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SONA 2015: A Legacy of A Disconnected Economy

SONA 2015: A Legacy of A Disconnected Economy

Economic elitism has been the norm for the economy but the growth in wealth and profits for a few has been striking under the Aquino administration. By Sonny Africa IBON Features–Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III will give his last state of the nation address (SONA) at the opening of Congress next week. After so many [...]

MANILA, July 23, 2015– With the six-year term of President Benigno Aquino III ending, 46% of Filipinos say he failed to accomplish his 2010 campaign slogan “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap,” according to a recent survey. The nationwide survey was conducted by Veritas Truth Survey (VTS) during the second quarter of 2015 and headed by [...]

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Stewards, not owners

CBCP on the Climate Change Issue In December, 2015, the nations of the world will gather at Le Bourget in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The representatives of the state-parties will endeavor to arrive at legally binding measures addressing the pressing challenge of climate-change. From a broader perspective, the Paris Negotiations will [...]

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Addiction, freedom and disciples

CBCP Pastoral Letter on Drug Trafficking and Drug Addiction When Pope Francis visited us in January—those wonderful, faith-filled and joyful days—he asked us not to allow ourselves to be victims of new forms of colonization. He certainly had in mind “imported values” and “borrowed tastes” that threaten our identity, dilute our spirituality and wreck our [...]

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Striving for a just peace, the moral road

Statement of CBCP Plenary Assembly Adopting the Mindanao Catholic Bishops on the BBL and the Peace Process “Guide our feet into the way of peace” (Lk. 1:79) Our Common Stand Questions and varying opinions about the peace process and the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) abound at all levels of Mindanao society. As religious and [...]

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Advancing in wisdom and favor before God and man

Pastoral Letter on the Transition Years of the K to 12 Program “He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” (Luke 2.51-52) Saint Luke provides us [...]

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Sister ‘overjoyed’ serving God for 67 years

PASAY City, July 13, 2015—At 88, Sr. Nazarena Silvestre has nothing more to ask. Her vocation has proved fruitful and grace-filled. “I am very happy. This is really my vocation,” she told CBCP News, smiling as if everything depended on it. Boasting 67 years of serving the Lord, this Daughter of Saint Paul (FSP) from [...]

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OFW remittances vital to GDP growth but…

MANILA, July 11, 2015 – Foreign currency remittances have become a vital part of the Philippine economy in the 40 years, contributing anywhere from nine to ten percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. But at what social costs are OFWs keeping the economy afloat? In an exclusive interview, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor [...]

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10 years of mission and lovin’ it

PARAÑAQUE City, July 7, 2015—The picture most people get on hearing the word missionary is of a bearded ascetic baptizing half-naked “heathens” in Africa, or of a clean-shaven Caucasian going door to door with his leaflets around Manila. Tell that to Edwin Dio Despabiladeras. Cool and articulate, bespectacled, and shirt-clad, he is the nearest one [...]

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On the US Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage

The US Supreme Court was asked whether banning same-sex marriages was in accord with the Constitution. It has recently ruled that such a ban is unconstitutional. That is the gist as well as the significance of the ruling of the US Supreme Court. Its reference is the US Constitution. Fortunately for human persons, there is [...]

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Pauline sister still ‘freshly in love’ with Jesus at 91

PASAY City, June 25, 2015—Being married to a mere human is one thing. Being married to God Himself is another. Ask Pauline Sister Assunta Labay, whose love for the Lord remains as fresh and intense as when she first decided to offer herself—everything she is, has, and can—to Him forever. No regrets with FSP “I [...]

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CBCP Statement on Torture

IT is troubling that notwithstanding the fact torture is now recognized as a crime jure gentium and international law increasingly moves in the direction of classifying the prohibition of torture as peremptory norm, there are documented reports that there still are victims of torture in the Philippines according to credible reports from Amnesty International. Contrary [...]

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Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato Si’

ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’ OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME   1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life [...]

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PRAISED BE THE LORD….An Encyclical on the Environment

Even before Pope Francis released to the world his encyclical on the environment and on climate change, some thought he was venturing into a field best left to scientists. But a Papal Encyclical is not teaching on science. To search for scientific explanations to phenomena — that is the province and the competence of science [...]

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Pope Francis and climate reality

By Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR THE encyclical of Pope Francis on the Environment will be released on June 18, 2015, with the title ‘Laudato Sii’, (with a subtitle: ‘on the care of our common home’), it is but an affirmation of the Catholic Church’s concern for the environment. The title is a quotation from a popular [...]

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Elections and the duty of the Christian

It is not difficult to feel the election fever–even if the 2016 elections are still so months away. It has always been complained that the efforts of the Church and other non-political groups to educate voters come too late. It is the reason for this letter, this early — so that it may never be [...]

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