4/30/2011

LA MAISON DU PAPE ... LE NPA ET LES SOLDIERS !

Réplique de la maison du Pape à Bulacan !


A replica of the late Pope John Paul II’s boyhood home in Bulacan province is becoming a major attraction for pilgrims, a Catholic news site reported.

The replica of the late Pope’s boyhood home in Wadowice, Poland, is getting much attention amid the run-up to his beatification this Sunday.


“The house in the northern town of Marilao in Bulacan province is situated in the compound of the Parish of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy and was built in 2005 soon after the pope’s death," the 
Union of Catholic Asian News reported.

It added the house stands next to a chapel dedicated to Saint Faustina, the nun who started the devotion to the Divine Mercy, which was prohibited but later recognized by Pope John Paul II.

Outside the house is a statue of the late pope, while inside are photographs tracing the life of the pope – whose real name is Karol Wojtyla – from his childhood to his death in 2005.

Local historian Jaime Corpuz said he feels at peace standing in front of the house. “It feels different. I can sense that it’s sacred," he said.

“I don’t usually go there, but when I do, I can feel it’s holy," added Jocelyn Gianan-Clemente, a resident of the town.

Father Vicente Robles, founder of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, said the house and the chapel are dubbed as their “Little Poland" exhibit.

He said the house was built to promote the life and teachings of the late pope, while the “Little Poland" exhibit as a whole is looking to promote devotion to the Divine Mercy.


Les Soldats sont vivants ! 

KIDAPAWAN CITY — The Herminio Alfonso Command Front 53 of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) in Southern Mindanao has released video footage and audio clips as ‘proof’ that the two soldiers they captured in North Cotabato are ‘alive’ and ‘well.’

The video and audio clips of Cpl. Delfin Sarocam and Pfc. Jayson Valenzuela — both intelligence operatives of the 57th Infantry Battalion — were released via e-mail and sent to media organizations on Thursday by rebel spokesperson Isabel Santiago.

According to rebel spokesperson, the clips shown to the public serve as proof that the soldiers are safe and well. 

The clips included the appeals of both Sarocam and Valenzuela to cease rescue military operations so as not to derail their possible early release.

Santiago said that Sarocam and Valenzuela are "undergoing investigations for serious crimes they may have committed against the people and the revolution in the course of implementing the regime's vicious counter-revolutionary war." 

She assured the Philippine government that the rights of the captured soldiers are fully respected under existing war protocols and the Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

Sarocam and Valenzuela were captured on April 14 while they were on their way to conduct peace consultations and dialogue with the natives Sitio Dalinding in Barangay Datu Puas Inda in President Roxas town.

Being part of the Special Operations Team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines sent to North Cotabato as part of Oplan Bayanihan, the soldiers are therefore “counter-revolutionary," Santiago said.

“The AFP special operations in North Cotabato are aimed at intimidating and harassing local residents, in the process affecting their livelihood. Under the anti-people 'Bayanihan' and similar to Oplan Bantay Laya, local residents are forced to join the AFP-enforced Barangay Defense System amid rampant harassment and extra-judicial killings against civilians among other rights violations and crimes against humanity," Santiago added. 

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