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Deepest darkness

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Some days ago, an American professor at Harvard Divinity School caused quite a stir by claiming to have come into the possession of a fragment of an ancient scroll that seemed to indicate that Jesus Christ was married. There’s a part there, says Karen King, that says, “Jesus said to them, ‘my wife.’”

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health

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On April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan, I attended a workshop offered by kindred souls concerned about the healing of Earth and its inhabitants. But more than just being concerned about our wounded planet, these persons are preoccupied with the enrichment of our earthly dwelling and our own human lives.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others

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But isn’t it always time to think of others?

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lupita’s beauty

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The speech of Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars moved the entire audience and the rest of us on the planet who have access to TV and the Internet. The video went viral overnight.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lamentation for Manila 2014

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Situated just after the prophecies of Jeremiah in the Old Testament, the Book of Lamentations tells of the terrible destruction and sorrow in Jerusalem after the city was conquered by the Babylonians, and the Jewish leaders taken into captivity in 586-520 BC.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Food for thought for the Holy Week

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The message of this Holy Week acquires a deeper significance in the light of the Supreme Court’s decision declaring the Reproductive Health (RH) Law constitutional except for eight provisions related to penalizing parties who do not comply for reason of religious beliefs.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Couple of things

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The first has to do with Mar Roxas. He’s been busy the last few days making his presence felt in Leyte and the other places devastated by “Yolanda.” Since his arrival in Leyte last Thursday, he has distributed P1 billion to the typhoon-stricken areas. That is not the end of it, he said. There’s more to come, the government having earmarked P4 billion for them under the Grassroots Participatory Budget Process, a new program.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mommy D’s magic

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You’ve got to love Dionisia Pacquiao! Reports have it that the Pacman’s mother—the PacMom herself—garnered as much attention in the social media as her son during the televised coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s domination of Timothy Bradley in their championship fight.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stop bizarre and bloody Good Friday rituals

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The Philippines has so many Holy Week rituals that many foreigners find quaint, even strange. In fact, a couple of them have become outright attractions.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Holy Week taboos

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“Tapsilog” was on the menu for breakfast last Monday. What better way to start the week right? Well, the cook wanted to alter the schedule and offered yogurt and cereal instead, so I remarked that it was the first day of the summer term and I needed a power breakfast. She hesitated a bit, gathered her courage, and said, “Sir, it’s the Holy Week, you shouldn’t be eating meat.” I explained that abstinence from meat is observed only on the Fridays of Lent, and that fasting (or having only one full meal) and abstinence are observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. I was amused and flattered that our cook cared not just for our belly but for our soul as well.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Retreat, recharge

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“Saan ka mag-ho-Holy Week?” a friend asked me the other day, and the linguistics-scientist part of my brain lit up, noting that the literal translation of that phrase would be “Where will you be Holy Week-ing?” A looser translation will mean not just “where” but “what will you be Holy Week-ing?”

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Chernobyl factor in the Ukraine crisis

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Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in March, Andrii Deshchytsia, Ukraine’s acting foreign minister, cited the “potential threat to many nuclear facilities” should events deteriorate into open warfare.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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