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Differences split Philippines missionary congregation

42 members of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) in the Philippines are working to build a new missionary society while waiting to be released from their congregation.

Bishop Crisostomo Yalung of Antipolo in Manila, who has allowed the group to work in his diocese, told UCA News that he has asked the congregation's general government in Rome to formally release them.

The 37 priests, a brother, a deacon and three seminarians, failed to reconcile differences with their congregation in matters of leadership, administration and mission orientation. On 12 June, the 40 Filipinos and two Belgian priests formed a pious association of male Religious called the Missionaries of Jesus.

UCA News


Pope John Paul II remains prominent in planning for the Fourth World Meeting of Families in Manila in January, but marketing and promotion are focusing on Christianity and families now that a papal visit is off.

If the revised plans are realised, though, the Holy Father will appear on a two-way link-up between the Vatican and families who gather for the "Festive Meeting with Families" on the evening before the concluding Mass on 26 January in Manila. The families are to deliver testimonies in the pope's virtual presence.

The event's national central committee, which met on 1 October, also made plans to show a videotaped message from the pope at the International Theological Pastoral Congress, one of the many events that are part of the family meet.

UCA News

CICM Missionaries: Philippine Province
4th World Meeting of Families, Manila 2003
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10 Oct 2002