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‘Mercy’ meeting won’t ignore killings, bishop says

MANILA– The 4th World Apostolic Congress of Mercy (WACOM4) in the Philippines will be characterized, among others, by the respect to the basic rights of individuals and to the value of human life, a Catholic bishop said. Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said the WACOM will reflect not just on the Divine Mercy devotion but also on the reality that the host country is facing human rights crisis as the fatalities in the government’s war on drugs pile up. “Mercy is connected with life and life is connected with environment,” he said in a press briefing in Manila on...

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22 hospitals invited to Mass for the Sick

MANILA, Jan. 12, 2017 – The Archdiocesan Ministry for the Elderly, Sick and Dying (AMESD) invites some 22 health institutions for hospital pastoral visitation and Misa pro Infirmis (Mass for the Sick) during the Church’s “Year of the Parish”, which can be dubbed the “Year of the Hospital as a Communion of the Sick and Caregivers” for health care providers. AMESD director Fr. Tirso Elopre invited the following hospitals and institutions to take part in the said event: Bicol Medical Center (BMC) and the BMC Psychiatric Ward Naga City Hospital Universidad de Sta. Isabel Health Services Department Villa Marillac...

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Pope Francis: Having an abortion to keep your figure is a big problem

VATICAN, Jan. 11, 2017– On Wednesday Pope Francis issued strong words against worshipping idols, cautioning against the false hope that beauty, wealth and power can give, but which lead a person to trust in empty promises rather than in the Lord. “It’s terrible, it hurts the soul what I heard one time years ago in the diocese of Buenos Aires: a woman, a good woman, very, very beautiful and who bragged about her beauty, commented as if it were natural: ‘Yeah, I had to have an abortion because my figure is so important.’” Attitudes like this, he said “are...

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Pope: Jesus amazed because he was humble, helpful, not a hypocrite

VATICAN, Jan. 10, 2016– Jesus astonished people with the way he taught and interacted with others because he wasn’t aloof, domineering or hypocritical, Pope Francis said in a homily. “Jesus wasn’t allergic to people. Touching lepers, the sick did not disgust him,” whereas the Pharisees — who strolled around in fine clothes — looked down on the people and considered them ignorant, he said at the Mass Jan. 10 in the chapel of his residence. “They were removed from the people, they weren’t close,” the pope said of the Pharisees. “Jesus was very close to the people and this...

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