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Eucharistic Congress symbol paraded in Manila


MANILA (Mabuhay) : The Pilgrim Symbol for the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress slated for Cebu in January was welcomed to Manila at a Mass celebrated by Luis Cardinal Tagle at the cathedral on July 2, CBCP News reported.

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More than tears needed to expose drug trade

MANILA (Mabuhay) : The trial in Indonesia of accused drug trafficker, Mary Jane Veloso, has placed the spotlight on Filipinos that have been picked up for acting as drug mules and are now doing time in foreign jails or, in some countries, sitting on death row.

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Bishops’ comings and goings

MANILA (Agencies) : During a busy week, the Philippine bishops reelected Archbishop Socrates Villegas as the president of their conference, Luis Cardinal Tagle was appointed by the pope as a member of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Vatican aid organisation, and Cebu was told it will get two new bishops.

Archbishop Romulo Valles was relected as vice president.

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Encyclical spurs fight against coal plants

MANILA (Agencies) :  Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change has inspired Caritas Philippines and other environmental groups to keep the momentum going by sending a strong message against camps backing coal-fired power projects in the country.

In his 184-page encyclical entitled Laudato Si (Be Praised), the pontiff cited a document of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines (CBCP) on the environment.

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CNN cameraman shot dead

MANILA (UCAN/Agencies) : A cameraman was shot dead in Imus City in Cavite province on June 25.

Jonathan Oldan, 29, an assistant cameraman for CNN Philippines, was shot several times in the head while on his way to work at around 5.15am. 

“We demand that his assailant or assailants be brought to justice,” CNN Philippines said in a statement.

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Prayers offered for victims and survivors of Ormoc sea mishap

TACLOBAN (Agencies): The Church calls for continued prayers for those who perished as well as for survivors in a sea mishap off the bay in Ormoc City on July 2. 

At least 61 people were confirmed dead, after the two-decked MB Kim Nirvana capsized 10 minutes from leaving the port of Ormoc, about 200 metres from the shores of Ormoc City, at 12.20pm on its way to Camotes Island in Cebu.

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Aquino urged to show sincerity in pursuing peace and free prisoners

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Rights groups participated in the “Global Day of Action to Free Sharon Cabusao and all political prisoners in The Philippines” on July 2 to send an urgent appeal to the Commission on Human Rights for the release of political prisoners who were mostly illegally arrested. 

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Widow of misidentified slain man calls for justice

BARCELONA (Agencies) : The wife of the slain hog breeder in Barcelona, Sorsogon called for justice for the killing of her husband and assistance for the education of their children.

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Release permits to lumad schools now concern group says

DAVAO CITY (Agencies) : Save our Schools Network denounced yet another attempt of the Department of Education Region XI to delay and foil the operation of not less than 24 lumad community schools in Mindanao branded by the Armed Forces of The Philippines as Communist’s schools, resulting to further denial of lumad children’s right to education.

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Police accused of making trump-up charges

MANILA (Agencies) : The Philippine National Police is accused of violating the rights of political prisoner Isidro de Lima by subjecting him to interrogation and bribery.