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Pastoral Guidance on the COMPASSIONATE USE OF CANNABIS

Pastoral Guidance on the COMPASSIONATE USE OF CANNABIS

SOME of our Catholic faithful have come to us their bishops to seek moral guidance on the so called “compassionate use of cannabis or marijuana”. In the spirit of pastoral concern, we respond gladly to the expressed need for moral guidance. Our Competence What lies within the competence of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the [...]

Bringing Christ to politics

President Benigno S. Aquino III recently delivered his final State of the Nation Address. The count-down has begun to the next national elections in 2016. We thank God whose mighty hand is at work in our history for the gains we have made. We implore his pardon for our faults and failings. We call on [...]

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Metro Manila water crisis ahead?

MANILA, Aug. 9, 2015 – Despite being perennially surrounded by water as an archipelago, the Philippines will most probabaly face a water crisis in the months to come, says experts. A water crisis looms in the horizon as the country begins to feel the impact of El Niño by the last quarter of the year, [...]

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Cry of the earth and cry of the poor

(AMRSP JOINT BIENNIAL CONVENTION STATEMENT) “Go into the world.” (cf. Mk 16:15) ….and go forth to the existential peripheries… (Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter To All Consecrated People On the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life) On this Year of the Consecrated Life and the Year of the Poor, WE, one hundred forty (140) men [...]

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SONA 2015: A Legacy of A Disconnected Economy

Economic elitism has been the norm for the economy but the growth in wealth and profits for a few has been striking under the Aquino administration. By Sonny Africa IBON Features–Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III will give his last state of the nation address (SONA) at the opening of Congress next week. After so many [...]

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MANILA, July 23, 2015– With the six-year term of President Benigno Aquino III ending, 46% of Filipinos say he failed to accomplish his 2010 campaign slogan “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap,” according to a recent survey. The nationwide survey was conducted by Veritas Truth Survey (VTS) during the second quarter of 2015 and headed by [...]

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Stewards, not owners

CBCP on the Climate Change Issue In December, 2015, the nations of the world will gather at Le Bourget in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The representatives of the state-parties will endeavor to arrive at legally binding measures addressing the pressing challenge of climate-change. From a broader perspective, the Paris Negotiations will [...]

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Addiction, freedom and disciples

CBCP Pastoral Letter on Drug Trafficking and Drug Addiction When Pope Francis visited us in January—those wonderful, faith-filled and joyful days—he asked us not to allow ourselves to be victims of new forms of colonization. He certainly had in mind “imported values” and “borrowed tastes” that threaten our identity, dilute our spirituality and wreck our [...]

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Striving for a just peace, the moral road

Statement of CBCP Plenary Assembly Adopting the Mindanao Catholic Bishops on the BBL and the Peace Process “Guide our feet into the way of peace” (Lk. 1:79) Our Common Stand Questions and varying opinions about the peace process and the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) abound at all levels of Mindanao society. As religious and [...]

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Advancing in wisdom and favor before God and man

Pastoral Letter on the Transition Years of the K to 12 Program “He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” (Luke 2.51-52) Saint Luke provides us [...]

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Sister ‘overjoyed’ serving God for 67 years

PASAY City, July 13, 2015—At 88, Sr. Nazarena Silvestre has nothing more to ask. Her vocation has proved fruitful and grace-filled. “I am very happy. This is really my vocation,” she told CBCP News, smiling as if everything depended on it. Boasting 67 years of serving the Lord, this Daughter of Saint Paul (FSP) from [...]

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OFW remittances vital to GDP growth but…

MANILA, July 11, 2015 – Foreign currency remittances have become a vital part of the Philippine economy in the 40 years, contributing anywhere from nine to ten percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. But at what social costs are OFWs keeping the economy afloat? In an exclusive interview, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor [...]

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10 years of mission and lovin’ it

PARAÑAQUE City, July 7, 2015—The picture most people get on hearing the word missionary is of a bearded ascetic baptizing half-naked “heathens” in Africa, or of a clean-shaven Caucasian going door to door with his leaflets around Manila. Tell that to Edwin Dio Despabiladeras. Cool and articulate, bespectacled, and shirt-clad, he is the nearest one [...]

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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 [...]

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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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