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Death by neglect for Peace Process

COTABATO (UCAN): “Hatred, prejudice and bias against Muslims (are responsible) for the death of the Peace Process in Mindanao,” the archbishop of Cotabato, Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, said after too few to form a quorum turned up to the House of Representatives for the vote on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on January 28.

The well orchestrated no-show ploy ensured the Peace Process a death by neglect.

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Malling for Sunday Mass

MANILA (UCAN): Malling, or hanging around shopping malls is a popular pastime in The Philippines, and the proliferation of Sunday Masses being celebrated in shopping malls is proving to be extremely popular, leaving some wondering about the future of parish churches.

“We find it convenient,” a 53-year-old father of five, Miguel Espiño, says, adding that he believes that “wherever there are two or more people gathered in the name of God, he would listen.”

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Proud to sing for the Eucharistic king

CEBU (Agencies): The Coro de San Jacinto, the chorale which performed at the opening Mass of the Eucharistic Congress in Cebu on January 24, regards it as a wonderful opportunity, saying who better to sing for than the king of kings.

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Old man remembers 1937 congress

CEBU (Agencies): One of the old men of Manila, the former archbishop, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, is one of the remaining few who had the opportunity to be part of the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress held in the city of Manila in 1937. He was a five-year old boy.

He reminisced on the writings of the Jesuit historian and scholar, Father Horacio dela Costa, saying that what he wrote during the late 1930s still holds true today—Filipinos have faith and love music.

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It is war at the congress

CEBU (SE): It is time to declare war on poverty and cruelty, the papal envoy to the International Eucharistic Congress being held in Cebu, The Philippines, Charles Maung Cardinal Bo, told an enthusiastic gathering at the opening Mass on January 24.

In a call for what he termed a Third World War, the archbishop of Yangon in the Union of Myanmar described the widespread malnutrition and starvation in the world as mass genocide.

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Catholic schools push for the Bangsamoro

MANILA (UCAN): Just eight days before the national congress adjourned, Catholic educational institutions joined in the call for the immediate passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law that will create an autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao, known as the Bangsamoro in Mindanao.

If congress fails to pass the law many observers fear a peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has been fighting for autonomy for four decades, could break down. 

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A red rag to a bull

MANILA (UCAN): The Promotion of Church People’s Response, a national alliance of Church-based organisations in The Philippines, is protesting against a court decision declaring a military agreement that allows an increased presence of United States of America (US) military personnel in the country constitutionally valid.

“We are saddened by the court decision,” Nardy Sabino, a spokesperson for the group, said.

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Mission must include the wisdom of a vision for the future

CEBU (SE): The 51st Eucharistic Congress formally opened in Cebu, The Philippines, on January 24 with an outdoor Mass celebrated by the special envoy from Pope Francis, Charles Maung Cardinal Bo, from Yangon in the Union of Myanmar, at the Plaza Independencia.

In introducing the congress, Cardinal Bo said that holding it in Asia is significant, as the continent is home to a confluence of major religions and a part of the world that has not embraced secularism.

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Tight security for Eucharistic Congress

CEBU (UCAN): Organisers of the International Eucharistic Congress scheduled to begin on January 24 in Cebu, The Philippines, have assured delegates that security will be tight following the terror attacks in Jakarta that killed at least seven people on January 14.

“While we commiserate with the victims of the bombing, the incident provides even more impetus for us and our security agencies to be vigilant,” Bishop Dennis Villarojo, the secretary general of the organising committee, said.

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Bloodletting goes on

MANILA (UCAN): Alibando Tingkas, a 15-year-old from the Manobo people, was shot dead in the southern Philippine province of Davao del Norte on January 17.

Tingkas becomes the latest victim in a spate of murders of indigenous people in the southern region of Mindanao in recent months.

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