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ON the first Sunday of Easter, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, through its president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, issued an Easter pastoral instruction on stewardship of health titled “Where O death is your victory? Where O death is your sting?”             This was prompted by the passage of the Reproductive Health Law which, according [...]

ARGUABLY, there will not be any dent of difference even if the extended status quo ante (SQA) on the Reproductive Health Law is lifted by the Supreme Court—not substantially, anyway. The SQA was proof enough that there is sanity and reason to the pleadings of the petitioners that the Reproductive Health Law goes against the [...]

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FROM day one of his assumption to the Petrine ministry, the world would see an emerging ecclesiology in Pope Francis—or at least how the Catholic Church was going to face the world that had been so critical of a battery of problems ranging wide from clergy abuses to the fiscal mismanagement in the Vatican.   The [...]

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IN most, if not all, of his statements and daily engagements, Pope Francis has always unequivocally placed his concern for the poor at the center stage.  In his Lenten Message for 2014, for instance, he exhorts the faithful to follow and imitate Jesus “who sought out the poor and sinners as a shepherd lovingly seeks [...]

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THE letter of Pope Francis to the Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum on the occasion of its annual meeting that was held in Davos-Klosters in Switzerland last January was very pastoral. He was, in a way, talking to all economies of the world that admittedly have been too remiss and too exclusive in [...]

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THE status of the Philippine Economy can be diagnosed and consequently pronounced accordingly either by result of ambivalent perception or the truth on ground reality. Such differences in appreciation basically depend on whether it is the administration itself that makes the evaluation, or it is this or that survey that issues the pronouncement or it [...]

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A THREE-DAY bishops’ seminar on social media is certainly not a breather from hectic pastoral concerns, especially those from the Visayas and Mindanao who have been grappling with the effects of the recent calamities. At first blush, though, it may seem like delving into the lighter side of things. But by reason of social demographics [...]

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IN his first message for the World Day of Peace on January 1, 2014, Pope Francis has aptly chosen the theme:  “Fraternity, the foundation and pathway of peace.”  At first blush, one easily guesses that the Pontiff did not lift this from a theological treatise but from his many years of living fraternity with people [...]

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THE super typhoon Yolanda was a tale of extreme misery. For several days people looked stunned with barely any food or drink they could scamper from wherever. Bodies of thousands were left in the streets or underneath debris, espe­cially in the city of Tacloban and the neighboring towns, at least during the first six days [...]

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“THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter [...]

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TOO consoling—and perhaps spiritually assuring, too, for the most of us who are the grips of fear, grief and uncertainty brought about by the Super Typhoon Yolanda—was the pastoral advisory issued by the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu.             While he called for a novena of [...]

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TOO consoling—and perhaps spiritually assuring, too, for the most of us who are at the grips of fear, grief and uncertainty brought about by the Super Typhoon Yolanda—was the pastoral advisory issued by the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu.             While he called for a novena [...]

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THIS is not meant to violate the elementary norm of good conduct and right manners. Neither is this intended to offend, much less to insult anyone, for that matter. This is but to express anger and disgust at the way public funds end up in private pockets through ghost public projects—categorically contrary to the fundamental [...]

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AT the Prayer Vigil of the 28th World Youth Day held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis retold the story of St. Francis of Assisi to over a million young people from all over the world. Presumably, he saw two things: one, that the Church needs rebuilding; two, that the youth are the best [...]

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THERE is no mistaking this country is at the crossroads of its history.  It is at the vortex of a developing crisis that maybe unprecedented in recent memory.  Since August 26 this year, popular rallies are becoming more frequent, and nobody knows when or where this is going to lead.  People are getting angrier by [...]

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POPE Francis in his September 16 homily which is given daily at Santa Marta has called the faithful to be actively involved in politics. Of course, there are volumes of Church documents saying so, especially after the Second Vatican Council—and even hereabouts, the Philippines bishops said the same but rather more categorically in their Pastoral [...]

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