Nobel Peace Laureate Maria Ressa: Philippines Icon of Press Freedom
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Nobel Peace Laureate Maria Ressa: Philippines Icon of Press Freedom

Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today, has become a symbol of the fight for press freedom in an era of strongmen leaders. The former CNN bureau chief set up news website Rappler in 2012, bringing together multimedia reporting and social media to offer an edgy take on Philippine…

Philippines:Law Protecting Vulnerable Children Approved
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Philippines:Law Protecting Vulnerable Children Approved

The Philippine Senate has finally approved the final draft of a law that is vital to the protection of children and the prosecution of child rapists who were committing the crime with impunity. The Philippine Senate Bill (SB) 2332 is a historic law as it seeks to repeal the penal code that said it was…

Season of Creation: Sinking Cities – Manila
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Season of Creation: Sinking Cities – Manila

“We have felt the continuing and extreme sea level rise in the past decades because of climate change. Now we are being threatened with the sinking of our coastlines and floods that would displace millions of our people and destroy billions in our economy. So please, let us take care of our environment,” – Bishop…

Formation Philippines: Holidays Curtailed by Corona Restrictions
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Formation Philippines: Holidays Curtailed by Corona Restrictions

It has been three years now getting to four years ever since I was with my family. I have been working in the Philippines for over two years now and after all this I was looking forward to going home when the opportunity presented itself. I was due for home leave last year, 2020 and…

Philippines: Bishop Broderick Pabillo Moved to North Palawan
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Philippines: Bishop Broderick Pabillo Moved to North Palawan

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, one of the most courageous voices against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, will now lead the Catholic Church in northern Palawan. The former apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila was installed as the second vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay on Aug. 19. Bishop Pabillo, whose appointment by Pope Francis was announced on June…

Philippines:Island of Panay Overwhelmed by Number of Covid Deaths
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Philippines:Island of Panay Overwhelmed by Number of Covid Deaths

Authorities on one of the Philippines’ major islands says they need help dealing with their coronavirus dead after the only crematorium temporarily stopped accepting more victims after being overwhelmed by bodies. Government and health officials on Panay island in the Visayas region said the number of bodies needing to be buried has risen sharply since the crematorium…

Philipppines: Aglipay and Catholic Reconciliation
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Philipppines: Aglipay and Catholic Reconciliation

The Philippine Catholic Church and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (commonly called Aglipay Chuch) released today (August 03, 2021) a joint statement committing to continue the healing process of the estranged relationships between the two churches.  The IFI is a Christian denomination that broke away from the Catholic Church in 1902 due to alleged mistreatment of…

Philippines: Mill Hill Missionaries Hand Over Historical Parish
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Philippines: Mill Hill Missionaries Hand Over Historical Parish

On 4th of July 2021, Fr. Benny P. Quinto, MHM, the Society Representative in the Philippines, said goodbye to the parishioners of St. John Nepomuceno Parish, Anini-y in the Diocese of San Jose de Antique. He did this on behalf of all Mill Hill missionaries, both dead and alive, who worked in the parish for…

Philippines: New President of Episcopal Conference
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Philippines: New President of Episcopal Conference

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan was elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
 He was elected Thursday,  during the first of the two-day bishops’ online plenary assembly. The 62-year-old has been serving as conference vice president since December 2017, working alongside Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, the outgoing president. Ordained a…

Philippines: Corona Related Mental Health Issues
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Philippines: Corona Related Mental Health Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic does not only bring physical infirmity but affects the total state of wellness of everybody. Nobody is never affected. Nothing is never untouched. The damage is so severe that it brings most governments, civil and religious, to its knees. However, something is being given an utmost important at this pandemic time, “mental…