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Echoing the Cry

Echoing the Cry

(A cry of pain, of loss, of sadness and powerlessness, and of indignation)   We are deeply saddened and totally alarmed by the many reports of killings of suspected criminals and drug offenders. The arbitrary killings of more than 100 suspected offenders done by the police and unidentified people, violate their right to be presumed [...]

LAIKO Statement on Extrajudicial Killings

We are now facing an important reality in our life as a nation in the matter of extrajudicial killings. Reports and statistics may vary from different sources but this issue has reached an alarming proportion. To some people, these killings have become acceptable since they argue that if these criminals are not eliminated, they will [...]

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Of Drugs and Fullness of Life

“I have come that you may have life and have life to the full.” (John 10:10) A Pastoral Letter of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro issued on August 4, 2016, Feast of St. John Mary Vianney, Universal Patron of all Pastors To: the clergy, religious and laity and all men and women of good [...]

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2016 AMRSWP Convention Statement

(Association of Major Religious Superiors For Women in the Philippines) With a 47-year history of prophetic engagement, as an Association of consecrated persons, making visible God’s merciful Face through our congregational charisms and in solidarity with the suffering and marginalized peoples, We, the Association of Major Religious Superiors for Women in the Philippines (AMRSWP), represented [...]

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Pastoral Statement on the extra-judicial killings

Salesians of Don Bosco — Philippine Northern Province In his visit to the Philippines in 2015, Pope Francis challenged Filipino families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.” In the past weeks, even up to the time of writing, the call to respect life has apparently been left unheeded in our country.  There have been [...]

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Let humanity in us speak!

  (The following is a message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas in his capacity as archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan; to be read in all churches and oratories in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan this Sunday, August 7, 2016, in place of the homily.)      I DO not have to be a bishop to say [...]

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‘People may laugh at you because you believe in the gentle and unassuming power of mercy. But do not be afraid’

(Homily of Pope Francis at the Closing Mass of the World Youth Day celebrated in Krakow at Campus Misericordiae, July 31, 2016; with about 2 million young people in attendance.) Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of just such a meeting between Jesus and a [...]

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“He is asking you to leave a mark that brings life to your own history and that of many others”

  (Address of Pope Francis to some 1.5 million youth gathered for the WYD Prayer Vigil, July 31, 2016.) It is good to be here with you at this Prayer Vigil! At the end of his powerful and moving witness, Rand asked something of us. He said: “I earnestly ask you to pray for my [...]

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Continue along this road!

(Ahead of his 15th Apostolic Visit and 1st trip to Poland, Pope Francis sent an advance message to young people already gathered in Krakow for the World Youth Day, schedule for July 27-31, 2015, and to all Polish People.) Dear Brothers and Sisters, The 31st World Youth Day is fast approaching. I look forward to [...]

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The Church in the Wilderness

Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas at the Opening of the 113th CBCP Plenary Assembly, July 9, 2016, Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, Manila   Fifty one years have passed since the closing of the Second Vatican Council and twenty five years since the celebration of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines. Vatican II [...]

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Pastoral appeal to our law enforcers

Appeal to Reason and Humanity Seek peace and pursue it (Ps.34:14)   Brothers and sisters enforcers of the law: Peace be with you! We commend you, our law enforcers, on your new-found earnestness in enforcing the law and in apprehending malefactors, but we are disturbed by an increasing number of reports that suspected drug-peddlers, pushers [...]

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We are brothers and sisters!

CBCP Statement on the Orlando Tragedy THE scene is becoming disturbingly frequent in the United States — lifeless bodies strewn all over the place, and an assailant gone berserk who, by brazen thoughtlessness, changes lives and communities forever.  With the families of those who lost their lives at Orlando, Florida, the Catholic Bishops Conference of [...]

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Celebrating centuplex of priestly vocation

 By Msgr. Crispin C. Bernarte, Jr. “Centuplex” is a Latin word which means a hundredfold.  At a time when many parts of the world experience shortage of priests to serve the pastoral needs of the Church, the town of Bacacay, Albay joyfully celebrates an upsurge in priestly vocation. On this year 2016, this town celebrates [...]

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Understanding silence …

Are we still at ease with silence? Has the noise of violence and terror drowned the voice of quiet conscience? Do we always interpret silence as fear of the cowards; the destiny imposed on the unwilling mute; the refuge of the guilty? It is not always so. There is nobility in silence like the silence [...]

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Without losing our own strength and identity

  By Edwin Lopez EVERY year, the Philippine Cable TV Association (PCTA) gathers its member cable operators, technical suppliers, resource speakers, and content providers nationwide under one roof. This year, the PCTA convention took place at the Marriott Hotel in Manila from April 13 to 15, 2016. These media players meet annually and exchange information to adapt [...]

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A post-election call for action for Catholic pastors

A self-examination of an observer priest   By Rev Fr Johnpaul D. Menchavez, JCD Very recently the Filipino people have democratically chosen a new father of the nation. Strong-willed. Iron fist. Almost forty-percent of the voters are celebrating the victory of their winning candidate from the South. Everyone, including those who did not vote for [...]

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