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‘NBI to take lead in ivory icon inspection’

October 3, 2012

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  IT’S up to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to take  legal action necessary to inspect the ivory religious icons kept  in the compound of the Society of the Angel of Peace (SAP), environment officials said yesterday. “We already turned over the investigation to  the NBI after we provided technical assistance  to launch an […]

Cardinal favors ‘persona non grata’ status for journalist

October 2, 2012

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  If he had his way, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal would have National Geographic Magazine writer Bryan Christy  declared persona  non grata or unwelcome  in  Cebu for  his “Ivory Worship” article  that linked a Cebu priest to the illegal  ivory trade. Vidal’s reaction was reported by ABS-CBN TV Patrol Central Visayas, which  said […]

Loyal friends of Msgr. Cris wish him strength

September 30, 2012

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In the furor over ivory icons and a priest’s dark past that has resurfaced after 28 years, close friends and supporters of Msgr. Cristobal Garcia wait for  the storm to pass. Santiago “Sonny” Academia, head of the Bukas Loob sa Diyos community in Cebu,  said their members were alarmed to read about the controversies in […]

Is that ivory new or antique? Burden of proof is on owner

September 30, 2012

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HOW can you tell if ivory is new or old? Ask the owner. Unlike an elephant’s tusk which is obvious contraband, determining the age of an ivory carving requires more than plain sight. The DENR said it will ask the National Museum of the Philippines to help determine if a piece of ivory is an […]

Church shaken by ivory story

September 28, 2012

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  by Ador Vincent Mayol, Reporter     “Pray for strength.” This was the appeal of a vicar of the Archdiocese of Cebu who said the National Geographic Magazine’s October 2012 cover story “Ivory Worship”  which implicated a high ranking priest has created a scandal. “The Church in Cebu has been shaken but we shall […]

NatGeo writer answers critics, Cebu friends

September 28, 2012

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UNDER fire for linking Cebu and its Sto. Niño devotion to the illegal ivory trade, the National Geographic magazine was criticized by the Cebu Archbishop , some readers and local heritage advocates who were interviewed for the article. The US writer, Bryan Christy responded in the NatGeo blog as well as a personal e-mail to […]

‘No to (new) Ivory’

September 27, 2012

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by Ador Vincent Mayol, Reporter Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma yesterday said the Catholic church supports the ban on ivory  and would cooperate with a government inquiry into the alleged role of Msgr. Cristobal Garcia in the illegal trade. At the same time, he criticized the National Geographic magazine for its October cover story “Ivory Worship”. […]

Vatican suspends Cebu priest

September 27, 2012

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by Ador Vincent Mayol, Reporter   The Cebu-based priest at the  center of an ivory smuggling scandal  was ordered  suspended by the Vatican   but it was for another reason – a 20-year-old child abuse case in California involving altar boys. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma yesterday said the past case against Msgr. Cristobal Garcia was brought […]

Sto. Niño icons – Garcia’s devotion since childhood

September 26, 2012

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  Msgr. Cristobal Garcia’s collection of religious icons and paintings are a familiar sight during Cebu’s biggest fiesta honoring the Sto. Niño, of which he has been a devotee since childhood. These would be displayed in exhibits to celebrate the feast day of the Holy Child Jesus every third Sunday of January. Icons of different […]

‘No ivory trade in Cebu, article exaggerated’

September 26, 2012

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MSGR. Brian Brigoli, curator of the Cebu Cathedral Museum, said he felt sorry for Msgr. Cris Garcia for how he was depicted in the NatGeo article. He said Garcia should not be blamed because what he had in his possession was not raw material of ivory—elephant’s tusks—but carved images that had been passed on several […]