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A Pastoral Letter on the People’s Initiative to abolish the Pork Barrel System

A Pastoral Letter on the People’s Initiative to abolish the Pork Barrel System

To the Clergy, Religious, Seminarians and Laity of the Archdiocese of Cebu Dear Brothers and Sisters: “Our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active” (1 John 3:18). The PORK BARREL is a LUMP SUM AMOUNT given to any branch or office of government, the SPECIFIC USE of [...]

Four Filipino missionaries brave outbreak of  Ebola virus in West Africa

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR THEY have chosen the path to serve the people of Sierra Leone in the face of the harrowing outbreak of Ebola virus. The four (4) Filipino missionaries are: Br. Jonathan Jamero, OAR; Fr. Roy Baluarte, OAR; Fr. Russell Lapidez, OAR and Fr. Dennis Castillo, OAR; they are accompanied by two [...]

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Day of prayer for peace in Iraq

THIS Monday August 18, 2014 at the conclusion of his apostolic visit to Korea, Pope Francis will preside at Mass at the Myeong Dong Cathedral for Peace and Reconciliation. In recent days, we have been made aware of the perilous and life threatening situation that our Christian brethren in northern Iraq are going through. At [...]

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Statement of the Director of the Press Office on behalf of the Holy Father

THE Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from Northern Iraq, which involve defenseless populations. Christian communities are particularly affected; a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region. At the Angelus prayer on July 20th, Pope Francis [...]

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From the CBCP President on the Judiciary Development Fund

IN “The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace), we are taught: “In a State ruled by law the power to inflict punishment is correctly entrusted to the courts. In defining the proper relationships between the legislative, executive and judicial powers, the Constitutions of modern States guarantee the [...]

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CBCP President on the People’s Initiative Against Pork Barrel

RIGHTLY appalled by what they take to be the unjust use of public funds through the ‘pork-barrel’ system, some citizens have taken the step the Constitution allows of legislating anti-pork-barrel measures through people’s initiative. All measures our citizens take, provided these are moral, peaceful and lawful, aimed at curbing corruption and the irresponsible use of [...]

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My cry for the victims of Gaza and the victims of the Abu Sayyaf

By Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra,PIME WHAT is happening in Gaza is touching the heart of the world. How we can afford to see so many people, especially children, killed in a war that is unjustified on both sides. A few days ago, a good friend of mine, a Muslim lady that I respect, told me: “We [...]

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Sisters Act: How nuns are fighting human trafficking

MANILA, August 1, 2014 – Religious women can help crack down on human trafficking crimes. This is the reason why an international network against human trafficking is going all out in its recruitment of nuns to help in the fight against this cross-country exploitation. “Religious women should take part in fighting human trafficking in the [...]

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An archbishop’s cross

By Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino Archbishop Soc Villegas, currently CBCP president, has recently come under fire for what some take to be his ‘limp-wristed’ position towards the President’s combative attitude towards the Supreme Court and related issues. I beg for fairness. As a priest, familiar with the workings of the Catholic Church and the demands [...]

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On the impeachment complaint filed today

THROUGH the media, I have been informed that Archbishop emeritus Oscar V. Cruz is one of the signatories of an impeachment complaint filed with the House of Representatives against the incumbent President. I have no doubt that the good Archbishop himself will like it clarified that his decision to be one of the complainants is [...]

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CBCP President on the Speech of President Aquino on DAP

The Rule of Law is a fundamental requirement — an objective condition — of the common good. That the Rule of Law is at all times safeguarded is therefore a moral concern. When the Rule of Law is compromised, the common good becomes its victim. The President has expressed himself on the Supreme Court’s decision [...]

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Fewer used cars reduces global warming

MANILA, July 11, 2014 — Climate change and global warming can be locally mitigated by a simple but effective program that includes limiting the number of second hand cars in operation, an ecology consultant said. According to Dr. Ponciano F. Aberin, MD, MPH, ecology consultant of University of the Philippines (UP) System and Moringa Growers [...]

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A Pastoral Exhortation on Integrity “Blessed the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commands” (Ps. 112:1) OUR beloved People of God: The BEAUTY OF INTEGRITY of persons, of community, and of all creation manifests the glory and wisdom of God! It is an integrity that requires honesty and consistency, surely, as [...]

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THE CBCP is NOT endorsing the legalization of marijuana. It has merely noted that under the existing provisions of R.A. 9165, particularly Section 81, “r”, the Dangerous Drugs Board may permit the importation, distribution and prescription of dangerous drugs for medical and research purposes. We also merely pointed out an ethical principle articulated by the [...]

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Official Statement of the Redemptorists on Fr. Obach, CSsR

CONGREGATIO SS. REDEMPTORIS Provincial Superior Cebu Province Provincial Office Don Ramon Aboitiz St. 6000 Cebu City, Philippines 1. We, the Redemptorists of the Province of Cebu are deeply saddened by the incident that happened on July 6, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Chaplaincy in Jagobiao, Mandaue City. The said incident involved one of our confreres, [...]

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THE CBCP appreciates the trust that Ms. Napoles has in the CBCP. With regard to her request that the CBCP take her under protective custody, we face obstacles from both Church and State laws. Existing Church laws do not allow an episcopal conference to stand as guarantor before civil courts that the accused will not [...]

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