Violence against women insults God, pope says in New Year’s speech

Reuters 01/01/2022

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis used his New Year’s message on Saturday to issue a clarion call for an end to violence against women, saying it was insulting to God. Francis, 85, celebrated a Mass in St.…

Palma calls on faithfuls to get the COVID-19 vaccines

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Calling it a “gesture of love,” Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged Catholic faithfuls to have themselves vaccinated against COVID-19. Palma made this message in a pre-recorded video the Archdiocese of Cebu posted on…

Pope gradually resuming work, walking, eating with aides, Vatican says

Reuters 07/11/2021

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is continuing a normal recovery from intestinal surgery, gradually resuming work, walking, and eating with aides, the Vatican said on Saturday, adding his blood tests were satisfactory. The 84-year-old pope is in…

Pope Francis in hospital for ‘scheduled surgery’ on colon

Reuters 07/05/2021

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Sunday for scheduled intestinal surgery, the Vatican said, the first time he has been in hospital since his election in 2013. Spokesman Matteo Bruni said…

Pope Francis embarks on prayer ‘marathon’ against COVID-19

Agence France Presse 05/02/2021

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday launched a month-long prayer marathon to hasten the end of the coronavirus pandemic with a prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican before some 150 believers. The Argentinian pontiff…

500 years of Christianity and the  ships of faith

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/16/2021

My early grasp of the history of Christianity in the Philippines at a young age perhaps can be traced to the “Magellan” parody song of fellow Boholano Yoyoy Villame. “On March 16, 1521. When Philippines was discovered…

Pope Francis to Filipinos: Joy in Christian Gospel is evident

03/14/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Pope Francis on Sunday afternoon, March 14 (Philippine Standard Time) urged Filipino Catholics to continue spreading the word of God. Pope Francis presided the Holy Mass in celebration of the quincentenary arrival of…

Cebuano songs to be featured in Papal Mass for 500YOC

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/14/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Pope Francis will preside on Sunday, March 14 (5 p.m. Philippine Standard Time), the Holy Mass in celebration of the quincentenary arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. And the Papal Mass today will…

Pope Francis to grant indulgence to church pilgrims

Jodee A. Agoncillo 03/06/2021

In line with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who make a pilgrimage to at least one of the jubilee churches. Catholics may…

Pope Francis to preside Mass for 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

Daphne Galvez 03/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis will lead the Filipino community in Italy to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Wednesday. The CBCP, quoting Fr. Ricky Gente…

Year of Covid plunges Vatican deeper into the red

Agence France Presse 02/18/2021

VATICAN CITY, Holy See  – With donations down 25 percent, revenues from the Vatican Museums slashed 85 percent and millions of euros spent to support struggling tenants, the coronavirus pandemic has left a big hole in Pope…

Pope appoints first woman in senior synod post

Agence France Presse 02/07/2021

VATICAN CITY, Holy See Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis Saturday appointed Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first woman to hold the post and have voting rights. The 52-year-old is one…

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