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Filipino Jesuit’s death in Cambodia remembered; Opus Dei Bishop Portillo to be beatified in Madrid

BISHOP Álvaro del Portillo

On St. Peter’s Square last April 27 after the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, Father Vicente Robles, parish priest of Sto. Cristo and St. Andrew Kaegon Church in Bocaue, Bulacan, gave Pope Francis a letter asking for his apostolic blessing on the late Bro. Richie Fernando, a Jesuit scholastic, who died in Cambodia on Oct. 17, 1996 trying to save the lives of disabled children from the grenade thrown by a troubled student.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Leadership by example


On the cover of the Nov. 10, 1958 issue of Time magazine was Pope John XXIII, elected pope on Oct. 28, 1958 and installed on Nov. 4 of the same year. I have always had an affinity to Pope John for his courage in convening the Second Vatican Council in 1962, a move that ushered in an unprecedented renewal of the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

John Paul II feels heaven’s for real

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

We attended the Catholic Mass Media Awards in 1981 where my mom was to receive an award. It was a small private ceremony at Radio Veritas in Quezon City.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’

YAMSUAN said Pope John Paul II’s first visit to the Philippines was so tiring and frenzied, but the pleasure was very visible in the Pontiff’s face. “Gustong-gusto niya talaga ang mga Pilipino.”

Tucked in a dark shelf somewhere in the Archdiocesan Office of Communication of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila in Intramuros is a mint-condition back issue of Penthouse magazine.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Devotion to Bambino de Aracoeli spreads; Peñafrancia devotees hold medical-dental mission to Bulacan

SANTO Bambino de Aracoeli, most loved Holy Child in Rome and in the Catholic world

Thanks to the late Dr. Romeo Echauz, I developed a devotion to the Bambino de Aracoeli, who is much loved in Rome and in the Catholic world. When he was still alive, the good doctor would invite friends and family to the Holy Mass honoring the Holy Child in the Sto. Bambino Chapel in the Filipinas Paradise Complex in Naic, Cavite. It was on May 2, 1897, when Pope Leo XIII crowned the Holy Child in the chapel on Capitoline Hill in Rome.

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