberate ending of human life. Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi said it is unfortunate that the strong moral outcry for life is seemingly disappearing. “We are sadly witnessing a growing callousness among...