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Pope Francis celebrates Mass for 500 years of Christianity in Philippines

Pope Francis celebrates Mass to mark the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, and urges Filipinos to renew their commitment to Christ as missionary disciples. By Devin Watkins, Vatican News, March 13, 2021 Pope Francis on... read more

Philippine Bishop decries ‘unreasonable’ restrictions on churches

Bishop Broderick Pabillo criticizes new government restrictions on religious services, as the Bishops’ Conference releases new guidelines for public Masses. By Devin Watkins, Vatican News, My 21, 2020 The Philippines has taken the first, timid steps toward returning to a semblance of... read more

Archbishop Villegas says no to clapping during Mass, a memorial of the Calvary

“We are a Church called together by God, not a self-organized mutual admiration club,” writes the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in his letter for Lent. “The breaking of the Bread is a commemoration of the violent death that the Lord went through. Who claps while others are in pain? It is... read more

Addressing the roots of clergy sex abuse

Priests not capable of change or undergoing therapy are better dismissed from the priesthood By Father Amado L. Picardal CSsR, Crux, June 28, 2019 [This is the final part of a three-part series from Redemptorist Father Amado Picardal on the clerical sex abuse crisis.] At the root of... read more