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PROTAGONIST OF TRUTH, PROMOTER OF PEACE

THE CROSS A3: NEWS A6: LOCAL NEWS B1: PASTORAL CONCERNS
A SUPPLEMENT PUBLICATION Filipinos throng St. John Paul II relic Put Bataan nuke plant to ‘eternal rest’ – bishop Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018
OF KCFAPI AND THE ORDER OF
Word Day of Prayer for Vocations
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

Australian nun freed after


arrest for ‘political activity’
By Roy Lagarde

A 71-YEAR-OLD
Australian nun has been
released by the Philippine
authorities after being
held for 22 hours.
Sr. Patricia Anne Fox, a
missionary of Our Lady of Sion,
was released at around 3:30pm on
April 17 and was brought back to
their convent in Quezon City.
She was arrested April 16 by
six operatives of the Bureau of
Immigration because she was
deemed an “undesirable alien” for
joining “political activities and anti-
government rallies”.
“Actually, I thought I was coming
only to answer questions,” Fox told
the media shortly after her release.
“I have been here for 27 years and
this happened only now.”
The nun was freed after it was
established that she holds a valid
missionary visa making her a
“properly documented alien”.
The BI said that Fox is not covered
by inquest proceedings as the latter
will only apply to aliens arrested
after being caught in flagrante
violating immigration laws.
But the missionary will still be
under investigation to determine if
deportation charges should be filed
against her.
Under the immigration law,
foreigners are barred from joining
mass actions or political activity
as the act amounts to violating the
Activity / A7 Sr. Patricia Anne Fox walks free from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) office in Manila where she was held for almost a day, April 17, 2018. ROY LAGARDE

Bishop tells Duterte: Prove


Duterte admits ordering probe against Sr. Fox sincerity on Rohingya refugees
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has sovereignty”. “You are too presumptuous about
claimed “full responsibility” for the As a politician, Duterte said he had looking at the Philippines. You have
temporary detention of Sr. Patricia endured attacks for almost 40 years. human rights violations there and
Anne Fox and did not mince words in He said, however, that only Filipinos it’s worse. At least here I only kill
criticizing the 71-year-old nun. are entitled to criticize him. criminals,” he said.
Speaking at the Armed Forces of “But if I will be insulted, in the “Who are you? Just because you are
the Philippines change of command cloak of being just a Catholic priest a nun? You go back to your country
ceremony on April 18, he admitted [nun] and you are a foreigner, who and try to ponder the enormity of
ordering the Bureau of Immigration to are you?” he said. your problems,” added Duterte.
investigate the Australian missionary. As the president, Duterte boasted The missionary of Sisters of Sion
But the president clarified that he his power to order the deportation was released on April 17 after she was
only ordered the BI to invite the nun of any alien violating the country’s held for 22 hours under the custody
for questioning, and not to detain her. immigration law. of the BI.
“I ordered her to be investigated, “Don’t let her in because that nun According to Duterte, the only
not deported at once, not arrested, has no shame! You do not have the reason for Fox’s release is because
but invite her to an investigation for right to criticize us,” Duterte said. she was not caught berating the
a disorderly conduct,” he said. Instead of hitting the government, government.
A fuming Duterte accused the he advised her to attend to the “If you begin to try to malign the
nun of attacking his administration Church’s own problems and criticize government in any of those rallies
in protest rallies, an action that Australia government’s own failures, there, I will order your arrest,” he Rohingya refugees take a bath at the makeshift Katupalong refugee camp in
is tantamount to “violation of including how it rejected refugees. said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews) Bangladesh on Dec. 4, 2017. JOE TORRES/COURTESY OF UCANEWS

AS President Rodrigo international community,


Duterte offered Rohingya which has been critical of his
Police data will shed light on drug St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi to be demolished Muslim refugees a home in
the Philippines, a Catholic
drug war, for its inability to
resolve the Rohingya crisis.
killings – ecumenical group bishop has warned against a The bishop said that if
publicity stunt. Duterte is concerned about
Manila Auxiliary Bishop the refugees, he should exert
Broderick Pabillo said the his influence on Myanmar to
refugees continue to suffer be accountable to its army’s
in dire situation and don’t crackdown on the Rohingya.
deserve to be put through Duterte should also tell
political stunts. other member countries of
“If it’s a charity it should the Association of Southeast
be unconditional, not tied Asian Nations to “pressure”
up to what others should do,” Myanmar to act on the crisis.
Pabillo said. “We have to be “But of course he will not
careful because it may just do that. Accountability is not
Bishop Edwin dela Peña of Marawi and other bishops pray inside the St. Mary’s
Cathedral on April 14. DUYOG MARAWI
be another publicity stunt of his cup of tea,” Pabillo said.
Duterte.” Duterte in January said
TIME is running out for church for the second time Duterte on April 5 said he advised Myanmar leader
Families of victims of extrajudicial killings join the Walk for Life in Manila, Feb. 24,
2018. CBCP EWS St. Mary’s Cathedral in the on Saturday after the siege, in “genocide” was taking place Aung San Suu Kyi to ignore
war-ravaged southern city what could be his last before in Myanmar and he was criticisms from human
AN ecumenical rights group the release of police records of Marawi. the structure is reduced to willing to accept refugees to rights organizations for her
welcomed the Supreme on the thousands of deaths Bishop Edwin dela Peña rubble. the country. perceived silence on the
Court’s order demanding Data / A6 of Marawi had seen the Marawi / A7 He also attacked the problem. (CBCPNews)
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Kenyan bishops urge compensation Vatican Briefing


for victims of post-election violence Church needs prophets, not critics, pope says
The church needs true prophets who not only
speak the truth fearlessly, but also empathize with
the suffering of their people, Pope Francis said. A
prophet must always be person who not only “is able
to cry for his people, but also capable of taking risks
to speak the truth,” the pope said in his homily April
17 at morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
The church “needs us to be prophets. Not critics,
that’s another thing. “One thing is to be the critical
judge who likes nothing, who doesn’t like anything,”
he said. “That is not a prophet.” (Junno Arocho
Esteves/CNS)

Violent extremists tarnish image of their own


faith, cardinal says
Meeting with a top Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia,
the Vatican’s chief interreligious dialogue official
called for the equal treatment of people of all religions,
saying discrimination and double standards based
on religious affiliation only increase Islamophobia
and Christianophobia. And, religious leaders “have a
duty to keep religions from being at the service of an
ideology” and to know how “to recognize that some
of our fellow believers, like the terrorists, are not
behaving properly,” said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran,
president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious
Dialogue. “Terrorism is a constant threat, and for that
Bishop Philip Anyolo, second from left, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks at an April 13 news conference in Nairobi. Also pictured are Nairobi reason we must be clear and never justify it,” he said
Cardinal John Njue, left; Bishop John Oballa Owaa of Ngong; and the conference vice chairman, Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Nyeri, far right. FREDRICK NZWILI/CNS during a meeting April 14 with the secretary-general
of the Muslim World League, Sheik Mohammed bin
NAIROBI, Kenya— Kenya’s Catholic The country’s bishops welcomed meeting, addressed a range of concerns, Abdul Karim al-Issa. (Carol Glatz/CNS)
bishops urged compensation for deaths, March talks between Kenyatta and including corruption, poverty, education
injuries and loss of property in last year’s Odinga, Bishop Anyolo said, noting and the family. Catholic universities must prepare students
extended election season, which divided that “their coming together was and will High levels of corruption, extreme for dialogue, pope says
the nation and harmed its economy. continue to be good for the country.” poverty, an unprofessional police force Catholic universities are “called to be workshops of
Disputed elections led to the deaths Odinga lost in a 2007 election, which and poor service delivery are severe dialogue and encounter in the service of truth, justice
of about 100 people. Kenya’s Supreme was followed by violence fueled by problems in Kenya, Bishop Anyolo said. and the defense of human dignity at every level,”
Court nullified an Aug. 8 poll, citing ethnic tensions that killed more than Unless the gap between the poor and Pope Francis told a delegation from Pennsylvania’s
procedural irregularities, and President 1,000 people. the rich is bridged, tensions and conflict Villanova University. “It is my hope that in every
Uhuru Kenyatta won a repeat vote in Bishop Anyolo said the bishops hope will persist, he said. aspect of its life and mission, Villanova University
October that opposition leader Raila dialogue between the political leaders “We have to tackle poverty, which in will persevere in its efforts to communicate the
Odinga boycotted. will bring a new era of peace, stability most cases is a byproduct of corruption intellectual, spiritual and moral values that will enable
Many people in the East African country and prosperity. and looting of resources,” he said, noting young people to participate wisely and responsibly in
“are still traumatized by what they went “We call on them to speed up the that corruption has permeated all sectors the great debates shaping the future of society,” the
through and remain bitter, and hence are process of real, meaningful and lasting of society and become a way of life. pope said. Administrators, top officials and members
in need of healing and reconciliation,” reconciliation,” he said. Police need to shun all forms of of the board of trustees from the Augustinian-run
Bishop Philip Anyolo of Homa Bay, “We have been praying for a united corruption, including bribe-taking, Villanova met the pope April 14 at the Vatican. (Wyatt
chairman of the Kenya Conference of country, where every person’s dignity Bishop John O. Owaa of Ngong, vice Noble/CNS)
Catholic Bishops, said at an April 13 news is respected and where all have equal chairman of the bishops’ conference,
conference in the capital, Nairobi. opportunities,” he said. said at the news conference. Pope advances sainthood cause of Canadian
“For those who lost their property and In a statement, the bishops called for a The bishops strongly oppose attempts nun
those undergoing medical treatment ... national conference that brings together to legalize “gay unions and promote Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a
there must be a way of compensation all stakeholders to discuss contentious polygamy” in Kenya, Bishop Owaa said, Canadian nun who founded Ottawa’s first hospital
and some assistance” to enable them issues that emerged during last year’s noting that this “is against the will of and dedicated her life to abandoned children and the
to “recover their lives and livelihoods,” elections. God.” (Fredrick Nzwili/Catholic elderly. At a meeting April 14 with Cardinal Angelo
he said. Their statement, released at the News Service) Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes,
the pope signed a decree recognizing that Canadian
London council sets up buffer zone around abortion clinic Sister Elisabeth Bruyere, founder of the Sisters of
Charity of Ottawa, lived the Christian virtues in a
YORK, England— A London the pavement counselors “Ealing Council has sent the years have accepted this special way. He also signed decrees recognizing the
council has become the first have strongly denied. a clear message that this help and are grateful for the heroic virtues of four other women and three men.
local authority in the UK to Richard Bentley, managing kind of behavior should not chance to keep their babies,” They could be beatified once a miracle attributed to
approve a buffer zone around director at Marie Stopes be tolerated, and that these she said. “This decision will their intercession is recognized. A second miracle is
an abortion clinic. UK, said approval for the groups have no justification harm vulnerable women who needed for canonization. (Junno Arocho Esteves/
Members of Ealing Council, buffer zone was “a landmark for trying to involve need our assistance. These CNS)
in the west of the capital, decision for women.” themselves in one of the most are women who can’t get
voted April 10 to establish “We are incredibly personal decisions a woman support anywhere else.” Vatican announces consistory to approve
a public space protection grateful to Ealing Council can make for herself,” he Clare McCullough of Good canonizations
order, which would ban for recognizing the emotional continued. Counsel said more than Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve
public prayer and offers of distress that these groups Other local authorities in 1,000 women in the past several canonizations, the Vatican announced. The
assistance to women within create, and for taking the U.K., Bentley added, six years have changed their May 19 consistory, which the Vatican announced April
100 meters of a clinic run by proportionate action to were now “exploring similar minds and decided to keep 11, will most likely confirm the canonization dates of
Marie Stopes UK. protect the privacy and measures to increase their babies after they were Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero. The meeting of
The decision means Britain dignity of women accessing protection outside clinics in approached by counselors cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes, also
will become the second our clinic in the borough,” he their areas.” praying outside the clinic. known as an “ordinary public consistory,” formally
Western democracy to ban said in a statement published However, Elizabeth The buffer zone will take ends the process of approving a new saint. While no
pro-life activities in the on the charity’s website April Howard of the Good Counsel effect April 23, and anyone date has been formally announced, Cardinal Pietro
vicinity of abortion clinics. 11. Network said Ealing Council who breaches the order would Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, has said that Blessed
It follows Canada, where in “This was never about had taken a “profoundly be committing a criminal Paul’s canonization will take place at the end of the
February 50-meter exclusion protest—it was about small regressive step.” offense and could be fined or Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment, scheduled
zones were enforced around groups of strangers choosing “I am dismayed, but not prosecuted under the law, the for Oct. 3-28. (Junno Arocho Esteves/CNS)
eight Ontario facilities. to gather by our entrance surprised, by Ealing Council’s statement said.
Marie Stopes UK sought gates where they could harass decision to ban offers of help Pro-life activists will take Pontifical Commission for Latin America
the ruling because it claimed and intimidate women and outside the abortion center legal advice about mounting proposes synod on women
that members of the Good try to prevent them from here,” she said in a statement a possible challenge to the The Catholic Church in Latin America must
Counsel Network, a largely accessing health care to which emailed April 11 to Catholic decision of the council. recognize and appreciate the role of women and
Catholic group, were they are legally entitled,” he News Service. (Simon Caldwell end the practice of using them solely as submissive
harassing its clients, a charge said. “Hundreds of women over Catholic News Service) laborers in the parish, said members of a pontifical
commission. In addition, at the end of their plenary
meeting March 6-9 at the Vatican, members of the
Bishops freeze funding as Canadian Catholic charity comes under fire Pontifical Commission for Latin America proposed
TORONTO, Canada— The Archdiocese operate contrary to the moral and policies “not in compliance with Catholic that the church hold a Synod of Bishops “on the theme
of Toronto is joining other Canadian social teachings of the Church,” Collins teachings.” of the woman in the life and mission of the church.”
dioceses withholding funds from the continued. Archbishop J. Michael Miller of “There still exist ‘macho,’ bossy clerics who try to
international development agency Seven other dioceses have withdrawn Vancouver said that his diocese would use women as servants within their parish, almost
sponsored by the Canadian bishops’ financial support from CCODP, be pulling funding from CCODP like submissive clients of worship and manual labor
conference. including St. Catharine, Edmonton, “temporarily” until they receive “clear for what is needed. All of this has to end,” said the
The Canadian Catholic Organization St. Paul, Nelson, and Whitehorse. The assurance” that the group is complying final document from the meeting. (Junno Arocho
for Development and Peace (CCODP) Archdiocese of Toronto said that it with Church values. Esteves/CNS)
is an overseas development agency would freeze around $800,000 CAD CCODP, which was founded in 1967
sponsored by the Canadian Catholic earmarked for CCODP until the matter by the bishops of Canada, is cooperating Vatican jails former diplomat accused of child
Conference of Bishops. A recent is settled. with the ongoing investigation. The pornography
investigation found that the agency Archbishop Richard Smith organization’s deputy director, Romain After months of investigation, Vatican police
has partnered with organizations of Edmonton said April 4 that Duguay, said his staff will comply fully arrested Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff
upholding policies contradictory to approximately 40 CCODP partners with the “joint research project.” member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington,
Catholic Church teaching, particularly have shown “evidence of conflict with “We are confident that this process on charges related to the possession and distribution
on matters of abortion, contraception Catholic moral and social teaching” will strengthen the relationship with the of child pornography. The Vatican said April 9 that
and gender theory. which does not “demonstrate full bishops, and they will see that we are Msgr. Capella was taken into custody that morning
“A recent review of CCODP partners, respect for the sanctity of human life.” actually very strong about the position by the Vatican gendarmes at the request of Vatican
conducted by representatives of the Smith noted that the probe was of the Church and all the values that the City State’s promoter of justice, who serves as chief
Canadian Conference of Catholic initiated after concerns were raised in Church wants to promote,” Duguay said. prosecutor and directs criminal investigations. “The
Bishops has produced alarming a February meeting with the Assembly Funds earmarked for CCODP are accused is being detained in a cell in the barracks of the
concerns about dozens of overseas of Western and Northern Canadian typically raised during Lenten diocesan gendarmerie corps,” the Vatican said in a statement.
organizations,” said Cardinal Thomas Catholic Bishops. campaigns. Several bishops have said The Italian monsignor was recalled to the Vatican
Collins of Toronto in an April 11 Other Canadian bishops, including that if they are not convinced that from Washington after the U.S. State Department
statement, according to the Canadian Bishop Hector Vila of Whitehorse and CCODP is fully aligned with Catholic notified the Holy See Aug. 21 of his possible violation
Catholic News. Bishop William McGrattan of Calgary teaching, they will use their reserved of laws relating to child pornography images. (Cindy
“It is critical to ensure that it allocates have said that partners of the CCODP funds for other charitable organizations. Wooden/CNS)
no funds to projects or groups that have endorsed practices which advocate (CNA/EWTN News)
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Benedict XVI celebrates 91st


birthday with his brother
Filipinos throng St. John
Paul II blood relic

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010. MAZUR/WWW.THEPAPALVISIT.ORG.UK

ROME— Benedict XVI turned 91 Pope Francis was elected.


on Monday, celebrating “with his Rumors regarding the retired
brother Georg in a calm and familiar pontiff’s health have arisen
climate,” according to a Vatican numerous times since he stepped
statement. down from the papacy, with
This evening, members of the reports that his death is imminent
Swiss Guard band are scheduled repeatedly denied by those close to
to perform in the Mater Ecclesiae him over the past five years.
monastery in honor of the pope Last year, Benedict’s personal
emeritus. secretary, Archbishop Georg
Pope Francis offered Mass in Gänswein, said in an interview
the morning for Benedict XVI, and with EWTN that despite some
Thousands of Catholics line up to venerate the blood relic of Saint John Paul II after a Mass with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Manila Cathedral on
sent him a greeting afterward, the physical ailments, the former pope Saturday, April 7, 2018. ROY LAGARDE
Vatican said. was “in good spirits, very clear in
Benedict XVI was pope from 2005 his head and still has a good sense MARIA Adia Alonzo saw to venerate the first-class II, who himself endured Saint John Paul II, let us
to 2013. He shocked the world when of humor.” Pope John Paul II twice relic after a Mass with courageously his sickness, be witnesses of Jesus to
he announced his resignation Feb. In a letter published Feb. 7 this before, when he visited Cardinal Luis Antonio be the companion and the ends of the earth.”
11, 2013, citing advanced age and year in Italian daily Corriere della Manila in 1981 to beatify Tagle as the homilist on intercessor in their The liturgical service
declining strength. On Feb. 28, he Sera, Benedict said, “I can only say the first Filipino martyr, April 7. journey,” he said. ended with the song “Tell
stepped down from the papacy. A that at the end of a slow decline in Lorenzo Ruiz, and during With sick family In his homily, the the world of His love”
conclave was called to name his physical strength, inwardly I am on World Youth Day 23 years members, financial woes cardinal said that saints which was originally sang
successor, and on March 13, 2013, pilgrimage home.” (CNA) ago. and other concerns on are examples of Christian during the World Youth
The 85-year-old their mind, devotees life. Day in Manila.
They were going to get married. woman saw him again,
in a way, on Saturday
queued to venerate the
relic.
With John Paul II, he
said it was openness to do
John Paul II was born
in Wadowice, Poland, in
Now he’s a priest and she’s a sister when a vial of blood
drawn from the saint
Thousands more did
the same as the cathedral
God’s will, and it was the
zeal to go “to the ends of
1920, and died in 2005
in Vatican City at the age
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Before “When we got back, we talked pope was exposed for allowed public veneration the earth” to spread the of 84.
discovering their vocations, Fr. Javier about how crazy all that was, that public veneration at the from 6am to 8pm on Gospel. He was pope for 27
Olivera and Sister Marie de la Sagesse her brother had left everything, the Manila Cathedral. Sunday, April 8. He then recalled how years, making him the
were engaged and planning their possibility of having a family, an “I’m already old and I “This precious gift the pope “opened his second longest serving
wedding. God had other plans. important career. We began to ask came here to pray for a is truly a source of heart” to the Philippines, pontiff after Pope Piux IX
Speaking to ACI Prensa, CNA’s ourselves, ‘What would happen if happy and peaceful death. consolation and help telling people “not to be who held the office for 31
Spanish language sister agency, Fr. God called us to the religious life?’ I also prayed for my four especially for those who afraid of Jesus and of the years.
Olivera said that they both grew up The first thing we said was ‘no’ and children,” she said. suffering physical illness,” life He offers”. John Paul II was
in Catholic families and that “our that that was crazy because we were Alonzo was one of the said Fr. Regie Malicdem, “Now, we welcome canonized as a saint on
parents knew each other when they having a really beautiful engagement more than more than rector of Manila Cathedral. him again, the relic of his April 27, 2014. (Roy
were young.” They saw each other and we were already buying things to 2,000 people who lined up “Let Saint John Paul blood,” Tagle said. “With Lagarde/CBCPNews)
frequently when they were children. get married,” Fr. Olivera recounted.
“I had really left the practice of
religion. When I was 19, I came back
Weeks went by “there was this
constant thought in my soul about Cardinal Tagle shares tips on how to be
effective God’s witness
from a back-packing trip to Peru and what would happen if God called me,
I met her. I asked her if she believed if I had to leave everything, why not be
in virginity until marriage, because a priest? How to know if the best way
for me this was kind of an invention to get to heaven for me is the priestly
by the Church. She laid out the life or the married life? Where can I
principles so well about purity, from do the most good?”
faith and reason, that it impacted After so many doubts he decided
me. I met a woman who knew how to tell his fiancée about his vocational
to defend what she believed and who concerns, who confessed to him
was at the same time very intelligent,” that she “was thinking the same
Olivera commented. thing” after her brother entered the
Soon after that conversation, they seminary.
began dating. At that time both of However, neither one of them
them were studying law. He was at made a decision. “Since we still had
the National University at Buenos two years before finishing law school,
Aires and she was at the National that was a great excuse to not yet
University at La Plata. enter the seminary or the convent,”
Fr. Olivera said that “it was like any Fr. Olivera said.
other courtship but we tried to take They had “a very prudent monk”
advantage of cultural life through as a spiritual adviser, who told them:
music, literature and philosophy. “Look, that is an issue between each
We read books together, we’d go out one of you and God. No one can
for coffee. interfere with souls.”
We had a group of friends with For her part, Sister Marie de la
whom we attended conferences of Sagesse told ACI Prensa that “it was
Argentine Catholic authors.” a long period of discernment, at least
“I started to practice the faith, to two years, until God clearly showed
pray, to go to Mass on Sundays. All me the consecrated life, and I could
in large part thanks to her, to God not doubt that he was asking of me
mainly, but to her as an instrument,” this total surrender.”
said the priest. He added that they After finishing their studies, both
also prayed the rosary together. embraced their vocations. In 2008,
For her part, Sister Marie de la when they were 31, he was ordained
Sagesse, whose baptismal name a priest in the Diocese of San Rafael, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle admits seven theology seminarians for the Manila archdiocese to the Candidacy for Holy Orders during Mass to mark the 55th
is Trinidad Maria Guiomar, told and she made her final vows in the World Day of Prayer for Vocations at the Manila Cathedral, April 15, 2018. CBCPNEWS
ACI Prensa that what she most congregation of the Sisters of the
appreciated about her then-boyfriend Merciful Jesus. READ the Bible and keep God’s The cardinal said many people through His love, then hopefully we
was “his sincere search for the truth Fr. Olivera is currently a university commandment of love. doesn’t know what a life of faith is can be the witnesses that He could
without fearing the consequences.” professor and has a blog called “Que These are among the pieces of all about because they don’t know sent to all the ends of the earth,”
The couple got engaged when they no te la cuenten” (Find out for advice told by Cardinal Luis Antonio who Jesus really is. he said.
were 21 and decided to get married yourself). He has written a book on Tagle of Manila on Sunday, April To know Jesus, he encouraged This year’s World Day of Prayer
after college, two and a half years vocational doubts entitled “¿Alguna 15, as part of his recipe to be real the faithful to go back to the Bible for Vocations falls on April 22, Good
away. vez pensaste? El llamado de Cristo” Christian witnesses. and spend more time reading the Shepherd Sunday and the fourth
(Have you ever thought about it? The Speaking at a Mass to mark Scripture. Sunday of Easter.
The discovery of a vocation Call of Christ). in advance the 55th World Day “The Bible is not for decoration,” During the liturgical service,
One day Trinidad Maria’s older Sister Marie de la Sagesse lives of Prayer for Vocations, he said he said. “The Word of God helps us seven theology seminarians for the
brother broke the news that he would in southern France and has an that all Christians are called to be to understand who Jesus is.” Manila archdiocese were admitted
be entering the seminary, and she apostolate in Saint Laurent Parish in witnesses in the world to Christ, And the second way to know to the Candidacy for Holy Orders.
remembered, “we were reeling from the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon. proclaiming in word and deed the Jesus, he added, is through love. Instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1963
it because we weren’t expecting that.” Regarding their story, she said Gospel message. One reason why many people during the Second Vatican Council,
“I had a car and with my fiancée we that “I consider it a special grace that But the challenge is how to be don’t know Jesus, according to it is meant to promote vocations
decided to take him to the seminary, both of us were called almost at the an effective witness for the Gospel, him, is because they don’t love as to the priesthood and religious life
which was in San Rafael, Mendoza same time. So kind and thoughtful he said. He does. with prayers.
Province,” she said. They both of Divine Providence, who doesn’t “Get to know Jesus through “Love your enemy, the hungry and Cardinal Tagle said this year’s
decided to stay in the area a few days miss a detail. Scriptures and active love,” Tagle and the thirsty and you will understand celebration “is all the more
so Javier could visit some friends who And what I really appreciate is that said in his homily at the Manila Jesus. Learn how to forgive and you will significant” as the local Church
were in the seminary, and Trinidad we’re still friends and not just us, Cathedral. “The Word of Jesus is know Jesus,” Tagle said. observes the Year of the Clergy
Maria could visit some friends in the but our families too.” (CNA/ACI there, love is there. Learn about “And if we know Jesus and Consecrated Persons. (Roy
convent. Prensa) Jesus from them.” continuously through His Word, Lagarde/CBCPNews)
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EDITORIAL

Why the Church speaks on


a social and political issues
WHY does the church speak on social and political matters?
This question betrays the belief that the spiritual has nothing
to do with the mundane, with the worldly. The church’s sphere
is the spiritual, so they claimed, so it should keep silent and
be aloft over such worldly matters as politics, business and
society in general. This way of thinking, however, is foreign to
the mission of Jesus, because he has come to save the world—
to renew everything, including social realities! In fact the end
game of the plan of salvation is “the New Heavens and the
New Earth”.
The Holy Book tells us: “According to his promise we await
new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
(2 Pet 3:13) All things came from God and all things have to be
brought back to him. So all reality, including the temporal order
or the order of this world, will have to be permeated with the
Spirit of God. “Our redemption has a social dimension because
‘God, in Christ, redeems not only the individual person, but
also the social relations existing between men’. To believe that
the Holy Spirit is at work in everyone means realizing that he
seeks to penetrate every human situation and all social bonds.”
(Pope Francis’ EvangeliiGaudium, 178)

ILLUSTRATION BY BLADIMER USI


Therefore the Holy Father clearly teaches: “No one can
demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum
of personal life, without influence on societal and national life,
without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without
a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society.” (Pope
Francis’ EvangeliiGaudium, 183)
There are values that are needed in social life. These are
truth, justice, peace and love. We need these in order to have
a human society, that is, a society that is worthy of human
beings. These virtues are to be implanted in all institutions
in order that people can live and work together in harmony. Quo vadis Panaghoy
These virtues are needed not only in the church and in families.
They are also needed in politics and in business. Woe to us if
there is no truth in politics. No business will prosper if there
Supreme Court? Bp. Broderick Pabillo
is no justice. There will not be peace if there is no justice. Love
makes people at home not only in their homes but also in their
workplaces. Not only are these virtues or values needed but
they cannot exist alone. They all come together. The absence I AM not a lawyer, but it does not mean they were overstepping their bounds, Why the circus then?
of one will not make the others effective. There can be no love that I do not care about the legal issues but five justices did. They lowered It is crystal clear that the justices in
if people are not truthful to each other. There is no justice if in our country right now. I may not be themselves to accuse the Chief Justice the present Supreme Court are allowing
there is no love and vice versa. able to discourse on legal matters, but it of their petty gripes and hurts before a themselves to be used—and also perhaps
These values—truth, justice, peace and love—are all kingdom does not mean that I do not know what is body that has no business to meddle in bought?—by Duterte.
values, that is, values of the kingdom of God that Jesus has right and what is wrong. I hope lawyers, the affairs of the judiciary. Now these If CJ Sereno is removed Duterte
come to bring about. All institutions therefore, including the
judges and justices in our judicial same justices—De Castro, Jardeleza, will appoint the new chief justice. His
Church have to strive to operate according these values.
In the light of this, we have the marching orders of Pope system, even up to the Supreme Court, Peralta, Tijam and Bersamin—do not capture of the judiciary will then be
Francis: “The Church’s pastors, taking into account the are not in the illusion that they can even inhibit themselves from discussing complete. He would now be able to do
contributions of the different sciences, have the right to offer deceive simple people with their legal the Quo Warranto petition when they what he wants—pass any law, change
opinions on all that affects people’s lives, since the task of jumbo mumbo, and that we the people have shown that they are clearly biased the constitution, declare Martial Law all
evangelization implies and demands the integral promotion will just accept their own definitions of against the Chief Justice. They have over the country—without any fear that
of each human being.” (Pope Francis’ EvangeliiGaudium, 182) what is right and what is wrong, of what axes to grinds against her! They had his actions would be opposed or nullified
Religion has a role in political debate, not in providing is legal and what is illegal. already accused her in the congressional by the Court.
concrete political solutions, which lies outside the competence The circus of the present trial of Chief hearings and now they are going to judge Duterte will completely control
of religion, but to recall to society the objective moral norms Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on the Quo her! Shame on them! What justice can judicial appointments to Supreme
as the basis of justice, truth, peace and love. Warranto by the Supreme Court is a case come out when the accusers are the Court and all courts and thus pack the
in point. It is becoming clear that the judges at the same time? judiciary with his own people.
How our freedom should be three branches of government, which This Quo Warranto petition is itself a The chief justice is the head of the
are meant to be independent of each farce. Why has the once august Supreme Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET)
WE often ask these questions. How should our freedom other for proper check and balance, are Court lowered itself to hear this petition? which currently hears the complaint
be?What law governs it? Where can we find a model or pattern presently conniving to oust CJ Sereno. The Quo Warranto is a petition to filed by Marcos against VP Leni. With
for it? No less than Duterte himself has several remove a public official from her/his Duterte’s own appointed CJ, the PET
Many people, of course, have their own ideas of freedom.But times declared that he wants Sereno office because of a defect on his/her can easily be manipulated to favor his
if we really want to know what it is, where it can be found, howit out. He even has ordered congress to appointment. It has been ruled by the pet, Marcos!
should be exercised, etc., we have nothing to do other than to impeach her. The present Solicitor same Supreme Court several times that It is imperative for Duterte to
lookat God who is the source and end of freedom—and God in
General of the Office of the President an impeachable official can be removed remove Sereno. He thus unleashes
relation to us.Without referring to God, our idea of freedom
is the one behind the Quo Warranto from office only by impeachment. The his presidential offices, the weak
can be anything but theright one.
And what can we see in God with respect to freedom? petition. The Lower House of Congress chief justice is an impeachable official, congress people who are at his beck
Thedirect answer is that God did everything for us completely is manipulating the impeachment ergo… Furthermore the Quo Warranto and call, and now the justices who are
free,without any special reason, without any pressure. We process and speeding it up. can only be invoked within one year of willing to stake the independence of
can say that hedid all those wonderful things for us because It even has the nerve to summon the the appointment and taking office of the the judiciary for their petty dislikes
he just wants to. Chief Justice herself and other justices said official. Chief Justice Sereno has and ambitions.
What he did and continues to do to us can only becharacterized to stand before them. CJ Sereno did been in office as chief justice for already Justices of the Supreme Court, where
as being completely free. It was pure grace,unadulterated not accede, knowing full well that five years! will you bring justice and democracy?
gratuitousness. That in the end is what freedom is all about.He
created us freely. There was no necessity on his partto create
Lost in fake news
us. But he did it just the same.
And even if we spoiled his original design for us byfalling And That’s The Truth
into sin, by going against his will which can only be good forus,
he did not leave us and, instead, promised to redeem us. He Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS
wouldhave lost nothing nor gained anything if he would have
just allowed usto get lost. But, no, he preferred to save us. There
was no necessity for him to send his son who becameman to
redeem us. But he did it—completely freely. QUESTION 1: Why would Learner’s Dictionary & entity, or person, and/or specific goals, influence
He is willing to assume all our sins without committingsin. people—often brilliant ones— Thesaurus defines “fake gain financially or politically, political decisions, and serve
He offers us boundless mercy for the taking. He did all create fake news? news” as “false stories that often using sensationalist, economic interests.”
thesecompletely freely, completely gratuitously. He actually Question 2: Why would appear to be news, spread dishonest, or outright That’s pretty clear—fake
gains nothing,but we gain everything if we follow him in living supposedly intelligent and on the internet or using other fabricated headlines…” And news generators aim to gain
that kind offreedom. educated people believe and media, usually created to from Pope Francis’ Message power by influencing public
We cannot deny that this freedom as shown by God is noteasy spread fake news? influence political views or (for World Communications opinion. Plus, they make
to learn. But we have to reassure ourselves that God actually Question 3: If someone as a joke.” Wikipedia adds: Day 2018): “…fake news money twice—from the client
hasalso given us all the graces and means for us to learn and spreads fake news in social “Fake news is a type of yellow refers to the spreading of who hires them to do the
live it. Wejust have to be humble enough to defer to this kind
media with the intention of journalism or propaganda disinformation on line or in job, and from the so-called
of freedom, theonly true freedom, rather than subscribing to
“informing everybody”—does that consists of deliberate the traditional media. It has internet click revenue. Fake
our own ideas of it.This is the freedom of the children of God,
not the freedom of thechildren of the world. it mean he or she may be misinformation or hoaxes to do with false information news fabricators use websites
This is the freedom that leads us to the truth and to straying from The Truth? spread via traditional print based on non-existent or to run fake news, and these
oureternal destination and heaven. It knows how to cope with Answer 1: People create and broadcast news media distorted data meant to websites accept advertisers.
all thesituations of our earthly life. It does not give us false fake news to gain power or online social media… deceive and manipulate Each time a reader clicks on
hopes norlead us to fantasies. and to make money. The with the intent to mislead in the reader. Spreading fake an ad, money comes in for
Cambridge Advanced order to damage an agency, news can serve to advance And That’s the Truth / A5

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think that to be a saint, one has to be discouraged by his defects and sins, conclude from those very consoling
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this false idea of holiness. also fast to learn precious Pope Francis, in his latest Apostolic
Roy Lagarde Mercedita Juanite In fact, the opposite is quite true. To lessons from his mistakes and sins. Exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate,
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be a saint, one has to be prepared to In fact, in a certain way, his defects, echoed the same truth. “Not everything
Christine Paguirigan Marcelita Dominguez be hounded by all sorts of temptations the temptations around, and the sins a saint says is completely faithful to
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weaknesses. And yes, from time to strong urge to go back to God as quickly he or she does is authentic or perfect.
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Christ-centered Shepherds
Living Mission of God’s People By the Roadside
Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM
Fr. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ Belizar, Jr. SThD

POPE Francis, known as of my life? And, what is “Have always in mind for the love of Jesus Christ,
the “people’s pope,” has
entered the sixth year of
my relationship with Jesus
Christ?” [January 9, 2017].
the example of the Good
Shepherd, who came not to
never tire of being merciful!
Please!” Hurrah for
his pontificate (March 13, Expressed simply, every be served but to serve; to At the 2016 Chrism
2013-2018). He has often
spoken insightfully on
vocation must be anchored in
one’s friendship with Jesus.
seek and save that which
was lost” [April 17, 2016].
Mass, Francis noted: “As
priests, we are witnesses to
Sister Patricia!
priests and religious. In his Authentic Shepherding. “Every ordained minister is and ministers of the ever-
first apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis boldly states: called to follow the example increasing abundance of the
Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy “People love their priests; of the Good Shepherd, who Father’s mercy; we have the
of the Gospel), Francis invites they want and need their gave His life for His sheep” rewarding and consoling “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted”
everyone to daily engagement shepherds! The faithful never [November 16, 2017]. task of incarnating mercy, (Mt 5:5).
with Jesus. “I invite all leave us without something Sharing People’s Lives. as Jesus did” [March 24,
Christians, everywhere, to do…. There is a good and For Pope Francis, the work of 2016]. In Evangelii PARI: Ngayong Year of Priests and Consecrated Persons,
at this very moment, to a healthy tiredness. It is the priests and religious does not Gaudium, Francis quotes kung makakita ka ng pari o relihiyoso, ano’ng gagawin mo?
renewed personal encounter exhaustion of the priest who consist of “purely mechanical Thomas Aquinas, asserting (Priest: Now that we are celebrating the Year of Priests and
with Jesus Christ…. I ask all wears the smell of the sheep, jobs, like running an office, that “mercy is the greatest of Consecrated Persons, what will you do if you meet a priest
of you to do this unfailingly but also smiles the smile building a parish hall…. For all virtues” and “it is proper to or religious person?)
each day. No one should of a father rejoicing in his us priests, what happens in God to have mercy” [EG 37]. Estudyante: Magmamano po ako, at magtatanong:
think that this invitation is children or grandchildren…. the lives of our people is not Hearts for the Poor. ‘Father/Sister. Saan po kayong detention center o jail
not meant for him or her” The smell of the sheep and like a news bulletin: we know Pope Francis challenges nanggaling o dadalhin?’ (Student: Father/Sister, I’ll pay
[EG 3]. the smile of a father!” [April our people, we sense what is his fellow priests and the my respects and ask: Which detention center or jail are you
Pope Francis continues: 2, 2015]. going on in their hearts. Our religious to examine their from or will be brought?)
“Each of us is very dear to Speaking of the “priest- own heart, sharing in their authenticity in living spiritual As I write an Australian nun named Sr. Patricia Fox, the
God, who loves us, chooses shepherd in his parish or suffering, feels ‘com-passion,’ poverty. Thus, in Evangelii Superior of a religious congregation named Notre Dame
us and calls us to serve…. in the mission entrusted to is exhausted, broken into a Gaudium, Francis has a major de Sion (Our Lady of Sion), after 27 years of missionary
We would do well each day him,” Francis noted that thousand pieces” [April 2, section on the inclusion of work among the Philippines’ indigenous peoples and
to pray … to grow more like this mission “brings him joy 2015]. the poor in the Church and lumad in relative anonimity, is being held in detention by
him who ‘no longer calls us whenever he is faithful to it, Pope Francis frequently society [EG 186-216]; he NBI and Bureau of Immigration agents. Curiously she is
servants but friends’ (Jn whenever he does all that reiterates: “I ask you in strongly reiterates his desire: being charged for “undesirable alien” activities. Her lawyer
15:15)” [May 29, 2016]. This he has to do and lets go of the name of Christ and the “I want a Church which is characterizes her arrest as a mis-labeling of her missionary
is a clear challenge for clergy everything that he has to let Church: never tire of being poor and for the poor” [EG work with and for poor minorities as “political” or even as
and religious: to be “close to go of, as long as he stands merciful” [April 21, 2013]. 198]. Our Church needs “partisan political activity”.
God in prayer and close to the firm amid the flock which the When he ordained thirteen priests and religious, living Governments usually find suspicious any priests’ or
people” [January 9, 2018]. Lord has entrusted to him: priests on May 11, 2014, a simple life-style, who are religious’ involvement in poor people’s struggle for justice,
Everyone must daily ask: Feed my sheep (cf. Jn 21:16- Francis said: “And here I Christ-centered shepherds of human dignity and human rights. Perhaps this is due, at
“Is Jesus Christ at the center 17)” [April 17, 2014]. want to pause to ask you: God’s holy people. least in part, to an intentional or unintentional ignorance
by politicians of the teaching of Vatican II and of the 1971

Gaudete et Exsultate! Synod of Bishops that the work for justice is constitutive
of the proclamation of the Gospel. If Sr. Patricia is being
Duc in Altum detained for her involvement in this type of activity, the
Atty. Aurora A. Santiago government is hard put to explain it as making her “an
undesirable alien”. Since when efforts by a Filipino or an
alien priest or religious to help our poor and indigenous
peoples achieve justice and a humanly dignified life an
undesirable action? In fact, isn’t this the whole end of
DATELINE: Los Angeles, California lives with love and by bearing witness Accept daily the path of the Gospel, even any and every political activity? Why would priests and
On March 19, 2018, the Feast of St. in everything we do, wherever we find though it may cause us problems: that religious, citizens or aliens, who prod government to do
Joseph, on the 6th of his Pontificate, the ourselves.” He also enjoined everyone is holiness.” what is basically its job, be considered enemies of the state
Holy Father, Pope Francis, signed his to be holy by loving and caring for the 4. Signs Of Holiness In Today’s World instead of its collaborators to whom it owes a huge debt of
latest Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et husband or wife. Be holy by working in – Pope Francis enumerated 5 great gratitude?
Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad) with a his workplace with integrity and skill. expressions of love for God and neighbor This brings us to the unsaid but implicitly acknowledged
sub-title “On the Call to Holiness in the If a parent or grandparent, be holy which are “of particular importance bottomline: suppression/persecution of persons and
Contemporary World”. The object of patiently teaching the little ones how to in the light of certain dangers and aggrupations perceived as opposing or critical of the current
the exhortation is sanctity and vocation, follow Jesus. If a person in authority, be limitations present in today’s culture.” dispensation. Official statements from seats of power
the call to holiness for all baptized lay holy by working for the common good These are (1) Perseverance, patience almost always deny any political persecution by government
faithful. It is a call to become saints and renouncing personal gain. Holiness and meekness; (2) Joy and a sense of of elements of the opposition or of government’s critics.
by witnessing evangelical joy in the is an encounter between one’s weakness humor; (3) Boldness and passion; (4) On the other hand, acts of government’s agents, such as in
everyday life of a person. and the power of God’s grace. In community; (5) In constant prayer. the case of Sr Patricia and the EU socialist party delegate
This is the 3rd Apostolic Exhortation 2. Two Subtle Enemies Of Holiness 5. Spiritual Combat, Vigilance And whose entry was recently blocked at the airport, contradict
of the Pope since his papacy. The – Gnosticism and Pelagianism are two Discernment – Pope Francis cautioned such denials.
first, “Evangelii Gaudium” (Joy of the false forms of holiness. Gnosticism that Christian life is a constant battle. As Church we need to take seriously the words and actions
Gospel), was released on November fails to realize that without God and “We need strength and courage to issued from government and opposition sources with plenty
24, 2013, and was addressed to “the without flesh, it is incapable of touching withstand the temptations of the devil of discernment. This is not only to determine truth or
bishops, the clergy, consecrated persons Christ’s suffering flesh in others. Even and to proclaim the Gospel. This battle falsity but also to identify and seize opportunities to give
and the lay faithful” on the proclamation when someone’s life appears completely is sweet, for it allows us to rejoice witness to Jesus Christ while facing up to the challenges
of the Gospel in the world today. It wrecked, God is present there; we can each time the Lord triumphs in our confronting the Church in our country at this time. We need
touches, among others, the obligations and must try to find the Lord in every lives.” He further said that “the path to consolidate our spiritual resources and respond “with
of the Christians to the poor. The human life. Pelagianism trust only in of holiness is a source of peace and one heart and one mind”, that of the Risen Christ.
second, “Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of their own powers and feel superior to joy, given to us by the Spirit. How can In the likes of Sr Patricia we see the image of this Risen
Love), was released on March 19, 2016, others because they observe certain we know if something comes from the Christ again, with the wounds in his hands and side, but in
again addressed to “bishops, priests and rules or remain intransigently faithful Holy Spirit, not from the spirit of the “real flesh blood”, eating with us in our poverty, challenging
deacons, consecrated persons, Christian to a particular Catholic style. “They world or the devil? The only way is our Herods with the truth and proclaiming it with a love
married couples and all the lay faithful,” fail to realize that in this life human through discernment, which calls for that does not refuse to suffer for “the least of the brethren”.
and is focused on love in the family. weaknesses are not healed completely something more than intelligence or Her witness could certainly heighten the animosity of
As in the first two apostolic and once for all by grace. God commands common sense. The gift of discernment pro-administration trolls and support groups. But it could
exhortation, Pope Francis again focus you to do what you can and to ask for is all the more necessary today because also bring people of faith to a greater appreciation of their
on the clergy, the consecrated persons what you cannot, and indeed to pray to contemporary life proclaims so many baptismal commitment to proclaim Christ Jesus, especially
and the lay faithful; he calls them to him humbly.” distractions as equally valid and good.” now that it has become fashionable to badmouth his Church
holiness, which is not a prerogative of 3. In The Light of the Master – Let us, therefore, pray to the Holy and his Gospel by holders of the highest powers.
the few but a gift offered to all. Everyone “Nothing is more enlightening than Spirit to give us the strength, courage, Unlike the disciples on the way to Emmaus, may we
is called to sainthood, regardless of turning to Jesus’ Words and seeing the right discernment to inspire and recognize his presence as he walks among us and with us.
status in life. his way of teaching the truth. Jesus encourage one another to become holy. Hurrah for Sr Patricia because she is pointing him out to
explained with great simplicity what it us in the breaking of the bread that is his Body at the tables
Gaudete et Exsultate consists of means to be holy when he gave us the *** of our teeming rural and urban poor.
five chapters: Beatitudes. Pope Francis said: “What Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary
1. The Call to Holiness – Pope Francis must one do to be a good Christian?’, to my brother and sister-in-law Dr. Candidly Speaking / A4
declares that being holy “does not the answer is clear. We have to do what Andres and Jinky Santiago, and special
require being a bishop, a priest or a Jesus told us in the Sermon on the greetings to their sons Rome and Ella. grasp their overall meaning have their role to play.
religious or a life dedicated to prayer. Mount. The word “happy” or “blessed” Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law as a person.” (22) Let us remember that God
We are all called to be holy by living our thus becomes a synonym for “holy”. Roberto Imperial. On our part, we should try wants all men to be saved.
our best to be very faithful. But (cfr. 1 Tim 2,4) He created
it is also understood that our us for that purpose, to be
And That’s the Truth / A4
best efforts can sometimes fail like him and to be with him
the website creator. Fake faith, but also forward them claims repeated, no matter of disinformation is that it us. We can still commit errors for all eternity. And even
news creators are experts at without verification. Classic how ridiculous or illogical discredits others, presenting and even grave ones. But if we spoiled the original
making sensational headlines examples of these are fake they sound.” Remember them as enemies, to the point there’s always hope. God does design God had for us, he has
or “clickbaits”—for example, news that either praise or that law of propaganda of demonizing them and not abandon us. He is willing repaired so well that we can
“Pope endorses Trump”—to lambast political candidates, attributed to the Nazi Joseph fomenting conflict. Fake to go through the complicated say that we are better off this
attract readers “who want to dignitaries. and celebrities. Goebbels: “Repeat a lie often news is a sign of intolerant process of becoming man time after sin than before sin.
know the truth”. Lies are big What is called the “illusory enough and it becomes the and hypersensitive attitudes, and dying for us on the cross That’s because with our sin,
business, you see? truth effect” also plays a huge truth.” A piece of fake news and leads only to the spread and remaining with us for all God became man and gave us
Answer 2: Even part in the propagation of is a lie, so….? of arrogance and hatred. time in the Church and with a better deal of how to be with
supposedly intelligent and fake news. Recent research Answer 3: Yes, someone That is the end result of the sacraments just to bring him in spite of our tendency
educated people like some in psychology reveals that who spreads fake news in untruth.” us back to him. to go against him. Somehow
lawyers and doctors and exposure to fake stories social media, even with the If you’ve been dragged This truth of faith our dignity as children of
university professors believe leaves a subtle impression intention of “informing into participating in this should fill us with joy and God enjoys a greater status
may unwittingly become each time. Experiments everybody”, may be straying fake news thing, is there an confidence, and instead of since by becoming man God
purveyors of fake news. prove that each time we from The Truth because he/ easy fix to the problem? It is mainly worrying about how shares our nature so we can
People have a conscious receive a forwarded false she has become so anxious, correct to see it as a problem to avoid sin, we should be more intimately share with
desire for true information, story on Facebook, and then contemptuous, angry, and because one who is lost more interested in doing his divine nature.
but due to carelessness receive the same multiple emotionally fired up that he/ in the world of fake news what is good, what God wants It goes without saying that
or personal bias, they are times from more friends and she loses sight of what is good has a divided heart. There us to do and to accomplish we should not trivialize our
prone to consume—and friends of friends, the story and doesn’t bother anymore is a sure fix but it may not in this world. True sanctity tendency to sin. We should
spread—false information. grows more familiar and that to discern the data received be that easy: abstain from is not so much a matter of fight it as much as we can.
Messages may appeal to familiarity, according to the in the light of Christ’s social media and reconnect being too concerned about But that reality should not
people because they respond experts, casts the illusion teachings. (That’s what you with The Truth “I am the sin as of doing the will of undermine God’s will that
to their own desires or of truth: “The illusory truth get for squandering your truth…” (John 12:6) until God. Sanctity is more joy he is bent on saving us—of
prejudices, thus they not effect comes to play when hours on social media). Pope He makes you whole again. than worry, more action than course, with our cooperation
only accept such messages on we hear or read fake news Francis says “The tragedy And that’s the truth. caution, although the latter also.
A6 LOCAL NEWS April 16 - 29, 2018 Vol. 22 No. 8 CBCP Monitor

Put Bataan nuke plant to Bishops hail move


to revive peace talks
‘eternal rest’ – bishop with Reds

Militant groups call for government reform and continuation of peace talks during a
rally in Manila. FILE PHOTO

CATHOLIC bishops in and the National Democratic


southern Philippines hailed Front of the Philippines
the government’s move to (NDFP).
revive peace talks with the Peace Secretary Jesus
communist rebels. Dureza said the directive
Archbishop Martin Jumoad include forging a “ceasefire
of Ozamis said there is no agreement” to stop fighting
other way to achieve peace while talks are underway.
but through negotiation and Suspected rebels torched
dialogue. construction heavy
Echoing soon to be equipment in three different
saint Pope Paul VI’s social villages of Davao City,
encyclical Populorum Duterte’s home town, on
progressio, the prelate said March 31.
that with peace there is The insurgents ended
development. its unilateral ceasefire in
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong, Bataan. FILE PHOTO “When it is about peace February 2017 and launched
it is always appreciated,” attacks on government
BISHOP Ruperto Santos about the rehabilitation of Khovaev validates our on a major earthquake fault said Jumoad, who is also forces after the Duterte
of Balanga urged the BNPP. Let the issue of its position, our stand. We are line. a member of CBCP’s’ administration failed to
government to permanently revival be put to eternal rest,” right since then about BNPP. “[It was] built during permanent council. release all political prisoners.
abandon its plan of operating Santos said. There is no point and no the Martial Law so truth is For his part, Bishop Edwin This prompted the
the country’s only nuclear Russian Ambassador reason to rehabilitate it,” suppressed and people were dela Peña of war-torn Marawi government to immediately
power plant by putting it to to the Philippines Igor Santos said. threatened. The BNPP is just said that the revival of peace terminate the peace talks
“eternal rest”. Khovaev earlier said the Costing more than US$2 a colossal monument of man’s negotiations is a step forward. with the rebels.
Reacting to the Russian mothballed 620-megawatt billion, the plant was built greed, model of graft and “Dialogue is the way to Jose Maria Sison, chief
envoy to the Philippines’ nuclear plant’s technology is four decades ago under corruption,” the bishop added. resolve our problems,” he political consultant of
statement that Bataan “absolutely outdated”. the dictatorship of former “BNPP is a waste of said. the NDFP, welcomed the
Nuclear Power Plant is This after Russia’s Rosatom President Ferdinand Marcos money, and never will it President Rodrigo Duterte government’s move to
beyond revival, the prelate State Atomic Energy Corp. in response to an energy crisis. benefit our country. To call on April 4 ordered the return to the peace table but
said it is about time the conducted an assessment of The facility, however, for its rehabilitation will resumption of the stalled talks opposed “preconditions” on
government stops discussing the facility last year. never operated amid only be used for money and between his administration talks. (CBCPNews)
its reopening. “That is the truth. That corruption allegations and means for corruption,” he
“Let us stop discussing is the reality. Ambassador safety issues because it sits said. (CBCPNews)
Bishops welcome DOJ
CBCP head falls victim to fake news chief’s resignation
THE head of the Catholic Bishops’ SOME church leaders lords Kerwin Espinosa and
Conference of the Philippines welcomed Justice Secretary Peter Lim.
(CBCP) dismissed a report about him Vitaliatio Aguirre II’s move Duterte then appointed
supposedly warning church people to stand down, following the Senior Deputy Executive
against interacting with politicians. dismissal of criminal charges Secretary Menardo Guevarra
CBCP President and Davao against alleged drug lords. to take over the vacated post.
Archbishop Romulo Valles never made Manila Auxiliary Bishop “I don’t know him
such statement and it’s not his opinion, Broderick Pabillo said (Guevarra) but I really hope
said Fr. Marvin Mejia, the bishops’ resigning was the right thing he serves the cause of justice,”
secretary general. to do for the top defender added Pabillo.
“There is no truth to the post because of the government’s brutal Bishop Arturo Bastes of
Archbishop Valles issued the latest statements crackdown against illegal Sorsogon said he was “happy”
about Lent and Easter Sunday,” he said. drugs that continues to claim for Aguirre’s departure
An article titled “CBCP President thousands of lives. because “he is not doing his
Romulo Valles warns bishops, priests, “He is so erratic as job well”.
nuns not to interact with politicians” secretary in his sense of “His act encourages drug
first appeared on www.newspaperph. justice. The decision is good lords to continue their
com/ on April 2 triggering mixed for him and the country,” criminal activities and the
reactions from netizens. said the prelate. proliferation of extra judicial
It was also reposted on www. President Rodrigo Duterte killings and murders,” he
goodnewstoday.d30.club/ featuring The CBCP warns against this fake news article from www.newspaperph.com/ and www.goodnewstoday.d30.club/. on April 5 announced his said.
images of the prelate and Vice President SCREEN GRAB OF FAKE ARTICLE FROM NEWSPAPER PH acceptance of the resignation Bastes also expressed hope
Leni Robredo. of Aguirre, who had been that the new DOJ chief “will
The article attacks some clergymen Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila of disrespect. That’s why fake news under fire over the dismissal do better” than Aguirre.
and nuns for supporting Robredo amidst earlier lamented the continued spread of proliferates … deliberately deceiving of cases against alleged drug (CBCPNews)
an electoral protest filed by former Sen. fake news as “manipulative strategy” to people,” Tagle said during Chrism Mass
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., after serve some people’s political interests. at the Manila Cathedral on March 29. Data / A1
losing the vice presidential election. “Manipulation thrives in the context (Melo M. Acuña/CBCPNews)
linked to the government’s deconstructing the fear that
Couples told: ‘Marital crisis is an opportunity to grow in love’ drug operations. currently grips many poor
Carmelite Fr. Gilbert communities,” he stressed.
MEYCAUAYAN, Bulacan— Billena, spokesperson of Rise The High Court on April 3
This year’s marriage encounter Up for Life and for Rights, said ordered the government to
weekend seminar (MEWS) access to such information submit relevant documents,
presenting priest, Fr. Ricardo will give “proper perspective” including the lists of “deaths
“Bobby” Sta. Cruz of St. Therese to the controversial drug war. under investigation” within
of the Child Jesus Parish in “Even more, deaths 15 days so it can proceed with
Aborlan, Palawan, told couples under investigation deserve hearing petitions against the
to “see the moment of crisis attention and such reports drug war.
[in marriage] as a moment of can lay bare possible suspects Solicitor General Jose
grace.” and patterns,” said the priest. Calida initially contested
“When you and your For human rights advocates the court’s order, saying
spouse are facing a very tough and families affected by the the records’ release might
situation, consider this ‘crisis’ drug-related killings, he affect national security but
as God’s way of making your said, such data may contain the SC denied his motion.
relationship stronger,” added “crucial information” for The priest urged the SC
Pastoral team, Fr. Bobby Sta. Cruz as well as one of the presenting couples, Belar and Cynthia Cruz, gave sessions on marriage and
the priest. “Pray and discern family at this year’s marriage encounter weekend seminar, held in Meycauayan City, Bulacan from April 13 to 15. RAINIER POLICARPIO
them and their communities. to remain firm in obtaining
as you get reconnected to With urban poor these records, adding that
each other and put God at the work for you.” God at the “center of their genuine love, and requires communities’ perception of allowing state forces to
center of your lives.” He also reiterated that relationship.” absolute understanding.” police “authoritarian rule,” engage in such extra-judicial
what the world needs now are The said MEWS for Class he said many families are actions “only complicates
Love, a decision “God-centered marriages and Every marriage is sacred 17, organized by the Marriage feeling hopeless in their an already difficult social
Sta. Cruz said that prayerful couples”. “Always The event also emphasized Encounter Prayer Community search for justice for killings problem”.
problems in marriage are find time to pray together as the divine nature of marriage. of the Parish of the National related to drugs. “The strength of democracy
normal, but couples should a family and as a couple,” said “Each union is blessed Shrine of the Divine Mercy “Police operatives who in our nation requires that
understand that divorce Sta. Cruz. by God and every couple in Marilao, Bulacan, was conduct themselves in checks and balances between
is “never an answer.” He The priest also shared must value the sanctity of held at St. Joseph House accordance with the rule of branches of government
stressed, “Remember this: insights about understanding marriage,” said one of the of Serenity in Meycauayan, law have nothing to fear,” promote the welfare of all
what’s important is not oneself, one’s spouse, presenting couples, Belar Bulacan, from April 13 to 15, Billena said. Filipinos, but especially the
what’s lost but what’s left. marriage and family, as well and Cynthia Cruz. “It entails 2018. (Myraine Carluen- “However, access to poor citizens of our country,”
Let the hands of God do the as the importance of putting huge responsibility, deepens Policarpio/CBCPNews) information is essential for he said.
CBCP Monitor April 16 - 29, 2018 Vol. 22 No. 8 DIOCESAN NEWS A7

Parish promotes market,


prison Masses
Papal nuncio to young priests:
Seek advice from older priests
LANANG, Davao City— and accomplished
“Each one of you must also sacramentally in priestly
foster deep prayer life and ordination, in view of a
seek counsel from older and pastoral service that causes
wiser priests.” it to mature over time”
This was the message of (81).
Apostolic Nuncio to the
Philippines, Archbishop 142 delegates
Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Caccia, together with
during the National CBCP president and Davao
The St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bocaue holds Masses at the Bocaue Public Market Convention of the Episcopal Archbishop Romulo Valles
every first Sunday of the month. PHOTO FROM ST. MARTIN OF TOURS PARISH Vicars for the Clergy held at and the CBCP Episcopal
the Waterfront Insular Hotel Commission on Clergy
BOCAUE, Bulacan— St. priests. However, we opted city from April 9 to 13. headed by San Pablo Bishop
Martin of Tours Parish – to really intensify it by means The prelate stressed Buenaventura Famadico,
Diocesan Shrine of Mahal of encouraging the prison the importance of staying graced the five-day
na Poon ng Krus sa Wawa warden and the inmates “connected to God.” convention.
(SMTP) in this town is heeding themselves to be one with Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, during his talk at the National
Caccia also noted the Convention of the Episcopal Vicars held in Davao City, April 9-13. PHOTO COURTESY OF Among the 142 delegates
Pope Francis’ call to go to “the God through the celebration importance of priests’ FR. RITZ RESUELLO were six members of the
peripheries” by launching a of the Holy Eucharist,” personal integrity. “Young Commission on Clergy of the
program for spiritual needs explained the priest. priests must find their own need for priests’ ongoing “ongoing formation Malolos diocese: Msgr. Albert
of parishioners in challenging According to him, the way of being a priest while formation, the “sacramental is intended to ensure Suatengco, the Episcopal
settings. parish also wanted to assure keeping personal harmony fraternity” that must be fidelity to the priestly Vicar for the Clergy, and
Since September of last the imprisoned that they are – harmony in the mind that fostered among the clergy, ministry in a continuing Commission on Clergy
year, SMTP’s pastoral council “not left behind among the thinks well, in the heart feels and the total dedication to journey of conversion, in members, namely: Fr. Jose
launched “Sambayanan, sons and daughters of God.” well, and in the hands that one’s ministry that every order to rekindle the gift Rodel Ponce, Fr. Ruel Arcega,
Magsimba tayo sa Palengke” “Above everything else, do well.” priest must have. received at ordination. Fr. Rainnielle Pineda, Fr.
(People, let us attend Church we are there to let them feel According to The Gift This journey is the natural Joshua Panganiban, and
in the Market). These Masses that they hold on the Jesus, Lifetime commitment of the Priestly Vocation: continuation of the process Fr. Ritz Darwin Resuello.
are held every early morning not the prison bars they are The said convention mainly Ratio Fundamentalis of building up priestly (Myraine Carluen-
on first Sundays of the month in; that it is Jesus who will focused on the pressing Intitutionis Sacerdotalis, identity begun in Seminary Policarpio/CBCPNews)
at the Bocaue Public Market. truly set them free,” added
According to SMTP Coronel.
parochial vicar Fr. Daniel
Coronel, “We conducted Bringing others closer to Couples told: ‘Have courage to fight divorce bill’
these Masses in the market to Christ SPEAKING at a recently-concluded of church organizations to strengthen most of the faithful are “silent” about
let the people there to know These Mass programs enhancement seminar for Pre-Cana their understanding of family and life their stand on the divorce bill.
that they are important to the for the less fortunate are facilitators in the Diocese of Malolos, as this could be the best way to start “I am even more saddened to see
Church. We know that they a blessing for the parish Mae Amorante called on husbands and healing the wounds of “dysfunctional how some people have kept their
are unable to go to Masses community, according wives to deepen their understanding of marriages” and broken families. mouth shut and not expressing outrage
in the parish every Sunday to the priest, since “it marriage and to take a stand against the “Let start it in our own homes, then against divorce,” he said. “The thing
because they need to be in is an opportunity for the proposed divorce bill. we continue inspiring other people to is, these people haven’t realized it yet
their workplaces to have a parishioners themselves to “One of the challenges the society faces value relationships and make a firm that divorce could destroy not just
living.” give importance to people nowadays is the number of dysfunctional stand against divorce,” said Amorante. marital relationships and the families
who have less.” marriages and families,” she said in an According to the lay speaker, couples concerned, but also could affect the
Prison Masses He noted that it is in this interview with CBCP News. “And with who understand “sacramental marriage” entire society.”
He added: “Indeed, it realization that the parish this, all of us must find the courage to can live “as one in accordance to God’s The priest also presented and explained
was really difficult at first. community in Bocaue is speak our minds about divorce.” plan and glory.” By living in the God’s the components of the newly-proposed
Preparations were needed striving to “bring other people “Let us remember that right is right will, she said, married couples develop module for pre-Cana facilitators. He
and a proper space in the closer to Jesus through the even if nobody’s doing it; thus, wrong a new level of oneness and intimacy. reiterated that pre-cana seminars should
venue was set for the Masses. efforts being done to get is wrong even if everybody’s doing it,” really be a “four-Saturday course” just
Yet with the efforts of the them more involved in the added Amorante. Promoting family and life so all the key components of having “a
market vendors themselves, Church.” Meanwhile, Fr. Dars Cabral, director happy and God-centered marriage” can
they are now the ones finding Despite the difficulties Healing wounds in the family of the Commission on Family and Life, be discussed thoroughly. (Myraine
people to come and even of conducting the Masses, In her talk, she encouraged members expressed how “disturbing” it is that Carluen – Policarpio/CBCPNews)
serve during the Masses.” he said, “We do hope and
Also held by the parish pray that the faithful will
every first Monday of the
month are prison Masses
truly appreciate the need
to help their less fortunate Episcopal vicars gather for clergy confab in Davao
held at Bocaue Municipal brothers and sisters to feel CLOSE to 200 delegates that priests should take their
Jail. Christ’s presence in their from different parts of the roles seriously as proclaimers
“This program was held in lives.” (Kendrick Ivan B. Philippines have converged of the Good News in the
previous years by the parish Panganiban/CBCPNews) on this city for the National Christian community.
Convention of the Catholic
Marawi / A1 Bishops’ Conference of ‘Sense of sacrifice’
the Philippines (CBCP) He added that a priest
With the bishop’s blessing and prayer for Episcopal Vicars for the must, first of all, “be
consent, the cathedral peace,” he said. Clergy. convinced about God” and
and his residence will be Duyog Marawi is a CBCP president and draw attention to the Lord
among the structures that rehabilitation program Archbishop of Davao Romulo and not to himself.
will be demolished by the of the prelature and the G. Valles presided over a Valles told the priests to
government because they’re Redemptorist missionaries Eucharistic celebration held rediscover their sense of
no longer structurally sound. that focuses on healing and today, April, 9 at the San sacrifice saying, “This is the
The church is located peace-building efforts. It is Pedro Cathedral to open the will of Lord, to bear the pain
right inside ground zero of supported by Caritas, faith- five-day convention. and sacrifice to do the will of
last year’s fighting between based organizations, and other In his homily, the prelate the Church, the will of God.”
the government troops and humanitarian aid groups. said he is thankful for the The convention will run
militants backed by Islamic Last month, the Aid to vicars for the clergy as Close to 200 delegates from different parts of the Philippines joined the CBCP National until April 13, and will have
State that has lasted nearly the Church in Need (ACN) they make the work of the
Convention of the Episcopal Vicars for the Clergy, April 9 to 13 in Davao City. JOHN
talks and different workshops
four months. Philippines launched a archbishop easier.
FRANCES FUENTES
to be held at the Waterfront
The levelling of damaged fund raising campaign to “Thank you so much Treasure the gift gift.” Insular Hotel in Lanang,
structures and clearing of also support the Church’s for being with us, for the Davao City.
He said priests must take “We come to this Eucharist
debris is expected to start this rebuilding efforts. doing the important task The event reflected
good care of their priesthood, because in the end it is He
June— a process that may The other bishops of caring for our priests,” on the theme: “Renewed
which is “their gift.” who calls us,” he said, adding
take up to 10 months. were Severo Caermare of Valles said, adding it is the Servant-Leaders for the
The archbishop told the that he hopes each priest
From the debris will rise Dipolog, Angelito Lampon primary responsibility of New Evangelization.”
delegates that they are gifted will love and appreciate the
a simple church that aims of Jolo, Julius Tonel of the bishop to care for his (John Frances Fuentes/
with their priestly vocation, priesthood.
to symbolize the prelature’s Ipil, Emmanuel Cabajar of priests. CBCPNews)
calling it “so wonderful a The archbishop also noted
mission of reconciling Pagadian, and archbishops
presence in Marawi. Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz Activity / A1
“We will rebuild the and Antonio Ledesma of
cathedral but only after they Cagayan de Oro. Fr. Jose Roel conditions of their stay in the country. joining anti-government demonstrations government rallies,” he said.
have rebuilt their city and their Casas, the administrator of in the cities of Davao and Tagum, both
Masjids,” Dela Peña said. Isabela prelature, was also Human rights in Mindanao. Crackdown against critics?
“For the meantime, present. Fox admitted joining demonstrations The nun, however, said the one image Fox has worked in the Philippines for
we focus our energies on The Marawi siege erupted in solidarity with peasants groups pertain to her visit of “powerless” 27 years helping farmers and indigenous
rebuilding communities,” last May 23 wherein the and labor unions but “never in anti- farmers and political prisoners who peoples.
he said. Maute terrorists set the government rallies”. were detained at the Tagum city jail. She recently joined an international
It was a quick visit that cathedral on fire and took “I would call it religious because we The other photo, she added, was fact-finding and solidarity mission
lasted only for about 20 Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob are called to stand beside the poor,” she a protest of workers who were fired that investigated alleged rights abuses
minutes wherein Dela and some church workers said. “I haven’t joined partisan political by a beverage company for trying to against farmers and lumad in Mindanao.
Peña and six other prelates and worshipers hostage. rallies but I have been active in human unionize. Human rights advocates and church
prayed inside the 84-year-old The same day, gunmen rights issues.” “We work with organized groups who people including Manila Auxiliary
cathedral. also stormed the bishop’s The BI legal division recommended are working for social justice. Often, Bishop Broderick Pabillo raised alarm
The original plan was to residence and several other Fox’s release on Monday evening groups working for justice are labeled over the arrest of Fox.
offer Mass but the military buildings. provided that she surrenders her left,” Fox said in an interview over ANC’s The prelate said the nun’s arrest
did not allow them to stay The siege, which ended in passport, pending further probe. April 18 episode of “Matters of Fact”. may be part of a crackdown against
longer for security reasons. October last year, claimed At that time, however, her passport “Like if you want, land rights, you’re government’s critics.
Rey Barnido, executive more than a thousand lives, was with a travel agency arranging her Left. But to me it’s just basic human social “There’s no martial law yet but they
director of Duyog Marawi, mostly terrorist fighters and trip back to Australia next month. justice issue... It’s very consistent with the are already going after people who
said the bishops also prayed displaced about half a million teaching of the church,” she said. oppose them,” Pabillo said.
for those who are working for people. ‘No sufficient basis’ Pahilga said that the nun was released In December last year, a retired priest
peace in the region. According to government Atty. Jobert Pahilga, Fox’s counsel, because there is no sufficient basis to and known human rights advocate was
“It was both a symbol estimates, at least P51.6 said the complaint come from the hold her in continuous detention. killed in Jaen, Nueva Ecija province.
of solidarity of the whole billion is needed to rebuild National Intelligence Coordinating “The case is not yet dismissed. We Fr. Marcelito Paez, 72, was gunned
Mindanao Church with the Marawi and adjacent Agency’s regional office in Davao City. are required to file our counter affidavit down by still unidentified men after
Marawi prelature and at areas. (Roy Lagarde/ The lawyer said that based on some in 10 days from today to answer the he facilitated the release of a political
the same time a symbolic CBCPNews) photos, the agency is accusing Fox of allegations that she participated in anti- prisoner.
A8 PEOPLE, FACTS, AND PLACES April 16 - 29, 2018 Vol. 22 No. 8 CBCP Monitor

Tagum diocese gets new bishop POPE Francis has appointed a US- Aseo was born in Kapaong town, studies at the Center for Family
based Filipino priest as the new also in Davao del Norte. After Ministries (CEFAM) at the Loyola
bishop of the Diocese of Tagum in his minor and major seminary School of Theology of the Ateneo
Davao del Norte province on April 7. formations at St. Francis Xavier de Manila University.
Father Medel Aseo, 63, of the College Seminary, he studied Other posts he held include
clergy of the same diocese will be the theology at St. Francis Xavier diocesan director of the Apostolate
fourth bishop of Tagum, replacing Regional major seminary, both in for the Family, vicar forane and
retired Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz, Davao City. member of the College of Consultors
who just turned 77 years old on the Immediately after his ordination from 1991-1996 and chaplain for
same day. in 1979, he served as parish vicar Filipino sailors in the archdiocese
The bishop-elect is currently on at the Santo Niño parish in Panabo of Liverpool, Great Britain from
mission at the Saint Mary Parish and, between 1980 and 1983, parish 2003 to 2006.
which is under the Greensburg diocese priest first in Manay and then Cateel He was also assigned as pastor of
in Pennsylvania, USA since 2017. in Davao Oriental. the St. Therese of the Child Jesus
In the meantime, the pope He then became vice-rector and Parish in Nabuturun, Compostela
named Manlapaz as the apostolic procurator at the Seminary College Valley in Davao (2006-2007);
administrator “sede vacante” of the of Tagum between 1983 and 1985 member of the Galilee Centre for
diocese until Aseo takes canonical and from 1986 to 1988, he was priests in Tagatay City (2008-2015);
possession. parish priest in Maragusan, in the and vice-administrator of the parish
The new bishop’s appointment Davao del Norte. of Saint Michael the Archangel in
came as he also marked his 39th Subsequently, between 1988 Tagum City (2016-2017). (Roy
Bishop-elect Medel Aseo of Tagum. PHOTO FROM SFC SOUTHEASTERN MINDANAO FACEBOOK PAGE priesthood anniversary on Saturday. and 1991, he did his postgraduate Lagarde/CBCPNews)

Confab on fake news set One more public veneration set for
St. John Paul II relic
IN response to Pope Francis’ • Ilsa Reyes, co-host of
message for the 52nd World Salitang Buhay, DZMM
Communications Day, the Teleradio, who will discuss
Daughters of Saint Paul and about “Fake News and Social
the Society of Saint Paul are Media Journalism”; and
inviting the public to a whole • John Nery, editor and FOLLOWING the huge who were not able to venerate
day symposium on the theme columnist of Philippine Daily turnout of devotees, the last weekend.”
“Fake News and the Pope: Inquirer, who will speak Manila Cathedral is planning More than 20,000 people
Informing=Forming.” about “The Pope and the to hold another public flocked to the cathedral,
The symposium will be Protectors of News” veneration of the blood relic of attended Masses, and venerated
held on May 5, 8:30 a.m. to Barrientos noted the St. John Paul II next month. the relic of the pope who visited
5:30 p.m. at the Daughters of extensive experience and A long queue of people was the Philippines twice.
St. Paul, 2650 FB. Harrison knowledge of the guest witnessed inside the cathedral In his February 1981 visit,
St., Pasay City. speakers to expound on the on April 7 and 8; and, to his first trip to the country,
“We are all aware how theme. “[The speakers’] ideas accommodate more devotees, John Paul II celebrated Mass
crucial the pope’s message and experiences will surely the relic will be exposed for at the Manila Cathedral. Two
is considering the prevalence liven up discussion and help veneration again on May 13. months later, he declared the
of conflicting messages and participants to come up with Cathedral’s rector Fr. Regie cathedral a minor basilica.
fake news that are being practical guidelines in line Malicdem said the veneration The rector said he was glad
disseminated in the media with the pope’s message on will mark the 37th anniversary at the orderly flow of the
at present. Today, anybody how to deal effectively with of the assassination attempt exposition and said people
can become a victim of the problem of fake news, against the pope, who was from different provinces have
fake news!” said Sr. Pinky and elevate the use of social shot in St. Peter’s Square in given generally good feedback
Barrientos, FSP, Daughters media as a forum for critical 1981, on the feast of Our Lady about the manner in which
of St. Paul Provincial and uplifting discourse, and of Fatima. the veneration was held.
Councilor on Apostolate, in most especially, as a platform “So the plan is to have a “The veneration was
the event invitation. for evangelization.” longer schedule for public orderly,” Malicdem said.
The congregation Interested parties may veneration,” he said. “We just “No untoward incident
invited the following visit the organizer’s World need to give chance to those happened.” (CBCPNews) A boy prays in front of the blood relic of St. John Paul II, April 7, 2018. CBCPNEWS
media practitioners and Communications Day 2018
communicators to give the Facebook page and the FB
talks: event.
• Fr. Norman Peña, To confirm attendance
SSP, Dean of Studies of and for other inquiries,
Saint Paul Seminary and participants may contact:
executive secretary of the Sr. Pinpin at tablantej@
Episcopal Commission on gmail.com, 0943- 5563-
Culture, who will speak 667 or Novice Almir at
about “Good News in Fake almir.bagabaldo@gmail.
News-Towards a Journalism com, 0977-0826-990.
of Peace”; (CBCPNews)

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