December 2014

Malacañang to keep Pope’s state visit simple

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Photo by Basilio H. SepeMalacañang to keep Pope’s state visit simple
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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a press briefing Monday (Dec. 29, 2014) that the Pope’s stature as the head of both the Catholic Church and Vatican City State sets the Pontiff's courtesy call with President Benigno Aquino III apart from the usual meetings with foreign leaders.

TV network hit over 'misleading' papal visit statement shirts

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In a Facebook post this morning, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said one of the shirts, which states, “No Race. No Religion,” were “misleading” and “erroneous.”

The shirt, which went on sale on the ABS-CBN online store last week, read, in full: “No Race. No Religion. I Embrace Diversity.”

“While the words [on] the shirt attempt to convey the openness of the Holy Father, the [phrase] ‘No Race, No Religion’ are definitely misleading and quite frankly erroneous,” Villegas said.

Young people to deliver 'testimonies' before Pope Francis in UST

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In a press statement, Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P., rector of the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (UST), said the papal activities in UST would be “open to the public at designated areas in the campus.”

10 religious leaders in UST meeting with Pope Francis named

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In a press briefing Monday (Dec. 22, 2014) at the Fr. George Willmann, S.J. Memorial Building of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association in Manila, Fr. Carlos Reyes, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue (CBCP-ECID), disclosed the names of the 10 religious leaders invited to the interreligious meeting with the Holy Father.

Region's top Orthodox cleric, other religious leaders invited to meet Pope Francis in UST

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LEADERS of major religions active in the ecumenical dialogue, led by the region’s top Orthodox cleric, have been invited to meet Pope Francis during his apostolic visit to the Philippines.

Pope to interact with ‘Yolanda’ survivors

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Papal visit organizers on Tuesday (Dec. 16, 2014) bared that the Holy Father would use two open “popemobiles,” one each for Manila and Leyte. The use of an open vehicle will allow the Pope to get on and off easily at any time during his motorcades, officials said.

In a press conference, Fr. David Concepcion, executive secretary of the committee on transportation for the papal visit, said the Pontiff would ride an open popemobile that would not be bulletproof, which shows that the Church is “accessible and open.”

Vatican hails PH papal visit preparations

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THE VATICAN has lauded the country’s efforts in ensuring spiritual readiness among Filipinos in time for the apostolic visit of Pope Francis on Jan. 15 to 19, 2015. In a recollection for papal visit committee members held at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building Wednesday morning, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, papal visit committee head, said Vatican officials had learned about the recollections and "faith-inspired activities" being done in preparation for the papal visit.