Labella welcomes offers to use churches, school gym as vaccination sites

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 05/27/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella welcomed the offer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to use the churches as vaccination sites in the city. Since there are at least 19…

After CBCP’s offer, NITAG proposes use of churches as vaccination hubs

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 05/24/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) has taken up the Catholic Church’s offer to use its churches as vaccination hubs amid the expected delivery of more COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Department of Health…

PH tops with most baptisms of young children

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/14/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Five hundred years ago, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan made history by introducing Roman Catholicism in the archipelago. Cebu’s then ruler Rajah Humabon, his wife Hara Humamay (also known today as Queen Juana), and…

No more than 10 bishops to attend baptism reenactment in Cebu 

Morexette Marie Erram 04/12/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—No more than 10 bishops, including the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, will be attending the ceremonial reenactment of the first baptism in Cebu this Wednesday, April 14, 2021, church officials announced.  Organizers of the…

Pope Francis appoints Tagle to ‘Vatican’s central bank’, says CBCP

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 02/24/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis has named former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as a member of an office in the Roman Curia that acts as the “Vatican’s central bank,” the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the…

CBCP clarifies Pope’s stand on same-sex unions

Jodee Agoncillo 10/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis remains consistent with the Catholic perspective on marriage and family, while refusing “to reject those who are unable to enter into marriage and build family because of circumstances in their lives,” the…

Swiss guard with Filipino blood has roots from Bantayan

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Vatican has recently sworn 38 new members of the Swiss Guard, and one of them happened to be of Swiss and Filipino descent with roots in Santa Fe town in Bantayan Island.…

Church starts 200-day online countdown to Christianity’s quincentenary celebration

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/28/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Roman Catholic Church here in Cebu have started the 200-day countdown for the quincentenary celebration of Christianity. The Archdiocese of Cebu, through an online briefing on Saturday, September 26, kicked off the…

CBCP: Going to cemeteries not an obligation

Jodee A. Agoncillo 09/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines — As Metro Manila cemeteries were ordered shut down from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the public to view the “Undas” season with more understanding…

Archbishop Cruz laid to rest in Dagupan

Yolanda Sotelo 08/29/2020

DAGUPAN CITY—When the quake-hit St. John Cathedral here was being restored in mid-1990s, Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz had told reporters touring the church ruins that he wanted to be buried there someday. At 10 a.m. on Friday,…

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”…

CBCP: Death penalty not a solution to crime

DJ Yap, Marlon Ramos, TIna Santos 07/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Catholic Church leaders maintained that capital punishment, in whatever form it comes, is never a deterrent to crime. “Studies have proven this time and again,” said Bishop Jose Baylon, who heads the Catholic Bishops’…

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