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ARCHBISHOP DECLARES 1948 LIPA MEDIATRIX APPARITIONS 'WORTHY OF BELIEF'


SEPTEMBER 13 --Lipa Archbishop Most Reverend Ramon Arguelles
Lipa Archbishop Most Reverend Ramon Arguelles has declared the apparitions of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace to a Carmelite Novice in 1948 as “supernatural in character” and “worthy of belief,” overturning the results of an investigation conducted in 1951.
In a decree dated last Sept. 12, Arguelles approved the apparitions of the Mediatrix to a Carmelite postulant named Teresita Castillo in September 1948 and the subsequent miracles attributed to it. “The events and apparitions in 1948, also known as the Marian Phenomenon in Lipa, and its aftermath ,even in recent times, do exhibit supernatural character and is worthy of belief.” “I encourage the devotion to the Most Holy Mother Mary under Her Revered and Worthy title of Mediatrix of All Grace,” Arguelles said.READ MORE...

ALSO: THE AMAZING STORY BEHIND THE LIPA APPARITIONS


SEPTEMBER 12 --The section of the garden where the apparitions took place. [The dramatic and official approval last weekend [9/12/15] of apparitions at Lipa in the Philippines during the 1940s came after decades of rejection by a national committee, which quashed the positive declarations of the local ordinary. In 2010, astonishingly, the Vatican itself "affirmed" that the apparitions were "not supernatural." That directive came under Pope Benedict XVI, who himself, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was strict about apparitions (more so than his predecessor, Saint John Paul II) and convened the current committee on Medjugorje. The official declaration that the apparitions at Lipa are "worthy of belief" -- by Archbishop Ramon Cabrera Aguelles -- states that the events were indeed supernatural and strongly encourages devotion to "Our Lady, Mediatrix of Grace," as she called herself there. Unless overturned by Rome, the apparition is thus "Church-approved." Interestingly, the messages from the site, given to seer Teresita Castillo, a Carmelite sister, included "secrets" that she said pertained to the Carmel monastery; to herself personally; and, most intriguingly, to the world and specifically China, the only nation mentioned by name. Here, from the 1992 book, The Final Hour (Michael Brown), is the story behind the gripping scenes of the apparition]: Three knocks. A hoarse voice. A foul odor. At a Carmelite convent an hour south of Manila, novice Tersita Castillo was under demonic attack. It was July 31, 1948, in the far-off Philippines. Satan was trying to chase her from the sisterhood. As a calling card he left behind sooty inhuman footprints. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pope Francis 2015 Visit to the U.S.


SEPTEMBER 19 -The Departure for New York City
Start date: September 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm - End date: September 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm. After visiting St. Patrick’s church and attending the St. Maria Meals Program luncheon, Pope Francis will depart at 4 p.m. from the Joint Base Andrews for his next destination: New York. An hour later, he will arrive at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, NY at 5 p.m. Historically, New York City has been a key location for papal visits to the United States with Pope Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI visiting the city during their pontificate. It is also considered the largest city in the United States with a population of over 8 million. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Sugarcane farm converted into a forest park


SEPTEMBER 18 -MAHOGANY – Photo shows one of the 17-year-old mahogany trees at the forest park of lawyer Nordy Diploma in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Aside from mahogany, other species like narra, Gmelina, acacia, lauan and more are growing in the forest park. Tracts of land are being developed into different types of living forest to showcase the different ways of preserving and living in harmony with the forest. Did you know that in Victorias City where sugarcane is king, an enterprising lawyer-businessman has transformed a 40-hectare sugarcane plantation into a man-made forest? Most of the trees are now full grown and some people are calling it a rainforest. Responsible for converting the place into a forest park is lawyer Nordy Diploma, 80, who is not only a good legal practitioner but also a sharp businessman. He learned from the history of Negros Occidental that the province used to be covered with thick forests which were cut to give way to sugarcane plantations. Commercial logging and pollution from the sugar centrals also contributed to the degradation of the environment. In 1997, lawyer Nordy bought 60 hectares of sugarcane plantation to pursue what some people in Negros called a crazy idea – converting a productive sugar farm into a forest from which no immediate income could be derived. READ MORE...

ALSO: Los Baños shower fest breaks 2 world records


SEPTEMBER 20 -Residents of Los Baños, Laguna join the World Record Shower Festival yesterday. Al Benavente
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – This town broke two world records for the most number of people simultaneously taking a shower and the largest shower area.
The World Record Shower Fest, which was organized by the municipal government, drew 373 bathers. The number is 42 more than the shower participants of 331 people in Crawfordsville, Indiana, which earned the Guinness world record last June. Among the participants in the shower event were the aspirants in the Binibining Laguna and Ginoong Laguna and students of the Laguna State Polytechnic University and University of the Philippines in Los Baños. A four-year-old boy was the youngest participant and a 68-year-old woman, the oldest. The shower area at the General Paciano Rizal Park was 394 square meters, bigger than the 372-square-meter Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee, Illinois, which bagged the Guinness world record in 2009. Representatives of the Guinness World Records witnessed the event. The shower fest was among the highlights of the commemoration of this town’s 400th anniversary. The quadri-centennial celebration dubbed “Los Baños Bañamos Festival 2015,” which started on Sept. 14, will end today. “The shower fest aims to put Los Baños in the Guinness World Records as a strategy to create and attract global attention to the town’s 400th founding anniversary celebration and the 14th year of its signature festival Bañamos,” said festival director Robby Cereno. Originally named Mainit (hot) and Visita (chapel) of Bay, Laguna’s provincial capital in 1688, Los Baños became a town on Sept. 17, 1615. Los Baños is Spanish for the baths. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Sol Vanzi recalls and reports: INSIDE MARTIAL LAW
[Little known events of dark September, 1972 come to light]


SEPTEMBER 21 -Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. delivered a scathing privilege speech on the floor of the Senate warning the nation that President Ferdinand Marcos was on the verge of declaring martial law. It was to be his last speech at the Senate; he was arrested the next day. Unknown to all but a few, Proclamation No. 1081 placing the country under martial law was signed that very same day and the logistical requirements for its successful implementation were already being put in place.


MARCOS declares martial law in a live nationwide television broadcast, just a few feet away from the author, on Sept. 23, 1972. (Sol Jose Vanzi)  Even as Aquino was speaking, military men were being positioned in strategic places. Key civilian and military officials carried lists of persons to be arrested. Newspapers, news agencies, radio and television stations were scheduled to be shut down. Communications facilities (telephone, telegraph and telexes) were to be closely supervised and controlled. Travel was to be limited, beginning with the closure of airports and a subsequent overseas travel ban on Filipino citizens. All the steps Marcos took were detailed instructions contained in Edward Luttwak’s book Coup d’Etat, a step-by-step textbook on successfully changing, or overthrowing, a government extra judicially. The author observed Marcos reading it intently beginning the early months of 1972, prompting him to secure a copy. In this exclusive article, Malacañang insider Sol Jose Vanzi writes about little known events on the dark days of September, 1972. CONTINUE READING BY SOL VANZI, SHE WAS THERE.....


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Archbishop declares 1948 Lipa Mediatrix apparitions ‘worthy of belief’


Lipa Archbishop Most Reverend Ramon Arguelles

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015, (INQUIRER) By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet September 13th, 2015 - Lipa Archbishop Most Reverend Ramon Arguelles has declared the apparitions of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace to a Carmelite Novice in 1948 as “supernatural in character” and “worthy of belief,” overturning the results of an investigation conducted in 1951.

In a decree dated last Sept. 12, Arguelles approved the apparitions of the Mediatrix to a Carmelite postulant named Teresita Castillo in September 1948 and the subsequent miracles attributed to it.

“The events and apparitions in 1948, also known as the Marian Phenomenon in Lipa, and its aftermath ,even in recent times, do exhibit supernatural character and is worthy of belief.”

“I encourage the devotion to the Most Holy Mother Mary under Her Revered and Worthy title of Mediatrix of All Grace,” Arguelles said.

READ MORE...

The prelate underscored the role of the Mediatrix in keeping the sanctity of marriage and defense of marriage.

Arguelles also said that the Mediatrix is needed “to bring about a true and lasting transformation in the nation.”

After the approval of the local prelate, the apparition will then be subjected to the approval of the Holy See through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has not yet issued a statement on the approval of the Mediatrix apparitions as of posting time.
JE


SPIRITDAILY.COM

THE AMAZING STORY BEHIND THE LIPA APPARITIONS


The section of the garden where the apparitions took place.

[The dramatic and official approval last weekend [9/12/15] of apparitions at Lipa in the Philippines during the 1940s came after decades of rejection by a national committee, which quashed the positive declarations of the local ordinary.

In 2010, astonishingly, the Vatican itself "affirmed" that the apparitions were "not supernatural."

That directive came under Pope Benedict XVI, who himself, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was strict about apparitions (more so than his predecessor, Saint John Paul II) and convened the current committee on Medjugorje.

The official declaration that the apparitions at Lipa are "worthy of belief" -- by Archbishop Ramon Cabrera Aguelles -- states that the events were indeed supernatural and strongly encourages devotion to "Our Lady, Mediatrix of Grace," as she called herself there. Unless overturned by Rome, the apparition is thus "Church-approved."


Interestingly, the messages from the site, given to seer Teresita Castillo, a Carmelite sister, included "secrets" that she said pertained to the Carmel monastery; to herself personally; and, most intriguingly, to the world and specifically China, the only nation mentioned by name.

Here, from the 1992 book, The Final Hour (Michael Brown), is the story behind the gripping scenes of the apparition]:

Three knocks. A hoarse voice. A foul odor.

At a Carmelite convent an hour south of Manila, novice Tersita Castillo was under demonic attack. It was July 31, 1948, in the far-off Philippines. Satan was trying to chase her from the sisterhood. As a calling card he left behind sooty inhuman footprints.

READ MORE...

Most of all the demon may have been trying to forestall or even prevent an appearance by the Virgin Mary, for on August 18, after several more attacks (after appearing on the wall with fire around his head, and leaving the poor young woman with bruises and welts) the devil was gone, his place taken by a beautiful woman who was dressed in white and emitted a lovely fragrance.

It was not Satan. The devil was very different. There was no longer the echoing voice and the burnt odor.

"Do not fear, my daughter. He who loves above all things has sent me."


Soon the other sisters, watching Teresita in profound ecstasy, discarded their skepticism. Mary also favored the prioress, Mother Cecilia, with interior locutions, and other nuns witnessed the miraculous materialization of rose petals.

For three months Teresita continued to experience a sweet, unearthly, and motherly presence, speaking with the Virgin near a vine in the garden.

Soon the entire convent, then the city, then the archipelago were caught up in the phenomena. Heaven's own calling card. Hundreds and thousands gathered near the convent.

The town was Lipa, scene of a horrible massacre during the war, and as if to erase those scars, Heaven granted the nation witness to beautiful and extraordinary events, including figures in the clouds and rose petals that fell from the sky with likenesses of Jesus on them.

Looking upward in astonishment, crowds of Filipinos, crowds that had overnight grown to baseball-stadium proportions, claimed to see the petals materialize out of thin air, and when the bishop visited the convent, intent on bringing a halt to the "hoax" a shower of petals fell on him as he entered the convent.

I thought of Fatima and the time a crowd there too saw roses fall from the sky, but at Fatima they were ethereal roses that vanished before they touched the earth, while here they were tangible flower petals, red, yellow, orange, anxiously gathered as souvenirs; and when botanists analyzed them they concluded that the petals were of a variety known only to Russia, which is nearly two thousand miles to the north.


During the apparitions a strange blue bird fluttered about and the nearest vine whipsawed as vigorously as the bush at Lourdes.

Like Lucia, Teresita was administered Holy Communion by an angel, and as the petals fell, onlookers also reported that a statue sculpted according to Teresita's description of the Virgin and holding a rosary moved its mouth and hands as if reciting the beads.

The Sun pulsed, and many were cured of infirmities.

Calling herself the mediatrix (or female mediator) of grace, Mary imparted the gentle words, "Pray, my child. The people do not heed my words.

Tell my daughters that there will be persecutions, unrest, and bloodshed in your country. The enemy of the church will try to destroy the faith which Jesus established and died for.

The church will suffer much. Pray for the conversion of sinners throughout the world. Pray for those who rejected me and those who do not believe and trust me.

Spread the meaning of the Rosary, because this will be the instrument for peace throughout the world. Tell the people that the Rosary must be said with devotion.

Propagate the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. Do penance for priests and nuns. But be not afraid, for the love of my son will soften the hardest of hearts and my motherly love will be their strength to crush the enemies of God. What I asked here is the same I asked at Fatima."

There were secrets, but Teresita guarded them jealously for the next 40 years."

I'll tell you this much," she said to a journalist." one (of the secrets) is for China, not Russia."

I was struck by the mention of China in an apparition occurring at just about the same time that Ida was hearing messages in Amsterdam about Manchuria. on December 10th, 1950, the Dutch visionary was shown Formosa and Korea and told by Mary that there would be "periods of tranquility, which, however, do not last, The Eastern nations have been aroused by an ideology that does not believe in the Son."

That ideology was threatening to spill across Asia, even down to the Philippines, and certain of its errors, especially the distorted promulgation of Darwinism, already were entrenched in the West, which was worshipping at the throne of DNA. in this expanding and godless environment the events in the Philippines seemed like a welcome little proof of the supernatural, not so much a calling card as a wake up call.


It was what the church needed: a rallying point against not just atheism but also the hedonism sweeping the world and especially the Philippines' big brother, America, where a magazine called Playboy was in the offing and where Hollywood, featuring Marilyn Monroe, had become the new Babylon, exporting lust in the same way that Moscow exported godlessness.

By the early 1950s television was replacing the family hearth, and even in the Philippines authorities had to be disconcerted over the disrespect with which the Church, now thought to be an archaic institution, was suddenly held. With Soviet tanks soon to crush East Berlin, and already entrenched in Czechoslovakia, it seemed only a matter of time before Russia's philosophy of atheism would spread like its military hardware. North Korea, turned into a communist state by China and Russia, invaded South Korea, and in the Philippines that was far too close for comfort.

In this era where science and militarism declared themselves the only truth, I would have thought the church, once it determined that there was no fraud or demonism, would embrace an event like Lipa for what it was: God sending us flowers and gently nudging us away from fanatical materialism -- materialism that took different forms but was in many ways growing as vehement in the Philippines and West as it was in Beijing and Moscow.

These were strange times, however, and the church, perhaps wary about charges of superstitiousness, decided that there was no room in such modern times for Teresita's apparitions and set about crushing the apparition, ordering the burning of any diaries associated with Teresita, disposal of rose petals, and destruction of the statue. Boxes of letters and other records of the apparitions were burned.

And the bishop, who approved of Lipa after his personal encounter with the rose petals, was stripped of his administrative powers in the early 1950s, ostensibly for "poor accounting practices," his equally favorable auxiliary bishop removed and banished to a different diocese.

Meanwhile Mother Cecilia, the prioress, was transferred to another convent and given the choice of a scullery maid.

Church interrogators tried to intimidate Teresita into signing a false confession, a statement saying the apparitions were a fabrication intended to bring her personal attention, and when the befuddled and terrorized young postulant found the strength to refuse, she was confronted by an angry psychologist - priest who made motions as if ready to throw an ashtray at her.

The repression was orchestrated by the papal nuncio in Manila, at whose direction a committee of Filipino bishops was convened, hastily concluding that the Lipa events were not of a supernatural nature, their own verdict signed without even interviewing the visionary, who was also sequestered at a different convent and forbidden, as were the other nuns, to speak of the 1948 happenings.

While the committee of bishops appeared unanimous in their conclusion that Lipa was fraudulent, several of them confessed before they died that they too had been coerced, signing the negative "findings"only under threat of excommunication.


I wondered if this was what the Virgin meant when she warned of what Lucia described as the "diabolical disorientation" invading the world, "deceiving souls" and sowing confusion in "many persons who occupy positions of responsibility."

Confusion is Satan's hallmark, the first indication of his presence. The Church, it appeared, was encountering Pope Pius X's worst nightmare -- the infiltration of " partisans of error" Into it's "very bosom," where they would be "the more mischievous the less they keep in the open."

There was always room for skepticism, but at Lipa certain authorities, going to the pressure of a new and scientific world -- a world that had now all but totally discarded spirituality in favor of biology and psychology -- took scientific methodology to the extreme, all but erasing an event that captivated an entire nation and gave evidence, it seemed, that their Church was based on truth and the living presence of God.

"To my daughter who does not believe, "Mary had said, referring during the apparitions to one stubborn nun, "I do not oblige you to believe but do not block nor debase my sacred place, nor despise my words."

You could smell the sulphur. You could feel the diabolical contention. It was Satan, diluting authentic apparitions with false visionaries, persecuting the real seers, blinding newsmen to the events, and sowing confusion within the Church -- confusion and negativism. [resources: The Final Hour]


POPE FRANCIS HOMEPAGE

Pope Francis 2015 Visit to the U.S.

The Departure for New York City

Start date: September 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm; End date: September 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

After visiting St. Patrick’s church and attending the St. Maria Meals Program luncheon, Pope Francis will depart at 4 p.m. from the Joint Base Andrews for his next destination: New York. An hour later, he will arrive at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, NY at 5 p.m.

Historically, New York City has been a key location for papal visits to the United States with Pope Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI visiting the city during their pontificate. It is also considered the largest city in the United States with a population of over 8 million.

Sources:

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108570.html

http://www.history.com/topics/new-york-city

http://www.jazzhostels.com/blog/390-cool-facts-about-new-york-city/

http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/2015-papal-visit-schedule.cfm

Evening Prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Live Stream: May be possible through this link: http://saintpatrickscathedral.org/live

On Thursday, September 24th at 6:45 p.m. Pope Francis will pray the Evening Prayer at a Vespers service held in the renown St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The event is open to clergy of St. Patrick’s Cathedral only.

Located on 5th Avenue, the Cathedral was formally opened in May of 1879. In 2012, Cardinal Dolan launched a much-needed, $177 million dollar restoration of the Cathedral noting major problems such as the roof leaking, crumbling marble blocks, splitting glass, and outdated heating, air, and plumbing. Now, with the upcoming papal visit to the U.S. in mind, Cardinal Dolan is pressing for current building contractors to finish the restoration of the Cathedral before the end of September.

Historically, four pontiffs have visited the Cathedral. In October of 1936, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII, visited the cathedral and celebrated Mass there for the 26th anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral. On October 4th, 1965, Pope Paul VI visited the cathedral and celebrated mass as well during his visit to New York City. Pope John Paul II had the pleasure of visiting the cathedral twice, once in 1979 and a decade before the end of his papacy in 1995. In the spring of 2008, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at the cathedral during his formal visit to the United States.

Sources:

http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/about_introduction.php  http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/about_history_timeline.php  http://cardinaldolan.org/index.php/welcoming-pope-francis/  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/11/17/its-official-pope-francis-confirms-trip-to-united-states/
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/17/cardinal-dolan-announces-175-million-facelift-to-st-patricks-cathedral/ 
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/16/st-patricks-cathedral-set-for-175-million-renovation/
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/07/07/st-patricks-cathedral-set-to-undergo-177-million-restoration/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter  
http://pix11.com/2013/07/05/historic-pope-john-paul-ii-at-st-patricks-cathedral-10379/ 
http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2us95j.htm  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/popes-history-visit-new-york-city-gallery-1.2085248?pmSlide=1.2085239 
http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/2015-papal-visit-schedule.cfm

Address to United Nations General Assembly

Pope Francis to Address the United Nations General Assembly

Live Stream: This event can be viewed here: http://webtv.un.org/live/  or here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/general-assembly/general-debate/70th-session/ 

On Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 8:30 a.m, Pope Francis will formally address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

With the assembly celebrating its 70th anniversary, the attendance and address of Pope Francis are guaranteed to make it a special one. This year’s assembly will also involve huge decisions for its members concerning sustainable development, climate change and much more.

In addition to Pope Francis’ address to the assembly he will also have bilateral meetings with the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly, and participate in a town hall gathering with United Nations staff.

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. There are 193 Member States, and the purpose is to take action on the issues that are confronting humanity in the 21st century.

Pope Paul VI spoke to the General Assembly in 1965, when he visited.

Pope John Paul II addressed them twice – saying that he came as a witness to human dignity.

In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI also spoke to the United Nations.

Sources:

http://www.un.org/en/sections/about-un/overview/index.html  http://www.un.org/en/sections/about-un/main-organs/index.html  http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/exclusive-details-of-the-proposal-for-pope-francis-us-visit-revealed-13383/  http://www.un.org/sg/offthecuff/index.asp?cuff=3  http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/2015-papal-visit-schedule.cfm

Multi-religious Service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum and World Trade Center

On Friday, September 25th at 11:30 a.m., Pope Francis will visit the 9/11 memorial site, where nearly three thousand were killed by terrorist attacks in September of 2001.

After likely praying at the site, the pontiff will meet with local representatives of the world religions inside Foundation Hall at the 9/11 Memorial Museum for a multi-religious meeting for peace. During this meeting, Pope Francis will deliver an address to the people and various prayers will be said.

Can I get tickets?

Members from the 9/11 community ( victims’ families, survivors, rescuers and recovery workers, first responders and members of the lower Manhattan community) will be able to participate in a lottery for a chance to be a selected guest at the event. This event will be very limited on space for guests due to security reasons.

Pope Benedict’s visit to Ground Zero


Pope Benedict XVI mass at Ground Zero New York City

On April 20th, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope to visit Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There he knelt and prayed in the very spot where the World Trade Center once stood, blessed the site, and met with 24 selected guests.

Since Pope Benedict’s visit, the official memorial has been established, and the museum has been finished, so there will be several new places for Pope Francis to see.

Note: The following event is tentative and may be subject to removal or a change in name, date, time, and details.

Sources:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/pope-is-en-route-to-visit-ground-zero/
http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/2015-papal-visit-schedule.cfm
http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=79671#.VZvMxvlVikp

Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem

On Friday, September 25th at 4 p.m, Pope Francis will pay a visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels school, an institution that has been providing grade school level education to the East Harlem community for over 120 years. The student body is 70% Hispanic and 22% African American.

According to Wall Street Journal, the pontiff will spend time in a third-grade classroom with students.

Timothy McNiff, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese told WSJ.com that the visit will likely include a lesson demonstrating how the school is teaching kids about the importance of caring for the environment.

Sources:

http://www.olqaeastharlem.org/about/index  http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/2015-papal-visit-schedule.cfm
http://www.partnershipnyc.org/news/articles/1065-pope-visits-partnership-school
http://www.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-to-visit-east-harlem-school-during-nyc-trip-1435672511 

Papal Motorcade through Central Park

On Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 5 p.m, Pope Francis will travel via motorcade through Central Park to meet and greet New Yorkers.

This will happen shortly after his visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels school and before the Madison Square Mass at 6 p.m that same day.

Due to limited space for the Pope’s historic Central Park procession, Residents of New York State only may enter a ticket giveaway contest once for a chance to receive two (2) tickets for the event. The sign up period for the ticket giveaway will begin on September 3rd and close on September 7th.

September 3rd Update: The ticket giveaway contest for the Central Park Papal Procession is now open. Use the link below to enter or call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK if you are outside of New York City. Ticket giveaway is open only to residents of New York State, who are over 18. One entry per person. Entrants will be randomly selected and notified via email or telephone call, depending on their method of entry. No admittance without tickets.

The Central Park Papal Procession will take place on Friday, September 25th on Central Park’s West Drive between 72nd and 60th Street. A ticket and valid ID is required for entrance.

Guests must enter via assigned security gate (listed on ticket) beginning at 12pm. All guests must be at their assigned gate no later than 3:30pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and allow ample time to pass through security. Guests without tickets will not be permitted.

Enter ticket giveaway

According to the Wall Street Journal, there are tens of thousands of tickets available for the procession.

Source:

http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/papal-visit.page  http://www.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-to-ride-through-central-park-1441127233

Madison Square Garden Mass

Pope Francis’ Mass at Madison Square Garden

On Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 6 p.m, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden, a popular indoor arena located in Manhattan.

Madison Square Garden is a multi-purpose indoor arena, primarily used for sporting events, concerts, and other large-scale events. With a seating capacity of over 19,000, the venue proves to be a suitable location for a papal Mass in New York.

Where can I buy tickets?

If you have been looking for ticket information on the Madison Square Garden Mass and other events in New York here is what the Archdiocese of New York is telling us…

Tickets will not be sold and they will be extremely limited. Tickets will be primarily distributed to parishes within the Archdiocese of New York, with a limited number distributed to the other dioceses in New York State.

Other Catholic organizations and institutions throughout the archdiocese of New York will also receive tickets, who will then extend invitations to their members. You can contact your own diocesan chancery office after July 1 for more information.

There will be no tickets available publicly through any other means, if you live in New York, we suggest that you reach out to your parish after July 1.

Basically, if you are not a parishioner belonging to the Archdiocese of New York, your chances of getting tickets for events like the Madison Square Garden Mass are slim.

If you live outside New York, your best option is to have someone you know who is a member of the archdiocese of New York, try and get a ticket for you.

Pope Saint John Paul II’s legendary visit to Madison Square Garden

On October 3rd, 1979, Pope John Paul II paid a visit to thousands upon thousands of enthusiastic teenagers at the Madison Square Garden. There, throngs of teens chanted loudly “John Paul II, we love you!” and were met with joy and love from the pontiff who wooed them on.

“I am happy to be with you in Madison Square Garden. Today this is a garden of life, where young people are alive: alive with hope and love, alive with the life of Christ. And it is in the name of Christ that I greet each one of you today.”

–Pope Saint John Paul II– Oct. 3rd, 1979, Madison Square Garden

During the event, Pope John Paul II road his popemobile around the arena, greeting the teens and touching the hearts of many present.

The venue considered the Pope’s visit to be one of its defining moments in history and has filmed a documentary highlighting the event.

Note: The following event is tentative and may be subject to removal or a change in name, date, time, and details.

June 30th, 2015 Update: The Vatican has revealed that the Madison Square Garden event will be a Mass.

Update: Madison Square Garden revealed that they will be rescheduling the Billy Joel concert on September 25th, to make way for a visit by Pope Francis.

Sources:

http://www.thegarden.com/faq.html#S http://www.thegarden.com/about.html  http://www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com/our-company/history.html  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pope-francis-visit-nyc-3-city-u-s-swing-report-article-1.2083682
http://www.msg.com/shows/the-gardens-defining-moments.html? vid=2659028010 
http://www.loyolapress.com/pope-john-paul-ii-and-young-people.htm  http://www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com/news/2015/liam-neeson-to-voice-the-1st-10-episodes-of-the-gardens-defining-moments-on-msgn.html  http://www.fjp2.com/en/john-paul-ii/online-library/speeches/6872–to-high-school-students-gathered-at-the-madison-square-garden-october-3-1979

Departure For and Arrival in Philadelphia

On Saturday, September 26th at 8:40 a.m, Pope Francis will depart for Philadelphia from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Roughly an hour later, he will land at a private Atlantic Aviation hangar in Philadelphia International Airport.

Public access for Pope Francis’ arrival at the airport will be barred and there will be secret service personnel present.

According to Examiner.com, prior to being taken to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, the pontiff will attend a private reception with city and state officials.

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the fifth most-populated city in the United States, making it a suitable location for this year’s World Meeting of Families.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, located in the heart of Philadelphia and containing over 75 meeting rooms with 46,000 seats, will be the primary event facility for the World Meeting of Families.

Sources:

http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/about-the-event/location-venue/  http://www.ushistory.org/philadelphia/  http://www.ushistory.org/philadelphia/philadelphia.html  http://www.visitphilly.com/history/
http://www.examiner.com/article/vatican-releases-pope-francis-philadelphia-schedule
http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/2015-papal-visit-schedule.cfm

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Pope leaves Rome for Cuba, US trip September 19, 2015 5:12 pm

ROME: Pope Francis took off from Rome’s Fiumicino airport for Cuba on Saturday, leaving shortly after 0830 GMT for the first leg of a trip which will also take him to the United States.

Francis, in his papal whites and clutching the black leather bag he takes on all his travels, was seen off by Italian and Vatican dignitaries and turned and waved a cheerful goodbye after climbing the boarding steps up to the Alitalia plane.

The leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics will be met by Cuban leader Raul Castro at Havana airport, and is also expected to meet Raul’s predecessor and brother Fidel during his three-night stop on the Caribbean island.

Landmark speeches to the US Congress and the UN General Assembly await next week on the Argentine’s first US trip as pontiff.


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Sugarcane farm converted into a forest park by Zac Sarian September 18, 2015 Share10 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share23


MAHOGANY – Photo shows one of the 17-year-old mahogany trees at the forest park of lawyer Nordy Diploma in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Aside from mahogany, other species like narra, Gmelina, acacia, lauan and more are growing in the forest park. Tracts of land are being developed into different types of living forest to showcase the different ways of preserving and living in harmony with the forest.

Did you know that in Victorias City where sugarcane is king, an enterprising lawyer-businessman has transformed a 40-hectare sugarcane plantation into a man-made forest? Most of the trees are now full grown and some people are calling it a rainforest.

Responsible for converting the place into a forest park is lawyer Nordy Diploma, 80, who is not only a good legal practitioner but also a sharp businessman.

He learned from the history of Negros Occidental that the province used to be covered with thick forests which were cut to give way to sugarcane plantations. Commercial logging and pollution from the sugar centrals also contributed to the degradation of the environment.

In 1997, lawyer Nordy bought 60 hectares of sugarcane plantation to pursue what some people in Negros called a crazy idea – converting a productive sugar farm into a forest from which no immediate income could be derived.

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FOREST TREES ADVOCATE – Lawyer Nordy Diploma is all smiles during a gathering with his Sunshine friends in his home in Bacolod City.

He had the foresight to convert a sugarcane plantation into a forest park that can become a sustainable source of livelihood. Selective harvesting of mature trees will make it possible to sustain the forest forever. Various environmentally friendly money-making projects can also be undertaken in the forest park.

Today, Atty. Nordy has the last laugh. He has developed a beautiful forest park with a lot of money-making possibilities. For now, he makes money by selling the trimmings from his trees to the sugar centrals. They use the trimmings as fuel.

Selective harvesting of the trees will make it possible to sustain the forest forever. As of now, a furniture maker has broached to Atty. Nordy the possibility of putting up a furniture factory in the vicinity of the park so he can make furniture for export from the man-made forest. It makes sense because the furniture buyers from Europe and elsewhere would not accept furniture made of wood cut from the mountains.


ACACIA SEEDLINGS – There are even bigger plans for the forest park. More areas are scheduled to be developed into agroforestry. One lot is being planted now into acacia as it has been observed that acacia grows very fast. The wood could eventually be harvested for making furniture and handicraft items. Thousands of acacia seedlings are being nurtured in the nursery.

NATURE TRAILS

Future plans also include the development of nature trails that will enable the visitors to the park to experience for themselves the wonders of a healthy eco-system.

One other vision is to make the forest park as venue for leadership development and skills training. Atty. Diploma said that youth camps will provide a forum for leadership and skills training to produce the leaders of tomorrow from the youth of today.

RESEARCH CENTER

Also, the Nordson Forest Park can become an experiment station to find out which species will grow best in the Visayas.

The forest park is an ideal venue for field-testing different tree and plant species, growing techniques, and watershed rehabilitation with the help of various agencies that include UP Los Baños and the World Agroforestry Center.


SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL – Atty. Diploma is most proud of the National Negros Occidental Science High School which is found right inside the forest park. He donated three hectares to the provincial government where it built the only public science high school in northern Negros. The school has since become one of the country’s leading science high schools. A total of 279 students who are mostly scholars of their municipal governments are enrolled from Grade 7 to 10.

The students have garnered a lot of awards in various science competitions in the Philippines and abroad. The latest major award was won this year by Ayezza Myrisse V. Candelario, a grade 8 student. She won the gold medal in the 2015 World Mathematics International Finals held in China.

Aside from donating the three-hectare site of the science high school, Atty. Diploma continues to support the school. He is providing a R1,000 monthly stipend to each of the teachers to augment their salary from the government.


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Los Baños shower fest breaks 2 world records By Rudy Fernandez (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 20, 2015 - 12:00am
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Residents of Los Baños, Laguna join the World Record Shower Festival yesterday. Al Benavente

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – This town broke two world records for the most number of people simultaneously taking a shower and the largest shower area.

The World Record Shower Fest, which was organized by the municipal government, drew 373 bathers.

The number is 42 more than the shower participants of 331 people in Crawfordsville, Indiana, which earned the Guinness world record last June.

Among the participants in the shower event were the aspirants in the Binibining Laguna and Ginoong Laguna and students of the Laguna State Polytechnic University and University of the Philippines in Los Baños.

A four-year-old boy was the youngest participant and a 68-year-old woman, the oldest.

The shower area at the General Paciano Rizal Park was 394 square meters, bigger than the 372-square-meter Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee, Illinois, which bagged the Guinness world record in 2009.

Representatives of the Guinness World Records witnessed the event.

The shower fest was among the highlights of the commemoration of this town’s 400th anniversary. The quadri-centennial celebration dubbed “Los Baños Bañamos Festival 2015,” which started on Sept. 14, will end today.

“The shower fest aims to put Los Baños in the Guinness World Records as a strategy to create and attract global attention to the town’s 400th founding anniversary celebration and the 14th year of its signature festival Bañamos,” said festival director Robby Cereno.

Originally named Mainit (hot) and Visita (chapel) of Bay, Laguna’s provincial capital in 1688, Los Baños became a town on Sept. 17, 1615. Los Baños is Spanish for the baths.


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INSIDE MARTIAL LAW: Little known events of dark September, 1972 come to light by Sol Vanzi September 21, 2015 Share4 Tweet2 Share0 Email2 Share23 On Sept. 21, 1972,


Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. delivered a scathing privilege speech on the floor of the Senate warning the nation that President Ferdinand Marcos was on the verge of declaring martial law. It was to be his last speech at the Senate; he was arrested the next day.

Unknown to all but a few, Proclamation No. 1081 placing the country under martial law was signed that very same day and the logistical requirements for its successful implementation were already being put in place.


MARCOS declares martial law in a live nationwide television broadcast, just a few feet away from the author, on Sept. 23, 1972. (Sol Jose Vanzi) 

Even as Aquino was speaking, military men were being positioned in strategic places. Key civilian and military officials carried lists of persons to be arrested. Newspapers, news agencies, radio and television stations were scheduled to be shut down. Communications facilities (telephone, telegraph and telexes) were to be closely supervised and controlled. Travel was to be limited, beginning with the closure of airports and a subsequent overseas travel ban on Filipino citizens.

All the steps Marcos took were detailed instructions contained in Edward Luttwak’s book Coup d’Etat, a step-by-step textbook on successfully changing, or overthrowing, a government extra judicially. The author observed Marcos reading it intently beginning the early months of 1972, prompting him to secure a copy.

In this exclusive article, Malacañang insider Sol Jose Vanzi writes about little known events on the dark days of September, 1972.

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Written by Sol Vanzi Manila Daily Bulletin

MARTIAL LAW NIGHT

On the evening of Sept. 22, 1972, I watched the discreet unloading from military trucks of armed men in uniform at major intersections in Metro Manila. An unusually large number of police patrol cars roamed the streets. Overhead, helicopters were circling the city.

I knew Philippine military choppers were not certified for night flight. It was too dark to see any markings that would identify the aircraft. I sensed something big was happening, something that political observers had been talking about for years but never really expected to see: martial law had been imposed.

To confirm my suspicions, I phoned the Manila Times switchboard and got a curt military-sounding male; the same thing happened when I tried the office of Vic Maliwanag, Manila Bureau Chief of United Press International, then the world’s leading news agency.

All TV stations were off the air, save for KBS (Benedicto-owned Kanlaon Broadcasting System) which was showing cartoons. Privately-owned radio stations were likewise silent; government radio stations Voice of the Philippines and PBS were playing nothing but old songs.

RUNWAYS BLOCKED

As I was packed for an official mission to Davao, I took a cab to the domestic airport, instructing the driver to first proceed to the gate leading to the tarmac, where I showed the military sentry my ID as editor of Malacanang’s Radio News and Editorial Services (RNES) and asked him: “is everything secure?”

He replied that as per instructions, no flights could take off because of the military vehicles blocking the runway. At the airport terminal airline staff told irate passengers that all flights were delayed indefinitely. Delayed, not cancelled.

ONLY A FEW

I kept trying to contact my two Palace bosses: Press Secretary Francisco Tatad and Assistant Press Secretary Lorenzo Cruz. Their families did not know where they were; the night shift janitors in their offices were also clueless. I learned later that Kit Tatad was at the Palace with the president all that time; Larry was kept out of the loop.

When my travelling companion, Assistant Executive Secretary Ronnie Zamora arrived, I told him of my observations and conclusion. “The bastard!” was all he could say, fuming. I could not tell whether he was upset that Martial Law had been declared, or if he’s angry at not having been informed beforehand, like a select few including his boss, Executive Secretary Alejandro Melchor.

STOCKING UP

Before heading for home after aborting our mission, I used up my travelling allowance purchasing crackers, biscuits, coffee, bread, sandwich spread, cheese, sugar and creamer which I presumed would be needed by the Press Office staff for the next few days.

I phoned the homes of co-workers Maribel Dario, Neni Regino, Lina Dauz and Dada Alabastro and briefed them. They went to work with packed overnight bags.

THE MORNING AFTER

It was a typical Saturday morning (Sept. 23, 1972) in Manila. At 6 a.m., the taxi ride from Michel Apartments in Malate to Malacañang was fast and uneventful. A block from Gate 4 near St Jude Church, my cab was stopped by a new checkpoint which was not there the day before, forcing me to get off and walk to the 2-storey Malacañang Press Office building next to the boathouse.

Everyone reported for work, speaking in whispers and waiting for orders. Our RNES crew supervised by Angelo Castro Sr. started distributing sandwiches and coffee. Tagalog news writer Lilia Tolentino worried about her forester husband up in the mountains where NPA sightings had been reported. Roger Margallo anticipated a busy day and requested for rolls of Tri-X black and white film from Marceling Roxas of the Photo Dept. My own Nikon was empty, and all they could spare was Ektachrome.

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS

The Press Office filled up with Filipino and foreign reporters; phones would not stop ringing. Callers and visiting foreign correspondents were given a uniform reply: “Wait for an official announcement, which will be on radio and TV sometime today.”

Some of the callers, though, needed specific answers. Filipino pilots and flight crews of international airlines were left stranded by the travel ban. Seamen were in the same situation. Fil-Ams using Philippine passports could not go home to their families in the US. Foreign journalists could not file their stories. Telecom companies sent over boxes of unsent telegrams which needed screening (censorship) before they could be transmitted. Larry’s room was filling up with paperwork. We sent for more tables and chairs. Working with no meal breaks, we were all running on pure adrenalin.

MILITARY ASSISTANCE

Needing manpower and intelligence guidelines, our office was sent some of the best and brightest young officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines: Eduardo Ermita, Honesto Isleta, Emiliano Templo, Oscar Florendo. Their experience with us in the early days of martial law before they earned their stars guided the military in the establishment of the Office for Civil Relations (OCR) which later became the Civil Relations Service (CRS) at Camp Aguinaldo.

BROADCAST CENSOR

As the day passed, Press Office responsibilities eased up a bit. An officer took over reading and censoring telegrams. The military group handled issuance of exemptions to the travel ban. Kit and Larry organized a group of writers who went over newspaper stories before publication.

I was assigned to read and approve newscast scripts. As the fax machine had yet to be invented, the scripts had to be physically delivered to Malacanang; the messenger waited while I read and signed the scripts.

MARCOS ANNOUNCEMENT

Shortly before 7 p.m., I rushed to the main palace building next to our office and quietly slipped into the Presidential Study Room. Security men familiar with my daily work as close-in reporter let me in with a warning to be very quiet and avoid moving about.

The room was hushed, though packed with cabinet members and military brass. The First Lady looked serious and not at all her usual cheerful self. President Marcos was seated behind his massive work desk studying a sheaf of papers. Bright lights were aimed at him; the rest of the room was darkened.

I tiptoed to the group of Malacañang photographers and positioned myself between Marceling and Perdon, who instructed me to synchronize my shots with theirs to minimize noise which could be picked up by the 16mm film cameras as well as the huge live television studio cameras. We were advised to take still shots before the cameras started rolling.

Right after a signal from VOP’s Vero Perfecto, President Marcos looked at the TV camera and started speaking. Relying mainly on his photographic memory, he delivered the most important message of his entire political career without once looking down to read the prepared documents.

His voice boomed, breaking the silence in the darkened room.

“My countrymen, as of the 21st of this month, I signed Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire Philippines under martial law.”

Awed and savoring every second of the historic event, I nearly forgot to take pictures until Perdon nudged me and motioned for me to start shooting. There were seven good frames, which I kept hidden all these years.

(On January 17, 1981, President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Proclamation No. 2045, officially lifting martial law in the Philippines.)


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