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Pope bringing faithful back, says PH priest

Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

More former members of the Catholic Church who, for one reason or another, had joined other sects are returning to the fold, following Pope Francis’ “leadership by example.”

Posted: November 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Catholics view Pope Francis’ visit positively, agree it will strengthen faith in PH

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for cardinals and bishops who died in the past year, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.  AP

As expected, 99 percent of some 1,200 Catholics from Metro Manila and four neighboring provinces areas expressed “positive sentiments” about Pope Francis’ scheduled state and pastoral visit to the Philippines next January in a recent survey conducted by the Church-run Radio Veritas.

Posted: November 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Sound of sleepy owl: A gift to Pope John Paul II, ca. 1990

Pope John Paul II. AP FILE PHOTO

When John Paul II was in Manila for the World Youth Day in 1990, he received a kubing from my son, actor Gabe Mercado. To the amused Pope, Gabe played the bamboo mouth harp, which has the soft sound of a sleepy owl.

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

New evangelization gathering set at UST

Photo from UST website.

The Catholic faithful are expected to gather in a huge conference on faith at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in January next year, coinciding with Pope Francis’ trip to the Philippines.

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Visit us, NBP inmates beg Pope

New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Muntinlupa City. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

Inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) want Pope Francis to visit them during his trip to the Philippines in January next year to share with him “how God’s eternal grace transforms sinners like us.”

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »