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Is Catholic Church’s influence in Philippines fading?

via bbc.com – The Catholic church plays a powerful role in the Philippines but last month it lost a significant battle in its bid to prevent a government-backed family planning programme. Aurora Almendral asks if the church is losing its grip on the islands. In the last five years, Jennievic Read more »

Pope Francis I

By RUSSELL GOLDMAN (@GoldmanRussell) March 13, 2013 Taking the name Francis, after the saint who ministered to the poor, Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first Latin American to lead the Catholic Church, has earned a reputation for living the simple, quiet life of his namesake. Bergoglio, 76, is the Read more »

Ivory Worship – The Philippines Connection

In an overfilled church Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, one of the best known ivory collectors in the Philippines, leads an unusual rite honoring the nation’s most important religious icon, the Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu). The ceremony, which he conducts annually on Cebu, is called the Hubo, Read more »

Bishop says contraception is corruption

By Kristine L. Alave — The Catholic clergy blasted President Benigno Aquino Saturday for his support of the reproductive health bill, saying it undermined his promise to the people to stamp out corruption in the Philippines. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, in a message read by former Read more »

P-Noy’s Holy Week message: Pause, reflect

Photo by Miguel Candela via flickr By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino called on Filipinos to use the Holy Week break as an opportunity to pause and reflect on “where we want to go” as individuals and as a nation, bearing in mind the Read more »

Contemplating Holy Week

Photo and Post by Karlos Manlupig via facebook FILTHY HYPOCRITES. As I was shooting in Davao City’s San Pedro Cathedral during the observance of Good Friday, I noticed a Tagalog speaking man instructing this security guard to throw out a half-naked man who is silently kneeling and praying inside Read more »