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New law aimed at wiping out dynasties

MANILA (UCAN): A new law that, for the first time in Philippine history addresses the banning of political dynasties in the country, has received a widespread popular acclaim.

The president, Noynoy Aquino, signed the bill into law on January 19 prohibiting young people, who have relatives holding elective positions in government, from seeking a seat in the SangguniangKabataan (Youth Council).

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Lack of mercy questions reality of hospitality

MANILA (SE): Archbishop Socrates Villegas cast a shadow of doubt across the depth of the famed Philippine hospitality, saying in his message for Migrant and Refugee Sunday published on January 17, that the nation has failed to develop a merciful heart and without mercy, cannot offer true hospitality.

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Tragedy at pope’s Mass not all doom and gloom

MANILA (UCAN): Jun and Judy Padasas will never forget the day Pope Francis came to the central Philippine city of Tacloban just over one year ago.

As the pope was blessing thousands of teary-eyed victims of Typhoon Haiyan on January 17, their 27-year-old daughter, Kristel Mae Padasas, died.

Padasas was waiting for the papal convoy to pass when a strong wind blew a large speaker stack on top of her, crushing her to death.

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Congress not for the campaign trail

CEBU (Agencies): No one can accuse Filipino politicians of missing an opportunity of electioneering and with a presidential election in the air this year the large gathering of people in Cebu for the Eucharistic Congress presented such a good opportunity that the organisers had to appeal to them to respect the fact that it was  not about politics.

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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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