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Our Lady of Piat: Centerpiece of Cagayan’s gifts to Christianity

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CALVARY HILLS IN CAGAYAN    One of the landmarks of Cagayan province is the Stations of the Cross on Calvary Hills in Iguig town. MELVIN GASCON/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Street vendor Federina Taguba was all smiles as she greeted a group of pilgrims who had alighted from a rented van to visit the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Piat (Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Piat).

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Sign maker to be nailed to cross for 28th time

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A signboard maker here will have himself nailed to a cross for the 28th time on Good Friday, possibly the longest time any Filipino has performed the ritual.
By stretching his panata (vow) for another year, Ruben Enaje helps sustain the practice of crucifixion in Barangay San Pedro Cutud that itinerant faith healer Artemio Anoza began 54 years ago.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Palm Sunday: Giving, loving make week holy

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STRICTLY SYMBOLIC. Palm fronds (“palaspas”) decorate Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City for blessing on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. The Church says Filipinos should give the palaspas no other meaning than a symbol of welcome at the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. It’s plain superstitious to use a blessed palm to ward off evil spirits or as protection against lightning and other disasters. RAFFY LERMA

Stewardship must hurt.Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas imparted this message to the Catholic faithful who will have their palm fronds blessed in churches today in observance of Palm Sunday, the last Sunday of Lent and the start of the most solemn period of Holy Week.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

CBCP: Don’t miss Mass to watch Pacquiao-Bradley fight

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Don’t trade the Holy Mass for the sucker punch.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child sex abuses carried out by priests

In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis hears the confession of a faithful in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 28, 2014. The Pontiff has kneeled before a priest and confessed his sins in a St. Peter's Basilica ceremony he hopes will inspire others to seek forgiveness. AP

Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US archbishop to sell $2.2M mansion

In this April 6, 2012, file photo, Rev. Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Atlanta holds a cross during the 32nd annual Good Friday Pilgrimage at Hurt Park in Atlanta. Gregory apologized Monday, March 31, 2014, for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself, a decision criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by the new pope. AP

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in as he tried to appease angry parishioners who insisted that he follow the example set by Pope Francis.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

On 1st anniversary, pope defends ‘slum priests’

A woman touches a religious figure beside a banner of Pope Francis reading in Spanish, "The Pope of the people of the slum" as she attends a mass in his honor at the 1-11-14 slum's church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, March 13, 2014. On the day of the first anniversary of the Pope's election, people from the 1-11-14 slum gather at their church to watch an interview that Pope Francis gave recently from his residence at the Vatican to FM Bajo Flores, a community radio station that broadcasts from the slum. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

On his first anniversary as pontiff Thursday, Pope Francis defended “slum priests” from the accusation their advocacy for the downtrodden reflects a different, leftist church that is remote from conservative Vatican values.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Pope warns new cardinals against ‘intrigue, favoritism’

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Pope Francis, who has made simplicity and serving the poor the distinguishing characteristics of his papacy, on Sunday told the 19 newly appointed cardinals to shun intrigue, gossip and cronyism.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Around 12 million devotees attend Black Nazarene procession—MMDA

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Barefoot devotees clamber over one another to touch the Black Nazarene (C) during the ebony-hued wooden statue's slow procession from Manila's main park to a historic church in Manila on January 9, 2014. Millions of barefoot devotees packed the streets of the Philippine capital Manila on January 9 for one of the world's biggest Catholic parades, honouring a statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers.  AFP

Around 12 million devotees are in attendance to the day-long procession of the Black Nazarene, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said late Thursday.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Black Nazarene devotees pray not for wealth but for ‘Yolanda’ victims

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PHOTO by Kristine Sabillo/INQUIRER.net

Romano Almariego admits he does not have much in life. But when the Black Nazarene reaches Quiapo Church later, he will pray not for wealth but for the well-being of his family and the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

To make sure their handkerchiefs return, Black Nazarene devotees use string

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Devotees waiting from buildings on Thursday tied their handkerchiefs to plastic string to make sure they get their respective handkerchief back after throwing to the Black Nazarene.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Heavy turnout of pilgrims in Bethlehem

A general view of Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. AP

Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations on Tuesday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the biblical birthplace of Jesus on a cool, clear night.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis tells faithful: Be makers of peace

CHRISTMAS AT VATICAN  Pope Francis kisses the knee of the image of the unveiled baby Jesus during the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City. AFP

Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday prayed for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines and called for dialogue to end the conflict in South Sudan and all wars, saying everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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