Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Lethal mix: small mind and great power

President Duterte’s reaction to the Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on the killings related to his campaign against prohibited drugs read in all Catholic churches last Sunday shows the danger when small minds are given so much power. “Kayong mg Katoliko, kung naniniwala kayo sa mga pari pati obispo doon […]

February 8, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police, Religion  12 Comments

INC’s overrated election clout

The Iglesia ni Cristo is making a mockery of Philippine laws and personalities who are aspiring for the presidency are either kowtowing to the church leadership or treading lightly on the controversy. Vice President Jejomar Binay has become the INC’s prime protector accusing Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s investigation of reported kidnapping and detention of […]

August 30, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Religion  24 Comments

Heed Pope Francis’ appeal to end culture of waste

Arrival photos. This visit of Pope Francis is heartwarming as it is awesome. To those who will brave the heat (hopefully it doesn’t rain), the long walk, the long wait, hunger and thirst, bless your courage and your determination. I hope and pray that our love for Pope Francis will include taking care of our […]

January 15, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  12 Comments

The making of the missalette for Pope Francis’ mass at Rizal Park

Pope Francis will be saying his masses (he will have three during his Philippine five-day visit) in English but in Rizal Park, he will start his homily with “Sumasampalataya ako.” The missalette that will be used in the Rizal Park mass will be eight pages and will contain, for the first time, the Eucharistic Prayer. […]

January 11, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  6 Comments

More than Three Kings

Jan. 6 is the end of a long Christmas celebration in the Philippines. Christmas trees and decorations are or have already been dismantled and put back in boxes for storage to be put out again come November after All Saints Day. January 6 is Three Kings Day, when the Christian world pays tribute to the […]

January 6, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Religion  7 Comments

The politics of estimating crowds

There is more to the size of the crowd than just numbers. Associated Press ran a story of Pope Francis July 28 Copacabana mass that concluded his highly successful visit in Brazil. A native of Argentina, the Brazil visit that capped the 2014 World Youth day, was his first in Latin America. Press reports, quoting […]

August 5, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  5 Comments

How much pull is an INC endorsement?

Iglesia ni Cristo’s list of senatorial candidates to be endorsed is interesting and intriguing. Crossing party lines, INC’s list includes seven from Team PNoy (Sonny Angara,Bam Aquino,Alan Peter Cayetano,Grace Poe,Loren Legarda,Antonio Trillanes, and Cynthia Villar) and five from United Nationalist Alliance (JV Ejercito,Richard Gordon,Nancy Binay,Gringo Honasan and Jack Enrile). An INC member said the day […]

May 7, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2013 elections, Religion  306 Comments

AMRSP’s critical reflection on Aquino presidency

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines has been in the forefront in all the political upheavals the country has experienced since the time of the Marcos dictatorship. Many of its members braved the tanks sent by Marcos to Edsa during the 1986 People Power. They were very much visible in the 2001 […]

April 3, 2013   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  293 Comments

‘The Pope with a lower- case p’

Pope Benedict XVI may not have gained admirers for his conservatism but his decision to resign from the Papacy, a position for life, shows humility, even nobility. His resignation letter mentioned of him having repeatedly examined his conscience before making the decision. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the […]

February 13, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  429 Comments

Magpapatayo ba ng relihiyon si Pacquiao?

Sabi ng boxing champ na si Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, nag-uusap daw sila ng Panginoon. Sabi niya sinabi daw ng Panginoon sa kanya na huminto na siya sa boxing. Natutulog daw siya ng sinabi sa kanya ng Panginoon itong mensahe. Ang pinagtataka ko, bakit ngayon lang ba niya narinig yun? Matagal na yan sinasabi ng […]

March 31, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Religion, Sports  56 Comments