CBCP clarifies Pope’s stand on same-sex unions

Jodee Agoncillo 10/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis remains consistent with the Catholic perspective on marriage and family, while refusing “to reject those who are unable to enter into marriage and build family because of circumstances in their lives,” the…

Swiss guard with Filipino blood has roots from Bantayan

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Vatican has recently sworn 38 new members of the Swiss Guard, and one of them happened to be of Swiss and Filipino descent with roots in Santa Fe town in Bantayan Island.…

Church starts 200-day online countdown to Christianity’s quincentenary celebration

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/28/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Roman Catholic Church here in Cebu have started the 200-day countdown for the quincentenary celebration of Christianity. The Archdiocese of Cebu, through an online briefing on Saturday, September 26, kicked off the…

CBCP: Going to cemeteries not an obligation

Jodee A. Agoncillo 09/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines — As Metro Manila cemeteries were ordered shut down from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the public to view the “Undas” season with more understanding…

Archbishop Cruz laid to rest in Dagupan

Yolanda Sotelo 08/29/2020

DAGUPAN CITY—When the quake-hit St. John Cathedral here was being restored in mid-1990s, Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz had told reporters touring the church ruins that he wanted to be buried there someday. At 10 a.m. on Friday,…

CBCP calls for noontime prayers starting Aug. 15

Tina G. Santos 08/14/2020

Catholic bishops have urged the faithful to participate in a collective prayer for the “healing” of the nation amid the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The bishops particularly asked the faithful to pray “10 Hail Mary’s daily”…

CBCP: Death penalty not a solution to crime

DJ Yap, Marlon Ramos, TIna Santos 07/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Catholic Church leaders maintained that capital punishment, in whatever form it comes, is never a deterrent to crime. “Studies have proven this time and again,” said Bishop Jose Baylon, who heads the Catholic Bishops’…

‘Sue us’: Bishop defends pastoral letter assailing anti-terror law

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 07/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A Catholic bishop on Monday challenged Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo to file a case over the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) pastoral letter raising concerns over the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Panelo earlier…

CBCP hits anti-terror law, calls for prayers

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 07/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is calling for prayers amid the recent signing of the highly controversial Anti-Terror Act of 2020, saying the return of warrantless detention is reminiscent of the…

Pandemic forces CBCP to cancel next month’s plenary

Doris C. Bongcac 06/06/2020

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — The Secretariat of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has announced on Friday, June 5, 2020, the cancellation of its plenary assembly that was supposed to be scheduled in Manila in…

CBCP issues guidelines for liturgical celebrations

Tina G. Santos - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Catholic bishops have issued guidelines for liturgical celebrations under the “new normal” condition. Davao Archbishop and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Romulo Valles said the Holy Eucharist “is central and…

Lent at the time of COVID-19

Futch Anthony Inso, Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/26/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Like most Catholics in Cebu, Kohleen Yvonne Chong is now preparing herself to take a break from eating pork. This Wednesday, February 26, 2020, hundreds of devotees like Kohleen are expected to flock…

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