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Philippines nuncio comforts disaster victims

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On Christmas Day, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, spent the day in the province of Leyte to show the “personal solidarity” of Pope Francis with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck in November and forced four million people from their homes. Tecson Lim, administrator of Tacloban City, told ucanews.com that the [...]


Is it truly un-Islamic to respect Christmas?

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Together, Muslims and Christians constitute over 95 percent of Indonesia’s population. If they do not live in harmony then the country is in huge trouble. Despite the media hyperbole, the overwhelming majority of Indonesian Muslims and Christians do live in peace, but the increasingly visible cases of discrimination, including the sealing of several churches, is [...]


Francis celebrates his first Christmas as pope

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Celebrating the first Christmas since his election, Pope Francis preached the goodness and tenderness of God, and prayed that men and women around the world would allow God’s grace to transform them into peacemakers. “Let us allow our hearts to be touched, let us allow ourselves to be warmed by the tenderness of God; we [...]


A Christian who won’t serve others “is a pagan”

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In his Wednesday general audience this morning, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life. “It is an ugly thing when one sees a Christian who does not want to lower himself, who does not want to serve, a Christian who parades around everywhere. It’s terrible, no? That person isn’t [...]


Typhoon victims find comfort in Christmas tradition

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Thad Hinunangan lost his home, friends, and many of his neighbors to Super Typhoon Haiyan, but there will be no stopping him from anticipating the joy of Christmas during the “Misa de Gallo (Mass of the Rooster)” on Monday. “Attending will show the world that our faith is stronger than the storm, and proves that [...]


Kids may still hunt down godparents until Jan. 1

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Here’s a tip to children coming from no less than a Roman Catholic priest: Don’t grouse if you failed to see your godparents on Christmas Day to ask them for gifts. You still have until New Year’s Day to hunt them down. Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life [...]


Pakistan: Poor response to Christmas charity efforts

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Several organizations have reported difficulties and disappointments in their charitable fund raising efforts for Christmas. Mitchell’s Fruit Farms, the oldest food company in Pakistan, makes regular donations to the poor at this time of year. “One of our sales executives, a parishioner, has been liaising with this for three years,”  said Anzar Hameed, the company’s [...]


Vatican: Pope urges end to bloodshed in Christmas message

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Pope Benedict XVI called for an “end to the bloodshed” in Syria and denounced the “savage” violence in Africa on Tuesday, even as Nigeria witnessed a Christmas attack on Christians. Speaking in his traditional Christmas message, the pope touched on several other of the world’s conflict zones. A capacity crowd of 40,000 pilgrims filled the [...]


Christmas celebrated around the world

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Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. In the city itself, Christmas Eve Mass was celebrated at the 1,700-year-old Church of the Nativity, on the spot where it is believed Jesus was born. Meanwhile in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI held the traditional Mass at St [...]


Christmas and true sharing

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My column last appeared on Christmas Day six years ago, when it was still in the Inquirer’s business section. My message then remains timely, so allow me to reprise what I wrote at the time, hopefully to a wider readership this time. We Filipinos look forward to Christmas with such keen anticipation, starting from the [...]


The ‘Santa Claus’ of RH

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It’s still the season for giving thanks, for acknowledging people who, in the year about to pass and way before now, have been “giving” us gifts—not just material items, but gifts of time and understanding, gifts of courage and steadfastness, gifts of sympathy and common cause, gifts of sharing and championing our advocacies. In the [...]


Our presence to loved ones is best Christmas gift – Cardinal Tagle

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Just as the presence of Jesus Christ is God’s gift to all mankind, our presence to loved ones is the best gift this Christmas, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said in his homily during the Christmas Eve Mass. “The most beautiful gift from God on the first Christmas was his only son Jesus Christ. [And [...]


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    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:02:00
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    Said on 2013-07-17 12:23:00
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    Said Angel Santie on 2013-06-28 19:39:00
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    Said joy on 2013-06-26 20:46:00
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