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CBCP sets 40 days of prayer for drug war, Marawi victims

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Let the healing begin the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says as thousands are killed in the drug war and hundreds die in the Marawi clashes

NO TO KILLINGS. Nuns join a procession, candle-lighting, and prayer activity on August 29, 2017, against drug war killings and the attacks against the Moros and Lumads in Mindanao. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Sep 12, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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Pope Francis names new ambassador to Philippines

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Archbishop Gabrielle Giordano Caccia is named apostolic nuncio to the Philippines as President Rodrigo Duterte slams the Catholic Church over his war on drugs

PAPAL NUNCIO. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Gabrielle Giordano Caccia (center) as his new ambassador to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of www.conseilmaronite.org

CBCP: 'In the name of God, stop the killings!'

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

In its strongest statement against drug related killings the CBCP calls for a stop to the reign of terror and the systemic murders of children and the poor

CBCP STATEMENT. On behalf of the Philippines' Catholic bishops, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls for a stop to the 'systemic murders' of the children and the poor. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Religious superiors on killings: 'What have we done to deserve this?'

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s drug war is no other than an extermination program of a section of our society says the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines AMRSP

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Members of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines join a rally demanding justice for 17-year-old Kian delos Santos at the People Power Monument on August 21, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

Kalookan bishop slams killing of 17-year-old boy in drug war

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

‘Who needs martial law if our police would behave this way?’ says Kalookan Bishop Pablo David citing other alleged abuses by the police

NO TO KILLINGS. Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the killing of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos at the hands of the police 'is one very specific case of abuse.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Church didn't shoulder Taytay priest's P120,000 bail

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Never says retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz when asked if the CBCP paid the bail of trafficking suspect Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos

TRAFFICKING SUSPECT. Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, 55, faces a trafficking case after allegedly 'booking' a 13-year-old girl for sex. Photo from PACUCOA Inc's Facebook page

Incoming CBCP head views self as Duterte's 'friend-sinner'

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:20 PM

UPDATED Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says there was no conflict between the local church and Rodrigo Duterte when he was Davao City mayor

FRIENDS FOR YEARS. Then-Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte apologizes to Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles on December 4, 2015, after Duterte cursed Pope Francis in a campaign speech. File photo from the Facebook page of Christopher 'Bong' Go

Davao Archbishop Valles elected CBCP president

Jul 08, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The Davao archbishop is set to lead the CBCP as his friend – President Rodrigo Duterte – pursues a bloody war on drugs that has alarmed Catholic bishops

NEXT PRESIDENT. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines elects Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (1st from left) on July 8, 2017, as its next president. Photo by Roy Lagarde

CBCP guide lists websites peddling fake news

Jun 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

A guide issued by the CBCP tags at least 29 websites for carrying fake or unverified contents

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Jun 22, 2017 - 10:17 AM

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CBCP says Catholics obliged to stop fake news

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:54 PM

Spreading fake news is a sin against charity the CBCP says in a historic pastoral letter one of the first of its kind in the world

IT'S A SIN. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the CBCP, tells Catholics that spreading fake news is 'a sin against charity.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The murder of farmers group leader Wilerme Dorado Agorde in front of his grandchildren in February further fuels suspicion that farmers locked in a land dispute with a state university are being silenced

FALLEN. A photo of Wilerme Dorado Agorde is placed on his front door during his wake. Photo by Edwin Gariguez

When politics and principles clash on the death penalty

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

18 lawmakers who voted no to the RH bill under the 15th Congress voted yes to the death penalty measure under the 17th Congress How did the Church mobilize against the two controversial measures?

SPECTATORS. Nuns watch as lawmakers voted 217-54-1 in favor of reimposing the death penalty on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jesus didn't advocate legal killing, CBCP reminds faithful

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:00 PM

To the people who use the Bible to defend death penalty need we point out how many other crimes against humanity have been justified using the same Bible? the CBCP says

DEATH PENALTY. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas slams the use of the Bible to defend capital punishment. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Austrian bishops slam human rights abuses in PH

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:18 AM

This is the first non Filipino Catholic bishops conference to speak out against human rights abuses in Duterte led Philippines

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. This photo taken March 9, 2017, shows a policeman (R) and members of a village standing over a body, who according to witnesses was thrown from a car and then shot several times by suspects, along a road in Quezon City. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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Mar 08, 2017 - 2:05 PM

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CBCP on death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced

Mar 07, 2017 - 10:00 PM

They may have won but it does not mean that they are right CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill

PRO-LIFE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, slams the House of Representatives for approving the death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Roy Lagarde

House to pass death penalty bill on 2nd reading on Ash Wednesday

Mar 01, 2017 - 10:16 AM

There is nothing wrong with striking out plunder under the bill since lawmakers may include the crime in future amendments to the law says Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro

APPROVAL SOON. The House terminated the debate on the death penalty measure after only 7 session days. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte: Archbishop Villegas got 'beat up' by 'maldita' Sara

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The President reads his eldest daughter s defense of him on Facebook and says his feisty daughter knows how he thinks

SAME WAVE LENGTH. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is described by her father President Rodrigo Duterte as someone who understands how he thinks. File photo by Manman Dejeto

De Lima arrest, Villegas vs Duterte, Project NOAH | Midday wRap

Feb 24, 2017 - 3:13 PM

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Sara Duterte calls CBCP head 'worse than a hundred Dutertes'

Feb 24, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The President s daughter says her father understands the meaning of the EDSA People Power Revolution more than delusional hypocrites like Archbishop Socrates Villegas

DEFENDING DUTERTE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte reacts to a letter written by Archbishop Socrates Villegas. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

CBCP on De Lima arrest: Seek justice, not vengeance

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:06 AM

It is unchristian to find secret pleasure in the sufferings of others CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

WALK FOR LIFE. The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, speaks at the Walk for Life organized by the Catholic Church on February 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Veritas846.ph on Facebook

'Let us not be intimidated,' bishop says at Walk for Life

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:05 AM

When we are bullied because of trolls in cyberspace let us continue to use Facebook responsibly says Bishop Valentin Dimoc of Bontoc Lagawe

'TAKE COURAGE.' Bishop Valentin Dimoc of Bontoc-Lagawe urges Catholics not to be intimidated in the face of threats. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop Pabillo: Trolls can't defeat us if we all speak

Feb 19, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Magsalita kayo sa Facebook nyo says Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo at the Walk for Life against killings in the Philippines

'FIGHT THE TROLLS.' Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urges Catholics to speak up to defeat online trolls. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jail criminals, CBCP head says at Walk for Life

Feb 19, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Ang Walk for Life ay hindi para ipagtanggol ang drug addict o ang mga mamamatay tao CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

PRO-LIFE. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, prays the rosary during the Walk for Life organized by lay Catholics on February 18, 2017. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is active non-violence?

Feb 18, 2017 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED This form of peaceful protest has been employed in many countries including the Philippines in response to issues ranging from racism to oppression

WALK FOR LIFE. Thousands gather to walk for life. Photo by Angie de Silva

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Feb 14, 2017 - 1:00 PM

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Feb 14, 2017 - 11:37 AM

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CBCP taps bishops to speak with Duterte admin

Feb 14, 2017 - 7:17 AM

It is still critical collaboration CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says referring to the Catholic Church s similar stance during the Marcos dictatorship

'MANO PO.' President Rodrigo Duterte places his forehead on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's hand as a traditional form of respect during a meeting in the Palace on July 19, 2016. File photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PND

Choosing between Hell with Duterte and Heaven with the CBCP

Feb 12, 2017 - 12:05 AM

Unless we discern the straight and narrow path enlightened by God we are doomed to bring the death penalty onto ourselves

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CBCP head: Join 'Walk for Life' on February 18

Feb 07, 2017 - 10:05 PM

Let us fill our streets not with blood not with dead bodies but with prayer with courage says CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas

'WALK FOR LIFE.' Archbishop Socrates Villegas, head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, invites Catholics to join the 'Walk for Life' in Manila on February 18, 2017. Screen grab from Archbishop Villegas' video

Robredo: Church can empower Filipinos to speak out vs killings

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also says there are families of fatalities in the drug war who want to file charges but are just too afraid

COURAGE TO SPEAK. Vice President Leni Robredo urge the Church to help victims of extrajudicial killings to rise up from fear and speak out. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

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Feb 06, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Feb 06, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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Dela Rosa to CBCP: Would you rather we let drug problem continue?

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:50 PM

I go to church because I respect the Church Hindi lahat ng pari masama So dapat gano n rin ang tingin nila sa amin says the PNP chief

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Feb 06, 2017 - 11:21 AM

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PEACE AT LAST? Philippine communist guerrillas in Mindanao. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Palace to CBCP: There's a reign of peace, not terror

Feb 05, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The officials of the CBCP are apparently out of touch with the sentiments of the faithful who overwhelmingly support the changes in the Philippines says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing at Malacañang on February 2, 2017 that the Philippine Stock Exchange has been ranked as one of the best performers in Asia for the month of January. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

FULL TEXT: CBCP pastoral letter on drug-related deaths

Feb 05, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Read the full text of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines pastoral letter on the drug related killings in the country

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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CBCP denounces 'reign of terror' in Duterte drug war

Feb 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Let us not allow fear to reign and keep us silent Filipino Catholic bishops say in their strongest statement yet against drug related killings in the Philippines

PLENARY ASSEMBLY. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas shakes hands with the Pope's ambassador, papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, at the start of the CBCP's 114th plenary assembly on January 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of CBCP News

CBCP hits death penalty: 'No person beyond redemption'

Jan 31, 2017 - 7:54 AM

We have no right ever giving up on any person CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

PRO-LIFE. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, says Philippine bishops oppose the death penalty. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP head: 'A defensive church will not inspire souls'

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:57 AM

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas tells his fellow bishops We can victims of change but we can be its authors as well as its guardians

CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas delivers his message at the Opening Session of the 114th Bishops' Plenary Assembly, January 28, 2017. Photo by Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews

Palace: 'We can claim mercy' for OFWs on death row

Jan 28, 2017 - 2:53 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella reacts to a CBCP official who says the Philippines will lose any moral authority and legality to ask clemency for Filipinos on death row if it restores the death penalty

OFWS ON DEATH ROW. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the Philippines has hired 'top caliber lawyers' for Overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa, who was executed in Kuwait last January 25. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

OFW's execution shows death penalty is wrong – CBCP

Jan 26, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Sadness over the death of OFW Jakatia Pawa who was executed in Kuwait should make us all advocates against the death penalty says the CBCP

DEATH PENALTY. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, opposes the capital punishment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Huwag maging manhid sa mga pagpatay kahit Pasko – Villegas

Dec 25, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Mayroon tayong Pasko ngunit patuloy ang pagdanak ng dugo sa ating mga lansangan sabi ni CBCP president at Archbishop Socrates Villegas sa kanyang December 25 pastoral letter

NO TO KILLINGS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the recent killings in the Philippines in a pastoral letter for Christmas Day. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Villegas on killings and Christmas

Dec 24, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Christmas comes to us as a feast of beauty but we are not blind and numb to the ugliness that has come upon us says Archbishop Socrates Villegas

NO TO KILLINGS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the recent killings in the Philippines in a pastoral letter for Christmas Day. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Archbishop Villegas hits killings in Christmas plea

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:08 AM

Murder is ugly Extrajudicial killing is ugly Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a Christmas message about the ugliness during this feast of beauty

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. This picture taken in a Manila morgue on December 2, 2016, shows the body of an alleged drug dealer gunned down by unidentified men. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP