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Pastoral appeal to our law enforcers

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 [...]

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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Peace for all, peace in all

  Almost in the twinkling of an eye, bomb blasts shattered the peace of Easter Sunday at a park in Lahore, clearly aimed at the killing and maiming of Christians.  Sadly it seems that the Church has entered a new era of persecution — for this is not the first time that Christians are the objects of [...]

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Money Laundering in the Gambling Republic

Money-laundering is what allows criminal syndicates to thrive, and to perpetrate their criminality. Money-laundering keeps the life-blood of terrorist groups, domestic and international, flowing, and it bears the detestable fruit of murder, brigandage, pillage and wantonness. This is the reason that the Philippines joined the rest of the world in enacting tough legislative measures against [...]

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On the QUESTION of Kneeling or Standing After the Consecration

On the QUESTION of Kneeling or Standing After the Consecration Until After the GREAT AMEN During the Eucharistic Celebration March 19, 2016 Your Eminences and Excellencies, During the January 2016 112thCBCP Plenary Assembly in Cebu, there was a discussion on the issue of standing or kneeling after the consecration until after the Amen. The discussion [...]

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CBCP statement on the killing of Missionary Sisters in Yemen

The CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES joins Catholics everywhere in mourning the deaths of the Missionaries of Charity, the sisters, who died the death of martyrs in Yemen.  With the rest of the world, we express our profound regret at this outrage.  The Sisters were defenseless.  They were neither combatants, nor were they acting [...]

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Truth with Love and Mercy

Pope Francis is reported to have given a press conference while en route to Rome after his historical trip to Cuba and to Mexico. He was apprised of the Zika virus and the possibility that pregnant women afflicted by the disease would seek abortion. The Holy Father was very clear and uncompromising about the evil [...]

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A Pastoral Response to the Grave Evil of Pornography Message of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on the occasion of the opening of the Lenten Season 2016 Our brothers and sisters in Christ: One of the astonishing revelations of the Gospel is that every human person is created for both human and divine [...]

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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. [...]

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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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