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Must the Church speak on  socio-political issues?

Must the Church speak on socio-political issues?

By Msgr. Lope C Robredillo, SThD ON the November 8, 2016 decision of the Supreme Court to allow the remains of Ferdinand Marcos to be interred at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, Veritas846.ph published a quote from Abp Socrates Villegas, CBCP President: “I am very sad. The burial is an insult to the EDSA spirit. [...]

Why Philippines for global Divine Mercy Congress?

MANILA, Dec. 3, 2016— When they arrive in the Philippines early next year, foreign delegates will be visiting a small country viewed as the “future” of Divine Mercy devotion. French priest Fr. Patrice Chocholski, Secretary General of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM), said Filipinos are the “testimony of faith” in the world. [...]

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Parishes as wellsprings of mercy and renewal

Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to open the Year 2017 as the Year of Parishes, Communion of Communities BELOVED people of God: We welcome the year 2017 in our “novena-years” of preparation for the grateful celebration in 2021 of the five hundredth anniversary of the first coming and first receiving [...]

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Statement of Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas  on House Bill 01, the “Death Penalty Law”

At present there is an insistent attempt both in Congress and in the Senate to reimpose Death Penalty in our country. Such an attempt is supported by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. In 1987, death penalty was abolished in the Philippines. Its abolition clearly reveals a strong message that it has no place in [...]

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Our country and our faith

The Philippine Socio-Political Landscape and our Christian Response Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord! (Psalm 33:12) “SINCE we Filipino Catholics constitute the great majority of our nation, we hold the primary responsibility for building a just Philippine society. Contrary to the commonly voiced opinion that politics and public life are ‘dirty’ and [...]

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Communion of communities:  Ecclesiological perspective

By Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD “2017- Parish as Communion of Communities: In this year we will discern the quality of faith life in the parish, the fellowship, belongingness, and participation experienced by its members. Efforts will be focused on making the parish a communion of communities, a communion of Basic Ecclesial Communities and [...]

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Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision on Marcos Burial

THE Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas believes that the Supreme Court’s decision rejecting the petitions to stop the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani is a barefaced disrespect to the victims of one of the darkest moment in the history of our people and our country in general. Burying [...]

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Statement on the Supreme Court decision to allow the burial of former president Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

We do not forget! We are saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the burial of former President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. We see this as another step to build the culture of impunity in the country. Marcos is no hero! He should not be presented as one. During [...]

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Secrets to raising successful kids revealed

MANILA, Nov. 2, 2016 – While degrees are acquired through academic studies, raising a family is never taught in school, much less rearing successful, productive children. Who would ever think families with more than three children will succeed in sending their entire brood to school while molding them to be responsible members of society? Apparently, [...]

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‘Parenting hats’ you should know about

TAGUIG City, Oct. 31, 2016 – Just as a child grows, a parent learns to evolve as well. This is what Light of Jesus preacher Bo Sanchez told more than 1,000 parents, educators, and homeschoolers at the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016 on Oct. 23. “Even child-rearing has its stages where parents learn to wear different [...]

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Woman came from Adam’s rib? A bishop explains why

MAKATI City, Oct. 21, 2016 – Seen as nothing more than a “Biblical myth” by some, the creation story, particularly that of how the first woman, Eve, was formed from Adam’s rib has striking theological underpinnings that are meant to guide modern couples, said Daet Bishop Gilbert Garcera Thursday, Oct. 20, in a workshop for [...]

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MAKATI City, Oct. 21, 2016 – Seen as nothing more than a “Biblical myth” by some, the creation story, particularly that of how the first woman, Eve, was formed from Adam’s rib has striking theological underpinnings that are meant to guide modern couples, said Daet Bishop Gilbert Garcera Thursday, Oct. 20, in a workshop for [...]

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Respect the Dignity of Life

“Thou shall not kill” (Exodus 20.13) Statement of Social Action Network on Drugs and Extrajudicial Violence   We, the lay, religious and clergy members of the Social Action Network (SAN) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, comprising the 86 Arch/Diocesan Social Action Centers throughout the country, are alarmed by the spate of killings [...]

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Joint Pastoral Statement of the Four Dioceses of Negros Island on Extrajudicial Killings

“Do not offend the Lord our God any more, because He is already so much offended.” (Our Lady of the Rosary to Lucia at Fatima, October 13, 1917) WE, the Bishops of Bacolod, Dumaguete, and San Carlos, and the Diocesan Administrator of Kabankalan, are deeply saddened and greatly disturbed by the following happenings in our [...]

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2 ways Filipinos can be ‘another St. Francis’

MEYCAUAYAN CITY, Bulacan, Oct. 7, 2016 – Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Tuesday, Oct. 4 called on the faithful to emulate St. Francis of Assisi in two ways: his love for God and care for nature. Presiding over a concelebrated Mass with Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, a native [...]

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Confused and Sad yet Hopeful

A pastoral message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas for the feast of our Lady of the Holy Rosary, October 7, first Friday of the month of the Holy Rosary. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: I am ashamed of the things I read about the Philippines in the international media and more ashamed of [...]

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