People of 90 different nationalities, including 1,600 Filipinos, are expected to attend the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo in Madrid on Saturday. Bishop Alvaro was the first successor and the closest collaborator of the founder of Opus Dei, Saint Josemaría Escrivá.
By Nikko Dizon
President Aquino on Tuesday said he expected stepped up measures by the Presidential Security Group to protect Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines in January next year amid a news report in Italy of a possible threat against the Pontiff by Islamic militants.
By Nestor Corrales
Pope Francis met with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario at the Vatican on September 3 ahead of the papal visit here in early 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
By Tina G. Santos
Pray for the persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the faithful on Monday. The group also enjoined priests to offer Masses on Sept. 14, Sunday, which has been declared a National Day of Prayer for Peace and Day for Charity for victims of hostilities in the two countries.
By Jocelyn R. Uy
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo joined the international community in condemning the barbaric actions by the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighting in strife-torn Iraq.