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Continue along this road!

(Ahead of his 15th Apostolic Visit and 1st trip to Poland, Pope Francis sent an advance message to young people already gathered in Krakow for the World Youth Day, schedule for July 27-31, 2015, and to all Polish People.) Dear Brothers and Sisters, The 31st World Youth Day is fast approaching. I look forward to [...]

The Church in the Wilderness

Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas at the Opening of the 113th CBCP Plenary Assembly, July 9, 2016, Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, Manila   Fifty one years have passed since the closing of the Second Vatican Council and twenty five years since the celebration of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines. Vatican II [...]

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Pastoral appeal to our law enforcers

Appeal to Reason and Humanity Seek peace and pursue it (Ps.34:14)   Brothers and sisters enforcers of the law: Peace be with you! We commend you, our law enforcers, on your new-found earnestness in enforcing the law and in apprehending malefactors, but we are disturbed by an increasing number of reports that suspected drug-peddlers, pushers [...]

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We are brothers and sisters!

CBCP Statement on the Orlando Tragedy THE scene is becoming disturbingly frequent in the United States — lifeless bodies strewn all over the place, and an assailant gone berserk who, by brazen thoughtlessness, changes lives and communities forever.  With the families of those who lost their lives at Orlando, Florida, the Catholic Bishops Conference of [...]

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Celebrating centuplex of priestly vocation

 By Msgr. Crispin C. Bernarte, Jr. “Centuplex” is a Latin word which means a hundredfold.  At a time when many parts of the world experience shortage of priests to serve the pastoral needs of the Church, the town of Bacacay, Albay joyfully celebrates an upsurge in priestly vocation. On this year 2016, this town celebrates [...]

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Understanding silence …

Are we still at ease with silence? Has the noise of violence and terror drowned the voice of quiet conscience? Do we always interpret silence as fear of the cowards; the destiny imposed on the unwilling mute; the refuge of the guilty? It is not always so. There is nobility in silence like the silence [...]

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Without losing our own strength and identity

  By Edwin Lopez EVERY year, the Philippine Cable TV Association (PCTA) gathers its member cable operators, technical suppliers, resource speakers, and content providers nationwide under one roof. This year, the PCTA convention took place at the Marriott Hotel in Manila from April 13 to 15, 2016. These media players meet annually and exchange information to adapt [...]

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A post-election call for action for Catholic pastors

A self-examination of an observer priest   By Rev Fr Johnpaul D. Menchavez, JCD Very recently the Filipino people have democratically chosen a new father of the nation. Strong-willed. Iron fist. Almost forty-percent of the voters are celebrating the victory of their winning candidate from the South. Everyone, including those who did not vote for [...]

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The Problem of Food Loss: views from the Catholic Social Teaching and solutions from Caritas

Address delivered by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis, on May 30, 2016 at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Distinguished Director General, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends It is a privilege to speak today to such a qualified audience. I am grateful to the FAO [...]

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Spirituality and Ministry with Persons-with-Disabilities

By Fr. Nonnette C. Legaspi    I AM Rev. Fr. Nonnette C. Legaspi from the Diocese of Novaliches. I am currently Parish Priest of Christ the King Parish, Atlas St., Filinvest Homes II, Batasan Hills, Quezon City. I am also a priest minister for Persons-with-Disabilities in our diocese. (See attachment at the end for a [...]

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Is death penalty Biblical? Priest explains why not

PALO, Leyte, May 23, 2016 – Since the Old Testament is full of Divine punishment, wrath, and death, surely God is pro-death penalty or is He? A priest explained why this is far-fetched. Fr. Ivo Velasquez, Dean of Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo reacted to a general idea advanced by some camps that [...]

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Get up, Let us go!

GET UP, LET US GO! (Matthew 26:46) CBCP Post Election Statement Brothers and sisters in Christ: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me…” (Mt. 28:18) This is the Lord Jesus’ ultimate claim to universal kingship and dominion. These are the words of the Ascended One, gloriously sitting at the right [...]

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Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro:  A Matter of Conscience

IN an earlier pastoral letter, I have outlined five C’s as criteria for choosing candidates for public office. These are: Conscience, Competence, Compassion, Companionship, and Commitment. Conscience, to my mind, is the first and most important criterion. The candidate must be a person of integrity and honesty. He or she follows the dictates of his [...]

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Archdiocese of Cotabato:   Circular Letter on the 2016 Elections

BELOVED People of God in the Archdiocese of Cotabato: Greetings of peace in the Lord! You may have already chosen your candidates. Let me stir your conscience. As chief religious Shepherd of the Archdiocese, my duty is to help your conscience in choosing your candidates in accordance with the moral—social principles of the Church. I [...]

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Tagapagpahayag ng Katotohanan, Lingkod ng pagkakaisa

Payo at Pakiusap ng Simbahang Katoliko na may Pagmamahal sa ating Diyos at Bayan Mga minamahal kong kababayan, Nais naming kayong makausap habang tayo ay papalapit sa mahalagang bahagi ng ating paglalakbay bilang mga mamamayan at mga Kristiyano.  Isang mensahe ng katotohanan ang dala namin sa inyo. Maaring ito ay makasakit subalit ito’y nakakapagpalaya. Iniaabot [...]

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Prophets of truth, servants of unity

A pastoral appeal in the spirit of our love of God and country   My dear countrymen: We address you as we get nearer the crossroads of our journey as citizens of this land and citizens of heaven. We bring to you a message of truth that may be painful but hopefully liberating. We offer [...]

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