Category Archives: Bishop’s messages

Cagayan De Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma opposes new casino

Cagayan De Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma opposes new casino

By | Mar 23, 2017

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan De Oro. CBCPNews

MANILA— Concerned over its potential negative effects, a Catholic archbishop is speaking out against the possibility of a new casino in his community.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the negative effects that gambling institutions will create in our society,” saidArchbishop Antonio Ledesma.

The prelate’s objection to the move comes on the heels of Limketkai Sons Inc.’s reported plans to build a new gaming site within its commercial complex in the heart of the Cagayan de Oro City.

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Self-confessed killers “Edgar” and “Art”: Repentance essential to conversion – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Self-confessed killers “Edgar” and “Art”: Repentance essential to conversion – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

By | Mar 23, 2017

Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan. CBCPNews

MANILA– A Catholic archbishop reminded the faithful that genuine repentance is a necessary step to conversion.

In his Lenten message, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said that repentance and conversion go together, both need for forgiveness and a desire for a new life.

“Everybody touched by God is changed. The start of change is repentance. When repentance is sustained, it leads to new life,” Villegas said.

The archbishop went further by citing the stories of supposed self-confessed killers “Edgar” and “Art” who confessed their sins and beg for mercy.

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CBCP Statement in Solidarity with Earth Hour – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

And God saw that it was good…

By | Mar 22, 2017

CBCP Statement in Solidarity with Earth Hour

God saw all that he had made…and it was all very good! The Christian must nurture earth and care for creation, for so is the Creator paid homage and done reverence. Creation bears the Divine imprint, and they who deface it transgress against God’s sovereignty.

For too long now, we have dealt with earth as a treasure-trove to be plundered at will, exploited to the hilt. We have been sufficiently warned: There is only so much abuse the environment can take before it pays us back in full. The right to a healthful ecology that the Constitution guarantees us all will soon become hollow words when our wells run dry, our fields become arid as wastelands, our air, heavy with lethal pollutants. In many cities of the world, these are realities. And in the Philippines, even as the rape of our forests, the pollution of our waters and the carbon footprint edges closer to irreversible proportions, many continue to pay no heed.

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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines give solons 3 arguments vs kill bill on the issue of death penalty

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines give solons 3 arguments vs kill bill on the issue of death penalty

By | Mar 22, 2017

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) during their plenary assembly. ROY LAGARDE

MANILA – In an effort to dialogue with lawmakers on the issue of death penalty, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) wrote to the senators, presenting three ultimate reasons why the said bill should be rejected.

Citing facts, the bishops said reviving death penalty is “not necessary,” it will “not be helpful,” and it “will not it be a move towards greater justice.”

The letter emphasized how the revival of capital punishment is not a move towards justice because “the trend in dealing with crimes now should be towards restorative, which seeks healing and reform, not vindictive justice.”

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Cardinal Tagle condemns ‘evils’ of drug trade

Cardinal Tagle condemns ‘evils’ of drug trade

By | Mar 20, 2017

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle delivers his homily during a Mass to launch the “Sanlakbay” program at the St. John the Baptist Church in San Juan City, March 17, 2017. CBCPNews

MANILA— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has condemned the drug trade’s “bringers of death” and urged communities to help in the anti-narcotics fight.

In a poignant and gripping homily Friday, the cardinal called drug use and trade “an evil” that is “slowly killing people”.

“If I sell or give something that can destroy my neighbor, and I gained from it, it’s like killing that person,” said Tagle during the launching of a church program for drug surrenderees in San Juan City.

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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty (March 19,2017) – Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty (March 19,2017) – Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President

By | Mar 19, 2017

 Post-Permanent Council Meeting

CBCP Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty

“God proved his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

On this third Sunday of Lent, the Gospel of John tells us how the Samaritan woman—having found in Jesus the “living water” she had longed for—left her jar of water by the well (John 4:28).  Like this woman, the stubborn Israelites in the first reading, who are dying of thirst in the desert, have been led to a rock (Exod 17:6).  Perhaps we can think of this rock as Christ himself, stricken and afflicted on the cross but gushing forth with life-giving water, making it possible for God’s people to cross over the barren desert of hatred, sin and death into the promised land of fullness of life.   Dear sisters and brothers in Christ—let us not allow our wells to be poisoned by bitter water; let us uphold the sanctity of life and make a stand against death penalty.

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Catholic Bishops Criticize Pro-Abortion Politicians: You Are Outside Church Teachings

Catholic Bishops Criticize Pro-Abortion Politicians: You Are Outside Church Teachings

BY MICAIAH BILGER   MAR 17, 2017   |   6:59PM    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

The Catholic bishops’ outcry against politicians who support abortion and assisted suicide is growing louder.

A group of New Mexico bishops recently issued a strong statement urging Catholic lawmakers to stop using their faith to justify their support of abortion and assisted suicide, The Catholic Herald reports.

“This misrepresents church teaching and creates a public scandal for the faithful. Furthermore, this action publicly separates a person from communion with the Catholic faith,” the bishops said in the statement.

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Archbishop Auza’s Statement on Status of Women to the U.N.

Archbishop Auza’s Statement on Status of Women to the U.N.

‘The empowerment of women, in every area of life and work, will not only strengthen women, but will strengthen and empower us all.’

Bernardito Auza

Holy See Mission

Here below is the statement by Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, to the the Sixty-First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women dedicated to the theme of “Women’s Economic Empowerment in a Changing World of Work” on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

“When the absolute equality of woman and man, with their important differences, is accepted and when the value they bring as women, both in the family and in the workplace, is acknowledged,” the Archbishop stressed, then  women are treated more fairly in public and private institutions.

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CBCP lauds anti-death penalty lawmakers in the Philippines – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

CBCP lauds anti-death penalty lawmakers in the Philippines – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

By | Mar 16, 2017

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, joins thousands of people during the Walk for Life organized by lay Catholics on Feb. 18, 2017. ROY LAGARDE

MANILA–  The lawmakers who stand against the reimposition of the death penalty despite intimidation and pressure have earned the praise of the country’s Catholic bishops.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippine expressed its admiration for the lawmakers who refused to be swayed by threats of ouster from their key posts.

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Holy See to UN: ‘Take Greater Role in Preventing Scourge of Human Trafficking’

Holy See to UN: ‘Take Greater Role in Preventing Scourge of Human Trafficking’

Archbishop Auza Tells UN Security Council That Despite All That’s Been Done, “Much More Is Needed”

Bernardito Auza

Holy See Mission

“The Holy See urges the Security Council to take a greater role in the fight against the scourge of trafficking in persons, primarily through its responsibility to prevent and end armed conflicts and to help in the consolidation of peace and development.”

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, made this appeal to the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Trafficking in persons in conflict situations: forced labour, slavery and other similar practices, on March 15, 2017. The debate is taking place this week in the UN Headquarters in New York.

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