Address of Pope
Benedict XVI to
Volume 3, Number 3 February - March 2011
Pope Benedict XVI receives bishops from Mindanao and Lipa, including Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. (far left)
at the Apostolic Palace for their ad limina visit, which started February 21 and ended March 5.
Archdiocese launches Social Action Month
By Mary Anne Padilla, FSP, Louise Dumas
Photo by Emann Machado
The Social Action Center of the
Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro launched
the Social Action Month on March 5,
Saturday at the Capitol Grounds.
With the theme Faith in Action for
Social Transformation, the day-long
activity started with a Pilgrimage Walk
from the Bishop’s House to the Provincial
Capitol Grounds at 8:00 in the morning.
After the booths were set up, a Eucharistic
Celebration officiated by Rev. Fr. Salvador
was held at 11:00 a.m.
After the mass, a program commenced
to formally open the activities. The
different Ad Extra Ministries were
introduced by Ad Extra Director Rev. Fr.
Nathan Lerio in the morning, and talks on
the evolving ministries and their role in
social transformation were also given in
Lay and religious orders have been
Participants during the Pilgrimage Walk along Velez Street to the provincial capitol. This year marks the first-ever Social Action Month cel- implementing various programs in helping
ebration, timed to coincide with the beginning of the Lenten Season. SOCIAL ACTION/2
Photo by Galileo Garcia
Migrants Ministry celebrates
By Louise Dumas the hoped resurrection, the time when
families live a happily ever after under one
The 25th National Migrants Day roof.
opened with a concelebrated Mass Before the final blessing, the 25th
headed by His Excellency, Abp. Antonio J. National Migrants Day Commemorative
Ledesma, S.J, with Msgr. Tex Legitimas, PC, Project launched by Archdiocesan Migrants
Fr. Jun Balsamo and Fr. Steve Olario and Ministry was blessed. The project was
deacons Rev. Erdman Pandero and Rev. an innovation on savings and valuing the
Lino Macatol at the Capitol Grounds. smallest things we have. 25 plastic water
Celebrated on a Transfiguration bottles were distributed to the different
Sunday, Rev. Erdman Pandero, in his parishes under the Archdiocese and to
homily, likened the absence of a loved one these bottles, 25 pieces of 25 centavo
felt by the families of migrant workers to coins were dropped. Hoping that the Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. blesses 25 water bottles each filled with 25 pieces of 25 centavo coins.
the absence felt by the followers of Jesus parishioners would continue dropping The bottles will be filled with surplus 25 centavo coins for a savings project by the Migrants Ministry.
when he died. Rev. Pandero, a son of an their 25 centavos which are just left
Overseas Filipino Worker himself, shared scattered around the house, the ministry
the experience of being happy when his hopes to make the parishioners see by
father comes home to them when he was the end of the year how much all these
a child. But the reality of the situation of ‘useless’ coins have totaled to. Today
many of the families is that despite the alone, the entire amount gathered in the
happy reunions, there would again be the bottles already reaches around P6,000.
pain of separation when the need to earn
exceeds the comfort of home. Like Christ
After the Mass, a program was held – a
series of sharing and messages in support Capistrano corner Gomez St., Cagayan de Oro City
before His resurrection, families need to go of the migrant workers and itinerants,
through a lot of pain – the figurative pain ( 857-1234
of suffering and dying – before attaining MIGRANTS/2
2 Pastoral LAMDAG
Feb - Mar 2011
An Audience with Pope Benedict XVI
Commission on Interreligious Dialogue, I told him our plans later this
year for a Mindanao-wide consultation of peace and IRD centers con-
nected with the Catholic Church. This year in October would be the 25th
anniversary of the first Day of Prayer for Peace convened by Pope John
Paul II in Assisi. I assured the Holy Father that we would also commemo-
rate this anniversary with a similar gathering of religious leaders praying
for peace at the local level.
In this connection, we briefly discussed the unfolding events in North
Africa and the Middle East. Coincidentally, in the Philippines, I told the
Pope, we were commemorating the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People
Power Revolution on this very day of my papal audience with him.
The last topic of our discussion was the general pastoral situation of
the archdiocese. Pope Benedict asked about the number of our priests
and seminarians, our catechetical program, and the formation of parents
and families as the first line for catechesis. I mentioned to him that the
archdiocese has been blessed with more than a hundred priests but that
this is not yet sufficient for attending to the needs of a million Catholics.
As part of the bishops’ ad limina visit to Rome, I was given the op- We are also in the process of evaluating and strengthening our Catechet-
portunity to have a personal audience with the Holy Father. This took ical Program, our Family and Life Apostolate (which includes the NFP
place on 25 February 2011 in the Pope’s reception room. We started the Program), and our formation of Basic Ecclesial Communities.
fifteen–minute audience with Pope Benedict himself checking out the Noting that I am a Jesuit bishop, the Holy Father inquired about the
location of Cagayan de Oro on an atlas map spread out on his table. presence of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines. I mentioned to him
Then I presented to him two publications on the archdiocese’s Natu- that we have Xavier University as the leading university in Northern Min-
ral Family Planning program: a collection of articles, entitled “NFP – Val- danao. He was also glad to hear that there are five Jesuit universities in
ues, Issues, and Practices,” and a Guidebook for Training of NFP Counsel- the country.
lors. As he was paging over the publications, I gave the Holy Father an We ended the audience with the Holy Father giving me some pasalu-
over-all view of our All-NFP program which over the past four years has bong in the form of rosaries and stampitas. Before leaving, I also asked
covered nearly all our parishes. Moreover, our NFP training team has for his apostolic blessing – for myself and all our co-workers in Cagayan
been invited to share our program with a growing number of dioceses in de Oro Archdiocese.
Mindanao and other parts of the country. Postscript: In a letter dated 5 March 2011, Archbishop Fernando Fi-
As a positive response to the Reproductive Health bill issues (which loni from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State conveyed this message: “The
the Holy Father had already heard about from other bishops), I told him Holy Father has asked me to thank you for the Natural Family Planning
that our program was receiving increasing interest because it offers in- manuals which you gave to him. He appreciates the sentiments which
formation on all modern scientific NFP methods, including the simplified prompted this gesture. His Holiness prays that you will be sustained in
ones. The Holy Father’s immediate response was highly reassuring to your Episcopal ministry and filled with grace and peace.”
me, and I am sure to all our NFP co-workers: “Yes, simplified methods
are good for simple people.”
We next dwelt on peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao. Pope Benedict With God’s blessings,
was particularly interested to know more about our activities in interre-
ligious dialogue and Muslim-Christian relations in the south. I described
to him our ongoing dialogue efforts through the Bishops-Ulama Confer-
ence and the Mindanao Week of Peace. As Chairman of the Episcopal
Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.
Social Action from p. 1 rationale for the 4Ps which complements Migrants from p. 1 Bag-ong
the poverty reduction and social
alleviate poverty. According to Fr. Lerio,
the event’s purpose is to raise public
awareness about Social Action programs
development programs of DSWD, and
Tulay – which invites volunteers to help
DSWD in their work for values formation
interspersed with presentations from
the parishioners gathered from all over
in the archdiocese and to draw support and livelihood programs for parents and In Social Action Director Fr. Nathaniel Contributors
from parishes, government organizations, beneficiaries. Lerio’s message, he shared the melancholy Grace Marie M. Aguilar
NGOs, the academe, and different sectors. Fr. Florencio ‘Boy’ Salvador, in his of seeing his nieces longing to be with their Louise Dumas
He also expressed hope that Social Action talk, expounded on two wisdoms of the father who had to work in Saudi Arabia. Mark Harvey Elloren
programs will be better appreciated by celebration’s theme, Faith in Action for Fr. Nathan narrated how the children
the clergy, parishioners, and civil societies were shy at first and hid from their own Rev. Fr. Rufino Cabatingan, SSJV
Social Transformation. First is action born
in general. Rev. Fr. Florencio Salvador, SSJV, SLD
from faith. Faith, according to him has to father, Fr. Nathan’s brother, when he
Rev. Fr. Alberto Uy, STD
In the launching program also, translate into concrete action to realize a arrived. He stressed on the importance of
speakers from the Department of Social social transformation. Second is action the presence of the parent more than the Marketing & Circulation
Welfare and Development (DSWD) were guided by faith. Work for social change is financial support needed by his children. Albert Camaddo
also invited. Mr. Primitivo Rufin, former based on faith. What motivate the people But again, the reality of the situation Grace Fernan,
Deputy Project Manager of DSWD to get involved and strive for social change has made the OFWs to endure the Association of Pauline Cooperators
Poverty Reductin Program Reg. X; Ms. are not philosophies, ideologies, culture consequent pains of leaving their family Gloria Lagura
Cherilnu Acubo, Project Development or any other reason, but faith. again. Rightfully called the heroes of
Lay-out and graphic design
Officer 2; and Mrs. Morena Fernandez, The SAC utilizes the entire month today, they suffer the distance to ensure
Social Welfare officer 4 introduced 4 James Sia
of March for parishioners to know the future of their families, and in fact,
major programs for Poverty Reduction, further the different venues they could the entire nation as they are among the Senior consultants
the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program participate in and allow the movers from biggest contributors to the Philippine Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD
(4Ps). the different parishes to know each other. economy. Mary Anne Padilla, FSP
In December last year, Fr. Nathan To this goal, all of the Ad Extra ministries The ECMI-CBCP also sent a Bag-ong Lamdag is a newsletter published
signed a Memorandum of Agreement are to each further organize an activity representative, showing their support monthly by the Social Communications Apostolate
with DSWD Secretary, Corazon Juliano- unique to their apostolate as well as hold for the programs the Migrants Ministry of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, whose
Soliman during the consultation dialogue in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro aim is to link the various parishes, ministries, and
apostolates within this archdiocese. For inquiries
with non-government organization The activities also aim to encourage is implementing. ECMI has programs and feedback, send us an email at ascacdo@gmail.
volunteer groups to help evaluate the list collaboration among the different Ad that are responsive to the need of the com. You may visit us online and leave a comment
of DSWD program beneficiaries. Extra ministries who play significant roles OFW’s reintegration, encompassing pre- at lamdagcdo.blogspot.com.
Dubbed ‘Bantay ug Tuglay’, the in the greater goal of social change. n migration, during and post-migration Find us on Facebook:
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Feb - Mar 2011 Archdiocesan News 3
SJVTS marks PCP
II 20th anniversary
Prison chaplains, volunteers gather
By Mark Harvey Elloren
To commemorate the 20th anniversary
for assembly in Tagaytay
Two bishops, 33 chaplains, 16 religious Discussion on Concerns and Chal- serve, move on and look forward to a bet-
of Second Plenary Council of the Philip- sisters and 169 lay volunteers attended lenges in the Prison Ministry and Possible ter future.
pines (PCP II), St. John Vianney Theologi- the 8th General Assembly of Chaplains solutions followed. The participants were The 8th General Assembly ended with
cal Seminary presented an exhibit with and Volunteers in Prison Service (VIPS) on divided into their ecclesiastical region. a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Bp.
the themes: Media and Communication, February 3-6, 2011, at the Carmelite Mis- Among the concerns and challenges men- Artemio Rillera, S.V.D. of the Diocese of
Church involvement in the State/Gov-
ernment, and Integrity of Creation. The sionaries Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay tioned were the problems of congestion, San Fernando de La Union, who is the vice
themes are the pressing issues facing our City. The theme for the event was “To- poor facilities, corruption, slow judicial Chairman of CBCP- ECPPC and Bishop of
Church in these modern times. wards justice that moves beyond punish- process, lack of programs of rehabilitation, the Diocese of San Fernando La Union.
This exhibit was one of the activities ment”. The Archdiocese of Cagayan de lack of volunteers and priests to attend to During this celebration, the participants
in the annual Academic Convocation of Oro was represented by Prison Ministry the prison concerns. Some participants ex- made a pledge of commitment. Each del-
the seminary last February 22-23, 2011. Overall Chairman Fr. Angelo Durana, arch- pressed frustration at their real “helpless- egate received their mission cross and a
The Academic Convention summarized diocesan VIPS Gilda Pates, Tess Serrano, ness” in confronting the above problems candle signifying their desire to be a light
all the theories they learned in the class- and VIPS representatives from Bugo, Bu- but also reaffirm their commitment in the to others, instrument of healing and rec-
room through creative presentations such lua, Gingoog, and Camaman-an. face of inmates expressing gratitude for onciliation. The units who requested to be
as songs, dance, exhibits, and debates on The gathering opened with the intro- their material and spiritual support. accredited were also presented by Bishop
some issues. This year Academic Convoca-
tion’s theme was “Learning and preaching duction of participating volunteer units by Fr. Willy Samson, S.J., of the Ateneo Rillera, Gerard Ian Bernabe and Rodolfo
the WORD through the language of the National VIPS Coordinator Gerry Bernabe de Zamboanga University, spoke regard- Diamante with the certificate of accredita-
world.” and a welcoming address by Bp. Pedro ing “The Spirituality of Prison Ministry,” tion and a candle which they promised to
The creative presentations, grouped Arigo, Vicar Apostolic of Puerto Princesa explaining that the basic movement in light each time they meet. n
according to the English class of the semi- and chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ prison spirituality
narians, were a competition. One group Conference of the Philippines Episcopal is from hostility to
presented debates on the recent Repro- Commission on Prison and Pastoral Care hospitality, from
ductive Health Bill and they won the first (CBCP-ECPPC). CBCP-ECPPC Executive Sec- chaos to cosmos,
place. Some presented interpretative retary Rodolfo Diamante then introduced from sinfulness
dance and speech choir. the assembly’s staff and stated the assem- to reformation,
On the second day of the event, Bro
Karl Gaspar, CcSR, a noted Mindanao an- bly’s objectives: fellowship and theologi- and from slavery
thropologist gave a detailed symposium cal and pastoral updating. Bp. Arigo then to freedom. He
about the theme. celebrated a Mass in which he thanked explained that
This annual convocation is an effort to the participants for their involvement and the role of the
connect theology to other disciplines in their desire to come together despite dif- volunteers is to
academe and to improve the intellectual ficulties. provide an envi-
formation of the seminarians. Another Fr. Silvino Borres, S.J., President of the ronment where
breakthrough this year is the renovation Coalition Against Death Penalty and rec- the prisoners may
of the seminary library by adding one floor tor of San Jose Seminary, Ateneo de Ma- develop a positive
from its original two-storey building. The nila University, gave an exposition on the outlook and posi-
renovation is expected to be completed
by April, ready for the next formation aforementioned theme, followed by a talk tive relationships.
year 2011-2012. The renovation of the on “the various UN and local instruments He urged the the
new SJVTS library is being funded by the to enhance the dignity of the persons de- volunteers to “un-
Jesuits, Japan province. The seminary is in prived of liberty” by Atty. Ricardo “Bomb- tie” the prison-
need of more funds for the completion of bie” Sunga of the University of the Philip- ers’ hand and feet Representatives from all over the Philippines gather for the 8th General
the new library. n pines. so that they can Assembly of Chaplains and Volunteers in Prison Service in Tagaytay.
More than 500 priests Fr. Ceballos inaugurates
attend DCM convention SJA commercial building
More than 500 secular priests and 11 of break the development of Mindanao” and By Grace Marie M. Aguilar The new commercial building contrib-
their bishops in southern Philippines attend- urged them to seize the new “climate of utes a lot for the progress of El Salvador,
ed the three-day Diocesan Clergy of Mindan- peace”. Rev. Fr. Macky V. Ceballos, SSJV, the Misamis Oriental especially now that it is re-
ao (DCM) convention held on February 14-16 He said local Catholic pastors must claim School Director of St. Joseph Academy (SJA) verted back to its cityhood status. The loca-
here in Zamboanga City. Thirty-eight of the ownership of the exhortations made by bish- inaugurated the new income generating tion of the building is also ideal for business
500 priests were from Cagayan de Oro. ops of the Philippines regarding peace and project (IGP) building March 4, 2011. as it is located along the National Highway.
During the welcome Eucharistic celebra- governance through their 26 pastoral letters Before the blessing of the new building The second floor of this two-storey building
tion at the shrine of the Nuestra Señora del and statements on the two subjects from took place, Fr. Ceballos celebrated a Holy will be for the new classrooms and labora-
Pilar on Monday evening, host Archbishop 1986 to the present. Eucharist. The Mass was also timed for the tory rooms. Once fully furnished, the class-
Romulo Valles told the priests that they Our bishops “are not wanting in their First Friday mass of the school. After the rooms will house better equipment and
stand on “sacred ground” where the Roman statements” on these concerns, he told his Mass, the school personnel, together with facilities for learning. This preparation for
Catholic faith first took root and from there fellow priests, and our challenge is to pro- selected students, went to the commercial new facilities and classrooms is undertaken
spread throughout Mindanao. Fort Pilar was mote and implement their exhortations – building area to join in the blessing. Fr. Ce- to anticipate the implementation of the 12-
the home base of the first Spanish Jesuit mis- from interfaith solidarity to fight against cor- ballos, as head of the institution, led the in- year basic education curriculum program (K
sionaries who came to evangelize starting in ruption to total human development, among auguration ceremony. to12) of the Aquino administration.
the 1600s. others. Meanwhile, Mr. Modesto M. Abaday, This income generating project build-
Valles said during the mass that the first The lessons in these pastoral letters and School Principal, together with Mrs. Ceci- ing is of great help for the school as one of
Zamboanguenos who lived in and around statements are that peace is founded on de- lia O. Rafols, School’s Academic Supervisor, the sources of income to support its plan
the fort overcame hardships and dangers velopment and social justice and on a need to and some representatives of the lessees, for a better and competitive educational
because they “placed all their trust in Our work with peoples belonging to all faith tradi- spearheaded the cutting of the ribbons. system and able personnel. These commer-
Mother” and through her on “our Savior”. tions as well as to foster peace education in The rest of the lessees of the 12-space com- cial spaces will start operating on March 8,
‘They prayed together, and that is how they schools, he said. The overarching themes to mercial building were also present to grace 2011. n
became church,”, he said. build peace and promote good governance, the joyous event of the school.
They taught by example, by the way they he emphasized, are discipleship such as Fr. Ceballos offered prayers
lived their faith and this is how each genera- learning from the poor, participation through and blessed each commercial
tion inspired the next, Archbishop Valles said. inclusion of all stakeholders, communion space of the building.
Even we priests in Zamboanga come to pray that binds all together in common quests, The school administra-
and light candles here, and we are inspired and servant-leadership wherein the priests tion, headed by Fr. Ceballos,
by the strong devotion of the people in Our put themselves in the service of people. together with Mrs. Rosita A.
Mother, he told the visitors. The archbishops and bishops also gave Daya, former SJA Alumni Presi-
The convention brought together the short talks to the general assembly on topics dent, initiated the construc-
diocesan priests, who total to over 700 ranging from environment to liturgy to up- tion of the said edifice. The
in Mindanao, for pastoral sharings and to coming regional ecclesiastical events. groundbreaking of the build-
strengthen their bond towards one another, Zamboanga archdiocesan vicar-general ing happened on November
archdiocese’s publicity committee chairman Msgr. Crisologo Manungas said the conven- 22 and the construction began
Msgr. David Alonzo said. They also engaged tion is part of the two-year long centenary in December 2009. The target
in sports activities in the afternoon of the sec- jubilee of the archdiocese as the first diocese to fully finish and furnish the
ond day; the third and last day was capped in Mindanao. The main venue of the DCM building is March 2011. Dif-
by a closing morning eucharistic mass in the convention was the Tetuan parish’s St. Igna- ferent fund raising activities
Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathe- tius of Loyola church, which is also marking were organized by the school
dral. its 150th anniversary this year as the first par- administration with the help of
Ateneo de Zamboanga University presi- ish established in Mindanao. the SJA Alumni Association and
dent Fr. Antonio Moreno gave the main talk Msgr. Manungas as local DCM coordina- Parents, Teachers, Students
on the second day on the subject of the con- tor closely assisted DCM president Fr. Danny Association of the school.
vention theme of “The Word of God, Our Re- Fuentes of Davao Oriental in managing the Some generous individuals
sponse to Good Governance and Peace”. convention activities and requirements. were also of great help as they
Fr. Moreno told the participants that (Press Release, Zamboanga Today Online ) extended their helpinga hand
“peace and good governance will make or n and generosity to the school. Fr. Ceballos prepares to bless the commercial building premises at SJA.
4 Vatican LAMDAG
Feb - Mar 2011
Pope: Lent Is Intense Time of Meaning, Not Sadness life,” the Pontiff stated. “Instead, it is a precious that oppresses it, to have us take part in his
gift of God; it is an intense time full of meaning joy.”
in the journey of the Church; it is the itinerary He urged, “Our world needs to be
to the Lord’s Easter.” converted to God; it needs his forgiveness, his
He noted that Lent is “about putting into love; it needs a new heart.”
practice an attitude of genuine conversion The Holy Father observed, “We can all
to God -- of return to him -- recognizing his open ourselves to God’s action, to his love,
holiness, his power, his majesty.” with our evangelical witness.
“And this conversion is possible because He continued: “We Christians must be a
God is rich in mercy and great in love,” the Holy living message; in fact, in many cases we are
Father said. the only Gospel that the men of today still
“His is a regenerating mercy, which creates read.
a pure heart in us, renews our interior in a firm “This is our responsibility, following the
spirit, restoring to us the joy of salvation,” he steps of St. Paul; here is another reason to live
added. Lent well: to give witness of a lived faith to a
Benedict XVI affirmed, “God, in fact, does world in difficulty that needs to return to God,
not will the death of the sinner, but that he be which is in need of conversion.”
converted and live.” Benedict XVI urged, “Let us begin this
Lent is “a journey of forty days where we Lenten itinerary confident and joyful.”
can experience in an effective way the merciful “Forty days separate us from Easter,” he
love of God,” the Pope said. said. “This ‘intense’ time of the liturgical year
is a propitious time to attend, with greater
Conversion commitment, to our conversion, to intensify
He noted that we are “called to convert our listening to the Word of God, prayer and
hearts to God, conscious that we cannot carry penance, opening our hearts to the docile
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 10, 2011 (Zenit. The Pope stated this in a homily for Ash out our conversion by ourselves, with our own acceptance of the divine will, for a more
org).- Although Lent is commonly thought of in Wednesday, during a Mass he presided over in efforts, because it is God who converts us.” generous practice of mortification, thanks to
terms of darkness and sadness, it is rather, an the Roman Basilica of St. Sabina. “He offers us once again his forgiveness,” which we will go more readily to help our needy
intensely meaningful time for the Church, says “In common opinion, this time runs the risk the Pontiff stated, “inviting us to return to him neighbor: a spiritual itinerary that prepares us
Benedict XVI. of being marked by sadness, by the darkness of to give us a new heart, purified from the evil to receive the Paschal Mystery.”n
Address of Pope Benedict XVI to the Bishops of Mindanao and Ecclesiastical
Province of Lipa on the Occasion of their visit “Ad Limina Apostolorum”
My dear Brother Bishops, As you continue to strengthen catechesis their younger confreres along the path into an honest and amicable dialogue with
in your dioceses, do not fail to include in toward a mature and well-balanced way of the followers of those religions whenever
It is with joy that I welcome you as you it an outreach to families, with particular priestly living. possible (cf. Nostra Aetate, 2). In doing
make your visit ad Limina Apostolorum. I care for parents in their role as the first Moreover, priests of all ages require so, the Church works toward mutual
extend my cordial greetings through you educators of their children in the faith. This ongoing care. Regular days of recollection, understanding and the advancement of the
to the priests, religious, and faithful of work is already evident in your support of yearly retreats and convocations, as well common good of humanity. I commend you
your various dioceses. Our meeting today the family in the face of influences which as programs for continuing education and for the work you have already done and I
affords me the opportunity to thank you would diminish or destroy its rights and assistance for priests who may be facing encourage you, by means of the dialogue
collectively for the pastoral work you integrity. I appreciate that providing this difficulties, are to be promoted. I am that has been established, to continue to
carry out with love for Christ and for his kind of catechetical formation is no small confident that you will also find ways to promote the path to true and lasting peace
people. As Saint Paul says, “Let us not task, and I take the opportunity to salute support those priests whose assignments with all of your neighbors, never failing to
grow weary of doing good; if we do not the many religious sisters and lay catechists leave them isolated. It is gratifying to note treat each person, no matter his or her
relax our efforts, in due time we shall reap who assist you in this important work. how the Second National Congress for the beliefs, as created in the image of God.
our harvest” (Gal 6:9). With these words, Indeed, as diocesan bishops you never Clergy, held during the Year for Priests, Finally, as we strive not to “grow
the Apostle encourages his readers to do face any challenge alone, being assisted was just such an occasion for renewal and weary of doing good,” we are reminded
good to all, but especially to those of the first and foremost by your clergy. Along fraternal support. In order to build upon this that the greatest good that we can offer
household of the faith. He presents us with with you, they have devoted their lives momentum, I encourage you to profit from those whom we serve is given to us in the
a double imperative, one which is the most to the service of God and his people, and the yearly celebration of Holy Thursday, Eucharist. In the Holy Mass, the faithful
appropriate to your ministry as bishops require in their turn your fatherly care. during which the Church commemorates receive the grace needed to be transformed
in the central and southern islands of the As you are aware, you and your fellow the priesthood in a special way. In in Jesus Christ. It is heartening that many
Philippine archipelago. You must labor in bishops have a particular duty to know accordance with their solemn promises Filipinos attend Sunday Mass, but this does
doing good among Christians and non- your priests well and to guide them with at ordination, remind your priests of their not leave room for complacency on your
Christians alike. sincere concern, while priests are always to commitment to celibacy, obedience, and part as shepherds. It is your task, and that
Regarding “those of the household be prepared to fulfill humbly and faithfully an ever greater dedication to pastoral of your priests, never to grow weary in
of the faith” who require your your the tasks entrusted to them. In such a spirit service. In living out their promises, these pursuing the lost sheep, making sure that
apostolic care, the Church in your of mutual cooperation for the sake of the men will become true spiritual fathers with all the faithful draw life from the great gift
respective regions naturally shares many Kingdom of God, surely “in due time we a personal and psychological maturity that given to us in the Sacred Mysteries.
of the pastoral challenges confronting shall reap our harvest” of faith. will grow to mirror the paternity of God. Dear Brother Bishops, I thank the Lord
the rest of the country. Among them, Many of your dioceses already have in With respect to Saint Paul’s command for these days of your visit to the City of
one of the most important is the task of place programs of continuing formation to do good to those not of the household Peter and Paul, during which God has
ongoing catechetical formation. The deep for young priests, assisting them in their of the faith, dialogue with other religions strengthened our bonds of communion.
personal piety of your people needs to be transition from the structured schedule remains a high priority, especially in the Through the intercession of the Blessed
nourished and supported by a profound of the seminary to the more independent southern areas of your country. While the Virgin Mary, may the good Lord bring
understanding of and appreciation for the setting of parish life. Along these lines, it Church proclaims without fail that Christ your work to completion. I assure you of a
teachings of the Church in matters of faith is also helpful for them to be assigned is the way, the truth, and the life (cf. Jn remembrance in my prayers and willingly
and morals. Indeed, these elements are mentors from among those older priests 14:6), nevertheless she respects all that is impart to you and to the faithful entrusted
required in order for the human heart to who have proven themselves to be faithful true and good in other religions, and she to your care my Apostolic Blessing as a
give its full and proper response to God. servants of the Lord. These men can guide seeks, with prudence and charity, to enter pledge of grace and peace. n
Vatican creates online presence for John Paul II as beatification nears
atified Pope John Paul II. One more miracle must be approved for the moment, including English.
The Vatican’s television center before official recognition of his sainthood Fr. Lombardi said that that they “would
and Vatican Radio have teamed and subsequent “canonization” in the be happy if all those who, also from other
up with the Pontifical Council for Church. sites and personal Facebook pages, wish to
Social Communications to produce The Facebook page also offers a series of link together to share this wealth of images
two new webpages on YouTube year-in-review video clips—beginning with and sounds.”
and Facebook. Pope John Paul II’s election to the papacy in For him, the memory of the late-Pope
The Facebook page offers au- 1978—that are gradually being uploaded to lives on with youth today, but social net-
dio and video content to prepare YouTube. The videos present images from works do even more to make his presence
“friends” and any other passersby papal trips and speeches to highlight the more easily accessible in a multimedia for-
for the beatification of the late- major events of the individual years. mat.
Pope on May 1, 2011. According to a statement from the Vati- “We must seek to emit a huge wave of
The viewer can see videos from can, the projects carry the seal of the Vati- positivity, of friendship, of spiritual values
the Vatican’s YouTube sites that re- can and has the objective of “accompany- through the open paths of social networks,”
count various milestones on Pope ing” the faithful on the route to the May 1 said Fr. Lombardi. “And what could be more
John Paul’s path to beatification, beatification. Through the intitiative, they beautiful and powerful than the image and
including the Jan. 14 announce- hope to make a part of the “vast documen- voice of a Pope who was so loved by all of
ment of the upcoming ceremony tary patrimony” of the Vatican television humanity?”
in Rome. and radio archives available for greater ac- He welcomed the collaboration of
Beatification is a step on the cess. all people, young and old, to spread the
By Alan Holdren road to sainthood and John Paul Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, Vatican “positive messages, the messages of hope
II’s “cause” was approved this year by Pope spokesman and director of both the radio through social networks” and new tech-
Vatican City, Mar 14, 2011 / 11:45 am Benedict XVI after a miracle was attributed and television centers, told Vatican Radio nologies.
(CNA/EWTN News).- With the help of Face- to his intercession. The miracle involved a on March 14 that the webpages were creat- The new pages, located at www.you-
book and YouTube users, the Vatican hopes French religious sister who was cured of ed to put people back in contact with John tube.com/giovannipaoloii and www.fa-
to create a broad audience for material on Parkinson’s disease after praying for his Paul II through images and words. cebook.com/vatican.johnpaul2, are now
the life and teachings of the soon-to-be be- help. Videos are available in five languages available online. n
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Photos from the First
Social Action Month Launching
Balay Canossa Foundation. Camiguin District.
Ad Extra Director Fr. The MUST Dance Troupe present a native dance. L-R: Fr. Val Pozniak, S.M., Fr. Nathaniel Lerio, Fr. Boy
Nathaniel Lerio gives the Salvador, Fr. Ricardo Pagatpatan, and Fr. Bong Polinar.
Mr. Primitivo Rufin, Ms. Fernandez and Ms. Cherilnu Acubo of DSWD The Ad Extra team with Fr. Nathan Lerio, SSJV
former Project receive tokens of appreciation.
Manager for Major Photos by Emann Machado
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Pope Benedict prays for victims of disaster in Japan, sends aid
“Obviously, material, concrete aid is nec- only have the government announcements,
essary” to help the thousands who are suffer- we have no other source of information. We
ing, Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, a Cor Unum of- don’t even know what has happened to our
ficial, told Vatican Radio. “Also, the bishops are parishes in the towns and villages along the
the first responsible for charity in the diocese coast. We have no way of contacting them. I
and they know the needs of the people.” can only hope that the people of my diocese
“The church wants to be there not only in can stand together and be strong enough to
the short term but especially in the long term,” overcome this disaster.”
after “many of the secular agencies have gone In a message March 13 to members of the
and there’s no one to help,” he said. Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bar-
Bishop Marcellino Daiji Tani of Saitama, tholomew of Constantinople said the Japa-
one of the dioceses hit hardest by the disas- nese tragedy demonstrates the threat posed
ter, told the Catholic missionary news agency by nuclear power plants and it calls for serious
Fides that the catastrophe is a reminder that reflection.
“life is in the hands of God and that life is a gift “With all due respect to the science and
from God,” and he described the tragedy as a technology of nuclear energy and for the sake
challenge for Christians during Lent “to prac- of the survival of the human race, we counter-
tice and witness to the commandment of love propose the safer green forms of energy,” the
and brotherly love.” patriarch said.
However, he also told Fides, “Of particular The Orthodox patriarch, who is a leading
By Sara Angle Speaking in Italian after the Angelus, the concern to us is the situation of the nuclear proponent of a Christian environmental theol-
Catholic News Service pope said, “The images of the tragic earth- power plant in Fukushima. But we must take ogy, said in his message, “Our Creator granted
quake and the consequent tsunami in Japan courage, with the help of the Holy Spirit.” us the gifts of the sun, wind, water and ocean,
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Saying he, too, was have left us deeply horrified. Reactors at the Fukushima plant were all of which may safely and sufficiently pro-
horrified by the images of the death and de- “I want to renew my spiritual closeness hit by explosions and Japanese officials were vide energy. Therefore we ask: Why do we
struction caused by the earthquake and tsu- to that country’s dear people, who with dig- working to avoid leakage of radiation. They persist in adopting such dangerous sources of
nami in Japan, Pope Benedict XVI asked peo- nity and courage are dealing with the conse- ordered evacuations for hundreds of thou- energy?”
ple to join him in praying for the victims. quences of the calamity. I pray for the victims sands of people. Meanwhile, the director of Caritas Japan
“May the bereaved and injured be and their families and for all who are suffering Bishop Martin Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai, told Fides, “This painful event may be an op-
comforted and may the rescue workers be because of these terrible events. I encour- the diocese most affected by the quake and portunity to spread the values of the Gospel,
strengthened in their efforts to assist the cou- age all those who, with laudable speed, are tsunami, said many area residents, cut off that is, the fraternity of all men and women,
rageous Japanese people,” the pope said in working to bring help. Let us remain united in without electricity and with some phone ser- the building of common good, the recognition
English March 13 after reciting the Angelus prayer.” vice just restored, were unaware of the wors- that every person has the dignity of a child of
prayer with visitors in St. Peter’s Square. The Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the ening situation at the Fukushima plant. God and is important in the eyes of God.
Government officials estimated that per- Vatican’s charity promotion and coordinating “You living in other countries have a much “If with our work and our witness, we
haps 10,000 people lost their lives after the office, announced March 14 that the pope better idea of the tragedy,” the bishop told can communicate that then from this evil
earthquake March 11 and the tsunami it trig- donated $100,000 to the relief efforts of the Vatican Radio March 15. will come good,” the Caritas official, Father
gered. Japanese bishops’ conference. “We are terrified,” the bishop said. “We Daisuke Narui, told Fides.n
Dangers of Nuclear Power Pope calls for aid to civilians in
Many people wonder if nuclear power
is a safe alternative even as they confess
taining the accident was more than all
the energy cost savings of all the nuclear Libya; Catholic agencies step in
that alternative forms of fuel are neces- power plants in the Soviet Union from
sary to meet the increasing demand for 1954 to 1990. Three Mile Island (1979) By Carol Glatz the Libyan authorities to surrender,” he
power. For several years, nuclear power was the worst disaster in the United Catholic News Service said.
was the up and coming way to provide in- States. Radiation contamination to sur- “I still believe in the possibility of dia-
expensive energy to populations around rounding areas increased cases of cancer logue to find a way out,” he added.
the world. Popularity for nuclear power and plant mutation. VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As fighting be- Meanwhile, Catholic aid agencies mobi-
tween rebels and government forces in lized to provide assistance to some of the
received crushing blows with disasters The effects of the disasters are still be-
Libya intensified, Pope Benedict XVI called tens of thousands of foreign and migrant
like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. ing uncovered. With radioactive materials
for aid and assistance to civilians caught in workers fleeing the violence who gathered
Today the world holds around 436 nu- that remain lethal for thousands of years,
the conflict. along the Libyan-Tunisian border.
clear power plants in about 30 countries experts may never know the true devas- “Recent clashes have caused many A spokesman for Jesuit Refugee Service,
that provide around 15% of the world’s tation caused by the accidents. deaths and an increasing humanitarian cri- which runs a major operation in Malta for
electricity. The reliability of the nuclear sis” in Libya, the pope said after praying the refugees from North Africa, said the agency
plants as well as their efficiency are in- From waste to weapon - the plutonium Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s was assessing how best to respond to the
creasing, making nuclear power one of created during the fission process can Square March 6. crisis at the border.
the least expensive forms of power. The be used to create nuclear weapons. It He expressed his concern over the Caritas Internationalis and Catholic Re-
energy from just one small pellet of the would only take 18 pounds of weapons- growing crisis and said his prayers were lief Services planned to start distributing
enriched uranium that is used in the grade plutonium to create a bomb that with all victims and “those who find them- 2,000 meals and 3,000 bottles of water at
plants can produce the same amount of would cause the same damage as the one selves in distress.” the eastern border March 7. The effort was
electricity as one ton of coal. dropped on Nagasaki in World War II. “I appeal for assistance and aid for the expected to reach 5,000 people stranded at
Nuclear power might be a great way The International Atomic Energy people who are hit” by the crisis, he said. the crossing into Salloum, Egypt.
to provide energy, but the dangers of Agency (IAEA) monitors the world’s nu- More than 1,000 people were believed The agencies planned to have their own
the nuclear power outweigh the benefits clear facilities to safeguard against the to have died in the two weeks after pro- distribution network established by March
for residents located near a plant (or a waste being used in weapons. Its power democracy protests began in mid-February. 10, said a CRS spokeswoman.
planned plant) and for many people con- is limited. Some countries do not allow A violent crackdown on the popular move- The effort is being coordinated by the
cerned about the effects of nuclear waste for regular inspections. ment also triggered a large exodus of peo- U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and
on the environment. Measurements can have uncertainties ple, including migrants; more than 100,000 the International Organization for Migra-
making it impossible for the IAEA to de- people were said to have fled to Egypt and tion.
The Downsides of Nuclear Power tect all possible diversions of the nuclear Tunisia. Many of those fleeing from Libya into
Waste products - nuclear power plants waste. In one year, there is enough pluto- Rebels opposed to the 42-year rule of Tunisia at Ras Ajdir reported being intimi-
produce energy from fission. That process nium created around the world to create Col. Moammar Gadhafi tried to take control dated and having their mobile phones and
splits the neutrons (tiny particles making 34,000 nuclear weapons. of cities in the country’s western and east- cameras confiscated. In all, more than
up an element) of the uranium atom and ern regions, and forces loyal to the Libyan 213,000 foreign workers have fled Libya
leaves the plant with lots of energy and a Environmental impact - the risk of acci- dictator launched aerial bombing raids in a since mid-February when the uprising be-
man-made product of plutonium that is dents from nuclear power plants is only counteroffensive. gan.
now highly radioactive. one of the issues that concern environ- Bishop Giovanni Martinelli of Tripoli, Lib- The Associated Press reported March 7
Nuclear power plants have to find a mentalists. Each of the steps taken to cre- ya, said there were clashes “in the mosque that about 110,000 people had fled to Tuni-
way to store the waste plutonium so that ate nuclear energy has an environmental after prayers in central Tripoli” March 4, but sia, 90,000 to Egypt and 3,000 to Niger. n
it has time to lose its radioactivity. The impact. The simple mining of the uranium that most of the capi-
average nuclear power plant produces contaminates the groundwater and land. tal is currently “well-
20 metric tons of radioactive waste. Heat The plants, animals and humans in the guarded” by govern-
and radiation from the waste corrodes region are affected by the process. The ment forces.
any containers making transporting and entire ecosystem can be damaged or de- However, “the
storing the waste dangerous to the envi- stroyed. The radioactivity of the waste situation is very un-
ronment. Even the parts and equipment plutonium has many experts concerned. certain and for the
that come into contact with the waste be- It has been predicted that just half a ki- moment anything
come radioactive (although this is a much logram (or about one pound) of the plu- is possible,” Bishop
lower level of radioactivity). It takes tens tonium - if evenly distributed around the Martinelli told Fides,
of thousands of years for the radioactive world - could be enough to cause cancer the news agency of
levels to reduce to acceptable levels. in the entire Earth’s population because the Congregation for
of its high radioactivity. the Evangelization of
Past disasters cost more than money - Nuclear power is still a young energy Peoples.
Chernobyl (1986) was one of the worst source. There is much more that needs to “In my view, the
disasters in the history of nuclear power. be studied before the benefits of nuclear international embar-
The accident cause radiation levels to rise energy outweigh the dangers. (Recycle. go and threats are Rebel fighters run from shrapnel during heavy shelling by forces loyal to
as far away as Scotland. The cost of con- co.uk) n unlikely to convince Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi near Bin Jawad, Libya, March 6.
Feb - Mar 2011 Columns 7
“Faith in Action for Social transformation” IUD ug aborsyon: may kalambigitan ba?
bana sa mga sukaranang panginahanglan sa Pasiuna
isigkatawo. Daghang sa atong kababaehan karon
Sa laing bahin, ang halad sa mga lampingasan migamit o nagpataud og IUD ubos sa tin-
– kadtong nanlupig ug nagyatak sa katungod guha nga malikayan ang pagmabdos. Apan
sa uban – dili gayud sa Diyos kamut-an; ang wala sila masayod nga kining IUD magsilbi
maong sakripisyo nahimo lamang insulto sa dili lamang isip kontraseptibo kondili isip
Diyosnong Kaayo. Kung buot kang kaloy-an abortifacient o makapakuha’g bata sa ti-
sa Ginoo, pagpakita og kaluoy sa isigkatawo. yan sa inahan. Aron kini masabtan, atong
Kung ikaw nangayo nianang imong gihikaw ipatin-aw dinhi unsa ang IUD, unsa ang
(Homiliya ni Boy Salvador atol sa Misa sa nanginahanglan, ang imong pagpangayo iyang lihok ug ngano nga kini usa ka paagi
didto sa Provincial Capitol Grounds sa usa ka pagbugalbugal sa kahitas-an. sa aborsyon, ug unsa ang kadaot nga ma- song bata. Dugang pa niini, ang IUD mura
paglusad sa Social Action Month niadtong Ang katilingbanong pagpakabana ka- hatag niini sa lawas sa babaye. usab og silhig sulod sa sabakan nga maoy
Marso 5, 2011) bahin gayud sa kasaulogan sa Eyukaristiya, hinungdan nga malaglag ang inosenteng
matud pa ni Papa Juan Pablo II. Sa iyang su- Unsa ang IUD? bata gikan sa matris sa iyang inahan. Sa
Mahimo naman unta kadto nga saulogon lat Mane Nobiscum Domine, siya miingon Ang IUD (o Intra Uterine Device) usa maong mga paagi, ang IUD usa ka matang
nato kining Santos nga Misa didto na sulod nga ang Eyukaristiya matawag lamang nga ka gamay nga himan nga hinimo sa plastik sa aborsyon.
sa Katedral. Apan nganong mibaktas pa man matinud-anon kung kini mapadayag diha sa ug may pormang “T”. Ipasulod kini ngadto Ang Batakang Balaod sa Pilipinas ug ang
gayud kita padulong dinhi sa Kapitolyo Prob- pagpakig-abin (solidarity) uban sa mga kabus sa matris o sabakan sa usa ka babaye agi Simbahang Katoliko adunay hiniusang baro-
insyal? Nganong gisaulog man nato kining ug nanginahanglan. sa iyang kinatawo para mapugngan ang ganan nga ang kinabuhi sa tawo magsugod
Santos nga Misa dinhi niining publiko nga ha- Patay ang pagtuo nga wala ihubad ngadto pagmabdos. Ang binag-o nga IUD adunay sa panahon sa conception o panagtagbo
wanan, init, alimuot ug masaba gumikan sa sa buhat, matud pa ni San Juan. Ang pagtuo sagol nga aktibong kemikal sama sa proges- sa binhi sa lalaki ug sa itlog sa babaye. Sa
gapanglabay nga mga sakyanan? nga taman lamang sa pagpaminaw sa pulong terone ug kobre (copper) nga makatabang maong higayon usa ka sagradong kinabuhi
Buot natong imantala agi niini nga ang apan walay pagtuman diha sa lihok gipaki- sa pagpugong sa pagmabdos. sa tawo ang nahimugso. Ug sanglit ang IUD
matinud-anong pagtuo dili magpabilin nga sama sa tawong buang-buang nga nagtukod molihok sa pagpatay ning maong kinabuhi
pribado ug nga nalukong sulod sa Simbahan, og balay ibabaw sa balas; pag-abot sa bagyo, Unsa ang mga lihok sa IUD? pinaagi sa pagdumili niini sa sabakan sa ina-
kondili kinahanglan nga kini mapadayag gayud kini naguba sa hingpit. Adunay duha ka mga lihok ang IUD. han, kini angay lamang nga tawgon og abor-
diha sa atong katilingbanong kinabuhi. Ang Una, kini makapugong sa pagpanamkon tifacient o tigpanglaglag o tigpatay sa usa ka
relihiyon kinahanglan nga makig-diyalugo sa 2. Ang atong paglihok alang sa katilingba- (fertilization) o panagtagbo sa binhi sa lalaki inosenteng bata.
kalibutan, i.e., sa kultura, politika, ekonomi- nong kabag-ohan nagsumikad sa pagtuo. (sperm) ug sa itlog sa babaye (egg). Ang ke-
ya, ug uban pang mga gambalay sa kinabuhi Ang nagtulod kanato sa pagpanginlabot mikal nga nagauban sa IUD moguba sa pro-
sa katawhan. Ang matuod nga pagsimba ug pagpaningkamot alang sa kausaban sa ceso sa pagpangitlog (ovulation) sa babaye Unsa ang kadaot nga mahimo sa IUD sa la-
maghatud kanato ngadto sa pagpanginlabot katilingban dili pilosopiya, ni ideyolohiya, ni ug maoy mohimong lagtok o mapikiton sa was sa Babaye?
alang sa pagbag-o sa katilingban. kultura o bisan unsang hinungdan nga tawh- duga (mucus) duol sa iyang matris, ug tun- Gawas sa pagpatay sa mahimugso’ng
Mahinungdanon nga masabtan kaayo anon, kondili pagtuo. Unsa ang sangpotanan god niini mahimong lisod ang paglangoy bata, ang IUD dako usab og kadaot nga bu-
nato ang napiling tema alang sa atong So- kung ang atong katilingbanong paglihok ug pagsulod sa binhi sa lalaki. Samtang ang haton sa lawas sa babaye. Ang mga batid sa
cial Action Month: “Faith in Action for Social linamdagan sa pagtuo? copper wire nga giputos sa IUD maoy maka- medisina magpamatuod nga ang IUD usa sa
transformation”. Duha ka mga kamatuoran paluya ug makapatay sa binhi sa lalaki. Sa mga dagkong hinungdan sa abnormal nga
ang gihisgutan niining maong tema: 1) ang a) Larawan sa Diyos diha sa matag tawo ingon nga paagi, ang IUD usa ka matang sa pagdugo sa babaye (hemorrhage), sa pag-
pagtuo nga mamunga ngadto sa lihok, ug 2) Kung pagtuo ang gigikanan sa atong pa- kontraseptibo. kadaot sa iyang bat-ang (pelvic infection),
ang lihok nga linamdagan sa pagtuo. glihok alang kausabang sosyal, ang sukara- Ikaduha, ang IUD maoy makaingon nga ug sa pagkasamad sa iyang matris.
nang prinsipyo niini mao ang pag-ila nga ang dili makataput ang bag-ong nahimugso nga
1. Ang pagtuo kinahanglan nga ihubad matag tawo gimugna sumala sa larawan ug bata (approximately a week-old) ngadto sa Panapos
ngadto sa konkretong lihok alang sa katil- kasamahan sa Diyos. Kini nagpasabot nga ang sabakan sa iyang inahan. Kasagaran, ang Atong nasabtan nga ang paggamit og
ingbanong kausaban. sukdanan sa atong pagtamud sa dignidad sa bata mahimugso diha sa fallopian tube sa IUD dili lamang usa ka paagi sa pagpugong
Sa umaabot nga Miyerkoles, mosulod na matag tawo nagsumikad sa bili nga gihatag sa babaye ug hinayhinay kining mobiyahe sa pagmabdos kondili usa ka buhat sa pagpa-
kita sa liturhikanhong panahon sa Kuwares- Diyos kaniya. Kini nagpasabot usab nga ang padulong sa tagoangkan sa inahan, diin kini tay sa inosenteng kinabuhi diha sa sabakan.
ma uban sa rito sa Badlis sa Abo ug disiplina kalamboan nga atong gipangandoy alang sa mopuyo sulod sa mga 9 ka bulan sa dili pa Gawas pa niini, ang maong buhat makadaot
sa Abstinensya ug Puasa. Haum kaayo ang tanan naglantaw, dili lamang sa materyal nga ipanganak. Apan ang IUD nga ibutang sa sa- usab sa lawas sa babaye ug makahimo ni-
mga pagbasa nga gipili alang niining atong ting-usbawan, kondili sa malukpanon nga bakan maoy molihok aron nga ang bata dili yangsterile o dili na makapanganak. Atong
Misa sa paglusad sa Bulan sa Social Action tawhanong kalamboan (total human devel- makapahiluna sa maong tagoangkan. Ang panghinaoton nga pinaagi ning maong ha-
nga nagtagik usab sa tukma nga kahulogan opment). Ingon man, ang nagtukmod kanato kemikal nga nagauban sa IUD mopauga sa mubo nga katesismo, ang mga babaye ma-
sa mga balansayon sa Kuwaresma. sa pagpaningkamot sa pag-usab sa panag- endometrium diha sa mga kiliran sa saba- glikay na sa paggamit og IUD ug magkat-on
way sa yuta walay lain kondili ang damgo nga kan (uterus lining) nga mao untay mohatag sa paggamit og mga paagi nga subay sa des-
a) Pagpuasa ang kalibutan kinahanglang mamahimong og pagkaon sa bata. Tungod niini walay pu- inyo sa Dios diha sa pagplano sa gidak-on sa
Gipahinumduman kita ni Propeta Isaias angay nga puloy-anan sa tanan nga mga anak ruhan nga mabuhi ang bag-ong nahimug- ilang pamilya.n
sa unang pagbasa mahitungod nga matuod sa Diyos.
nga pagpuasa – ang pagpakaon sa mga gigu- Tungod niini, kadto lamang sila nga sinati
tom, ang pag-atiman sa mga estranyo, ilo
ug balo, ang pagtabang sa mga kabus. Kini
sa mga pamaagi sa Diyos, sila nga nakaamgo
kinsa ang tawo sa mga mata sa Diyos, ang Mga katarungan nganong ang
nga matang sa pagpusa ang labing makapa- makapasiugda sa matinud-anong kalamboan
himuot sa Ginoo. Dinhi atong masabtan
ang lintunganay nga bunga sa relihiyosong
sa tawo. Ginaingon nga ang “proyekto” sa
pagpanday sa maangayong katilingban mali-
RH Bill angayan supakon
tulumanon sa pagpusa – maakuhon nga hok lamang sa mga “santo”, sila nga nakaila (first in a series)
pagtagad sa panginahanglan sa kaigsuonan. sa Ginoo ug nakasinati sa iyang gugma ug
Sa ato pa, ang boluntaryo nga pagpagutom kaayo. Dinhi maamgohan nato ang kama- Mahinungdanon kaayo nga kitang mga
sa kaugalingon maghimo kanako nga mas hinungdanon sa pakigsuod sa Ginoo nga Pilipinhon nahibalo niining maong Balaodnon.
maamguhon sa nagapadayon nga kahimtang mapalambo diha sa lawom nga kinabuhi sa Subo lang kaayong palandungon nga daghan
sa mga kabus nga nanag-antus sa kagutom, pag-ampo. Matud pa sa Sinodo sa Asia, ang ang miuyon niini bisan wala sila mahibalo
dili gumikan sa ilang pagpuasa apan tungod hamtung nga pagtuo nagkinahanglan sa pag- o makabasa kon unsa ba kini nga klase nga
sa ilang pagkabanlod sa kapobrehon. Tungod baton kanunay og duruha ka panan-aw: sa balaod. Kon unsa kini ka dautan. Ania ang
niini, ang pagpuasa maghatud kanako ngadto Diyos ug sa tawo. mga katarungan kon nganong angayan kining
sa paghimo’g buhat sa kaluoy. Ang paghikaw supakon sa matag Pilipinhon. ngadto sa unom ka bulan ug may multa nga
nako sa akong kaugalingon magsangkap ka- b) Pamaagi sa kalinaw, kagawasan ug kinab- napulo ka libo ngadto sa singkwenta ka libo
nako sa pag-atiman sa panginahanglan sa uhi 1) Kay ang kahulugan ning RH Bill ug kon siya trabahanti o opisyal sa gobierno
uban. Sanglit pagtuo man ang tinubdan sa atong Contraceptives mao nga gitawag kini siya pagatanggalon sa iyang trabaho, ihikaw pa
panlimbasog, nan ang mga pamaagi nga nga Essential Medicine o mahinungdanon gayod kaniya ang mga benepisyo sa iyang
b) Buhat sa Kaluoy atong pili-on kadto lamang ang nahiuyon sa nga tambal. Ug kay giisip siya nga tambal pagretiro.
Angay nga makapatandug kanato ang mga mithi sa Gingharian. Ang mamahimong kinahanglan ipabaha siya sa mga botika.
gi-asoy sa Ebanghelyo mahitungod sa Kata- tigpasiugda sa matinud-anong kausaban sa Unsaon man niya pagkatawag nga medisina 4) Dili usab husto nga ang mga bata nga
pusang Paghukom. Ang mga pangutana nga katilingban kadto lamang sila nga nahigugma kon dili siya tambal? Ang kahulugan sa nagpanuigon og singko anyos pataas nga
iharung kanato anaa sa natad sa konkretong ug nagpasiugda sa kalinaw, kagawasan ug tambal mao nga siya moayo sa sakit. Ang tudloan sa mga butang nga para lamang sa
paghigugma sa ubos natong kaigsuonan – kinabuhi. Dili kini pakigbisog alang sa kabag- kontraseptibo dili man moayo sa sakit, hinoon managtiayon. Ang numero unong tumong
pagpakaon sa mga gigutom, pagbisti sa mga ohan sa walay pagsapayan nga mayatakan na mopatay siya sa kinabuhi. Unsa diay ang diay sa pagtudlo mao nga mahibalo sila
hubo, pag-atiman sa mga masakiton ug mga ang uban. Kung tinuod nga kabalhinan ang pagbuntis? Usa siya ka sakit? Ang kinabuhi unsaon aron dili maburos inigdako nila pinaagi
binilanggo. Ang tubag nato niining mga pang- atong gipangandoy, gikinahanglan nga du- gasa sa Dios, ug ang bata bunga sa gugma sa sa paggamit sa kontraseptibo, imbis itudlo
utana maoy magtug-an unya kung makasulod milian nato ang kabangis ug pandayon nato bana ug asawa, dili tungod sa ilang kaulag. ngadto sa mga bata nga ang pagkighilawas
ba kita sa Gingharian o dili. Daw makapahiku- ang kalinaw. Dili tinuod nga ang mga ala- para lang sa mga hingkod nga nakasal na sa
rat ang pagpamalandung nga ang final exam gad sa Social Action mga palaaway ug buot 2) Dili husto nga ang kuarta sa katawhan simbahan, ug kini nga katungod dili kuhaon
dili mangutana kung nag-ampo, nagsimba, makigsangka lang kanunay. Wala na gayo’y pinaagi sa buhis gamiton aron ipalit og mga gikan sa mga ginikanan, kay sila ang unang
nagmisa, nagnobena, nagrosaryo ba kita? sama sa panaghugpong sa mga naghigalaay kontraseptibo, nga kini gamiton aron mopatay magtutudlo sa mga bata.
Hinonoa, pangutan-on kita kung mitabang ug managsuon. Things always go better with og kinabuhi. Nganong dili man gamiton aron
ba kita sa mga nanginahanglan? Pahimangno friends. ipalit sa tinood nga tambal, sama sa hilanat, 5) Ang estado walay katungod nga mosulti
ba kini kanato nga ang pagrosaryo, pagmisa, Bag-o pa lang nato gisaulog ang ika-25 nga ulcer, diabetes, highblood, tetanus, kalibanga, ngadto sa managtiayon kon pila ang ilang
pagnobena ug uban pang buhat sa pagsimba kasumaran sa malinawon nga “Edsa Revolu- dengue ug uban pa. Dili nato tugutan nga ang ianak. Likayan ang pagdasig sa magtiayon nga
ug pag-ampo dili garantiya nga kita maka- tion”. Dili ba kadtong maong panghitabo usa kuarta sa katawhan gastohon aron ipatay og ang hustong pamilya mao ang pag-angkon
dayon sa langit? Nagpasabot ba kini nga wala ka tataw nga pagpalihok sa pagtuo, usa ka kinabuhi. og duha lamang ka anak. Ingon man likayan
diay hinungdan ang atong mga balansayon sa matuohong paglihok? Uban sa “balaanong usab niya ang pagpakita og pabor sa mga
pag-ampo? garbo”, makaingon kita nga ang daghanang 3) Ang silot nga ipahamtang sa tawo magtiayon nga duha ray anak. Hinoon ang
Sa tradisyon sa Bibliya, ug sa unang mga mga nasud nga nanlimbasug sa kagawasan o ospital nga magdumili paghatag og pamilya nga daghang anak maoy hatagan
magtutudlo sa Simbahan, nga gipadayon sa nakakat-on gikan sa atong panig-ingnan. kontraseptibo tungod kay supak sa iyang unta og daghang tabang pagpakita nga ang
Mahisteryo hangtud karon, tataw kaayo ang Apan ang atong kaulawan mao nga daghan- konsensya. Kini nga balaodnon diniktador. estado tinood nga nagpangga ka kabataan.
pagpanudlo sa kalambigitan tali sa pagsimba an kanato wala pa gihapon makakat-on gikan Walay makapugos sa konsensya, bisan ang Ug gusto sa estado nga ang mga ginikanan
ug inigsuon nga paghigugma sa tanan, tali sa maong panghitabo, sa ingon nga nahimo gobierno aron ang tawo mobuhat og butang responsabli diha sa pagpadako, pagpaeskwela
sa pagtuo ug lihok sa pagpatunhay sa kaan- lang kini nga usa ka halandumong kasinatian nga supak sa iyang konsensya. Ug ang di- ug labaw sa tanan magtudlo sa mga maayong
gayan. Ang pagpanghalad og mga pagdayeg sa katawhan apan wala tugoti nga magdasig makiangayon mao nga ang tawo nga mosupak pagtulun-an. n
ug sakripisyo makapahimuot lamang sa Gi- kanato sa pagpadayon ug sa pagpaningka- mahimong mabilanggo sa usa ka bulan (To be continued)
noo kung kini mamunga diha sa pagpaka- mot sa pagbangon n
Photos from the audience
with Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI receives Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.
The Holy Father presents a pectoral cross to Abp. Ledesma as a token of his gratitude.
CBCP appeals for aid to Japan
MANILA, March 16, 2011—The Catho- affected by the tragedy, leaving many fami- Japan is currently dealing with a nuclear “Our donations will buy food, water and
lic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines lies homeless and devastated from the loss crisis after the tsunami destabilized several shelter, and rebuild homes and schools,” he
(CBCP) has launched a campaign to raise of their loved ones. nuclear plants, raising the risk of accidents also said.
funds for victims of the devastating earth- “Many areas experienced blackouts and radiation exposure to the surrounding Caritas Filipinas welcomes donations
quake and tsunami in Japan. as quake and tsunami damage has forced population. which will be forwarded to Caritas Japan, its
The appeal is being made by the Na- power plants to shut down putting a strain Aid agencies are already working in the partner.
tional Secretariat for Social Action – Justice on electrical supplies,” said Manila Auxiliary region especially on those with no access to Donors are asked to course their dona-
and Peace (Nassa), the social action arm of Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Nassa chairman. public services. tions through Nassa-Caritas Filipinas; PHIL-
the CBCP. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake is the “Although Japan is a world power, Chris- TRUST BANK Account Name: CBCP CARITAS
In a statement, the agency, also known strongest in Japan’s history. But it was the tian charity bids us to be one with those FILIPINAS FOUNDATION, INC. Account No.
as Caritas Filipinas, said the appeal was cru- 30ft high tsunami which caused much of the who suffer. The Philippines and other na- Peso Account No. 00320-013956-5; US$
cial because of the scale of the tragedy. devastation, washing away towns and infra- tions have also received support from Japan Account No. 0034-000138287; and Euro Ac-
It said thousands of people have been structure. in times of need,” Pabillo said. count No. 0035-00000031. (CBCPNews) n
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