CBCP: Senate findings on AFP collusion
with ASG offers 'relief' to Lamitan
MANILA, August 25 – The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) welcomed
the recommendation by the Senate of a court martial for three military officers found to have colluded with the Abu Sayyaf rebels during the siege of Lamitan town, Basilan in June last year.
NASSA sets Nat'l Consultation to prepare for Alay Kapwa 2003
MANILA, August 25 – The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA-JP), the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference
of the Philippines (CBCP), will hold a National Consultation to assess the 2002 "Alay Kapwa" (AK) Lenten campaign and to prepare for next year's campaign. The consultation is scheduled on
September 10 to 13 at the Paradise Hotel in Malolos, Bulacan.
ECMI backs inquiry on agreement with Saudi gov't to
cut OFW wages
MANILA, August 25 – The CBCP Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI)
has expressed support for a Congress resolution seeking a Senate inquiry into an agreement entered into by the Philippine and Saudi Arabian governments, reducing the minimum wage for unskilled
ECPPC commends anti-death penalty congressmen
MANILA, August 25 – The CBCP Episcopal Commission on
Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC) has commended the Joint Committee of Civil, Political and Human Rights and the Committee on Revision of Laws for pushing for the abolition of the death penalty.
The committees are headed by Rep. Etta Rosales and Rep. Orlando Fua, respectively.
Bp. Arturo M. Bastes named Coadjutor Bishop of Sorsogon
Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Arturo M. Baste, S.V.D., presently the Bishop of Romblon, as Coadjutor Bishop of Sorsogon.
His nomination was officially announced by the
Holy Father in Rome last July 25, the Feast of St. James, and simulta-neously in Manila by the Apostolic Nuncio Arch-bishop Antonio Franco.
Archbishop Cruz rallies flock in fight against jueteng
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz is gearing for a tough battle with gambling lords out to set up a syndicated jueteng operation in Central Pangasinan.
Archbishop Cruz, also former president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, launched the first salvo of opposition through a
circular letter to the faithful, which was to be read in all churches and chapels in the Archdiocese during the Eucharistic Celebrations on August 10 and 11, and in all Catholic
schools at desig-nated dates and times by their respective directors.
Diocesan directors of liturgy set meeting in September
The 17th National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy, organized by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Liturgy, will be held on September 2
to 6 at the Holy Family Retreat House in Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City.
Bishop Zafra passes away
Bishop Felix Z. Zafra, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Tagbilaran passed away last August 4. He was 82.
Bishop Zafra, who served as the fourth Bishop of Tagbilaran, was born on January 14, 1920 in Clarin, Bohol. He was ordained to the priesthood on
March 4, 1944 at the Metropolitcan Cathedral of Cebu.
Pope joins 800,000 youths in Toronto
for 17th World Youth Day
Pope John Paul II began his apostolic trip to Toronto, Canada, Guatemala City and Mexico City, his 97th outside Italy, after a 7,147 kilometer,
nine-hour flight from Rome last July 23. He was to preside at the celebrations on the occasion of the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto, and
proceed to Guatemala City and Mexico City to canonize Blesseds Pedro de San Jose de Betancurt and Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin.
Mass weddings in Manila
Manila Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, expressing concern over the increasing number of Catholic couples living together without the
blessings of matrimony, has directed all pastors in parishes of the Archdiocese to hold mass weddings at least once every two years.
Catechists and mem-bers of the Legion of Mary are especially mandated to seek and minister to unmarried Catholic couples who are living together.