Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

Philippine diocese becomes first to switch to solar power Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

The Vatican has praised a Philippine diocese for becoming the first in the entire Catholic Church to adopt renewable energy. Vatican officials have released a document offering a guide for Catholics on how to take care of the earth as God’s creation and man’s “common home,” citing the diocese’s response to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Read more

Bodies ‘piling up’ at Philippine hospital amid pandemic Comments 0

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

A leading hospital in Philippine capital Manila is struggling to store unclaimed bodies of patients amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Journalist Arnold Clavio on April 11 posted on social media that bodies have been “piling up” in the hallway of a “certain hospital in Metro Manila.” Clavio did not disclose his source or the name of Read more

Virus-hit Philippines calls off ritual crucifixions Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The Philippines’ crucifixion reenactments will be canceled this year as coronavirus cases climb, said authorities in the city where the annual tourist spectacle is held. About a dozen Catholics regularly have themselves nailed to wooden crosses on Good Friday as penance for their sins. The event attracts thousands of tourists. This year’s rituals were planned Read more

Philippine President Duterte: No Need to Celebrate Arrival of Christianity Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stated that there is no need to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Catholic majority country in 2021. Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony in the City of Naga, Cebu, Duterte linked the arrival of Christianity to colonialism. “Why would I celebrate the arrival of the Spanish here? Why would I?” Read more

Philippine bishops decry China’s ‘continuous bullying’ Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019

At least three Filipino Catholic bishops have joined growing protests in Manila against what they described as China’s “continuous bullying of the Philippines.” Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat and the abandonment of its crew by a Chinese vessel last week was a “manifestation” of China’s lack of Read more

Bishops push Filipinos to cast Catholic vote Comments 0

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte’s attacks against God, the Church and its bishops are driving Filipino Catholics to cast votes for candidates not allied with the administration. Duterte earlier drew flak for calling God “stupid”, for cursing at Pope Francis and for issuing death threats against Roman Catholic bishops who allegedly plotted to oust him. By attacking Read more

Duterte threatens people who threaten priests Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

People who threaten priests in the Philippines may attract the wrath of their president. After calling the country’s Catholic bishops “useless fools” who should be “killed,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has now warned anyone against harming priests and prelates. The president made the warning after being told that people close to his family have threatened Read more

Philippines one of the great Catholic nations Comments 0

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Pope Francis says Philippines is among the great Catholic nations in the world. He made the statement in his letter of appointment for Osaka Archbishop Thomas Manyo Cardinal Maeda as his envoy to the upcoming 60th anniversary celebration of the Manila Cathedral. Read more Related Posts:Fourteen new cardinals namedSwedish Lutheran cathedral hosting MassThe pope is Read more

President says pray at home, don’t pay idiots at church Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte is urging Filipinos to pray at home instead of going to church. “When someone is baptised, you have to pay…when someone dies, you have to pay,” he says. “Build your own chapel in your own house and pray there. You don’t have to go to church to pay for these idiots,” he is Read more

Stolen church bells being returned Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Following repeated requests from the Philippines, the Balangiga church bells US troops stole as war booty after the 1901 Balanginga Massacre are to be returned. The massacre occurred during the Philippine-US War (1899-1902). At present, two of the bells are displayed at the US 11th Infantry Regiment’s former base at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base. Read more