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  • Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cebuawait the return of a centuries-old wooden bust of the crucified Christ called “Ecce Homo” from Manila.

    “Ecce Homo” means “Behold the Man” or “Here is the Man,” alluding to the statement of Pontius Pilate in the Gospels when he presented Jesus to the crowd.

  • A priest of Shantou, China, Father Joseph Huang Bingzhang, was ordained today without a papal mandate.

    Eight Vatican-approved bishops attended the ordination that took place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Shantou city, southern Guangdong province.

    Bishop Johan Fang Xingyao of Linyin, president of the government-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), was the main celebrant.

  • Many survivors of the storm claim sheer faith saved their lives.

    At the height of the storm in the small hours of June 28, Gregorio Mascarino, 67, was convinced he and nine other members of his household were going to die as they sat on the roof of their home while raging flood waters swept around them.

    Although not a devout Catholic, Mascarino said he prayed that at least one of them would be saved, as he looked at his three grandchildren who were pale and crying.

  • Priests should study the reproductive health (RH) bill still pending in congress before delivering homilies lambasting the proposed law, a seminary formator has said.

    “We priests have to seriously read and study the bill, pray over the issue, before discussing it,” said Father Ramon Echica, a seminary formator in the Archdiocese of Cebu.

    He said the clergy should speak about the controversial bill but they should be intellectually prepared.

  • Ezra Capucion recently graduated with a management degree from the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University “confident” and determined to strive to change society and test the values she learnt at school in enterprise development.

  • A southern bishop is calling on Catholics to pray the rosary each day to prevent the passage of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill in Congress.

    Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of Cotabato said prayer is still “the best weapon” to oppose a proposal which the Catholic Church believes could open the door to artificial contraception.