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Pope Francis appoints new Caceres Bishop

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon as the new archbishop of Caceres on Thursday. According to CBCP News, Bishop Alarcon, who is currently serving as the bishop of Daet,

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Catholic Educators Oppose Cha-Cha

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) expressed its support to the stance of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to oppose the attempt to change the

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Bishop Pacana dies at 91

Former bishop of the Diocese of Malaybalay dies at the age of 91. The diocese released a statement that Bishop Honesto “Onie” Pacana died on Thursday, February 1 at 12:33

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HOMILY

Archbishop Advincula

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace (EDSA) Shrine, February 20, 2024

Fr. Jerome Secillano, our dear rector, my dear brother priests and deacons, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ. We give thanks to God our Father this day for gathering us in this shrine, which truly marks our Filipino distinction as a pueblo amante de Maria.  We remember how Mama Mary gathered her beloved Filipino children to EDSA to rally and pray together for the sake of truth, justice, and peace in our troubled land. My dear brothers and sisters, aside from its penitential character, Lent is also a time to prepare catechumens for Baptism.  The readings during Lent are meant to instruct them on Christian life.  Today, we learn about prayer. Jesus warns his disciples regarding a misdirected understanding of prayer. We must not think that saying too much will make the Lord listen to us. This is dangerous.  This leads to self-righteousness.  We might think thatbecause I have put all my effort into praying sothe Lord should listen to me. In prayer, we do not deal with a God whose mind we change.  Rather, it is God who transforms us in prayer.  When we pray, God touches us, and we are changed.  Our hearts are transformed.We do not

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Archbishop Advincula

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ, Together, we walk for life. This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard. Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront

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Archbishop Advincula

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes. Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus. Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban. Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the

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Archbishop Advincula

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Ordination to the Presbyterate and Diaconate – Order of St. Benedict, Abbey Church of Our Lady of Montserrat, Manila, February 11, 2024  

Abbot Austin Cadiz and the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat; dear brother priests concelebrating in this ordination Mass; reverend deacons; brothers and sisters in consecrated life; seminarians; the families, relatives, and guests of our ordinandi; all of you gathered today in this Abbey Church; and to our ordinandi, Reverend Dom Martin, Dom Eugenio, and Dom Pio: In the early centuries of the Church, the ordinations of bishops, presbyters, and deacons were celebrated on a Sunday.  St. Leo the Great says, “It was on Easter evening and on Pentecost that the Lord poured out his Spirit on the apostles.  Consequently, the blessing of those to be consecrated should never be imparted except on the day of the resurrection, for Sunday is the day on which all the gifts of grace were bestowed.” And so, it is very fitting that we gather this Sunday, the Day of the Lord, to celebrate this Eucharist and to ordain our brothers, Reverend Dom Martin to the Order of Presbyters and Dom Eugenio and Dom Pio to the Order of the Diaconate.  Let this place be like the upper room where Jesus appeared on Easter evening when he breathed the Spirit

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Archbishop Advincula

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Chinese New Year, National Shrine of St. Jude, February 11, 2024  

Fr. Alex Vitualla, SVD, our rector and parish priest; Reverend Fathers and Brothers of the Society of the Divine Word; dear brother priests; beloved parishioners and devotees of St. Jude; brothers and sisters in Christ. Xin niankuae le.  Kong hei fa choi. Happy New Year. It is my joy to be with you today as we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Lunar New Year or the Chinese New Year. This occasion calls families to gather and to express gratitude for all the blessings that they have received. My presence here is a manifestation of my earnest desire to be with your community, especially with our Filipino-Chinese families. Allow me first to share this beautiful message from Pope Francis, “Today, in Asia and other parts of the world, millions of families are celebrating the lunar new year. I send them my heartfelt greetings in the hope that this feast may be an opportunity to foster loving relationships and acts of care to build a fraternal society.” Indeed, this is a time for us to promote loving relationships in our homes and fraternal respect in our society. Our readings for today point us to the painful reality of discrimination

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CIRCULARS

Circulars

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024 Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace in the Lord! May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized? The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.” Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila. Be assured of our support and prayers for all your

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Circulars

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024) Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers, Greetings of peace in the Lord! I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024. I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team. Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org. I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in

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Circulars

CIRCULAR ON LITURGICAL INDICATIONS ON THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD, THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY AND THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, AND THE ISSUE OF SATISFYING OBLIGATIONS

Circular No. 2022 – 108 22 December 2023 TO: ALL THE CLERGY, THE CONSECRATED MEN AND WOMEN, AND THE LAY FAITHFUL IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: LITURGICAL INDICATIONS ON THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD, THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY AND THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, AND THE ISSUE OF SATISFYING OBLIGATIONS Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers, Greetings of peace in the Lord! The eve of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (24 December) and the eve of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (31 December) fall on a Sunday this year. The reckoning of solemnities “begins already on the evening of the previous day” (General Norms on the Liturgical Year and Calendar, no. 3). Both are holy days of obligation in the Philippines. On 24 December, the dawn Mass is Simbang Gabi, the other Masses in the morning until afternoon will be Masses of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and Masses from 6:00 in the evening will be Vigil Masses of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. The last Mass in the evening of 24 December will be the

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Circulars

Guidelines for Misa de Aguinaldo/Simbang Gabi and Christmas Eve Masses

Circular No. 2023 – 91 15 November 2023 TO: ALL THE CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: MISA DE AGUINALDO/SIMBANG GABI AND CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES Dear Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace in the Lord! Upon the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, the following guidelines for our Misa de Aguinaldo/Simbang Gabi Masses are hereby offered: 1. Simbang Gabi Masses can start as early as 7:00 p.m. for evening Masses. For the Dawn/Morning Masses, the last Simbang Gabi Mass can start at 5:30 a.m. 2. As a pastoral accommodation, the “anticipation” of the following day during evening Masses will be allowed, except for the anticipation of Monday during Sundays considering the principle of the primacy of Sunday. During these weekday evening Masses, the readings and prayers of the following day may be used (except during Sunday evenings when the Sunday readings and prayers are used). 3. Gloria is prayed/sung and white vestments are used in all Simbang Gabi Masses. The Creed is said only on Sundays. 4. Simbang Gabi Masses celebrated on Sunday will take the prayers and readings of the Sunday but white vestments are used, the Gloria and Creed are sung or recited. 5. Our Archdiocesan policy

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Circulars

DAY OF PRAYER, FASTING AND PENANCE FOR PEACE (27 OCTOBER 2023)

Circular No. 2023 – 85 23 October 2023 TO: ALL THE CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: DAY OF PRAYER, FASTING AND PENANCE FOR PEACE (27 OCTOBER 2023) Dear Brother Priests, Greetings of peace in the Lord! The Holy Father, Pope Francis, called for a day of fasting, prayer, and penance on Friday, 27 October 2023. In his Wednesday Audience homily last week he said, “Let us heed the cry for peace of populations, of the people, of the children! Brothers and sisters, war does not solve any problem: it sows only death and destruction, foments hate, and proliferates revenge. War cancels out the future. I urge believers to take just one side in this conflict: that of peace. But not with words — with prayer, with total dedication.” We encourage our communities to organize prayer initiatives for this intention like the Mass for Peace, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament/Holy Hour, the praying of the holy rosary, or any other celebrations of the Word of God. We are resending the sample liturgy of the Eucharistic Adoration for Peace in the Holy Land (English and Tagalog), which our communities can use. Thank you very much. Let us unite ourselves in

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