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Parishes as wellsprings of mercy and renewal

Parishes as wellsprings of mercy and renewal

Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to open the Year 2017 as the Year of Parishes, Communion of Communities BELOVED people of God: We welcome the year 2017 in our “novena-years” of preparation for the grateful celebration in 2021 of the five hundredth anniversary of the first coming and first receiving [...]

Statement of Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas  on House Bill 01, the “Death Penalty Law”

At present there is an insistent attempt both in Congress and in the Senate to reimpose Death Penalty in our country. Such an attempt is supported by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. In 1987, death penalty was abolished in the Philippines. Its abolition clearly reveals a strong message that it has no place in [...]

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Our country and our faith

The Philippine Socio-Political Landscape and our Christian Response Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord! (Psalm 33:12) “SINCE we Filipino Catholics constitute the great majority of our nation, we hold the primary responsibility for building a just Philippine society. Contrary to the commonly voiced opinion that politics and public life are ‘dirty’ and [...]

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Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision on Marcos Burial

THE Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas believes that the Supreme Court’s decision rejecting the petitions to stop the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani is a barefaced disrespect to the victims of one of the darkest moment in the history of our people and our country in general. Burying [...]

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Statement on the Supreme Court decision to allow the burial of former president Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

We do not forget! We are saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the burial of former President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. We see this as another step to build the culture of impunity in the country. Marcos is no hero! He should not be presented as one. During [...]

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Respect the Dignity of Life

“Thou shall not kill” (Exodus 20.13) Statement of Social Action Network on Drugs and Extrajudicial Violence   We, the lay, religious and clergy members of the Social Action Network (SAN) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, comprising the 86 Arch/Diocesan Social Action Centers throughout the country, are alarmed by the spate of killings [...]

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Joint Pastoral Statement of the Four Dioceses of Negros Island on Extrajudicial Killings

“Do not offend the Lord our God any more, because He is already so much offended.” (Our Lady of the Rosary to Lucia at Fatima, October 13, 1917) WE, the Bishops of Bacolod, Dumaguete, and San Carlos, and the Diocesan Administrator of Kabankalan, are deeply saddened and greatly disturbed by the following happenings in our [...]

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Nababalisa at Nalulungkot Ngunit Puno ng Pag-asa

Pahatid Pastoral ni Arsobispo Socrates B. Villegas para sa Kapistahan ng Mahal na Birhen ng Santo Rosaryo, ika 7 ng Oktubre, Unang Biyernes ng Buwan ng Santo Rosaryo Mga minanahal na kapatid kay Kristo: Nakakahiya ang mga nababasa kong balita tungkol sa Pilipinas sa mga pahayag ng international media. Lalo pang nakakahiya ang naririnig ko [...]

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Confused and Sad yet Hopeful

A pastoral message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas for the feast of our Lady of the Holy Rosary, October 7, first Friday of the month of the Holy Rosary. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: I am ashamed of the things I read about the Philippines in the international media and more ashamed of [...]

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Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue

CBCP in Spiritual Communion with Pope Francis at the Interreligious World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi on September 20, 2016 WE have been given by God, as a nation, the rich diversity of ethnicities, cultures and religions that make up the Filipino people. From the dawn of our history, we have flourished from [...]

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A million roses for the world

Filipinos at Prayer for Nation September 20 until December 23, 2016 A nation at prayer is a nation at peace. We are now a nation wounded and torn by socio-cultural and political issues, divided by opposing, bickering, quarreling and even hating factions. We must stop the hate. We must stop the lies. We cannot remain [...]

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I will turn their mourning into joy

Jeremiah 31: 13 MY dear brothers and sisters in Christ: In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing, bitter weeping! Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled for her children—they are no more! (Jer. 31:15) Grief and sadness We know your grief and sorrow. We feel your pain and anguish. Your tears are our [...]

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CBCP Ethical Guidelines on Proposals to Restore the Death Penalty

Our beloved people of God: “The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity, continuing his kindness for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness and crime and sin; yet not declaring the guilty guiltless, but punishing children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for [...]

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“Let us go to the House of the Lord” (Psalms 122:1)

Pastoral Exhortation on the 2016 Bishop’s Pastoral Visit Diocesan Anniversary of Daet, September 1, 2016 I REJOICED with those who said to me, “Let us go to the House of the Lord.” These words taken from the Psalms 122:1 manifests that longing in the human heart to return once more to the House of the [...]

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Statement on the Davao bombing

We, the local Church of Davao, are deeply saddened by the explosion that happened at the night market at Corner Padre Gomez Street, Roxas Avenue, Davao City in the evening of September 2, 2016. We condole with the families of those who lost their lives even as we pray for the eternal repose of those [...]

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Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!

(This pastoral message is to be read IN FULL in all the churches and chapels in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan on September 4, 2016, the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time in place of the Sunday homily.)   We are here because it is Sunday. Sunday is the day of the resurrection. Sunday is [...]

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