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Announcement of the birth of John

Gospel Reading: Lk 1:5-25 In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah… Once when he was serving as priest in his division’s turn before God… the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer... 

Francis turns 78

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens. Francis also greeted eight homeless people bearing sunflowers during his Wednesday general audience, held under bright... 

Pacman offers cash, car in 36th birthday

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – “Is winning a P200,000 prize for a Bible quiz contest considered taxable income?” An unidentified Born Again Church pastor blurted this query when Filipino boxing idol and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao declared during his birthday bash here that the P10,000 cash prize he gave winners of a single-question quiz contest about the Holy Book will be increased to P100,000 or... 

Village chief gunned down

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – A barangay chairman was shot dead at close range by three unidentified gunmen riding on a motorcycle Monday afternoon. Senior Supt. Florendo C. Quibuyen, provincial director of Oriental Mindoro Police, identified the victim as Xyrel Cepeda Flores, 38, barangay captain of Labonan, a remote village in Bongabong town. More articles: Money lender shot dead Woman gunned... 

Farmer kills own father

GENERAL SANTOS CITY- Police arrested a farmer who killed his father following a heated argument in Tantangan, South Cotabato last Monday. Tantangan police chief Rick Medel identified the suspect as Romeo Buhat who hit his 70-year-old father Florentino with the butt of an air gun rifle at the height of their altercation inside their residence in Barangay Dumadalig, Tantangan town. More articles: Farmer,... 

Centenarian to welcome Pope

The 100-year-old widow of Senator Francisco “Soc” Rodrigo has been chosen by Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B.Villegas to present a garland to Pope Francis as part of the welcome party upon the pontiff’s arrival at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City for the Meeting With Families on January 16, 2015, the second day... 

P70-M counterfeit gadgets seized

By RAYMUND F. ANTONIO Manila, Philippines – Government operatives seized Monday some P70 million worth of counterfeit smartphones, electronic gadgets, and accessories during a raid on a warehouse in Binondo, Manila, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) said yesterday. “Some of the seized items do not have ICC (Import Commodity Clearance) marks required for imported electronic products and accessories,”... 

Filipinos look to the new year with hope

An overwhelming majority of Filipinos – 88 percent – say they are facing the coming year with hope, according to a Pulse Asia survey conducted in November. Only one percent said they had no hope for the new year, while 11 percent were undecided. More articles: A blessed time for Filipinos Time ‘Person of the Year’ NPA leader freed on bail Forty Filipinos could now be hostages in... 

Dalai Lama: World must push for democracy in China

The Dalai Lama has said the world has a “moral responsibility” to push for democracy and rule of law in China. But he said seeking closer ties with the world’s second-largest economy was a “realistic” policy for cash-strapped Western nations such as Britain. “Free world have moral responsibility to bring China to mainstream of democracy… Chinese people also want that,” the exiled... 

Obama signs $1.1-trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a spending bill to keep most of the federal government funded for almost a year, the White House said. Obama signed the act “which provides fiscal year 2015 full-year appropriations through September 30, 2015 for all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security, for which appropriations are provided instead through February 27,...