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Love conquers all: A couple held both Christian and Muslim weddings to show respect for each other’s religions

Love conquers all: A couple held both Christian and Muslim weddings to show respect for each other’s religions

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  • A couple, whose belief was taken over by love, and many years of relationship, finally got married
  • They both held Islam and Catholic marriage ceremonies
  • Both fathers are known to be strict with their respective religious practices, but have agreed to compromise for the wedding of their children

Marriage is a bond where two people are bound to love each other for eternity, and religion is a belief of faith to one supernatural being they call GOD. With two people who love each other, despite having different religions, was blessed with respect on their different beliefs.

Both Christian and Muslim religions strictly follow their belief and practices that sometimes lead to misunderstanding and arguments. Some would have avoided having a relationship with those from other religions, because one must sacrifice to which belief should be followed.

Unlike this couple, whose belief was taken over by love after many years of relationship, and finally got married.

Twitter user @itsairidesu posted on twitter the story of her sister’s wedding to her long-time Muslim boyfriend. What was unusual is that they both held Islam and Catholic marriage ceremonies. The couple received so much respect that both families have decided to unite, as she also wished that the world could do the same.

Conflicts among religious denominations, especially Catholics and Muslims, have been one of the problems not only in our country, but also the whole world. Because of this conflict, many civilians have lost their loved ones and home.

Though the government is already having their blueprint to solve this conflict, until now, it hasn’t been agreed upon and, thus, have not united in peace.

The wedding of Airi’s sister gives us hope that someday both religions would learn to compromise with each other, and respect each other’s belief for the love of its people.

Like both the fathers of the couple, who are known to be strict with their respective religious practices, have agreed to compromise for the wedding of their children.

Truly, love conquers everything.

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Study says that church attendance can help reduce suicide risk

Study says that church attendance can help reduce suicide risk

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  • Studies say that those who attend religious services at least once a week will less likely to commit suicide
  • According to Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, “Religious faith can help people find a sense of meaning and purpose even in suffering”

The continuously increasing suicide rates has been alarming but a group of practicing Catholics appears to have resisted the actions of self-harming and despair.

According to a study published by JAMA Psychiatry, between the years of 1996 and 2010, those who attend any religious service once a week or more has five times less of a risk to commit suicide. However, it is not clear if the study can be applied to a diverse population of Americans.

A study made up of nurses and dominated by Catholic or Protestant women, the suicide rate was observed was about half of U.S women as a whole. Out of more than 89,000 participants aged 30 to 55, 36 women committed suicide in the span of 15 years.

The church attendance is not the only factor to be considered. It also matters which church they attend. For example, it was found out that Protestants who worshiped weekly at church were far less likely to commit suicide compared to those who only attended services once a while. On the other hand, these same Protestant women were still seven times more than the devout Catholics. Among the 6,999 Catholic women who said they attended mass more than once a week, there was not a single suicide.

Tyler J. VanderWeele of Harvard’s T.H Chan School of Public Health stated that “Religion and spirituality may be an underappreciated resource that psychiatrists and clinicians could explore with their patients, as appropriate,”

A new study documented a steep rise in suicides in the U.S between 1994 and 2014. The rates climbed among men and women in all age groups between 10 and 74. However, women remain less likely to take their own lives compared to men. Between the ages of  45 and 64, the rate of suicide increased by 80% over 1999’s rates.

According to Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, an associate professor of psychiatry at UC Irvine, “Religious convictions and practices can help people foster a sense of hope, even in the midst of major crises or adversities. Religious faith can help people find a sense of meaning and purpose even in suffering, It is safe to assume that religious conviction and faith must be genuine and sincere if they are to provide the mental and physical health benefits that several studies have suggested.” 

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Man Passed by Street Kids using Rugby; How their Conversation went is Inspiring

Man Passed by Street Kids using Rugby; How their Conversation went is Inspiring

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  • A man named Jocen Gonzales Gatela shared an extraordinary story on his Facebook account.
  • He was on his way home when he noticed a group of kids using rugby.
  • Gatela stopped by and had an unexpected conversation that changed their lives.

Most of the time, whenever people encounter street kids who are using rugby, they would do everything to avoid them afraid that these kids might cause ruckus in the streets. In worst cases, resort to stealing or extortion.

For this reason, no one wants to talk or even go near them as they fear that these rugby kids might do something bad to them.

However, one citizen named Jocen Gonzales Gatela was brave enough to have a conversation with a group of kids using rugby.

Gatela shared this incident to his Facebook account and revealed why street kids spoil themselves on rugby.

Read the life-changing story below:

Habang naglalakad ako pauwi galing sa gym, nadaanan ko ang mga batang ito na nagra-rugby

Ako: Bat kayo nagraragbi? 

Bata1: Pampatanggal po ng gutom.

Ako: Nag-drugs ako dati pero diko natikaman ang rugby. Anong feeling niyan?

Bata2: Nawawala po sa sarili.”

Gatela asked them why the kids were using rugby and how it feels. Given the fact that they are mere street kids, food is not always accessible to them which is why they resort to rugby to erase the feeling of hunger.

Ako: Nagnanakaw ba kayo? 

Bata3: Hindi po. Di bale na mamalimos wag lang magnakaw.

Bata4: Di bale na matakaw wag lang magnakaw. (Sabay tawa)

Ako: (Tuwang-tuwa)

Bata1: Kuya pengeng okra. Ikaw yung nagbigay ng okra sakin dati nung bumili ako sa inyo.

Ako: (minumukaan yung bata) ah oo. Ikaw nga yun. (Umuwi ako kumuha ng okra tapos bumalik.)

Ako: Pano mo kinakain ang hilaw na okra? 

Bata1: Sinasawsaw sa asin minsan sa toyo.

*At this point, masaya na durog ako sa loob ko. Masaya kase nakakausap ko pa sila ng matino pero durog na ako kase ang saklap pero wala akong magawa para sakanila.

Ako: Kumain na kayo? 

Bata1: Hindi pa po.

Ako: Kaen tayo.

He was curious whether they steal from people just like what the other street kids would do, but the kids told him that they are nothing like them. Despite their status, they would choose to feel the hunger rather than to do wrong.

*Pagkatapos kumaen

Ako: Mula ngayon gabi-gabi na tayo magmi-meet dito ah. Magba-Bible study tayo.

Bata5: Sige kuya. Ngayon na!!

Bata4: Bukas na. Walang dalang Bible si kuya. 

Ako: (Hagalpak ng tawa. Oo nga naman.) Tara pag-pray ko nalang kayo.

*After mag-pray

Ako: Tara picture tayo. Post ko sa fb.

Bata1: Kuya oppa posing. 

Ako: Ano yun? 

Bata1: Ganito oh. (heart sa daliri) 

Ako: Ah sige. Hahaha (Wala akong alam kaya nakiuso nalang ako)

Ang akala ko, ako lang ang tutulong. Ang hindi nila alam, mas natulungan nila ako at mas naturuan nila ako. Na-refresh ako sa presence nila. Salamat mga tropa, kitakits bukas!:)

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Gatela encouraged the kids to do Bible study with him every day, which the kids gladly agreed to. What’s more amazing is that they know what Bible looks like as they were the ones who noticed that Gatela wasn’t carrying one, which simply proves that poverty isn’t a hindrance to be a believer of religion.

On the other hand, the netizens who had seen the post praised the street kids for being just and for proving that not all street kids are the same.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Did it change your perception about street kids?

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LOOK: 2 Kinds of Religious Protesters During Metro Manila Pride March in Marikina

LOOK: 2 Kinds of Religious Protesters During Metro Manila Pride March in Marikina

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  • 2 faces of religious protesters in Metro Manila Pride March
  • Bible believers spread both love and hate to the LGBT+ Community in PH

It’s the most colorful time of the year, and everyone’s celebrating. A special day and event for our loving LGBT+ Community. Set in Plaza De Los Alcaldez in Marikina City, queers from all over the metro gathered to celebrate love.

Love Should Always Win

Since the beginning of time, we have come a long way in battling discrimination and misogyny.

From being considered as a mental disorder to the legalization of same-sex marriage in different countries, the rainbow federation is getting stronger and stronger every year. That is all because of the collective efforts and action of the community.

And for this year, June 24–Philippines celebrated its annual Metro Manila Pride March for the first time ever in Marikina!

Spreading hate

It’s all love and fun until a certain group of religious protesters started to make a scene. In front of a kissing crowd, they began raising hateful placards. Despite the momentous event, one can only imagine how people take courage in doing this. If they truly believe in God, why do they have to spread hate? They even had a noise barrage condoning ‘sinful’ acts of these gays, lesbians, and queers.

Religious Protesters in Gay Pride 2017Religious Protesters in Gay Pride 2017

…and spreading love.

But you sure know that a coin has two sides, right? Guess what, beliefs do too. Religion and gender qualifications are like water and oil, it has been an ongoing battle as to how homosexuality can be considered as ‘normal’.

And despite how Leviticus firmly condones ‘unlawful sexual relations’ of humans, many believers still believe that it is acceptable to choose who you will love.

Religious Protesters in Gay Pride 2017
Netizen posted this picture on Twitter showing religious individuals spreading support to the community.

It just shows that despite having haters that try to drag the LGBT+ Community down, there will always be allies that will help them rise again. But the community will not be contented to just tolerance, they are still shouting for acceptance.

May we all get the support we need from our government.

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Why doesn’t the Catholic Church allow couples to get married outside?

Why doesn’t the Catholic Church allow couples to get married outside?

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  • Catholic Churches Discourage Outdoor Weddings
  • Why Catholic Church discourages couples to have an outdoor wedding
  • 3 requirements for Catholic wedding venues

We understand if you don’t have any clue that such thing exists. But yes, Catholic Church actually discourages people getting married to hold the ceremonies in an open space. Do you want to know why? Read on.

Sacrament of Marriage

Catholic Churches Discourage Outdoor Weddings

If you have dreamt of tying the knot in an outdoor venue, don’t let this Church prophecy affect your faith. They are not ruining your plans for that one special day. Looking back at the Sacrament of Marriage, you would know that the feast is not just about grandiose preparations. Instead, it is about taking a life-long commitment to God and your future spouse. Unfortunately, media has instilled us ideal wedding preparations that do not match with the sanctity of marriage.

Catholic Churches Discourage Outdoor Weddings

In a Youtube video, Fr. Mike Schmitz gives us great insights that feature today’s status quo. He provided information that could help you further understand the importance of getting married inside the Church. Skip to 4:54 to hear the truth bomb he dropped.

3 requirements for Catholic wedding venues

Catholic Churches Discourage Outdoor Weddings

In an article of Cleveland DioceseFr. Joe Krupp shares an advice as to where a wedding should take place. According to him,

As Catholics, we believe that marriage is a sacrament: a sacred moment given to us by Jesus. When you celebrate this wonderful Sacrament, we hold it in a space that is dedicated, sacred and consecrated. We have these three requirements because marriage is so important to us, so let’s take a look at each of them.

  • A dedicated space: We consider weddings so special that we recognize they should be done in a place that is set aside for them. Obviously, weddings do not need to be the only thing toward which the space is dedicated. You may point out that Las Vegas wedding chapels fill this requirement.
  • A sacred place: When we describe something as sacred, we are recognizing it as blessed by God or touched by God. Many places that are not churches also fall into this category.
  • A consecrated place: The Church teaches us that, sometimes, we take a place (or even a person!) and set them aside from “common” use for sacred use. This is a movement of the Holy Spirit from the people of God through our clergy, which culminates in a ritual where we say, ‘This place is special.’”

To be fair, there are circumstances in which the Bishop of a diocese may grant special permission for a couple to wed in another location, but that would only be for serious reasons. Most likely, your reason for desiring to be in the midst of God’s creation will not be a strong enough argument to sway your Bishop.”

Catholic Churches Discourage Outdoor Weddings

Now you know. Any thoughts?

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Disgusting! This False Prophet Allegedly Sprays Insect Repellents To Heal Believers

Disgusting! This False Prophet Allegedly Sprays Insect Repellents To Heal Believers

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Prophet Sprays Insect Repellents To Believers
Prophet allegedly sprays insect repellents straight to the faces of his believers | Photo by Aki Anastasiou

This is a typical story of false prophet spreading false faith in his believers, but what he does is something that’s very disgusting in our eyes.

Prophet Sprays Insect Repellents To Believers
Lethebo Rabalago, the ‘prophet’ in the pictures was a preacher of a church in Limpopo, South Africa. | Photo: eNCA

Spraying the faith

Prophet Sprays Insect Repellents To Believers
He sprays on where ever his believers want him to | Photo by Aki Anastasiou

The 24-year-old ‘prophet’ from Mountzion General Assembly created a buzz online when pictures of him spraying what seemed to be an insect spray circulated on social media.

Prophet Sprays Insect Repellents To Believers
Photo by Aki Anastasiou

Lethebo Rabalago, the ‘prophet’ in the pictures was a preacher of a church in Limpopo, South Africa. The pictures were taken during their church service. It was identified that the repellent that he used to spray on his followers’ faces was the Doom Super Multi-Insect Killer.

Prophet Sprays Insect Repellents To Believers
This is the actual spray that the false prophet used to his believers | Photo from Brand Tigers

Brand Tigers, creator of the spray, was quick to release a statement that spraying their product into faces is dangerous. The package has an instruction and the information about the spray.

After his ways were questioned, he proclaimed that many of his followers were actually cured. He explained that no injury was declared, but he declined to admit how many of his believers were actually healed by his treatment.

Prophet Sprays Insect Repellents To Believers
This is what fanaticism does to everyone | Photo by Aki Anastasiou

See, people, this is what fanaticism does to everyone. Beware of these religious ‘prophets’ that are spreading false faith, they know that they have ‘blind’ followers. Keep safe and don’t believe instantly in what people say.

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7 Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters During Holy Week

7 Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters During Holy Week

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Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters
Holy week is the time we should honor the graces God had given us | Photo from Desiring God

“Bawal Maglaro”

For some Filipino kids, lent is a nightmare. They are deprived of doing things they usually do, like playing and most especially, eating meat. Religious or not, you’re still not eating meat.

Yes, we know your hardships, and we created a list of things every Filipino kid had to go through during Holy Week.

1. There’s nothing to watch on TV, well, except Holy Week Specials and Tagalized films about Jesus Christ.

Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters

2. But Eat Bulaga got your back! Yes, we know you’re always waiting for their holy week specials.

Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters

3. Celebrating is not allowed, hanging out with your friends is also not allowed.

Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters

4. If you’re blessed enough, yours parents would not let you watch TV, and will force you to read instead.

Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters

5. This is the time when you will realize how important meat is to you, but hey, there’s always monggo during Good Fridays.

Lady Gaga will be disappointed.

Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters

6. Out of all these things Christians do during holy week, this is the most logical – no one is taking a bath on Good Friday.

Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters

7. And after every hardship you had to go through, meat will be back on the menu.

Things Every Filipino Kid Encounters

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Holy Week: Image of Christ and the The Virgin Mary Was Seen Crying Blood in Cebu!

Holy Week: Image of Christ and the The Virgin Mary Was Seen Crying Blood in Cebu!

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There are still things in this world that even science can’t explain. Even though it’s not the first case of a crying saint statue, people in Cebu witnessed this images weep in blood.

Holy Tears

Statues of Saints Weep Blood in Cebu
Statues of Saints Weep Blood in Cebu | Photo by Vilma Andales

Now that the Lenten Season is here, God from above just gave us sightings that might prove they are real. Everyone was shocked when a laminated photograph of Jesus and the Virgin Mary was seen crying blood in Carcar City, Southern Cebu. Later that night, the statue of St. Veronica started to weep as well. Residents gathered at the house and prayed for what seemed to be a miracle.

The owner of the house, Val San Diego, is a devoted Catholic, and according to him, he was on his way to Dumanjug, a nearby city, with his family when their maid shouted. He then rushed to the dumbfounded main, and, he, too was shocked. He saw the statue shedding tears of blood.

Statues of Saints Weep Blood in Cebu
These sightings are yet to be explained

“We were more than halfway when our maid called, telling us nga naghilak og dugo (crying in blood),” San Diego said.

The man claimed that the statue belonged to his great grandparents for 130 years now. He said that he is prepared to whatever God’s message to him was. He was unsure though as to how his statues wept blood.

Based on religious beliefs, St. Veronica was the woman who wiped Jesus Christ’s face when he carried the Cross. The local parish has already seen the photos of the weeping images, but their mouth is still shut.

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7 Churches in Manila That Will Complete Your Ultimate #VisitaIglesiaGoals

7 Churches in Manila That Will Complete Your Ultimate #VisitaIglesiaGoals

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The Lenten Season Is Fast Approaching!

As part of the Lenten tradition in the Philippines, Visita Iglesia is one of the most anticipated events of the Roman Catholic Church’s Holy Week.

Part of everyone’s visita iglesia is that you should go to at least 7 churches and ask for the Blessed Sacrament. For every church you visit, you should pray 2 stations of the cross.

Plus, there’s no harm if you believe in a superstition that once you complete the visit, any wish of yours will be granted.

We all know that Manila City is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines, and it has the oldest churches in the country. But despite being an old city, the churches in it have been maintained well.

We set up 7 churches to complete your #VisitaIglesiaGoals!

Quiapo Church

Located in Plaza Miranda, Quezon Blvd., the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene is the home of the respected statue of Black Nazarene. Quiapo church, as we call it now, was destroyed a couple of times but it was secured in 1988.

Ultimate Manila #VisitaIglesiaGoals

Sta. Cruz Church

Built in Carriedo Street, Binondo, Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church stood tall. It was founded in 1619, but was built in 1957.

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Binondo Church

The Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish is located in the District of Binondo, Manila founded by Dominican priests in 1596. Destroyed in 1762 because of the British bombardment, it was reconstructed and completed in 1852.

Ultimate Manila #VisitaIglesiaGoals
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Manila Cathedral

Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located in Intramuros. It was governed by Mexicans first in 1571, but the construction was completed in 1958.

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San Agustin Church

Dubbed as the Immaculate Conception Parish Church of San Agustin, it is located also inside the walled city of Intramuros. The groundbreaking of it was way back in 1586, but was completed in 1607. This is known to be the “simbahan ng mga mayayaman”.

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Malate Church

This Baroque-styled church can be found in front of the Manila Bay in Malate. Our Lady of Remedies Parish Church, was consecrated in 1588, and completed in 1624.

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For the last leg of our Visita Iglesia in Manila.

Sta. Ana Church

Known as the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church of Santa Ana, is a Spanish-built church located in Sta. Ana, Manila. It was founded in 1720 and designated in 1936.

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STUDY: Children raised without religion become better people

STUDY: Children raised without religion become better people

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In a deeply religious country like the Philippines, growing up Godless is almost unimaginable. Most would even say sinful. Predominantly Catholic, part and parcel of growing up here is learning one’s prayers. So how do children of non-religious parents—atheists, even—turn out?

Do they become soul-less criminals? Do they grow up to be individuals who lead hedonistic lives without drive and direction? Or worst of all, do they become Satanists? A recent article published in the Los Angeles Times would like us to think otherwise.

Do children from secular families end up living hedonistic, sinful lifestyles? (Photo from sleek-mag.com)
Do children from secular families end up living hedonistic, sinful lifestyles? (Photo from sleek-mag.com)

The article quotes University of Southern California Professor of Gerontology and Sociology Vern Bengston as saying, “Far from being dysfunctional, nihilistic and rudderless without the security and rectitude of religion, secular households provide a sound and solid foundation for children.”

Bengston oversees the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which for 40 years and counting, is the largest and possibly the longest-running study of religion and family life spanning generations of families in the US.

Upon observing non-religious families and examining how parental influence trickles down to non-religious children, Bengston was surprised to find that non-religious families had high levels of familial solidarity and close emotional bonds. The strong ethical and moral principles the parents held were also passed on to the children.

“Many non-religious parents were more coherent and passionate about their ethical principles than some of the ‘religious’ parents in our study… The vast majority appeared to live goal­-filled lives characterized by moral direction and sense of life having a purpose,” Bengston stated.

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