Strokes of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking in Manila

The Manila leg of “Sounds, Strokes and Scribbles (SSS) of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking” was held on Saturday, 22 November 2014 afternoon at 6/F Benedict Building of Quiapo Church. Through the support and assistance of MAPSA, as well Talitha Kum and Network of Families Living in the Street, seventy-three (73) participants from 5 Catholic Schools (Paco, Ermita and San Isidro Catholic Schools; Espiritu Santo and San Diego Parochial Schools) one Barangay (Talayan) and one partner organization (Kariton Empowerment Center) participated. This is the third and last leg of the Strokes (Poster making contest) component of the SSS to…

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Invitation to join “SSS of the Soul to fight Human Trafficking”

“Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity, a disgrace to our society which calls itself civilized.” – Pope Francis Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. It forces victims into prostitution, involuntary servitude, unpaid labor, debt bondage and the illicit sale and harvesting of organs, as well as forces victims to perform sexual acts for pornography. Global Slavery Index of 2013 reveals that 140,000-160,000 Filipinos have been reduced to slavery, and 60,000–100,000 children are sexually exploited. Most vulnerable are women and children, and those who are poor, ignorant and desperate enough to take risk to feed their families. As such, our Holy…

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Strokes of the Soul to fight Human Trafficking spearheaded in QC

The first PIMAHT activity for the “Sounds, Strokes and Scribbles (SSS) of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking” – led by CBCP (represented by NASSA and Talitha Kum Philippines) – was held at St Peter’s Parish: Shrine of Leaders, Quezon City on 17 October 2014.   One hundred youth members (81) and leaders (24) of various parishes and schools (Batasan Hills National High School, FEU-NRMF, Dona Rosario High School, Tala High School, Women and Children’s Rights Advocates (WCRA), Brgy Bagong Silangan Elementary School, PUP, Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), H. Bautista Elamentary School, Puso sa Puso…

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“Do Justice, Love Kindness” this National week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty

  “Do Justice, Love Kindness” (Micah 6:8) – the Year of the Poor campaign slogan – challenges us to remember Jesus, not to see poverty as just numbers or statistics, but see as Jesus sees every human face, especially our brothers and sister suffering from poverty in the forms of oppression, ignorance and injustices,” CBCP-NASSA Archbishop Rolando Tirona reminds fellow Bishops as a commemoration of the national Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.   October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty designated by United Nations since 1993.  This year’s theme: “To think, decide and act together against…

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Year of the Poor and Alay Kapwa 40 Launching

October 6, 2014 YEAR OF THE POOR in 40 YEARS OF ALAY KAPWA: “Do justice and Love kindness” As we continue our 5th centenary journey to the new evangelization, we are strongly confronted with the sad reality of poverty and injustice in the Philippines, many remains to be materially poor. The challenge for the Church in the Philippines to be a Church of the Poor as demanded by the PCP II is even more valid as before. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) officially declared 2015 as the YEAR OF THE POOR inspired with the theme from the…

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Reminder for the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty (17 October)

October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty designated by United Nations since 1993.  This year’s theme: “To think, decide and act together against extreme poverty” calls for the need to include people living in poverty as partners in building our understanding and knowledge of more sustainable forms of development.  While the UN urges local, national and international institutions to create genuine participatory mechanisms, with accountability and grievance mechanisms at all levels, it is also the time for us to prepare to enter the Year of the Poor in November 2014 – the third of the…

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Church to celebrate mass with workers, laity on Labor Day

Catholic Bishops, instituting a new tradition, will celebrate Holy Mass with workers, farmers and fisherfolks on Labor Day at the historic Church of Quiapo, whose regular churchgoers are composed mainly of toiling masses. Dubbed the Concelebrated Mass for the Working People at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the Holy Eucharist will be concelebrated by the clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila, and will be led by Bishop Jesse E.  Mercado, D.D., the National Director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines(CBCP) Commission on the Laity. “We certainly believe that these heroes, the farmers, fisher folks and laborers…

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NASSA, PhilamLife to train dioceses in skills development

MANILA, Jan. 24, 2014—The National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference has partnered with PhilamLife Foundation in training diocesan partners to acquire new skills for development. In a memorandum of agreement signed on January 21 with NASSA, Philam Foundation, Inc (PFI) agreed to have its employees from different departments to help NASSA, including the Social Action Centers in all dioceses to acquire and develop new skills on financial management, marketing strategies, communication development, training and other skills needed. Maximillan G. Ventura, PFI Executive Director, said that together with CBCP-NASSA, PFI envisions an empowered Filipino society. “CBCP-NASSA has…

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SPIRITUALITY, ECOLOGY, STEWARDSHIP

A talk on Spirituality, Ecology and Stewardship was given to Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) by Fr. Edwin Gariguez (extreme right), executive secretary of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) together with the well-known songwriter-musician Gary Granada (5th from left) on June 11. (SocialActionNews)

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2013 ELECTION : QUESTIONABLE

 Statement of the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) The recent mid-term national election makes a mockery of our democracy.  Reports of rampant and large scale vote-buying, disenfranchisement of voters, malfunction of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, corrupted Compact Flash (CF) cards, transmission failures and the non-compliance on the election laws by the Commission on Election (COMELEC) which is mandated to manage and protect the electoral processes, create public mistrust among the Filipinos, thus making questionable the authenticity of the result of the 2013 automated election. Even before election, the refusal of COMELEC to allow interested parties to review the…

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