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National Bible Week 2015 coming up

MANILA, July 23, 2014 — The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) announces the celebration of National Bible Week (NBW) from January 19 to 25, 2015 until National Bible Sunday on January 25, 2015.

According to PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero, the theme for NBW 2015 is “Sharing the Word, Empowering the Poor, Transforming the Land”, which is based on Psalm 41:1, which reads, “Happy are those who are concerned for the poor; the Lord will help them when they are in trouble”, and Luke 6:20, which says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.’”

(Photo: CBCP News)

Lucero also said the Bible Society continues to expand its network so that more people can join the celebration.

“We are continuously working with churches from various faith councils, national and local government agencies, private companies and business organizations, public and private schools, and even families and individuals to coordinate and organize celebrations all over the country, she added. Particularly open to the public are the celebration’s banner events like iProclaim, Handwritten Unity Bible, and Bible Fun Run.

The annual celebrations, which are held every last week and last Sunday of January, have been established by virtue of proclamations issued by Presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, and Fidel Ramos.
These proclamations recognize the Bible as “an excellent source of principles for moral and personal discipline,” and designate the last week of January as National Bible Week, culminating in the month’s last Sunday, National Bible Sunday.

The presidential edicts also stress the need for “national attention to be focused on the importance of reading and studying the Bible and its use in molding the spiritual, moral, and social fiber of our country.” (CBCP News)

Confab to explore contraception-corruption ‘link’

ILOILO City — A pro-life conference to be held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel on July 25 – 26 is set to explore the link between contraception and corruption.

“A contraceptive mentality is the root to a self-centred mindset that, in turn, foments corruption in society. Contraception leads to greed that leads to corruption,” Jaro Archdiocesan Commission for Family and Life (CFL) director Fr. Randy Doromal, who is set to celebrate holy mass on the second day of Human Life International’s (HLI Pilipinas) Western Visayas-Palawan Regional Family and Life Conference, said.

Soldiers for Christ members keep vigil in Congress during the second reading of the RH Bill on December 12, 2012. (File photo)

DAP, PDAF context

He explained the importance and timeliness of the conference by putting it in context of the current national crisis involving the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Assistant Development Fund (PDAF) plaguing the Aquino administration.

According to Doromal, the ongoing DAP and PDAF scandals are clear manifestations of corruption in people that champion a “contraceptive mentality and a relativistic morality.”

“Where there is respect for life, there is respect for the whole human person. On the other hand, when there is contraception, life is not considered as sacred anymore and each new child is not seen as a gift from the Lord but a as threat to society. The human person [is] thus reduced to a mere statistic, ends up easily cheated or manipulated,” he added.

Fully-packed conference

The two-day conference is packed with a talks like “Humanae Vitae: 36 Years of Dissent by Dr. Rene Josef C. Bullecer, MD; “The Clergy and the Laity: Dual force in promoting faith and defending family” Fr. Erby Davy Lajara; “The 16th Congress: The Pro-life War Zone” by Cong. Lito Atienza; “The Amazing Human Body and other issues” by Dr. Rene Josef C. Bullecer, MD; “Vaccines: The Hard Truth” by Dr. Dolores Octaviano, MD; “The Laity: Who are we? Today’s Urgent Challenges for the Church and the Country” by Dr. Amelita Dayrit-Go, National President, Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas; and “The Philippines at the Crossroads, Time to Act Now!” by Johma Villahermosa.

With the theme “We choose to be brave: called to be fighters for the faith and sent forth as warriors of life”, HLI Pilipinas will welcome delegates from the Archdioceses of Jaro and Capiz and the Dioceses of Bacolod, Kabankalan, San Carlos, San Jose de Antique, Puerto Princesa and Taytay.

Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo will celebrate the holy mass on the first day of the conference
On a positive note, the Jaro CFL Director sees hope when the family and life ministry is strengthened: “It is in the family, which is a school of selfless love, where future leaders are formed and where they begin to learn good governance.” (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)