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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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Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue

CBCP in Spiritual Communion with Pope Francis at the Interreligious World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi on September 20, 2016 WE have been given by God, as a nation, the rich diversity of ethnicities, cultures and religions that make up the Filipino people. From the dawn of our history, we have flourished from […]

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A million roses for the world

Filipinos at Prayer for Nation September 20 until December 23, 2016 A nation at prayer is a nation at peace. We are now a nation wounded and torn by socio-cultural and political issues, divided by opposing, bickering, quarreling and even hating factions. We must stop the hate. We must stop the lies. We cannot remain […]

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I will turn their mourning into joy

Jeremiah 31: 13 MY dear brothers and sisters in Christ: In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing, bitter weeping! Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled for her children—they are no more! (Jer. 31:15) Grief and sadness We know your grief and sorrow. We feel your pain and anguish. Your tears are our […]

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CBCP Ethical Guidelines on Proposals to Restore the Death Penalty

Our beloved people of God: “The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity, continuing his kindness for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness and crime and sin; yet not declaring the guilty guiltless, but punishing children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for […]

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“Let us go to the House of the Lord” (Psalms 122:1)

Pastoral Exhortation on the 2016 Bishop’s Pastoral Visit Diocesan Anniversary of Daet, September 1, 2016 I REJOICED with those who said to me, “Let us go to the House of the Lord.” These words taken from the Psalms 122:1 manifests that longing in the human heart to return once more to the House of the […]

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Statement on the Davao bombing

We, the local Church of Davao, are deeply saddened by the explosion that happened at the night market at Corner Padre Gomez Street, Roxas Avenue, Davao City in the evening of September 2, 2016. We condole with the families of those who lost their lives even as we pray for the eternal repose of those […]

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Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!

(This pastoral message is to be read IN FULL in all the churches and chapels in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan on September 4, 2016, the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time in place of the Sunday homily.)   We are here because it is Sunday. Sunday is the day of the resurrection. Sunday is […]

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On the Davao bombing

  We are in prayerful communion with the Archbishop of Davao and our countrymen in that city. We grieve too over the death of innocent brothers and sisters due to the bombing last night Violence shocks us. Acts of terrorism jolt us. When fellowmen die, a part of our humanity dies too. We pray for […]

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Statement of the Family and Life Apostolate Ministers  in the Visayas Region

We, the participants of the “ECFL Visayas Regional Orientation and Workshop Seminar” coming from the 13 Arch/Dioceses out of the 18 in the Visayas Region, are grateful for the opportunity to experience an orientation process on the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia of Pope Francis, on the Joy of Love in the Family given by Bishop […]

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AMRSP statement on extrajudicial killings

We, the members of the ASSOCIATION OF MAJOR RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS IN THE PHILIPPINES, acknowledge our active role in being a visible force and a prophetic voice, in participating in social life, in working for the common good. This was a role taken by the Lord Jesus himself when he quoted the prophet Isaiah as he […]

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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 […]

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