Hope even in darkness, poverty and suffering, Duterte tells Filipinos

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 12/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Christmas eve urged Filipinos to draw hope from Christ’s birth as the country faces the COVID-19 pandemic. In his Christmas message, Duterte, criticized for his crass language and for having called…

Organizers: Sugat-Kabanhawan 2019 more than just an Easter Sunday stage play

Zena V. Magto 04/21/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines – At least 200 angels waited for the risen Christ. Fireworks lit the stage as Jesus Christ ascended into heaven. These were just among the new attractions in this year’s Sugat-Kabanhawan festival that was…

Solemnity of Christ the King celebration to mark end of liturgical year

Futch Anthony Inso 11/20/2018

THE Archdiocese of Cebu is now 80 percent ready for the upcoming celebration of the solemnity of “Christ the King” on Sunday. “As we all know we are celebrating the Christ the King to end up the…

Christ’s revolution of love

Radel Paredes 03/31/2018

As we celebrate Easter today, we ponder on what the resurrection of Christ really meant for each of us and the whole human civilization. Under the brutal hands of the ancient Romans, Christ went through the worst…

A sestina for Easter Sunday

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 03/31/2018

How completely confused is history. To me it seems to keep clear of the answers, Always like leaves blown away by the questions Until they stop before the utmost riddle, That baffling labyrinth, the whorl of time,…

Vidal’s final vestment explained

Ador Vincent S. Mayol 10/23/2017

RED CHASUBLE Do you ever wonder why Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal wears a red chasuble as his final vestment? Msgr. Joseph Tan, media liaison officer of the Archdiocese of Cebu, explained the significance behind the…

Christ recrucified

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 05/20/2017

In 1953, Nikos Kazantzakis published a novel entitled, “The Greek Passion.” It is set in the 1920s, towards the end of the Greco-Turkish war. The village of Lycovrissi, which lies inside Turkey, holds a live Passion play…

A Via Lucis

Jason A. Baguia 04/21/2017

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. R. Because by the wood of the Cross and the light of the Resurrection You have redeemed the world. First Station: Jesus rises from the dead. Why…

Lording it over life

Jason A. Baguia 04/07/2017

Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao tried to wear the theologian’s gown in his campaign for the return of capital punishment to the Philippine penal code. In August 2016, addressing opponents, he asked, “Are we greater than God because God…

The tears of God

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 04/01/2017

In Padua, northern Italy, at the Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), we find frescoes done by Giotto portraying scenes from the life of Christ. One of them depicts an incident narrated in the Gospel of John, about the…

The blind eyewitness

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 03/25/2017

On the way to the parking area at the basement of a mall, I would notice people sitting outside a room. They seemed to be waiting. One day, my curiosity at last getting the better of me,…

God in ‘Silence’

Jason A. Baguia 03/24/2017

One weekend, some of my colleagues at the University of the Philippines Cebu and I watched Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The movie, nominated for achievement in cinematography in this year’s Academy Awards, is based on an eponymous novel…

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