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Statement of Support for the Coconut Farmers

Statement of Support for the Coconut Farmers

TODAY, I welcomed to the CBCP Compound in Intramuros our coconut farmers who came to Manila to seek the attention of the national government in alleviating their plight. I join my voices with theirs. The Lord hears the cry of the poor! Yolanda hit everyone hard, but coconut farmers in the Visayas, with particular devastation. [...]

The first papal visit according to Tagle

MANILA, Nov. 22, 2014—A high-ranking Church official expressed regret that the only thing most Filipinos know of the first ever papal visit to the Philippines—that of Pope Paul VI—is the failed attempt on his life. It did not help that the relic offered during his beatification was an undershirt he was wearing in Manila in [...]

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The CBCP President on United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

ROADS and highways have figured prominently in the growth of civilizations. Distant hamlets and settlements, far-off native kingdoms and tribes, came under one rule, particularly in Roman times. The Romans had two powerful weapons by which to forge first a Republic, then, an empire: an immensely recondite legal system that continues to live on in [...]

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Agrarian Reform as a continuing project  of social justice

NOT too long ago I issued a statement on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and its implementing law, lauding its achievements as well as candidly pointing out the challenges that still had to be hurdled. The CBCP is once more being asked about the expanded and enhanced version of the program and whether it remains [...]

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Lateran basilica, ‘mother and head church’

MANILA, Nov. 10, 201—One of the country’s leading churchmen discussed the important place the Lateran Basilica occupies in the history and propagation of the faith, and how it has become “a living testament” to Christians’ liberation from persecution and continued survival. In his television segment Faith Exposed on Nov. 9, the “Feast of the Dedication [...]

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The CBCP President on the REQUEST to MEDIATE IN THE GOVERNMENT-NDF DIALOGUE

THE National Democratic Front presents itself as the umbrella organization of which the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s army is supposedly its military arm. We make these statements with trepidation because we are not sure about the degree of cohesiveness that exists between the top echelons of the Front and local cadres [...]

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75 years ahead: Paulines go for online evangelization

MANILA, Nov. 4, 2014 — The Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) just concluded a three-year celebration for its 75th anniversary in October this year, but its mission on the “digital continent” sees many years ahead. “With the fast-changing technological advancement in communications, we have to be imaginative to identify means to constantly bring Jesus to [...]

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Halloween, a Christian celebration

PASIG City, Oct. 31, 2014—The days of American-style, Hollywood-inspired Halloween are over. A few days before “All Saints’ Day,” a church group in Pasig celebrated Halloween the right way—with the saints marching in, not ghouls—sending a clear message to people in the community that the occasion is primarily a religious one. ‘Not for monsters’ Led [...]

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No money for a Bible? No problem

MANILA, Oct. 30, 2014 — Campus minister Grace Ceniza looks after the spiritual welfare of some 10,000 students a state university in Cebu where she also works as guidance counselor. Her passion to reach out to her students is rooted in God’s Word, she says. “It is my desire to bring God’s Word to my [...]

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Veils in church, ready for a comeback?

ANTIPOLO City, Oct. 28, 2014—At the risk of being labeled “manang” and “medieval”, a group of young online missionaries believes the wearing of veils in churches could bring back a sense of “mystery and the sacred” among young people. “To wear the veil is recognizing the glory and beauty of being a woman, and to [...]

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The Pastoral Challenges of the Family by the Synod of Bishops

PASTORAL STATEMENT ON THE PASTORAL CHALLENGES OF THE FAMILY BY THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DIOCESE OF DAET Pope Francis convened the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization in Rome from October 5-19, 2014. It sought to discuss the different aspects [...]

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27th PRISON AWARENESS SUNDAY October 26, 2014 Love of God and love of neighbor is the most important commandment Christ gave us. A commandment he simply did not preach, but a way of life he lived. Because of the love Christ has shown, sinners repented, the lonely jumped with joy, the weak became strong and [...]

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Creative competitions to raise awareness on human trafficking

MANILA, Oct. 22, 2014— To give a greater voice to the youth, and to raise awareness about human trafficking, an advocacy group has organized essay writing, poster-making and choral competitions on the topic “My Battle Against Human Trafficking”. Through the contests dubbed “Sounds, Strokes and Scribbles of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking”, the aim [...]

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The spirit blows where he will!

Random Thoughts at the Close of the Synod I have just finished attending the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, convened by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. It was my privilege not only to listen to the debates and interventions. I also had the privilege of addressing the assembly on the role of the [...]

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Speech delivered during the Synod on the Family Because the family is also an economic unit, poverty impacts on it — more often than not (though not necessarily), negatively. While inspiring stories are told of families that have emerged stronger after having been tested in the crucible of poverty, more often, poverty inflicts terrible wounds [...]

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Addicted to gambling, she suddenly stopped

MANILA, Oct. 15, 2014 — Analiza Arañas was a gambler. She said that at a very young age of three, she was introduced to various numbers games by her own mother. Her young mind was fascinated with the concept of the possibility of striking it rich just by getting the right number combination. Before long [...]

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