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Press Statement on the arrest of Sen. De Lima

Press Statement on the arrest of Sen. De Lima

FOLLOWING the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, we turn to God in fervent prayer to heal our land. We beg the Lord to pour forth upon us the passion NOT for vengeance but for justice. We humbly pray to the Lord who called Himself the Truth to set our hearts aflame for the truth, […]

EDSA is our people’s cry and God’s loving reply

Dear Cardinal Sin,   It is you I miss most these days.   I do not mean to disturb your peace. You already have passed from this valley of tears to the House of the Father but please Cardinal Sin, do not forget us in our present travails as a nation. I know you can […]

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Walk for Life 2017

Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas February 18, 2017 Salamat sa Council of the Laity ng Pilipinas na siyang nanawagan para sa Walk for Life. Kaming mga pari at obispo ay kasama ninyong laykong lingkod sa bawat hakbang. Hindi kami mauuna baka hindi kayo makasunod. Hindi kami maglalakad sa likod baka maiwanan ninyo kami. Maglalakad […]

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Statement of the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Social Advocacies on EJK

Our Christian faith has time and again taught us to condemn the sin, and never the sinner. It runs against Christ’s example of mercy and compassion to judge sinners without even giving them the hope for conversion, renewal, and the promise of God’s unconditional mercy. More so, it is utterly unchristian to mercilessly kill sinners, […]

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FULL TEXT: Doctors for Life’s letter to President Duterte

February 2, 2017 PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE Office of the President Republic of the Philippines Malacanang Palace, Manila Dear President Duterte, Greetings from the officers and members of Doctors for Life, Philippines, a national organization of Filipino doctors dedicated to promoting the protection of human life in all stages and conditions, especially the most vulnerable. […]

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An invitation to reflect, pray and act

To the Catholic Faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila (comprising the cities of Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, and San Juan) My dear sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ, Peace be with you! Once again the issue of capital punishment or the death penalty has surfaced in our country. Through the centuries there have existed differing […]

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Statement on the Age of Criminal Liability

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines implores Congress of the Philippines to keep intact the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, especially regarding the age of criminal liability. We are therefore opposed to lowering the age of criminal liability. The purpose of the law is laudable, its present provisions, beneficial. The sins and failings of […]

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Amending the Constitution

Dear Catholic Faithful We write this pastoral letter to you with an eye to our celebration of the 500th year of the coming of Christianity to our shores. By 2021 the Christian faith shall have arrived in our shores for half a millennium already. For a long time we have been the only Asian country […]

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Statement on Death Penalty

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus is the Gospel of Life. It is this Gospel we must preach. It is this Gospel that we must uphold. We therefore unequivocally oppose proposals and moves to return the death penalty into the Philippine legal system. We took a considerable stride in the defense of life when we […]

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The Church at the crossroads

(Message of Archbishop Socrates Villegas at the opening session of the 114th Plenary Assembly of the CBCP on January 28, 2017 at the Pius XII Catholic Center.) We are seeing a world in transition and the Church in transition with society. There are essential things; there are accidentals. Spiritual wisdom is knowing what we can […]

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CBCP condoles with the family of Jacatia Pawa

The CBCP condoles most sincerely with the family of the late JACATIA PAWA, our fellow Filipino, who was executed in Kuwait yesterday. The fact that Jacatia protested her innocence to the end of her life only underscores the abhorrence at the death penalty. The sadness that we feel at Jacatia’s death should make us all […]

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Sure-fire signs of pride

BAGUIO City, Jan. 22, 2017 – Revisiting a checklist of a lack of humility originally drawn up by Opus Dei founder St.Josemaría Escrivá, a Catholic lay leader gave 17 points that show if a person is full of pride. Quoting the priest who died in 1975, Couples for Christ international council member Michael Ariola gave […]

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How Divine Mercy saved a Satanist

MANILA, Jan. 17, 2017 – How does it feel to have a miracle happen right in front of your eyes? A Divine Mercy devotee based in the U.S. recounted on Jan. 17 what she calls a “Divine Mercy miracle” story at the sidelines of day 2 of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM) […]

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Immigrants gift the world with skills, faith and inspirational stories

NEW YORK CITY, January 10, 2017–Today’s immigrants are the modern-day magi who bring gifts to the countries they move to after leaving their homeland. During Sunday’s feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Walter Tonelotto, C.S., told the Filipino-American community based at Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine in Manhattan that like the magi, immigrants bring their talents […]

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Non-violence: A style of politics for peace

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Non-violence: A style of politics for peace

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the celebration of the 50th World Day of Peace 1 January 2017 1. At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace […]

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Feast of beauty and hope

Pastoral Message of Archbishop Socrates B Villegas to be read as homily in all Masses on Christmas Day, December 25, 2016 Beloved People of God in Lingayen Dagupan: Christmas is a feast of BEAUTY. It is the feast of God, the source all goodness and beauty, who came down and became like us to make […]

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