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Thursday, March 23, 2017
By Lizzie Radam Lazo The best thing God created is rest, so said Anna, a little girl in the book Mr. God, this is Anna, a story about “a very special friendship between God and Anna.” Anna is described as a precocious little girl whose faith that “God is in my...
First for two parts Not a single phrase or word in the Scriptures can be attributed to this illustrious scion of David. Yet, he is the epitome of faithfulness to God’s will. According to the Holy Fathers, Saint Joseph’s silence in the gospel does not demonstrate an “empty interior”, rather, “the...
UNITED NATIONS—Religious advocacy groups have a long history of working with the United Nations, pushing back against progressive interpretations of the terms “family” and “marriage” as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That effort was seemingly rewarded in 2016 as more people voted across the globe for political parties promising conservative interpretations of both,...
By Corazon Damo-Santiago On September 25, 1897, Fr. Luigi Orione wrote: “Dear Fr. de Filippi, not 10 minutes ago, at this very room in which I am writing to you, I conversed for about half an hour with your nephew, Felice de Filippi. Felice is praying much for us. Let...
PALO, Leyte—The Archdiocese of Palo, through the Caritas Program, has been helping rebuild the lives of the survivors of the Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) in this municipality. Through the Recovery Assistance to Vulnerable Communities Affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (REACH) program, the beneficiaries were provided with...
The Touching Heaven Changing Earth National Movement for Nation Transformation, spearheaded by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas BSP Christian Fellowship will conduct a national congress for national transformation on March 17 and 18. This is in partnership with the Philippines for Jesus Movement and the Intercessors for the Philippines....
ROME—Pope Francis bowed his forehead to receive a dab of ashes, then smudged ashes in turn on the heads of other faithful during an Ash Wednesday service in an ancient Roman basilica. Ash Wednesday begins the Catholic Church’s annual Lenten period of reflection in preparation for Easter. The day’s rituals...
By Vanessa M. Puno As it celebrates its 24th year, the Handicapped Center Lourdes has lined up activities to highlight its services to handicapped persons. The center, based in Caritas compound in Pandacan, Manila, will participate in Pedyalympics on March 5 and in Summer Camp from April 20 to 29, both...
In Granada, John of God heard John of Àvila. Impressed, he decided to express genuine repentance for his sins. He roamed the streets proclaiming his sins with continuous self-flagellation. He’s crazy, was the verdict, so he was sent to an asylum where he gladly submitted his body to daily...

Anti-Semitism is rising

SAINT LOUIS—Has anti-Semitism accompanied Donald J. Trump’s rise to power? Some organizations that monitor hate groups and hate crimes believe so, noting a rash of recent incidents. But data is elusive, and the president’s supporters note his family connection—a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren—and his comments this week condemning...

Saint Oswald, Archbishop

"Vocation crisis may be a matter of smoke and mirrors. But the smoke and mirrors have very real consequences,” Andrew M. Greeley in A Calling in Crisis said. As early as the ninth century, there was already a crisis in religious vocations. Saint Oswald, a religious, shone as a “bright star...
TACLOBAN CITY—Praising mothers, Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du urged last Sunday members of the Archdiocesan Federation of Medalla Milagrosa to go out and rally for the sanctity of life. The Dumaguete-native prelate expounded on the mother’s important role in nurturing life in the womb for nine months, but which, in...
Story & photo by Stephanie Tumampos The very core of a community is the family. With love and respect, it is inside a family that an individual grows up and learns the values in life and carry it through the rest of one’s life. Everything starts in this small unit. Fr....
On January 27 President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that placed a stay on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. Entrance of refugees from Syria, however, will be banned for the next 120 days. Two days prior to that, he committed the United States to building a wall on its...
They left the comforts of the city to live in the wilderness in solitude for religious reasons. These early Christian ascetics who roamed the desert of Egypt and Syria at the end of the second century were hermits. Honored by the church, they were called the desert fathers. They lived...
It’s not a lie that innocent people were killed and many fear of becoming victims of extrajudicial killings, a Catholic bishop said. Disputing Malacañang’s claim that bishops have lost touch with reality, Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said their pastoral letter on drug war only relays the sentiments of many...
By Corazon Damo-Santiago On the eve of February 13, a prisoner doomed for execution the following day wrote a farewell note to a friend. He signed it: Your Valentine. The friend is Julia, the blind daughter of Asterius, his jailer. Valentine restored Julia’s miraculously. Julia, according to John Foxe in Voices...
Beloved People of God, we, your bishops, are deeply concerned due to many deaths and killings in the campaign against prohibited drugs. This traffic in illegal drugs needs to be stopped and overcome. But the solution does not lie in the killing of suspected drug users and pushers. We are...
May peace prevail in your conscience and in your heart.” This is the greeting being said by many indigenous peoples worldwide. It is said by two persons while they slide each other’s hands and then point to their respective head and heart. Dr. Genevieve Balance-Kupang, a cultural anthropologist and professor...
By Corazon Damo-Santiago On February 5, 1577, 26 Christians hung on a cross on top of a hill in Nagasaki for public execution. It took them a month marching the 600 miles distance from Kyoto. With blood oozing from wounds, the prisoners rode in a cart paraded on the streets of...