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Palm Sunday: Giving, loving make week holy

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STRICTLY SYMBOLIC. Palm fronds (“palaspas”) decorate Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City for blessing on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. The Church says Filipinos should give the palaspas no other meaning than a symbol of welcome at the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. It’s plain superstitious to use a blessed palm to ward off evil spirits or as protection against lightning and other disasters. RAFFY LERMA

Stewardship must hurt.Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas imparted this message to the Catholic faithful who will have their palm fronds blessed in churches today in observance of Palm Sunday, the last Sunday of Lent and the start of the most solemn period of Holy Week.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

CBCP: Don’t miss Mass to watch Pacquiao-Bradley fight

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Don’t trade the Holy Mass for the sucker punch.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Church not obsessed with RH law–CBCP

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Fr. Melvin Castro, executive director of the CBCP—Episcopal Commission on Family and Life. http://cbcpforlife.com

A Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official on Saturday replied to calls by supporters of the controversial reproductive health (RH) law for the Church to stop its “obsession with contraception.”

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

RH law advocates mount last ditch campaign for measure

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As judgement day on the controversial reproductive health (RH) law draws closer, its advocates and supporters urged Catholic bishops to be open-minded about the measure aimed to help curb poverty and to heed Pope Francis’ appeal for “new balance” in their pastoral ministry.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

More health clinics needed, not RH law, says cleric

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The establishment of more public health facilities, not the Reproductive Health law, will help address the health needs of women and children, according to an official of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cardinal Tagle shuns hypocrisy as Ash Wednesday ushers in Lent

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Hypocrites be damned. Not exactly the way Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said it but he nonetheless urged Catholics not to be hypocrites in his Ash Wednesday homily to usher in the season of Lent.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Church’s advice to young lovers: Don’t get physical

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“Don’t get physical.” A local Catholic Church official reminded the youth that the celebration of Valentine’s Day should be imbued with a deeper meaning, instead of being reduced to “a physical contact between a man and a woman.”

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Church opposes restoration of death penalty

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is reminding lawmakers who want to revive the death penalty that many prisoners wrongfully convicted are still languishing in jail.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Prelates visit regular prisoners–why not Arroyo?

The Catholic Church remains firm in its stand against the controversial reproductive health measure, according to Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (in photo). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Bishops and priests do visit common prisoners, why not a former president? Thus did Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Socrates Villages defend the five bishops who received flak on social media over their visit to detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

CBCP exec urges Lacson to name those obstructing rehab projects

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Former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

An official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) challenged rehabilitation chief coordinator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson to name the politicians allegedly obstructing the government’s rehabilitation efforts in areas ravaged by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

CBCP head asks bishops to reach out to people they have offended

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The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines appealed to his fellow church leaders on Saturday to serve the poor and reach out even to their critics.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

CBCP hails elevation of new PH cardinal

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Archbishop Orlando Quevedo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and other church leaders expressed elation Monday over the elevation of Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo to the College of Cardinals, saying it was proof of the growing strength of the Catholic faith in the southern Philippines.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Quake victims cry out

A MAN walks past the ruins of the viewing deck of the Chocolate Hills in Carmen town in Bohol after the killer 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the province in October.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The victims of last year’s powerful earthquake in Bohol feel neglected as attention and aid are focused on typhoon-ravaged Central Visayas.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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