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Introduction I thank you most deeply for inviting me to speak at your international gathering. I am very grateful for several reasons. I am an alumnus of the old Notre Dame of Marbel Boys’ Department, from which this distinguished Notre Dame University of Marbel evolved. While my first teachers in the Faith were my parents, it was with the Marist ... Read More »

The Archdiocese of Cotabato Holds Three Local Eucharistic Congresses

The Archdiocese of Cotabato organized three Local Eucharistic Congresses on October 13-15, 2015 in the Vicariates of Tacurong, Midsayap, and Cotabato.  These congresses were held in preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu in January 2016. The Local Eucharistic Congresses followed a template program which started with an opening liturgy welcoming in a solemn procession the IEC ... Read More »

Bishop Bagaforo Spearheads 5th Bike for Peace

Hundreds of bikers joined the 5th Bike for Peace: Alay Kay Maria last October 3, 2015. The bikers, headed by His Excellency Jose Colin M. Bagaforo – the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, pedalled a 34.4-kilometer route passing through important historic sites in Cotabato City including the People’s Palace, The Grand Mosque, Kutawato Cave, the Bishop’s Palace, City ... Read More »

St. Francis of Assisi

Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181. In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or apologetic because he’d been gone, Pietro was furious because she’d had his new son baptized Giovanni after John the Baptist. The last ... Read More »

Injustice: The Root of Conflict in Mindanao

The Roots of Insurgency – the Government’s View The government’s “National Strategy to Overcome Insurgency” is “restricted information”. Since government officials presented some of the contents in at least two public conferences, I suppose I am free to speak about it. The Estrada government called the National Strategy to Overcome Insurgency a “Strategy of Total Approach.” A “left hand effort” ... Read More »

Church of the Poor and for the Poor:
Vision and Experience

Introduction Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, dreams of “a Church which is poor and for the poor” (EG, 198). In dreaming of such a Church the Pope brings to center stage of Catholic awareness what has been the nature of the Church from its very beginning 2000 years ago. During these sessions on New Evangelization you have been introduced to ... Read More »

Oratio Imperata for Peace

Almighty God, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, once said, “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” With bended knees we ask you to grace us with your presence. Open the door of your merciful and compassionate heart to feel the fears and anxieties of your people in Central ... Read More »