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Sending rouge cops to Mindanao an insult—bishop

MANILA, Feb. 11, 2017— Sending erring cops to Mindanao is an ‘insult’ to the region and its people, a Catholic bishop said.  Bishop Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay said Mindanao should be turned into dumping place where rogue policemen are reassigned for atonement.  “We are insulted if we deserve the unruly service of these people,” Cabantan told Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas on Friday. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said erring policemen would be sent to Basilan believed to be a stronghold of the bandit group Abu Sayyaf and other extremist groups or they should quit.  Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald...

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February 13, 2017 – MK 8:11-13

Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 GN 4:1-15, 25 The man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the LORD.” Next she bore his brother Abel. Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil. In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part, brought one of the best firstlings of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his...

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February 12, 2017 – MT 5:17-37

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 SIR 15:15-20 If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live; he has set before you fire and water to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand. Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him. Immense is the wisdom of the Lord; he is mighty in power, and all-seeing. The eyes of God are on those who fear him; he understands man’s every deed. No one does he command to act unjustly, to none does he give license to sin. Responsorial Psalm PS 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! Blessed are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they who observe his decrees, who seek him with all their heart. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! You have commanded that your precepts be diligently kept. Oh, that I might be firm in the ways of keeping your statutes! R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! Be good to your servant, that I may live and keep your words. Open my eyes, that I may consider the wonders of your law. R. Blessed are they who...

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February 11, 2017 – MK 8:1-10

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 GN 3:9-24 The LORD God called to Adam and asked him, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked? You have eaten, then, from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!” The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with meB she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.” The LORD God then asked the woman, “Why did you do such a thing?” The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you shall be banned from all the animals and from all the wild creatures; On your belly shall you crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” To the woman he said: “I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master.” To the man he said:...

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New Palawan bishop welcomed to the ‘fraternity of hypocrites’

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 10, 2017– A new bishop for Catholics in Palawan  has been ordained and installed at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral here on Friday. More than 2,000 bishops, priests, religious men and women and lay people attended the ordination and installation of now Bishop Socrates Mesiona. In his homily, CBCP President Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan welcomed the new prelate to the “fraternity of hypocrites, to the fraternity of shameless leaders.” The archbishop did not mention President Rodrigo Duterte, but “warned” Mesiona on being called names “and maligned while some throw mud at you.” In several occasions, Duterte launched vulgar attacks against the Church for criticizing the extrajudicial killings as a result of his bloody war on drugs. He also lambasted the Catholic Church as “the most hypocritical institution.” The CBCP head said Bishop Mesiona should “remain firm because God alone is our judge.”  “In the sunset of our lives, it is not the peoples clap that would qualify you to the Father’s house as it is what the Father says about you that truly makes us who we are,” Villegas added. Villegas added that  everyone is expected to be faithful and that faith “does not grow in the garden of comfort and convenience.”  He also said that faithfulness grows in the Via Crucis as it grows best on the path to Calvary. Born in Tagbilaran City on Sept....

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