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Thomasians urged to end apathy on persecution of Christians

According to a study by Center for New Religions, over 90,000 Christians were murdered in 2016.

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In line with the global campaign, several buildings and places in the campus were lit up in red lights. Photo by Mark Darius Sulit/TomasinoWeb.

A director of a pontifical foundation encouraged Thomasians to be more sensitive to the persecution of Christians in different parts of the world as the University celebrated “Red Wednesday.”

Jonathan Luciano, national director of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), said in a forum last Nov. 22 that people who are apathetic to their fellow persecuted Christians were contributing to their suffering.

“Through this Red Wednesday campaign, we would not only like to be in solidarity with Christians who were persecuted, but we also would like this opportunity to look into ourselves. We’re also somehow part of the persecution because of our indifference…That is not the attitude of a Christian,” Luciano said.

Red Wednesday is ACN’s global public awareness campaign which started last year in the United Kingdom. It aims to inform Christian communities and the general public that Christians are being persecuted around the world.

According to a study by Center for New Religions, over 90,000 Christians were murdered in 2016.

Luciano also reminded the students to support and help them through prayer, information dissemination and concrete action.

“It is our duty now to keep the world informed and with this information, comes awareness. When awareness comes, then we can do something about it,” he told student reporters on the sideline.

A mass at the Santissimo Rosario Chapel followed the forum which was presided by Asst. to the Vice-Rector Rev. Fr. Roberto Luanzon O.P.

“We are one with them [persecuted Christians] by celebrating this solidarity with them. Even though we don’t experience what they experience of being persecuted… is for us to continue to manifest and show our faith, our love to God in everything that we do,” he reminded the Thomasian community.

Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong O.P. led the candle lighting ceremony for Christian martyrs.

In line with the campaign, the Thomasian community were also encouraged to wear red and several buildings and places in the campus were lit up with red light at night. — B. Laforga

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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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