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… Read More »No to Restoration of the Death Penalty
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… Read More »Extrajudicial Killings condemned by Philippine Bishops
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,… Read More »Philippine Bishops Strive for a Just Peace
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… Read More »Year of the Poor in the Philippines
The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says that the independence of the judiciary is important for safeguarding people’s rights. His statement is here. How might political pressure on judges compromise people’s human rights? How should members of the judiciary be held accountable? Do you think the… Read More »Safeguard Human Rights