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Monday, May 22, 2017

Music for body and soul

Story & photos by Stephanie Tumampos / Special to the BusinessMirror As Kory Katseanes, artistic director and conductor of Brigham Young University (BYU) Chamber Orchestra, stroked the last note of the last music piece they were playing, “An American in Paris” by composer George Gershwin, the audience started to clap on...
By Corazon Damo-Santiago The Loti family of Cascia, Italy, “instead of being alarmed, was mystified” at the sight of a swarm of bees flying around the crib of Rita Loti after her baptism at Laarne Parish. The bees entered and exited in Rita’s mouth without harming or causing injury to...

How are saints made?

VATICAN CITY—Lengthy historic investigations. Decrees of “heroic virtues”. Miraculous cures. The Vatican’s complicated saint-making process has long fascinated Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and was on display on Saturday when Pope Francis canonized two children whose “visions” of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the sleepy farming town of...
The Fatima apparitions in Portugal to three children—Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia—in 1917 is in its centennial this year. “The objective of Fatima apparition was achieved, that communism was stopped from taking over Europe. Our Lady came to tell the children that they pray for the conversion of Russia to...

She is ‘Theotokos’

Pope Francis sent a clear message to the World on May 13, 2013, the 96th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition at Cova da Iria in Portugal: he spent the first day of his election as pope at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome. The pope venerated...
In line with the celebration of the Marian month of May, the National Shrine of Mount Carmel has announced the visit of the national pilgrim image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to the Santo Niño de Paz Community-Greenbelt Chapel, Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center, Makati City, from May 15 to 22. This...
CEBU City—Slowly, almost imperceptibly, the Philippines has gone from a country known for drawing the largest papal Mass crowd in the Church’s history to having a much-admired president who cusses the pope to public applause. Some people are starting to observe a radical shift, particularly in Christian family and faith...
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, and to do it actively.” Thus, said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his discussion on the “Harmony among Peoples and Religions Today” at the recent Pan Asian School of Dialogue with Oriental Religions (SOR) in Mariapolis Peace in...
Man harnesses the wool of sheeps and processes them into clothing to ward off coldness. When wet, the wool becomes too heavy for sheeps to carry in water so they drown, for they cannot swim. Too, they have no sense of directions, and are easy prey to other animals...
AMMAN, Jordan—The head of an Anglican church met with Iraqi refugees during a recent visit to Jordan, in which he called on the region’s embattled Christians to remain in the Middle East, the cradle of their faith. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said Christians “are the past in the...
A Catholic priest called on devotees of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) to put their devotion into action through various works of mercy. Hundreds of delegates gathered at the National Shrine of OMPH for the four-day Baclaran International Pilgrimage-Congress this past week. With the theme “Icon of Compassion: Our Mother...
Cardinal Antonio Michele Ghislieri ascended the papacy of the Catholic Church when it was beset with problems. Elected as Pope Pius V in 1559, he was one of the leaders who saved the church from ruin during the Catholic Counter Reformation. It was an era when the Council of...
A Catholic bishop called on the youth to fight disinformation online by helping spread the Good News. With the steep rise in trolling, Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan said it’s about time for the youth to help combat the fake news cycle and “dominate social media” with stories of God’s...
CAIRO—It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt’s president proposed a new law that would prevent Muslim men from ending their marriages simply by saying “divorce” three times. The country’s top institution of Islamic clerics, Al-Azhar, bluntly rejected the idea, saying Islam gives men that right and...
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...
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