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Confab on Mary, family to increase Marian devotion

MANILA, August 23, 2014 – To deepen the faithful’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin, the Marian Encounter Seminar III will be held on August 31, 2014 at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Tan Yan Kee Student Center audio visual room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fr. Quirico Pedregosa, O.P., the UST Central Seminary Rector will share his knowledge and experience on “Mary and the Holy Family.”

Devotees ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin at the Carmel church in Lipa, Batangas. (Photo: CBCP News)

Fr. Omer Prieto, parish priest of the Holy Family Parish in Project 8, Quezon City will give a talk on “Consecration to Mary,” which saints have called the “easiest, shortest and most perfect way to Jesus.”

Fr. Aloy Aliño, parish priest of Sto. Niño in Bago Bantay, Quezon City, will enlighten the public on the “Culture of Life and Death.”

The seminar, which is an event sponsored by The Missionaries of Mary in partnership with Radio Veritas 846, will end with a Eucharistic celebration to be presided over by Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P.

Registration fee is P150.00, inclusive of lunch.

For more information regarding the event, interested parties may contact The Missionaries of Mary through telephone numbers (02) 743-8729. (Vanessa M. Puno)

AMRSP to join Luneta protest vs pork barrel

MANILA, August 23, 2014–Religious priests, nuns and brothers are are taking the streets again to call for the abolition of the controversial pork barrel system.

In a statement, the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines said it is joining a protest in Manila, marching beside protesters demanding an end to corruption in the government.

Dubbed as “Stand Up, Sign Up Against All Pork”, thousands of people are expected to join the protest action at the Luneta Park on Monday from 6am to 12 noon.

AMRSP officials said they are committed to fight for “tuwid na daan” by supporting the mass actions “until the pork barrel in all its form is eradicated in our system of government”.

“Truly, a government that is committed to a ‘tuwid na daan’ cannot co-exist with a system that is based on patronage and corruption,” the AMRSP said.

Last year, various organizations also gathered in Luneta to condemn alleged rampant corruption in the government.

The demonstration has paved the way for a thorough investigation into the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) of the Aquino administration.

The Supreme Court already ruled that government acts executed under DAP are without constitutional authority.

Earlier, it ruled the PDAF, more popularly known as the ‘pork-barrel fund’ also unconstitutional. “This was all made possible because of the people’s vigilance,” the AMRSP said.

“We should not stop up until those who were involved answer to the people, “their bosses” whom they should first and foremost serve,” it added.

Among the signatories of the statement include AMRSP co-chairpersons Sr. Eden Panganiban, SSpS and Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF.

In the spirit of transparency, the group also demanded an impartial and speedy investigation of all parties involved in the PDAF and DAP controversy “regardless of affiliation”.

“We also demand a full accounting of all the funds related to DAP,” they said. (CBCPNews)