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Ilagan bishop resigns for health reasons

Ilagan Bishop Emeritus Joseph Nacua MANILA, Feb. 27, 2017– Almost two years of suffering from stroke have given toll on Capuchin Bishop Joseph Nacua of Ilagan.  Pope Francis accepted Nacua’s resignation for health reasons on Feb. 25 as of Ilagan diocese in Isabela province. In 2015, Nacua suffered stroke and was hospitalized. At 72, he is three years younger than the age at which bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation

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Bishop condemns killing of Church worker

A portrait of Wilerme Agorde is displayed outside his home in Brgy. Illustre, President Roxas, North Cotabato. Agorde, a social action worker of the Kidapawan diocesan, was gunned down by unidentified men on Feb. 19. (Nassa photo) MANILA, Feb. 25, 2017— A Catholic bishop has condemned the assassination of a social action worker of  the Diocese of Kidapawan in southern Philippines.  Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said it is alarming that

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Anti-death penalty advocate cries railroading

Rodolfo Diamante of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (Photo: (CBCP-ECPPC)) MANILA, Feb. 25, 2017– A lay prison ministry official of the Catholic Church scored the undue haste of the House leadership to pass a measure seeking to revive the death penalty by next week. Mr. Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said the termination of the plenary debates ahead of schedule

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Cardinal Tagle urges all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle speaks during the “Walk for Life” at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Feb. 18, 2017. (Analyn Perucho/CBCPNews) MANILA, Feb. 24, 2017— In an unprecedented move, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has called on all parishes in the Manila archdiocese to mark the EDSA People Power anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 25.’ He said the event should be done with “simplicity but deepâ€� and coupled with

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Old pastoral letter cites ‘death squad’ existence in Davao

Fr. Amado Picardal MANILA, Feb. 21, 2017— While Malacañang denied there’s such a “death squad� in Davao city, a church document issued more than 15 years ago cited the existence of the group that carried out secret killings of suspected criminals. As early as November 2001, the Archdiocese of Davao wrote a pastoral letter,“Thou Shall Not Kill,� in expressing alarm over the spate of extrajudicial killings

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Cordillera IPs join walk against killings, death penalty

Bishop Valentin Dimoc (extreme right) speaks during the Walk for Life at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Feb. 18, 2017. (CBCPNews) MANILA, Feb. 19, 2017— Indigenous peoples from the Mountain Province and Ifugao province  came down from the mountains to be in solidarity with the thousands of lay people who joined yesterday’s “Walk for Life” in Manila. Some of them wear their traditional garb and performed a traditional

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SFC shows solidarity with Walk for Life in Manila

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 17, 2017– The world’s biggest gathering of Singles for Christ (SFC) opened on Friday with a Mass in solidarity with the Walk for Life in Manila. More than 5,400 participants from at least 21 countries are currently gathered in Iloilo City for this year’s SFC International Conference. In his homily, Fr. Randy Doromal of the Jaro Archdiocesan Commission on Family and Life deplored a growing and widespread “culture

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Killings must end now, says CBCP head

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President MANILA, Feb. 17, 2017— A ranking Catholic prelate has again asked for an end to drug-related violence in the country that has seen more than 7,600 killed since July. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President, said summary executions must stop immediately because no civilized country can let such illegal acts to go on unabated. “They (criminals) ought to be judged by the

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Interfaith leaders join Catholics at ‘Walk for Life’

Walk for Life 2017 MANILA, Feb. 17, 2017— Faith leaders, including those from Evangelical Churches, are joining Catholics in calling for an end to the  wave of extrajudicial executions in the country.  They will meet on Saturday morning, Feb. 18 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila for the “Walk for Life� organized by a coalition of lay Catholic movements and national organizations.  Joseph Jesalva, Council of the Laity

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CFC to lawmakers: As servants, be the first to protect life

MANILA, Feb. 16, 2017— A Catholic family-oriented group called on legislators to use their power to protect human life and oppose the revival of the death penalty. The Couples for Christ, a global Catholic lay ecclesial movement, reminded lawmakers what should really matter them: common good. “Our legislators are where they are because they have been blessed with the gift of life. We ask that they, as servants of the people, be the first

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