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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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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Aquino lacks political will for land reform – priest

MANILA, Feb.  6, 2014—The huge backlog in land allocation and distribution show the Aquino administration’s lack of political will to implement land reform, the Church’s social action arm said Fr. Edu Gariguez of the National Secretariat for Social Action—Justice and Peace (Nassa) said the government has not done enough to cause genuine agrarian reform in the country. “The issue lies in the [lack of] political will and the resolve of the Aquino government to pursue this social reform agenda,” Gariguez said. Around 200 farmers from different provinces picketed the Department of Agrarian Reform on Tuesday to protest the agency’s “effectiveness” in…

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PRIEST URGES VOTERS NOT TO VOTE ANGARA CLAN

A Catholic priest called on voters to reject senatorial candidate Sonny Angara and his clan during an interview after attending the Simbahan at Halalan, Talakayan sa Bayan Election Symposium as one of the panelists last April 22. Fr. Edu Gariguez Executive Secretary of CBCP-NASSA want Angara’s out of the Senate only to stop the Aurora Pacific Economic and Freeport Zone (APECO) from depriving the rights of the Casiguran constituents from consuming their own land in Aurora Province. He emphasized that Angara’s APECO Project was mainly to protect their family’s’ personal interest and that political dynasty is there as “Sonny Angara” runs for the…

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