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The Joy of Integrity

A Pastoral Exhortation on Integrity “Blessed the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commands” (Ps. 112:1) OUR beloved People of God: The BEAUTY OF INTEGRITY of persons, of community, and of all creation manifests the glory and wisdom of God! It is an integrity that requires honesty and consistency, surely, as [...]

Pastoral Guidance on the Implementation of the Reproductive Health Law

“Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Ps 127:3). OUR dear brother priests, Catholic physicians and health care workers, government officials and employees, educators and fellow Church workers: While we would have wanted the Supreme Court to nullify the RH Law (Republic Act No. 10354), we [...]

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A nation of mercy and compassion

Miserando atque Eligendo (Lowly but Chosen) Pastoral Letter to Prepare the People of God for the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis MY dear people of God: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines officially announces the visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to the Philippines, God willing at the beginning of next year, 2015. His [...]

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On the 29th anniversary of the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano C.Ss.R and his Golden Jubilee of priestly Ordination

DEAR people of God in the Archdiocese of Cebu: AS the Archdiocese of Cebu prepares to host the International Eucharistic Congress in January 2016, we continue to respond to the challenge of the New Evangelization. Integral to this pastoral thrust is our engagement in accompanying the people as they build a society where the Gospel [...]

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Letter to our Catholic Colleges and Universities on the Practice of Hazing in School-based Fraternities

“”Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” (Gen 4:10) MY brothers and sisters in Christ in our Catholic schools: Once more we must, as a nation, mourn the demise of a student of a Catholic school who lost his life at the hands of his supposed ‘brothers’ in a fraternity. After Cain [...]

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The Challenge of Pope Francis

(Speech delivered by Archbishop Socrates B Villegas, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, at the opening of the 109th CBCP Plenary Assembly, July 5, 2014 at the Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.) ONE of our college students asked me during a students’ forum “What is the biggest challenge for the Church [...]

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Our Moral Response to the Unconstitutionality of DAP

The Supreme Court has ruled that many government acts under the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) are without constitutional authority. Earlier, it ruled the Priority Assistant Development Fund (PDAF), more popularly known as the ‘pork-barrel fund’ also unconstitutional. Why this Statement The just distribution of the resources of the nation in accordance with the prescriptions of [...]

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The CBCP and the Proposed Restoration of the Death Penalty

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has been informed of attempts by advocacy groups to lobby the Legislature for the restoration of the death penalty. The CBCP must, with full voice, express its position FOR LIFE and AGAINST DEATH. “I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Our posture [...]

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CBCP Statement on Catholic Schools and K to 12 Program

In 2016, higher education institutions (HEIs), our colleges and universities, will have no freshmen. In that year, the students who complete four years of high school move on to senior high school, following any of the tracks presently open to them, only one of which leads to university or college-level education. The debate on whether [...]

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Press Statement of the CBCP President on demanding public apology of those involved in PDAF

“As President of CBCP, I wish to inform the public that the CBCP has never demanded a public apology of those indicted in connection with the PDAF issue. It is for the judiciary to determine guilt or innocence on the basis of law and evidence. The CBCP prays that justice be our common goal and [...]

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IN THE YEAR OF THE LAITY… A MONTH FOR MERCY! Meditation for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during the Year of the Laity Responding to the urging of not a few of our lay faithful, men and women – young people among them! – we would like to consecrate this month of [...]

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Statement on Comprehensive Agrarian Reform

MORAL ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF THE COMPREHENSIVE AGRARIAN REFORM   The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform will expire on June 30. Where do we go from here? We cannot remain oblivious to the plight of the poor famers. It is useful to review some of the guiding principles that come from the treasury of Church social teaching. Basic [...]

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CBCP on EDCA

Some news agencies have reported that the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has taken an official position critical of the EDCA. While every bishop is, like any other citizen of the Republic, at liberty to maintain a position and to express it, as President of the CBCP I wish to make clear that we [...]

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Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good! (Romans 12:21)

Pastoral Guidance on the Pork Barrel Scam Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The Lord Jesus promised us at the Last Supper before he died: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or [...]

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Statement on Assassination of Farmer leader in Porac

THE National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace/ Caritas Philippines (CBCP-NASSA), social advocacy arm of the Philippine Catholic Church, strongly condemns the senseless and brutal assassination of farmer leader Menelao “Melon” Barcia on May 2, 2014 in Purok 3, Barangay Manibaug Paralaya in Porac, Pampanga. Barcia was the third, in six months who was [...]

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Statement of the Asian Conference on the Family

Introduction We, 551 participants, lay faithful, religious and clergy, coming from 14 Asian countries, 60 Philippine dioceses and 20 lay associations, gathered in Manila from 13 to 16 May 2014 to celebrate with exuberant joy the thirty years since the Charter of the Rights of the Family was promulgated. With us was the Secretary of [...]

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