Be kind to your mother-in-law, urges Pope Francis

Agence France Presse 04/28/2022

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Catholics to honor the elderly and take care of family bonds, also taking the opportunity to return to the thorny subject of mothers-in-law. In 2015, Francis sparked laughter on a visit…

What to expect in this year’s Holy Week in Cebu

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/01/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The entire island of Cebu remained under the most lenient classification of community quarantine this April. With this, devotees are allowed to go to churches, albeit in limited capacity, in observance of this year’s Holy…

‘Be inspired by San Pedro Calungsod’

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/18/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—As the feast of San Pedro Calungsod nears, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged Catholics to take inspiration from the Visayan saint.  Palma presided over the Opening Salvo Mass for the 22nd feast of San Pedro…

As Lenten season starts, Palma reminds Catholics not to forget its ‘essence and tradition’

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/18/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—As the season of Lent began, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma reminded devotees here of its real essence and tradition.  Palma officiated a virtual Ash Wednesday Mass last February 17, 2021, which was attended only by…

CBCP calls for noontime prayers starting Aug. 15

Tina G. Santos 08/14/2020

Catholic bishops have urged the faithful to participate in a collective prayer for the “healing” of the nation amid the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The bishops particularly asked the faithful to pray “10 Hail Mary’s daily”…

Palma to priests: Offer hosts by the hand during communion to fight coronavirus

Futch Anthony Inso 01/29/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma is urging priests to offer the communion by the hand instead of putting the host into the mouth of a faithful during masses as a precautionary measure against the…

Things you can do on Christmas Day

Immae Lachica 12/25/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Christmas Day is finally here! It may be a rainy Christmas for most of the people in Cebu, but don’t let the gloomy weather get in the way of celebrating the birth of Jesus…

How Cebuanos celebrate Good Friday in photos

04/19/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — On Good Friday, Catholics around the world reflect on the passion of Christ. In Cebu, some of the faithful celebrate this day by doing the Way of the Cross in churches or in…

Faithful urged: Preserve Holy Week’s solemnity, celebrate traditions with family

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/15/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma is encouraging the faithful to keep the next days solemn through prayer and sacrifice as they celebrate the Holy Week. The prelate said in a press conference on Holy…

Catholics start 9-day Misa de Gallo today

Jessa Mae O. Sotto 12/15/2018

Public advised to secure homes as criminals are expected to strike Thousands of Catholics flock to different churches at the break of dawn today for the start of the traditional nine-day Masses popularly known as Misa de…

Why do Catholics celebrate the Virgin Mary’s birthday on September 8?

Francis B. Ongkingco 09/07/2018

Today, many may no longer realize its connection with December 8 — nine months before September— when we celebrate the solemnity of Her Immaculate Conception. Historically, however, Mary’s birthday was already being celebrated by the Church even…

Palma reminds faithful: Lent is not time for vacation

Jessa Mae O. Sotto 03/28/2018

Instead of traveling for vacation or leisure, the Holy Week should be a period for Catholics to engage in a spiritual journey with Christ, the Church leader said. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma reminded the Catholic faithful that…

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