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Stewards, not owners

Stewards, not owners

CBCP on the Climate Change Issue In December, 2015, the nations of the world will gather at Le Bourget in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The representatives of the state-parties will endeavor to arrive at legally binding measures addressing the pressing challenge of climate-change. From a broader perspective, the Paris Negotiations will [...]

Addiction, freedom and disciples

CBCP Pastoral Letter on Drug Trafficking and Drug Addiction When Pope Francis visited us in January—those wonderful, faith-filled and joyful days—he asked us not to allow ourselves to be victims of new forms of colonization. He certainly had in mind “imported values” and “borrowed tastes” that threaten our identity, dilute our spirituality and wreck our [...]

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Striving for a just peace, the moral road

Statement of CBCP Plenary Assembly Adopting the Mindanao Catholic Bishops on the BBL and the Peace Process “Guide our feet into the way of peace” (Lk. 1:79) Our Common Stand Questions and varying opinions about the peace process and the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) abound at all levels of Mindanao society. As religious and [...]

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Advancing in wisdom and favor before God and man

Pastoral Letter on the Transition Years of the K to 12 Program “He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” (Luke 2.51-52) Saint Luke provides us [...]

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CBCP Statement on Torture

IT is troubling that notwithstanding the fact torture is now recognized as a crime jure gentium and international law increasingly moves in the direction of classifying the prohibition of torture as peremptory norm, there are documented reports that there still are victims of torture in the Philippines according to credible reports from Amnesty International. Contrary [...]

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Elections and the duty of the Christian

It is not difficult to feel the election fever–even if the 2016 elections are still so months away. It has always been complained that the efforts of the Church and other non-political groups to educate voters come too late. It is the reason for this letter, this early — so that it may never be [...]

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Let us be circumspect

Pastoral Statement on Amending the Constitution LATELY, we have been urged by different prominent persons and influential sectors to consider the amendment of the Constitution. While amendments having to do with the form of government are matters that we, your bishops, leave to politicians and to their discernment, proposed amendments in respect to economic provisions [...]

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Statement of condemnation on the series of killings in the City of Calbayog

THE Diocese of Calbayog through the Justice and Peace Desk of the Social Action Center strongly condemns in the strongest terms the series of killings happening in the City of Calbayog. The taking of human life, and the inflicting of injury and suffering on anyone, whether as an act of aggression or revenge, can never [...]

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Refugees — the “Anawim” of the Lord today

DECADES ago, the Philippines was host to the “boat people”, hundreds if not thousands of Vietnamese fleeing their homeland, following the fall of what was then called Saigon. Our country then served as some kind of a way-station, because our Vietnamese guests soon found their way to other parts of the globe. One of them, [...]

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Do not be afraid of Pananabangan!

Pastoral Letter on Stewardship WE have taken great strides together as a presbyterium in particular and as an archdiocese in general in pursuing Church renewal through the path of the stewardship spirituality which we have inculturated in Pangasinan as Pananabangan. I want to commend many parishes that have adopted the Pananabangan formation seminars as their [...]

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Queen of Heaven Rejoice Alleluia!

Mary in the Year of the Poor Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia! For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia! We celebrate the Resurrection with a host of joys: the brilliant light of the Paschal candle piercing through the veil of darkness; the heart-thumping Alleluia that breaks the grief of Good Friday and [...]

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Pastoral Moral Guidance on the ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BILL

CONGRESS of the Philippines is poised to pass into law that was earlier known as the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity bill, which is now more generally referred to as the anti-discrimination bill. We are grateful that the CBCP was earlier asked by the relevant committees of the houses of Congress to submit its comments, [...]

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Seeking truth and justice pursuing peace

CBCP statement on the ongoing Mamasapano investigation Congress has commenced its inquiry into that sad episode of our recent history — the slaughter of 44 gallant men of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police. We note that the two chambers of the Legislature have opted to conduct separate investigations when a joint [...]

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Guide our feet into the way of peace  (Lk. 1:79)

Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on the Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law To All People of Good Will: Peace be with you! With this greeting of peace we as religious leaders share with you our thoughts on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Our Perspective as Religious Leaders Our first stance [...]

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From euphoria to reality to mission

Post Papal Visit Statement of the CBCP President From euphoria to reality! This will be the mood after the papal visit. How long will the glow last? The media are still in a religious-reflective mood; but maybe not for long. Already there are controversies simmering in the media pot, the Malacañang-bishops tiff for example, revived, [...]

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Walk on rich in thanksgiving

CBCP Pastoral Exhortation in the Year of Consecrated Life   As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Col 2:6-7)   Our Holy Father Pope Francis has dedicated the year 2015 for Consecrated Life. This [...]

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