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National newsbits for July 11, 2014

FEAST OF SAINT BENEDICT TODAY

Bishop Antonio Tobias will preside over a high mass at 6 p.m. today at the St. Benedict Parish in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City in commemoration of the Feast of Saint Benedict, the venerated founder of the Benedictine Order. Confirmation rites will be held during the mass. A solemn procession will be held at 4:30 p.m. An institutional mass will also be celebrated at the St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, St. Scholastica being the twin sister of St. Benedict. Known as the patriarch of Western monks, St. Benedict was named as the patron and protector of Europe by Pope Paul VI in 1964. Church officials regard him as “a great missionary, a man of prayer, a spiritual director of souls, the epitome of humility, and a true servant of God.” The Italian saint founded several monasteries, the most famous of which is located in Monte Cassino, Italy where he also wrote the Rule of the Benedictine Order. (Christina I. Hermoso)

WORLD POPULATION DAY ACTIVITIES

The Commission on Population (Popcom) will participate in the celebration of the World Population Day with a youth fair and photo exhibit at the Megatrade Hall 3 in Pasig City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m today. Aside from youth fair and photo exhibit with the theme, “Investing in Young People,” Popcom will host a talk show on the topic: “Investing in Young People: What is it worth?” The talk show will concentrate on topics such as ability to make smart decisions, college education, accessing reproductive health services, prevention of teen pregnancy, fulfilling dreams, employment opportunity, and ending child marriages. Expected at the event  are Gang Badoy, founder and executive director of Rock Ed Philippines; Hertz Pura, Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia, PGA Cars, Inc.; Ms. International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, and Dingdong Dantes, National Youth Commission commissioner-at-large. (Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce)

REGISTRATION DAY FOR PWD VOTERS

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced yesterday it will dedicate a special day for the registration of persons with disabilities (PWD) to boost their participation in the coming 2016 national elections. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said July 20 has been declared as National Registration Day for Voters with Disabilities. “Election Officers nationwide have been directed to designate accessible registration venues within their respective office, in coordination with organizations of persons with disabilities,” Jimenez said. He urged local government units (LGU) to assist Comelec in providing aid to PWDs in their poll registration.  “We also encourage barangay captains to provide transportation support to their constituents with disabilities, for this purpose,” Jimenez said. (Samuel P. Medenilla)

CATHOLIC SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT

Youth Pinoy will conduct the Catholic Social Media Summit V3 (CSMSv3) on September 13-14 in Pangasinan Training and Development Center, Lingayen. The theme for CSMSv3, “The Encounter,” is inspired by Pope Francis’ statement during the 2014 World Communication Sunday: “It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highway (and) simply connected; connections need to grow into true encounters.” This will be the first time that the Catholic Social Media Summit will be held outside Metro Manila since its debut in 2012. Around 1,500 delegates from different social communication ministries, students, parish youth ministries, and social media groups nationwide are expected to participate in CSMSv3. The registration fee is P800. Youth Pinoy is a group of youth ministers, missionaries, and coordinators under the supervision of Bishop Joel Baylon, chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Youth and Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, director of the CBCP office on Mass Media. (Rachel Joyce E. Burce)