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The parable of the tenants

Gospel Reading: Mt 21:33-43 Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. 35But the tenants seized... 

‘Chimps are natural-born killers’

Paris (AFP) – Chimpanzees can be lethally violent to each other but this stems from an inherent streak and not, as some have suggested, from human interference, a study said on Wednesday. Zoologists, led by the famed Jane Goodall, have speculated for years on the causes of “chimpanzee wars” among Man’s genetically closest relatives. One theory is that the apes are made more aggressive... 

Palace assurance

Don’t worry about the soldiers deployed in the conflict-torn Zamboanga city. These battled-tested warriors are properly armed and fed while moving to quell the violence in the area. Malacañang made this assurance to dispel reports the troops are running low in food and ammunition while locked in a fierce gun battle with the Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) group... 

Duterte, Misuari speak on phone

By ALEXANDER LOPEZ DAVAO CITY – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he doesn’t mind if the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) flag is raised in city hall as long as it won’t downgrade the Philippine flag. “As long as it is not higher than the Philippine flag I have no problem with that,“ he said.  Read More »

Morsi trial

Egypt’s state prosecutor says he has referred ousted President Mohammed Morsi for trial on charges of inciting the murder of protesters. The accusations relate to violence outside the presidential palace in Cairo last December when at least seven people were killed in clashes.  Read More »

Prayer for peace

The Catholic Church in the Philippines will join other countries in praying and fasting for peace in Syria. Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said they already disseminated the Pope’s appeal for prayer and fasting in all masses in his diocese.  Read More »

New cabinet

Egypt’s interim leader has sworn in a Cabinet that includes women and Christians but no Islamists as the military-backed administration moved swiftly to formalize the new political order and present a more liberal face that is markedly at odds with the deposed president and his supporters.  Read More »

Cairo clashes

CAIRO (Reuters) ­- Egyptian police and protesters clashed in central Cairo early on Tuesday after fights broke out between supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and locals angered when they tried to block major thoroughfares crossing the River Nile.  Read More »


CAIRO – Political infighting threatened to stall Egypt’s transition plans yesterday, as the military cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood leaders it blamed for inciting a clash in Cairo in which troops shot and killed 53 protesters. Monday’s violence between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader toppled by the army last week, and soldiers... 

Unwelcome journalists

CAIRO (AP) – Journalists for the pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera have been kicked out of a news conference being held by Egypt’s military on the killing of at least 54 people, most of them supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, outside an army facility. Qatar-based Al-Jazeera was founded by the Gulf nation’s ruling family. The tiny but wealthy country was a strong supporter...