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Bishops hit priests carrying guns amid killings

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Gun-toting priests? They might want to consider leaving the priesthood and joining the police or the military instead,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

NO TO KILLINGS. The Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) leads a lightning protest to urge the government to immediately resolution of the killing of Father Richmond Nilo and other victims of murder. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Archbishop Villegas ends term as CBCP president

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

During his 4 years as CBCP president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas spared no one from criticism, from Benigno Aquino III to Rodrigo Duterte

OUTSPOKEN PASTOR. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas leads a procession against drug war killings on November 5, 2017, along the Philippines' iconic EDSA highway. He steps down as CBCP president on November 30, 2017. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cebu archbishop hits EJKs ahead of EDSA procession

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:59 PM

'Lord, heal our wounded land!' says Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as Catholics in Cebu also prepare for a major procession against extrajudicial killings

NO TO KILLINGS. A candle-lighting activity is held in Quezon City on November 2, 2017, to protest against killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP denies it 'regrets' killing of Hapilon, Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The lie is posted on the Facebook page 'Rodrigo Duterte Supporters,' as the Duterte administration is accused of spreading propaganda on social media

CBCP DENIAL. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, denies that the CBCP 'regrets' the killing of Marawi siege leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Tagle, Villegas speak out vs new drug war killings

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:45 AM

This comes after a series of drug raids killed at least 81 people – including 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos – in only 4 days

LEADING BISHOPS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (left) attend a press conference on July 7, 2014, about the trip of Pope Francis to the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

READ: Sara Duterte reminds bishop on meaning of EDSA

Feb 25, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Let me tell you what freedom is It is to live a life that is free from your selective moral standard This is what the meaning of EDSA is the Davao City mayor tells Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in an open letter

MEANING OF EDSA. In this file photo, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte attends the Change of Command Ceremony of the Task Force Davao on September 8, 2016 in Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Archbishop Villegas: Amid terror, dare to be merciful

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:01 PM

Do not be afraid to wait because love is patient and love always waits Do not be afraid to wait even if it takes forever Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

'BE MERCIFUL.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges Catholics to be 'dare to be merciful' at a time of revenge and terror. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Archbishops Tagle, Villegas denounce death penalty

Dec 12, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Every life has hope Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle says while Archbishop Socrates Villegas pushes to reform the justice system

LEADING BISHOPS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (left) attend a press conference on July 7, 2014, about the trip of Pope Francis to the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Bishop calls for prayer rally vs death penalty

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:34 PM

What a tragedy if this would be passed in this holy season of Christ s birth Archbishop Socrates Villegas says referring to the death penalty bill

PRAYER RALLY. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who earlier joined a prayer rally against a hero's burial for  Ferdinand Marcos, is set to lead another prayer rally, this time against the death penalty. File photo courtesy of Sabins Studio

Bishop: Join anti-Marcos rally out of compassion, not revenge

Nov 30, 2016 - 11:13 AM

Huwag tayong magsiraan Archbishop Socrates Villegas tells protesters joining the nationwide anti Marcos rally on November 30

'HUWAG MAGSIRAAN.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas reminds protesters to join anti-Marcos rallies out of compassion and not revenge. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Kailangan ni Marcos ng dasal, hindi parangal – Archbishop Villegas

Nov 26, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Huwag sanang gamitin ng mga buhay ang bangkay ng yumao para sa kani kanilang pangarap at ambisyon

PRAYER RALLY. Nagsalita si Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas sa prayer rally sa Dagupan City noong Nobyembre 23, 2016. Photo mula sa Sabins Studio

Archbishop Villegas to Marcoses: Ask forgiveness

Nov 26, 2016 - 7:54 AM

Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in his message Return stolen inheritance Correct mistakes The mercy of God awaits all those who are humble and repentant

PRAYER RALLY. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges the Marcoses to ask forgiveness for the sins of their patriarch, dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo courtesy of Sabins Studio

Bishop to Marcoses: Don't use a corpse for ambitions

Nov 25, 2016 - 7:32 PM

The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos needs prayers not honors says Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a prayer rally in Dagupan City

CBCP on Pope easing annulments: ‘Fresh air’

Sep 09, 2015 - 11:59 AM

In a historic move Pope Francis reforms the annulment process to ensure that ‘the heart of the faithful is not long oppressed by the darkness of doubt’

‘POPE OF MERCY.’ Pope Francis speaks during an audience in Vatican City on September 5, 2015. Three days later, he issues a letter simplifying the annulment process for Catholics. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

Filipino bishops to Indonesian bishops: Save Mary Jane

Apr 16, 2015 - 6:29 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas president of the CBCP writes Jakarta Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo to implore the president of Indonesia to commute a Filipina s death sentence

FINAL APPEAL. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (center) escorted by police officers during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on March 3, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Cardinal Tagle to Indonesia: Due process for Mary Jane

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:28 PM

The Manila archbishop also tells migrant Filipino workers: Do not just accept parcels or bags from people especially from those you do not know

IN TEARS. Mary Jane Veloso, 30, was in tears when she appeared in court on March 3, 2015, to appeal against her death sentence. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

CBCP: 'Storm heaven with prayers' to save Mary Jane

Apr 13, 2015 - 6:19 PM

Every life is precious as it comes from God Filipino Catholic bishops say hoping to save a 30 year old Filipina who is on Indonesia s death row

FINAL APPEAL. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (center) escorted by police officers during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on March 3, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Bishop's take on 'homily abuse' stirs debate

Apr 11, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Pope Francis himself says a homily should be brief and avoid taking on the semblance of a speech or a lecture

NO TO 'HOMILY ABUSE.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas challenges priests to deliver better homilies. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Bishops on Easter: Remember Mamasapano, help the poor

Apr 04, 2015 - 7:06 PM

Let us behold the Risen Jesus in every needy person and see a neighbor a brother or sister Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says

HOUNDING FILIPINOS. Philippine officials in Villamor Air Base honor the 44 members of an elite police force who died in a botched operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January 25. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Bishops split on 'moral basis' for Aquino to quit

Feb 28, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma says the Catholic Church is not in the position to push the President to quit for it is beyond her competence

'MORAL BASIS.' Catholic bishops find themselves in a key position as critics urge the President to quit. In this file photo, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines holds its bi-annual plenary assembly in January 2014. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Vatican urges Philippines to help Christians in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:34 PM

The Philippines will study the Vatican s request as Pope Francis urgently calls on the international community to protect all those affected by the violence

RELIEF FROM VIOLENCE. Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush, about 30 kilometers east of the northern province of Nineveh, rest upon their arrival at the St. Joseph church in the Kurdish city of Arbil, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 7, 2014. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Filipinos to hold Day of Prayer for Christians in Iraq

Aug 12, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Catholic bishops set the Day of Prayer on August 18 as Pope Francis is expected to pray for persecuted Christians on the same day

PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN. An Iraqi Christian woman forced to flee her home shelters in the St Joseph Church in Erbil, northern Iraq, on August 9, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Jalil/EPA

CBCP backs people's initiative vs pork barrel

Aug 07, 2014 - 7:32 PM

The Catholic bishops urge people to propose legislation to stop the practice of appropriating of lump sums in the national budget under various pretexts

Pope sets Philippine trip January 15-19

Jul 29, 2014 - 6:05 PM

2nd UPDATE We can show the world what it means to be pained to clean up to stand again and to face another morning Cardinal Tagle says

CBCP on Aquino's DAP speech: Respect SC

Jul 14, 2014 - 10:55 PM

Leaders should be humble Philippine bishops say after President Benigno Aquino III slammed the High Court for an unreasonable decision

NO TO 'SELECTIVE JUSTICE.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, says the government should investigate corruption within its own ranks. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila, as posted on www.cbcpnews.com

CBCP rejects Napoles 'request' for custody

Jul 08, 2014 - 11:14 AM

UPDATED Philippine Catholic bishops cite obstacles from both Church and State laws in rejecting the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind s request but the Napoles camp denies making the plea

SEEKING BISHOPS' HELP. Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, undergoes arraignment at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Sandiganbayan/Pool

Pope chooses Visayas as core of Philippine trip

Jul 07, 2014 - 7:25 PM

Pope Francis age and medical condition – part of his lungs is gone – can however limit his itinerary

IMAGE UNVEILING. Pope Francis waves next to Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of Holy Pedro Calungsod of Philippines at St Peter's basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Top bishop to prelates: Be 'happy,' not 'punitive'

Jul 05, 2014 - 3:09 PM

Bishops should follow Pope Francis in addressing issues like contraception the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says

CBCP chief: No to 'selective justice' in pork scam

Jun 08, 2014 - 10:01 AM

Everybody culpable whatever their political affiliations may be should be investigated and if so warranted indicted Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

PRAYERS REQUESTED. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the CBCP, requests prayers to convert the pork barrel scam 'culprits.' In this photo, he says Mass at the recently concluded Asian Conference on the Family. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

CBCP denounces use of 'power' vs pork probe

May 24, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Let those who are at fault come out and admit their wrongdoings Philippine bishops say

PRAYERS REQUESTED. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the CBCP, requests prayers to convert the pork barrel scam 'culprits.' In this photo, he says Mass at the recently concluded Asian Conference on the Family. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

CBCP head echoes Pope on Lent: 'Stewardship must hurt'

Apr 15, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Catholics should learn to cheerfully keep nothing for ourselves the Philippines top prelate also says as Holy Week begins