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Pope advocates for ‘globalization of empathy’ in curing rare diseases

.- On Friday Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican stem cell summit that a renewed sense of empathy ought to fuel their work and research, ensuring that no person goes without access to proper care.

“It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society, and not remain indifferent to our neighbor’s cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease,” the Pope said April 29.

While it’s not always possible to find a fast cure to complex diseases, it is possible to be prompt in caring for the people that suffer from them, who often feel “abandoned and ignored,” Francis said. He stressed the need to attentive to all, regardless of their culture, social standing or religious beliefs, and expressed his hope that individuals in developing countries would also have access to the care they need.

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Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit makes Jesus’ teaching come to life

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 04:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the solemnity of Pentecost Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit, rather than giving a new message, brings Jesus’ timeless teachings to life and helps us to both understand and live it throughout our lives.

“The Holy Spirit exercises a role of teaching and memory…the Holy Spirit doesn’t bring a different teaching, but makes that of Jesus alive and active, so that the time that the passage of time does not erase it or make it fade,” the Pope said May 15.

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CBCP forms IT Council

MANILA, MAY 12 – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has formed an IT (Information Technology) Council to support and assist in the planning of its initiatives in the field of information technology.

The IT Council was conceived as a response to the need for a consultative body to advise the Conference on matters of information technology and to proactively plan IT initiatives for the Philippines Church.  It also aims to maximize and network the IT resources and initiatives of Church institutions for purposes of evangelization. This especially in view of the recent launching by the CBCP of CBCP World, a broadband internet service corporation.

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Pope John Paul II Dies at 84

Pope John Paul II died today at age 84, Vatican officials said. One of the most influential leaders of the 20th and early 21st centuries, he worked tirelessly to build a moral foundation in the modern world, while playing a crucial role in overthrowing communism and fostering peace.

Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls announced the pope’s death in a statement that was distributed to journalists via e-mail: “The Holy Father died this evening at 9:37 p.m. (2:37 p.m. ET) in his private apartment. All the procedures outlined in the apostolic Constitution ‘Universi Dominici Gregis’ that was written by John Paul II on Feb. 22, 1996, have been put in motion.”

“Dearest brothers and sisters, at 21:37, our beloved Father John Paul II has returned to the house of his Father. Let’s pray for him,” Battista said.

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At the monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, Pope John Paul II greets throngs of Poles waiting for a glimpse of their native son during his first trip to Poland following his election. His visit came in early June of 1979. It was the second of 104 trips the pope would make outside Italy. (CNS photo/Chris Niedenthal) (March 20, 2014) See stories SAINTS- to come

Pope John Paul II is a “Saint”

MANILA — A FATHER and a remarkable moral and spiritual leader of all time to name a few wrapped up series of exquisite descriptions about Pope John Paul II after his 26-year of papacy.

A lot of people from all over the world and from all faces of life wept mourning for his passing on April 3 (MLA Time) after barely two months of agony in his failing health condition that had deteriorated steadily over the past decade with the onset of Parkinson’s disease and arthritis.

In the Philippines, Asia’s only pre-dominantly catholic country, millions of Filipinos were tied in sorrow and broke tears for his death while series of activities were embarked by the church as a tribute to the great prelate.

“Maybe a saint”

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Vigils for Pope held

MANILA, 7 April 2005 – Through talks, sharings, songs and dances, Filipino Youth rejuvenated their happy memories with the Pope during the 1995 World Youth Day, in a vigil held yesterday at the UST football ground. The activities started around 5 p.m., was mostly graced by the WYD ’95 delegates, youth from different dioceses in the Philippines and the participants of the upcoming WYD in Germany. They also lighted candles and offered prayers for the Pope and ended with a Holy Mass.

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Philippine Church celebrates World Communications Day

MANILA, MAY 12 — The Philippine Church celebrates the 36th World Communications Day today with a program of activities participated in by Catholic communicators and mass media practitioners and students from all over the country.

World Communications Day is an annual observance of the Catholic Church, traditionally scheduled on Ascension Sunday.  Each year, the Holy Father sends out a message to all the faithful for this special day.  On this occasion, he has focused on the “Internet” and the vast opportunities and challenges it offers to the Church in pursuit of its mission of evangelization.

For the Philippine Church, the celebration will be highlighted by a Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) at 10 a.m. and the ceremonial launching of CBCP World, the broadband internet service corporation established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The Eucharistic Celebration at 10 a.m. will be officiated by Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan, former CBCP president and chairman of the board of CBCP World Corporation. The homily will be delivered by Bishop Jesus Cabrera, chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media.

The ceremonial launching of CBCP World will be held after the luncheon at the Cardinal Sin Hall in the Arzobispado de Manila Building.  The formal rites will be presided by Msgr. Robinson Wijesinghe, charge d’affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, assisted by Msgr. Hernando M. Coronel, CBCP secretary-general.

This will be followed by a symposium on “Church Media Today”, attended by diocesan media directors, Catholic communicators, and school representatives.

CBCP World launching highlights World Communications Day celebration

MANILA, MAY 12 – Heeding the call of the Holy Father to “put out into the deep of the Net” for the mission to proclaim the Gospel using modern-day technology, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has put up CBCP World, launching off on the journey today, as the Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day.

CBCP World is the response of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to the call of Pope John Paul II, particularly expressed in his message for this year’s celebration of World Communications Day, to make cyberspace a new forum for proclaiming the Gospel. In his message, which focuses specifically on the Internet, the Holy Father stresses that “for the Church, the new world of cyberspace is a summon to the great adventure of using its potential to proclaim the Gospel message.”

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