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[Press Release] The Legacy of Abducted and Disappeared Redemptorist Priest Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R. for the Cause of Justice and Peace, Continues

The Legacy of Abducted and Disappeared Redemptorist Priest Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R.
for the Cause of Justice and Peace, Continues

Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma encourages the Archdiocese of Cebu parishes, religious communities and schools to make the people aware of the life and advocacies of disappeared and abducted Redemptoristpriest Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R.

In a letter to the clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese of Cebu, Archbishop Palma urged the local church to follow Fr. Romano’s example in addressing social concerns and legitimate human needs.

At Sunday Masses on July 7, 2013, all parishes are encouraged to read the Archdiocesan Statement on the Commemoration of the 28th Year of the Abduction/Disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR.

Redemptorist Center for Social and Ecological Concerns (RECSEC) Director Bro. Karl Gaspar, CSsR said, “It has been 28 years since the abduction Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R. on July 11, 1985; and 13 years since he was presumed dead, yet Cebuanos never cease to remember and to carry on his legacy.”

On July 11, 2013, to mark the 28th anniversary of the abduction/disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, the Redemptorist Province of Cebu will hold activities to relive the story and advocacy of Fr. Rudy.

At 8:30 a.m. on July 11, in Brgy Tisa,Labangon, Cebu City, the Redemptorists will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of Fr. Romano’s abduction by the armed men of the Marcos Martial Law Regime.

At 5:30 p.m. of the same day, there will be a ‘Mass to Remember Fr. Rudy Romano’ in the Redemptorist Church. After the mass, there will be a short program and awarding of prizes to the winners of the poster-making and essay-writing contests participated in by students of Catholic Schools.The contests’ theme is “How the youth can help build the Church of the Poor following the example of Fr. Rudy Romano,CSsR”. A candle-lighting ceremony at the Redemptorist Church rotunda will conclude the day’s anniversary commemoration.

The Holy Father, Pope Francis has challenged the Faithful to focus on being agents of God’s mercy to the poor, the suffering, and those alienated from the Church.

Responding to this call, the Redemptorists and the whole Church strive to continue Fr. Rudy’s legacy in helping build the Church of the Poor; to follow his example in advocating human rights, justice, peace, and love.

For Reference:

Donald Bryan Angayan
Staff Member, Redemptorist Center for Social & Ecological Concerns (RECSEC)
Tel. No. 412-6903

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[In the news] 46th World Communication Day message – Palma ‘thanks to media’ -Cebu Daily News

46th World Communication Day message – Palma ‘thanks to media’.

Cebu Daily News
May 20, 2012

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma yesterday pointed out the importance of silence and listening during the celebration of 46th World Communications Day.

Easy access to all forms of communication, he said “makes it important for people to be introspective, and reflective.”

The Cebu prelate acknowledged the role of media in communication as a “very important sector in society.”

“We recognize the blessing of mass media, of social communications. So I repeat, we take this occasion to thank all the practitioners, all those involved in social communications,” said Palma.

However, he “cautioned” that along with this blessing is a responsibility.

Mass media and social communication should be used truly to bring about friendship, brotherhood, understanding as sisters and brothers, as children of God,“ Palma further explained.

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[In the news] Bishop to officials: Stop mining now – www.goldstardailynews.com

Bishop to officials: Stop mining now
January 13, 2012

CAGAYAN de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma on Wednesday challenged city hall to show some political will by putting a stop to all mining activities in the city in the aftermath of the Typhoon Sendong devastation last month. Ledesma said this a day after the city council majority blocked a proposal made by Councilors Edgar Cabanlas and Roger Abaday for a suspension of mining operations in the city. The opposition council subsequently called for an investigation into the alleged ties of some of the legislators to miners.

The proposal was blocked by Councilor President Elipe. Councilors Alden Bacal and Simeon Licayan threw their support behind Elipe. Elipe argued that there were no data to support the conclusion that mining factored in the floodings last month. The Roman Catholic archdiocese has called on civil society groups to pressure the local government to do something to stop the mining operations.

“It is high time for the civil society groups and everyone concerned to have a common campaign against environmental destruction. This should cut across party lines because this is not a political partisan move but a proenvironmental move,” said Ledesma. He said he hoped civil society group would move immediately.

“I support the move for the moratorium or complete stoppage of mining and logging operations in the hinterLand barangays. Local of ficials should do something about the mining operations which caused heavy siltation and erosions,” Ledesma said. In a pastoral letter last Dec. 21, the archbishop blamed illegal logging and mining activities for the degradation of the environment and the siltation of the river bed of the Cagayan de Oro and Iponan rivers.

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[In the news] Archbishop supports calls to amend juvenile law- www.cathnewsphil.com

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma supports calls from various sectors to review the provisions of the law that exempts a child who committed a crime at age 15 or below from criminal liability.

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He said Thursday a review has implications of the social situation of the community, and that the Church is ready to assist the family members affected by the violence.

That Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 has become more of a bane than a boon to law enforcement agencies has been raised because of children getting away with serious or heinous crimes.

In Naga City, Cebu, a 16-year-old boy killed his pregnant mother and five-year-old half-sister reportedly because he was angry at his mother for not giving him money and he was jealous of his sister.

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[Press Release] Papal Nuncio, International Groups Show Solidarity to First Church People-Workers Conference

The Philippine representative of Pope Benedict 16th commend the organizers and participants of the Church People-Workers Solidarity (CWS) National Conference  that will start today, September 12 here in Cebu City, saying the gathering is an opportune time to “reflect upon the Church’s mission to be involved actively in social transformation.”

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Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, conveyed his message through the conference convenors Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma whose Cebu diocese will host the National gathering, and Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza of the Archdiocese of Jaro.

The CWS National Conference will start today, Sept 12 until Sept 15  at the Mariner’s Court near  Pier1 Cebu City. Around 400 delegates are expected to attend the activity. The activity coincides with the 30th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical letter Laborem exercens. Said encyclical letter emphasizes the primacy of labor over capital and affirms the dignity of human work.

Other international labor and Church groups have expressed solidarity to the National Conference. Archbishop Dr. Werner Thissen, Chairman of the German Bishop’s Conference for MISEREOR in his letter said, “[i]n view of the difficult situation  in which Filipino workers find themselves both at home and abroad and in view of threat to and persecution of trade union members in the Philippine, the Church must show  solidarity.”

A Canada-based international women and labor organization, Maquila Solidarity Network, also commends the activity. Executive Director, Lynda Yanz said that their group hopes that the conference will be able to further strengthen the critical bond of the Church and the workers and truly build a “Church for the Poor.”

The labor group likewise recognizes the invaluable role of the Church in supporting and strengthening the struggle for human rights and dignity of workers.###

Reference: Gary Martinez, Spokesperson, Church People-Workers Solidarity,+639393914418

[In the news] Mixed reviews for Aquino on RH | Sun.Star

Mixed reviews for Aquino on RH | Sun.Star.

By Justin K. Vestil and Rebelander S. Basilan
Monday, April 25, 2011

CEBU CITY – President Benigno Aquino III’s pronouncement that he will fight for the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill was music to the ears of pro-choice advocates, but it angered pro-life groups who now rate the President’s credibility “below zero.”

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said he is saddened that the President does not seem to have studied the Catholic Church’s stand against the bill.

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[In the news] CBCP exec admits some priests support RH bill | The Philippine Star News Headlines

CBCP exec admits some priests support RH bill | The Philippine Star News Headlines.

By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines –  Despite the staunch opposition of the Catholic Church to the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, there are some priests who support it, a bishop disclosed yesterday.  “Well, in the Church, there’s a space for dissent also… Even the 10 commandments, there are many who disobey it, right?” said Pampanga Archbishop

Paciano Aniceto, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, in an interview.

He said these priests have not openly voiced their support for the bill but bishops are aware of their positions.

“We leave it to their conscience. We respect that. But majority are not in favor. I think, in their own moral and theological discernment, we should respect them for that,” Aniceto said.

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