DepEd opens sex education in high schools
MANILA, JUNE 9, 2006 -- Despite strong opposition from the Church, high-school students this school year will be taught sex education including the use of condoms and other contraceptive devices, the CBCP News Service learned.
Set for implementation this month, the Department of Education has come out with a teaching module integrating population education concepts on adolescent reproductive health. FULL TEXT
Church lauds abolition of death penalty
07 May 2006 - The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the country has finally moved from justice that kills to justice that heals.
Bishop Pedro Arigo, chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission of Prison and Pastoral Care (ECPPC) commended both the Senate and the House of Representatives for approving separate bills on Tuesday that would abolish the imposition of the death penalty law. FULL TEXT
Inter-faith leaders unite against gambling
6 June 2006 - Saying that gambling is a "creeping evil" that should be suppressed, different religious groups led by some leaders from the Catholic Church have joined forces in condemning gambling and those who promote it.
In a statement signed by Pastors of Christian Fellowship Churches, priests of the Aglipayan Church and the Roman Catholic Church with Balanga Bishop Socrates Villegas, said that gambling destroys society. FULL TEXT
Bp. Alo celebrates 25 years as bishop
3 June 2006 - The silver anniversary is a milestone in matrimony and in holy orders. It is a moment both to look back with satisfaction, and to look ahead with anticipation. On June 7, Most Rev. Patricio H. Alo of Mati will celebrate his 25th year as bishop.
Rejoicing and in union with him in spreading the greatness of God, the faithful of the Diocese of Mati is now up in preparation for said event designed to entice the people to serve God more together with their bishop. FULL TEXT
CBCP head condemn killings
31 may 2006 - The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed alarm over the spate of abductions and killings that has swept the country.
In a statement issued today, Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo described the said incidence as "a sad commentary of our country and government which want to abolish death penalty." FULL TEXT
Lagdameo: No to cha-cha now
30 May 2006 - Charter Change is needed but not the way it is proposed now, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo said Tuesday.
Lagdameo made the statement to clarify reports saying that the CBCP has extended its full support for the planned scheme. FULL TEXT
Pope names new Auxiliary Bishop for Pampanga
27 MAY 2006 - His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed today Rev. Fr. Pablo Virgilio Siongco David as Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga. David's appointment was officially announced 12:00 noon in Rome today (6:00 Manila time).
Fr. David is currently serving as the Director of Formation of the Theology Department at the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, San Fernando, Pampanga. FULL TEXT
Mission Society to mark 75th year in Palawan
26 MAY 2006 - The Pontifical Missionary Societies-Philippines (PMS) is slated to hold its kick off activities for its 75th foundation anniversary at the St. Ezekiel Moreno Spirituality and Development Center in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on June 2 to 7, according to the PMS office in Manila. FULL TEXT
Pabillo named Auxiliary Bishop of Manila
24 MAY 2006 - Pope Benedict XVI appointed today Rev. Fr. Broderick Socuaco Pabillo as Auxiliary Bishop of Manila. The Vatican's official announcement of Fr. Pabillo's appointment was made 12:00 noon in Rome today (6:00 pm Manila time). FULL TEXT
Archbishop Calls on Arroyo
to Allow Impeachment Process
24 May 2006 - Blocking an impeachment process is an indirect "admission of guilt," an archbishop said yesterday.
As the opposition is set to file a new impeachment raps against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said impeachment process should be allowed by "someone suspect" of corruption and vote rigging. FULL TEXT
Cardinal Vidal Ordains Third Filipino Nuncio
24 MAY 2006 - Not through a whimsical knack of serendipity but of divine design that Cebu stands proud of producing the first and third Filipino papal nuncios, both from the same family. FULL TEXT
CBCP Press Corps Observe World Communications Day
22 MAY 2006 – In the hustle and bustle of the undeniably busy life of media practitioners, faintly these news reporters would pause a second, gather in a non-news breaking gaiety and observe such event as the World Communications Day. FULL TEXT
CINEMA gives Da Vinci Code Adult Rating
18 May 2006— The Catholic INitiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation (CINEMA), the movie review arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), gave the "Da Vinci Code" an R-18 rating Thursday. FULL TEXT
Archbishop Stresses Challenges
in Formation of Priests in Asia
17 May 2006—Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) focused his attention on the proper formation of priests, as he met on May 15 with clergies from all over Asia. FULL TEXT
New Apostolic Nuncio Arrives Today
16 May 2006—The newly appointed papal nuncio to the Philippines is set to arrive this afternoon, May 16.
According to Rev. Msgr. Jain Mendez, charge d' affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Fernando Filoni will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) around 3:25 p.m. via Thai airlines TG-620. FULL TEXT
CBCP Issues Guide on "Da Vinci Code"
12 May 2006— With the imminent screening of the movie adaptation of best-seller "Da Vinci Code," the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is attempting to educate the cinema-goers before the film is released later this month. FULL TEXT
Church Exhorts Faithful to Build "Civilization of Love"
11 May 2006 - The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on the faithful to build "civilization of love" during the celebration of the Year of Social Concerns at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros yesterday.
In a Pastoral Exhortation, Lagdameo expressed concern over what he called weariness, cynicism and hopelessness among many people. FULL TEXT
Celebration of Social Concerns Year Slated
06 May 2006-- The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the lay faithful to join the celebration of the Year of Social Concerns.
On Thursday, May 11, the CBCP will hold a simple but meaningful celebration in order to highlight the said event. The celebration will be basically a catechetical activity, and will be highlighted with a concelebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral to be presided by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales with the members of CBCP Permanent Council in attendance. FULL TEXT
Jueteng is back for election purposes, says Cruz
5 May 2006—If jueteng is back anew, it's because the next election is drawing near, Archbishop Oscar Cruz said.
As what have been exposed during the Senate Hearing on jueteng last year, he stressed that jueteng money was used to "make a difference in the 2004 national elections, it's not surprising at all that jueteng is once again back in business." FULL TEXT
Church to Train Pro-lifers
5 May 2006—"The faithful become a voice and conscience for a nation, society and family at risk only whey they themselves are guided by Him," Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, Chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) said.
With this, the ECFL and the Legal Office of the CBCP has organized "God is Love and Love is Life," a Pro-Life Training Conference at the Ultra Stadium on June 10-12. FULL TEXT
Laborers deprived of fruit of their Work
April 30, 2006 - This was the statement of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, President of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines, who bewailed that "in the Philippines those who are in the labor force are oftentimes deprived of the just share of the fruits of their work."
In his blog posted on the eve of the celebration of Labor Day, Lagdameo said that the dignity of work comes from the laborers themselves and not from capital which is controlled by capitalists. In line with the thoughts of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines he advances the "priority of labor over capital." FULL TEXT
Prison Reforms Forum Convened
29 APRIL 2006 – Two umbrella groups prominently associated with the CBCP's Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, the Integrated Association of the Philippines (ICAP) along with the Coalition Against Death Penalty (CADP), have conducted Thursday, April 27, a Forum on Prison Reforms with the theme "Renewed Commitment to Reform in Corrections." FULL TEXT
Palma to be installed Archbishop of Palo
28 April 2006—The Archdiocese of Palo will mark another important milestone in its history, a Church official here said.
His Excellency the Most Reverend Jose S. Palma will officially assume his new role as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Palo on May 2, 2006. FULL TEXT
Bishop Villegas rejects STL in Bataan
25 April 2006— Bishop Soc Villegas of the Diocese of Balanga slammed the government's Small Town Lottery (STL) and said he does not want it to operate anywhere in his diocese.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Villegas expressed fear over the spreading of gambling in their province which he described as the "source of corruption in the government." FULL TEXT
Anti-Jueteng Crusade Ups Campaign Vs. STL
26 April 2006 – Dismayed by the government's rather half-hearted stance on eradicating the illegal numbers game of jueteng and as the small-town lottery (STL) is currently in its test run in four areas in Luzon, the Church-based Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng (National Crusade Against Jueteng) has announced today that it is temporarily withholding its annual anti-jueteng crusade awards for this year and is instead launching an even more aggressive campaign against all forms of gambling, legal or illegal, through its newly-formed advocacy named "Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Sugal" (National Crusade Against Gambling). FULL TEXT
CLSP 14th National Convention Kicks off Today
24 April 2006 -- The Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP) officially opened its 14th Annual National Convention today at the Montevista Resort in Pansol, Calamba City.
Hosted by the Diocese of San Pablo, this three-day event which will end up on April 27 focuses on the theme: "Current Issues on Institutes of Consecrated Life in the Church." FULL TEXT
Prison Chaplains' and Volunteers' Conference Set
20 April 2006 -- A three-day conference is set to begin on Friday, April 21, at San Pablo Seminary in Baguio City, aimed at addressing the issues for the effective promotion of humane prison system.
Organized by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC), this first North Luzon assembly will gather around 100 chaplains and volunteers from different arch/dioceses of the region. FULL TEXT
LAGDAMEO: TOBIAS' HOMILY IS PASTORAL
19 April 2006 -- The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has really nothing to apologize to former President Joseph Estrada, Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, CBCP President, said Wednesday.
Lagdameo made the statement in response to Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias' reported apology to Estrada for Church people participation in the EDSA People Power 2. He said that Bishop Tobias could be just showing his expected kindness and consideration to Estrada on the occasion of his birthday. FULL TEXT
Church reiterates call for death penalty abolition
17 April 2006 -- The Catholic bishops hailed the executive commutation of death sentences to life terms but reiterated their call for the government to totally abolish death penalty.
"It is therefore our prayer that it will not only be a presidential humanitarian act, but the Congress itself would abolish capital punishment by legislative act," said Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, CBCP president.
In earlier statements, CBCP has already noted that capital punishment is not a deterrent to the commission of crimes. To address the root causes of criminality such as poverty, immorality and corruption will, in the experience of other countries, lower the incidence of criminality.
"Corruption, immorality and poverty breed criminality," he said. "Therefore, less of these would mean less criminality." FULL TEXT
Work for country's resurrection, Filipinos told
16 April 2006—On Easter Sunday, the whole Christendom celebrates the victory of Christ over death which gave humanity the possibility to rise to a new life with Christ.
But while the foundation of Christ's work of redemption is done, the Filipinos' work for the country's "resurrection" has only begun.
This was according to CBCP President, Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, in his Easter message urging the people to work what Christ has started.
He said that Easter "invites us to overcome all boundaries and hostilities, to become a communion of communities, family of families."
"After Easter, we still have a country to build, because our people are still in mire of Good Friday," Lagdameo said. FULL TEXT
Vatican collection on Holy Thursday to be allocated
for Guinsaugon Victims
11 March 2006— The Holy Father has decided to donate the important Vatican collection of the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday to the mudslide victims in Leyte last February, a Catholic news agency said Monday.
According to Catholic World News (CWN), the "Vatican has announced that during the ritual of the washing of the feet, the faithful will be asked to contribute to the Pope's donation to the reconstruction effort in the Philippines."
"The funds collected will be used to build new dwellings for those families who lost their homes in the catastrophic mudslides earlier this year," the CWN said. FULL TEXT
ECBA heed Pope's call, to train bible apostles
10 April 2006 - Following the Pope's affirmation of the urgent need for a new generation of apostles, the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) is set to teach young ministers who will spread the Gospel to their fellow youth.
On April 24-28, 2006 at the Bukal ng Tipan, Taytay, Rizal, the ECBA will gather ministers from both the Biblical apostolate and youth ministry nationwide for the National Youth Bible Camp II— Minister's Edition.
In collaboration with the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) and Bukal ng Tipan, the event, being a sequel, is open only to those who have undergone the first bible camp held on March 2002. FULL TEXT
Country Faces Credibility Crisis
(03 April 2006) – The Philippines today faces a crisis of credibility - a challenge posed by CBCP President Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo to the country's new generations of leaders.
"We find it difficult to believe in one another or to believe in our leaders," he said to the graduates of Colegio del Sagrado Corazon in Iloilo.
"When a leader says one thing and acts differently from what he had said he would do: that is a failure of in credibility," Lagdameo added. FULL TEXT
CRS to Commit $280,000 to Leyte Victims
(28 March 2006) - The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has announced that it expects to commit more than U.S. $280,000 to help the families of the victims of Guinsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte. More than one-third of this funding has already been raised, said a CRS Staff.
To date, CRS and its partner Caritas are providing rice, sleeping mats, canned goods, soap, and milk children, and among other essentials to the countless families left homeless.
CRS is bringing its shelter expert, Graham Saunders, to the affected region to develop a strategy for relocating more than 300 families to permanent housing. FULL TEXT
Thanksgiving mass for Cardinal Rosales
March 27 - His Eminence, Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, archbishop of Manila, will celebrate a mass of thanksgiving for his elevation to the College of Cardinals on April 1, at 10:00 AM at the Manila Cathedral.
Rosales, who was officially installed as cardinal in a consistory in Rome last March 24, will be back in Manila on Thursday, March 30.
Rosales is also set to have an audience with the Holy Father today at the Pope Paul VI auditorium. FULL TEXT
Pope Benedict Names Iligan Bishop
(March 25, 2005) - The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Rev. Fr. Elenito De Los Reyes Galido as the new bishop of Iligan diocese.
Iligan diocese has no bishop for almost two years now after its prelate, Bishop Emilio L. Bataclan, was appointed as auxiliary bishop of Cebu in June 2004.
Born in Managok, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Galido is 52 years old. He took up his theology studies at St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary in Davao City. FULL TEXT
Davao Archdiocese to host NYD '06
15 March 2006—For the first time, the most prestigious and the biggest gathering of Filipino youth in the country will be held in Mindanao.
The Archdiocese of Davao, considering young people as the greatest resource of the Church and the hope of the nation, will host the 2006 National Youth Day on November 8-12. FULL TEXT
Bishop Bastes Heads Fact-Finding Commission on Mining
14 March 2006— A fact-finding commission has been formed by the government to look into the allegations of health and environment hazards brought by Lafayette mining spills in Rapu-rapu Island, Albay.
The team is headed by Bishop Arturo M. Bastes with Bp. Jose Rojas, Charles Avila, Dr. Rodolfo Tamavo, Atty. Ronaldo R. Gutierrez and other environment experts as members.FULL TEXT
Negros bishops want transparency on mining policy
9 March 2006—Weighed down by the effects of mining to the environment, Negros Island bishops challenged the government to be transparent in its mining policy.
Bishops Vicente Navarra of Bacolod, Jose Advincula of San Carlos, John Du of Dumaguete and Patricio Buzon of Kabankalan issued their collective position against large-scale mining in the country amid its imminent proliferation in Negros. FULL TEXT
Ledesma Named Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro
7 March 2006—Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, as the new Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. He succeeds Archbishop Jesus B. Tuquib whose resignation was accepted by the Holy Father after having reached the age limit of 75. FULL TEXT
Terrorism, Poverty Top Agenda Of Asia Pacific Interfaith Meet
6 March 2006—Daunted by frustrations over poverty and threats to security, various religious leaders from Asia pacific countries have started a 12-day meeting that kicked off Saturday. FULL TEXT
Church Celebrates 20th Migrants' Sunday
03 March 2006 -- The Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will spearhead in the celebration of the National Migrants' Sunday (NMS) on March 5, 2006 at the University of the Assumption in San Fernando, Pampanga. FULL TEXT
CBCP welcomes new Apostolic Nuncio
27 February 2006---On behalf of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, President, has welcomed the appointment by Pope Benedict XVI of His Excellency Archbishop Fernando Filoni as Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. FULL TEXT
GMA's state of emergency draws concern from the Church
24 February 2006---Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, President of CBCP, voiced concern over Malacañang's declaration of putting the entire country under the state of emergency. FULL STORY
CBCP Welcomes Election of Abp. Rosales to the College of Cardinals
23 February 2006 --- Philippine Catholic Bishops' Conference President, Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo today warmly welcomed the election of Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales as a new cardinal. FULL STORY
Hope floats for anti-death penalty advocates
23 February 2006 --- Church-based anti-death penalty organizations expressed strong support for President Gloria M. Arroyo's stand to scrap the capital punishment. FULL STORY
Politics Without Principle is Vain
22 February 2006 --- "If there is no principle (in politics), there is no true worth, nothing you can depend on." FULL STORY
MINDANAO CLERGY TO HOLD 1ST MEDIA SUMMIT
MATI, Davao Oriental (February 22, 2006) -- The clergy of the Archdiocese of Davao, Dioceses of Digos, Tagum, and Mati (DaDiTaMa) is holding a media summit in Mati, Davao Oriental on March 8-10, 2006. FULL STORY
Church sends immediate aid to Leyte victims
21 February 2006 – he catastrophe that hit St. Bernard, S. Leyte is a call for everyone to be concerned, said Fr. Juanito Figura, acting Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). FULL STORY