• Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 400 Years of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran at the Manila Cathedral on January 24, 2020, at 3 p.m.


    Mga minanmahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpuri at magpasalamat sa Diyos sa napakagandang araw na ito.

    Magpasalamat din po tayo sa kanya dahil tinipon niya tayo, pinagsama-sama niya tayo bilang isang sambayahan na nagpapahayag ng mga magagandang bagay na ginawa ng Diyos sa salit-saling lahi. ‘Yan ang diwa ng panalangin ng Mahal na Ina. At ýan din po ang diwa ng ating pagdiriiwang.

    Salamat sa Diyos salamat din po sa Order of Preachers mayroong San Juan de Letran. 400 years na po. (crowd claps)

    Salamat sa dalawang maliliit na eskuwela na nagsanib para maging Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

    At sa umpisa palang ang San Juan de Letran ay para sa mga werfanos. Sa mga, ano yun? Orphans. Sa mga, ano sa tagalog ang orphan? (crowd answers) Ulila. Lalo na ang mga anak ng nasa military service nung panahong yaun.

    Binuksan ng Colegio de San Juan de Letran ang handog ng bagong buhay, dangal, paglago sa mga taong kung walang mag-aalay sa kanila ay ang tingin sa sarili, kamiý wala na, hanggang dito na lang kami. Nasa ugat ng Colegio ng San Juan de Letran ang puso at pagtulong, pagyakap sa mga ulila, inulila at nag-iisa. Kasama yan sa ugat at sana lagi yang kasama sa lahat ng sanga at magiging bunga.

    Pwede malaman sino po sa inyo ang nandito na sa Intramuros 400 years ago? Ah wala. Sayang. Magbibigay pa naman sana si Father provincial ng 400,000.00. E, wala. So, Father ok na. You can relax.

    Pero napakaganda po na sa pagpapasinaya ng napakayaman ng misyon, misyon ng Kolehiyo ng San Juan de Letran dumadalaw muli sa kanyang orihinal na tahanan walang iba kundi Intramuros ang Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario La Naval de Manila. (crowd claps)

    Naunang nanirahan dito sa Intramuros sa unang Santo Domingo Church. At dahil nga po sa gera siya ay inilikas, salamat naman at siya ay inilikas sa UST hanggang siya ay nailuklok sa kanyang pangkasalukuyang tahanan sa Shrine ng Santo Domingo sa Queon City subalit dito sa Intramuros unang nanirahan. At mula noong Second World War, eto siya dumadalaw muli. Welcome home Mama Mary, welcome home! (crowd claps)

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle crowns the image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila during Mass for the 400 Years of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran at the Manila Cathedral on January 24, 2020. l Photo Credit: Angelo Mangahas

     

    Ang yaman po ng ating pagdiriwang. At samantalang tayoý nagsasaya at nagagalak, parang naririnig ko ang mga nagsimula ng Kolehiyo de San Juan de Letran, gayun din ang Mahal na Ina na ang ating pagdiriwang at pagsasaya ay hindi paglimot, hindi pagkalimot sa mga kapatid natin na sa oras na ito ay nangungulila lalu na po ang mga naaapektuhan ng Taal Volcano.

    Kaya inaanyayahan ko po kayo na tumahimik sandal  at ipanalangin ang lumilikas, ang mga nawalan ng kabuhayan at yaung mga tumutulong sa kanila at maaaring naghihirap din sa mga oras na ito.

    Salamat po. Alam ko po na marami pang buwan ang maaaring igugol lalo na ng Order of Preachers at ng malaking sambayahan, komunidad ng Kolehiyo de San Juan de Letran sa pagninilay ng napakalaking biyaya na ito.

    Ibig ko lang pong baybayin, sundan ang tatlong Pagbasa at ikonekta ito sa pamana sa atin ng Nuestra Señora de Santisimo Rosario La Naval de Manila na kilala na matatakbuhan at sa kanya ngang pananlangin ay sinasabing nasugpo ang pag atake ng mga Dutch forces at nasalba hindi lamang ang Manila kundi ang Pilipinas.

    Si Maria, ang kanyang panalangin, dun po ako tututok at harinawa ang San Juan de Letran na dinadalaw ng Mahal na Ina at makikitulog ngayon gabi sa Letran, sana turuan niya tayo panalangin, manalanign.

    Ano nga ba ang panalangin? Ang panalangin ay pakikipag-ugnay sa Diyos. Ang panalangin ay pakikipag-kapwa kalooban sa Diyos. Ang panalangin ay pagtatakbo ng dalawang kalooban, dalawang loob. At ito ay nagsisimula sa Diyos hindi sa atin. Siya ang unang lumalapit. Siya unang ibig makipag-ugnay sa atin. Nasa sa atin na ngayon kung tayoý magbubukas ng ating loob sa kanya. Kung tayo’y magtutuloy na makipag-ugany sa kanya. Wala nang tanong tungkol sa parte ng Diyos. Ibig niyang kaugnay tayo. Tayo ba? Tayo ba’y makiki- ugnay sa kanya sa tinatawag na panalangin?

    Ang tatlong Pagbasa ay may paalaala tungkol sa panalangin lalo na ang Mahal na Ina.

    Una, kayong mga estudyande dito makinig kayo. Kung meron kayong papel at lapis o ballpen pakisulat kasi may quiz mamaya.

    Ang una po mula sa Aklat ni Propeta Zacharias. Ang ganda ang Diyos ay mananahan sa piling mo. Wow! Ang Diyos darating at sasamahan ka. Ganoon nagsisismula ang pananlangin, ibig ng Diyos mapasa-atin. At ano ang tamang tugon? Sabi po dito manahimik sa harapan ng Panginoon pagkat siyaý tumindig mula sa kanyang temple. Kapag ang dumarating sa iyo ay ang Diyos na parang iniwanan niya ang temple niya sa langit at ikaw ang pinupuntahan, paano ka tutugon? Ano ang panalangin? Katahimikan. Hindi yung katahimikan ng taong walang pakialam. Hindi yung katahimikan ng taong galit.

    May mga bahay na kahit na sa kainan tahimik. Huwag nyong sabihin na kaya kayo tahimik ay nag-re-retreat ang inyong bahay. Tahimik kami kasi nananalangin. Kalimitan kaya tahimik magkaka-away. Hindi nagpapansinan. Hindi ganoon ang katahimikan ng nananalangin. Ito ay ang katahimikan ng isang namamangha. Isang hindi makapaniwala na siya ay dinalaw ng Panginoon.

    Naalaala ko po nung ak’y batang pari, nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na humarap kay Pope John Paul II. Nung in-announce yun nagmemorize na ako ng linya. Ito ang sasabihin ko at medyo kinakaba-kabahan na sabi, ayan na, nandyan na, nandyan na. bumukas na yung pinto lumabas ang Papa at ako yung unang nilapitan. Lahat ng hinanda ko, lahat ng minemorya ko nawala. Pero dapat lang, dapat lang. May mga pagkakataon lalo na ang malalalim na pagdalaw ng biyaya, ang panalangin katahimikan.

    Sa mundo na nagmamadali lahat magsalita, sa mundo na lahat may opinyon, sa mundo na ang tingin ng bawat isa tama ako, paingay ng paingay at hindi na nakikita ang pagdalaw ng Diyos. Huwag tayong matakot mautal, mawalan ng salita at manahimik.

    Colegio de San Juan de Letran, sana itong darating na taon maraming pagkakataon ng katahimikan sa harap ng Diyos na ibig manahan sa piling natin.

    Ang ikalawang katangian ng panalangin sabi po sa Gawa ng mga Apostol, pagkatapos umakyat sa langit ni Hesus ang mga alagad niya ay bumalik sa Jerusalem at nandun sila sa silid sa itaas. The upper room, the Cenacle kung saan nila hinintay ang pagdating ng Espiritu Santo. At doon sila nanalangin kasama si Maria, ang ina ni Hesus.

    Ano kaya ang panalangin ni Maria kasama ang mga alaagad habang hinihintay ang Sspiritu Santo? Ako po ay may hula. Siguro yung kanilang panalangin kasama si Maria ay panalangin ng pag-alala. Memory.

    Di ba sabi po sa Ebanghelyo, maraming bagay ang itinago ni Maria sa kanyang puso at kanyang pinagnilay-nilayan. Mga bagay na naranasan niya tungkol kay Hesus.

    Palagay ko noong nandun sila sa upper room, sina Pedro, Andres, si Juan, si Santiago, nagtatanong kay Maria, “Maria, Inang Maria, sino si Hesus?” Ikaw bilang ina at palagay ko lahat ng laman ng puso ni Maria na walang iba kundi si Hesus ay kanyang ipinahayag.

    That’s part of prayer. That’s part of the prayer of Mary. A prayer of remembering. A prayer focused on memories of Jesus.

    At aking pasinta, pasintaha, wow ha, palalim ng palalim ang ating pananagalog. Ang aking pong  pakiwari dito sa mga ikinuwento ni Maria tungkol kay Hesus nandiyan ang Joyful Mysteries. Nandiyan ang Sorrowful Mysteries. Nandiyana ang Mysteries of the Light at nandiyan din ang Kaluwalhatian ni Hesus.

    Mga kapatid, ano ba ng laman ng puso natin? Kapag binuksan ang puso ni Maria alaala ni Hesus. Puso na lagging nananalangin kasi ang laman ay Hesus. Hesus na iniisip, Hesus na iniaalaala

    Tayo kaya pag binuksan ang ating puso, ano ang makikita? Cholesterol, mga taba na nanigas hindi dahil sa lechon, naku, naglalaway ako. Hindi dahil sa Chicharon, naninigas yung taba dahil sa galit, sa poot, sa inggit, sa ambisyon, sa pagnanasa ng hindi maganda sa kapwa. Yan ang nagpapatigas ng mga ugat pati ang puso hindi na pumipintig, walang buhay. Ang pusong nananalangin laging buhay dahil ang alaala ay si Hesus.

    At panghuli po, o, ano yung una? Silence. Yung ikalawa, memory. At yung ikatlo po batay sa Ebanghelyo, ang panalangin ni Maria ay panalangin ng isang tapat na tao na nagkikilatis ng kalooban ng Diyos para sa kanya. Discernment

    Sa panalangin sa pakikipag-ugnay ni Maria sa Diyos sa pamamagitan ng angel, luminaw sa kanya ano ang kanyang bokasyon. Ano ang tawag sa kanya ng Diyos. Ano ang kanyang misyon. At nung sa panalangin, unti-unting lumilinaw ang gusto ng Diyos sa kanya, umuwi sa pagtugon, “Narito ang alipin ng Panginoon, maganap sa akin ayon sa wika mo.” Mahalagang bahagi yan ng prayer pakikipag-ugnay sa Siyos upang matuklasan ko ang plano ng Diyos sa akin.

    Usung uso ngayon ang mga planning. Minsan mas mahaba pa yung planning sa execution. Tapos na nga yung i-e-execute hindi pa tapos ang planning. Hindi naman masama yang planning pero sana ilagay sa diwa ng panalangin at maiiba ang …planning, it becomes discernment of God’s will. At kapag nagging discernment minsan yung plano aaminin natin maganda nga pero parang hindi iyan ang gusto ng Diyos.

    So, dear friends, sa Colegio de San Juan de Letran sana itong taon na ito will be devoted to prayerful discernment. After 400 years, where is God calling our community? To what mission is the lord leading us?

    Yun po ang tatlo: silence, memory, discernment. Ganyan nanalangin si Maria. Sana lahat po tayo bilang kanyang mga anak at lalu na tayo dito sa Intramuros at higit sa lahat ang Kolehiyo de San Juan de Letran, may you be a community of prayer patterned after the heart and spirit of the prayer of Mary.

    Tayo poy tumahimik sanadali at hilingin sa Panginoon ang Espiritu Santo na magtuturo sa atin papaano tunay na maki-ugnay, panalangin sa Diyos. (Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle says Goodbye to Imus his Hometown


    "From here, I will be an overseas Filipino worker (OFW). Please continue to pray for me, especially for Pope Francis."

    These were the words of His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pillar as he bid farewell to his hometown in Imus, Cavite, On Monday, January 19, 2020.

    "This kind of celebration gives me strength." the cardinal said.

    Photo Credit: May Richelle Dominguez, and Rev. Fr. Reymar Arca/StJamesthe Greater Imus

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle warned the faithful against self-promotion, saying that mission without spirituality has no value.

    "Mission is spirituality. We might be doing something but not a mission," he said.

    Present during the celebration was the Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista, Bishop of Imus. Bishop Pedro Arigo, retired Bishop of Puerto Princesa, was also present as well as Cardinal's parents.

    Photo Credit: May Richelle Dominguez, and Rev. Fr. Reymar Arca/StJamesthe Greater Imus

    As the Cardinal Tagle is set to assume his post at the Vatican in February, the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization was set to be held on January 28 and 29, 2020 at the Araneta Coliseum, which he himself will lead for the last time as the Archbishop of Manila. (Fatima Llanza/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Be Humble like the Child Jesus


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided the 9th Novena Mass for the Feast of Santo Niño at Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish on January 18, 2020, at 6 p.m.
     

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle expressed how Jesus, the Child of God humbled himself even though he became the savior of the world.

    "Sino yang bata na ating tutularan sa paghahari ng Diyos? Walang iba kundi si Hesus. Siya na nanatiling bata kahit na siya’y trenta anyos, trentaý tres anyos. Siya ay anak ng Diyos. Bilang sanggol, bilang hindi na sanggol, nanatili siyang bata, anak ng Diyos. Sa kanya nakikita ang paghahari ng Diyos Ama. At kung ibig nating mapabilang sa paghaharing yan, maging bata tulad ng bata at anak na si Hesus,” the Cardinal said.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC
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    Cardinal Tagle stressed that as a child of God, humility is one of the characters that a Christian must possess.

    “Sa mundo ang pagiging dakila ay paangat ka ng paangat. Hanggang pang ang layu layo mo na sa iyong mababang pinagmulan. Mas malayo ka na mas dakila ka. E, pero kay Hesus ang dakila ay yaung hindi nahihiya na makiisa sa mga bata, sa mga mabababa,” he said.

    The newly appointed Prefect for the Congregation of Evangelization of Faith ended his homily by asking the faithful to continue to include in their prayers all the people who were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

    “Marami siguro sa kanila nag-i-struggle kaya ang atin pong pagdiriwang, ipanalangin natin sila at alam ko sa naririnig nating mga kwento galing sa kanila sila pa ang magtuturo sa ating papaano tumulad kay Hesus. Maging bata umaasa sa ama,” he said.

    “Tumahimik po tayo sandali at makiisa tayo sa mga kapatid natin sa Batangas, sa Cavite, sa Laguna na ngayon ay lumikas o tumatanggap ng mga evacuees,” he added.

    In the afternoon, before the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Buling-Buling Festival was held. It is a religious and cultural event celebrated annually in Pandacan, Manila on the third Sunday of January, in time with the town's fiesta to give honor to Santo Niño. It is a festival of street dancing where Pandaqueños are well-dressed in traditional Filipino costumes along the streets of Pandacan accompanied by a marching band. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM_AOC) 

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Novena Mass for the Feast of Santo Niño at the Santo Niño de Pandacan on January 18, 2020, at 6 p.m.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa Panginoong Hesukristo, una po sa lahat magpasalamat tayo at magpuri sa Panginoon. Siya po ang nagtipon sa atin para maging isang sambayanan, isang pamilya ng pananampalataya.

    At tayo po ay nagagalak parang patuloy pa po ang pasko. Hindi na nga naaalis yung mga parol. E, bakit nga naman aalisin ito ay parokya ng Santo Niño kaya araw araw pasko. Baka kahit ano pa ang nangyayari, kasal, parol dapat ang dekorasyon. Anibersaryo sa kasal, parol. Libing, parol. Walang katapusang pagdiriwang ng misteryo ng pagkakatawang tayo ni Hesus bilang sanggol at bata.

    Parang madaling sabihin maging bata pero sa Ebanghelyo, malinaw po na ang pagiging bata sa paghahari ng Diyos ay pagtulad kay Hesus. Siya ang modelo ng pagiging bata. Kasi sa mundo natin ngayon napakaraming nagpapanggap. Ako ang modelo ng pagiging bata.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC
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    Nandiyan yung pabanat ng pabanat ng mga peleges. Nandiyan yung paputol ng paputol ng mga bituka para lumiit ang bilbil. Nandiyan ang iba-ibang kulay ng buhok araw araw nag-iiba ang kulay. Yan ang pamamantayan ng pagiging bata sa paghahari ng mundo at napakagastos.

    Ang atin pong ipinagdiriwang ay ang paghahari ng langit, paghahari ng Diyos. At sabi ni Hesus, kapag hindi tumulad sa mga bata, hindi tayo mapapabilang sa pinaghaharian ng Diyos

    Sino yang bata na ating tutularan sa paghahari ng Diyos? Walang iba kundi si Hesus. Siya na nanatiling bata kahit na siya’y trenta anyos, trentaý tres anyos. Siya ay anak ng Diyos. Bilang sanggol, bilang hindi na sanggol, nanatili siyang bata, anak ng Diyos. Sa kanya nakikita ang paghahari ng Diyos Ama. At kung ibig nating mapabilang sa paghaharing yan, maging bata tulad ng bata at anak na si Hesus.

    Ang atin pong mga Pagbasa ay mayroong mga pinahihiwatig kung paano naging bata si Hesus.

    Sa Unang Pagbasa, sabi ng propetang Isaias, ang mga taong naglalakad sa dilim nakasugong ng liwanag. Ano yung dahilan ng dilim? Bakit madilim ang paglalakbay ng tao? Kung tititgnan po natin yung description ng dilim, ito ay dahil sa pag-aalipin sa kapwa, pagsasamantala sa mga mahihina. Gera, yan ang nagpapadilim.

    Kapag merong manipulasyon ng kapwa, ibig sabihin may nagpapanggap, ako ay mas mataas ikaw ay mababa pwede kitang tapakan. Kapag mayroong pang-aalipin, ibig sabihin mayroon diyang nagpapanggap, ako ang ao ikaw ay mababang uri. Kapag mayroong karahasan ibig sabihin may nagtatangka, dapat kang mawala.

    Yung mga ugaling iyan hindi yun hindi iyan ugali ng bata sa paghahari ng Diyos. Kaya ang dulot niyan kadiliman

    Sabi ng propeta Isaias, may liwanag para sa mga inaalipin, para sa mga nabibigatan dahil sa karahasan at digmaan. Sa pagdanak ng dugo, may liwanag. Bakit? Ipapanganak para sa atin ang isang sanggol na lalaki. At alam natin ang pangalan ng sanggol na iyan, Hesus.

    At makikita natin kay Hesus puro kabaliktaran, hindi siya nang-api ng kapwa. Hindi siya nang-alipin ng kapwa. Siya pa nga ang naghugas ng paa ng kapwa. Hindi siya pumatay kahit na siya ang sinaktan. Yan ang bata. Yan ang bata na nagbibigay ng liwanag.

    O kaya sa piyesta natin ngayon pag uwi iwanan na dito ang lahat ng yabang. Huwag nang ilabas. Huwag nang iuwi at dalhin sa kung saan saan yung maling kaisipan, akoý mas mataas itoý mas mababa. Iwaksi ang lahat ng tendency na pwede ko namang samantalahin ang aking kawpa. Minsan hindi natin yan namamalayan pero nagagawa natin.

    Bibigay ho ako ng halimbawa. Hindi makapaniwala yung ibang tao na akoý Pilipino. Ano magagawa ko talagang nasa ninuno e, ano ho. (crowd laughs) Talagang may dugong Chinese.

    Minsan ho, akoý pumunta sa Rome umattend ako ng meeting hindi pa po ako Obispo nun. Pagka-init init nung araw na yun, summer. Bumili ako ng, maghuhulog ako ng sulat kaya pumunta ako sa post office ng Vatican. E, nagkataon nung araw na yung araw na yun ang bilihan ng stamps parang mga kubul kubul doon sa plaza, nakapila yung mga tao nakabilad sa araw.

    E, di ang haba ng pila. Yung dulo ng pila, pumila ako. Narinig ko nag-uusap Tagalog. Aba, mga Pilipino pala itong mga andito. Sabi, “Ang init init naman bakit ba nilabas pa ang bilihan.” Ang sabi nung isa kaya ko nalaman sabi nila kung saan sila nakatira, “Kung sa Germany ito mas mabilis dito kasi Italy mabagal sila.” Uy! Nasa Germany pala. Tapos nakita ako sabi, “O, ito yang Intsik na yan dito pa pumila nakita nang mahaba.”  (crowd laughs)  Ganyan tayo e, ano ho. Pag akala natin iba pag-uusapan.

    E, di tumahimik ako. Nagpanggap nga akong siopao, siomai, sige nga. (crowd laughs) E, di bumila na sila ng stamps. Ang dami nilang post card. E, ako isa lang naman yung sulat ko. Isa lang yung binili kong stamp. Nilawayan ko (crowd laughs) tapos hinulog ko. E, sila ang dami, laway sila ng laway. Nilapitan ko sabi ko, “Ingat kayo ha, baka matuyo ang laway ninyo.” (crowd laughs) “Ay, Pilipino pala. Bago sila makapag-aplogize, tumakbo na ako sabi ko, bahala kayo. Mangumpisal kayo. (crowd laughs)

    Ay naku, parang maliit na bagay pero yung tendency na mangmaliit, pag usapan ang akala nating hindi nakakaintindi. Kapag nakakita ng parang deaf, di naman tayo naririnig niyan. Kapag bulag, di naman tayo nakikita niyan. Hindi yan ang bata na nagdadala ng liwanag. Yan ang ugali ng mapang-alipin, mapanghamak at marahas na nagdadala ng kadiliman. Ang liwanag ay dala-dala ng isang sanggol at ang pangalan ay Hesus.

    At panghuli po, sabi po ni Hesus sa Ebanghelyo, ang sino mang tumatanggap sa isang bata, sa isang mababa na ganito, ako ang tinatanggap. Wow! Bahagi ito ng pagkabata ni Hesus nakikisa siya sa mga mababa. At doon nasusukat ang kadakilaan.

    Sa mundo ang pagiging dakila ay paangat ka ng paangat. Hanggang pang ang layu layo mo na sa iyong mababang pinagmulan. Mas malayo ka na mas dakila ka. E, pero kay Hesus ang dakila ay yaung hindi nahihiya na makiisa sa mga bata, sa mga mabababa. Kaya sabi ni Hesus nung ako’y nagugutom pinakain mo ako. Nung ako nauuhaw pinainom mo ako. Nung akoý walang damit, dinamitan mo ako. Nung akoý dayuhan, tinaggap mo ako. Nasaan si Hesus na bata? Hindi nya ikinahihiya ang mga mabababa. Nandun siya sa kanila.

    Kailangang kailangan ng ating mundo ang ganitong katangian ng paghahari ng Diyos. Solidarity, communion sa halip na diskriminasyon. Para bagang ikinahihiya na mapabilang sa mga mabababa.

    Kaya nga minsan po, hindi naman sa ano ho, minsan may mga kababayan tayo napupunta sa abroad. Pagkatapos ng isang taon pagbalik dito, aba’y, “What is the word for egg? I forgot it already.” Isang taon pa lang nakalimot na ng Tagalog. Magsasalita, “A, a, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’ve been living in California for two months.” Two months? (crowd laughs) “Saan ka nakatira?” Ano ba yan. Di bale kung doon ka pinanganak, e. Dadalawang buwan ka palang sa Amerika, seventy six years old ka, alanganaman nakalimutan mo yung tagalog ng…. Nakakagat kagat tuloy ang dila kaka-tweng, tweng, tweng. (crowd laughs)  Kasi lang ayaw lang magpakilala na identified with Filipinos. Kailangan ako ay banyaga.

    Hindi ganyan ang batang si Hesus. Bagamat siya’y anak ng Diyos, hinubad niya ang kanyang karangalan at kapag may ginawa ka na mabuti sa maliliit, sa kanya mo rin ginawa. At kapag merong hindi ka ginawa sa kapwa na maliliit, hindi natin ginawa kay Hesus.

    Okay po. So, sana po hindi lang maging bata, period. Maging bata tulad ni Hesus. At yan ang paghahari ng ama na si Hesus ang nanatiling bata, anak ng ama. At tayong lahat ay anak din ng Dyos. Salamat kay Hesus na anak. Huwag nating sayangin ang biyayang ito.

    At para po sa sambayanan natin dito sa Pandacan, yan sana ang maging tatak hindi lamang ang masayang piyesta. Hindi lamang ang mabighaning pagsayaw. At hindi lamang ang tradisyon na Buling Buling. Sana makilala tumutulad kay Hesus bilang bata at ang ating parokya maging bahagi, karanasan ng paghahari ng Diyos sa mundo.

    Bilang pagwawakas po, isipin natin at isapuso ang mga kapatid natin na sa oras na ito ay dumaranas ng kahirapan at kawalang kasiguraduhan sa buhay dahil sa pagsabog ng Taal. Ako’y medyo nahihihya, nakakapagsalita ako ng ganito, nagkakapagpaliwanag tungkol sa pagiging bata na aasa sa Diyos.

    Pero kapag ang bahay mo ay halos bumagsak dahil sa bigat ng abo, ang iyong bukid halos hindi mo na makita. Tapos hindi mo matanaw, kelan kami maaaring bumalik, kami ba’y makakapagsaka pa? Napakahirap maging bata na sabihin, sa iyong mga kamay ama inihahabilin ko ang lahat.

    Marami siguro sa kanila nag-i-struggle kaya ang atin pong pagdiriwang, ipanalangin natin sila at alam ko sa naririnig nating mga kwento galing sa kanila sila pa ang magtuturo sa ating papaano tumulad kay Hesus. Maging bata umaasa sa ama.  

    Tumahimik po tayo sandali at makiisa tayo sa mga kapatid natin sa Batangas, sa Cavite, sa Laguna na ngayon ay lumikas o tumatanggap ng mga evacuees. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications – RCAM AOC)

  • Si Hesus ang Haring Lulupig sa Kasamaan at Magdadala ng Kagalingan -- Cardinal Tagle


    Pinangunahan ng kaniyang kabunyian Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ang huli at ikasiyam na nobenaryo para sa Kapistahan ng Banal na Poong Santo Niño, na ginanap noong nakaraang ika-17 ng Enero 2020, sa Archdiocesan Shrine ng Santo Niño de Tondo.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao
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    Sa kaniyang homiliya, binigyang diin ni Cardinal Tagle na walang ibang hari na kayang malupig ang kasamaan at kasalanan kundi si Hesus lamang. Hiling din niya para sa mga parokyano ng Tondo na nawa’y ang paghahari ng Santo Niño ang ipagbunyi at kilalanin.

    “Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Diyos. Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Niño na siyang nagdadala ng tunay na kagalingan, paghilom at tagumpay sa kasalanan at kamatayan", wika ng Cardinal.

    Kasama rin sa mga nakiisa sa banal na misa ang Rektor at Kura Paroko ng Dambana ng Santo Niño na si Rev. Fr. Estelito Villegas, at iba pang mga kaparian .

    Bago matapos ang banal na misa ay naghandog ng maikling programa ang mga piling naglilingkod sa Dambana ng Tondo bilang taus-pusong pasasalamat sa Cardinal sa kaniyang patuloy na panalangin at pagsuporta sa mga gawain ng parokya. 

    Nag-alay ng mga awitin ang Music Ministry na pinangunahan ng Grand Choir at naghandog ng isang masiglang sayaw ng Himno ng Santo Niño ang mga piling kabataan mula sa Parish Youth Ministry at iba pang miyembro ng iba’t ibang organisasyon sa parokya.

    Bilang pagtatapos sa maikling programa, naghandog din ang parokya ng imahe ng Santo Niño para kay Cardinal Tagle. Ito ay munting regalo ng mga taga-Tondo para kay Cardinal bago pa man siya tumungo sa Roma para sa panibago niyang misyon na itinalaga ng Santo Papa. (Michelle Buenavides/SOCOM-Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño)

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Novena Mass for the Feast of Santo Niño at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño de Tondo on January 17, 2020, at 7 p.m.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpasalamat, magpuri sa Diyos na siyang nagtipon sa atin bilang isang sambayanan ngayong huling araw ng ating pagnonobena bilang paghahanda sa kapistahan ng Santo Niño.

    Pwede pong malaman dahil tayo po ay nasa Archdiocesan Shrine, Dambana ng Arkidiyosesis.

    Pwedeng malaman sino po sa inyo ang galing sa iba pang parokya at sisimba dito ngayon? Pakitaas ho ang kamay. A, maraming salamat po! Talagang Archdiocesan Shrine po tayo. Hindi lamang ang Parokya ng Santo Niño de Tondo kundi galing pa sa iba’t ibang mga parokya.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC
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    Welcome po, welcome dito sa ating Archdiocesan Shrine of the Santo Niño.

    Ang atin pong mga Pagbasa sa araw na ito ay may malaking sinasabi tungkol sa atin pong pagkilala kay Hesus. Ang kanyang ngalan Hesus nagliligtas ang Diyos.

    Sa Unang Pagbasa mula sa Unang Aklat ni Samuel, mayroong hiling ang bayan kay Samuel. Humihingi sila ng isang hari. Gusto nila mayroong tao, hari na mamumuno sa kanila. At ano ang dahilan? Sa Pagbasa ay nakita natin na ang dahilan ay napakasimple. Yung ibang bansa mayroong hari. E, di gayahin natin sila. Mayroon silang hari, e, di tayo rin dapat may hari.

    Ayaw ni Samuel kaya nagreklamo siya sa Diyos. Ano ang sagot ng Diyos?

    Sabi ng Diyos, Samuel, ako ang tinatanggihan nila. Parang ayaw ng bayan na ako ang hari. Gusto nila ibang hari katulad ng hari sa ibang bansa. Tayo namumukod tangi, ang bayang Israel ang hari ng Israel ay ang Diyos pero ayaw na ng tao. Gusto gayahin yung iba na mayroong sariling hari. Gaya gaya. Makasunod lang sa moda. At para makasunod sa moda, pati ang Diyos na tunay na hari ng langit at lupa at hari ng bayang Israel, tinatanggihan na. Bakit? Gaya gaya! Ginagawa nila dun e, gawin din natin. Parang napakababaw na pagpili at dahil sa ganyang kalakaran pati ang Diyos tinanggihan.

    Mga kapatid, itong Unang Pagbasa ay nangyayari pa rin sa ating panahon. Bagamat tayo nakapupuno ng simbahan at alam ko bukas ang daming sasali pa sa prusisyon at sa araw ng Linggo, ang daming makikipiyesta, sisimba, magpapabinyag. Pero huwag tayong maging mapagmataas. Aminin natin may tukso lagi na ang Diyos ay palitan ng ibang hari.

    Kapag iwinagayway na sa ating harapan ang pera, naku po, baka ang tunay na Diyos palitan na sasambahin na ang pera.

    Kapag nagkaroon ng pagkakataon sumikat, maging makapangyarihan baka pati ang Diyos sasabihin natin, tumabi-tabi ka nga diyan. Sayang ang pagkakataon parang mas masarap sundan ang karangyaan, ang kapangyarihan.

    Huwag natin sasabihin ang nangyari sa Israel hindi mangyayari sa amin, hindi po. Tayo ay magpakumbaba natutukso tayo araw araw palitan ang Diyos.

    Nakuwento ko sa inyo yata nagkumpil ako sabi ko sa mga batang kukumpilan, pagkatapos ng kumpil dapat makita sa kanila na sila ay kumakapit kay Hesus, sumusunod kay Hesus.

    Sabi ko “nauunawaan ba ninyo?“

    “Opo, bishop.”

     Sabi ko, “sige nga, ano ang mas mahalaga, pag-aaral o pagbubulakbol?”

    “Pag-aaral po.”

    Wow! Talaga naman! Pinipili ang tama.

    “Ano ang mas mahalaga, manood ng TV o magdasal?

    “Magdasal po!”

    Wow! Talaga naman! Naihanda mabuti ng katekista.

    Tas sabi ko, “ano ang mas mahalaga, Misa o 30 million dollars?

    “30 million dollars.”

    Gusto kong i-cancel yung kumpil, e. O kaya lakasan ang pagsampal. Buti wala nang sampal sampal ngayon.

    O, kayo tatanungin ko. Sino ang pipiliin nyo, ang Diyos o 100 million dollars? Parang nanghihinayang….

    Ganun ba talaga? Ganun? Ulitin ko ho.

    Huwag na baka sabihin nyo niloloko ko kayo. Pero di ba may dumarating na pagkakataon na ang tunay na Diyos parang napakadaling bitawan at hihingi tayo, gayahin natin sila. Iba ang kanilang hari bakit tayo mananatili sa Diyos bilang hari.

    Pero sa Ebanghelyo at sa ating Archdiocesan Shrine makikita natin hindi nagsawa ang Diyos. Ipinadala niya ang kanyang bugtong na anak. Ibang uring hari.

    Sa Ebanghelyo narinig natin taung-tao subalit tunay na anak ng Diyos. Diyos pa rin ang naghahari subalit sa pamamaraang makatao at ang kanyang paghahari ay kakaiba, nagpapatawad ng kasalanan. Hindi lamang kaaway na may armas, kaaway na may pera at kapangyarihan. Ang kanyang nilulupig ay kasalanan. Walang ibang hari na kaya na malupig ang kasalanan.

    At ang tugon sa kanya bilang hari hindi subol, hindi pagpapalapad ng papel. Ang hinihingi lang niya pananampalataya.

    Nung nakita niya ang pananampalataya nung paralitiko at nung mga kaibigan, naghari ang Diyos. Ang karamdaman, ang kasalanan ay napatawad. At nanumbalik hindi lamang ang kalusugan kundi ang karangalan, ang dangal at buhay sa sambayanan ng taong may karamdaman. Yan ang paghahari ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.

    May humanga sabi nila, hindi pa kami nakakikita ng ganito. Subalit meron ding nainis. Ang paghahari ni Kristo ay paghahari ng isang anak, isang sanggol. Kaya ang kanyang paghahari ay hindi naayon sa patakaran ng paghahari ng mundo subalit mas malalim, mas laganap, mas nanunuot dahil kasalanan, kamatayan ang kanyang nilulupig at napagtatagumpayan.

    Si Hesus naging bata kahit trenta anyos, trentaý tres anyos, bata. Bukas sa kanyang ama, bukas sa mabababang kapwa tao at sa kabukasan sa ama kabukasan sa kapwa, naghahari ang kabanalan ang buhay at pagpapatawad ng kasalanan.

    Mga kapatid, ito po ang naririnig kong tanong ng Santo Niño sa atin. Hahayaan nyo ba na ako ang maghari sa inyo? O papalitan din ba ninyo ako?

    Sa piyesta po ng Santo Niño at sa ating debosyon, sana ho, sana talagang ang paghahari ni Santo Niño ang ating kilalalanin. E, baka mamaya piyesta ni Santo Niño lasingan lang ng lasingan. Yan ba ang paghahari ng Santo Niño? Piyesta nga ng Santo Niño, iinom mag-iinit ang ulo magbubugbugan. Yan ba ang paghahari ng Santo Nño?

    Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Diyos. Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Niño na siyang nagdadala talaga ng tunay na kagalingan, paghihilom at tagumpay sa kasalanan at kamatayan.

    Tayo poý tumahimik sandali at hilingin ang biyaya ng malalim na pananampalataya para hindi natin itakwil at ipagpalit si Hesus bilang tunay nating hari. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications – RCAM AOC)

  • Caritas Manila holds Damayan Kapanalig Telethon


    Caritas Damayan, in partnership with Radio Veritas846 Ang Radyo ng Simbahan, will be conducting a Nationwide telethon on Friday, January 17, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Radio Veritas846 HQ. The telethon aims to raise more funds to ultimately help out the communities and individuals severely affected by the Taal volcanic eruptions.



    The unexpected eruption of the Taal Volcano last January 12, 2020, caused tremendous devastation across the Calabarzon region and its neighboring areas, leaving families without homes, and lose their livelihoods with some even forced to leave their livestock just to be able to evacuate. Until now, organizations are still on high alert for any possible occurrence with the rampaging volcano; and communities, government and non-government organizations, private groups, and concerned individuals have gathered to provide as much help for those who have fallen victim to the chaos ensued by the disaster.

    These include the Social Arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, Caritas Manila Inc. through its Community Well-being and Disaster Management Program: Caritas Damayan. From the word “Damayan” meaning compassion, Caritas Manila unites volunteers and donors for higher preventive healthcare services, crisis intervention, emergency response, and disaster recovery and rehabilitation, putting faith into action.

    Since the past years, Caritas Damayan has reached out to over 6,000 areas nationwide in helping communities, individuals, and parishes that have faced dire endeavors. Through the help of good-hearted individuals, institutions and organizations, were able to provide medical assistance such as medicine and equipment, laboratory services, Food/Crisis prevention, and preparation equipment, Burial/wake assistances and, clothing, institution referrals regarding concerns, and Medical and Dental Checkups and missions, livelihood assistance, and crisis responses.

    Caritas Damayan promotes capacity building for environmental health, food, and security and nutrition, disaster preparedness, mitigation, and emergency response. Caritas has put in place a system that allows for emergency health response and disaster management, relief operation, and immediate crisis intervention.

    For inquiries regarding the telethon and about Caritas Manila, Inc. and its programs, and for those who wish to donate cash and in-kind, you may call them at (8) 563-9311, (8) 564-0205, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857. You may also visit their website at https://caritasmanila.org.ph/ or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Radio Veritas – PR and RCAM-AOC))

  • Manila Cathedral offers assistance to couples to wed in churches in Batangas and Cavite


    The Manila Cathedral is offering assistance to those couples who are scheduled to be wedded in parishes in Batangas and Cavite provinces affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

    A post on the Cathedral's official social media site on January 16 says, “Due to a number of calls and inquiries we are receiving regarding the transfer of weddings affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas and Cavite areas to the Manila Cathedral, we are now opening slots and extending assistance for weddings scheduled this January and February 2020.”

     

     A personal visit to the Cathedral office will be helpful for us to assist you with the process," it added.

    On January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano erupted for the first time since 1977. The eruption forced thousands of families to evacuate from their homes to various evacuation centers.

    Various parishes, schools and religious institutions in Batangas and Cavite immediately responded to those who were affected by the ash fall caused by the eruption.

    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila spearheaded the relief operations for the victims of the eruption. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Call for Donations fo our Brothers and SIsters Affected by the Taal Volcano Eruption



    With the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas, more than 6,000 families or 25,000 people living near the volcano area were forced to evacuate and currently taking temporary shelters in 75 evacuation centers. Several municipalities in Batangas were directly affected by the eruption as PHIVOLCS raised the status to Alert Level 4. According to PHIVOLCS, the phreatic eruption of the volcano is increasing its activity and series of explosion and tremors might still be felt in the region in the coming days.

    We at Caritas Manila once again appeal for your prayers and generous heart to help and support our brothers and sisters affected by the recent disaster. Through your donation, we will be able to provide an immediate response to the needs of the displaced families from the affected areas.

    Caritas Damayan, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management program arm of Caritas Manila, provides quick response relief operation and effective crisis intervention nationwide such as this kind.

    We accept the following donations:

     

    FOR CASH DONATIONS

    You may deposit your donations through:

    Account Name:  Caritas Manila, Inc.

    BPI S/A:  3063-5357-01

    BDO S/A:  5600-45905

    or to any nearest Cebuana Lhuillier outlet nationwide, free of charge.

    For proper acknowledgment of your donation, please send us a scanned copy of your deposit slip at

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax at 8564-667 and 88563-9306.

     

    FOR NON-CASH DONATIONS

    Food, drinking water, sleeping mats, blankets, hygiene kits (soap, adult & baby diapers, sanitary napkin, underwear, N95 face mask).

    For other inquiries, you may call us at 8562-0020 to 25 locals 119, 120, 121, or you may call/text at 0905-4285001 and 0929-8343857.

     

  • Pope names Bishop Layog as apostolic administrator of Alaminos


    Pope Francis on Tuesday announced Bishop Fidelis Layog as the Apostolic Administrator of the Alaminos diocese.
     

    The appointment comes as former Alaminos Bishop Ricardo Baccay was installed as the new archbishop of Tuguegarao at St. Peter’s Metropolitan Cathedral on January 14, 2020.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    Layog, 51, has been the auxiliary bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan since May 2019.

    He will temporarily oversee the affairs of the diocese until a new bishop is appointed by the pope.

    The Vatican usually appoints an apostolic administrator to temporarily head a diocese when it becomes vacant, especially if special circumstances surround the ecclesial territory.

    The pope appointed Baccay to Tuguegarao last Oct. 19, replacing retired Archbishop Sergio Utleg.

    During the installation Mass, Utleg formally turned over his post by handing over the crosier to Baccay while seated in the “cathedra”, or bishop’s chair.

    Bishop Layog was also present during the ceremony. (CBCPNews and RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila holds Second Collection for Victims of Taal Volcano Eruption


    In a circular letter released by the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of Manila, His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle requested a second collection for the victims of Taal Volcano Eruption.

    “In solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano, His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle requests that a second collection be taken at all Masses from the evening of Saturday, January 18, and the whole day of Sunday, January 19,” Cardinal Tagle stated in the circular.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    File Photo - Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM-AOC

    Cardinal Tagle also requested to remit all collections to the Treasury and Accounting department of the Archdiocese of Manila on or before Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

    He also requested the faithful to include in all Masses the safety of the people as well as the eruption to end.

    “We also encourage the intention that the eruption may end and that all may be safe to be included in the Prayer of the Faithful of all our Masses," Cardinal Tagle said.

    Earlier, Cardinal Tagle issued a prayer for all the victims of the eruption of Taal Volcano. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • Cardinal Tagle leads faithful to prayer for victims of Taal Volcano eruption


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal offered a prayer for our brothers and sisters who were affected by the recent eruption of Taal Volcano.

    The Cardinal particularly interceded in his prayer the safety of all the people, especially those in the province of Batangas that is affected the most by the eruption.

    “Dios na makapangyarihan, muli kaming humaharap sa pagsubok dulot ng pagsabog ng Bulkang Taal. Napakaliit namin upang harapin ang lakas ng bulkan. Subalit naniniwala kaming mapapahupa ng Iyong kamay ang bangis nito. Iligtas mo po kami sa kapahamakan, lalo na ang mga mahihirap, may karamdaman, mga bata at nakatatanda at nag-iisa,” Cardinal Tagle said in his prayer. 

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    File Photo - Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM-AOC

    The Cardinal also prayed for solidarity among the people especially during this time of hardship.

    "Paigitingin mo rin sa amin ang pagdadamayan, pagmamalasakit at pangangalaga sa kapwa at kalikasan. Hinihiling namin ito sa ngalan ni Hesukristo kasama ng Espiritu Santo, Amen," he said.

    On January 12, Taal Volcano erupted for the first time since 1977. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

    Below is the full text of Cardinal Tagle’s Prayer 

    Dios na makapangyarihan, muli kaming humaharap sa pagsubok dulot ng pagsabog ng Bulkang Taal. Napakaliit namin upang harapin ang lakas ng bulkan. Subalit naniniwala kaming mapapahupa ng Iyong kamay ang bangis nito. Iligtas mo po kami sa kapahamakan, lalo na ang mga mahihirap, may karamdaman, mga bata at nakatatanda at nag-iisa

    Paigitingin mo rin sa amin ang pagdadamayan, pagmamalasakit at pangangalaga sa kapwa at kalikasan. Hinihiling namin ito sa ngalan ni Hesukristo kasama ng Espiritu Santo, Amen.

    Maria, Ina ng Awa, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Miguel Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami 

    San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

     

  • Tradition of Remembering and Celebrating Day of Baptism Revived


    12 infants received Sacrament of Baptism during the launch of Holy Birth Day, a campaign that was officially launched at the St. John the Baptist Parish, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church, on January 12, 2020, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, at 1 in the afternoon.

    Photo Credit: Quiapo Church – Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene


    The campaign seeks to promote the celebration of one’s Baptismal Day alongside one’s yearly celebration of his/her Birthday or Natal Day.

    The launching was highlighted with a special baptismal rite of 12 infants from poor families within Metro Manila.

    Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches Teodoro Bacani, Jr., officiated the Sacrament of Baptism with Radio Veritas President and Caritas Manila Executive Director Fr. Anton CT Pascual.

    According to Bishop Bacani, parents should not only provide their children with food. Parents should also feed them with the Word of God.

    “Sa pagpapalaki sa kanila, hindi sapat ang gatas o kanin at ulam, ang kinakailangan ay ang mabuting balta ng ating panginoong Hesukristo ang ebanghelyo at ang inyong mabuting halimbawa at panalangin,” Bishop Bacani said.

    Entertainment and celebrity personalities including comedian and Papal Awardee Ai-Ai de las Alas served as godparents.

    According to the Veritas Truth Survey, only 57% of Filipino Catholics know their Baptismal day while 32% do not know the date of their Baptism. There are 11% who are unsure of their Baptismal date. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Panalangin ng Kanyang Kabunyian Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle sa pagsabog ng Bulkang Taal


    Dios na makapangyarihan, muli kaming humaharap sa pagsubok dulot ng pagsabog ng Bulkang Taal. Napakaliit namin upang harapin ang lakas ng bulkan. Subalit naniniwala kaming mapapahupa ng Iyong kamay ang bangis nito. Iligtas mo po kami sa kapahamakan, lalo na ang mga mahihirap, may karamdaman, mga bata at nakatatanda at nag-iisa

    Paigitingin mo rin sa amin ang pagdadamayan, pagmamalasakit at pangangalaga sa kapwa at kalikasan. Hinihiling namin ito sa ngalan ni Hesukristo kasama ng Espiritu Santo, Amen.

    Maria, Ina ng Awa, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Miguel Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami. 

    San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami 

    San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

  • Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand on January 9, 2020, at 12 midnight.


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpasalamat at magpuri sa Diyos sumapit na naman ang pagdiriwang ng Traslacion. Nagpapasalamat tayo sa magandang panahon at sa presensiya ng bawat isa. Papurihan po natin ang Panginoon! (crowd claps)

    Sa atin pong pagtitipon na puno ng pananalangin, pasasalamat, atin pong alalahanin na sa ilang bahagi ng ating mundo ay nag-aamba ng panganib ng karahasan at harinawa huwag umuwi sa gera, sa digmaan.

    Ipanalangin po natin na maging ligtas ang ating mga kapwa sa Middle East. Humupa ang mga pagnanais na sirain ang kapwa. Humupa ang mga hangarin na maghiganti at ipanalangin natin ang ating mga kapwa Pilipino. Ang kanilang mga pamilya dito na nangangamba, inaaanyayahan ko po kayo na tumahimik ng sandali at mag-alay ng panalangin para sa kapayapaan.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM-AOC
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    Mga kapatid, taun taon ang ating Traslacion ay mayroong tema.  Bagamat ang mga Pagbasa ay hango taun taon sa kapistahan ng Pagtatampok o Tagumpay ng Krus ni Hesus, may tema na ating sinusundan. Ano po ang tema sa Traslacion 2020?

    Wala ba ho? Meron eh. Ayun na nakasulat dun sa ano, basahin na lang natin. Pwede ho sabay sabay nating basahin. (Crowd reads) Iba’t Ibang Kaloob, Isang Debosyn, Tungo sa Misyon.

    Naririnig ko ang tinig ni Bishop Tony Tobias, ang Bishop Emeritu ng Diyosesis ng Novaliches. Salamat Bishop (crowd claps).

    Kasama din po natin ang kapwa Pilipino na obispo sa Papua New Guinea, si Bishop Ronnie Santos ng Vincentia

    At ating Auxiliary Bishop sa Lingayen-Dagupan si Bishop Fidelis Layug.

    At ang dami po natin kasamang mga pari, religious galing sa iba’t ibang dioceses, religious orders at lalu na ang mga layko na naglilingkod sa iba’t ibang parokya at ministry sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng mundo. Tayoý natitipon dahil sa ating debosyon kay Nuestro Padre Hesus Nazareno.

    Iba’t Ibang Kaloob, Iisang Debosyon, Tungo sa Iisang Misyon

    Ano ang tatlong salita na keywords sa ating tema?

    Kaloob, Debosyon, Misyon.

    Pinagnilayan ko po ito batay sa ating mga Pagbasa at ang aking atensiyon ay natutok kay Hesus. Siya naman ang sentro ng ating pagdiriwang. Si Hesus na taga Nazareth. Papaano niya isinabuhay ang ating tema?

    Simulan ko po sa ikalawang salita. Ano yung ikalawang salita. (crowd answers) Debosyon.

    Debosyon. Ibig sabihin, loyalty.

    Pag sinabi kong I am devoted to you. Ibig sabihin niyan, loyal ako sa iyo. Loyalty na ipinapakita sa isang araw pagtataya ng sarili. Para ngang panata kaya yung salitang devotion ay may ugat na “vow”. Ako ay nagpanata. Pero hindi ka naman namamanata sa isang tao na hindi ka nakakaranas o nakararandam na ako ay magiging tapat sa taong ito.

    At kay Hesus ayon sa mga Pagbasa lalo na sa Ikalawang Pagbasa, ang kaniyang loyalty ay sa Diyos Ama. Mayroon siyang debosyon sa Diyos na tinatawag niyang Ama.

    At ayun kay San Pablo, ang kanyang debosyon sa ama ay ipinakita niya sa pagiging masunurin sa ama hanggang kamatayan. Hindi lang ito kamatayan para kay Hesus. Ang kamatayan niya ay bunga ng kanyang debosyon, pagiging tapat, masunurin sa ama.

    Pero sinabi din sa Ebanghelyo na si Hesus ay may debosyon, loyalty sa kapwa tao, sa atin. Sa katunayan hinubad niya ang katangian ng pagiging Diyos para maging kapiling natin, maging kaisa natin.

    Debosyon ni Hesus sa Diyos. Debosyon niya para sa atin at dahil sa debosyon niya sa kapwa tao, binitawan niya ang kanyang karangalan para lang makapiling tayo. Debosyon hindi oblogasyon. Debosyon, hindi obligasyon. Ang tao na kumikilos dahil lang sa obligasyon masama ang loob. Mabigat ang loob. Gagawin niya ang isang bagay kaladkad ang paa.

    Sino dito ang mga estudyante? Pakitaasn ang kamay. Nag-aaral pa kayo? Ano yun? Obligasyon o debosyon? Syon, sana debosyon.

    Paggising sa umaga, salamat Lord, papasok na naman ako. Salamat Lord, meron eksamen mag-aaral na naman ako. Ganon kayo di ba? Debosyon.

    Mga pari nagmimisa kayo, obligasyon o debosyon? Syon! (crowd laughs)

    Nagdadasal ba tayong lahat? Obligasyon o debosyon? Syon! (crowd laughs)

    Mga may asawa, nagtratrabaho, nagtatagal, bubuhayin ang pamilya, hindi masama ang obligasyon pero kapag walang obligasyon, Aha! Pag nakatalikod ang asawa parang nakawala. Salamat na lang nagbakasyon ang asawa ko hindi ako nakikita. Ayan! Kaya laging nasasabi magbakasyon ka kaya. Magpahinga ka para maputol ang obligasyon.

    Mga kapatid, debosyon at iisa ang debosyon. Debosyon na ipinakita ni Hesus. Debosyon sa Diyos, debosyon sa kapwa. At kahit hindi ako inaasahan ng obligasyon, kapag akoý devoted, gagawin ko kahit hubarin ang karangalan at susunod dahil ang Ama ko ang nagsabi.

    Uuwi yan sa ikalawang salita na nasa ikatlo ng ating tema. Ano yung ikatlong salita? Misyon.

    Sabi po sa Ebanghelyo, si Hesus ay ipinadala ng Ama. Isinugo ng Diyos ang kanyang anak. Si Hesus ay may misyon mula sa Ama.

    Bakit isinugo ng Diyos ang anak? Sabi po dito, gayun na lamang ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa sanlibutan kaya ibinigay niya ang kanyang bugtong na anak. Ganyan na lamang ang debosyon ng Diyos Ama sa atin. Pati ang kanyang bugtong na anak ibinigay niya.

    Ang misyon ni Hesus ay bunga ng debosyon at pagmamahal ng Ama sa atin. Kaya naman ang misyon ni Hesus ay ganun din. Pumarito si Hesus hindi upang hatulan, maparusahan ang sanlibutan. Naparito si Hesus upang iligtas ang salibutan. Naparito si Hesus upang ang mga sumasampalataya sa kanya ay hindi mapahamak. Hindi misyon ni Hesus ang magpahamak. Ang kanyang misyon ay magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan ang sanlibutan. Hindi kapahamakan kundi buhay. Hindi kaparusahan kundi pagliligtas. Yan ang misyon ni Hesus at pinangatawanan nya yan kahit siya ay magpasan ng krus.  Ang krus na pinasan niya doon din siya ipinako at namatay.

    Pero bakit natin sinasabi nagtagumpay ang krus ni Hesus samantalang parang natalo siya. Kung titignan po natin ang krus ni Hesus hindi lamang po ito pagdurusa. Ang nagtagumpay sa krus ay ang pag-ibig niya. Pag-ibig na tatahakin lahat, babatahin lahat, susuungin lahat huwag lang mapahamak ang kapwa. Magkaroon sila ng buhay kahit na ako ang mamatay.

    Wala nang pag-ibig na hihigit pa sa pag-ibig ng isang taong handang mag-alay ng buhay para sa kaibigan. Iyan ang nagtatagumpay sa krus ni Hesus. Tagumpay ng pag-ibig laban sa pagpapahamak ng kapwa. Tagumpay ng pag-ibig para mabuhay ang kapwa. Tagumpay ng pag-ibig para maligtas ang kapwa.

    Mga kapatid, tularan natin ang misyon ni Hesus. Sa pagtulad natin sa debosyon ni Hesus, wagas na pag-ibig yan din ang ating misyon. Hindi tayo dapat maging daan ng kapahamakan, kasiraan ng kapwa. Ang tunay na deboto ni Hesus, daan ng buhay. Daan ng pagliligtas. Sa atin dapat nagsisimula ang tagumpay ng pag-ibig.

    Mga kapatid, kung nararanasan nyo ang naranasan ni Hesus hinahamak hamak ka, mahalin mo ang humahamak sa iyo. At pag minahal mo ikaw ang mas marangal. Pero kapag hinamak mo ang humamak sayo, talagang ibinaba-baba mo na ang sarili mo.

    Sinasaktan ka, mahalin mo yakapin mo at sabihin mo, mahal kita. At ikaw ang magiging ganap na. Pero kung mananakit ka sa nanakit sa iyo, ikaw na ang nanakit sa sarili mo.

    Ang misyon natin kahit anong pinagdadaanan, magwagi ang pagmamahal.

    Gising pa ba kayo? (crowd answers) Ako parang hindi na. (crowd laughs)

    Nakadalawa na tayo, debosyon at misyon.

    Ang ikatlong salita na nalalabi ay kaloob. Iba’t ibang kaloob. Iba’t ibang gifts, tanim at iba’t ibang biyaya galing sa Diyos.

    Pero yan ho makikita din natin kay Heuss. Ang kanyang debosyon at ang kanyang misyon ginawa niya sa iba’t ibang mga pamamaraan. Naipakita ni Hesus na marami rin siyang iba’t ibang kaloob. At katulad natin, iba’t iba ang kaloob.

    Halimbawa, si Hesus noong bata, bata palang, dose anyos, meron na siyang kaloob na maging ganap. Gala ng gala.

    Sa mga kabataan dito, sino sa inyo ang merong kaloob, gift, talent na parang ang kati kati ng paa gusto gala ng gala. Taas ang kamay. O, ayun o. Kasi yung iba ang gift ay, manatili. Hindi gumagalaw. Yung iba naman, sige gala. Kailangan natin yung kaloob na yun. Yung gala. Taas nga ulit ang kamay. Ayun ang daming gala. Gamitin mo yang kaloob na yan. Huwag kang gala ng gala sa mall ha.

    Kung may debosyon ka at may misyon, tularan si Hesus. Gamitin mo yung gala mo pumunta ka sa Quiapo Church. (crowd claps) Pumunta ka sa parokya ninyo. Diyan ka gumala. Gumala ka sa Bible study, gumala ka sa orphanage, gumala ka sa home for the aged. Dumalaw ka sa mga may sakit. Diyan ka gumala. Yang kaloob mo gamitin sa debosyon at misyon.

    Ilan po sa atin dito ang mayroong kaloob na medyo magaling magsalita? May bokanura. Huwag ng mahina. Taas ang kamay yung may kaloob na yan.

    Wala ba ditto? Wala? Kaya pala ang mga homilya. (crowd laughs) Wala talaga. Mahiyain.

    Kung meron kang kaloob na magaling kang magsalita, gamitin mo yan huwag sa pambobola. Huwag sa manipulasyon ng katotohanan. Huwag para manlinlang ng mga nililigawan mo pagkatapos ay iiwanan mo pala. (crowd reacts) Huwag mong gamitin yan sa ganyang paraan. Gamitin mo ang kaloob mo na mahusay kang magsalita, ipahayag mo a ng katotohanan. Ipahayag mo ang Salita ng Diyos katulad ni Hesus. Kapag ibinuka ang bibig, laging ang narinig niya sa Ama ang kanyang ipinahihiwatig.

    Sino sa inyo ang marunong at masarap magluto? Ayun meron dun.

    Si Hesus marunong din. Nung kanyang muling pagkabuhay, naghanda siya parang…party para sa kanyang mga alagad at bago siya namatay naghanda ng hapunan.

    Marunong ka palang magluto. Huwag ka lang luto ng luto para mabusog ang sarili mo. Mag-volunteer ka sa feeding program, HAPAG-ASA ng inyo parokya. Birthday mo, magluto ka ng pancit dalhin mo sa jail, magpakain ka ng mga walang dumadalaw.

    Si Hesus sa limang tinapay at dalawang isda, nakapagpakain libu libo, mahusay siya maghanda ng pagkain.

    Debosyon. Misyon. Huling tanong. Ilan sa atin may gift maganang kumain?

    Naku, lahat yata. Lahat may gift maganang kumain. Okay, are you sure? O, yung isa dalawang kamay pa itinaas. Talagang gutum na gutom yata. Alam nyo yung bang tao walang ganang kumain. Kapag may gana kayo, praise the Lord.

    Si Hesus maganang kumain. Di ba kaya siya pinulaan. Si Juan Bautista raw hindi kumakain, hindi umiinom. Si Hesus laman ng mga bahay kain ng kain. Gift yun pero sabi ni Hesus ang kanyang pagkain ay ang Salita ng Diyos. Mahilig ka sa litson, sana mas mahilig kang kumain ng Salita ng Diyos.

    Nauuhaw ka sa tubig at iba pang tubig na may kulay. Sana mas mauhaw ka sa tubig na buhay, ang Espiritu Santo.

    Iba iba ang ating kaloob. Lahat yan kaloob din kay Hesus. At kay Hesus nakikita ang mga kaloob kapag may debosyon ay laan para sa misyon.

    Ito po ang ating panalangin para sa ating lahat.

    Mga deboto, ang debosyon umuuwi sa misyon. At walang makapagsasabi hindi ko kaya ang misyon. Hanapin mo ang kaloob na natanggap. Ang kaloob na yan, panatilihin mo sa pag-ibig at sa pamamagitan niyan, magtagumpay nawa ang Diyos sa inyong paglilingkod.

    Tayo poý tumahimik sandali at tanggapin sa ating kalooban ang kaloob ng Diyos sa atin. Hilingin natin ang tunay na debosyon upang makiisa tayo sa misyon ni Hesus. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications – AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle leads Black Nazarene Devotees in Prayer for Middle East Tension


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle offers prayers for the Middle East during the midnight mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene
     

    In his homily during the Mass at the Quirino Grandstand on January 9, 2020, Cardinal Tagle requested the sea of devotees to include in their prayers all counties who are involved in the conflict, particularly the United States and Iran.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand, on January 9, 2020, at 12 midnight.
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    The newly appointed Prefect for the Propagation of Faith also asked the faithful to pray for their fellow Filipinos who work in the Middle East as well as their anxious families.

    “Sa atin pong pagtitipon na puno ng pananalangin, pasasalamat, atin pong alalahanin na sa ilang bahagi ng ating mundo ay nag-aamba ng panganib ng karahasan at harinawa huwag umuwi sa gera, sa digmaan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    “Ipanalangin po natin na maging ligtas ang ating mga kapwa sa Middle East. Humupa ang mga pagnanais na sirain ang kapwa. Humupa ang mga hangarin na maghiganti at ipanalangin natin ang ating mga kapwa Pilipino. Ang kanilang mga pamilya dito na nangangamba, inaaanyayahan ko po kayo na tumahimik ng sandali at mag-alay ng panalangin para sa kapayapaan,” he added.

    Earlier, His Holiness Pope Francis appeals for self-control amidst the heightened threat of war between the US and Iran saying, “War brings only death and destruction.”

    The threat of war between the US and Iran comes after a US airstrike killed General Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general in Iraq. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Gift, Mission and Devotion rooted in God’s love


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, concelebrated at the Midnight Mass of the Traslacion for the Feast Day of the Black Nazarene. The mass was presided by Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, and was held at the Quirino Grandstand last January 9, 2020. While being a concelebrant, the Cardinal delivered the homily for the celebration.

    The theme for this year's Traslacion is "Iba't ibang Kaloob, Isang Debosyon, Tungo sa Isang Misyon."

    Cardinal Tagle focused on the three keywords of the theme in his homily--Kaloob [Gift], Debosyon [Devotion] at Misyon [Mission].

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
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    The Cardinal emphasized that devotion will always be rooted in loyalty and honesty. He connected it to Jesus, the Nazarene's, suffering on the Holy Cross.

    "Debosyon: ibig sabihin, loyalty. Pag sinabi ko I am devoted to you, ibig sabihin niyan I am loyal to you. Kaya ang salitang devotion ay may kaugat na vow, pero hindi ka namamanata sa isang taon na hindi mo nararamdaman na may mararamdamang kang katapatan dito. Ang kanyang [Hesus] loyalty ay sa Ama. Ang kamatayan Niya ay bunga ng kanyang debosyon, pagiging tapat, masunurin sa Ama."

    According to Cardinal Tagle, Jesus himself had a devotion to humanity as He stripped himself of honor and glory to become man according to the plan of God for the sake of the salvation of humanity.

    The Cardinal also appealed to the devotees to discover their mission. As a devotee, they have a personal commitment that is rooted in God’s love that will eventually lead to fulfilling their quest as a Christian without the feeling and need to be obliged.

    "Si Hesus ay may debosyon sa kapwa tao, sa atin, sa katunayan hinubad nya ang katangian ng pagiging Diyos para makasama natin, para makapiling natin at dahil sa debosyon Niya sa kapwa tao binitiwan Niya ay kanyang karangalan. Debosyon hindi obligasyon, ang tao lang na kumikilos dahil sa obligasyon ay masama ang loob."

    "Sabi po sa Ebanghelyo, Si Hesus ay ipinadala ng Ama, isinugo ng Diyos ang kaniyang Anak. Si Hesus ay may misyon mula sa Ama. Bakit isinugo ng Diyos ang anak? Gayon na lamang ang pagibig ng Diyos sa sanlibutan kaya ibinigay niya ang kaniyang Anak," the Cardinal said.

    "Ang misyon ni Hesus ay bunga ng debosyon at pagmamahal ng Ama sa atin. Pumarito si Hesus hindi upang mahatulan, parusahan ang sanlibutan. Naparito si Hesus upang iligtas ang sanlibutan. Ang kanyang misyon ay magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan ang sanlibutan," he added.

    In this Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples, Cardinal Tagle pointed out that it is an opportunity for the faithful to recognize the diversity of their gifts and selflessly use them for one another, motivated by love.

    "Ang kanyang debosyon at ang kanyang misyon ay ginawa Niya sa iba't ibang pamamaraan. Ipinakita ni Hesus na marami rin syang kaloob, tulad natin marami din Siyang iba't ibang kaloob."

    "Iba-iba ang ating kaloob. Lahat yan kaloob din kay Hesus, at kay Hesus din nakikita ang lahat ng kaloob 'pag ang debosyon ay daan sa misyon.

    "Mga deboto, ang debosyon ay umuuwi sa misyon at walang makapagsasabi na hindi ko kaya ang misyon. Hanapin mo ang kaloob na bigay sa iyo at ang kaloob na yan ay palalimin mo sa pagibig. [At] sa pamamagitan niyan ay magtagumpay nawa ang Diyos sa iyong paglilingkod." (Hazel Boquiren and Mio Hermoso / SOCOM – San Juan Nepomuceno Parish

     

  • Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Feast of the Black Nazarene: No Types of Obstruction will be Allowed


    Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso wants to make the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9 to be orderly, peaceful and solemn.

    Mayor Domagoso said that he will not allow any type of obstruction during the Traslacion.

    Speaking in front of the media in a press conference held at the Pope Pius Building in Quiapo, Manila, on January 6, 2020, Mayor Domagoso said that he will not allow any type of obstruction during the Traslacion.

    “I don’t know if it is first time for you but there is always a first time that no, no types of obstruction will be allowed. So, you think whatever you want to think what type of obstruction. When we say no, all. When you say all, it has to be clear including government vehicles,” Mayor Domagoso said.

    “It may be an ambulance, it may be a police car, it may be a fire fighting vehicles or any vehicles that is being utilized by the respective agencies along the route. It has to be cleared of everything including motorcyles,” he added. 

    Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso joins the Press Conference for Traslacion 2020 at Pope Benedict Building Quiapo, Manila on January 6, 2020.
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    Mayor Domagoso considered as a type of obstruction are the vendors along the streets where the procession will pass by. The No Vendors Policy will be strictly implemented.

    As a Catholic, he reminded the people to make the celebration solemn instead of taking advantage to raise money for gain or profit.

    “So let’s make this solemn. It is about Jesus this is not about opportunity to raise ourselves economically. Ito yung time ng pagmumuni-muni and I think it’s high time or also for everyone. I’m a Catholic, if you’re a Catholic, this is the time for you to muni-muni sa buhay. Hindi ito negosyo. We just wanted a very solemn celebration. Nothing more, nothing less. Walang shenanigans,” he said.

    Challenging his fellow politicians to do something new, Mayor Domagosa asked them to refrain from posting greetings on tarpaulins.

    “And I’m calling all officials to refrain from greetings. All your greetings will be considered obstructions. We will tear it down. I think it’s high time also to mend our ways as politicians.  Walang mag-eepal. Mas marami pa pagbati nyo kesa sa pagbati ng tao. Everything, please, please, let’s do something new. Let’s do something we can improve it, sort of saying. We can improve it,” he said.

    In addition, the Mayor warned that those devotees who will join the Traslacion but are intoxicated with alcohol will be taken out of the procession. He stressed that no one is allowed to drink on the streets even if it is the feast of the Black Nazarene, in compliance to the Manila City Ordinance 5555.

    Curfew will also be implemented.

    “For children 18 years below, I mean 17 years below, we’ll take care of them and then we’ll penalize the parents kasi isa sa problema natin maraming nawawalang bata nami-misplaced. Sila yung unang kawawa pag may konting aninomities, I hope pagpapasensiyahan nyo na ito naman ay mga batas na umiiral. Ang tanging trabaho ko lamang ay tupdin itong mga batas na ito. Kailangan natin ipatupad,” he said.  (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Devotees flock to Quiapo for Replica Procession of the Black Nazarene


    Viva Hesus Nazareno! Viva!
     

    It was the chant of the thousands of devotees that echoed within the vicinity of Quiapo Church in Manila for the annual blessing and procession of the replica of the Black Nazarene.

    Barefooted devotees from all walks of life mostly wearing a maroon shirt printed with the image of the Black Nazarene flocked to Quiapo, Manila bringing with them the image of Nazareno in various clothes and sizes on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

    Devotees flock to Quiapo, Manila for the annual Blessing and Procession of the replica of the Black Nazarene on January 7, 2020, at 2 p.m.
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    The blessing and procession of the replica started at 2 p.m. led by Fr. Danichi Hui, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church.

    "Itong taunang pagbabasbas ng mga replica ay isinasagawa upang sa ganon makabawas ng mga pagdala ng mga replica sa mismong araw ng Traslacion o ng prusisyon. Para ng sa ganon hinihiwalay natin magkaroon ng isang rito, magkaroon ng isang panqlangin sa sama-sama na babasbasan ang replica ng Poong Hesus Nazareno na nagmula sa iba't ibang lugar," Father Hui told Radio Veritas.

    The traditional "Pahalik" will begin on January 8, at the Quirino Grandstand.

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    At 12 midnight on January 9, Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church will lead the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as homilist.

    The image of the Back Nazarene will leave Quirino Grandstand for Traslacion after the morning prayer at 5:30 a.m.

    During the activities for the celebration of the Feast of Nazareno, Fr. Hui called on the devotees to make the occasion solemn.

    "Sana po makiisa ang lahat na maging mahinahon, maging mapagdasal, at maging masaya lang sa pagdiriwang ng kapistahan ng Poong Hesus Nazareno," Fr. Hui said.

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    For the safety of all the children and elderly who wish to join the procession, Fr. Hui reminded them to stay as much as possible in the prayer stations.

    "Maaari po kayong manatili sa mga prayer stations na aming itinalaga na kung saan doon naman talaga dadaan ang imahe ng Poong Hesua Nazareno. Doon na lang po kayo maghintay ng sa ganon wala pong masaktan o walang mga mas marami pang karamdaman ang mapinsala sa ating mga deboto," Fr. Hui said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Traslacion 2020 activities kick off


    "Traslacion 2020: Iba't Ibang Kaloob, Isang Debosyon, Tungo sa Isang Misyon."

    The celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene started with the 9-day novena masses to the Black Nazarene at the Quiapo Church on December 31, 2019, to January 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. A dawn Thanksgiving Procession was held on December 31, 2019, at 1 a.m.

    Photo Credit: Quiapo Church - Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene 

    A concelebrated Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God was held on January 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. followed by the procession of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 6 p.m.

    Barangay visitation within Quiapo Community was scheduled for January 2-6, 2020.

    Holding it for the first time in the history of the celebration of Traslacion, all estandartes from various organizations were blessed on January 4, 2020, inside Quiapo Church at 7 p.m.

    A Send-Off Mass for all the volunteers of Traslacion 2020 will be held at the Quirino Grandstand at 6 a.m. Also on January 7, 2020, a blessing of all replicas of the Black Nazarene from various parts of the country will be held.

    The devotees will have a chance to kiss and touch the image of the Black Nazarene known as “Pahalik” on January 8, 2020, at the Quirino Grandstand starting at 8 a.m.

    The program at the Quirino Grandstand will start at 3 p.m. followed by an overnight vigil. Spiritual talks, youth dance and drama presentations, and catechesis are among the activities lined up for the occasion.

    The feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2020, will be highlighted with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church, at 12 midnight. His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will be the homilist.

    After the 5 a.m. morning prayer, the annual Traslacion from Luneta to Quiapo will take place. The annual observance of Traslacion commemorates the arrival of the image of the Black Nazarene to Quiapo, known as St. John the Baptist in 1767. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Be people of dialogue


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the New Year’s Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 31, 2019, at 8 p.m.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to be a people of dialogue as the Catholic Church observed World Day of Peace and the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God on January 1.

    “Be people of dialogue. When we dialogue we listen, we understand. We get reconciled. We forgive and then we do not destroy each other. We do not destroy society. We do not destroy the earth,” Cardinal Tagle said.

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    He also stressed that having a dialogue with one another brings peace and hope.

    “There will be no peace if we do not have hope. Only people who hope in God, who believe that in God's time will have a better quality. Only people of hope will work for peace. If you are hopeless, you will be violent,” he said.

    Still reflecting on the importance of dialogue, Cardinal Tagle cited how Mary and the Holy Spirit became a good dialogue partner of God.

    “At maganda po yung ating fiesta, the dialogue between God’s fullness of love in the Holy Spirit and Mary and in that dialogue was born the prince of peace.”

    “A dialogue of prayer, a dialogue of mission, a dialogue of faith and hope, then, the prince of peace comes in the flesh,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM – AOC)

     

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during New Year's Eve Mass


    Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the New Year’s Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 31, 2019, at 8 p.m.

    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpuri, magpasalamat sa Diyos na siyang nagtipon sa atin sa gabing ito upang sa pagsalubong natin sa Bagong Taon at sa pagdiriwang ng Oktaba ng Pasko patuloy nating mapagnilayan ang napakalaking biyaya na dumating sa atin sa pamamamgitan ng pagkakatawang tao ng Salita ng Diyops, ang anak ng Diyos, kay Hesus. At yan ay naganap sa pamamagitan ng isang babae na nagngangalang Maria ng nagkatawang tao ang anak ng Diyos, meron siyang hinirang para maging ina ng kanyang anak, si Maria.


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    Kaya po ang kapistahan natin ngayon ay ang kapistahan ni Maria, Ina ng Diyos. Mary, the Mother of God.

    At napakaganda na ang Bagong Taon sinsalubong sa pagkilala natin sa pinili ng Diyos Ama na maging ina ng kanyang anak. At ngayon din ay araw ng pananalangin para sa kapayapaan ng daigdig.

    So, we welcome all of you to the Manila Cathedral, the home of Mary, the Mother of God immaculately conceived.

    Pwedeng malaman sino sa inyo ang first time na mag-New Year’s Eve sa Manila Cathedral?

    Who among you are celebrating New Year’s Eve for the first time in the Manila Cathedral?

    Thank you for coming. Welcome to the Cathedral! (crowd claps) Welcome, po!

    And we also welcome our two friends from the Apostolic Nunciature, Msgr. Caburei and Msgr. Viola. Welcome! (crowd claps)

    Alam ko nagmamadali kayong umuwi kaya hahabaan koi tong homilyang ito. Mas nagmamadali kayo mas hahabaan ko. Hindi ho, huwag naman.

    So, I want to develop or share with you two points, two and a half points.

    Yung first point po ay about time. Time. We are saying goodbye to one year. Saying goodbye with thanksgiving and gratitude and we welcome the New Year with hope.

    Panahon. Ano ba ang oras? Ang panahon ba ay yung nabibilang. 2019  at mamaya-maya ay 2020. Ang oras ba ay yung nandito, ngayon ay 8:25. Mamaya maya 11:59 tapos 12. Yun yung time na ating nabibilang sa relo, sa kalendaryo. Pero meron pang isang pag-unawa sa panahon.

    Sabi ni San Pablo sa mga taga-Galatia sa Ikalawang Pagbasa noong dumating ang takdang panahon, sinugo ng Diyos ang kanyang anak. Isinilang siya ng babae.

    Merong panahon at oras na sinusukat natin, binibilang natin ang segundo, minuto, oras, araw, lingo, buwan, taon, nabibilang. Pero para sa Diyos, may tinatawag na takdang panahon.

    From one perspective, time could be measured according to seconds, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. But St. Paul talks about another way at looking at time. In the fullness of time, God sent his son.

    Time is not only measured. Time has a quality. And time can be empty but it could be full. The fullness of time is equivalent to the fullness of God’s love manifested in Jesus born of a woman.

    Ang panahon hindi lang nabibilang merong kalidad, kaganapan ng panahon. Ang panahon minsan ganap, buo pero minsan din hungkag, para sa Diyos. Kailan dumating ang kaganapan ng panahon? Noong kaganapan din ng pag-ibig ng isinugo niya ang kanyang anak. Ruruok ng pag-ibig, yan din ang rurok ng panahon. Pag-ibig na nagngangalang Hesus. Siya ang nagbibigay ng kalidad sa panahon, sa oras. Kapag nandyan ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus, buo ang iyong oras. Ganap ang iyong panahon.

    Di ba, ano yung pinaka-memorable na panahon? Huwag niyong sabihin, ah 11:30, hindi. Ang pinaka-memorable na panahon ay young kapiling mo ang iyong mahal sa buhay o naranasan mo ang pag-ibig. Maaaring makalimutan mo yung araw at yung takdang oras pero hndi mo makakalimutan na yung panahong yun dumating ang pag-ibig.

    Our most memorable moments are not a date only or a specific hour. The most memorable moments are those filled with love.

    We may forget the exact date or the exact hour but we remember that, that moment was full because of love.

    Bagong Taon, sana maging ganap ang Bagong Taon dahil kay Hesus. Pag-ibig ni Hesus na nagiging misyon natin. Pag-ibig sa kapwa. Pag-ibig sa lipunan. Pag-ibig sa ating kalikasan. Basta may pag-ibig, sa ngalan ni Hesus buo, ganap ang panahon. Kapag walang pag-ibig ang isang minute parang pagkakatagal-tagal. Pero kapag may pag-ibig, tatlong oras na pala kayong nag-uusap, parang sandali lamang. 

    O kaya yung may mga crush diyan, apat na oras ng nagte-text, naggaganyan, pinatutulog ka na ng tatay mo kasi para sa kanya apat na oras nay un. Pero para sa iyo parang sandal lamang yan. Naku yung isang bata ginaganyan yun nanay niya. Parang sinasabi sa nanay niya, huwag mon a kong pipigilan.

    Pero totoo yun pag sinabi nating, O time flies, when does time fly? You don’t notice the time when the moment is filled with love. But if it is not filled with love, you feel bored you want it to end right away.

    So, time has a quality and the fullness of time has a name – Jesus.

    Thanks to the woman named Mary who cooperated with God when God’s time to pour out his fullness of love came. The love of God was full and the faith of this woman was also full and in the meeting of the two loves came, the apex of history, time has changed.

    And that is how everyday becomes new. Every year becomes new when love is renewed. When the love of God poured upon us in the Holy Spirit is received by us and Jesus becomes alive.

    Para maging bago lagi ang taon hindi na yung kalendaryo lang ang ating papalitan. Kapag ang pag-ibig ng Diyos tinanggap natin ng buo ring pag-ibig katulad ni Maria, ang oras , ang kasaysayan mababago.

    Kaya salamat kay Maria at tayong lahat sana buksan ang sarili sa Espiritu Santo, ang pag-ibig ng Diyos para maging daan din tayo ng fullness of time sa napakaraming tao.

    Bring Jesus, bring love to time and time will have its full quality.

    Pwede malaman sino sa inyong mga estudyante? Sudents, pakitaas, ayan, ayun! Hi! Nag-aaral ba kayo? (crowd answers)

    Ilang oras kayo nag-aaral? (crowd answers)

    Two minutes. Mahalin ninyo ang pag-aaral. Kapag dinala ninyo ang pagmamahal sap ag-aaral nakaaninm na oras ka na parang sandal lang. pero pag hindi mo mahal ang pag-aaral, one page pa lang para ka nang inaapoy-apoy. Mahalin, mahalin yun.

    Ilan sa inyo nagluluto sa bahay? Pakitaas ang kamay. O, ayan, nagluluto rin. Ayun. Sa pagluluto, dalhin ang pag-ibig. Hindi yung habang nag-gagayak eh, nakakainis naman ito nakakapagod na. kaya tuloy pagkinain, nagsasakitan ang tiyan, namamayat lalo, tumataas ang kolesterol ang mga blood sugar nagtataasan kasi hindi mo binuhusan ng love.

    Para maging full, full stomach, dapat love. At yan sa lahat ng ating ginagawa do not waste time by engaging in an activity without love. Make use of time wisely. Put love into time. Put Jesus into time and it will have a quality.

    Final na ho, final.

    Pope Francis issued a message for the Word day of Peace and it is journeying in hope through dialogue, reconciliation, and ecological conversion. There will be no peace if we do not have hope. Only people who hope in God, who believe that in God's time will have better quality. Only people of hope will work for peace. If you are hopeless, you will be violent.

    Ang kapayapaan ay gawa lamang ng mga taong may pag-asa sa Diyos at may pag-asa na mapapaganda ang panahon dahil sa Diyos. Kapag walang pag-asa, magiging violent eh marahas ang tao. At ang isang daan ng kapayapaan in hope is dialogue.

    At maganda po yung ating fiesta, the dialogue between God’s fullness of love in the Holy Spirit and Mary and in that dialogue was born the prince of peace.

    A dialogue of prayer, a dialogue of mission, a dialogue of faith and hope, then, the prince of peace comes in the flesh.

    Sana yung ginawa ni Maria at ng Diyos Ama na pakikipag-kapwa kalooban na humantong sa pag-silang ni Hesus, yan din ang maging lifestyle natin sa bagong taon.

    Be people of dialogue. When we dialogue we listen, we understand. We get reconciled. We forgive and then we do not destroy each other. We do not destroy society. We do not destroy the earth.

    Mary and the Holy Spirit became a good dialogue partner of God and they spoke the word Jesus, the fruit of every dialogue.

    Dun po sa mga hindi nakikipag-usap sa kanilang asawa, silence treatment the cold shoulder. Hoy! Dialogue na!

    Yung mga magulang at anak na hindi nagbabatian, hmmm, dialogue.

    Yung magkakapatid na hindi nag-uusap pinag-aawayan ang kapirasong lupa, one square meter lang pala.

    Mga hindi nag-uusap dahil yung hikaw ni lola dapat akin yun, yun pala namang hikaw na yun ay tanso. Mag-dialogue na kayo.

    Yung mga punong bayan na nagiging past time ang siraan, mag-dialogue kayo.

    At sana katulad ng dialogue ng Diyos at ni Maria, ang namumutawi ay Hesus.

    He who is our peace, our reconciliation.

    Tayo po’y tumahimik sandal, makipag-dialogue sa Diyos. Magpasalamat at hilingin natin na lagi nating masambit at maisabuhay si Hesus. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications - AOC)

  • The message of Christmas is Salvation


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Christmas Evening Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, 2019, at 8:30 p.m.

    Speaking in front of thousands of faithful attending the Mass, the newly appointed Prefect for the Evangelization of Peoples asked the faithful at the beginning of his homily for a moment of silence to pray for the safety of those who experienced the wrath of typhoon Ursula in the Visayas area during Christmas.

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    “Sa simula po, ipagdasal natin yung mga kapatid natin lalu na sa Visayas at Bicol area na sa oras na ito ay nakakaramdam na ng epekto g bagyong si Ursula.  Talagang hindi natin mailalagay sa schedule ang katulad ng bagyo. Subalit sa ating pakikiisa sa kaniala, pananalangin makakarating sa kanila ang diwa ng sambayanan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Also in his homily, Cardinal Tagle spoke of the message of Christmas which is the goodness of the Lord that brings salvation to mankind.

    “Ang pasko ay tungkol sa pagliligtas ng Diyos. Ang pasko ay tungkol sa biyaya na hindi natin talagang karapat dapat na angkinin subalit kusang ibinibigay ng Diyos, ang tawag natin – kaligtasan,” he said.

    Christmas according to Cardinal Tagle is saving other people and not finding joy in destroying them.

    “Sometimes you ask yourself, does anybody really care about salvation? Saving others or should we just reside to the fact that our human instinct our drive is to destroy others for as long as I am comfortable. If that were the case, well, the news is, that is not Christmas. That is contrary to Christmas,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    At the end of his homily, he encouraged the faithful to listen to what Christ is telling them.

    “Tumahimik po tayo sandali. Tinatanong tayo ni Hesus, para saan ka ba? Sa pagliligtas ko o sa kapahamakan? Ano ang iyong itataguyod?  Salvation or damnation? Choose Christmas. Bring Christmas to its proper spirit. Choose salvation,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Christmas Eve Mass


    Homily delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, 2019, at 8:30 p.m
     

    Mga minamahal na kapatid at mga kaibigan, magpasalamat po tayo sa Panginoon sa pagsapit na naman ng Pasko ng pagsilang ng Panginoon at tayo ay pinagpala na magkasama-sama sa gabing ito.

    Pwede bang malaman sino po sa inyo ang magchri-Christmas Eve Mass sa Manila Cathedral sa unang pagkakataon? First time to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass here in Manila Cathedral.

    Welcome, welcome to the Manila Cathedral, Welcome! 

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    At yun pong hindi nakapasok sa Cathedral, marami yata po ang nandun sa plaza, kasama po kayo sa pagdiriwang hindi po kayo hiwalay hindi kayo nasal abas. Isang sambayanan po tayo kasama ang mga bituin ng alapaap at ang buong miundo na nagpupuri sa Diyos sa pagsilang ng manunubos.

    And we want to welcome our guests from other countries or from other dioceses, thank you for celebrating Christmas Eve with us in this Mother Church the first Cathedral in the Philippines.

    And we welcome also the community of the Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines, thank you for joining us in this celebration.

    Sa simula po, ipagdasal natin yung mga kapatid natin lalu na sa Visayas at Bicol area na sa oras na ito ay nakakaramdam na ng epekto g bagyong si Urzula.  Talagang hindi natin mailalagay sa schedule ang katulad ng bagyo. Subalit sa ating pakikiisa sa kaniala, pananalangin makakarating sa kanila ang diwa ng sambayanan.

    Kaya I’m inviting everyone to pause and in a moment of silence to pray for our brothers and sisters living on the path of the typhoon that just entered Philippine territory.

    Taun taon nagdiriwang tayo ng pasko ng pagsilang ng Panginoon. Taun taon kapag ganitong gabi yun din naman ang mga naririnig nating Pagbasa. Pero taung taon may bagong bagay na parang ipinamumulat sa atin. Ang kuwento ng pagsilang ni Hesus hindi kalianman magiging luma lagi siyang sariwa.

    The story of the birth of Christ is repeated every year but it never grows old or stale. It remains fresh. It speaks to us every time we reflect on the meaning and significance of the incarnation.

    Sa gabing ito, ibig ko pong magbigay ng pansin sa isang mahalagang salita. Kanina sa news, sabi po nung reporter, sige kayong mga kababayan namin na nasa daraanan ng bagyo alalahanin nyo pasko pa rin kahit kayo ay nsa evacuation center. Pasko pa rin. Pagdarasal naming kayo. Sana maging ligtas kayo.

    Christmas will come even if you are in the evacuation centers. We pray for you and be safe. That’s Christmas. Being safe.

    Sabi ng Salmo Responsoryo, “Sa atin sumilang ngayon manunubos, Kristo Poon.”

    The redeemer, the savior, Christ the Lord.

    Paulit-ulit yan. Kaligtasan, manunubos, tagapagligtas. That’s the whole point of this birth. Kaya nga po sabi ni San Pablo kay Tito sa Ikalawang Pagbasa, “Inihayag ng Diyos ang kanyang kagandahang loob na nagdudulot ng kaligtasan sa lahat ng tao.”

    What is revealed in the birth of Jesus Christ is the goodness of God that brings salvation to all people.

    Ang pasko ay tungkol sa pagliligtas ng Diyos. Ang pasko ay tungkol sa biyaya na hindi natin talagang karapat dapat na angkinin subalit kusang ibinibigay ng Diyos, ang tawag natin – kaligtasan.

    Salvation. The one born is called the savior.

    Palagay ko mahalaga pong pagnilayan yan kasi sa panahon natin ngayon parang tuwang tuwa ang mga tao kapag yung hindi nila gusto ay napapahamak. Hindi na salvation eh. Hindi na kaligtasan ng iba ang gusto. Ang hanap pa nga minsan kapahamakan. Tina-trap tapos iba-block mail. Kapag trap na trap na, tuwang tuwa pa, hahahahha! Hawak kita! Hahahaha!Hindi ganyan ang mga anghel.

    Ang daming bata ngayon. Kapag kaklase mo mas mataas ang grade kesa sa iyo, siya gra-graduate Valedictorian, ikaw Salutatorian, natutuwa ka ba? Nagpapasalamat ka ba na ang kaklase mo ay nagtagumpay? O, gagawa ka ng paraan para siya ay mahatak pababa at ikaw ang mai-angat?

    Tuwang tuwa kapag may nasisiraan. Basta ako maligtas hindi bale ka nang mapahamak.

    Na-eskandalo nga ako sa isang joke pero nagtawanan naman sila pero sabi ko nga bakit sila nagtawanan, narinig ko ho e.

    Uma-attend ako ng seminar. Meron daw barko na lulubog. Kailangan may mag-volunteer na lulundag para gumaan ang barko.

    Nag-volunteer daw isang British. Sabi daw, “Long live the Queen.”Lundag! E, mabigat pa rin.

    May nag-volunteer daw Japanese. “Oh, Moshi Moshi!” Lundag! E, mabigat pa rin.

    Humingi daw ng volunteer. Nagtaas daw ng kamay yung Filipino. Sbi daw nung Filipino, “Mabuhay ang Filipino! Itinulak yung Intsik.

    Tawanan kayo ha. Yan ba ang Pasko? Tignan ninyo dyan tayo natutuwa. Hahahaha. Napahamak siya ako buhay. Kaya napakadilim ng mundo.

    Sometimes you ask yourself, does anybody really care about salvation? Saving others or should we just reside to the fact that our human instinct our drive is to destroy others for as long as I am comfortable. If that were the case, well, the news is, that is not Christmas. That is contrary to Christmas. All the Readings, all the songs are about salvation not destruction. Not damnation. Saving others. That’s the cause of joy.

    Unfortunately, in our world, many people rejoice and count it as success when they have destroyed so many lives, families, even creation. It’s a bunch of honor that they have destroyed and if you try to save, you are ridiculed. That’s not Christmas.

    Hindi iyan ang pasko. Gusto natin maisabuhay yung Christmas spirit? Sumama kay Hesus sa pagliligtas. Hindi sa pagpapahamak. Sumama kay Hesus na tutubusin ang iba hindi sisirain ang iba.

    Papaano yan ginawa ni Hesus? Una, naging dukhng bata.

    The savior came as a poor infant. An infant is always poor but salvation must come through poverty. The troubles of the world come with pride, greed, ambition. So, salvation will come only through to the path of childhood, simplicity, poverty.

    It is not a coincidence that the Savior came as a child. A child is born to us.

    Sabi sa Unang Pagbasa, sabi ng mga anghel sa mga pastol, ito angpalatandaan na dumating ang manunubos. Isang sanggol nakabalot sa lampin.

    The savior comes as a helpless, poor child. And salvation comes that way.

    Kaya po Christmas, alisin na sa atin yung pagmamalaki, pagmamataas, pagkukunwari. Kaya ko yan! Kaya ko yan! Hindi mo yan kaya. Mas lalao kang nag-iilusyon lalo kang nagpapahamak ng kapwa. Maging mapagkumbaba ka, magiging daan ka ng kaligtasan.

    So, poverty, simplicity.

    The second path of the savior is choosing the path of justice and peace.

    Sa Unang Pagbasa, sa propeta Isaias, ang kaligayahan na dulot ng manunubos ay ihinahalindtulad sa pagtatapos ng digmaan.

    Ang pagdanak ng dugo wala na. Kasi yung mga instrument ng pandidigma ay hindi na gagamitin sa pagpatay kundi para na maging productive. At yan sa daan ng katarungan. Puspos ng Espiritu Santo tungo sa kapayapaan.

    So, the second path of the savior is aside from poverty, simplicity is turning the weapons of war and violence to weapons of farming productivity. Why destroy? Build up, plant rather than destroy. Be productive rather than destructive. But you choose the path of peace by being just.

    O kaya ang pasko walang dayaan. Kung nagtitinda ka sa araw ng Pasko huwag mong dadayain ang timbang. Hindi Pasko yan.

    Yung mga may boyfriend, girlfriend, huwag mandaraya. Hindi pasko yan. Magkita tayo mamaya, sabihin,magkita tayo mamaya, o sige mga 9 o’clock na. Bakit? May family reunion kami. Yun pala nandun sa isa pang nililigawan. Hindi Christmas yan. Salot yan. Kapag may dayaan, walang pasko.

    O, tama na yung dalawa. Tama na lang yun.

    Who is born today? The savior. Christmas is about saving because of goodness. No wonder the song of the angels is “Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to People of Goodwill.” Good will.

    Not evil designs, not evil plans to destroy others. Goodwill that enables us to save and to work for others. And I end with that.

    Lagi sinasabi, isinilang para sa inyo ang manunubos ninyo.

    It is not just a savior, a savior for you. Born to us. The savior is always other-directed. The moment we become self-directed, we don’t contribute to salvation.

    So, get out of ourselves the way the son of God emptied himself and became our salvation.

    Tumahimik po tayo sandali. Tinatanong tayo ni Hesus, para saan ka ba? Sa pagliligtas ko o sa kapahamakan? Ano ang iyong itataguyod?  Salvation or damnation? Choose Christmas. Bring Christmas to its proper spirit. Choose salvation. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications – AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle Urges Faithful to Reclaim Christmas


    Jesus is born to save lives. This is the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for the season of Christmas. He reminded the faithful that the true meaning of Christmas is saving lives, as contrary to the pervading culture of destruction to humanity, families, and society spreading in our society.

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral, on December 24, 2019.
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    The Cardinal expressed how it is very disheartening that some people find amusement in causing pain and destruction to their fellow mankind. 

    Moreover, it is awfully disturbing that many young people are developing mental condition that causes them to hurt, or worse, kill themselves.

    Cardinal Tagle prays that with the birth of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the true meaning and spirit of Christmas be restored. With His birth is the hope that love, mercy and compassion be proclaimed that more lives may be saved. (Radio Veritas / Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

     

    Here is the whole Christmas Message of Cardinal Tagle:

    My dear friends,

    “A Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord,” the angel said to the shepherds keeping the night watch over their flock (Luke 2:8-14). In Jesus, the Infant Savior, the people shall be called “the redeemed of the Lord”  and no longer forsaken (Isaiah 62:11-12). 

    The mystery of Christmas is contrary to the drive, the desire and the impulse to destroy people, lives, families, societies and creation. Christmas reveals a God who comes to save, not to destroy. We are saddened and shocked to see how some people find pleasure and “success” in having shattered other people’s lives. We are even more disturbed to see young people already bent on harming themselves and ending their lives. We are bothered because Christmas is about God’s will to save, not to ruin. So let us reclaim Christmas! 

    Celebrating the true spirit of Christmas means joining Jesus in fulfilling God’s plan of love, mercy and compassion that saves. This Christmas and beyond, let Filipinos be bearers of salvation, not of damnation. The glory of God radiates through people of good will! 

    A blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones! 

    +Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the New Bilibid Prison – Maximum Security in Muntinlupa City, on December 20, 2019.


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the New Bilibid Prison – Maximum Security in Muntinlupa City, on December 20, 2019.

    Mga kapatid, magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat.

    Magpasalamat tayo sa Diyos, binigyan N’ya tayo ng magandang panahon, at nagkakasama-sama po tayo.

    Sabi ni sister, first time kong magmisa sa covered court, kasi dati sa chapel, e ito nga malaki nga ang covered court parang na doble yata ang attendance, natriple pa, so maraming salamat ho sa inyo.


    Manila Archbishop delivers his homily during Mass for the New Bilibid Prison – Maximum Security in Muntinlupa City, on December 20, 2019. 
    Photo by Leahna Villajos / Radio Veritas


    Nakakatuwa pong magmisa dito dahil dito n’yo rin maririnig ang pagkanta ng isa sa pinaka magagaling na choir sa Pilipinas, ang choir dito, ‘no ho? Bigay na bigay, at nagulat ako kasi dati akong pari sa Cavite, na-assign ako sa Tagaytay, yung mga kinompose na kantang pangmisa ng mga seminarista doon hindi naman naging sikat e pero kinakanta dito, katulad yung kanina yung sumigaw sa galak. Kami ang may gawa nun e.

    Nakalimutan na ng mundo kasi may mas mga sikat na heswita pero dito hindi nakakalimutan ang mga awit galing sa Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol sa Tagaytay. Mamaya, umawi pa kayo.

    Yun hong pagbasa natin, lalo na yung ebanghelyo ay tungkol sa pagdalaw ng Mahal na Birhen sa kan’yang pinsan, kamag-anak na si Elizabeth. Kung kayo po ay nagrorosaryo, yung visitation, ang pagdalaw ay isa sa mga Joyful Mysteries.

    Ito ay isa sa mga misteryo na nagbibigay ng aliw, galak, misteryo ni Hesus. Parang sa atin ‘no? ano ba naman ang misteryo, dumalaw lang. Bakit pinalalalim pa natin? Bakit ginagawang komplikado? Dumalaw lang naman e, bakit napabilang sa mga misteryo? Aba! Napaka lalim ng kahulugan. Kasi po yung pagdating ni Hesus, yung Kan’yang pagkakatawang tao, naging tao, pagdalaw yan e, dumalaw S’ya, pero hindi na umalis, dumalaw at naging kapiling natin. Yung ibang dumadalaw, pagkatapos dumalaw aalis. Si Hesus, dumalaw, nanatili. Ang tawag Emmanuel, ang Diyos, nasa atin, ang Diyos, kapiling natin, hindi lang bisita ang Diyos, ang Diyos kapiling natin.

    Pagdalaw. Tayong mga pilipino mahilig din naman tayong dumalaw, ano ho? Lalo na kapag may okasyon. Kaya lang ngayon po ginagawa nating malaking problema ang pagdalaw, bakit? Iniisip natin ano ba ang bibitbitin ko? Ano ba ang ibibigay ko pag dumalaw ako. Kapag ang dadalawin mo ay medyo, alam mo na may sinasabi sa buhay. Nakakahiya naman na ang pagdalaw mo ang dala mo lang ay biskwit kaya namomroblema ka. “Big time tong dadalawin ko e, dapat naman ang dala dala ko ensaymada!” Ayan ha medyo, kaya pinoproblema natin yan e sinusukat natin yung dadalawin.

    Kapag ang dadalawin parang kapantay ko lang o kaya mababa sa akin e pwede na d’yan ano sprite, pwede na d’yan chocnut mga ganyan. E pero kung ang dadalawin mo bigtime, kailangan yata d’yan Red Ribbon! Kaya yung pagdalaw, sa halip na misteryo ng kaligayahan, nagiging problema ng gastos.

    Pero si Maria, ano yung pagdalaw n’ya? Ano yung bibit n’ya? Mukhang wala naman e, ang bitbit n’ya, ang kan’yang pakikiisa sa kan’yang pinsan. Ibig n’yang dumamay sa kaligayahan at tumulong at higit sa lahat, nasa sinapupunan ni Maria si Hesus. Hindi mapapantayan yan ng kahit anong bitbit. Kapag dumalaw, dalhin si Hesus. Dalhin ang Kan’yang pakikipagkapwa tao, dalhin ang Kan’yang pagdamay, dalhin ang Kan’yang ngiti, dalhin ang Kan’yang salita na nakakapawi ng mga mabibigat na pasanin.

    Kaya nga dumating sa atin si Hesus, kaya dumating si Hesus kay Maria, para bitbitin ni Maria si Hesus, saan man s’ya pumunta. Si Hesus, patuloy na dadalaw sa ibang tao sa pamamagitan natin. Dalhin natin si Hesus sa kahit sinong tao na ating madadalaw. Siguro pagkatapos ng misa babalik yung iba sa inyo sa ano n’yo, o sa selda, edi pagbalik n’yo don, parang dadalaw kayo don sa mga naiwan don. Dalhin n’yo ang salita ng Diyos, dalhin n’yo si Hesus.

    Pero hindi lang naman tayo ang dumadalaw, tayo rin, dinadalaw. Nakakalungkot lang minsan kapag walang dalaw ano ho? Pero sabi ko nga kanina, lalo na sa ganitong panahon nab aka yung iba sa inyo talagang naghihintay sana, makadalaw ang mga mahal sa buhay.

    Palagay ko naman yung iba sa inyo mabibigyan ng ganyang regalo, may dadalaw. At para dun sa iba na walang dadalaw, sana maging sensitive tayo. Kung alam n’yo na walang dalaw yung kasama n’yo, wag n‘yo nang iinisin.

    “Wow nakatanggap ako ng ano, ikaw ba meron?”

    “Wala.”

    “Kawawa ka naman!”

    Wag naman, wala s’yang dalaw, ikaw ang dumalaw, ikaw ang magdala ng pagdamay at kaligayahan. At higit sa lahat, higit sa lahat katulad ng sinabi ko kanina, si Hesus katulad nung unang pasko, dumalaw, pero hindi na umalis. Para sa mga walang dalaw sa araw ng pasko, imulat mo ang mata mo, si Hesus dumadalaw sa iyo.

    Si Hesus, mahal ka! Si Hesus hindi ka kakalimutan at hindi ka iiwan.

    May pakiusap pa ako sa inyo ho, itong ating mga guards, itong ating mga warden, meron din silang mga pamilya e, pero dahil sa tungkulin, hindi rin sila makadalaw. Kaya dalawin n’yo din sila, ngitian n’yo.

    “O sir, ngitin naman d’yan!”

    Para lahat tayo ay makaranas, pag-ibig ni Hesus ang Pasko.

    Tatapusin ko po ito sa isang kwento. Nung ako ho ay Obispo pa sa Cavite, basta bago magpasko nagmimisa ako doon sa Provincial Jail. At dahil ang katedral ay nasa Imus, dalawa ang aking Christmas Eve Mass yung December 24 ng gabi. Ang una kong misa ng Pasko, yung gabi ng bago magpasko ay sa Imus City Jail. Inuuna ko yun bago ako magmisa sa Katedral.

    Sabi ko nga sa katedral, “naisilang na si Hesus sa City jail, nauuna don kaysa dito sa katedral.” Binibiro ko sila, ‘no ho?

    Dun ho sa minsan nagmisa ako, simbang gabi talaga alas kwatro sa Trese Martires, sa Provincial Jail. Pagkatapos ng misa edi 5:30, umiikot kami doon sa mga selda. Yung isang selda, medyo masikip may mga nakatayo, naghahalinhinan sila kapag may gumagamit ng kama nakahiga, yung iba naman nakatayo. Tapos tatayo naman yung nakahiga, yung nakatayos sila naman ang hihiga. Ano e, exchange gift, parang ganyan. Tapos, ano ako e, bati, bati ganyan.

    Nung paalis na ako may sumigaw, “Bishop! May gusto pang bumati sayo!”

    Sabi ko, “Nasaan?”

    “Hayun sa sahig!”

    Nakadapa. Edi nilapitan ko, lumuhod ako kasi nakadapa s’ya e.

    “Kumusta ho?”

    “Eto ho, ano ko ho e, turn ko para dumapa.”

    Edi nakaluhod ako, hindi ko alam ang sasabihin ko. Sabi ko nalang e, “Magpapasko na, ano ba? Kumusta ho kayo? Pasko na, nararamdaman n’yo ba ang pasko?”

    Sabi n’ya, “Marami hong hindi sigurado sa buhay ko. Hindi ko alam kung makakalaya ako. Hindi ko alam kung pagnapalaya ako, hindi ko alam kung tatanggapin ako ng aking pamilya, mga kaibigan, hindi po sigurado yun.”

    Tapos sabi n’ya, “Pero Bishop, isang bagay po ang sigurado, mahal ako ni Hesus.”

    Tapos sabi n’ya, “Tuloy po ang pasko, kaya tuloy po ang pasko.”

    Nung Christmas na yun, parang s’ya ang nagturo sa akin, sabi ko, “dinalaw ako ni Hesus sa pamamagitan ng isang bilanggo.” Na nagpaliwanag sa akin, ano ang kahulugan ng pasko. Maraming hindi sigurado, isa lang ang sigurado, sabi n’ya mahal ako ni Hesus kaya tuloy ang pasko. (Radio Veritas and Archdiocesan Office of Communications - AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle Celebrates Mass with Prisoners


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal became emotional as he concluded his mass for the inmates of the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security, last December 21, 2019.

    This was after the inmates offered prayers for him, in his new mission as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evanglization of Peoples, one of the top offices in the Vatican.

    Tearful Cardinal Tagle concludes the mass for NBP maximum inmates after prisoners offered him prayers in his new mission - December 21, 2019, Muntinlupa City.
    (Photo by Leahna Villajos / Radio Veritas)


    The inmates were aware that this may be the last mass of the Cardinal with them, so they took the opportunity to bless him and say a prayer for him.

    In the prayer, the prisoners expressed their love for the Cardinal who celebrates a mass for them every year during the Christmas Season.

    They asked God to guide him, protect him from danger and bless him with good health so he can fulfill his duties as a faithful servant of God.

    “Sa kanya pong pag-alis, nais po naming ipabaon sa kan'ya ang aming pagmamahal, pagmamahal ng mga bilanggo. Hinihiling din po namin na sa ibang panahon, makadalaw pa rin s'ya dito sa amin. Panginoon, patnubayan po ninyo ang aming Mahal na Kardinal, saan man po s'ya mapunta ay maging ligtas po s'ya sa anu mang sakuna o panganib. Pagkalooban po ninyo s'ya ng kalakasan at malusog na pangangatawan para po lubos n'yang magampanan ang kan'yang paglilingkod bilang tapat mong alagad.” Part of the prisoners' prayer for Cardinal Tagle.

    Filled with gratitude, Cardinal Tagle promised that if there will be a chance to visit the Philippines, he will ask the NBP to allow him to celebrate mass for the prisoners even if it's not Christmas.

    NBP Inmates raise their hands over Cardinal Tagle as they pray for him in his new mission as Prefect for the Congregation of New Evangelization of Peoples.
    Photo by Leahna Villajos / Radio Veritas


    Cardinal Tagle admitted during the mass to the prisoners that his mind is also full of uncertainties towards his new appointment but what is important, he said, is to place our faith in Jesus, the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

    “Katulad nung kwento ko kanina, sabi nung bilanggo maraming bagay hindi raw sigurado sa kan'ya, ganun din ho ang pakiramdam ko ngayon ang daming hindi ko alam. Yun nalang, magtiwala sa Panginoon, na napakaraming tao na kahit hindi ko nakausap, hindi ko nakaulayaw pero nagsasabi na magdarasal at ako po'y umaasa talaga sa mga dasal ninyo sa selda, sa chapel, dito sa covered court lalo na galing po sa inyong puso.” (Leahna Villajos / Radio Veritas and Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Priest's Belen Collection featured in UST Paskuhan 2019 celebrations


    An exhibit of Belen Collection by Fr. Genaro Diwa of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Manila was featured in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Paskuhan 2019 celebrations.

    Almost 150 Belen collection of Fr. Diwa is displayed at the UST Museum and Main Building. It was organized by the UST Museum Rector, Rev. Fr. Isidro D. Albaño, OP.  The Belen exhibition is a great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.



    With the theme "Unto Us, A Child is Born," the annual UST Paskuhan commenced on December 2, at the Plaza Mayor.

    In his homily, Very Rev. Hermino Dagohoy, OP reminded the community that in the advent season, "We are called to the kind of faith that rejoices because the birth of Jesus is the sweet sign of God's grace and love for us."

    Among the highlights of the UST Paskuhan celebration was the traditional lighting ceremony graced by Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso.

    A drone show with two sets of aerial show, one with 50 and the other set with 180 drones. Various figures were formed like the spinning Christmas tree, reindeer, and bells. The Main Building was illuminated in dazzling colors and designs.

    The UST Christmas Concert, one of the Paskuhan events was held on December 5, 2019 (Preview Night) and December 6, 2019 (Community Night), at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church.

    The Paskuhan festivities culminated on December 20, 2019, with well-known bands performing at the UST Grandstand, and the Paskuhan Fair on the campus.

    The much anticipated pyromusical display illuminated the UST skyline at 10 p.m. as the finale of the traditional Paskuhan celebrations for this year. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

  • Advent Recollection for Media


    The Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) recently organized an Advent Recollection for secular and Catholic media at Pope Francis Hall, Manila Cathedral, on December 19, 2019. This is in accordance with the Church's mission of evangelization, not just by using different media platforms, but giving formation and support to media practitioners as well.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle gives a surprise visit to the media during their Advent Recollection.
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    Before the recollection, a Eucharistic celebration was held at the Christ the King Chapel of the Manila Cathedral presided by Fr. Roy M. Bellen, Director of AOC.

    Reflecting on the Gospel, Fr. Bellen reminded those in attendance in his homily to trust in the Lord and never doubt the Holy Spirit. He stressed that no matter hope hopeless a situation maybe, God can always find a way to help.

    The Mass was followed by the Advent Recollection facilitated by Fr. Carmelo Arada, Jr., Parish Priest of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish.

    Celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Rev. Fr. Roy M. Bellen, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Communications
    Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

    Rev. Fr. Herbie Santos, the Director of the Social Communications Ministry of the Diocese of Cubao, who was also present during the event, expressed his thoughts on Christmas as the season of hope.

    " Alam natin na iba na ang media ngayon. Ang social media, information is transmitted in the speed of light. So, sabi nga, Christmas is a season of hope, more often now, we see news that is very dark, depressing. So, tayo po yung tagapagdala ng pag-asa para sa mga tao," Fr. Santos said.

    Fr. Carmelo Arada is the facilitator during the Advent Recollection for the media.
    Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

    Msgr. Jose Clemente  F. Ignacio, Commissioner of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle also graced the event and gave a brief message to the media practitioners.

    On December 7, 2019, an advent recollection for social communicators from the different parishes of the archdiocese was also held. It was held at the San Pedro Calungsod Youth Center in Intramuros.  Fr. Arnel Calata of Santo Niño de Tondo Archdiocesan Shrine was the guest speaker. A simple Christmas party was also held after the recollection.

    Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio visits the media during the Advent Recollection and delivers an inspiring message.
    Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

    The advent recollections for church and secular media and social communicators were organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications (ACSC) and Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC). the office aims to further deepen the understanding among the media personnel the celebration of the advent season and to strengthen their faith through spiritual exercises as well as giving a more personal avenue to interact and share their experiences. (Fatima Llanza and Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Simbang Gabi at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2019


    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, tayo po ay magpuri at magpasalamat sa Diyos sumapit na naman ang simbang gabi at tayo po ay tinipon niya.

    Alalahanin po natin ang mga kapatid natin lalo na sa Mindanao na kahapon ay dumanas na naman ng lindol at mas malakas kaysa sa mga nauna pa.

    Ako po’y nagpadala ng mensahe sa mga Obispo doon sa bahagi ng Cotabato, Davao, Davao Del Sur. Ang pinaka-naapektuhan ay yung nasasakupan ng Diocese ng Digos. At ang sabi ng Obispo kagabi meron pang isang pari na sugatan dahil inabutan ng lindol habang bumibisita siya sa isang malayong lugar. Pero sabi nung Obispo Chito, simbang gabi na bukas at ipapamalas ng sambayanan na kahit sa lindol ay may pananampalataya at ‘yon po ang diwa, ang diwa ng simbang gabi.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo Credit: Eddiemar Escaño/TV Maria

    Pananampalataya, nananalig tayo at naniniwala na mayroong darating, Hesus ang diyos ang magliligtas. Emmanuel ang Diyos kapiling natin at sa darating na siyam na araw, Siya ang ating titingnan para sa pagdating ng pasko. Siya si Hesus talaga ang ating tanggapin ng mabago, magkaroon ng liwanag, magkaroon ng kapayapaan ang ating buhay, ang ating pamilya at nang ating sambayanan. Kaya makiisa po tayo sa mga kapatid natin na sa oras na ito baka nagsisismbang gabi hindi sa loob ng isang napakagandang simbahan katulad ng Manila Cathedral.

    Subalit pinahahayag pa rin nila ang kanilang pananampalataya at ngayon ang araw ng unang araw ng simbang gabi ay ating pananalangin para sa kabataang Filipino. May hihilingin ako sa inyo, magsabi lamang ng totoo, sino sa inyo ang kabataan? Kasi nga po kailangan natin na himukin ang mga kabataan na lalo na pagpasko tumutok na kay Hesus. Kapag hindi pa magsimula ngayon bilang kabataan sa pagtutok kay Hesus kailan pa?

    Huwag ng maghintay pa na merong mga mangyayari sa buhay bago tumutok kay Hesus gawin na ito bilang bahagi na pang araw-araw na buhay.

    Simbang gabi, siyam na madaling araw o siyam na gabi. Ito po’y mga misa sa karangalan ng Diyos, sa pagbibigay niya sa atin ng isang babaeng nangangalang Maria na unang tumanggap kay Hesus bilang kanyang anak at sa siyam na buwan dinala niya si Hesus sa kanyang sinapupunan hanggang dumating ang pagsilang, siyam na buwan.

    Sa siyam na simbang gabi parang sinasamahan si Maria ng siyam na buwan, bawat araw isang buwan ng pagbubuntis ni Maria at tayo naman sinasamahan natin siya, natututo tayo kay Maria papaano taglayin si Hesus sa ating buhay. Kaya tayo na, nagsimula ito ang unang araw tapusin ang siyam na buwan, tapusin ang siyam kung hindi baka ma-premature.

    Hindi naman po puwedeng ang babae nagdadalang tao ay buntis sa Enero pag-Pebrero ay hindi na ulit, Marso buntis na ulit tapos Abril buntis ulit, Mayo hindi na naman buntis. Samahan ho? bakit walang sumasagot? Sasamahan ba? Sorry Mama Mary ‘ayan atin po itong devotion.

    Bago po tuluyang maubos ang boses ko, atin pong tutukan ang mensahe ng mga pagbasa sa unang simbang gabi. Sabi po ng Panginoong Hesus sa ebanghelyo ni San Juan Bautista, ay nagpatotoo tungkol sa kanya sa pamamagitan ng pangangaral at buhay ni San Juan Bautista.

    Siya ay nagbigay ng pagsaksi na tunay nga para tingnan ang Mesias, ipinakilala niya si Hesus. Iyan ang tungkulin ng saksi, siya ay nagpapatotoo, ang sumasaksi ay tao ng katotohanan at kay Juan Bautista hindi siya sumasaksi lamang sa isang bagay o isang pangyayari, siya ay nagpahayag ng katotohanan tungkol kay Hesus bilang sugo. Mesias galing sa Diyos Ama na pati nga siya hindi karapat-dapat na kalagan ang panali sa sandalias ng paa ni Hesus.

    Si San Juan Bautista nagpatotoo tungkol kay Hesus pero sabi ni Hesus bukod kay Juan Bautista meron pang nagpapatotoo na siya nga ang isinugo ng Diyos Ama at ano yon? Ang mga ginawa ni Hesus. Ang mga bulag nakakakita, ang mga pilay nakakalakad, ang mga bingi nakakarinig, ang mga may ketong napapagaling, ang mga patay nababalik sa buhay at ang mga dukha nakakarinig ng Mabuting Balita, ang mga gawa ni Hesus sabi niya ay patotoo na ang Diyos nga ang kumikilos sa Kanya.

    Marami kasing tao nagdududa kay Hesus, marami kasi sa kanila humahanga sa talino pero nakikita nila siya nakikisalamuha sa mga makasalanan, nakikikain sa bahay ng isang Zacheo na makasalanan. Kaya nagdududa sila ito nga ba ang sugo ng Diyos? Ang sabi ni Hesus tingnan ninyo ang mga nagpapatotoo sa akin,si Juan Bautista na hinangaan ninyo bakit hindi niyo siya paniwalaan?

    At ikalawa ang mga gawa na aking nagagampanan dahil iyan ang gusto ng Ama, hindi niyo po ba nakikita ang aking mga gawa?

    Mga kapatid naghahanda tayo para tanggapin nating lahat at marami pang tao si Hesus pero ang panawagan sa araw na ito kailangan ni Hesus ng mga magpapatotoo sa kanya. Lalo na sa mga taong ayaw maniwala kay Hesus, sa mga taong binabatikos si Hesus, sa mga taong minamaliit si Hesus, sa mga taong pinalitan na si Hesus.

    Ngayong Pasko si Hesus ba ang pinanabikan ng iba? Mukhang hindi naman, ang pinanabikan ay bonus. Kapag may bonus pasko kahit walang Hesus.

    Alam na alam lahat saan may discount pero yung ebanghelyo parang hindi naman yata mahalaga. Sa ibang palamuti sa pasko ni hindi nga nilalagay yung Belen kung saan sa araw ng pasko si Hesus, si Nino Hesus ay ilalagay. Anong mayroon, kahon, kahon na may ribbon, kahon na may na mga ano. Bakit? Ang isisilang ba ni Maria ay kahon? Ang ipinangako ba ng Anghel Gabriel kay Maria ay Maria maglilihi ka ng isang kahon na tatawagin siyang Pasko. At kapag hindi nakatanggap ng kahon sasabihin ay kuwarta o kahon,.

    Yung mga kabataan hindi na alam yon. Kaya tama itong mensahe ng mga pagbasa. Pasko ngayon at kahit na hindi pasko kailangan mga tao na saksi kay Hesus. At ang mga paalaala ng Propeta Isaiah sa unang pagbasa ayon sa katarungan at laging matuwid ang inyong gagawin. Sabi ni Hesus kung sino yung unang saksi sa kanya? Juan Baustista, ano yung ikalawang saksi sa kanya? Ang kanyang mga gawa. Ngayon sasabihin ko kay Hesus. Hesus may ikatlong saksi na para sa iyo, ang mga nagsimbang gabi sa Manila Cathedral, sila ang sasaksi sayo tulad ni Juan Bautista sa kanilang maalab na pananampalataya at sa kanilang gawa.

    Justice, goodness, love so that there will be peace on us. Tayo po, lalo na ang kabataan huwag lang kayo sasaksi sa mga bagay na mabibili. Ano ang moda at lalu na huwag kayong maging saksi ng kabulaan, kasinungalingan na ang tawag na fake news.

    Alalahanin ninyo si Hesus pinatay dahil sa false testimonies at mga huwad na saksi, hindi iyan ang kailangan natin. Tunay na saksi ang nagpapatotoo kay Hesus, yan ang ating ialay sa kanya at matutuwa ang mahal na birhen sasabihin niya totoo nakita na nila na ang pinaglilihi ko si Hesus ay hindi kuwarta o kahon.

    Tumahimik po tayo sandali at tanggapin ang misyon na sumaksi kay Hesus. (Radio Veritas and RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Advent Recollection with Cardinal Chito Tagle at the Araneta Coliseum


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle led the annual Advent Recollection at the Araneta Coliseum, almost a week after his appointment by His Holiness Pope Francis, as the Prefect of Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide). 

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Advent Recollection held at the Smart Araneta on December 15, 2019.
    Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC
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    Over a thousand attendees have attended the said recollection last Sunday. The annual recollection started out from a small group of pilgrims called the Via Lucis and over the years the attendees grew

    During the recollection the Cardinal reflected and shared his insights about the importance of the season of Advent in the Church.

    The Cardinal also emphasized the role of Angels as they assist in facilitating the encounter of the Divine with humanity. He pointed out that when we think of Angels we should think of their mission in bringing the good news, which we oftentimes forget. Also, their presence should always remind us of meeting God.

    Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, of the Society of Jesus, and the Executive Director of Jesuit Communications, expressed his sadness saying that this will be the last Advent Recollection that the Cardinal himself will give to the annual gathering as he embarks to his new mission in Rome as Prefect to the Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples.

    At the end of his reflection, Cardinal Tagle challenged all who were present to be like angels, that is, to be bearers of truth and be missionaries proclaiming the good news.

    The recollection concluded with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by the Cardinal and concelebrated by Bp. Honesto Ongtioco, Bishop of Cubao. (Maricar Santos/SOCOM - San Felipe Neri Parish)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year of Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue begins in the Archdiocese of Manila


    With the theme " Ugnayan sa Iisang Tirahan an Interreligious Dialogue", an Interreligious Dialogue was held at the Mater Ecclesiae Gym, San Carlos Seminary, Makati City, on December 14, 2019. It is aimed to promote an encounter with other religions to attain peace and unity.

     Photo by Rian Francis Salamat / RCAM-AOC)

    Aris Christian Pudol, seminarian at San Carlos Seminary sees the event as an opportunity towards having commonality with other religions.

    "Para mawala yung prejudices or pre-conceived ideas nuka sa ibang religions para mas maging mutual, maging comfortable sa ibang religion," Pudol said.

    For Joven Pabon, Social Communications Minster at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Interreligious Dialogue paves the way to becoming versatile and open to other religions.

    "Yung kahit na mayroon tayong iba't ibang pinaniniwalaan at kultura nagiging versatile tayo and nagiging open para makipag kilala sa iba pang religion," Pabon said.

    More than one hundred participants from San Carlos Seminary, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Focolare Movement, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Hindu, Silpeace Manila attended the whole day event.

    "The event was very enlightening. Even though we are from different religion, we found a common ground which is our service for the love of God," Jaymee Albos said, volunteer at the Latter Day Saints.

    The Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples is part of the nine-year novena in preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

    Ugnayan was organized by the Ministry on Ecumenical and Inter-faith Affairs of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Social Actions Committee Philosophy Department of San Carlos Seminary. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle for the Ordination of Bishop Alan Dialogo


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Ordination of Bishop Alan Dialogo held at The Manila Cathedral on December 12, 2019.

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    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for gathering us as one Church as one community of faith. We thank God for the graciousness that he has been showing to us. First, through our Blessed Mother, the patroness of the Philippines under her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

    And today also, for the singular gift of raising one of the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila to become a missionary as a bishop in Sorsogon. But in a way it’s also a coming home for him for he was born in Naga, raised in Naga in the Bicol region under the care of our Lady of Peñafrancia, Ina. Now he is going home as bishop of Sorsogon. Thank you, Alan! (crowd claps

    And we thank him for attending his ordination (crowd laughs). Had he not shown up then we would have canceled all of these.

    And we also are very glad to have in our midst as co-consecrators, ang kinalulugdan ng langit at lupa, ang Kanyang Kabunyian Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales.

    And also the bishop emeritus of Sorsogon, Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD.

    The solidarity, the communion of the Holy Father is also made manifest to us through the presence of our Apostolic Nuncio Most Rev. Gabriele Caccia. (crowd claps)

    We thank our brothers in the episcopacy who will welcome and encourage our new bishop.

    We thank the clergy of Sorsogon for being here in welcoming their new pastor. Welcome to the Manila Cathedral.

    And welcome also to the clergy of Manila, the religious men and women and all people who want to share the joy of the whole church.

    Also, the family of Bishop Alan. Salamat po sa inyo, sa inyong pagdalo. Dios Mabalos! Tama ba yun?

    I think in your liturgical guide you have a clear presentation of the ministry of the bishop even the symbols are well explained there. We see how the ministry of a bishop is called by the Second Vatican Council as the fullness, the apex of the sacred ministry. It is service but sacred.  It is not just of a secular worldly character. And Vatican II reminds every bishop that his calling is that of sacred ministry performed in the Christian community - Communitatis Cervitum. The service of the church, how?

    First, through the ministry of the Word of God. For the community grows in faith through the Word of God proclaimed, heard, received, and lived.

    Secondly, the priestly ministry of prayer, of sacrament, of liturgy which is also the word is the ministry of the word but now put into signs and symbols gathering the community again through the grace of God.

    And thirdly, what we called the shepherding, the kingly ministry governing through charity the service of charity. And all of these done as a sacred service that is why it is not the word of the bishop but the Word of God. It is not the sacrament of the bishop performed in his name. No, sacraments are performed in the name of the Father, the sign and the Holy Spirit. And it is shepherding not according to one’s style but according to the pastoral love, charity of the good shepherd.

    It all goes back to God who in his mysterious ways has chosen weak, limited even sinful human beings to entrust to them this sacred ministry.

    So, Bishop Alan, yun na yun. And you have a whole lifetime to learn about it and to grow into it knowing that when you do not know what to say, well, it is God’s word not yours. When you do not know how to help people, then, it is God’s grace in sacrament, not yours. When you do not know how to shepherd then turn to the true shepherd, learn from him, learn from him.

    That is the official teaching and that is what we normally see but the feast of today, Our lady of Guadalupe, especially the Gospel of the Annunciation to Mary by the Angel Gabriel presents to us very often the unseen aspect of the ministry not only of the bishop but also of the clergy, the calling of the religious, and your calling to, your calling as married people, your calling as teachers, as servants in the community. There is a public exterior service but as we engage in that there is an inner drama. The mysterious designs of these dialogue between God and a human being, Mary.

    In Nazareth, can anything good come out of Nazareth? Look at how people regarded Nazareth. A woman already with her plans…to Joseph.  Her name was Mary. The angel came to her, “Rejoice Mary!” We say, “Hail Mary!” But it is really, “Rejoice Mary!” Mahusay sa psychology ang angel sinimulan sa rejoice, rejoice. But is the cause of rejoicing? You are full of grace you have favor with God And when God comes you should rejoice.

    What Pope Francis has repeatedly reminding us of the joy of the Gospel, the joy of the Gospel. Exalt and rejoice the call to holiness always rejoicing. When God comes, that is enough reason to rejoice.

    And the angel says the Lord is with you. The Lord will help you. The Lord will be near to you. The reaction of Mary was not to jump and to same with joy. She was greatly troubled at what was said and that’s when the angel assured her, “Do not be afraid.”  And he repeated, “You are full of grace, you have found favor with God.” 

    Then comes the mission. You will conceive a son and you shall name him Jesus.  He is the son of the Most High God. He will inherit the throne of his father David and his kingdom will be forever. Rejoice, Mary! You are graced. The Lord is with you. And the Lord asked you to do a mission and the mission is focused on Jesus, Jesus. This son of God who will be her son. The mission is about Jesus.

    Mary in her bewilderment was asked to focus Jesus is your mission. It will involve tasks but in the end, your mission has a name. The name of a person, Jesus.

    Now comes an important aspect of mission. Mary recognized her inadequacies, her limitations. How could this be? I have no relations with man. Mahalaga po iyan sa misyon. Hindi yung wow! Sa dami dami ng babae diyan sa Nazareth, ako ang pinuntahan ng anghel. Sorry na lang sa kanila. Ako siguro ang pinakamagaling. Ako siguro ang pinakamatalino. Ako siguro ang pinakasikat. This is my moment. Hindi misyon ag tawag dun. Ambisyon. Mary right away said, how could this be? It is not possible. And again, the angel assured her. The Holy Spirit will come upon you. Do not be afraid, Mary. God knows your limitations. That’s why the Holy Spirit will act.

    And a sign was given, Elizabeth in her old age now has conceived a son, humanly impossible but with God everything is possible, with God.

    Mary, alert, humble, honest, intelligent, she asked the right questions she was discerning, and finally, she said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word.” Fiat. Let it be done.

    The motto of Bishop Alan, Fiat. Alan, the fiat came at the end of the long process. And all the elements of the inner dialogue with God must be present. But rejoice, ngiti ka naman dyan. Rejoice! Rejoice!

    You will be graced. You are grace and the Lord will help you and don’t be ashamed to show God that you are terrified, that you tremble and admit before God your limitations and he will assure you nothing will be impossible with and for… and then re-focus if it is not about us it is Jesus. Our mission is Jesus to spread his name, to promote his kingship. And you will say Fiat everyday many times a day. This is the beginning of a lifetime of mission, of trembling, of being humbled and humiliated, of being a….and saying Fiat, Fiat.

    And we asked all of you especially the Christian community of Sorsogon. Do not leave Bishop alone in saying Fiat.

    Ang mga pari, mga religious at ang community together with him should discover our common mission, calling and our common response for it is one mission that will be accomplished according to our different gifts and charisms. But together we listen to the calling together we rejoice, together we focus on Jesus. Together we build up each other for each one is limited. We pray for each other and together we say, let it be done to me, to us according to your word.

    Napakalungkot na maging obispo kapag nag-iisa ka na nga doon eh, doon sa Sorsogon isa lang naman ang obispo. Ewan ko lang kung meron pang nakatagong obispo pero ang alam natin isa lang. napakalungkot naman kapag wala siyang makakasama doon sa misyon. Kaya today, we commit also ourselves to mission with our new bishop.

    But let me close with this. We are celebrating today Our Lady of Guadalupe who in turn visited Juan Diego.

    Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and afterward, Mary became the bearer of Good News. And in a particular way in Mexico to that humbled person, Juan Diego.

    She came like an angel the bearer of Good News bearing the news of the closeness of God to the marginal, the poor, the little ones. She came to Juan Diego ask a native lady, one of them.  And she almost repeated the words of the angel Gabriel to her assuring Juan Diego, “Do not be terrified, do not be afraid. And I’m not here your mother, I am your mother.

    That’s why the beautiful prayer addressed to Our Lady of Guadalupe especially during moments of fear and anguish, we pray that we be kept in the folds of her mantle, in the crossing of her arms, in the hollow of her hands. And Juan Diego became a messenger to the bishop. When you are visited by an angel, you become a messenger, too.

    It’s the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and as she sent Juan Diego, she’s also sending you and through you Alan, we hope many, many more people would hear God’s calling and be sent as well.

    Let the chain of the proclamation of the Good News, faith and response lead to a never-ending angelic proclamation.

    I hope when the Nuncio who was also named Gabriel, Gabriele talked with you, I hope you saw an angel in him. I hope you heard an angel coming to you. I’m sure his words, his presence, his person are very encouraging until you hear the message.

    We thanked you for saying, yes. You know Bishop is a rawer. He joins competitions. So, I have a vision that you would blend very well being a pastor with being a fisher of men. 

    Remember that St. Peter who was called to be a shepherd was earlier called to be a fisher of men. As a shepherd, you walk on firm earth but as a fisher, you will be tossed. It is uncertain sometimes you do not know how to reach the other side but that’s our time, less land but more fluid oceans.

    So, we entrust you to our Blessed Mother. Be a good shepherd. Be a good shepherd and raw with all your might.

    And I hope one day when you cannot reach the other side, you will see someone walking towards…it is I, it is I. (RCAM AOC - Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Remain in Dialogue with God--Cardinal Tagle


    His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presided over the celebration of the Eucharist during the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 9, at the Manila Cathedral.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Feast of Immaculate Conception at The Manila Cathedral on December 9, 2019.
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    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle emphasized Mary’s important role in the salvation history. The Cardinal used the story of Man’s fall from grace to show how this dialogue of blessing and harmony between God and the first humans got disrupted when “human beings refused to harmonize themselves with the calling and the will of God.”

    He pointed out that  when man chooses his own paths, write our own scenarios, and value our own words rather than God’s, harmony and dialogue are destroyed.

    Then, when an angel bearing God’s message reveals himself to Mary and announces God’s proposal. All of humanity awaits Mary’s answer, MAsy's words: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your Word,” harmony and dialogue with the creator are restored! Through Christ, the Word that will become flesh in here, the dialogue continues, and it will never be broken again.

    The Cardinal reminded the faithful that during these times, we are reminded to listen to “angels” sent by God. Listen to their message and remember that we are graced by God. Believe that He will be with us, assisting us in spite of our resistance. Cardinal Tagle urges us, even in a whisper, utter the same words of our Immaculate Mother, “Let it be done to me according to your word.”

    The Cardinal’s homily comes after the formal announcement of his appointment as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fidei), December 8, 12:00 p.m., Vatican Time. (Jolo de Jesus/SOCOM-Immaculate Conception Parish)

  • Cardinal Tagle Speaks Harmony to Educators


    Hours before the announcement of the Vatican to his appointment as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila conducted Principals’ Advent Recollection at RCAM Chapel, Dec. 8.

    Photo by Donny Lastimosa/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish Tondo 

    Reflecting on the Readings on the Second Sunday of Advent, he asked the participants to live in harmony with Jesus.

    “Ano ang pinanabikan natin sa pagdating ni Hesus? Ang sagot ni San Pablo, harmony,” Tagle said.

    He said that in the spirit of Advent and Christmas, “we longing for, hoping for, waiting for harmony.”

    “Baka mayroon kayong kamag-anak  o kaibigan na ang buhay ay kailangan ng harmony, ipagdasal n’yo sila o kaya ipagsimba n’yo din. At baka yung kaunting effort o kaunting word of kindness o kaunting encouragement ay makapagbukas towards harmony,” Tagle explained.

    He told that to prepare oneself for the gift of harmony, one must follow three simple tips.

    “First is justice- respecting every person especially the poor - giving what is due to them.”  he claimed.

    “Kaya po sana sa inyong paaralan, sa inyong ng mga guro sa isa’t isa, [at] ugnayan sa estudyante, sana laging buhay ang justice,” Cardinal added.

    Cardinal Tagle said that acceptance is the second tip.

    “Tanggapin ang bawat isa pero sa pamantayang na kung paano ka tinanggap ni Hesus,” he said.

    Instead of the usual acceptance,  he said that people sometimes give prejudice, judgement and condemnation to others. He further elaborated that Jesus does not tolerate wrongdoings but instead help one in getting up. 

    “Sabi nga ni San Pablo, accept one another,” he said. “Si Hesus dumarating ‘when I was hungry, when I was thirsty, when I was hopeless, when I was sick, when I was imprisoned.’ Dumarating Siya kamukha ng hindi mga ‘di tinatanggap ng lipunan,” he added.

    He further said that acceptance is also in line with the observance of the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indegenous Peoples in the country.

    “Repent- isang mahalagang harmony ay ang harmony with God,” Cardinal said in his last tip.

    He said that there should be a change of thinking, a change of living, a change of seeing people in the eyes of God.

    “You live to prove. Ipakita mo sa buhay mo na gusto mong magbago. Tulong-tulong tayo sa paglago sa misyon sa edukasyon,” Cardinal Tagle ended.

    The seminar was attended by more than 200 school principals and representatives from the divisions of San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Makati, and Manila.

    The event was organized by the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM) with a theme: “Jesus, the Key to Peace and Dialogue.” (Donny Lastimosa/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish Tondo)

  • Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Tagle as the new Prefect of Propaganda Fide




    His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as the new Prefect of Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide).

    The appointment was announced in Rome on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Cardinal Tagle will replace Cardinal Fernando Filoni who has been in the post since 2011.

    Meanwhile, Cardinal Filoni will assume the post of Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher in place of Cardinal Edwin Frederick O' Brien, who resigned in April 2019.

    Cardinal Tagle is the second Asian to hold that post and the second major nomination to the Roman Curia made by Pope Francis in the last quarter of the year.

    Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle, 62, was born on June 21, 1957, in Manila. He was ordained priest in 1962. He obtained his doctorate in Theology in the United States. In 1997, he joined the International Theological Commission after he spent seven years in Rome. He served as parish priest of the Cathedral of Imus and was nominated Bishop of that diocese by Pope John Paul Ii in October 2001. On October 13, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Metropolitan Archbishop of Manila. In November 2012, he was appointed Cardinal.

    Cardinal Tagle is also the president of Caritas Internationalis and Catholic Biblical Federation.

    An official statement from the Archdiocese of Manila is to be released on the afternoon of December 9, 2019. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Bishop-elect Jose Alan Dialogo appeals for help for Diocese of Sorsogon

     


    We make an appeal to your generous hearts to help our faithful who are extremely affected by typhoon Tisoy that badly damaged their property and source of daily living. We badly need shelter materials, food, clothes & drinking water. For donations in kind, pls deliver them to the ff drop-off points:

    1 For Manila & QC Area- Cardinal Sin Welcome Home. JS Fugueras St. Sampaloc, Manila (Inside the compound of Our Lady of Loreto Church),

    2. For Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig & QC- Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, EDSA, Makati.

    3. For Naga City Area- Manto nin Pagkamoot Children's Foundation, Inc.- 445 Dimasalang St. Brgy Sta. Cruz, Naga City.

    4. For those donating Cash, you may deposit at Chinabank Sorsogon branch 
    Magsaysay St. Sorsogon city

    Account No: 1911243418

    Current account

    Account Name: Sorsogon Social Action Foundation Inc.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH! SALAMATONON! DIYOS AN MABALOS!-


    Bishop-Elect Jose Alan Dialogo
    Diocese of Sorsogon

  • Our Lady of Candelaria de Tondo Joins Annual Marian Procession for the First Time


    Joining the procession for the first time, the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Madre y Patrona de Tondo graced the 40th Intramuros Grand Marian Procession (IGMP) on December 1, 2019, at the Manila Cathedral.

    Photo Credit: Jazzper Manapul/SOCOM-Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño de Tondo

    One hundred twelve Marian images marched the streets of Intramuros and celebrated by devotees coming from different parts of the country.

    The Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Madre y Patrona de Tondo is the second patron of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino de Tondo, celebrating its feast day on February 2. The image was accompanied by its parishioners.

    The IGMP is an annual event every first Sunday of December in honor of the Feast of Immaculate Conception. It is organized by Intramuros Administration and Confradia de la Inmaculada Conception Foundation with the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (AJ Llanes/SOCOM-Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo)

  • Panalangin para sa mga apektado ng Bagyong Tisoy




    Mapagmahal na Ama, kinikilala at sinasamba Ka namin. Batid Mo ang pangamba ng maraming Pilipino dahil sa pagpasok ng bagyong Tisoy sa aming bansa. Pahupain nawa ng Inyong mapagpalang kamay ang hangin at ulan. Ilayo po ninyo sa panganib at sakuna ang mga pamilya, lalo na ang mga dukha. Himukin mo kaming magdamayan. Patuloy nawa naming alagaan ang kalikasan at bawa't kapwa-tao. Dinadalangin namin ito sa ngalan ni Jesukristong Anak Mo, kasama ng Espiritu Santo, iisang Dios na Maylikha, Amen.



    Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Archbishop of Manila

  • Healthy Morality is Key to Healthy Body--Priest


    Rev. Fr. Manuel Abogado III, Director of the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Healthcare has a reminder to the youth during the celebration of National AIDS Sunday last December 1, 2019. Fr. Abogado reminded the young people about the need to be very careful with their desire and eagerness to explore, especially in matters of sexuality. Their curiosity, according to him, can be a factor that could lead to sexually transmitted diseases.

    “Malaking apektado talaga yung mga youth 15 to 34 years old kung tutuusin at kailangan talagang magsumikap na mag-abstain, maging faithful, lalong lalo na sa ating pananampalatayang Katoliko, kung hindi man katoliko yung relasyon sa Diyos. Magsumikap na magtimpi, magtiis, huwag basta-basta magpadala sa pita ng laman,” Fr. Abogado said during his homily.

    Photo Credit: Yana Villajos /Radio Veritas

     

    Fr. Abogado, who led the celebration of the Holy Mass held at the San Roque Cathedral in Kalookan for the First Sunday of Advent encouraged those who suffer from HIV-AIDS to remain hopeful.

    “Ngayon ay unang linggo sa panahon ng adbiyento at ang unang kandila na sinindihan ay sumisimbulo sa pag-asa, hindi porket maysakit ang isang tao wala nang pag-asa pa. Ipanalangin natin na makatawid tayo to be able to pass over from sin to salvation, from death to life, from sickness to health… Hindi mawalan ng pag-asa sa mga may sakit, kung susundin lamang yung therapy at magiging maayos na babaguhin yung lifestyle hindi na magiging tulad ng dati, mayroong pag-asa,” Fr. Abogado said

    According to the United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS there are up to 77 thousand people or so-called People Living with HIV in the Philippines. However, there are only about 62 thousand of them have been reported and diagnosed. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila observes Red Wednesday


    The Manila Cathedral and other 
    parishes, shrines, and basilicas in the Philippines were lit in red on November 27, 2019, in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world because of faith.

    The Red Wednesday campaign of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) marked its third year celebration in the Philippines. The campaign asked the faithful to wear red as a statement of support to all the Christians who stood up for their faith.

    The Manila Cathedral marks Red Wednesday on November 27, 2019.
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    Most Rev. Virgilio Pablo David, Bishop of Kalookan celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 6:30 in the evening.

    In his homily, he asked the faithful to pray not only for the persecuted Christians but also those who persecute them.

    "And so today, at this Eucharist, as we commune with Christ, we must learn to say to those who hate us, “You may consider us your enemy, but we will never treat you as our enemy.  That is why we pray for you—because you are also our brothers and sisters, fellow creatures in God’s image and likeness, and called to grow into sons and daughters of the same God.   We pray for you that God may allow you to see the light," Bishop David said.

    After the Mass, an Ecumenical Prayer was held outside the cathedral. Candles were distributed and lighted.

    More than 2,000 parishes, Catholic schools and universities, and other institutions joined the campaign and simultaneously lit their facade in red.

    The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the Aid to Church in Need that creates awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution and invites everyone “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow, light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.

    ACN is a Pontifical charity organization dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer, and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Year of the Youth: The Mission to Evangelize continues


    Young people's mission continues as the Year of the Youth concludes.

    This was what Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan, Director of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth said during the Commissioning and Thanksgiving ceremony of the Year of the Youth held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, Makati, on November 23-24, 2019.

    Archdiocesan Commission on Youth Director Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo celebrate the Holy Eucharist of the Commissioning and Thanksgiving of the Year of the Youth at Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary on November 24, 2019.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC
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     and Commissioning

    According to Fr. Licuanan, the Year of the Youth will not close because the church is sending the young people to continue its mission of evangelization.

    “Ayaw po nating isara ang Year of the Youth, mas maganda po ituloy natin ang pag-aalaala, paghubog, pagbibigay halaga sa mga kabataan” Fr. Licuanan told Radio Veritas.

    Fr. Licuanan further added that the young people can greatly contribute to the promotion of peace and unity especially that the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples began as part of the preparation for the five hundred years of Christianity in the Philippines.

    “Tamang-tama yung pagninilay natin about No Borders, No Limits, somehow maghahanda sa ating mga kabataan para buksan ang kanilang mga pinto o kanilang mga bintana ng buhay para sa pagkakaisa ng buong Kristiyanismo," Father Licuanan said.

    With the theme “Sent! No Borders, No Limits!”, the event commenced with the Opening Liturgy featuring the Archdiocesan Pilgrim Youth Cross and Blood Relic of Saint John Paul II.

    Attended by more than 2,000 young people from the different parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila, the 2-day event was concluded with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo at six in the morning of November 24. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Bishop Virgilio Pablo David during Red Wednesday Mass


    RED WEDNESDAY 2019
    Gospel - Luke 21, 12-19


    Homily delivered by Kalookan Bishop Virgilio Pablo David during Red Wednesday Mass at the Manila Cathedral on November 27, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

    This is the third year that the Catholic Church in the Philippines is observing what we now popularly call Red Wednesday.  It is our opportunity to come together to celebrate the Eucharist with two specific intentions:  one, to unite ourselves in spirit with all the persecuted Churches and fellow Christians around the world, and two, to pray also for our persecutors and to unite ourselves in the spiritual battle against the onslaughts of the Evil One.

    Kalookan Bishop Virgilio Pablo David
    Photo by Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC

    Let’s start with the first intention: what is the best way to UNITE OURSELVES IN PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED FELLOW CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD?  By celebrating the Eucharist, our Sacrament of Love.  When we celebrate the Eucharist and receive Christ in Holy Communion, we enter into communion (a spiritual bond), not just with Christ, but with all our fellow members in the body of Christ throughout the world, especially those who suffer persecution. 

    The first time the earliest Christians were persecuted, we are told by St. Luke in Acts 9 that their persecutor, a rather zealous Pharisaical Jew named Saul had pursued them all the way from Jerusalem.  On his way to Damascus, he was struck down by a blinding light and he heard a voice that said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Even after the voice had identified himself to him as Jesus, Saul was puzzled, of course, because he had never met Jesus personally.  And yet there he was, falling on the ground and being confronted personally  by Jesus who was suffering the most from the pain that Paul was inflicting on the early Christians.

    No wonder, Paul would later call the Church an organic unity similar to that of the human body in 1 Cor 12.  “Like a body with many parts, so it is with Christ.”  How can one part Of the body get hurt without the rest of the body feeling it? In Tagalog, we would say, “Ang sakit ng kalingkingan ay ramdam ng buong katawan.” Meaning, it is a good sign when we are able to feel the pain of the other parts of the Body of Christ.  What is bad is when we don’t feel it at all, when we remain indifferent about it.  When Christians behave this way, it could only mean that the body is sick, that some parts are probably numb or festering with gangrene. 

    The Church is no stranger to persecution because there has never been a time in our history that we did not experience it. For many of our brothers and sisters, persecution has led to martyrdom— the ultimate act of witnessing, exactly as we have heard it in the Gospel:  “They will seize you and persecute you and lead you before governors and princes.  But it will lead to your giving witness.”     Tertullian once said to the persecutors, “We multiply whenever we are mown down by you; the blood of Christians is seed."  And seeds do not mind falling and being buried, do they?  We should know why.

    Our faith is founded already on the witnessing of John the Baptist, that bold prophet whose words disturbed many consciences in Israel, and whom the ruling authorities regarded as a serious threat to their worldly interests.  What better way was there for the governor, Herod Antipas, to silence him than to have his head cut off? And yet, for all his heroic martyrdom, John the Baptist called himself a mere precursor to the one he introduced as the Lamb of God, the one whose sandals, he said he was not even worthy to untie.

    John had offered his head to a headless society.  His disciples were part of that crowd that would touch the heart of Jesus.  Mark tells us, his heart was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep without a Shepherd, or like a body without a head. 

    The one who humbly immersed himself with sinners in the Jordan would fill up the vacuum.  Not only would Jesus in turn offer his head to a headless community.  He would give his whole life, body and blood, in total oblation on the cross.  Therefore the Cross of Christ has become the ultimate symbol of our faith.  Although the cross is a gruesome instrument of torture and capital punishment, for us Christians, it is not a morbid symbol.  It does not stand for suffering and death.  It stands rather for LOVE, the unconditional love of God, the love that is not afraid to suffer and die for the beloved.  Thus Jesus said at the Last Supper as he held the chalice, “This is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins.” 

    That Kenosis, that total emptying of self, that pouring out has never stopped from the day Jesus was martyred on the cross.  We are told that “more Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all other centuries combined.”  We also know that “around 105,000 Christians are martyred for their faith each year, in North Korea, in Pakistan, in Syria, in Libya, in Nigeria, in China, and in many other countries around the world.” 

    St. Paul himself also said in Colossians 1:24  “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church.”  In saying this, he makes us understand that Christ’s work of Redemption goes on.  It was not a one time affair that began and ended on the cross two thousand years ago. It continues to this very day because of our stubborn proclamation that God desires the salvation not just of A few, not just of the righteous and the deserving, but of the sinners and the undeserving as well.  To be able to participate in this redemptive work, we must do our part as members of his body, by being ourselves ever ready to pay the price.

    We suffer because we refuse to believe that there are people in this world who are innately evil. We cannot call ourselves Christians if we believe that there are innately evil people, can we? We stubbornly refuse to believe  that God intends only the salvation of the good and the deserving. We believe rather in the God whose essence is to save, not to condemn, and who desires to save all of us— sinners included. Our faith impels us all the time, even as we reject Evil, to always choose the path of nonviolence and forgiveness.

    Finally, our second special intention for this Mass is to PRAY FOR OUR PERSECUTORS AND UNITE OURSELVES IN THE SPIRITUAL WARFARE.

    Our faith teaches us that although we detest the undeserved suffering that is inflicted on us by those who hate us, we should never learn to hate them in return.  Vengeance has never been the way of Jesus.  We are never to return violence for violence, evil for evil.  Rather, he teaches us to conquer evil with good. 

    Did he not say to us, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who persecute you?”  For if we can do good only to those who are good to us, what merit is there for us, he asks.  As gold that is tested by being made to go through the crucible of fire, he teaches us something that is neither easy to accept nor understand:  “Blessed are you when they insult you or curse you or utter every kind of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven.”

    And so today, at this Eucharist, as we commune with Christ, we must learn to say to those who hate us, “You may consider us your enemy, but we will never treat you as our enemy.  That is why we pray for you—because you are also our brothers and sisters, fellow creatures in God’s image and likeness, and called to grow into sons and daughters of the same God.   We pray for you that God may allow you to see the light.

    We are not at war with you.  As Saint Paul says in Ephesians 6:12-13, 16-17 “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground... In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

    The only battle that we fight is the spiritual battle, following only the standard of Christ. Like our master, we intend the salvation of all, including sinners.  For we believe that it is never God’s business to condemn but to save. But because he does not give up on us even when we are sinners, he is ready to pay the price for our salvation.  That is what we call redemption.  We are to regard even the sufferings that our persecuted brothers and sisters are going through in many parts of the world as participation in Christ’s work of redemption.

    In the midst of so much persecution, I cannot think of a more consoling line from Scripture than Romans 8:31.35, where Paul says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?  Who can separate us from the love of God?”  Nothing but God’s love gives Paul the confidence to say,

    2 Corinthians 4:8-10. “We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.”

    Kaya, sino nga ba ang makapaghihiwalay sa atin sa pagibig ng Diyos?  Wala.  Dahil kay Kristo Hesus na ating Panginoon.  AMEN.

  • Showing Compassion, Most Potent way of Evangelization


    What is the best way to Evangelize? This was the question Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle was asked amidst the many modern means of communication for evangelization.

    “Meron sigurong mga tools na hindi magiging obsolete at kailangang gamitin pero mayroon ding mga bago na kailangang hanapin para ma-address yung nagbabagong pananaw, nagbabagong kaisipan.”

     Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at the Parola Compound in Binondo, Manila in 2018.

    But the most effective means to Evangelize, the Cardinal said, one that will never be obsolete, is showing compassion to the poor, to the sick especially those who are in the hospital and even to those who are grieving.

    The Cardinal also pointed out that in this changing world, there are also methods or means of communication that we need to adopt.

    “Pero meron ding mga naging methods na parang akma sa isang kultura o sa isang mind set na tanggapin natin na nag-iiba rin. Kaya pati yung lenguahe, tool ang language. O kaya yung mga kanta, yung mga programs paano mo i-package yung approach sa Word of God. Yun ay kailangan ire-review,” Cardinal Tagle told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications.

    In addition, he cited how parents continuously find ways to show their love and affection to their children.

    “Katulad din siguro yan ng magulang. Yung mga anak mo nung sanggol yan, ganito yung approach mo tapos pag nag-teen-ager, yun din naman mamahalin mo din pero naghahanap ka ng ibang pamamaraan paano mo makausap, paano mo maipadama yung pagmamahal mo,” he said.

    “Noong bata yan laging kapit sa iyo yan eh, pag teen-ager parang ayaw na, na kasama mo. Hahanap ka naman ng ibang way. Pag yan ay nag-asawa na, yan ay may mga sarili ng mga anak, meron ka ring ibang style. Parang ganun yung nakikita ko,” he added. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Even Pains caused within Families can be Source of Grace


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the 4th Usapang Totoo at Katoto (UTAK), a regular avenue for the youth to dialogue with the Cardinal. The event was spearheaded by the youth of the Archdiocese Manila Commission on Youth at Paco Catholic School, Manila on November 16, 2019.

    Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

    The participants of the forum came from the different parishes under the Vicariate of San Fernando de Dilao. There were youth sharers who talked about brokenness in their family and a mother who shared the pain of losing a child.

    The Cardinal expressed his empathy for the young sharers. He affirmed that the real and nuclear family cannot be changed no matter how imperfect it may be. However, by the hands of God, the youth can still be saved from any unfortunate situation by their own relatives, parish communities and movements in order to make them feel they are part of a family.

    "Kapag mas nalalapit ka kay Hesus, 'pag mas sumusunod ka sa kanya, lumalambot ang puso mo," Cardinal Tagle also emphasized. Their agony can be turned into something greater that leads to a call to serve the Lord and one another, especially those who are in need. "Ang dusa ng isa ay dusa ng lahat. Ang ligaya ng isa ay ligaya ng lahat," he added.

    The recent UTAK forum pointed out how the nuclear family plays a very important role in society and the Church. As a family, relationships are vital for the fruition of the children's values and how they manage the negative experiences as they grew up. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Fatima Llanza/SOCOM/San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • World Day of the Poor calls for Integral Human Development

     

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist marking the Third World Day of the Poor at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila, on November 16, 2019.

    Speaking in front of the faithful who attended the half-day event, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the theme for the celebration, as chosen by Pope Francis, “The Hope of the Poor will not perish forever.”

    ”Ang pag-asa ng mga dukha ay hindi maglalaho, magpakailanman o pang walang hanggan, hindi mamamatay ang pag-asa ng mga dukha. Bakit? Kasi sabi sa Salmo ang inaasahan ng dukha ay ang Diyos,” the Cardinal said.

    Photo by: Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

    Before the Mass, a dialogue called “Panayam, Pag-Asa” was held with the poor and the marginalized. The segment exposed the different faces and experiences of the poor and how they were able to find hope amidst the pains and struggles in life.

    As the Cardinal encouraged the faithful to be in solidarity with the poor, he stressed that aside from the material assistance we extend like giving them clothes and feeding their stomach, more important is to feed them spiritually.

    “Alam mo, siguro yan ang isang tanong na dapat tanungin lagi kasi ito ang laging direksiyon ng simbahan. Ang tawag natin ay integral human development. Yung lumago ang buong tao. Lahat ng aspeto ng kanyang pagkatao,” Cardinal Tagle told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications.

    “At dahil ang tao ay nilalang ng Diyos, lahat ng aspeto na yun ay kasama sa evangelization hindi natin pwedeng paghiwa-hiwalayin,” he added.

    Cardinal Tagle added that human integral development is part of the mission of the Church in the evangelization.

    “At ang pangangailangan ng kabuuan ng tao, kailangang mahipo ng Gospel, ng Mabuting Balita. Hindi nagiging integral ang Evangelization kung iilang tao lang ang nae-e-evangelize ng kabuuan. Kasama sa integral evangelization ay bawat tao, buong tao, at ng lahat ng tao,” he said.

    Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila, also led the Mass for the Third World Day of the Poor organized by the Order of Malta Philippines in Quiapo, Manila, on Nov. 16. The lay religious organization conducted a medical mission and distributed Christmas gifts to one hundred poor families.

    At Vatican City, the Holy Father Pope Francis led the Mass for the Third World Day of the Poor at St. Peter’s Basilica on November 17, telling the faithful that the poor remind us of how we should live the Gospel: “like beggars reaching out to God.” According to Vatican News, like last year, there was a temporary walk-in-clinic in St. Peter’s Square. The clinic offered free medical examinations for the poor.

    The World Day of the Poor is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and was established by the Pope Francis as he promulgated his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Paano nasagip at nailigtas si Elone at Ana sa prostitution?


    Ito ay dahil sa kalinga, pagmamahal at pag-asa o ipinagkaloob na “pastoral care” ng Congregation of Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS).

    Sa panayam ng Radio Veritas kay Elone at Ana, mga dating prostitute sa Cagayan de Oro, kanilang ibinahagi na dahil sa pakikiisa, pagmamalasakit, pagpapakain at shelter care ng RGS ay unti-unti silang namulat sa maling gawain at tuluyang nakaahon mula sa tanikala ng prostitusyon.

    Photo Credit: Radio Veritas

    At bilang pasasalamat, nagsisilbi sa kasalukuyan si Elone at Ana na social worker volunteer o kabilang sa mission partners ng RGS na humihikayat naman sa mga prostitute partikular sa Makati at Pasay area na talikuran na ang pagbibenta ng katawan at panandaliang aliw sa mga lalaki.

    Ibinahagi ni ‘Elone’ dating biktima ng prostitusyon at kasalukuyang volunteer social worker ng RGS at bahagi ng Tingog sa Kasanag sa Cagayan De Oro na mahalagang matulungan ang mga kababaihang ibangon ang kanilang dangal upang maligtas sa mga sakit dulot ng prostitusyon tulad ng HIV/AIDS at iba pang nakakahawang sakit.

    Lubos naman ang pasasalamat ni Ana sa RGS sa ibinigay na pag-asa sa kanya upang makaahon sa prostitusyon at makapagbagong buhay.

    Matapos ang mapait na karanasan sa prostitusyon, naging misyon na ni Ana na tulungan din ang mga babaeng nasasadlak sa pagbibenta ng katawan para sa sexual pleasure ng mga lalaki.

    Naniniwala si Sr. Ailyn Binco, Mission Development Coordinator ng St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, Inc.,(the social welfare and development foundation of Religious of the Good Shepherd(RGS(Religious of the Good Shepherd) na sa pagkalinga ng mga prostituted women ay muling maibalik ang kanilang moral at dignidad bilang babae na kabilang sa mga anak ng Diyos.

    “Once a woman undergo healing sessions, she regain her dignity and self-worth; she will reclaim that she is a child of God and will realize that God loves her unconditionally,” pahayag ni Sr. Binco sa Radio Veritas.

    Sa panayam ng Radio Veritas sa ilang biktima ng prostitusyon sa Makati Red Light District, pinasok ni alyas “Ana” ang prostitusyon dahil sa labis na kahirapan.

    Aniya, bilang single parent mas binibigyang prayoridad ni ‘Ana’ ang kinabukasan ng anak na mabigyan ng wastong edukasyon para sa magandang kinabukasan.

    Iginiit naman ni alyas ‘Lyn’ na kailangan nitong tustusan ang pangangailangan ng pamilya dahil iniwan ito ng kanyang asawa kaya’t nagsusumikap itong maghanap buhay at tanging sa prostitusyon napadpad.

    “We stared our involvement with the women thru getting to know them: bar visit, informal talk, befriending them, inviting them to our centers, providing sessions: establishing personal relationship with them is very effective; they should feel at home and at peace so that they will trust us,” ani ni Sr. Binco.

    Binibisita ng mga madre ang mga bar upang kilalanin ang kababaihang biktima ng human trafficking at makagawa ng hakbang na maalis sila sa prostitusyon.

    Kabilang sa mga lugar na tinutungo ng RGS sisters ang Olangapo, Pampanga, Pasay, Ermita, Quezon Ave., Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Makati (P.Burgos area) at sa Baclaran (airport road areas).

    RGS PROGRAMS

    Para sagipin ang mga babaeng binansagang “sex workers o prosti”, sa pakikipagtulungan sa Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Makati at Natioanl Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help o Baclaran church ay itinatag ang “Marta’s kitchen”.

    Ayon kay Sister Binco, layunin ng Marta’s kitchen na makiisa at makilakbay sa mapait na dinaranas ng mga babaeng nasasadlak sa prostitusyon sa bansa.

    Tuwing alas-tres ng madaling araw ay pinapakain ng R-G-S sisters katuwang ang mga social worker volunteer at mga layko ng parokya ang mga prosti bilang pakikiisa sa kanilang kalagayan.

    DROP-IN CENTERS

    Ang advocacy campaign na “drop in center” ay lugar kung saan maaring magpahinga ang mga “prosti” at lugar ng counselling at spiritual formations.

    SHELTER CARE

    Sa Healing naman itinatayo ang Shelter Care – dito pansamantalang maninirahan ang mga rescued prostituted women habang tinutugunan ang kagalingang pisikal, emosyonal at ispiritwal kabilang na dito ang pagbibigay ng skills training at edukasyon.

    AFTER CARE

    Habang napapaloob naman sa “after care” ang family reintegration, independent living, job assistance/placement, at educational assistance.

    Panoorin at alamin ang mapait na katotohanan na dahilan kung bakit naging bilanggo ng prostitution ang mahigit sa 500,000 Filipina sa dokumentaryo ng TV Maria na ipapalabas sa Sky cable 210, Destiny cable 96, Sky direct 49 at Satlite 102 sa ika-25 ng Nobyembre 2019.

    Sa iba pang karagdagang impormasyon sa masaklap na dinaranas ng mga babaeng biktima ng maunlad na “sex commercialization” sa bansa, bisitahin ang veritas846.ph at www.rcam.org na itinanghal na best Diocesan website sa ikaapat na Catholic Social Media Awards.

    Kaalinsabay sa paggunita ng International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women tuwing ika-25 ng Nobyembre, mariing nanawagan ang RGS sa ehekutibo, lehislatibo at lokal na pamahalaan na tuluyang ihinto ang sex commercialization sa bansa. (Norman Dequina and Arnel Pelaco/Radio Veritas)

  • Women are not commodities! Stop sex commercialization


    Nananawagan ang Religious of the Good Shepherd o RGS sa pamahalaan na magpatupad ng “Zero tolerance for buyers of sex sa Pilipinas.
     

    Hinimok ng RGS ang Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso, Senado, Ehekutibo at mga Local Government Unit (LGUs) na lumikha ng batas na magpaparusa sa mga nagsusulong ng commercialized sex at mga nagbabayad para sa isang sexual act.

    “Condemn state sponsorship of prostitution; reject the legalization of prostitution. Call for laws that do not criminalize a prostituted person but prosecutes those who sponsor commercialized sex and those who purchase sexual acts from other persons”. panawagan ng RGS.

    Photo Credit: Radio Veritas

    Ikinababahala ng RGS ang laganap na “human trafficking” bilang isang criminal industry na naging dahilan ng lumalalang prostitution sa Pilipinas.

    Itinuturing ng RGS ang “prostitution of women and girls” na gender violence kung saan ang tingin ng mga lalaki at lipunan sa mga babae ay isang commodity lamang.

    Ikinalulungkot din ng RGS ang pagtanggap ng pamahalaan sa prostitution bilang isang work agenda o propesyon.

    Naninindigan ang RGS na kung hindi pinapayagan ng pamahalaan at hindi tinatangkilik ng mga lalaki ang “flesh trade” ay walang tinatawag na “sex workers” o “prosti” at walang prostitution industry.

    Tinukoy ni Sister Ailyn Binco, Mission Development Coordinator ng St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. (the social welfare and development foundation of RGS) ugat ng prostitution sa Pilipinas tulad ng kahirapan, patriarchy, male privilege, extreme wealth, racist attitudes, militarization, ecological degradation, kawalan ng family support, kawalan ng maayos na migration policies at mataas na sex demand ng mga lalaki.

    Kinatigan ng RGS ang United Nations 1949 Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others na itinuturing ang prostitution na paglapastangan sa dignidad ng tao at nagdudulot ng panganib sa kapakanan ng isang indibidwal, pamilya at komunidad.

    MARTA’S KITCHEN

    Para sagipin ang mga babaeng binansagang “sex workers o prosti”, sa pakikipagtulungan sa Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Makati at Natioanl Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help o Baclaran church ay itinatag ang “Marta’s kitchen”.

    Ayon kay Sister Binco, layunin ng Marta’s kitchen na makiisa at makilakbay sa mapait na dinaranas ng mga babaeng nasasadlak sa prostitusyon sa bansa, lalo na sa may P. Burgos Makati area at Pasay.

    Tuwing alas-tres ng madaling araw ay pinapakain ng RGS sisters katuwang ang mga social worker volunteer at mga layko ng parokya ang mga prosti bilang pakikiisa sa kanilang kalagayan.

    Ibinahagi ng Madre na upang personal na makisalamuha at makadaupang palad ang mga prosti ay madalas na binibisita at pumapasok ang kanilang grupo sa mga bahay aliwan.

    Tinutungo ng RGS ang Olongapo, Pampanga, Ermita, Quezon Ave., Batangas, Cagayan de Oro at Cebu.

    DROP-IN CENTERS

    Ang advocacy campaign na “drop in center” ay lugar kung saan maaring magpahinga ang mga “prosti” at lugar ng counselling at spiritual formations.

    SHELTER CARE

    Sa Healing naman itinatayo ang Shelter Care – dito pansamantalang maninirahan ang mga rescued prostituted women habang tinutugunan ang kagalingang pisikal, emosyonal at ispiritwal kabilang na dito ang skills training at edukasyon.

    AFTER CARE

    Habang napapaloob naman sa “after care” ang family reintegration, independent living, job assistance/placement, at educational assistance.

    Naninindigan ang RGS na ang prostitusyon “is exploitative and is never part of a decent work agenda. The idea that women are commodities available to be consumed and exploited has no place in a society striving for gender equality. Rejects any notion of “child prostitution”. Reject the notion that a person in prostitution is a “sex worker”. We express solidarity with those who are vulnerable to being the objects of prostitution. We seek to listen to the experiences of these persons, accompany them in their personal journeys and develop, with them, holistic programs to meet their needs. We support women and girls in healing, self-sufficiency through employable skills, economic and personal growth opportunities, and reconciliation with often-estranged families.

    Naniniwala si Sr.Binco na bagamat napakahirap ang kanilang mithiin na mai-ahon at maalis ang mga prosti sa pagbibenta ng panandaliang aliw sa mga lalaki ay kanilang naipapadama sa mga ito ang pag-ibig ng Diyos.

    Ikinalugod ng madre na sa ilang taong adbokasiya ng kongregasyon katuwang ang mga barangay, health centers para sa hygiene checkup at sa City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development offices, matagumpay itong nailigtas ang mga kababaihan na sa kasalukuyan ay may kanya-kanyang propesyon.

    Kaugnay nito, sa kanyang Apostolic visit sa Thailand, nanawagan si Pope Francis ng respeto para sa mga “prosti” at biktima ng human trafficking.

    Ayon sa Santo Papa, ang mga kabataan at babaeng biktima ng prostitution ay bahagi ng ating pamilya, mga magulang, mga kapatid at mga kaibigan na dapat samahan at makilakbay sa kanilang mapait na karanasan at kalagayan.

    Hiniling ni Pope Francis sa lider ng mga bansa na protektahan ang mga kabataan at kababaihan sa pananamantala ng ilang negosyante at pulitiko sa kanilang kahinaan.

    Panoorin at alamin ang mapait na katotohanan na dahilan kung bakit naging bilanggo ng prostitution ang mahigit sa 500,000 Filipina sa dokumentaryo ng TV Maria na ipapalabas sa Sky cable 210, Destiny cable 96, Sky direct 49 at Satlite 102 sa ika-25 ng Nobyembre 2019.

    Sa iba pang karagdagang impormasyon sa masaklap na dinaranas ng mga babaeng biktima ng maunlad na “sex commercialization” sa bansa, bisitahin ang veritas846.ph at www.rcam.org na itinanghal na best Diocesan website sa ikaapat na Catholic Social Media Awards.

    Alinsunod ng panawagan, pangungunahan ng RGS ang isang pagkilos para isulong ang International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women sa Lunes, ika-25 ng Nobyembre, 2019. (Arnel Pelaco/Radio Veritas)

  • Nuns, provide food and shelter to Makati and Pasay “Harlots”

     
    Kinakalinga ng grupo ng mga madre ang mga indibidwal na biktima ng prostitusyon o tinaguriang mga “Harlots” sa bansa at tinutulungang makabangon sa karanasan.

    Ang mga prostituted women o sinasabing mga Magdalene/Babaeng mababa ang lipad ay tinatawag na mga Harlot sa bibliya.

    Photo Credit: Radio Veritas

    Naniniwala si Sr. Ailyn Binco, Mission Development Coordinator ng St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, Inc., (the social welfare and development foundation of Religious of the Good Shepherd(RGS) na sa pagkalinga ng mga prostituted women muling maibalik ang kanilang moral at dignidad bilang babae na kabilang sa mga anak ng Diyos.

    “Once a woman undergo healing sessions, she regain her dignity and self-worth; she will reclaim that she is a child of God and will realize that God loves her unconditionally,” pahayag ni Sr. Binco sa Radio Veritas.

    Sa panayam ng Radio Veritas sa ilang biktima ng prostitusyon sa Makati Red Light District, ikinatwiran ni alyas “Ana” na napilitan itong pasukin ang prostitusyon dahil sa labis na kahirapan.

    Aniya, bilang single parent mas binibigyang prayoridad ni ‘Ana’ ang kinabukasan ng anak na mabigyan ng wastong edukasyon para sa magandang kinabukasan.

    Dahil sa kahirapan, hanggang First Year high school lamang ang tinapos ni ‘Ana’ at nagtrabaho bilang factory worker subalit bunsod ng kontraktuwalisasyon nawalan ito ng kabuhayan.

    Sa panig naman ni alyas ‘Lyn’ kailangan nitong tustusan ang pangangailangan ng pamilya dahil iniwan ito ng kanyang asawa kaya’t nagsusumikap itong maghanap buhay at tanging sa prostitusyon napadpad.

    Sa kasalukuyang tala tinatayang humigit kumulang 500,000 ang mga indibidwal na nasa prostitusyon.

    Ibinahagi ni Sister Binco na apat na dekada na ang nakalipas ng simulan ng RGS sisters ang Ministry for Women in prostitution bilang bahagi ng kanilang misyon nang maitatag ang kanilang kongregasyon sa Pransya noong ika – 17 siglo.

    Binibisita ng mga madre ang mga bar upang kilalanin ang kababaihang biktima ng human trafficking at makagawa ng hakbang na maalis ang mga ito sa prostitusyon.

    “We stared our involvement with the women thru getting to know them: bar visit, informal talk, befriending them, inviting them to our centers, providing sessions: establishing personal relationship with them is very effective; they should feel at home and at peace so that they will trust us,” ani ni Sr. Binco.

    Kabilang sa mga lugar na tinutungo ng RGS sisters ang Olangapo, Pampanga, Pasay, Ermita, Quezon Ave., Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Makati (P.Burgos area) at sa Baclaran (airport road areas).

    Pagbabahagi pa ng madre na sa ilang taong adbokasiya ng kongregasyon katuwang ang mga barangay, health centers para sa hygiene checkup at sa City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development offices, matagumpay itong nailigtas ang mga kababaihan na sa kasalukuyan ay may kanya-kanyang propesyon na sa lipunan.

    “For the past years, with God’s grace through healing sessions and capacity building activities, there are already women who are professionals and employed in a humane job; formed gender advocates that act now as peer educator and outreach worker to those women who are still in situations of prostitutions. The struggles are still there, but they are already capacitated on how to handle problems and face life challenges.” pahayag ni Sr.Binco sa Radio Veritas

    Ayon naman kay ‘Elone’ dating biktima ng prostitusyon at kasalukuyang volunteer social worker ng RGS at bahagi ng Tingog sa Kasanag sa Cagayan De Oro, mahalagang matulungan ang mga kababaihang ibangon ang kanilang dangal upang maligtas sa mga sakit dulot ng prostitusyon tulad ng HIV/AIDS.

    Batay sa tala ng United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, nangunguna ang Pilipinas sa buong mundo na may pinakamaraming kaso ng HIV/AIDS.

    RGS Programs

    Para tugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga tinaguriang “Harlots”, isinasagawa ng Sts. Peter and Paul Parish ng Makati, sa tulong at gabay ng R-G-S ang MARTHA’S KITCHEN, at ipinapatupad naman ng RGS and mga DROP-IN CENTERS,SHELTER CARE at AFTER CARE Programs.

    DROP-IN CENTERS

    Ang advocacy campaign na “drop in center” kung saan maaring magpahinga ang mga Harlots at lugar na isasagawa ang counselling at spiritual formations.

    SHELTER CARE

    Sa Healing naman itinatayo ang Shelter Care – dito pansamantalang maninirahan ang mga rescued prostituted women habang tinutugunan ang kagalingang pisikal, emosyonal at ispiritwal kabilang na dito ang skills training at edukasyon.

    AFTER CARE

    Habang napapaloob naman sa “after care” ang family reintegration, independent living, job assistance/placement, at educational assistance.

    MARTHA’S KITCHEN

    Pinalalakas ng RGS nuns ang GABAYAN Program para sa prostituted women o Harlots kung saan pinakakain, binibihisan at tinutulungan ang bawat biktima na tuluyang maahon sa prostitusyon.

    Mapapanood at matutunghayan ang kabuuang dokumentaryo ng “Church-In-Action” sa TV Maria sa pamamagitan ng Sky cable 210, Destiny cable 96, Sky direct 49 at Satlite 102 sa ika-25 ng Nobyembre 2019.

    Sa iba pang karagdagang impormasyon sa masaklap na dinaranas ng mga babaeng biktima ng maunlad na “sex commercialization” sa bansa, bisitahin ang veritas846.ph, www.rcam.org na itinanghal na best Diocesan website sa ikaapat na Catholic Social Media Awards. (Norman Dequina/Radio Veritas)

  • RED WEDNESDAY campaign slated on Nov. 27



    The Red Wednesday campaign of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will mark its third year of creating awareness about the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

    On November 27, Kalookan Bishop Virgilio Pablo David will preside the Holy Eucharist in celebration of Red Wednesday at the Manila Cathedral, at 6:30 p.m. After the Mass, the facade of cathedrals and parish churches will be illuminated with red lights to honor the persecuted Christians.

    According to Jonathan Luciano, National Director of ACN - Philippines, a total of 2,065 parishes are expected to participate. Catholic schools and universities and other institutions have expressed their intent to join the campaign.

    There will be campus forums and exhibits on religious freedom and persecution, to be led by the University of Santo Tomas, Adamson University, and the San Carlos Seminary.

    In light of the coming Year of Ecumenism, Inter-religious Dialogue, and Religious Peoples as preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, Mr. Luciano said that this year’s Red Wednesday campaign will involve Christians from other denominational families and ecumenical groups.

    “For the first time, we will be involving our brothers and sisters who belong to different Christian denominations sa liturgical celebration. We will be having an ecumenical prayer right after the Mass, and together we will light up the church as a symbol of a tribute to the martyrs. To the Christian martyrs hindi lang po katoliko ang martyr. There are other Christians who are martyr, evangelical, orthodox, protestants, they also profess that Christ is god,” Mr. Luciano said.

    Based on the 2018 Religious Freedom Report, a formal and annual presentation of facts on religious freedom by ACN, there are approximately 300 million Christians in the world who are persecuted and do not have the freedom to practice their faith including the bishops.

    “Bishops are also suffering persecution right now. I need not mention it I need not elaborate it. We pray, we continue to pray for our bishops,” he said.

    Early this year, Mr. Luciano said that they sent a request to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) requesting Red Wednesday to be an official church celebration in the Philippines.

    “Starting next year, hopefully, we pray ma-grant ang request namin because the CBCP Permanent Council generously responded to our request and they said that they will be discussing this matter sa kanilang January plenary assembly next year,” he said.

    “It will be on Wednesday after Christ the King. So every November, the Wednesday after Christ the king set aside as the day of prayer for persecuted Christians and the Red Wednesday,” he added.

    The Red Wednesday campaign is an initiative of the Aid to Church in Need that creates awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution and invites everyone “to make a visible statement by wearing red and, if resources allow, light their own parishes or respective buildings or local monuments in red.

    ACN is a Pontifical charity organization dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer, and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Mass marking the 3rd World Day of the Poor


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 3rd World Day of the Poor held at San Andres Sports Complex, Malate Manila, on November 16, 2019, at 8 a.m.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass for 3rd World Day of the Poor.
    Photo by: Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya, muli po, nagpapasalamat tayo sa Diyos na tayo ay magkakasama muli sa pagdiriwang ng Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Mahihirap. Ito po ay sinimulan ni Pope Francis, sabi n’ya meron tayong World Youth Day, meron tayong World Meeting of Families, dapat magkaroon tayo ng World Day of the Poor.

    Pero hindi nga lang ito isang araw, dapat araw-araw. Araw-araw ay dapat buhay sa atin lalo na bilang mga alagad ni Kristo ang pagdamay, ang pagtatanggol, pagtataguyod sa mga kapatid na gipit na gipit, hirap na hirap.

    At sa taong ito katulad ng nabanggit natin, ang tema na pinili ni Pope Francis na tema ay “The Hope of the Poor will not perish forever.” Ang pag-asa ng mga dukha ay hindi maglalaho, magpakailanman o pang walang hanggan, hindi mamamatay ang pag-asa ng mga dukha. Bakit? Kasi sabi sa Salmo ang inaasahan ng dukha ay ang Diyos.

    At maganda po ang mga pagbasa. Sa unang pagbasa pinaalaala sa atin na ang Diyos ang nagligtas sa bayang Israel noong sila ay inalipin sa Ehipto. Gumawa ng mga kababalaghan ang Diyos. Pati ang dagat ay hinawi upang ang bayan N’ya ay mapalaya. Isang dahilan, isang alaala, para sa mga taong nanghihina ang loob, alalahanin ang ginawa ng Diyos para iligtas ang Kan’yang bayang Israel.

    At sa Ebanghelyo sino ang makapagbibigay ng tunay na katarungan? Binigay ni Hesus ang isang kwento, isang babae, balo, na punta ng punta sa isang judge para makakuha s’ya ng katarungan. Pero itong hukom na ito raw ay walang takot sa Diyos at dahil walang takot sa Diyos, walang iginagalang na tao. Gan’yan kapag pati sa Diyos hindi ka natatakot, wala ka nang igagalang na tao. Kaya ito raw hukom na ito, walang takot sa Diyos, walang paggalang sa tao, pero sa kan’ya kumakatok itong babae. “Huy, sa ano mo naman, sa desisyon mo, ibigay mo sa akin ang katarungan.”

    Sa kwento, itong hukom binigay naman ang tamang desisyon para sa babae. Pero hindi dahil naniniwala s’ya sa katarungan. Bakit n’ya binigay yung desisyon pabor sa babae? Sabi, “napaka kulit naman kasi nitong babaeng ito para hindi na ako kulitin. Para hindi na ito magpabalik-balik, aayusin ko na ang desisyon nang tumahimik na.” Hindi pa rin katarungan talaga ang binigay, para lang lumayo.

    Pero ang Diyos, sabi ni Hesus, ang Diyos nand’yan. Ang tanong lang ni Hesus, pagdating ng anak ng tao may makikita kaya S’yang mga taong nananalig sa kan’ya? Ang paanyaya ni Hesus ay manalig, umasa, ang Diyos hindi katulad ng ibang mga hukom, ang Diyos magbibigay ng katarungan subalit nananalig ba tayo? Maganda yung narinig po nating mga kwento, iba-iba ang uri ng kahirapan. May kahirapan na ikaw ay nasabit sa isang mali na hindi naman ikaw ang may kagagawan, at n’ung naghulihan ikaw pa ang nahuli. Nagtiwala sa mga kaibigan, sumama, pero nung hulihan na takbuhan na! Yung naanyayahan, s’ya ang nadakip. Isang uri yan ng paghihirap.

    May halong parang pagtataksil, may halong pagpapabaya tapos para lang mapaikli ang iyong sentensya, aminin mo nalang kahit hindi ikaw ang gumawa. Napaka hirap yon ho. Aminin ang isang bagay na hindi mo ginawa, isang uri yan ng kahirapan. Isang uri yan ng pagkadukha na nangyayari araw-araw sa napakaraming tao. “Aminin mo na lang nang tumahimik na.” Tapos po yung hirap na dulot ng karamdaman. Hirap sa katawan, pero lalo ka pang pahihirapan kapag tinanggihan ka at nasabihan, “Hanggang d’yan ka nalang! wala ka nang pag-asang lumago.”

    Isang uri pa rin yan ng kahirapan. Nakita natin yung kahirapan na nagpupunyagi ka, nagtatrabaho ka para sa pamilya mo, sinasamantala ka naman pala ng iyong pinagtatrabahuhan. Hirap na hirap ka na sa kakatrabaho, hindi mo pa nakukuha yung dapat sa iyo at sa pamilya mo. At kahit na may hustisya, hindi pa rin naibibigay ang dapat sa iyo. Isang mukha na naman ng kahirapan. At yung isang mukha pa, “wala naman akong inaangkin, di ko naman sinasabing amin itong lupa, humihingi lang kami ng konsiderasyon at tamang proseso.” Tapos maya-maya ikaw na ang may kaso! Napaka hirap, nawalan na nga ng bahay, ikaw pa ang may kaso.

    Ilan lamang ito sa mga mukha ng kahirapan na narinig natin. Pero makita natin yun sinasabi po ni Pope Francis bilang mensahe sa taong ito. narinig natin, ang tawag ko sa kanilang apat ay mga teacher natin, teacher sa pag-asa. Doon sa Salmo at sa mensahe ni Pope Francis, ang ating pag-asa nasa Diyos. Sana po ito ay maging leksyon, aral, hindi lamang sa mga dumaranas ng paghihirap kun’di para sa ating lahat. Ang pag-asa ay sa Diyos. Ang Diyos lamang ang maaasahan.

    Maghihintay tayo, kailan kaya ang pagkilos ng Diyos? Maghihintay tayo. Sabi nga kanina, PUSH! Pray Until Something Happens. At yung something happens, hindi yan gawa ng kung sino-sino, gawa yan ng Diyos pero maghihintay tayo. Minsan kung kailan mo hindi inaasahan biglang, BOOM! Nahawi ang dagat at ikaw ay makakatakas na. only God, tanging Diyos lang ang makakagawa n’yan. Ang ating papel, sabi ni Hesus sa ebanghelyo, manalig! H’wag manghihinawa, h’wag susuko, h’wag maiinip, kasi ang Diyos sabi nga, “Ang pamamaraan ng Diyos ay hindi pamamaraan ng tao.”

    At ang panahon ng Diyos, iba sa panahon natin. Tayo mainipin, ano ho? Pero bahagi ng pag-asa ay, “kakapit ako sa iyo Diyos, kahit inip na inip na ko! Pero alam ko ikaw pa rin ang kikilos.” Sabi nga nila, in God’s own time, sa panahon ng Diyos. Meron ho akong kilala. Nabalitaan ko yung asawa n’ya ay buntis. Sabi ko, “O, congratulations! Mag-aapat na ang anak mo.” Sabi n’ya, sana itong ikaapat lalaki na.” Kasi tatlong babae. Sabi n’ya, “Sinabi ko nga sa Diyos kapag itong ikaapat ay babae na naman, hindi na ako maniniwala sa kan’ya! Magbo-born-again na ako, aalis na ako sa simbahan.”

    “Ha? Kahit babae yan, kahit lalaki yan, anak mo yan biyaya ng Diyos!” “Hindi! Minsan lang ako humiling.” Nung nanganak, babae nga. Aba’y umalis, umalis nga sa simbahan. Sabi ko, “Pambihira ka, pasalamat ka may apat kang magagandang anak.” Nagbiro pa nga ako, “Kami nga ni isa wala ikaw, apat, masama pa ang loob mo?” (Cardinal laughs) Naku po! ang pag-asa, may paggalang din sa kilos ng Diyos at timing ng Diyos.

    Ang ikalawang paalaala ni Pope Francis, kung ang pag-asa ay sa Diyos, kailangang makilatis tayo. Minsan kasi sa pagmamadali ang pag-asa natin hindi na sa tunay na Diyos, umaasa na tayo sa pera. “Basta maraming pera okay ang buhay ko!” Naku hindi! Yung iba umaasa ginagawang diyos ang kanilang posisyon. Yung iba ginagawang diyos ang kanilang kapangyarihan, yan ang sinasamba. Yan ang pinag-aalayan ng pag-asa. Pero hindi lahat yan lilipas. Kaya kapag nawala si pera, problemado ka na naman. Kapag nawala ka sa posisyon, aburido ka na naman, kapag nawala ang kapangyarihan, nako, isambakol ang mukha. Pero yung kumakapit sa Diyos at hindi S’ya ipinagpapalit sa mga diyus-diyosan, yan ang may tunay na pag-asa.

    Sabi ko nga kagabi, kahapon sa isang misa, yung mga kaedad ko siguro dito ho, natatandaan n’yo ba yung kantang “Sinasamba kita.” Meron ba sa inyong nakakaalaala ng kantang ‘yon? Pakitaas ang kamay (some raised their hand) o naku marami pala akong ka edad dito (audience laughs). Di ba yung sabi, “kung ano mang dahilan ay di mahalaga basta’t sinasamba kita!” ang problema, hindi naman yun sinasabi sa Diyos, sinasabi yun ng kanta sa isang crush. Aba, ginawang diyos yung kan’yang napupusuan. “Sinasamba kita” (in singing tone) nanginginig pa habang kinakanta yan ha! (audience laughs) Nasa videoke ba yan? (audience laughs) Aba, oo daw, nag vivideoke kayo? (some answered)

    Kapag yung sinasamba kita at ang kaharap yung crush ko, sinasamba kita ang kaharap ay limpak-limpak na pera, ang ganda ng pagkanta. “Kahit ano pang dahilan ay di mahalaga basta’t sinasamba kita!” (cardinal sings) Pero kapag, tumayo tayo para sa pag-awit, unang sa simula ng misa. “Bayan umawit, ng papuri Sapagkat ngayon, ika’y pinili” (cadinal sings in funny tone) (audience laughs) Kapag sa Diyos na, walang kabuhay-buhay pero kapag sa crush ‘pag sa pera, “Sinasamba” (in singing tone) (audience laughs) Alam n’yo, ang sumasamba sa diyus-diyosan, yan ang walang pag-asa. At uuwi yan sa corruption, sa pagkasira ng lipunan, sa pagsira sa kapwa, lalong didilim ang buhay, walang pag-asa.

    Kaya yung pagsabi nating, “Sa Diyos ang pag-asa” may kasama yan, iwasan ang diyus-diyosan. Yung iba d’yan e nagtext lang yung crush, naku hindi na makatulog. “Tinext ako! Tinext ako!” tapos ibabalita na sa iba, “Tinext ako! Tinext ako!” lolokohin ka n’yan! Naku, ha wag mo d’yan ilagay ang pag-asa mo ha, sa Diyos! Ang Diyos kahit hindi mo itext nakikita ka, pinapakinggan ka, ang tanong ni Hesus may matatagpuan ba S’ya na nananalig sa Diyos? Kaya mamaya yung susunod na kanta ha, para sa Diyos kaya dapat, ano? (audience laughs) Kung bakit sa videoke e talagang ang score 100! Pero kapag sa Diyos na kakanta anu na, o kayo ha choir. At pang huli po, baka kayo’y inip na inip na.

    Ang pag-asa sa Diyos, ingatan ang mga diyus-diyosan, at ikatlo, tayo’y maging daan ng pag-asa sa iba. At sabi ni Pope, wag tayog ambisyoso. Ngayon, para maging daan ng pag-asa sa mga mahihirap ay mangangako tayong, “hwag kang mag-alala kaya naming yan! Sagot ko yan!” kasi sa totoo, hindi naman natin kayang sagutin lahat. Sabi ni Pope Francis, gawin ang makakaya pero magtulung-tulungan para malaki ang maaabot. At sa pang-ara-araw na buhay, pwedeng maging daan tayo ng pag-asa sa naghihirap. Yung sabi n’ya even a smile, kahit yung ngiti, yung isang salitang nagpapalakas ng loob, yung kaya mong makinig, yung kaya mong dumamay na ipapadama mo sa naghihirap na kasama n’ya ang Diyos.

    Kailangan natin ng mga ministries, kailangan natin ng mga programs, pero kasama n’yan kailangan din yung ating personal na pakikitungo sa mga mahihirap kahit minsan walang salita. Isang presensya na nagpapadama ng aruga at tunay na pagdamay, nakakapagpalakas na ng pag-asa. Pinatatawa ko kayo, tatapusin ko sa isa na namang joke. Ilan ho sa inyo ang involve doon sa Pondo ng Pinoy lalo na sa Hapag-Asa yung feeding program para sa mga bata na… (some raise their hand) Ayun meron. Yan ho, kung hindi man kayo kasama dun sa pagluluto, siguro yung tulong na bente singko sentimos ang daming bata na napapakain n’yan.

    Minsan, pumunta ako sa isang feeding center, hindi ako nagsabi na darating ako, pumunta po ako don sa lutuan kung saan sila nagluluto, sa likod ako dumaan, hindi nila ako nakita. Naggagayat, rinig na rinig ko yung usapan. “Kung alam ko lang na ganito kahirap itong pag-vo-volunteer, hindi na sana ako nag-volunteer!” (audience laughs) Aba sabi nung isa, “Oo nga araw-araw ka palang mamamalengke, araw-araw kang magluluto!” (Cardinal laughs) Edi ako naman unti-unti, lumapit ako. “Ehem!” (Cardinal cleans his throat) “Good morning!” Sabi nila, “Ay bishop!” Sabi ko, “ Huy salamat sa inyo ha, sa inyong pagsasakripisyo, kaya lang kako ang pinakakain natin mga malnourish, wag nating dagdagan ng rekado ng sama ng loob, reklamo, ano ho?

    Baka lalong hindi tumaas ang timbang kasi ang kinakain nila, hindi lang pala manok, kun’di manok na sama ng loob.” (audience laughs) Ba’t ko kinukwento yan? Kasi naalaala ko nung sinabi in Pope Francis, yes, yung mga projects mahalaga yan at dapat palalimin pa, palawakin pa, pero h’wag kalilimutan, ano yung dala-dala din natin, tamang pakikitungo, patience, even just a smile ano ho? Kaya habang nagluluto, nakangiti, habang dumadalaw sa mga naghihirap yung pagluha na bunga ng pakikiisa at ikaw mismo helpless, as helpless as the others, makita na hindi ka nagmamalaki, ikaw ay kapwa dukha.

    Dukha rin tayo na lumalapit sa kapwa dukha. Tayo po’y tumahimik sandali at tanggapin ang alok, hamon ng mga pagbasa at ni Pope Francis sa World Day of the Poor sa taong ito. (Radio Veritas and Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Cardinal Tagle to Catholic schools – Form Good citizens and Christians


    Delivering his homily during Mass for the 60th Anniversary of the Manila Ecclesiastical Province Schools System Association (MAPSA), Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has called on all the catholic schools to recognize their strength and learn from their weaknesses.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass for the 60th Anniversary of MAPSA.
    Photo by Jheng M. Prado

    Catholic schools in the archdiocese of Manila are called to be in communion with its mission to educate young people.

    “In the church the term is communion. Sana sa pamamagitan ng MAPSA, tayong lahat ay magkatulung-tulong, mabuklod sa iisang misyon. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagtatapakan. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagsisiraan. Kung ano ang mahina sa isa, tulungan natin mapalakas. At kung ano ang malakas sa isa, huwag kainggitan. Pasalamatan at baka may matututunan tayo,”Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle who is also the President of MAPSA, said that education plays a significant role in the mission of the Church. He added that in the Bible, Christ is called “Rabbi” or teacher whose mission is to guide, mold and teach the people of God.

    “Kung tutuusin, pwede nating sabihin na lahat ng ginagawa sa Simbahan ang pangangaral, ang Bible study, ang sakramento, ang social action, lahat yan ay pamamaraan ng pagtuturo, paghuhubog. Nagkataon lang na, the educational ministry became more formal. But it is not only through the school that the Church teaches, educates and forms. All aspects of the Church’s mission is educational, formative. Kaya nasa dugo ng Simbahan ang edukasyon,” he said.

    Reflecting on Vatican II, Cardinal Tagle stressed that aside from the role of the schools to educate, they are also task to form the students to become good citizens and Christians.

    “According to Vatican II, the schools of the Church are supposed to form men and women through the development of their intellectual capacities, the development of their values, the development of their missionary engagement that the educational institutions form good citizens of society and also good Christians,” he said.

    At the end of his homily, Cardinal Tagle said, “Sana po sa pagsisimula ng 60th anniversary ng MAPSA, sa naging mga pagbabago, sa pagdaloy ng panahon, sana lalong umigting at patuloy tayong maghanap ng naaangkop na pamamaraan ng pagsasama-sama, pagtutulungan.

    The 60th Anniversary of MAPSA was held at The Manila Cathedral, on November 15, 2019. It was attended by representatives from the different MAPSA schools. MAPSA celebrates “60 years of deepening the life of faith in children and young people, of becoming centers of excellence of learning, and creating that environment in our schools where justice and development are emphasized and realized.” (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 60th Anniversary of MAPSA


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the 60th Anniversary of MAPSA held at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, on November 15, 
    2019.


    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we give thanks to God for this beautiful day. We also give thanks to God for bringing us together as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of MAPSA.

    We thank our dear bishops and our brother priests who have been part of MAPSA in different stages of its mission and its existence. Maraming Salamat po sa inyong pakikiisa.

    Maraming salamat din sa mga religious men and women, mga lay collaborators, sa admin, teaching and non-teaching staff at salamat sa mga estudyante.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo by Fatima Llanza

    Imagine on this year of the Youth in the Philippines, MAPSA is marking its 60th anniversary. Hindi pa siguro pinapanganak ang mga magulang ng mga estudyante, may MAPSA na. Ang MAPSA ang isa sa inyong lolo o lola. Baka lolo sa tuhod na ninyo, o lola sa tuhod which is a beautiful way of thinking of a living institution. It is not just an association it was one of the fruits of Vatican II. Four years after the conclusion of Vatican II, MAPSA of the Archdiocese of Manila was formed by our beloved Cardinal Rufino Santos. And since then, new dioceses have been created. Each diocese now having its own educational system but the association remains. We work together.

    Siguro po batay sa mga pagbasa, ibig kong magbigay ng dalawang pabaon para sa pagninilay.

    The first is the role of education in the mission of church. Sa Bibliya, si Hesus ay tinatawag, “Rabbi”, guro, teacher, at ang ating kinikilalang Panginoon ay guro. Sa simula pa lang ng Kan’yang misyon ang paggabay, paghuhubog, pagtututro ang isa sa kinilala ng mga tao na Kan’yang gampanin.

    It comes as no surprise that the Church which is the body of Christ, will continue the presence and the mission of Christ through teaching.

    Kung tutuusin, pwede nating sabihin na lahat ng ginagawa sa Simbahan ang pangangaral, ang Bible study, ang sakramento, ang social action, lahat yan ay pamamaraan ng pagtuturo, paghuhubog. Nagkataon lang na, the educational ministry became more formal. But it is not only through the school that the Church teaches, educates and forms. All aspects of the Church’s mission is educational, formative. Kaya nasa dugo ng Simbahan ang edukasyon.

    According to Vatican II, the schools of the Church are supposed to form men and women through the development of their intellectual capacities, the development of their values, the development of their missionary engagement that the educational institutions form good citizens of society and also good Christians. Magkasama yun. Pagiging mabuting mamamayan at mabuting kristiyano.

    At yan ang sinasabi sa mga pagbasa natin. Hindi dapat mag-away yung paniniwala sa Diyos at yung kaalaman.

    Knowledge and faith should come together, support each other rather than fight each other. sa pamamamgitan ng karunungan, harinawa lalung matuklasan ang Diyos. At sa pamamamgitan ng pananampalataya, nagagabayan ang utak.

    Sabi sa Unang Pagbasa, yung iba naging matalino, maraming alam nasuri ang kalangitan, ang mga buwan, ang mga bituin, ang araw. Na dissect na yata lahat ng uri ng palaka. Nagdi-dissect ka ba ngayon ng palaka o bawal na yan? Bawal na, kasi animal rights. Ang daming alam pero na humaling, na humaling sa mga nilalang. Na humaling sa dami ng alam tungkol sa mundo at nakalimutan ang lumikha, ang Diyos. At yan ay umuuwi sa confusion. Ang mga nilalang ang ginagawang Diyos. Kapag nakalimutan ang tunay na Diyos, yung ating kaalaman tungkol sa mga nilalang, creatures or even things of this world, nagiging idolatry.

    Halimbawa, hindi naman masama na may alam ka sa economy and finance. Pero kapag nakalimutan mo ang Diyos baka yung pera ang maging Diyos mo. At kapag pera ang naging Diyos, magkakagulo hindi lamang ang pananampalataya magkakagulo ang lipunan. Lalago ang kurapsyon. Lalago ang discrepancy between the rich and the poor. Why? Because my study of finance led me to forget the true God, the source of all good, the creator, the provider and then I claim to money as God. Gulo sa lipunan. Kaya sana habang nagpapakadalubhasa sa mga kaalaman lalong lumalalim ang pagtuklas sa Diyos na pinagmulan ng lahat.

    Yung iba siguro sa inyo mahilig sa art. Maganda yung art. Ano ba ibig sabihin ng art? Expression of beauty. Expression of the truth. Expression of the Good. Pero yung iba, ginagawa na nilang Diyos yung kanilang art. Nawawala na ang Diyos kaya lagi nalang pinag-uusapan artistic freedom. Kinakatay ko yung tao. Nilalapastangan yung babae sa pelikula, ni-re-rape. Ano yan? Artistic freedom. Tapos bigla na lang natatapos yung pelikula ang nakita mo puro kasamaan, kasamaan, kasamaan, wala man lang redemption. Pag-uwi mo nasa isip mo mas malakas ang kasamaan. Nakalimutan na ang Diyos.

    O yung iba mahusay sa IT at maganda naman yan. Naku! Bonding, connectedness, hindi naman ginagamit yung tunay n’yang pangalan, nanghihiram ng pangalan ng iba. Biruin n’yo two years ago, may nagpost na ako raw ay namatay, pati yung ospital kung saan ako namatay ay nakalagay, at sabi pa ay ako’y napaliligiran ng aking pamilya at mga kaibigan at ang kapatid ko raw ay nagpasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong at nakiramay, January 30. Kaya nung nagmisa ako February 2, Day of Consecrated Life, pagdating ko, sabi nung paring sumalubong sa’kin, kayo ba ay bangkay? Sabi ko, teka, kailan ba yun na post? Ay, tatlong araw, nabuhay na mag-uli.

    Pero, grabe ha, yung technology na yan gagamitin para patayin ang tao hindi na kailangan minsan ng baril, kailangan lang ang karunungan mo sa paggamit ng mga gan’yang gadgets at pwede kang pumatay.

    E, di ba yan ay para sana sa sharing of knowledge, of information pero pag nakalimutan ang Diyos lahat yan ay karunungan na umuuwi sa pinakamalalim na kamangmangan dahil walang papel ang Diyos. Who is wisdom? Who is the truth? and Who is the life? Uulitin ko yan, burahin natin ang Diyos, ang ating pinagmamalaking karunungan ay talagang kamangmangan.

    And it is the mission of Catholic schools to show to the world that knowledge and faith come together and with faith we know more and we use knowledge better for the good of humanity, the good of society and also for the mission of the declaring, proclaiming the Good News.

    O, kaya lalo na sa mga teachers, sa mga estudyante, huwag n’yong ikakahihiya ang inyong pananampalataya. Mas kilala nyo si Hesus, mas marami kayong malalaman tungkol sa mundo, tungkol sa kasaysayan. At mas kilala nyo si Hesus, kayo ay makapagbibigay sa mundo ng natatanging kontribusyon.

    Bago ko iwanan itong puntong ito, masyado pangbata itong mga estudyante. Pero naalaala ko noon merong kanta, “Sinasamba Kita.” Yung mga kaedad ko baka naalaala pa yan. Kaya lang hindi naman sa Diyos kinakanta yung Sinasamba Kita. Kinakanta sa isang kapwa tao na siguro, crush. At yung tao na yun ginawang Diyos, “Sinasamba Kita. At nanginginig pa pag kinakanta, kung anumang dahilan.

    Kaedad ba kita? Mukhang bata ka pa siguro laman ka ng videoke.

    “Kung anumang dahilan ay di mahalaga basta’t sinasamba kita.”

    Anong susunod? Biruin mo kakakntahin mo sa isang tao, baka yan ngayon kinakanta na rin sa isang alahas o sa isang figurine, Sinasamba Kita. Aba magugulo ang buhay pero kapag nasa benediction, ang Panginoong Hesus ang kaharap, “Sacramentum, Sacramentum,”antok na antok. Pero kapag “Sinasamba Kita.”

    Sabi sa Ebanghelyo kapag dumating ang araw ng Diyos, baka makita ka, ang mga sinasamba mo mga diyus-diyosan at hindi mo makilala ang tunay na Diyos. Yan ang kaalaman.

    At panghuli po, nakikiusap po tayo, tayo ay association. In the church the term is communion. Sana sa pamamagitan ng MAPSA, tayong lahat ay magkatulung-tulong, mabuklod sa iisang misyon. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagtatapakan. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagsisiraan. Kung ano ang mahina sa isa, tulungan natin mapalakas. At kung ano ang malakas sa isa, huwag kainggitan. Pasalamatan at baka may matututunan tayo.

    Kapag pinagsama-sama natin ang ating mga Catholic schools at tayo’y kumilos ng sama-sama, ng may pananampalataya at may misyon, tinanggap kay Hesus at misyon para sa lipunan, napakalaking ambag ito.

    At sana po sa pagsisimula ng 60th anniversary ng MAPSA, sa naging mga pagbabago, sa pagdaloy ng panahon, sana lalong umigting at patuloy tayong maghanap ng naaangkop na pamamaraan ng pagsasama-sama, pagtutulungan.

    Sabi ni Pope Francis, Synodality, walking together because we have only one mission, we have only one humanity to serve and here we have one nation, and we have one common home, our earth to take care of.  That’s part of the wisdom that comes from the Lord.

    Let us pause and as we thank God, we renew our commitment to this beautiful commission the Lord has given to the Church and to MAPSA. (Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Archdiocese of Manila website is Best Diocesan website


    The Archdiocese of Manila website (www.rcam.org) won the Best Diocesan Website in the 4th Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA) held
    in St. Francis Theatre at the Lourdes School of Mandaluyong on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    Launched on July 25, 2003, the website was conceptualized with the initiative of the then Auxiliary Bishop Socrates B. Villegas under the administration of then Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin. It was re-designed and was re-launched on March 3, 2012, during the Manila General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS). The website is a clear manifestation of responding to the call and coping with the changes to evangelize the people using the internet.

    CSMA is in its fourth year of recognizing and encouraging dioceses, parishes, and church organizations to evangelize through the digital world. It was established by YouthPinoy, an “online missionaries” who “strive to win the world through the Word” and Areopagus Communications in 2015. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


    Here are the winners of the Catholic Social Media Awards 2019:

    ·        Best Female Social Media Influencer – Rissa Singson-Kawpeng

    ·        Best Male Social Media Influencer – Fr. Luciano Felloni

    ·        Best Catholic Song of the Year – Servants Of The Lord

    ·        Best Catholic Blog – Defend the Catholic Faith

    ·        Best Catholic Vlog – The Lord and His Shepherd by Fr. Dane Coronel

    ·        Best Catholic Organization Website – Live Pure Movement

    ·        Best Parish Website – Diocesan Shrine and Parish Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu

    ·        Best Catholic Organization Facebook Page – Hugot Seminarista

    ·        Best Arch/Diocesan Website – Diocese of Manila

    ·        Best Public Facebook Group – Buhay Sakristan

    ·        Best Instagram – Quiapo Church

    ·        Best Parish FB Page – Quiapo Church – Minor Basilica of the Black Nazaren

    ·        Best Twitter – CFC Youth for Family and Life

  • EDSA Shrine launches "Marian Dove, Fly!"


    The EDSA Shrine – Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA, with the efforts of their Rector, Rev. Fr. Lazaro Abaco, launched its project: “Marian Dove, Fly!” - Lakbay Dalangin under the program Oasis of Peace last November 4-6 2016.

    EDSA Shrine – Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA
    Photo Credit: Spot.ph

    Fr. Abaco, together with the EDSA Shrine’s Family and Life Ministry, the Pastoral Council and the 9-colors of Peace Liturgical Dancers and a group of EDSA Shrine Pilgrims visits churches under the various Dioceses all over the Philippines leaving a replica image of the Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA (Our Lady of EDSA).

    The first 3 churches visited by the Marian Dove, Fly! were under the Archdiocese of Lingayen under the stewardship of Archbishop Socrates Villegas in which he officiated the Mass at the St. John the Evangelist Cathedral, giving a meaningful homily, and to quote: “People who cannot be trusted cannot be peacemakers, in the same way, that people who are trustworthy, no matter how little work you do, will always continue to please God in great marvelous ways.” Bishop Villegas challenged everyone to be a peacemaker by having a thankful and happy heart. 

    At present, the Marian Dove, Fly! (The MDF) has visited 34 Churches from the Archdiocese and Dioceses of Manila, Lingayen, Bataan, Antipolo, Paranaque and Laguna.    The MDF is intending to introduce and encourage devotion to Our Lady of EDSA and simultaneously promote peace.  

    The Marian Dove, Fly! is intending to visit the Parishes of Nuestra Senora de Guia in Ermita Manila for the 12 pm Mass and St. Vicent de Paul Parish in San Marcelino Manila for the 5 pm Mass this coming Sunday, November 17, 2019. (Anna Melissa De Guzman/SOCOM - EDSA Shrine)

  • 41st Catholic Mass Media Award held Celebrating Human Communities


    The 41st Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA), more prestigious award-giving body in the Philippines was held on November 13, 2019, at the Teatro ng GSIS, GSIS Headquarters Bldg., Pasay City.

    CMMA was organized by the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin in 1978 that rewards as well as pays tribute to media productions that enhance the total human development of the Filipino audience through the competent and professional use of mass media techniques.


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo Credit: CMMA Facebook

    The theme for this year is “We are members one of another. From network community to human communities.”

    In his message during the awards night, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, who is also the Chairman of the Board of CMMA, challenged media practitioners to be promoters of Good News especially in this digital age where there is a rampant proliferation of fake news.

    “We become truthful even reporting evil but as believers in Jesus, we should be more zealous and animated in proclaiming the Good News, good will always prevail,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    Here are the list winners: 

    Serviam Award - Society of the Divine Word St. John Paul II Award: Men of Light

    FOR PRINT

    Best Student Organ - Grade School: HASIK (La Salle Greenhills)
    Best Student Organ – High School: THE SAGE (Sophia School)
    Best Student Organ – College: THE VASITARIAN (University of Santo Tomas) 
    Best Student Literary Publication - PHOENIX (Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas
    Best Student Public Service Ad: HIS HOME (Faith Colleges)
    Best Print Ad – Public Service 
    Best Children’s Magazine - BACKPACK (Rex Bookstore Inc./CMN Asia Inc.)
    Best Youth Magazine - FISH: THE ZANY SIDE OF LOVING GOD (Shepherd’s Voice Publications Inc.)
    Best Family-Oriented Magazine - FAMILY MATTERS (Don Bosco Press, Inc.)
    Best Special Feature - BATTLE VS. CYBERPORN (Ador Vincent Mayol/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Best News Photograph - PACKED WITH DEVOTION (Mark Alvic Esplana/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Best Business Column - ALL IN THE FAMILY (Queena Lee Chua/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Best Entertainment Column - WORD & LIFE BARKADA (Glady Ramos/Word & Life Publications)
    Best Editorial Cartoon - FAMILY BUSINESS (Albert Rodriguez/Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Best Comic Story - ANG TUGTOG NG BUHAY NI MANG DIEGO (Orly Aquino/The Bread Basket)
    Best Opinion Column - PUBLIC LIVES (Randy David/Philippine Daily Inquirer)

    Special Citations:
    TEENIG KONGRESYONALYAN (Congressional Integrated High School)
    SENSUS COMMUNIS: THE LATHE JOURNAL (Batangas State University)
    THE GUILDS: REMEMBER ERLINDA (Bataan Peninsula State University-Main Campus)
    ELECTION 2019 – BIDDING (Manila BulLetin)
    THE BREAD BASKET (Rex Bookstore Inc/CMN Asia Inc.)

    FOR RADIO

    Best Student Public Service Radio Ad - BOTTLE OF PEACE (Our Lady of Caysasay Academy)
    Best Radio Ad – Public Service - MOR MAMAKULIT NA PAALALA (MOR 101.9 For Life Manila/ABS-CBN Creative Communication Management)
    Best Counselling Program - TALK TO PAPA (Barangay LS 97.1/GMA Network Inc)
    Best Entertainment Program - RADYO BALINTATAW (DZRH – Manila Broadcasting Company)
    Special Citation - THE CONCERT SERIES (Monster RX 93.1/Audio Visual Communicators Inc.)
    Best News Feature - MOTHER’S DAY (102.7 Star FM Manila/Bombo Radyo Philippines)
    Best News Feature - JUEVES SANTO (96.3 Star FM Davao/Bombo Radyo Philippines)
    Best Business Program - RADYO NEGOSYO (DZMM Radyo Patrol 630/ABS CBN Corporation)
    Best News Commentary - ANONG SAY N’YO? (Super Radyo DZBB 594/GMA Network Inc)
    Best Drama Program - GENESIS (102.7 Star FM Manila/Bombo Radyo Philippines
    Best Educational Program - BOMBO LIFESTYLE (Bombo Radyo Iloilo – People’s Broadcasting Service Inc)
    Best Public Service Program - OPERATION TULONG (DZRH – Manila Broadcasting Company)
    Best News Program - SUPER BALITA SA UMAGA, NATIONWIDE (Super Radyo DZBB 594/GMA Network Inc)
    RADYO PATROL BALITA ALAS-SIYETE (DZMM Radyo Patrol 630/ABS CBN Corporation)

    Special Citation - SA KANYANG PANAHON (DZRH – Manila Broadcasting Company)

    SONGS

    Best Inspirational Song - INANG MARIA NG LINDOGON (Jamie Rivera/Star Music)
    Best Secular Song - ILILIGTAS KA NIYA (Gary Valenciano/Star Music)
    Best Inspirational Album - “CHOSEN” SONGS FROM AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL (Various Artist/Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc)Best Secular Album - SUPERHERO (Jed Madela/Star Music)
    Best Music Video - I PRAY (Marlo Mortel/Star Music)

    Special Citation - I PRAY (Marlo Mortel/Star Music)

    DIGITAL

    Best Digital Ad – Branded: CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES (Frontrow/Creative Programs Inc)
    SM SO MANY STORIES “TATANG” (SM Investment Corporation/Logika Concepts Inc)
    Best Digital Ad – Public Service: FAKE NEWS – UNCONDITIONAL (Manila Bulletin)
    Best Website: www.phjesuits.org (Philippine Jesuit Aid Association Inc) 

    TELEVISION

    Best Student TV Production - PWDENG-PUWEDE (UST Angelicum College Inc)
    Best Student Public Service TV Ad - THE DANGERS OF CYBERBULLYING/INFOGRAPHICS (UST Angelicum College Inc)
    Best TV Ad – Public Service - ELSA AND SARAH (ABS-CBN NEWS/ABS-CBN Creative Communication Management)
    Best TV Ad – Branded - ONE LOVE, ONE PINAS (ABS-CBN Corporation/ABS-CBN Creative Communication Management)
    TAGAY 2.0 (Ginebra San Miguel Inc/ASPAC-DAN)
    Best Children and Youth Program - NANG NGUMITI ANG LANGIT (ABS-CBN 2)
    TOPPSTAR TV (GMA 7)
    Best Adult/Educational Program - BIYAHE NI DREW (GMA NEWS TV)
    Best Public Service Program - REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK “SILANG PINAKAMAHIRAP” (GMA 7)
    Best Comedy Program - DADDY’S GURL (GMA 7)
    Best Station I.D. - TV5 STATION ID (TV5 NETWORK)
    Best Religious Program - KERYGMA TV (IBC 13 & TV Maria / Shepherd’s Voice Radio & TV Foundation, Inc.)
    Best Talk Show - MAGANDANG BUHAY (ABS-CBN 2)
    Best Drama Series/Program - SAHAYA (GMA 7)
    Best TV Special - 7 LAST WORDS (ABS-CBN 2/Mission Communication Foundation, Inc.)
    Best Special Event Coverage - UNANG HIRIT SA VATICAN AT ITALY LIVE SPECIAL COVERAGE (GMA 7)
    Best News Magazine - KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO (GMA 7)
    Best News Program - AKSYON (TV5)
    Best Entertainment Program - ASAP NATIN ‘TO (ABS-CBN 2)
    Best Student Short Film - HAPAG (Don Bosco Technical College – Mandaluyong)

    Special Citation - ANG BABAE NG BALANGIGA (ABS-CBN 2)
    Special Citation - MY SPECIAL TATAY (GMA 7)
    Special Citation - BATTLE FOR MANILA BAY (PTV 4)
    Special Citation: PEREGRINO (The Dominican Studentate)
    Philippine Jesuits | Go Where There Is GREATER NEED

  • Archdiocese of Manila to mark 3rd World Day of the Poor




    “The hope of the poor will not perish for ever” (Ps 9:19). 

    In his message for the Third World Day of the Poor released on June 13, 2019, he reminded the faithful to be in solidarity with the poor and encouraged them to become instruments of peace and hope to every human being especially the poor.

    Responding to the call of the Holy Father in the Year of the Youth, the Archdiocese of Manila will mark the Third World Day of the Poor on November 16, 2019, at the San Andres Complex, San Andres Street Malate, Manila, at 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

    The World Day of the Poor was established by the Holy Father Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera that was issued on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. It is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, this year falls on November 17.

    “I ask all Christian communities, and all those who feel impelled to offer hope and consolation to the poor, to help ensure that this World Day of the Poor will encourage more and more people to cooperate effectively so that no one will feel deprived of closeness and solidarity,” Pope Francis said.

    The half-day event will hold an activity entitled “A Dialogue of the Cardinal and the Marginalized” where Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will interview people from the poor sectors of the society. It aims to convey the message of Pope Francis to the poor and highlights Jesus’ preferential for the poor. It will culminate with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist where Cardinal Tagle will preside.

    Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso Moreno, the former actor will attend the event and will deliver the opening remarks.

    In a circular letter released to priests, religious men and women, and laypeople in October, Cardinal Tagle invited the faithful to attend the gathering and be one with the poor.

    “I am inviting you and members of your community to participate in this gathering and let God’s love, grace, and hope strengthen the spirit of the poor in the face of all hardships that they are suffering,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP unveils logo for Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples



    The official logo of the 2020 Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples.


    To mark the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples in 2020, the Catholic Church has unveiled a new logo and theme for the celebration.

    According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the special year aims to celebrate “the human fraternity by promoting the culture of dialogue as a path to peace”.

    It also aims “to work for unity and harmony while respecting diversity and to recognize indigenous peoples’ identities, spiritualities and ancestral domain.”

    Released on Nov. 13, the logo features three shapes, two in blue colors and one in red, creating a blank space in the form of heart.

    The three shapes, the CBCP said, represents a harmonious dynamism and movement in a circle.

    At the center of the heart is the theme for next year: “Dialogue Towards Harmony”.

    “Even though the shapes are different, they follow the same direction. The logo is formed by two blocks distinguished by the two colors,” the CBCP said.

    “These colors are the same colors as the Filipino flag. The blue color represents the color of the Pacific Ocean and the color of the Filipino islands,” it added.

    The red color, on the other hand, represents the textile art of the Indigenous Peoples.

    “The two blocks signify dialogue as they face each other forming a heart, which signifies the human fraternity and respect for each other,” the CBCP also said.

    The celebration is part of the nine-year “spiritual journey”, which started in 2013, to prepare for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

    The Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples will precede the Year of the Youth, which will officially end on Nov. 24, 2019, the feast of Christ the King.

    The remaining year of the preparation will be dedicated to “missio ad gentes” in 2021. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila website nominated as Best Diocesan Website



    The official website of the Archdiocese of Manila (www.rcam.org) is nominated as Best Diocesan Website in the 2019 Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA).

    The website serves as a source of information on the Archdiocese of Manila and for mainstream media. It also features and highlights the different events and activities of the Social Communications Ministry of the different parishes in the archdiocese as well as in the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila and the Vatican.

    On July 25, 2003, the website was first launched with the initiative of the then Manila Auxiliary Bishop of Manila Bishop Socrates B. Villegas under the auspice of the then Manila Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin.

    On March 3, 2012, the website was re-designed and re-launched during the Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle doing the ceremonial log-on to the website.

    In 2016, CSMA awarded the Best Diocesan Website to the Archdiocese of Manila website.

    The CSMA was organized by Youth Pinoy in collaboration with Areopagus Communication Inc. and recognizes the best communicators of Catholic content through the various social media platforms and believes in the value and importance of online evangelization

    On November 16, 2019, the CSMA will hold its awarding ceremony at Lourdes School in Mandaluyong, at 7 p.m. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle for the departed clergy, religious and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the annual commemoration of the departed clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila held at the Chapel of Arzobispado de Manila on November 8, 2019, at 8 a.m.

    We thank God for bringing us together, and we thank God for this beautiful practice, a beautiful tradition in our Archdiocese [where we] dedicate one morning of Eucharistic to remember our Bishops, Priests, I don’t know if we have deacons, and religious men and women.

    Of course we do not forget our beloved lay people, our many co-workers in different ministries and apostolates who have also offered their lives in ministry and also to the Lord in eternal life.

    Since we are gathered for the Eucharist we should really be [clothed] with thanks, Eucharist is thanksgiving. 

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo by Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC
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    Although we know that many times the Eucharist the focus is not so much thanksgiving, the focus is petitions we ask for some blessings or graces or even penitential. But we should not forget that the core of the Eucharist by its very name is thanksgiving as we remember Jesus. And as we are formed once again by Jesus’ body, through His word through His body and blood and through the spirit formed into our hearts

    And it is in the spirit of remembering the Lord who brings us into Himself even now that we thank God for our priests, our religious men and women. And also express our hope that they who in their fragile ways here on earth have been part of Christ and part of Christ’s mission may enjoy the fullness of that communion in eternal life. For that is what Jesus promised in the Gospel. Jesus prayed for His disciples while here on earth, “All those you gave me Father, I would have in my company where I am.”

    That’s the prayer of Jesus. “Where I am, may the disciples be with me.” That is His desire. This communion with him and if the disciples are with Him then they will see the glory that the father has given to Jesus. Jesus has revealed His disciples the name of the Father. And He says, I will continue to reveal it so that Your love for me, the Father’s love for Jesus may live in my disciples. And I may live in them. If it is beyond our imagination, so deep and so beautiful that eternal life, eternal bliss, heaven is Jesus living in us. 

    Now, St. Paul already said that, “to die is gain.” He has only one wish. It’s no longer I that live but Christ who lives in me. That’s eternal life even now. And I’m sure some moments of inspiration, we have experienced that. In prayer, in ministry, parang, “wow! I don’t know, I can explain it but parang it is not me,” and then it disappears. Just like in Emmaus, after the recognition, disappears and then you continue with life. But we are given even now snippets of that. Eternal life is not something. But it is Jesus who graces us with his life. And who are we? Who are we? And it is the joy of the disciple. That is the joy of an apostle. And that is the joy of Jesus that He may live in us.

    St. John in his letter said, “We are God’s children now.” Even now but what we will be in the future? In the new heavens? In the new earth? He said, that will still be revealed. But so we thank God for our own experiences of eternal life now. Jesus in us not merited but pure gift.

    And we thank God for our departed bishops, priests, religious men and women who have had such an experience and who in their ministry have led other people to experience Jesus in their lives, to experience the meaning of eternal life in this world.

    And I’m sure there are many, there are many. Even the most broken priests, even the most temperamental sister could somehow be an instrument of God in conveying eternal life, Jesus in us. And we don’t claim any credit. It is pure gift. 

    But for us who are here, still here, siguro sabi nga nila practice makes perfect. Let us practice now the dispositions that will make us really focus on eternity which is not the afterlife, which is not the after world, but very concretely Jesus in us. Jesus in us.

    If I go back to Aristotle, parang nasa classroom. He said there are, parang three types of friendship what we call friendship.

    One is the friendship of pleasure. Parang you, I enjoy your company, I like you because of something delightful that you bring to me. You make me laugh or I learn something from you. So, you are valuable because I find some comfort or some pleasure in me because of you. That’s friendship of pleasure or delight.

    The second is friendship of utility, usefulness. I am attracted to you. I like you because you are useful. There is some need in me that you are able to fulfill. Or look that’s why some of the rich people have many friends. They are useful. And you see the type of politics that they have. It’s friendship of usefulness. If you are no longer useful, the friendship ends. You will be dropped and they move to another party that will be useful to them. So, it’s not party system it is friendship of utility, friendship of usefulness. 

    But the third, he says is, the friendship of good. If you look at the first two, you are my friend because I gain something. I find some pleasure. I find something in my need that is fulfilled. 

    But the third is, I love you, you. Even if it is not pleasurable, even if it is not useful for me in fact you are a liability to me, but I’m not thinking of that. I’m not thinking of what comes back to me. I’m thinking of you. So, it’s literally I love you, You. You. 

    That’s what Jesus did to us. What pleasure will Jesus get from us? If we bring pains to each other and to people and we bring more pain to Jesus. What use are we to Jesus? Technically, none! God created everything, what can we contribute to Him? But He just says, “I love you and I want to live in you.” And we hope that we grow in that other directed action of life called love for that is an experience of eternal life. And hopefully we could say that to Jesus. 

    Our brothers and sisters who we remember have been wounded not only in their human lives but in their ministry. I’m sure many of them have received so many criticisms. They’ve undergone many misunderstanding even from within.

    But we just hope that even when they were being burned that they remained focused.  Jesus is in me and I am in Jesus not because I deserve it but that’s how love goes.

    And we hope that the prayer of Jesus would be fulfilled, “That your love for me will live in them and I may live in them.” (Archdiocesan Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • Eternal life on earth when Christ is in our hearts - Cardinal Tagle


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle remembered in prayers the deceased clergy, religious men and women and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. It was held at the Chapel of Arzobispado de Manila on November 8, 2019, Friday, at 8 a.m.

    “We thank God for bringing us together, and we thank God for this beautiful practice, a beautiful tradition in our Archdiocese [where we] dedicate one morning of Eucharistic to remember our Bishops, Priests, I don’t know if we have deacons, and religious men and women,” he said.

    “Of course we do not forget our beloved lay people, our many co-workers in different ministries and apostolates who have also offered their lives in ministry and also to the Lord in eternal life,” he added.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
    Photo by Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)
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    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the “eternal life” we experience on earth, that is, allowing Christ to live in or hearts. He also thanked the priests and religious who in one way or the other have become instruments of the grace of God. 

    “And we thank God for our departed bishops, priests, religious men and women who have had such an experience and who in their ministry have led other people to experience Jesus in their lives, to experience the meaning of eternal life in this world,” he said.

    “And I’m sure there are many, there are many. Even the most broken priests, even the most temperamental sister could somehow be an instrument of God in conveying eternal life, Jesus in us. And we don’t claim any credit. It is pure gift,” he added.

    Cardinal Tagle also remembered during the Mass all those who are wounded and those who suffered criticisms and misunderstanding.

    “Our brothers and sisters who we remember have been wounded not only in their human lives but in their ministry. I’m sure many of them have received so many criticisms. They’ve undergone many misunderstanding even from within,” he said.

    On October 30, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) personnel prayed for all the departed clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila at the crypt of the Manila Cathedral and at the La Loma Catholic Cemetery as part of the annual commemoration of the departed clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Vatican's Ambassador to PH to celebrate Mass for Puerto Princesa's Bugsayan


    Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, will be presiding the eucharistic celebration for "Bugsayan 2019" in Puerto Princesa on November 30.

    Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines
    File Photo: Archdiocesan Office of Communications

    Bishop Socrates Mesiona, in one of his public speaking engagements, has invited all the faithful to attend the Mass to be presided by the Papal Nuncio.

    "Let us show to the Nuncio the warmth of our Catholic faith here in the Vicariate," he said in Filipino. 

    The 61-year-old Nuncio hails from Milan, Italy and came to the Philippines as papal ambassador in 2017. Prior to his assignment to the country, he was a Nuncio to Lebanon for 8 years.  

    The Holy Mass as the highlight of Bugsayan will be concelebrated by Bishop Mesiona with the clergy from the Vicariate of Puerto Princesa and Taytay on November 30, 11 AM at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.

    Bugsayan is an annual event in Puerto Princesa and Southern Palawan since 2014, attended by thousands of faithful from 32 parishes in the  Vicariate. 

    This year's theme is "Grateful for the Faith: We receive. We celebrate. We live. We Proclaim." (Katya A. Santos/SOCOM - Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa)

     

  • Caritas Manila and Quiapo Church donate 1M for earthquake victims in Mindanao



    Caritas Manila, the social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila once again appealed for assistance to raise the additional funds needed to help the victims of consecutive earthquakes that jolted Mindanao.

    In an article posted on Radio Veritas Website, Rev. Fr. Ric Valencia, Priest in charge of Caritas Manila Damayan said that a total of P500,000 were already donated to the victims of the earthquake in the Diocese of Kidapawan. The said amount according to him, is not enough to meet the needs of the affected residents who are still in the evacuation center and are in fear of their safety.

     “So ngayon ay naghahanap pa rin tayo ng pondo, alam natin na yung initial na ipinadala doon ay would not be enough. Marami ang pababa palang mula doon sa kanilang mga lugar sa kabundukan na walang mauwian dahil nasira ang mga bahay. Yung mga nandoon sa evacuation center ay takot bumalik dahil may mga crack ang mga bahay,” Fr. Valencia told Radyo Veritas.

    Fr. Valencia also shared that aside from P500,000 donation of Caritas Manila, they are also in an on-going coordination and cooperation with church institutions like the Archdiocese of Manila and Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) who also donated P500,000 to the victims in the Diocese of Kidapawan. 

     “Nag-coordinate na tayo ang RCAM (Archdiocese of Manila), ang Quiapo Church at ang Caritas Manila and napag-usapan together with the Bishop there kung anong mga pangangailangan nila and ang Quiapo Church ay nag-commit na ng P500,000 para sa Diocese ng Kidapawan...,” Fr. Valencia said.

    On October 16, 2019, a magnitude of 6.3 earthquake first hit Mindanao. Two succeeding earthquakes followed on October 29 and 31 with a magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 respectively.

    Earlier, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful to pray for the victims of the earthquake. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Jose Alan Dialogo


     
    The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Jose Alan Dialogo will be on Thursday, December 12, 2019, Memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Philippines, at the Manila Cathedral, at 9 a.m.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will be the Principal Consecrator while Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales and Bishop Emeritus of Sorsogon Arturo M. Bastes, SVD will be the Co-Consecrators.

     

    You may download the following:

    COAT of ARMS

    Explanation of the Coat of Arms

  • Cardinal Tagle: Family is a gift not a burden


    “Minsan may kumakalat na pananaw na ang pamilya, pabigat. Kaya yung iba ayaw na magka-pamilya o kaya ipo-postpone hanggang hindi na magkakapamilya. Kasi mag-aasawa 75-years old na e, talaga naman paano ka pa naman magkakaanak."

    This was the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle during his homily for the “Family is a Gift Conference” held at St. Paul College in Pasig City, on October 26, 2019.

     
    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle strikes a pose with the families during the "Family is a Gift Conference held at St. Paul College in Pasig on October 26.
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    Cardinal Tagle reflected on the people’s perspective that family is a burden, the reason why many delay marriage.

    “Ayan palipat lipat ng girlfriend, ng boyfriend pero postpone ng postpone kasi pabigat e, pabigat. E, pero itong pagtitipon natin, we affirm something quite contrary to what people say. Ang pamilya ay hindi pabigat. Ang pamilya ay regalo ng Diyos,” he said.

    He also added that the family that Christ built is called the Church.

    “And the family is called the Church in the home na sana si Hesus din ang nagtitipon. Siya ang gumagawa at humuhubog ng pamilya ng Diyos,” he said.

    Family is a Gift Conference was organized by the Archdiocese of Manila Commission on Family and Life in coordination with the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth and Couples for Christ.

    In line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth, the Vicariate of San Fernando de Dilao will hold Youth and Family Encounter at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium, Paco Catholic School, on November 16, 2019, at 7 a.m. It will be followed by Usapang Totoo at Katotoo (UTAK) with Cardinal Tagle. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the "Family is a Gift Conference"


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the “Family is a Gift Conference” held at the St. Paul in Pasig City on October 26, 2019.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
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    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for this beautiful day and we thank for bringing us together. 

    Maraming salamat sa Diyos. Siya ang nagtipun-tipon sa atin. Marami naman sa atin hindi magkakakilala kahit mag-imbita yung isa, palagay ko hindi darating yung isa kasi hindi naman kilala.

    Pero sa ngalan ni Hesus nagkakasama sama tayo. Yan ang maganda. Ang pamilya na si Hesus ang nagbubuo ang tawag ay Simbahan.

    And the family is called the Church in the home na sana si Hesus din ang nagtitipon. Siya ang gumagawa at humuhubog ng pamilya ng Diyos.

    Huwag kayong mag-alala hindi ko hahabaan ito, magta-talk pa ako after the Mass. Pwede rin namang habaan ko na ito hindi na ako magta-talk mamaya. Mamili kayo. Whichever, ganun naman ang maririnig ko talaga, whichever. Pero magkaiba ho kasi ito homily batay po sa mga Pagbasa.

    What a wonderful set of readings for today as we focus on the family as a gift of God. 

    Ang pamilya regalo, handog ng Diyos hindi pabigat. 

    Minsan may kumakalat na pananaw na ang pamilya, pabigat. Kaya yung iba ayaw na magka-pamilya o kaya ipo-postpone hanggang hindi na magkakapamilya. Kasi mag-aasawa 75-years old na e, talaga naman paano ka pa naman magkakaanak.

    Ayan palipat lipat ng girlfriend, ng boyfriend pero postpone ng postpone kasi pabigat e, pabigat. E, pero itong pagtitipon natin, we affirm something quite contrary to what people say. Ang pamilya ay hindi pabigat. Ang pamilya ay regalo ng Diyos. 

    At ang ating mga Pagbasa nagbibigay po ng ilang element ng pagiging tunay na regalo ng pamilya.

    Una po, in the First Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans. Sabi po ni St. Paul, “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” No condemnation. 

    This is the past time, the hobby of our world today. Kaya minsan parang nakakabigat ng kalooban kung magbabasa ka ng diyaryo, makikinig ka ng radyo, mag-a-ano ka no ho. Parang wala nang katapusang condemnation, condemnation and blaming and blaming.

    Kapag meron nangyari, you have someone to blame and to condemn. Kapag may konting sigalot ang agad hahanapin, sino ang pupuwedeng sisihin at kung pupuwede alisin, alisin na hanggat maaaga sa balat ng lupa para gumanda ang buhay. Parang ganyan ang mindset ngayon. Condemn. Blame. Condemn. Blame.

    But in the Gospel, we have this image. A person seeing a fig tree not bearing fruit at yung may ari nung garden sabi, “Ito naman punung ito hindi naman namumunga nakakasikip. Tanggalin na, putulin niya.” Pero sabi nung gardener who is the image of Jesus Christ, sabi niya, “Huwag, hayaan nyo muna at tignan natin ako, I will cultivate. I will cultivate the ground around it. I will fertilize it.”

    Yung owner, give up na. walang kwentang puno ito, putulin na. Pero yung gardener, larawan ni Kristo hindi, gagawa ako ng paraan. Tutulungan ko at kung talagang ayaw mamunga saka kayo kumilos.

    What St. Paul says, there is no condemnation in Christ, means Christ knows that we are gifts from God. We are all created by God and in the book of Sirach and the wisdom literature, God will not hate anyone and anything that God has created.

    Hindi kamumuhian ng Diyos ang kanyang nilalang. Kaya kay Hesus magkahirap hirap man siya, magpasan man siya ng krus huwag lang umuwi sa condemnation ng iba.

    The patience of God is giving us room to respond to God’s love. Siyempre kailangan tumugon tayo pero nandiyan yung gift of God ino-offer. Hindi gusto ng Diyos na tayo ay siraan. Tatanggapin ba natin yun?

    How easy it is for us to lose the sense of gift. Basta nagkaproblema, hindi na gift ang tingin natin sa sitwasyon o sa tao. Kaya condemnation, blaming.

    Sa isang family festival nga sa Italy, parang ganito rin yung tema, gift. Gift. Katulad nung nakita ni Adan si Eba sa Genesis. Kasi binigay ng Diyos kay Adan ang dami mga ibon, mga isda, mga hayop. Pero si Adan nalungkot pa rin. Nung nakita niya yung babae sabi ni Adan, “At last! Bones of my bones, flesh of my flesh.” Nung pagkakita niya, wow! What a gift! 

    E, tinanong ko yung mga mag-asawa doon sa Italy, “Ngayon pagkatapos ng ilang taon na magkasama kayo, mga mister pag nakikita nyo yung misis nyo ganun pa rin ba? Wow! What a gift! Ano nakikita nyo sa misis nyo?”

    Tahimik yung mga lalaki, walang sumasagot. Tahimik. (crowd laughs)

    Tinanong ko yung mga babae, “Wives, pag nakikita nyo yung mga mister nyo, ano ganun pa rin ba na katulad ni Adan, atlast! Ano nakikita nyo sa inyong mga mister? Gift?”

    Malakas ang loob nung mga babae, Italyana sumigaw, “No!” (crowd laughs)

    Sabi ko, “E ano nakikita nyo?” “Problema.” (crowd laughs)

    Ayun na, hindi na gift, problema na. And ano ginagawa sa problem? Sinusolusyonan. E, ano ang solusyon sa problema na ang pangalan ay asawa? Anong solusyon diyan kung problema siya? Kung problema, e pabigat e, e di putulin ang puno. Nakakasikip yan sa hardin, sa bahay. Ganyan e, pero in Christ, in Christ, a new perspective only in Christ sabi ni St. Paul at sa gospel. 

    Matatawa kayo kasi doon yung inattendan ko bitbit talga yung mga ank talagangfamily. Tinanong ko yung mga bata na Italyano, “Anong tingin ninyo sa inyong gma magulang? Gift? Gift ba?” Yung isang bata sumagot, “credit card” (crowd laughs) ang tingin niya sa magulang niya credit card. Pag kailangan niya ng pera e, di (sound effect) mahuhugutan. Yun lang? Yung lang ang tingin mo sa magulang mo, credit card? Pero mabuti naman na-i-express. 

    Magandang tanong ho iyan and our Readings lead to that which leads to my second point and last point nasabi ko na.

    Itong ganitong gift instead of problem condemnation, blaming happens in Christ. Siyempre tayo sa ating mga pagsisikap na linisin ang motibasyon at pananaw, makakatulong yun pero yan ay magaganap lamang in Christ. Kaya sabi ni St. paul, tignan ninyo ano ba ang nakaka-impluwensiya sa atin? Ang espiritu ba ni Hesus o ang espiritu ng mundo? Kasi kung espiritu ng mundo, wala. Wala talaga. We will easily lose the sense of gift. 

    Pero sa mata ni Hesus at sa bisa ng Espiritu Santo, kahit na, kahit na yung magnanakaw na nakapako ay maaaring mapangakuan ng langit. God does not rejoice in the destruction of sinners. Even wounded people are still gifts of God. Pero yan ay faith perspective in Christ and in the power of the spirit. Kaya maganda po na sa Misa tayo nagsisimula para tanggapin ang Salita ni Hesus. Tanggapin ang kanyang katawan at dugo at ibukas ang ating sarili sa espiritu niya kasi kung wala si Hesus at ang kanyang espiritu walang mangyayari sa tema ng ating pagdiriwang.

    Pagkatapos ng magagandang talk, pag-uwi natin anong tingin mo sa asawa mo? Gift ba? Maaring hindi pa rin. Kaya hindi lamang natin effort ito. 

    So, during this Eucharistic celebration, let us humbly welcome the Words of Jesus, his very person body and blood and his spirit. (Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

  • An Evening with Cardinal Tagle: Patron of the Arts 2019


    Villa San Miguel, 22 October 2019 – Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hosted a sumptuous dinner to formally launch the Archdiocese’s regular benefit Christmas Concert, “The Patron of the Arts.” The special night was emceed by Fr.Nono Alfonso SJ, Executive Director of Jesuit Communications, which has staged the benefit concert the last seven years.

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    “Patron of the Arts has two important goals,” Alfonso explained, “these are to celebrate art and support the Cardinal’s many projects for the Archdiocese of Manila. Every year, we choose an awardee hailing from a different form of art- visual, performing, music, etc. Patterned after the Royal Variety Show in the UK, which helps gather funds for artists and their crafts, we are also able to raise funds for the Cardinal’s noteworthy causes.”

    “It is fitting of the church to celebrate this, as historically it has been a legitimate patroness of the arts. Through the support and generosity of the Church, many of the world’s greatest artists flourished,” he continued.

    Among Patron of the Arts’ distinguished list of awardees are sculptor Napoleon Abueva, film director Marilou Diaz-Abaya, composer Ryan Cayabyab and playwright Dr.Onofre Pagsanghan. The highly anticipated Patron of the Arts concert annually falls on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and jointly, the ordination anniversary of Cardinal Tagle.

    Since its first staging in 2012, donations and proceeds from Patron of the Arts have retrofitted the Manila Cathedral, built social housing for the Archdiocese’s employees, sustained parochial schools, established medical funds for the poor as well as aging priests, and helped families victimized by Extra-Judicial Killings.

    Acknowledging the presence and vital contributions of major sponsors and both corporate and individual donors, Fr.Nono officially turned over the P7.5 million check for the Archdiocesan Commission on the Youth to Cardinal Tagle assisted by Moderator Curiae Msgr. Clem Ignacio. The said commission was the identified beneficiary for last year’s Concert.

    This year the beneficiary would be the Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization (OPNE). Its Director, Fr. Jason Laguerta, gave a brief presentation of the breadth and value of their work. 

    “There is the need to evangelize, not just preach the Good News but convince people of the truthfulness of faith. There is the need for families to become bearers, transmitters of Good News. The vision is clear- we are a community. The Lord wants this very moment to be a new Pentecost to us. Let us evangelize our families and communities. By doing so, we proclaim Jesus to them.”

    Among the OPNE’s most successful programs is the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE), an annual three-day gathering first organized by Cardinal Tagle in 2013. What Fr. Jason described as a “manifestation to the call for renewed evangelization” draws an average of over 6000 participants yearly, including foreign delegates, who experience communion with God, in the context of the new millennium.

    With so much room for growth and expansion, OPNE’s goal of re-proposing the Gospel in an integrated way to today’s Catholics has already gained significant notice. Before imparting his final blessing to the evening’s guests, Cardinal Tagle shared an enlightening anecdote.

    “In a meeting with Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella (President, Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization), he told me that it is only in Manila that there is such institutionalized gathering on New Evangelization.  With our little effort, the Vatican has recognized something great is happening in Asia and has to be taken seriously.”

    As he bid goodbye, Cardinal Tagle echoed feast-day celebrant Saint John Paul II’s timeless message of evangelization.

    “Do not be afraid. Open the doors to Christ. Tayo rin, do not be afraid to share Jesus. Let us open our doors, our hearts to share Jesus.” (Jesuit Communication)

  • Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 launch “Voice of Truth”


    Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 launched a Coffee Table Book titled “Voice of Truth” as part of the 50th Anniversary of its Foundation in 1916. The book launch was held at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 10 a.m.

    Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 launch a Coffee Table Book titled “Voice of Truth” on October 28, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila.

    The Coffee Table Book serves as a marker for both Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 of their five decades of spreading the Good News and New Evangelization as the VOICE OF TRUTH being the Catholic Church’s Media Apostolate of the Philippines.

    Present during the book launching was Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle who gave an inspirational message to the two radio stations who serve as the voice of truth.

    A person of inspiration, an event of inspiration breathes out an air of humility, truth and goodness. And it also depends on what we breathe in. So inspiration, or (rather) the lack of inspiration is really a matter of breathing. And so we hope Radio Veritas Asia and 846 will not only breathe as a site of life,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Also present were Diocese of Pasig Bishop Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D., Radio Veritas Asia General Manager Fr. Victor F. Sadaya, CMF, and Radio Veritas846 President Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual.

    The book launch was concluded with a book signing with Cardinal Tagle, Fr. Sadaya, and Fr. Pascual.

    After the launching the sponsors and benefactors were invited to an exclusive lunch where Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846’s project called “The Pilgrim,” was introduced. It is a mini series video documentary covering the history of Christianity in the Philippines. The project is in partnership with History Channel.

    Copies of the "Voice of Truth" coffee table book is also available for all. To reserve a copy, you may call 0915 522 2021 and look for Ms. Audrey Elli.

    The proceeds of the books sold will go to the Veritas Foundation in support of the Kapanalig Community activities and programs. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle calls the faithful to pray for victims of Earthquake in Mindanao


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle asked for prayers for the victims of the strong earthquake in Mindanao on October 29, 2019, Tuesday. 

    "Nanawagan kami sa inyong lahat, una, panalangin sa Panginoon sa kaligtasan ng ating mga kapatid na naapektuhan ng lindol" said Cardinal Tagle on Radio Veritas. 

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
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    Cardinal also mentioned the importance of our prayers for the protection and safety of the victims of the earthquake in Mindanao. 

    He asked the faithful to protect and help the people in Mindanao affected by the strong earthquake. 

    “Kapag nanawagan ang mga Dioceses, mga parokya sa lugar na ‘yun, sana ay maging bukas palad tayo sa pagtugon," he added.

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported a magnitude of 6.6 earthquake jolted some parts of Mindanao and Visayas on Tuesday morning, October 29.

    In an article posted on the website of Radio Veritas, Most Rev. Jose Colin M. Bagaforo, D.D., Bishop of Kidapawan, said that residents are still staying outside of their houses due to damages caused by the earthquake and the aftershocks that continue to occur. At the time of posting of this news 5 Churches were already reported to have been damaged by the quake.

    The Rector of Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Grace also seeks prayers for their safety.

    Rev. Fr. Jun Balatero, Rector of Kidapawan Cathedral, said that all churches will be open to accommodate evacuees. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

     

    PANALANGIN

    Mapagmahal na Ama, ikaw ang may likha ng lahat nasa iyong kamay ang aming pag-iral nasa iyong kamay ang pag-inog ng mundo

    Hinihiling po namin na ang mga kamay mo rin ang magprotekta sa mga kapatid namin na sa oras na ito ay kinakabahan at naapektuhan ng lindol

    Magpadala ka rin po mga tao, kapwa tao na may magandang kalooban na handang tumulong, dumamay at manalangin para sa kanila

    O Mahal na Ina, ikaw na laging takbuhan ng mga nangangailangan ang iyong pusong maka- Ina, nawa ay kanilang maramdaman lalo na sa oras na ito

    Itong panalamgin na ito mapagmahal na Ama ay aming ipinaabot sayo sa ngalan ni Hesus na aming kapatid at Panginoon sa bisa ng Espiritu Santo iisang Diyos magpasawalang hanggan.

  • A call for Filipino children to pray the rosary


    Filipino Children are called to pray the holy rosary for world peace and unity.

    A global campaign called "One Million Children Praying the Rosary” initiated by the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) aims to gather children from different countries to pray the Holy Rosary for peace and unity.

    Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines
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    In the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines led hundreds of Filipino children gathered at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City, on October 25, 2019, 8 a.m., to pray the rosary. It was simultaneously held in different countries around the world.

    Participants in the event received rosaries blessed by His Holiness Pope Francis. 

    "I know that at the end of this meeting, you will receive as a gift, a rosary but you will receive also to remember the presence of Pope Francis, one image. When you pray the rosary you also pray for Pope Francis that it can continue to guide the church as Saint Peter did with the other apostles at the very beginning," Archbishop Caccia told the children in his welcome message.

    The "One Million Children Praying the Rosary” was organized by ACN that started in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2005. The campaign was launched in the Philippines in 2016.

    In his message, Archbishop Caccia pointed out our the three important teachings of Mary as a mother, tried to understand the things that happened in the life of Jesus.

    "So, let us start our prayer asking Mary first to help us to understand the life of Jesus deeply and understand our life."

    "Second, let us always live our joy and sufferings together with Mary like a mother."

    "And third, make us doing something which makes Mary happy because we are united and we are at peace." (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • We are called to be holy not scary - San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry's Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint Contest "


    "Sila po ang nagpapaalala sa ating lahat na isa lang ang ating dapat paghirapan, pagsikapan makamtan at 'yan ay ang kalangitan." says Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang, Parochial Vicar of San Felipe Neri Parish, in his homily during the Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint Contest. 

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    On Sunday, October 27, 2019, the San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry (SFNPYM) hosted their 7th Year of Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint Contest at San Felipe Neri Parish, Mandaluyong City.

    The Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint-Contest is a yearly activity of SFNPYM where the children, the youth, and the adults are dressed in saints’ vestments or costumes to bring back the celebration of the "Hallowed Eve" or the Feast of All Saints, rather than letting them wear scary and horrific costumes of ghosts, witches, and other evil characters. Instead of Halloween, it is named as “Holy-Win” where the saints are honored and glorified with God for their victory against the temptations of sin and their success in attaining holiness. 

    Participants were from different ministries, areas, and organizations under the San Felipe Neri Parish. There were thirty-one participants who registered for the event whereas twenty participants for Children's Category and eleven participants for Youth Category. 

    The program started with the presentation and introduction of the Saints' that they are portraying with their most famous quotes or lines. Some did a little role play and sang for their chosen Saint. Each participant was on their best character and attire to really let people see the Saint that they are portraying to. Resourcefulness, creativity, and simplicity were evident. 

    "Sobrang saya at fulfilling sa pakiramdam na ginagawa ng Simbahan ang mga ganitong event...sa pamamagitan nito ay nakakapaglingkod ako kay Hesus" said Ms. Irish Peralta, who portrayed St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

    Concluding the event was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang. Before the final blessing, the winners of the said contest were announced and awarded. The Holy Win Dress Like A Saint is not only a contest but an occasion that teaches everyone to be holy, not scary.

     

  • Message delivered by Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines during the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary”


    Message delivered by Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines during the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” held at the Don Bosco Technical Institue in Makati City, on October 25, 2019, at 8 in the morning.

    Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines
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    Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat! 

    I'm so glad to be with you today and I thank the Salesians Father for welcoming in this beautiful building and school.

    I thank the Aid of the Church in Need, Ambassador, President, and also the National Director for the kind words and explanation.

    And I know that at the end of this meeting, you will receive as a gift a rosary but you will receive also to remember the presence of Pope Francis, one image. When you pray the rosary you also pray for Pope Francis that it can continue to guide the church as Saint Peter did with the other apostles at the very beginning. And if you are very good, you have to look at the image but also to turn it because, on this side, there is a prayer for Pope Francis. 

    And today, I bring to you the greetings of Pope Francis who by the way was in the Philippines four years ago. Maybe you remember, some of you. So, in life or through the television

    I bring also the gratitude because you answered this appeal for prayer together with the other children all over the world and especially, in the end, I will give you his apostolic blessing to continue to be good Christians and good citizens.

    I will just say three simple things because we are here around Mary. You see, we brought the statue, and I have to ask you, "Did Mary understand everything that happened to Jesus during his life, yes or not?" (crowd answers)

    No, the answer is no. She couldn't always understand what was going on with her and with Jesus when it got lost in Jerusalem and they found Mary and Joseph after three days. She couldn't understand the answer that Jesus gave but what she did, she treasures all the things in her heart and ponder and think about it. 

    So, the first teaching today from Mary is, when you don't understand something about the life, the words of Jesus, just keep that words in your heart and keep asking yourself, "why?" and you will find an answer. That's why we pray the rosary with the mysteries of the life of Jesus so that we can understand the life of Jesus and find answers also to our life.

    Second, how many mysteries in the life of Jesus are there? (crowd answers). Many, five but there is the Mystery of Joy, the Mystery of Light, the Mystery of Sorrow, and the Mystery of Glory. Our life is the same. We have joy and yet suffering. 

    When you are very happy because you get a very good note, you go home and you say, "Mama, Oh, wonderful. I passed the exam." Wonderful note. Correct? Do you do that? (crowd answers)

    And when you have pain or something get wrong, you go home and say "Mama, I'm feelin' bad, please help me." Do you do that? (crowd answers)

    And so, Mary is teaching us today to live joy and suffering with her. She's always there to share our joy and to help in our sufferings.

    And third and the last thing, do you have brothers and sisters? (crowd answers) You get along always well? (crowd answers) You fight sometimes? (crowd answers) When you fight, your mother, your mom is happy or unhappy? (crowd answers)

    When Mary, the mother of all, see their children fighting at war, she's happy or unhappy? (crowd answers)

    So, when we pray Mary, we have to ask to be at peace and united that's why we are here to pray for unity and peace. A mother is always happy when the children are united and are at peace.

    So, let us start our prayer asking Mary first to help us to understand the life of Jesus deeply and understand our life.

    Second, let us always live our joy and sufferings together with Mary like a mother.

    And third, make us doing something which makes Mary happy because we are united and we are at peace. 

    And may God bless you all! (RCAM - Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle during the enthronement of the image of Sto. Niño de Tondo


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle for the enthronement of the image of Santo Niño de Tondo held at the Manila Cathedral on October 18, 2019.

    Mga minamahal na kapatid sa pananampalataya. Una po sa lahat, magpasalamat at magpuri tayo sa Diyos na Siyang nagtipon sa atin, bilang isang simbahan. Upang sa pagdiriwang ng Eukaristiya, tayo ay mapanibago Niya, mapalakas, bilang tunay na sambayanang kristiyano, nabubuhay sa salita ng Diyos, sa katawan at dugo ni Kristo, at sa ating pagtitipon, bunga ng Espiritu Santo.

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    At nagpapasalamat po tayo sa Panginoon sa araw na ito sa paglulukolok ng Sto. Niño De Tondo, dito po sa ating Cathedral ng Archdiocese of Manila. Salamat po sa parish, community ng Archdiocesan Shrine ng Sto. Niño De Tondo, sa pamumuno ni Fr. Lito Villegas, salamat po sa pagdadala dito ng ating mahal na imahen, salamat po. (nagpalakpakan ang mga tao)

    Sapagkat ang simabahan ng Tondo, palagay ko, 1572 yata, mula noon, nakaluklok na ang Sto. Niño De Tondo. Bago pa nadeklara na Cathedral ang ating simabahan ay may debosyon na sa Sto. Niño De Tondo. Kaya napakaganda na ang kasaysayan ng Archdiocese of Manila, ang kasaysayan ng unang katedral sa Pilipinas, ang Manila Cathedral, ngayon ay yayakapin ang isa sa mga una at pinakamatandang debosyon kay Hesus sa Kanyang taguri bilang banal na bata- Sto. Niño ng Tondo.

    Ang atin pong mga pagbasa ay may mga magagandang paalaala tungkol sa ating debosyon, sa batang si Hesus. Kasama na rin ang paalaala ni Hesus na kung hindi tayo magiging tulad ng mga bata, ibig sabihin tulad Niya, hindi tayo mapapabilang sa paghahari ng Diyos. Ang mundo natin ngayon, maraming modelo ng pagiging bata at sasabihin pa nung iba, “bakit asal bata ka? Diba sabi ni Hesus, ‘pag hindi ka naging bata, hindi ka papasok sa paghahari ng Diyos.” E pero ang pamantayan ng pagiging bata, hindi yung mga binibigay ng mundo. Magpapabanat ng.. (bahagyang natawa ang Cardinal)ng ano ba ‘to? ng mukha! Ayan, mukha na akong bata. Magpapakulay ng buhok, iba-ibang kulay, noh? Minsan green, minsan purple, minsan brown. Ayon! Bata na, oho. Magbibihis ng parang teenager, bata na. Pero para sa atin ang pagiging bata ay pagtulad kay Hesus at lalo na po para sa atin, taga Archdiocese of Manila at Sto. Niño De Tondo. Ang pagiging bata sa paghahari ng Diyos ay nangangahulugan, tularan si Hesus. Si Hesus na nanatiling bata, anak, anak ng Ama.

    Papa’no maging bata? Alam natin ang buhay ni Hesus. Subalit sa mga pagbasa, may dalawa tayong paalaala.

    Una po, sa sulat ni Apostol San Pablo sa mga taga-Roma, binibigay niyang halimbawa sa atin si Abraham. Si Abraham may edad na at ang kanyang asawa, si Sarah, may edad na rin, hindi sila magkaanak. Pero ipinangako ng Diyos sa kanila, “Abraham, magiging ama ka ng napakaraming bansa, katulad ng mga tala sa langit. Hindi mo mabilang, ganyan karami ang iyong magiging anak.” Kung ako si Abraham, sasagutin ko ang Diyos e, sasabihin ko, “Diyos, salamat ha pero, hindi nga kami maka-isang anak, tapos sasabihin mo, magiging ama ako ng ganyang karami. May edad na ako, may edad na yung asawa ko. Sabi nga nila baog, paanong mangyayari ‘yan?” Mabuti na lang, hindi ako si Abraham, kung hindi, naiba ang kasaysayan. Sabi ni San Pablo, si Abraham, nanalig sa Diyos. Kahit na parang imposible, at parang sasabihin nga natin, sa tahasang salita, ay walang katuturan ang sinabi sa kaniya ng Diyos. Pero nanalig siya, dahil ang nangangako ay ang Diyos. ‘Yan ang pagiging bata.

    Maraming bagay, hindi natin lubusang mauunawaan. Ganyan ang birhen Maria, ang daming mensahe sa kanya ng anghel, ng mga pastol, pati yung kanyang anak na nakabayubay sa krus, hindi niya naunawaan lahat, subalit, nanalig sa Diyos. Si Hesus, maraming bagay din bilang tao, hindi Niya maunawaan. Nakabayubay sa krus, ano ang isang panalangin ni Hesus? “Diyos ko, Diyos ko, bakit mo naman ako pinabayaan?” Dumaan Siya sa matinding lungkot, subalit hindi nawala ang pananalig. Sa bandang huli ang sinabi pa rin niya, “Ama sa iyong mga kamay, ihahabilin ko ang aking sarili.”

    ‘Yan ang pagiging bata. Nakita natin kay Abraham, nakita natin sa mga dakila na babae at lalaki ng pananampalataya, ang pag-asa ay sa Diyos. Kahit na hindi ko lubusang nauunawaan ang Diyos, sa kanya ako aasa. Ang kabaligtaran niyan ay, ilagay ang pag-asa hindi sa Diyos, kundi sa mga diyos-diyosan. Maraming tao ang pag-asa na at pananalig, sa pera. Kaya hanap nang hanap ng pera. Akala, basta maraming pera, ang buhay mo, ayos na. Yung iba ang hanap, posisyon, basta ako ay may tamang posisyon, ayos na ang buhay ko. Yung iba, basta ang pangalan ko, ang pangalan ko ay tanyag, ako ay pamoso, ayos na ang aking kinabukasan. Kaya, inihahabilin natin ang ating buhay sa pera, sa karangalan, sa ambisyon. Eh kapag ginawa natin ‘yon, tatanda ka. Mamemerwisyo ka. Konsumisyon ‘yan, araw-araw tinitignan mo, “teka magkano na ba ang interes sa bangko?” Hindi ka kasi makapagtiwala sa Diyos, ang tiwala mo sa pera, posisyon, sino diyan ang kalaban ko? Sino diyan ang lalaban sa akin? Sino ang tatakbo? Tatanda ka. Ang pusong bata, may kapayapaan dahil nagpapakumbaba. Hindi siya ang nagko-kontrol sa buhay niya. inihahabilin ang sarili sa Diyos.

    Kaya ang debosyon natin sa Sto. Niño, sana, hindi lamang sa pamamagitan ng mga seremonyas, kundi sa pagtulad kay Hesus- anak ni Maria, anak ni Abraham. Sila, nanatiling bata sa mata ng Diyos.

    At ang ikalawa po at pagtatapos sa ebanghelyo, sinasabi ni Hesus, na may mga pagkakataon na baka subukin tayo. Tayo ba ay sasaksi pa rin kay Hesus? O itatatwa natin Siya? ‘Pag ikaw ay inuusig na dahil sa iyong pananampalataya kay Hesus. Pangangatawanan mo pa ba na ikaw ay alagad Niya? bahagi ito sa pagiging bata. Sabi ni Hesus, kapag ikaw ay kinaladkad na, iniharap sa tagapamahala ng Sinagoga at mga may kapangyarihan na lilitis sa iyo, huwag kang mabahala. Huwag mong isipin kung papa’no mo ipagtatanggol ang sarili mo. Ang Espiritu Santo ang magtuturo sa iyo.

    Mga kapatid napakahirap nito, ‘no ho? Diba ‘pag kayo ay i-tsinitsismis, ang gusto mo agad eh sugurin yung gumagawa ng usap laban sa iyo. Gusto mong sugurin, gusto mong ingudngod sa lupa, gusto mong putulan ng dila. Ipagtatanggol mo ang sarili mo. Ang hirap nitong turo ni Hesus, ano ho? Pero bahagi ito sa pagiging bata. Sino ang magtatanggol sa iyo? Ang sarili mo o ang Espiritu Santo? Hayyy (bahagyang natawa ang Cardinal) Tayo diba ho? Parang ang ating instinct, ang tulak sa atin, “ako ang magtatanggol sa sarili ko at karangalan ko.” “At kung may kilala ako na may koneksyon, aba, gagamitin ko ang mga koneksyon ko, ipagtanggol ko lamang ang sarili ko.” Pero sa ebanghelyo ang pagiging bata- huwag kang mabahala. Ang Espiritu Santo ang magtuturo sa iyo. Sumaksi ka, nahihirapan ka, magtiwala ka, manatili kang bata kahit sa gitna ng pag-uusig. Nakita natin ‘yan kay Hesus, pati si Pilato, nagkamot na ng ulo. Ang dami niyang tanong, sabi ni Pilato, “hindi ka ba magsasalita? Sumagot ka, puwede kitang palayain.” Sinasabi ni Pilato, umasa ka sa akin. Ang kalayaan mo nasa akin. Ang katahimikan ni Hesus ay pagiging bata. At sa ikatlong araw, binuhay Siyang muli ng Ama na Kanyang pinagkatiwalaan.

    Sa pagharap natin sa maraming pagsubok, mananatili kaya ang ating pagiging bata? Year of the youth, puwede bang malaman sino sa inyo yung totoo lang ha, yung tunay na kabataan? Pakitaas ang kamay ho. ‘Yan, ‘yon.. may mga natutukso oh, parang gusto (bahagyang natawa ang Cardinal) oh mga kabataan ha, sana lagi kayong matuto sa pagiging bata, hindi sa mga sinasabi ng advertising, mga sinasabi ng mundo. Tularan ang batang si Hesus. Ang kanyang tiwala, pananalig sa ama, na hindi natitinag kahit na may pagsubok sa buhay.

    Mga kapatid sa parokya at Archdiocesan Shrine ng Sto. Niño De Tondo, napakagandang bahagi ng kasaysayan ng ating parokya ng shrine ang pagiging missionary. Misyonero. Ang parokya ng Tondo dati ay may misyon, sa Calumpit, sakop ‘yan ng Tondo, ng parokya ng Tondo. Nagmimisyon ang parokya ng Tondo hanggang Calumpit. Pati Hagonoy yata. Tapos, nadagdagan pa ‘yan, hanggang Pampanga, Betis. Sumunod ang Malabon, bahagi ng kasaysayan ng Sto. Niño De Tondo ang pagiging misyonero. Hindi lamang para sa amin ang aming pananampalataya. Ang pananampalataya kay Hesus, ibinabahagi. Bagamat, ang Bulacan ay may sarili na ring diyosesis, ang Malabon ay bahagi na rin ng ibang diyosesis, huwag sanang mawala ang espiritu, ang diwa ang misyon na nasa ugat ng parokya ng Sto. Niño De Tondo.

    Magmisyon sa pamilya, mag-misyon sa mga kabataan, mag-misyon sa mga pamilyang nagkakawatak-watak. Mag-misyon sa mga kabataan na natutukso at naliligaw ng landas. Magmisyon. Dalhin si Hesus. Huwag nating sayangin ang napakaganda na pundasyon ng ating parokya.

    Tayo po’y tumahimik sandali, at tanggapin muli ang biyaya ng araw na ito. At hilingin nating masundan natin si Hesus sa kanyang pagiging bata. (Radio Veritas/RCAM-AOC)

  • ANG PAGHAHANDOG NG IMAHE NG SANTO NIÑO


    Bilang paggunita sa pagdiriwang sa ika-450 taon ng pagdating ng Santo Nino sa bayan ng Tundo (1569-2019), naghandog ng Imahe ng Santo Niño ang Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino de Tondo sa Manila Cathedral noong ika-19 ng Oktubre 2019.

    The Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño de Tondo donated an image of Santo Niño to the Manila Cathedral on October 19, 2019.
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    Sa ganap na ika-6:30 ng umaga, nagtipon sa labas ng simbahan ng Tundo ang mga mandated organization at mga parishioner kasama ang mga pamunuan ng Bikaryato ng Santo Nino, upang sumama sa paghahatid ng Imahe papuntang Manila Cathedral.

    Nagkaroon pagdiriwang ng Banal na Misa ng pagtanggap sa pangunguna ng kanyang kabunyian Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle kasama ng iba’t ibang pari sa Bikaryato ng Santo Nino. 

    Sa kanyang misa nagpasalamat ang Cardinal sa Panginoon sa pagluluklok ng Santo Nino de Tondo sa katedral ng Archdiocese of Manila at gayundin sa Parish at community ng Archdiocesan Shrine ng Santo Nino de Tondo sa pamumuno ni Fr. Lito Villegas na nagdala ng mahal na imahe ng Sto. Nino.

    Sa Kanyang homilia, Inilahad ng Cardinal ang hamon hango sa Ebanghelyo na kung hindi tayo magiging tulad ng mga bata, hindi tayo mapapabilang sa paghahari ng Diyos. “Ang pagiging bata ay ang pagtulad kay Hesus.”

    Sa huli, sinabi ni Cardinal Tagle na, “Huwag sanang mawala ang espiritu, ang diwa ng misyon na nasa ugat ng parokya ng Santo Nino de Tondo.  Mag misyon sa pamilya, mag misyon sa mga kabataan, mag misyon sa mga pamilyang nagkakawatak-watak.” (Cristy Dela Cruz / Social Communications Ministry - Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino de Tondo)

     

  • Archdiocese of Manila to hold "Family is a Gift Conference"


    The Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a “Family is a Gift Conference” at the St. Paul College, Pasig, on October 26, 2019.


    The conference, which is in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth is aimed to positively proclaim the beauty of family, to expose the many challenges posed by modernity, and to propose the effective response.

    “The conference will be one of the concrete actions of the church in journeying with her people. The families are facing a lot of challenges today. The reality of the influence of social media, relativism, irregular situation of families, and the lowering of the value of faith are some of them. It will offer timely and appropriate approaches in facing those challenges that they may see and realize the beauty of their families,” Bro. Edgardo Cabuello, lay coordinator of Commission on Family and Life explained.

    The event will commence with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at 8 in the morning.

    The plenary session will begin with the talk of Cardinal Tagle on “Family is a Gift.”  His talk will help the faithful to understand God’s plan for the family in the light of Amoris Laetitia "The Joy of Love," an exhortation by Pope Francis addressing the pastoral care of families. Recognize the challenges that modern families face and learn how you can overcome these challenges as a family.

    Bro. Michael “Shok” Ariola of Couples for Christ will be the speaker for the topic entitled “Pamilya: Tawag at Tugon” and will tackle how families can make the best out of God’s original plan for the family and how they can share their giftedness to other families.

    There will be eight concurrent sessions (4 tracks for parents and 4 tracks for the youth) in the afternoon that will be facilitated by experts in their respective fields.

    Expected to participate in the event are Family and Life volunteers, PPC members, Youth Ministry members, catechists, and those who are in charge of parish formation.

    The conference will be concluded with LIVELOUD Concert that will feature contemporary Catholic praise and worship songs.

    Rev. Fr. Joel Jason, Commissioner, Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila will lead the commissioning and consecration of families and the young people. 

     “Family is a Gift Conference” is in coordination with the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth and Couples for Christ. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle: Every baptized person is sent to a mission


    “Bawat binyagan ay hindi lamang nagiging kasama ni Kristo sa bagong buhay kundi bawat binyagan ay isinisugo sa misyon”.

    "Every baptized person living the life of Christ by sharing in his death and resurrection is also sent on mission," says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Pista ng Misyon at the Cuneta Astrodome, on October 18, 2019.
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    Speaking in front of 8,300 people in attendance to the "Pista ng Misyon" held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay last October 18, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle stressed that every baptized person is also sent on mission and not only ordained and consecrated.

    With the theme “Baptized and Sent”, the Pista ng Mission was in line with the Holy Father’s declaration of October 2019 as Extraordinary Missionary month in celebration of the centenary of the promulgation of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter "Maximum Illud" – an important papal document about mission.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle cited important points about the mission.

    A Personal Encounter with Jesus

    To become a missionary of Christ, one should have a personal encounter with him which means that one should have a deeper knowledge and experience of Christ.

    “This is a requirement for growth in Baptism and in mission.  Do I know Jesus? Have I encountered him and what am I doing in order to deepen my knowledge of Jesus,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Mission is Fundamentally Witnessing

    Those who are baptized are called to become missionaries who have experienced a personal encounter with Jesus and become witnesses to Christ in word and deed.

    “Mission in word, in deed, in my relationship, even in my silence is witnessing to Christ and to witness to Christ means bearing the cross, bearing the cross especially the cross of helplessness. When you love, you are helpless.” 

    Mission of Charity

    The mission of Christ is a mission of charity and this is expressed in our love for our neighbor as well in our environment.

    The Cardinal during the gathering also asked the faithful to remember in their prayers those who were greatly affected by the earthquake that hit Mindanao last October 16 with magnitude of 6.3. He also led those who were gathered to remember those who escaped from Syria and have nowhere to go because of the continued bombings. Kenya, was also remembered as it still experiences severe drought.

    The Cardinal also urged the faithful to be missionaries for the environment. 

    “Ang kalikasan ay nalalapastangan at pag ang kalikasan ay namatay, ang tao nanganganib din ang buhay,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Present also during the event were the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President Romulo Valles, who is also the Archbishop of Davao. 

    Pista ng Misyon was organized by the Commission on Mission of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Pontifical Missionary Society in the Philippines headed by Rev. Msgr. Esteban Lo. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of Cardinal Tagle for Pista ng Misyon


    Mga minamahal na kapatid, magpasalamat tayo sa Panginoon  na nagtipon sa atin sa hapong ito.

    Nagpapasalamat po tayo kay Pope Francis na tumawag na magkaroon ng Extraordinary Month of Mission at ito po ang ating ipinagdiriwang sa araw na ito, kapistahan ni San Lukas.

    Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa ating minamahal na Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, sa kanyang presensiya sagisag ng pakikiisa ng Santo Padre sa atin.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Pista ng Misyon held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, on October 18.
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    Salamat din kay Archbishop Romulo Valles, Archbishop of Davao and President of the CBCP at ang ating mga kapatid na mga obispo, mga pari na nakikiisa bagamat nasa Pasay, ito po ay isang event na na pinamunuan din ng National Pontifical Mission Society office, kaya hindi lang po ito local ito po ay national at international. 

    Pwede malaman who among you come from countries of Asia other than the Philippines? Raise your hands, yung galing sa ibang Asian countries. We have priests from China, could you please rise. Di ko alam paano sabihin sa Chinese. They are here for their ongoing formation. Xie Xie! Ibig sabihin ng Xie Xie ay “Thank you” pero ang intindi nila upo na umupo naman. Iba talaga ang Chinese ko.

    May we know who among you are from a European country? Ayan! there! Yan!

    Or from Africa? There, Monsignor, there, welcome! 

    From North America? South America, Central and South America, ayan, father, monsignor.

    Oceania? Like Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa, Fiji?

    From the Philippines? (Loud clap)

    So, salamat sa Diyos, salamat! 

    Ang tema po natin, Baptized and Sent. Bawat binyagan ay hindi lamang nagiging kasama ni Kristo sa bagong buhay kundi bawat binyagan ay isinisugo sa misyon. 

    Mission should not be associated only with the ordained. It should not be associated only with those in consecrated life. It is associated, it is linked to baptism. Tatanungin ko, ilan sa inyo ang inordinahan, diakono, pari, obispo, pakitaas po ang kamay. Who among you are ordained? Ayan, kaunti lang kami.

    How many of us here are in consecrated life, nagawa ng mga vows in consecrated life and communities? Hindi rin lahat.

    Ilan sa inyo ang may asawa, married? Hindi rin lahat. Ay! bat ba ako nakataas? (crowd laughs) Hindi lahat. 

    Ilan sa inyo ang students?  O yan, marami pero hindi lahat. Pero kapag tinanong sino sa atin ang bininyagan? Baptized. Lahat tayo o kaya kapag baptized, sino sa atin ang sinusugo sa misyon dahil bininyagan? Lahat tayo, lahat.

    Ang ganda, every baptized person living the life of Christ by sharing in his death and resurrection is also sent on mission. At maganda yung narinig natin sa maraming panayam. Wala pwedeng magsabi, hindi ko naman alam saan ako sinusugo? Napakaraming sitwasyon ang buhay. Sitwasyon sa mundo na isinusugo tayo ng Panginoon, sabi nga sa Ebanghelyo, “upang ipahayag na ang Diyos ang naghahari.”

    Hayaan nyo po na magbigay lang ako ng ilang puntos na ibinahagi rin ni Pope Francis sa Extraordinary Month of Mission.

    Una, para maging misyonero ni Hesus, kailangan kilala si Hesus. Kailangan may karanasan kay Hesus.

    A personal encounter with Jesus. This is a requirement for growth in Baptism and in mission.  Do I know Jesus? Have I encountered him and what am I doing in order to deepen my knowledge of Jesus. Ano ang aking mga pagpupunyagi para makilala si Hesus? 

    Salamat sa isang katulad ni San Lukas na nagbabahagi sa atin sa Ebanghelyo niya tungkol kay Hesus lalo na ang papel ng mga dukha sa misyon at Ebanghelyo ni Hesus. Salamat sa isang San Lukas tayo ay naaakay para makilala lalo si Hesus. 

    Salamat sa isang San Pablo na naging kasama ni San Lukas at tumulong din para lumalim ang pagkilala ni San Lukas kay Hesus. 

    So, no mission, no proclamation of the Gospel without an encounter with Jesus who is the Gospel. Kaya po bagamat ang misyon lagi nating naiuugnay sa ano ba ang pwede kong gawin na tama naman pero ang ugat niyan ay ang aking pakikipag-isa , pagkilala kay Hesus. 

    Naalala niyo ang sinabi ni Cherry Pie at sinabi ni Marian at ni Dingdong, sabi nila, hindi nila napasok itong kanilang mga misyon kung hindi nila naranasan ang Panginoon sa kasal, sa pagpapatawad kaya spirituality. Sa mga bata, may oras kayong magtext, sana naman mas maraming oras sa pagbabasa ng Bibliya, ng katesisimo, para makilala si Hesus.

    Baka yung iba sa inyo may nakita diyang ang cute, ang cute. Mabangga nga, “Uy excuse me. Sorry ha, sorry, taga saan ka?” (crowd laughs) “Pwede ka bang maka-konekta?” “Hindi eh, hingi pa ko ng permission sa tatay ko.” Pero sa puso niya, Yi! Yi! Yi! Napansin ako! (crowd laughs)

    E, ano yan, cute nga yan, lolokahin ka lang niyan. (crowd laughs) E, sana kinikilig din tayo kay Hesus. Ang puso natin matunaw kay Hesus. Kilalalanin siya, which leads to the second point.

    Mission is fundamentally witnessing. Martyrdom. Ang misyon ay pagsaksi kay Hesus. Pagsaksi sa salita, sa gawa, sa pagkatao, sa ating ugnayan. Sabi nga ng bagong santo, si St. Cardinal John Henry Newman, sabi niya, “Let me preach you without preaching not by my words but by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do. The evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you.”  

    Hayaan mong ipahayag kita ng hindi nangagaral kundi sa pamamagitan ng init ng pag-ibig na nararamdaman nila kung ano man ang aking ginagawa.

    So, mission in word, in deed, in my relationship, even in my silence is witnessing to Christ and to witness to Christ means bearing the cross, bearing the cross especially the cross of helplessness. When you love, you are helpless.  

    Ang umiibig ang daming gustong gawin. Protektahan ang minamahal, baguhin ang minamahal, baguhin ang sitwasyon pero alam niya minsan kapus na kapos siya at yun ang krus ng nagmamahal. Pero yung krus na yun at pagdurusa kasama rin sa pagsaksi kay Hesus.

    So, yung una, encounter with Christ. Ikalawa, witnessing. Yun ang kahulugan ng salitang martir. Ang martir, saksi hanggang kamatayan.

    Ang ikatlo, mission of charity. Habang tayo po ay nandito sana nasa isip at puso natin ang mga kapatid natin na naapektuhan ng lindol sa Mindanao itong mga nakaraang araw. 

    Sana kasama sa ating alalahanin  ang mga tumatakas ngayon sa Northern Syria dahil doon sa mga bombahan na hindi alam kung saan pupunta.

    Sana nasa isip at puso natin yung mga magulang  na naghahanap kung nasaan ang kanilang mga anak subalit ayaw pumunta sa morge dahil baka nandoon ang anak ko.

    Sana kasama natin sa ating puso’t kalooban ang mga tao, kaibigan, kapatid natin sa Kenya na mahigit nang isang taong wala walang ulan sa kanilang lugar. Tubig pang-inom, tubig panglinis, tubig para sa mga sinasaka, wala.

    Charity. At kung makikita natin ang misyon ni Hesus it was a mission of charity. Sabi nga nina Marian, Dingdong, at ni Cherry Pie, magsasawa ka kapag ang iniisip mo lang sarili mo. Ang pag-ibig ay patungo sa iba. Hindi dahil naiinis ka sa sarili mo kundi ang pag-ibig sa sarili ay nagiging ganap sa pag-ibig sa kapwa at pagdamay pati sa kalikasan.

    Ang kalikasan ay nalalapastangan at pag ang kalikasan ay namatay, ang tao nanganganib din ang buhay. So, our mission is total. O, nakikita ko may mga bottled water. Ngayon marami tayo, pag-alis kaya natin sana hindi na kailangan ng janitor para maglinis dito kasi lahat tayo may pagmamahal sa kapaligiran. Kung natutukso ka na yung balot ng candy na kinain mo ay itapon diyan, maghunus dili ka. Extraordinary Month of Mission pa naman tapos dudumihan mo ang ano, bago mo itapon, itabi mo muna sa iyong bibig. Ilagay mo sa bulsa mo kasi yung pagtatapon na ganyan, kayabangan yan. Nasa isip mo, hindi bale na ako mag-iwan ng dumi meron naman niyang pupulot mamaya. Hindi yan pagdamay sa kapwa. Part of our mission of charity is caring for creation and caring for human beings. 

    At pang huli po, mission together. Sama-sama hindi kanya kanya. 

    Si San Pablo ang sabi niya si San Lukas ang kanyang nakasama hanggang sa huli hindi siya iniwanan. Sa Ebanghelyo, isinugo ng Panginoon sila, pitungput dalawa, dala-dalawa hindi solo-solo. Dala-dalawa. Hindi ka magdadala ng kung anu ano. Hindi ka magdadala ng lukbutan. Hindi ka magdadala ng sandalyas. Hindi ka magdadala ng kung anu-ano pero kasama mo naman ang kapwa misyonero. 

    E, yung iba, bitbit lahat. Bitbit merienda, parang gugutumin. Bitbit merienda, bitbit tubig, bitbit pati tabo pero ayaw na may kasama sa misyon. Kaya siguro sinasabi ni Hesus, huwag nyong bitbitin lahat yan. You have what you need the Gospel and you have a companion. Ang misyon na ito ay hindi pangsarili kundi sama-sama. At pati ang mga bata, pari ang mga dukha sa society, sa lipunan ay may bahagi sa misyon. Di ba yan din po ang espiritwalidad ng tinatawag nating Pondo ng Pinoy. Kahit na ikaw ay hindi mayaman sa maliit na beinte singko sentimos, sa iyong maliliit na pagkilos, ikaw ay nagmimisyon ng pag-ibig sa kapwa. Hindi kanya-kanya. 

    Minsan nasa isip natin mawala lang itong isang ito, gaganda ang misyon ko. Sabi nila mawala lang tong asawa ko gaganda ang buhay ko. (crowd laughs) Mawala lang itong bata sa aking sinapupunan, yayaman ako, giginhawa ang buhay ko. Mawala lang itong mga nanggugulo dyan, gaganda ang lipunan. Ang ating isip kanya-kanya, alisin! Alisin! Alisin! Pero sinisugo tayo ng Panginoon, sama-sama, dala-dalawa. Siya ang bitbit mo hindi kung anu ano.

    So, mission is in community. Mission is ecclesial, the church. 

    O, tama na kasi parang nauubos na ho yung boses ko at nauubos na rin kayo parang mga kandila na nauupos na. Yung iba nakaganun na nga, e. Yung laway na tumutulo pwede ko ipadala sa Kenya (Crowd laughs) para magkaroon sila ng pandilig sa kanilang mga taniman doon. Sabagay kasama rin sa misyon yung matulog. Basta pagkatulog tayo, ang misyon. Ok ba yun?

    So, yung apat lang ho, personal encounter with Christ. Pakiulit nga (crowd repeats what Cardinal says).

    Second, witnessing to Christ (crowd repeats what Cardinal says).

    Third, Mission of Charity (crowd repeats what Cardinal says).

    Fourth, anong sabi natin? Wala pa kong sinasabi (crowd laughs). Mission together. Ano ho ikaapat? (crowd answers)

    Marami pa po sa narinig, napanood itong araw na ito, pakidala po sa pagninilay pag-uwi and let us encourage every baptized person. You are sent.  You are sent by Christ and by the church.

    Tayo po ay tumahimik sandal at tanggapin muli ang panawagan sa atin sa pamamagitan ng panalangin ni San Lukas, ang simbahan nawa sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo ay maging simabahan ng mga binyagan na handing isugo para sumaksi kay Hesus. (RCAM - Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

  • Santisima Trinidad Parish holds Rosaryo ng Kalinga


    The Santisima Trinidad Parish in Malate held a Rosaryo ng Kalinga in celebration of the month of the Rosary on October 12, 2019.

    Rosaryo ng Kalinga is a variation of living rosary aimed at supplying the parish pantry for the needy by placing gifts of rice and other essentials instead of flowers and balloons in place of life-sized rosary beads. 

    "Ito ay isang nahahawakang pagpapakita ng pagdarasal ng Santo Rosaryo na kung saan binibigyan natin ng katuparan ang diwa nito na maghatid ng pagmamahal at kalinga sa ating kapwa,"  Rev. Fr. Joselito Buenafe, parish priest of Santisima Trinidad Parish explained. (David John Torres/SOCOM – Santisima Trinidad Parish)

     

  • St. Pius X Parish to hold its annual Living Rosary this October


    On the 26th of October 2019, the parish of St. Pius X in Onyx Ave, Paco, Manila will hold its annual ‘Living Rosary' dedicated to the culmination of the month of the Holy Rosary each year. The activity will be spearheaded by the Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) together with their Liturgical theater company – Teatro San Pio Decimo (TSPD). 


    Unlike the conventional living rosary undertakings wherein the participants will form a human-rosary shape on the ground, SPX PYM likes to have it their way. Animations, songs, and acts will be included per mystery as its narration in a poetic form. This is their way to have a more creative and dynamic story-telling about these mysteries in the life of Christ. 

    The event will be attended by various ministries and organizations from the pastoral council and the event is open to anyone who wishes to participate in the praying of the Holy Rosary. 

    FILIPINOS AND MARY

    The people of the Philippines’ devotion to ‘Mama Mary’ is unquestionable. We love Mary as much as we love our hot pandesal in the morning or our home-cooked sinigang durig the rainy days. This is because Mary is a role model for us Filipinos, especially Catholics. Resilient, loving, caring, patient and obedient – those traits are intrinsic to us from the beginning; and it will always be. The devotion to our Holy Mother is overwhelming. In-fact, a lot of churches, cities, towns, and municipalities are named after her – even the whole country was placed under her guidance and protection, the immaculate conception. The Holy Mother is our ultimate intercessor to His Son, Jesus Christ, the reason why she is on our top-of-mind pick when it comes to our favorite saint.

    PARISH’ ANNUAL LIVING ROSARY

    The Living Rosary started in 2013 under the initiative of the parish youth ministry (PYM) to have an activity for the culmination of the month of the holy rosary. This prayer activity aims to evangelize the faithful about the significance of praying the rosary and narrate the stories of the mysteries creatively. Since then, the Parish has been always supportive of the endeavors of the young people especially in the spearheading of the said event. This year marks the 7th year of the living rosary and we are hoping to invite as many people as possible to join the event and also to let them experience the power of prayer and the joy of praying the rosary collectively.

    For more information please contact Ms. Jerly Lata (+63 936 601 6852), SPX-PYM Coordinator. (Ernest Garcia - SOCOM Minister/St. Pius X Parish)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to Interview Celebrities in "Pista ng Misyon"


    The Archdiocese of Manila will hold Pista ng Misyon at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay on October 18, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


    Pista ng Misyon is in line with the Holy Father’s declaration of October 2019 as Extraordinary Missionary month in celebration of the centenary of the promulgation of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud – an important papal document on a mission.

    Celebrities Cherry Pie Picache, Dingdong Dantes, and Marian Rivera will join Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle in one of the segments of the celebration called “Usapang Misyon”.

    Msgr. Bong Lo, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Society in the Philippines, expressed hi invitation to the faithful.

    “Mga kapatid sa Panginoong HesuKristo, mayroon po tayong isang magandang pagkakataon upang ipahayag, ipagdiwang at lalong patatagin ang ating ugnayan sa Diyos at sa kapwa, ang ating buhay pananampalataya, pag-asa at pag-ibig. At ang pagkakataon na ito po na ipahayag, ipagdiwang, at lalong patatagin ang ating pananampalataya ay ang Pista ng Misyon,” 

    The document Maximum Illud, according to Msgr. Lo, was written by Pope Benedict XV in 1919 and was in the context of the aftermath of World War I to evangelically renew the church concerning mission awareness, mission consciousness, and mission statement.

    “Noong isinulat po ito ni Pope Benedict XV, it was in the context of the aftermath of World War I, na ang buong mundo at ang buong simbahan ay talagang nag-suffer sa trahedya, sa trauma ng Unang Pandaigdigang Digmaan,” Msgr. Lo said.

    “At naapektuhan talaga po ang lahat pati ang simabahan at ilang taon na ang misyon, maraming simbahan nasira, maraming ospital nasira,  maraming orphanages nasira, maraming school ang nasira, maraming missionaries nasira at maraming nasiraan ng loob,” he added.

    At the conclusion of the Year of the Youth, as the young people partake in the mission of evangelization, Msgr. Lo challenged them  to take the Pista ng Misyon as an avenue to share the catholic faith.

    “Alam natin kung hindi tayo nag-e-exerise, nanghihina ang ating muscles. Pero nakakatamad ding mag-exercise hindi ho ba, mas masarap magpagulung gulo sa kama, umupo sa upuan manood ng TV kumain ng chicharon. Pero the more we exercise the more we strengthen ourselves. Ganun din po ang mission. The more we make time, exert effort to share our faith to others to tell the world of his love, the more we ourselves are blessed, the more our church is blessed,” Msgr. Lo said.

    Pista ng Misyon will be a celebration full of songs and dancing, thanksgiving, and sharing of stories about God’s abiding graciousness.

    Cardinal Tagle will preside the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 2 in the afternoon. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)




    Photo Credit:
    Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera - journal.com
    Cherry Pie Picache - drama.wiki.com

  • Social Communications Ministers of the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Formally Installed


    The Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Social Communications Ministry officers and members were officially installed last October 6, 2019 at St. Joseph Parish Gagalangin presided by its Vicar Forane, Rev. Fr. Prudencio T. Solomon, Jr. concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Joselino B. Tuazon, Priest-In-Charge of the Ministry and Parish Priest of St. Joseph Parish Gagalangin.

    Installation of members and officers of the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Social Communications Ministry 
    Photo by Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC
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    Bro. Eijay Valerio de Paz was solemnly commissioned as Vicariate Coordinator of the Ministry together with Bro. Jose Lorenzo V. De Jesus as the Assistant Coordinator, Sis. Lou Jeanne P. San Juan, Secretary, Sis. Rowena T. Rodriguez, Assistant Secretary and Sis. Angelique L. Piol, Treasurer.

    Also installed were the coordinators, officers and members of the Parish Social Communications Ministry of Parishes under the Vicariate-- Archdiocesan Shrine of Espiritu Santo, St. Joseph Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish, Chapel of St. Lazarus, San Rafael Parish, Parish of the Risen Christ, San Roque de Manila Parish, Sta. Monica Parish and San Jose Manggagawa Parish.

    Fr. Jun Solomon emphasized in his homily that Social Communications Ministers are called to proclaim the Good News in the world of Social Communications. In his message of gratitude, Bro. Eijay Valerio de Paz challenged the Social Communications Ministers and the faithful to spread the good news especially in social media where fake news swiftly proliferate. (Eijay Valerio de Paz/Vicariate Coordinator, Vicariate of Espiritu Santo)

  • Pope Francis names Manileno Priest as New Bishop of Sorsogon


    The Vatican announced on Tuesday evening, October 15, that Pope Francis named Fr. Jose Alan V. Dialogo of the Archdiocese of Manila as the new bishop of Sorsogon.
     Father Jose Alan V. Dialogo
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC


    Fr. Dialogo is set to replace Bp. Arturo M. Bastes, SVD as Sorsogon bishop. He will be the 5th bishop of the Diocese of Sorsogon, following Bishop Bastes.
     

    The appointment of Fr. Dialogo was made after Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bp. Bastes after reaching the age of 75. He has been the head of the Diocese of Sorsogon since April 2003.

    Bishops are required to submit their resignation to the Pope when they turn 75.

    Bishop-elect Fr Dialogo was born on July 10, 1962, at the Lagonoy, Camarines Norte, and was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Manila on July 31, 1996, at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral).

    Fr. Dialogo holds a Licentiate in Spirituality from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

    At the time of his appointment as a bishop, Fr. Dialogo has been serving since 2015 as director of the Cardinal Sin Welcome Home, the priests' retirement facility of the archdiocese. The house is located at Sampaloc Manila.

    Part of his priestly ministry, he served as Parochial Vicar at the San Roque Parish in Mandaluyong in 1996; Vice-Rector at the EDSA Shrine in Ortigas in 20015; and Parish Priest at the St. John of the Cross Parish in Makati in 2018.

    He also served as Dean of Seminarians and Rector at the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary in 1999 and 2003 respectively.

    In 2008, he became a member of the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pope Francis appoints Filipino Archbishop Auza as new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain


    Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza is the new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Andorra.

    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, currently the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, has been appointed as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain.
    Photo Credit: Roy Lagarde - CBCPNews

    The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, titular of Suacia and currently Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations Organization in New York, as apostolic nuncio in Spain and in the Principality of Andorra.

    The appointment of Archbishop Auza was made by His Holiness Pope Francis was announced in Rome a 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 1 according to the Vatican website.

    Archbishop Auza succeeds retired Archbishop Renzo Fratini, who has been in the post since 2009 and turned 75 in July, the age which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignation into the pope.

    Upon his appointment, Archbishop Auza who is fluent in the Spanish language has been serving as the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, a post he held since 2014.

    According to the CBCP Website, Bishop Ruperto of Balanga said that it is very "significant and meaningful” that the new papal envoy to Spain will be a Filipino since Archbishop's Auza's appointment came less than two years before the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines through the Spanish missionaries.

     “On the forthcoming grace-filled event of 500 years of Christianization of our country, the Philippine Church gives her gift and gratitude in the person of Archbishop Auza,” he said.

    “God’s graces and the Gospel our Spanish missionaries have sown in us are our fruits for Spain and for the whole world.

    “It is indeed a call for us to celebrate with gratitude and with deep appreciation of our 500 years of Christianization,” Bishop Santos added.

    A native of Talibon in Bohol province, Archbishop Auza was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tagbilaran in 1985. He was incardinated to the then newly-formed Diocese of Talibon in 1986.

    In 1990, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. His first assignment was in Madagascar from 1990 to 1993 and was a member of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the U.N. before assuming his post in Haiti in 2008.

    Archbishop Auza also served in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican, after his assignment to the Apostolic Nunciatures in Bulgaria and Albania. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)



    Sources:
    Vatican Website
    CBCPNews

  • Pondo ng Pinoy: 15 Years of Engaging the Filipino in Caring for the Poor


    Rationale:

    Fullness of lifeas the vision of founder Archbishop Cardinal Rosales for all especially the poor remains to be the primary guide of Pondo ng Pinoy as it journeys into its fifteen years of mission. 

    Since the founding of Pondo ng Pinoy in 2004, the movementcontinues to do evangelization work, encouraging the faithful to live the life of humble stewardship of the poor through little but regular acts of goodness exemplified by the “crumbs” as little as25 centavo coins.“Theology of the Crumbs” or “Theology of the Little” is Pondo ng Pinoy’s unique advocacy – it engages anyone, students, professionals, even the poor towards greater consciousness of povertyby way of gratefully and regularly sharing a small portion of one’s time and talent, and money – one’s “crumbs” or “mumo” with the view that taken together, these crumbs will make a significant change in people’s lives. 

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Press Conference for the 15th Year Anniversary of Pondo ng Pinoy held on September 30 at the Arzobispado de Manila. 
    Photo Credit: Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC


    Fifteen years past, individuals, parishes, academic institutions, and corporations are still consistently giving their crumbs. From fiscal years 2004 to 2019, crumbs collection has amounted toaround PhP 400 millionthat are translated into projects and aids for the empowerment of poor communities. To date, “crumbs distribution” has helped around 250,000 individuals and communities through projects on health and nutrition, livelihood, education, housing, and occasionally, emergency relief.

    All these initiatives towards integral evangelization, as the drive of Pondo ng Pinoy is also in alignment with the Philippine Church’s celebration of the fifth centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the country. Its evangelization helps elicit the “missionary zeal” of every person by participating in works for the poor even in small regular acts, in bringing the Good News to the poorand to those who have drifted from the faith and to those of other faiths through inclusive projects, and in forming the youth in active faith. Like the mustard seed, may Pondo ng Pinoy contribute significantly in church renewal as we celebrate the great jubilee in 2021.

    Four strategies/programs enable the mission of Pondo ng Pinoy:

    The Four Pillars of Pondo ng Pinoy:

    Small Acts: Little acts that the Gospel indicates as the wat of God’s Kingdom.

    Regularity: Little gestures of kindness exercised with regularity that form virtue and build character.

    Rooted in love of God and Neighbor: Love of God poured generously into our hearts that serves as primary motive for action to love back and the commitment to be people for others.

    Empowerment of the Community: “Givers” and “receivers” are transformed by their habit of love and goodness.

    Evangelization as Key to Sustaining Stewardship

    Pondo ng Pinoy created Speakers’ Bureaus or pools of trainers who give formation to schools, parishes, dioceses and other requesting organizations. This catechesis aims to educate and form persons into joyful givers conscious of their social responsibility to the poor. Training sessions are also complemented with printed modules and audio-visual materials.

    Crumbs Collection

    Dioceses who are members of Pondo ng Pinoy echo formation and training sessions within their network. This leads to the saving of 25-centavo coins in used bottles, cans, or other containers, as one of the measurable impacts of the transformation of persons, young and adults, in helping the poor. These crumbs are systematically collected withand transparency measures and remits these to the National Management Office. 

    • Total crumbs collectionfrom 2004 to June 2019: Around PhP 400 Million

    • Sources of Crumbs: 54% dioceses, 36% project-specific donors, 7% others/anonymous, 2% international community, 1% corporations

    Crumbs Distribution

    Dioceses and other proponents apply for projects to be implemented directly or in partnership with organizations. The National Management Office provides technical assistance in reviewing project proposals and recommends effective implementation schemes to help individuals and communities regardless of faith.

    • Nature of projects: health and nutrition, livelihood, education, housing.

    • Number of individual beneficiaries: more than 250,000.

    Promotions

    Pondo ng Pinoy develops materials that promote the mission and impact of the institution. These include audio-visual productions about Pondo ng Pinoy, about stories of funded projects (communities, scholars, cooperatives/microfinance groups, parish clinics, etc.). A theme song “Kahit Isang Kusing” was also composed by Fr. Carlo Magno S. Marcelo. Several articles in broadsheets and other printed media, as well as brochures and annual reports were published. Radio programs consist of the “Oras ng Pondo ng Pinoy” aired over Radio Veritas andthe online radio-tv program. Pondo ng Pinoy is also present in social media platforms such as website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Poster making and mobile photo contests were also launched to intensify popularization of Pondo ng Pinoy.

    Website: www.pondongpinoy.com
    |Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Facebook:https://web.facebook.com/pnpcfi/
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/pnpcfi_nmo
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pnpcfi.nmo/

     

    “Anumangmagaling, kahitmaliit, basta’tmalimit, ay patungonglangit.” 
    His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, D.D.
    Founder  

     

    Source: Pondo ng Pinoy
    Accomplishment Report
    Press Conference
    September 30, 2019

  • Goodwear for Good Will Caritas Manila partners with rising online shop




    Caritas Manila Inc., the Social Action Arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, has come to formal agreements with a new online community store “Goodwear,” wherein sellers from the community store may choose to donate their unsold items from the store to Caritas Manila. Sellers and buyers from the community store also have an option to provide cash donations to Caritas Manila.

    This partnership aims to further help the less fortunate to be given more scholarships through Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program or YSLEP, with the help from Goodwear online store’s generosity

    Good Wear shares advocacy with Caritas Manila and believes that "good, mindful style isn’t expensive if it’s shared," and it is setting itself as an example of its belief through helping share their products for those in need through the option of donating. Goodwear also aims to break the barriers of a common belief that pre-loved items are less prestigious from brand new products, and focuses on the trend of sustainability through these pre-loved items.

    YSLEP is an integrated academic and leadership development program designed to provide an environment for scholastic excellence reinforced with leadership and values formation to empower and give its beneficiaries not just financial assistance for education but reinforce it with Christian values. It prioritizes Urban Poor Youth, Menial Youth Workers, Children in Conflict with the Law, Children of Fishermen and Farmers, Differently Abled Youth, Orphans, Young Indigenous People, Children and Youth who are Survivors of War and Disasters and Human Trafficking, Children of Prisoners, Street Children and Youth, High school and College Dropouts.

    For more information about Goodwear and its products, you may visit their social media pages at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoodwearPh/, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goodwearph/

    For inquiries and donations to YSLEP, kindly contact Caritas Manila’s hotline at 563-9311, 564-0205, 354-1050, 254-5519, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857, and 0917-5955083. You may also visit their website at https://caritasmanila.org.ph/caritas-manila-events/ or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Public Relations Office - Radio Veritas)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle: God's grace is not sold or bought


    “Hindi hadlang ang pagiging simple at pagiging mahirap sa pagtanggap ng biyaya mula sa Diyos, ang biyaya ay hindi nababayaran at kailanman ay walang presyo.”

    Cardinal Tagle baptizes 450 beneficiaries of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation at the Manila Cathedral on September 28.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAMAOC
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    This was Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle's message during the baptism of 450 children under the care of Tulay ng Kabataan on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Manila Cathedral.

    In his homily Cardinal Tagle told the faithful that the sacrament of Baptism is a grace from the Lord and has no price tag.

    He also commended all the parents and godparents for their duty in helping the children grow in faith through the sacrament of Baptism.

    “Palakihin ang inyong mga anak bilang mabuting tagasunod ni Hesus at mabuting miyembro ng Simbahan at pamayanan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Tulay ng Kabataan has been serving the poorest children in Manila and was able to help 55,000 children for the past 21 years including a young man from the slums of Pasig named  Darwin Ramos, Servant of God. He died on September 23, 2012, at the age of 17 because of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • UST Canon Law to hold Seminar on Matrimonial Law



    In response to the call of Veritatis Gaudium and the Instruction on the Reform of the Matrimonial Process, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Canon Law will hold a one-day Seminar on Matrimonial Law including a review of the canonical understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage and the grounds for the declaration of nullity of marriage. This seminar is intended primarily for Parish Priests and their vicars, and any cleric who may be interested in the topic. Speaker is Rev. Fr. Julius Paul Factora, O.P., J.C.D., an Assistant Professor at the UST Faculty of Canon Law, and Regent of the UST College of Nursing.  

    The seminar will be held on October 24, 2019, Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the UST Martyrs’ Hall of the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties. The seminar objectives are: To strengthen the Parish Priests’ knowledge of the sacrament of marriage, to provide the Parish Priests the opportunity to properly respond to people who are possibly interested in verifying the nullity of their marriage and help them determine if there are possible grounds for nullity, and to make Parish Priests able collaborators of the Matrimonial Tribunal Personnel so that the latter becomes more effective in their ministry. Registration fee of Php 500.00 will cover the expenses of the seminar including lunch and snacks.

    Through this seminar, the Holy Father’s apostolic letter MitisIudex Dominus Iesusis made relevant and known to the clergy. This will be the first of two parts. Another seminar will be on the new process of the declaration of nullity for those who want to become familiar with the procedure.

    For more details, please contact the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties office at +63917-7221378 /(02) 731-4066 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email) to reserve a slot since there are only limited slots available. (University of Santo Tomas)

     

  • Parilympics 2019 kicks off


    Priests from the Archdiocese of Manila and Dioceses of Cuba, Parañaque, and Novaliches gather in Paco, Manila for the opening of the yearly Parilympics on Monday, September 23, 2019. (Photo by RCAM/-AOC)
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    Young priests are encouraged to do more sports activities.

    This was the invitation of Fr. Tony Navarette, over-all in charge of the Parilympics 2019, as the sports event opened on Monday, September 23, 2019, at the Philippine Columban Association in Paco, Manila.

    "Sadly ang mga bagong pari ay di na masyadong into sports, siguro sobra silang nahihilig sa mga white collar activities like computer," Fr. Navarette said.

    The sports festival held its opening ceremony with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. presided by Fr. Ricky Pacoma from the Diocese of Parañaque, then with the recitation of the oath of sportsmanship led by Fr. Moises Ciego, of the Archdioese of Manila.

    Formerly known as Cardinal Sin's cup, Parilympics is an annual sports festival hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila that started in 1995 during the auspice of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, then Archbishop of Manila. It is aimed at promoting brotherhood and fostering stronger bond among priests. The sports festival is also a reminder for the priests to take care of their health especially when they become so busy with their pastoral work.

    "We find sports as a place where we can be close, we can help each other and also take care of our health kasi marami sa amin naha-high blood, naha-heart attack but pagka may sports, sabi nga eh may form of relaxation, yung perspiration na we need kesa lang yung kain ng kain pag fiesta," Rev. Fr. Joey Irlandes from the Diocese of Cubao explained.

    Fr. Irlandes, who was last assigned at the Our Lady of Hope Parish in Cubao and is now in retirement, finds time to join the activity. According to him, events like Parilympics may also serve as a point of attraction for young men to be interested in entering the seminary and be part of the priestly brotherhood.

    "Siguro when they see the priest not only in terms of seeing them at the altar, seeing them at the court, they find them, 'A ganito pala ang priest, at the other side they are also human.' Akala kasi parang ang hirap hirap maging pari, but when they find the priest as their spiritual director, a person na pwede nilang maging coach, pwede nilang cheerer so, dun mo makikita na pragmatic, practical din yung priest, reachable," Fr. Irlandes said.

    During the opening day of the event, games like tennis, bowling, and badminton were played by the priests from the five dioceses. This year's Parilympics is joined by the Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Cubao, Diocese of Novaliches, Diocese of Malolos, and the Diocese of Antipolo. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP releases logo, theme for ‘500YOC’


    The Catholic Church has released the official theme and logo for the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines.

    The official logo of the 500th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

    “Gifted to Give” is the theme, taken from Matthew 10:8, for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, also dubbed as “500YOC”.

    The motto and logo were officially approved by the bishops’ permanent council at a regular meeting in Manila on Sept. 18.

    The logo’s central figure was conceptualized with the painting of national artist Fernando Amorsolo titled “The first baptism in the Philippines” in mind.

    It also displays a cross, a ship, a hovering color of blue, the sun, the “Ichthus”, and a holy rosary.

    The cross signifies the Christian salvation while the ship signifies the expedition which brought the faith to the archipelago.

    The hovering color blue, meanwhile, shows various symbolisms. Most notable among them is its depiction of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove.

    The background is the “Philippine Sun”, a trademark of Amoroso’s various artwork. “More considerably, the sun signifies the new life, new beginning, the Risen Christ, the hope of our salvation,” the bishops said.

    Underneath the other elements is the fish which symbolizes Jesus, as the early Christians would use it to indicate or introduce their selves to fellow Christians. It is colored in red to signify that the blood of the martyrs “had been the seed of our Christian faith in imitation of Christ”.

    “This “Ichthus” is a sign of looking back of the history as the foundation of our Christian faith,” the added.

    The blue beads also depict the holy rosary “as we Filipinos are deeply devoted to our Blessed Mother”.

    It is notable that the entire color scheme resembles the Philippine flag “for the Christian faith is never a threat to our Filipino culture nor alienated its richness, because indeed Christian values go beyond and cross over any sort of cultural diversities”.

    In all of these, the images are placed on a “subtle and gentle hand of God the Father” in a bold accented brown lines, “from whose uncreated wisdom has planned that all these events will be unfolded according to his will, giving us the whole picture of what we are to celebrate now, the 500 years of our Christianity.” (CBCPNews)

  • Seminary in Manila goes "Solar"


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the blessing and inauguration of Solar Power facility at the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (HASS) in Makati City on September 17, 2019. 


    72 units of solar panels were mounted at HASS that can cover up to 43% of the electrical power requirement of the seminary. It was supplied and installed by the We-Gen Distributed Energy Philippines.

    In his Facebook post, Rev. Fr. Roy Decena, Acting Rector and Dean of Seminarians at HASS said, "This demonstrates the shared commitment of the Archdiocese of Manila, We-Gen and the seminary community in heeding Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home as articulated in the encyclical Laudato Si.”

    Among those who graced the event were Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Moderator Curiae and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila, Fr. Enrico Ayo, Dean of Studies of Theology Department at San Carlos Seminary, Fr. Benjamin Ledesma, Parish Priest at the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. Mr. Jun Cruz and Joel Mercado of We-Gen Distributed Energy Philippines were also present during the event. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle to baptize Tulay ng Kabataan children


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will baptize 450 beneficiaries of the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation on September 28, 2019, at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, at 9 a.m.

    Photo File/Yana Villajos-Radio Veritas

    Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez, executive director of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation and ten other priests will assist Cardinal Tagle in baptizing the children from the slum areas.

    It is often the perception that because of poverty or lack of financial resources, the poor cannot receive the graces brought about by the Sacraments. TNK in partnership with the Archdiocese of Manila wishes to correct this false perception.

    “When it is so difficult to bring our wounded children to God, it is, on the opposite, very easy to bring the Lord to them through the Sacraments,” Fr. Matthieu Dauchez said.

    Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation has been serving the poorest children of Manila since 1998.  The foundation developed 5 programs aiming at giving back the dignity of street children, street children with special needs, scavenger children, and children in slums. Apart from those, the institution also helps the elderly that are abandoned in the streets. They welcome a total of 1,500 children each year in 36 centers in Metro Manila and 1 in Bataan.

    More than 55,000 children in Metro Manila have been helped by the TNK foundation for the past 21 years. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • "SALAMAT SA DIYOS, KATEKISTA KA!"


    “Salamat sa Diyos, Katekista ka!”, a powerful message addressed to all catechists who attended the 1st General Assembly of the National Association of Catechists in the Philippines (NAC-PHIL) held at Sienna Hall, Sienna College in Quezon City last July 17, 2019.

    Celebration of the Holy Eucharist 1st General Assembly of the National Association of Catechists in the Philippines (NAC-PHIL) held at Sienna Hall, Sienna College in Quezon City on July 17, 2019.
    Photo by Katekista-Media Team (K-Media Team) of CFAM.

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    Most Rev. Roberto C. Mallari, D.D., the re-elected chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education led the said assembly. In his opening remarks, he emphasized the significant role of the Catechists in strengthening the faith of the people under their care. He added that objectively, the most dynamic workers of the Church are the catechists, somebody who can organize and do the different tasks needed by the Church. He deeply expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Church for the catechists’ love for their vocation and notable work in the life of the Church.

    Fr. Ernie De Leon, Executive Secretary of ECCCE gave his keynote address focusing on the theme: “Catechists: Empowering the Youth for a Synodal Church”. Fr. Ernie developed the theme emphasizing the role of the catechists as youth ministers. He explained that all the efforts of the catechists in ministering the youth is towards building a “Synodal Church” which is one of Pope Francis’ goals; to build a democratic Church.

    Dr. Clarence Batan of UST Research Team presented the result of the study that investigated the current state of catechetical ministry in the Philippines from the perspectives of Filipino catechists and catechetical leaders. The presentation highlighted the value and importance of the catechetical ministry and its catechist, even more now when the faith is being attacked. Dr. Batan emphasized in his presentation that “Kayamanan ng Simbahan ang mga Katekista”.

    Dr. Erickson Javier of Pasig Catholic College did the presentation of the Concept of the National Association of the Catechists of the Philippines (NAC-PHIL) followed by the breakup groups by Ecclesiastical Province. The group sharing was focused on the three questions formulated by the organizer, which was about the catechetical best practices implemented by each province. After the lunch break, big group sharing was done.

    The gathering was concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist presided over by the ECCCE chairperson. Before the blessing, the newly organized ADHOC committee composed of a representative from different Catechetical Ecclesiastical Provinces was presented to the assembly. They will be responsible for coming up programs for NAC-PHIL.

    The event was attended by more one thousand catechists nationwide. (Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila -CFAM)

  • SEGUNDA MANA EXPO HELD AT VISTA MALL ANTIPOLO


    Segunda Mana, in partnership with Vista Mall Antipolo in the province of Rizal, launched its first EXPO within the area. The expo officially opened with a blessing officiated by Diocese of Antipolo Bishop Francis De Leon, DD, with the attendance of Marketing Officer of Vista Mall, Mr. Kane Molina and Province of Rizal Governor Rebecca Ynares for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, with a guest appearance by Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Rizal, Ms. Honey Grace Cartasano.

    Photo Credit: Anna Chastine Laurente, Intern at Radio Veritas 846 

    The Segunda Mana flagship program focuses on education for the underprivileged youth under its Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program also known as YSLEP, the integrated youth development program of the Social Arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila Caritas Manila that develops the youth’s potential in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes, and trains them to become good servant leaders. YSLEP utilizes training and formation that emphasizes not just academic excellence, but leadership while cultivating moral integrity and social commitment to the poor.

    Pre-loved items such as clothing, shoes, bags, toys, home, and fashion accessories, all donated and given by generous individuals, companies, and organizations are being offered at affordable prices as part of Charity Work. This is part of Caritas Manila’s mission to instill the value of giving as a way of life.

    The mission of Caritas Manila is to instill the significance of giving as a way of life. Through its pro-poor platforms and determinations, they help sustain and uphold the organization’s mission to cultivate and enable the disadvantaged and the vulnerable.

    According to Bishop De Leon, purchasing commodities from Segunda Mana greatly helps since it funds the programs of Caritas Manila. “Ang Segunda Mana ay isang paraan ng pagtulong kasi ang mapagbibilhan dito ay gagamitin sa ibat ibang services nila katulad ng scholarship program, katulad nang pag mayroong disaster at maging sa mga pabahay," the Bishop said.

    Caritas Manila Executive Director and Radio Veritas846 President Fr. Anton CT Pascual also believes in the importance of using proper education to develop the state of life of Filipinos especially those in rural areas of the country. “Naniniwala tayo na ang edukasyon is the great social equalizer kung gusto nating kalabanin ang kahirapan, kamangmangan at kawalan ang susi d’yan ay edukasyon na binubuo ng knowledge, skills and attitude,” explained by Fr. Anton.

    Caritas Manila is inviting all the faithful to be part of The Segunda Mana EXPO which was held starting from September 2 until 15, 2019 from 11:00 am at the Vista Mall Antipolo in Rizal.

    For more information and you wish you donate to Caritas Manila and its programs, you may call 563-9311, 564 0205, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857 and you may visit their website at caritasmanila.org.ph or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(Radio Veritas PR)

  • Japanese Orchestra to hold a concert in the Year of the Youth



    The Worldship Orchestra from Japan will hold a free concert at the San Pedro Calungsod Youth Center, Knights of Columbus in Intramuros, Manila on September 7, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.

    The WSO will perform together with the Tondo Chamber Orchestra from the community of San Pablo Apostol Parish in Tondo. 

    The concert is part of the activities of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth.

    Worldship Orchestra (WSO) was founded by leader, Akihide Noguchi. It caters free classical concerts for children in various Asian countries.  Since its first concert series in  February 2015, the orchestra has reached no less than  15,000 kids in the  Philippines,  Thailand,  Sri  Lanka,  Indonesia and  Cambodia  partnering  with  the  local  orchestras  in  the  said  countries.  The group also gives free music workshop for children in different schools, institutions, and youth orchestras.

    According to Oggie Cayetano, a youth member of the Archdiocese of Manila, music unites people wherever they are.

    “We always hear that Music is one of the universal languages.  It connects people of different nationalities and culture and distinguishes each from the others,” Cayetano said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pilgrim Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe visits Vicariate of Espiritu Santo


    The pilgrim Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe visited the different parishes under the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo from June to August 2019.


    The HMSP sisters from San Roque offer a song of gratitude to the Blessed Mother during the visit of the Pilgrim Tilma of the Our Lady of Guadalupe.
    Photo by: Jerry Jamen

    The visitation at the Sta. Monica Parish (June 29-July 6) to San Rafael Parish (July 16-31). It was then brought to the following parishes: Risen Christ Parish (July 13-20); San Jose Manggagawa (July 20-27); St. Joseph Parish (July 27-Aug 3); Immaculate Conception Parish (August 3-10); Chapel of St. Lazarus (August10-17); Archdiocesan Shrine of Espiritu Santo (Aug 17-24); and San Roque de Manila Parish (Aug 24-31).

    At the San Roque de Manila Parish, the Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe was welcomed on August 24, 2019, by the Hermanas Misioneras Servidores dela Palabra (HMSP) sisters with the official song “La Guadalupana” to the Virgen de Guadalupe.

    During the visitation, parishioners of San Roque de Manila actively participated in the recitation of the rosary and novena masses. Flowers and Marian songs were also offered to the Blessed Mother as a sign of gratitude for the prayers she answered.

    From San Roque de Manila Parish, the pilgrim Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe was brought at the Santisimo Rosary Parish, University of Santo Tomas, in Espana, Manila on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

    The Pilgrim Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe or cloak is made of cactus fiber, upon which the Virgin's image is imprinted, held to be miraculous by devotees. Some scientists claim an absence of brush strokes on the tilma while others report that the coloration contains no animal or mineral elements. (Lou Jeanne San Juan/SOCOM-San Roque de Manila Parish)

  • Vicariate of Santo Nino Youth Challenged to Say 'Yes' to the Lord


    The Vicariate of Santo Niño celebrated its Vicariate Youth Day with a jam-packed of activities at the San Pablo Apostol Parish on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

    Dubbed with the theme "I am the Servant of the Lord, may it be done according to your word", the young people who attended the event were filled with series of talks and sharing, youth jam, and praise and worship.

    Young people from the Vicariate of Santo Nino gather at San Pablo Apostol Parish, Tondo on August 31, 2019, for the Vicariate Youth Day.
    Photo Credit: Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino - Tondo Parish Youth Ministry

     

    Make A Ruckus

    The Vicariate Youth Day commenced with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan, commissioner of Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY). He was joined by Rev. Fr. Allan Dizon, Spiritual Director of San Pablo Apostol Parish Youth Ministry and Rev. Fr. Arnel Calata, Jr., Vicariate Youth Director of Santo Nino. 

    In his homily, Fr. Licuanan encouraged the youth to make a ruckus as reminded by Pope Francis in his post-synodal letter to the young people, Christus Vivit. 

    "Ang sabi ni Pope Francis, lalo na kayong mga taga-Simbahan, mag-ingay kayo, magwala kayo. Anong klaseng pag-iingay at pagwawala? Yung ingay ng kabutihan at magwala ng kabuluhan," Fr. Licuanan said.

    Fr. Licuanan who celebrated his 51st birthday last August 31, was greeted by the young people who attended the celebration.

    You're Not Alone in Saying Yes to the Lord

    Speaking in front of the youth, Vicariate Youth Director Rev. Fr. Arnel Calata, Jr. pointed to the young during his Opening Remarks that in saying “yes” to the Lord, they are not alone.

    "Kung tunay na gusto nating sumagot ng "yes, Lord" tandaan natin na hindi kayo nag-iisa, at hindi kayo mag-iisa sa pagtugon ng oo." Fr. Calata said.

    How the Youth Will Say Yes?

    Seminarian Jesus Madrid who currently in his 4th year taking up Theology at San Carlos Seminary shared with the young people his experiences on how he was able to say Yes to the Lord despite his woundedness.

    "Posible palang magmahal sa kabila ng kawasakan. Tara, magbigay ng sarili at mag-yes kay Lord," Bro. Madrid said.

    He stressed that a person who is willing respond God’s call should know and trust Christ. He also needs to surrender himself and his brokenness to the Lord as well as being consistent to his commitment and must face challenges with the help of Christ.

    Fiat Ng Kabataan Inspirations

    In the forum segment, Usapang Kabataang Tondo #FiatNgKabataan, Rev. Fr. Calata who is also the youth director and assistant priest of Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño Tondo, reminded the young people that they are not alone in their journey in life saying, "Lagi tayong may kasama sa pag-oo natin."

    During the activity, some of the young were able to share their journeys in saying yes to the Lord.

    "Si Mother Mary, ituturo niya sayo kung ano ang tama."
    Sis. Lisa Manguben the youth coordinator of Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

    "Find your heart and you will always say yes to the Lord."
    Ejay Espiñosa
    Medical doctor by profession and coordinator of Vicariate of Espiritu Santo Youth Ministry and San Roque de Manila Parish Youth Ministry

    "Lagi natin tandaan na ang pag-oo natin kay Lord, nauna na siyang om-oo sa atin."
    Bro. Justin Gatus
    Seminarian from Holy Apostles Senior Seminary Bro. Justin Gatus reminded the Vicariate Youth Ministry

    The participants from the vicariate of Sto. Nino for the National Youth Day held in Cebu last April 2019 also shared their experiences in the NYD, encouraging the other youth to participate in the next NYD.

    The segment was hosted Ms. Kat Beral of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth and Ms. Babes Cayetano from San Pablo Apostol Parish.

    After Saying Yes, What Now?

    During the second talk for the VYD entitled "After my Yes, What Now?", Mr. Oggie Cayetano, Vicariate Youth Coordinator of Vicariate of Santo Nino Youth Ministry reminded the young on the reason why they say yes in serving the Ministry.

    "Dumating sa punto sa ministry na ayaw mo na magpatuloy, ngunit si Hesus hindi nangako ng masayang buhay, hindi niya sinabi na hindi ka niya pahihirapan. Pero pinangako Niya na di ka Niya iiwan. Lagi lang natin tatandaan kung bakit tayo nandito." Cayetano said.

    He also advised them to return to the Lord if they feel broken or empty. 

    "Pag dumadating na nasisira ka na, balik ka sa Diyos kasi Siya ang makakabuo sayo, kasi alam Niya kung paano ka Niya aayusin. Bago ka minahal ng mga tao sa paligid mo, tandaan mo na may Kristong nagmamahal sayo. Kapag binigay mo kay Kristo ang oo mo, hindi Siya makikipag-break sayo," Cayetano said.

    The whole day event also showcased talents who performed in various activities like song, dance, short skit and spoken poetry from the youth ministries of the seven parishes under the vicariate.

    Seminarians from the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (HASS) were also there to join the activity and invited the young people to see priesthood as a way of answering God’s calling. (AJ Llanes/ SOCOM - Vicariate of Santo Nino/Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino – Tondo)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Stewardship is humble discipleship


    “Stewardship is humble discipleship.” 

    "Only Jesus could teach us how to be a good custodian," says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. cardinal Tagle during Mass to conclude the Stewardship Summit of the Archdiocese of Manila at the Paco Catholic School on August 31.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC
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    This was what Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle told the participants of the Archdiocese of Manila Stewardship Summit held at the Paco Catholic School, on Saturday, August 31, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    “A steward is a disciple. He or she tries to discern, what is the mind of the true owner and I will take care of what the owner has entrusted to me according to the owner’s desire,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the Reading from the Book of Sirach where it speaks about humility.

    “Kung mahal mo yung nagbibigay sayo, mas mahal mo yung hindi mayabang. While you appreciate people who give you gifts, you appreciate more those who are humble,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Reflecting on the said Reading, Cardinal Tagle expounded on the humility of becoming stewards of God’s creation. As stewards, we are also called custodians who humbly acknowledge that God is the owner of everything around us and we are caretakers of His creation.

    “Ang pag-aalaga sa mundo, pag-aalaga sa kapwa and all of that rooted in our identity - I am not an owner, I am a steward. And so, a steward follows an owner. I am a disciple. And I execute what my master wants me to do,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Stewardship Summit is a response to the call of the bishops from the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila through a Pastoral letter issued in 2017 entitled “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another (1 Petet 4:10). The bishops invited the faithful to be responsible stewards of God’s various gifts for the building up of the Church. It envisioned “vibrant parishes supported by generous stewards who all feel they belong, and who participate in the Church’s work of bringing people to communion with one another and with God.” 

    Cardinal Tagle also delivered the Keynote Address in the morning followed by the talk of Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo on the Spirituality of Stewardship.

    Some of the best practices on stewardship in parishes were discussed by the following priests: Rev. Fr. Joselito Jopson, Diocese of Pasig; Rev. Fr. Gilbert Kabigting, former Parochial Vicar of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Makati; and Rev. Fr. Benny Tuazon, St. Anthony Parish – Singalong.

    In the afternoon, a workshop was held where participants were grouped according to vicariates followed by the talk of Mr. Joey Clemente on the Socio Pastoral Institute. 

    The celebration of the Holy Eucharist concluded the event and was presided over by Cardinal Tagle and Bishop Pabillo along with the other priests and was attended by more than 700 lay people and priests from the different parishes in the archdiocese.

    In connection to the Stewardship Summit, the Walk for Creation the following day, September 1, which was culminated by a mass presided by the Cardinal at the Quezon City memorial Circle. The celebration of the Season of Creation will be celebrated annually from September to October. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle Leads Launch of New Songbook for Church Choir


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the launching of the complete Mass setting entitled “Ang Pista ng Samabayan” at the Lay Formation Chapel, San Carlos Seminary, Makati City on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 8 a.m.

    Photo Credit: The Manila Cathedral

    The complete Mass setting will be used in liturgical celebrations and the formation of choirs in the communities. It is composed by liturgical music composer Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ and arranged by Sir Jason Ros.

    The first part of the songbook includes the lead sheets (melody, chord, and lyrics) for use of any choir, guitarist, and organist in our parishes and communities. The second part of the songbook contains the choral and organ arrangements for the whole Mass Setting.

    The launched culminated with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Cardinal Tagle.

    In his homily, he said that the spirit of the Pista ng Sambayanan should continue in every home of every Filipino because it symbolizes the people’s gratitude to the Lord. 

    He also stressed that the faithful should evaluate his relationship with the Lord to become better stewards of his grace.

    “Kayraming biyayang masasayang kasi hindi maayos ang pakikitungo sa Pangioon kaya’t hindi namumukadkad ang bawat talent,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Attended by the different music coordinators, directors, and representatives from various parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila, the event was organized by the Manila Cathedral and Manila Archdiocesan Ministry on Music in the Liturgy.

    The songbook, which includes Papuri sa Diyos, Offertory Hymn, Ama Namin, Communion Song, and Recessional Song is available at Php 250 each at the Manila Cathedral Cabildo St., Intramuros, Manila; Tanging Yaman Store at Sonolux Building, Ateneo de Manila University; and Tanging Yaman Kiosk, 5th Floor SM Megamall. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle issues Oratio Imperata for dengue fever and Leptospirosis

     



    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, issued on Thursday, August 29, the Oratio Imperata for dengue fever, leptospirosis, and other illness. 

    The Circular 2019-37 on the Oratio Imperata for Dengue Fever and Leptospirosis states that "[b]ecause of the alarming number of those afflicted by dengue fever and leptospirosis in the country, His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle is requesting all of us to pray for the healing of those who are sick and for the protection of everyone from these and other illness.” The Circular is signed by Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila, and is addressed to all clergy and religious communities in the Archdiocese of Manila.

    Written in English and Filipino, the Oratio Imperata is to be prayed after the Post‐Communion Prayer in all Masses in the Archdiocese of Manila starting Sunday, September 1.

    According to the Department of Health (DOH), dengue fever is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the world. It is endemic in 100 countries and is transmitted by day-biting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. From 2012 to 2016, the number of average cases of dengue reaches up to 185,008. The number of deaths are at 732, with an average Case Fatality Rate of 39%.

    Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by the leptospira bacteria, present in floodwater contaminated with urine of infected animals. Through the bacteria's entry in open wounds, humans acquire this fatal illness characterized mainly by inflammation and internal bleeding. From January to April this year, DOH recorded 406 cases of leptospirosis, 47 of which resulted to deaths. Given the rainy season and the rise of occurrence of floods, it is expected that the number of cases will increase in the coming months. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Vicariate of Santo Nino to celebrate Youth Day




    The Vicariate of Santo Nino will celebrate “Vicariate Youth Day” on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at the San Pablo Apostol New Land in Velasquez, Tondo, Manila, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    With the theme "I am the Servant of the Lord, may it be done according to your word", the whole day event will commence with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Rev. Fr. Jade Licuanan, Commissioner of Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY) of the Archdiocese of Manila, 8:30 a.m., with the seven youth coordinators of the vicariate.

    The organizers of the event have prepared various activities where the youth of the vicariate of Santo Nino including the youth from other vicariates will be sharing their joys and struggles on being on a mission and journeying with their co-young people.

    Registration is P20.00.

    The Vicariate of Santo Nino is composed of the following parishes: Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino - Tondo; Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Delpan, Tondo; Saint John Bosco Parish, Magsaysay Street, Tondo; San Pablo Apostol Parish, Velasquez Street, Tondo; Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Church); Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Personal Parish (beside Binondo Church); and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Parish Camba Street, Binondo. (AJ Llanes/SOCOM- Vicariate of Santo Nino - Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino - Tondo)

     

  • Immaculate Conception Parish Tayuman Turns 68


    The Immaculate Conception Parish, Tayuman, Tondo celebrated their 68th Parish Foundation Anniversary on Monday, August 26, 2019, with a host of activities leading to and on the day itself.

    Photo by: Jose Lorenzo V. de Jesus / SOCOM - Immaculate Conception Parish


    Solemn Thanksgiving Mass

    Rev. Msgr. Geronimo F. Reyes, parish priest, celebrated a solemn thanksgiving Mass, Monday, August 26, with concelebrants, resident guest priests Rev. Fr. John Lourdusamy, Rev. Fr. Gerald dela Cruz, Rev. Fr. Lad Bryan Lawrence Ligutom, and, Rev. Fr. SeverinoEnopeña.

    In his homily, Fr. Enopeña emphasized the reason that we keep count of the parish anniversary is, unlike the ancient empires of old, the parish is alive.

    “Buhay na buhay ang Inmaculada Concepcion dito sa Tayuman,” he said, applauding the council officers, pastoral workers, and the parishioners for keeping alive the virtues of the Blessed Mother in Tayuman. 

    He said that a parish cannot live through the effort of only a few people, but takes the will of society.

    “Hindi nabubuhay ang isang parokya dahil sa iilang ta olamang; ito’y buhay ng buong lipunan.”

    Noodle Festival

    It has been a tradition in the parish to hold simple agape during important occasions, and this year, to celebrate 68 years as the seat of Marian devotion in Tondo, a Noodle Festival was held after the Mass featuring a potluck contribution of different noodle dishes from the various organizations and sub ministries.

    Parishioners, pastoral workers, and clergy alike shared in heaps of pancit bihon, pancit palabok, spaghetti, baked macaroni, lomi, and others.

    Parish Ministry Fair 2019

    To begin the celebration of the parish’s foundation anniversary and to boost parish awareness on different avenues of service, a Ministry Fair was held in the church grounds on August 25, featuring various parish ministries and organizations.

    Each organization and sub ministry set up informative booths that highlighted the activities and goals of each organization. Parishioners were invited to join and discover how they can further serve Christ and His Church. Organizations also set up bazaars and sold a host of different items, from snacks to collectible toys. Free lugaw was also distributed to all churchgoers courtesy of Duterte’s Kitchen.

    Tracing Its Roots from Mary

    The Immaculate Conception Parish was established on August 26, 1951, according to the Decree signed by Bishop Gabriel Reyes. Rev. Fr. Arsenio Pineda was appointed by Archbishop Michael O’Doherty as the first parish priest.

    Blessed by the late Rufino Cardinal Santos on December 8, 1954, the newly erected church was designed as a temporary Cathedral (pro-Cathedral) while the church in Intramuros was still undergoing construction following the devastation of the Second World War. Upon its reconstruction, the Immaculate Conception Church in Intramuros was designated again as a cathedral. Up to this writing, Tondo residents still refer to ICP Tayuman as the “Cathedral.”

    Under the guidance of its parish priest, Rev. Msgr. Geronimo F. Reyes, Immaculate Conception Parish continues to guide and serve the community of Tayuman. (Jose Lorenzo V. de Jesus / SOCOM - Immaculate Conception Parish)

  • Archdiocese of Manila to observe Season of Creation from Sept. 1 to Oct. 6

    The Archdiocese of Manila will celebrate the 7th year of the Season of Creation starting September 1, 2019 to October 6, 2019. 

    The theme for this year’s celebration is “Go and Repair my house as you can see lies in ruins”. 

    The month-long celebration will be marked with the celebration of the Holy Mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino de Tondo, on September 1, 2019, at 8 a.m. to be presided by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

    There will be workshops on various solutions to Climate emergency and plastic population at the Shrine’s patio from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    These free workshops are Ecobrick and other plastic recycling technologies, Urban Organic/natural gardening with free vegetable seeds and seedlings, Solar Lamp Assembling and off-grid installations.

    Those who are interested to join are asked to bring a clean and dry (all sizes) used/empty plastic wrappers, bags, boxes, straws, and styro products for exchange and participate in kinds of workshops in different parishes.

    There will also be an exhibit of Eco-Friendly household supplies.

    Prayers for Creation and Laudato Si Reflections will be recited before each Mass on Saturday evenings and Sundays of September in different parishes of the Archdiocese of Manila.

    The Season of Creation started in 2013 as a response to the call of the Holy Father Pope Francis to all the people in the world to collaborate with each other in caring and saving our planet. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Diocese of Novaliches has a new bishop


    Manila Archbishop Luis Anotonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the Episcopal Ordination of Roberto Gaa as the third bishop from the Archdiocese of Manila on Thursday, August 22, 2019, Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the Manila Cathedral.


    His Excellency Most Reverend Roberto Gaa of the Diocese of Novaliches
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    Before the celebration of the Mass, the Profession of Faith of Bishop Gaa was held at the chapel in Residencia del Arzobispo in Intramuros followed by the procession to the Manila Cathedral along with his fellow priests.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle expressed the archdiocese’s gratefulness to the Lord for the gift in Bishop Gaa.

    “And we are grateful to God that the Archdiocese of Manila who has received the beautiful gift in Fr. Robbie is now asked to share that gift to others especially to Novaliches. That’s the nature of the gift. It is given and must be continuously given. If it is not given anymore, it ceases,” Cardnal Tagle said.

    He also reminded Bishop Gaa whose ordination falls on the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, to keep the Blessed Mother in his mission to spread the word of Christ.

    “We hope that your ordination as a bishop on the Queenship of Mary would constantly remind you that the royal people, the kingly people must be led in faith so that it is the kingdom of our Lord Jesus served beautifully, profoundly by the Queen Mother who listened to the Word of God, who put it into practice even it spelled out inconveniences for her. That’s your personal mission and mission has a vision,” the Cardinal said.

    Bishop Gaa was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches by Pope Francis last June 6, 2019. Before he was appointed, he has been serving as Rector at the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (HASS) in Guadalupe, Makati City.

    Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan and Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig served as the co-consecrators for the ordination of the new bishop.

    Also present during the event were Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines  Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles, Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches Anotnio Tobias, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, and other bishops from the different dioceses of the Philippines.

    On August 24, 2019, Bishop Roberto Gaa was installed as third Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches at the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd in Fairview, Quezon City. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Malolos diocese welcomes new bishop


    A huge crowd filled the church on Wednesday and burst into applause as they welcomed the new bishop of the Diocese of Malolos.

    Photo Credit: CBCPNews

    Bishop Dennis Villarojo was installed as the diocese’s pastoral leader during a Mass at the Malolos Cathedral, also known as the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.

    The fifth bishop of Malolos, he’ll now serve as head of the diocese, home to nearly 4 million Catholics in the entire Bulacan province and the nearby city of Valenzuela.

    Villarojo, 52, has served as auxiliary bishop of Cebu since 2015.

    During his installation on Aug. 21, he was recognized as one who can provide a renewed sense of hope and faith for the local church.

    “The mission of the Church is to wipe away the blood, tears, and sweat of those who are heavily laden,” Villarojo said.

    The first 20 minutes of the Mass was dedicated to Villarojo’s installation officiated by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila and Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

    A mitre was placed on his head, a shepherd’s staff was handed to him and then he sat in the cathedra, signifying his possession of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Malolos.

    He was then greeted by members of the diocesan clergy and lay faithful who represented various parts of the diocese. Some government leaders also came up to greet him.

    Also present were 50 bishops and around 200 priests, mostly Cebu and Malolos.

    Upon his arrival in Malolos on Aug. 19, Villarojo visited some ministries that attend to the church’s works of mercy – such as houses of charity and a correctional facility.

    The diocese has been without a bishop since Bishop Jose Oliveros died in May 2018. For more than a year, the ecclesiastical territory was overseen by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao as apostolic administrator.

    Many of the bishops present during the installation also came all the way from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay for the episcopal ordination of Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan on Aug. 20.

    Bishop Rapadas is the first priest from the country’s youngest diocese to be raised to the episcopacy. He will be installed as the new bishop of Iligan in Lanao del Norte on Sept. 5. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC) 

  • Youth Cross, Blood Relic of St. John Paul II to be welcomed by Vicariate of Sto. Nino


    The Archdiocesan Youth Cross and the Blood Relic of St. John Paul II will visit the community of Vicariate of Sto. Nino in line with the celebration of the 2019 Year of the Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila.

    The Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino - Tondo, also known as Tondo Church, will initiate the welcoming rites on August 26, 2019, at 9 am. The Youth Cross and Blood Relic will be coming from the Vicariate of St. John the Baptist. Veneration and Taize Prayer will be the activities for the community until August 28, 2019. The next parish to be visited is Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish.

    It will be remembered that last November 2018, the Blood Relic of St. John Paul II visited the community of Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino. The Vicariate of Santo Nino consists of seven (7) parishes. Namely,  Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino - Tondo located at Chacon Street, Tondo; Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish located at Delpan Street, Tondo; Saint John Bosco Parish located at Magsaysay Street, Tondo; San Pablo Apostol Parish located at Velasquez Street, Tondo; Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz also known as Binondo Church; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Personal Parish located beside Binondo Church and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Parish located at Camba Street, Binondo. The vicariate will also have its Vicariate Youth Day on August 31, 2019, at San Pablo Apostol Parish gymnasium, gathering the young people in their community.

    This visitation of Archdiocesan Youth Cross and Blood Relic of St. John Paul II is an activity of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila to celebrate the Year of the Youth. This celebration is in line with the preparation of the 500 years of Christianity in the country in 2021. (AJ Llanes/SOCOM/Vicariate of Santo Niño, Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño - Tondo)

     

  • Cardinal to Youth--Develop Gifts, Exchange gifts


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle had his regular dialogue with the Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila at the Usapang Totoo at Katoto last August 17, 2019, at the Nazarene Catholic School in Quiapo.

    Three young people from the Archdiocese of Manila share their stories of pain and hope during the third Usapang Totoo at Katoto with Cardinal Tagle at the Nazarene Catholic School, Quiapo, on August 17.
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    In the encounter with the youth, the Cardinal listened to stories of the three young people who at an early age experienced pain and suffering. They were:  Irish Callao, member of the Parish Youth Ministry at San Jose de Trozo Parish; Alisah Nina Banaobra, finalist at the Voice Philippines and Top 11 at X-Factor UK; and Van Jover Telebrico, member of Parish Youth Ministry at Santa Cruz Parish.

    Cardinal Tagle thanked the three young guests who shared their experience to other youth. He then gave advice to the youth to appreciate whatever blessings they receive from God. 

    He also encouraged them to build instead of destroying each other.

    “Sa halip na hatak, i-build up. Recognize your gifts, i-develop ninyo, at yung gift ng iba i-develop din ninyo, sa halip na magkalaban naghihilahan, celebrate the gifts, mag exchange gift kayo,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Usapang Totoo at Katoto is an encounter of young people that aims to voice out their concerns, anxieties, doubts and fears as well as their hopes, joys, and dreams.

    UTAK is regularly organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth. This month’s UTAK was in coordination with the Vicariate of San Jose de Trozo Parish Youth Ministry. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • "Yorme" meets with Manila Catholic Youth


    Hundreds of young people filled the gymnasium of the Nazarene Catholic School on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in a youth encounter called Usapang Totoo at Katoto (UTAK). It was also where Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle met with Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko" Domagoso Moreno. 

    Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko' Maoreno meets with the youth of the Archdiocese of Manila during Usapang Totoo at Katoto (YTAK) wth Cardinal Tagle at the Nazarene Catholic School in Quiapo, Manila on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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    Mayor Moreno, fondly called by Manilenos as "Yorme", was the special guest in the regular dialogue of the youth with the Archbishop. The Mayor gave an inspirational message to the young people challenging them to do their part as he and the city government of Manila do their responsibilities in taking care of the Manilenos. 

    “Huwag kang aasa na may bagong mangyayari sayo bukas kung ang ginawa mo ngayon ay katulad ng kahapon. Pareho parin ang resulta niyan. So, that’s why tinanong ko kayo, kayong mga bata, kayo ang pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Maynila. Bagay naming ginagawa ngayon ay hindi para sa nanay nyo o para sa amin lamang para kami magkaroon ng maayos na pamayanan, hindi. Ito ay ireregalo namin sa aking mga anak, sa mga anak ng bawat pamilya dito sa lungsod ng Maynila,” Mayor Moreno said. 

    Mayor Moreno, who was also an actor, shared his struggles during the early stage of his childhood. He narrated how he strove hard to in order to survive. Because of extreme poverty, he rummaged for foods from the garbage. He experienced also eating the eraser of a pencil during recess because he had no money to buy food. He believes that his stories can be a source of inspiration of the young people. 

    “Wala akong baon pero hindi ko pinayagan na itong mga kinakaharap ko ay maging hadlang upang makamit ang diploma ko. E, nakinig ako sa nanay ko, awa ng Diyos, high school finish ako tapos ng nakaluwag na ko sa buhay, bumalik ako sa kolehiyo. Pagka-graduate ko sa kolehiyo nakapag-abogasya ako ng kaunti. Naging Vice Mayor, ngayon Mayor. Maniniwala ba kayo na merong isang basurero--ito mas impossible ha--may isang basurero, pwede palang maging estudyante sa Harvard,” Mayor Moreno said. 

    At the end of his message, he encouraged the young people to do their part by studying hard and become a proud citizen of Manila. He as well urged them to always keep their faith in the Lord whatever difficulties they will encounter in life. 

    “Halimbawa may kinakaharap ka na, sinusubukan mo na, ang gagwin mo lang simple. O, titingala ka lang sa taas. Pagtapos, o, kausapin mo na. Sabi ng nanay ko ang Diyos daw kahit anong oras pwede mong makausap,” Mayor Moreno said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle: Walk humbly with your God

     
    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Thanksgiving Mass of the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, on August 16, 2019, Memorial of Saint Roque, at 6 p.m. 

    "Walk humbly with your God," says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tgale during the Thanksgiving Mass of the Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on August 16, at the Arzobispdo de Manila Chapel in Intramuros, Manila.
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    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle encouraged the organizers, partners, staff, and volunteers of the Office for the Promotion on New Evangelization (OPNE) who attended the Mass to walk with Christ with humility.

    “Kapag ang kasama mo ang Diyos, wag kang lalakad na parang kung sino na. Kasi wala ka naman. Kung meron kang nararating sa paglalakad na iyan dahil kasama ang Diyos. At ang Diyos maghahatid doon sa lugar na hindi naman natin talagang ginawa,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    He also warned the faithful and advised them to be cautious as to whom they are walking with. They might be walking with those who pretend to be God and not with Jesus Christ.

    “Kung ang kalakbay mo ay Diyos, magiging bayan ka ng Diyos. Kung ang kalakbay mo ay iba, bayan ka noon. Kanino ka nakikipaglakad? Sino ang kalakad mo? Huwag kalilimutan. Ang paglimot ay paglalakad ng solo o baka kasama nyo na ang ibang diyos?,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    PCNE 6 was held last July 18-21, 2019, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas and carried the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus”.

    The four-day event was also in celebration of the Year of the Youth as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and is part of the preparation for the five hundred years of Christianity in the Philippines. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC) 

  • Radio Veritas846 Holds 17th Marian Healing Exhibit



    “Mary is the mother. And a mother’s main concern is the health of her children … Our Lady guards our health … helps us grow, face life and be free.” (Pope Francis, St. Mary Major Visit)

    The history of Marian art testifies to the enduring truth of this prophecy. Such art also provides the ardent student of Christian culture with ample resources for faithful reflection of a philosophical nature, as well as for delving more deeply, by means of prayerful meditation, into the mystery of the Trinity, the central mystery of the Catholic faith. This Christian art emphasizes the illustration, supplementation and portrayal in tangible form the principles of Christianity. Traditionally, devotees visit images of saints and the Holy Mother for healing and prayer, and this practice remains strong today.

    The Catholic faithful seeking healing and other petitions are invited to visit and take part in the 17th Marian exhibit of the Church-run Radio Veritas that will be held at Shangri-La Plaza Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City from August 15 to September 13, 2019. A formal opening and blessing of the exhibit will be held on August 15, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. to be presided by Radio Veritas846 Vice President, Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen with the attendance of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation Executive President and General Manager Danila Regina Fojas.

    As Radio Veritas continuously propagates the devotion to Our Blessed Mother, the station will hold the “Mary and the Saints in the Year of the Youth” exhibit that will feature canonically crowned and popular venerated images of Mary from various parts of the country including Our Lady of Manaoag and Our Lady of Fatima, as well as images of the Saints with devotion to and writings of healing such as St. Padre Pio and many others.

    Radio Veritas President Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual stated “We encourage the Catholic faithful to visit and support the Marian exhibit and foster devotion to Mary Blessed Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of Church, because she is the path towards salvation and peace.”

    The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has set 2019 as the year of the Youth as part of the nine-year preparation period for the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021. Since 2013, the CBCP called us to focus on each of the Nine Pastoral Priorities of the Church in the Philippines for the New Evangelization.

    Radio Veritas 846, the number one faith-based AM radio in the Philippines, is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila. Established in 1969, the Ramon Magsaysay recipient Catholic radio station continues to be the leading social communications ministry for Truth and Evangelization in the country today. The exhibit is free and open to public during mall hours from 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For inquiries, please call Ms. Renee Jose at (02) 925-7932 to 39 local 129. (Radio Veritas)

  • Movie "Unplanned": Not about judgement or condemnation but of Hope and Forgiveness


    The anti-abortion movie titled “Unplanned” will hit the Philippine theaters on August 21, 2019.

    Ashley Bratcher, the lead actress of the movie "Unplanned" and moviemaker Mike Manhardt speak about what happens during an abortion in a press conference held at the SM North Edsa, on August 13.
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    This was announced during the movie’s press conference held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, and was attended by its lead actress Ashley Bratcher and moviemaker Mike Manhardt. It was later followed by the movie's premiere showing at the SM North EDSA.

    The movie Unplanned is about the pro-life transformation of Abby Johnson, the youngest clinic director at Planned Parenthood where she worked for eight years and was involved in 22 abortions. She also counseled countless women about their right to choose. 

    Abby’s pro-life transformation happened when she was called to assist in the ultrasound during the abortion. She saw with her two eyes how the unborn child fought to avoid the suction. After that experience, she resigned from Planned Parenthood and decided to volunteer to help an anti-abortion group in front of her former office.

    Speaking from the character she portrayed, Ashley Bratcher expressed how this movie will change the heart of the people believing that the movie is not about judgment or condemnation rather of hope and forgiveness.

    “Unplanned is about changing hearts. It’s not just about the restrictions or the politics, or legislation, Unplanned is about reaching the hearts of people because a portion is a heart issue and order to change people’s mind about it. You have to convince them of the humanity and the sanctity of life,” Bratcher said.

    As a moviemaker, Mike Mandhart expressed his belief about the movie as a Catholic Christian.

    “I believe that Life begins at the moment of conception and that life is to be respected from the moment of conception to natural death,” Mandhart said.

    He stressed that the showing of the movie is in God’s time. 

    “We knew as moviemakers wanting to tell this story that it was time, that it was God’s time when not just you ask, but many other cultures, many other countries. For example in the Philippines, it's illegal, it’s never been legal, but we know that as time goes by, there’s more and more pressure politically to make abortion legal. And we’re not stupid, you are not stupid, everyone knows that abortion is happening illegally,” Mandhart said.

    He also added that the film exposes what really happens during an abortion and its negative effects on the baby, to the mother and father as well as to the community and society.

    The movie is directed by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman. It will be shown exclusively in SM Cinemas nationwide on August 21, 2019, in coordination with the Pregnancy Support Services of Asia and Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Promoting Catholic faith through digital makeover


    In its aim to produce a video that will highlight the Filipino Catholic faith, the 5th National Catholic Media Convention held a video making contest called “Project Church: Digital Makeover”.

    Delegates from the National Capital Region win the video-making contest called Project Church: Digital Makeover during the 5th National Catholic Media Convention at the Shercon Ecology Park and Resort.
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    Aimed at producing a simple yet modern digital media that is potentially viral, the contest featured and promoted Filipino Catholic Faith with themes such as faith and politics, adoration, Pro-life, the Church, family, devotions, and challenges.

    The National Capital Region group was proclaimed the winner of the video-making contest during the 5th National Catholic Media Convention held at the Shercon Ecology Park and Resort in Batangas, last August 6-9, 2019.

    #Feelings (kung mahal mo, iparamdam mo) is the official entry of the NCR group to the media convention. It is a two-minute video that rebrands the way the Filipino faith is presented in the community especially to the millennial generation.

    According to Fr. Luciano Felloni who spoke in the video, Filipinos have devotions to different saints and visit various shrines to express their love for the Lord. 

    “Akala mo ba ikaw lang ang may feelings? Hindi, ang Panginoon din may feelings. Kaya mahirap na alam mo na minamahal pero di mo nararamdaman. Ganun din ang Panginoon. Yan ang dahilan kung bakit tayong mga Katoliko may pinupuntahang mga shrines, lahat po ito para sa Panginoon. Hindi lang alamin kundi maramdaman niya na mahal natin siya. Ang pagpunta sa mga debosyon ay di lang tradisyon kundi ekspresyon ng ating pagmamahal and when we do it, napaka-blessed, siya at tayo ay naramdaman ang pagmamahal”.

    The NCR group is composed of the delegates from the different dioceses in Metro Manila as well as a congregation and a religious foundation: Diocese of Cubao, Diocese of Novaliches, Diocese of Imus, Diocese of Pasig, and Archdiocese of Manila including the St. Paul’s Media and Communications Foundation for Asia.

    The 5th National Catholic Media Convention was organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) headed by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. It was hosted by the Archdiocese of Lipa. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • "Batangas Flavor", This Year's Catholic Media Convention


    More than 180 social communication ministers from the different archdioceses and dioceses in the Philippines  gathered at the Shercon Ecology Park and Resort in Batangas for the 5th National Catholic Media Convention on Aug. 6, 2019.

    Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera presides the Holy Eucharist for the Opening of the 5th National catholic Media Convention at the Montemaria Shrine, Batangas, on August 6, 2019. (RCAM-AOC)

    This year's theme "Ala Eh, Kita Dine!", a Batangueño expression which means "Come Here" or (I can) See From Here is anchored on Pope Francis' message on World Communications Day, "We are Members One of Another (Eph 4,25); From social netwotk communities to human community".

    The convention is an invitation to all Catholic Communicators to come together, see and discover from various perspective the different ways on how to create genuine human encounter through effective, interactive and responsible use of media, particularly the social media.

    The four-day event opened with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera held at the Montemaria, Mother of all Asian Shrine in Batangas City. He was joined by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, out-going Chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communication and Boac Bishop Marcelino Maralit, Jr., incoming Chairman of CBCP-ECSC.

    In his homily, Bishop Garcera pointed out the three important things that a social communicator must remember to be able to preach the truth in their ministry: Warning from the Gospel, Jesus in Prayer, and Renewal of Truth.

    "The renewal for truth ang magpapanibago na tayo ay instrumento ng Diyos upang ipahayag ang kanyang katotohanan," Bishop Garcera said.

    The 5th National Catholic Media Convention is organized by the Catholoc Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communication (CBCP-ECSC) and runs from August 6-9, 2019. It is hosted by the Archdiocese of Lipa. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Pray for the nation and for those persecuted unjustly - Cardinal Tagle


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle urged the priests, religious men women, and all the faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila to pray for the country and most especially the bishops and priests who are suffering because of persecutions and false accusations.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (File Photo: RCAM-AOC)

    In a circular letter released by the Archdiocese of Manila on August 1, 2019, through its Chancery office, Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful, religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Manila to “offer Masses and prayer" as expression of solidarity and fraternal support.

    “Let our prayers be the best expression of our solidarity and fraternal support for them,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle also invited the faithful to respond in faith and hope through common prayer, discernment and awareness as the society faces many disturbing issues.

    He requested that a Prayer for the Nation be prayed at all Sunday Masses, including the evening Masses of Saturday, for the whole month of August beginning August 4, the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, patron of all priests. The prayer will take the place of the Prayer of the Faithful of the Mass and will be prayed standing.

    “We lift up to you our bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and lay faithful who suffer from misunderstanding, false accusations, and persecution on account of their faith and their promotion of justice. Grant them holy joy that will see them through the dark nights of suffering,” according to the Prayer for the Nation by Cardinal Tagle.

    Other dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Diocese of Cubao and Balanga Bataan, held Mass in support of their bishops who were accused earlier by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) of charge inciting sedition. The bishops were charged for their alleged involvement in a released video that linked prominent personalities, including the President's family, with the illegal drug trade. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Circular on PRAYER for the NATION


    Circular No. 2019-34
    1 August 2019

    TO: ALL CLERGY AND SUPERIORS OF RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
    RE: PRAYER FOR THE NATION

    Dear Brother Priests, Brothers, and Sisters,

    On Sunday, August 4, 2019, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we will also celebrate St. John Marie Vianney Sunday. Our dear Archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, is asking all of us, priests, religious men and women, and lay faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila, to offer our Masses and prayer for all our bishops and priests, especially those who suffer because of persecutions and false accusations. Let our prayers be the best expression of our solidarity and fraternal support for them.

    His Eminence also invites us to be aware and discerning of the many disturbing issues in our society today. We are invited to respond in faith and hope through our common prayer. Attached is the Prayer for the Nation (in English and Tagalog) which His Eminence requests to be prayed at all Sunday Masses, including the evening Masses of Saturday, for the whole month of August beginning August 4. The prayer will take the place of the Prayer of the Faithful of the Mass and will be prayed standing.

    May St. John Marie Vianney, patron of all priests, pray for us so that like him we may have a heart patterned after the heart of Jesus, our Good Shepherd.

    Thank you.

     

     

    Sincerely yours in Christ,


    (Signed)
    FR. REGINALD R. MALICDEM
    Chancellor 




    PRAYER FOR THE NATION

    Almighty and merciful God
    you have brought us together in the name of your Son Jesus. 
    We beg for your mercy and grace in our time of need. 
    Open our eyes to see the evil that we have done. 
    Forgive us for failing to do what is good and just.  
    Touch our hearts and bring us back to You. 

    We pray for an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, malicious propaganda, 
    deadly weapons, or cold indifference. 
    May our homes, our nation, and our world 
    become havens of Your peace.

    Grant us the grace to see every human being as a child of God, 
    regardless of race, language, or culture, 
    even drug addicts, criminals, and hardened sinners.

    Give us the strength to teach our children and youth 
    how to resolve differences non-violently and respectfully. 
    May elders become models of decent and honorable behavior. 

    We entrust to your mercy those who hate the Church 
    and spread prejudice against our Catholic faith.
    Illumine their minds with the light of your truth. 
    Touch their hearts with your love.  

    Inspire those in public office 
    to uphold, preserve, promote, and defend 
    the dignity of every human being 
    and acknowledge you, our God, as the Source and Lord of all life.

    Touch the hearts of those who oppress others 
    and those who take the law in their own hands. 
    Touch the consciences of the perpetrators of heinous crimes, 
    violence, senseless, and indiscrimate killings. 
    Move them to abandon their pride and their instruments of destruction.

    We also remember the police and first responders 
    who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety.  
    May they also be instruments of fair and just law enforcement 
    that guarantees the dignity of persons 
    and promotes truth, peace, and wellbeing in society.

    We lift up to you our bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and lay faithful 
    who suffer from misunderstanding, false accusations, and persecution 
    on account of their faith and their promotion of justice. 
    Grant them holy joy 
    that will see them through the dark nights of suffering.

    Welcome to your eternal feast in heaven 
    the people who died in senseless brutal organized killings, 
    including priests who have lost their lives 
    in the pursuit of truth and justice.

    With St. Paul, we say: 
    “We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; 
    perplexed, but not driven to despair; 
    persecuted, but not abandoned; 
    struck down, but not destroyed; 
    always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, 
    so that the life of Jesus 
    may also be manifested in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).

    Since you, O God, are with us, 
    nothing that has happened, 
    nothing still to come,
can rob us of our hope in Christ.
    In your enduring love we trust.

    You alone can heal our broken hearts.
    You alone can wipe away the tears that well up inside us.
    You alone can give us peace.
    You alone can strengthen us to persevere. 
    Assure those who are discouraged that with you nothing is impossible. 
    Filled and invigorated by the Holy Spirit,
    may our love for one another be deepened. 

    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

    Mary, Mother of Hope, pray for us. 
    St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
    St. John Marie Vianney, pray for us.
    San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us. 
    San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us. 
    Blessed José María de Manila, pray for us. 
    Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon, pray for us.


    PANALANGIN PARA SA BAYAN

    Ama naming makapangyarihan at mapagmahal, 
    tinipon mo kami sa ngalan ng iyong Anak na si Hesus.  
    Padaluyin mo sa amin ang iyong awa at biyaya sa panahon ng aming pangangailangan.
    Imulat mo ang aming mga mata sa kasamaang aming nagawa. 
    Patawarin mo kami sa mga pagkukulang naming maging mabuti at makatarungan.
    Himukin mo ang aming mga puso at akayin mo kami pabalik sa iyo.

    Dumudulog kami na mawakasan na ang karahasan dulot ng masasakit na salita, mapanirang paratang, nakamamatay na sandata, o pagbubulag-bulagan.  
    Nawa’y maging kanlungan ng iyong kapayapaan 
    ang aming mga tahanan, ang aming bayan, at ang buong mundo.

    Biyayaan mo kami upang makita namin sa bawat tao ang isang anak ng Diyos 
    anuman ang kulay, wika, o kultura 
    kahit na ang mga drug addict, kriminal, at makasalanan.

    Pagkalooban mo kami ng lakas na hubugin ang aming mga anak at kabataan 
    na harapin ang mga pagkakaiba at alitan 
    sa mapayapa at magalang na pamamaraan.  
    Nawa’y maging huwaran ang mga nakatatanda 
    ng marangal at matuwid na pamumuhay.

    Ipinagkakatiwala namin sa iyong awa ang mga may galit sa Simbahan 
    at tumutuligsa sa pananampalatayang Katoliko.  
    Tanglawan mo ang kanilang mga isipan ng liwanag ng iyong katotohanan.  
    Himukin mo ang kanilang mga puso ng iyong pag-ibig.

    Gabayan mo ang mga lingkod bayan na maipagtanggol, 
    mapangalagaan, maisulong, at maitaguyod ang halaga ng bawat tao.  
    Kilalanin ka nawa nila bilang Diyos na Bukal at Panginoon ng Buhay.

    Himukin mo ang puso ng mga nambubusabos sa kapwa 
    at inilalagay ang batas sa kanilang mga kamay.  
    Himukin mo ang budhi ng mga nagsasagawa ng mga karumaldumal na krimen,
    karahasan, at walang saysay na pagkitil sa buhay ng tao.       
    Akayin mo silang isantabi ang katigasan ng kanilang puso 
    at mga kasangkapan ng pamiminsala.
    Inaalala rin namin ang kapulisan at ang mga nagbubuwis ng buhay 
    upang tiyaking ligtas ang lahat.  
    Maging kasangkapan nawa sila ng patas at makatarungang pagpapatupad ng batas 
    na gumagalang sa karangalan ng tao, 
    nagsusulong ng katotohanan, kapayapaan, at kapakanan ng lahat sa lipunan.

    Itinataas namin sa iyo ang mga obispo, pari, relihiyoso, at layko 
    na nagdurusa dahil sa maling paratang at pag-uusig 
    dahil sa kanilang paninindigan sa pananampalataya at katarungan.  
    Pagkalooban mo sila ng banal na kagalakan at kapanatagan 
    na magtatawid sa kanila sa madidilim na gabi ng paghihirap.

    Tanggapin mo sa iyong hapag sa kalangitan 
    ang mga napaslang sa mga marahas na organisadong pagpatay 
    kasama ang mga paring nagbuwis ng buhay 
    sa pagsusulong ng katotohanan at katarungan.

    Kasama ni San Pablo aming sinasambit,
    “Kabi-kabilaan ang pagpapahirap sa amin, ngunit ‘di kami nalulupig. 
    Kung minsa'y nababagabag kami, ngunit ‘di nawawalan ng pag-asa. 
    Inuusig kami, ngunit hindi kami pinababayaan ng Panginoon. 
    Napapabagsak kami, ngunit ‘di tuluyang napapatay. 
    Lagi naming taglay sa aming katawan ang kamatayan ni Hesus, 
    upang sa pamamagitan ng aming katawan 
    ay mahayag ang kanyang buhay” (2 Corinto 4:8-10).

    Dahil kapiling ka namin, Panginoon, 
    walang anumang naganap na o darating pa 
    ang makaaagaw sa aming pag-asa kay Kristo.
    Nagtitiwala kami sa iyong walang maliw na pagmamahal.
    Ikaw lamang ang makahihilom ng mga sugatang puso.
    Ikaw lamang ang makapagpapatahan sa aming pagluha.
    Ikaw lamang ang makapagbibgay sa amin ng kapayapaan.
    Ikaw lamang ang makapagkakaloob ng lakas upang kami ay magpatuloy.
    Palakasin mo ang mga pinanghihinaan ng loob 
    at bigyan ng katiyakang walang imposible o hindi mapangyayari sa iyo.
    Puspos ng Espiritu Santo, lumalim nawa ang aming pag-ibig at malasakit sa bawat isa. 

    Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Kristong aming Panginoon.

    Amen.

    Maria, Ina ng Pag-asa, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Miguel Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Juan Vianney, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.
    Beato José María de Manila, ipanalangin mo kami.
    Beato Justo Takayama Ukon, ipanalangin mo kami.

  • Pray for Batanes, Bishop Urges faithful


    Bishop Danilo Ulep of Batanes has asked the faithful to pray for all in the victims of the earthquake that hit Batanes on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

    Itbayat Church in Batanes is one of the structures damaged by the earthquake last July 27, 2019. (Photo from CBCPNews)

    A magnitude of 5.4 and 6.4 struck the island of Itbayat, one of the three main islands of Batanes leaving eight people dead and hundreds injured. 

    According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the quake was felt at 4:16 in the morning on Saturday, after which several aftershocks were recorded since then.

    According to Bishop Ulep, they are closely monitoring the Island of Itbayat where most people were injured and properties were damaged.

    “We are trying to find a way including my priest how to get there (Itbayat) to monitor, hopefully, the government and the military will be able to send some rescue mission in Itbayat kasi ang problema ang pagpunta doon right now,” Bishop Ulep told Radio Veritas.

    The earthquake in Batanes coincided with the Metro-wide Shake Drill (Duck, Cover, Hold) on July 27, that started at 4 a.m. The activity is part of the preparation for “The Big One.”

    As the prelature of Batanes continues to face the crisis brought about by the tremor, Bishop Ulep seeks prayer and support for the people in Batanes who were greatly affected by the quake.

    “I’m continuing to appeal to our people, our brothers and sisters to continue to show our support and solidarity in whatever way they could,” Bishop Ulep told Radio Veritas. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Pondo ng Pinoy holds video making contest


    Pondo ng Pinoy (PnP) Community Foundation, Inc. is holding a video making contest in celebration of its 15th year anniversary with the theme “Pondo ng Pinoy through the years”.



    The video-making contest aims to increase awareness especially among the youth about PnP – its vision (pananaw) and its 4 pillars (education, promotion, projects, collection) as well as how lives have been transformed by those who give and receive from PnP.

    The contest is open to all parishes and RCAM-ES schools in the Archdiocese of Manila. Each parish/school is allowed to submit one entry and must be endorsed by the parish priest.

    The video can be in English, Tagalog, or Taglish and should be between 1-3 minutes in length.

    All entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Message Content (20%), Relevance to the Theme (20%), Creativity (20%), Impact to Target Audience  - Motivation and Inspiration (20%), and Overall quality of the video/technical aspect (20%).

    The deadline for submission of video entries is on August 16, 2019.

    Three winners will be chosen.

    The announcement of winners will be during the Manila Archdiocesan General Assembly (MAGPAS) on October 5, 2019.

    Founded by Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales in 2004, Pondo ng Pinoy, the poverty alleviation program of the Archdiocese of Manila has become a way of life giving the people the opportunity to be of service to others. It encourages Filipinos to save as little as 25 centavos a day. It carries the saying, "Anumang maliit basta't malimit ay patungong langit". (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Toys"R"US and Caritas Manila's “Bring Toys Back to Life” Campaign


    Caritas Manila in partnership with Toys"R"US and Ayala Fairview Terraces will hold a corporate social responsibility campaign entitled “Bring Toys Back to Life”.

    This campaign is to encourage everyone to donate their pre-loved toys for a good cause. These toys will be restored by participants through a one-day workshop held at Ayala Malls Fairview Terraces on August 3, 2019, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The reconditioned toys will then be sold at the venue and at the Caritas Segunda Mana outlets. The proceeds from this campaign will then be awarded to Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program Scholars of Caritas Manila

    Toys”R”Us is now accepting pre-loved toys at their selected stores to help our YSLEP scholars attain a college education. Each toy will be of great help to shape the future of our youth. Toy donations are still welcome in these participating branches until November 30, 2019.

    (Metro East, Shangri-La Plaza, Power Plant Mall, South Park, Eastwood, Lipa, Century City, Imus, Estancia, Alabang Town Center,  Las Piñas, U.P. Town Center, Tagaytay, Ermita, Nuvali, Galleria, Marquee, Fairview Terraces, Harbor Point, Trinoma, Ilocos, Magnolia, Legazpi, Antipolo, Cloverleaf, Uptown Mall BGC, Feliz, Greenbelt 5, Festival, Vertis, The 30th) - (Caritas Manila)

  • Catechists – frontliners to Evangelization


    Brother Jude Manuel Liao III, Youth Coordinator of the Diocese of Cubao, elaborates on Catechism under the theme of “Buhay si Kristo! Mabuhay si Kristo! A Reflection on ‘Christus Vivit’” during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

    Brother Jude Liao (File Photo: RCAM-AOC)

    Brother Jude talks about the potential each of us possesses and the role of schools and institutions, serving as avenues and opportunities for young people to discover their full potential in life which was expounded in Pope Francis’ ‘Christus Vivit’.

    Emphasis was given to the role of Catechists as Brother Jude says, “Humila po kayo ng estudyante doon sa classroom na kinacathechise niyo, tanong niyo sino Obispo, malamang sa malamang, hindi po nila kilala. Tanong niyo po sino Parish Priest , malamang hindi rin po nila kilala. And this is where we all butt in, our importance in the church because we are now the frontliners! Sa totoo lang  po, di bale lang hindi muna nila kilala ang mga pari, importante, makilala nila si Kristo sa atin.”

    “The challenge for us is to teach young people that there are things in life you have to wait for, there are things in life you have to take time for, hindi lahat mabilis, hindi lahat agad-agaran”. (Louise Nazir Banzuela/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish)

     

  • Globalization has Traps to youth - Vietnamese Youth Leader


    Cardinal Tagle taught me English as well as about new Evangelization."

    Joseph Cao Huu Minh Tri from Vietnam is one of the speakers during the “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People” at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.  (Photo by RCAM-AOC)

     

    This was how Joseph Cao Huu Minh Tri, a university student from Vietnam, described Cardinal Tagle in his talk as one of the speakers during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.

    Tri, who is also the assistant for the Commission on Youth in the Archdiocese of Saigon Ho Chi Minh, talked about “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People”and shared how globalization as a key process in the society has influenced the young people in Vietnam and in the world.

    He shared that he himself has found the need to learn to speak the English language because of the need for communication and to be able to coup up with the fast changing world.

    “I got a habit of starting my day by watching a video in English just for practicing the listening skill and His Eminence Cardinal Tagle is always my first choice. So, to be honest, I’m glad to say he is my English teacher. And so, I think today, I’m so grateful to practice what I have learned from him in the internet through youtube video,” Tri said.

    Globalization as he described is actually “a call of being together regardless of whoever we are, whatever we do and wherever we are”.

    “The rays of globalization is a calling, as missionary service to the others. For the Lord calls us to share his work of creation and to contribute to the common good using the gifts we have receive,” Tri said.

    In his talk, he pointed out the “temptations” that lure young people nowadays – lack of orientation and skipping the rules. Tri explained that young people of today easily fall in love with the trap of sex, money, alcohol, and drugs. And most of the times they don’t listen. They do not want to hear the wisdom of the elders.

    “Rules of love peace and cooperation are replaced by violence, discrimination and selfishness,” Tri said.  With the traps that accompany globalization, he encouraged the youth to dream and move forward and to make Christ the center of everything they do.

    “We should not be afraid, but, rather than instead, look up to the cross and keep a dream that can be able to set us free. And God himself is our dream. So, Christ is alive, God is our hope. And in the fearful way he brings the youth to the world. Everything he touches become new, young and full of life, so, why don’t we touch our self, our minds especially our rays,” Tri said.

    in 2018 Tri took part as Auditor in the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops held in Rome.

    Other speakers during the “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People” were Macy Lee, founder Talang Dalisay’ of ‘a mental health organization in the Philippines ; Ricky Orozco, founder of Catholic Connect; and Anastacia Indrawan, who has been involved in Catholic youth programs for 10 years. (Fatima Llanza/SOCOM - San Felipe Nerish Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Serving the Young with Mary


    Participants of the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) were extremely blessed to have the Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Haosian, SVD, Bishop of Bangued and Chairperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) as the presider of the Eucharistic celebration held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.

    Celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Most Rev. Leopoldo Haosian, Bishop of Bangued, Abra for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) at the Quadricentennial pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Photo by RCAM-AOC)

    During his homily, Bishop Jaucian shared three significant points in relation to the celebration of the Year of the Youth

    1. How do I recognize young people? 

    Bishop Jaucian recounted one of his missions in a far-flung place and how the young girls’ and boys’ unique ways of welcoming him made such great impact. He said, he saw in the young people that “their giftedness, creativity, and talents become the music, the sound that gives life for the Church and their freshness becomes light that gives hope for the Church.”

    After going through that wonderful experience, he declared that “the Filipino youth are the treasure, joy, and power of the Church” during the launching of the Year of the Youth in Balanga, Bataan.

    2. Life and example of Mary

    As a participant of PCNE 6, I found the words of the good bishop very encouraging and inspiring. 

    Pope Francis asked us to focus on the life and example of Mary who is our “supreme model not only on how to discern the will of God for us but more importantly on how to care for the young.”

    On the recent document, “Christus Vivit”, as explained by Bishop Haosian, Mary was placed not at the end of the document but in paragraphs 43-48, stating that Mary is also journeying with us. It is through this that I got a deeper understanding of the Blessed Mother who I can really depend on as I face my fears in life. As Bishop Jaican said it, “Inang Maria, nakikiisa sa paglalakbay natin sa buhay”.

    Bishop Jaucian also encouraged the people especially the young to be like the Virgin Mary in answering her PIAT and to have the courage to stand up and say, “YES, LORD!”

    3. The joy of serving the young

    The third point that Bishop Jaucian shared to the participants was how he finds joy in serving the young. 

    During his homily, he reminisced his childhood days where he faced life’s hardships and struggles and how a priest school director helped him paved the avenue to pursue a college education. Bishop prayed to the Lord and said, “Lord, if you will give me this job I will offer my life, magpapari po ako”. This particular story of Bishop Jaucian was a testimony that God really listens and answers our prayers

    His eyes were in tears as he recalled that the altar which he used to clean while he was a sacristan is the very altar where he was ordained as a Bishop 30 years ago. He was able to open his life to the grace and to the love of God. 

    The most important part of his homily that really struck me was when he is willing to offer his life for the young no matter how hard it is to live.

    The PCNE 6 for me became a way to fully understand how the grace of God works in us. Faith and trust in his will, will surely give us the blessings we truly deserve. With Christ and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can walk on the rest of the paths ahead of us. (Joie Bulaon/SOCOM - Saint Joseph Parish Gagalangin, Tondo)

  • My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!


    Homily delivered by Most Rev. Leopoldo Haosian, SVD, Bishop of Bangued during Mass for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.

    "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! " says Bishop Leopoldo Haosian of Bagued, Abra during his homily for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 20, 2019.
    Photo by RCAM-AOC

    To my brother bishops, we thank God for the gift of Cardinal Chito, the very reason that we have PCNE. May we give him a big hand! (clap) Thank you, Cardinal Chito. Bishop Nes of Cubao and Bishop Afable of Digos, may we acknowledge my brother bishops.

    My brother priests, reverend sisters, all the youth ministers who are here, the youth leaders and sa lahat ng mga kabataan minamahal ng simbahan, ng Santo Papa, mga obispo, minamahal ang sambayanang Filipino. Mabuhay! The Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted and Empowered.

    Tatlong bagay gustong ibahagi ni Bishop Pol. Three things that I would like to share. 

    The first is, from the moment of my ordination as a priest, I’ve been involved in the youth ministry and six years as chairman of the CBCP, how do I recognize young people? That’s the first.

    The second, today, the Mass and also the Readings especially the Gospel as Pope Francis encourages all of us to focus on the life and example of Mary, our supreme model not only how to discern the will of God for us especially in taking good care of the young, of youth ministry.

    And finally, the third point that Bishop Pol would like to share with you is the joy of serving the young.

    Sa una po, as a Bishop of Abra, Bangued, the diocese, in my first time to visit the farthest, the poorest mountain mission place of Abra, I have to walk ten hours. Wala pong daan only trail, to cross rivers, to climb mountains, and after a long walk, nalo-lowbat na si Bishop Pol, sumasakit ang mga paa at nagtatanong ako, “Malayo pa ba ng pupuntahan natin?” And my companions would tell me, “Ilang bundok pa, bishop”.

    Pagkarinig ko yung mga gongs because most of the people belong to the… tribe, when I heard the sound of the gongs, I told myself, “malapit na tayo”. At sabi ng mga kasama ko, “Isang bundok pa ang aakyatin natin, bishop.” But on the top of that mountain, I saw lights  e, wala namang kuryente sa lugar na yun. And I told myself “Malapit na nga tayo, nakikita na natin may mga ilaw”.

    And you know my brothers and sisters when we reach the place, whom that they see? It was the young boys striking the gongs to welcome the bishop. It was the young girls with flashlights on their forehead to give light to the way of the bishop and his companions. That, has a great impact on me, for young people. That, with the sounds of their gongs, I see in the young that their giftedness, their creativity, their talents become the music, the sounds that give light for the Church. And their freshness becomes light that gives hope for the church.  

    Kaya noong I launched the Year of the Youth in Balanga, Bataan with the Central Luzon Region, I declared Pilipinong kabataan, kayo ang kayamanan ng simbahan, kayo ang ligaya ng simbahan at kayo ang lakas ng simbahan. 

    My dear young people you are the treasure of the church, you are the joy of the church, and you are the power of the church. Palakpakan po lahat ng mga kabataan. (clap) 

    Pangalawa po, alam nyo nung Synod of Bishops pinag-uusapan kung saan ilalagay ang Inang Maria sa dokumento. Kadalasan, traditionally of all the documents, Mary was always placed at the end of the document. Para bang, let us ask Mary to intercede for us. But in this document, Christus Vivid, Pope Francis in order to place Mary focus, he placed it on paragraph 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 and only on the last, one of the last paragraph, 289, because Pope Francis would like us to put Mary as experts of Mariology would tell us, Mary is not only statue that we offer flowers, that we offer our novenas. To the experts they would say, Mary as Pope Francis in Christus Vivid said, she is a young woman from Nazareth. She was a historical person. She journeys with us. Our joys is her joys. Our sufferings is her suffering.  So, hindi lang pala si Hesus ang kalakbay natin sa buhay, Inang Maria nakikiisa sa paglalakbay natin sa buhay.  

    At in the Readings today, Mary and they would say even Elizabeth as she confirms the will of God for her when Elizabeth was so excited, “Blessed are you among women and how is the mother of my Lord came to visit me”. And only then also, Mary as she opened her eyes to the will of God for her upon the announcement of Angel Gabriel to her and had the courage to say Piat, I am the servant of the Lord, may His will be done. So, together Elizabeth became the spiritual director of Mary. Accompanying and confirming the will of God for her and later on she claimed, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”.

    Pope Francis in preparation for the World Youth Day in Panama, January of this year had three years of preparation focusing on Mary. 2017, the theme was, “The Lord has done great things for us, holy is his name”. Pope Francis invites all the young people to see the good things, the great things that God has done for them. And 2018, the theme was, “Do not be afraid, Mary, this is a Work of God by the Holy Spirit”. 

    Pope Francis would like to invite the young people to acknowledge, to know, ano ung mga kinakatakutan nila sa buhay? Because when we face challenges, Mary, even asked questions upon hearing that she will be the mother of God’s only son and said, “How can this be?” 

    My dear young people, sa ngayon, ano yung mga kinakatakutan mo sa buhay? Mawalang wifi? Mawalan ng boyfriend? Magkakahiwalay ang pamilya? What are your fears? And sabihin nila there are three things to face fear: either you face it, you freeze, and you flee. But Mary upon knowing and learning, she opened her eyes that this is the will of God for her and have the courage to stand up and say, “Yes Lord!” Piat.

    My dear young people, we, be like Mary that amid the challenges of life, with her we have the courage to always discern the will of God for us and together with Mary say, Yes Lord!

    Finally, the joy of serving the young. After ordination, I was a missionary to Taiwan and assigned as an assistant parish priest and I was in charge of the young. Afterward, I went to a high school also a campus minister. And now, six years as chairman of the CBCP. A lot of people are asking me, “Bishop Pol, bakit mahal na mahal mo ang paglinkod sa kabataan?” And allow me to share kung bakit?

    Ang hirap ng buhay pinagdaanan ni Bishop Pol. Elementary pa lang, tumira po ako sa lolo’t lola ko sa Victoria, Tarlac. Pag gising sa umaga maglalampaso, magwawalis hindi lang sa loob ng bahay, sa labas. Magdidilig ng mga halaman, maghahanda ng pagkain, maghahain, maghuhugas ng pinggan. Ang lola ay may tindahan sa harap ng elementary school, sasamahan ko ang lola dala dala ang paninda. Every break time I have to leave and help her sell her goods. Pagkatapos ng school, sasamahan ko naman ang lola dala dala ang paninda sa kanyang bahay.  That was my elementary.

    My high school, I have to stay again with my lola and lolo, the parents of my tatay in Urdaneta, Pangasinan. Doon ko talaga natanto kung gaano kahirap ang buhay. Darating ang examinations, hindi pa nakabayad ng matrikula. Magpapagawa ako ng mga promissory notes para lang ako maka-take ng exam. Nakaraos din. Naka-graduate ng highschool.

    It was my dream. It was my prayer to continue on college. After attending a Sunday Mass after graduation sa Divine Word College sa Urdaneta, the school director after the Mass had the compassion. He stopped and asked me, sabi niya, “Pol, anong plano mo sa buhay?”At sabi ko, “Wish ko lang father, gusto kong magpatuloy ng kolehiyo, walang kakayahan ang aking mga magulang”.  At sabi niya, “Gusto mo bang irekomenda kita kasi naghahanap ang Christ the King Mission Seminary sa Quezon City ng full-time sacristan? And I saw in that proposal sabi ko, “Ah, magwo-working student ako. Father rector, kindly write a recommendation letter”.

    And on my way on a Pantranco bus pa noon, from Urdaneta to Cubao, I was making a bargain, praying to the Lord, “Lord, if you will give me this job I will offer my life, magpapari po ako”. Pag dating ko po sa seminary, binigay ko ang recommendation sa father director at pagkabasa, ano ang reaction ng father rector, sabi niya, “Ay salamat sa Diyos, may nag-apply. Tanggap ka na!” And that was June 1976 but I have to stop schooling to be a full time employee of the SVD. But while waking up early morning para buksan ang simbahan, maglinis, iprepara ang Misa, kung di darating ang seminarista, mag-se-serve, magbabasa pagkatapos maglilinis ng altar, ng sakristiya, ng crypt. Yan ho ang buhay. Pero habang nakikita ako ng mga misyonerong SVD, sabi nila, “Pol would you like to join us?” Sabi ko sa sarili ko, “Wala ngang pang kolehiyo seminaryo pa?” But two American old missionaries promised, “We would find, look for a benefactor for you”. 

    On my second year, I applied, I was accepted. I entered first-year college Philosophy sa Christ the King Missionary but I have to remain working as a sacristan.  A full-time pa rin na empleyado ng SVD. And that I entered the seminary June 1977. Miracles of miracles, mga kapatid.  

    Exactly almost 30 years, March 26, 2007, I went back to the very altar where I claimed it was there I was ordained a bishop.  Isang sakristan pwede pa lang maging obispo. All because I was able to open my life to the… to the love of God and Mary helped me. So it’s always a joy serving the young. At sabi ko sa sarili ko kung gaano kahirap ang buhay, iaalay ko ang buhay ko para maglingkod sa kabataan. 

    It has been joy to serve ECY for six years. More so, if one or two of my staff would say, “Bishop Papasok kami sa seminary”. Mag-se-search in either sa religious life, meron ding sa religious women at last Sunday lang po nasa AMRSP ako sa Iloilo. And last Sunday, I told the youth of Jaro, I would like to meet the designer, the maker of the logo for the Year of the Youth. Kenneth is his name. Pag dating niya sa …sa isang parish, lumapit siya sa akin at sabi niya, “Good news bishop”.  “Ano yung good news mo Kenneth?” “Papasok na po ako sa seminary”. Sabi ko “Anong nangyari sayo? Sabi niya, “I was so inspired while making the design, that logo for the Year of the Youth. And that inspired me that I have to offer my talents not only for me, for my family, I would like to share it in service of the young.”

    Kaya ngayon itong si Kenneth by the start of school year papasok sa seminary. So, meron din pong mga youth ministers na kilala ko po na sabi nila because of my service to the young and their love for the young, marami na pong pumasok sa seminary.  

    This is Pope Francis would say, that vocation is not only for the priesthood, for the religious life, but if they discern in life, ano bang kagustuhan ng Diyos sa aking buhay? That is a call. That is a vocation of life. 

    Pang huli po, bago ako naging obispo ako po’y parish priest sa St. Jude national Shrine ditto malapit sa Malacanang. Tuwing Sabadao kasama ko ang mga kabataan bumibisita sa charity ward ng Chinese General Hospital dito sa Dimasalang. 

    One Saturday afternoon, pagpasok namin sa charity ward nakakita kami ng isang matandang Tsinoy, very sick paralyzed. Pag bukas ng pintuan nakita niya mga katolikong kabataan bumibisita sa kanya at nagsisigaw, “Yes …. Jesus is coming, dumarating si Hesus”. Akala naming nakakita siya ng vision ni Jesus. Nakikitingala din kami wala naman kami makita. But when I got near, that old man sabi ko, “Lolo where is that Jesus you’re crying?” and then he immediately raise his right hand and pointed to all the catholic young people in his room and said, “Hindi ba kayo? Hindi nyo naman ako ka ano ano, ka-relihiyon, I’m a Buddhist. Hindi nyo naman ako kapamilya and yet at this very moment you find time to show your love and concern for me. Ang nakikita kong dumadalaw ngayon ay inyong pinapaniwalaang Hesus.What I see coming to visit me now is your Jesus”.

    Ito ang huling tanong ni bishop, pakitingin yung mukha ng katabi mo at tatanungin mo, “Nasan si Hesus kapatid?”  At this very moment dito sa Quadricentennial Hall, where is Jesus? At naniniwala ako sa pamamagitan ng inyong mga ngiti, hawakan ninyo ang kamay at sabihin ninyo, “Kapatid, in your face I see Jesus is alive”.

    God bless us. Together with Mary, we say, my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, Amen. (RCAM-Office of Communications)

  • Bo Sanchez: God created you for mission


    "God has anointed you. God has created you to bless the world. God created you for mission”.

    Bro. Bo Sanchez of The Light of Jesus Community and The Feast tells young people that they are created by God for a mission during the Heart to Heart Tak with Cardinal Tage at 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 19, 2019.
    Photo by RCAM-AOC

    This was the message of Bro. Bo Sanchez, founder of “The Light of Jesus Community” and “The Feast“ during the “Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Tagle” at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas on Friday, July 19, 2019.

    During the sharing, Sanchez recalled that at the age of thirteen he was already accepting speaking engagements because of his leader, Sister Aida who consistently encouraged him to do so. At that time, he was not confident about the reception of the audience towards him but eventually, he has learned to accept the mission entrusted to him by God.

    He adviced the young people inside the pavilion to trust in the will of the Lord and believe that they can be an instrument of evangelization.

    “God created you to bring God’s love to the world. Never look down to yourself. Never say that you’re not enough. Never say I’m inadequate. Just believe that He loves you. He has a plan for your life,” Sanchez said.

    This year’s PCNE was in celebration of the Year of the Youth with the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus”. (HJ Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Journeying with the Youth


    “We are called to journey with them [the youth].”

    Ms. Christina Lamas, Executive Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in the United States of America (USA), gave emphasis on the topic “New Trends in Youth Ministry” in one of the concurrent sessions during the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) held at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, on July 20, 2019.

    Christina Lamas of Executive Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in the United States of America (USA) expounds the topic New Trends in Youth Ministry in one of the Concurrent Session of the PCNE 6. (Photo by RCAM-AOC)

    “We don’t need them just to fill out our pews, the young need mentors to accompany them along the way,” Lamas said.

    Ms. Lamas stressed that the youth of today want to belong and be connected; that others would value their skills, knowledge and wisdom; and that they wanted a simple foundation of honesty, loyalty, sincerity and authenticity.

    “Our goal is for the youth to encounter Christ...the young people wants to know from us how Christ is being lived and manifested in our lives,” Lamas said.

    Lamas also stated that during the Synod on Youth, it was discussed that a ministry works using the disciples in Emmaus as a model. 

    She as well told the participants that the young people want the elders to journey with them, to be approachable and not untouchable saying that the young people have something to offer and that it’s worth listening to. (Rocelyn V. Garcia /SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish, Gagalangin)

  • Invest in your faith says actor Robi Domingo


    Actor and TV host Robi Domingo spoke of his faith as a celebrity during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on Friday, July 19, 2019.

    Actor Robi Domingo says, "Invest in your faith" during the Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Tagle at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 19, 2019. 
    Photo by: RCAM-AOC

    In a segment called “Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Chito”, Domingo who joined Pinoy Big Brother in 2008, told the audience how he handles his spiritual life while being in the limelight.

    “You invest while you’re still young. Not just in terms of financials, pero invest in your character, in your connections especially invest in your faith,” Domingo said.

    “Kasi if you go in this kind of industry kailangan mo ng kakapitan and yung pinakamatinding kakapitan mo ang ating Panginoon,” he added.

    When asked by Cardinal Tagle how he managed his private life especially in this world where everyone is connected, in reply, Domingo shared how his experience inside the PBB house changed his life.

    “Kakaiba po kasi ang experience ko. I started out in Pinoy Big Brother in 2008. And then, wala lang Cardinal sobrang iba yung pakiramdam na papasok ka sa isang reality show. You live there. I live there for 77 days, eleven weeks. And after that, paglabas mo lahat ng mga tao parang kilala ka na. So, akala ko yung camera sa loob yung lang ang tumitingin sakin pati pala paglabas ko ng bahay may Pinoy Big Brother pa rin hanggang ngayon,” Domingo said.

    “It adds to that pressure sa mga gagawin mo hindi ka pwedeng maging totoo minsan. Minsan pag malungkot ka, may dinadaanan ka kailangan nakangiti ka pa din,” he added.

    The 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization was held from July 19-21, 2019 with the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus”. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Young actor’s personal relationship with God: He will handle the rest


    Pinoy Big Brother Housemate Rhys Eugenio also shared the center stage with Robi Domingo during the Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Tagle at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on July 19, 2019.

    Rhys Eugenio of PBB is among the sharers during the Heart to Heart Talk with cardinal Tagle at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 19, 2019. 
    Photo by: RCAM-AOC

    Eugenio joined PBB but was evicted on the eighth week said that as a celebrity, they have to put a mask where they can hide what they really feel especially now that he is in the showbiz industry.

     “Whenever you go out you have to put on a face, a persona, like you can’t show them that you’re sad, even though you’re sad, you have to be happy,” Eugenio said.

    The 18-year-old heartthrob from Tarlac also shared how he handles his personal relationship with the Lord in times of joy and pain.

    “But then later on in life, I realized that if there is something that I’m stressed about and I can’t do anything about it, then, I’m gonna place that in God’s hands because why should I stress out about it when I can’t do anything about it,’ Eugenio said.

    “And if I can do something about it, I’m gonna try my best and also pray because I believe that if I gonna try my best, God’s gonna handle the rest. And then, If I can’t do anything, I’m just gonna let him deal with it and let him handle it for me,” he added.

    Eugenio was joined by Robi Domingo, Actor; Atty. Tarhata Basman, Member of Parliament of the Bangsamoro Transition; Cherry Rondina, Volleyball Player from the University of Santo Tomas; Austin M.D. Quik, President and COO of Catholic Connect; and Bro. Bo Sanchez, Founder of Light and Jesus Community. (HJ Boquiren/SOCOM - San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • The Story of Sisi Rondina - Finding God in the midst of poverty


    Volleyball superstar Cherry “Sisi” Rondina of the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses shared a piece of herself during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas on Friday, July 19, 2019.


    Cherry Rondina of the University of Santo Tomas shares her story of faith and hope in the love and mercy of God during PCNE 6's Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Chito on Friday, July 19, 2019.
    Photo by: RCAM-AOC


    Rondina, Most Valuable Player of the UAAP Season 81Women’s Division shared how she and her family find God even when they struggle fighting poverty in Cebu. 

    “I started nothing po. Wala talaga, mahirap yung buhay po pero doon na lang po humahawak sa quote na ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and lagi po akong nagdadasal. Kasi sa pamilya po namin tatay ko pa lang sobrang istricto niya like hindi po niya kami pinapatulog pag hindi pa po kami nagdadasal. So always talaga yan,” Rondina said.

    Given the state of life her family has, the young athlete remained optimistic and never gave up with her determination to give her family a better life 

    “And yun yung sabi nga ni papa na manalig lang tayo, may outcome itong paghihirap natin. And yun nga po, maraming pinagdaanan to the point na, nasabi ko naman to na bata palang kami, proud ako na nakaain kami ng panis sa hirap ng buhay. But sabi ko nung pagkakain ko nun father, sabi ko, hinding hindi na to mauulit kasi tumungin ako sa mga kapatid, sa pamilya ko, ang hirap ganun yung makikita mo,” Rondina said.

    Rondina also shared how she finds comfort from God’s embrace through constant prayer.

    “Lagi po akong nagdadasal na Lord tanggalin niyo po ang anxiety ko. Lagi akong umuupo sa simbahan, paglabas ko magaan na. Ang gaan sa feeling na yung Diyos yung gagamot sa'yo."

    Rondina’s life story was featured in ABS CBN’s Maalala Mo Kaya on Saturday, July 29, 2019, portrayed by Kim Chu. (HJ Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Feeding the "Hungry Souls with Holy Companions"


    Towards noontime of Day 2 of a full packed schedule of PCNE, participants were treated with a highly charged artistic plenary session during the "Hungry Souls, Holy Companions" segment. 

    Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ holds an on the spot song composition with the audience's participation for the segment "Hungry Souls, Holy Companions during the second day of PCNE 6.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    Presentations were made by an inspirational storyteller and singer of "Where's The Sheep?", Michael Shimamoto, a Spoken Word Poet, Serge Gabriel and a Bukas Palad Music Ministry founder, Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ. 

    Mr. Shimamoto treated the audience with his soulful rendition of some worship songs like "Who Am I?" and had shared his personal spiritual mantra which is to always "choose Christ!" 

    Mr. Gabriel likewise shared his life experience on encountering Jesus in the context of a "rally, classroom and condo," and Fr. Francisco with the participation of selected participants came up with a new powerful song that expresses deep desire for truth which should always emanate from Jesus. (Jojie Juanerio/RCAM-SOCOM)

  • God’s love is always present


    “Ang memory ni God ay palaging present. At ganito ang pag-ibig niya, palaging present".

    Bishop Rex Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet speaks of the cross as the real symbol of the love of God for mankind during his homily for the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino on July 19, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas.
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    This is what the newly ordained Bishop of Daet Rex Alarcon told the participants of the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) during the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on Friday, July 19, 2019, at 8 a.m.

    In his homily, Bishop Alarcon expounded on how unconditional, endless, and truthful God’s love is for mankind especially for the young people.

    “Magtiwala sa kanya, hindi siya nakakalimot. Ang kanyang memory ay hindi tulad ng ‘hard disk’ na nagsa-save at ina-archive. Ang kanayang memory ay pusong tigib ng habag;  natutuwa sa pag-delete ng traces ng kasamaan. Hindi nire-record ang ating mga kasalanan,” Bishop Alarcon said. 

    “Ang memory ni God, hindi katulad ng memory ng computer, smartphone or digital. Yung sa kanila ina-archive. Ang mga ito ating mga extended memory,” Bishop Alarcon added.

    Apart from his reflection that God’s love is always present, Bishop Alarcon also pointed out that the most important symbol of love is not the heart but the cross.

    “I thought the symbol of love is a heart, now I realized, it is more of the cross. Ang krus ay ang pag-ibig ng Diyos, ang krus ay ang pagliligtas ni Hesus. Sa krus ibinigay ni Hesus ang kanyang buhay upang tayo ay muling mabuhay,” Bishop Alarcon said.

    Bishop Alarcon was appointed by Pope Francis as the Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Commission on Youth at the recent CBCP Plenary Assembly held last July 6-8, 2019, in Tagaytay City.

    The 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization is being held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, from July 19-21, 2019. (Brandon Owen Salvador/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • International Delegates increased attendance in PCNE 6


    More than 5,000 members of the clergy, religious, schools, lay people, youth, and other communities and organizations attended the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization which is being held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas that opened on Friday, July 19, 2019.

    Some 5,000 delegates from all over the country gathered at the Quadricentennial pavilion, University of Santos for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 19, 2019. (Photo by Maricar Santos)


    On Thursday, July 18, “A Day of Encounter with Clergy and Consecrated Persons” was held at the same venue attended by more than 90 members of the Manila Clergy while 31 international delegates (Los Angeles-10), Vietnam (5), Malaysia (5), Brunei Darussalam (4), Kuala Lumpur (3), Indonesia (3), and Taiwan (1) attended the said event.

    In his message for the young people, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle saw the need to discover how Jesus walks, his various “styles” of walking with people.

    “This call becomes more urgent as we bring to the youth the Good News that Jesus is alive, He is their friend, He walks with them wherever they go, and He will never leave them alone,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    PCNE was introduced in 2013 by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as a response to the call of new evangelization.

    This year’s PCNE carries the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus” in celebration of the Year of the Youth as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines as part of the preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP releases statement on sedition charges against bishops


    The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines has issued a statement on the accusation of sedition against three Philippine bishops.


    Bishop Teodoro Bacani, Jr. (retired Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches)
    File Photo: RCAM-AOC


    According to the statement, one of the main newspapers had the front page news item titled: PNP FILES EDITION RAPS VS LENI, OPPOSITION, BISHOPS published on Friday, July 19, 2019.

    The police have filed sedition and other criminal charges against the three bishops namely: Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan), Archbishop Socrates Villegas (Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan), Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. (retired Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches) and Bishop Honesto Ongtioco (Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao).

    CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles found it hard to believe about the involvement of the four bishops.

    Archbishop Valles who is also the Archbishop of Davao also expressed how well he knows those bishops. They are “perceived as very vocal and very critical in their pronouncements” but at the same time they are “bishops whose sincerity, decency, respectfulness and love for our country and our people are beyond doubt”.

    “I am very saddened by this news and am greatly disturbed by this development. I know these bishops quite well. I had worked closely with two of them: I functioned as the vice president of Abp. Villegas when he was heading the CBCP, and Bp. David is currently my vice president in the CBCP,” Bishop Valles said.

    “These are individuals whose love for country and dedication for the welfare of our people I cannot doubt. Some of us may feel ill at ease in the way they publicly made known their opinions,” Bishop Valled added.

    However, Archbishop Valles prayed for those officials who will be involved in the process and for his brother priests to be found innocent.

    “I always keep my respect and confidence in the people in government who are involved in the processes regarding the cases filed against these bishops. I pray to the Lord for them, that fairness and truth will guide them,” Archbishop Valles said.

    The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed complaints of charges of inciting sedition, cyber libel, libel and obstruction of justice against 3 Philippine Bishops, a religious brother, Vice President Lenny Robredo, and 35 members of the opposition. The charges were filed on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

    They were charged for the release of a video that went viral on the internet early this year that linked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his family on illegal drug trade. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • On the accusation of sedition against some bishops





    The national news daily, the Philippine Star, today has this front page main news item:
    PNP FILES SEDITION RAPS VS LENI, OPPOSITION, BISHOPS. The bishops who are named are: Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches), Archbishop Socrates Villegas (Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan), Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. (retired Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches) and Bishop Honesto Ongtioco (Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao). The police have filed sedition and other criminal charges against them.

     

    I am very saddened by this news and am greatly disturbed by this development. I know these bishops quite well. I had worked closely with two of them: I functioned as the vice president of Abp. Villegas when he was heading the CBCP, and Bp. David is currently my vice president in the CBCP.

     

    That they are accused of sedition and other criminal complaints is for me beyond belief. They may be perceived as very vocal and very critical in their pronouncements. But that they consciously worked promoting seditious activities and other related crimes, these honestly I cannot believe. These are individuals whose love for country and dedication for the welfare of our people I cannot doubt. Some of us may feel ill at ease in the way they publicly made known their opinions. But again, I say this, I cannot bring myself to believe that these bishops were involved in seditious activities; they are bishops whose sincerity, decency, respectfulness and love for our country and our people are beyond doubt.

     

    I always keep my respect and confidence in the people in government who are involved in the processes regarding the cases filed against these bishops. I pray to the Lord for them, that fairness and truth will guide them.

     

    I also pray for my brother bishops; this will be a very distressing situation for them, to say the least. I pray that they may remain calm and confident that in the end, they will be found innocent. I make this prayer to the Lord, with the Blessed Mother as our intercessor.

     

     

     

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.

    Archbishop of Davao

    President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

    19 July 2019

     

  • Send-Off Mass for Volunteers and Staff of PCNE 6


    Homily delivered by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Send-Off Mass for Volunteers and Staff of PCNE 6 held at the Santisimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomas, on July 16, 2019.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Eucharistic celebration for PCNE 6 volunteers and staff held at the Santisimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomas, on July 16, 2019.
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    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for bringing us together on this almost rainy day so that in the Eucharist we will experience Jesus’ renewing love and presence. We are renewed by the Word of God, by the Body and Blood of Christ and the spirit formed into our community. And this is a wonderful, now a  tradition before the PCNE that we, who are involved in the organization and in the actual holding of the event would first come together to worship, to pray, to give thanks to God and at the end of the Mass to go forth, to evangelize, to be missionaries. And one very concrete way of doing that mission is through this conference on the new evangelization.  And our gathering, our Eucharistic gathering is made special because it happens to be the memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. So, to our Lady’s protection and guidance, we commend ourselves and the PCNE.

    Allow me to share a few points and hopefully, I could relate them with the PCNE focused on the youth. The Filipino Youth walking with Jesus.

    First Carmel. Carmel. Mount Carmel. It’s a place but more than just being a place especially in the Old Testament, Mount Carmel is always associated with the prophet Elijah’s challenge so the false prophets of the false god……on Mount Carmel. The true God manifested his face, his power. So, Carmel is more than just a place that we can locate on the map. Carmel is a place where you need the true God. 

    At napakahalaga yan ngayon sa tinatawag na New Evangelization. Not only now but from the beginning of creation, of human history, from Genesis. One of the dramas of human existence is, Who is the true God? Remember the temptation, the serpent. How did the serpent innovate, allure Adam and Eve to go against God. Sabi niya, “Kaya kayo pinagbabawalan kumain ng bunga ng puno na yan, kasi pag kumain kayo niyan, you will be like God”. Sino ba ang tunay na Diyos? At minsan lahat tayo ay may ambition, sana ako ang Diyos. At bawat iral, maraming nagagawang mga bagong diyus-diyosan. And part of new evanelization is to go to Carmel, to the many Carmels especially of the youth where false Gods are being presented to them by false prophets. That’s where the walk should happen. Where are the Carmels of today? And can we help the vulnerable youth to discover the true God?

    So, kahit saan kayo nakatira ngayon, iisa lang ang address natin, Carmel. Yung mga nakatira sa Mayumi Street, ngayon Carmel Street. Yung mga nakatira sa Arzobispo Street, ngayon Carmel Street yan. At lalo na ang mga kabataan, pumunta kayo sa Carmel ng buhay ninyo. Magpapakita ang tunay na Diyos.

    The second point is Our Lady and the wisdom of women, the wisdom of women. The beauty of Carmel was very fascinating to some religious men and they formed religious order dedicated to Our Lady of the beautiful Mount Carmel. So, the wisdom of the women, the mother in leading us to the truth and the discovery of the true God. Of course, we know our Lady. Our Lady who was deserving of God’s will. And most especially the courage to let go of her plans when the true God manifested himself to her. That freedom of heart, to harmonize herself with the will and plan of the true God. Kaya nga siya ay ang bagong Eva. Hindi siya nagdi-diyos diyosan. Hindi niya sinabi yun sa Anghel Gabriel, “E, ang gulo mo naman nakahanda na ang plano ng buhay ko, magpapakasal na kami ni San Jose, huwag mo nang guluhin, ayos na ang plano ko.”  

    Kapag may plano ang tunay na Diyos, lahat ng plano mo, ano na? Kasi hindi naman ikaw ang Diyos, yung tunay na Diyos. And Mary, the new Eve did not pretend to be God but recognized the true God. And the plan of God, the design of God will always be the priority compared to her plan no matter how good that plan might be.

    In the first reading from the Book of Exodus, we see also women, the Levite woman who was very wise, who hid her child to protect the child and the sister of the child watching, “Ano kaya ang mangyayari?” 

    Then, the daughter of Pharoah moved with compassion upon seeing in the basket is a Hebrew Boy at yung ate, “Gusto mo humanap ako ng mag-aalaga jan sa bata?” Very wise! Dinala naman doon sa nanay nila. E, di ang nag-alaga yung tunay na nanay. And they were very wise talaga, itong mga women dito, talaga naman. The feminine wisdom na talagang nasasalisihan ang Pharoah that focus on saving the life, saving this child out of not only concern but real compassion. And they did not know that this child that they were saving had a place in the plan of God. In their sincerity, in their creativity, they were participating in God’s walk. God is walking. Walking with them and they participated in God’s walk.

    Moses, the one that will walk ahead of the people towards liberation. But how he was nurtured by the walk of these great women. And the new Moses, Jesus Christ always accompanied by his mother. Standing there at the foot of his cross after that arduous walk that we call the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, the mother walked with her son. And that walk was a participation in God’s revealing action. 

    Kaya Malaki ang papel talaga ng mga mothers, women in evangelization in this continuing walk in order to proclaim the Good News.

    At panghuli po, yung ating tema, Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus. Ilang araw ko na ho iyang pinaglalaruan sa isip ko. Sabi ko nga ano ba ang mga walk ng Filipino youth? Kasi noong nanalo sa Miss Uniiversa yung isang Filipina, sabi nanalo raw siya dahil sa kanyang walk. Ano ba yung tawag sa walk niya? (crowd answered) Ano ho? (crowd answered again) Lava walk. Wag nyo kong…yung hindi ko alam, Lava walk. 

    Yun ang tanong ko, ano ba ngayon ang mga walks ng kabataang Filipino? Tapos sinasabi natin, there are many walks of life. Life has different types of walking and your state of life is a way of walking. Walk of life. Your mission is also your way of walking. Naku-curious ako. Ano ang mga lakad ng batang Pilipino? Lava! Ano pa kaya? Ano pa?

    Sana itong mga darating na araw mamamngha ako. Ako man lang makita ko, ganyan na sila ngayon maglakad. Yan ang lakad. And then what we are saying that the Filipino youth with their walks, walk with Christ. Pero tinatanong ko rin, ano ba naman ang mga lakad ni Kristo? E, maglakad ka ba naman sa ibabaw ng tubig. Maglakad ka sa disyerto o kaya naman matulog ka habang naglalayag. Ang pagtulog ay isang uri ng paglakad ni Hesus. Naglalakad siya, mukha siyang multo. A ghost! Ang daming lakad ni Hesus.

    Sana ang mga kabataan ang maging lakad nila yung lakad din ni Jesus pero papaano ba maglakad si Hesus? Lava walk ba rin? Di ba dun sa prophet Mica sabi, “Oh man you know what God desires of you. Do justice, do goodness, and walk humbly with God”. 

    Sabi po nung isang teacher ko, and kahulugan daw po nung walk humbly with God ay hindi so much yung dahil ang kasama mo ay Diyos, be humble as you walk with God. Tama rin daw yun pero hindi yun ang talaganang ano. You walk humbly with God because God’s walk is humble. So, you walk with God and follow God’s walk you will walk humbly because that’s how God walks. How does Jesus walk? 

    Yan ang new evangelization. Rediscovering the many walks of Jesus. Discovering also Jesus’ walks in the way the young walk especially the way of the cross leading to the walk of life and light. Via Crusis, Via lucis. Ay exciting ano ho? Iba-ibang walk kaya sa unang araw pa lang demonstrate your walk. Kayong tatlong mariang nandyan, babantayan ko kayo, ano ang walk ninyo? At titignan naming kung yan ay walk ni Christ.

    O tama na, baka magalit na ang Lady of Mount Carmel sa akin.

    So, we thank God for this opportunity to walk the youth and really the different walks of life and rediscover Jesus’ many creative ways of walking with humankind. (RCAM-AOC)

  • Pope names Iloilo priest as Cebu auxiliary bishop


    Pope Francis has appointed Father Midyphil Billones, a priest from Iloilo, as auxiliary bishop of Cebu.

    Bishop-elect Midyphil Billones of Iloilo (Photo Credit: CBCPNews)

    As auxiliary bishop, he will assist Archbishop Jose Palma in running the largest archdiocese in the country and in Asia, having the most number of Catholics, priests, religious and seminarians.

    Billones’ appointment, which assigns him to the Titular See of Tagarata, was made public on Tuesday by the Vatican.

    His appointment also came two months after Palma’s lone auxiliary bishop Dennis Villarojo was named the new bishop of Malolos.

    The bishop-elect is currently the Rector of St. Joseph Regional Seminary in Iloilo City.

    Billones, who just turned 50 years old on July 4, is a native of Panay, in Capiz province.

    He took his Philosophy at St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary in Iloilo City and Theology at Loyola School of Theology in Manila, where he also obtained his master’s degree in Theology.

    Billones was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Jaro on Oct. 2, 1995.

    For two years after his ordination, he served as parochial vicar at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral.

    From 1997 to 2001, the priest also served as personal secretary, first to the late Archbishop Jover Piamonte and then to retired Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.

    In the meantime, he was also a member of the Presbyteral Council, Vice-Chancellor, and head of the archdiocese’s Commission for Youth.

    In 2011, he obtained his Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

    Returning from his studies in Rome, he was Vice-Chancellor and Director of Human Formation at St. Joseph Regional Seminary in Jaro, later becoming its Rector.

    Since 2013, he also headed the archdiocese’s Commission on the Laity. (RCAM-AOC / CBCPNews)

  • An urgent call for ecological conversion, hope in the face of climate emergency




    “We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that … we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies”

    (Romans 8:22-23).

     

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

     

    In 1988, we issued a groundbreaking Pastoral Letter on Ecology entitled, “What is Happening to Our Beautiful Land?”  In its opening paragraph, we noted, “Our small farmers tell us that their fields are less productive and are becoming sterile.  Our fishermen are finding it increasingly difficult to catch fish.  Our lands, forests and rivers cry out that they are being eroded, denuded and polluted.  As bishops we have tried to listen and respond to their cry.  There is an urgency about this issue which calls for widespread education and immediate action...”

     

    Three Decades of Commitment to Ecological Concerns

     

    Since 1988, we have sustained this concern about ecology that runs through our subsequent pastoral teachings. We may recall that in 1998 we collectively expressed in A Statement of Concern on the Mining Act of 1995, highlighting the ill effects of mining operations both on the environment and on the people, particularly indigenous communities. In 2000, we issued Water is Life calling for a concerted effort to address the problem of water insecurity and the urgency to protect our remaining watersheds. In 2003, we issued Celebrating Creation Day and Creation Time to introduce the celebration of Creation Day on September 1st of every year and the observance of Creation Time between September 1 and October 4. In 2008, we issued Upholding the Sanctity of Life (20 years after the CBCP Pastoral Letter ‘What is Happening to our Beautiful Land?’) not only to reaffirm our rejection of irresponsible mining and illegal logging operations but also to crucially include the challenges of global warming and climate change among “the new threats to our environment”. In 2013, we issued a Pastoral Statement on the Recent Earthquake and Typhoon that Devastated the Central Region of the Philippines to express our solidarity with the victims of calamities and to preempt their future recurrence. We also remember that in 2015, we clearly manifested that climate action is an issue of life and justice through the statement entitled Stewards, Not Owners: “Climate change has brought about suffering for nations, communities and peoples. It is that kind of suffering that, in the words of Benedict XVI’s ‘Deus Caritas Est’, ‘cries out for consolation and help’.” (n. 28). When they who are in need cry out, it is not an option to respond. It is an obligation." In all these statements, we have taken for granted that concern for our environment is an essential dimension of our pastoral ministry.

     

    The Continuing Destruction of Our Common Home

     

    Given the high rate of poverty in the Philippines, the need to manage the environment is paramount. Poverty and environmental degradation mutually reinforce each other. ‘In today’s world, hunger, violence and poverty cannot be understood apart from the changes and degradation affecting the environment.’ Pope Francis’ recognition of this led him to introduce an eighth work of mercy in 2016: ‘care for our common home’.  He expressed this in his message for the 2016 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  This new work of mercy, he insisted, should be both corporal and spiritual.

     

    Biodiversity is also a concern that has a direct connection to poverty and development. The poor in the rural areas are directly dependent on biodiverse resources for food, fuel, shelter, medicine and livelihood. This variety of living organisms together with its environment provide critical services that are necessary for survival such as air and water purification, soil conservation, disease control, and reduced vulnerability to disasters such as floods, droughts and landslides. When these resources or their environment are subjected to pressures that exceed their capacity to be resilient or to bounce back to their original state, imbalance in the ecosystem is created, leading to degradation. When situations like these arise, they make lives, especially in the rural areas, more difficult; they also make development efforts more challenging.

     

    Our remaining forests and biodiversity are continually being threatened by extractive mining operations and the building of dams. Respect for God’s creation is disregarded when irresponsible mining practices are allowed to continue. Land and life is desecrated when almost two-thirds of the ancestral domains of indigenous peoples and more than half of protected and key biodiversity areas are directly threatened by mining applications and operations. Despite evidences against 26 mining operations ordered closed or suspended last February 2017, not one mine has stopped extracting because of technical administrative loopholes. Social justice is not served when only the few mining companies, many of which are also owned by political leaders, reap the benefits from mineral extraction. The rural poor remain poor as mining only contributes less than one percent to our GDP, employs less than 0.4% of our labor force and directly threatens agriculture, forestry, watersheds and fisheries resources that are essential for the survival of the rural poor.

     

    Another problem related with mining is the phenomenon of our country’s growing dependence on fossil fuel-based energy, such as coal. There are at least 23 existing coal-fired power plants operating across the country; 28 more may be operational by the year 2020. To support and sustain this dependence, a huge number of coal power plants involved in extensive coal extraction has to be put in place. Thus, coal mining projects have been allowed to increase to 186, including small-scale ones. Worse is, most of these coal projects are located within the vicinity of communities of indigenous Filipinos and are supported by rich ecosystems and biodiversities.

     

    Centuries of emissions from coal have been scientifically proven to be among the lead causes of the current climate degradation. Coal projects also further exacerbate the vulnerability of impoverished host communities in the Philippines already struggling to cope with the effects of the worsening climate. Many coastal and agriculture-reliant communities face the loss of their livelihood because of land conversion and the pollution of resources caused by coal. Health problems also plague such communities due to the toxic substances and heavy metals released into the air and water resources by the mining, transporting, and burning of coal.

     

    The burning of coal and other fossil fuels and the destruction of nature are natural consequences of extractive mining. Needless to say, these industries are pursued primarily for profit accumulation and rarely, if at all, in response to peoples’ needs. This is the root cause of the continuous escalation of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere which, in turn, is causing the climate crisis. The climate crisis has thus far claimed tens of thousands of lives, displaced millions of people, and brought about tragic devastation in many parts of the world. This climate crisis is bound to get much worse in the years ahead.

    We affirm the prevailing science of climate change that the present global warming is due to the abnormal buildup of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere which traps the heat and makes the earth dangerously warm. The IPCC scientists have a very solid consensus that global warming is not caused by natural factors (e.g., volcanic activity, variations in the earth’s orbit and axis, or the solar cycle) but by GHGs coming mainly from two unsustainable human activities. One is the reliance on fossil fuels (e.g., oil, natural gas, coal) and other non-renewable energy sources since the advent of western industrialization in 1750. Another is the massive deforestation that deprived the earth of the sufficient forest cover needed to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and other GHGs.

     

    The Philippines, being an archipelago, is prone to climate-induced disasters brought about by sea level rise, storm surges, prolonged droughts, and flash floods, among others. We are known to be the second among the countries with the greatest exposure to disaster risks worldwide.  We are at the doorstep of all the major threats of climate change which cause irreversible damage to agriculture, marine resources and the entire bio-networks.  Moreover, extreme weather events are occurring more frequently in our country. The catastrophic super typhoons like Yolanda, Ondoy, Sendong, and Pablo, that have devastated several of our regions, attest to this level of climate vulnerability. On record, Yolanda (Haiyan) is the strongest tropical cyclone ever to make a landfall on our country. The damage from Yolanda was catastrophic, resulting to an estimated 8,000 casualties, affecting 16 million people in 10 provinces, while over 1.1 million homes were damaged, about half of them completely destroyed. The sources of livelihood of an estimated 5.6 million poor people were severely affected.

     

    Climate-related disasters threaten us all. The reality of the climate crisis, proven by the catastrophic impact of typhoons and other human induced-disasters, has made us aware that the time to act is now, not tomorrow. We must activate climate action on behalf of the voiceless people and the planet.

     

    Laudato Si’ and the Care for Our Common Home

     

    On June 18, 2015, as the global leaders were preparing for the climate summit in Paris, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical highlights the adverse impacts of the climate change on the poor and most vulnerable. Pope Francis aptly articulated the scale of the climate crisis: “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” (LS, 25)

     

    Laudato Si emphasizes the underlying moral and ethical context of our ecological problems and the call for meaningful commitment, not just for the Church, but for all people, because what is at stake is our common home!  Pope Francis calls for a re-evaluation of the prevailing models of global development and a redefinition of our notion of progress so that it can truly serve the common good. For the Church, climate change is an urgent issue that is clearly related to our Christian responsibility to care for the earth and to care for the poor and vulnerable in our midst.

     

    In December 2015, at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in France, the Paris Agreement was also adopted calling all nations to act on the climate crisis by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.[1] The Holy Father, then, said that “its implementation will require unanimous commitment and generous dedication by everyone” and nations “pay special attention to the most vulnerable population . . . to carefully follow the road ahead, and with an ever-growing sense of solidarity.”[2]

     

    In 2018, however, three years after the Paris Conference, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that we have only 12 years left before reaching “the tipping point” of 1.5°C above the pre-industrial temperature.  This means, starting 2019, we have only 11 years remaining to act. Moreover, the UN report on 4 May 2019 warns us that failure to limit global warming to 1.5°C would lead not only to human suffering but also to the extinction of one million flora and fauna species.

     

    During his meeting with oil industry executives and some of their biggest investors on 14 June 2019, Pope Francis prophetically declared “Time is running out!” He also insisted that “a radical energy transition is needed to save our common home.” With a sense of urgency, he declared that we are facing a “climate emergency” that impels us to “take action accordingly, in order to avoid perpetrating a brutal act of injustice towards the poor and the future generations.” His urgent call deserves a decisive response.

     

    Pope Francis also expressed his unequivocal critique of dirty energy, because “most of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity” (LS, 23). The encyclical also strongly advocated for a clear policy direction: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay.” (LS, 165)

     

    The Theological/Moral Basis of Our Response to Climate Emergency

     

    The foregoing ecological analysis strongly calls all human beings to urgently respond to the climate crisis. As Christians, however, we have a deeper reason to be concerned with climate because it is “a common good” (LS 23) and to cause its undesirable change is “a moral issue” (St. John Paul II, Peace with God the Creator, no. 15). Along this line, Laudato Si’ cites Patriarch Bartholomew who “has spoken in particular of the need for each of us to repent of the ways we have harmed the planet, for ‘inasmuch as we all generate small ecological damage’, we are called to acknowledge ‘our contribution, smaller or greater, to the disfigurement and destruction of creation’.” This challenges us “to acknowledge our sins against creation.” Foremost among them is our tendency “to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate” (LS 8).

     

    In this light, our efforts to mitigate global warming and our collective moves aimed at helping others adapt to the new normal brought about by climate change may be meaningfully viewed both as acts of reparation for our ecological sins. We need to go beyond the prevailing meaning of reparation in a manner that includes restitution for the ecological damages we have done to nature.

     

    Societal indifference to climate change is immoral as it affects even the innocent, especially “the poor who live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and [whose] means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry” (LS 25). Our preferential option for the poor pushes us to prioritize the most affected “poorest of the poor” who cry out to God for justice. It is our moral obligation to respond to their suffering.

     

    Moreover, the evils of climate change are evident in the destruction of biodiversity as other living species of the planet face the risk of becoming extinct due to their inability to adapt quickly to the changes that we have caused. Pope Francis laments, “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right” (LS 33). Creatures “have a value of their own in God’s eyes” (LS 69, 221) and they have the inherent right not only to exist but also to fulfill their particular function in the community of life (i.e., ecosystem) and to reach the fullness of life as far as their nature would allow. If we recognize that all created realities originate from the Creator, we must also see to it (Psalm 24:1) that they are respected and valued.

     

    Biblical Basis of Our Effort to Care for All Creatures

     

    The Book of Genesis tells us that when God looked at all that he had created, he “saw that it was good.” He “blessed them, saying, ‘Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth’” (Gen 1:21-22). God placed Adam in the garden he had planted in order “to till it and to keep it” (Gen 2:15). He also assigned humans to exercise stewardship over all the creatures that inhabit sea, air and land (Gen 1:26-28). After the flood, God made a covenant with Noah and his descendants “and with every living creature … that never again shall all creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood” (Gen 9:9-11).

     

    We likewise believe that because “the Word became flesh” (Jn 1:14), the whole cosmos has been renewed. As St. John Paul II concisely explained, “the incarnation of God the Son signifies the taking up into unity with God not only of human nature, but in this human nature, in a sense, of everything that is ‘flesh’: the whole of humanity, the entire visible and material world” (Dominus et Vivificantem, 50). Thus, with St. Paul, we hope that “creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Rom 8:21).

     

    Did not the Lord often exhort his disciples against greed and lifestyle excess (Lk 12:16-21)?  Did he not teach us to trust in Divine Providence and learn from the birds of the air and the wild flowers of the field? (Mat 6:25-34)

     

    Intergenerational Responsibility and Solidarity

     

    In An Open Letter of the Filipino Youth to the Catholic Church in the Philippines, the Filipino youth verbalized some sentiments related to ecology while drawing a roadmap for the celebration of the Year of the Youth (YOTY) in 2019. They expressed their dream “of a safe and sustainable world to live in” as they “value Mother Earth and all of God’s creation.” They also emphasized “the importance of caring for our common home,” stressing in particular the “need to realize that our seemingly small actions can either have a greatly positive or negative impact.

     

    In response, through our Pastoral Letter for the 2019 Year of the Youth, we recognized their “being vital members of the Body of Christ, the Church” and assured them that they are “”beloved, gifted, and empowered. We challenged them to participate in the Church’s mission as “we all long for a better world and society, and for a renewed Church.”   We exhorted on them to boldly carry out their important role as “protagonists of this change, as the dynamic force of the Church now,” and to “reach out to the peripheries to bring Jesus and His message of salvation to the lost, the least and the last, including other young peoplewho yearn to be loved, gifted and empowered.”[3]

     

    In Laudato Si, Pope Francis is asking: what kind of world are we leaving to the next generation? For him, “intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic issue of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us . . . An integral ecology is marked by this broader vision.”

     

    While many “young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment,” they are also aware that “they have grown up in a milieu of extreme consumerism and affluence which makes it difficult to develop other habits” (LS, 209). The encyclical likewise points out that today’s “young people demand change” and they “wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded” (LS 13).

     

    We also owe it to the next generation of Filipinos to ensure ecological integrity and biodiversity conservation for their own benefit in their own time.  We must reject the current ways of excessive production and consumption, which get us habituated to wasteful living.  Ignoring the political and developmental constraints in the current initiatives towards amending the 1987 Constitution could pave the way towards the deletion of the people’s right to a safe and sound ecology, and remove the legal barriers to an all-out foreign exploitation of our national resources.

     

    Rights of Nature and Integral Ecology

     

    Believing in “integral ecology” in all aspects of life is a necessary response to the global crisis, says Pope Francis.  “Since everything is closely interrelated, and today’s problems call for a vision capable of taking into account every aspect of the global crisis,” he suggests that we now consider “some elements of an integral ecology, one which clearly respects its human and social dimensions.” (LS, 137)

     

    The recognition of the Rights of Nature is at the core of the call for ecological conversion, as Pope Francis emphasized in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.There he suggested that a “true ‘right of the environment’ does exist because we human beings are part of the environment. We live in communion with it, since the environment itself entails ethical limits which human activity must acknowledge and respect. Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity.”

     

    The prevalent anthropocentric and utilitarian perspectives tend to negate our traditional role of responsible stewardship and deny the reality that humans are part of nature. Both the book of Genesis and our own indigenous folklore about the origin of humankind manifest strongly that we were created out of nature’s very elements—earth, water, wind and fire.

     

    We need a paradigm shift in order to reestablish our sacred relationship with nature: Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.” (LS, 139). Indeed, we are all part of nature.

     

    A paradigm on ecological conversion needs to usher in a new awareness: that mother earth cries for justice and not just for a token of environmental protection and care.  The cry of mother earth is as equally urgent as the cry of the poor for social justice. 

     

    Call to Action and Ecological Conversion

     

    In his message for the World Day of Peace in 1990, St. John Paul II insisted that the environment should be our common concern, and that this concern has an essential moral and religious dimension. There he also pointed out that care for the earth and the call to ecological conversion should be treated as an urgent issue in the Church. We are to take the advocacy for a sustainable ecology seriously because it is an integral aspect of our responsibility as Christians.  He said, "Christians, in particular, realize that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of their faith.”

     

    Today, guided by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, we again call on everyone to care for the earth and for the poor and embrace ‘integral ecology’ for the sake of our common home. We have to act in order to be able to stop the deterioration of our planet. United in our commitment to the Universal Church, and truly convinced that integral ecology is inseparable from an integral society, we make a definitive pledge to respond to the climate crisis—securing a sustainable future for our people and our planet.

     

    We recall again the message of our Pastoral Letter in 1988: “Our faith tells us that Christ is the center point of human history and creation.  All the rich unfolding of the universe and the emergence and flowering of life on Earth are centered on him.  (Eph. 1:9-10; Col 1:16-17).  The destruction of any part of creation, especially, the extinction of species defaces the image of Christ which is etched in creation”.

     

    For our continuing reflection, we also commit to celebrate the Season of Creation as a way of integrating our ecological advocacy to our prayer and liturgical life as urged by the Pastoral Statement of the CBCP Permanent Council in 2003.

     

    As your pastors, we call for a continuing ecological conversion in all our Metropolitan Provinces, Dioceses, Parishes and Basic Ecclesial Communities — to discern the issues and actively care for the earth in personal, communitarian and institutional levels. The voices of faith must be an indispensable part of our continuing efforts at framing the agenda for collaborative ethical action.

     

    Therefore, we in the Church, consistently caring for our common home, commit to abide by the following ecological convictions:

     

    • The Earth is our home.  We are to care for our common home. We are to act in order to protect all life forms on Earth, from ridge to reef.

     

    • Even while we dream of fullness of life in the hereafter, our Lord teaches us to let His kingdom come and His will be done, “on earth as it is in heaven” - meaning, already in the here and now. We are therefore duty bound to act and resist all forms of destruction damaging our people and our planet.

     

    • We are connected to the Earth, just as our lives and the life of all other beings are interconnected with each other.

     

    • We hear both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor. We are to respond and act together in order to mitigate the ill effects of climate change on our planet and our communities; and in the spirit of accountability, we demand climate justice.

     

    Concretely, we call upon the dioceses to implement that decree in the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines, which categorically calls for the setting up “an ecology desk in social action centers” that would make ecology their special concern.[4] And spearheaded by our revitalized ecology programs in our diocesan and parish ministries, we commit to live the spirit and principles of Laudato Si through the following concrete ecological actions:

     

    1.    Integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of Christian discipleship. (Psalm 8:4-9)

     

    2.    Live simply, minimize consumption and actively promote ecological awareness and action through integral waste segregation and by minimizing the use of plastic and paper, by eliminating single-use plastics, polystyrene and the like, from our homes and institutions.

     

    3.    Prevent and reduce biodiversity loss by growing indigenous plants and trees, expanding forests through rain forestation, resisting destructive mining, dirty energy, the unbridled construction of roads and dams, as well as projects that cut into forested and protected areas. Implement programs that will allow the growth and recovery of forests, ecosystems and biodiversity.

     

    4.    Promote diversified and sustainable agriculture. Avoid the genetically modified agricultural products propagated in plantations and monoculture production, which destroy biodiversity and threaten indigenous lands.

     

    5.    Participate in efforts to protect and preserve our seas, oceans and fishery resources.

     

    6.    Protect our watersheds while at the same time using fresh water wisely, promoting and establishing massive rainwater collection, and putting a stop to infrastructures that can be detrimental to the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity.

     

    7.    Push for an immediate transition to safe, clean, and affordable energy. Ensure just and fair transition to renewable energy sources and reject false solutions; support the use of solar power in our homes and institutions (dioceses, churches, schools, seminaries); promote, advocate and invest in renewable energy (solar, hydro, wind and geothermal power); join the campaign to immediately phase out coal-fired power plants and all other plants dependent on fossil-fuel, including coal mining.

     

    8.    Do not allow the financial resources of our Catholic institutions to be invested in favor of coal-fired power plants, mining companies and other destructive extractive projects.   Divestment from such investment portfolios must be encouraged.

     

    9.    Integrate Laudato Si in the curriculum and strategic plans of Catholic educational institutions including seminaries and religious formations. Popularize and integrate the understanding of climate change and its mitigation in our formation programs.

     

    10.  Organize and educate people into a well-informed and empowered citizenry using all means available including mainstream and social media platforms for the passage of into law of bills aimed at protecting our common home, such as the Rights of Nature Bill, Forest Resources Bill and Alternative Minerals Mining Bill, and National Land Use Bill, as well as the implementation of environmental laws, such as, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. In the initiatives to amend the 1987 Constitution, any move that poses a threat to the integrity of creation, justice and peace, should be opposed.

     

    11.  Network with international bodies to create a groundswell of worldwide pressure powerful enough to convince multinational institutions to lower emissions and to actively engage in environmental actions for the protection of our common home and on behalf of the poor who are most threatened by aggressive but irresponsible industries.

     

    12.  Respect, recognize, and support the rights of indigenous peoples in protecting their ancestral domains and promoting sustainable development.

     

    13.  Strengthen adaptation measures and disaster risk management and reduction for our vulnerable communities. Advocate the prioritization of government budget allocation for climate resilient adaptation programs.

     

    We, in the Philippine Church, are one with the Holy Father in pursuing common agenda to protect our fragile ecosystem from the threat of the continuing ecological crisis. We have the moral imperative to act together decisively in order to save our common home. This is our Christian duty and responsibility.

     

    For the Church, the faith-based organizations (FBOs), our partners in the government and civil society organizations, living Laudato Si is an urgent challenge and invitation. We conclude by sharing the optimism of Pope Francis:  “Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home…. All is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good and making a new start” (LS, 13, 205).  Indeed, “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home!” (From the ‘New Beatitudes of Pope Francis’)

     

    Let us be one in prayer, confident that “God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light and strength needed to continue on our way.” (LS 245)

     

     

    For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines: 

     

     

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, DD
    Archbishop of Davao

    CBCP President
    16 July 2019

     

                                   

     

     

     

     



    [2] Pope Francis, Angelus Prayer, Vatican City, December 13, 2015

    [3] CBCP Pastoral Letter for the 2019 Year of the Youth, “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered,” Manila, December 2, 2018

    [4] Acts and Decrees of the 2nd Plenary Council of the Philippines, Part IV, Title VI, Section 4, Article 31

     

  • Be Missionaries of Christ


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Baccalaureate Mass of the Lyceum of the Philippines University of Manila held at Manila Cathedral, on July 11, 2019.

    Photo Credit: Lyceum of the Philippines University of Manila Facebook Page

    In his homily, he challenged the students to become missionaries of Christ after they graduated from college.

    “The gift of tertiary education is for a mission. Ang edukasyon hindi lamang para kumita ng limpak-limpak at kahit na ano pa ang gawin para lang kumita, hindi. Ang edukasyon ay para sa misyon at naniniwala tayo na bawat isa sa inyo ay apostol ni Hesus na isinusugo niya,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle also pointed out to the students that the significance of discovering the meaning of life is by becoming a missionary. He hoped that through education, the students will be molded into dedicated servants of the Lord.

    “Ang kahulugan ng buhay ay ang pinag-aalayan. Ang buhay, binigay sa atin para ialay, kapag wala kang makabuluhang pinag-aalayan ng buhay, patay ka na. And we hope that your education and formation have prepared you to know yourself better and see yourself where God put you.”  Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC and Radio Veritas)

  • OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Caritas Manila NOT affiliated with Caritas Health Shield Inc.




    “The recent news about Caritas Health Shield has again led to erroneous public perception that Caritas Manila is related to Caritas Health Shield.  Our logo and office site were even mistakenly shown by a news network while delivering the news report about Caritas Health Shield.

    This is to inform the public once more that Caritas Manila is NOT connected with Caritas Health Shield. Owing to the confusion brought about by the similarity in corporate names, Caritas Manila was constrained to resort to legal action and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has in fact already ordered Caritas Health Shield to remove and replace “Caritas” from its corporate name.

    Caritas Manila is a non-profit organization devoted to helping the poor. It does not and has never engaged in the health care business for profit, as such activity goes against the very spirit of its objectives.”  (Public Relations Department/Radio Veritas)

  • PCNE 6 to introduce Prayer Spaces


    Prayer Spaces is the newest addition to this year’s PCNE. It is composed of various activities that participants can join all throughout the three days. 

    The Wailing Wall or Western wall in Jerusalem (Photo Credit: Anamarie Fuentes)

    According to PCNE, they will be having a Labyrinth and Prayer Walls. These prayer spaces will be placed around the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas. 

    A Prayer Wall is where participants can post their written prayers to the Lord. This practice of placing slips of paper containing written prayers to God is similar to the Wailing Wall or the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem and the prayer wall in the house of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey.

    A Labyrinth is where participants will enter in a maze-like journey where they are given the opportunity to concentrate or meditate in silence or in prayer. 

    Other activities leading to prayer include counseling and confession.

    PCNE 6 will start on July 19-21, 2019, with the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus”. It is in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). It is also part of the preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in the country.

    For inquiries, please call 405-0093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information visit http://www.pcne.com.ph. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • CBCP reelects Archbishop Valles as president


    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reelected Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao as its president. 


    Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, CBCP President, speaks at the opening of the bishops’ 119th plenary assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila July 6.
    (Photo Credit: CBCPNews)

    The vote gives Archbishop Valle, 67, his second and last term to lead the conference, during their plenary assembly in Manila on Saturday.


    His reelection would also make him more visible face of the church as it gears for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.


    Archbishop Valles was first elected CBCP head in July 2017, succeeding Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan. 

    The CBCP also reelected Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan as Vice President, Archbishop John Du as Treasurer and Fr. Marvin Mejia as Secretary General.

    About 83 bishops, 73 of them are active and five are retired, attended the ongoing assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. 


    The CBCP is currently composed of 134 members— 83 of them are active, 3 are administrators, and 45 are retired from 86 ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

    Pope Francis has assured his support to the CBCP members as they began their plenary assembly to discuss matters that affect the Church and the country.

    He also wished their plenary assembly “bear fruit for the benefit of all the faithful in an environment of living communion”.

    They will stay in office from Dec. 1, 2019, to November 30, 2021. 

    CBCP officials have a two-year tenure in office, or a total of four to include the second term. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Robi Domingo to have heart to heart talk with Cardinal Tagle


    Actor and TV host Robi Domingo will share the stage with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on a conference that puts youth on center stage.

    Robi Domingo, first runner-up of the reality competition series Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus in 2008 will be one of the guests at the sixth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE ) that will happen on July 19-21, 2019, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santos Tomas in España, Manila.

    On the first day of the conference, Domingo will be one of the sharers during the “Heart to Heart Talk with the Cardinal”, at 10:30 a.m., where he will give a testimony on how his faith transformed him and brought him closer to the Lord.

    Known for his versatility, Domingo possesses a positive attitude that the young people can emulate. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences.

    He will also share the stage with volleyball superstar, Cherry Rondina of the UST Lady Tigresses and Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • CHERRY RONDINA to be Cardinal Tagle’s guest at PCNE 6


    Cherry Rondina, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Most Valuable Player for Season 81, will be put to limelight with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during a conference on evangelization.

    Sisi, as her colleagues call her is a volleyball player from the University of Santo Tomas. She will be one of the sharers during the “Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Tagle” in the forthcoming sixth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) that will run from July 19-21, 2019, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santos Tomas in España, Manila.

    The 5’6” Rondina is a breadwinner that hails from Compostela in Cebu. She has three sisters. Her mother Alona, a dressmaker and father Arnold, a fisherman. She will share her story of hope and faith on July 19, at 10:30 a.m. 

    Her leadership, discipline, positive attitude in court are some of the qualities that young people may imitate as they proclaim the Word of God especially that the conference is in celebration of the Year of the Youth.

    The 22-year-old lady tigress bagged four beach volleyball MVPs will also share the stage with actor Robi Domingo, one of the finest hosts in the Philippines and lawyer Anna Tarhata Basman, member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Segunda Mana opens its charity outlet in Tanauan, Batangas


    Caritas Manila's Segunda Mana opened its FIRST charity outlet in the province of Batangas at Tanauan City.

    Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila blesses the charity outlet of Segunda Mana in Tanauan, Batangas on July 4, 2019, at the Victory Mall. 
    Photo by Radio Veritas


    Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales led the opening of the 34th outlet of Segunda Mana last July 4, 2019, at the Victory Mall.

    Cardinal Rosales, who is also the founder of Pondo ng Pinoy, stressed that the income of...

    “Hindi ito negosyo [Segunda Mana] kundi isang gawain ng Simbahan, lahat po ng tinutubo dito ay para ipag-aral sa mga kabataang nangangailangan at kapos palad,” Cardinal ROSALES told Radio Veritas.

    Also present to grace the occasion were Vice Mayor Jun-Jun Trinidad and some representatives from the management of Victory Mall.

    Segunda Mana, which literally means “Second Hand”, is a fundraising initiative that promotes the spirit of stewardship. It is a program of Caritas Manila that collects donated items that are no longer being used but still have value. These "pre-loved" items are then sold for a reasonable price. The proceeds of the sold items help sustain the programs of Caritas Manila for the poor especially YSLEP. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Caritas Manila's Back to School Telethon raises funds for YSLEP scholars


    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila has launched its Back to School Telethon last Monday, July 1, 2019, from 6 am to 6 pm with the theme "Feeding of 5,000 Sponsorship Campaign".

    Photo from Radio Veritas

    According to Caritas Manila, the telethon has gathered P6,505, 387.13 as of 6:01 p.m. of July 3, 2019.

    The proceeds of the telethon will be used to support the scholars under Caritas Manila's Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP).

    "The sponsorship campaign is aligned to support our flagship program Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP), envision to invest further in a long-term solutions to eradicate poverty and in nation building through educating our Filipino youth,” message of Caritas Manila.

    This year, Caritas Manila's YSLEP was able to produce 1,000 scholars who graduated from college including 6 magna cum laude; 41 cum laude; and academic achievers from the 51 dioceses all over the country. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cherry Pie Picache on forgiving her mother’s assailant: “It’s by God’s grace”


    Award-winning actress Cherry Pie Picache shared how she was able to find courage in forgiving her mother’s assailant because of God’s grace.

    Veteran Actress Cherry Pie Picache greets Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal on his 62nd Birthday on June 21, 2019, at Intramuros, Manila. 
    Photo by: Laureen Camille Jaring

    “So, it’s by god’s grace…napatawad ko siya habang pinagbabayaran niya yung kasalanan na ginawa niya. At the end of his life, makakabalik siya sa Diyos natin na buo ang dignity niya, kung paano siya ginawa ng Dyos, isang mabuting tao,” Picache told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) during her visit to greet Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on his 62nd birthday on June 21, at his residence in Intramuros.

    The veteran actress who was one of the sharers during PCNE 5’s Heart to Heart Talk with the Cardinal held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, also invited the Archbishop of Manila to the advance screening of her documentary film titled “Radical Love”. 

    During PCNE 5, Picache brought the audience into tears as she narrated the story of how her 75-year-old mother, Zenaida Sison was brutally killed by Michael Flores, helper, who was under the influence of drugs on the time of the murder. Picache’s mother was found dead inside their residence in Quezon City with stab wounds.

    The documentary film “Radical Love”, according to Picache, is “a glimpse on the daughter’s journey through processing, deciding, and working on the forgiveness of her mother’s assailant.”

    “We should not all come from a place of anger. We should always come from a place of love and compassion. Kaya ko po tinawag na Radical Love yung documentary, kasi ganun ang Panginoon. Yung radical love niya sa atin, na no matter how much we sin, we fail him, we abandon him, yung love and mercy niya nandoon lang,” Picache said.

    The actress who already portrayed several roles in the movies and television conveyed a powerful message to all the people especially those who share the same journey as her.

    “Ang gusto ko lang po ipaalala sa tao, ang evil hindi pwede labanan ng another evil. Ang evil dapat nilalabanan ng kabutihan. Sabi nga sa Proverbs 12:21, “We shall all overcome evil with goodness and kindness.” 

    “Buhayin natin yung value ng pagmamahal sa kapwa, yung compassion sa kapwa, yung malasakit. So, sana ay mabuhay natin ulit yun sa puso at damdamin natin,” Picache said.

    The advance screening of Radical Love will be held on July 4, 2019, at the Dolphy Theater at the ABS CBN studio. The national telecast will be aired on July 7, 2019, at ABS CBN Sunday’s big event, at 10:30 p.m. The documentary film was created by the ABS CBN News and Current Affairs. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Newly appointed bishop of Novaliches to be ordained on August 22


    Bishop Roberto O. Gaa will be formally ordained on August 22, 2019, the Queenship of Mary at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros at 9 a.m.

    Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa of the Diocese of Novaliches. (Photo from CBCPNews)


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will serve as the principal consecrator while Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan and Bishop Mylo Vergara of Pasig will serve as co-consecrators.

    Bishop Gaa's appointment was made after His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Antonio Tobias who has been serving as apostolic administrator until Bishop Gaa's installation.

    Bishop Gaa was ordained priest in 2000 for the Archdiocese of Manila. 

    In 2008, he became rector of the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary and member of the presbyteral council of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Episcopal Ordination of His Excellency Most Rev. Roberto Orendain Gaa, Bishop of Novaliches


    The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Roberto Gaa will be on Thursday, August 22, 2019, Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, at the Manila Cathedral, at 9 a.m.



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  • Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is what the world needs


    The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is what the world badly needs today.

    Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio delivers his homily during Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 28, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila chapel.
    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring/RCAM-AOC
     

    “This devotion to the Sacred Heart is what we badly need today to experience God’s love in our lives. And this is what our Lord Jesus Christ brought to us, to remind us how much he loves each and every one of us,” Msgr. Clemente said during Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 28, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel in Intramuros.

    Msgr. Ignacio, Moderator Curiae and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila spoke of the relevance of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as the people face the modern times where there is a need for speed and fast-moving changes.

    “Kung mapapansin natin ang bilis bilis ngayon ng buhay. Ang daming pagbabagong nangyayari. Pati nga sa pag order lang ng celfone or sa internet, gustung gusto natin sana yung mabilis ayaw natin ng mabagal,” Msgr. Clemente said.

    In his reflection, he told the employees how the world was transformed from the Middle Age to the modern time through changes in technology in terms of communication, particularly in the social media used by the young people of today and how this greatly affects their personality.

    According to him, even if the youth regularly checks their social media for the latest news, trends, events, and updates from their peers, they still feel isolated. 

    “Ang mga kabataan tumataas ang mga cases ng suicide. Maraming nawawala, hindi nila nakita ang sarili nila. Ang stress level ay napakataas. At ang feeling of isolation has grown so much,” Msgr. Clemente said.

    “Merong study na ginawa sa U.S., yung one of the fears of the young people of today is to experience FOMO. Ano ba yung FOMO - fear of missing out,” he added.

    Before he ended his homily, Msgr. Clemente who is also the Commissioner of the Social Communications Ministry of RCAM reminded the employees of God’s love who is the source of life and peace.

    After the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was held followed by the announcement and awarding of winners of the 2019 RCAM Bowling tournament in the afternoon. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • 6th National Conference in Manila Puts Youth on Center Stage


    The Sixth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE6) will be held from July 19-21, 2019, at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila.

    File Photo: RCAM-AOC

    The theme for this year’s PCNE is “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus” which is aimed to celebrate the Year of the Youth as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and is part of the preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in the country.

    On July 19, the start of PCNE for All will focus on the theme “World of New Generations”. Bishop Rex Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet will preside the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino, at 8 a.m. Meanwhile, the youth will have a chance to speak about their joys and pains, anxieties and hopes through a conversation with Cardinal Tagle called “Heart to Heart with Cardinal Chito”, at 10:30 a.m. In the afternoon, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo will lead the evening prayer at 5 p.m.

    The second day of the conference will focus on the theme “Discerning: A Listening and Accompanying Church”. The segment “A Listening and Accompanying Church” will tackle the experiences of the youth ministers and their youth discipline while the “Hungry Souls, Holy Companions” is a Staged Reading or Spoken Poetry that will narrate the young people’s clamor for a Church that is welcoming and a clergy and consecrated persons that are willing to listen and journey with them. At 5 p.m., Cardinal Tagle will lead the evening prayer.

    The last day of the conference will explore the theme of the Year of the Youth “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered. There will be three segments for the day namely: Segment 1: Praise and Worship (Youth as the Now of God); Segment 2: Youth Jam (Testimonials, Dances, and Songs); and Segment 3: Young people and their encounter with Family, Community and Country, Fellow Youth Church and God. The celebration of the Holy Mass and the Commissioning of Missionary Disciples to be led by Cardinal Tagle will culminate the activity.

    Apart from the plenary sessions, there will be 10 concurrent sessions on education, culture, mission, youth, social advocacy, catechesis, social media, new trends in youth ministry, family, and FGD with the Young (“Mga Hugot at Galak: The Joys and pains f the Filipino Youth in the Catholic Church).

    PCNE 6 introduces Youth Pathways and Spaces that are composed of various activities where the participants can participate all throughout the four days. The activities include a Labyrinth, Prayer Walls, Counselling, Confessions or other Group Prayer Activities.

    Cardinal Tagle introduced PCNE in 2013 as a local response to the call of the new evangelization. It was first held from October 16 to 18, 2013, with the theme “God makes all things new (Rev 21:5).” 

    For registration and other inquiries, please call 405-0093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information visit http://www.pcne.com.ph. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • Cardinal Tagle: Keep Church Events clean and free of Trash


    To care for the environment is to give importance to God’s creation.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament (Sta. Cruz Parish), on June 23, 2019.
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    This is the message Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle imparted to the faithful who attended the Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament (Sta. Cruz Parish), on June 23, 2019.

    “Nakikiusap po ako sa ating lahat pahalagahan ang kalikasan, pahalagahan ang ating mundo, dahil galing yan sa Diyos, regalo. Ang regalo hindi sinisira. Ang regalo pinahahalagahan,” Cardinal Tagle said. 

    He also expressed his disappointment every time the Church celebrates big occasions where people leave tons of trash.

    “Nakakapagtaka kung kailan may malaking pyesta ang simbahan, marami ring kalat. Kung kailan tayo nag papasalamat sa Diyos sa tinapay, na bunga ng lupa at gawa ng tao, sa alak na bunga ng lupa at gawa ng tao, tayo naman nagpapakita, walang pag-aalaga sa bigay ng Diyos,” he said.

    Cardinal Tagle also pointed out the practice of false virtue of the faithful who actively serve in the church. 

    “Tayo po simba ng simba, adoration, ayan ha. Baka sumisimba, pero taksil naman pala. Nag-a-adoration pero wala naman palang pakialam, ayaw magbahagi,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Before he ended his homily, he once again reminded the faithful that God’s love is felt in the Eucharist because of the presence of Christ.

    “Through our sharing hopefully, the presence of Jesus, will be more felt, seen, and experienced, by people who go through dark nights of betrayal and indifference,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    After the celebration of the Holy Mass, a procession with the Blessed Sacrament was held from Sta. Cruz to the Manila Cathedral.

    Corpus Christi is the day when the church celebrates and affirms the presence of Christ as Body and Blood in the form of bread and wine on a special day in the whole liturgical year. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Butuan welcomes new shepherd as Bishop Almedilla is ordained, installed


    Newly ordained and installed Bishop Cosme Damian Almedilla celebrated his first Mass in Butuan Tuesday announcing himself as both a father and servant in the diocese.

    Bishop Cosme Damian Almedilla waves to the crowd after his episcopal ordination and installation as the new bishop of Butuan at the St. Joseph Cathedral June 25. PHOTO COURTESY OF NICOL DULTRA

    The around two-hour service at St. Joseph Cathedral was the first and among the celebrations to get Almedilla acquainted with his new flock.

    More than 3,000 gathered at the cathedral to meet the man who will serve as the third bishop of the diocese in the southern region of Mindanao.

    “I come to you not as a bishop but more as a father who cares, a servant who is willing to work with you all,” Almedilla said.

    The 59-year-old prelate admitted he was afraid of his new task, adding that never in his wildest dream that he would become a bishop.

    He said that his whole desire was just to be an ordinary member of the presbyterate and to serve the people.

    Bishop Almedilla has chosen for his episcopal motto a phrase from the Gospel of St. John: “Pasce oves Meas” (Tend my sheep).

    “I did chose to listen and obey His call for greater task and service and that is to take care or His sheep here in the diocese of Butuan,” he said.

    The service was streamed on the internet with schools and parishes throughout the diocese able to watch online.

    The principal consecrator was Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de oro. Co-consecrators were Bishops Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay and Daniel Parcon of Talibon.

    Papal nuncio Archbishop Gabrielle Caccia, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, 21 bishops and more than 100 priests and the religious also attended the event.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reminded the new bishop that “there’s only one brand of shepherding that you can give to Jesus’ flock”.

    “Jesus said ‘follow me’. But how can you follow Him if you forget that you are also a sheep, you are part of the flock,” Tagle said.

    “And as a sheep, learning the shepherding love of Jesus then follow Him, give the flock the caring, the tending that Jesus gives to to you,” he added.

    Pope Francis appointed Almedilla to head the Butuan diocese on March 25, taking the post that was vacated by Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos who died in October 2017.

    Born in San Miguel, in Bohol, Almedilla was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Talibon in 1987.

    He used to be spiritual director at the John XXII College Seminary and director of the Holy Child Academy in Bohol, and chaplain at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City.

    Since 2015 until his appointment as bishop, Almedilla, who is known for promoting the Basic Ecclesial Community movement, has been assistant pastoral director of the Talibon diocese. (CBCPNews/RCAM-AOC)

  • Caritas Manila to hold Back to School Telethon


    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a Back-to-School Telethon entitled “FEEDING THE 5000” Through Education in commemoration of The Year of the Youth, on July 1, 2019, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to be hosted by Radio Veritas.


    According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ open letter for the Year of the Youth on Education: “We value our education together with our teachers and formators, who teach us majority of what we know, as we spend most of our time in school. Unfortunately, not all Filipino youth are given the opportunity for formal education. Some even end up on the streets or find themselves before high-risk situations such as child labor.”

    The Catholic Church believes the importance of education in forming the youth to bring the better future for the world. The Church acknowledges the issues regarding the youth being vulnerable to the cruelty and abuse that lead them astray and takes action through helping the youth strive for better lives through education. This year recognizes and gives importance to the youth and its formation with God. Most of the youth have scarce opportunity in having proper education that results in the slow development of the country and society as a whole.

    “As we prepare to the nation’s celebration of 500 years of Christianity in 2021, we are challenging all the Catholic faithful to raise the bar of our social commitment as Christians. We must give back to the Lord in gratitude a portion of the gifts from the Almighty Father, and share them lovingly with others, especially for the poor,” Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual stated.

    Caritas Manila believes that education is the most effective developmental program for poverty reduction.  And so it has designated Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) as its flagship program to break the chains of poverty in the Philippines by providing opportunities for a college education for poor, underprivileged but deserving youth.

    YSLEP is an integrated academic and leadership development program designed to provide an environment for scholastic excellence reinforced with leadership and values formation to empower and give its beneficiaries not just financial assistance for education but reinforce it with Christian values. It prioritizes Urban Poor Youth, Menial Youth Workers, Children in Conflict with the Law, Children of Fishermen and Farmers, Differently Abled Youth, Orphans, Young Indigenous People, Children and Youth who are Survivors of War and Disasters and Human Trafficking, Children of Prisoners, Street Children and Youth, High school and College Dropouts.

    Since its inception in 1953, the program boasts of over 14,000 graduates and currently supports 5,000 beneficiaries nationwide.

    For inquiries and donations to YSLEP, kindly contact Caritas Manila’s hotline at 563-9311, 564-0205, 354-1050, 254-5519, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857, and 0917-5955083. You may also visit their website at https://caritasmanila.org.ph/caritas-manila-events/ or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Radio Veritas/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to lead Pope’s Day celebration on June 29


    The Archdiocese of Manila will celebrate Pope’s Day on June 29, 2019.

    His Excellency Most Reverend Gabriele Giordano Caccia, D.D., Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines leads 2018 Pope's Day Mass at the Manila Cathedral.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful in the celebration of Pope’s Day to be held at The Manila Cathedral, at 6 p.m., Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

    Cardinal Tagle will be joined by His Excellency Most Reverend Gabriele Giordano Caccia, D.D., Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

    The pope is the head of the Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome and has the duty to look after and care for the people. He also strengthens the union of the faithful in the Church and with Christ. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Sta. Cruz Parish celebrates 400th year anniversary as a parish


    Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud, SSS presided over the Thanksgiving Mass for the Jubilee of the 400th year anniversary of Sta. Cruz parish in Manila on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

    Sta. Cruz parish celebrates its 400th year anniversary as a parish with a Thanksgiving Mass presided by Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud, SSS on June 20, 2019.
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    As the parish celebrated its 400th year anniversary, Bishop Bancud asked the faithful to focus their attention to the very essence of the celebration keeping in mind all the good and bad experiences the parish underwent through the years.

    “Each experience whatever they may be are always experience with Jesus Focus on what we are celebrating, for theres one thing and no one that can stop us from rejoicing and thanking the Lord. Tayo ngayon na nagkakatipon ay totoong kumikilala sa biyayang kaloob ng ating Panginoon. Biyaya na kung saan pagkalipas ng 400 taon mula nang itinatag ang simbahang ito, ang bawat siglo maraming kwento, ang bawat isa sa atin ay may kanikaniyang kwento, kung bakit tayo ay naririto nakiisa sa ganitong uri ng pagdiriwang,” Bishop Bancud said.

    Among the reasons for the celebration, Bishop Bancud pointed out that the church is composed not only of the faithful who hear Mass daily and serve the church but all those who became part of the history.

    The church according to him, should keep its mission in bringing closer to the Lord those who are left behind in the society.

    ”Lahat tayo’y bahagi ng simbahan, na kilala natin na tayoy pinagpala ng Diyos, Wag mong kalilimutan ang mga nandoon sa tabi-tabi, ilapit natin sila sa Diyos," Bishop Bancud said.

    On June 20, 1619, Sta. Cruz parish was established. In 2017, the canonical coronation of the Our Lady of Del Pilar was held. In 2018, the pariah was declared as Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament. (Radio Veritas and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle to students and teachers: communicate Christ


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila-Educational System (RCAM-ES) on Wednesday, June 19, at the Manila Cathedral, at 9 a.m.

    Students from different Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Manila gather at the Manila Cathedral for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on June 19, 2019.
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    Delivering his homily in front of the students, teachers, and faculty staff who attended the Mass, Cardinal Tagle expressed his admiration to the young people who are good in communication as well as in social media. He encouraged them to properly use it as a means to communicate the teachings of Christ with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit sent by the Lord.

    “Pakiusap sa mga kabataan, kayo ang sanay na sanay sa communication, iba’t-ibang lengguwahe ang gamit n’yo… pero sana dahil hinihingi natin ang Espiritu Santo, ang maging lenguwahe, wika, salita ng mga kabataan, ay tungkol kay Hesus. Huwag kayong mahihiya na ipahayag si Hesus," Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Manila archbishop further added that there will be no proliferation of fake news if the faithful will speak in the language of the Holy Spirit that is based on truth.

     “Ang Espiritu Santo pinagsasalita tayo hindi para mag-chismis, hindi para manira, hindi para maging bulgar, hindi para mangmaliit ng kapwa, hindi para magpahayag ng fake news, hindi para mam-bully, hindi yan gawa ng Espiritu Santo," Cardinal Tagle said.

    Also during his homily, Cardinal Tagle directed his reminders to the teachers whose vocation is to teach and guide their students to be always truthful with their words.

    “Para sa mga teachers, anu man ang subject matter, make sure that what you are teaching are ideas, concepts, that leads the students to God, to Jesus. Ituro natin ang tamang paggamit ng wika at lalo na maging totoo sa salita. Kapag sinabi mo ang isang bagay, pangatawanan mo at siguruhin mong nakabatay sa katotohanan," Cardinal Tagle said.

    Before he ended his homily, the Cardinal reminded both the teachers and students to be morally upright and decent in keeping up with the trends.

    The Mass of the Holy Spirit is held at the start of the school year to seek the help and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

    RCAM-ES has about 28 catholic school members from Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati, and San Juan. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Blood letting drive, a birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle


    When we donate blood, we give a gift called life.

    Cardinal Tagle talks to one of the blood donors during the blood letting drive on Friday, June 21, 2019.
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    This is what Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle shared during the celebration of his 62nd birthday where a blood letting drive was held.

    According to him, when we donate blood, we do not just give something. Donating blood can save a life.

    “Hindi magshi-share lang ng kayamanan, ng oras, pero magshi-share ng dugo, blood letting kasi ang dugo po ay sagisag ng buhay. Alam naman po natin marami tayong kapatid na dahil sa sakuna, mga violence ay nangangailangan ng operasyon at pagsasalin ng dugo, kaya po sa araw na ito kung may oras kayo at sapat na kalusugan at papasa sa mga requirements, punta po kayo dito.”

    On its twelfth consecutive year, Dugtong –Buhay project is the Archdiocese of Manila’s birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle. It was held on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    A total of 66 bags were collected from donors from the schools, parishes, ministries, employees of the Archdiocese of Manila and government agencies like the Social Security System (SSS) and Pag-ibig.

    The bloodletting drive was organized by the Human Resource Department (HRD) of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • RCAM personnel greet Cardinal Tagle on his Birthday


    Singing the song Seasons of Love, the employees of Arzobispado de Manila gathered at the Residencia del Arzobispo to greet Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on his 62nd birthday. 

    “We will all be measured by love" is the message of the RCAM employees to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle on his 62nd birthday. 
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    In a birthday greetings read to Cardinal Tagle, the employees recollected on the year that has been for the Archbishop of Manila. At the same, it became an occasion for the employees to thank the Cardinal for the inspiration he brought to them.

    “As we look back to the year that has been for you, we see nothing but humble and dedicated service to all peoples”.

    “But thanks to you, dear Cardinal, we are reminded to measure every moment of our lives in a much deeper sense. Every day, every hour, every minute became opportunities to be of service to others, to be of service to God”.

    In return, the Cardinal also thanked the employees for their love and untiring service to the church.

    A blood letting drive is also happening at the fourth floor of Arzobispado de Manila, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blood letting drive is a birthday gift for Cardinal Tagle organized by the Human Resource department of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Let Christ enter your heart


    “When you find life burdensome, come here. Jesus wants to enter your heart, your home, and you will find rest”.

    Blessing of the new chapel of the National University Nazareth School in Sampaloc, Manila on June 18, 2019. 
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    This was the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the blessing of the new chapel of the National University Nazareth School in Sampaloc, Manila on June 18, 2019.

    In his message during the blessing, the Manila Archbishop reflected on the importance of allowing Christ to enter the hearts of the people by going to prayer. He added that it is through prayer that one finds peace. 

    “Do not leave this place empty for the one who lives here will fill your hearts,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle also encouraged the faithful to show love to the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and those in prison when they let Christ enter their hearts.

    At the end of his message, he also asked the young people to share the peace they find when they are home with the Lord. (Radio Veritas and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle tells young people: relate yourself with one another


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity on June 16, 2019, at the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Balic-Balic Sampaloc, Manila.

    Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity on June 16, at the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Balic-Balic Sampaloc, Manila.
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    Stating the interrelated relationship of the three persons of one God, Cardinal Tagle asked the faithful to imitate the Most Holy Trinity. He explained that a person discovers himself when he relates or creates a relationship with other people.

    “Ang persona laging may kaugnay at sa ugnayan doon nya nakikita natuuklasan kung sino siya,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    This Year of the Youth, Cardinal Tagle challenged the young people to relate with one another through acts of kindness. 

    He also added that the appreciation of the beauty and weakness of a person is another way of establishing a relationship with them.

    “Mga kabataan you are persons, you are not just individuals. Learn how to relate with one another at ipakita n’yo yan sa inyong malasakit. Itigal na sana ng mga kabataan ang bullying, minamaliit ang kanyang kapwa, “ Cardinal Tagle said.

    “We are persons may kagandahan lahat tayo, meron ding kapintasan. Magkakaugnay tayong lahat kaya itigil ang paninirang yan. Kapag meron kayong nakitang inaapi, kayo ang unang dadamay. Kapag meron kayong nakitang inaalipustang kabataan isipin niyo kayo rin ang anak na isinusigo ng Diyos Ama taglay ang Espiritu ng paglingap at pag damay,” dagdag

    Apart from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the Catholic Church also celebrated the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) Sunday. Cardinal Tagle expressed his hope that the young people will discard individualism and be part of the building of small communities

    “Nakiusap po ako sa ating lahat na iwaksi na ang ganitong individualism na dahilan ng pagkasira ng tao ng bayan at ng kalikasan. Only genuine personhood that recognizes the other as part of me and I as part of the other, can the world and society be created and recreated dahil ganyan ang kilos ng Banal na Santisima Trinidad,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)