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Don’t keep cremation ashes at home, bishop tells Catholics

A Catholic bishop has reminded the faithful that ashes of cremated loved ones cannot be kept at home.

In a pastoral instruction issued recently, Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said that ashes of the dead should be kept in a sacred place such as columbaria and cemeteries.

“I would like to remind everyone that it is not allowed for us to keep the urns containing the ashes in our homes permanently,” Pabillo said.

He warned of “great danger of desecration in the future”, especially when there is no one around to look after and care for the ashes.

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Pope names US archbishop as new nuncio to the Philippines

Pope Francis on Monday has chosen Archbishop Charles John Brown to be his next ambassador to the Philippines.

The 60-year-old American diplomat will move to Manila from Albania, where he has served as apostolic nuncio since 2017.

Archbishop Brown will succeed Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, who is now the Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York.

The country has been without a nuncio after Archbishop Caccia ended his tour of duty in the Philippines in December 2019 .

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CEAP elects woman as head for first time

For the first time in its history, a woman will lead the country’s largest organization of Catholic schools, colleges and universities.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) on Tuesday elected Sr. Marissa Viri of the Religious of the Virgin Mary congregation as its new President.

Sr. Viri, who is currently CEAP’s Vice President, will succeed Fr. Elmer Dizon of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, who served the post since September 2019.

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Prayers pour in for Cardinal Tagle’s recovery

After Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, netizens took to social media to wish his speedy recovery.

Within minutes after the Vatican announced the cardinal’s condition, prayers poured in from different parts of the world for his healing and good health.

The Philippine episcopal conference also asked the bishops to include Tagle in their daily Mass intentions until he recovers fully from Covid-19.

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Cardinal Tagle tests positive for coronavirus in Manila

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelizaton of Peoples, has tested positive for coronavirus upon his arrival in Manila yesterday.

This was confirmed by the Holy See Press Office in a report published by Vatican News on Friday evening.

Cardinal Tagle, who is also the president of Caritas Internationalis, is asymptomatic and currently under quarantine, the Vatican said.

In the meantime, the necessary checks are being carried out on those who have come into contact with the cardinal in the past few days.

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Diocese of Marbel issues new guidelines in Church related activities

KORONADAL CITY - The Diocese of Marbel on SAturday issued guidelines in Church activities for the month of September.

The guidelines was issued by Marbel Bishop Cerilo Allan Casicas. 

 

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Auxiliary bishop ordained for Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Forty-six-year-old Moises Cuevas was ordained as Zamboanga’s newest auxiliary bishop on Monday, becoming the youngest Filipino bishop in active service.

The ordination was held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral before a limited group of attendees, as well as some bishops from Mindanao.

An auxiliary bishop assists the residential bishop, in this case Archbishop Romulo Dela Cruz, in meeting the pastoral and administrative concerns of the archdiocese.

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Former CBCP President retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz passes away

MANILA - Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz has died while undergoing medication at Cardinal Santos Hospital Wednesday morning.  He was 85.

Archbishop Cruz also served as president of the influential Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and later as archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese.

The CBCP said Archbishop Cruz breathed his last at 6:45 a.m. 

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Apathy is no longer a choice— bishop

MANILA - Standing on the sidelines out of apathy or disaffection amid the problems besetting the country is an unacceptable option, a Catholic bishop said.

Bishop Patricio Buzon of Bacolod urged the diocese’s clergy and the religious to “do their share” in keeping society safe and “our democracy vibrant”.

“Being apathetic and silent in these trying times is not an option,” Bishop Buzon said in a circular letter dated July 22.

The prelate has earlier appealed for “prayerful vigilance” against attempts to violate human rights and the freedom of expression.

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Priest from Mlang, North Cotabato named NASSA executive secretary

MANILA - The Catholic Church’s social action arm has appointed Fr. Antonio Labiao Jr., of the Diocese of Novaliches as its new executive secretary.

Labiao, 66, will replace Fr. Edwin Gariguez of the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan, who resigned from the National Secretariat for Social Action (Nassa) effective July 31.

“I personally would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for all the support, solidarity and collaboration that you extended to NASSA Caritas Philippines through the years during my term,” Fr. Gariguez said.

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