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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Faith

‘Misa de Gallo’

“Misa de Gallo sa simbahan, At nagtilaok na ang tandang, Tanda ng pagdiriwang at pagmisa, Paskong dakilang araw. Misa de Gallo sa tuwing Pasko Nagdarasal ang bawa’t tao. At nagpapasalamat...

Immaculate Conception

On December 8, 1854, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was declared a dogma, although the Holy Mother was acknowledged as the...

Being a precursor of Christ

The Gospel is very precise about the time when John the Baptist began to preach—the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius, when Pontius...

‘Life as a Chinese Catholic is difficult’

BEIJING, China—Wang Jie (a fictional name) is a deacon belonging to the Chinese underground Church. He has spent several years studying in Europe, and...

200 years of ‘Silent Night’: Singers mark carol’s birthday

NEW YORK—One of the most famous songs of Christmas was celebrated this past week as it approaches its 200th anniversary, with a concert at...

Be ready for Christ through prayer

The liturgical season of Advent is a time that the Church especially dedicates to our preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. There are...

Saint John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church

John pleaded that his severed right hand that was hanged in the market place be returned. The caliph granted the request. In his private chapel,...

Caste system still rules in India

THATI, India—When Sardar Singh Jatav set out walking on a muggy night in early September to talk with the men who employed his son,...

Heaven is paradise

When both mind and body assert that you are dying, rejoice if you are in the state of grace. The time to live forever...

Christ the King must reign in us

Today is the feast of Christ the King. The gospel presents Christ to us in a paradoxical situation. There He is, bound and tied,...

Rohingya fearful of doctors, keep faith healers in business

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh—Abul Kalam sits cross-legged on the floor of his tiny mud hut and whispers prayers into a small plastic bottle filled with water,...

Pope declares Bishop Obviar ‘venerable’

Pope Francis issued a decree recently advancing the sainthood cause of Bishop Alfredo Obviar, declaring him “venerable.” The pope recognized that Obviar, the first bishop...

FTSFI sponsors 5th mass wedding for SM employees

It was a momentous occasion for 29 couples from 14 SM branches, including SM Hypermarket and Sanford Marketing Corp., as they exchanged vows during...

Cardinal Sin’s spirit leads media workers toward values formation

On its 40th founding anniversary this year, the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) keeps faith with the vision of its founder, Jaime L. Cardinal...

Purgatory for purification

"Eternal Father, I offer Thee, the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus in union with the masses said throughout the world today...

Our duty to support the Church

Today’s gospel reading is both moving and instructive. Jesus was observing how people were contributing money for the temple of God. Suddenly he noticed a...

A look at Pakistan’s blasphemy law over the years

A series of anti-blasphemy measures introduced in Pakistan in the 1980s made it illegal to insult Islam. People have been accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad,...

Parade of saints

FR. Jojo Buenafe (center, back), parish priest of Santisima Trinidad Parish in Malate, Manila, and Bro. CJ Serrano (second from right, back) pose with...

Modern-day idolatry

THE gospel of today’s Mass talks about the scribe who, filled with good faith, wanted to know which of the commandments of the law was...

The immortal soul

O Lord my God... Say to my soul, I am your Salvation. Say it so that I can hear it. My heart is listening, Lord; Open the ears of...