Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

Catholic Church is Duterte’s strongest opponent Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The Catholic Church in the Philippines is showing itself to be President Rodrigo Duterte’s strongest opponent, criticising and renaming Duterte’s “war on drugs” as “extra-judicial killings”. Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos, where 32 of last week’s 81 victims died, says: “We are all concerned about the number of drug related killings in the province because Read more

Philippines has new bishops’ conference leader Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The Philippines bishops’ conference has elected a new president: Archbishop Romulo Valles. Since 2012 Archbishop Valles, 66, has headed the Archdiocese of Davao, on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. Davao is the largest city in the region. About 80 per cent – or 80 million people – in the Philippines are Catholic. Read more Read more

Marawi conflict not about religion say bishops Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The conflict in the Philippine city of Marawi is not about religion say Filipino bishops. They are urging all faiths to work together. “We heard and read truly amazing stories of how the Muslims protected us and helped Christians avoid an almost certain death. Now Christians are helping thousands of Muslims who have fled from Read more

ISIS desecrate consecrated hosts and church Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

ISIS militants desecrated another Catholic church last week in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. The church is in the village of Malagakit. The crucifix and images of  Our Lady and Christ were destroyed while consecrated hosts were thrown on the floor. Read more Related Posts:ISIS destroy Philippines cathedralArtist who stole and sold consecrated Hosts Read more

ISIS destroy Philippines cathedral Comments 0

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Rampaging ISIS terrorists in the southern Philippine city of Marawi  have desecrated a cathedral and destroyed its holy images. A video posted by the gunmen showed armed men throwing down and stomping on the images of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph and tearing up posters of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI. ISIS Read more

Civilians’ bodies dumped in Marawi Comments 0

Monday, May 29th, 2017

The executed bodies of eight civilians have been found dumped in a ravine outside Marawi City in the Southern Phillipines. Islamist rebels have been occupying the town for several days. Most of the dead were shot in the head. Some had their hands tied behind their backs. Read more Related Posts:Murdered – four more Catholics Read more

ISIS kills, kidnaps priest, parishioners in Philippines Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

ISIS has burned buildings, beheaded a police chief, killed five soldiers and two policemen and kidnapped a priest, parish staff and parishioners in a rampage through Marawi, a mainly Muslim town in the southern Philippines. Further atrocities are emerging as news reports filter out of the region. The militants have raised the black ISIS flag Read more

Religious icons in cars banned Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

An outcry in the Philppines about a new law banning religious icons in cars may be a bit overstated. Amidst a raft of safety measures introduced to stop drivers from being distracted, hanging rosaries and religious icons have been banned from vehicles. Icons that don’t swing around are allowed. Talking or texting on mobile phones, Read more

Archbishop appalled at Catholics behaviour Comments 1

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Philippine bishops’ conference head, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said he is appalled at the way Catholics in the Philippines are behaving. They are making their clergy “martyrs” to harassment on social media and an easy target of trolls who make up lies for the media about them. This is because of the clergy’s continued criticisms to Read more

Duterte’s drug war plants drugs, pays killers Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Two senior police officers in the Philippines say some Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings in President Duterte’s drug war. These same police blame “vigilantes” for the attacks which focus on killing the poor, the senior police officers say. Read more