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PROTAGONIST OF TRUTH, PROMOTER OF PEACE

THE CROSS A3: NEWS A6: LOCAL NEWS B1: PASTORAL CONCERNS
A SUPPLEMENT PUBLICATION
Congolese bishop shares struggles of priests who Bishop urges: Let us entrust the nation to Mary Address of Pope Francis to the members of the
OF KCFAPI AND THE ORDER OF
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS do not have enough to eat Neocatechumenal Way on the occasion of the 50th
anniversary of the “Way” in Rome

‘Mockery of
democratic process’
Bishops hit ouster of Chief Justice Sereno
By Roy Lagarde

A NUMBER of Catholic bishops


have expressed concern over a
high court decision that ousted the
country’s top judge Maria Lourdes
Sereno.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop
Broderick Pabillo said Sereno’s
ouster by her colleague in the
Supreme Court “subverted
democracy”.
“The Supreme Court fell.... It
self-destructed by granting the
quo warranto. It fell from being
a bastion of independence in our
democratic system,” said Pabillo.
By a vote of 8-6, the SC on May 11
granted the government’s petition
to invalidate Sereno’s appointment
over alleged violations in the
appointment process, preempting
an impeachment proceeding
against her in the lower house.
Aside from the petition, Sereno
also faced an impeachment
complaint over alleged failure to
declare her wealth and for violating
court procedures.
The high court also declared
Sereno’s position vacant effective
immediately and ordered the
judicial and bar council to begin a
new selection process.
Sereno is expected to file a motion
for reconsideration.

‘Sad day for democracy’


Retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani of
Mockery / A6 Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno waves to supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court in Manila on May 11, 2018. VINCENT GO

Church’s social justice arm says


Duterte has no word of honor
Cardinal Tagle leads ‘Collegio Day’ in Rome,
appeals for end to discrimination
CARDINAL Luis Antonio discriminate and the other the Collegio is directly under its daily operations, ongoing
Tagle of Manila has appealed group becomes mysterious Pope Francis, through the programs, maintenance,
for an end to discrimination to us because we don’t know Vatican’s Congregation for renovations, among others.
against people of different them, we don’t befriend Catholic Education. The Collegio is currently
cultures and faiths as he led them. And the more that At the same time, the renovating its 57-year old
the “Collegio Day” celebration we don’t know them, our Collegio administration industrial grade kitchen that
in Rome on Sunday. suspicion gets deeper,” Tagle reports directly to the will eventually serve up to 80
The celebration was said. Catholic Bishops’ Conference priests, sisters and lay staff
highlighted with a liturgical According to him, mercy of the Philippines which has on a daily basis.
service at the Pontificio reminds us that “God always on Episcopal Commission It also trains a number of
Collegio Filippino (PCF), love first” and his love is not on the PCF that is currently volunteer overseas Filipino
which gathered the Filipino something we earn because chaired by Tagle. workers, who, after a week of
community in Italy’s capital. that is unconditional. Before coming to Rome, hard work in their employers’
Kontratwalisasyon and Defend Job Philippines tear copies of the signed Executive
Order No. 51 of President Rodrigo Duterte on contractualization during a press briefing The cardinal’s homily “God’s love builds bridges” Tagle met with the Filipino homes, spend time with each
in Manila, May 3, 2018. PHOTO FROM DEFEND JOB PHILIPPINES stressed the importance of he also said, adding that community in New York other learning new culinary
valuing other people without Jesus’ grace dismantles the and New Jersey wherein and garden skills.
ON the feast of Saint Joseph workers. discrimination. barriers between people. he appealed for support to There are currently
the Worker, Cardinal Luis He said that by policies that According to him, that is PCP is the residence of the Collegio’s scholarship about 27 Filipino priests
Antonio Tagle of Manila has promote a more inclusive, the way a person who knows Filipino diocesan priests fund, to cover board and at the PCF from 20 out of
called for policies that protect responsible and equitable Jesus treats people — as studying in catholic lodging, tuition fees and the 86 archdioceses and
and defend the dignity of society, “we can overcome friends and equals. universities in Rome. health insurance. dioceses in the Philippines.
work and the rights of Justice / A6 “We have this tendency to As a pontifical institution, The PCF also needs help for (CBCPNews)

PH marks 400 years since the arrival of Our Lady of Mount Carmel image Slain Fr. Mark Ventura laid to rest
THE 400th anniversary of the MAKING his final trip to the assumed the post as Tuguegarao
devotion to Our Lady of Mount cathedral where he was ordained, archbishop in 2011.
Carmel in the Philippines tells Fr. Mark Ventura was eulogized as Utleg said he was expecting
Filipinos to look back to the Blessed martyr for the poor and crusader for Ventura, a young but “zealous and
Mother amid violence and other social justice in Cagayan province. dedicated” priest, to have “a long
problems besetting the nation, More than a thousand people on and fruitful” ministry; but only
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said. May 7 gathered at the Saints Peter ended from an assassin’s bullet.
In a “noisy world” that refuses and Paul Cathedral in Tuguegarao What was the reason for his
to listen to the cries of people, City where the priest’s coffin was death?
especially the poor, he urged the placed on the floor throughout the The archbishop said one thing is
faithful “to relive the spirit of entire funeral mass. for sure: “he was killed by a hired
Carmel in the heart and life of “We condemn in strongest terms killer”.
Mother Mary”. this brutal and cowardly act,” said Hired killers, he said, thrive in a
“I hope that that the sound of Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio society where many people are poor
guns and grief will stop and be The image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel arrives at the Philippine Coast Guard headquarters in Manila Utleg in his homily. and jobless, where it is profitable
replaced with silence caused by true after a fluvial procession at the Manila Bay marking the 400 years of its arrival in the Philippines, May Ventura was the first to be to commit a crime “and where
4, 2018. ROY LAGARDE
Carmel / A6 ordained priest by Utleg when he Slain / A6
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Report promoting abortion Vatican Briefing


in developing nations Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly Indonesian attacks

denounced as ‘grotesque’
After multiple bombings at churches in Indonesia left 11 dead
and dozens more injured, Pope Francis prayed for the repose of
the souls of those who died and asked God to bring an end to
hatred and violence. “I am particularly close to the dear people
of Indonesia, in a special way to the Christian communities of the
WASHINGTON D.C.— A report The findings were published last global burden of 25 million unsafe city of Surabaya who have been strongly hit by the serious attack
calling for access to contraception week in the medical journal The abortions.” against places of worship,” the pope said May 13. He offered his
and abortion in the developing Lancet. There is an “urgent need to change prayer for the victims and their relatives, and asked pilgrims to pray
world is an example of ideological They discussed “sexual and the narrative” on these issues, said with him for “the God of peace to stop these violent acts, and that
colonization and cultural arrogance, reproductive health and rights” one of the included commentaries in in the heart of all may be found space not for hatred or violence,
warned a family author and scholar. (SRHR), a term defined by the report the report, particularly highlighting but for reconciliation and fraternity.” (Elise Harris/CNA)
“By what moral right do to mean gender-based violence, the poorer parts of Africa and in
Westerners send the message that sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/ Southeast Asia. Pope’s Lamborghini fetches nearly $1 million for charity
the world would be a better place AIDS, abortion, contraception, The Commission found that the
with fewer Africans in it?” said Mary infertility, reproductive cancers, cost of promoting abortion and
at auction
A custom-built 2018 Lamborghini Huracan coupe autographed
Eberstadt, senior research fellow at and maternal and newborn health. contraception to the developing
by Pope Francis raised nearly $1 million at a Sotheby’s auction
the Faith and Reason Institute. In addition to the developing world would come out to about nine
May 12 in Monaco. The Italian luxury carmaker donated the
“Such campaigns are going to world, populations that were dollars per person, per year, which
white vehicle with gold stripes—to match the white and yellow of
look as ugly in history’s rearview identified as having “distinct needs” they claim will “save lives.”
the Vatican City flag—to the pope in November. The pope put his
mirror as the twentieth-century in this area included adolescents, However, Eberstadt objected
diminutive signature on the car’s hood, then put the vehicle up for
eugenics movement does today,” sex workers, intravenous drug to the idea that Westerners have
auction to raise money for charity. The final selling price of 809,000
she told CNA. users, immigrants, and refugees. the moral standing to promote
euros (US$970,000) outstripped its pre-auction estimated price
Eberstadt was responding to Failure to embrace the goals contraception and abortion in
range of $300,000 to $450,000.Of the money raised at the May
the newly-released Guttmacher- outlined by the Guttmacher-Lancet developing nations.
12 auction, the bulk of the proceeds, 70 percent, will go to the Iraqi
Lancet Commission report, which Commission’s agenda have harmed She warned that the rhetoric of
city of Ninevah, which had been occupied and raided by Islamic
declared a need for universal access women and put lives at risk, the the report will not age gracefully
State in the mid-2010s. (Carol Glatz/CNS)
to contraception and birth control report claims. and will one day be likened to
within the next 12 years, particularly “There is compelling evidence eugenics campaigns.
in the developing world. that countries or governments “The spectacle of pale elites Christian persecution urgently calls churches to seek unity,
The Commission believes that that do not prioritize SRHR have from increasingly barren societies pope says
these goals are “consistent with,” yet disproportionately poor health trying to reduce the fertility of Seeking Christian unity is more urgent than ever because of
broader than, the United Nations’ indicators. For example, those darker people in other societies is the ongoing persecution of Christians, Pope Francis told an
2030 Agenda for Sustainable countries with restrictive abortion intrinsically grotesque,” she said. Orthodox leader. Meeting with Metropolitan Rastislav, primate
Development. laws contributed most to the (CNA/EWTN News) of the Orthodox Church in the Czech and Slovak Republics, the
pope said the “suffering of many brothers and sisters persecuted

Mosque attack ‘wreaks havoc’ on religiously because of the Gospel urgently calls us to act in seeking greater
unity.”The primate met with the pope at the Vatican May 11 as
part of a May 9-12 pilgrimage to Rome; during his visit he also
tolerant South Africa, bishops say met with Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council
for Promoting Christian Unity, and celebrated the Divine Liturgy
at the tomb of St. Cyril in Rome’s Basilica of St. Clement. Sts. Cyril
and Methodius are honored by European Catholics and Orthodox.
Known as the Apostles to the Slavs, the two brothers preached the
Gospel throughout Central and Eastern Europe in the late ninth
century when the churches of Rome and Constantinople were still
united. (Carol Glatz/CNS)

Embezzlement trial of former Vatican bank official begins


The Vatican has accused a former director of the Vatican bank
and his lawyer of money laundering and embezzlement, saying the
men skimmed an estimated 57 million euros (about $68 million)
off profits from the sale of Vatican properties. The trial of Angelo
Caloia, who served as president of the Institute for the Works of
Religion, the formal name of the bank, and his lawyer, Gabriele
Liuzzo, began in the Vatican courtroom May 9.The Vatican had
announced in late 2014 that the two men—along with Lelio Scaletti,
the former director general of the bank—were under investigation
in a case involving the sale of 29 Vatican-owned buildings in Rome
and Milan between 2001 and 2008. Scaletti has since died. During
the investigation, the Vatican had frozen a total of about 17 million
euros ($20 million) in the Vatican bank accounts of the three
men. At the opening of the trial May 9, Gian Piero Milano, the
Vatican’s chief prosecutor, said that at the Vatican’s request, the
FILE PHOTO/CNA

Swiss government froze another 10 million euros ($11.8 million)


in a Swiss account in Liuzzo’s name. (Cindy Wooden/CNS)

DURBAN, South Africa— In the during midday prayers, slitting the up to this incident,” Haider said.
See the yearning for peace in eyes of migrants, refugees,
wake of a mosque attack that left throat of an imam and critically “It has all the hallmarks of the pope says
one dead and two other critically injuring two others. ISIS style of operations in Iraq and Building peace starts with small gestures and kind words,
injured, the Catholic bishops of Authorities are unsure of the Syria.” and in today’s world it must include being generous to migrants
South Africa have offered their motive of the attackers, but have This kind of attack is and refugees, Pope Francis told a major gathering of German
prayers and condolences to the said that the attack has “elements of uncharacteristic for South Africa, Catholics.”Wherever the human person as such is not considered
victims, and strongly denounced extremism” that could point to the which is known for its religious a gift of God, there follows disagreement, resentment and hatred,”
the attack as an act of religious involvement of the Islamic State, tolerance and in which only about Pope Francis said in his message to the 101st Katholikentag, a
violence. according to The Guardian. 1.5 percent of the population national Catholic convention running May 9-13 in Munster. Pope
“We heard with great shock The Catholic bishops said that identifies as Muslim. Francis told German Catholics, “I am deeply worried about the
and sadness of the attack on the they “strongly condemn this bloody “Religious tolerance has long people, especially children and young people, who are forced to flee
Imam Hussein Mosque in Verulam, and futile attack and call upon been a characteristic of South because of war and violence in their countries.””They knock on our
Durban and the tragic killing of an law enforcement agencies to work African society and those who doors asking for help and a welcome,” the pope said. “In their eyes
imam and the injury of two other diligently to bring the perpetrators wish to wreak havoc, and set we see a yearning for peace.”The theme of the 2018 Katholikentag,
people. On behalf of the Catholic to justice.” one faith community against “Seek peace,” was drawn from Psalm 34, which urges believers:
Church in Southern Africa, we Local Islamic leader Aftab Haider another, must never be allowed “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (CNS)
offer our deepest condolences told the Guardian that the mosque to succeed,” the bishops said. “We
and sympathy to the family and was likely attacked for being a Shia will continue to pray for peace in Pope calls dicastery to promote reflection on role of women
friends of the murdered imam, mosque, and could be connected to our country and throughout the Pope Francis has updated the statutes of the Dicastery for Laity,
and wish the injured a speedy and a Sunni faction of the Islamic State, world, a peace that is based on the Family and Life, adding among other things a specific reference
full recovery,” the bishops said in a which has continually threatened respect for the dignity and rights to the office’s responsibility for promoting a deeper reflection on
statement. “Our hearts go out to the Shia Muslims in South Africa. of each human being.” the role of women in the church and society.”The dicastery works
community of the Imam Hussein “There has been a huge organized The bishops’ statement was to deepen the reflection on the relationship between men and
Mosque who have been so brutally hate campaign in different mosques, issued on May 11 and was signed women in their respective specificity, reciprocity, complementarity
violated. You are in our thoughts radio stations and on social media by Archbishop Stephen Brislin, and equal dignity,” the new statutes said. “Valuing the feminine
and prayers.” against the Shia community. There president of the Southern African ‘genius,’ it offers a contribution to ecclesial reflection on the identity
On May 10, multiple assailants have been threats at this mosque Catholic Bishops’ Conference. and mission of women in the church and in society, promoting
attacked the Imam Hussain Mosque before, but not in the weeks leading (CNA/EWTN News) their participation.”The new statutes, approved by the pope on an
experimental basis, were released by the Vatican May 8 and were
to go into force May 13. They replace statutes issued in June 2016,
Vatican OKs sainthood cause for Iraqi priest, just before the new office began functioning under the leadership
of U.S. Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell. (Cindy Wooden/CNS)

deacons killed in Mosul Theologians call for regular consultation of laity in church
VATICAN CITY— The the news agency of the Hanna Isho and Gassan trapped their car with decisions
Vatican has given its Congregation for the Isam Bidawed were explosives to prevent The Catholic Church needs to seek the input, commitment
permission for the Evangelization of Peoples, killed June 3, 2007, in others from safely and talents of all of its members if it is to be truly catholic and to
opening of the sainthood May 14. front of the Holy Spirit recovering the bodies. evangelize effectively, said a new document from the International
cause of an Iraqi priest Fides confirmed Church in Mosul. Father Father Ganni was born Theological Commission. Pope Francis has called for the church to
and three deacons that the Eparchy of St. Ganni had just finished in Mosul in 1972. He be “synodal,” which does not just mean holding regular meetings
who were murdered Thomas the Apostle celebrating Mass for the graduated in engineering of the world Synod of Bishops, but constantly finding ways to
by armed gunmen in of Detroit would be feast of Pentecost. and studied theology live and work in the world with a greater sense of the value of the
Mosul. handling the process The three deacons from 1996 to 2003 at prayers, experience and advice of everyone in the church—including
The Congregation because of the difficult had been accompanying Rome’s Pontifical laypeople, the document said.”Synodality in the Life and Mission
for Saints’ Causes gave conditions facing the Father Ganni because Irish College and the of the Church” was published in early May with the approval
the “nihil obstat” (“no church in Mosul. of increasing threats Pontifical University of Archbishop Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the
objection”), permitting Chaldean Father against him by of Thomas Aquinas the Doctrine of the Faith, and the authorization of Pope Francis. The
a diocesan bishop to Ragheed Aziz Ganni, militants. According “Angelicum,” where he International Theological Commission is a board of theologians,
open a local inquiry into his cousin Deacon to AsiaNews, armed received a license in appointed by the pope, who advise the doctrinal congregation.
a candidate’s sanctity, Basman Yousef Daud, gunman shot the four ecumenical theology. (Cindy Wooden/CNS)
according to Fides, and Deacons Wahid men and then booby (CNS)
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Congolese bishop shares struggles of priests


who do not have enough to eat
DOLISIE, Congo— As ground—yet the wealth is 1990s that destroyed much of within his country.
poverty continues to grow in shared among a handful of Congo’s infrastructure. “Given the poverty in the
the Republic of the Congo, the rich and powerful,” said “There is no safe drinking country, Islam and its money
a local bishop is concerned Bishop Bafouakouahou in water here; many adults die are seducing the young people
that his priests do not have an interview with Aid to the drinking contaminated water,” – even including some of my
enough to eat. Church in Need. said Bishop Bafouakouahou. altar servers,” said Bishop
The Republic of the “In my diocese my priests’ Although the Dolisie Bafouakouahou.
Congo, also referred to as first concern is to get enough to diocese struggles with When he asked one of his
Congo-Brazzaville, is rich eat,” continued the Bishop of material poverty, it is rich in former altar servers why
with natural resources, Dolisie. “If one of them were to priestly vocations, according he had become a Muslim,
particularly petroleum. Yet have serious health problems, to the bishop. he said that the young boy
nearly 50 percent of the I don’t know what we’d do.” However, in a country replied, “Father, when I was
population lives in poverty, The bishop explained where the unemployment your altar server, did you give
according to the World Bank. that the state hospitals have rate is more than 50 percent, me a penny? With Islam I was
Bishop Bienvenu been on strike for months Bishop Bafouakouahou said given a scholarship, a wife
Manamika Bafouakouahou because the government no he must carefully screen and my shop.”
leads the Diocese of Dolisie, longer funds basic medicine. potential seminarians to The Congolese bishop said
established in 2013, where The drop in crude oil prices ensure their priestly calling is that he is utilizing Eucharistic
the population lacks clean constrained government deeply rooted in faith, rather adoration, the local Catholic
drinking water and basic spending to the point in than a “fall back” professional radio station, and preaching
medical care. which many doctors and opportunity. in the market square to try to Bishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou of Dolisie. PHOTO FROM ACN
“The average Congolese is nurses were not paid. The bishop is also sees grow the shrinking Catholic
a poor man living in a rich The formerly Marxist a connection between the population, which fell from according to Bafouakouahou. Catholic, according to the
country, with oil reserves country still feels the effects rise in poverty and growth 60 percent to 40 percent In 2010, 30 percent of the Pew Research Center. (CNA/
welling up beneath the of the civil war in the late of freemasonry and Islam between 1995 and 2005, Congolese population was EWTN News)

Inmates rediscover joy, faith through guitar lessons This ‘pilgrim grandmother’ walked
MANILA— After winning the top
prize at a guitar class recital, Alex
570 miles to pray for families
(not his real name), tearfully said
in Filipino, “I thank God not only
because I now know how to play the
guitar, but also I see now that there
are still a lot of good things that I
can do and discover about myself.”
Alex was part of the first-ever guitar
recital class at the Medium Security
Compound in the New Bilibid
Prisons in Muntinlupa. Having been
incarcerated for attempted homicide,
he had spent 2 years in the city jail
before being sent to the national
penitentiary where Fr. Ro Atilano, SJ,
associate director of the Philippine
Jesuit Prison Service, met him. Alex
Some 15 inmates joined the first batch of guitar lessons offered by Fr. Ro Atilano, SJ at the New Bilibid
is 23-years old. Prisons. JESCOM
Immediately after being ordained
to the priesthood, Atilano was guitar donations on his Facebook inmates in the camp were locked- The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. EDUARDO BERDEJO/CNA
sent to the New Bilibid Prisons to account, saying: “I started a guitar down in their cells for five days
minister to the sacramental needs of class inside the prisons and I need because of a brawl between two MEXICO CITY, Mexico— Emma vest as a safety precaution.
the inmates through the Philippine your old guitars to bring hope, joy, groups. Masses, sports, classes were Morosini has been called the For food, Morosini carried milk,
Jesuit Prison Service. Currently, and perhaps even conversion to the cancelled during those days. “pilgrim grandmother.” Earlier this juice, bread, and water, receiving
there are more than 25,800 inmates inmates. PM me if you are willing to “When finally the inmates were month, at the age of 94, she earned along the way some donations of
distributed in four major prison let go of your old guitar and let your allowed to resume their daily that nickname by concluding a 570- fruits and vegetables.
camps in the reservation. This guitar be a real guitar.” activities and I was able to enter mile walking pilgrimage in honor of At various points on her way
number excludes some 2,800 After the social media post, the the camp again, one of my inmate Our Lady of Guadalupe. she was accompanied by medical
women who are imprisoned in the priest received more than a dozen students ran to me and said, “It is Her 40-day pilgrimage took and civil defense personnel or
Correctional Institute for Women guitars from friends and with good that a lot of us know how to Morosini from Monterrey, in by Mexico’s Federal Police. She
in Mandaluyong. “Imagine how the permission from the NBP, he began play the guitar now, so we were able northeastern Mexico, to Mexico was often housed by municipal
Bureau of Corrections manages to a 8-week guitar class program. to play and to pray. It kept our heads City, where she prayed at the authorities along her route.
feed all of them on a daily basis, not Fifteen inmates, who had never cool,” said Atilano. Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, During a 2015 pilgrimage in
to mention the provision of other held a guitar before, joined the before the tilma of Saint Juan Argentina, when she was 91,
basic human needs,” said the priest. class. “…During the recital, each Faith, joy, hope Diego. Morosini told reporters that she
one of them played with confidence The guitar lessons, he believes, Morosini, a native of Italy who was praying for “peace in the world,
8-week guitar workshop and gratitude in his heart. Alex are reintroducing the inmates to for more than 25 years has made for young people, for all these
The young Jesuit recounts turned out to be the best player. hope, joy, and faith. pilgrimages to shrines around the families that are divided. Many are
how the inspiration to teach the He cried after his performance. I Alex was eventually released a world, arrived the afternoon of separated, some live together but
inmates music came to him. “After could almost see in his face how few months later under the parole May 12 at the Basilica of Our Lady aren’t spouses, or they don’t have
celebrating my first Mass inside his dignity was restored,” shared program. Before he left prison, he of Guadalupe in Mexico City, to children. It’s very sad.”
the prison camp, I asked myself Atilano. More inmates would join approached Atilano and asked to pray for families, young people, and The “pilgrim grandmother” was
what else could I give and do for the second and third batches of the be baptized. “world peace.” applauded by fellow pilgrims when
my Mass-goers. The first thing that classes. “If music is indeed the language The “pilgrim grandmother” has she arrived at the the Basilica of
came to my mind was music,” he More than just inspiring creativity, of the soul, perhaps, music is the visited shrines in Portugal, Spain, Our Lady of Guadalupe. Before
shared. It was at this very moment the priest said the guitar lessons language of God as well. I never Poland, Israel, Brazil and Argentina. entering the church, she woman
that he decided to teach the inmates seems to have helped foster the thought that a simple guitar class During this pilgrimage, Morosini knelt down, kissed the ground,
how to play the guitar. inmates’ self-control and emotional could bring hope, joy, and even began walking each day at 6:30 am, made the sign of the cross and
After leaving the camp, Atilano stability. This was made evident conversion to the inmates,” said carrying a small suitcase and an prayed silently for a few moments.
immediately posted a request for when a couple of months ago all the Atilano. (CBCPNews) umbrella, and wearing a reflective (CNA/EWTN News)

Young professionals offer free tutoring to ‘slow readers’


MANILA— Instead of the population are literate of tutorial this 2017-2018 96.6 % in 1990 to 95.1 %t in malnutrition, big class sizes, of their personal worth and
malling or hanging out with but who cannot understand school year. For tutors who 2003, making the country the and lack of teachers. dignity as children of God,”
friends, Ruel Tenerife, an IT what they read, understaffed have been volunteer of the only Southeast Asia nation Students like Ronnie she said. Formation doesn’t
specialist, spends most of schools need all the help they program, we are supposed to with declining youth literacy Pahimnayon stand to gain end with the kids but includes
his Saturdays tutoring public can get. get used to this emotion, but rates. the most from programs like their parents as well.
school elementary students, “…Cornerstone is not a instead, it’s always like the Cornerstone rises at a time Cornerstone. According to Canlas, the
who struggle with reading. prerequisite in school, it’s first time,” said Tenerife, who when the country needs it the Entering the program at parents’ values formation will
The 32-year old heads a a support program for the even got his boss to donate to most. “For the past years, 13-years old, Ronnie, who was help them “understand and
group of some 60 singles who students to help the students the program. we have several stories of a school transferee from Samar, value their role as parents;
volunteer half a day every read. This year, Housal, a tech non-readers who made it to a province in Eastern Visayas, help them practice their role
weekend to coach and tutor The teachers support the company that runs a real the honor roll in their class,” could not even spell his own in their children’s education
more than a hundred grade program because they find it estate app, donated complete shared Cornerstone national name. From grade 4, he was and values formation; and …
2 and 3 school students in 6 helpful for them and for the sets of schools supplies for program coordinator, Sherryl returned to grade 3 because of help them appreciate their
schools in Marikina, Cainta, students to improve,” shared the 152 Cornerstone students Canlas. his poor comprehension and role in the school and in the
Antipolo, and San Mateo—all Tenerife, who helps oversee in Tenerife’s area during the She even shared about a reading skills. bigger community.”
in Eastern Metro Manila. and coordinate the program moving up day this summer. student from Rizal who shot According to Erica Parents of the pupils
They are part of for 182 kids in his area. up to the top of his class Babad, the Cornerstone are also invited to join
Cornerstone, a nationwide In their area alone, some Falling literacy rate after joining the Cornerstone team leader for Ronnie’s livelihood programs to learn
free tutoring program 182 students who are part of For Tina Matanguihan, who program. “The only reason school, because of his size soap-making, rag-making
organized by the Catholic the program, aged 7 to 12, will volunteers for Cornerstone in for him not to be able to he had also started bullying as well as learning how to
covenanted community be successfully moving on San Juan City, at the heart of perform is that nobody took smaller kids in school, which cook nutritious food with
Couples for Christ. to the next grade level when Metro Manila, the program time to help him study,” Cornerstone tries to address cheap and easily available
classes open again in August. has inspired her to be more explained Canlas. as well through its formation ingredients.
28 Saturdays For Tenerife and others grateful. There is also the story of component. The other component of
“Twenty-eight Saturday like him, every “Moving Up “I realized how blessed I a student in Bukidnon in Canlas explained that the CFC’s education program is
mornings is not easy, but to Day” brings about feelings was to be in a place where Northern Mindanao, who program would be incomplete the ANCOP Child Sponsorship
help this children of public of poignant pride, a sense God could use me to bless from a non-reader became if it does not include spiritual Program (CSP), which
schools with difficulty in of accomplishment, and to others. It makes me more 5th honor of his class and is and moral upliftment as well. raises funds for financially
studying, its all worth it,” separation anxiety for both thankful to be where I am.” now doing peer tutoring. “We incorporate challenged young people
said Tenerife, who has been students and tutors alike. According to the World values formation in the continue their elementary,
a volunteer tutor since 2012. “[I have] mixed emotion as Education and News Poverty, malnutrition [Cornerstone] program high school and college
In a country where an we say goodbye again to our Reviews, the Philippines’ Many students in public because we would to impart education. (Nirva’ana Ella
estimated 20.1 million of tutees during our last day youth literacy rate fell from schools struggle with poverty, to the parents the importance Delacruz/CBCPNews)
A4 OPINION May 14 - 27, 2018, Vol. 22 No. 10 CBCP Monitor

EDITORIAL

Peaceful elections
THE recently concluded Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan
Elections have been generally peaceful. This was the official
statement of PNP chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde: “The
election was generally peaceful nationwide. There were some
reports of shooting incidents today… but nobody was hurt in
these incidents.”
Nobody will refute that. This was the general observation
substantiated by statistics and even by media reportage.
But only if peace is seen as the absence of violence and
when nobody gets hurt—physically, that is. When one
looks at elections from a larger perspective, things turn
out differently. Take vote-buying, for instance. The “hurt”
and “violence” that it has impacted on Philippine society is
undeniably tremendous for many decades now. It begets
corruption to astronomic proportions in all branches and
levels of government. Hordes of goons and thieves are
catapulted into powerful government offices because they
are the most moneyed and always the highest bidder in the
buying of votes.
This is one of the backdrops when Catholic bishops
commented in their Pastoral Exhortation on Philippines
Politics (1996), thus: “Philippine politics—the way it is
practiced—has been most hurtful of us as a people. It is

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possibly the biggest bane in our life as a nation and the
most pernicious obstacle to our achieving of full human
development.”
Vote-buying being so common and comfortably embedded
already into the Filipino psyche, has become socially
acceptable and, therefore, remorseless. Although a criminal
act and, probably a sin, nobody thinks about it that way.
According to Section 261 (a) of the Omnibus Election Code
of the Philippines (Batas Pambansa Blg. 881), vote-buying
and vote-selling are among the prohibited acts which are
punishable with imprisonment of not less than one year but not Lights in defeat Panaghoy
more than six year, or with disqualification to hold public office
and deprivation of the right of suffrage, among others. In Bp. Broderick Pabillo
May 2013 National Elections, the Comelec issued Resolution
No. 9688, which provides the warrantless citizens arrest of
persons engaged in vote buying or selling. It is amusing and
even funny how some laws are too stringent but toothless in
implementation.
Seriously, there can never be peaceful elections where there THE petition on the Quo Warranto Court fell today. It self-destructed by but more than that, people have already
is vote buying and selling. has been granted by the justices in the granting the Quo Warranto. It fell from openly expressed the call for Duterte to
Supreme Court with a vote of 8-6. In its being a bastion of independence in resign. The fight now moves from the
Beware of fake forms of holiness effect the justices have ousted SC Sereno our democratic system. It lost the esteem Supreme Court to Malacañang because
from being the Chief Justice. This is a and even the respect of the people. It has people clearly see now the dictatorial
THAT’S one of the things Pope Francis mentioned in his latest big defeat for thousands of lawyers, civil shown its true and unmistakable color moves of the Duterte regime. It has
Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate. We have to really society people, leaders of the academe, of being now a tool of Duterte. It is now become unmistakable.
know what true sanctity is, how it is attained, where to find it, religious people, students and many a Duterte Court. The decision did not dampen the
how to sustain it and make it grow, etc. It cannot be denied other groups and sectors in society who Another light: the quo warranto mood of the people. It angers them all
that there are many fake forms of holiness besetting our world have lobbied, prayed and even marched issue has united broad segments’ of the more. They resolve to more actions
today, and we have to know how to identify them and avoid in front of the Supreme Court for several Philippine society. Evangelicals and is palpable in the hearts and speeches
them. One of the fake forms is what he called as Gnosticism,
actually a very old heresy that continues to hound us today days to warn the justices and the people Catholics have come together, so also of many. Expect more mobilizations.
but in very subtle ways. at large of the subversion of democracy Church people and civic organizations. Expect more protests. Expect more
In paragraph 36 of the document, the Pope describes in the country if the Chief Justice is Urban poor organizations have joined unmasking of the hypocrisy of Duterte
Gnosticism as “a purely subjective faith whose only interest is removed by the Quo Warranto. In spite forces with the middle class. Student and his cohorts.
a certain experience or a set of ideas and bits of information of all these warnings, rallies and prayers organizations have been organized. As CJ Sereno said in her short speech
which are meant to console and enlighten, but which ultimately the justices stone-heartedly approved Groups from different political before the crowd around noon, we did
keep one imprisoned in his or her own thoughts and feelings.” the petition. spectrums marched together. The not really lose. If the 6 justices who
Then in paragraph 37, he points out the consequence of this In this darkness of defeat, however, various colors of flags that flown have already accused her had inhibited
erroneous approach. “Throughout the history of the Church,”
lights of hope have shone . This this morning along Taft Avenue and themselves, as they should have done
he said, “it has always been clear that a person’s perfection is
measured not by the information or knowledge they possess, somehow is a reflection of the Paschal Padre Faura Street was a sight to see. if there was an iota of decency in them,
but by the depth of their charity. Mystery where life came out of death. Speakers from various persuasions the vote would have been 6-2, with 6
“Gnostics do not understand this, because they judge others The Jericho March was a success. The spoke out in a hastily built stage in Taft dismissing the quo warranto petition. If
based on their ability to understand the complexity of certain walls of Jericho fell when the Israelites Avenue in the morning, with claps of the playing field were level, the petition
doctrines. They think of the intellect as separate from the marched around it. The Supreme approval coming from all. would have been squashed. How could
flesh, and thus become incapable of touching Christ’s suffering Court building did not fall down when The decision of the justices has accusers take the function of judges? Is
flesh in others, Evangelicals and Catholics marched heightened the level of engagement of there justice here?
locked up as they are in an encyclopaedia of abstractions. around the block of the Supreme Court the groups. Yes, there is anger at eight The Supreme Court has fallen.
In the end, by disembodying the mystery, they prefer ‘a God
without Christ, a Christ without the Church, a Church without early this morning. But the Supreme justices who voted for the quo warranto, Malacañang will be the next!
her people.”
We need to be clear about this. While knowledge of the
doctrine of the faith is indispensable, it should not be separated Preaching certainties in
from the most important element of sanctity which is charity.
That’s why St. Paul said: “These three remain: faith, hope and
By the Roadside an age of uncertainty
love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13,13) Earlier, he Fr. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ Belizar, Jr. SThD
said: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not
have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and
all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, TIME was when life was Sometimes, especially in poor and powerless look for It is within this world that
but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1-2) deemed so sacred even rural Philippines, it is the the victors and take their the Filipino priest lives and
And this love, let’s never forget it, should be the love shown hardened criminals killed only option to survive. The side. Unless they do so, their proclaims the Good News.
and lived by Christ himself and commanded by him to be the only as a last resort. Now poor and powerless do not as lives and/or well-being could In the controlled views,
kind of love we have for each other. “Love one another as I killing seems an ordinary much look at their patrons’ hang in a balance always. uncertain promises and
have loved you,” he said. (Jn 13,34) And what kind of love
means to get rid of perceived principles, if any, or the lack Ironically siding with the policies of a regime, he holds
is shown and lived by Christ? A love that goes all the way to
offer his own life for our sake, a love thatknows how to bear enemies, whether personal, of them. They simply judge victors now does not ensure on to the certainties of the
all the sins of men. It’s not a love that is very concerned about economic or political. Then their patrons by the track future stability. Victors today Kingdom of God. As regimes
the requirements of justice, because in the end, in spite of murderers feared the long record of their reliability. could be losers tomorrow. move from fake news to EJKs
our best efforts, we know that we can never fully meet these arm of the law; now they fear When the poor and “Never mind,” the poor and or assassinations, the priest
requirements. only the law of the long arm. powerless witness the drama powerless say, eyes wide open preaches the “kingdom of
And so we have to see to it that our growth in the knowledge There is a justice system that of a Chief Justice being mock wisdom, “tomorrow is truth and life”. As regimes
of the doctrine of our faith should lead us first of all in the works especially for people ousted at the instance of a still years away.” They say egg on supporters towards
growth of the charity as shown and lived by Christ. If we notice who, in the first place, are well- strongman’s instrumentality, this, of course, tongue in killings or violence, bully
that our doctrinal knowledge makes us feel superior to others,
leading us to look down on them, to be rash in our judgments, off and powerful; for most they see it somewhat as a cheek, because they also critics with curses and threats,
let’s be convinced that we are on the wrong track toward true of the poor and powerless battle between powerful know too well tomorrow the priest must uphold “the
holiness. We would be following a fake one. clinging to the moneyed and haves. Now that the smoke could spring a couple of kingdom of holiness and
True holiness should make us always humble, compassionate, mighty are inevitable options. has somehow cleared, the surveys away. By the Roadside / A6
patient, merciful, willing to bear the burden of the others,
never mind if in our human standards, things seem to be
unfair. True holiness is living the beatitudes as articulated
by Christ.
Educating our emotions Candidly Speaking
and passions Fr. Roy Cimagala

Monitor
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IF we are truly serious with our faith, In fact, the Catechism tells us that the full potentials of our humanity. But
then we have to realize that our faith our emotions and passions are “natural given the wounded condition of man,
PROTAGONIST OF TRUTH, PROMOTER OF PEACE should not just be an intellectual affair, components of the human psyche; they our emotions and passions need to be
lived and pursued only in the spiritual form the passageway and ensure the purified and thoroughly educated.
Pedro Quitorio world of good intentions and right connection between the life of the senses They should not be allowed to just
Editor-in-Chief doctrine. It has to involve a basic and the life of mind.” (1764) develop at the instance of our hormones
element of our humanity, and that is Our emotions and passions therefore and instincts, for example, and the many
Nirva’ana E. Delacruz Ron Ramos our feelings, our emotions and passions. serve as a link between our body and other blind or short-sighted impulses
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emotions and passions are “movements what is spiritual in us, and spiritualize economic, or political environment.
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act or not to act in regard to something create a rich texture in our lives. They guided and given direction.
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Managing Editor Comptroller (1763) person and as a child of God. They also should be our faith, hope and charity
As such, we can say that our emotions help to give focus on our judgments, which truly define us as a person and a
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The View from the Mountain Responding to a call to


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Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD solitude and silence Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, MPA

IT’S been a month since I started another


phase of my life—a life of solitude and
spend the final phase of my life on this
mountain. I built a bamboo hermitage
I will continue to struggle and speak out
against evil in a different way—through Graduates,
silence as a hermit after so many years of
active ministry. I am living the life I have
always longed for. Even as a young priest
which I could only occupy for three
months since I was asked to do higher
studies in Berkeley and Rome. When I
prayer, fasting, and writing. Echoing
Mark 6:9, St. John Paul II affirmed:
“Jesus himself has shown us by his own
congratulations
over 37 years ago, I was already attracted
to this kind of life. But through the years,
came back, I spent the next sixteen years
in Davao engaged in teaching, pastoral
example that prayer and fasting are the
first and the most effective weapons
and good luck!
I could only spend a month each year ministry, inter-religious dialogue, life against the forces of evil.” Mahatma DEAR graduates, there are two things people would constantly
alone on top of this mountain for rest, and peace advocacy, and denouncing Gandhi said something similar: “My tell you on your graduation, ‘’congratulations’’ and ‘’good
prayer, contemplation, reading, writing, the killings perpetrated by the Davao religion teaches me that whenever there luck’’.
running and biking, playing my flute Death Squad. Throughout those years, is distress which one cannot remove, one Congratulations because after years of studies, you finally
& violin, practicing tai-chi, preparing I continued my annual mountaintop must fast and pray.” made it. The long hours spent studying lessons are over,
dinner after fasting intermittently. It interlude; I could only spend five months Coming up this mountain reminds the sleepless nights for accomplishing projects are gone,
was my way of coping with the stress here during my sabbatical due to my me of the prophet Elijah whose life was you defended your thesis, you passed your examinations,
of missionary and pastoral ministry. I pastoral and academic responsibilities. threatened by King Ahab and Jezebel. you survived terror professors, and you hurdled all other
considered this a part of the rhythm of And now after over six years working He was weary and discouraged. It was requirements. Indeed, congratulations for doing so. You
my life—the contemplative dimension. at the CBCP—promoting BECs all over amidst the silence and solitude on top of deserve our compliments. We know you worked hard for it,
This kept me from burning out. I came the country and denouncing extrajudicial the mountain that he felt God’s presence, and we appreciate what you have accomplished so much.
down from the mountain fully recharged killings and authoritarian rule under the giving him courage to face death. (1 But ‘’good luck’’ too, because you truly need it. When you
to continue my pilgrim, missionary new regime over the last two years, I can Kings 19:1-14). I did not come here to walk out of the four corners of your university, that’s when
journey—evangelizing the poor, building finally fulfill the promise I made long ago. escape or hide from those who intend reality hits you. You will realize that that victorious feeling you
Basic Ecclesial Communities, resisting Last month, after Biking for Life & Peace to end my life prematurely because of had when you set foot on the stage to receive your diploma is
a dictatorial regime, and struggling from Manila to Mindanao, I came up to my prophetic stance—just like what but a fleeting moment of triumph. You will now have a first-
against logging companies. this mountain to begin living as a full- they did recently to Fr. Mark Ventura. I hand experience of how difficult it is to compete with others
Being on top of this mountain has time hermit. I am occupying the room in came here to fulfill a promise—to answer to land a job. You will either be challenged or be discouraged
enabled me to have a closer encounter the rest-house which I have been using the Lord’s call to spend the remaining when you see how prevailing systems in hiring job applicants
with my deeper self and with the One to annually after a typhoon destroyed the years of my life in solitude, silence, and are prejudiced against those coming from small and non-
whom I have offered my life. I have never bamboo hermitage I built years ago. In contemplation. I came here to enter into elitist schools. It is not your fault though. Many graduates
felt alone or lonely. The mountaintop due time, I will be rebuilding with my a deeper communion with Him and to ahead of you suffered from this unjust practice. Unfortunately,
interlude has given me the opportunity own hands the hermitage in the woods. prepare myself for my final journey, fully we have yet to see our institutions do something to level the
to look at a big picture and a long view This will be my home for the next 10 to aware of my mortality. I am encouraged playing field. We have yet to see our government give equal
of my life and ministry. I have tried 20 years or more, God willing. by the words of a Carmelite hermit, Fr. opportunities to all graduates from any school or university. If
to seriously live the traditional image Some people—especially friends, Cornelius Wencel: “The solitude of the it is not the task of the government to provide jobs, it should
of the Redemptorist: apostle abroad, confreres, and fellow human rights desert teaches a person to be at peace at least create an enabling environment for generating jobs,
Carthusian at home. This has been part activists—are asking why I am doing this even in the face of death… The mere something that matches the ever-growing demand for it.
of my effort to integrate the active and now when there is still much I can do in choice of solitude is an experience of Please bear in mind too, that sometimes it is no longer about
the contemplative dimensions of my my ministry and in the struggle against kenosis and death. The hermit, with what we know but about whom we know.
life as a religious priest which I try to the forces of evil in society. his childlike heart, approaches death Some are of the opinion that education should not always
do every day but which I need to do for I just feel that now is the right time to fearlessly. He accepts it with quiet be thought of as geared towards a profession. They believed
extended periods. answer the eremitical call. I am already understanding and patience. He does that education is about forming the mind, equipping it with
In the midst of my busy life and hectic a senior citizen, and I want to do this not try to avoid death, to run away from the necessary tools to discover and understand the world. It is
schedule, I always looked forward to before I am too old to live alone and take it, or to forget the inevitable necessity of also about forming the person so that he/she may become an
going up to this sacred space. But I care of myself. I believe that this is where dying… By dying in Christ and rising in asset to his/her family and society. That the goal of education
could never get enough of it. I planned to the Lord wants me to be at this time Christ, touching the mystery of Christ’s is not merely profit, rather it also focuses on the education of
spend my sabbatical year here every ten of my life. I will no longer be active in Passover, the hermit becomes a prophet the heart, so that we may become more caring of others. It is
years of my life. I also made a promise to organizing, giving talks or joining rallies. sent to the people of today.” not calling attention to ourselves but preparing ourselves to
serve others well.
The truth will I couldn’t agree more. Indeed, many would like to graduate

set you free Duc in Altum and eventually earn a living so they could help their parents
and siblings. I am sure that when you painstakingly hurdled all
Atty. Aurora A. Santiago challenges and make a total commitment to reach this stage,
you have your loved ones in your thoughts. It is, therefore,
satisfying to hear you say, “This graduation is for my parents.
I want to repay their sacrifices for me. This is also for my
DATELINE: San Francisco, the spread of arrogance and of news. Theirs is not just the house. Whenever your siblings, I may now be able to send them to school.”
California—The 52nd World hatred; it is rooted in the thirst a job; it is a mission. He schedule permits, call her Graduates, it is always a challenge to “die to the self”. It
Communications Day is for power. He suggested that invites everyone to promote daily, visit her every now and is not easy to sacrifice more for the sake of others. But I am
celebrated by the Universal to prevent the spread of fake a journalism of peace, a then. In her old age, she needs not asking you to do the impossible. All I am telling you is
Church every Feast of the news, it is the responsibility journalism that is truthful somebody to talk to; listen to to be honest and give witness to the truth when all others
Ascension. Pope Francis’ of journalist to communicate and opposed to falsehoods, her stories, for you may never are lying; to be patient when others are becoming a burden;
message this year is very the truth. rhetorical slogans, and hear her story again. Have to be understanding when dealing with the ignorant; to be
timely. Entitled “The truth Pope Francis quoted from sensational headlines. A you told her that you love courageous in facing wrongs; to be respectful in the midst of
will set you free. Fake news the Bible “The truth will set journalism created by people her? It is not yet too late to do competition; and to be humble amid success and plenty. Do
and journalism for peace,” you free” (Jn 8:32). People for people, one that is at the so. We have only one Mother all these, and later you will realize that true victory happens
the Holy Father stated that who lie to themselves and service of all. and we must always make her not when you receive your diploma but when others respect
“the capacity to twist the listen to their own lie come to *** happy. God bless all Mothers. you not simply for what you are but for who are to them.
truth is symptomatic of our such a pass that they cannot On this year’s Mother’s Day, *** Indeed, education not only leads you to acquiring a
condition, both as individuals distinguish the truth within I pay tribute to all mothers Another mother who ought profession. It also makes heroes out of you. When you put
and communities. On the them, or around them, and so in the world, especially to to be given tribute is our the good of others ahead of you, you become an extraordinary
other hand, when we are lose all respect for themselves my mother Gloria Angeles- Blessed Mother Mary, Our person. You become a hero to your family, a model to your
faithful to God’s plan, and for others. And having no Santiago and to all mothers Lady of Fatima, whose 101st community , and an asset to society.
communication becomes an respect, they cease to love, in the world. My brothers Anniversary of Her Apparition The Scholastics would say, “Non scholae sed vitae discimus”,
effective expression of our and in order to occupy and and sisters are very blessed we celebrate this year. The which means, “we study not just for school, but for life”.
responsible search for truth distract themselves without to have our mother until she Blessed Mother has a very I just hope that you did all the right and good things to
and our pursuit of goodness.” love they give way to passions reached 97 years old. She was special place in the life of merit this graduation. But if you cheated so you could pass
Pope Francis disapproves and to coarse pleasures, and still strong, even our former every Filipinos due to our close your course, do not be a cheat later on. Don’t cheat on your
fake news which he defined sink to bestiality in their bishop could not believe she family ties. We always pray would-be spouse. Do not cheat the company you’ll work for,
as the spreading of false vices, all from continual lying was strong at that age. She for the Blessed Virgin Mary to your clients, and others. If you cut classes and loitered, be
information based on to others and to themselves.” got bedridden when she had intercede for us so that her son thankful that you will graduate, but remember luck easily
non-existent or distorted According to Pope Francis, mild stroke; she passed on 4 Jesus Christ will give us divine runs out and very possibly you may not have it the next time.
data meant to deceive and the most radical antidote months before she turned 98. assistance and divine guidance If you copied a project or let others write your paper, bear in
manipulate the reader. to the virus of falsehood is To all children and in our daily lives. mind that an employee’s performance is observed and rated
Spreading fake news can serve purification by the truth. If grandchildren, make your *** in the confines of an office and not in the nooks and crannies
to advance specific goals, responsibility is the answer to mothers and grandmothers Happy Birthday to my of Recto. If you were always either late or absent during
influence political decisions, the spread of fake news, then happy. Shower her with your sister-in-law Jinky Santiago, classes, take heed not to feel entitled. Many new graduates
and serve economic interests. a weighty responsibility rests love and care, to the point wife of my brother Dr. Andres exude this attitude. It turns off bosses. You have not proven
Fake news is a sign of on the shoulders of those who of spoiling her. Take her to Santiago and mother of my anything yet. Be humble. If you are just ‘’pasang-awa,’’ don’t
intolerant and hypersensitive provide information, namely, interesting places, so that nephew and niece Rome and amuse yourself. Work hard. Strive more. Go the extra mile.
attitudes, and leads only to journalists, the protectors she will not get bored in Ella Santiago. Learn the value of sacrifice. Remember, the road to success
is difficult and hard.

Spaces of Hope ‘New methods’ Graduates, please admit that you were not perfect students.
There are things you still need to learn and there are habits
that need to be undone. So, learning continues. Be adaptable
Fr. Carmelo O. Diola to your environment, but learn to shun what is wrong. Do not
tolerate evil, but conquer evil with good. Do not be tempted
to be eaten-up by rotten social systems, effect change and be
the change. Society pins its hope on you. The Church sees
I ARRIVED at our office in Cebu very little meaning in the rituals of I spoke in a language accessible to them you with confidence and expectation. Bring a bright future
around noon. About 20 millennials the Holy Mass probably because they with the goal of making the message to our country.
and their families had gathered for their don’t understand them or they find more easily understandable. It helped I know that you have your own dreams and expectations.
entrustment ceremony marking the them boring. But they will attend Mass that the booklet we used was written You have your own goals to achieve. The Church is praying for
end of a 33-day spiritual journey. Each because they know it is expected by their by the author in a conversational tone. you. The Church would like to see the fulfillment of everything
did daily readings from a home retreat elders.” It worked. They persisted. And we you’re striving for. Do not be deterred by failure. Keep on
booklet that reflected on the role of the But my experience with millennials had fun. trying. Pray to God, He is our hope.
Blessed Virgin Mary. This was followed in the home retreat points otherwise. The youngest participant, 13-year When things are not happening according to plan,
by the rosary and short journal entry- How does one ignite the interest—and old Jenine, confidently stood up in one remember the story of Santiago. He was a young man who
writing session. Once a week for about sustain it for 33 days—of this group? of our sessions with a miniature metal embarked on a journey in search of a treasure buried in a
a month we met for two hours to share I began by asking Jillian, a 22-year luggage to reflect on the impact of the field. Along the way, he met an old man named Melchizedek.
stories and reflections. The kids, most of old, to accompany me on the journey. home retreat on her. She imagined This old man taught him a lesson he wouldn’t forget. The
whom were not active in their parishes, Millennials are not shy about sharing herself at an airport carrying a lot of old man said, ‘’Every man has his own personal legend. This
were about to entrust themselves to Our their ideas, and their lives revolve heavy bags. To her right was a woman is something one always wishes to accomplish. In pursuing
Lady of Mt. Carmel. around technology. Jillian suggested an dressed in brown and holding a baby. it, he will meet different mysterious forces that will either
A survey done on millennialS in FB group where the young participants The woman only had two bags. “I think destroy his plan and discourage him or inspire and push him
the Philippines leaves a picture that could interact. I prepared daily tweet- you should check your luggage again,” to achieve it. Take courage and believe in yourself no matter
seems not to bode well for the religious like text inputs summarizing the lessons the woman advised her. what happens. You will then notice that everything in the
practices of this sector. According to of the day. At the start of our weekly Jenine then took took out from her universe will conspire to help you achieve your goal.”
the study, “Millennials see themselves sessions, the millennials had 30 minutes miniature luggage some symbols of Santiago continued with his journey. Unfortunately, it
as more spiritual than ritual. They find to themselves to help set the tone. Then Spaces of Hope / A7 Collection Box / A7
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Bishop urges: Let us entrust Bishop condemns killing of Dumaguete


broadcaster

the nation to Mary


A CATHOLIC bishop has while, the 51-year-old victim
condemned the killing died the following day, two
radio broadcaster in Central days before the celebration
Visayas, becoming the ninth of the World Press Freedom
journalist killed since 2016. Day.
Bishop Julito Cortes of According to the National
Dumaguete has joined the Union of Journalists of the
local media community of Philippines (NUJP), Sestoso
Negros Oriental in deploring is also the 182nd journalist
“this dastardly act” that killed in the country since
claimed the life of Edmund 1986.
Sestoso. The bishop also added his
“We are keeping the family voice in deploring the murder
and friends of Edmund of Fr. Mark Ventura of the
Sestoso in our prayers in Archdiocese of Tuguegarao
this time of grief and sorrow,” on April 29.
said Cortes. The 37-year-old priest
“We also urge our local was gunned down just after
authorities to bring the saying mass in Brgy. Piña
perpetrators of this crime to Weste, Gattaran town, in
justice the quickest possible Cagayan.
time,” he said. “Human Life is sacred in
Unidentified gunmen all its circumstances and
attacked Sestoso, host of condition. No one ever has
Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon (center) leads the faithful in prayer outside the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City after the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the program “Tug-anan” on the right to take it away
May 11, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO DyGB Power 91, while he was for any reason whatsoever,
on his way home after work in except God alone, the only
AFTER the ouster of Chief to pray the rosary. “We also need to do our is the Supreme Court that is Dumaguete City on April 30. source and giver of life,”
Justice Maria Lourdes Around 300 people showed part, more than just pray, trampled upon.” Fighting for his life for a Cortes said. (CBCPNews)
Sereno, Bacolod Bishop up for the unplanned prayer to remain vigilant, to be Diocesan Chancellor Fr.
Patricio Buzon has led a gathering with a simple stewards of democracy, the Roy Christian Gesulgon said Slain / A1
prayer Friday, May 11 outside message: “uphold and Constitution, the ideals of the bishop was surprised by
the diocese’s cathedral and preserve the justice in the justice, of truth,” he said. the turnout of the prayer
urged the faithful to entrust country”. The bishop also urged the gathering.
the nation to Mary. “We appeal to a power that congregation “to continue to “Since the bishop’s call was
Immediately after Sereno’s is greater than us because express our defense of the made only this afternoon,
ouster, the bishop circulated the ‘power’ in our midst Constitution”. he would have been content
a text message inviting the seems to be so formidable He underscored that this on having a few gathered,”
faithful to gather in front of and so scary,” Buzon told call is not just about Sereno: he said. (Fr. Mickey
the San Sebastian Cathedral the crowd. “It’s about the institution; it Cardenas/CBCPNews)

3 years after Kentex tragedy, group renews call for


justice, labor reforms
Archbishop Sergio Utleg leads the funeral mass for slain priest Mark Ventura at the
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Tuguegarao City, May 7, 2018. MARK SALUDES

criminals are not caught but mining advocacies and for


THREE years ago, after the country’s are rewarded instead”. helping indigenous peoples
“worst factory fire” in recent years, “It is an indictment of our in the province.
a group of church and labor leaders own failures as a society The prelate earlier called
has lamented the lack of reforms in that allows killings and on the police authorities to
laws against contractualization and murders to be committed act swiftly in going after the
violations of safety standards. with impunity,” Utleg perpetrators and to bring
As justice remains elusive for the 72 added. them to justice.
people killed in a rubber slipper factory Ventura was shot dead After the mass, the remains
fire in Valenzuela City, the Church after celebrating Mass and of Ventura were brought,
People-Workers Solidarity said that while baptizing children in through a funeral procession,
the country has seemingly not learned Gattaran town, Cagayan on to the Tuguegarao public
lessons from the tragedy and other April 29. cemetery where he was
similar incidents. He was known for his anti- buried. (CBCPNews)
“Together with the families and
friends of the victims, we continue Justice / A1
demanding for justice and to unite May 13 marks the third year of the Kentex fire tragedy that killed 72 workers. PHOTO FROM DEFEND JOB PHILIPPINES obstacles and transform our the country, demanding wage
in upholding the occupational health
to labor contractualization practices. made by law between illegal “labor-only world of work into one that hike and a stop to illegal
and safety and for other fundamental
“We reiterate our call to President contracting” and legal “job contracting” is grounded on social justice, contractualization.
workers’ rights,” said Fr. Rudo Abao,
Duterte to immediately act and is an illusory one,” he also said. respect and love.” Ending contractualization
CWS co-convenor.
implement concrete policies that would On Labor Day, Duterte signed an According to him, work or endo (end of contract)
The fatalities in the Kentex tragedy on
abolish all forms of contractual labor,” executive order banning illegal forms is more than just doing is among the key campaign
May 13, 2015, according to him, point
Abao said. of contractualization but later admitted something for money, but promises of President
to a “very serious” occupational safety
Contractualization not only tramples that it was powerless in putting and end about how we share in the Rodrigo Duterte.
issues in the factories across the country.
upon the workers’ right to security of to “endo”. creative activity of God Manila Auxiliary Bishop
“It will always be remembered as the
tenure, he added, but also “destroys The bishops’ National Secretariat “Work is fundamentally Broderick Pabillo, however,
worst forms of violation of occupational
the dignity of human life” by forcing for Social Action, Justice and Peace what happens to the human said Duterte has failed the
health and safety standards in the
workers to work below the meager (Nassa) earlier asserted that Duterte’s person: the active mind, the workers.
country,” he said.
minimum wage, without benefits, and EO was a “sign of disrespect to workers” sweaty brow, the fractured “He did not fulfil his
On top of seeking justice for the
under poor work conditions. and a “betrayal of workers’ trusts”. hand, the aching back, the promise to end endo,” he
victims, the group also called on
“Kentex fire shows that the distinction (CBCPNews) grumbling stomach, the said. “Endo is a great injustice
President Rodrigo Duterte to put an end
anxious heart, the zealous to the workers. It is exploting
Carmel / A1
spirit, the dreams fulfilled,” their labor without gibing
Tagle said. them security.”
peace. In a world that is being fluvial parade of the image at ambassador to the Holy See, mercy of the Lord are always “Thus genuine working In Cebu City, Duterte signed
destroyed by a false god, may the Manila Bay. Grace Relucio-Princesa, and strengthened,” he added. conditions are fostered not an executive order (EO) that
we be created by God who It was followed with a Mexican ambassador to the After the Mass, the simply by transactions but bans unlawful contracting an
gives life,” Tagle said. Mass presided over by Davao Philippines, Gerardo Lozano. image was transferred in a by a covenant relationship sub-contracting.
Manila’s heat and blazing Archbishop Romulo Valles, In his homily, Archbishop procession back to the San between partners who respect But labor groups said
sun did not wither the president of the Catholic Valles advised the devotees Sebastian Basilica in Manila’s and protect everyone’s existing labor laws already
spirits of the thousands Bishops’ Conference of the gathered under the heat of the Quiapo district where it has dignity. In a covenant contain the prohibition,
of people who attended Philippines (CBCP). sun to be virtuous like Mary. been enthroned since 1621. relationship there is no room adding that what is needed
Friday’s celebration to mark About a dozen other “She stood at the foot of The arrival in 1618 of the for exploitation,” he said. is a policy that prohibits all
the arrival from Mexico of prelates, including Cardinal the cross without words … image of Our Lady of Mt. Various groups marked forms of labor contracting.
the first image of Our Lady Orlando Quevedo of keeping her faith even in the Carmel began a devotion that Labor Day with protests across (CBCPNews)
of Mount Carmel in the Cotabato, and more than 40 tragedy of the cross,” said the remains popular throughout
Philippines 400 years ago. priests attended the liturgical prelate. the archipelago today, as By the Roadside / A4
Onboard the Philippine service. “Mary always brings us witnessed by the number of grace”. As regimes commit at producing priests “who will
Coast Guard’s patrol vessel Some top government to Jesus. With Mary our Filipinos who continue to and encourage supreme propel the Church according
BRP Capones, the celebration officials and dignitaries were recognition, our trust, our wear its distinctive brown injustices, fan old and to the mind and spirit of
started with an early dawn also seen, including Philippine confidence in the love and scapular. (CBCPNews) renewed hatreds between Jesus Christ to a new and
peoples, the priest has to vigorous evangelizing thrust”
Mockery / A1
push forward the “kingdom (PCP II 507). But first they
Novaliches, one of the framers of the As various groups have warned of “The justices do not work anymore as of justice, love and peace” must be promoters of the
1987 Constitution, said that Sereno’s more protests in the coming days, one, but in shambles. Politics has truly (Preface of Christ the King). “interests of their brethren”
removal violated the charter, insisting Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamis invaded our justice system,” said the Priests and religious are like (LG 18). They must exercise
that the chief justice, like the president, appealed to the people to “stay calm” AMRSP. basketball players. To succeed their priesthood in a truly
can only be removed through an and not resort to violence. Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive they must shoot and their shots ministerial way, that is,
impeachment. Secretary of the bishops’ National must make it to the goal and enabling the lay faithful’s
He asserted that the ruling has Shortcuts Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and the ring through the net. The royal priesthood to realize
“weakened” the high court, which For its part, the Association of Major Peace (Nassa), said the Supreme Court goal is God’s Kingdom; the ring itself, sharing in the life and
according to him, is the “chief protector Religious Superiors in the Philippine decision did not come as a surprise at all. is Jesus Christ. In basketball struggles of those who are at
of our democracy”. (AMRSP) said that unseating Sereno “The decision is expected because the the goal and the ring are in the underside of life’s wheel,
“It is a sad day for democracy in the through a quo warranto petition “is not accusers are themselves the judges,” the same place. In discipleship out of “preferential love for
Philippines and it is a very sad day for right”. Gariguez said. “We condemn in God’s Kingdom and Jesus the poor” (PCP II 499).
the “Shortcuts are inimical to what our strongest terms the desecration of Christ is one and the same. Human efforts spell only
Supreme Court,” he told Radio Veritas. justice system stands for. Why not our Constitution and democratic It follows that if we and our uncertainties; only God’s love
Jesuit Archbishop Antonio Ledesma follow the proper and legal procedure institution.” society are to be transformed is any human’s true source
of Cagayan de Oro also criticized the which may take a longer time? Haste The priest also accused Malacañang after God’s Kingdom, we must of security. The priest and
court decision as a mockery of the makes waste. Shortcuts cause short of having a hand to oust Sereno, who work to change ourselves, our religious are that security’s
democratic process. circuits and damage the whole system,” President Rodrigo Duterte earlier called society and its structures after mouthpieces and signboards.
“A sad day for the separation of it said. an “enemy”. the ways and teachings of Jesus Whether or not we are
power and democratic system,” said The group also lamented the inclusion “The wily manipulation of the Duterte Christ. actually who we say we are is
Ledesma, a former vice president of of the country’s top court in the political administration was so effective. Duterte No wonder the Second an uncertainty that we must
the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of arena when it is supposed to be insulated has succeeded in controlling the Plenary Council of the pray, and strive to, turn into
the Philippines. from it. judiciary,” said Gariguez. Philippines has been aiming a timeless certainty.
CBCP Monitor May 14 - 27, 2018, Vol. 22 No. 10 DIOCESAN NEWS A7

Walk for Life: Baguio rallies faithful against divorce


BAGUIO City— In the face of that marriages for any reason to look into their pastoral
the sad realities that signal can be dissolved if the parties care of which the Church in
the onslaught of the “culture so wish. We recognize that the Philippines must look
of death” in the Philippines, there are marriages with at, but ‘gender politics and
the bishop of this diocese difficult situations but there societal reconstruction’ is not
called on the faithful during are legal remedies in our the answer,” he stressed.
the Walk for Life on May 1 to civil and canon laws,” said
speak up against the pending Bendico. ‘Life-changing’
divorce bill as well as other In the case of contraception, In a statement given
anti-life legislations. he recalled Blessed Pope Paul on April 28, the bishop
Employing a mnemonic VI who wrote the encyclical highlighted “every Christian’s
device to underline his point “Humane Vitae” (Of Human responsibility” to follow
Baguio Bishop Victor B. Life) which presents the the example of the Good
Bendico said, “Our nation teachings of the Church on Samaritan who “recognized
is embracing a culture of contraception in the light the dignity in the other
‘DEATH’: a culture of divorce, of the Christian view of the person and cared for the life
euthanasia, abortion, total dignity of the human person of the victim”.
population control (through and the meaning of marriage. “We are called to be mature
Contraceptives) and in faith and allow our faith to
homosexual union.” Effects of the be the principle of life, and
He called on the thousands contraceptive mentality not simply a description. We
present to “to stand up, walk “Pope Paul VI prophesied ‘walk for life’ to uphold what
and journey together to that the widespread use of life truly means as taught to
protect life and strengthen contraception would ‘lead us by Christ,” he said.
the family.” to conjugal infidelity and The bishop then
the general lowering of challenged the faithful to
Dignity of the human morality’. “Humane Vitae” Thousands marched against the “culture of death” in Baguio City during the Walk for Life, May 1, 2018.PHOTO COURTESY OF HANTRY
LEY DALILIS
“take on measures so that
person was promulgated in July the ‘Walk for Life’ will not
The prelate called the 1968, fifty years ago, but the use of contraceptives has led pave the way for same-sex between a man and a woman. simply be a big event but a
people’s attention to House truth it contains holds true to higher rates of divorce, unions under House Bill “We recognize that life-changing event which
Bill 7303, also known as the today,” stressed the bishop. single parenthood, abortion, 6595. there are those who have compels us to act and do
dissolution of marriage bill, He also cited George Arthur drug abuse, and other social The petition is challenging homosexual orientations something for the other:
which the Lower House of Akerlof, a Nobel laureate evils. certain provisions of the and we give due respect to for our families, for our
Representatives passed in in economics in 2001, who Bendico also mentioned the Family Code on marriage, them and recognize their neighborhood and for our
March. confirmed through empirical on-going debate in Congress particularly Articles 1 and dignity. Given their special country.” (Fr. Mickey
“The ‘divorce bill’ portends evidence that the widespread on a petition that seeks to 2, which uphold marriage circumstances, there is a need Cardenas/CBCPNews)

Redemptorist holds first ever New deacons told: ‘Look beyond comfort’
Aphonsian Youth Mission Day TACURONG City— Orlando
Cardinal Quevedo called on newly-
ABOUT 120 young missionaries which captures the desire of the ordained deacons to go beyond their
from across the country gathered Redemptorist Youth Missionaries comfort zones when taking on their
for the 1st Alphonsian Youth to be in solidarity with God’s ministry.
Mission Day held in Legazpi City, mission especially to the youth of In his homily during the rite of
Albay on April 27 to 30. today’s generation. ordination to the diaconate at the
Organized by the Redemptorist Also present during of the Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria
Youth Mission (RYM) Manila, the event, showing their support to Parish here, April 30, the prelate
participants came from the various the youth in general and to RYM said deacons should have love
apostolic units and mission areas in particular, were Fr. Conegundo for their service to the people,
of the Redemptorists including the Garganta, the Executive Secretary especially to the poor.
Prelature of Marawi. of CBCP Commission on Youth, “Our service is not humanitarian.
Organizers said it was a 3-day Fr. Copernicus Perez, CSsR, the Service is love,” Quevedo said,
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato ordains three new deacons at the Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria
sharing of experiences in the area Superior of the Redemptorist explaining that deacons are not in Tacurong City, April 30, 2018. BRENDA MILAN
of youth ministry and deepening of Province of Cebu, Fr. Julius Martin non-government workers.
their Alphonsian spirituality and Malacas, CSsR, the youth director “Our basis is love. Without love, like St. Stephen, a deacon who was look up to them, particularly those
Redemptorist charism. of RYM Cebu and other local youth service is just a routine,” added the eventually martyred. who also want to become future
“Allow the youth to be youth”, directors of RYM VP Manila. archbishop. “The deacons must have a sense priests someday.
exhorted by Fr. Ariel Lubi, CSsR, In his thanksgiving speech, Fr. He also said the ultimate purpose of the Holy Spirit in themselves “Your life will inspire those who
the Superior of the Redemptorist Rico Bilangel, C.Ss.R of RYM said: of their service is the “salvation of so that the whispering of the Holy want to be priests,” Quevedo said.
Vice Province of Manila during “The youth have spoken, we have souls.” Spirit can be heard,” Quevedo said, The new deacons will wait for
the event’s opening Mass April been heard. Now it is time for us Quevedo ordained three deacons adding that they cannot do God’s their respective assignments after
27. to listen to what the Lord is telling namely: Rev. Daryll Dhan Bilbao, will without their relationship with their ordination. They have chosen
As part of the activities, the us.” Rev. Danilo Diaz II, and Rev. Filrey the Holy Spirit. the verse, “Do whatever he tells
participants also visited and did “We have been gathered with a Michael Magno, all graduates of He stressed the importance of you.” (John 2:5) as the theme for
charity works in Brgys. Mi-isi desire to be heard, with a vision to St. Francis Xavier Regional Major prayer in the life of a deacon, priests their ordination.
and Salvacion of Daraga, Albay, be the youth that the Lord hoped Seminary of Mindanao. and religious. Priests from the Archdiocese
two of the many villages affected us to be. It is now our moment to “Be constant in faith, be constant in of Cotabato, visiting priests from
by the recent Mayon Volcano be sent back to wherever the Lord Sense of the Holy Spirit love, be constant in purity,” he said. different dioceses, including the
eruption. has called us to go, with a mission The only Cardinal from Mindanao newly-ordained deacons’ formators
The event reflected on the to be faithful to our identity… also underlined the need to spend Influencing ‘future priests’ in the seminary, attended the
theme”One RYM: Gathered with Redemptorist Youth Missionaries!” time in prayer and to ask for the He added that deacons should be said event. (John Frances C.
a Vision, Sent for a Mission”, he said. (CBCPNews) grace of the Holy Spirit for deacons, mindful of their actions as many Fuentes/CBCPNews)

Candidly Speaking / A4 Spaces of Hope / A5

be sourced and oriented, etc. avail of. things that cluttered her bag. She then of new evangelization in every epoch of churches, with observers from the PNP,
They provide us the moral We have to pray, offer replaced these with sheets of paper with the Church. Liga ng Mga Barangay, and the DILG,
principles that should guide sacrifices, avail of the the words “rosary”, “poor”, and, above “New methods” in new evangelization came together to share stories of their
the way we use our emotions sacraments, have devotion all, “Jesus”. Her bag was now so much does not just deal with the effective use experiences in CBRP. Those farthest
and passions. to Our Lady and the saints. lighter. Her destination awaits her. of modern technology. It begins with north came from Bontoc-Lagawe,
The common problem we Then we truly have to study The budding teenager got the point. mindsets which, in turn, results in and farthest south from Davao. Bishop
have in this regard is that a lot and go through the And she was not doing this to meet are the effects of modern technology. Antonio Tobias of Novaliches gave the
many people are not clear process of developing virtues. certain expectations since her own When computer technology led to keynote address. His one-liner—“For
about where we can have the This is how our emotions mother was also pleasantly surprised. social media and internet commerce, heaven’s sake, let us do something!”—
ultimate source of knowledge and passions help us in The same survey on millennials also our ways of viewing reality changed and joyfully became the gathering’s rallying
and wisdom about ourselves. achieving an interior freedom reveals what I would refer to as creeping our ways of interacting with reality and cry and a veritable hashtag. Standards
Some rely on some ideologies, in all our actuations. In spiritual heroism. It says, for instance, one another also changed, including and best practices were then identified.
fashions and trends. Others this way, our emotions and that millennials “would rather choose to evangelization. The highlight of the two-day gathering
just seem drift to wherever passions get purified and are do work they are passionate about rather Technology leads to economic was easily the encounter with Labangers
the world currents would elevated to the spiritual and than work that will make them rich.” breakthroughs. This, in turn, requires (i.e. recovering addicts who are clients
take them. supernatural level. Jenine and other millennials give me political intervention to ensure that of Labang) of Barangay Subangdaku in
Of course, given our This is also how our hope. If only we knew how to push the the common good is served. Above Mandaue City on April 17 at the barangay
wounded human condition, emotions and passions would right buttons in the hearts of our young technology, economics, and politics are garden. This lush area was once a
to educate our emotions and know what is truly important people. culture, the call to personal authenticity, dumping site until the present barangay
passions properly we need to and necessary in life, what *** religion, and spirituality. These “scales chairman, Ernie Manatad, took the bull
ask for grace and rely more brings us to our eternal joy. I am thoroughly enjoying a book of values” provide a scale – akin to the by the horns and transformed the area.
on the supernatural means This is how they avoid getting entitled Heroism and Genius, by William musical scale—that allows the various Now about 50 Labangers and their
without belittling in any way stranded in our merely bodily J. Slattery. The description on the jacket dimensions of human living to work in families call this their home and their
all the human means we can and worldly conditions. says: “How Catholic priests helped harmony, with the lower value being fellow recovering addicts and barangay
build—and can help rebuild—Western taken up into the higher value for greater and parish volunteers “family”.
Collection Box / A5
civilization.” It continues: “Heroism integration. The conversation participants
was not all safe and peaceful is the story of The Alchemist and Genius presents some of these Yes, “new methods” emanate from witnessed an “open” NA (Narcotics
because of discouraging events by Paolo Coelho. Today, formidable men: fathers of chivalry and and bear fruit in new mindsets. Anonymous) meeting where the clients
that nearly made him quit. He start thinking of your free-enterprise economics; statesmen *** gave personal testimonies and shared
was robbed, almost beaten ‘’personal legend’’ and be and defiers of tyrants; composers, During the recently-concluded the ups and downs of their journey.
to death, lost his money and prepared to meet all sorts of educators, and architects of some of “National Conversations on Church- This was followed by a Lectio Divina
other things necessary for the ‘’mysterious forces.” As you the world’s loveliest buildings; and, Led CBRP (Community-Based Recovery conducted by two young blood sisters.
journey. But he continued embark on your own journey, paradoxically, revolutionary defenders Program) and Related Initiatives” held Finally, supper was provided, ending
until he met a lovely, young don’t quit. Take courage. of romantic love.” The book presents a in Cebu City from April 16 to 18, 2018, with some intermission numbers by the
woman named Fatima whom Believe in yourself and more panoramic view of history of how the one of the participants, a priest who is a Labangers. Perhaps the impact of the
he promised to marry after importantly, believe in God! Church, particularly through its priests, recovering addict himself, said that what event was captured by a priest who had
finding the treasure. From When you feel helpless, don’t accompanied the historical upheavals led him towards the journey of recovery to leave the gathering for a short while
then on, there was no stopping lose hope because hope is and process from the classical Greco- towards restoration was the “eternal because he could feel tears welling up in
Santiago in looking for the not putting a limit to what Roman world, through the so-called perspective.” He was unexpectedly his eyes. He also threw away a packet of
treasure even in the midst of God can do. Indeed, when we Dark Ages, and into modern civilization. attending Mass—he was still a lay person cigarette, realizing that he himself was
dangers, threats, and occasions have nothing left but God, we There is even a section on how the with no seminary background—when being called to conversion.
of near death. He finally found become more aware that God Irish method of confessing sins was he heard an announcement that struck “New methods” involve very broken
it and returned to the woman is more than enough. crucial in this transition. The Church his heart. It opened up an eternal people touching the hearts of “normal”
who stole his heart. Dear graduates, indeed is a humanizing and civilizing perspective. people who, upon closer look, actually
That, my dear graduates, congratulations and good luck! presence. There is always an element About 42 representatives from 18 local have their own addictions.
A8 PEOPLE, FACTS, AND PLACES April 30 - May 13, 2018 Vol. 22 No. 9 CBCP Monitor

Pope names new bishop of Malolos Bishop


Oliveros dies at 71
San Fernando in La Union
A PRIEST from the Diocese Since 2012, he has been parish in Olongapo City and
of Iba in Zambales has been based in San Antonio town the Saint Michael parish in
named as new bishop of San as parish priest, a member Santa Cruz, Zambales.
Fernando in La Union. of the presbyteral council Between 1993 and
Pope Francis has appointed and various diocesan 2005, he was president of
Fr. Daniel Presto as the 6th commissions. the Columban Center of
bishop of San Fernando on The bishop-elect was born Olongapo City.
May 9. in Mangaldan, Pangasinan on Presto also holds a master’s
He will replace Rodolfo April 7, 1963. degree in education from
Beltran, who headed the After high school, the De La Salle University of
diocese for around four years he attended courses in Manila.
until his death in last year. philosophy and theology at From 2005 to 2012, he
Upon his appointment, the San Carlos Seminary in was vicar forane of the Saint
Presto has been serving as Makati City. Joseph Vicariate, director of
the administrator in Iba At 27, he was ordained a the Saint Augustine School
after Florentino Lavarias priest for the Diocese of Iba of Iba, and president of Bishop Jose Oliveros was last seen publicly during the episcopal ordination of his
former Vicar General, Msgr. Bartolome Santos, at the Malolos Cathedral on April 30,
was named as archbishop of in 1990. the Magsaysay Memorial 2018. ROY LAGARDE
San Fernando in Pampanga Other posts he held include College of San Narciso. Bishop-elect Daniel Presto of San
in 2014. as vicar of the Saint Rita (CBCPNews) Fernando, La Union. BISHOP Jose Oliveros of bishop of the Diocese of Iba.
Malolos has died after a long Funeral services were

Saint Padre Pio’s heart relic to visit Philippines battle with cancer on Friday
morning, May 11.
He was 71 years old.
held May 17 at the
Malolos Cathedral after
a 6-day wake. After the
FOR the first time, the “incorruptible” Oliveros died at around church service, interment
heart of a celebrated saint will visit the 9:12am at the Mary followed immediately
Philippines this October. Immaculate Hospital in in the crypt below the
Fr. Joselin Gonda, rector of the Malolos City. basilica’s altar.
National Shrine of Saint Pio in Sto. Fr. Nick Lalog, spokesman Oliveros was ordained
Tomas, Batangas, said the relic of Saint of the diocese, said the bishop a priest for the Diocese of
Padre Pio will be in the country for at was found unconscious in his Lucena by Pope Paul VI
least 20 days, from Oct. 6 to 26. room at around 8am. at Rizal Park in Manila on
Initially, he said that the visit was He said the bishop was then Nov. 28, 1970. He was then
set for 10 days in early September to rushed to the nearby hospital incardinated to the Diocese
coincide with the centenary of the where he was pronounced of Dumaca in 1984.
appearance of the widely venerated dead about an hour later. In 2000, he was appointed
stigmata of Padre Pio. Oliveros had been been bishop for the Diocese of
However, the plan did not push under treatment for prostate Boac. Four years later,
through because it will coincide with cancer since 2015, which has Oliveros was named the
the Italian bishops’ assembly in San limited his physical activities. fourth bishop of Malolos, a
Giovanni Rotondo, in southern Italy, But Lalog said Oliveros’ post he held for almost 14
wherein the shrine that houses the health condition has not years.
saint’s remains and relics is located. stopped the prelate from During his active ministry,
“But we are blessed to have this heart doing his duties. Oliveros served as Vice-
relic of St. Padre Pio for 20 days instead of Visibly frail, he was last Chairman of the bishops’
Pope Francis prays in front of the body of St. Pio in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie at the Shrine of St. Pio seen publicly at the Malolos Commission on Doctrine of
ten days,” Gonda said in a Facebook post. of Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, March 17, 2018. CNS/COURTESY OF SHRINE OF ST. PIO PIETRELCINA
“We hope and plan that it can visit Cathedral on April 30 the Faith, Chairman of the
Manila for Luzon, Cebu for the Visayas According to Gonda, the pastoral visit Giovanni Rotondo in 1916 and made his during the ordination of the Office on Bioethics, and Vice-
and Davao for Mindanao for 3 days becomes more meaningful as the local home there for 52 years until his death diocese’s vicar general, Msgr. Chairman of the Commission
each,” he said. Church celebrates the Year of the Clergy in March 1968. Bartolome Santos Jr., as on the Laity. (CBCPNews)
The priest said that they are also and Consecrated Life. “Padre Pio was Besides being devoted to God. he
coordinating with the Commission
on Clergy of the Catholic Bishops’
chosen as the model for all priests and
religious,” he said.
was known for his care of the sick,
powers of healing and prophesy. He was
Pope approves coronation
Conference of the Philippines in
planning out the activities.
Born in Pietrelcina, Padre Pio came
to the Capuchin monastery in San
canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
(CBCPNews) of Mary Help of Christians
JesCom feted at China docu festival in Pangasinan
JESUIT Communications across Asia. When I was lighting and texture that had “Since I also teach
Foundation (JesCom) asked to submit a list of a film-like quality just like in documentary film-making
received yet more documentaries that I’ve done, the movies. In a way, it set the in the Ateneo, winning the
international recognition, I thought about the one I template for the way we do award helped me realize that
garnering the “Jury really loved, ‘Duyan’. Shortly documentaries to this day, the stories we tell transcend
Award” at the Belt and thereafter, it was included visually speaking.” time and space. As long as the
Road International Micro in the competition. I wasn’t Mangilog-Saltarin story is good, tell it well. No
Documentary Festival held expecting anything to begin explained the “serendipitous matter how many years have
on March 6 in Dehong, with. The win was a pleasant moment” that proved to be the passed, people will always
Yunnan Province, China. surprise,” she said. inspiration behind ‘Duyan’. relate to a story well told.
It was JesCom’s As a product of her own “I was watching a TV She noted how films like
documentary “Sa Duyan conceptualization and design, feature on Levi Celerio, our Duyan remains relevant
ng Sining” that proudly Mangilog-Saltarin recalled National Artist for Literature, today. “The time is ripe for us
represented the Philippines fond memories of the JesCom who was a brilliant lyricist to showcase the excellence of
in the inaugural event project that began production and musician. He was shown the Filipino artist. Hopefully,
organized by the Dehong in 1999 and was released the playing the piano at Mario’s, we can continue raise public
local government, as part following year, 2000. The where guests could drop their consciousness on our national
of China’s “Belt and Road” documentary features the tips in a glass bowl. It was artists for future generations
development initiative Filipino artists Kidlat Tahimik, so heartbreaking to see the of Filipinos.”
that aims for increased Julie Lluch, Levi Celerio, plight of the Filipino artist, The documentary film
connectivity and cooperation Leonor Orosa Goquingco, and and this led to the idea for festival attracted 250 entries
across the Asian region. Lucio San Pedro. ‘Duyan’. It perfectly reflected from 10 Asian countries and
Image of Mary Help of Christians. PHOTO FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LINGAYEN-DAGUPAN
For JesCom creative She said: “I’m proud to say JesCom’s mission and vision, regions, including Vietnam,
director, Pauline Mangilog- that ‘Duyan’ was my baby. since our goal is not just to Myanmar, Thailand, and POPE Francis has approved Guerrero, the first bishop of
Saltarin, the selection process Supported and produced evangelize but present socio- South Korea. the canonical coronation of Lingayen.
and award itself came as “a by JesCom, it was my first cultural issues as well.” For inquiries on how to the image of Mary Help of The statue is currently
truly welcome surprise.” full length documentary support JesCom’s upcoming Christians in Pangasinan enshrined at the chapel of of
and my first collaboration Recognizing artists film projects and other province. the Mary Help of Christians
‘Pleasant surprise’ with the award-winning Amidst today’s digital productions, interested Archbishop Socrates High School Seminary in
“Considering my cinematographer Lee revolution where new forms parties may get in touch Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan Binmaley town.
background as board member Briones-Meily, who later on of filmmaking come into play, with Ms. Dit Sablan at tel. said the decree, issued The archbishop the next
of Probe Media Foundation worked with us for ‘Ignacio Mangilog-Saltrain noted (02) 426-5971 or 72, local through the Congregation few months leading to the
(PMFI), I was invited as a de Loyola’. She incorporated the seeming lack of focus 121, mobile number 0908- for Divine Worship and the historic ecclesial event will
jury member along with other Japanese lanterns in the on Filipino artists in social 886-8447, or email esablan@ Discipline of the Sacraments, be a period of “historic
documentary filmmakers shoot resulting in warm media. admu.edu.ph. (CBCPNews) acknowledges the faithful catechesis, acts of piety and
devotion of the people to the works of mercy in honor of
venerated image. Mary Help of Christians”.
“This is a clear message of “I call on you our brothers
affirmation from the Holy and sisters to consider this
Father that this image of blessing as a challenge to love
the Mother of God with the the Lord even more and seek
Child Jesus has contributed ways to grow in holiness,”
to the growth of the Catholic he said.
faith in Pangasinan for the A canonical coronation
past ninety years,” Villegas is a pious institutional act
said. wherein the Pope, through
The liturgical rites of a bull, designates a crown
crowning the venerated or stellar halo be added to
image will be presided by a Marian image under a
Papal Nuncio Archbishop specific devotional title in a
Gabriele Caccia at the particular diocese.
Cathedral of Saint John the The crowning of Mary
Evangelist in Dagupan City Help of Christians will be
on August 22. the second coronation to
The image was a gift of take place in the archdiocese
then Apostolic Delegate after 92 years, the first image
Archbishop Guglielmo being Our Lady of the Rosary
Piani to Bishop Cesar Maria of Manaoag. (CBCPNews)