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

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 [...]

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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The Victims of the Davao Death Squad: Consolidated Report 1998-2015

By Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR I RECENTLY received a consolidated report of the killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) since 1998 up to the end of 2015.  The source will not be mentioned for obvious reasons. Suffice it to say that since the killings started, they have been monitoring these cases. I know [...]

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Rosary Campaign For May 9

Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war, With the Cross of Jesus going on before…. With these words, I plead with you to join the Catholic faithful in Lingayen Dagupan and throughout the nation in a rosary prayer campaign from today until our national elections on May 9. Blessed Pius IX said “If I had [...]

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AMORIS LAETITIA In the Jubilee of Mercy

Brothers and sisters in Christ: Following the celebrated Fourteenth Ordinary Synod on the Family in 2015 convened by the Holy Father and the frank, open, inspired discussions and exchanges by the attendees and participants, Pope Francis has issued an apostolic exhortation that he has so felicitously titled Amoris Laetitia…The Joy of Love. The Holy Father [...]

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Summary of “Amoris Laetitia”: On Love in the Family

(Below is the Vatican-provided summary of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ released on April 8, 2016.) *** Summary of Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family It is not by chance that Amoris Laetitia (AL), “The Joy of Love”, the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”, was signed on 19 March, the [...]

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Lord guide us with your grace

Discerning For Whom to Vote in the National and Local Elections  My dear brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan: When our public officials assume their positions of authority in government after getting elected, we shall address them as Honorable. The President of our Republic will be addressed as Your Excellency as a [...]

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Peace for all, peace in all

  Almost in the twinkling of an eye, bomb blasts shattered the peace of Easter Sunday at a park in Lahore, clearly aimed at the killing and maiming of Christians.  Sadly it seems that the Church has entered a new era of persecution — for this is not the first time that Christians are the objects of [...]

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25 years a priest: More than just a ‘silver milestone’

JARO, Iloilo, March 28, 2016 – For those celebrating the 25th anniversary, or Silver Jubilee, of their ordination to the priesthood, 25 is not just a number nor silver just a color. “25 is a very significant number in Scriptures,” affirmed Fr. Rey G. Zerrudo, a professor of Biblical Studies at St. Joseph Regional Seminary [...]

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Pinewood-reinforced schools after ‘Yolanda’, why not?

BANTAYAN Island, Cebu, March 26, 2016 – Students having lessons in tented makeshift classrooms remain a common sight in this area, which had suffered from gale-force winds and rain when super typhoon Yolanda hit the island and other regions in the Visayas in November 2013. For locals, who had never been the recipient of NGOs’ [...]

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