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National Newsbits for September 6, 2014

SHOW STRENGTH OF FAITH

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo asked Filipinos to show the “strength of their faith” to Pope Francis during his visit to the country in January. Quevedo said he is sure this will delight the Pontiff knowing how many Filipinos suffered in natural calamities and the economic hardship. “I think the Holy Father will be delighted with the solidity of our faith [here] in the Philippines, and also of [its] simplicity and its endurance in spite of the difficulties,” Quevedo said in a CBCP News post. The archbishop also urged the faithful to live a life of charity dedicated to helping fellow humans and practicing what the Gospel teaches, saying the “downtrodden, the dispossessed, the marginalized, and the outcasts” of society occupy a treasured spot in the Pope’s heart. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)

OFWS GET HELP

More overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are in need of assistance from the government, Vice President  Jejomar C. Binay said yesterday.   Binay, presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers concerns, cited the case of an OFW who was allegedly raped in the Middle East. The OFW’s parents told Binay about her situation during the Vice President’s visit in Bukidnon earlier this week. Binay assured them of government assistance.   Meanwhile, an OFW who suffered cardiac arrest in Oman is now home, Binay said.  Michael Teñoso, who worked in Qatar for more than five years as site administrator, arrived Thursday via Etihad Airways. “Michael had been confined at the Al Buraimi Hospital in Oman since June. We are glad that he is now home and reunited with his loved ones,” he said. (JC Bello Ruiz)