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Pope Francis cites PH Church as among world’s great Catholic nations
Updated December 2, 2018 By Leslie Ann Aquino and Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Pope Francis has cited the noble Church in the Philippines as among the great Catholic nations in the world.
The Pope declared this in his letter of appointment for Osaka Archbishop Thomas Manyo Cardinal Maeda as his envoy to the upcoming 60th anniversary celebration of the postwar Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.
“Indeed, the noble Church in the Philippines now stands among the great Catholic nations in the entire world. Hence, no wonder, she continuously sends missionaries to other regions,” the Pope wrote.

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God is love
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas June 26, 2018

We are in a spiritual warfare against error and sin. Shield yourselves from error and guide your fellow youth in godliness. Read more about the faith.

Duterte agrees to stop talking about the Church for now
by Pia Ranada July 09, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to a 'moratorium on statements about the Church' after meeting with CBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles, says Malacañang.
When it comes to controversial remarks about the Catholic Church, President Rodrigo Duterte will hold his tongue.


Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 02, 2018

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.

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Fr Chito Soganub on Red Wednesday: Persecution strengthens us
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 29, 2018 - with Video
'Even if we are persecuted, we do not lose hope. We do not lose faith,' says Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, the priest once held hostage by terrorists in Marawi City

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Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 22, 2017 - with the 3 Videos:
What is Red Wednesday?
Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'
Marawi bishop delivers homily on 'Red Wednesday'

Christian persecution to be brought to light on ‘Red Wednesday’
November 18, 2017 - with the Video #RedWednesdayPH
The campaign aims to inform Christian communities and the general public that Christians were the "most persecuted faith group in the world."
Over 90,000 Christians were murdered in 2016, according to a study from the Center for New Religions.

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Mass celebrated again in Marawi cathedral
by Carmela Fonbuena October 01, 2017 - with video

A Mass is held Sunday, October 1 at the St Mary's Cathedral in Marawi
The first since war erupted in the city last May – amid sounds of gunfire

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Hostaged Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued

Why Do Bishops Wear Purple and Cardinals Red and the Holy Father White?

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How to address members of the Catholic clergy


The Use of the Pallium
“The symbolism of the pallium is even more concrete: the lamb's wool is meant to represent the lost, sick or weak sheep which the shepherd places on his shoulders and carries to the waters of life.” Look also HERE and

Metropolitan Archdiocese
In the Latin Church, an ecclesiastical province, composed of several neighbouring dioceses, is headed by a metropolitan, the archbishop of the diocese designated by the Pope. The other bishops are known as suffragan bishops.
The metropolitan is obliged to request the pallium, a symbol of the power that, in communion with the Church of Rome, he possesses over his ecclesiastical province.

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2017.06.29 Holy Mass with the imposition of the Pallium
Pope Francis presides over the Holy Mass with the imposition of the Pallium on the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

2018-06-29 Holy Mass with Blessing of Pallia
St. Peter's Square - Holy Mass with Blessing of Pallia for new Metropolitan Archbishops, presided over by Pope Francis, on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist - Full text
The English language translation of Circular letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist
July 08, 2017

The bread used in the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice must be unleavened, purely of wheat, and recently made so that there is no danger of decomposition.

The wine that is used in the most sacred celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice must be natural, from the fruit of the grape, pure and incorrupt, not mixed with other substances.

Pope Francis Private Audience - President Benigno Aquino III at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican

Pope Francis asks Filipinos to pray for him

It seemed like an odd request from someone who is always being sought for prayers and a special blessing: Pope Francis asked President Benigno Aquino III, and all Filipinos, to pray for him at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on Friday, December 4.

Pope Francis, Aquino exchange tokens at Vatican
POPE FRANCIS on Friday gave President Aquino a bronze sculpture of an olive branch holding two halves of a cleft rock, which symbolizes peace and unity, as well as a copy of his encyclical on the environment, Laudate Si.

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Vatican to Aquino: Ensure peace in Mindanao
by/Paterno Esmaquel II December 05, 2015

The Vatican hopes that parties involved can 'guarantee stable and lasting peace' in the southern Philippines

and the Videos updated DEC 06, 2015


St. John Paul II’s relic gives message of hope, humanity to PH
Apr 7, 2017
Twelve years have passed since his death, but the presence and influence of Saint John Paul II in the hearts of the Filipino faithful is still very much alive today. Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO, with YUJI VINCENT GONZALES

Pope open to studying ordination of married men as priests
March 10, 2017

Pope Francis said the church must study whether it's possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.

The Philippines: The Biblical land of Ophir?
Do you think Philippines is the Land of Ophir which can be found in the bible?
Ophir is a port or region mentioned in the Bible, famous for its wealth. King Solomon is supposed to have received a cargo of gold, silver, sandalwood, precious stones, ivory, apes and peacocks from Ophir, every three years.

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the Video The Philippines: The Biblical land of Ophir?

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Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas
Dec 26, 2016

This video entitled ‘Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas’ features ‘nativity of Jesus Christ.’

Maglalakbay si Sandra Aguinaldo patungong Holy Land upang sundan at sariwain ang mga eksenang nasusulat sa Bibliya ukol sa kapanakan ni Hesukristo.

Religious Revolt of Hermano Pule

Apolinario de la Cruz (July 22, 1815 – November 4, 1841), known as Hermano Pule, Spanish for "Brother Pule" also spelled Hermano Puli, was a Filipino religious leader who founded and led the Cofradía de San José. The cofradía was established in 1832 in response to the racial discrimination of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. During the Spanish colonial period, Catholic religious orders refused to admit native Filipinos as members. In retaliation, Pule established his own religious order which was exclusive for native Filipinos.

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the Video: Dalit ni Hermano Pule (Lament of Brother Pule)
Feb 1, 2009 by Malu Maniquis


"Mga Santo at Sikreto"
Jul 8, 2017

Filipinos' devotion in religion is unwavering, especially when it was about to beatify Pedro Calungsod as a Saint. In line with this, Howie Severino travelled to Cebu to discover how Cebuanos celebrate their Catholicism, and figured out if the Saint-to-be was believed to have lived in the said province.

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The Roman Catholic church in the Philippines - general

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Embassy of the Holy See (Apostolic Nunciature) in the Philippines

2140 Taft Avenue
Manila City 1004 Philippines
Tel. No.: (2) 521 0307
Fax No.: (2) 521 1235

Look Apostolic Nunciature in PH by/Reynaldo Santos Jr. Jan 15, 2015
The Apostolic Nunciature is home to Vatican City's representative – or nuncio
Most countries establish embassies in other countries for diplomatic purposes. But the Vatican City, for its part, installs an apostolic nunciature in select countries.

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New Vatican envoy to PH makes 1st public appearance
Nov 22, 2017

Pope Francis' new envoy to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, makes his first public appearance on November 22, 2017, in a Mass to support persecuted Christians around the world

Philippine Embassy in Vatican, the Holy See Vatican City
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Holy See, Vatican City

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Lolo Kiko with Nanay Amba: Pope meets new PH envoy to Vatican
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 03, 2018

A Bicolana career diplomat, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis.
Fondly called by Filipinos as Lolo Kiko (Grandpa Kiko), Pope Francis welcomed Grace Relucio Princesa, also known by overseas Filipino workers as Nanay Amba (Mother Ambassador), as the Philippines' new ambassador to the Vatican.

Philippine Catholic Church History Philippine Catholic Church History

The Cradle of the Philippine Church and Seat of Far-East Christianity

The Role of Deacons The Role of Deacons in the Catholic Church

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Catholic Church in Philippines - Catholic-Hierarchy
Roman Catholicism in the Philippines

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MAP: Catholicism in the Philippines
by/Michael Bueza Jan 18, 2015

See the extent of the Roman Catholic religion's reach in the country

It's widely known that the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic nation. But just how widespread is that religion in the country?

Look also The Position of the Catholic Church in Political and Social Relations of the Philippines by Cheryl Burkhardt

Since the arrival of Spanish colonists in the Philippines, the role of Catholicism has remained strong in various elements of Philippine culture. Despite the claim of the government that there exists separation between church and state, the Catholic Church still holds influence in political action that has significant consequences for much of the population.

Will Pope's visit boost Tagle’s chances as first Asian pontiff?
by/Aries Rufo Jan 19, 2015

To some, the papal visit provides a preview of the Catholic Church's future

Veteran Vaticanista John Allen cited Tagle's 3 strong points: “an effective communicator and missionary,” as the face of the “dramatic growth of Catholicism outside the West” and “pastoral experience” as administrator of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila

Then there was that hug that ignited the imagination of many Filipinos: Pope Francis embracing his Asian equivalent, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, at the tarmac.

Top Vatican reporter writes book about Cardinal Tagle
by/Paterno Esmaquel II September 19, 2015

Veteran Vatican journalist Cindy Wooden, Rome bureau chief of the Catholic News Service, CNS, has written a new book about the man described as “the Asian Pope Francis.”

The Role of the Church in the Philippines’ Nonviolent People Power Revolution
by/Jeff Boyd, June 29, 2010

Catholic churches in Mindanao are working actively to transform conflict and build peace. Churches are promoting interreligious dialogue, implementing peace education programs, assisting conflict victims, declaring peace zones, and contributing to peace advocacy with the government and other civil society groups.

Map of the Philippines showing the different archdioceses

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Map of the Philippines showing the different apostolic vicariates

The Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, MOP
The Archdiocese of Cebu, CBCP

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Archdiocese of Manila, RCAM

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Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manila

Metropolitan Archdiocese
In the Latin Church, an ecclesiastical province, composed of several neighbouring dioceses, is headed by a metropolitan, the archbishop of the diocese designated by the Pope. The other bishops are known as suffragan bishops.

Diocese of Parañaque

territories the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa

Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
Diocese of Antipolo

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Pope Francis names Cainta priest as new auxiliary bishop of Antipolo
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 11, 2018
Father Nolly Buco is the first priest from the Diocese of Antipolo to become a bishop. He is parish priest of Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta, Rizal.

Diocese of Borongan
Diocese of Cubao

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Pablo Virgilio David: The shepherd of Caloocan
by Tony La Viña November 30, 2018
We need Church leaders who will describe rightly what we are facing: a death of conscience by those who justify the killings

Caloocan bishop denies Duterte's accusation of stealing
November 23, 2018

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 17, 2017 - with Video
The Jesuit-trained bishop is an intellectual heavyweight who puts his boots on – sometimes literally – to defend the rights of the poor.

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Caloocan bishop hits Catholics who support drug war killings
Sep 15, 2017
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes Catholics who support drug war killings. David makes these remarks at the Family Rosary Crusade Marian Conference on September 13, 2017.
Video courtesy of the Diocese of Cubao Media and Communications Ministry.

The Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe covers the two civil provinces of Ifugao and the Mountain Province
Archdiocese of Jaro

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Pope Francis appoints a new Archbishop for Jaro

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cotabato.
The Archdiocese includes North Cotabato (also known as the P-PALMA area) and the municipality of Banisilan, Cotabato.

Its cathedral is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

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Pope appoints new archbishop in Cotabato in the Philippines
06 November 2018
Bishop Angelito R. Lampon, the Vicar Apostolic of Jolo, is the new Archbishop of Cotabato.

Diocese of Talibon

The Diocese of Talibon comprises half of the civil province of Bohol

The Diocese of Balanga
Pope names new bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 13, 2018

Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines succeeds Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon, who was made bishop of Bacolod in May 2016

Pope names Father Medel Aseo as bishop of Tagum
by Paterno Esmaquel II April 07, 2018

The Vatican announces the appointment of Tagum Bishop-elect Medel Aseo on the same day he marks his 39th year as a priest

Pope appoints bishop in Ilagan, Philippines

Pope Francis on November 14, 2018 appointed Bishop David William Valencia Antonio as the new Bishop of Ilagan.

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Finding Christ in the Philippine National Police
by Rambo Talabong December 24, 2017

Reverend Father Police Senior Superintendent Jason Ortizo shares the highs and lows of being a cop-priest for the Philippine National Police.

NEWS - Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, CBCP

CBCP News Service was approved by the Permanent Council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippine, CBCP

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A second cursory look on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Oct 1, 2008


Archbishop Socrates Villegas on his 4 years as CBCP head
Dec 3, 2017

Archbishop Socrates Villegas about his experience as CBCP president, and his views on issues such as the proposed revolutionary government

Villegas also addresses current issues, such as the proposed revolutionary government under President Rodrigo Duterte, as well as updates on policemen willing to testify about extrajudicial killings.

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Despite tears, Villegas says heading CBCP a 'blessing'
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 04, 2017

"Hashtag blessed" was how Archbishop Socrates Villegas, protégé of the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, described his 4 years as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Davao Archbishop Valles elected CBCP president
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 08, 2017

The Davao archbishop is set to lead the CBCP as his friend – President Rodrigo Duterte – pursues a bloody war on drugs that has alarmed Catholic bishops.

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Incoming CBCP head views self as Duterte's 'friend-sinner'
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 30, 2017 - with video

UPDATED Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says there was 'no conflict' between the local church and Rodrigo Duterte when he was Davao City mayor.

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, CBCP-ECPPC

"A People of Compassion"

Inquirer Conversation with Archbishop Soc Villegas

Socrates Buenaventura Villegas, D.D. is the current Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan, and from 2013, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

Jan 12, 2015 Video by's Ryan Leagogo


Catholic Priests and Bishops use social media to reach people

Pope Francis e.g. with 10 million followers on twitter

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Caritas Philippines
is locally known as the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA). It was created by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in 1966 and mandated to accompany the poor and marginalized in the just and legitimate struggle for social justice and transformation

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Cardinal Tagle: share the journey with migrants
Published on Apr 25, 2018
Interview with cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis

Fr. Edu Gariguez on faith and resilience
September 02, 2016
Watch interview, Maria Ressa talks to Fr. Edu Gariguez, the Executive Secretary of Caritas Philippines, on why faith and resilience go hand in hand.

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The Couples for Christ
Foundation for Family and Life, CFC FFL

a Philippine-based Catholic charismatic lay community that emphasizes family life renewal and evangelization

It is led by an International Council, which operates in the Philippines under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines and can report directly to the Vatican.

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Episcopal Commission

The Philippine Jesuits
The Pinoy Catholic The Pinoy Catholic - Rants, ramblings, raves and reflections of a Filipino Catholic
The Original Catholic Encyclopedia

The Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, AFCC

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List of parishes in Cebu
List of Filipino Roman Catholic priests
How to find Philippines Church Records

While each church has its own policies on record keeping, most churches keep records of:


Catholic Charismatic Renewal

The Charismatic Renewal as a movement within the Catholic Church has been acknowledged by two Popes, Paul VI and John Paul II. Speaking to the International Conference on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal on May 19, 1975, Pope Paul VI encouraged the attendees in their renewal efforts and especially to remain anchored in the Church.

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SAVE the chapel!

Saving the Asilo dela Milagrosa Chapel


"Padre de Familia," a documentary by Sandra Aguinaldo (full episode)
Feb 3, 2015

Is it about time to abolish the vow of celibacy among Catholic priests? Three ordained priests, now married and with children, campaign for optional celibacy within the Roman Catholic Church.

Attire and Etiquette in the church and in the cemetery

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Proper Catholic Etiquette at Mass and Away

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Church Etiquette

walkwithfriends wrote on Jul 31, 2011: A video we made at Silay about proper church etiquette

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'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops
by Agence France-Presse November 08, 2017

The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'

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Attire and Etiquette in the church

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Reminders for the proper acts of respect inside the church


A clip from Why Do Catholics Do What They Do? In Church

Symbols and signs are essential to the Roman Catholic Liturgy and Ritual. Candles: - What do they represent? How and when are they used and how do they effect us? What is the meaning of the water? Why do we kneel? This program will help young people, catechumens and even life-long Catholics to better understand the important reasons for these traditions and how they help us grow in faith.

General about being a catholic.

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Do's and don'ts in the cemetery

Aside from you and your family, there are others who will also pay respect to their departed loved ones. Know how to act properly in the cemetery with these reminders from Unang Hirit. Oct 27, 2014


Tips para sa 'waste-free' Undas
Oct 28, 2018

Nanawagan ang isang environmental group na huwag gawing basurahan ang mga sementeryo sa paparating na Undas. Nagbigay din sila ng tips para makasiguradong "waste-free" ang mga sementeryo.

Roman Catholic Religious Orders

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Orders, Monasteries, Abbeys, Convents & Congregations - Etc.

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Roman Catholic Religious Orders Both male and female Orders, Congregations and Houses
What are the Differences Between Religious Orders?

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Philippines' Catholic Directory Monasteries in the Philippines

The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta also known as Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), Order of Malta or Knights of Malta

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Sovereign Order of Malta - SOM

The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, better known as the Sovereign Order of Malta, has a two-fold nature. It is one of the most ancient religious Catholic Orders, founded in Jerusalem in around 1048. It celebrated the 9th centennial of its official foundation in 1999. At the same time it has always been recognised by nations as an independent subject of international law.


Fra' Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the SOM

Official visits the Philippines MARCH 2015

Order of Saint Augustine, Philippines
Augustinian Order

The Augustinians in the Philippines

Church and Convent of Santo Niño

The Augustinians named after Saint Augustine of Hippo (354–430), are several Christian monastic orders and men and women living according to a guide to religious life known as the Rule of Saint Augustine.

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Province of Sto Niño de Cebu-Philippines

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Augustinians of the Assumption Inc. - Philippines
 Augustinian Contemplative Nuns of Bulacan

are members of the Order of Saint Augustine. As Augustinian contemplative nuns, we have responded to God's invitation to this life of loving prayer and contemplation through our vowed commitment in a monastic contemplative community.

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San Agustin Center of Studies, SACS or San Agustin Major Seminary

History of San Agustin Center of Studies, established in 1985, is one of the formation houses of the Augustinian Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu - Philippines which houses the communities of Simple Professed Friars (Theology Students) and the College Seminarians (Philosophy Students). It also houses the Philosophy Institute of the Province, the St. Thomas of Villanova Institute of Philosophy affiliated to the University of San Agustin - Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences where the college seminarians study for their bachelor's degree in Philosophy as a preparatory step for their theological studies.

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Augustinian Vocation

San Agustin Center of Studies, SACS or San Agustin Major Seminary is a formation house or popularly known as a seminary of the Order of Saint Augustine affiliated to the Province of Santo Niño de Cebu - Philippines. Cebu Province is run by Filipino Friars since its foundation and separation from the Spanish Province in 1984. SACS is a home of the College seminarians and Theology students of the Order in the Philippines. Since the Augustinians is an international Order, it is also a home to other Augustinian friars abroad, who wish to study in the Philippines.

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Augustinian Recollect Province of Saint Ezeqauiél Moreno

is a division of the Order of Augustinian Recollects that has jurisdiction over the Philippines, Taiwan and Sierra Leone.

It officially separated from the Province of Saint Nicholas de Tolentine on 28 November 1998. Today, the Provincialate House is located at Neptune Street, Congressional Subdivision, Project 6, Quezon City.

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Order of Augustinian Recollects - Philippines
The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

look also Nuns HERE and HERE - Friars HERE

The Carmelite Third Order, TOC Philippines.
Index of Carmelite websites in various languages
Carmelite Nuns of the Ancient Observance, O.Carm. in Burgos, Pangasinan

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Carmelite Nuns of the Ancient Observance in Burgos, Pangasinan

The Call to Love and Freedom: A Call to be a Carmelite Nun

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Carmelite Nuns of the Ancient Observance in Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac

of the Cistercian Order

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Sisters of Mercy

are an international community of Roman Catholic women religious vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education with a special concern for women and children.

contact: M Carmela Cabactulan rsm - Sister Superior

B. Aquino Avenue, UTAP, PO Box 63
6500 Tacloban City, Leyte.

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The Pink Sisters

also known as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters

a group of nuns, who dedicate their life in adoration of the Lord. They do so by taking turns to worship the Blessed Sacrament 24/7. Not only is the habit of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters unusual. Whoever joins the convent says goodbye to the world forever. The nuns can only communicate with the outside world through a grille.

They are a cloistered-contemplative missionary Congregation, living in community, whose members are entirely dedicated to the contemplative life in the service of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Thus they offer intercessory prayer for the needs of all. The rose color of their habits, which they wear in honor of the Holy Spirit, symbolizes our dedication to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

Addresses etc. for the convents in: Quezon City, Baguio City, Banilad - Mandaue City, Davao City, New Washington - Aklan, Tagaytay City

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Pink Sisters of the Adoration of d' Divine Mercy in Tagaytay

Conventual Franciscans - Philippines


Franciscan Capuchins in the Philippines

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Capuchin History in the Philippines

This short video is an adaptation of an article posted at the website of the Kapatirang Capuchino ng Pilipinas entitled ´Brief History´ at the ´About Us´ portion of the webpage. The naration used in the video is a copy of the said article. This is not an official documentation of the Capuchin Philippine Province. It is just a personal tribute to all our Capuchin brothers of the Philippine Province, both now and in the years past... JMDJ, OFMCap.

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Stages of Dominican Formation

Information on how to become a Dominican Priest or Brother

The Dominicans in the Philippines
St. Benedict and the Holy Rule


The Society of Jesus

Philippine Jesuits

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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Remembering the Jesuits of Cagayan de Oro
by Tony La Viña August 02, 2017

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The Philippine Jesuits - The Society of Jesus

To know the Jesuits and their mission in the Philippines - what it's like to be a Jesuit in the Philippines

Spaniard St. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1548, with the goal of establishing a group of men under the Pope's service to go where they were needed.

As with other religious orders they take a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience. But the Jesuits add a fourth, to serve the Pope, whomever it may be.

Fr Romeo Intengan, priest exiled during Marcos years, dies at 74
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 10, 2017

The former head of the Philippine Jesuits, Father Romeo Intengan, is 'dead on arrival' at the Quirino Hospital a week before his birthday

The Camillians or Clerks Regular Ministers to the Sick

a Roman Catholic religious order of the type of Regular Clerks, founded by Saint Camillus de Lellis.

Claretian Communications Religious Women of the Philippines

Details of all orders, congregations etc.

Hijas de Jesús (Spanish) - The Daughters of Jesus

Latin: Filiae Iesu, abbreviated as F.I. is a Roman Catholic congregation of Religious Sisters founded on 8 December 1871 in Salamanca, Spain, by Saint Candida Maria of Jesus (1845-1912). Known as Jesuitinas or Jesuitesses in Spain, their work is primarily educational, and includes the administration of schools and colleges.

"IHS" are the first three letters of the name of Jesus in Greek: Iota, Eta, Sigma: It could also mean "Iesu Humanum Salvatore". The IHS is the identifying mark of the Hijas de Jesus found in their ring and in their necklace.

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Hijas de Jesus-Filipinas

A video tribute to Saint Candida Maria de Jesus, Foundress of the Hijas de Jesus on the occasion of her canonization as a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 17, 2010.




St. Clare of Assisi

(sometimes spelled Clair, Claire, etc.) (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253), born Chiara Offreduccio, is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life - the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman.

St. Clare's Relic arrival and departure:
St. Clare's Relic arrival

Welcome Rite on the arrival of the Pilgrim Relic of St. Clare of Assisi in the Philippines, February 21, 2012, done at Monasterio de Sta. Clara, Quezon City on the occasion of the 800th year of the foundation of the Order of St. Clare.
St. Clare's Relic departure

The Pilgrim Relic of St. Clare returned to Italy on May 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm via Qatar Airways. Farewell Mass was on April 30 at 10 am in Monasterio de Sta. Clara, QC; presided by the Bishop of Cubao.
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By Jocelyn R. Uy - Philippine Daily Inquirer

For the first time in 800 years, the relic - a fragment of the Saint’s cranium - left its home at Basilica di Santa Chiara in Assisi, Italy, in line with the octocentennial celebration of the Order of St. Clare, also known as the Poor Clares.

Following its arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday, the relic was brought to Monasterio de Sta. Clara in Quezon City, where it was kept overnight before it was flown to Cebu.


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Sister Disciples of the Divine Master

PDDM, Philippine-Taiwan-Hongkong Province

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Canossian Daughters of Charity
Daughters of Charity


St. Vincent de Paul



Daughters of St. Paul - who are we?
Oct 8, 2013 by Daughters of St. Paul, Philippines (FSP - PMPT)
"We are call to serve the Church, to communicate JESUS CHRIST to the world... through the means of social communication."

and more below about "The Pauline Family" HERE



Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco

FMA Philippines - Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Pilipinas)

This video briefly shows the varied ministries of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco in the Philippines official name is Daughters of Mary Help of Christians or FMA - Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice. The Congregation was founded by Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello in 1872 in Italy. The Salesian Sisters are present in 92 countries. It is the largest religious women congregation in the world with a membership of more than 14,000. The Salesian Sisters in the Philippines established the first FMA presence in Papua New Guinea in 2001.


Saint Francis of Paola and the Minim Nuns in Philippines

Minim Nuns in the Philippines. Our Founder: Saint Francis of Paola. Jun 29, 2014

The Order of the Minims, founded by St. Francis of Paola, is a religious institute of solemn vows. It is modeled on Christ who “gave up all he had, and assumed the nature of the servant”, and on His teaching: “Unless you change and become like a little child, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”


Discovering our Saint's - St. Francis of Paola

Francis of Paola was a man who deeply loved contemplative solitude and wished only to be the "least in the household of God." Yet, when the Church called him to active service in the world, he became a miracle-worker and influenced the course of nations. Apr 12, 2014

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The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

Latin: Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris – C.Ss.R. is a Roman Catholic missionary Congregation founded by Saint Alphonsus Liguori at Scala, near Amalfi, Italy for the purpose of labouring among the neglected country people in the neighbourhood of Naples.

Members of the Congregation, Catholic priests and consecrated religious brothers, are known as Redemptorists and minister in more than 77 countries around the world.

The first Redemptorists, belonging to the Irish province, arrived in Opon, Cebu on 30 June 1906, setting up missions in Compostela, San Francisco and on the Camotes Islands.

From 1914 to 1928 further communities were established, the most prominent being: Luzon (where the Redemptorists preached the first mission completely in Tagalog), Lipa, Iloilo, Tacloban and Cagayan de Oro on Mindanao.

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Redemptorist Congregation

Redemptorist Province of Cebu

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Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer
Camillian Sisters - Philippines
The Benedictine Order
The Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

also known as Religious of the Good Shepherd or Good Shepherd Sisters

Monasteries, Abbeys, Convents

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Differents between convents, monasteries and abbeys


Simala Sibonga Monastery

The Marian Monks of the Eucharistic Adoration

Marian Hills, Lindogon, Simala Sibonga, Cebu

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and this article HERE

and the Videos - Updated October 19, 2017

A visit of the magnificent and miraculous church - Simala Sibonga Monastery - The Marian Monks of the Eucharistic Adoration..... many people believed that prayers or wishes are favorably answered by mother Mary... people who can't walk, could walk again... students pass exams... many traveled already without hastles... etc... it is said to be miraculous...


Carmelite Monastery, Lipa City

Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace

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Look more about and the video The Miracle at Lipa Carmel - 1948 Marian Apparition below HERE

of the Cistercian Order

THE ABBEY OF THE PHILIPPINES is a monastery of the Cistercian Order that is located on the island of Guimaras

St. Benedict's Monastery - Digos City
St. Benedict's Monastery

Benedictines of the Sylvestrine Congregation.

St. Benedict's Monastery Corte Carmen 6005 Cebu City

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The Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, Manila

The church and adjoining San Beda College is run and taken care of by the Benedictine monks, who settled and put up the college and church in 1901. Prior to settling in Manila, they served as missionaries and pastors upon setting foot in Surigao, year 1895. The church serves two purposes: as a college chapel for the students of the college and as abbey church for the Benedictine monks. Benedictine Father Lesmes Lopez and Brother Salvador Alberich did the decorations and paintings on this church. This is one of Manila's pre-war churches that escaped the bombings of the city. Today, it still inspires and awes. Music: Panunumpa, as performed by the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Addresses of the Carmelite Monasteries & Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Philippines
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary



Monastery of Transfiguration - Bukidnon


Santuario Del Sto. Cristo Parish
183 F. Blumentritt Street, San Juan City

The Sanctuario de Sto. Cristo and its adjacent convent were built in 1602-1604 by the Dominican Fathers of the Holy Rosary Province on a site donated by Captain Julian de Cuenca. Before the Sto. Cristo was enthroned, St. John the Baptist was the titular of the church. Hence the name of San Juan given to the town built around the Sanctuario. Both the building were burned during the Chinese uprising of 1639. Reconstructed again in 1639, they were set on fire in July 1763 during the British occupation of Manila and were rebuilt anew in 1774.

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Read the story of Sanctuario de Sto. Cristo, San Juan HERE

Congregations - Etc.

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Congregation of the Mission

abbreviated as "C.M." in the Roman Catholic Church is a vowed order of priests and brothers associated with the Vincentian Family, a loose federation of organizations who claim St. Vincent de Paul as their founder or Patron. They are popularly known as Vincentians, or Lazarites, Lazarists and Lazarians.

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The Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus, RCJ

is a religious congregation of priests and brothers founded by St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia (1851-1927).

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Vincentian Vocation

Congregation of the Mission Philippine province



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Scalabrinian Vocation

Congregation of Augustinian Recollect Sisters


The Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary, RVM

The Congregation administers schools in the Philippines and also in the states of California and Hawaii in the United States

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The Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary, RVM

The History

In 1684, the Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo founded the Beaterio de la Compañia that three centuries later, would become the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary. Inspired by and faithful to the vision of the Foundress to seek the greater service and honor of God, the Congregation today serves the Universal Church and Gods people throughout the world.


Sisters of the Holy Cross,  SHC
St. Raphael's Priory, Malimanga - 2212 Candelaria, Zambales

We are an international community with our Motherhouse in Austria, as well as convents in e.g. Philippines. Each individual community has its own particular character corresponding to the more contemplative or the more apostolically active mission of the convent.

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Sisters of the Holy Cross

Sisters of the Holy Cross live out Jesus gospel and mission by ministering in many different ways to people around the world. Addressing unmet needs in a variety of cultures and settings, we minister in large hospitals and small outreach clinics; in elementary and secondary schools and universities; in churches and parishes; in the streets of the inner city and remote rural areas of eight countries on four continents.

Philippine province of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - CICM

The Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae

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The CICM Legacy in the Philippines

The Pauline Family

a Roman Catholic congregation of nine Institutes of Consecrated Life (religious and aggregated institutes) and an association of lay collaborators, founded by Blessed James Alberione from 1914 onwards.

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The Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. KCFAPI

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Marians of the Immaculate Conception


AMRSP - Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines
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In the Philippines, two distinct associations, Association of Major Religious Superiors of Men in the Philippines (AMRSMP) & Association of Major Religious Superiors of Women (AMRSWP), come together into one called Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP)

Churches - Shrines - Mass schedules - etc.

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Filipino Saints, Patrons, Patronesses, Blesseds and Servants of God

General culture about The Dead and Cemeteries - etc.

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List of cathedrals in the Philippines

This is the list of cathedrals in the Philippines sorted by denomination.

Rebuilding the churches of Bohol
by Isabel L. Templo October 15, 2017

Four years after an earthquake leveled both the Loon Church and the Maribojoc Church, the reconstruction of the two historic structures has begun

Catholic Churches in the Philippines

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Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

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Catch a glimpse of San Pedro Calungsod Chapel in SM Aura. May 23, 2014

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Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu. Cebu was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595.

Look the 9 days Simbang Gabi masses from the church HERE

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Tabor Hill chapel
Published on Apr 11, 2017

The Chapel of Holy Relics in Tabor Hill, Barangay Talamban, Cebu City is now home to more than 4,000 relics, after the Vatican added 2,040 more artifacts.


Santa Ana Chapel

St. John Sahagun Parish

Toledo City, Cebu



The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica

also known as the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and informally as Manila Cathedral

a prominent Latin Rite Roman Catholic basilica located in Manila, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines.

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Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica

Bells of Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica

Relics of Saints Peter and Paul at Manila Cathedral
Published on Jul 1, 2017


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Devotees venerate blood relic of St. Joh Paul II

and the articles:

John Paul II's blood relic to be shown again at Manila Cathedral
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 17, 2018
'Let us once again come together and receive God's grace through the intercession of our beloved St John Paul II,' says the Manila Cathedral on its Facebook page

Pope John Paul II's blood relic honored at Manila Cathedral
by Paterno Esmaquel II April 07, 2018 - with Video
The public veneration of the blood relic at the Manila Cathedral lasts until 8 pm on Saturday, April 7, and resumes from 6 am to 8 pm on Sunday, April 8

Manila Cathedral to display blood relic of Pope John Paul II
by Paterno Esmaquel II April 02, 2018
'This is the first-ever blood relic of the great Pope still in liquid form stored in a glass container here in our country,' says the Manila Cathedral

Relics of Saints Peter and Paul at Manila Cathedral

Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu
General Luna Street
1850 San Mateo, Rizal

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e.g. the Canonical coronation on 31 May 2017

The San Sebastian Basilica, in the world list of monuments at risk

better known as San Sebastian Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, Philippines, and the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian.

Completed in 1891, San Sebastian Church is noted for its architectural features. An example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines, it is the only all-steel church in the Philippines.

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San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.

Basílica Menor de San Sebastián and Its Rebirth
It's a Herculean task that's projected to take 10 years. Is it worth all the effort?
by Christa I. De La Cruz Oct 2, 2017

Saving San Sebastian Basilica, the Philippines’ all-steel church
By Anna Bueno July 12, 2017

the Videos: San Sebastian Basilica e.g. about the restoration

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Filipino: Pambansáng Dambana ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo

also known as Redemptorist Church and colloquially the Baclaran Church, is a prominent Latin Rite Roman Catholic parish church in Metro Manila

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Look more about The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer known as the Redemptorist Congregation above HERE

Quiapo Church

located at Plaza Miranda along Quezon Boulevard, Manila, is home to the 17th century life-sized image of the Black Nazarene

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and the Videos:

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, Quiapo Church

the Video Feast of St. John the Baptist - Quiapo Church, Manila Jul 14, 2014. Look more about the Feast HERE

and the Videos Simbang Gabi 2016

and the article

Exploring the relics at Quiapo’s Ocampo Compound
by/Alecs Ongcal January 09, 2016
FORGOTTEN ICONS. Don Peping's treasures are abandoned at the Ocampo Compound.
The Black Nazarene isn't the only icon in Quiapo – the Ocampo Compound is a treasure trove of relics, myths, and legends


Silsilah, a best-kept secret of Quiapo Church
January 06, 2018

Silsilah Dialogue Movement in Quiapo Church, an office promoting peace between Christians and Muslims

The Church of the Gesù

is the Roman Catholic church of the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City in the
Philippines. The landmark was designed by Jose Pedro Recio and Carmelo Casas. The edifice’s massive triangular structure symbolizes the Holy Trinity, as well as the three-fold mission and vision of the school.

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History of the Holy Cross Parish Church in Sta. Cruz, Lubao, Pampanga

Immemorially, the people of Sta. Cruz and Lubao and its devotees lovingly called the sacred image as Apu Santo Cristo de Lubao, or simply, Apu Santo Cristo, or “Apu.”
If the black image of Sto. Nino de Cebu was Ferdinand Magellan’s present to Rajah Humabon on April 7, 1521, the black Crucifix of the Apu Sto. Cristo de Lubao was Martin de Goiti’s gift to Datu Macabulus to the “Capangpangans” on September 14, 1571.

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"National Museum declares Apung Santo Cristo a cultural property"
One of the oldest crosses in the country has been declared a cultural property of the National Museum. Sep 14, 2015


CBCP declares Padre Pio shrine a national shrine

Devotees are flocking to a shrine in Sto. Tomas, Batangas recently declared a national shrine by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. This report takes us to the Padre Pio shrine. August 4, 2015

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FAST FACTS: Who is Saint Padre Pio?
by Alex Evangelista October 04, 2018

Saint Padre Pio is known to many as a pious priest and a stigmatist. His incorrupt heart relic is set to visit the Philippines Friday, October 5. It will be stationed in various provinces in the country until October 26.

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'You are not alone in your suffering,' papal nuncio assures Padre Pio devotees
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 06, 2018
Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia presides a Mass at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas – the first stop of the incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio.

IN PHOTOS: Thousands honor Padre Pio's heart relic in Batangas
October 06, 2018
'Padre Pio invites us to also entrust our hearts to the Lord,' says papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia as Saint Padre Pio's heart relic visits the Philippines


Las Piñas Nature Church

The famous Las Piñas Nature Church of the Parish of Mary Immaculate. The church was constructed in 1986 and was conceptualized by former parish priest, Fr. Pierino Rogliardi and executed by noted architect Francisco “Bobby” Manosa and landscapist Linggoy Alvarez., the church is famous for its organic elements - from its anahaw roofing to its benches made from star apple trunks.

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The Divine Mercy

a Christian devotion to the endless merciful love of God towards all people.

The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Marilao, Bulacan is the major church dedicated to Divine Mercy in the Philippines. The Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City, has a 15-meters statue of Merciful Jesus (look the below link & video)

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The Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Home of the 50-foot Divine Mercy Statue

LOCATED in the tranquil Hills of PSB Ulaliman, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, Divine Mercy Hills is fast becoming a popular pilgrim site in Mindanao. Discovered in 2003, Divine Mercy Hills used to be planted to coconut trees and sineguelas. Today, it is the home of the 50-foot Divine Mercy Statue, so far the tallest Divine Mercy statue in the world

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Mary the Queen Parish
San Juan City

Aware of its role in the salvific mission of the Holy Church and of its special apostolic mission concerning the Chinese-Filipino, the Mary the Queen Parish Community shall promote and foster the total Christian formation of its parishioners.

Our lady of Piat basilica

For more than 400 years the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Piat has been a significant event in the lives of devotees of the people in the Cagayan Look more above about "Our lady of Piat" HERE

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Traditional Roman Catholic Church Philippines

Sitio Romlon, Quiot Pardo Cebu City

A Traditional Roman Catholic who propagate celebrating the Tridentine Mass throughout the world especially in the Philippines Mission.

Baguio Churches & Parishes
Complete list of Churches, Chapels, Shrines & Missions in Baguio City & Benguet with addresses etc.
The "City of God": Historical Churches, Convents and Monasteries

In the Philippines, the baroque churches of the Spanish colonial period constitute the most emblematic element of the country's architectural heritage.

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Church realities: 1900 - 1965 Church realities: 1900 - 1965
Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag

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Paoay Church - photo gallery

also known as the St. Augustine Church in Paoay is a historical church located in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.


Paoay Church by Ed Antonio

UNESCO's World Heritage

The Church and Fortress of Miagao

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

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Miagao Church

by Ed Antonio

One of the four barouque churches in the Philippines is the Miagao Church or the Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva declared as one of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites. It has an amazing structure that stood the test of time. Built in 1787 and later damaged by fire and earthquake and restored in the 1960s

Moalboal In My Mind

Stone churches were meant to withstand time but this one in the town of Moalboal did not. Well it did not because it was not made of stones in the first place.

Century Old Churches of Southern Cebu

St. Gregory The Great Church, Ginatilan
St. Michael Archangel Church, Samboan
St. Francis Xavier Church, Alegria
St. Michael the Archangel, Argao
St. Francis Of Assisi Church, Dumanjug
San Guillermo el Ermitaño, Dalaguete
San Nicolas de Tolentino, Malabuyoc
Patrocinio de Maria Church, Boljoon
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Oslob


Works and art in and out of the churches in Cebu

Churches are not only the center of faith. They also manifest another side of artistry. With this episode of Kabilin entitled BALAANONG MUGNA, together let us appreciate art in and out of the different churches in Cebu. Host: Archaeologist and Professor Jojo Bersales.

The Great Churches of Bohol
Sibonga Church in My Mind

Sta. Monica Parish

Panay Capiz


Mass schedule

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A tour of the Famous Sta Monica Church in Panay City

The bell's inscription, of course, is in Spanish, and says: "I´m the voice of God Which I will carry and exalt from one extreme to the end of this town of Panay an so those faithful in Jesus Christ will come to this house of God to receive the heavenly grace"


Our Lady of the Assumption Church Maragondon - Cavite

One of the oldest churches in the Philippines, this was erected by the Jesuit friars in the year 1618 and was made a parochial church in 1627. It was declared a national heritage by the national museum in July 31, 2001.

The wooden altar, pulpit and main portal are fine examples of early Filipino craftsmanship.


The Church of the Assumption in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur is one of the four baroque churches of the Philippines inscripted in the UNESCO World Heritage

by Ed Antonio


Molo Church, Molo, Iloilo

Video featuring highlights of the Molo Church dedicated to Sta Ana/St Anne in Molo, Iloilo, Philippines. Besides its well-preserved Gothic Renaissance architecture, the church is also interesting for its renown as 'The Church of Women', 'Simbahan ng Kababaihan' in Tagalog/Filipino for the 16 statues of women saints set upon columns that flank the church pews.

San Agustin Church

under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila

The Oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the collective title Baroque Churches of the Philippines.

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San Agustin Church Museum - Manila

will keep you busy for hours. If you like delving into the past then you have to put the San Agustin Museum Manila on your itinerary!

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Historic church of Balangiga in Eastern Samar

Read also HERE


By Leonardo Y. Medroso, D.D.

The Bells of Balangiga: Resonances of the Anti-Imperialist Armed Resistance
July 3, 2012 by saludabenedicto in Philippine Society and Revolution

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and the articles etc.:

Church hits bid to put one Balangiga bell in National Museum
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 13, 2018
'They belong in the church, not in a museum,' says the Catholic Church in Borongan, which owns the historic Balangiga Bells

Balangiga Bells on display on December 12, 13
December 12, 2018
PRESS RELEASE: The Balangiga Bells are available for public viewing on December 12 and 13 at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

Balangiga Bells back in the Philippines
by Rambo Talabong December 11, 2018 - with Video
UPDATED The Balangiga Bells are finally back home 117 years after American soldiers took them from a church in Eastern Samar as war booty

'Indescribable feeling,' says descendant of Filipino who rang Balangiga bell in 1901
by Carmela Fonbuena December 11, 2018
‘The bells are heirlooms from our ancestors,’ says Nemesio Duran. He claims to be a descendant of the Filipino guerrilla fighter who rang the bell in 1901 to signal the historic attack against Americans in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

Returning the Bells
by Ambassador Sung Kim December 11, 2018
As the Balangiga bells arrive in Manila today, we do not focus on looking back or relitigating a painful chapter in our past but investing in our shared future

Balangiga Bells' homecoming: 'Time for healing and closure'
by Rambo Talabong December 11, 2018
'Now they are home.... It is a time for healing. It is a time for closure,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Duterte to skip Balangiga Bells turnover ceremony
by Pia Ranada December 10, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte was initially scheduled to attend the afternoon event on Tuesday, December 11, at the Villamor Air Base
The historic turnover of the Balangiga Bells from the United States to the Philippine government will be taking place without Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte has decided to skip the ceremony, said Malacañang media relations staff. Malacañang has not yet given an explanation for the President's change of plan.

Balangiga Bells in Japan before return to the Philippines
by Aika Rey December 10, 2018
US embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina says the return of the bells shows how important it is for Washington to maintain good relations with Manila

Balangiga Bells to arrive in Manila on December 11
by Pia Ranada December 07, 2018
All 3 bells will be formally turned over to the Philippines by the United States in a historic ceremony to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte

Balangiga Bells to make Korea stopover before arriving in PH
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 15, 2018
The return of the Balangiga Bells 'brings to a close a part of our history, the Filipino-American War in the 1990s,' says Philippine Ambassador Babe Romualdez

Return of Balangiga Bells: 'Time of solemn remembrance'
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 15, 2018
US Defense Secretary James Mattis formally announces that the US is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 14, 2018
UPDATED The United States confirms a November 14 ceremony in Wyoming 'marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells' to the Philippines

Don't make Balangiga bells trophies of war, PH tells U.S.
by Sofia Tomacruz August 18, 2018
The Philippine Department of National Defense addresses groups in the United States opposed to the move of their own defense agency to return the wartime bells

After a century, U.S. to return Balangiga Bells
by Pia Ranada August 13, 2018 - with Video
Malacañang hails the United States' plan to return the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

America’s burden: Return of the Balangiga bells
August 13, 2018

Return Balangiga bells, Trump told ahead of PH trip
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 09, 2017 - with Video
US President Donald Trump should order the return of the historic Balangiga bells to the Philippines as he visits Manila from November 12 to 14, a former Philippine top diplomat said.
"I personally believe that President Trump should, once and for all, return the Balangiga bells," former Philippine foreign secretary Roberto Romulo told on Wednesday.

U.S. vows to help resolve Balangiga bells issue
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 27, 2017 - with Video
UPDATED 'We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution,' the US embassy in Manila says

US to return century-old bell taken from La Union church
May 02, 2016
The return of the bell is facilitated by two US Navy veterans who are also working to return the Balangiga bell of Eastern Samar

The latest NEWS about the Balangiga Bells´ return

June 24, 2011 House to Obama: Return 3 Balangiga church bells and House Resolution 236


Forgotten Filipinos - The Filipino genocide UPDATED Nov 23, 2018


Barasoain Church

also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish built in 1630 in Malolos City, Bulacan. Having earned the title as the Cradle of Democracy in the East, the most important religious building in the Philippines, and the site of the First Philippine Republic, the Church is proverbial for its historical importance among Filipinos.

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Barasoain Church and Museum

Malolos, Bulacan, Central Luzon - Open Hours: 8:00am - 12:00nn, 1:00pm - 5:00pm Monday to Friday

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The Immaculate Conception Church

(Spanish: Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción de María) is a Baroque church located in Poblacion, Upper Jasaan in Misamis Oriental. It was declared by the National Museum as a National Cultural Treasure in Northern Mindanao due to its artistic design and cultural values.

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National Shrine Sacred Heart


Baguio Catholic Cathedral
dedicated to Our Lady of Atonement. During World War II it became an evacuation center and withstood the Japanese carpet bombing of the city in 1945, thereby saving thousands of lives.

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Baguio Cathedral
Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral




St. Joseph Cathedral

Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, Caraga

The First Easter Mass was held in 1521. A Mission was founded by the Jesuits in 1596. It was blessed as the First church built in Mindanao in 1597.
The present church was consecrated in 1954 and was elevated as a cathedral by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Patron: St. Joseph

Look also HERE and Roman Catholic Diocese of Butuan


Spanish Colonial Churches in the Philippines


Baroque Churches of the Philippines

These four churches, the first of which was built by the Spanish in the late 16th century, are located in Manila, Santa Maria, Paoay and Miag-ao. Their unique architectural style is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen.


The Pilgrimage Tour of Ilocos Sur

Hosted By Gov DV Savellano

Look more about the Ilocos Region HERE


Central Visayas Heritage Pilgrimage

For its pilot run last Heritage Month of May 2011, Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc., FHFI started with the 7-Days Central Visayas Heritage Pilgrimage covering the churches in Boljoon, Lapu lapu, Mandaue, Cebu Tri Cities, Dumaguete City, Bacong, Siquijor, Lazi, Larena (Bohol), Tagbilaran, Maribojoc, Loon, Loboc, and Baclayon. Msgr. Cris Garcia, SAP, HP is the pilgrimage Chaplain.


South Churches of Cebu - Tour with Balbino Guerrero

Business Administration Students from the University of Visayas, Cebu, and Australian documentary filmmaker Dunc Coleman, board a bus for a one day tour to the southern east coast of Cebu Island to visit five ancient catholic churches in their equally old and pastoral country towns.


The Old Churches of Bohol
Budiao Church ruins excavated after more than 200 years
by Rhaydz B. Barcia May 06, 2018

The site of the Budiao Ruins is eyed as a new tourist destination in the province of Albay, alongside the Cagsawa Ruins
Archaeologists from the University of the Philippines are excavating the ruins of the historic Budiao Church, which were buried during Mayon volcano's deadliest eruption in 1814.
Only the walls of the church remain visible.

Some mortuary chapels in Luzon and the Visayas

Music - Songs - Hymns - Organs - Choirs etc. for many occasions

Songs - Hymns - Etc.

Tributes to Santo Niño


Organs & Organ music

Filipino songs and lyrics for Holidays Traditions - Culture & Rituals etc. in the family and the church

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Apparitions - Miracles - Pilgrimage sites etc.

Remark most of the videos in this section are albums in the album "Apparitions Pilgrimage sites - Etc."

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'Nasaan si Maria?', dokumentaryo ni Howie G. Severino (full episode)
Apr 10, 2015

Where did the Virgin Mary spend her days after Jesus ascended into the Heavens?

Howie Severino joins a group of pilgrims to visit the house said to be Mama Mary's last refuge.


(both in the album The Miracle at Lipa Carmel)

The Miracle at Lipa Carmel - 1948 Marian Apparition

Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Graces (Tagalog: Aming Inang Tagapamagitan ng lahat ng Biyaya) is an alleged Marian apparition that took place in the Carmelite Monastery of Batangas, Philippines, to a religious postulant, Teresita Castillo. The apparition is known in the Philippines for the rose petals which showered within the vicinity of the monastery, some bearing religious Catholic imagery which believers hold to be miraculous.

Initially declared by a local bishop as non-supernatural in 1951, the case was reopened in 1991 and is pending investigation by the Holy See while the Metropolitan Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Archdiocese of Lipa find "no objection in the veneration of Mary and its doctrine" under this title. Presently, the Marian veneration is tolerated and endorsed by the Archdiocese of Lipa and the Archdiocese of Manila.

On March 3, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI was presented a Mediatrix statue by Bishop Guillermo Afable during the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Ad Limina visit, to which the pontiff was photographed and exclaimed ''La Madonna!" in a surprised happy gesture. On March 9, 2011, a life-sized Mediatrix statue brought by Filipino bishops was publicly displayed in the general Wednesday papal audience at Pope Paul VI Audience Hall.

The religious image described and sculpted according to the vision of Teresita Castillo is licensed and approved by the Archdiocese of Manila for public veneration in various Filipino religious communities. Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See, Madam Mercedes Arrastia Tuason is a known devotee of the Marian title and displays a large statue in her consulate office in Rome.
Misteryo ng Monasteryo,' dokumentaryo ni Sandra Aguinaldo
Mar 28, 2016
Animnapu't pitong taon matapos ang milagrosong pangyayari sa Mt. Carmel Monastery, muling bumalik si Sandra Aguinaldo upang alamin ang katotohanan sa likod nito.

Read more HERE and look the video "Carmelite Monastery, Lipa City - Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace" HERE


Apparition of St. Joseph in the Philippines
Uploaded on Mar 24, 2009

The Miraculous lifesize statue of St. Joseph heals the sick filipino people with cancer, leukemia and other form of diseases. St. Joseph apparition in the Philippines happened in March 22, 1975 at the rooftop of Dr. Albert Elementary School in Dapitan, Manila, Philippines to Blessed Master John now 59 years old. The Glorious Apparition day was celebrated last March 22, 2009 attended by devotees of St. Joseph Mission.

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The statue of St. Joseph sleeping that Pope Francis keeps in his room


Virgin’s Well: Faith and healing in Manaoag, Pangasinan

The season of Lent is a time for healing, both physically and spiritually. In Manaoag, Pangasinan, the healers and the sick come together for the miraculous water of the Virgin’s Well.


Dancing Sun Miracle - Divine Mercy Hills
Oct 10, 2013

Over 10,000 devotees witnessed the inexplicable solar phenomenon — truly, a Divine, and Supernatural Manifestation that occurred in El Salvador city, during Feast Day of the Divine Mercy (Mercy Sunday).
Look the FULL description of the video HERE


Mt. Banahaw:

Pilgrim Site Every Holy Week


Sta. Lucia Falls - The Healing Waters of Mt. Banahaw
Devotees visits Mount Banahaw
Mt. Banahaw's Suprema De La Ciudad Mystica De Dios
Thousands set on pilgrimage to 'New Jerusalem', Mt. Banahaw
Jul 21, 2015
As the Philippines observe Holy Week, thousands of Catholics set out on a pilgrimage to a volcano in an area they call the 'New Jerusalem'.

Mt. Banahaw is a famous traditional pilgrimage site for the locals and native tourists especially during the Holy Week, when psychic energy is said to be dominating the area. It is also the said place where faith and spiritual healers get their mystic powers during the divine intervention on Holy Week.

Mount Banahaw is one of the active volcanos in the Philippines. The mountain and its environs are considered sacred by the local residents because of its "holy water", which allegedly have beneficial qualities, issuing forth from local springs and its "puwestos, or the "holy sites". Their location having been revealed to a man in the Spanish Era by the "Santo Boses" or the "Holy Voice".
Look more about Mt. Banahaw HERE

Look also HERE and look The Altar of Mt. Banahaw and more about the Mystic Mountain


The Inner Secrets Of Banahaw by Tingting Cojuangco


The Case of the Ciudad Mistica de Dios by/Floro C. Quibuyen

and Mount Banahaw : The Power Mountain - From Ritualism to Spirituality
by/Vitaliano R. Gorospe, S.J.


Water is flowing again within Mount Banahaw, noted someone who intends to visit the "Holy Mountain" on Holy Week.

Mt. Banahaw: The Mystic Mountain and Pilgrim Site Every Holy Week

Mt. Banahaw is a famous traditional pilgrimage site for the locals and native tourists especially during the Holy Week, when psychic energy is said to be dominating the area. It is also the said place where faith and spiritual healers get their mystic powers during the divine intervention on Holy Week.

Look the article as pdf HERE

Archbishop Camomot's Pilgrimage
and remains are enshrined within the compound of Congregation of the Daughters of St Teresa de Avila Chapel in Villadolid, Carcar.

Look MUCH more and videos HERE

These 7 beautiful pilgrimage sites are just a few hours from Metro Manila
by/Rhea Claire Madarang Mar 29, 2015

Whether you'd like to pray, reflect, or just take in the beauty of the surroundings, these locations may be for you.

There may be times when you want to commune with God not just inside a church, but outside, in the beauty of nature.

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Visit these 12 pilgrimage sites close to Metro Manila
by Jillian Cariola Published: March 17 2016
During your pilgrimage don’t forget to include these sites to your spiritual journey.

6 Pilgrim Sites in Mindanao You Should Visit
by Ida Damo Mar 22, 2016


Pilgrim site sa Tanay, Rizal, dinarayo tuwing Semana Santa

Ngayong umaga ay bumisita si Love Añover sa Regina Rica, isang sikat na pilgrim site sa Tanay, Rizal na dinarayo raw ng mga deboto lalo na tuwing Semana Santa. Aired: (March 16, 2018)

Trash dumping in pilgrimage sites 'inexcusable'
April 16, 2017

EcoWaste Coalition posts photos of mounds of trash in popular Lenten pilgrimage sites


IMPORTANT look also The Pope's statements on family - etc. and

Divorce - annulment of marriage

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Look MUCH about Courtship, Wedding, Marriage Culture and Traditions

Wedding Culture - Marriage in the Philippines and - or to a Filipino - Filipina
Culture, Paperwork, Rules, Guidelines, Requirements
Civil registration - Wedding Guidelines, Requirements
Marriage - Wedding Guidelines, Requirements - other religions,  Ethnic groups
Thoughts on Marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims
Dating and “Live-in” relationship

Many good advices

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Catholic Guidelines, Requirements

Child Spouses - Early Marriage

How to Become a Roman Catholic Convert

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How to Become a Roman Catholic Convert

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA

The purpose of this site is to fill a gap.  There is a lot of information about the RCIA on the web. 

However, here are free teaching material gathered in one place that is appropriate for each of the periods of the process.

I am proud to be associated with the very comprehensive Wikipedia article on the RCIA, much of which I have written and formatted.  I have used the content of this article to explain the Periods & Steps involved in the RCIA Process. I hope you find this site of some use. God Bless, Chris Sloan

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Look the article HERE


An introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey of faith. This introductory talk reflects upon the different ways in which we use the word faith


The RCIA Process
How to become Catholic through RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Learn why someone should become Catholic and how to narrow down all religions to one in five key questions

Catholic Converts
Association of Pastors Converted to the Catholic Church of the Phil.

This organization is the organization of Pastors converted and became committed to serve the mother church, the Roman Catholic Church

The Pope and the Vatican

Here you can select also these sections, just click:

Theology of Pope Francis and Etc.

The Pope and the Vatican

Extraordinary Jubilee and The Global Holy Year Of Mercy
The Pope's statements on family - gay - etc.

Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors & Investigation of sexual abuse of minors to face Church judgement.

Papal Visit Philippines 2015

Masses, messages and Blessings - examples


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Theology of Pope Francis
is a description of his pronouncements and statements on Christian beliefs and practices. The focus here is on salient features, what he emphasized during his pontificate, as distinct from his time as Jesuit provincial or as archbishop in Argentina. He is the first member of the Society of Jesus to be appointed Pope of the Catholic Church.

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Vatican releases series on the theology of Pope Francis
12 March 2018 - with Video
A series of books, entitled “Theology of Pope Francis”, has been released by the Vatican Publishing House (LEV). Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, the Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication, who presented the series, speaks about it.

Pope Francis: ‘death penalty inadmissable’
After an audience with Pope Francis earlier this year, and following his approval, the Vatican’s CDF says it has made changes to the CCC on the death penalty according to which capital punishment is inadmissible.
Look both The new text and The previous text

Look also

Letter to the Bishops regarding the new revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty


Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update
by Agence France-Presse August 02, 2018

UPDATED The update to the Catechism text also says the Church will 'work with determination' for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide

Pope rails against 'fake news'
by Agence France-Presse January 25, 2018

'We need to unmask what could be called the 'snake-tactics' used by those who disguise themselves in order to strike

Pope Francis endorses drug rehab led by Cardinal Tagle
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 26, 2017 - with Video

UPDATED 'That's the way to go,' Pope Francis says, in his first publicly known comment on the Philippines' drug problem, as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a bloody war on drugs

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HOAX: ‘Pope Francis called Duterte a blessing, a good leader’
June 27, 2018

The video in the blog post is an April 2 CNN Philippines newscast that reported on Duterte and Pope Francis’ separate Easter Sunday messages. The Pope does not mention Duterte at all in this message.

The Roman Catholic church - The Pope and the Vatican

Look also the masses from the Vatican below

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Roman Catholic Church - The Holy See - The Vatican
The Two Swords of the Church
These two types of authority by the Church are symbolically represented by the two swords of the Gospel: “So they said, ‘Lord, behold, there are two swords here.’ But he said to them, ‘It is sufficient.’ ” (Lk 22:38). The Church has the authority to teach (doctrine), on matters of faith, morals, and salvation. But the Church also has temporal authority, so that She can make practical decisions (discipline) needed to function as a Church within the world, as a Church whose members on earth are sinners.
The Vatican City State

Not to be confused with Holy See.
Vatican City, officially Vatican City State a walled enclave within the city of Rome, with an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 842, is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

Look also Index of Vatican City-related articles and HERE

Philippine Embassy in Vatican, the Holy See Vatican City
Mercedes Arrastia Tuason, Ambassador
Via Paolo VI, 29
00193 Rome
Holy See (Vatican City)

Look more on page 148 in the document - Mobile applications (App)

The App of the official website of the Holy See - it contains the Papal Magisterium and the institutional information of the Apostolic See.

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Vatican launches live translation app for papal events
by Agence France-Presse July 28, 2018
The app translates Italian, the language the Pope usually uses when addressing the faithful, into Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese


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Papal regalia and insignia

The Use of the Pallium

“The symbolism of the pallium is even more concrete: the lamb's wool is meant to represent the lost, sick or weak sheep which the shepherd places on his shoulders and carries to the waters of life.”

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Look the biography as pdf HERE

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The coat of arms for Pope Francis

is nearly identical to the one he used as archbishop, notable for its simplicity. Following in the steps of Benedict XVI, he replaced the triple crown with a triple mitre, symbolizing the Pope's three missions to teach, govern and judge. Behind the mitre are the crossed keys of St. Peter, one gold and one silver, united by a red string. Mar 19, 2013

Remark this is an album in the above album "The Vatican, The Pope, Masses, Messages - Etc."

Look more about The coat of arms, motto and ring signal simplicity for Pope Francis as pdf HERE and HERE

Look also the article "FAST FACTS: What Pope Francis wears" by/Reynaldo Santos Jr. Jan 14, 2015 - Pope Francis is often described as very simple with his choice of vestments HERE or as pdf HERE

The Story Behind the Pope’s Wooden Crozier- Staff
July 8, 2015

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New Year's resolutions: The Pope Francis list
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Dec 31, 2014

Pope Francis gives us practical advice – from gossip to purchases to marriage

He preaches against gossip, reminds us to finish our meals, and even tells us not to fear marriage.

This is the Pope Francis list.

Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church
May 12, 2016

In off-the-cuff remarks, the pontiff promises to examine whether women could enter the Catholic clergy as deacons.

Progressives in the Catholic Church have long argued that women are pitifully under-represented in the hierarchy, despite the number of women in religious orders (700,000) far outweighing the number of priests and monks combined (470,000)

Look also the Video

Back to work:

5 words of wisdom from the Pope
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Jan 04, 2015

Filipinos go back to work on Monday, January 5, after a long Christmas and New Year break filled with family reunions, parties, food, and sleep – lots of sleep.
Feeling lazy? Unmotivated? 5 quotes compiled from Pope Francis as we return to the office after the holidays.

Pope Francis will not join Facebook

Pope Francis on Twitter

this Facebook

and the Facebook Unofficial: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Instagram and the Video Mar 21, 2016 “Franciscus” has over a ½million followers on Instagram


Pope Francis: Uncommon in championing the common man

A 'dark horse' in the conclave, Pope Francis rises to the papacy, takes up causes for the common man, and sometimes even breaks protocols.


Dec 22, 2014



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The Holy See - The Vatican

The Pontifical Anthem or Papal Anthem
is the official anthem of the Pope, the Holy See and the Vatican City State. It is played at solemn occasions of the State and ceremonies in which the Pope or one of his representatives, such as a nuncio, is present. When the Vatican's flag is ceremonially raised, only the first eight bars are played.

Read much more about The Pontifical Anthem HERE
Conclave - Pope Francis I "The first days for the Pope untill - incl. 2013-03-17"
How to contact Pope Francis?
Apr 30, 2016
Laudato si'
The Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father Pope Francis - Laudato si' - Praise Be to You - is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle "On the care for our common home". In it, the Pope criticises consumerism and irresponsible development, and calls for "swift and unified global action" to combat environmental degradation and climate change

and in a sub-album: Understanding Laudato Si by/DanHoranOFM

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His Holiness Pope Francis meets with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia 2016.02.12.
in Cuba, where the Pope makes a stop on his way to Mexico, and where the Patriarch is on an official visit. The meeting includes a personal conversation at Havana’s José Martí International Airport, and concludes with the signing of a joint declaration.

Look the declaration HERE


Differences Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican and Visit the Pope at the Apostolic Palace

Look the full description of the video HERE
Pope Benedict XVI: A Living Church in the Philippines

Urbi et Orbi

"to the City of Rome and to the World" denotes a papal address and Apostolic Blessing given to the City of Rome and to the entire world on certain occasions.

The Urbi et Orbi address and blessing are given each Easter and Christmas from the central loggia of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, at noontime and are broadcast worldwide.
Since 1985, this indulgence is granted not only to the people in Saint Peter's Square but also to those who, though unable to be physically present, "piously follow" it by radio or television.


What is a Synod? The basics

An explanation of the 2014 Synod, it's process and structure.

The 2014 Synod of Bishops (October 5-19) focus on the Pastoral Challenges faced by Families all over the world. Oct 5, 2014

Look also the article HERE


Pope Francis sends Filipinos video messages

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Pope to PH: Don't get tired of mercy

Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle appeal for mercy

The biggest event in the Philippine Catholic Church this year (2013) ends on a historic note – with a message from Pope Francis.

Paterno Esmaquel reports. Look the script of the video report as pdf HERE

'I have special admiration for Filipinos' - Pope Francis
October 25, 2015

1 JANUARY 2015


Look also the article Pope to shoppers: Don't buy products made by modern-day slaves
by/Agence France-Presse Dec 11, 2014

His message, by the Vatican on Wednesday, December 10, slams "the growing scourge of man's exploitation by man," an "abominable phenomenon" covering everything from forced prostitution to child soldiers and slave labour in factories.
"I think also of persons forced into prostitution, many of whom are minors, as well as male and female sex slaves... (of) women forced into marriage, those sold for arranged marriages and those bequeathed to relatives of deceased husbands," he says.
According to the 2014 Global Slavery index, last month, nearly 36 million men, women and children are trapped in modern-day slavery, the definition of which ranges from forced marriages to people coerced into prostitution, fighting wars or manual labour like picking cotton.

Pope hits ‘diseases’ of Vatican - Pope attacks Vatican plagued by ills
Agence France-Presse Dec 22, 2014

Pope Francis criticized the Vatican bureaucracy, saying it was riven with “existential schizophrenia,” “social exhibitionism,” “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and a lust for power. All these have led to an “orchestra that plays out of tune.” He also warned against greed, egoism and people who suffer from the “disease of feeling immortal or indispensable.”

There was silence at the end of the Pope’s speech.

Look the video Pope Francis blasts Vatican bureaucracy

Tinatapos na ang ilang detalye para sa pagbisita ni Pope Francis sa Enero. Todo-ensayo na rin ang mga batang kakanta at sasalubong sa Santo Papa. Pero bago ang pagbisita sa Pilipinas, kinastigo muna ni Pope Francis ang bumubuo sa Vatican bureaucracy. I-Bandila mo, Abner Mercado. Bandila, Disyembre 23, 2014, Martes

Remark this is an album in the above album "The Vatican, The Pope, Masses, Messages - Etc."

Look also the related stories on the BBC and CNN.

Pope breaks taboo by marrying couples who lived 'in sin'

In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asks to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.

A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, September 14 2014.

In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.

In 2 years, Pope gives plum posts to Filipinos
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Mar 14, 2015

Pope Francis marks his second anniversary in office with more Filipino appointees – proof of his focus on the world's 'peripheries'


Presentation of the 2015 Lenten Message 2015.01.27

Press Conference for the Pope's Lenten Message. Theme: "stablish your hearts"

Streamed live on Jan 27, 2015

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Extraordinary Jubilee, The Global Holy Year Of Mercy

The Pope's statements on family - gay - etc.

Remark many of the videos in this section are albums in the album "Jubilee Year of Mercy"

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From the Vatican, 1 September 2015

Look the FULL letter as pdf HERE

E.g. extract:
"I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father."

Look also the Videos

"Pope to allow priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year"
Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year. Mana Rabiee reports. Sep 1, 2015

and the articles

Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

The Argentine pontiff says he was 'well aware of the pressure' that some women are under to abort. September 01, 2015
On abortion, the Pope, priests should not dictate on women
by/Fritzie Rodriguez September 04, 2015
Calling abortion a sin does not help solve anything, and most definitely, giving priests the power to 'absolve' women does absolutely nothing!
CBCP on Pope's decision: Abortion remains wrong
by/Paterno Esmaquel II September 03, 2015
Still, a Filipino archbishop says Pope Francis, through a recent decision, wants to show that ‘the mercy of God is bigger than the sin of abortion’
Pope Francis announced earlier this year a Jubilee year – Holy year traditionally a time for remission and forgiveness – which will run from December 8 to November 20, 2016 and be celebrated not only in the Vatican but in dioceses across the world. - Look the below links

Pope Francis extends Catholic priests' right to forgive abortion
By Tim Hume, Cristiana Moisescu and Lindsay Isaac November 21, 2016

Pope Francis has extended the powers of Catholic priests to forgive abortions, making the announcement in an apostolic letter "MISERICORDIA ET MISERA" released Monday.

E.g. extract:
"I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion."
Leaders of you look happy

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2016.11.21 Pope: Abortion is forgivable

Conclusion of the Jubilee and about the Misericordia et Misera

Pope Francis, Extraordinary Jubilee & The Global Holy Year Of Mercy

June 13, 2015

Look more about "a Jubilee year" HERE


Inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy -2015.12.08

Pope Francis presides at Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the Opening of the Holy Door for the inauguration of the Holy Year of Mercy. Streamed live on Dec 8, 2015

Look more about The Holy Door HERE, HERE and HERE

Look also Cardinal Tagle opens Holy Door of the Manila Cathedral


Important to read - APR 08, 2016

Remark the top of the letter is blank, just scroll down, the letter has 264 pages!

Look also the Videos Apr 8, 2016:

Presentation of the Exhortation Amoris Laetitia - 2016.04.08
Press conference on the Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis "Amoris Laetitia" on Love in the Family.
Pope Francis is calling for a compassionate Church open to "imperfect" Catholics in his much-awaited document on family and marriage, called "Amoris Laetitia," (The Joy of Love). Nathan Frandino reports.
Card. Schönborn: “Amoris Laetitia” is not a rupture, it is a development of doctrine
“No one can be condemned forever,” is stated in the papal document referring also to the divorced.
Pope's treatise on marriage and family welcomed
Visitors and experts say they welcome the pope's treatise on marriage and the family that calls for a less strict and more compassionate Catholic Church. Nathan Frandino reports.
Seven curiosities about Amoris Laetitia, the Pope's document on the family
April 8, 2016. There are proposals for Valentine's Day, for dads and leisure.
The Pope encourages the integration of the divorced in the Church
Apr 8, 2016
"The Joy of Love"
by/Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM explores the introduction to Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia."
Updated April 14, 2016


Pope: remarried Catholics "will always be part of the Church.''

Pope Francis tells worshipers that those who remarry after a failed marriage should not be excommunicated, says "they still belong to the church." Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Aug 5, 2015

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'Living in sin,' returning to the sacraments
by/Ludy Ongkeko Astraquillo, The FilAm August 13, 2015
Should divorced Catholics who remarry be allowed to receive communion?
“Divorced Catholics who remarry, as well as their children, deserve better treatment from the church.”
Pope Francis said this himself as he warned pastors against treating those couples as though they were excommunicated.

Pope Francis reforms Church law in marital nullity trials!
SEP 08, 2015

According to the prefatory remarks attached to both Letters, the reforms are the result of an expert group appointed to study the current state of law and practice in the Church as far as marriage law is concerned.

Look the 2 Letters:

Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio Mitis et misericors Iesus, on the reform of canonical procedure for the annulment of marriage in the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches

Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, on the reform of canonical procedure for the annulment of marriage in the Code of Canon Law

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The Pope's letter follows a year-long review by Vatican experts! September 09, 2015

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2015.09.08 Presentation of the reform of the nullity of marriage

CBCP supports Pope's reforms on marriage annulment

Couples who want to have an annulment will no longer have to wait years to get the permission from the Catholic Church. - ANC, The World Tonight, September 9, 2015

Pope Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like that and loves you like that'
By Delia Gallagher and Hada Messia, CNN Updated May 21, 2018 - with Video

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Pope reportedly told sex abuse survivor 'does not matter' that he is gay
21 May 2018 by Rose Gamble

Pope Francis reaches out to gays
By Nick Squires 29 Jul 2013 - with Video


Pope Francis on gays: Who am I to judge?

Pope Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like that and loves you like that'

Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors & Investigation of sexual abuse of minors to face Church judgement

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Statutes of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of minors

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Vatican revives pope's sexual abuse panel
by Agence France-Presse February 17, 2018
'The newly-appointed members will add to the commission's global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults,' says US Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Pope Francis reveals team organizing anti-pedophilia summit
by Agence France-Presse November 23, 2018
The organizing team will prepare a special meeting on the protection of children to be held in February

and the Videos about the Commission

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Pope says Church can no longer tolerate silence on abuse
by Agence France-Presse October 06, 2018
UPDATED Pope Francis orders an investigation into Vatican archives concerning resigned archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick

Pope: Church must rid itself of the scourge of child sexual abuse
The Vatican, 2 February 2015
Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to ask for their complete co-operation with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, in order to insure that everything possible is done to rid the Church of "the scourge" of the sexual abuse of children

Papal Visit Philippines 2015

with these sections:

Book documenting Pope Francis’ PH visit

Papal Visit Philippines 2015


January 15 - 19

'Book of Thanks'

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CBCP launches book documenting Pope Francis’ PH visit

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has launched the official the 160-page book “I am here to be with you,” which documents the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines from January 15-19.
“The best documentation of the Papal visit is the one hundred million Filipinos touched by Pope Francis,” Villegas said in his message before Catholic devotees.

The book will be exclusively distributed by Goodwill Bookstore and the Catholic Book Center for P1,200.


''Pope Francis at UST, Bridging Christ in the Youth'' ang titulo ng coffee table book na inilabas ng University of Santos Tomas. Tungkol ito sa pagbisita ng Santo Papa sa ating bansa. Jun 21, 2015

Papal Visit Philippines 2015

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Papal Visit Logo


Papal visit logo reflects solidarity with victims of recent PHL calamities

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Declared holidays for Pope Francis’ visit

Proclamation 936 declared January 15, 16 and 19 2015 as holidays

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CBCP News special coverage on the Papal Visit to the Philippines

with many good informations and videos


Papal Visit 2015 FAQ
Aquino is Filipinos' spokesman in Pope meeting – Palace
by/Katerina Francisco 4:00 PM, Dec 29, 2014

As head of state of Vatican City, Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines is both an apostolic visit and a state visit.

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Papal chair, altar table to have 'Filipino touch'
by/Katerina Francisco Jan 06, 2015

The designs are intended to reflect the Filipino character, says Fr Alex Bautista
Five days won't be enough for Pope Francis to see all that the Philippines' 7,107 islands have to offer – so on his first visit to the Southeast Asian country on January 15, organizers of his papal visit will bring the elements of the Philippines to him.
The altar table, chair, and linen cloth that the Pope will be using for his Masses will bear images such as the Philippines' national leaf anahaw to give them a Filipino touch, according to Fr Alex Bautista of the Diocese of Tarlac in a press briefing on Monday, January 5.


Papal Visit 2015 Itinerary

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Manila releases official itinerary of Pope Francis for January 15-19, 2015 visit

Vatican decides Pope's Masses in PH will be in English
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Jan 03, 2015

While Pope Francis admits he has 'poor English,' the Vatican junks the previous plan to use Latin in his Masses in the Philippines. He will instead 'speak our language' in Masses in Tacloban and Luneta.
“The Pope wants to reach as many and be understood by many more,” Villegas told Rappler. “English is not the Pope's mother tongue, but he is trying very hard to speak our language.”


Mang Ramon, Saint Pio's devotee

Ramon Rodriguez is one of the chosen few to serve as a lay minister in the upcoming papal mass of Pope Francis in Quirino Grandstand on the 18th. He is a devout Catholic and a pious devotee of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

Jan 8, 2015

Aquino on papal visit: Don’t let PH be remembered for tragedy
by/Natashya Gutierrez Jan 12, 2015

Look also the video "PNoy's Message & Press Conf. on the preparations for the Visit of Pope Francis, 12 Jan. 2015"

Look the full text of the "message" as pdf HERE


Gentle Reminders for the Papal Visit PH 2015
Dec 17, 2014


Vatican reminds PH: Keep Papal visit modest

Few days from now Pope Francis will now visit the country. Vatican reminds about the wish of the Pope to make his welcoming celebration simple. Jan 8, 2015

Pope to go around Luneta to greet crowds January 18
by/Katerina Francisco Jan 06, 2015

Around 1.2 million people are expected to crowd Rizal Park during the papal mass on January 18, but the number could swell up to 5 million

3 popemobiles for Pope Francis' PH visit
by/Katerina Francisco and Jee Y. Geronimo Jan 12, 2015

A jeepney-style popemobile, a Kia vehicle, and an Isuzu vehicle will be used by Pope Francis for his Philippine visit

Three vehicles are being prepared by organizers for the visit of Pope Francis this week, a church official confirmed Monday, January 12.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, a member of the papal visit committee, said that one jeepney-style vehicle, one Isuzu vehicle, and one Kia car will be used for the papal visit

Look also the article What's a jeepney? Pope likes what his ride symbolizes Cardinal Antonio Luis Tagle says he explained to the Pope what the jeepney symbolizes: 'It's the one used by common people'
Jan 18, 2015

and the Video "Pope Francis in jeepney-inspired popemobile"

Remark this is one of the albums in the album "JEEPNEYS" & Jeepney arts"

National Prayer for Papal Visit Philippines 2015

in both Tagalog and English

Darasalin bago ang Panghuling Panalangin sa bawat Misa mula Agosto 1, 2014 hanggang Enero 14, 2015

To be Prayed Before the Post Communion Prayer of Every Mass from August 1 until January 14, 2015

Look the prayer in English as pptx HERE

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We Are All God's Children ACTION VIDEO

Official Theme Song for the 2015 Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.
Jun 24, 2014


Meet the choreograper of 'We Are All God's Children'
Jan 5, 2015


Lyrics written ang sung by Jamie Rivera with The Hail Mary the Queen Children's Choir.
Music composed and arranged by Noel Espenida
Choreography by Landa Juan
Action performed by Ligaya Ng Panginoon Community Youth
Video by Dix Perez
by Star Songs, Inc.


Leyte's local theme song for Papal visit

The theme song - a combination of both English and vernacular dialect - was composed by Fr. Kim Margallo of Saints Peter and Paul parish based in Ormoc City. Pope Francis will visit Leyte on January 17. Jan 11, 2015

Remark these are albums in the album "Organs, Music & Choirs - For different occasions etc."


Pope visits mark PH milestones

Three popes' visits to the Philippines have coincided with milestones in the country's history.


What the Pope will see

Pope Francis will go to Leyte and Tacloban City to meet with the Yolanda survivors when he visits the Philippines in January next year. Their plight has touched his heart and sense of compassion. But what will he see when he gets there? Jeff Canoy tells us more. Nov 7, 2014


What Philippine cathedrals Pope Francis will visit

Sa pagpunta ni Pope Francis sa Pilipinas ngayong Enero, dalawang simbahan ang nakatakda niyang bisitahin. Alamin ang kwento ng mga simbahan na sasadyain ng Santo Papa. Jan 2, 2015

Remark this is an album "What the Pope will see" with sub-albums


Who Pope Francis will meet in the Philippines

Mismong si Pope Francis ang namili ng mga sektor na gusto niyang maka-dayalogo sa kanyang pagbisita sa bansa.

Nov 28, 2014


Why does #PopeFrancisPH visit matter?
Streamed live on Jan 6, 2015

Hear the thoughts of these guests during the Hangouts:
Jayeel Cornelio, a sociologist of religion and a professor at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Gretchen Ho, an advocate for the Catholic faith and a volleyball player.
Marguerite de Leon, Rappler's Social Media Producer and an atheist.
Linus Van Plata, an advocate for the Christian faith and a Policy Researcher for the Presidential Commission on Visiting Forces.
Robert Roa, an advocate for the Catholic faith and a Jesuit Volunteer.


Pope Francis in Leyte: What to expect
Voltaire Tupaz files this video blog about what to expect when the Pope visits the predominantly Catholic province devastated by typhoons Yolanda (Haiyan) and Ruby (Hagupit)


Fr. Chris Arthur H. Militante on Pope Francis visit to Palo, Leyte

Fr. Chris Arthur H. Militante, information and social communications officer of the Archdiocese of Palo, on Pope Francis' visit to Palo and Tacloban City in Leyte, Philippines.

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 Pope Francis to pray before Yolanda mass grave

Pope Francis will pray before the mass grave for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors in Palo, Leyte, on January 17, 2015, the Catholic Church said.
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Dec 16, 2014

In an interview with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news service, Msgr Bernie Pantin, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Palo, said Francis will say “private prayers” there before he leaves Leyte

Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH
by/Katerina Francisco Nov 20, 2014

Pope Francis prefers that donations be given instead to calamity victims, says Fr Anton Pascual, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair

Look also the article 1,200 Filipino youth to greet Pope in PH visit by/Katerina Francisco Nov 29, 2014

Pope: I shouldn't be the focus of my Philippine trip
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Dec 03, 2014

Quoted by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Pope Francis echoes an earlier message:

'From now on enough of Francis, just Jesus'!

Only 2,000 attendees for Pope Francis' Manila Cathedral mass
by/Katerina Francisco Dec 02, 2014

Only 2,000 priests, bishops, and religious persons will be allowed to enter the Manila Cathedral, where Pope Francis will hold his first mass in the Philippines, on January 16, 2015.

When the Pope visits, it will be different from 1995

1995, 2015 papal visits: What's the same, different

by/Natashya Gutierrez Dec 26, 2014 - Updated Dec 27, 2014

Philippine Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr, who organized both trips, compares the 1995 and 2015 papal visits.


Pope Francis - The Church's 'brand ambassador' reaching out to the youth

At a time when technology competes strongly for the youth's attention, Pope Francis serves as the Catholic Church's most famous brand ambassador through his drawing powers that has many youngsters idolizing him and following his teachings in social media. Nov 28, 2014

Pope Francis to meet Muslim, Buddhist etc. religious leaders in PH
by/Agence France-Presse Dec 22, 2014

Pope Francis is holding 10-15-minute dialogues with Muslim and Buddhist leaders on January 18 when he visits the Philippines. He will meet with the dean of the country’s largest Islamic Studies Center, a Taiwan-based Buddhist leader, the Hong Kong-based regional head of the Greek Orthodox Church, a Hindu leader, Protestant bishops, and a Manila-based rabbi.


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How Pope Francis spoke to the deaf
by/David Lozada Jan 25

Sign language interpreters for the deaf played a crucial role in telling the world of Pope Francis' message for the young, the old, and those with disabilities

Behind the scenes: The Pope most Filipinos didn't see
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Feb 01, 2015

Days after Pope Francis left the Philippines, anecdotes from different people, who met him privately, revealed the person he is when the cameras stop rolling.

'There is no difference between how he is in public and how he is in private,' the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines tells Rappler

Who is Francis behind the scenes?

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PAPAL VISIT | PhilPost issuing special Pope Francis stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation will commemorate the Philippines – Vatican City 2014 Joint Issue featuring 2nd year of Pontification of Pope Francis.

PhilPost opens papal stamp exhibit
Bukas na sa publiko ang papal stamp exhibit ng PhilPost tampok ang mga selyo ng mga nakaraang santo papa na dumalaw sa bansa. May nanalo na ring disenyo para sa Pope Francis stamp. Nov 10, 2014

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - BSP announced 12.19.2014 the minting by the BSP of 50-piso and 500-piso commemorative coins in time for the Papal visit in January next year.
PH stars featured in Pope Francis painting

Days before Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines, a painting of him along with some of local showbiz’s personalities was unveiled by visual artist Dante Hipolito.

Jan 11, 2015

Look MUCH more about Dante Hipolito and his paintings in the section "Painters" HERE


The Philippines that Francis saw from January 15 to 19, 2015

What did Filipinos tell the Pope through their words, songs and their sheer numbers? What images of the Philippines are forever etched in his memories?
In this 15-minute documentary, Rappler presents the Philippines that Francis saw during his state and pastoral visit from January 15 to 19, 2015. Jan 26, 2015

Remark this is an album "The Philippines that Francis saw"

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After Pope Francis’ visit, former street kids find homes in their hearts
Glyzelle Palomar and Jun Chura used to be abandoned children. Who would've thought that they would be given the chance to meet the Pope? Jan 18, 2016

Remark this is an album in the album "TNK, "Tulay ng Kabataan" Foundation" in the album "Organizations working for children in the Philippines"

January 15 - 19

Look ALL videos in the albums about the different dates in the album Pope visits the Philippines JAN 2015

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Pope Francis apologized

“for any impatience” he showed during his trip to typhoon-hit Leyte, and said he is “deeply saddened” that a storm forced him to cut his visit short.

'Book of Thanks'

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'Book of Thanks' naipaabot na kay Pope Francis

Kapamilya, kasama ba kayo sa nagbigay ng mensahe kay Pope Francis gamit ang social media hashtag #PopeTYSM (Thank You sa Malasakit - TYSM)? Naipaabot na po sa Santo Papa ang inyong mga mensahe sa pamamagitan ng ating "Book of Thanks." Feb 5, 2015


It's Showtime hosts read messages from our fellow Pinoys from #PopeTYSM. Jan 17, 2015

Masses, messages and Blessings - Examples

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UPDATED 2018-05-20

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Malacañang: Happy birthday, Pope Francis!
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 17, 2016

'We wish Pope Francis good health and good humor as he continues to guide us to build a more humane world,' says Duterte spokesman Martin Andanar.
Malacañang joined the rest of the world on Saturday, December 17, in greeting Pope Francis on his 80th birthday.

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar conveyed the Palace greeting to Francis.

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Pope, at 80, looks to 'joyous' old age
By Agence France-Presse Dec 17, 2016

'Old age sounds ugly, and causes fear. But old age yearns for wisdom,' Pope Francis tells dozens of cardinals at the mass in a papal chapel in Rome.

Archivio Segreto Vaticano, Città del Vaticano

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Step Into the Vatican’s Secret Archives
Fifty-three miles of shelving. Thirty-five thousand volumes of catalogue. Twelve centuries worth of documents. Housed in one of the most iconic bastions of religion and culture ever, the Vatican’s Secret Archives are the stuff of historical legend - but their existence is absolutely real.

Vatican Museums

The statue of St. Joseph sleeping that Pope Francis keeps in his room
Mar 19, 2015

Pope Francis: "I love St. Joseph because he is a strong and silent man"
Mar 19, 2018

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Apparition of St. Joseph in the Philippines

Pope Francis and ‘St. Joseph fever’
MANILA, Feb. 7, 2016


2016.12.09 St. Peter's Square: Inauguration of the Crib and Christmas Tree Lighting

2017.12.07 St Peter Square : Crib inauguration ceremony

2016.10.31 Pope Francis in Sweden - Ecumenical event with the World Lutheran Federation
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Pope Francis participates in the Ecumenical Event organized by the WLF, World Lutheran Federation to mark 500 years from the Reformation.

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Joint Declaration on the occasion of the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, October 31, 2016

Apostolic Journey to Sweden: Ecumenical event at Malmö Arena in Malmö
I thank God for this joint commemoration of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. We remember this anniversary with a renewed spirit and in the recognition that Christian unity is a priority, because we realize that much more unites us than separates us.

Pope Francis, in Sweden, Urges Catholic-Lutheran Reconciliation
“With gratitude we acknowledge that the Reformation helped give greater centrality to sacred Scripture in the church’s life,” the pope said in a joint declaration at Lund Cathedral with Bishop Munib A. Younan, the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the president of the Lutheran World Federation.

Reformation day: Pope Francis marks Luther anniversary in Sweden

Wish list for the Church under a cool Pope
by/Jervis Bautista Dec 21, 2014

The Catholic Church needs to change its image: an old Church with so many rituals and traditions that people, especially the young, can hardly relate to.

ZENIT is a news agency specializing in coverage of the Holy Father, life in the Holy See, and events of interest to the Church. Services are also available in Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.

Links - informations - Good to know for the daily life

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Religion and our state
by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino August 04, 2017

When 'secular state' becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself, that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

Religions - outside the Catholic Church - and Atheism - Etc.
Muslim culture general & laws
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)
a fellowship of ten mainline Protestant and non Roman Catholic Churches in the Philippines denominations, and ten service-oriented organizations in the Philippines
Web Journal of Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR

AboutPhilippines recommend to follow this

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Festivals - Fiestas Many of these "Festivals - Fiestas - Events" are catholic festivals e.g. Sinulog

Sex and Religion in Manila

Take A Look. This video shows how hard the life of these peoples are in the Philippines! Uploaded on Nov 27, 2011

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"AboutPhilippines" thinks: not much have changed here in 2018


The moment has come for the laity to put forward a unified response to the need to preserve Catholic values.

YMCA Manila

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA or the Y)

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YWCA Philippines

Young Women’s Christian Association

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Holy Family Monastery

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Catholic Information Service
Teachings and Beliefs of the Catholic Church
Department of Tourism - DOT eyes Philippines as 'religious pilgrimage' destination
Jan 23 2018
MEFP, Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines

the umbrella organization of about 100 parish based and trans-parochial marriage encounter communities.

It is an accredited National Lay Organization of the Council of the Laity of the Philippines

Society of Saint Pius X - District of Asia SSPX

Philippine - Filipinas

Catholic Youth Organization in the Philippines

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Through the supervision of Masbate Bishop Joel Baylon, chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth, ECY, and Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, director of the CBCP Office on Mass Media, a group of youth ministers, missionaries and coordinators was organized to work in the setting up of a website that will serve as a rich information portal of the events, updates and activities in within the youth apostolate. - The group has come to be called YouthPinoy

Filipino Chinese Catholic Youth Adults, FCCYA - Manila

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Pondo ng Pinoy small things, given with great love and concern for others, can change the world for the better, specially the poor...

Catholic Orphanages Catholic Children´s Shelter - Institutions - Orphanages and Asylums

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Basilica Shop del Sto. Niño

If you know an e-mail address or link, please SEND a MAIL, so many ask for such ones

Malteser International

The Order of Malta’s International Relief Corps

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Manila St. Andrew's Society

St. Andrew is e.g. the patron saint of Manila and many more parish  cities in the Philippines

Auxiliary - Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA) - Philippines

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Defensores Fidei Foundation DFF

a Roman Catholic non-stock, non-profit, lay foundation comprised of 10 businessmen and professionals, devoted to explaining and defending Catholic doctrine.

+ CATHOLIC ANSWER + Many good link
The Miraculous Medal

also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is a medal originated by Saint Catherine Labouré following her reported vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Jesuit Communications Foundation
The Alliance of Filipino Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities (AFCCPC) is an umbrella and networking organization of Catholic prayer groups or communities, with Filipino membership, in the USA and Canada.
Traditional Roman Catholic in the Philippines Mabuhay! Welcome to this blog dedicated in spreading news regarding related happening concerning the restoration and promotion of orthodox and traditional Roman Catholic customs, traditions, practices, music, sacred art and liturgy in the Philippine setting.
What's the difference between Christian catholic and Roman catholic religion?


East Asian Pastoral Institute, Philippines

A multicultural Catholic community


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