Philippines: Call to Mission at the Heart of Year Jubilation
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Philippines: Call to Mission at the Heart of Year Jubilation

The Catholic Church in the Philippines is opening the new liturgical year (First Sunday of Advent) with a call for all Filipino Catholics to become missionaries ad intra (locally) and ad extra ( globally) with joy and mercy as missionary traits. This is to celebrate the Year of Missio ad Gentes in commemoration of the…

Philippines: Red Wednesday’s Significance
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Philippines: Red Wednesday’s Significance

Most of the parishes of the Catholic Church in the Philippines celebrate the second Red Wednesday Mass in support to the campaign of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN-PH) call to prayer for the persecuted Christians. This year theme is “Red means Love… Red is for the Sick, Red is for the Front…

Philippines: Mission to Turkana, Kenya
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Philippines: Mission to Turkana, Kenya

The seeds of missionary vocation that were sown by the Mill Hill Missionaries on the coastal and mountain areas of the province of Iloilo and Antique, Philippines, germinated, grew, and are continuously bearing fruits. On November 08, 2020, the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo, took the pastoral care of the newly erected Holy Family Parish in…

Capiz, Philippines: Ordination of Glenn Dumali MHM
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Capiz, Philippines: Ordination of Glenn Dumali MHM

The guests and friends of Fr. Glenn Dumali arrived early in the morning of October 28, 2020, at the Parish of Saint Joseph the Worker in the town of President Roxas, Capiz, Philippines to attend and to witness his ordination to the Order of Priesthood. When the celebration was about to begin, the frontliners in…

Filipinos Celebrate ‘Loneliest” All Souls Day amid Pandemic
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Filipinos Celebrate ‘Loneliest” All Souls Day amid Pandemic

“Forgive your family. They must have their reasons for not visiting you today.” Having taken care of the Catholic cemetery in the city of Dagupan, north of Manila, for two decades, Romulo Soriano already knows whose graves he should whisper these thoughts to on All Souls’ Day. These are the unkempt tombs covered with vines…

Philippines:First Easter Sunday Mass in 1521 at Limasawa
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Philippines:First Easter Sunday Mass in 1521 at Limasawa

The Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines has adopted a government-led study affirming Limasawa island as the site of the first Easter Sunday Mass in the country, reported CBCP News. In a resolution dated Sept. 25, the bishops’ conference “stand by the proceedings and findings” of a panel of historians affirming previous findings on the historic…

Palawan, Philippines: Interfaith Clean-up
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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…

Philippines: The Captivating Art of Joey Velasco
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Philippines: The Captivating Art of Joey Velasco

One of Velasco’s captivating artworks is his modern painting of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” called “Hapag ng Pag-asa” (A Table of Hope). The painting shows Jesus eating not with his apostles but with a group of street children in a nasty and dilapidated setting. They are not even eating at a table but on…

Philippines: Murder of Church Worker Seen as Escalation in Crackdown on Dissent
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Philippines: Murder of Church Worker Seen as Escalation in Crackdown on Dissent

Zara Alvarez, a volunteer for the Church-Workers Solidarity group in San Carlos Diocese, was gunned down in Bacolod City, located in the west of the Philippines. Alvarez had reportedly been receiving death threats for over a year, related to her work with poor farmers in the region.   Alvarez, aged 39, was a long-time advocate for…

Mill Hill Formation Philippines: An Unusual Farewell
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Mill Hill Formation Philippines: An Unusual Farewell

When the days of Covid-19 are the days you have to move on but can’t move out Yesterday, August, 6, 2020, on the Feast of the Transfiguration here at the Formation House, Iloilo, was a remarkable day as we launched officially the new academic year as well as bade farewell to Fr. Domingo Arnaiz after…

Philippines: Making ‘Laudato Si’ Work in a Parish Garden
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Philippines: Making ‘Laudato Si’ Work in a Parish Garden

“I want to prove that it is possible to plant vegetables in an urban community or in your own home despite the absence of a backyard or a piece of land,” he said. The urban gardening project, which he called “Project Grace,” started after the Philippine government imposed a lockdown in the national capital to…

Ordination of Blas John Garde Estrevencion MHM
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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…