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Pastoral Guidance on the Implementation of the Reproductive Health Law

“Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Ps 127:3). (Photo: CBCP News) OUR dear brother priests, Catholic physicians and health care workers, government officials and employees, educators and fellow Church workers: While we would have wanted the Supreme Court to nullify the RH Law (Republic Act No. 10354), we must now contend with the fact that it has ruled rather to strike down important provisions

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Meditation for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

IN THE YEAR OF THE LAITY… A MONTH FOR MERCY! Meditation for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during the Year of the Laity Responding to the urging of not a few of our lay faithful, men and women – young people among them! – we would like to consecrate this month of June 2014, during this YEAR OF THE LAITY, to the Heart of Jesus. But urged also by the example of Pope Francis, as well as by the recent canonization of Saint John Paul

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CBCP Statement on the RH Law

I encourage our Catholic faithful to maintain respect and esteem for the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has decided on the RH issue based on existing laws in the Philippines. The Church must continue to uphold the sacredness of human life, to teach always the dignity of the human person and to safeguard the life of every human person from conception to natural death. Although the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the RH law, it

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Pastoral Statement of the Philippine Hierarchy on the “Year of Social Action”

Pastoral Statement of the Philippine Hierarchy on the “Year of Social Action” The revealed word of God calls mankind to the challenging mission of filling and conquering the earth.[1] The Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines, conscious of the contemporary pastoral implications of this task, sponsored last year a National Rural Congress.Its purpose was to promote a genuine awareness of the socioeconomic problems that now confront the Filipino

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Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines on the Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae

Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines on the Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae To the Very Reverend Clergy and the Catholic People of the PhilippinesGrace and Peace from Our Lord, Jesus Christ.In Bogota, last August 24th, the Holy Father said to the Latin American Bishops, when he opened their second General Assembly: “Speak, speak, preach, write, take a position, as is said, in harmony of plan and intention, for the

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Joint Pastoral Letter of the Philippine Hierarchy on Social Action and Rural Development

Joint Pastoral Letter of the Philippine Hierarchyon Social Action and Rural DevelopmentIntroductionThe Church has always endeavored to examine Herself on the divine mission entrusted to her by Our Lord Jesus Christ.  She does so with the fervent desire to reflect more clearly the image of Him who founded her and “to shed on all men that radiance of Christ which brightens the countenance of the Church.”1The primary mission of the Church, like

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Joint Pastoral Exhortation of the Philippine Catholic Hierarchy on the Nineteenth Centennial of the Martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul

Joint Pastoral Exhortationof the Philippine Catholic Hierarchyon the Nineteenth Centennial of the Martyrdomof St. Peter and St. PaulIn his Apostolic Exhortation, Petrum et Paulum Apostolos , His Holiness Pope Paul VI announces the coming celebration of the nineteen hundredth year since the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul were slain for the Faith.  The celebration will begin this year on June 29 and will close next year on the same date.  Prompted

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Joint Statement of the Catholic Hierarchy on the Religious Instruction Bill

Joint Statement of the Catholic Hierarchyon the Religious Instruction BillAs Pastors and teachers of the flock and representatives on earth of that Divine Master who showed a special tenderness and affection for children, expressing His predilection in those touching words:  “Suffer the little children to come unto Me”  (Mark 10, 14), we feel that we must speak out clearly and firmly on the issue of religious instruction which is now being

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Statement of the Philippine Hierarchy on the Formation of Our Foreign Mission Society

Statement of the Philippine Hierarchyon the Formation of Our Foreign Mission SocietyDesirous to fulfill our divine commission “to preach the Gospel to every creature,” we, the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines, herewith declare our firm determination to share the light of the Faith with our less fortunate neighbors.  It is our conviction that we as a Christian Nation have reached a mature stage in our four centuries of development and that

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PASTORAL LETTER OF THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE PHILIPPINES ON EVANGELIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT

PASTORAL LETTEROF THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE PHILIPPINESON EVANGELIZATION AND DEVELOPMENTIntroduction“The name for peace is development.”  This is one of the most expressive subheadings and one of the main thrusts in the encyclical on the Development of Peoples issued by Pope Paul VI in 1967.  “Peace,” he said, “is something that is built up day after day in the pursuit of an order intended by God which implies a more perfect form

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