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Tips for a ‘holy, happy’ Christmas

MANILA, Dec. 21, 2016 –Before he died in Rome on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe this year, Opus Dei prelate Bishop Javier Echevarria sent a Christmas message encouraging the faithful to take advantage of this holy season to grow in love for God and for others. “There is a risk, that the […]

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Building Peace, Sharing Life

By Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ “RESPECT and Protect Life: A Celebration of the Filipino Spirit.” With this theme the Bishops-Ulama Conference celebrates its 20th anniversary during this Mindanao Week of Peace (November 24 – December 1, 2016). In 1996, Catholic bishops and Muslim ulama in Mindanao formed the Bishops-Ulama dialogue forum in the aftermath of […]

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Death Penalty: Retaliation or Restoration?

By Atty. Jo Aurea M. Imbong THE Death Penalty was “abolished” under the 1987 Constitution and with that, the Philippines became the first Asian country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes. The 1987 Constitution reads: “Excessive fines shall not be imposed, nor cruel, degrading or inhuman punishment inflicted. Neither shall death penalty be […]

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MAY IBANG SAGOT LABAN SA KASAMAAN!

(Message delivered by Archbishop Socrates B Villegas at the Rally for Life on December 12, 2016 in San Carlos City, Pangasinan.) Narito tayo upang manalangin. Ipinagdarasal natin ang Pilipinas. Tungkulin ng mabuting Katoliko na makibahagi sa pagpapaunlad ng bayan. Tungkulin ng mabubuting Katoliko na makiisa sa pagsugpo sa kriminalidad. Ang mabubuting Katoliko ay makabayan. Ang […]

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The challenge of bridging the gap between word and praxis:  reflections on Catholic Social Doctrine

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD ASK any ordinary Catholic, let’s say, any Filipino Catholic, if he/she has heard about the social teachings of the Church. A positive answer would not be a surprise. Bishops, priests and catechists, after all, have been teaching or preaching on them especially since Vatican II. But a negative […]

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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. […]

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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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