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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

Ashes imposed on forehead remind us of our weakness, says Cardinal Advincula

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

Cardinal Advincula: Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit  

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, …

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

Cardinal Advincula: Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit  

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, …

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

Ashes imposed on forehead remind us of our weakness, says Cardinal Advincula

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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 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,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ message, he stressed the opportunity the feast presents to foster loving relationships and build a more fraternal society.

Cardinal Advincula pointed to the day’s readings, which reflected on discrimination and social exclusion, citing the isolation faced by lepers as outlined in the book of Leviticus and urging for a community spirit, as advocated by St. Paul to the Corinthians. He drew parallels between the biblical account of Jesus’ merciful healing of a leper and the present-day call to heal the divisions and indifference within our society.

The Archbishop emphasized the concept of synodality, defined as walking or journeying together, as a vital direction for the Church and the community at large, and encouraged the parish of St. Jude to be a model of synodality among churches.

“Your parish here in St. Jude has a great role to play in showing other parishes how to be synodal, and how to live out the Trinitarian principle of unity in diversity,” he said.

Before he ended his homily, he challenged the Filipino-Chinese community to become a synodal church that builds a community of togetherness.

“I would like to challenge the Filipino-Chinese community to actively promote a culture of integration and inclusion, a culture of synodality and collaboration. Our world today needs more workers for peace and communion, architects and artisans of dialogue, and mutual listening. Let us heal the world one act of love at a time, one touch of kindness at a time,” said Cardinal Advincula. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“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,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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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 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).

In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”

“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.

CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.

“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.

The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.

They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.

On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”

“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula celebrated Mass on the occasion of Chinese New Year at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Manila last February 11, 2023, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary time.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed his gratitude as he joined the Filipino-Chinese community for the Lunar New Year celebrations, highlighting the importance of family gatherings and gratitude.

“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