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CBCP head blasts attempts to ‘silence’ bishops

MANILA, Nov. 14, 2016— A ranking Catholic bishop has lamented what he called Christian “persecution” in the Philippines in the form of moves to silence the Church on socio-political issues. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines, said it may be all part of critics’ strategy to force […]

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Bishops slam court ruling on Marcos burial

MANILA, November 10, 2016–Catholic bishops have deplored a court decision that allows a hero’s burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. In a strongly-worded statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines hit the Supreme Court’s verdict, which dismissed all the petitions against the government’s plan to bury Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery. “The burial […]

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‘Yolanda’ heroes honored 3 years after typhoon

TACLOBAN City, Leyte, Nov. 9, 2016 – The Catholic Church through its social action arm, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, recognized the heroism of Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors from the nine worst-hit provinces during the third Yolanda commemoration activities held Nov. 8 in this city. “Yolanda taught us so many lessons about […]

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3 years after Yolanda, bishop warns vs complacency in disasters

MANILA, Nov. 4, 2016— As recovery continues almost three years after typhoon Yolanda’s devastation, a Catholic bishop called on the public to always be prepared for disasters. In a pastoral letter issued for the third anniversary of Yolanda, Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan said there is no room for complacency, which leads people to ignore […]

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Church allocates P2M for ‘Lawin’ survivors

MANILA, Oct. 23, 2016 – The Catholic Church through its social action arm, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, has started utilizing “Alay Kapwa” emergency funds amounting to Php 2 million to support the on-going relief operations for families affected by Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) in Northern Luzon. According to NASSA/Caritas Philippines executive […]

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Church network seeks justice system overhaul amid killings

MANILA, Oct. 17, 2016— The Catholic Church’s social action workers are calling for an overhaul of the judicial system to deliver speedy justice to victims, particularly in the light of an intensive government crackdown on illegal activities. The lay, religious, and clergy members of the Social Action Network (SAN) said there may be factors that […]

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Duterte told: Stop ‘false hope’ over death penalty fix

MANILA, Oct. 10, 2016 — The Catholic Church’s prison ministry urged President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies in Congress to stop giving Filipinos “false hope” that death penalty will solve crimes. Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the bishops’ Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said the move to reinstate death penalty will never be an […]

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Gov’t urged: Probe gambling, drug trade links

MANILA, Sept. 28, 2016— Anti-gambling crusader Archbishop Oscar Cruz called on the authorities to look into the possible links of people with severe gambling problems to the illegal drug trade. Cruz, founder of the Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng, hinted at the possibility that pathological gamblers always need money to finance their “unquenchable gambling addiction.” […]

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Church launches prayer campaign for PH

MANILA, Sept. 20, 2016— Catholic bishops launched a nationwide campaign to pray for peace and healing, calling on people of faith and good will to get involved in the “A Million Roses for the World” initiative. The campaign started Tuesday at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran with hundreds of students joining Archbishop Socrates […]

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Bishops fear more summary killings

MANILA, Sept. 19, 2016 — Catholic bishops fear an increase in cases of summary executions after President Rodrigo Duterte asked for a six-month extension for his war on drugs. Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said he is worried that fighting fire with fire is likely to fail. “But I am also worried about more extrajudicial killings,” […]

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Bishops mourn victims of summary killings

MANILA, Sept. 16, 2016— As drug-related violence shows no sign of stopping, the Catholic hierarchy, the Catholic bishops, have spoken with one voice, saying deaths from summary killings is cause for mourning. In a statement issued on Thursday, the feast of the Our Lady of Sorrows, they said all “offenses against life”, including abortion and […]

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Detox, rehab, food: Parish works to fight drug problem

MANILA, Sept. 13, 2016– As the body count rises in the Philippines’ war on drugs, a Catholic priest is trying to create a space where healing takes precedence over killing. On Sept. 1, 20 drug users surrendered to police under the watchful eye of Father Luciano Feloni, an Argentine priest who is pastor of Our […]

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Archbishop urges people to remain strong after Davao blast

DAVAO City, Sept. 3, 2016— A Catholic archbishop called on the people of Davao City to remain strong despite last night’s terror attack. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles has offered a memorial Mass for the blast victims on Saturday at the site of the explosion in the city’s popular night market. In his homily, the archbishop […]

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Students, various groups protest summary killings

MANILA, Sept. 1, 2016— Students, faith leaders, and civil society groups prayed and lit candles yesterday, Aug. 31, in protest against the spate of killings in relation to President Duterte’s war on illegal narcotics. Held in different parts of Metro Manila on Wednesday evening, the activities were led by the newly-formed Stop the Killings Network […]

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AMRSP decries govt’s silence over killings

MANILA, Aug. 25, 2016 – As the death toll rises to 1,800 following a bloody crackdown on illegal narcotics, a group of church leaders is lamenting the lack of government condemnation for the summary killings of suspected drug pushers and users. By Aug. 23, authorities recorded 1,916 deaths, about 750 of which taking place during […]

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End poverty, end drug trade – bishop

MANILA, August 11, 2016– A Catholic bishop has called for more concentrated efforts to alleviate poverty instead of killing suspected dealers as a means to end the drug trade. Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said that because of poverty, many have turned to peddling drugs in order to survive. He said instead of killing them, drug […]

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