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Palawan, Philippines: Interfaith Clean-up

“This interfaith project is our little way to respond to Pope Francis’ call to care for the earth, our common home,” Palawan Bishop Socrates Mesiona said in a statement. “Common home means all peoples, regardless of religion or religious affiliation, the earth is the home of all mankind. So, all of us must take care…

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Ordination of Blas John Garde Estrevencion MHM

On this day (July 27, 2020), while the Philippines continues to register thousands of  COVID-19 cases and frustrated cause oriented groups rally while the president is delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo, Philippines is filled with heavenly music. Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo is presiding over…

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‘Quarantune’ – Philippine Music a Balm to the Soul

Jesuit Communications, the Philippine Jesuits’ media arm, has released an online music video featuring Catholic choirs and musicians performing a composition by Father Eduardo Hontiveros, considered the father of Philippine liturgical music. The video, called a “Quarantune” because it was made during quarantine restrictions, was produced to boost morale among Catholics in the face of…

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Philippines: A Two-Wheeled Exit Strategy

“Bicycles and motorbikes will play an important role because our train system cannot handle all commuters due to social distancing rules. It is also safer to ride on bikes or motorcycles because people will naturally be distant from each other,” Assistant Transport Secretary Steve Pastor said. City officials are preparing special bike lanes and stations along…