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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...
A Catholic bishop warned President Duterte against spreading rumors and gossip, or accusing people without proof. Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said spreading gossip is unbecoming of a president of the land. “He is degrading his leadership. A president who is a rumormonger turns many people off,” Bacani said on Radio...
By Corazon Damo-Santiago A man led John Bosco at the bottom of a precipice where an enormous building towered over them. Bronze portals with inscriptions abound. The inscription on the first: “Depart from me you cursed into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). More...
By Vanessa M. Puno The Focolare Movement, a Catholic organization founded by an Italian laywoman, Chiara Lubich, celebrates this year the 50th anniversary of its establishment in the Philippines. The event will be highlighted by the holding of the Focolare Movement of School of Dialogue with Oriental Religions of the...
Pilgrimage apostolate Green Faith Travels brings pilgrims to the national shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas and seven other churches and chapels in Lipa City and Balete in Batangas on March 18 for its annual Lenten Pilgrimage of Faith and Heritage. Now on its fifth Lenten journey, devotees...
Coinciding with the second anniversary of Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines, the Fourth World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (Wacom4) opened with a message to the faithful to be “disciples of mercy”. “e are the disciples who Jesus wants to be with His mercy…. We are the disciples of Mercy,”...
By Vanessa M. Puno CEBU CITY—Pilgrims and devotees sang “Bato balani sa gugma ,” a line from a Cebuano hymn. They waved their hands in honor and worship to the Santo Niño and asked for mercy, as they prayed the rosary inside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Thousands...

Saint Vincent of Saragossa

Every creature on Earth is meant to survive. Among animals and insects, the fight or flight response is generally perceived. Fear of annihilation and death is a reality. In man, the capstone of God’s creation, the grit to live is not only instinctive but triggered by the body, as...
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...