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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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Capital punishment: ‘Those without capital get punished’

MANILA, Feb. 17, 2017 – A lay leader from the Diocese of Novaliches says the push to reinstate the death penalty is nothing more but punishment for those who are penniless and is, therefore, anti-poor. “Those who have capital (money) and connections could bail themselves out of punishment, even if guilty. But the poor easily suffer the full brunt of the law, even those actually not guilty,” said Diocese of Novaliches Family and

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Special Olympics set for special people

MANILA, Feb. 17, 2017 – A sports competition for persons with special needs is scheduled on March 25 in Kapitolyo in Pasig. According to Fr. Charlton Viray, superior of the Servants of Charity, competitions in the Special Olympics may include basketball (shooting), board games and other indoor games, as well as track and field events like running. Participating in the Special Olympics are some 20 residents from the Guanella Home for Special

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All set for ‘Walk for Life’ in Manila

MANILA, Feb. 16, 2017— A sea of white will descend on Manila’s Quirino Grandstand to demand an end to extrajudicial killings and to oppose the revival of the death penalty. Organizers said the simple gathering on Feb. 18 will have people walking around the grandstand to “fill the streets with prayers�. “We call on our God-fearing countrymen to work for the respect and protection of human life,� said Zenaida

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More areas to adopt V-Day candy-giving

MANILA, Feb. 16, 2017 – The annual candy-condom face-off won’t be limited to just the Dangwa flower market by next year as more areas vow to replicate the pro-life initiative in their parishes and areas. Pro-life volunteers from various organizations distributed candy packs with messages on true love and chastity on Valentine’s Day in the vicinity of the Dangwa Flower Market in Sampaloc, Manila, Feb. 14, 2017. (Photo: Ryan Borja

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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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Church urges vigilance vs death penalty bill

MANILA, Feb. 15, 2017— As the Lower House sets the death penalty vote to next month, a prison ministry official encouraged advocates against the measure to be vigilant. Prison volunteers attend Mass at the CBCP Chapel in Manila before going to the House of Representatives to monitor the plenary debates on the death penalty bill. (CBCPNews) Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said

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Cardinal Tagle’s talk in Krakow rekindles WYD 2016 flame

MANILA, Feb. 15, 2017– World Youth Day (WYD) veterans and others young at heart revisited the message and spirit of WYD 2016 when Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gave a talk at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow, Poland, on Feb. 11. The Cardinal’s talk was part of the continuing WYD-themed retreats held in Krakow, “Fire for us and the whole world”, reported Niedziela, the biggest Catholic weekly in Poland and Central-Eastern

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Malacañang, allies outburst vs pastoral letter stuns CBCP chief

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president (Photo: CBCPNews) MANILA, Feb. 15, 2017— A Catholic Church official admitted the adverse reaction from Malacañang and its allies against the bishops’ recent pastoral letter on drug-related deaths was something they didn’t expect. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, said the letter was issued to serve as their “contribution to a perceived social

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Duterte urged to eradicate ‘jueteng’

MANILA, Feb. 15, 2017 — The multi-million illegal gambling racket called “jueteng� should not be legalized but rather, be completely eliminated, a Catholic prelate said. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz (CBCPNews file photo) Anti-gambling crusader Archbishop Oscar Cruz said the negative ethical and sociological impact of legalized gambling outweighs its advantages. “Eliminate jueteng, please? It’s a

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