Synod of Synodality 2023 covers non-Catholics: Dumaguete bishop

Cardinal-designate Orlando Quevedo addresses a press conference for the 9th Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences plenary assembly in 2009 in Manila. Pakistan Archbishop Lawrence John Saldanha of Lahore and now-Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong look on. (Roy Lagarde/national catholic reporter}

DUMAGUETE CITY – Unlike in the past, parishioners, lay leaders, and even people outside of the Roman Catholic Church are now being consulted by the Diocese of Dumaguete as part of its “listening process” for the Synod on Synodality.In an interview on Monday, Dumaguete Bishop Julito… Read More

House panel approves absolute divorce bill

 August 17, 2021

MANILA – The House Committee on Population and Family Relations on Tuesday endorsed for plenary approval a bill reinstituting absolute divorce as an alternative mode for the dissolution of marriage in the Philippines.During its virtual hearing, the committee unanimously approved the unnumbered… Read More

Pedregosa to assume as new Malaybalay bishop

 July 9, 2021, 5:14 pm

MANILA – Bishop-elect Noel Pedregosa will officially assume as the new bishop of Malaybalay, Bukidnon on September 14.The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website reported that the 56-year-old monsignor will be ordained and installed as bishop in a Mass at 9… Read More

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David elected as new CBCP president

Diocese of Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, DD officiated a mass for the dead at the Old Chapel of the La Loma Catholic Cemetery on All Souls’ Day, November 2, 2018. Hi homily centered on the value of the human being. November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

 July 8, 2021

MANILA – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David was elected as the new president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).The CBCP news website reported that the 62-year-old prelate was chosen for the position on Thursday, the first day of the two-day online plenary… Read More


 May 23, 2021

COTABATO CITY – Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has called on residents to strictly practice minimum health protocols following the successive deaths of three Catholic priests here this weekend due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).“Please stay safe Cotabateños,” she posted… Read More

BISHOP: Nothing wrong with Catholics involving in partisan politics

Seminarians should encourage good people to run for public office

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of Manila, delivers his homily during Mass for the Seminarians Network of the Philippines’ launching of the “Year of Prayer for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful Elections” on May 13, 2021.

A Catholic bishop called on the country’s theology seminarians to rethink the way Catholics participate in politics.

Educate our people that “it’s alright to participate in a partisan way,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of Manila archdiocese.

For many years, he said that church’s participation is centered on voter’s education and the characteristics of leaders that should be voted upon.

But when asked who to vote for, “we cannot give out names”, said Pabillo, who chairs the Commission on Laity of the bishops’ conference.

“We can’t say anything because those who run are ‘trapo’ (traditional politicians). Election is more of a process of choosing the lesser evil,” Pabillo said.

Pabillo presided over the Mass at the launching of Seminarians’ Network of the Philippines’ “Year of Prayer for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful Elections” on May 13.

Hosted by San Jose Seminary in Quezon City, theology seminarians all over the Philippines joined the celebration via live streaming.

The prelate noted that one way of engaging in politics in a partisan way is to encourage good people to run for public office.

“Encourage good people to run for politics. It is also a Christian option,” he said.

Pabillo also said that the good people who run for office are usually without the political machinery unlike traditional politicians.

“That is why they need the support of good people in order for them to win,” he added.

He noted how crucial the 2022 election is that he urged the seminarians to encourage more people to register and vote. CBCPnews

DUTERTE urges Muslims to continue being ‘generous, compassionate’

 May 13, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday expressed hope that the Muslim community’s “generosity and compassion” will never fade.In his Eid’l Fitr message, Duterte said he is optimistic that the occasion would inspire everyone to continue promoting “peace,… Read More

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CBCP hopes Eid’l Fitr brings peace, new hope for Muslims

 May 13, 2021

MANILA – The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday expressed hope that Eid’l Fitr will usher in new hope and perspective in life for Filipino Muslims.“As they celebrate the end of it, we join them in thanking ALLAH, our Almighty… Read More

End of Ramadan ‘good time’ for Pinoys to unite: Lorenzana

 May 13, 2021

MANILA – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called the end of the holy month of Ramadan a good opportunity for all Filipinos to unite for peace and prosperity.”As our Muslim brothers and sisters mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, we reflect and renew our… Read More

Palace declares April 14 special holiday in Cebu City

To give Cebuanos “full opportunity” to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, Malacañang declared Wednesday (April 14) a holiday in Cebu City.

HOLIDAY. Left photo shows a copy of Proclamation No. 1130 declaring April 14, 2021 a special non-working holiday in Cebu City. Right photo shows the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu which is set to be declared as national cultural treasure after the pontifical Mass on Wednesday afternoon. (PNA photo of the church by John Rey Saavedra)

Proclamation No. 1130 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea under the authority of President Rodrigo Duterte, and released Monday night declared Wednesday a “special non-working holiday”.

“(It) is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Cebu be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures,” the proclamation read.

Archbishop Jose Palma, in his speech during the cultural event at the Ayala Center Cebu, said: “He (Duterte) has declared that the culminating activities on Wednesday, the day of the anniversary of the First Baptism a holiday in Cebu City. We thank the President for such declaration”.

On the other hand, Monsignor Joseph Tan, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Cebu, said “It is a generous gesture that the President is allowing us in Cebu to feel this special moment in our history”


BAPTISM FOR ADULTS. An old woman receives the sacrament of baptism from a bishop in special rites at the National Shrine of the Our Lady of the Rule in Lapu-Lapu City on Tuesday (April 13, 2021). The event was conducted on the third day of Triduum in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the First Baptism that happened in Cebu on April 14, 1521, to be celebrated on Wednesday at the Plaza Sugbu near the historic Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu and the Magellan’s Cross. (Screengrab from an Archdiocese of Cebu video)

Catholic church welcomes new members

 April 13, 2021

CEBU CITY– The Roman Catholic Church in Cebu on Tuesday welcomed 100 new members in baptismal rites for adults during the third day of Triduum leading to the 500thanniversary of the First Baptism in the country.

Prelates led by Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Billones baptized the 100 adults in  the presence of their parents and godparents at the National Shrine of the Our Lady of the Rule in Lapu-Lapu City.

Safe physical distance was maintained among churchgoers to avoid coronavirus disease (Covid-19) transmission.

Other church officials present in the solemn Christian ritual were Archbishop Jose Palma, Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, Bishop Antonio Rañola, Maasin Bishop Preciosio Cantillas and Talibon Bishop Daniel Patrick Parcon.

The mayor of Lapu-Lapu City, Junard Chan and its lone district congresswoman, Paz Radaza also graced the occasion. Read More

Philippines tops countries with most number of baptisms

 April 14, 2021

MANILA – The Philippines topped the list of countries with the most number of baptisms of young children.Citing data from the Catholic News Service, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website reported on Wednesday that the country recorded more than 1.6… Read More

CONFIRMATION RITES. Palo, Leyte Archbishop John Du administers the chrism oil to a Roman Catholic faithful during the confirmation rites for 100 young members of the church, at the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City, Cebu on Monday (April 12, 2021). Du, in his homily, highlighted the friendliness and hospitality of the Filipinos’ ancestors as early expression of Christian values. (Screengrab from Archdiocese of Cebu video)

100 Cebu youths join confirmation rites as part of ‘Triduum’

Some 100 young members of the Roman Catholic Church in Cebu City on Monday received the sacrament of confirmation in rites to mark the second day of “Triduum” as part of the 500th Year of Christianity celebration in the Philippines.

“Triduum” means three days of preparation prior to the big day on Wednesday (April 14), when the country marks the 500th year anniversary of the First Baptism  which happened in Cebu City. READ MORE