Persevering through the cold and rain, hundreds of thousands braved the elements in Ecuador to greet Pope Francis. The abundance of faith and mercy could be felt throughout the throngs of people. Confessions and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass marked the event during Pope Francis’ historic visit to South America. Share your story with […]

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20 years ago, on the same day and the same place, Pope John Paul II celebrated the biggest ever Papal Mass to an audience of 4-million people in the heart of Manila as the climax to the World Youth Day in 1995 in the Philippines. History is made once again with Pope Francis when more […]

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Find recipes at www.GraceBeforeMeals.com Fr. Leo Patalinghug, the Cooking Priest, returns to his homeland – the 7,107 Islands of Faith – this time coinciding with Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines. Reuniting with the OBS Philippines correspondent David Panlilio, Fr. Leo dishes out his trademark religious wit and cultural insights on this historical event. An event […]

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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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‘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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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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