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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CARITAS SHELTERS RISE IN DAVAO ORIENTAL

    April 12 and 13, 2013 marked significant events for Barangays Aragon and Poblacion in Cateel and Barangay Sibajay in Boston, Davao Oriental, which were devastated by Typhoon Bopha last December 2012. Bishop Patricio H. Alo of the Diocese of Mati, Davao Oriental, led three groundbreaking ceremonies in the municipalities of Cateel and Boston for the construction of transitional shelters, much to the joy of the affected communities. It is expected that 128 families will benefit from Caritas Shelter units in Barangay Aragon, 65 in Barangay Poblacion and 50 in Barangay Sibajay, Boston. The said events, organized by the…

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PRIEST: ‘THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH OUR POLITICS’

“Sino ba ang pinipili ng tao? (Who are being chosen by the people?)” This was a striking question during an interview with Fr. Edu Gariguez, CBCP-NASSA Executive Secretary right after the election symposium entitled “Simbahan at Halalan 2013” held at the Caritas Manila last April 22 in cooperation with Radyo Veritas. “Ang realization dito ay may maling kamalian sa ating electoral o political system na yung mga karapat dapat na mga kandidato, ay parang napakaliit ang tsansang mahalal samantalang yung mga kandidatong may pera, maimpluwensya at TRAPO na naroon din, nakadikit din sa political dynasty ang siyang mas may kakayahang,…

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NASSA’S PRIORITY IS THE POOR -PRIEST

The main concern of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace is to lend a hand to the poor people and giving more attention to those who are in deep need, according to Executive Secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez. “It is seemingly pleasant to think as we journey to the different areas in the country, we get more motivated not just by helping others but seeing those people living simply in contentment will surely give inspiration on how our Church will make move for those who are in remote areas,” Gariguez said in an interview with the Church-run…

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CARITAS MANILA HELPS RESTORE DIGNITY OF NBP INMATES THROUGH ART

In cooperation with Shangri-la EDSA Plaza, Caritas Manila will hold a 3-day Art Exhibit at the Level 3 of the Shangri-la Plaza Mall on April 12 to 14, 2013. Dubbed as “Restoring Dignity Through Art”, Caritas Manila showcases art pieces and products made by inmates from the National Bilibid Prison and urban poor communities being assisted through its Livelihood and Restorative Justice (RJ) Programs. Featuring pyrography on wood as the inmates’ art medium, proceeds of the sale will financially support their families. Such empowerment helps restore their dignity despite serving time for their offenses. Strengthening its Social Entrepreneurial Program, these…

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BENEDICT XVI ON CONDOMS AND AIDS

By Rev. James McTavish, FMVD, MD   “…..Many blame the Church for its lack of support for condom initiatives. However, a 2001 report from the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Philippines clearly stated that it is highly unlikely that the church’s position constrains condom use among high risk groups. It is difficult to conceive of a sex worker engaged in this activity who refuses to use a condom because of religious proscription…..”   Father James McTavish, FMVD, MD, is a Catholic missionary priest with the Verbum Dei missionaries and is currently in Manila, Philippines. He is involved in…

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PASTORAL LETTER ON CACERES VOTERS EDUCATION PROGRAM 2013

By His Grace ROLANDO J. TRIA TIRONA, O.C.D., D.D. Archbishop of Caceres Sunday, 24 March 2013 Pilgrim City of Naga   A Catholic Vote is a free, informed and evangelized conscience vote.     Dearest brothers and sisters!   “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”   Today, we launch the Voters Education Program of the Archdiocese of Caceres. This is our firm and resounding response to the challenge of our faith. As disciples of Christ, it is impossible for us to follow the path of holiness if we turn a…

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SAC Zambales holds seminar on alternative herbal medicines

A two day seminar on Alternative Herbal Medicines was held at the Wimpy’s Travel Lounge in Olongapo City led by the Social Action Center of Zambales in coordination with the BEC-Based Integral Evangelization Program of the CBCP-NASSA on February 25-26. The activity had 18 participants consist of the Basic Ecclesiastical Committee leaders, animators and local health committee members gathered to learn the different aspects of herbal medicines. Resource speakers was Adela M. Lagman, Training Specialist II of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) The participants learned about the “10 Medicinal Plants” approved by the Department of…

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POSITION PAPER FOR THE SENATE HEARING OF COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES, ON THE ISSUE OF PHILEX MINE WASTE SPILL

19 March 2013 Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP–NASSA) Mining or extractive industry can be destructive to the environment – “Our experiences of environmental tragedies and incidents with the mining transnational corporations belie all assurances of sustainable and responsible mining that the government is claiming. Increasing number of mining affected communities, Christians and non-Christians alike, are subjected to human rights violations and economic deprivations. We see no relief in sight” (CBCP, A Statement on Mining Issues and Concerns, January 29, 2006). The Church challenges the government policy on mining and categorically declares that:…

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