Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

Church slams World Bank for funding coal projects in Philippines

Monday, April 29th, 2024

Church leaders and climate activists have found fault with international lending agencies, including the World Bank, for funding fossil fuel and coal projects in the Philippines. “We stand in solidarity with the communities which are hit by coal power projects,” said Father Warren Puno, director of the Ministry of Ecology in south-central Luzon. “This is Read more

Appeal for eliminating teen pregnancies in the Philippines

Monday, March 4th, 2024

A global child rights organisation has urged the government to curb early and unintended pregnancies among teenagers in the Philippines, which has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Asia. Save the Children Philippines drew attention to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recording 3,135 cases of adolescent pregnancies among young girls aged 10-14 in Read more

Unvaxxed Filipinos banned from entering cemeteries

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

The government and authorities in the Philippines have prohibited unvaccinated people from entering several cemeteries during the observance of All Souls Day to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Santo Tomas cemetery in Daet province, southern Luzon, and the Holy Redeemer cemetery in Benguet province, northern Luzon, have made it mandatory for visitors to carry Read more

Nuns in the Philippines denounce terrorism charge

Monday, August 22nd, 2022
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Catholic nuns from a missionary order in the Philippines are facing charges of financing terrorism and violating the country’s anti-terrorism law. The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) have made a statement denouncing the criminal charges filed by the country’s Department of Justice. None of the allegations and charges were based on solid evidence. They Read more

Philippine Church ordains three brothers

Monday, September 13th, 2021

An ordination ceremony in the Philippines’ Mindanao region proved to be a real family affair when three brothers were ordained into the priesthood at the same time. Jessie, Jestonie and Jerson Avenido, members of the Sacred Stigma of our Lord Jesus Christ congregation, an Italian order, were all ordained priests by Archbishop Jose Cabantan of Read more

Philippines: Diocese plants 60000 trees in one day

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Thousands of priests and religious, families, young people and children, planted more than 60000 trees on Sunday, in parishes across the Diocese of Tagbilaran, in the central Philippine province of Bohol as part of their Season of Creation. Bishop Alberto Uy of Tagbilaran said they planted a variety of fruit-bearing and hardwood trees. The initiative Read more

Philippine diocese becomes first to switch to solar power

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

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

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

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