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May 23, 2022

2022-05-23T05:01:09+08:00

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading I Acts 16:11-15 We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace, and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We spent some time in that city. On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us. Responsorial Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b R. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.or:R. Alleluia. Sing to the LORD a new songof praise in the assembly of the faithful.Let Israel be glad in their maker,let the children of Zion rejoice in their king. R. The Lord takes delight in his people.or:R. Alleluia. Let them praise his name in the festive dance,let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.For the LORD loves his people,and he adorns the lowly with victory. R. The Lord takes delight in his people.or:R. Alleluia. Let the faithful exult in glory;let them sing for joy upon their couches.Let the high praises of God be in their throats.This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia. R. The Lord takes delight in his people.or:R. Alleluia. Alleluia Jn 15:26b, 27a R. Alleluia, alleluia.The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord,and you also will testify.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Jn 15:26—16:4a Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. “I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.” Today's Readings Homilies Love Offering:

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May 21, 2022

2022-05-21T05:01:28+08:00

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading I Acts 16:1-10 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him, and Paul wanted him to come along with him. On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they traveled from city to city, they handed on to the people for observance the decisions reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem. Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number. They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them, so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, we sought passage to Macedonia at once, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them. Responsorial Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 5 R. (2a) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.or:R. Alleluia. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;serve the LORD with gladness;come before him with joyful song. R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.or:R. Alleluia. Know that the LORD is God;he made us, his we are;his people, the flock he tends. R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.or:R. Alleluia. The LORD is good:his kindness endures forever,and his faithfulness, to all generations. R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.or:R. Alleluia. Alleluia Col 3:1 R. Alleluia, alleluia.If then you were raised with Christ,seek what is above,where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Jn 15:18-21 Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.” style="display:block" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1535372364357523" data-ad-slot="3535763984" data-ad-format="auto" data-full-width-responsive="true"> Today's Readings Homilies Love Offering:

May 21, 20222022-05-21T05:01:28+08:00

Caritas network to hold winning poll bets accountable to their promises

2022-05-21T05:01:26+08:00

Voters cast their ballot at a public elementary school in Eastern Samar province’s Dolores town on May 9, 2022. CBCP NEWS By CBCP News May 20, 2022 Manila, Philippines After the elections, the humanitarian and advocacy arm of the Catholic Church is now working with the public to hold winning candidates accountable to their campaign promises. Caritas Philippines national director Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo said Friday they are set to start their nationwide “post-election accountability program”. “We will start asking for a receipt,” Bagaforo said after taking part in the accompaniment visit in the Archdiocese of Manila earlier this week. “Now the real work starts, and we are serious with our commitment to make our elected officials accountable to their election promises,” he said. The program primarily aims to sustain the increased participation of the lay faithful to “principled politics”. It is also designed to combat misinformation and disinformation, assess and improve engagement of the Church in social transformation, and establish community-based good governance and responsible citizenship movements. “Government accountability will only happen if people in the grassroots are empowered and equipped to ask questions and claim their inherent right to government information, quality public service, and better governance,” Bagaforo added. More details of the program will be presented during the 40th National Social Action General Assembly in General Santos City next month. Good governance, alongside ecology, are the priority programs of Caritas Philippines and the Social Action Network starting this year. “How the church will respond to the urgent need to organize, capacitate, and support community leaders and organizations will determine the level of maturity of our next political exercises,” said Fr. Antonio Labiao, the national Caritas’ executive secretary. Labiao is one of the pioneers of Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS), a strategic partnership of barangays, faith-based organizations, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, which was initiated in 2011 for good governance and the common good. DONATE TO CBCP NEWS CBCPNews is a church-based news agency operated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.  This apostolate aims at helping the work of the new evangelization through the news media.  This is non-commercial and non-profit.  That being the case, it totally depends on generosity of its readers and supporters. Should you wish to donate kindly press the donate button.  Thank you.  

Caritas network to hold winning poll bets accountable to their promises2022-05-21T05:01:26+08:00

Pope Francis joined by Bono for launch of international educational movement

2022-05-21T05:01:25+08:00

Pope Francis meets Bono at the launch of the Scholas Occurrentes International Educational Movement at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, May 19, 2022. VATICAN MEDIA By Catholic News Agency May 20, 2022 ROME— Pope Francis formally launched an international educational movement on Thursday in the presence of U2 singer Bono. The pope inaugurated the Scholas Occurrentes International Educational Movement on May 19 during a meeting with young people at Rome’s Pontifical Urban University. The 85-year-old pope sat in a wheelchair as he watched student presentations, before engaging in a question-and-answer session. Bono asked Pope Francis about the role of women and girls in tackling the climate crisis. The pope replied by pointing out that people speak of “Mother Earth,” not “Father Earth,” and indicating that women played a leading role. Scholas Occurrentes grew out of the Escuela de Vecinos (“Neighborhood School”) and Escuelas Hermanas (“Sister Schools”) programs, developed by the future Pope Francis when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The organization was established as a pontifical foundation in 2015, charged with supporting poor and underserved communities around the world through education. The pope signed a decree known as a chirograph on March 19 establishing the pontifical foundation as a private association of the faithful of an international character. “Taking into account that the Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurrentes today continues to expand its beneficial action and to structure itself as a community of communities and an educational movement of international character, it requires a new juridical form in keeping with this new reality,” said the decree, released by the Vatican on May 17. DONATE TO CBCP NEWS CBCPNews is a church-based news agency operated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.  This apostolate aims at helping the work of the new evangelization through the news media.  This is non-commercial and non-profit.  That being the case, it totally depends on generosity of its readers and supporters. Should you wish to donate kindly press the donate button.  Thank you.  

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Priest killed near US-Mexico border

2022-05-21T05:01:24+08:00

By David Ramos Catholic News Agency May 20, 2022 MEXICO City— The body of Father José Guadalupe Rivas Saldaña, 57, has been found with signs of violence on the outskirts of Tecate, a city located on the border with the United States in the Mexican state of Baja California. There are no suspects in the killing. Rivas Saldaña was the pastor of Saint Jude Thaddeus parish in Tecate, about 30 miles east of Tijuana, directed Our Lady of Guadalupe Migrant House, and was advisor to the local charismatic renewal movement. According to the local press, the body of the priest was found with multiple blows earlier this week on the outskirts of Tecate, along with the body of another unidentified man beaten beyond recognition. The priest was last seen alive May 15. He was reported missing and the state attorney general began an investigation. In a May 18 statement, the Archdiocese of Tijuana and Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón prayed for the deceased priest’s “return to the Father’s House.” Rivas Saldaña served in the Tijuana archdiocese for more than 25 years. The archdiocese prayed “that the Risen Christ be strength and comfort for his Family.” “Let us pray to our Heavenly Father to have mercy on him and that he may soon enjoy the Heavenly Homeland. Give him, Lord, eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon him. Rest in peace,” the archdiocese concluded. Rivas Saldaña was born Dec. 10, 1964, in Torreón, and was the fourth of 10 siblings. He was ordained a priest Oct. 29, 1994 by Bishop Luis Morales Reyes of Torreón. Animalpolitico reported that “Baja California is one of the states with the highest levels of violence in the country. During the first three months of the year, it has recorded 593 first degree murders, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System.” In addition, it is estimated that the first three and a half years of the current administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been the most violent period on record in the history of Mexico, with more than 120,000 homicides. In October 2018, another priest of the Tijuana archdiocese was murdered. The body of Father Ímar Arturo Orta, who was pastor of St. Louis parish in Tijuana, was found in an abandoned car with several bullet wounds, after he had been missing several days. DONATE TO CBCP NEWS CBCPNews is a church-based news agency operated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.  This apostolate aims at helping the work of the new evangelization through the news media.  This is non-commercial and non-profit.  That being the case, it totally depends on generosity of its readers and supporters. Should you wish to donate kindly press the donate button.  Thank you.  

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May 20, 2022

2022-05-20T05:01:15+08:00

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading I Acts 15:22-31 The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church, decided to choose representatives and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers. This is the letter delivered by them: “The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers, to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia of Gentile origin: greetings. Since we have heard that some of our number who went out without any mandate from us have upset you with their teachings and disturbed your peace of mind, we have with one accord decided to choose representatives and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. So we are sending Judas and Silas who will also convey this same message by word of mouth: ‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’“ And so they were sent on their journey. Upon their arrival in Antioch they called the assembly together and delivered the letter. When the people read it, they were delighted with the exhortation. Responsorial Psalm 57:8-9, 10 and 12 R. (10a) I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.or:R. Alleluia. My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast;I will sing and chant praise.Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp!I will wake the dawn. R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.or:R. Alleluia. I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O LORD,I will chant your praise among the nations.For your mercy towers to the heavens,and your faithfulness to the skies.Be exalted above the heavens, O God;above all the earth be your glory! R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.or:R. Alleluia. Alleluia Jn 15:15b R. Alleluia, alleluia.I call you my friends, says the Lord,for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Jn 15:12-17 Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This

May 20, 20222022-05-20T05:01:15+08:00

Be open to dissent, bishop tells gov’t leaders

2022-05-20T05:01:13+08:00

Bishop Raul Dael of Tandag. SCREEN GRAB FROM TANDAG DIOCESE By CBCP News May 19, 2022 Tandag City, Surigal del Sur A Catholic bishop appealed to the country’s political leaders to remain open to dissent and criticism in the wake of last week’s local and national elections. Bishop Raul Dael of Tandag, in a pastoral letter, said that dissent is a “form of service” given to public leaders for free. “In your years of service, remain open to dissenting opinions. It will widen your perspective,” Dael said. “If handled maturely, it will bring out the best in you as a public servant.” The bishop made the statement as he asked the winning candidates to reach out even to those who did not vote for them. “Show goodness and respect to your opponents,” he said. In one part of his letter, Dael also lamented the “massive vote buying and vote selling” in Surigao del Sur during the May 9 elections. He said there is no denying that many received huge amounts of money from politicians in exchange for their “sacred votes”. “Our province, in the midst of our adversity, has perhaps the largest voter exchange rate in the entire country,” Dael said. “Are we supposed to be proud of this?” Addressing those who lost in the elections, he expressed hope that their “passion to serve humanity in another way remain”. DONATE TO CBCP NEWS CBCPNews is a church-based news agency operated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.  This apostolate aims at helping the work of the new evangelization through the news media.  This is non-commercial and non-profit.  That being the case, it totally depends on generosity of its readers and supporters. Should you wish to donate kindly press the donate button.  Thank you.  

Be open to dissent, bishop tells gov’t leaders2022-05-20T05:01:13+08:00

CBCP warns against phishing scams impersonating as nuncio

2022-05-20T05:01:12+08:00

The CBCP office in Intramuros, Manila. By CBCP News May 19, 2022 Manila, Philippines The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines warned the public on Thursday against phishing scams involving the impersonation of the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila. According to the CBCP Secretariat, the scammers would impersonate Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, using an e-mail. Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, CBCP Secretary General, said the scam targets those using Yahoo Mail by asking them to enter their login details to receive a “confidential message”. “It is a phishing attempt to get their (yahoo mail) account details,” Pantin said in a letter to dioceses. To avoid being victimized by phishing scams, the country’s Anti-Money Laundering Council have repeatedly advised the public not to reply to suspicious e-mails. The authorities also urged people not to click any link in a suspicious message, and not to give personal and financial information requested through e-email. DONATE TO CBCP NEWS CBCPNews is a church-based news agency operated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.  This apostolate aims at helping the work of the new evangelization through the news media.  This is non-commercial and non-profit.  That being the case, it totally depends on generosity of its readers and supporters. Should you wish to donate kindly press the donate button.  Thank you.  

CBCP warns against phishing scams impersonating as nuncio2022-05-20T05:01:12+08:00

Catholic educators: Keep education away from politics

2022-05-20T05:01:10+08:00

By CBCP News May 19, 2022 Manila, Philippines An association of Catholic educators cautioned Thursday against politicizing the education sector and using it as a tool to distort history. The Catholic Educational Association of Caceres and Limbanan (CEACAL) called it a “mockery” and “affronting the noble role of education as a pillar of a just society”. “We deplore governance that politicizes and tramples upon the education sector by appointing politicians with vested interests,” the CEACAL said in a statement. Such action, the statement read, will “deprive” the youth of the quality education they deserve. Titled “Frontliners of Hope,” among its signatories were Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of Caceres, Bishop Jose Rojas of Libmanan and Fr. Wilmer Joseph Tria, CEACAL President. Presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier said he will appoint his running mate, outgoing Davao City mayor Sara Duterte, as the next Education secretary. The presumptive vice president has already agreed to take helm of the Department of Education (DepEd) once she assumes office. The CEACAL’s member schools and universities expressed hope for a DepEd chief who is “apolitical and academically qualified” to serve the post. They also sought for a DepEd head who is “independent from political patrons, has moral integrity, and has no conflict of interest to lead the education sector in these extremely challenging times”. The association then assured a close collaboration with the stakeholders to protect the academic institutions “from the self-interest of political dynasties that are poised to destroy our history and heritage for their own benefit”. DONATE TO CBCP NEWS CBCPNews is a church-based news agency operated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.  This apostolate aims at helping the work of the new evangelization through the news media.  This is non-commercial and non-profit.  That being the case, it totally depends on generosity of its readers and supporters. Should you wish to donate kindly press the donate button.  Thank you.  

Catholic educators: Keep education away from politics2022-05-20T05:01:10+08:00

May 19, 2022

2022-05-19T05:01:48+08:00

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading I Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters, “My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the Holy Spirit just as he did us. He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts. Why, then, are you now putting God to the test by placing on the shoulders of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they.” The whole assembly fell silent, and they listened while Paul and Barnabas described the signs and wonders God had worked among the Gentiles through them. After they had fallen silent, James responded, “My brothers, listen to me. Symeon has described how God first concerned himself with acquiring from among the Gentiles a people for his name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as is written: After this I shall return and rebuild the fallen hut of David; from its ruins I shall rebuild it and raise it up again, so that the rest of humanity may seek out the Lord, even all the Gentiles on whom my name is invoked. Thus says the Lord who accomplishes these things, known from of old. It is my judgment, therefore, that we ought to stop troubling the Gentiles who turn to God, but tell them by letter to avoid pollution from idols, unlawful marriage, the meat of strangled animals, and blood. For Moses, for generations now, has had those who proclaim him in every town, as he has been read in the synagogues every sabbath.” Responsorial Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 10 R. (3) Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.or:R. Alleluia. Sing to the LORD a new song;sing to the LORD, all you lands.Sing to the LORD; bless his name. R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.or:R. Alleluia. Announce his salvation, day after day.Tell his glory among the nations;among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.or:R. Alleluia. Say among the nations: The LORD is king.He has made the world firm, not to be moved;he governs the peoples with equity. R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.or:R. Alleluia. Alleluia Jn 10:27 R. Alleluia, alleluia.My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;I know them, and they follow me.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Jn 15:9-11 Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

May 19, 20222022-05-19T05:01:48+08:00