Philippines: Challenges Following Marcos Election
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Philippines: Challenges Following Marcos Election

Archbishop-Emeritus Antonio J Ledesma SJ of Cagayan de Oro reflects on the results of this week’s presidential elections in the Philippines. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, known as ‘Bongbong’, the son and namesake of the country’s late dictator, who was ousted by a people’s revolt 36 years ago, is poised to become the next President of the…

Philippines Marcos Election Victory: Socio-Political Formation Sorely Wanting
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Philippines Marcos Election Victory: Socio-Political Formation Sorely Wanting

Lawyer Antonio La Viña, former dean at the School of Government of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University, said “propaganda and fake news” contributed to the success of Marcos’ campaign. He said the “Church has failed to keep the morality of the people aligned in the height of disinformation.” “The disconnect here is they see…

Philippines Elections: All in the Family
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Philippines Elections: All in the Family

Elite families have long ruled the poverty-ravaged nation, holding on to positions of power for generations by dishing out favors, buying votes or resorting to violence. Analysts say the system has become more pervasive in the decades since a popular uprising deposed Marcos and forced his family into exile. New dynasties have entrenched themselves in…

Philippines: Carmelite ‘Martyr of Press Freedom’ Inspiration amid Flood of Fake News
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Philippines: Carmelite ‘Martyr of Press Freedom’ Inspiration amid Flood of Fake News

Amid the flood of disinformation ahead of this year’s Philippine national elections, Filipinos should find inspiration in a priest who was dubbed “martyr of press freedom” for standing for the truth. “With fake news and misinformation going on, the truth is compromised,” said Father Christian Buenafe, O.Carm, at the opening of an exhibit on the…

Philippines Elections: Which Way Will Clergy and Religious Vote Go?
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Philippines Elections: Which Way Will Clergy and Religious Vote Go?

With just a week before the May 9 presidential election, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has exerted all efforts in the performance of its pastoral and prophetic duty to remind the nation of the grave consequences of the return of the Marcoses to Malacanang, the president’s official residence in Manila. Given this,…

Philippines: Parish of San Remigio Gets New Pastors
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Philippines: Parish of San Remigio Gets New Pastors

Today on the Fiesta of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, San Remigio, our young Mill Hill men who recently arrived in the Philippines were Installed in their new parish. This was during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Bishop Marvyn A. Maceda, the Bishop of the Diocese of Antique. Fr. Abonge Emmanuel MHM was Ordained almost…

Father Michael (Mike) O’Brien MHM Has Died.  R.I.P.
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Father Michael (Mike) O’Brien MHM Has Died. R.I.P.

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the afternoon of the 27th day of April, 2022 at the Beacon Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, aged 80, of Father Michael (Mike) O’Brien Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Mike, as we knew him affectionately in the Mill Hill Missionaries, was born…

Iloilo, Philippines: Good Friday Celebration Prompts Personal Reflection
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Iloilo, Philippines: Good Friday Celebration Prompts Personal Reflection

It’s been 2 years now since the people here in Iloilo haven’t had a proper Easter Triduum the way they would wish to due to the COVID-19 restrictions. However, we thank God that cases have dropped considerably and the restrictions lifted. Yesterday, I joined in the celebrations at San Lorenzo Ruiz parish, which was founded…

Philippines: ‘Pabása ng Pasyón’ – Reading of the Passion
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Philippines: ‘Pabása ng Pasyón’ – Reading of the Passion

The “Pabasa ng Pasyon,” literally the “Reading of the Passion,” is a Christian devotion in the Philippines, especially during the Holy Week. It is the uninterrupted chanting of the Pasyón, an early 16th-century epic poem narrating the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Readers are usually groups of individuals taking turns in chanting…

Philippines: A Heart-Rending Holy Week Reflection on the Fate of Numerous Filipino Women
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Philippines: A Heart-Rending Holy Week Reflection on the Fate of Numerous Filipino Women

On the first Good Friday, Jesus was condemned, persecuted, made to carry the Cross, ridiculed, whipped, fell three times, met his mother, helped by Simon to carry the cross, wiped by Veronica, stripped of his garments.  His ordeal was a glaring demonstration of abuse of authority and power and of the callousness of those who participated…

Philippines: Colourful Celebration of Feast of Saint Joseph
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Philippines: Colourful Celebration of Feast of Saint Joseph

Today for the first time after the Pandemic we had a colorful celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph graced with the Temporary Oath taking of Rey Conde and the renewal of Oath by Glenn Flores. The celebration was well attended by at least 400 friends from around and from parishes where Mill Hill Missionaries…

Philippines: Canonisation Titus Brandsma ‘a Gift to Philippines Carmel’
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Philippines: Canonisation Titus Brandsma ‘a Gift to Philippines Carmel’

“The canonization of Titus Brandsma is truly a milestone and an inspiration, not only for the Church but particularly for Filipino Carmelites,” said Father Rico P. Ponce, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Philippine Province. “Having our Province named after this modern-day martyr and mystic is made more meaningful by our own present struggles against the…