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July 28, 2015, Tuesday
  • Pres. Aquino’s SONA took about 2 hours and 10 minutes. 15 hours ago |
  • Some congressmen inside the session hall booed & raised anti-Aquino banners right after Pres. Aquino delivered his last SONA. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Our country’s transformation has just begun. Our direction depends on the Filipino people.” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the 2016 election will be a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid.’ 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino cites survey that says 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe PH will soon become a developed country. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino to the Filipino people: It gives me great honor to serve you. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says his job is like that of a punching bag. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells his siblings that only a few days remain & he will soon stop dragging them to the sacrifices he makes for the country. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo continues to give him inspiration. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Mar Roxas’ resilience vs. criticisms is proof that ‘you can’t put a good man down.’ 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the members of his cabinet for their work. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino thanks Congress for passing meaningful laws. 15 hours ago |
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  • Pres. Aquino gives updates on government’s flood control projects. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: "The time is avoid responsibility has ended." 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino boasts of PNP’s 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino identifies programs to enhance capabilities of the AFP and PNP. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says gov’t is moving to buy-out the MRT. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the supposed benefits of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) & K-12 programs. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says only one labor strike was recorded in 2013. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Philippines is now ‘Asia’s Rising Tiger.’ 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hails the huge number of cases filed by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares vs. tax evaders. 17 hours ago |
  • Aquino cites the detention of 3 senators & hospital arrest of a fmr. president as proof of his fight vs. corruption. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hits previous justice system that looked away from corruption. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino seeks apologies for not doing the traditional SONA walk saying he does not feel well. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino now walking towards session hall in Batasang Pambansa for his last SONA. 18 hours ago |
  • 3 helicopters currently flying over Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 18 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles from PSG compound now traversing Marikina area. 18 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe arrives at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City to listen to Pres. Aquino’s last SONA. 18 hours ago |
  • Tesda Chief Joel Villanueva says he is now 90% certain he will run for senate. 18 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles leaves PSG Compound in Malacanang heading to the area of San Juan. 18 hours ago |
  • NBI admits its probers weren’t able to enter the Manalo Compound in QC to probe abduction and hostage-taking claims. 18 hours ago |
  • NBI says there is no evidence that proves some INC members were abducted or taken hostage. 18 hours ago |
  • NBI considers reports of abduction & hostage-taking involving INC members a closed case. 18 hours ago |
  • 5 cops injured so far during commotion in the midst of anti-gov’t rallies along Commonwealth Avenue in QC. 19 hours ago |
  • Belmonte asks House members to explore the possibility of resuming peace negotiations with CPP/NDF. 19 hours ago |
  • Belmonte urges colleagues to pass the proposed BBL & “have the courage to finally come to peace with one another.” 19 hours ago |
  • Belmonte says the passage of economic chacha will reverse the trend of the economy’s “de-industrialization & de-agriculturalization.” 19 hours ago |
  • Belmonte seeks the passage of economic charter change & BBL in his speech at the opening of Congress’ 3rd regular session. 19 hours ago |
  • Traffic from Zuzuarregue St. to Philcoa along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City still light. 19 hours ago |
  • Philcoa going to Fairview along Commonwealth Avenue temporarily closed to motorists in view of SONA. 19 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow slow moving from Fairview to Elliptical Road along Commonwealth Ave. in QC as the bulk of anti-gov’t protesters arrive. 19 hours ago |
  • Anti-gov't protesters march from Elliptical Road heading to area nearest to Batasan Complex in QC. 22 hours ago |
  • Motorists experiencing heavy traffic congestion along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 23 hours ago |
  • PCCO Sec. Sonny Coloma urges the Filipino people to listen to Pres. Aquino's 6th & last SONA. 23 hours ago |
  • Western Samar Rep. & LP Sec. Gen. Mel Sarmiento says Speaker Belmonte maintains leadership of the House. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon says Pres. Aquino's last SONA is not an LP event hence no announcement on a presidential bet. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon says Pres. Aquino's last SONA is about his report to the people on government's performance. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon says Pres. Aquino will not name his annointed presidential candidate during his last SONA. 23 hours ago |
  • Motorists who use Commonwealth Avenue in QC may use MMDA's 'Zipper Lane' or any alternate route. 23 hours ago |
  • Northbound lane of Commonwealth Ave. from Ever Gotesco to St. Peter's Church in QC closed to traffic. 23 hours ago |
  • Joint Session of Congress to be opened at 4 pm Monday to receive Pres. Aquino. 23 hours ago |
  • Third Regular Session of 16th Congress to open at 10 am Monday. 23 hours ago |

Papal faux pas over cuss word

By Vito Barcelo | Mar. 05, 2014 at 12:01am

WHILE some people may be exhilarated when everyone attentively listens to what they have to say, the cross of having the whole world hang on his every word fell heavily on Pope Francis after he accidentally mispronounced an Italian word that turned out to be the first recorded papal expletive.

The Argentine pope was reading an Italian text from the window of the papal apartments in the Vatican when he mispronounced the word “caso,” which means case, as “cazzo,” a common Italian cuss word equivalent to the English f-word.

“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this f*** [pause], in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity,” Francis said as he was urging a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

The Vatican did not officially comment on the incident, but the papal faux pax, including accompanying YouTube videos, was posted on Italian media websites within minutes and soon went viral.

The incident gave critics of the pope to poke fun at the 77-year-old pontiff with several individuals and media outlets taking potshots at the Catholic doctrine of papal infallibility.

But Filipino priest Carlos J. Santos said papal infallibility had nothing to do with mispronounced words.

“It is unfortunate that some people put awful meanings to every word of a pope or even a priest,” Santos said. “Pope Francis is only human and does not have divine guarantee of protection from error, except when he is speaking about a matter of faith ex cathedra.”

Ex cathedra, literally meaning “from the chair,” refers to official papal teachings and infallibility means such teachings cannot be erroneous because God would never allow the Catholic Church to err to the detriment of the faithcul, Santos explained.

But other reactions posted on news websites showed that most people accept that the incident was accidental and even humorous. The Jewish secular newspaper Haaretz reported the incident under the title: “An unfortunate slip of the holy tongue: Pope Francis says the F-word.”

One website even had readers arguing the etymology and proper usage of Italian cuss words while the Washington Post compared the incident to common slip ups in language usage.

“When you’re an ambassador across languages and national borders, as the Pope is, something like this seems almost inevitable,” according the Washington Post report.

“What’s amazing is how well everything else has gone. It’s hard enough to deliver a public speech in a language you’ve grown up with. [Insert obligatory joke about President George W. Bush here.]”



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