February 17 – Pope John Paul II arrives in the Philippines for his first official visit to the country as Pope. He is met at Manila International Airport by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin and President Ferdinand Marcos, who had “lifted” martial law ahead of the visit.
The Catholic Church makes saints to give the faithful role models. The process is cloaked in secrecy and open to criticism, given that it deals with science-defying miracles and notoriously politicized choices.
By Jerry E. Esplanada
Filipino families raising special children should not consider them as a “chastisement by God,” according to Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.
By Jocelyn R. Uy
Don’t fast and abstain to be sexy and slim. Don’t do charity for the sake of popularity.
By Lia S. Bernardo
It goes without saying that the first step toward healing is forgiving. Yet we use the word so loosely that we end up saying it out of habit, just like saying, “I’m sorry.”