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Free contraception to be offered to the poor in the Philippines

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The Philippines is the only Asia-Pacific country where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the last two decades Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said on Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the Church.






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Understanding the fierce devotion behind the Black Nazarene

For over four centuries, a historical and iconic miraculous statue of Jesus Christ carrying his Cross has become an emblem of passion, struggle and faith for Filipino Catholics. The life-size statue of Jesus is enshrined in the famous minor basilica popularly known as the Quiapo Church, located in the Archdiocese of Manila. The statue has






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Bishops beg Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte to stop murder

“Christ died for the criminals and the victims. The love of God is for all. Our love should be like God’s love. For all, “said Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan at a Dec. 12 prayer rally in San Carlos City “We are not protesting without a solution. We are protesting with an alternative. Reform the






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Philippine capital may suspend Mass for fear of terror attacks

An uptick in terrorist activity may cause Masses and other liturgical celebrations to be suspended in the capital city of Manila, Philippines, the country’s bishop’s conference has announced. “The church, for practical purposes, will be more than willing to suspend any liturgical activity if there are threats to the safety of churchgoers,” said Father Jerome






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‘The priests and nuns will speak out’ – Philippine president threatens humanitarian groups with death

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill human rights activists for interfering with the bloody war on drugs. Duterte warned human rights campaigners on Monday after talking up his controversial war on drugs and encouragement of extrajudicial killings. He stated: “The human rights (defenders) say I kill. I say: ‘Okay, I’ll stop.’ They (drug users)






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‘I apologize profoundly’ – Philippine President releases worldwide apology

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made a worldwide statement Sunday morning to the entire Jewish community. After comparing the Philippines’ anti-drug war to Hitler and the Holocaust. “If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have [me],” Durterte stated. “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews…there’s 3 million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” The






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It’s time to stop patronizing the president and people of the Philippines

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte had a response for the European Union who told him how to run his country. The European Union has expressed concern over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. President Duterte has drawn international criticism for his open season on drug traffickers and dealers. The EU issued a statement asking President Duterte to






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Catholic and Protestant bishops in the Philippines call out for justice

Filipino Catholic and Protestant bishops are seeing a rise in drug-related killings and are asking the government’s anti-narcotic campaign to step in. According to the Catholic Herald, the Ecumenical Bishops Forum previously warned drug killings would only further problems and now noted many of the murdered citizens are “small-time and poor people.” President of the






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