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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

Pope gives “Golden Rose” to Antipolo Churchfor elevation as int’l shrine

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

Pope Francis once again appeals for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant group

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil. The leader of the …

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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Pope Francis

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

Pope gives “Golden Rose” to Antipolo Churchfor elevation as int’l shrine

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

Pope Francis once again appeals for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant group

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

Pope Francis once again appeals for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant group

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

Pope gives “Golden Rose” to Antipolo Churchfor elevation as int’l shrine

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

Pope Francis once again appeals for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant group

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

Pope gives “Golden Rose” to Antipolo Churchfor elevation as int’l shrine

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

Pope Francis once again appeals for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant group

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

Pope gives “Golden Rose” to Antipolo Churchfor elevation as int’l shrine

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

Pope Francis once again appeals for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant group

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil. The leader of the …

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

We must not be slaves to any earthly power, says Pope Francis

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Pope Francis

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

Pope Francis once again appeals for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant group

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

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Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

Pope gives “Golden Rose” to Antipolo Churchfor elevation as int’l shrine

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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Pope Francis

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land

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Pope Francis

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift from His Holiness, Pope Francis for the patroness and for her pilgrims.

The “Golden Rose” or “Rosa d’Oro” was offered at the feet of Our Lady of Antipolo by theMost Rev. Salvatore Fisichella, the Pro-Prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, in his thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the new international shrine on February 26.

In a press release posted by the Cathedral’s Facebook page, the Golden Rose is “considered the highest honor given personally by the Supreme Pontiff to a Marian image and shrine across the world, as it is a commissioned gift from the Pope himself.”

It also stated that this is the first time in the Philippines and in Asia that a Golden Rose has been given to a Marian shrine, following the Golden Rose at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral given by Pope Pius XII and the Golden Rose at the Church of the Nativity given by Pope Paul VI.

In his homily, Archbishop Fisichella emphasized that Antipolo’s elevation as an international shrine is a “mission that must be shared” and a “sign of grace that calls all of us to a deep witness of faith.”

“This international shrine… therefore open to the mission of having no boundaries, but instead, opening wide its doors to welcome all, especially the poor and those in need of consolation and peace,” the pro-prefect stressed as reported by the CBCP News in its article of February 28.

The famous spiritual home of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje has been elevated as an international shrine through a decree issued by the Holy See on March 25, 2023, 397 years after the image departed Acapulco, Mexico on board a gallon and sailed for three months, reaching the Philippine shores on June 18, 1626.

Earlier this year, on January 26, the new title has been officially proclaimed through a symbolic coronation and a solemn declaration rite presided by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and attended by over 80 bishops across the country. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Antipolo Cathedral Facebook Page)

 

 

Pope gives “Golden Rose” to Antipolo Churchfor elevation as int’l shrine

A month after its official declaration as Southeast Asia’s first international shrine, the Antipolo Cathedral—now the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage—received a very special gift …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

Vatican Announces Year of Prayer in Anticipation of 2025 Jubilee Year

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was …

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.

The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.

“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.

Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .

According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .

As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

 

Pope Francis once again appeals for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant group

Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil. The leader of the …

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Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Angelus, the significance of the relationship between Church and state and the influence of earthly power in modern society.

The Pope’s Angelus was highlighted from the gospel of St. Matthew, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21) where he stressed the misconceptions about Jesus’ words which have reduced the common relationship of Church and state affairs.

“These words of Jesus have become commonplace, but at times they have been used incorrectly — or at least reductively — to talk about the relations between Church and state, Christians and politics,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff added, “Often they are interpreted as though Jesus wanted to separate ‘Caesar’ from ‘God,’ that is, earthly from spiritual reality. At times we too think in this way: Faith with its practices is one thing, and daily life is another.”

The Pope emphasized that as Christians, the attachment to these desires should be prevented, and be reminded of the belongingness of the world and humanity to God’s Kingdom.

“We are the Lord’s, and we must not be slaves to any earthly power. On the coin, then, there is the image of the emperor, but Jesus reminds us that our lives are imprinted with the image of God, which nothing and no-one can obscure. The things of this world belong to Caesar, but man and the world itself belong to God: do not forget this!” the pontiff said.

In addition, the Pope appealed for prayers to the situation in Israel and Palestine, especially those who have become victims of the war.

“Once again my thoughts turn to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I am very worried, saddened; I pray and I am close to all those who suffer, the hostages, the injured, the victims and their families,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Council of Laity of the Philippines or Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (SLP) asked all Christians to pray together for peace in the Holy Land and safety for people in the Gaza Strip who are caught in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

We, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Diocesan Councils of the Laity, Ecclesiastical Communities, National Lay Organizations and all Catholic lay people, to join us in praying for Peace in the Holy Land. The attack on the people in that land is shocking and surprising, and we need to pray harder now for an end to the conflict, and a pathway to peace,” according to SLP.

The SLP also joined Pope Francis in his call for prayer for peace and unity in Israel.

“It’s also true that we “pray with one heart and one soul with Pope Francis.” “We are sure that our prayers will be heard, and there will be peace,” the SLP said.

Earlier, the Holy Father asked the militant group Hamas to free the harmless people they have been holding in the war. About 150 people are thought to be being held hostage by the group in Gaza since the war started on October 7, 2023.

The official report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv says that 23 of the 29 Filipinos who were reported lost in the area are now safe and in the care of the embassy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has also said that they will continue to pray for the safety of all Filipinos, including the over 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers who work in the area, as well as for peace and security in Israel and Palestine.

Filipino Catholics living in Israel had already asked their fellow Filipinos to pray for their safety in the Holy Land. This call for unity prayer comes after that. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

Council of Laity asks faithful to pray for peace in Holy Land