Pope Francis made a historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the country’s “Year of Tolerance” celebration held at the Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium.
The facility could only accommodate up to 135,000 people and tickets were released at their respective churches where thousands of Catholics lined up for hours in hopes of receiving free tickets to get inside the venue. Pope Francis is the first Roman Catholic pope to set foot in the UAE, and welcomed by the country’s leader.
Almost a million Roman Catholics were lining up for the papal mass tickets, who were living in the UAE. The tickets will not only allow them to attend the mass in Zayed Sports City Stadium, but will also grant them a day off as announced by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
A Filipina, named Bernice Soroosh is a devout Catholic, wanted to attend the papal mass. As told her Emirati husband, Yousef Sroosh about this, he immediately offered to take her to St. Mary’s Church to give her a chance to have a ticket.
Yousef patiently waited for her wife who had spent several hours lining up outside the church.
“I told my husband that I would like to attend the papal mass and he offered to drive me to St. Mary’s Church to get a ticket. I was really touched by his offer. This Papal visit has proven that people, even a married couple like us, who come from different religious background and culture, can arrive at a common ground,” Bernice shared.
“My husband is a Muslim and I’m Catholic, but there is deep respect for culture and faith in our family.”
Yousef is an evident proof that not all Muslims are having thoughts of not allowing their wives to attend big religious events, despite the impression of being strict in the Muslim religion.
In spite of their efforts, Bernice was not able to get a ticket. Still she feels blessed that the pope has visited the UAE and could still hear the mass through the live video broadcast.
Yousef earned admiration from social media, as the Muslim guy who give his best to support his wife and help her to secure tickets to the papal mass in his United Arab Emirates (UAE) visit.
Father RJ, a Roman Catholic priest, is one of the members of the LGBT community, consists of individuals who chose to dedicate their lives in serving an institution that doesn’t entirely welcome them.
He said that he had known that he’s gay since puberty as he was attracted to guys and even his “wet dreams” were about men. But things changed when he graduated from college.
“I felt the call to priesthood.”
The topic of LGBT members inside the church is not new as the likes of Pope John XII, Paul II, and Sixtus IV were caught with gay-related controversies. Sociologist and author James Wolf estimated that around 48.5% of priests may actually be gay.
But in December 2016, Pope Francis has signed The Gift of the Priestly Vocation which states that people with homosexual tendencies are prevented from participating at Roman Catholic seminaries and the priesthood.
In an article by OutrageMag.com, Fr. RJ expressed that he found it “hurtful and disappointing.”
“I reject the idea that gays are not fit to be priests.
“Those statements versus gay priests, which were copied from ideas first put forth under the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, are evil, cruel and outright discriminatory. Those are not coming from the Holy Spirit. don’t see any contradiction between being gay and being a priest.
“There is no contradiction. There are surely a lot of LGBT saints in the history of the church.”
He shared that his companions and superiors are actually really supportive of him.
“Being LGBT is not a sin. Logically, therefore, LGBT love and LGBT relationships are not sinful.”
President Rodrigo Duterte has once again attacked the Catholic Church.
On Monday, November 26, in a speech during the groundbreaking of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project, he suggested that people should no longer go to the Church and just make their own chapels at home.
“You don’t have to go to church to pay for these idiots.
“Ang mga tao noon nomads. What do they know about the world today? Tapos pasundin niyo sa mga sinusulat ninyo? Totoo. How can people 3,000 years ago predict or project what is happening today?”
He added that even though some of his friends are priests, he does not encourage people to give money to bishops as he accused them of corruption.
“You have the balls, brave as you are, to ask for property of the government tapos magsalita kayong mga p*t*ng*na ninyo, kala mo kung sino kayo.”
Last week, the President accused a certain Bishop ‘David’ of taking home church offerings for personal use. He also drew flack earlier this year for calling God “stupid”.
“It is not true that I said I do not believe in God. I was answering to an incessant attack na demonic daw ako. Kasi diyan sa patayan…Sabi ko: ‘I do not believe in your stupid God.’ I have my own god, in my estimation. Hindi ‘yan nangongolekta nang pera.”
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.
Lady Gaga will be disappointed.
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!
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.
Built in Carriedo Street, Binondo, Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church stood tall. It was founded in 1619, but was built in 1957.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
For the last leg of our Visita Iglesia in Manila.
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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