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May 21, 2012 04:35 PM

MANILA, May 21, 2012— Three Catholic bishops have given their support to the anti-tobacco campaign and considering banning smoking within church premises in their dioceses.

Bishops Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon, Jose Oliveros of Malolos, and Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said they are concerned about the secondhand smoke and its effect on children.

March 11, 2012 03:08 PM

MANILA, March 10, 2012—Pope Benedict XVI has conveyed his condolence for the passing of Cardinal Jose T. Sanchez in a telegram sent to Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal, archbishop emeritus of Cebu.

Cardinal Sanchez was prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy. He was head of the Vatican dicastery from 1991 until his retirement in 1996. He died March 9 in Manila at the age of 91.

March 10, 2012 04:54 AM


MANILA, March 9, 2012 – The fifth Filipino to be elevated to the position of Cardinal has died at the age of 91 years old at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center in San Juan City at 4:50 a.m. today. He would have turned 92 on Saturday, March 17.

The retired prelate passed away due to multiple organ failure after being confined to the medical center last week...

March 7, 2012 02:09 AM

MANILA, March 6, 2012—The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) urged the Ombudsman not to allow the plunder case against former president and currently Pampanga (2nd District) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, get “frozen”.

In a statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap said, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales should make Arroyo and her former Agriculture Secretary, now Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap, accountable for the overpriced ice-making machines, amounting to P455 million (US$10,584,960.61).

March 7, 2012 02:06 AM

MANILA, March 6, 2012— The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) does not believe that there is a plot to oust President Benigno Aquino III from office.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, downplayed the reports against the government even if Aquino himself revealed the supposed destabilization plot against him.

February 24, 2012 02:27 AM

SIBUYAN ISLAND, Romblon, Feb. 23, 2012—Mining-affected communities formed a united effort to protect rich biodiversity areas from destructive mining activities.

Members of a regional convergence group, on February 19, have signed a declaration opposing mining in the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (MIMAROPA).

February 24, 2012 02:24 AM

MANILA, Feb. 23, 2012— A Catholic bishop advised students not to join fraternities and sororities especially those with dangerous initiations.

Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez of Caloocan said the recent death of San Beda law student Marvin Reglos from an alleged hazing incident showed risks in joining fraternities.

He acknowledged that maybe not all initiations are dangerous, but stressed that enough have already been publicized to let the public know many are not safe.

February 22, 2012 11:22 PM

MANILA, Feb. 22, 2012— The anniversary celebration of the first people power revolt must not be used for political interests, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, said that EDSA 1 celebration is for everyone and not just for a certain group or individuals.

February 22, 2012 01:50 AM

MANILA, Feb. 21, 2012—“I am praying that the Philippine Senate as an impeachment court against Chief Justice Renato Corona will unravel the “truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

This was the statement of Jaro Auxiliary Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, head convenor of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG) as the impeachment trial against the chief justice marked its first month, last February 18.

February 21, 2012 02:55 AM

MANILA, Feb. 20, 2012— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines lauded the upcoming canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod – a move that makes him the second Filipino saint.

CBCP president Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu said that the recent development is a source of great pride for the Philippines that has only one canonized saint to date.

February 21, 2012 02:52 AM

MANILA, Feb. 20, 2012—The Church’s family and life ministry is beefing up its campaign by facilitating communications nationwide and giving the promotion of natural family planning a boost.

The new chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL), Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, DD, in a meeting in Bacolod Saturday directed ECFL diocesan director and workers to take actions to step up the campaign.

February 21, 2012 02:49 AM

MANILA, Feb. 20, 2012–In a statement released Saturday, Gabriela party list admitted that the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, pending in both chambers of Congress, is neither pro-poor nor pro-women.

“The RH bill cannot be genuinely pro-poor and pro-women for as long as it espouses population control, which blames poverty on women’s bodies, fertility and population,” Gabriela stated in its Facebook page.

February 19, 2012 07:06 PM

MANILA, Feb. 19, 2012—The country’ association of major superiors of religious women urged Chief Justice Renato Corona to allow the opening of his dollar accounts for the sake of transparency and accountability.

The religious body in a Feb. 17  statement expressed disappointment on the Supreme Court’s issuance of temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevented the Senate Court from obtaining the dollar accounts of Corona.

February 19, 2012 06:53 PM

NAVOTAS City, Feb. 19, 2012—The rehabilitation of mangrove forests along Navotas City coastline will not be successful if the city and national governments would pursue the reclamation of more than three (3) kilometers (2.05 statute miles) of the bay.

In a statement, Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the P50 billion (US$1,174,260,165.57 based on the prevailing foreign exchange rate of P42.58:$1.00) reclamation project will not make Navotas City more prosperous, rather it will endanger not only the mangrove forests, but also the livelihood and the homes of the small fisherfolks in the 14 barangays affected by the project.

February 19, 2012 06:51 PM

MANILA, Feb. 18, 2012—A network of anti-mining organizations is launching a nationwide movement to protest the ongoing mining activities within the ancestral domain of the indigenous people.

Dubbed as “Thousand Streamer Campaign” (TSC) the movement is a protest against the ongoing sell-out of the country’s mineral resources to local and transnational mining corporations, as well as an expression of unity and support to the struggle of indigenous peoples for self-determination.

February 17, 2012 01:01 AM

MANILA, Feb. 16, 2012—Why pass a reproductive health (RH) bill when specific agencies are already tasked with addressing issues that the bill is supposedly concerned with?

The question was put forth by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D. when asked about his thoughts on the notion of dialogues between the Church and the State about the legislative measure.

February 17, 2012 01:00 AM

ANTIPOLO City, Feb. 16, 2012—The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) and the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) fear that the money that is supposedly allotted for the compensation of farmworker-beneficiaries (FWBs) will be “used” by Malacañang to “influence” the outcome of the ongoing impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.

February 16, 2012 03:45 AM

MANILA, Feb. 15, 2012—As long as a true spirit of dialogue will guide discussions between Church and government representatives, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle D.D. looks forward to opportunities to do his part in such dialogues concerning the reproductive health (RH) bill.

Emphasizing that he was expressing personal views and not the position of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the prelate, who was part of the Church panel that participated in previous discussions with Malacanang said his role is to explain to [the government side] the whole position of the Church.

February 14, 2012 05:58 AM

MANILA, Feb. 13, 2012—It’s that time of the year again when flowers, chocolates, and even motels and condoms are highly marketable among those who are “in a relationship,” which is why a ranking Church official reminded lovebirds, especially the young, to remain pure and chaste in love amid the commercialization of Valentine’s Day.

Fr. Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY), warned unmarried lovers against giving into their curiosity and drive for adventure to indulge on what only married couples are entitled to engage in: sex.

February 14, 2012 05:54 AM

SORSOGON City, Feb. 13, 2012—Thousands of delegates from various parishes of the Diocese of Sorsogon celebrated the 3rd Diocesan Basic Ecclesial Communities day last February 4, 2012 at Pilar, Sorsogon.

With the theme, “Saradit na Kristianong Komunidad padagos sa paglakbay na nagsisimbag sa pangapodan na magin mga tunay na Kristianong Disipulo,” (Basic Ecclesial Communities continue to journey in response to the call to become authentic Christian disciples) the celebration began with a motorcade led by Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, and 28 parish priests in the diocese.

February 10, 2012 06:37 PM

MANILA, Feb. 9, 2012— If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

A Catholic Church official posed this statement for Supreme Chief Justice Renato Corona as he urged the latter to allow the opening of his dollar bank accounts with the Philippine Savings Bank.

Fr. Edu Gariguez of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action said the move is necessary for Corona to prove that there is nothing to be afraid of on his bank records.

February 8, 2012 02:13 AM

MANILA, Feb. 7, 2012—Farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita are eyeing the newly appointed Solicitor General with “distrust”, saying he was one of the Cojuangcos’ trusted men.

Atty. Francis Jardeleza had replaced José Anselmo Cadiz after the latter stepped down from the post because he wanted to go back in private practice.

But speculations are rife that the former solicitor general was sacked by the Palace as a strategy for the Cojuangcos to take back what is truly they own: the disputed Hacienda Luisita.

February 8, 2012 02:11 AM

MANILA, Feb. 7, 2012— The country’s seismology bureau has called for an immediate repair of old Catholic Churches which are prone to damage by earthquakes.

According to the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) warned that historical churches must be prepared for quakes as the country is not far from active fault lines.

Dr. Renato Solidum, Philvolcs director, noted the initiative of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts to renovate old churches but he said this must be done as soon as possible.

February 8, 2012 02:09 AM

MANILA, Feb. 7, 2012— A Catholic priest has warned Tuesday against Negros Oriental residents’ lack of preparedness to deal with an earthquake.

Fr. Edwin Laude, Diocese of San Carlos’ Social Action director, said yesterday’s quake that hit Negros provinces demonstrated that many people are not sure what to do.

“They do not have any knowledge yet about what to do during earthquakes,” said Laude.