Religious sisters and other communities in Nepal shift to earthquake relief

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are among 15 women religious congregations, most of them based in India, engaged in various ministries in Nepal. They have all survived the quake and have joined relief work.

Jose Kavi, editor of , reports that the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and other religious communities in Nepal have shifted their earthquake response to relief. The India-based website publishes news and information on Church in South Asia 

What exactly are the Nazareth Sisters doing and who are other India-based communities of religious women who were serving in Nepal when the 7.9-magnitude earthquake shook the country on April 25 killing more than 5,000 people? 

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What Cardinal Tagle told youth in London – video

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila addressed on March 7 thousands of young people gathered for Flame2, Great Britain’s largest national Catholic youth event of 2015 in the SSE Wembley Arena, London.

Participants from 10 years old listened also to Baroness Sheila Hollins, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe and David Wells in a “joyful” program interspersed with music and drama provided by double Grammy Award winner Matt Redman and his band, organizers announced. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England led the prayers and time for adoration.

Read the full text of Cardinal Tagle’s talk.


In Manila: Filipinos waited to greet Pope Francis

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Men, women rush to get a spot on an empty truck to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he goes from Villamor Airbase to the nunciature in Taft Avenue. NJ Viehland Photos

MANILA, PHILIPPINES Filipinos came in droves to line streets of Manila, where Pope Francis’ motorcade breezed through the 14 miles from Villamor Air Base to the nunciature on Taft Avenue.
The sidewalks beyond the barricades from the corner of Taft near the nuncio’s residence down Roxas Boulevard were teeming with people hours before the expected 5:45 p.m. landing of the plane that carried him from Sri Lanka.

Some people, like Gladys Silvano, told NCR she arrived at 3 a.m. It was her day off as a cashier in a restaurant, and she wanted to make sure she found a spot that would give her clear view.

There were no video screens installed in this part of the motorcade. See what they did in NCR Photo blog: Crowds greet Pope Francis in Manila  N.J. Viehland | Jan. 15, 2015

Cardinal Tagle: Christmas Message 2014

By Ed Gerlock

contributed by Ed Gerlock

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the name of the Archdiocese of Manila, I extend to all of you, especially to your families my prayerful wishes of a Blessed Christmas. For the Church in the Philippines, November 2104 up to November 2015 has been designated as the Year of the Poor. So Christmas 2014 falls within this most important event centered on the poor of the land and of the world.

Jesus, though truly Son of God, emptied himself of his glory and prerogatives and became human, one of us. This is the mystery of Christmas: God becomes poor and lowly so that we could become rich in God’s life. By becoming human, Jesus has identified himself with every human being, especially the poor whose only strength is God. Christmas is never truly Christmas if we do not accept and imitate Jesus’ self-emptying poverty. Christmas is a season to shed off illusions of grandeur, pretensions to self-importance, and the wickedness of self-interest. Christmas is never truly Christmas if we do not practice Jesus’ solidarity with the poor, the weak, and the neglected. Christmas is a season to see our own poverty, to see a companion in every person who suffers and to see Jesus in a needy brother or sister. Christmas frees the poor from inhumanity and degradation. Christmas proclaims the good news that the poor are loved by God, that they possess the dignity that has its source in God, that they could take their rightful place in shaping society as protagonists. May Christmas 2014 give us greater zeal to combat trafficking in human persons, new forms of slavery, neglect and abuse of children and violence against the helpless!

As we also prepare to welcome Pope Francis with his message of mercy and compassion, we pray that the celebration of Jesus’ birth bring much love and peace, especially to the poor of the land.

+ Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle

Archbishop of Manila  

Pope Francis thanks Filipina actress



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Rita Avila, actress

MANILA, Dec. 11, 2014 – Pope Francis, through a high-ranking Vatican official, thanked Rita Avila, a local actress and book author, for recently sending him personal copies of her two books, CBCPNews reported.

What are the books about, why is this actress writing books, and what did Pope Francis tell Rita?

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Thanksgiving : one year after deadly typhoon

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“My little Israel . . . blessing from God . . .” wrote Haiyan survivor Emylou Antigua on her Facebook account / contributed by Emylou Antigua)

Emylou Antigua has a happy reminder of the devastating typhoon that battered the central Philippines a little over a year ago: her son, named for the Israeli medical team that helped deliver him.

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Danny Pins, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee chief financial officer for Africa and Asia region distributing toys and food to children in northern Cebu, Philippines. (Courtesy of JDC)

For Chief Financial Officer Danny Pins of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee his group’s response to Haiyan is “personally rewarding.”

Catholic mom, Jewish financial officer – what they are grateful for in their experience related to typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda…

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Cardinal Tagle announces Papal Visit 2015 itinerary

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(left to right) Philippines Ambassador to the Holy See Marciano Paynor, state Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. , Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig, Chair of CBCP Commission on Social Communication, Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle announced at a press conference today the itinerary of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19 next year.

Cardinal Tagle said Pope Francis will bring his message of “Mercy and Compassion” to 11 different venues in the Archdioceses of Manila and Palo during his Apostolic Visit to the Philippines.

The cardinal said Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Manila from Sri Lanka (the first leg of his Asian trip) by plane…

Read full report: Philippines is ready for “Pope of Surprises”

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“I would say on the government’s part, 95% of its preparations is all about security,” Philippines Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. told the Nov. 14 press con on the itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in 2015. Ochoa declined to discuss details of security concerns and plans for the papal visit. / NJ Viehland Photos

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Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Marciano Paynor at the Nov. 14 press con on Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the Philippines responded to reports saying typhoon survivors in Tacloban would be evicted from temporary homes to make way for the Pope Francis’ visit. Paynor said: “Very early when we were making preparations for the visit in Tacloban, we had already been requested not to unnecessarily move people around. But even before the pope’s visit was announced or even before we knew about the pope’s visit, there had already been movements in the area because of typhoon Haiyan. So any kind of movement now is part of that. In fact , actually it had slowed down and we’ve had to alter some of our plans to respect that particular request that as few numbers of people as possible should be dislocated on account of the pope’s visit. So whatever movements there are now are movements which were planned way before and it’s part of the rehabilitation plan of the government. / NJ Viehland Photos

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Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto: Pope Francis dreams of “a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.” [EG27] / NJ Viehland Photos 

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Fr. Pantin reads the message from Archbishop John Du of Palo, Leyte / NJ Viehland Photos

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“When the Pope sees us Filipinos, may he see the living god in us” – Fr. Marvin Mejia reads the message of CBCP President Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan / NJ Viehland Photos

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