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
September 18, 2021
MANILA – Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).In a statement issued Friday evening, chancellor of the archdiocese, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, said the cardinal do
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
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
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
Seminarians should encourage good people to run for public office
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
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
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
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
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.
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”
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
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
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