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Pope Francis names 3rd Filipino bishop in U.S.

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Auxiliary Bishop-elect Anthony Celino of the Diocese of El Paso in the U.S. state of Texas. PHOTO FROM ST. RAPHAEL PARISH-EL PASO By CBCP News February 8, 2023 Manila, Philippines Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Monsignor Anthony Celino, a Filipino immigrant, as auxiliary bishop of the U.S. diocese of El Paso. The bishop-elect is currently the pastor of St. Raphael Parish on the east side of El Paso in Texas and the diocese’s judicial vicar. The Vatican announced the appointment at 12 noon Rome time (7:00 p.m. in the Philippines). Celino will be El Paso’s first auxiliary bishop since its establishment as a diocese in 1914. “We thank the Holy Father for his attention and care for the Diocese of El Paso,” said the diocese’s Bishop Mark Seitz. “He brings a unique experience as a Filipino immigrant serving our border community as a priest for the past 25 years, a steadfast dedication to pastoral ministry, and fidelity to the Gospel,” the prelate added. Born in the Ilocos region, he finished his studies in Philosophy at the Mary Help of Christians Seminary in Dagupan City in 1993. After college seminary, he immigrated to the El Paso area. He pursued his theology studies at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. After his priestly ordination in 1997, Celino was assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Cathedral in El Paso and then at Our Lady of Peace in Alpine, Texas. He also served as the Pastor of the former Santa Lucia Parish, now St. John Paul II Parish. In 2003, he obtained a licentiate in canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington. Celino has also served the Diocese of El Paso as a vicar general, moderator of the curia, and chancellor. His episcopal ordination has been scheduled for March 31 at St. Patrick Cathedral. Celino’s nomination makes the the third Filipino-American priest to be named bishop in the U.S. The two others are Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City and Auxiliary Bishop Alejandro Aclan of Los Angeles. 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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February 9 2023

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Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1st Reading – Genesis 2:18-25 The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man. So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame.   Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 R. (see 1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord. Blessed are you who fear the LORD,who walk in his ways!For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;blessed shall you be, and favored. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vinein the recesses of your home;Your children like olive plantsaround your table. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord. Behold, thus is the man blessedwho fears the LORD.The LORD bless you from Zion:may you see the prosperity of Jerusalemall the days of your life. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.   Alleluia – James 1:21BC R. Alleluia, alleluia.Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in youand is able to save your souls.R. Alleluia, alleluia.   Gospel – Mark 7:24-30 Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice. Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your

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Caritas network joins opposition against mining in Sibuyan

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Residents block a mining company truck during a protest in Sibuyan Island on February 1. ALYANSA TIGIL MINA By CBCP News February 8, 2023 Manila, Philippines The country’s social action network has joined the growing chorus of opposition to the large-scale mining operation in Sibuyan Island. The network in a statement with Caritas Philippines said they stand behind the people who are determined to protect their island, dubbed the “Galapagos of Asia”. “We feel a moral duty to safeguard and uphold the well-being of our shared environment,” part of the statement read. “Therefore, we believe that the project would not serve the overall interests of the province and would pose a threat, particularly to the lives and lands of the communities on the island, and the rich biodiversity in the area,” they said. The operations of nickel miner Altai Philippines Mining Corp. was earlier put on hold until all issues and concerns are addressed after more than a week of resistance from many residents. At least two protesters were hurt when local police dispersed a human barricade against APMC’s alleged illegal operations due to supposed lack of necessary permits. “We urge the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as all government offices, to prioritize protecting people and nature before vested socio-economic and political interests,” they also said. “We know what is the right thing to do. Stop mining in Sibuyan. Stop mining in the Philippines,” they added. 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 joins opposition against mining in Sibuyan2023-02-09T05:02:14+08:00

ROTC is good if done right, says military bishop

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By CBCP News February 8, 2023 Manila, Philippines The effectiveness of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in schools depends on implementation and not just ideas, the country’s military bishop said. Bishop Oscar Jaime Florencio of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP) said he is not entirely against ROTC revival as long as it is for the good of the students. “The push for the ROTC program would be good if they are implemented well,” Florencio told Radio Veritas. “The different values that are enshrined in the program could go down to the core of our young people,” he said. The bishop made the statement amid the ongoing push in the Senate for the return of the ROTC program in tertiary and vocational schools. The program seeks to provide basic military training to motivate, train, organize, and utilize students for national defense preparedness or civil-military operations. The ROTC was made optional in 2002 because of reports of corruption within the program. 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.  

ROTC is good if done right, says military bishop2023-02-09T05:02:10+08:00

February 8 2023

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Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1st Reading – Genesis 2:4B-9, 15-17 At the time when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, while as yet there was no field shrub on earth and no grass of the field had sprouted, for the LORD God had sent no rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the soil, but a stream was welling up out of the earth and was watering all the surface of the ground, the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being. Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and he placed there the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow that were delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. The LORD God gave man this order: “You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die.”   Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 104:1-2A, 27-28, 29BC-30 R. (1a) O bless the Lord, my soul! Bless the LORD, O my soul!O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!You are clothed with majesty and glory,robed in light as with a cloak. R. O bless the Lord, my soul! All creatures look to youto give them food in due time.When you give it to them, they gather it;when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. R. O bless the Lord, my soul! If you take away their breath, they perishand return to their dust.When you send forth your spirit, they are created,and you renew the face of the earth. R. O bless the Lord, my soul!   Alleluia – SEE John 17:17B, 17A R. Alleluia, alleluia.Your word, O Lord, is truth:consecrate us in the truth.R. Alleluia, alleluia.   Gospel – Mark 7:14-23 Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) “But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his

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Pope Francis, Syriac Patriarch call for prayers after devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

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The destruction that hit the Catholic Church of Iskenderun in Turkey as a result of the earthquake. ABOUNA RIFAT BADER VIA CARITAS EUROPA By AC Wimmer Catholic News Agency February 7, 2023 VATICAN— Pope Francis and local Church leaders on Monday reacted with dismay and calls for prayer following a devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria. According to Reuters, the series of earthquakes — up to 7.8 magnitude — killed about 1,700 people and injured thousands more, with many people still trapped under the rubble Monday. Figures were expected to grow in the coming hours. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the overnight quake struck at a depth of 11 miles. A “deeply saddened” Pope Francis sent “heartfelt condolences to those who mourn their loss” in telegrams addressed to the apostolic nuncios of Turkey and Syria. The telegrams — signed by the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin — said Pope Francis prayed “that the emergency personnel will be sustained in their care of the injured and in the ongoing relief efforts by the divine gifts of fortitude and perseverance.” The pope also affirmed “his spiritual solidarity” with the “long-suffering Syrian people.” In Syria, which has been ravaged by more than a decade of civil war, countless buildings collapsed Feb. 6, including several Catholic churches, reported ACI MENA, CNA’s Arabic-language partner agency. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Mar Ignatius Ephrem Josef III Younan called on the local faithful to pray. The patriarch is currently on an official visit to Syrian dioceses in Iraq. He is Syriac Catholic patriarch of Antioch and heads the Syriac Catholic Church. Patriarch Younan asked the Lord to have mercy on the souls of the victims, heal the wounded, stand by those affected, and support all those who provide aid and assistance to the injured and affected, ACI MENA reported. Moreover, the Church leader expressed his solidarity — and prayers — for all those affected by the earthquakes. Among the many victims, the body of Father Imad Daher, a priest of the Greek Melkite Catholic Parish of Our Lady, was found under the rubble — after many hours of searching for the priest. According to the Catholic humanitarian organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Daher died when the residence of the former archbishop of Aleppo, Jean-Clément Jeanbart, collapsed. Jeanbart narrowly escaped and is currently being treated for his wounds in a hospital, though he is said to be stable, ACN said in a statement Monday. Another Christian man who was in the building at the time also died, the organization said. ACN reported that many cities and towns with a significant Christian population, such as Aleppo, Homs, Lattakia, and Hama, suffered major damage. Among the buildings damaged were the Syriac Orthodox Cathedral of St. George in Aleppo and the Franciscan Church in Lattakia, ACN reported. The ACN-supported Hope Center, also in Aleppo, sustained minor damage, the organization said. “The Church in Syria is shocked by the catastrophe. Even as far away as Beirut, people went down

Pope Francis, Syriac Patriarch call for prayers after devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria2023-02-08T05:01:35+08:00

February 7 2023

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Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1st Reading – Genesis 1:20-2:4A God said, “Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.” and so it happened: God created the great sea monsters and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying, “Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth.” Evening came, and morning followed, the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.” and so it happened: God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was. Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.” God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” God also said: “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food.” And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work he had been doing, he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation. Such is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation.   Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 R. (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars which you set in placeWhat is man that you should be mindful of him,or the son of man that you should care for him? R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! You have made him little less than the angels,and crowned him with

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Church marks first nat’l day of prayer against human trafficking

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Churchgoers hold lighted candles as they pray during the observance of the first National Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking at the EDSA Shrine in Quezon City on Feb. 5, 2023. CBCP NEWS By CBCP News February 6, 2023 Manila, Philippines A church leader on Sunday led the first National Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, rallying Catholics to actively help fight modern day slavery. Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said Christians are compelled to act when the dignity of people are violated and even stripped. “We are encouraged to walk together with our Filipino brothers and sisters who share both our human and Christian dignity, but whose dignity is threatened, exploited, and trampled upon,” Vergara said. The bishop presided over the Mass for the NDPAHT at the EDSA Shrine in Quezon City, organized by the CBCP Cluster Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT). The bishops, in their recent plenary assembly, have approved every first Sunday of February as the National Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Vergara said it’s a great opportunity for Catholics to pray for people, especially for overseas Filipino workers, who are “unjustly treated and violently abused by human traffickers”. Sunday’s Mass, he said, “is our spiritual way of asking Jesus to help fulfill our task to reach out and help victims of human trafficking also with the hope, that through our prayers, victimizers will be touched by the Lord and have a change of heart”. “May we also live up to our priestly, prophetic, and kingly call to be co-journeyers in dignity as we heed the challenge to curb and hopefully stop the evil of human trafficking by the mercy and love of Jesus Christ,” he added. After the Mass, the prelate led the churchgoers in lighting candles and praying for the victims and survivors of human trafficking. Figures from 2018 from the Global Slavery Index estimate that approximately 784,000 people live in modern slavery in the Philippines. The southeast Asia nation is also the largest known source of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), according to the International Justice Mission (IJM). In 2020, 1.2 million OSEC cases have been reported to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), an increase of 265% cases reported from 2019, many of the children are reported to be less than 12 years old. The CCAHT hopes the annual NDPAHT will help heighten the consciousness of faith communities on the issue “and will encourage them to protect their respective families, particularly women and children, against trafficking”. CCAHT is composed of various CBCP commissions and offices with the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) as the lead convener. In a statement, they also called on the Marcos administration “to remain steadfast in their mandate to serve and protect our people at all times”. DONATE TO CBCP NEWS CBCPNews is a church-based news agency operated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’

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February 6 2023

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Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs 1st Reading – Genesis 1:1-19 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” Thus evening came, and morning followed–the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other.” And so it happened: God made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it. God called the dome “the sky.” Evening came, and morning followed, the second day. Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear.” And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. God called the dry land “the earth,” and the basin of the water he called “the sea.” God saw how good it was. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it.” And so it happened: the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed–the third day. Then God said: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.” And so it happened: God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed–the fourth day.   Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 104:1-2A, 5-6, 10 AND 12, 24 AND 35C R. (31b) May the Lord be glad in his works. Bless the LORD, O my soul!O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!You are clothed with majesty and glory,robed in light as with a cloak. R. May the Lord be glad in his works. You fixed the earth upon its foundation,not to be moved forever;With the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;above the mountains the waters stood. R. May the Lord be glad in his works. You send forth springs into the watercoursesthat wind among

February 6 20232023-02-06T05:02:10+08:00

Be a good influencer

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary TimeHomily by Fr. Roy Cimagala When Christ told his disciples to be the salt and light of the earth (cfr. Mt 5,13-16), we too should feel addressed by such divine command and make ourselves good influencers in a world that is increasingly wracked by confusion and error despite the apparent lights it seems to enjoy due to the powerful developments in the sciences and technologies today. We can readily conclude from that gospel that what Christ wants is for us to provide Christian flavor in a world that is fast evolving, as well as help in preserving the true Christian spirit in a world that is so exposed to a lot of changes, many of them with their luggage of dangers even as they also offer a lot of benefits. We also are meant to give light to the others by giving good example and by actively doing apostolate, leading people to God along the right if prudent and tortuous and treacherous paths of this world. With rectitude of intention, we have to inspire others to follow us so that with us they can come to Christ. This is what a good influencer is. This means that we have to see to it that we inspire others properly. And by that, we mean that the spirit we ‘breathe into’ the others by our mere presence or by our words and deeds, should be the spirit of God. In other words, to inspire is to infuse the spirit proper to us, the spirit that gives us life and that animates our thoughts, desires, words and actions. And that spirit is ultimately nothing other than the spirit of God who is our Creator and Father, in whose image and likeness we have been created. We need to correspond to that spirit of God. It’s, of course, good and indispensable that we enjoy our human right of free speech and expression, but we should also give due consideration to the serious duty of exercising that right with a deep sense of responsibility. We should avoid the practice of simply making off-the-cuff comments and shooting from the hip, pure gossiping, backbiting and idle talk, etc. Especially in the world of public opinion, we should try our best that our views are properly studied and expressed. We should express our opinions, despite contrary positions from others, in a way that would at least leave people enlightened and edified. This can always be done if we truly live by our Christian standards where truth, charity, mercy, fairness, patience and courtesy are always upheld. We may disagree with others in their views and opinions, but we should avoid being disagreeable. Even in matters of faith and belief, when we feel that a party is clearly in error, we should not feel as if we are entitled to be rude to him. In fact, he should be treated with utmost delicacy. What is helpful in this regard is to see to it that we

Be a good influencer2023-02-05T05:01:31+08:00