Muslims help rebuild a Catholic church

Heartening and inspiring news from the Philippines: Christian residents of this city’s Santa Catalina district found nothing unusual about Muslims bearing carpenters’ tools — until they realized the Muslims had volunteered to help rebuild a Catholic chapel. “We thought they were just looking for damaged mosques to rebuild,” said Jimmy Villaflores, Santa Catalina barangay (village) [Read More...]

Shelter in the storm: Filipinos turn to Catholic Church to cope with typhoon

Photo: David Gilkey/NPR From NPR: Across the ravaged center of the Philippines on Sunday, people flocked to mass, often in churches that had been severely damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. In many villages in Leyte Province, the only structure that survived the storm was the church. Spires and statues of angels look out over [Read More...]

For the Philippines: Pope John Paul’s Stella Maris Prayer

O Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea. As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O [Read More...]

Meet the "Running Priest"

A priest in the Philippines has become a celebrity for the courageous — and unusual — way he now draws attention to important issues. Check this out, from the BBC: Father Robert Reyes is a Catholic priest, but he is better known for putting on his running shoes and jogging around the country promoting different [Read More...]

World's biggest human cross?

Behold, what transpired yesterday in Manila: Details, from Reuters: Thousands of Filipinos lined up across a football field in Manila to mark the start of Lent by forming a human cross they hoped would go down as the world’s biggest. Officials at the University of Santo Tomas, a Catholic university that at 400 years old [Read More...]


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