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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
ROME/GENEVA—Religious discrimination, fanaticism and xenophobia have worsened in several countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America, thus, there is a need for alternatives to identify a common strategy to address these challenges, a Geneva-based think tank promoting global dialogue said. The issue has been top on...
By Corazon Damo-Santiago God is all-merciful. As often as we sinners approach God with a contrite heart, humbling ourselves, God will forgive us. Inexhaustible is God’s mercy. Indeed, “merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness” (Psalm 103:8). He does not lock anger for man’s sinfulness in...
After 40 days of sadness, penance and fasting is a feasting to celebrate Easter. Like all feasts a meal like no other is shared—a Eucharistic meal and Christians renew their vows of baptism—a public declaration that “we do not belong to Satan, the Prince of Evil on the tomb...
CAIRO—They trace their founding to the voyage to Alexandria of Saint Mark, the apostle of Jesus and New Testament author. Just a decade or two after the original Easter, which Christians celebrate around the world, tradition states that Mark founded their church, one of the earliest in the Middle...
VATICAN—After a bomb blast killed over 20 people and wounded several others during Palm Sunday celebrations in Egypt, Pope Francis voiced his closeness to the Coptic nation, and prayed for those who perpetrate violence through the arms trade. After celebrating Palm Sunday Mass on April 9, Pope Francis prayed for...
JERUSALEM—Having just undergone an extensive restoration, the site of Jesus’ tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is at risk for significant structural failure if nothing is done to reinforce its foundations, scientists have said. “When it fails, the failure will not be a slow process, but catastrophic,” Antonia...
Catholic bishops held talks with top government officials, during which, they expressed strong commitment to develop positive relations despite differences over the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. The initial meeting was held at the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) headquarters in Manila on March 31, in what could...
GUIUAN, Eastern Samar—Immaculate Concepcion Church in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, a national cultural treasure, was among those ruined by the onslaught of Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code Haiyan) in 2013. But with the help of the National Museum, it is expected that its restoration and reconstruction would be completed this year. In...
Blessed palms were carried in procession as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Others waved branches of trees, and the large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. The crowds which preceded him chanted: “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna...
HAVANA—Fidel Castro’s government sent the Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo to two years of work camp in the 1960s for preaching the Gospel in a Cuba, where atheism was law and the faithful were viewed as suspect. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost abandoned, with just a handful of people...

Lent, a call to prayer

Prayer is to present one’s self in the presence of God who awaits to transform and purify us. For God is the fullness of being, every perfection, without beginning and without end. “You must make time each day for prayer.... This is important, for we come to know God, to...
A Catholic archbishop reminded the faithful that genuine repentance is a necessary step to conversion. In his Lenten message, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said repentance and conversion go together, both need forgiveness and a desire for a new life. “Everybody touched by God is changed. The start of change is repentance....
Conclusion Presentation in the Temple FORTY days after birth, mother and child, as required by Hebrew law, should go to the temple—for the mother to be purified, and the child as first-born son to be presented in the Temple of Jerusalem. The holy family, after a 5-mile journey of unusually severe cold weather,...
THE Felicidad T. Sy Foundation Inc., an affiliate of SM Foundation that pursues its religious advocacy, held an annual sharing with children at the settlement house run by the Asociacion de Damas de Filipinas Inc. (ADFI) in Paco, Manila, in collaboration with SM branches in Makati, Cubao, Marikina, Ortigas, Taytay...
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....
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