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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesFriday, December 6, 2013
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Nuncio: Bishop Cortes
an answered prayer

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, yesterday described the appointment of Rev. Julito Cortes, fourth bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete, as an “answered prayer”.

Pinto, representing Pope Francis, attended the liturgical reception and canonical installation of Cortes at the packed St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral in Dumaguete, and delivered a short message from the Pontiff.

“It is a pleasure to share in your joy as you welcome home His Excellency, Most. Rev. Julito Cortes. He is an answer to your prayers. I am well aware that you have been asking the Lord to give you a shepherd after his own heart,” Pinto said. “He responds by sending to you one of the sons of the church of Dumaguete”.

Dumaguete ditches
Christmas party

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Dumaguete City government will not hold its Christmas party in deference to the thousands of people devastated by super-typhoon “Yolanda” in the Visayas.

The contribution of each employee for the Christmas gathering will be collected and sent to survivors of the typhoon in hardest-hit areas in Leyte and Samar, where residents are still reeling from the devastation, City Administrator William Ablong said yesterday.

He said City Hall is eyeing the release of additional cash gift for the employees, but said the amount of P20,000, as reported, is not final yet since they will still check if funds are available.

Vatican committee vs.
child sex abuse on

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis yesterday set up a committee to fight child sex abuse in the Catholic Church and give pastoral care to victims following a recommendation from a council of cardinals he has asked to advise him.

The announcement was made by US cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston and one of the eight members of the council, who said the precise composition of the new committee will be announced "in the near future".

O'Malley said the council suggested the new committee on Wednesday and Francis approved it on Thursday, adding that the initiative was also in line with the zero tolerance approach of pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

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