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Snakes paraded in Italy at village religious feast

Dozens of snakes were brought out for a traditional May Day religious celebration in the Italian village of Cocullo in the Apennine Mountains on Thursday. AFP

Dozens of snakes were paraded during a traditional May Day religious celebration in the Italian village of Cocullo in the Apennine Mountains on Thursday.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Poll: Big Bang theory of universe a question for most Americans

This March 2, file 2013 file photo shows a woman smoking a cigarette while sitting in her truck in Hayneville, Ala. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But as we get farther from our own bodies and the present, a new AP-GfK poll shows Americans have much more doubts in other concepts that scientists say are basic truth: global warming, evolution, and their largest question mark was in the Big Bang that created the universe. “Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts,” said 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine winner Randy Scheckman. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Lady of Manaoag: Blue to purple

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LENTEN RITUAL  Devotees pray for intercession before the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan province, which is part of the traditional Visita Iglesia (church visits) among the faithful during Holy Week.  WILLIE LOMIBAO/Contributor

On ordinary days, the image of the Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag wears a sky blue cape with matching secondary veil and apron. But at the start of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, her vestment is changed to purple.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Magbabaya’ a green god for tribe

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MEMBERS of the Higaonon tribe lead a communal rite seeking permission from Magbabaya (Supreme Creator) for the utilization of land and other terrestrial resources that are considered  priceless gifts. PHOTO FROM MinDaNow!

Colors burst along the banks of Lake Danao as villagers clad in crimson traditional garb gather for a communal rite that traces its roots to ancient traditions and is performed to seek permission from Magbabaya (Supreme Creator) for the utilization of land and other resources.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Priest advises Catholics to wear sacred objects, not amulets

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AFP PHOTO / RR AUCTION / HANDOUT

Instead of amulets, wear sacred objects as protection against “evil possession”, an official of the Catholic Church has advised.

Posted: November 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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