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Public masses in Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal cathedrals resume

COTABATO CITY - The Archdiocese of Cotabato and the dioceses of Kidapawan and Marbel have resumed public masses at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato City today, June 7, 2020. 

Below are the infographics of mass schedules and protocols at the St. Anthony parish (Koronadal Cathedral) and Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Grace cathedral in Kidapawan City.

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CBCP cancels plenary assembly for the first time

For the first time, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has cancelled its plenary assembly that was planned for next month in Manila.

The decision was announced by the CBCP Secretariat on Friday, citing as reason “the present health condition caused by the Covid-19 pandemic”.

The government has earlier banned mass gatherings due to the coronavirus crisis.

Fr. Marvin Mejia, CBCP Secretary General, said that the bishops’ annual retreat, which usually precedes the July assembly, will be also moved to January next year.

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Diocese of Kidapawan set guidelines for "new normal" Church activities

KIDAPAWAN CITY - The Diocese of Kidapawan on Thursday released guidelines in attending masses during the "new normal" masses across the diocese.

Below is the info-graphics from the diocese released by Fr. Desiderio Balatero Jr, DCK, parish priest of Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Graces Cathedral.

Regular mass schedules have resume this month. 

 

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Stop ‘demonizing’ returning OFWs— Church exec

MANILA - The buck stops at the government’s doors to stop discrimination against returning overseas Filipino workers due to coronavirus scare, a church official said.

Scalabrinian Fr. Resty Ogsimer, executive secretary of the bishops’ migrants ministry, lamented that OFWs are “stigmatized” by some public officials themselves.

“So part of the solution is to refrain from demonizing them,” Ogsimer said in virtual media forum Wednesday.

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CBCP head calls for cooperation with gov't on religious services guidelines

The head of the Catholic bishops’ leadership asked church leaders to take lead in showing “calmness” and “cooperation” with the government as the nation grapples with coronavirus.

Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the episcopal conference, stressed the need for understanding and “open communication” with authorities whatever concerns the Church.

The archbishop made the statement after the government’s guidelines on the conduct of religious services triggered mixed reactions even from within the Church.

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At morning Mass, Pope offers prayers for unemployed

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As countries continue to reel from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis offered prayers for the men and women who have been unable to work.

"In these days, many people have lost their jobs, were not rehired or work off the books. Let us pray for these brothers and sisters of ours who are suffering from this lack of work," the pope said May 11 at the start of his Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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Calls mount for resumption of public Masses

MANILA - After nearly two months in lockdown, calls are mounting for the government to allow church services while keeping all the necessary precautions.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the apostolic administrator of Manila, said that “religious services are also essential services” during this time of coronavirus pandemic.

“So when the decision makers consider the essential services to be allowed, they should also consider the opening of the churches and its services as important,” Pabillo said.

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Pope names Tagle among top-ranking cardinals

Pope Francis on Friday has elevated Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the order of “cardinal bishops,” the highest rank within the College of Cardinals.

Tagle and Cardinal Beniamino Stella are the newest members of the group, joining the ranks of 12 others who are mostly from the Latin rite and three cardinal patriarchs from the Oriental Churches.

The College of Cardinals has three ranks: cardinal deacons, cardinal priests, and cardinal bishops.

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Philippine bishops to consecrate nation to Mary

MANILA - The Philippines, through its archdioceses and dioceses, will be consecrated to the care of the Blessed Mother amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The bishops are expected to lead the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in their respective cathedrals on May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela City has earlier invited the bishops to celebrate the feast “in a special way”.

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Leyte priest offers ‘door-to-door’ confession, communion amid lockdown

The hunger for the sacraments has become more pressing among the Catholic faithful during the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspension of public religious celebrations, however, did not prevent a Catholic priest in the central Philippine province of Leyte from caring for his flock.

Father Amadeo Corpuz Alvero of the St. Isidore the Worker parish knocks on the doors of the faithful to offer the sacrament of reconciliation and communion.

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