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Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle urged participants on Sunday to become missionaries of mercy, in observance of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which is slated to end on November.

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Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle urged participants on Sunday to become missionaries of mercy, in observance of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which is slated to end on November.

“As the father has sent me so I send you,” Tagle said, quoting the Gospel of John in his talk, “Missionaries of Mercy” during the third Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE III) held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Tagle emphasized the need for Catholics to pattern their missionary life after Jesus who patterned His life after God.

“Jesus was sent to be the face, the living presence of God’s mercy. As Jesus was sent, so are we not as signs of condemnation but signs of mercy,” he added.

Bannering the theme “Awa, Unawa, Gawa: The Filipino Experience of Mercy,” PCNE III aims to focus on discovering and understanding God’s mercy and the Filipino narratives of mercy.

The Cardinal later defined mercy as turning betrayals into gifts. He said that betrayals can be remedied through the restoration of the sense of gift, and that “[t]here is hope in someone who even betrayed Jesus.”

“We are all used to throwing away items, not realizing it is a form of betrayal,” Tagle said.

“This is our consumerist culture, the more you grow the more you throw. Why throw when you can share?”

He concluded by reiterating his call to continue the mission of mercy and to strengthen bonds that it may last even after death.

“In a world of broken ties, let not one mistake keep us apart,” he said.

Stories of mercy

Television personalities and non-government organizations shared their stories of mercy in a segment hosted by Tagle during the opening day.

Actress-turned-writer Rita Avila testified to delegates how God changed her life while growing up.

“I was physically and emotionally hurt when I was a kid. I asked the Lord why my life like this is (sic). But somehow, I knew that I would have better life (sic) when I grow up.  God became my Father then and He never failed me,” Avila said.

“As an adult, there were still trials but He will always be there. We should learn to forgive ourselves. Always face the pain. Just pray to God and you will be okay,” she added.

After her son died in 2006 due to heart failure, Avila remained hopeful and began to write children’s stories.

Maria Fatima Lorenzo, director of Kythe Foundation, a private organization that aims to provide social and psychosocial needs of children with cancer and chronic illness, shared how their patients motivate them to continue their work.

“Sometimes it’s not the children who are wary in pain but the adults. They draw strength from the children. That’s what we are asking kung saan kinukuha ng mga bata ‘yung lakas nila,” Lorenzo said.

“Bone cancer is the worst kind of cancer and maririnig mo ‘yung mga bata na humihiyaw pero after their treatment, you will see them smile again. I think it’s from the grace of God that they get their strength.”

“We as workers, we’re able to go on with what we do, kasi nakikita naming ‘yung mga bata na kinakaya nila ‘yung pain week after week,” she added.

In another session, comedian Melai Cantiveros-Francisco encouraged victims of bullying to remain positive and humble.

“Malimit akong ma-bully ako (sic) nung bata ako dahil kulot at maitim ako.  Para sa mga nabu-bully, wag kayong mag-self pity, ang kaawan niyo ‘yung mga nambu-bully,” she said.

“Sabi sa akin ng parents ko, magpakumbaba pa rin ako. Dapat ipakita ko sa iba na masaya pa rin ako. Para sa mga kabataan ngayon, wag kayong magself-pity bagkus pakitaan niyo sila ng magandang ugali dahil sila ang mapapahiya sa sarili nila,” Francisco added.

A youth concert featuring performances of Asia’s Got Talent finalist Gerphil Flores and Jay Durias of Southborder concluded the second day.

Other guests during the talk were Maria Lina Paulino of Ang Arko ng Pilipinas Inc. and Ben Mendoza of the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees.

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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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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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