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Unemployment: social exclusion not pleasing to God

Unemployment: social exclusion not pleasing to God

THERE is poverty and suffering in the country and the world, not because of overpopulation but because of inequality, manifested in the huge mass of people being excluded from gainful livelihood (unemployment). Pope Francis lamented, “The unemployed and underemployed risk being relegated to the margins of society, becoming victims of social exclusion.” Myrna, a worker [...]

CBCP Statement on the RH Law

I encourage our Catholic faithful to maintain respect and esteem for the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has decided on the RH issue based on existing laws in the Philippines. The Church must continue to uphold the sacredness of human life, to teach always the dignity of the human person and to safeguard the life [...]

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CBCP Statement on the Signing of Peace Agreement

Like all peace loving Filipinos, we rejoice with our countrymen as we mark a milestone in the peace process with the signing of the peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the MILF. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. We pray that this first courageous breakthrough will be followed by [...]

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Mindanao bishops’ Letter of Appeal to President Benigno Aquino III

No. 14041 March 13, 2014   HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO, JR. President Republic of the Philippines Malacañang Palace Manila   Dear MR. PRESIDENT: The Cardinal, Archbishops and Bishops listed below strongly urge you not to allow Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) to mine the mountain of Tampakan, South Cotabato, for copper and gold. Our opposition [...]

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Poverty that Dehumanizes, Poverty that Sanctifies

Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8) CBCP Lenten Message 2014  As we begin this Lenten Season in the Year of the Laity, we invite you, our brothers and sisters, to reflect on poverty, particularly the types that contradict God’s Kingdom as well as those other types that promote and [...]

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‘At EDSA love of God and love of country came together’

(Homily delivered by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines during the Mass for the 28th anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25, 2014 at the Mary Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA Shrine.) EDSA People Power is 28 years old and so is my [...]

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Pastoral Letter on the Archdiocesan Congress of the Laity 2014

Be committed and faithful servants of the New Evangelization! “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps. 118, 24)  My dear faithful of the Archdiocese of Caceres, Indeed, there is reason to rejoice and be glad, a reason to thank God, a reason to thank each other [...]

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PAGSANGYAW SA MAAYONG BALITA NGADTO SA MGA KABOS  (Cebuano)

Ang Kalipay sa Ebanghelyo ug ang Simbahan sa mga Kabos   Magbalantayanon nga Pagdasig sa Komperensiya sa mga Katoliko nga mga Obispo sa Pilipinas  Sa paghikyad sa Tuig sa mga Laygo, ato nga madumdoman nato ang mapugsanon nga pagdapit ni Papa Fancisco ngadto sa kasaya sa Ebanghelyo ug sa kasaya sa pagsangyaw sa Ebanghelyo.  Gidapit [...]

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IDANON TI NAIMBAG A DAMAG KADAGITI NAPANGLAW  (Lukas 4:18)

Ti Ragsak ti Ebanghelio ken ti Simbaan Dagiti Napanglaw  (Ilocano translation of the CBCP Pastoral Exhortation titled “To Bring Glad Tidings to the Poor (Luke 4:18)” Iti panangrugi ti baro a tawen dagiti laigo, malagiptayo ti makaguyugoy nga awis ni Santo Papa Francisco iti ragsak ti ebanghelio ken iti ragsak a mangasaba. Maawistayo a mangtallikud [...]

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To bring glad tidings to the poor (Luke 4:18)

Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines The Joy of the Gospel and the Church of the Poor As the new Year of the Laity unfolds, we recall Pope Francis’ compelling invitation to the joy of the Gospel and the joy of Evangelization1. We are invited to turn away from our sadness, [...]

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Contemplatives Bishops for the Poor

Speech delivered by Archbishop Socrates B Villegas on the occasion of the January 2014 Plenary Assembly of the CBCP  HOW may we describe the past six months behind us since we last met as a conference of bishops? I cannot resist quoting Charles Dickens—  It was the best of times, it was the worst of [...]

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Contemplative bishops for the poor

(Speech delivered by Archbishop Socrates B Villegas on the occasion of the 108th Plenary Assembly of the CBCP) How may we describe the past six months behind us since we last met as a conference of bishops? I cannot resist quoting Charles Dickens–”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it [...]

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Statement of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on the elevation to the College of Cardinals of Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo

In the name of the Archdiocese of Manila I congratulate Cardinal-elect Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, and the Archdiocese of Cotabato. The Church in the Philippines and Asia has been greatly blessed these past decades by the service and leadership of Archbishop Quevedo. Now this blessing extends to the whole Church. I thank Pope Francis [...]

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CBCP Statement on the country’s new Cardinal

The CBCP is elated to receive the news that Pope Francis has named the Archbishop of Cotabato, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, OMI as a member of the College of Cardinals.  Cardinal Elect Quevedo is a senior member of the Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines. He is known in the CBCP for his mental clarity and intellectual [...]

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A Pastoral Letter on the Year of the Laity and of Social Concerns

“Working together with Jesus: (2 Cor. 6:1)  AT the beginning of this year 2014, I offer good wishes and abundant blessings to each and all, for the grace of Mary’s motherhood. As one family in the Diocese of Daet, I invite you to acknowledge our strong conviction that we all walk with Jesus, the real [...]

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Wake up Catholic Laity

MY dear brothers and sisters in Christ:  The Year 2014 is the Year of the Laity.  In the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, we will bring to a ceremonial closing on February 17 our golden jubilee year as a metropolitan archdiocese. On February 11 this year, we will also remember the sixtieth anniversary of the renaming [...]

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