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AMRSP statement on extrajudicial killings

AMRSP statement on extrajudicial killings

We, the members of the ASSOCIATION OF MAJOR RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS IN THE PHILIPPINES, acknowledge our active role in being a visible force and a prophetic voice, in participating in social life, in working for the common good. This was a role taken by the Lord Jesus himself when he quoted the prophet Isaiah as he [...]

Echoing the Cry

(A cry of pain, of loss, of sadness and powerlessness, and of indignation)   We are deeply saddened and totally alarmed by the many reports of killings of suspected criminals and drug offenders. The arbitrary killings of more than 100 suspected offenders done by the police and unidentified people, violate their right to be presumed [...]

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LAIKO Statement on Extrajudicial Killings

We are now facing an important reality in our life as a nation in the matter of extrajudicial killings. Reports and statistics may vary from different sources but this issue has reached an alarming proportion. To some people, these killings have become acceptable since they argue that if these criminals are not eliminated, they will [...]

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Of Drugs and Fullness of Life

“I have come that you may have life and have life to the full.” (John 10:10) A Pastoral Letter of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro issued on August 4, 2016, Feast of St. John Mary Vianney, Universal Patron of all Pastors To: the clergy, religious and laity and all men and women of good [...]

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Pastoral Statement on the extra-judicial killings

Salesians of Don Bosco — Philippine Northern Province In his visit to the Philippines in 2015, Pope Francis challenged Filipino families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.” In the past weeks, even up to the time of writing, the call to respect life has apparently been left unheeded in our country.  There have been [...]

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Let humanity in us speak!

  (The following is a message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas in his capacity as archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan; to be read in all churches and oratories in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan this Sunday, August 7, 2016, in place of the homily.)      I DO not have to be a bishop to say [...]

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The Church in the Wilderness

Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas at the Opening of the 113th CBCP Plenary Assembly, July 9, 2016, Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, Manila   Fifty one years have passed since the closing of the Second Vatican Council and twenty five years since the celebration of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines. Vatican II [...]

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Mabuhay ang Pangasinan!

June 30, 2016 Message Today let us thank the Lord for the gift of politics. Politics is a gift of God to His people. Politics helps people attain peace. Politics helps people to progress. Politics helps people to reach better lives. Politics as a gift of God is a veritable mine of gold and diamonds. [...]

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Pastoral appeal to our law enforcers

Appeal to Reason and Humanity Seek peace and pursue it (Ps.34:14)   Brothers and sisters enforcers of the law: Peace be with you! We commend you, our law enforcers, on your new-found earnestness in enforcing the law and in apprehending malefactors, but we are disturbed by an increasing number of reports that suspected drug-peddlers, pushers [...]

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We are brothers and sisters!

CBCP Statement on the Orlando Tragedy THE scene is becoming disturbingly frequent in the United States — lifeless bodies strewn all over the place, and an assailant gone berserk who, by brazen thoughtlessness, changes lives and communities forever.  With the families of those who lost their lives at Orlando, Florida, the Catholic Bishops Conference of [...]

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Get up, Let us go!

GET UP, LET US GO! (Matthew 26:46) CBCP Post Election Statement Brothers and sisters in Christ: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me…” (Mt. 28:18) This is the Lord Jesus’ ultimate claim to universal kingship and dominion. These are the words of the Ascended One, gloriously sitting at the right [...]

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Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro:  A Matter of Conscience

IN an earlier pastoral letter, I have outlined five C’s as criteria for choosing candidates for public office. These are: Conscience, Competence, Compassion, Companionship, and Commitment. Conscience, to my mind, is the first and most important criterion. The candidate must be a person of integrity and honesty. He or she follows the dictates of his [...]

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Archdiocese of Cotabato:   Circular Letter on the 2016 Elections

BELOVED People of God in the Archdiocese of Cotabato: Greetings of peace in the Lord! You may have already chosen your candidates. Let me stir your conscience. As chief religious Shepherd of the Archdiocese, my duty is to help your conscience in choosing your candidates in accordance with the moral—social principles of the Church. I [...]

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Prophets of truth, servants of unity

A pastoral appeal in the spirit of our love of God and country   My dear countrymen: We address you as we get nearer the crossroads of our journey as citizens of this land and citizens of heaven. We bring to you a message of truth that may be painful but hopefully liberating. We offer [...]

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AMORIS LAETITIA In the Jubilee of Mercy

Brothers and sisters in Christ: Following the celebrated Fourteenth Ordinary Synod on the Family in 2015 convened by the Holy Father and the frank, open, inspired discussions and exchanges by the attendees and participants, Pope Francis has issued an apostolic exhortation that he has so felicitously titled Amoris Laetitia…The Joy of Love. The Holy Father [...]

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Lord guide us with your grace

Discerning For Whom to Vote in the National and Local Elections  My dear brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan: When our public officials assume their positions of authority in government after getting elected, we shall address them as Honorable. The President of our Republic will be addressed as Your Excellency as a [...]

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