Monthly Archives: January 2017

Vigilance urged on Charter change, martial law

MANILA, Jan. 31, 2017— Catholic bishops on Monday wrapped up their plenary assembly by calling for public vigilance over proposals to amend the country’s Constitution and the threat of martial law. The bishops did not categorically endorse or disapprove of the moves to revise the 1987 Charter but urged the people to particularly keep an eye on the Constitutional safeguards against any abuse of martial law. “Let us continue to maintain the safeguards

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Gov’t told: Target syndicates, not children

Philippine bishops (Photo: Roy Lagarde) MANILA, Jan. 31, 2017— The Catholic hierarchy is opposing a proposed measure lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility, saying the government should crack down on syndicates and not minors. The bishops said reducing the minimum age of criminal liability will not curb the use of children 15 years or below in criminal activities. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the government should

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Faithful told: Better not to believe in ‘dancing sun’

BAGAC, Bataan, Jan. 31, 2017 – Following reports of a supposed “dancing sun” during the closing Mass of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, on Jan. 20, priests caution the faithful about believing such paranormal occurrences, saying it is still better to put greater faith in the Sacraments. The faithful look at what some believed was a “dancing sun” during the closing Mass of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, Jan. 20, 2017

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Bishops stand firm against death penalty

Philippine bishops celebrating the Eucharist during their plenary assembly held January 2017 (Photo by CBCPNews) MANILA, Jan. 30, 2017– Violence against violence? It won’t solve anything, the country’s Catholic bishops have warned Monday. In a statement released after their 3-day plenary assembly in Manila, the prelates said that the death penalty is no different from the crime it punishes. That’s why it is regrettable, CBCP President

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Stop killings too, bishop urges PNP

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (Photo by CBCPNews) MANILA, Jan. 30, 2017 — After the police force stopped its “war on drugs”, a Catholic bishop urged the agency to make drastic efforts to end the summary executions and vigilante killings of suspected drug pushers in the country. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said it is the right thing for the Philippine National Police to do amid reports that some officers used the anti-drug

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Bishop: Learn, live, spread Fatima’s message

Bishops extend their final blessing during the Mass at the National Launching of the Fatima Centennial Celebration held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela City, Jan. 29, 2017 (Photo: Rainier Policarpio) VALENZUELA City, Jan. 30, 2017 – Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo told hundreds of Marian devotees and pilgrims to help spread the Blessed Virgin’s message at Fatima, Portugal during the National Launching of the Fatima

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Did the sun really ‘dance’ in Bataan?

A snapshot of the “dancing sun” during the closing Mass of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy in Bagac, Bataan, Jan. 20, 2017. (Photo: Dr. Jyn Aragon) BAGAC, Bataan, Jan. 30, 2017 – Delegates from the recently concluded 4th World Apostolic Congress On Mercy (WACOM 4) took to social media claiming they saw a “dancing sun” above the shores of Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar during the culminating Mass of the international event, on Jan.

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Bishop nixes ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga. (Analyn Perucho/CBCPNews) MANILA, Jan. 29, 2017— The Labor department should reconsider its plan to ban the deployment of Filipino domestic helpers to Kuwait due to reports of abuses by employers, a Catholic bishop said. Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said the government should instead make good on its promise to provide alternative or permanent jobs to all Filipinos so that they will not be forced to work abroad.

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Anti-RH lawyer receives CBCP’s highest award

Atty. Maria Concepcion Noche receives the Jorge Barlin Golden Cross Award from CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas after a Mass at the Sta. Maria Goretti Church in Manila, Jan. 28, 2017. (CBCPNews) MANILA, Jan. 28, 2017– The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines conferred its highest award, the Jorge Barlin Golden Cross, to pro-life lawyer Maria Concepcion Noche. The bishops cited Noche for her “outstanding and genuine

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CBCP head calls for pastoral courage amidst a changing world

CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas delivering his message at the Opening Session of the 114th Bishops' Plenary Assembly. (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews) MANILA, Jan. 28, 2017–Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has opened a gathering of more than 90 bishops on Saturday by urging them not to let the Church become a “shell institution”. Speaking at the start of the bishops’ plenary assembly at the Pius XII Center, he

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