In a memorable encounter in the nation’s Pontifical University, Pope Francis had a heart-felt dialogue with the Filipino youth, a demographic that makes up more than 40% of the country’s population. With the many problems facing the youth in this region – homelessness, school dropouts, sex trafficking and prostitution – this was a critical engagement […]

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During his five day visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis made sure to meet and dialogue many Filipino families, especially in the wake of the recent Synod on the Families. “God calls upon us to recognize the dangers threatening our own families and to protect them from harm.” The Holy Father made these remarks to […]

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Everything was gone. The business, the house, all their belongings were destroyed our taken away with the storm. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), struck the shores of the Philippines in 2013. Little did people know that this would prove to be one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike the Philippines. Listen to the story of this beautiful and […]

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‘He is the Vicar of Christ on earth. If we get close to him (Pope Francis), we get close to Christ. Jesus has something to tell us through Pope Francis.’ We must go out to the peripheries to encounter those that need Christ’s love. There are ‘one billion Catholics’ on earth. But what if there were seven […]

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What a moment that would be, if you could spend five minutes with the Holy Father! Perhaps we sometimes forget in the 21st century, that the Pope, now Pope Francis, is a successor to Saint Peter. Jesus chose Peter to bear forth in to history the ‘keys of the kingdom.’ Scripture paints a clear picture […]

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The joy that radiates from the people in the Philippines is contagious. The yearning to see their Holy Father is now a joy that the world can share. Imagine lining the streets of your city, with millions of people, to say hello and thank you to the successor to St. Peter. This opportunity, to greet […]

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The drugs over took Louie’s early life. High school proved to be a breeding ground for temptations, and peer pressure from classmates. The drug temptation was too much for Louie to resist. They tore apart his relationships. Eventually, his friends at the parish intervened. Authentic love does not enable sin, but brings sin into the light and helps the person to change. […]

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When Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines in 2013, this was the second trial in less than two months that Karen Alcober faced in her life. Thousands of people lost their lives due to the devastating storm, now known as Typhoon Haiyan. Despite this natural disaster, Karen was able to overcome this trial in her […]

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Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in early November 2013. It was one of the strongest typhoons (cyclones) ever recorded. Tacloban was one of the hardest hit areas. In this video, you hear from Br. James Romero Santos a first hand account of the devastating destruction caused by this storm. The trial this massive typhoon brought to the […]

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When Pope Francis visits the Philippines this January 15-19, 2015, it will be a tremendous blessing to a nation whose covenant with God has been tested in recent years due to natural disasters, like Typhoon Haiyan. The spotlight will not be on Pope Francis, but on the towns and villages devastated by “Haiyan,” the strongest typhoon on record in […]

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