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You did it to me!  (Matthew 25:40)

You did it to me! (Matthew 25:40)

  Pastoral Exhortation on the Pastoral Care and Protection of Minors Beloved People of God: Among the crimes that cry the loudest to heaven for justice, hardly is any more heinous than the abuse of children, no matter the form such abuse may take.  The despoliation of the young already jolts us in its offensiveness. [...]

Being Eucharistic in Life and Deeds

“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27)   INTRODUCTION We have just celebrated the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in the historic island of Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines.  We were blessed with the presence of the papal legate, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar and by the [...]

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“And he saw that it was good…!”

  A Statement at the Conclusion of the Paris Conference on Climate Change Before the Paris Conference on Climate Change, the CBCP issued a statement, echoing Pope Francis’ impassioned appeal for all sons and daughters of the Church to unite in common cause in support of the healing of our grievously wounded planet. The conference [...]

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Statement on Coal Mining and Coal Power Plant

STATEMENT OF THE DIOCESES OF DIPOLOG, OZAMIS, PAGADIAN, ILIGAN, AND MARAWI ON COAL MINING AND COAL POWER PLANT We, the one hundred sixty-six (166) delegates of the 40th DOPIM Bishops-Clergy Convention, unanimously express our serious concern on the operation of coal mining and coal power plant that triggers apprehension among our people and poses environment [...]

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Jubilee of blessings, mission of renewal

CBCP Pastoral Exhortation for the Jubilee of Mercy And the Year of the Family and the Eucharist Let us kneel before the Lord who made us. (Psalm 95:6) THE Year 2016 will be a year of many blessings for us in the Philippines. It will also be a year of mission for the Kingdom. From [...]

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On Climate Change: Understand, Act, Pray

“God looked on everything he had made, and found it very good” (Gen. 1:31). Supporting #NowPH The world looks forward to the UN Climate Change Forum in Paris on 30 November to 11 December. That shall be in the 21st year since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, and the 11th year [...]

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The Lord God made them all

Pastoral Moral Guidance On the Poaching, Trafficking and Decimation of Endangered Species ALL  of creation reflects the glory of God, for it is true of “all creatures great and small” that “The Lord God made them all.”  The human person is called to share in the awesome work of creation, not to deface it.  In [...]

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The dignity and vocation of homosexual persons

A Pastoral Response to the Acceptance of Homosexual Lifestyle And the Legalization of Homosexual Unions The Nature of Marriage in the Divine Plan THE creation narratives at the beginning of Sacred Scripture reveal that God made human beings in His image and likeness. He created them male and female, equal in dignity but not identical [...]

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SOME of our Catholic faithful have come to us their bishops to seek moral guidance on the so called “compassionate use of cannabis or marijuana”. In the spirit of pastoral concern, we respond gladly to the expressed need for moral guidance. Our Competence What lies within the competence of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the [...]

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Bringing Christ to politics

President Benigno S. Aquino III recently delivered his final State of the Nation Address. The count-down has begun to the next national elections in 2016. We thank God whose mighty hand is at work in our history for the gains we have made. We implore his pardon for our faults and failings. We call on [...]

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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 [...]

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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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