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Celebrating Easter and creativity in New York

Easter-Parade

Some wore their Sunday best in New York’s annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, but others simply spruced up their St. Patrick’s Day or Halloween outfits.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Pope washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim

Pope Francis kneels to wash the foot of a man at the Don Gnocchi Foundation Center in Rome, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The Pontiff has washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve like a "slave." Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center just two weeks after his election helped define his rule-breaking papacy. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican's own regulations that the ritual be performed only on men since Jesus' 12 apostles were men. The 2014 edition brought Francis to a center for the elderly and disabled Thursday. Francis kneeled down, washed, dried and kissed the feet of a dozen people, some in wheelchairs. He said the ritual is a gesture of "a slave's service." (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome on Thursday imitating Jesus Christ’s humility.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Residents, tourists urged to take part in Makati’s Lenten activities

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With preparations for the Holy Week in Makati City in full swing, city officials are inviting the Catholic faithful as well as tourists to visit Barangay (village) Poblacion and take part in its traditional Lenten practices.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Lenten ‘zarzuela’ grandmas’ vow

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In a bastion of Roman Catholicism like Pampanga province, Holy Week sees penitents carrying heavy wooden crosses for 100 or so kilometers with their backs bloodied by glass shards and bamboo whips, or volunteering to be crucified with steel nails hammered into their hands and feet.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

In Ligao City, a hill beckons to Lenten devotees

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Life-size statues depicting the suffering of Christ attract devotees to Kawa-Kawa Nature Park in Ligao City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Thousands of devotees are expected to climb the 250-meter-high Kawa-Kawa Hill in Barangay Tuburan in this city where life-size sculptures depicting the Way of the Cross offer a unique Lenten experience.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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