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Cardinal Tagle and other rock stars of the pulpit


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On Sunday mornings I’ve been glued to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as he rendered in flesh and blood the subjects in the first and second readings, and the Gospel of the day. Glued is perhaps a milder word. Mesmerized is probably more accurate.

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Pilgrim’s progress–or the three times in my life I saw Pope Benedict XVI

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SO NEAR, I think he smiled at me (Rome, May 2012)

Just like the billions of Catholics around the world, I was stunned when TV news flashed the report that Pope Benedict XVI had decided to “renounce his Petrine ministry” because of failing health.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

La Inmaculada Concepcion de Malabon borne on fluvial procession in Navotas River


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SISTER Adele Toccaceli of the Pious Sister Workers of the Immaculate Conception meets Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square in Rome last Oct. 3.

The people of Malabon and Navotas have for the past 63 years have been participating in the fluvial procession of their patroness La Inmaculada Concepcion de Malabon every Dec. 9.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Tagle, Villegas chosen as members of Synod Message Commission

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle has been named vice president of the Commission for the Message for the Synod of Bishops being held in Rome. He and commission president Giuseppe Cardinal Betori, Archbishop of Florence, were nominated by Pope Benedict XVI.

Posted: November 18th, 2012 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The call to a lifestyle of compassion by Pope Benedict XVI–the untold stories

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LAWYER Romy and Mila Macalintal of theMGMFoundation and their scholars after watching “The Sound of Music” at ResortsWorld Manila

This Oct. 27 is the 2nd Asian Apostolic Congress on Mercy (AACOM) to be held in Bangkok, Thailand. It is a three-day congress, with the theme: “Mercy: Compassion, a way of life among the people of Asia.”

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 in Headlines,Parenting,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Vatican tries to rekindle faith 50 years after Council

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CALL FOR THE FAITHFULL. Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful gathered for a candlelight procession to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council - the church meetings that modernized the Catholic Church but whose true results are still hotly debated - in St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Thursday, October 11, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI denounced the "spiritual desertification" that has taken root in the Christian world and urged the faithful to return to the "letter" and "authentic spirit" of the council. (P/Gregorio Borgia

The Vatican celebrated the 50th anniversary on Thursday of a Council that changed the face of Catholicism, as it tries to rekindle the religious fervour of the time amid rising secularism.

Posted: October 13th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Cebu prepares for canonization of Pedro Calungsod


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More than a thousand pilgrims have signed up for various package tours organized to coincide with the canonization rites that will make Blessed Pedro Calungsod a saint. The special event happens in Rome on Oct. 21 with open-air ceremonies in the square fronting St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City, presided by Pope Benedict XVI.

Posted: July 8th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Pope fires Slovak bishop in rare show of authority

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Pope Benedict XVI. AP/Andrew Medichini

Pope Benedict XVI fired a 52-year-old Slovak bishop for apparently mismanaging his diocese in a rare show of papal power over bishops that could have implications for U.S. sex abuse cases.

Posted: July 3rd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pope to attend La Scala concert

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Pope Benedict XVI salutes attendees at the end of a concert at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Friday, June 1, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI greeted the faithful in the square outside Milan's cathedral after his arrival Friday afternoon for the seventh World Encounter of Families, a welcome pastoral respite from an embarrassing and damaging leaks scandal at the Vatican that has engulfed the pontiff's personal butler. Then, a concert at the nearby La Scala theater will be followed by a private prayer inside the cathedral with a special focus on the victims of the twin temblors that rocked the Emilia-Romagna region last month. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, Pool)

Pope Benedict XVI praised the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth symphony on Friday evening at Milan’s La Scala theater as “a moment of elevation of the soul.”

Posted: June 2nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Why folk Catholicism keeps our faith alive


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I identify fully with the concept of folk Catholicism. It’s an idea expressed by Pope Benedict XVI in defining the robust religiosity of Filipinos. I must admit, I’m one folk Catholic. My faith grew in the ways of folk Catholicism. I thrive on it because I am able to relate to Jesus Christ my Savior in a tactile way.

Posted: March 11th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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