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On the US Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage

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 [...]

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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Let us be circumspect

Pastoral Statement on Amending the Constitution LATELY, we have been urged by different prominent persons and influential sectors to consider the amendment of the Constitution. While amendments having to do with the form of government are matters that we, your bishops, leave to politicians and to their discernment, proposed amendments in respect to economic provisions [...]

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How young ex-Protestants, agnostics are becoming friends

MANILA, June 3, 2015—“King James” in one hand and “Ang Biblia” in the other, members of the Catholic Faith Defenders (CFD) Metro Manila stage mock debates to hone their familiarity with Scripture. But there is more to these apologists than their ability to recite memorized verses. It’s called relationship. Community. Solidarity. Becoming better Catholics “I [...]

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Catholic ‘power couple’: God uses us to spread Gospel

PASAY City, June 1, 2015—More than professional partners and real-life husband-and-wife of 15 years, Julius Babao and Tin-Tin Bersola-Babao are two proud Catholics who have taken on the task of living out their faith at home, in their workplace, letting God use them as channels of His Good News. Media evangelization The couple, who are [...]

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Statement of condemnation on the series of killings in the City of Calbayog

THE Diocese of Calbayog through the Justice and Peace Desk of the Social Action Center strongly condemns in the strongest terms the series of killings happening in the City of Calbayog. The taking of human life, and the inflicting of injury and suffering on anyone, whether as an act of aggression or revenge, can never [...]

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What do young couples really need?

PASIG, May 26, 2015 – With separated husbands and wives getting younger and younger, a family renewal community is offering an accessible wellspring for shared wisdom, care and formation for young couples who are at one of the most crucial stages of their marriages. “[Young couples] need a community that will help them and in [...]

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Benedictine still trying to be a saint at 100

MANILA, May 24, 2014—While regretting he is not yet a “real saint” at his age, a Benedictine monk-priest who has celebrated his 100th birthday recently now looks forward to the next hundred years of his life for the chance to make himself “a little better each day.” Gratitude, enthusiasm, hope “Summarized, all these little things [...]

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Refugees — the “Anawim” of the Lord today

DECADES ago, the Philippines was host to the “boat people”, hundreds if not thousands of Vietnamese fleeing their homeland, following the fall of what was then called Saigon. Our country then served as some kind of a way-station, because our Vietnamese guests soon found their way to other parts of the globe. One of them, [...]

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Statement of Churchpeople Workers’ Solidarity (CWS) on the death of 72 workers in the Kentex fire

   “In many cases, poverty results from a violation of the dignity of human work, either because work opportunities are limited (through unemployment or underemployment), or because a low value is put on work and the rights that flow from it, especially the right to a just wage and to the personal security of the [...]

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Communicating the Family:  A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 49th World Communications Day THE family is a subject of profound reflection by the Church and of a process involving two Synods: the recent extraordinary assembly and the ordinary assembly scheduled for next October. So I thought it appropriate that the theme for the next World Communications [...]

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