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School homecomings–no bitter, all sweet

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Nostalgic is likely the most frequently used word to describe school homecomings—a sweet word conjuring sweet memories of carefree days filled with fun, laughter and hope.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Vatican spokesperson: Wife of Jesus theory not convincing

In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 file photo, a pedestrian walks her bicycle past a silhouette of Jesus Christ projected against the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France in New Orleans. AP

The theory that Christ could have been married is seen with great skepticism in the Vatican and by historians.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Extrabiblical supposition? Jesus speaks of ‘my wife’

This Sept. 5, 2012 file photo released by Harvard University shows a fragment of papyrus that divinity professor Karen L. King said is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. An article published in the Harvard Theological Review on Thursday, April 10, 2014, said new scientific tests suggest the fragment is more likely an ancient document than a forgery. King, an expert in the history of Christianity, said the papyrus probably dates to eighth-century Egypt based on carbon dating tests and tests on the ink’s chemical composition. AP FILE PHOTO

A controversial development points to what could be a missing text of the Holy Gospel, indicating that Jesus may have actually been married—and to someone believed to be named Mary.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | 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 »

A special moment to remember, to celebrate and to believe

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The raising of Lazarus, this Sunday’s Gospel, is the final miracle in the Gospel of John. After this, Christ journeys to Jerusalem. This is the final Sunday of Lent, and next Sunday we start Holy Week with Passion or Palm Sunday.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | 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 »

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 »

Thousands to do Via Crucis in Kawa-Kawa Hill, Ligao, Albay, this Holy Week; relics of True Cross to be venerated


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LIGAO Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua (center) with Rev. Fr. Albert Adison and producer-director Meng Canlas. CHAD DAWAL

Thousands of pilgrims are expected to climb Kawa-Kawa Hill and National Park in Ligao, Albay, this Holy Week to reflect on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ by praying before the 14 life-size Stations of the Cross stretching 1.37 kilometers to the top.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The wonders of folk Catholicism


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During the seven decades of Cold War ideological conflicts, popes for the modern times—John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis—have repeatedly called for the reinvigoration of fundamentals in the growth of the existing Christian flock and in the universal call for holiness. These are the lifelong clerical and lay missions of Catholicism to keep the faith durable.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Sisters of Mary Family marks 22nd death anniversary of Msgr. Schwartz


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EMMAand Dr.Gavino Gaerlan on
their 50thwedding anniversary on
Jan. 18 at St. Vincent de Paul Church
on SanMarcelino Street, Ermita

TODAY, March 16, the Sisters of Mary Family will commemorate the 22nd death anniversary of its founder, Servant of God Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz, whose cause for beatification has been introduced in Rome. In honor of this occasion, the nuns will exhibit the photographs of Father Al, which he took himself.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Marian apparition in Banneux, Belgium, commemorated today; Archbishop ‘Soc’ Villegas receives Preacher’s Award from Dominicans


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LINGAYEN-DAGUPAN Archbishop Socrates Villegas (right) receives Domingo de Salazar Award from Dominican Fathers Stephen Redillas, Clarence Marquez and Gerard Timoner.

Today, March 2, we commemorate the eighth and last apparition of the Virgin of the Poor to 11-year-old Mariette Beco in 1933.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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