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February 14, 2017 – MK 8:14-21

Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop Reading 1 GN 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved. So the LORD said: “I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created, and not only the men, but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them.” But Noah found favor with the LORD. Then the LORD said to Noah: “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just. Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs, a male and its mate; and of the unclean animals, one pair, a male and its mate; likewise, of every clean bird of the air, seven pairs, a male and a female, and of all the unclean birds, one pair, a male and a female. Thus you will keep their issue alive over all the earth. Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and so I will wipe out from the surface of the earth every moving...

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Caritas Manila accepting donations for Surigao quake victims

MANILA, Feb. 13, 2017— Caritas Manila has launched an appeal to help victims of the earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte and other areas in Mindanao. The social action arm of the Manila archdiocese said that more food aid and temporary shelter are needed for those left homeless. “Their most immediate needs include clean water, food, clothes and hygiene items,” according to Caritas Manila. “Caritas Manila once again appeal prayers and help we can offer to alleviate their sufferings through our donations in cash and in kind,” it said. The death toll from Surigao City’s devastating 6.7 magnitude...

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3 reasons why the ‘condom fix’ fails

TACLOBAN City, Feb. 13, 2017 – In the light of Education Secretary Leonor Briones’ objection to the distribution of condoms to highschool students, church-based organization continuously oppose the Department of Health (DOH)’s distribution of free condoms because of three reasons that show why it is not the solution to HIV and teen pregnancies. Engr. Albert San Gabriel, coordinator of the Family and Life Apostolate (FALA) and pastoral counselor of Sto. Niño Church in this city since 2004, disclosed in an interview the danger of exposing senior high school students, who are technically minors, to the use of condom. San Gabriel, who is also a member of Human Life International in the Philippines cited three reasons for his fear. ‘ABC’ “First, they do not know how to use it correctly; second, according to (Dr. CM) Roland’s latex study the condom has microscopic hole through which the human immunodeficiency virus can permeate; and third, since the young generations of today easily become curious with new discoveries, this will drive them to try it,” he speculated. Fr. Raymund Sotto, spiritual director of FALA and St. Rafael the Archangel Parish priest, said, “Giving condom to schools is not the solution to the increasing issue on HIV and early pregnancy.” The priest suggested the “ABC” method to counter the increasing HIV cases as well as teen pregnancies. “Educate the students on the ABC method,...

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More than ‘kilig’ true love is…

PASIG City, Feb. 13, 2017 – The “kilig level” in social media skyrocketed over the week when a national fast-food chain released a series of video ads timed for Valentine’s Day, leading a university professor and human resource specialist to stress that more than “kilig” or romantic thrill, true love is about fidelity and sacrifice. “Kilig”, a Filipino term that was recently added to the new words list of the Oxford English Dictionary, refers to the feeling of excitement due to various romantic situations. Not just ‘kilig’ But “kilig” alone cannot bring a person to live out the fullest meaning of being a relationship, said Maria Victoria Q. Caparas, an Associate Professor of the University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P), who came out with the book “Time Hangs by a Thread”, which is about the real story of a woman who, after getting separated and divorced, still remained faithful to her marriage vows. “Through the years, I have observed the rapid increase in the number of separated couples. I realized that my lack of personal encounter and depth of insight into what women in this situation go through would make any friendly advice that I may give be perceived as either naïve or pedantic,” she explained, noting why Maruja Moragas’ story is relevant to the times. Caparas collaborated with Moragas in July 2011 in the Women’s Lobby Network...

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Priest: Families need to pray together

  DOñA REMEDIOS TRINIDAD, Bulacan, Feb. 13, 2017 – During a Mass in honor of this town’s patroness, Our Lady of Lourdes, a priest called on families to go back to the habit of praying together. Msgr. Pablo Legaspi Jr., P.C., Chancellor of the Diocese of Malolos emphasized the importance of praying the rosary and vespers everyday together as a family. These good traditions, he explained, have become the “seeds of love in our families and the reasons that motivate us to value our faith.” Many families in crisis “Praying as a family always reminds us to love God...

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