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Help those that have lost their way, UST parish priest says

UST parish priest urged everyone on Wednesday to help out and pull everyone else up, not just the selves.

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UST parish priest urged everyone on Wednesday to help out and pull everyone else up, not just the selves.

“We must pull not only [our own selves] up but everyone else as well,” Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. said during the mass in honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.

“Whenever someone loses his or her way, we need to help and pull that person up,” he added.

This, after sharing that Frassati helped others rise to the top as the Italian Lay Dominican wanted everyone else to be with him.

“For him (Frassati), that place on top, he didn’t like it when he’s the only one there. He wanted others to be there with him so he helped them by pulling them up,” Coronel said in his homily.

Coronel also said Frassati saw every person in need as Jesus.

Meanwhile, Coronel stated that an individual “just exists [and] do not live” when one does not have faith.

Beatified by Pope John Paul II, Frassati was dubbed as the “Man of the Eight Beatitudes.” He is also the patron saint of the UST Senior High School and the Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican group.

The feast day mass was organized by the Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican group and the Social Communications Ministry of the UST Santisimo Rosario Parish.—H. M. Amoroso

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Church at stake with decline in attendees, priest says

A Catholic priest warned on Saturday that the Church is at stake if its number of attendees continue to go down.

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A Catholic priest warned on Saturday that the Church is at stake if its number of attendees continue to go down.

“The Filipino Church is bleeding. Those Catholics who stopped going to church…it will continue. And given enough time, the very life of the Church, even in the Philippines, can be at stake,” Fr. James Mallon said during his plenary talk on the fourth day of the Fifth Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization (PCNE).

Last year, Social Weather Stations reported a 23-point decline in Filipino Catholics’ weekly church attendance from 1991 to 2017, stating the decrease is “highly significant,” statistically speaking.

Mallon, the episcopal vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth in Canada, claimed this change was due to the Church’s negligence to acknowledge the dilemma and its refusal to change the system.

“Everything is okay, we know that there’s a decline but…the impact of parishes on the community is often negligible because the church has become inward-focused[.] We seek a simple fix and there’s [no] simple fix,” he said.

He added that the institution should not resist, as Pope Francis advised, the shift from a “maintenance mode” to a “missionary mode.”

“[The Church believes] we need to adjust something. What Pope Francis is talking about is not just adjustment. He is talking about the transformation of the entire Church to live out this missionary option,” he stated.

Mallon, however, said the country could change its system and attract more Church-goers without compromising their faith since it still remains to be one of the “most Catholic” countries in the world.

“You (the Philippines) have the luxury of time…to begin to change gears. Method or mission? This is what he (Pope Francis) was asking us. If we can let go of our method, our structures, our ways of doing things for the sake of evangelization of today’s world [without compromising] what is essential in our faith not at all…then there’s reason for great hope,” he said.

The fourth day of PCNE was held at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

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Cubao bishop honors killed priests

Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco on Wednesday honored killed priests, following the recent clergy killings in the country.

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Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco on Wednesday honored killed priests, following the recent clergy killings in the country.

“Our very own Fathers, Marcelito Paez, Mark Anthony Ventura and Richmond Nilo, have imitated Christ to the point of shedding their blood,” Ongtioco said during his homily in the Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE).

He added: “The cross is the altar where Christ offered His sacrifice, the altar where we offer ours should be no different.”

In December last year, Paez was shot by men riding a motorcycle in Jaen, Nueva Ecija.

Ventura, moreover, was gunned down in April this year after his mass in Cagayan while Nilo was shot dead last June in Nueva Ecija.

Ongtioco, who was appointed by Pope Francis as the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Malolos last May, stated that priesthood could mean sacrificing oneself while in service.

The bishop also reminded religious leaders not to be afraid to follow the obedience of Christ to death since it is a part of their ordination.

“To understand what we do, we must keep in mind the kenosis of Christ… We must imitate the self emptying of the Lord by constantly descending along the path of humility and renunciation,” he stated.

The University hosted this year’s PCNE. It was held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The celebration started last July 18 and will end on Sunday, July 22.

 

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Wednesday called for respect despite religious differences, following President Duterte’s “stupid God” remarks.

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Wednesday called for respect despite religious differences, following President Duterte’s “stupid God” remarks.

“We respect those who do not believe in God. All people should strive to respect those who differ from their beliefs,” the Manila Archbishop said in a letter to priests.

“We Catholics should respect non-Catholics and their religions,” he added, quoting the Second Vatican Council.

Tagle, who was in Geneva for a UN conference on migrants and refugees, also told the faithful to be calm amid the furor against Duterte’s comments.

“Be at peace. Be calm. Don’t let things disturb your inner peace. Let us read the situation with the eyes of faith,” he said.

In the statement, Tagle stressed that disputes about God and the Bible is not new, saying questions “are always raised and will continue to be raised.”

The archbishop, moreover, reminded Catholics not to be distracted from other pressing concerns confronting the country.

“While these questions are extremely important… let us not be distracted from addressing other pressing concerns with the fervor of faith and love,” Tagle said.

Among the issues he listed are increasing prices of goods, job security, exploitation of women and children, violence in homes and neighborhoods, different types of addictions, crimes, vulnerabilities of overseas Filipino workers, traffic, flooding, reconstruction of destroyed cities, terrorism and corruption.

Tagle urged the devoted to unite and “contribute to positive responses according to each one’s capability” to address these concerns.

Last June 22, Duterte in his speech called God “stupid” for the Bible’s creation story.

The President remained unapologetic on Monday. He stated that it is “a freedom” to choose a God to believe in.

Malacañang also said on Monday that Duterte was only expressing a “personal belief.”

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