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June 28, 2012 09:50 AM

MANILA, June 27, 2012— There is nothing wrong with the Aquino administration helping other countries but it should first prioritize the needs of the country, at least two Catholic bishops said.

Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad said it would be better for President Benigno Aquino III to address first the pressing problems of the country that needs immediate attention.

June 28, 2012 09:45 AM

MANILA, June 27, 2012— An attempt to intimidate some witnesses to the murder of Italian priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio last year by threatening them with death was revealed Wednesday by the victim’s fellow missionary.

In a radio interview, Fr. Peter Jeremiah of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Mission said some people accused in the crime continue to make threats, as the investigation is ongoing.

June 25, 2012 08:27 PM

MANILA, June 25, 2012— The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has sought the “immediate” transfer of “Mali,” a 38-year-old elephant from Manila Zoo to a sanctuary in Thailand.

“Mali might have a few years to live but these remaining years will be more expressive of man’s compassion towards God’s other creatures,” said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

June 25, 2012 08:22 PM

MANILA, June 22, 2012—Private colleges and universities will be financially challenged to maintain their operation and compensate their teaching staff with the expected decrease of enrollees starting 2017.

Administrators of private schools offering tertiary education, including those under the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), said they are bracing for the expected drop in freshman admissions as a result of the implementation of Kindergarten to 12 (K to 12) basic education program this school year.

May 30, 2012 04:44 PM

MANILA, May 30, 2012— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on government leaders to be more transparent with their assets following the removal from office of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Acknowledging that the Aquino administration is trying to root out corruption in the government, Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, emphasized that good government starts with honesty and transparency.

May 30, 2012 04:42 PM

MANILA, May 30, 2012―Now that the impeachment trial is over, it’s time for everyone to move on and put the interest of the country forward, the head of the country’s Catholic bishops said.

Even as the trial has brought division among Filipinos, now is the time for opposing camps to reach out to one another in a spirit of friendship and put the good of the country ahead of personal interest, according to Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

May 30, 2012 04:38 PM

MANILA, May 29, 2012— The removal of Chief Justice Renato Corona from his position should serve as a lesson for all public officials, a ranking Catholic bishop said.

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that transparency and the virtue of honesty should be the foremost lessons political leaders should learn from Corona.

May 28, 2012 02:11 AM

MANILA, May 27, 2012—Some Catholic prelates expressed optimism that the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona would teach appropriate lessons to everyone in government service.

Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra told CBCPOnline Radio, that "God allowed these events to happen so that the evil done and the evil intent of men will be uncovered and Truth will come out and Justice is vindicated."

May 26, 2012 04:50 AM

MANILA, May 24, 2012— A Catholic priest and human rights advocate expressed dissatisfaction with the Aquino administration’s actions, or lack of it, to arrest fugitive retired Major Gen. Jovito Palparan.

Solidarity Philippines lead convenor Fr. Joe Dizon criticized the slow pace of manhunt for Palparan, and accused the government of not doing enough effort into arresting the general.

May 21, 2012 04:39 PM

MANILA, May 21, 2012— A Catholic bishop called on the senators to treat Chief Justice Renato Corona with respect when he testified at his own impeachment trial.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said Corona is still innocent until proven guilty and that the senator-judges can get the truth and be respectful of the chief justice at the same time.

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.