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4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy : Communion in Mercy, Mission for Mercy

Posted on Jan 01 , 2017 in Archdiocese of Manila News

4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy : Communion in Mercy, Mission for Mercy

WACOM stands for World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, an international gathering of Divine Mercy devotees and promoters; among whom are bishops, priests, religious brothers and sisters and the laity. Convened every three years, the Philippines is privileged to host the 4th WACOM this January 16-20, 2017.

Known as the foremost Catholic Country in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is presenting WACOM 2017 as a “Pilgrimage of Mercy” bringing the delegates to different holy places each day. This congress offers an opportunity for all to be oriented to the Filipino’s lived faith in Jesus, the Divine Mercy Incarnate.

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CBCP will support winning candidate but…

Posted on May 01 , 2016 in Archdiocese of Manila News

CBCP will support winning candidate but…

MANILA, May 1, 2016— The Catholic hierarchy has vowed to support whoever wins in the May 9 presidential elections but on certain conditions.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president said the victory must come from an honest electoral process and whoever wins will take the job seriously.

“…Whoever strives to heal the wounds of the divisiveness of politics, whoever respects the rights of all and is earnest in his or her fear of God and is zealous for his precepts has the support of the CBCP,” Villegas said.

“And we will do everything together with our priests so that all our people, to the remotest barangays to which we minister, may rally around a just and God-fearing government that visits no vengeance on foes but is characterized by mercy and compassion for all, not only for allies!” he said.

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Priest Talks About ‘Love Truths’ From AlDub

Posted on Sep 07 , 2015 in Archdiocese of Manila News

Priest Talks About ‘Love Truths’ From AlDub

It’s top rating on TV and white hot on social media, but a priest said the AlDub love team can teach the Filipino faithful a thing or two about real love.

“Whatever Lola Nidora’s challenge may be, even if it’s seems like a death wish, Alden does it for Yaya Dub. When you love, you don’t measure. The true measure of love is love without measure,” said Fr. Joel Jason in Filipino during a Mass at the most recent CFC – Young Couples Assembly held at the Bayanihan Center.

The newly-installed parish priest of parish priest of Mary Mirror of Justice parish in Makati added: “When you become legalistic, you become minimalistic (in loving). But when you love, you’re ready to do more than what is required…like Alden.”

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Still No to Divorce, Says Cardinal Rosales

Posted on Jun 10 , 2015 in Archdiocese of Manila News

Still No to Divorce, Says Cardinal Rosales
Even if it is 99 percent (surveyed favor divorce) what is wrong is wrong. It’s in the Bible unless you don’t believe in the Bible.
 
The Catholic Church cannot conform her teachings about divorce to the dictates of the world, Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said.
 
Even if a new survey showed that 60 percent of Filipinos want divorce made legal, Rosales said no one can change the teachings of God to suit what people want.
 
“Even if it is 99 percent (surveyed favor divorce) what is wrong is wrong,” Rosales said.
 
He said the Church cannot change her doctrine on divorce because it comes from the Divine Law.
 
Those who argue that the Church should change its stand on divorce are asking the institution to overrule God.
 
“It’s in the Bible unless you don’t believe in the Bible,” Rosales said. “There are just too many bright people nowadays.”
 
The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed that about three of five Filipinos favor the legalization of divorce for “irreconcilably separated” couples.
 
The poll also showed that 60 percent of the 1,800 respondents agree that couples in irreparable marriages should be allowed to divorce so they can get legally married again while 29 percent disagreed.
 
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Archbishop Oscar Cruz said those who argue that the Church should change her teachings on divorce are asking the impossible.
 
“The Bible says what God has joined together let no man put asunder,” said Cruz.
 
“The Church is duty bound to observe and to promote the teachings of Her founder, and Her founder teaches that marriage is sacred. Whether it will win or not in promoting the Gospel truths, that’s not Her problem anymore. Her problem is to speak when things are wrong and to affirm when things are right,” he said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)
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‘The Exorcist’: No to Lenten ‘Crucifix-Show,’ Self-Torture

Posted on Mar 28 , 2015 in Archdiocese of Manila News

Manila’s chief exorcist has raised doubts about the orthodoxy of some popular Lenten rituals like crucifixion, flagellation, and other physical penances which he believes already approximate self-torture and violent exhibitionism.
 
In a recent interview on the Catholic apologetics-catechesis show “Know The Truth,” Fr. José Francisco “Jocis” C. Syquía, head of the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Office of Exorcism, dismissed such folk practices as “extreme” and “exaggerated.”
 
“Never crucifixion!” he exclaimed, referring to a Lenten custom penitents, mostly males, in San Pedro Cutud in San Fernando, Pampanga, as well as in Kapitangan, Paombong, Bulacan observe each Good Friday during which they have themselves flogged and crucified in “imitation of Christ.”
 
Wrong Motives
 
While he granted there are forms of mortifications the Church accepts, the priest stressed never does she teaches nor approves of those motivated by the wrong reasons, especially when performed in public.
 
“Many do this as a way to expiate their sins for the whole year, so that they can sin again the next,” Syquía told Know The Truth host Marwil N. Llasos.
 
Neo-Pagan
 
According to him, this disposition is borderline “pagan”, given that the intention is not because the people doing these things sincerely want to repent and change their lives for good, but only to validate the sins they have previously committed.
 
“Focus on people who really seek conversion. Their energy must be spent on striving to amend their ways, instead of on exposing themselves to the eyes of all,” he said.
 
Disposition
 
“The important thing is to check the disposition,” he added, underlining the need for constant re-evangelization.
 
Syquía stated conversion is not a one-day thing.
 
Courage to be unknown
 
Moreover, the priest pointed out saints never crave attention for themselves, let alone desire to be a public spectacle.
 
“Men and women of unquestionable holiness always do mortification in a hidden manner,” he explained.
 
Lord alone
 
“They cringe at the idea of others seeing them do mortification, that’s why they only do so always in secret. They prefer the Lord alone to know what they do,” he added.
 
Syquía said those who make a show of their penance, automatically forfeit their Divine reward.
 
Holy Week special
 
Interested parties may watch the full interview on Know The Truth’s Holy Week special starting Monday until Saturday, 6:30 a.m., 3 p.m., and 11 p.m., on TV María. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)