St. Therese relics back in PH; aid sought vs RH



The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux are back for the third time in the Philippines for a four-month tour, their arrival seized by a Catholic bishop as an opportunity to again campaign against the passage of the controversial reproductive  health (RH) bill.

The relics—bone fragments of the Carmelite nun which are kept in a glass-encased hardwood box—arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Saturday afternoon on an Etihad Airways flight and under the care of Msgr. Don Vito Pabilando, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Malilipot, Albay.

Welcome honors led by Military Ordinariate Bishop Leopolodo Tumulak were later held at Kalayaan Hall in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

“It is my hope that as she tours the country, we would welcome her with deep faith and boundless love so that we may remember her and her teachings as we strive to live according to the example of Christ,” Tumulak said.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, Tumulak’s predecessor as ordinariate bishop, urged the faithful to pray to St. Therese “for our legislators and leaders, that through them the Philippines will give the Child Jesus, whose birth we celebrate 10 days from now, the precious gift of not making RH a law.”

“May the Holy Innocents whose death preceded the Divine Child’s oblation for us guide the hearts of and minds of everyone to be faithful to God,” Arguelles said in a text message.

The RH bill seeks to provide couples with information on reproductive health and access to contraceptives and also mandates sex education in school.

Amid strong opposition from the Catholic Church, the House of Representatives voted 113-104 to approve the measure on second reading on Thursday.

The military ordinariate, which ministers to Roman Catholics in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is hosting this year’s tour of the relics, which were earlier brought to the country in 2000 and 2008.

Under a rain of rose petals and confetti from a Philippine Air Force chopper, seminarians, priests, nuns, soldiers and lay devotees accompanied the relics in a procession to The Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus at Newport City, Pasay.

From Newport, the relics will be open for viewing this month at Villamor, Fort Bonifacio, Camp Crame, Camp Aguinaldo, AFP Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Medical Center and the dioceses of Novaliches, Cubao, Pasig and Antipolo.

In January 2013, they will be flown to the provinces, starting in the Ilocos region.

Born in 1873, St. Therese of Lisieux, also called St. Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, is the patron saint of missionaries, aviators, tuberculosis sufferers, florists and gardeners, among others.

She joined the cloistered Carmelite community in Lisieux, Normandy, France at the age of 15.

She was beatified in 1923, canonized in 1925 and later declared one of the patrons of France.

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    Puwede ba, ilibing nyo na yang buto. Masama yang ipina pasyal kung saan saan para uriratin. Ano yan Circus show in town !

  • indiosbravos2002

    Best comeback of the Catholic Bishops to the RH bill… pray to a set of bones. Haaay! Now you know why the antiRH will never win the debate.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Is Arguelles ProRH? Because all of his statements damage the abtiRH group. Just gag the guy. He might help if he get silenced first. Para lang tong si Bishop Cruz, mahihilig sa limelight.

  • tonyoks

     “for our legislators and leaders, that through them the Philippines will give the Child Jesus, whose birth we celebrate 10 days from now, the precious gift of not making RH a law.”
    relic adoration is the number one preference of the early church leaders to generate income to further their power and hold over certain territories, paricularly in Europe…in short business po ito…
    they rely on the vulnerability of their “faithful” and the fear they sow – eternal damnation- kuno…

    may pa-birthday birthday pa ni baby jesus epek pa…naalala pa siguro yung panahon ni Arroyo na pag may nagbibirday sa kanila may pabirday ring pajero, montero, estrada, whatever…

    taon taon birday, taon taon patay…

    sus ginoo….

    tapos pang kontra rh  pa raw…naku hanggang kelan pa ba ???

  • tonyoks

    saan ka nakakakita ng bansa na ang mga obispo na mismo ang nananalangin na ang isang bagay na para sa kapakanan ng taumbayan ay hinihingi pa nila sa dyos nila na sana wag matuloy???na sana ay huwag pagbigyan ng dyos nila???
    bakit di sila manalanangin na sana ay magbunga ng kaginhawaan at kasaganaan  ang isang bagay na ito (rh bill) ???tutal naman hindi sila pwede  mag-asawa kaya wag na silang mamwerhuwesyo o baka nman eh talgang naghahanap lang ng damay???
    isang bagay ang hindi ko talaga magetz sa mga ito…ang bagsik ng ayaw nila sa rh bill puro naman mga kapunan???

  • Magsasaka

    lahat na lang ginagawa ng mga damaso, gusto pa yatang magkaroon ng catholic people power laban sa RH bill dahil sa ginagawa nilang pagmamanipula sa isipan ng publiko.
    isa lang ang ibig sabihin ng mga ganitong gawain, HINDI PINAKIKINGAN ANG MGA DAMASO SA LANGIT dahil walang relihiyon sa langit.

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