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National Newsbits for August 10, 2014

FEAST OF SAINT LAWRENCE TODAY

Catholics commemorate today the Feast of Saint Lawrence (San Lorenzo), venerated the world over as the patron saint of the poor. In Rome, Italy, where the Spanish martyr is honored as one of the city’s patrons, the reliquary containing his burnt head will be displayed for public veneration. In the country, commemorative rites in honor of their patron will be observed in Tiwi, Albay; Balangiga, Samar; and in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. St. Lawrence, along with Pope Sixtus II, and other top members of the Roman clergy, was a victim of persecution by Emperor Valerian in the year 258. He was burned to death in a gridiron for refusing to renounce his faith. Born in 225, he was one of the seven deacons of the early Church. He served as the first archivist and treasurer of the Catholic Church. Among the treasures entrusted to him was the Holy Chalice or Holy Grail, the cup believed to have been used by Jesus and His apostles at the Last Supper. (Christina I. Hermoso)

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Having “amassed invaluable insights and expertise” on conflict resolution in South, the Philippines should actively participate in finding a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has endangered the lives of thousands of Filipinos in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian directed this call to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as provided in House Resolution 1341, which the lawmaker filed in the House of Representatives last week. Gatchalian said the DFA should send to the United Nations its peace proposals which may be based on the Philippine experiences in resolving its own secessionist conflict in Mindanao. The administration lawmaker said the Philippines can be a “valuable partner in facilitating an agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.” (Ben R. Rosario)