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Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

Pope Francis listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech at the Presidential palace in Ankara, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbaric violence” being committed in Islam’s name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

PH to secure Pope Francis in custom-built ‘popemobile’

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The Philippines will custom-build a “popemobile” for Pope Francis to travel in during his visit to the fervently Catholic nation in January, organizers said Thursday.

Posted: November 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Gov’t to rebuild only 10 of 25 churches

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October 13, 2014
Loay church after  being heavily damaged by the October 15 earthquake that occured in the province 1 year ago.  --
On October 15, 2013 at 8:12 am a 7.5 earthquake shook through the Bohol and Cebu province killing 222 people and leaving thousands of infrastructure damaged beyond repair. It was the deadliest earthquake in the Philippines in 23 years. Centuries old churches, some built since 1602 by Jesuit missionaries succumbed to the force of the earthquake and were destroyed beyond recognition. From the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Church of Our Lady of Light in Loon, Santissima Trinidad Parish in Loay, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, Our Lady of Assumption Church in Dauis, St. Isidore the Farmer Church in tubigon and Santa Cruz Church in Maribojoc. 
An outline on acetate showing the former structures of the churches were overlapped with new photographs taken a year after the devastation is shown here, a before and after look , of the iconic churches that once symbolised the soul of the community, and now evidence of nature's true power.
INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

“Let’s admit it. No one was really prepared [for this]. The sheer magnitude of the destruction was and remains unprecedented,” conservation architect Melva Rodriguez-Java said, summing up the difficulty of rebuilding the churches damaged by last year’s earthquake.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Bohol quake: Remembering, healing at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday

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Baclayon church. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

  CEBU—At exactly 8:12 a.m. on Wednesday, at least a thousand Catholic devotees stood in silence for about a minute in the middle of the Mass at the pilgrim center of the Basilica Minore de Sto. Niño in downtown Cebu City.   They then lit candles and offered prayers for the 223 people who died […]

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Canadian ex-priest guilty on 24 sex charges

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A Canadian judge has found a former Roman Catholic priest guilty of 24 of the 70-plus sex-related charges he faced involving Inuit children more than 30 years ago.

Posted: September 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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