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Arrested drug suspect was never a priest

CBCP News - 3 hours 30 min ago

John Baring Ferolin poses for a mugshot after he was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Matalam, North Cotabato on June 20, 2019. PHOTO FROM NDBC NEWS

By Rommel Lopez

June 21, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Contrary to some media reports, a man arrested for the second time over illegal drug trade is not a “former Catholic priest”.

Local police arrested on Wednesday John Baring Ferolin, 42, during a buy bust operation in Matalam, North Cotabato.

The reports quoted Matalam police chief Joseph Brian Placer saying Ferolin was “a former minister of the Mission Society of the Philippines”.

Fr. Jonathan Germinanda, MSP superior, told NDBCNews that the society never had a priest-member nor a former seminarian with that name. He said he is saddened that the name of the society is dragged in this controversy.

The Catholic Directory of the Philippines, from the past to the current edition, does not list the name of Ferolin as an ordained priest nor as a member of the Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP).

In 2016, Ferolin was also arrested for the same offense and claimed to be a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SBD).

The Salesians, however, disowned Ferolin as a member of the religious congregation.

Ferolin has also claimed to be a priest of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines but the diocese denied his claim.

 

Nabbed drug suspect not a priest Posted: March 2, 2016 | 0 comments

By CBCP News

March 2, 2016

Manila, Philippines

The Salesians in the Philippines disowned a suspected illegal drug trafficker who introduced himself as a missionary priest of the congregation.

Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB, said that a certain “Father” John Ferolin who was nabbed on Monday for possession of “shabu” in Midsayap, North Cotabato is not a Salesian priest.

“There is no such priest or missionary from among our remaining foreign missionaries, and no Filipino Salesian goes by that name,” Dimaranan, rector of Don Bosco Technical College in Mandaluyong said.

The suspect is currently detained at the Midsayap municipal police.

“And no, we have no missionary outpost or work in North Cotabato. Above all, we Salesians do not work alone. We always work as a community. This is a poseur and a dangerous one at that,” Dimaranan added.

In other news reports, Ferolin has also claimed to be a priest of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP), a personal diocese for the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

However, the chancery of the MOP said that Ferolin is also not a military priest.

There is also no priest identified as John Ferolin in the 2015 Catholic Directory of the Philippines.

June 21 2019

CBCP News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 20:45
Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

Reading 1 2 COR 11:18, 21-30

Brothers and sisters:
Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast.
To my shame I say that we were too weak!

But what anyone dares to boast of
(I am speaking in foolishness)
I also dare.
Are they Hebrews? So am I.
Are they children of Israel? So am I.
Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
Are they ministers of Christ?
(I am talking like an insane person).
I am still more, with far greater labors,
far more imprisonments, far worse beatings,
and numerous brushes with death.
Five times at the hands of the Jews
I received forty lashes minus one.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned,
three times I was shipwrecked,
I passed a night and a day on the deep;
on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers,
dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race,
dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city,
dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea,
dangers among false brothers;
in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights,
through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings,
through cold and exposure.
And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me
of my anxiety for all the churches.
Who is weak, and I am not weak?
Who is led to sin, and I am not indignant?

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

Responsorial Psalm PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (see 18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.

R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.

R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.

R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Alleluia MT 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

Today's Readings Homilies

Archbishop calls for ‘accompaniment’ after marriage

CBCP News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 19:53

Archbishop Gilbert Garcera of Lipa, chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, leads a prayer during the CFC Clergy-Lay Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City June 20. CFC GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

By Roy Lagarde

June 20, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A church official has stressed the need for ongoing “accompaniment” of couples, before and after marriage.

Archbishop Gilbert Garcera of Lipa, who heads the church’s family and life ministry, said that continued support for marriages might help prevent breakups.

“To be a gift to the family is [pastoral accompaniment] after marriage or post-cana,” Garcera said.

The archbishop was addressing the Couples for Christ (CFC) Clergy-Lay Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Thursday.

However, he admitted that accompaniment of the couple after marriage is pretty much lacking in the Philippines.

He cited a church survey showing the lack of support especially for young couples who have just gotten onto the real battlefield of married life.

“Sad to say, there are many parishes that don’t have any program except pre-cana,” Garcera said.

More than 2,000 priests and laypeople attended the gathering which also marked the 38th anniversary of CFC, one of the Philippines’ largest lay organizations.

Reflecting on the theme “Family is a Gift,” Garcera said that CFC is being challenged not to be an “exclusive group” but instead extend reach out to others.

With the many issues affecting the country, he encouraged the CFC members to take their mission to the peripheries.

“Today, pastoral attention to strengthening marriages starts with you as a gift,” he added. “Go out and help the dioceses and parishes because you are a gift.”

Prison ministry marks 13 years without death penalty

CBCP News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 18:00

By CBCP News

June 20, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Thirteen years after the scrapping of death penalty, the Church’s prison ministry has marked the anniversary on Thursday with “disappointment” over calls to bring it back.

The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC) expressed dismay over the renewed push for capital punishment in the next Congress.

“This is disturbing because it is strongly implies that the current set of elected leaders believe in killing as a ‘solution’ to the nation’s peace and order problems,” said Mr. Rodolfo Diamante, ECPPC Executive Secretary.

He said that they know from the Philippine experience that death penalty is not a deterrent to crime.

“We argue that there are other more deeply-rooted reasons for the lack of peace and order in our society that our leaders have failed to appreciate and acknowledge,” he said.

Rather than reviving the death penalty, he said that the Church wants to explore alternatives to mete out justice.

Diamante called it a shift in the paradigm of justice “from litigation to mediation; prosecution to healing; punishment to reform and rehabilitation; from retribution to restoration”.

The Coalition Against Death Penalty (CADP) particularly lashed out at newly elected lawmakers who are openly pro-death penalty.

“While we believe that we should resolve and fight crimes, one wonders about the wisdom of meting out the extreme penalty of death,” said Jesuit Fr. Silvino Borres, CADP President.

“We appeal to our legislators and policy makers to affirm the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of life, the foundation of a moral vision for society,” he said.

The Philippines abolished capital punishment in 2006 but the Duterte administration wants to revive it citing a runaway crime rate.

June 20 2019

CBCP News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 21:00
Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 2 COR 11:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me!
Please put up with me.
For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God,
since I betrothed you to one husband
to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning,
your thoughts may be corrupted
from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ.
For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached,
or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received
or a different gospel from the one you accepted,
you put up with it well enough.
For I think that I am not in any way inferior to these “superapostles.”
Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge;
in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself so that you might be exalted,
because I preached the Gospel of God to you without charge?
I plundered other churches by accepting from them
in order to minister to you.
And when I was with you and in need, I did not burden anyone,
for the brothers who came from Macedonia
supplied my needs.
So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
By the truth of Christ in me,
this boast of mine shall not be silenced
in the regions of Achaia.
And why? Because I do not love you?
God knows I do!

Responsorial Psalm PS 111:1B-2, 3-4, 7-8

R.(7a) Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.

R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Majesty and glory are his work,
and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.

R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The works of his hands are faithful and just;
sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
wrought in truth and equity.

R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia ROM 8:15BC

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
through which we cry: Abba! Father!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

‘Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.’

“If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

Today's Readings Homilies

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit unites the Church, despite sin and scandal

CBCP News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 20:53

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square June 19, 2019. DANIEL IBAÑEZ/CNA

By Courtney Grogan

Catholic News Agency

June 19, 2019

VATICAN— Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal.

“The Holy Spirit is the creator of communion, the artist of reconciliation … He builds the community of believers by harmonizing the unity of the body and the multiplicity of its members,” Pope Francis said June 19 in St. Peter’s Square.

The Holy Spirit “makes the Church grow by helping it to go beyond human limits, sins and any scandal,” he said.

Dedicating his Wednesday catechesis to the Acts of the Apostles’ account of the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Pope Francis reflected on how the Holy Spirit transformed and strengthened St. Peter.

“On the feast of Pentecost, it is Peter who speaks, the rock on which Christ chose to build his Church,” he said. “His word, weak and even capable of denying the Lord, when crossed by the fire of the Spirit gains strength and becomes capable of piercing hearts and moving to conversion.”

“God in fact chooses what is weak in the world to confound the strong,” Pope Francis said, quoting St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

“The Church is thus born of the fire of love — of a ‘fire’ that flares up at Pentecost, which manifests the strength of the Word of the Risen One imbued with the Holy Spirit,” he said.

Pope Francis explained that this fire symbolically expresses God’s work of warming, illuminating, and testing hearts, and His care in purifying and revitalizing human works.

“The Spirit of God moves hearts to welcome the salvation that passes through a person, Jesus Christ, the One whom men nailed to the wood of the cross and whom God raised from the dead,” the pope said.

“As Benedict XVI said, ‘This is Pentecost: Jesus, and through Him, God himself, comes to us and draws us into himself,” he added.

“Let us ask the Lord to let us experience a new Pentecost, which expands our hearts and tunes our feelings with those of Christ, so that we proudly proclaim His transforming word and bear witness to the power of love that calls to life all that it encounters,” Pope Francis said.

Supreme Court gives second chance to Oregon cake bakers who declined same-sex wedding

CBCP News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 14:45

June 19, 2019

Portland, Ore.

An Oregon bakery whose owners declined to make a cake celebrating a same-sex commitment ceremony will get another chance in court, after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 17 ruling ordered lower courts to reconsider a massive fine and other penalties in light of a similar Colorado case.

“The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government,” Kelly Shackelford, president, CEO and chief counsel of the legal group First Liberty, said June 17. “The message from the court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.”

“This is a victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans,” added Shackleford.

The Kleins, who are practicing Christians, owned Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in the Portland suburb of Gresham, Ore. In January 2013, the couple declined to bake a cake for a same-sex commitment ceremony, citing their religious views. They then lost an effort to fight a lawsuit charging they had illegally discriminated.

First Liberty, a non-profit legal firm based in Plano, Texas, focuses on religious freedom cases with a nationwide scope. It is representing the Kleins as are two attorneys from its network: C. Boyden Gray, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union; and Adam Gustafson, both of Boyden Gray & Associates.

Boyden Gray said the Supreme Court should decide whether its 2015 ruling that mandated legal recognition of same-sex marriage “can be wielded as a shield in defense of same-sex unions but also — as in this case — a sword to attack others for adhering to traditional religious beliefs about marriage,” NBC News reports.

The women who had attempted to commission the cake from the Klein’s bakery filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, claiming discrimination based on sexual orientation. The mother of Rachel Cryer, the woman who tried to order the cake, had asked Aaron Klein to reconsider, but he declined.

While the legal complaint was pending, Aaron Klein posted the first page of the couple’s complaint, which contained their names and contact information, on the Sweet Cakes by Melissa Facebook page. The women said they received death threats as a result of the posting, which was taken down after one day.

The State of Oregon in its filing with the Supreme Court had argued that the lower courts had ruled correctly. “Baking is conduct, not speech,” its filing said. “A bakery open to the public has no right to discriminate against customers on the basis of their sexual orientation.”

Requiring equal treatment for customers regardless of sexual orientation does not compel support for same-sex marriage “any more than the law compels support for religion by requiring equal treatment for all faiths,” said the state filings, according to NBC News.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed in September 2013, a decision that the owners described as a “devastating loss.”

In April 2015, the Oregon labor bureau ordered the Kleins to pay damages to the plaintiffs, ruling that by declining to design and make the cake, they had violated Oregon law barring discrimination in public accommodations. The labor bureau ordered them to pay a $135,000 penalty for emotional damages and issued a gag order that prevented them from “even talking about their beliefs,” First Liberty said June 17.

The Kleins initially attempted to raise the cost of the fine on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe, but their effort was taken down by the site, which cited a violation of their terms of service.

In their appeals, the Kleins claimed that their First Amendment right to free speech was violated by the state’s decision.

Their prior appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court was rejected in June 2018. This left in place the decision of the Oregon Court of Appeals, which rejected claims that a cake is a work of art. That court said “even when custom-designed for a ceremonial occasion, they are still cakes made to be eaten.” Those who attend a wedding might consider the cake to be an expression of the views of the couple who undergo the ceremony, not the views of the baker, the court said.

That same month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, owner of the bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop, who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. The court found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not respected Phillips’ sincerely-held religious beliefs when it ordered him to make a custom cake for a same-sex couple.

Cardinal Tagle asks students not to bully

CBCP News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 14:29

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle presides over the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Manila Cathedral June 19. COURTESY OF ROMAIN GARY LAZARO/CBCPNEWS

By CBCP News

June 19, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has asked the students to never bully others or allow bullying to happen in their schools or anywhere near them.

In his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Manila Cathedral Wednesday, he noted the growing phenomenon of bullying, especially online.

“Gossiping, vulgarity, to underestimate others, spreading fake news, and bullying are not the works of the Holy Spirit,” an article posted on Radio Veritas’ website quoted Tagle as saying.

Instead, he called on students to tap modern communication to spread the Gospel.

“Don’t be shy to proclaim Jesus,” he said.

Addressing the teachers, the cardinal urged them to expand not only their students’ intellectual dimension, but also the human heart.

Catholics schools are called to lead their students to Jesus, according to him.

“Whatever is the subject matter, make sure that what you are teaching are ideas and concepts that lead the students to God,” Tagle added.

The cardinal also stressed the importance of imparting the value of word of honor and by being truthful.

“When you said something, do it and make sure that it’s based on truth,” he said.

Hundreds of students and teachers in Manila’s Catholic schools attended the Holy Spirit Mass, a tradition among many Catholic educational institutions to mark the start of the academic year.

Bishop urges gov’t to stop premium hikes for OFWs

CBCP News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:21

By CBCP News

June 19, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Instead of adding burdens to overseas Filipino workers, the government should freeze all premium hikes to be collected from them, a church official said.

“There should be a moratorium on the said increase of contributions,” said Bishop Ruperto Santos, who heads the CBCP’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.

The prelate made the statement amid the scheduled increases in OFW contributions to the Social Security System and Philhealth.

“It is added financial burden and will cause more difficulties to our OFWs,” he said. “Our OFWs should be assisted, helped and promoted not to be burdened.”

The bishop warned that the new increased rates are “unfair” and impaired the existing employment contracts of the migrants workers.

He also opposed certain provisions in the new social security law that would tie-up OFW collections with the issuance of an overseas employment certificate.

The new law requires newly hired OFWS to pay in advance the P960 per month SSS premium while returning workers will pay a three-month advance contribution amounting to P2,880 or they will not be issued the mandatory working permits.

“This will discourage foreign employers of hiring OFWs,” said Santos, adding that memberships should be “voluntary and encouraged”.

A non-government organization (NGO) on labor migration earlier warned that the increases in contributions would likely push more workers away from existing legal deployment channels.

“The outlook for our overseas workers is not at its brightest, with tensions rising throughout the Middle East and ongoing protests in Hong Kong over a hotly contested legislation, among other challenges,” said Susan Ople, former labor undersecretary and head of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, adding that the salaries of Filipino domestic workers abroad have been stagnant for more than a decade.

“Asking them to pay that much considering that they will be away from the country for at least two years, would cause undue burden given their vulnerable status and work conditions,” Ople said.

Vatican quashes rumors of Benedict XVI stroke

CBCP News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 07:44

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the eve of his 92nd birthday at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on April 15, 2019. VATICAN MEDIA

By Catholic News Agency

June 19, 2019

VATICAN— Pope Benedict XVI is not dead and did not recently suffer a stroke, the Vatican confirmed on Tuesday.

On Monday, rumors circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms that the Pope Emeritus had suffered a “mild ischemia” – a kind of stroke.

“The rumours are false,” Alessandro Gisotti, director ad interim of the Press Office of the Holy See, confirmed to the Catholic Herald on Tuesday.

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, called the rumors “fake news,” Edward Pentin reported on Twitter.

On multiple occasions over the past several years, Vatican officials have had to quash similar rumors that the small, white-haired nonagenarian is close to death.

Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy in 2013, citing advanced age and declining strength that made it difficult to carry out his ministry. He was the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

Ai-ai Delas Alas to lead church fundraising concert

CBCP News - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 21:15

By Minnie Agdeppa

June 18, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Celebrity Ai-ai Delas Alas and the clergy of the Novaliches diocese will stage a concert benefiting the construction of a new parish church.

The concert is their farewell thank-you gift to Bishop Antonio Tobias in appreciation of his 16 years service to the diocese.

Pope Francis has earlier accepted the retirement of Bishop Tobias and appointed Fr. Roberto Gaa as his successor.

Dubbed as “Ai HEART RCBN”, the concert will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on June 24.

The event will also highlight the 30th anniversary in the showbiz industry of Delas Alas.

In 2016, the seasoned comedian and actress was awarded the Pro Eccelesia et Pontifice after Pope Francis acknowledged her “distinguished service to the church”.

Fr. Aristeo De Leon, the event’s lead organizer, said proceeds will go to the ongoing construction of the Kristong Hari Parish Church.

Located along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, the parish is envisioned as the diocese’s “future shrine of the youth”.

Organizers said the concert will feature performances from some religious and lay organizations.

Some celebrities such as Alden Richards are also expected to grace the occasion.

Pope to Filipino bishops: Love, pray for persecutors

CBCP News - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 21:08

Pope Francis meets with bishops from Luzon at the Vatican on May 20, 2019. VATICAN MEDIA

By CBCP News

June 18, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis reminded the Philippine bishops that they are called to imitate Christ by loving their enemies and praying for those who persecute them.

The pope assured the bishops, who recently went on pilgrimage to Rome, that he is aware of the Philippine situation and the issues the local Church is facing.

In spite of these, he said that the bishops are called to be pastors, even to politicians who are in conflict with the Church.

The bishops’ encounter with the pope was shared by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to Manila’s clergy during their monthly recollection and meeting at the San Carlos Seminary on Tuesday.

In an article posted at the archdiocese’s website, it said that the gathering started with a Mass presided over by the cardinal.

In his homily, he drew inspiration from the day’s Gospel, in which Jesus teaches that love must be universal, so as to be “perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect”.

“Politicians who give us trouble might be wounded people and their behavior might be a cry for help… Can we empty ourselves and be the pastor’s love towards the enemy?” Cardinal Tagle said.

He also encouraged the clergy to continually work and minister to the youth and the poor who remain “underserved” in the archdiocese because of their sheer number despite the church’s anti-poverty programs.

June 19 2019

CBCP News - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 21:00
Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 2 COR 9:6-11

Brothers and sisters, consider this:
whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.
As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity,
which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

Responsorial Psalm PS 112:1BC-2, 3-4, 9

R.(1b) Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia JN 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

Today's Readings Homilies

Stand with Pinoy fishermen, bishops urge gov’t

CBCP News - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 20:58

The 22 Filipino fishermen in the Recto Bank collision aboard a ship en route to Mindoro, June 14, 2019. PHOTO FROM DA SEC. MANNY PIÑOL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

By Roy Lagarde

June 18, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Catholic bishops challenged the government to stand with Filipino fishermen whose boat was rammed and sunk by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the government cannot leave the fishermen in lurch as it is obliged to intervene to protect their interest.

“The government has a duty to protect its citizens and its territory. It should not allow itself to be bullied and let its people suffer,” Pabillo said.

The bishop was reacting to President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that seemed to downplay the June 9 incident in the West Philippine Sea.

Breaking his silence on the issue, Duterte on Monday appealed for calm over what he called a “little maritime incident”.

In a speech during the Philippine Navy’s 121st anniversary celebration in Sangley Point, he said that tension should not be allowed between two countries just because of a collision of two boats.

“Maritime incident is a maritime incident. It is best investigated. And I do not now issue statement because there is no investigation and there is no result,” Duterte said.

“The only thing we can do is to wait and give the other party the right to be heard. That’s important,” he added.

Bishop Pabillo urged the government to use its diplomatic channels to hold accountable the Chinese crew involved in the incident.

“The government should send the message that this is a serious matter that should be resolved and not be treated only as a mere incident,” he said.

Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said the government’s treatment on the issue shows its bias for China.

“Duterte is selective in dispensing justice,” Bastes said. “This is a sign that his judgement cannot be relied upon on serious moral and social issues.”

Blood donation to mark Cardinal Tagle’s 62nd birthday

CBCP News - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 19:37

By CBCP News

June 18, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The Archdiocese of Manila is taking blood donations to celebrate Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s 62nd birthday and to save lives.

The archdiocese will open the bloodletting drive as a “gift” to the cardinal at the Arzobispado building in Intramuros on Friday, June 21.

The project, which will be held from 8:30am to 3:00pm, is in coordination with the Philippine National Red Cross.

The bloodletting was started in 2007, and has since became a part of Manila archbishop’s birthday celebration.

For inquiries, interested donors may may call the archdiocese at telephone numbers 527-3956/527-6254 and look for Mr. Joel Madronio or Mr. Jomel Clarito.

Polish priest ordained after cancer diagnosis dies

CBCP News - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:55

Fr. Michel Los was ordained in a Warsaw hospital a few weeks before his death. COURTESY OF ORIONINE FATHERS

By Catholic News Agency

June 18, 2019

Warsaw, Poland— A young Polish priest who was ordained last month following a terminal cancer diagnosis has died, his community announced Monday.

Fr. Michal Los, FDP, died June 17 in the morning, the Congregation of the Orionine Fathers said in a Facebook post.

“We believe that he met with the Risen Christ whom he so desperately wanted to serve as a priest. Thank you for all your prayers and support,” the congregation said.

On May 24, Los was ordained a priest in his Warsaw hospital bed.

He had been diagnosed with cancer about a month prior. At the time of his ordination, he was in critical condition.

Pope Francis granted a dispensation allowing Los to be ordained both a deacon and a priest in the same Mass. The pope sent a letter to the director general of the congregation, Fr. Tarcisio Vieira, granting permission.

Los was ordained by Bishop Marek Solarczyk of the Diocese of Warsaw-Praga.

The day before his ordination, Los made perpetual vows in his religious community, the Congregation of the Orionine Fathers.

On May 25, he celebrated his first Mass, also from his hospital bed. In a video posted on social media that day, he thanked Catholics who were praying for him, and asked for their continued prayers.

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