PH’s oldest cardinal dies at 86!

PH’s oldest cardinal dies at 86

MANILA— Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, the former Catholic archbishop of Cebu and the oldest among the three Philippine cardinals, has died at the age of 86, a church spokesman said.

In a message, Cebu archdiocese’s spokesman Msgr. Joseph Tan said the prelate died earlier today, Wednesday, at 7:26 a.m. “due to infection leading to septic shock”.

Requesting prayers for the prelate’s soul, Tan said the wake will be at the Cebu Cathedral. Details of funeral rites will be made available as soon as possible.

Vidal became seriously ill and was admitted to the city’s Perpetual Succour Hospital on Oct. 11.

In a statement released shortly after Vidal’s death, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas stressed Vidal’s legacy will live on despite his passing.

“Cardinal Vidal cannot die. He who has always shared in the dying and rising of the Lord daily in his priestly life cannot die. He now joins the immortal ones who served the Lord faithfully here on earth. His wisdom and his humility, his love for priests and his devotion to the Virgin Mary must live on in us whom he has left behind,” he said.

Villegas also expressed hope in Vidal’s intercession for the faithful. “Rest well Eminence. Pray for us in the Father’s House.”

Meanwhile Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo praised Vidal for being a “true servant-leader rather than a ‘prince.’”

“For me his legacy is his own outstanding character. Some of these are: Humility, low profile style; Simplicity and Approachability; Ability to listen even to opposing views; Prudence in political issues; Courage in presenting and defending the CBCP position leading to the 1986 People Power; Charity for those considered as ‘enemies,’” he said in a message to CBCPNews.

A native of Mogpog, Marinduque, Vidal was ordained a priest in 1956 by Bishop and Servant of God Alfredo Maria Aranda Obviar.

Then Pope John Paul II appointed Vidal head of the Cebu archdiocese in 1982. He retired in 2011. With reports from Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews


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CBCP condemning killings of top terror leaders is ‘fake news’

CBCP condemning killings of top terror leaders is ‘fake news’


MANILA— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed concern about a fake news report purporting to reflect its view regretting the death of two terrorist leaders.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, categorically denied issuing such statement regarding the killing of Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon who led the siege in Marawi City.

An article titled “CBCP condemns the ‘brutal killing’ of Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon” and was posted on went viral Tuesday sparking mixed reactions from the netizens.

In the article, the site also quoted Villegas as supposedly saying that the gory photos of the two terrorists should not have been shown in public.

The article, which was shared by the Facebook page “Rodrigo Duterte Supporters with around a million followers, quoted Villegas as saying that the gory photos of the two terrorists should not have been shown in public.

It also blatantly lied about the CBCP head as supposedly lamenting that deaths of Hapilon and Maute should be treated as another case of extrajudicial killings in the country.

“The CBCP never made such a statement. On the contrary, we laud the gallantry of our soldiers and their heroic efforts to free Marawi,” Villegas said.

While the CBCP has not made any statement yet on the matter, at least two bishops from Mindanao have immediately reacted to the killing by the government troops of Hapilon and Maute.

Among them was Bishop Edwin dela Peña of Marawi who said that the death of the Maute Group leaders signals the “beginning of the end” of the hostilities in the Islamic city.

Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz, for his part, said that the incident “serves as a lesson that evil must be conquered so that goodness may reign”.

“May those who plan evil realize that there are so many good people who will oppose them,” he said.

The bishops again cautioned the public against fake news sites and other platforms that peddle lies intended to confuse and cause harm, rather than inform the public.CBCPNews



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Fr. Chito rescued from Maute captivity Posted by Melo Acuña | Sep 17, 2017 |   

Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob pleads for help in a video that circulated online a week after his abduction.

MANILA— After being held hostage by terrorist gunmen for nearly four months, Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob has finally been rescued.

Government security forces were recovered the priest along with another hostage near a mosque in Bato, Marawi City on Saturday night, Sept. 16.

“He was rescued with another individual at about 11pm Saturday,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza told CBCPNews.

Mr. Dureza would not release other details because military operations are still going on hoping to rescue other hostages.

Suganob along with a number of civilians were abducted by the Islamic State-inspired Maute group last May 23 when they launched an attack on Marawi City including the St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Bishop Edwin dela Pena of Marawi, who is currently in Rome to address a conference with Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz has lauded the safe release of the hostages, saying that their “liberation is the result of our faith in prayer”.

“So many are praying for his freedom. So many Masses are celebrated for that intention,” Jumoad said. “The power of prayer is once again shown as a witness of our solid faith in God.” WITH REPORTS FROM ROY LAGARDE/CBCPNews


Sainthood cause for Mindanao ‘martyr’ moves to Vatican by Roy Lagarde | Sep 14, 2017 |  !  

Bishop Severo Caermare seals boxes of documents detailing the diocese’s investigation into Jesuit Fr. Francesco Palliola’s life of service during a solemn ceremony at the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Dipolog City, Sept. 14, 2017. ROY LAGARDE

DIPOLOG City— In time for the Dipolog diocese’s Golden Jubilee, the local phase of the path towards the canonization of a 16th century Italian Jesuit “martyr” came to an official close on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Bishop Severo Caermare formally concluded the diocesan phase of the inquiry into Fr. Francesco Palliola’s life at the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Dipolog City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

The ceremony was highlighted with the sealing of the tribunal’s documentation detailing the heroic virtues and martyrdom of Palliola.

Now that “the inquiry is definitively closed,” the diocese could transmit the documents to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

Diocesan Postulator Fr. Patrick Dalangin said they will submit the cause to the Vatican by October this year for the “Roman Phase”.

Like other causes, the procedure involved in the process of canonization is potentially tedious as spelled out in the Apostolic Constitution “Divinus Perfectionis Magister” issued by Pope John Paul II in 1983.

“We have to pray,” Dalangin said. “We are so positive that we do this faithfully for the good of the Church.”

“Let us remain hopeful that the Pope will have an affirmative response to this effort of the local church of Dipolog that Fr. Palliola will become saint,” he said.

It took from January 2016 when his cause opened until now to complete the Diocesan Inquiry because of the volumes of materials that had to be studied.

For one, a number of documents, his writings and testimonies had to be gathered and examined.

(R-L) Bishop Severo Caermare with Fr. Patrick Dalangin and Fr. Leonilo Dagpin, the duly-appointed carriers of the documents to the Vatican, pose for a picture beside a replica of an 18th century oil painting of Fr. Francesco Palliola. ROY LAGARDE

The diocesan phase has been a collaborative effort involving people not just from the diocese but also the Jesuits, the Augustinian Recollects, and a number of lay volunteers.

Around 2,000 people gathered at the cathedral hoping that the country will have its third saint, and the first from Mindanao.

If the Roman process rules in favor of the cause which will be handled by the Jesuits in Rome, the pope may approve Palliola’s beatification, the last step for sainthood.

A miracle is not required prior to a martyr’s beatification, but one is required before his canonization.

Born into a noble family, in the town of Nola in Naples, Italy on May 10, 1612, Palliola was part of a 40-man Jesuit expedition to the Philippines.

After traveling for 2 years, he finally landed in Iligan on Jan. 2, 1644, beginning a mission in Mindanao that would take him to Dipolog and the rest of the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Palliola evangelized, lived and worked among the people of the region, including the indigenous Subanon lumad. He was martyred at Ponot, now Jose Dalman town, on January 29, 1648.

He was reported to care deeply for the people of Mindanao. To this day, his memory lives on in the area, passed on primarily by oral tradition, particularly among the Subanen – Christian and non-Christian alike.

The growing devotion to Palliola and reports of miraculous healings through his intercessions has spurred the diocese to push for the priest’s sainthood. CBCPNews


Closing Ceremony – Diocesan Process – Cause of Martyrdom – Fr Francesco Palliola, SJ Last September 14, 2017 at Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Cathedral Parish Dipolog City, Diocese of Dipolog!

Thanks for Bro. Cielbert Dondoyano, CFD Internal Vice President Dipolog for uploading the Closing Ceremony of Diocesan Process of Cause of Martyrdom of Padre Francesco Palliola, S.J. last September 14, 2017 at Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Cathedral Dipolog City soon to be a Saint in Mindanao. PRO DEO ET ECCLESIA…. Beatification and next will be canonization.