Catholic schools launch nat’l congress on family set on papal visit

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[l-r] Dennis Salvador SMX Convention Director of sales, Dexter Deyto VP/Gen. Manager signing with Miriam’s Rose Bautista, Jose Arellano, OIC Executive Director of CEAP, Maricel Salapantan, MC High School Family Councilpresident. / NJ Viehland Photos

Updated Nov. 19, 2014

Miriam College (formerly Maryknoll College), has teamed up with Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) member schools and ABS-CBN media network to convene the National Congress on the Filipino Family.

The national congress is slated on Jan. 16-17 coinciding with Pope Francis’ Jan. 15-19 visit to the Philippines, but is not included in the Pope’s itinerary.

The congress to launched today supports the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that closed in Rome Oct. 19 on the topic, “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization”. “It aims to highlight the voice of the laity in discussion of what actually takes place within the family,” organizers said in their press release. 

Miriam College High School principal Edizon Fermin, Adviser of the Executive Council National Congress on the Filipino Family said organizers hope to be as open and inclusive as possible. The congress will gather a broad range of participants, including same-sex couples who have raised families, “housebands” who have shifted from the traditional roles of household men, career-oriented couples juggling work with parenting, teenaged mothers abandoned by the fathers of their children, separated parents with custody of their children, children orphaned by soldier parents, children growing up in the digital world. These are also topics to be discussed in engaging talks and workshops.

Ed Fermin of Miriam College hands to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle the working document of the Congress on the Filipino Family convened by school family councils, PTA particularly from Catholic Schools - NJ Viehland Photos

Ed Fermin of Miriam College hands to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle the working document of the Congress on the Filipino Family convened by school family councils, PTA particularly from Catholic Schools – NJ Viehland Photos

Fermin presented last September the congress concept paper to Cardinal Tagle which Fermin said was drafted primarily by parents’ associations during the cardinal’s Theological Hour lecture on the 2014 synod at Loyola School of Theology.

Related post

CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas: Random thoughts at the close of the synod 

Synod on the Family: Commentary by Hector Welgampola

 

 

Sri Lanka bishops’ conference president: Pope Francis to visit Jan. 13-15

Archdiocese of Colombo website photo

Archdiocese of Colombo website photo

Archdiocese of Colombo website, citing remarks attributed to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, reports that Pope Francis is expected to visit Sri Lanka on Jan. 13, 14 and 15. 

The pope has announced he would visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January, but did not give the exact dates.

Read the full Archdiocese of Colombo report 

 Related reports

Gifts Sri Lanka bishops asked from Pope Francis

Thy will be done…even on The Voice!

Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia’s success in The Voice certainly breaks stereotypes, including,
nun = spinster (to borrow from Pope Francis’ message to some 800 women religious representing International Union of Superiors General (UISG in May 2013)

 

CNS Blog

ROME — Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia’s landslide victory on The Voice of Italy last night wasn’t as big a surprise as much as what she did with her winner’s platform.

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She thanked everyone on the talent show for their help and support, but left her highest praise for God.

“My final and most important thanks go to the one who is up there,” she said to applause.

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She said her presence on The Voice wasn’t to walk away a winner or a music star, but to show people a different kind of victory:

“My dream is to recite the Our Father together, maybe we can all hold each other’s hands and pray. I want Jesus to come right here inside!”

It left most people perplexed and unsure, but Sister Cristina was in charge, telling the band to strike up a soft melody to set the mood.

Half-joking, the MC said…

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Vietnam priest, other Asians among 100 “information heroes”, Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders, (RWB) an organization that monitors attacks on journalists has cited a Vietnamese Catholic priest and other  Asians among 100 “information heroes” for standing up to powerful forces that suppress information and journalists.

Vietnamese Father Le Ngoc Thanh, a member of the Redemptorist congregation in Vietnam is a citizen-journalist who worked amid Communist government harassment.

In its citation, Reporters Without Borders noted that Father Anton le Ngoc Thanh is a journalist and a Catholic priest whose more than a decade of work for Vietnamese Redemporist News, a Catholic news organization, has caused him numerous problems with the Vietnamese authorities.

In 2012 he was stopped for questioning on his way to Bac Lieu in the south of the country, where a woman had set fire to herself in protestagainst her daughter, the blogger Ta Phong Tan, being put on trial. He was held for several hours for causing a traffic accident while travelling on foot.

He was arrested again last year during a demonstration in support of the blogger and activist Dinh Nhat Uy, convicted for organizing a campaign for the release of his jailed younger brother. Thanh is under constant police surveillance and is frequently prevented from covering and publicizing the human rights abuses that he has witnessed.

Cambodian Photojournalist and radio reporter Oudom Tat, is the youngest “hero” listed, and Muhammed Ziauddin, a Pakistani newspaper journalist for 45 years is the oldest.

Among the Asians, Iran, China, Azerbaijan, Vietnam are each represented by at least three heroes.

Some journalists cited work in democracies, while others, such as Jila Bani Yaghoob, who runs the Kanoon Zanan Irani (Centre for Iranian Women) website, work under “the most authoritarian regimes,” RWB’s announcement said.

Among women, Filipina Rowena Paraan, a journalist for 25 years now chairwoman of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines was cited for her role in the organization’s long-time journalists’ safety program. “This is a major issue in a country where 32 journalists were massacred in Ampatuan in Maguindanao province in November 2009, a scar on the national psyche which is unlikely to heal,” Paraan’s citation reads.

 

Philippines parish takes Way of the Cross to the streets

Good Friday at San Isidro Parish, Bagong Silangan community, Quezon City, in pictures:

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Youth and Worship committees of San Isidro Labrador Parish in the Diocese of Novaliches took the Stations of the Cross to the streets of their teeming community northeast of Manila on this steamy Good Friday and was met with this:


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Boys climb to catch a glimpse of actors re-enacting Jesus’ crowning with thorns. NJ Viehland

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Curious children take refuge from scorching sun and watch from inside a parked bus. NJ Viehland

Children and elders among the 100,000 parishioners wanted to catch a glimpse of “Jesus Christ” and his “tormentors, followers” and his “mother.”

Parish priest Father Aris Escobal of the Order of Carmelites (OCarm), Philippines, agreed to hold the Good Friday activity called “Senakulo” around the parish this year. “Older parishioners resisted, but the youth were eager,” he told Catholic in Asia. Eventually the Parish Youth Group and Worship Committee worked together also in collaboration with Basic Ecclesial Communities that set up the stations of the cross and Titus Brandsma Media Center of the Philippines OCarm.

After catechesis on the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, youth worked out their scripts, prayers, music, props, routes, decorated their costumes and re-enacted the story of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.

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Rev. Arnold Alindayu, OCarm deacon lent a hand (with Krisna Furing as Herod). NJ Viehland

Most of the short dramas were staged in the streets after short processions up and down the hilly Bagong Silangan community under the scorching sun

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The community prayed their last stations in their favorite place to hang out – the basketball court near the church.

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“Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world,” they prayed together. The look on these children’s faces remind me of Pope Francis’ tweet : @Pontifex How beautiful it is to stand before the Crucifix, simply to be under the Lord’s gaze, so full of love. (EG 264)

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[more to follow on these “Easter people” of San Isidro parish)

Coco Martin, Judy Ann Santos and Christopher de Leon Exposed

UST, Manila – So you think actors and actresses are nothing but shallow, empty creatures of glitz and glamor ?

You should have heard Coco Martin, Judy Ann Santos, and Christopher de Leon, three bright television and big screen stars share about their particular Catholic devotion on the second day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization today Oct. 17, 2013 at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila.

TV and film actor Coco Martin share about his devotion to the Black Nazarene at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at University of Santo Tomas on Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

TV and film actor Coco Martin share about his devotion to the Black Nazarene at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at University of Santo Tomas on Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Judy Ann Santos, popular movie/tv actress and tv game show host, narrated the development of her devotion to Our Lady of Manaoag during today's faith sharing at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Judy Ann Santos, popular movie/tv actress and tv game show host, narrated the development of her devotion to Our Lady of Manaoag during today’s faith sharing at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Award winning actor, Lorenzo Ruiz play producer Christopher de Leon closed the sharing session with "Amazing Grace" song after he told the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at University of Santo Tomas, Oct. 17, 2013  the role of the first Filipino Saint in his journey from drug addiction to producer and acting awards. NJ Viehland Photo

Award winning actor, Lorenzo Ruiz play producer Christopher de Leon closed the sharing session with “Amazing Grace” song after he told the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at University of Santo Tomas, Oct. 17, 2013 the role of the first Filipino Saint in his journey from drug addiction to producer and acting awards. NJ Viehland Photo

Cardinal Tagle thanked Judy Ann, Christopher and Coco for taking time off to contribute to the Stories of Faith section of this morning’s conference with experiences with the shrine of  Our Lady of Manaoag,  the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene and an offer to play Lorenzo Ruiz in a planned movie on the first Filipino saint. De Leon said even if the movie was never produced, he had a lingering preoccupation with the life of St. Lorenzo that drove him decades later to produce a musical play that drew good reviews in Manila recently.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle thanks Film/tv actress and game show hostess Judy Ann Santos for sharing about her devotion to Our Lady of Manaoag on the second day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the pontifical University of Santo Tomas on Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle thanks Film/tv actress and game show hostess Judy Ann Santos for sharing about her devotion to Our Lady of Manaoag on the second day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the pontifical University of Santo Tomas on Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle thanks tv and film actor Coco Martin for sharing about his devotion to the Black Nazarene while Actor, producer Christopher de Leon looks on at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at University of Santo Tomas, Manila Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle thanks tv and film actor Coco Martin for sharing about his devotion to the Black Nazarene while Actor, producer Christopher de Leon looks on at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at University of Santo Tomas, Manila Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila thanks Christopher de Leon, award-winning film actor and producer of Lorenzo Ruiz Play for sharing about his journey from drug addiction to successful come-back to show business. TV/movie actor Coco Martin looks on at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization Oct. 17, 2013 at pontifical University of Santo Tomas. NJ Viehland photo

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila thanks Christopher de Leon, award-winning film actor and producer of Lorenzo Ruiz Play for sharing about his journey from drug addiction to successful come-back to show business. TV/movie actor Coco Martin looks on at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization Oct. 17, 2013 at pontifical University of Santo Tomas. NJ Viehland photo

Monsignor Clem Ignacio of Quiapo Church also shared about how he used to be so ashamed about his mother’s devotion to the Black Nazarene. “Mommy, get up, people are looking at you,” he remembered telling his mother who would get on her knees and go down the long aisle to the altar praying for her special intentions. In hindsight, “For all I know I was the one people there were looking at,” Monsignor Ignacio said.

He recalled his struggles and “rock bottom” moments as a priest until Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales as Archbishop of Manila assigned him rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.  While serving this assignment, the Monsignor Ignacio said he came to see the sincerity and devotion of people to the suffering Christ.

Cancer-stricken retired Archbishop Leonardo Legazspi of Caceres, northern Philippines also gave a faith reflection on how his medical tests showed he was clear of cancer after people prayed with him to Our Lady of Penafrancia  during the filming of the movie project “Ikaw ang pag-ibig (you are love) to commemorate the tercentenary of the devotion in 2010. The cancer originally in the lungs later showed up again at stage 4 after all anniversary activities had been completed. Archbishop Legaspi said he was leaving his fate all up to God.

Retired Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi of Caceres, a member of the Dominican order who had served as president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, talked about his prayers to Our Lady of Penafrancia with emcee Boots Anson-Roa, movie and tv actress and hostess, during the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Retired Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi of Caceres, a member of the Dominican order who had served as president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, talked about his prayers to Our Lady of Penafrancia with emcee Boots Anson-Roa, movie and tv actress and hostess, during the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila Oct. 17, 2013. NJ Viehland Photo

Still to come: more photos and reports on this and Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J.’s discussion of popular religiosity

What do Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle have in common?

Angeles City, Pampanga – Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Pope Francis are “two of a kind,” former DoTC Secretary Jose “Ping” de Jesus told the convocation of faculty and university officials at the conferment of Holy Angel University‘s honorary doctorate on Manila’s archbishop.

Holy Angel University president Dr. Arlyn Villanueva and Benedictine Sister Josefina Nepomuceno, Board member put the academic robes and hood on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during conferment of his honorary doctorate from the university in Angeles City, Pampanga Aug. 16, 2013. [N.J. Viehland Photos]

Holy Angel University president Dr. Arlyn Villanueva and Benedictine Sister Josefina Nepomuceno, Board member put the academic robes and hood on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during conferment of his honorary doctorate from the university in Angeles City, Pampanga Aug. 16, 2013. [N.J. Viehland Photos]

The full citation for Cardinal Tagle read by De Jesus follows:  [Note:  unofficial copy – my transcript from recording]

Ex-DoTC Secretary Jose "Ping" de Jesus, member of Holy Angel University's Board of Trustees read a citation for Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during the conferment of its honorary doctorate on the cardinal Aug. 16, 2013 in Angeles City, Pampanga. [NJ Viehland Photos]

Ex-DoTC Secretary Jose “Ping” de Jesus, member of Holy Angel University’s Board of Trustees read a citation for Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during the conferment of its honorary doctorate on the cardinal Aug. 16, 2013 in Angeles City, Pampanga. [NJ Viehland Photos]

Citation

When the student is ready, the teacher will come

What the Vatican and the Catholic Church needed at this point in history is precisely what the Vatican got – the person of Pope Francis , a humble pope, a fearless pope, a pope who knows how to communicate to his people. By the same token, the Archdiocese of Manila and the Philippine Church as a whole got exactly the kind of leader and pastor they needed, in the person of our honoree today. Also a humble cardinal, a fearless cardinal, a cardinal who knows how to use broadcast media and social media, and who uses the language that Manilenos and Filipinos would understand.

We can say that the pope and the cardinal are two of a kind. Both educated by the Jesuits, both leaders of the Church in the Third World, both charismatic and both known for their humility and simple ways.

The pope rides a taxi, the cardinal rides a pedicab.

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His Holiness washes the feet of prisoners, His Eminence invites beggars to his refectory.

Indeed, they are both shepherd who smell like sheep.    (pauses as audience laugh)

If indeed Pope Francis has started a revolution in the Church, then his strongest ally would be Cardinal Tagle. The power of their combined examples should compel all Catholics, particularly Filipino Catholics, both clergy and laity, to adopt a major paradigm shift in their personal lives and lifestyles.

His Eminence speaks softly, but carries a big stick against poverty, injustice, atheism, materialism and the Reproductive Health Bill.

He urges his fellow clergy to assume an attitude of humility, respectfulness and silence, but he will not hesitate to raise his voice against the systems and conditions that cause suffering and violate the dignity and sanctity of human life.

The media savvy communicator does not consider an early morning tv show, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter beneath his exalted position. To him, these are tools that bring the Gospel of Christ to the youth, the members of the Church who will ensure its survival and shape its future.

His Eminence certainly knows and shows the way how to match the magnetism of Protestant evangelicals and resist the temptation of an increasingly secular culture.

Like Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle has the meekness of Assisi but the sophistication of Loyola as well.

Their mission is to disturb the rich and the powerful, and to create a mess in the diocese, to set the world on fire, to bring not peace on earth, but the sword.

This is the time of Pope Francis, this is the time of Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as well.

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