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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle through his video message, invites all families and parishes to “A Love to Last” concert.

“Good day my friends, this is Cardinal Chito Tagle inviting you to “A Love to Last” #familiesareforever on October 29, 2017, that’s a Sunday from 2 in the afternoon to 6 in the evening at the SMX Convention Center,” he said.

With a #familiesareforever, A Love to Last is a concert and conference celebrating and proclaiming the gift of family as the “basic unit of society.” The family, as stated in the Philippine Constitution is “a gift that the state should protect, nurture, and strengthen.

Fr. Joel Jason, commissioner of the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese Manila also invites the faithful to attend the concert.

“We envision this concert/conference as a positive way of proclaiming to the world the beautiful plan of God for love, marriage and the family,” Father Jason told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications.

The concert/conference will commence with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Cardinal Tagle.

It will feature various musical numbers, powerful and inspiring testimonials, and plenary exhortation by Cardinal Tagle.

“A Love to Last” concert is organized by the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila in collaboration with Couples for Christ and other family oriented groups.

For inquiries, you may call Bro. Egay at 09274630987 or 8819803

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal died on Wednesday, October 18. He was 86.

The former Catholic Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President was rushed to the Perpetual Succour Hospital on Wednesday because of chest pain and difficulty in breathing. He stayed at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for five hours and eventually died at 7:26 in the morning.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle was one of the bishops who expressed his sadness for the passing away of Cardinal Vidal.

“The Archdiocese of Manila is united with the whole Church especially the Archdiocese of Cebu in sorrow at the death of our beloved Cardinal Ricardo Vidal’s presence.”

Cardinal Vidal was born on February 6, 1931 at Mogpog Marinduque to Faustino Vidal and Natividad Jamin.

He studied at the Minor Seminary of the Most Holy Rosary in Sariaya, Quezon. He studied Philosophy at Saint Francis de sales Seminary in Lipa, Batangas and took up Theology at the san carlos Seminary in Guadalupe, Makati City.

He was ordained priest on March 17, 1956.

In 1971, Cardinal Vidal was appointed coadjutor of the Diocese of Malolos. Two years after, Pope Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of Lipa.

In 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him coadjutor of Cebu and became Archbishop of Cebu on August 24, 1982. He succeeded Cardinal Julio Rosales.

Cardinal Vidal retired in 2011.

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Rex C. Ramirez as the Residential Bishop of the Diocese of Naval.

The appointment was made to public in Rome on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12 noon in Rome (6 pm, Manila time), in the 100th year anniversary of the last apparition of the Virgin Mother to the three children of Fatima.

Msgr. Ramirez, 49, a priest from Leyte, is currently the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Palo and the Rector of the Transfiguration of our Lord Cathedral.

Born on December 15, 1967 in Balangiga, Ester, Samar, in the Archdiocese of Palo, Msgr. Ramirez will succeed outgoing bishop Filomeno Bactol.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will preside at a Mass to celebrate the first year anniversary and general assembly of Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay, a holistic parish community-based rehabilitation program of the Archdiocese of Manila for drug surrenderers and recovering addicts.

The Holy Eucharist will be held at the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) on Saturday, October 21 at 9 in the morning with the theme, “Butil ng Nagkakaisang Pag-asa, Hitik sa Bunga.”

Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay was launched at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros by Cardinal Tagle on October 13, 2016 as a response of the Catholic Church to the Philippine Government’s war against illegal drugs. Sanlakbay further encourages drug dependents to surrender, undergo rehabilitation, and give themselves a chance to live a new life.

Fr. Roberto Dela Cruz , Minister In-Charge of Sanlakbay expressed how the presence of the Lord works in the lives of drug surrenderers.

"There are many who have recovered for drug addiction are in our midst and their daily courage is a sign of the power of God's healing presence to all of us," Fr. Dela Cruz said.

During the rehabilitation program, drug dependents will undergo spiritual and values formation, one-on- one and group counseling sessions, skills training and livelihood opportunities and sports, arts and culture development.

Last October 13, 2017, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo presided a Thanksgiving Mass for the eighty graduates of Sanlakbay who have undergone its six months rehabilitation program.

At present, there are twelve (12) Parish community-based rehabilitation namely: San Roque de Manila Parish, Blumentritt; Santa Monica Parish, Tondo; Mary the Queen Parish, San Juan; St. Anthony de Padua Parish, Singalong; Minor Basilica of San Sebastian, Quiapo, Manila; San Pablo Apostol Parish, Tondo; St. John de Baptist Parish, San Juan; Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish Pasay; Santuario de San Jose, Mandaluyong; Santuario de Santo Cristo, San Juan; Assumption Parish, Malate; and Holy Trinity Parish, Sampaloc, Manila.

Eighteen (18) more Parishes have expressed their intent to put up their Sanlakbay Program and had been given the Parish community-based program orientation.

Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay is in partnership with government (PDEA, DOH, LGU, DILG, PNP), private sectors (Ateneo Center for Family Ministires, UST Graduate School Pyscho-Trauma Clinic), and Fazenda de Esperanca, La Colcha

The anniversary Mass of Sanlakbay will be aired by Radio Veritas, the leading faith based AM station in Mega Manila.

The Office of the Provincial of the Philippine Province Society of Jesus has announced the passing away of Fr. Romeo Intengan, SJ, former head of the Philippine Jesuits.

Fr. Intengan died on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. He suffered cardiac arrest while being brought to the hospital. He was 74 years old.

Fr. Intengan entered the Jesuit Society on July 25, 1970 and was ordained priest on March 27, 1977.

He studied Medicine at the University of the Philippines in Manila. He also studied Theology at the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain.

He took courses specializing on Christian Social Ethics and Medical and Sexual Ethics.

He was also a member of Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), and Department of Science and Technology (DoST).

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle gives his message for the passing of Fr. Intengan.

“The Archdiocese of Manila thanks God and the Society of Jesus for the gift of Fr. Archie Intengan, SJ to the Church and to the nation. Generations of bishops, priests, religious, pastoral workers, and peace-loving Filipinos have been inspired by his wisdom and passionate love of Jesus, the Church and of the country. We will miss him. But I believe that in his death, he continues to serve,” Cardinal Tagle said. The remains of Fr. Intengan lie in state at the Oratory of St. Ignatius, Loyola House of Studies in Ateneo de Manila University campus, Loyola Heights, Q.C.

There will be daily wake Masses at 8 p.m.

The Funeral Mass is tentatively scheduled on Saturday, October 14 at 8 a.m. in the Oratory of St. Ignatius, LHS.

He will be buried at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, Jesuit Cemetery after the Funeral Mass.

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