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Knights of Columbus commit volunteer effort for polls

Knights of Columbus commit volunteer effort for polls

MANILA, April 28, 2016 – The Knights of Columbus in the Philippines will help promote Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, Peaceful (CHAMP) national and local elections by volunteering with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). “To secure the votes of the Filipino people, the four jurisdictions of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines [...]

By Archbishop Fernando R. Capalla Background and Objective Sometime in December 2008, Pakistani President Alih Salip Zardari and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were discussing common concerns in the Asian region. One of them is the UN Resolution of December 2007 on the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace. Our president mentioned [...]

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By Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ LAST January 13-17, I joined a Philippine delegation composed of three Catholic bishops, five Muslim Ulama and professors, three Protestant bishops and pastor, and several government officials on a trip to Pakistan. Upon invitation of Pakistan’s President extended to President Gloria Arroyo, we, representatives of the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC), went [...]

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A call to spiritual renewal and deeper commitment By Pinky Barrientos, FSP It was a spectacle. Thousands of priests, their white garments flailing against the wind, marched the 1.2 kilometers stretch of Roxas Boulevard from World Trade Center to Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City for the 3:30 p.m. closing Mass of the Second National Congress [...]

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By Edwin Corros, CS JOVEN de la Cruz (not his real name) was a former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who hailed from Antipolo, Rizal. He sought the assistance of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) complaining of harassment from the lending agency that paid his placement fee to get a job in [...]

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Sustainability through Philippine fisherfolk empowerment By Mario Añabieza & Paul Watts THERE are unique challenges that face the world’s 20 Million small-scale fisherfolk in the Philippines, including higher poverty rates and declining fish catch. A recent program sponsored by Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) International and the Philippine Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) has led [...]

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By Fr. Paul Marquez Comprehensive UN Treaty on Migrants’ rights The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families is the most comprehensive international treaty dealing with the rights of migrant workers and the latest of the seven so-called core international human rights conventions, which together [...]

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By Rene E. Ofreneo, Ph.D TYPHOONS Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009 bared fully two major environmental threats to our population and economy. First, the unprecedented high level of rainfall unleashed by these storms, which resulted in the destructive floods in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, is directly attributable to the phenomenon of global [...]

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By Charles Avila Rome’s Advice to Copenhagen “If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation,” said Pope Benedict XVI in his Message for World Day of Peace on Day One of 2010. His predecessors, of course, had always shown concern for the environment long before such concerns became fashionable or laden with economic interest. From [...]

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By Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ FOR the celebration of the World Day of Peace at the beginning of the Year 2010, the message of Pope Benedict XVI focuses on the theme: “If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation.” The Holy Father makes a plea for “ecological awareness” and calls attention to “the relationship between [...]

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