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Random thoughts on historic synod

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Clouds gather over St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, has just finished attending the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops convened by Pope Francis, and shares his thoughts.  AP PHOTO/ANDREW MEDICHINI

I have just finished attending the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, convened by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. It is my duty, as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and as a synodal father, to share with you these thoughts at the conclusion of the synod.

Posted: October 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A kinder Church

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I have been following the ongoing Vatican synod—a gathering of bishops—on the family and have been hopeful that we might see a kinder Catholic Church emerging.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lending an ear, granting a voice

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Excerpts from comments delivered during the launch yesterday of the book “Towards Adult Faith: Essays on Believing” by Asuncion David Maramba.

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Faith and family in the modern world

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Starting today, Oct. 5, Catholic bishops from all over the world are congregating in Rome to discuss for the next two weeks the situation of the family in the contemporary world and the pastoral challenges this poses for the Church “in the context of evangelization.” This extraordinary synod reflects the substance and style of Pope Francis’ leadership of the Catholic Church. It is expressly consultative and collegial. And, judging from the working documents and discussion papers that have been circulated ahead of the synod, the sessions appear to throw open for discussion many Church teachings and practices that have alienated large numbers of the Catholic faithful.

Posted: October 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Tsunami of faith

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By far, the best piece of advice has come from Bishop Pedro Arigo, apostolic vicar of Puerto Princesa. His advice comes in the wake of Leyte’s preparations for Pope Francis’ visit next January. The Vatican has indicated that foremost in the Pope’s itinerary is a visit to the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” Tacloban is preparing to give him a welcome befitting his stature as the head of one of the oldest and biggest churches in the world, the Catholic Church. Indeed, befitting Leyte’s reputation as one of the most grandly hospitable people in the world, devastation notwithstanding, quite apart from being among the most faithful of the world’s faithful.

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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