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Teenagers fight in church vicinity during ‘Simbang Gabi’

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Scattered fights broke out around the vicinity of a church in Manila during Saturday’s “Simbang Gabi” (dawn Mass) celebration.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

John Paul miracle woman cries describing cure

Costa Rica's Floribeth Mora looks at a bust of Pope John Paul II while giving her account of a miracle attributed to John Paul, during a press conference at the Archbishop's office in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday, July 5, 2013. AP

A Costa Rican woman whose brain aneurysm reportedly disappeared after she prayed to Pope John Paul II broke down in tears Friday as she publicly spoke for the first time about the church-confirmed miracle underlying John Paul’s case for sainthood.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

Pope John XXIII (left) convened the liberalizing Vatican II in the 1960s; John Paul II guided the Church during the end of the Cold War. AP

Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century’s most influential popes to become saints, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vatican monsignor arrested in 20M euro plot

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano in Salerno, Italy. AP

A Vatican cleric and two other people were arrested Friday by Italian police for allegedly trying to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland by private jet. It’s the latest scandal to hit the Holy See and broadens an Italian probe into its secretive bank.

Posted: June 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Bishop blames parents, gov’t for working kids

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Borongan bishop Crispin Varquez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/cbcponline.net

Irresponsible parents and the government are to blame for the rising number of child laborers in the country, Catholic leaders said.

Posted: June 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bad parents, gov’t to blame for rising number of child laborers—Church leaders

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Borongan bishop Crispin Varquez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/cbcponline.net

Catholic leaders on Thursday said irresponsible parents and the government are to blame for the rising number of child laborers in the country.

Posted: June 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Spain hesitates on contentious abortion reform

FILE: Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Despite ramming through austerity measures that sparked popular protest in the streets, Spain’s right-leaning government seems to be hesitating on a potentially more divisive reform–tightening the abortion law.

Posted: June 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

National consecration set

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Catholic Church leaders urged the faithful to join them on Saturday in holding the national consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in cathedrals, shrines and chapels in all archdioceses, dioceses and apostolic vicariates across the country.

Posted: June 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Airline crew good only at dancing

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A Catholic priest, who’s supposed to be more understanding of ordinary mortals’ shortcomings, is very angry at Cebu Pacific Air because of its inefficiency in handling passengers on its plane that met an accident at the Davao airport recently.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 in Featured Columns,On Target | Read More »

‘Francis criticized Church at conclave’

Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis issued a strong critique of the Church before the College of Cardinals just hours before it selected him as the new Pontiff, according to comments published on Tuesday by a Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba.

Posted: March 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis: Defend poor, weak

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Tens of thousands, including sovereigns and representatives of 180 countries, witnessed the highly dramatic investiture of Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday, as past, present and future converged for a Church seeking to go back to the basics of the Christian message.

Posted: March 20th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Pope begins to outline vision for Catholic Church

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis looks at the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis begins his papacy in earnest on Sunday ahead of his formal inauguration mass, with a weekly prayer address used by previous pontiffs to comment on international affairs.

Posted: March 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cardinals divided over who should be pope

The Gammarelli family, tailors to the Vatican for over 200 years, has prepared the wardrobe for the new Pope. It has come up with three identical white outfits in small, medium and large for the new Pontiff’s first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. His outfit includes a pair of red shoes, white wool cassock with white cape and wide silk sleeves, a silk brocade sash with gold fringe, a red burgundy mozzetta and a gold-embroidered stole.  AP

Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication that disagreements remain about the direction of the Catholic Church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation.

Posted: March 14th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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