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Seeking truth and justice pursuing peace

Seeking truth and justice pursuing peace

CBCP statement on the ongoing Mamasapano investigation Congress has commenced its inquiry into that sad episode of our recent history — the slaughter of 44 gallant men of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police. We note that the two chambers of the Legislature have opted to conduct separate investigations when a joint [...]

Guide our feet into the way of peace  (Lk. 1:79)

Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on the Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law To All People of Good Will: Peace be with you! With this greeting of peace we as religious leaders share with you our thoughts on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Our Perspective as Religious Leaders Our first stance [...]

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From euphoria to reality to mission

Post Papal Visit Statement of the CBCP President From euphoria to reality! This will be the mood after the papal visit. How long will the glow last? The media are still in a religious-reflective mood; but maybe not for long. Already there are controversies simmering in the media pot, the Malacañang-bishops tiff for example, revived, [...]

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Walk on rich in thanksgiving

CBCP Pastoral Exhortation in the Year of Consecrated Life   As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Col 2:6-7)   Our Holy Father Pope Francis has dedicated the year 2015 for Consecrated Life. This [...]

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CBCP President on the Grant of Executive Pardon by the President

A few days before the pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino has exercised his constitutional power to grant executive clemency in favour of elderly, sick and long interned prisoners. The CBCP lauds the President’s action and sees it as a signal that we are indeed trying our best to be [...]

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The Priests in the Year of the Poor

January 1, 2015 Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Circular 2015-1: The PRIESTS IN THE YEAR OF THE POOR My brother priests: 2015 is Year of the Poor. It is also Year of Consecrated Life for the universal Church as willed by Pope Francis. As our year opens, I wish to offer you some thoughts on [...]

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Diocese of Balanga New Year Wishes 2015 My dearest and beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, Our Diocese of Balanga constantly prays for you and profoundly wish you all that: First, let your New Year be peaceful. Peace in not just the absence of conflict. Peace is not just a ceremonial courtesy. As Saint Augustine [...]

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Theme of the Year of the Poor

Diocese of Daet DAMá (Daloy ng Awa para sa Maralita) Rationale: The theme and the spirit of the Year of the Poor in the Diocese of Daet is its humble response to the call of Pope Francis, that, “in all places and circumstances, Christians, with the help of their pastors, are called to hear the [...]

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The gaze of the crucified Lord

Love and Compassion, Forgiveness and Challenge A CBCP Message on the Opening of the Year of the Poor 2015 “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter…” (Lk 22:61) WHEN you gaze into the eyes of the Crucified Lord, and he gazes into yours, you encounter the love of the Resurrected Lord.[i] Many prefer not [...]

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Statement of Support for the Coconut Farmers

TODAY, I welcomed to the CBCP Compound in Intramuros our coconut farmers who came to Manila to seek the attention of the national government in alleviating their plight. I join my voices with theirs. The Lord hears the cry of the poor! Yolanda hit everyone hard, but coconut farmers in the Visayas, with particular devastation. [...]

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Agrarian Reform as a continuing project  of social justice

NOT too long ago I issued a statement on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and its implementing law, lauding its achievements as well as candidly pointing out the challenges that still had to be hurdled. The CBCP is once more being asked about the expanded and enhanced version of the program and whether it remains [...]

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Pastoral Letter on social and political issues

TO the People of God in the Diocese of Bayombong: In the Year of the Laity, the Church reminds the Christian of the fundamental calling: To witness to one’s faith in Jesus, The Lord, and, in so witnessing, to transform human society so that the seed of the Kingdom that The Lord came to sow [...]

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The Pastoral Challenges of the Family by the Synod of Bishops

PASTORAL STATEMENT ON THE PASTORAL CHALLENGES OF THE FAMILY BY THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DIOCESE OF DAET Pope Francis convened the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization in Rome from October 5-19, 2014. It sought to discuss the different aspects [...]

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ALL CREATION… BLESS THE LORD!  (Daniel 3:57)

A CBCP Pastoral Exhortation on Climate Change A Challenge from the Past. In 1988 our predecessors in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued the landmark letter “What is Happening to Our Beautiful Land?” The statement lamented the destruction of our forests, the ravaging of our soil and the pollution of our seas. [...]

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In his manifold wisdom and goodness, God created the beautiful world. He created man and made the steward of His creation. Creation provides for man’s subsistence while man treats it with awe, respect and gratitude. In the fullness of time (Heb 1:2) God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as “first-born of creation, for [...]

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Peace be with you! Assalamu Alaikum!

CBCP Statement on the Bangsa Moro Proposed Law WHEN Jesus, the Lord, breathed his Spirit and his peace on the apostles, he did so as the fulfilment and summation of all that he had been sent to be and to do for the world! Peace is therefore God’s gift. We must cooperate with God, for [...]

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