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Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8) Divorce One senator of the Republic was recently quoted as saying that the fact that the Philippines is the only country without a divorce law is not something we should necessarily be [...]

After Mamasapano, what?

An Open Letter to our Honorable Legislators 23 March 2015 Our Beloved Legislators: Greetings of peace in the Lord! In the depths of our grief for all the fallen combatants and civilians at Mamasapano, the deep historic biases and prejudices that lie in the dark corners of our souls have erupted once again. Truly we [...]

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God’s mercy, a ‘real’ experience

PASAY City, March 22, 2015—God’s mercy is more than just a theological concept, it is a concrete experience. Taking his cue from Pope Francis, who had earlier declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting December 2015, Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle noted the mystery surrounding God’s mercy is not an abstract idea, but [...]

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More married saints, please

MANILA, March 15, 2015—A Filipino couple has welcomed with joy the forthcoming canonization of a married couple, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, saying the French husband-and-wife tandem inspire parents and couples to seriously live out the hard but noble task of evangelizing the Church closest to them: their own families. Family holiness real [...]

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A start: ‘Pedicab jobs’ change lives

MANILA, March 13, 2015 – For the last decade, a foundation run by religious and lay people has helped unemployed urban poor populating a tiny informal settlement in Parañaque make a living as pedicab drivers. The daily earning of the pedicab drivers has somehow met their basic needs, like food, cloth, water, school expenses for [...]

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An abused ex-OFW, Marian devotee finds reason to thank God

SAN PEDRO City, Laguna, March 10, 2015—A young businessman and proud Marian devotee from Laguna has decided to make the world a better place “one small wish at a time.” Homeless, unpaid, hungry Steeled by what he had seen and experienced as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), Edward Era has taken on the difficult but [...]

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Grieving, doing justice, working for peace

(A Letter to all Christians) Fellow Disciples of Christ: Greetings of peace in the Lord! As a Filipino and Mindanawon, I grieve profoundly for our gallant SAF troops who sacrificed their lives in pursuit of justice in Mamasapano. I grieve deeply with their families. As a disciple of Christ I likewise grieve for the other [...]

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Bishop’s four pointers for New Evangelization confab

NAGA City, March 5, 2015 — Same message, new ways. Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona asks participants to the first Archdiocesan Congress on New Evangelization on Saturday, March 7, at the Naga Parochial School Covered Courts to be receptive to the message of New Evangelization in four ways: To listen and pay close attention to [...]

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Pastoral Moral Guidance on the ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BILL

CONGRESS of the Philippines is poised to pass into law that was earlier known as the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity bill, which is now more generally referred to as the anti-discrimination bill. We are grateful that the CBCP was earlier asked by the relevant committees of the houses of Congress to submit its comments, [...]

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Free online conference for Catholic mothers set

MANILA, Feb. 27, 2015–Being a mother is one of the most challenging roles a woman could ever face in life. In this tough calling, where does God dwell and what role does He play in the lives of mothers? This is the question that “Catholic Conference 4 Moms” (CC4M), a free online conference that will [...]

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Pro-life solons file bill vs RH, ‘ideological colonization’

QUEZON City, Feb. 25, 2015–Following Pope Francis’ fight against “ideological colonization,” a group of lawmakers who have taken up the cause of life, filed House Bill 5373 in a bid to repeal Republic Act 10354, or “The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012″ (RH Law), and to “address positively the problem of severe [...]

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What are health workers’ rights under the RH Law?

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 17, 2015 – On the occasion of ‘Pro-life month’ and with the scenario of the full implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) law this year, a civic group is urging Filipinos to uphold their rights in relation to Republic Act No. 10354. Atty. Lina Layson of Citizens for Life said: “Many may [...]

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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 [...]

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The ‘mission’ of Eucharistic adoration

MANDALUYONG CITY, Feb. 15, 2015 – In a world of constant noise, the sight of young people kneeling down in silent worship of Jesus in the Eucharist is short of miraculous. This is exactly what happened when hundreds of youth gathered for the Grand Eucharistic Adoration (GEA) 2015 at the Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) [...]

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How to know if you really love someone

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Feb. 13, 2015 –- Is love just a feeling of butterflies in the stomach when you see your special someone? To find out what this mysterious thing is Palawan’s bishop decided to discuss first what love is not. According to Palawan Bishop Pedro D. Arigo, there is a thin line between [...]

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Popular Catholic show saying goodbye soon?

MANILA, Feb. 13, 2015—It all started with a dream. Realizing the lack of a strong Catholic presence on national television, Lourdes Carredo took it upon herself the difficult but noble task of founding the Children of Light Media as her humble way of satisfying the need of Catholic Filipinos for Catholic TV shows. For a [...]

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