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The Priests in the Year of the Poor

The Priests in the Year of the Poor

January 1, 2015 Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Circular 2015-1: The PRIESTS IN THE YEAR OF THE POOR My brother priests: 2015 is Year of the Poor. It is also Year of Consecrated Life for the universal Church as willed by Pope Francis. As our year opens, I wish to offer you some thoughts […]

Theme of the Year of the Poor

Diocese of Daet DAMá (Daloy ng Awa para sa Maralita) Rationale: The theme and the spirit of the Year of the Poor in the Diocese of Daet is its humble response to the call of Pope Francis, that, “in all places and circumstances, Christians, with the help of their pastors, are called to hear the […]

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Unemployment: social exclusion not pleasing to God

THERE is poverty and suffering in the country and the world, not because of overpopulation but because of inequality, manifested in the huge mass of people being excluded from gainful livelihood (unemployment). Pope Francis lamented, “The unemployed and underemployed risk being relegated to the margins of society, becoming victims of social exclusion.” Myrna, a worker […]

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Poverty that Dehumanizes, Poverty that Sanctifies

Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8) CBCP Lenten Message 2014 As we begin this Lenten Season in the Year of the Laity, we invite you, our brothers and sisters, to reflect on poverty, particularly the types that contradict God’s Kingdom as well as those other types that promote and […]

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Contemplative bishops for the poor

(Speech delivered by Archbishop Socrates B Villegas on the occasion of the 108th Plenary Assembly of the CBCP) How may we describe the past six months behind us since we last met as a conference of bishops? I cannot resist quoting Charles Dickens–”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it […]

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The Gaze of the Crucified Lord Love and Compassion, Forgiveness and Challenge

A CBCP Message Opening of the Year of the Poor 2015 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter… (Lk 22:61) WHEN you gaze into the eyes of the Crucified Lord, and he gazes into yours, you encounter the love of the Resurrected Lord. Many prefer not to look. Many recoil at looking into the […]

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