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Pope prays for victims of Sendong

December 26, 2011

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MANILA, Philippines – In his annual Christmas message, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for flood-stricken victims in southern Philippines who observed the feast of Jesus Christ’s birth amid a death toll that has risen to over 1,200 so far. “May the Lord grant comfort to the peoples of Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand and the Philippines, who […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 5 with Fr. Raymund-Benedict Hizon, SJ

December 20, 2011

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It is not easy to preach today. Not with news of people missing and dying and bodies decaying. Not with a shortage of food and water — not in Africa or some other faraway place that is simply out of our reach or out of our league. This time, and so close to Christmas, suffering […]

PNoy’s party and Pinoy sympathy

December 19, 2011

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My story today on the President’s partying in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong generated a particularly interesting comment related to the Filipino concept of sympathy. In the comment thread that this story generated, critics said President Benigno Aquino III should have spent time instead with the Cagayan de Oro and Iligan flood victims, not […]