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First at Vatican in 60 years

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A poster showing Pope Francis middle pope John Paul II (L) and Pope John XXIII (R), that will be canonized next Sunday, is seen in Borgo Pio street near the Vatican during the pontiff weekly general audience in St. Peter's square on April 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Pope John Paul II might have beatified more than a thousand martyrs and holy men and canonized almost 500 during his papacy but his canonization, along with that of Pope John XXIII on Sunday, will be only the first of a Pope in 60 years.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith

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STUDENTS and professor of History 7

A tour of the Catholic churches of Cebu is nothing less than a survey of the heritage of the Church in the Philippines, Cebu being the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Internet commerce abets traffic of stolen Catholic images

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VIRGEN de la Consolacion y Correa at St. James Parish in Betis, Pampanga. Her image of the Infant Jesus was stolen during a church event last December.

For the past decades, a number of important santos or religious icons have been stolen from either churches or exhibitions. Most remain unrecovered.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Kannawidan toasts Cardinal Quevedo; ‘7 Last Words’ to reflect on Year of Laity


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MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle with writer Catherine M. Chia, producer-director Meng Canlas and associate producer Ana Lisa San Luis of the “Seven Last Words” TV program on Channel 13 on April 18, 12 noon-3 p.m.

The Kannawidan foundation of Ilocos Norte tendered a dinner in honor of Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, the first Ilocano cardinal, recently.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Special children are blessings from God, says bishop

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A pupil is helped by his teacher in a classroom in a special school for disabled children in Gyongyos, northern Hungary, on Dec. 9, 2013. Families raising special children should not consider them as a “chastisement by God,” according to Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.  AFP/ATTILA KISBENEDEK

Filipino families raising special children should not consider them as a “chastisement by God,” according to Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Chef Tonyboy Escalante is World Gourmet Summit’s 2014 Manitowoc Restaurateur of the Year

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BAYAMBANG'S 8 kilometer-long barbecue makes it to the Guinness World Book of
Records.

This April is turning out to be full of nice surprises. Two weeks ago, I sent a message to chef Tonyboy Escalante asking what dates he would be in Singapore, because I was attending the World Gourmet Summit and had heard that he was nominated for an award.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Manila Cathedral reopens Wednesday

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“Reduced to the ground seven times” is how historians describe the Manila Cathedral Basilica which will be reopened tonight with President Aquino as special guest. Its restoration took more than a year.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Writing to John Paul II: ‘Like talking to God’ in shopping mall

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Pope John Paul II with Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz as he arrives in the Paul VI hall to hear a “Message from the College of Cardinals to the Holy Father” at the Vatican. AP FILE PHOTO

Kneeling in a pew flanked by relics and memorabilia of the late Pope John Paul II, a young mother scribbled a prayer on a small envelope, pleading that her child grow up to be smart and be accepted by its estranged father.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Padre Pio, miracle worker; or how in life there are no coincidences, only ‘Godincidences’

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BOOK launch of “A Spiritual Son is Born” by Campos at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, Mandaluyong City PHOTOS BY LEO M. SABANGAN II

Normally, the story of a politician who decides to put God ahead of everything else would be a work of fiction. Not in this case.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Costa Rican diplomat swears by the intercession of Padre Pio


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When Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Mercedes Tuason offered to launch in Manila the English version of the book, “A Spiritual Son is Born: Our Story with Padre Pio of Pietrelcina,” in 2011, she must have been aware of the burden.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Heritage conservators, artists restore Hispanic church’s ceiling in Plaridel, Bulacan

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San Simon

Important details of the St. James the Apostle Parish, one of the oldest Hispanic churches in Plaridel, Bulacan, can now be seen again after the church administration and a group of heritage conservators and artists successfully restored parts of the centuries-old structure last November.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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