For Christians, Easter is a day of joy and hope, as they mark their belief that Jesus triumphed over death by resurrection following crucifixion. “Sin seduces; it promises things easy and quick, prosperity and success, but leaves behind only solitude and death,” the pope said. At the chant in Latin for “light of Christ, the basilica’s lights were suddenly switched on in a dramatic tradition. Among those in the basilica were eight adults who were baptized by the pope during the Mass. On Sunday, Francis celebrates Easter Mass in late morning in St. Peter’s Square and gives a speech from the basilica balcony.
April 21, 2019 01:07 UTC
“It has been the family practice for years to have Dalene (pet name for St. Magdalene) join the Santo Entierro,” said Arlene Talingting, the eldest great-grandchild of Maria Esperanza Naval, who started the family’s devotion to St. Magdalene more than 25 years ago. Talingting said her great-grandmother was a very religious woman and a devotee of many saints, though her favorite was Dalene. St. Magdalene must have strengthened her faith in a God who forgives sinners, Talingting added. Dalene could be a model, too, for millennials who may have complicated lives and relationships, and who seek meaning in their lives, Talingting said. With Mary, the mother of Christ, Magdalene stood at the foot of the cross of Jesus and witnessed his burial.
April 20, 2019 23:26 UTC
ADVERTISEMENTMarinduque, the least populous (population: 235,000 as of 2015) in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), is a province of only six towns. Still in Mogpog, Morion mask makers are busy carving out the religious masks, a craft passed on through generations. Marinduque is also known as a butterfly capital, contributing 85 percent of the butterfly and pupa exports of the Philippines. An island tour is never complete without hitting the beach, and Marinduque just has more than enough to satisfy the itch. There are trips available from Dalahican Port or Talao-Talao Port to Balanacan Port in Mogpog or Cawit Port in Boac.
April 20, 2019 23:26 UTC
When hunger, unemployment, addictions, indignities, abuse, hate speech, false accusations, killing, corruption, human trafficking run wild and seem to reign, our world appears dark,” Tagle said. The prelate was referring to some of the most serious contemporary problems and social issues that Filipinos are grappling with. “What difference can one act of kindness make in the face of unrelenting evil? It can make all the difference in ways we can’t even imagine how because these small acts of care and love are crowned by the total self-giving of Christ crucified on the cross,” Tagle said. Tagle stressed that love is about “seeing, encountering and understanding other people.”“It is the lifestyle of being with and living for others in the belief that light will always overcome darkness,” he said.
April 20, 2019 23:15 UTC
What is disallowed is if they hire foreign workers when there are Filipinos who are fit for these jobs,” Bello said this week. ADVERTISEMENTCompliantActing Malay Mayor Abram Sualog said the Chinese establishments had secured the required permits and complied with requirements to operate the businesses. After the Holy Week, we will enforce this request and if they do not comply, I will order the removal of the (signages),” Sualog told the Inquirer. “When Chinese tourists started to significantly increase in 2017 because there were no more (negative) travel advisories, they (establishments) started coming in also,” Sualog said. “Foreign workers without an alien employment permit are fined P10,000, a measly amount compared to the billions that they have been earning from the foreigners’ investments,” he said.
April 20, 2019 23:15 UTC
Death toll from Congo boat accident rises to 40: interior minister 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersKINSHASA (Reuters) – Twenty-seven more people have been found dead from a boat accident on Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week, bringing the total death toll to 40, interim interior minister Basile Olongo told Reuters on Saturday. The bodies were discovered across the border on the eastern shore of the lake in Rwanda, Olongo said. The boat was carrying nearly 200 people when it capsized. Over 100 remain missing.
April 20, 2019 23:15 UTC
Do you know what that means?” When the developmental pediatrician revealed her diagnosis on my 4-year-old son Zac in September 2011, I felt I was in a free fall. I had considered Zac my miracle gift from God, given that I had him when I was 34 and eager to experience motherhood. At the same time, I noticed that Zac lacked the natural desire to speak and expressed himself through gestures. But autism and its many physical limitations still have a hold on him: he cannot stand noise and is over-sensitive to sound. Out of the blue, a cousin asked for a painting that would herald the birth of her first grandson.
Vico SottoPasig City Councilor Vico Sotto, 29, couldn’t recall a time when the city didn’t have a Eusebio at the helm of local government. Growing up, he said, he watched Pasig’s commercial center flourish even as the income and opportunities of those in surrounding communities atrophied. “If we keep building momentum, it’s going to be very difficult to stop that ball from rolling,” Sotto said. His Masters victory put him back in relevance after personal issues and injuries derailed what was a steamrolling career. Basketball icon Michael Jordan described Tiger Woods’ Masters comeback as the “greatest ever.”“He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back.
ADVERTISEMENTThe events of that fateful day planted a jarring and lasting sense of vulnerability in Americans’ minds. School shootings, once almost unheard of, have become a tragic feature of American life — requiring all schools to tighten security, forcing even six-year-olds to take part in traumatic “live-shooter” drills. “Right after Columbine, people wanted to be better people,” Dawn Anna, mother of 18-year-old victim Lauren Townsend, told the Denver Post. The official memorial service in Littleton, in a park next to the high school, is set for 15H00 (21H00 GMT). Police had been warned that the young Floridian, “fascinated” by Columbine, was headed to Colorado and had purchased a gun.
DIMATALING, Zamboanga del Sur — At least two leaders of Zamboanga del Sur questioned the legality of a dawn raid of masked policemen that resulted in the killing of three people on April 15. Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Baya said the raid had caused undue anxiety among the residents of the town’s 24 villages and demanded that the police explain. Demand for justiceADVERTISEMENTThe widows and the immediate families of Tambus and Casocot are demanding justice for the senseless killing of their loved ones. Norma Casocot, 50, wife of slain village chief Casocot, said armed men barged into their house and killed her husband in front of their her 11-year-old granddaughter.
MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) is investigating the recent killing of “self-confessed” drug lord and Cebu City police’s most wanted person who was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Quezon City past midnight on Thursday. According to a report from Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., QCPD chief, 41-year-old Franz Sabalones of San Fernando, Cebu City, was supposed to watch a billiard tournament with his friends on Timog Avenue, Barangay South Triangle, when he was shot in the head. ADVERTISEMENTEsquivel said the assailant reportedly shot Sabalones immediately after he alighted from his gray Ford Ranger. Read NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
Mexico warns of ‘deep concern’ over armed groups on US border 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico said on Saturday it had “deep concern” about armed groups that intimidate and extort migrants on the border, shortly after the ACLU and Democratic senators called for a probe into such citizen efforts to block migrants from crossing. The small volunteer group says it is helping the Border Patrol deal with a surge in undocumented migrants at the southern border. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has toughened various policies and put pressure on Mexico in an attempt to discourage people from attempting to cross into the United States illegally. Along with the ACLU, New Mexico Democratic senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall also called for an investigation into the border group.
April 20, 2019 23:03 UTC
ADVERTISEMENTParishioners, many of them carrying lighted candles and bottled water, attended the Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.Rev. Lonilo Torres, parish priest of St. Francis de Assisi in Siquijor, urged parishioners to seek the Risen Christ. After the Easter Vigil Mass, the Salubong followed at 10 p.m. The Salubong is a symbolic re-enactment of the meeting of Jesus Christ and His mother, the Virgin Mary, after His resurrection. Originally called the “Encuentro,” it was to dramatize the meeting of the Risen Christ with the Virgin Mary to catechize or to teach the faith.
April 20, 2019 22:52 UTC
Never in a million years could she have guessed the message it carried: She had won the grand prize in the Smart Amazing 25 raffle promo. “I thought it was a scam, so I asked a work mate to read it for me,” she recalled. The winner lives with her parents, two siblings and a partner, and their children in a house destroyed by Yolanda in 2013. Hundreds of other lucky Smart subscribers have won brand-new smartphones, MVP Rewards points worth P2,500, and 25 GB data from previous draws that started in December. For the grand prize winner who, only a few days earlier feared losing her job, the experience is life-changing.
April 20, 2019 21:45 UTC
ADVERTISEMENTActivities include an agri fair, flower garden show, ethnic street dance competition and a bazaar showcasing indigenous products. April 21 to 26: Bahaghari FestivalThe town of Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro province comes to life in rainbow colors as it celebrates its 103rd founding anniversary. While on their way to Mindoro, they encountered turbulent weather and prayed to God that they find their way again. The weather then cleared and a rainbow appeared, and they followed it to get to what is now Pinamalayan. April 25: Himayaan FestivalA thanksgiving event in Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental province for the good harvest in the past year.
April 20, 2019 21:11 UTC