RICARDO SALUDO

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This article is supposed to be about Vatican journalist John Allen Jr.’s talk about Pope Francis. But this writer feels obliged to defer the three-part column for another subject that should also concern godly readers: the Sandiganbayan’s unkind and unlawful treatment of former President Gloria Arroyo. Last week the antigraft…

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Two days ago at the Divine Word Seminary in cool, lofty Tagaytay, dozens of priests, seminarians and nuns, two bishops, and one cardinal heard a talk that ought to have been broadcast to Filipino Catholics nationwide on Radio Veritas: veteran Vatican journalist John Allen Jr.’s 90-minute remarks and open forum…

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“Mukha kang Biyernes Santo.” That Filipino expression about “the Good Friday look” sums up the usual mood of the Lenten season, which culminates in the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s Passion and Death on the Cross. And to atone for sin and share in the Lord’s suffering, the faithful are enjoined…

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“The economy is doing well, even though he’s really incompetent.” That was how a multinational executive summed up the Philippines and its leader in a talk with a Southeast Asian business and political consultant visiting Manila recently on his regular assessment trips around the region. Despite the failings of President…

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This week’s earlier columns on Pope Francis and Ukraine warrant follow-ups. First, about conservative misgivings about the Holy Father. It partly stems from two paramount tenets of Christianity which have polarized believers through millennia: the call to holiness and perfection, and the boundless mercy of God. The call to holiness…

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First of all, pray. Let us put our hands together and implore God to restrain the trigger fingers of everyone around and in Ukraine. Besides the cost in lives and livelihoods, war is sure to reignite the old conflict between the West and Russia, and again divide Europe into two…

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Was the resignation of Benedict XVI a year ago last Friday a free and valid one? Last week the Pope Emeritus issued a rare public statement from seclusion in the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery rebutting speculation about the first abdication from the pontificate since the Middle Ages. “There isn’t the…

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What’s the worst nightmare of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his allies? Another Yolanda-strength supertyphoon plus Bohol-intensity temblor hitting Metro Manila together and causing P1.5 trillion in damage and losses? Chinese missiles landing just outside Philippine territorial waters off Manila Bay and collapsing stock and property prices, to show what…

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Ricardo Saludo Quick question: How many Filipino Catholics go to church? In his Powerpoint presentation on this Year of the Laity 2014, Salesian priest and leading Filipino theologian Francis Gustilo flashed the disturbing, if not alarming answer: only about one in every seven Filipinos baptized in the faith—13 million of…

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Ricardo Saludo As the nation swings between Vhong Navarro’s beating to Rose Tuason’s purported tell-all, here’s one major development that will impact the Filipino far more than those two potboilers, assuming it’s implemented substantially: the updated Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016. Only those interested in national advancement should read on.…

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