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National Newsbits for August 19, 2014


The Catholic Church commemorates today the Feast of Saint John Eudes, known as the initiator of the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Religious congregations, which he founded and have since spread in many parts of the world such as the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, and the Good Shepherd Nuns will hold commemorative rites, masses, and novenas in honor of the venerated French saint. Considered by the Holy See as the “Apostle of Devotion to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,” St. John composed the mass for the Sacred Heart and the Holy Heart of Mary. Born in Normandy, France in 1601, St. John was ordained priest in 1625. He died in 1680 and was canonized by Pope Pius X on May 31, 1925. (Christina I. Hermoso)


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is targeting to register more than six million new voters for the May 2016 polls. Comelec Commissioner Robert Lim said this in addition to the 49 million registered voters. “We have yet to deactivate those with no biometrics because we will do that next year,” he said in a press briefing after the signing of a memorandum of agreement with Robinson Malls yesterday. The agreement aims to encourage more voters to register for the May 2016 polls by holding satellite registration at branches of Robinsons Malls starting on September 6. “We wanted to reach out to the voters. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)