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Pope’s Philippine visit

VATICAN (Mabuhay) : Pope Francis told a group of Filipino bishops who were in Rome attending the Synod of Bishops on Family Life that even after almost one year he still has vivid memories of his visit to their country in January this year.

CBCP News reported on October 24 that Archbishop José Palma quoted the pope as saying in a brief and casual meeting, “I have special admiration for the Filipinos.”







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Environment encyclical available in Tagalog

MANILA (Agencies) : The encyclical on the environment, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si), is now available in Tagalog, CBCP News reported on September 29.

Since its release on May 24 this year, the encyclical by Pope Francis has been translated into eight languages. 







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Filipino couple invited to family synod

MANILA (Agencies) : One Filipino couple has been included among the lay participants invited to contribute to discussions at the upcoming Synod on Family Life scheduled to begin on October 4 at the Vatican.

CBCP News reported on September 16 that Nelson Villafania and his wife, Maria Soccoro, are among the more than 50 lay auditors from various countries who have been offered the opportunity to address the assembly and share insights in the small group discussions.







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Murdered Lumads’ children appeal to the pope

MANILA (Agencies) : “They were killed mercilessly. Right in front of their loved ones,” Michelle Campos said in describing the death of her father on September 1 at the hands of militia in Liangga town in Surigao del Sur.







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Two Asians elected to Claretian general government

MANILA (Agencies) : For the first time, a Filipino priest was elected to the new general government of the Claretians worldwide. 

In an election held in Rome on September 9, Father Leo Dalmao, current provincial superior of The Philippines, was elected consultor and prefect of formation, according to a report from CBCP News.







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Education should be for all

MANILA (Agencies) : “World leaders have a duty to take seriously the task of providing their people easy access to education. Everyone must be given the chance to a kind of education that respects their ethnic background, cultural upbringing and socio-economic status,” Jeanette Javie Sumicad, a special education teacher at Siena College Taytay, told CBCP News.







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Attentiveness

In a noisy city, you have to shout to get your message across. Does that include our prayer? St. Benedict saw the heart of prayer as listening; in fact he tells his monks to listen with the ear of their heart. 







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Rejoicing as the pope dedicates the world to Our Lady

MANILA (Agencies) : The bishops of The Philippines have joined
Pope Francis in celebrating the entrusting of the world to the care of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.