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S’porean couple Daniel and Shelley Ee, who are in the Marriage Encounter global leadership team, share their experiences since taking on the responsibilityDaniel and Shelley Ee, together with Philippine priest Fr Nathaniel Gomez, meet Pope Francis during a special audience for the Marriage Encounter movement on Sept 10.We took on the role of Worldwide Marriage [...]

FILODEP co-founder dies at age 78

Sr Andy (Andrea) Casuso, FMM, was called to the Lord on April 14.She suffered two severe heart attacks and died on the same day at 9pm in a Philippine hospital. Sr Andy was 78 years old.A memorial Mass will be celebrated by Fr Eugene Vaz and Fr Jacob Ong at the FILODEP Damian Hall, 49A [...]

Archdiocese prays for Philippine calamity victims

Singaporean Catholics showed their solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and the preceding Bohol earthquake in the Philippines at an archdiocese-wide Mass on Nov 26.The local Catholics made up most of the 500-strong crowd, which included Philippine ambassador Minda Calaguian-Cruz and other Philippine nationals. […]

Philippine embassy gives guidelines for overseas voting

Filipinos in Singapore can participate in the Philippines’ upcoming elections through the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) exercise.According to the Philippine Embassy, registered overseas voters can cast their votes at the embassy, at 20 Nassim Road, from April 13-May 13 from 9 am-5 pm daily. […]

Mixed reactions to Philippine embassy’s change in work schedule

There have been mixed reactions among Filipino domestic workers to an announcement by the Philippine Embassy about changes to its work schedule.In an announcement to parishes, the embassy said it will cease its Sunday operations and revert to a Monday-to-Friday work schedule from March 17. Parishes were asked to disseminate this information to Filipinos.Domestic workers [...]

Christmas book for kids from Philippine slums

Left: Julius, an eight-year-old former slum kid, with his illustrations for the book.A local mission group has produced a Christmas story book for children living in the slums in the Philippines.Acts29 produced Ang Kwento ng Pasko or The Story of Christmas in both Filipino and English to share the Nativity story with kids lacking access [...]

Philippine senators: Bishops can keep gifts from official charity

Archbishop Quevedo answers Philippine senators’ questions during the July 13 hearing. CNS photoMANILA – Senators have exonerated seven Catholic bishops who accepted donations of money and vehicles from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.The senators said there was nothing irregular in the bishops’ actions, because the vehicles were [...]

Philippine bishops weigh in on smoking ban

MANILA – Two bishops have given their support to the anti-tobacco campaign in the Philippine capital.In separate interviews on Church-run Radio Veritas, Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos, chairman of the Philippine bishops’ Office on Bio-Ethics, and Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said smoking is harmful to smokers and non-smokers alike, reported the Asian Church news [...]

Lay leaders, schools campaign against Philippine bill

Ms Mae Belgica explains to teachers the developmental stages of an unborn baby during a pro-life seminar in Manila on May 20. Debate has been raging in the Philippines over a reproductive health bill that would make artificial contraceptives available. CNS photoMANILA – Catholic lay leaders opposed to a controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill said [...]