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Cardinal Tagle: WYD is about ‘common humanity’

KRAKOW, Poland, July 26, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said the World Youth Day should not just be seen as a gathering for the young people but an instrument of the unity of the human race. Despite the many challenges the world is facing, he said the youth is the face of a“human […]

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CBCP head: ‘We will resist the moral wrong’

MANILA, July 9, 2016— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urged its bishops to stand up against what is wrong and express the teachings of the Church even if turns to the ‘wilderness.’ Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President, was addressing the bishops at the start of their 113th Plenary Assembly on Saturday. The prelate […]

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Duterte’s stand on gambling draws both praise, criticism

MANILA, July 5, 2016— Anti-gambling crusader Archbishop Oscar Cruz has agreed that online gambling must be stopped but criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s support for casino operations. The archbishop said over Radio Veritas that from a Christian perspective, gambling is wrong and that worthy charities may profit from government-sanctioned casinos doesn’t make it right. “It’s so […]

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Cardinal Tagle urges incoming officials to strive for real reform

MANILA, June 24, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle called on new officials to live up to the trust they received from the electorate. The Manila archbishop on Friday said the incoming administration and other newly-elected leaders must set an example in improving ways in serving the people. “I hope that the next or those who […]

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Put poor at center of dev’t agenda, Duterte urged

MANILA, June 18, 2016— The Catholic Church’s social action arm urged President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to put the spotlight on the poor in his administration’s development and economic agenda. At a press conference on Friday, Caritas Philippines has asked for greater efforts to lift up the country’s poor and the marginalized, saying they want real change. […]

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On care for creation, Tagle cites need to ‘recover horizon of gift’

MANILA, June 8, 2016— Polluting or destroying the environment is the result of people’s lack of respect for creation and care for it as a “gift of God,” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said. Speaking before the Caritas Asia Regional Conference in Bangkok, Thailand June 6, he said environmental problems the world is facing […]

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Reducing food waste could help solve hunger — Tagle

MANILA, June 1, 2016–Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has called on world leaders to look at the issue of food loss differently, not just by technical solution but from a response that comes from a vision of human development. In an address to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, the president of […]

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CBCP’s vow to new officials: Church’s collaboration

MANILA, May 10. 2016 – Hours before the first presidentiable conceded defeat to front-running presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ revealed the Church’s “great promise” to winning candidates: “vigilant collaboration.” “The greatest promise the Church can offer any government is vigilant collaboration, and that offer, we make […]

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Catholics urged to light candles for elections

MANILA, May 6, 2016— Catholics in Pangasinan have been called on to pray the rosary and to light candles outside their homes this Saturday for the upcoming elections. The call comes from Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan ahead of the synchronized local and national polls on Monday, May 9. The prelate, in a statement posted […]

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Cardinal Tagle: Election is responsibility more than victory

MANILA, May 2, 2016— The head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church delivered a powerful message on servant leadership to the candidates for national positions during a Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Monday. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said the election of any candidate carries with it a great deal of responsibility more than victory. “In […]

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CBCP will support winning candidate but…

MANILA, May 1, 2016— The Catholic hierarchy has vowed to support whoever wins in the May 9 presidential elections but on certain conditions. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president said the victory must come from an honest electoral process and whoever wins will take the job seriously. “…Whoever strives to […]

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Cardinal Tagle tells HIV patients: Keep faith

MANILA, April 30, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila on Saturday visited a hospital ward which cares for people with HIV and asked them to have courage and “never lose their faith.” It was an emotional moment for the cardinal, who spent half an hour with around 25 patients and their families at the […]

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CBCP head to faithful: Pray rosary daily till polls

MANILA, April 15, 2016 – Reminding the faithful about the power of prayer, particularly of the rosary, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president called on Filipinos to pray the rosary daily until the elections on May 9. “Pray all the mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory every day until May 9. Pray […]

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Villegas to voters: Don’t be swayed by surveys

MANILA, April 5, 2016— The election is not a popularity contest, said a Catholic archbishop from a vote-rich ardiocese, as he asked voters not to be influenced by pre-election survey results. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan urged voters to “be careful” and choose candidates according to their conscience, saying they are called “to take courage […]

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PH bishops join condemnation of Brussels attacks

MANILA, March 23, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila on Wednesday has joined in the global condemnation of the ‘horrible’ terror bombings on Brussels airport and a metro station. The cardinal extended condolences to the victims and their families while expressing solidarity with the people of Belgium. “What happened to our brothers and sisters […]

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Faith leaders warn of ‘political instability’ after elections

MANILA, Feb. 26, 2016— A coalition of religious groups is increasingly concerned that “instability” could hit the country if the Commission on Elections fails to make the May 9 automated polls credible. The FAITH.e Coalition or Interfaith Coalition for Fairness, Accuracy, Integrity, and Honesty in Elections said that political instability could result from a seriously […]

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