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Be firm in faith, Villegas urges faithful amid Duterte attacks

Former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Archbishop Socrates Villegas urged the faithful on Monday to “stay in the truth of our faith,” following President Duterte’s remarks on Christianity.

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Former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Archbishop Socrates Villegas urged the faithful on Monday to “stay in the truth of our faith,” following President Duterte’s remarks on Christianity.

“Through social media, you have been sadly exposed to the cursing, threats, and shaming by the President of our country. Choose to love him nevertheless, but stay in the truth of our faith. Be firm in faith,” the Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop said in a letter addressed to the youth.

In his speech last June 22, Duterte decried and called God “stupid” for the concept of “original sin.”

Villegas, however, advised to pray for the President as he “could be a victim of a scarred past” but also to rebuke his comments.

“He must have received so much rejection and hurts in the past that he blurts out so much hatred and angst now. If he had been loved much, he would be giving so much of that love, too. He could be a victim of his scarred past and his wounded background,” Villegas said.

He added: “Pray for him with compassion. We pray for his healing and for God’s forgiveness of him but we must rebuke his errors about our Christian faith.”

Villegas explained that the creation story in the Bible is not meant to describe the scientific beginning of the world.

He also said that “original sin” roots from one’s “trust in deceit rather than truth.”

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque defended Duterte’s remarks on Monday, saying the President was expressing a “personal belief” and he is “entitled” to that view as all people are.

The government has formed a three-man committee that will conduct talks with the Catholic Church and other religious groups. The members of the committee are Roque, foreign affairs undersecretary Ernesto Abella and EDSA People Power Commission member Pastor “Boy” Saycon.—H. M. Amoroso

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Faithful urged to “Do whatever He tells you”

The faithful were urged to imitate Mary’s obedience to God during the enthronement rites and mass for Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario today, Thursday, Sept 27, at the Santissimo Rosario Parish.

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The faithful were urged to imitate Mary’s obedience to God during the enthronement rites and mass for Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario today, Thursday at the Santissimo Rosario Parish.

In his homily, Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, Jr. D.D. said that we should listen and obey Mary for she is our queen and mother.

“The word mother is placed even before queen. She is indeed our queen but she is also our mother. The mother of the Son of God is also our mother. We ought to listen to her, to obey. What is she a queen for, what is she a mother for, if we do not obey?” said Bacani.

He added, “The greater reason for her blessedness was because she heard the word o God and said yes to it, not only with her lips but above all with her heart, with her actions.”

Bacani said that her obedience to her son can be seen during the wedding at Cana where she said to the servants to “Do whatever what my son tells you. Do whatever he tells you.”

Bacani added that Mary’s trademark response to God can be seen in the Annunciation story where she said, “I am the slavegirl of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word.”

“Mary stayed with the disciples in the upper room during Pentecost waiting for the Holy Spirit. And why did she stay? It was in obedience to the words of Jesus. She stayed until the Holy Spirit descended upon the land,” Bacani added.

Bacani also said that “The greatest of the crowns she have is when her children become her joy.”

“Love one another as I have loved you. That is what Mary desires also of her children. That they may be one. That is what Jesus desires of his brothers and sisters. That they may be one in God,” said Bacani.

At the end of his homily, Bacani urged the faithful to “Give our hearts while we live and until we die and our lives will be a gift to Jesus on earth as in heaven.”

Before the mass ended, Fr. Louie Coronel O.P., parish priest of Santissimo Rosario Parish led the traditional Dominican blessing of Roses which was later distributed to those who attended the enthronement mass.

According to Dominican tradition, blessed roses when kept may give divine protection to homes and cure for the sick, as it also represents the rosary.

The enthronement rites started with a procession at the UST Plaza Mayor joined by Thomasians from different colleges and faculties.

The said event marks the start of the nine day novena masses for Our Lady which will start tomorrow in preparation for the parish’s feast day on October 7.

This year’s fiesta the parish’s 76th year anniversary which also ends the three year celebration of the parish’s Diamond Jubilee Year.

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UST, hinikayat ipagpatuloy ang gawain ni Santo Domingo de Guzman

Hinimok ng UST Vice Chancellor ang Unibersidad noong Martes, Agosto 7, na ipagpatuloy ang gawain nitong paggabay sa mga Tomasino palapit sa Diyos.

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Hinimok ng UST Vice Chancellor ang Unibersidad noong Martes, Agosto 7, na ipagpatuloy ang gawain nitong paggabay sa mga Tomasino palapit sa Diyos.

Ayon kay Very Rev. Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, Jr., O.P., ang paggabay na ito ay gawain ni Santo Domingo de Guzman, ang ama ng Order of Preachers, noong nabubuhay pa siya.

“Nawa’y ang Unibersidad na ito ay patuloy na punan ang pangangailangan [na mas makilala ang Diyos] ng ating mga estudyante at ibigay ang sagot sa kanilang mga tanong sa sarili at sa mundong kanilang tatahakin,” aniya sa kaniyang sermon sa misang handog para sa pista ni Santo Domingo.

Pinuri rin ng Prior Provincial ng Dominican Province ng Pilipinas ang Unibersidad sa tuloy-tuloy nitong paglaganap ng salita ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon.

“Naniniwala ako sa ministeryong pangangaral dito sa [UST]. Ang prayoridad ng Dominikanong probinsya ng Pilipinas sa paglaganap ng ebanghelyo sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon, karamihan sa inyo ay katulong namin sa misyong ito,” sabi ni Sipalay.

Dagdag pa rito, ipinaalala niya sa mga Dominikano sa bansa na tularan ang ginawang pagsagot ni Santo Domingo sa pangangailangan ng mga tao sa kaniyang panahon.

“Tinugunan niya (Santo Domingo) ang mga pangangailangan ng kaniyang panahon, ito naman ang ating pagkakataon upang punan ang mga pangangailangan ngayon… Gawin natin itong paglilingkod na na ipinasa sa atin ni Dominic, ang pag bahagi ng magandang balita ni Hesus sa mundo,” aniya.

Dinaluhan ng mga pari, mga Dominikano, mga Tomasino at mga guro ang misang ginanap sa simbahan ng Santisimo Rosario bilang pagdiriwang sa pista ni Santo Domingo.

Ang pista ni Santo Domingo ay ginaganap tuwing ika-8 ng Agosto, ang pagkasilang niya sa Calaruega sa Espanya noong 1170. Walang pasok ang Unibersidad bukas upang ipagdiriwang ito. Beatrice Laforga

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Patuloy na maghanap ng katotohanan, hikayat ng kinatawan ng Santo Papa

Inanyayahan ng kinatawan ng Santo Papa sa Pilipinas ang mga estudyante, mga guro at mga miyembro ng fakultad ng Unibersidad na magpatuloy sa paghahanap ng katotohanan ngayong bagong akademikong taon.

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Inanyayahan ng kinatawan ng Santo Papa sa Pilipinas ang mga estudyante, mga guro at mga miyembro ng fakultad ng Unibersidad na magpatuloy sa paghahanap ng katotohanan ngayong bagong akademikong taon.

Sa kaniyang homiliya sa Misa de Apertura sa Parokya ng Santisimo Rosario kaninang umaga, winika ni Arsobispo Gabriele Giordano Caccia, ang papal nuncio o ambasador ng Vatican sa Pilipinas, na kahit ano man ang propesyon na nais kunin, dapat hanapin pa rin ang katotohanan.

“Maraming iba’t ibang produkto [ang maaari mong makamit] ngunit kung saan mo [man] ilagay ang iyong sarili, sana itong simpleng sagot ang iyong mabibigay: ‘Dahil ako ay naghahanap ng katotohanan,’” sinabi ni Caccia.

Ipinaliwanag pa ni Caccia na importanteng talakayin ang katotohanan sa paparating na akademikong taon upang “hindi magabayan ng ibang mga interes.”

“Kapag ikaw ay tumigil sa paghahanap ng katotohanan, gagabayan tayo ng iba’t ibang interes…. [I]ka nga ni Hesus: Ang katotohanan ay ang magpapalaya sayo. Kapag tayo ay hindi nakalakip sa katotohanan, iba’t ibang lore ang gagabay sa ating buhay,” ani Caccia.

Binigyan-diin din niya ang lohika ng Espiritu Santo na kung saan “kapag ikaw ay nagbahagi, ikaw ay mas yumayaman.”

Iklinaro, gayunpaman, ni Caccia na “tayo ay pagmamay-ari ng katotohanan at iyon ang kagalakan ng kalangitan.”

Ang Misa de Apertura, o ang Misa ng Espiritu Santo, ay ipinagdiriwang upang salubungin ang bagong akademikong taon sa UST.

Ang mga iba pang aktibidad ng pagsalubong para sa mga mag-aaral sa unang antas ng kolehiyo ay nakatakda sa ika-3 ng Agosto.

Nakatakda naman sa ika-6 ng Agosto ang tradisyunal na pagpasok sa Arch of the Centuries, o ang Thomasian Welcome Walk, isang makahulugang pagsalubong sa Unibersidad.

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