• Five days of mercy

    In his apostolic voyage to the Philippines, the third country he is visiting in Asia, from January 15 to 19, Pope Francis is not only hand carrying the message of mercy and the joy of the Gospel to the Filipino people, but also putting these teachings into action. Aside from meeting with civil and religious leaders, families, and the youth, the Holy Father is having an encounter with the poor, the…

    Five days of mercy
  • The religious as prophets

    Pope Francis’ vision is not limited to the governance of the Universal Church but has its practical applications in religious life. His words and actions should move consecrated men and women to be at the forefront of the Church to announce the Good News and denounce evil – as prophets did.

    The religious as prophets
  • An encounter at the margins

    Religious life, especially among well-established congregations, seems to be defined by a society or order’s tenets and confined within a monastery or a convent’s four walls. However, the result in limiting oneself to these rules and seemingly routine activities may be a misguided sense of mission or fleeting enthusiasm to serve others. The religious should, therefore, actively seek ways to

    An encounter at the margins
  • The "Francis Effect": Why is it taking so long to reach us?

    Since the election of Pope Francis, a wave of renewal, known as the “Francis effect,” has hit many within the Church, and even those outside of it. However, the “effect” does not seem to be reaching those areas, particularly missionary institutes, where zeal and renewal are needed the most. Only with a deeper appreciation, and not a mere superficial understanding, of the Pope’s pronouncements can…

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Frontiers

Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. Teeming with life, they are a source of livelihood for many people in the Asia-Pacific, particularly in the Philippines. Continual environmental degradation caused by man’s abuse, however, may eventually render this “cradle of life” into a “graveyard in the sea” if man does not take care of this gift from God.

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Frontiers

After news about the violence perpetrated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria spread all over the world, many religious and non-government organizations pressured nations to act aggressively to neutralize the jihadist group. Despite being the subject of persecution, however, Christians, particularly the Catholic Church, have continually emphasized the need for a peaceful intervention to the…

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Filipino Focus | Empowering the Young

Nowadays, the youth are widely regarded as a lost cause because of their trivial pursuits and priorities. In Cavite, however, a group of teenagers, formerly street children themselves, is changing this perception, not only by teaching life skills to the youth in surrounding communities but by transforming these children’s lives for the better.

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Insight | Being Hospitable

Global violence is growing. While we are not facing the prospect of large-scale wars, there are many deadly conflicts that are killing, wounding, and displacing millions of people around the world. These are ethnic conflicts and religious wars between sects, tribes and indigenous rebels. What possible belief and value is universal enough to appeal to all sides and groups and help to end the…

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WM Special | The Joy of the Gopsel

Joy has always been a key word and a main idea in Scriptures and Church teachings. But it is often reduced to a dictionary definition because it is taken for granted. The true meaning of joy, however, is ever so intricately woven into the Gospel narratives, and can only be discovered in Him for whom the Gospels were written.

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WM Special | Changing Gears

Religious life, especially among well-established congregations, seems to be defined by a society or order’s tenets and confined within a monastery or a convent’s four walls. However, the result in limiting oneself to these rules and seemingly routine activities may be a misguided sense of mission or fleeting enthusiasm to serve others. The religious should, therefore, actively seek ways to…

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WM Special | The Joy of the Gospel

The Catholic Church asserts that the Gospel and the deposit of faith are constants; they do not change with the passing of time. However, the Church also holds that the teachings of Christ are best interpreted, received, and shared if one considers the current social, cultural, and political realities of the human situation, humanity’s ups and downs, the “signs of the times.” It is with such clear…

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WM Special | Changing Gears

Pope Francis’ vision is not limited to the governance of the Universal Church but has its practical applications in religious life. His words and actions should move consecrated men and women to be at the forefront of the Church to announce the Good News and denounce evil – as prophets did.

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WM Special | The Joy of the Gospel

As part of his Petrine duty, Pope Francis offers his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, a reflection on the propositions made during the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops held in Rome last 7-28 October 2012, with the theme “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” Evangelii Gaudium has six parts: an introduction, 5 chapters, and a…

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In Focus | Papal Visit To The Philippines

In his apostolic voyage to the Philippines, the third country he is visiting in Asia, from January 15 to 19, Pope Francis is not only hand carrying the message of mercy and the joy of the Gospel to the Filipino people, but also putting these teachings into action. Aside from meeting with civil and religious leaders, families, and the youth, the Holy Father is having an encounter with the poor, the…

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In Focus | Hospital Chaplains

With further advances in treatment techniques and counseling and rethinking of theological premises, hospitals’ pastoral care becomes even more critical in the lives of patients and families. Is pastoral care relevant in the contemporary scene? Absolutely!

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WM Special | Changing Gears

Since the election of Pope Francis, a wave of renewal, known as the “Francis effect,” has hit many within the Church, and even those outside of it. However, the “effect” does not seem to be reaching those areas, particularly missionary institutes, where zeal and renewal are needed the most. Only with a deeper appreciation, and not a mere superficial understanding, of the Pope’s pronouncements can…