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Priest turns Pacquiao homecoming into anti-RH bill rally

By Jeannette Andrade, Tina Santos MANILA, Philippines—Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao’s customary thanksgiving Mass at the Quiapo Church upon his return from another successful bout Saturday, turned into a mini protest rally against the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill.

Understanding John Paul II’s beatification

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By John L. Allen, Jr., CNN Senior Vatican Analyst Rome (CNN) – The beatification of Pope John Paul II this Sunday will probably be the biggest event in Rome since his death in April 2005, with at least 300,000 people expected to turn out for the ceremony and more Read more »

‘Excommunication’ Hit

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By Hannah L. Torregoza – Senators on Friday deplored what they said is a “hysterical reaction” of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that threatened to excommunicate President Benigno S. Aquino III and other pro-reproductive health lawmakers for supporting the family planning measure.

In RH war of words, activist confronts bishops in church

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By Pia Faustino – Famed Manila tour guide and reproductive health advocate Carlos Celdran was detained by Manila police on Thursday for disrupting a mass at the Manila Cathedral, where he staged a protest action against the bishops’ opposition to the reproductive health bill.

Candidates Court Philippine Pastor

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Boasting Seven Million Followers, Quiboloy Will Soon ‘Reveal’ Whom God Has Chosen as Country’s Next President By JAMES HOOKWAY DAVAO CITY, the Philippines—The Philippines’ tele-evangelists exert a larger-than-life influence each time elections come around. This year, Filipino presidential candidates are hoping to bag the support of one in particular: Read more »

Church, Constitution and the RH bill

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By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J. Congress is by no means over. It should surprise no one that this is happening; after all, religion and the Constitution, both of which are involved in any evaluation of the bill, are very much at the heart of the life of our Read more »