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Press Statement on the arrest of Sen. De Lima

Press Statement on the arrest of Sen. De Lima

FOLLOWING the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, we turn to God in fervent prayer to heal our land. We beg the Lord to pour forth upon us the passion NOT for vengeance but for justice. We humbly pray to the Lord who called Himself the Truth to set our hearts aflame for the truth, […]

For I find no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies – oracle of the Lord God  (Ezekiel 18:32)

Translations: Tagalog | Kapampangan | Bicolano | Cebuano | Hililgaynon | Waray  | Pangasinan | Ilocano   Beloved People of God We, your bishops, are deeply concerned due to many deaths and killings in the campaign against prohibited drugs. This traffic in illegal drugs needs to be stopped and overcome. But the solution does not lie in the killing […]

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An invitation to reflect, pray and act

To the Catholic Faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila (comprising the cities of Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, and San Juan) My dear sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ, Peace be with you! Once again the issue of capital punishment or the death penalty has surfaced in our country. Through the centuries there have existed differing […]

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Statement on the Age of Criminal Liability

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines implores Congress of the Philippines to keep intact the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, especially regarding the age of criminal liability. We are therefore opposed to lowering the age of criminal liability. The purpose of the law is laudable, its present provisions, beneficial. The sins and failings of […]

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Amending the Constitution

Dear Catholic Faithful We write this pastoral letter to you with an eye to our celebration of the 500th year of the coming of Christianity to our shores. By 2021 the Christian faith shall have arrived in our shores for half a millennium already. For a long time we have been the only Asian country […]

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Statement on Death Penalty

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus is the Gospel of Life. It is this Gospel we must preach. It is this Gospel that we must uphold. We therefore unequivocally oppose proposals and moves to return the death penalty into the Philippine legal system. We took a considerable stride in the defense of life when we […]

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Feast of beauty and hope

Pastoral Message of Archbishop Socrates B Villegas to be read as homily in all Masses on Christmas Day, December 25, 2016 Beloved People of God in Lingayen Dagupan: Christmas is a feast of BEAUTY. It is the feast of God, the source all goodness and beauty, who came down and became like us to make […]

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Parishes as wellsprings of mercy and renewal

Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to open the Year 2017 as the Year of Parishes, Communion of Communities BELOVED people of God: We welcome the year 2017 in our “novena-years” of preparation for the grateful celebration in 2021 of the five hundredth anniversary of the first coming and first receiving […]

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Statement of Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas  on House Bill 01, the “Death Penalty Law”

At present there is an insistent attempt both in Congress and in the Senate to reimpose Death Penalty in our country. Such an attempt is supported by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. In 1987, death penalty was abolished in the Philippines. Its abolition clearly reveals a strong message that it has no place in […]

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Our country and our faith

The Philippine Socio-Political Landscape and our Christian Response Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord! (Psalm 33:12) “SINCE we Filipino Catholics constitute the great majority of our nation, we hold the primary responsibility for building a just Philippine society. Contrary to the commonly voiced opinion that politics and public life are ‘dirty’ and […]

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Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision on Marcos Burial

THE Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas believes that the Supreme Court’s decision rejecting the petitions to stop the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani is a barefaced disrespect to the victims of one of the darkest moment in the history of our people and our country in general. Burying […]

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Statement on the Supreme Court decision to allow the burial of former president Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

We do not forget! We are saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the burial of former President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. We see this as another step to build the culture of impunity in the country. Marcos is no hero! He should not be presented as one. During […]

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Respect the Dignity of Life

“Thou shall not kill” (Exodus 20.13) Statement of Social Action Network on Drugs and Extrajudicial Violence   We, the lay, religious and clergy members of the Social Action Network (SAN) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, comprising the 86 Arch/Diocesan Social Action Centers throughout the country, are alarmed by the spate of killings […]

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Joint Pastoral Statement of the Four Dioceses of Negros Island on Extrajudicial Killings

“Do not offend the Lord our God any more, because He is already so much offended.” (Our Lady of the Rosary to Lucia at Fatima, October 13, 1917) WE, the Bishops of Bacolod, Dumaguete, and San Carlos, and the Diocesan Administrator of Kabankalan, are deeply saddened and greatly disturbed by the following happenings in our […]

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Nababalisa at Nalulungkot Ngunit Puno ng Pag-asa

Pahatid Pastoral ni Arsobispo Socrates B. Villegas para sa Kapistahan ng Mahal na Birhen ng Santo Rosaryo, ika 7 ng Oktubre, Unang Biyernes ng Buwan ng Santo Rosaryo Mga minanahal na kapatid kay Kristo: Nakakahiya ang mga nababasa kong balita tungkol sa Pilipinas sa mga pahayag ng international media. Lalo pang nakakahiya ang naririnig ko […]

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Confused and Sad yet Hopeful

A pastoral message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas for the feast of our Lady of the Holy Rosary, October 7, first Friday of the month of the Holy Rosary. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: I am ashamed of the things I read about the Philippines in the international media and more ashamed of […]

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