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first_imgView comments Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system Read Next RATHER than hold lavish Christmas parties, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma is appealing to companies and groups to divert their party budget to relief efforts for typhoon and earthquake victims.“I consider the cancellation of Christmas parties very laudable. Whether or not we eat or drink, Christmas comes. What is important in celebrating Christmas is Jesus,” Palma told reporters yesterday.ADVERTISEMENT Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew SMC bags Bulacan airport project Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros MOST READ PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal The local diocesan clergy decided to cancel their alumni homecoming slated on Nov. 19 and 20, and their Christmas party next month.Employees of Cebu Daily News also agreed to donate their Christmas party budget in favor of calamity victims. An in-house survey on Wednesday showed that 95 percent of the staff wanted to use the money for relief goods.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeInstead, a Mass and service award program to recognize 5, 10 and 15-year employees will be held in December with simple snacks.Palma, outgoing president of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the Cebu Caritas Inc. is handling the archdiocese’s distribution of relief goods and attending to needs of calamity-stricken families.Adopt-a-parishMsgr. Roberto Alesna is coordinating with donors which include the National Secretariat for Social Action, Radio Veritas, St. James Apostolate Foundation in Muntinlupa, and the Austria Caritas.Fr. Charles Louis Jayme, custodian of San Pedro Calungsod’s image during its pilgrimages, was appointed the coordinator of the archdiocesan relief operations.He will also supervise the “adopt-a-parish” program wherein parishes in Metro Cebu will assist a parish church in the north that was devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.“Prayers alone are not enough to console and alleviate the plight of the victims. We have to do something concrete and relevant in order to address the pleas for help,” said Palma.He canceled his trip to Mexico where he was invited for the Latin American Bishops’ Meeting this week.Palma was also troubled with Yolanda’s effect on Palo, Leyte where he used to serve as archbishop.Donation“I served there for only four years but certainly when it becomes a part of your life, there’s much pain and sorrow,” he said.Palo Archbishop John Du is expected to visit Cebu anytime this week.On Nov. 24, the needs of calamity victims will be highlighted during the national launching in Cebu City of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) slated in 2016.Participants of an outdoor 4 p.m. Mass at Fuente Osmeña and procession are encouraged to bring at least one piece of canned goods or bottled water for calamity victims.Students, lay organizations and parishioners, will join the procession from Fuente Osmeña to Plaza Sugbo where a benediction will take place.The launching of the IEC also coincides with the Solemnity of Christ the King and the culmination of the Year of Faith. MORE STORIESnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHMORE STORIESnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWH LATEST STORIES BPI nets P13.74B in H1last_img

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