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Vol. 11 No. 8
April 16-29, 2007 Limbo Reflects
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NASSA, NAMFREL Join Hands for Quick Count in May PollsTHE Catholic Churchs social action arm and the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) have agreed to step up their cooperation for the conduct of a quick count for the May 14 elections. NAMFREL Chairman Edward Go said an accord has been signed with the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) to work together using eachNASSA / P4
Church Stands Firm Against ContraceptivesDESPITE social survey results, the Catholic Church remains undaunted with its firm stand on family planning. Pulse Asia survey recently showed that nine out of ten Filipinos support artificial birth control programs. The survey, which was based on 1,800 respondents nationwide, also showed 75 percent of voters will support candidates in the May 14 elections who endorse government funding for family planning.Church Stands / P4
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CBCP Calls for Prayer for Clean PollsTHE Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has appealed to Filipinos to remain steadfast in prayer as the country prepares for the May 14 polls. According to CBCP president Archbishop Angel Lagdameo it is significant to seek Gods intercession to prevent evil from getting in control and avoid others from doing evil things during polls. Lagdameo, who is also the archbishop of Jaro in Iloilo, said this in his latest pastoral statement about the next months synchronized local and national elections. We exhort everyone to be vigilant, to pray and to offer penance for this intention, the CBCP said. May the hand of God stop evil from getting in control. We need the Lords help, without which our best efforts will come to nothing. The bishops urged Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) and the parishes nationwide to organize Holy Hours of prayer vigils from May 5 to 14, election day. Humble and trusting prayers are needed to safeguard the sanctity of the ballot and of the entire electoral processes, the statement read. The prelate likewise encouraged contemplative men and women in more than 100 monasteries nationwide to pray for the countryespecially for all voters, candidates and election officials and workers. The CBCP also urged lay faithful in this predominantly Catholic country to take seriously their role as citizens by taking active participation and choosing right people to run the government. It said people should not just vote but out to practice vigilance and monitor the election processes to ensure credible results.CBCP Calls / P4
RP Signs Accord with Catholic ChurchBy Roy LagardeFOR the first time, a framework agreement on cooperation has been signed between the Philippine government and the Vatican to clinch the protection of the Catholic Churchs cultural heritage in the country. Papal nuncio Archbishop Fernando Filoni, who represented the Holy See, said the Vatican desires that the ecclesiastical cultural heritage be preserved and cared for with every single-minded attention, for its an expression of faith, culture, and art. Similarly, the Republic of the Philippines takes to heart the fact that this same heritage continues to represent an incalculable resource for the nation, Filoni told the audience at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office where the pact was signed. Almost every town in the country has at least one church built during the Spanish colonial period and currently preserved by parish communities and used for liturgical activities. These properties are under the legal ownership of local ecclesiastical instrumentalities of the Catholic Church and are vivified by the Christian belief of the Filipino faithful. These works of art are admired not only for their beauty and historic values, but also because they represent a deep expression of the faith of the soul of the Filipino people, said Filoni. The cooperation includes the legal protection by the government of movable and immovable cultural heritage of artistic and historic significance, most especially those of the colonial churches. The nuncio expressed hope that the agreement between the government and the Vatican will not fail to work in fruitful collaboration so that the objectives of the treaty will be fulfilled. Consequently, it is our common wish that the religious-historic-cultural heritage avails itself of all those public and private energies that will facilitate its preservation and also growth for the future, said Filoni.RP Signs / P4
ARCHBISHOP Fernando Filoni, Apostolic Nuncio and Plenipotentiary, signed on behalf of the Holy Father an Agreement between the Holy See and the Republic of the Philippines on the Cultural Heritage of the Catholic Church. Secretary Alberto Romulo of the Dep artment of Foreign Affairs signed the document on behalf of the Philippine Government in the presence of Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales of Manila, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of Cebu and CBCP President Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.
Boac Diocese Marks 11th year of Marinduque Mining DisasterIN a rare display of unity and volunteerism, thousands of faithful led by the Diocese of Boac gathered together on March 24 to clean up both embankments of the 26-kilometer Boac River to commemorate the 11 th anniversary of the countrys biggest mining tragedy that killed the said stream in 1996. Organized by the dioceses Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MACEC), the activity was in response to the Pastoral Letter issued by Marinduques Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista and a resolution adopted by the Marinduque provincial government. Evangelista emphasized in his letter to the faithful read in all the Sunday masses on March 18 that: It is high time for the entire Marinduque community to work together in reclaiming the integrity of our creation as part of our responsibility before God to enrich the beauty and bounty of our remaining natural resources. In this sense, our collective dignity as Marinduqueos will wipe out the infamy which the Boac River disaster of 1996 brought to our island-paradise. However, the local Church and the local governments have the common tasks to continuously seek justice for our people and for our environment, he stressed.
Justice DelayedMarinduqueos have been seeking justice from the various Courts in the country and abroad to determine the liabilities of Marcopper Mining Corporation and Placer Dome, Incorporated (bought by Barrick Gold in 2006) over the disasters their 30-year mining operations have caused the peopleBoac / P4
Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, DD Bishop of Boac
Cardinal Issues Criteria for Choosing LeadersIN another effort to inform the electorate on how to vote worthy candidates, the Archdiocese of Manila has issued guidelines for responsible voting. In a pastoral statement, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said election is a process of choosing leaders who, with the people, will seek the common good of all. Choosing and holding the leaders accountable to the governed is a critically important choice that must follow moral guidelines, he said. He asked the voters to respect the sacredness of the election by not selling and bartering their votes withCardinal / P4
Symposium to Shed Light on Church Law HeldA ONE-DAY symposium on Canon law was held at the Sacred Heart Center in Cebu City on April 18, 2007. Organized by the Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP), the activity was open to all the members of the clergy, institutes of consecrated life and the lay faithful of the Cebu archdiocese. Three Church law experts spoke in the symposium, which focused on the process for the Declaration of Marriage Nullity, the legal aspect for the establishment of New Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Law on Eucharistic Liturgy. The CLSP noted that theSymposium / P4
CBCP Head Seeks Arroyos Help for Justice of Slain Indo PriestCBCP head Archbishop Angel Lagdameo and Indonesian Catholics in the Philippines have asked the government to solve the killing of an Indonesian priest in Kalinga province early this month. In a letter sent to President Arroyo, Lagdameo appealed for speedy delivery of justice for Fr. Fransiskus Madhu, SVD who was shot dead April 2.CBCP Head / P4
AT least three old churches are included in the six Architectural Heritage sites in Leyte which will be showcased in the Architectural Heritage Tour on May 1, 2007. The event is in connection with the commemoration of the National Heritage Month in the month of May.
The first heritage destination identified is Tanauan where the Our Lady of Assumption Parish Church is one of the oldest churches and where the Rectory was restored to its natural design. Then there is Dulag, where the ruins of the 1595-built JeOld Churches / P4
MOST Rev. Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao delivers his talk on the Family and the Sanctity of Marriage at the 7th Tri-State Convention of the Knights of Columbus held in Cagayan de Oro City on April 20-22, 2007. Other speakers were CBCP President Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, Malaybalay Bishop Honesto Pacana, SK Stephen Feiler of the KC Supreme Office, and Msgr. Pedro Quitorio of the CBCP Media Office.
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3 Old Churches Identified Among the Architectural Heritage Sites in Leyte
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World NewsPanel Backs Hopes for Unbaptized Infants Who Die, OKs Publication of Report on LimboVATICAN CITY, April 20, 2007 Benedict XVI authorized the publication of a report that expresses t