Author: Fr. Carmelo Diola

Heavenly reward

“I could never have imagined one of my auxiliary bishops becoming a canonized saint,” said His Eminence, Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop-Emeritus of Cebu. He was referring to the late Archbishop Teofilo Bastida Camomot who died in 1987. Cardinal Vidal is no stranger to saints. He was a close confidant of St. John Paul II and hosted St. Teresa of Calcutta during her trips to Cebu. The occasion last March 2 was the formal closing ceremony of the archdiocesan process for the cause of the canonization of the Servant of God. “I cannot accept Archbishop Camomot to be my...

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Joyful at 25

Spaces of Hope   It is difficult to contain my joy. When I first met some Tokhang surrenderers of Barangay Subangdako in Mandaue City, they were unkempt and could not even look you in the eye, their eyes seemingly always downcast. They just mumbled their answers, in one to three incoherent words, whenever you asked them a question. Fear and suspicion were written on their faces. They were in a different world. But that was Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 during our first Lectio Divina session with about 20 recovering addicts at the garden of Barangay Subangdako. Two Sundays later,...

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