Pope Francis’ first public speech in the Philippines

MANILA, January 16, 2015. – On his second day of his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis delivered his first public speech to President Benigno Aquino III and other Filipino authorities in Malacañang Palace. After President Aquino’s speech, he gave thanks for his welcoming and pointed out some reasons for his visit, which has been done for pastoral purposes:

  • The preparation for the 500th anniversary of the first evangelization to the Philippines
  • To express his closeness to the victims of natural disaster in Layte
  • To encourage the Filipino authorities of building a nation on a modern society confronted by ethical and political challenges, in especial way, their duty of “hear the voice of the poor”
  • To meet the Families and the youth, promoting respect for human dignity, freedom, and life
  • Finally, the important Filipino role among countries of Asia

Halina Jesus! Christmas Novena a la Filipinas

– By Adolphe, sx – O Emmanuel, Come! This cry of most of the Christians in this Advent season signals the start of the Christmas novena, the nine-day countdown to the Feast of the Lord’s Nativity[1].  It is also the time when Christians’ preparation and expectation of the coming of …

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Solemnity of Saint Conforti 2014

We, the Xaverian Delegation in the Philippines gathered on November 5 to celebrate the solemnity of our Founder Saint Guido Maria Conforti. The activities started with watching a film about Saint Conforti’s life, and then we moved to the celebration of the Eucharist and the renewal of temporary vows of some …

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Experiencing Pabasa and Salubong in the Philippines

By Antoine, sx   Easter remains an enigmatic event. Since my childhood, I used to hear from my parents and elders telling about paschal memories regarding time, traditional food, visits and joyful celebrations, while, I could not understand at all why they had to recall those experiences. Surely, the reasons …

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According to the Constitution of the Xaverian Missionaries, the general superior or his delegate should visit at least once each Xaverian community in order to encourage the brothers involved in missionary works. It is in this sense that our delegation of the Philippines has been honored by the visit of …

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