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Cardinal Tagle’s statement on drug-related killings

Posted on Aug 20 , 2017 in Archdiocese of Manila News

Cardinal Tagle’s statement on drug-related killings

A letter from His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will be read in all masses (August 20) after communion.

(English Version)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Archdiocese of Manila,

On August 12-17, 2017, I participated in the meeting of Caritas Latin America held in El Salvador, a country where many people had been killed in a civil war. Until now it still contends with armed groups. In El Salvador, I heard news of the increase of killings in our own country due to an intensified war against illegal drugs. I am inviting you to reflect, pray and act.

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4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy : Communion in Mercy, Mission for Mercy

Posted on Jan 01 , 2017 in Archdiocese of Manila News

4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy : Communion in Mercy, Mission for Mercy

WACOM stands for World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, an international gathering of Divine Mercy devotees and promoters; among whom are bishops, priests, religious brothers and sisters and the laity. Convened every three years, the Philippines is privileged to host the 4th WACOM this January 16-20, 2017.

Known as the foremost Catholic Country in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is presenting WACOM 2017 as a “Pilgrimage of Mercy” bringing the delegates to different holy places each day. This congress offers an opportunity for all to be oriented to the Filipino’s lived faith in Jesus, the Divine Mercy Incarnate.

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CBCP will support winning candidate but…

Posted on May 01 , 2016 in Archdiocese of Manila News

CBCP will support winning candidate but…

MANILA, May 1, 2016— The Catholic hierarchy has vowed to support whoever wins in the May 9 presidential elections but on certain conditions.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president said the victory must come from an honest electoral process and whoever wins will take the job seriously.

“…Whoever strives to heal the wounds of the divisiveness of politics, whoever respects the rights of all and is earnest in his or her fear of God and is zealous for his precepts has the support of the CBCP,” Villegas said.

“And we will do everything together with our priests so that all our people, to the remotest barangays to which we minister, may rally around a just and God-fearing government that visits no vengeance on foes but is characterized by mercy and compassion for all, not only for allies!” he said.

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Priest Talks About ‘Love Truths’ From AlDub

Posted on Sep 07 , 2015 in Archdiocese of Manila News

Priest Talks About ‘Love Truths’ From AlDub

It’s top rating on TV and white hot on social media, but a priest said the AlDub love team can teach the Filipino faithful a thing or two about real love.

“Whatever Lola Nidora’s challenge may be, even if it’s seems like a death wish, Alden does it for Yaya Dub. When you love, you don’t measure. The true measure of love is love without measure,” said Fr. Joel Jason in Filipino during a Mass at the most recent CFC – Young Couples Assembly held at the Bayanihan Center.

The newly-installed parish priest of parish priest of Mary Mirror of Justice parish in Makati added: “When you become legalistic, you become minimalistic (in loving). But when you love, you’re ready to do more than what is required…like Alden.”

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Still No to Divorce, Says Cardinal Rosales

Posted on Jun 10 , 2015 in Archdiocese of Manila News

Still No to Divorce, Says Cardinal Rosales
Even if it is 99 percent (surveyed favor divorce) what is wrong is wrong. It’s in the Bible unless you don’t believe in the Bible.
 
The Catholic Church cannot conform her teachings about divorce to the dictates of the world, Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said.
 
Even if a new survey showed that 60 percent of Filipinos want divorce made legal, Rosales said no one can change the teachings of God to suit what people want.
 
“Even if it is 99 percent (surveyed favor divorce) what is wrong is wrong,” Rosales said.
 
He said the Church cannot change her doctrine on divorce because it comes from the Divine Law.
 
Those who argue that the Church should change its stand on divorce are asking the institution to overrule God.
 
“It’s in the Bible unless you don’t believe in the Bible,” Rosales said. “There are just too many bright people nowadays.”
 
The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed that about three of five Filipinos favor the legalization of divorce for “irreconcilably separated” couples.
 
The poll also showed that 60 percent of the 1,800 respondents agree that couples in irreparable marriages should be allowed to divorce so they can get legally married again while 29 percent disagreed.
 
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Archbishop Oscar Cruz said those who argue that the Church should change her teachings on divorce are asking the impossible.
 
“The Bible says what God has joined together let no man put asunder,” said Cruz.
 
“The Church is duty bound to observe and to promote the teachings of Her founder, and Her founder teaches that marriage is sacred. Whether it will win or not in promoting the Gospel truths, that’s not Her problem anymore. Her problem is to speak when things are wrong and to affirm when things are right,” he said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)