Diocese of Balanga marks Christian Unity Week from Jan. 18 to 25

   The Diocese of Balanga in Bataan will observe Christian Unity Week from Jan. 18 to 25. Bishop Ruperto Santos (CBCP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)    In a Diocesan Pastoral Directive, Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said priest formators from the Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario College Seminary will present and share their reflections on the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness, Pope Francis Fratelli Tutti.  The reflections, through the assistance of the diocese’s Ministry on Social Communications, are pre-recorded and may be downloaded on YouTube during the observance of Christian Unity Week.      Santos said the presentation and reflection will be made by  Father Jason Balan – Chapter One: Dark Clouds over a Closed World and Chapter Two: A Stranger on the Road; Father Joseph Quicho – Chapter Three: Envisaging and Engendering an Open World Moving Beyond Ourselves; Chapter Four: A Heart Open to the Whole World; Father Ramon Mariano – Chapter Five: A Better Kind of Politics; Chapter Six: Dialogue and Friendship in Society Social Dialogue; Father Rosauro Guila – Chapter Seven: Paths of Renewed Encounter Starting Anew from the Truth the Art and Architecture of Peace,  and Chapter Eight: Religions at the Service of Fraternity in our World the Ultimate Foundation.    “In order to build a better, just, and peaceful world, our Holy Father with his Fratelli Tutti fosters and highlights fraternity and social friendship. As one family in this world, all must work towards peace, that is, avoiding and declaring no to war, rejecting globalized indifference,” Santos said.    “It is in this devastating and dangerous time of the COVID-19 pandemic that all can show and act as brothers and sisters to one another. No one is ignored. No one is forgotten nor left behind. But all are helped. All are given hope. And they can feel and act as their brother’s keeper (Genesis 4,9). With Fratelli Tutti, we are one and united. We belong to each other and we need one another. With the grateful heart and open hand, let us listen to the valuable reflective sharing of our Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario College Seminary priest-formators,” he said......»»

Category: newsSource: 17th, 2021

AP Source: Angels, Anthony Rendon reach $245M, 7-year deal

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a successful physical. Rendon gets a $4 million signing bonus payable by Dec. 31 and salaries of $25.5 million next season, $27.5 million in 2021, $36 million in 2022 and $38 million each year from 2023-26. He would receive a $250,000 bonus for World Series MVP, $150,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $125,000 for election as an All-Star starter and $100,000 for selection as a reserve. Rendon is the third prized free agent to strike a big-money deal at this week's baseball winter meetings. He'll join three-time MVPs Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on a team that's made just one postseason appearance in the past decade. The Angels had missed out on free agent right-hander Gerrit Cole, who agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, a person familiar with the deal told the AP. “With our flexibility, if we miss a big player, there’s still very talented players that are accessible in the free agent and trade market right now," Angels general manager Billy Eppler said earlier Wednesday. Rendon, who has played all seven of his major league seasons with Washington, drove in a career-best 126 runs while helping the Nationals capture the franchise's first World Series championship this year. His 19.9 Wins Above Replacement, per FanGraphs, over the past four seasons trails only Trout, Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich among position players. Rendon is the latest big signing by owner Arte Moreno, following Pujols, Shohei Ohtani, Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson. “We’re within some structure of a budget and a payroll forecast that you relatively want to be near and then we just take those opportunities to Arte and see if he’ll grant us the permission to do those things,” Eppler said. “There’s good players out there and players that warrant some sizeable contracts. I know the players that he likes." Rendon follows Bryce Harper as a homegrown star in Washington to leave via free agency — Harper signed a $330 million, 13-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies last March. The Nationals had remained in contact with the 29-year-old Rendon's representatives Wednesday, according to general manager Mike Rizzo. “The third base market specifically is an active market," Rizzo said. “There are several teams that are in the market for that particular position. I think it will move fairly rapidly, not only in the free-agent market but in the trade market I think we'll see some activity." After the news broke, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner tweeted video of himself kicking around a T-shirt featuring a picture of Rendon's face and the message: “Anthony is my favorite player.” It marks the fourth big free-agent deal of the offseason pulled off by agent Scott Boras. Infielder Mike Moustakas joined the Cincinnati Reds on a $64 million, four-year contract, then right-hander Stephen Strasburg reached a $245 million, seven-year contract Monday to stay with the Nationals before Cole's pending signing came together a day later......»»

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Lenten reflections with Pope Francis

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Another 127 migrant Filipinos contract COVID-19; total now 13,760 — DFA

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2021

Unity urged following anti-RESA petition

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Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 26th, 2020

Dgte marks Drug Prevention Week

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Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

Powerhouse speakers for our anniversary week

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Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

UN marks 75th year with call for united stand vs COVID-19

On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Secretary General António Guterres has reiterated his call for global ceasefire and unity against a common enemy: the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

China, Asean have deep unity – minister

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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Tour exec positive for virus, but peloton negative

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Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

United City FC rounds out roster with National Team keeper Anthony Pinthus

United City Football Club caps its full roster announcement, ahead of the FIFA transfer window deadline this week, with the signing of 22-year old Fil-Swiss goalkeeper — Anthony Pinthus from the Azkals Development Team, who also served as a goalkeeper for the Philippine Under-23 National Men's Football Team, during the 30th South East Asian Games campaign. Prior to his ADT stint, Pinthus was also affiliated with clubs such as FC Kosova, FC Wohlen, and GC Zurich U21.  According to UCFC co-founder Eric Gottschalk, “True to our mission of developing young players, we have signed Antony Pinthus, on loan from ADT.  This was also agreed on by both clubs and supported by Philippines National Head Coach Scott Cooper, to expose Pinthus to the AFC Cup competition. “  “He is the most promising goalkeeper of the Philippines after Neil and Roland and we are happy that he decided to join us for this season, as we believe that UCFC is the right platform to expose him to top Asian football, while learning from our veterans such as Stephan Schroeck and Bienve Maranon.” Gottschalk continues, “The signing of Pinthus marks the completion of the roster ahead of the transfer window deadline this week.  As for the position of Head Coach, we have prepared a shortlist of a number of highly qualified individuals and we will make an announcement  in due time.” Pinthus joins the roster, along with Stephan Shrock, OJ Porteria, Sean Patrick Kane, Ron Bayan, Jun Badelic, Angelo Marasigan, Robert Mendy, Arnie Pasinabo, Tristan Robles, Dennis Villanueva, Joshua Dutosme, Takashi Odawara, Hikaru Minegishi, Bienvenido Maranon, Mike Ott, Manuel Ott, Pocholo Bugas, Jordan Jarvis, Jorrel Aristorenas, and Jose Miguel Clarino......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Recalling Hiroshima, Nagasaki attacks

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Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Philippines breach 98,000 after biggest daily surge

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Bishops caution vs. revival of Bataan nuclear power plant

Diocese of Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos has expressed concern over the planned revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant as part of the government’s intention to use nuclear energy as an additional source of power supply. Bishop Ruperto Santos (CBCP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “We welcome and accept that there is a need for a study, but we want the government to be transparent and for its assessment to be open to the public. The plan must also be for the common good and must benefit public interest,” Santos said over Church-run Radio Veritas. “Let us remember that Russia conducted a study on the BNPP and found the power plant to be absolutely outdated.  The use of nuclear energy will be dangerous for Bataan and for the country as a whole,” he added. The Church leader called on authorities to focus its attention and the country’s resources, instead, on the worsening coronavirus disease situation in the country. “The number of cases of coronavirus in the country has gone really high, but we do not have the capability to address it. We lack hospitals, medicines, and support for our health care workers. The government must pour its resources on the health crisis, which should be given priority,” Santos stressed. San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, vice chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Commission on Social Action Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA), earlier, expressed alarm over the Department of Energy’s intention to use nuclear energy as an alternative source of power. A study by the Department of Energy (DoE), the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), and the Korean Electric Power Company (KEPCO) said, the country will need to spend more than $1 billion in a span of four years to revive the 631-megawatt BNPP which was built in 1984......»»

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2020

Philippines sees highest single-day COVID-19 recoveries as infections hit 24,787

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2020

‘Pag pwede nang dumalo sa misa: “No mask, no entry” policy, ikakasa

Manila, Philippines – Istriktong ipapatupad ang “no mask, no entry” policy sa mga Simbahan sa sandaling payagan na nang gobyerno na magsagawa ng misa o religious activities, ayon kay Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos Sinabi rin ng Obispo na lilimitahan din sa kanilang Diocese ang tao na maaring pumasok sa simbahan bilang bahagi ng transition sa […] The post ‘Pag pwede nang dumalo sa misa: “No mask, no entry” policy, ikakasa appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

Israel top court approves coalition deal, new govt to be sworn in May 13

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Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 7th, 2020

Christian Relics around the globe

April 28, 1565, is the day of discovery of the image of Sto. Niño. And to commemorate this sacred event, Cebuanos celebrate this through the annual Kaplag Celebration. Celebrating Kaplag this year marks the 455th anniversary of finding the image of the Child Jesus that has reinforced Cebu’s cultural, historical, and religious identity. While the […] The post Christian Relics around the globe appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2020

So many holidays affected by COVID-19

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Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsApr 26th, 2020