Gospel for Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 is taken from Luke 1:46-56'The Magnificat'

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on Gospel for Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 is taken from Luke 1:46-56'The Magnificat' 

Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For He has looked upon His handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear Him. He has shown might with His arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry He has filled with good things; the rich He has sent away empty. He has helped Israel His servant, remembering His mercy, according to His promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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PN gives warm send-off to PHL peacekeeping contingent to Haiti

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on PN gives warm send-off to PHL peacekeeping contingent to Haiti 

MANILA, Dec. 22 — The Philippine Navy (PN) on Saturday gave a warm send-off to the 12 officers and 145 enlisted personnel, all of them from the naval service, representing the country's 16th peace keeping contingent to Haiti.

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ITCZ, northeast monsoon will bring rain to PHL — PAGASA

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on ITCZ, northeast monsoon will bring rain to PHL — PAGASA 

MANILA, Dec. 22 — Many parts of the country will experience rains due to the effects of the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”

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ARMM guv warns 'kotong' cops

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on ARMM guv warns 'kotong' cops 

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Dec. 22 — Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has warned cops and those manning the highway, particularly in Maguindanao, that they would be sanctioned once proven they are into collecting illegal fees (kotong) from private vehicles and truckers.

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Russia might join solution of Cyprus’ financial problems – Russian president

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on Russia might join solution of Cyprus’ financial problems – Russian president 

BRUSSELS, Dec. 22 — Russia might join solution of problems linked with Cyprus’ financial problems, if it has a consent from the European Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

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Lebanon slams Israel's decision on new settlements

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on Lebanon slams Israel's decision on new settlements 

BEIRUT, Dec. 22 — Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Friday slammed Israel's decision to construct 2,600 new settlements in the West Bank, saying that "it reveals the enemy's rejection of international efforts to reach peace in the region," the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

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UN chopper downed in South Sudan, 4 Russians dead

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on UN chopper downed in South Sudan, 4 Russians dead 

KHARTOUM, Dec. 22 — A United Nations helicopter was downed in South Sudan on Friday, killing all four Russian crew members on board, a source at the Russian embassy in Khartoum told RIA Novosti.

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Sexual assault cases continue to rise at U.S. military academies

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on Sexual assault cases continue to rise at U.S. military academies 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 — The number of sexual assault reports increased 23 percent year on year at U.S. military academies, said a report released by the Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday.

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Russian children “would be harmed” if adoption ban approved: US gov’t

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on Russian children “would be harmed” if adoption ban approved: US gov’t 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 — On the heels of a third and final vote by the Russian Duma Friday approving a bill prohibiting the adoption of Russian children by Americans, US officials said if it becomes law the move would hurt Russian children in state-run facilities by preventing some of them from being adopted by happy, loving families.

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More non-Mexican illegal migrants apprehended in Texas: official

December 22, 2012 9:50 am· Comments Off on More non-Mexican illegal migrants apprehended in Texas: official 

HOUSTON, Dec. 22 — Illegal migrants from Central American countries account for a slight majority of the U.S. Border Patrol's recent apprehension in South Texas, U.S. media reported on Friday.

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