Following the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral in Mindanao, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines condemn violent extremism. They urge peace-loving Christians, Muslims and Indigenous peoples to join hands.
Philippine Bishops say No to Death Penalty The Catholic Bishops of the Philippines oppose calls for restoration of the death penalty in their country. In a statement issued on 14 September 2016, Archbishop Socrates Villegas asks Catholic law-makers not to support any attempt to restore the death penalty. Speaking on behalf of the Catholic Bishops […]
Catholic Bishops react to Extrajudicial Killings Archbishop Socrates Villegas’ pastoral appeal to law enforcers calls for an end to extrajudicial killings. Archbishop Villegas is Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan, and president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. He was speaking in the wake of a spate of extrajudicial killings of people accused or suspected […]
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has issued a pastoral statement called Striving for a Just Peace, the Moral Road, setting out a moral vision for a Bangsamoro Basic Law. It acknowledges grievances and the mistrust that has built up between the Muslim minority in Mindanao and other actors, and points out principles for […]
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has declared 2015 the Year of the Poor. It is part of a nine-year preparation for the 500th anniversary of the first Mass and baptism in the Philippines. You can read their opening message for the Year of the Poor here. They invite us to look at Jesus […]