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Catholic Bishops Of Philippines Picks New Leader

Catholic Bishops Of Philippines Picks New Leader

 

Catholic bishops of one of the worlds most populous Catholic countries has elected a new president. In a country of about 100 million people, 80 percent of the people of Philippines are Catholics.

The country’s Catholic bishops’ conference recently elected Archbishop Romulo Valles as its new president.

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.

Over 60 percent of Mindanao’s total population is Catholic, while Muslims make up 20 percent. In the past the island has suffered a communist insurgency and an armed Moro separatist movement, Vatican Radio reports. The region is currently suffering an insurgency of Islamic insurgents who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and have captured Marawi City, burning the Catholic cathedral and taking hostage a Catholic priest and several church workers.

Archbishop Valles served as the most recent vice-president of the bishops’ conference. He has chaired the conference’s Commission on Liturgy.

His election took place at the beginning of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ July 8-10 plenary assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of the Manila-area Diocese of Caloocan was elected the conference vice-president.

The newly elected leaders will take office Dec. 1. The Philippines bishops’ conference covers 86 ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

Archbishop Valles’ archdiocese is the home base of controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, a past mayor of Davao City. The president has vocally insulted the bishops who criticized his harsh crackdown on drugs.

In his final keynote as conference president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan stressed the need to reach out to society with an open hand.

“Closed fists do not love; they hurt. Closed fists do not touch, they strike and injure. Closed fists and prayer do not match,” he said.

Without mentioning by name President Duterte, Archbishop Villegas alluded to how the bishops had been “calumniated and slandered.”

“We have been cursed and ridiculed but you our shepherds have chosen to fly high when the mockers of the Church chose to go so low,” he said.

“I know that the values of an open hands, fortitude and listening will be same pastoral tools that we will use to serve and guide the flock of God,” he added.

Archbishop Villegas’ tenure included a massive earthquake in Bohol province and a major typhoon in the Visayas. Pope Francis visited in 2015. The country also hosted the 51st International Eucharistic Congress.

Politically, during the archbishop’s tenure the Philippines bishops clashed with previous president Benigno Aquino over a population control bill and over issues of corruption, Vatican Radio reports.

(See Video)The True Story Behind The Blessed Virgin Mary Statue Found Underwater In Philippines

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Many of you must have seen this viral video of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary underwater.

 

While some of you may be wondering where this is and the story behind it, many others are also spreading false news to its origin and purpose of being there.

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The Mysterious Case Of The Marian Apparitions At Lipa

The Mysterious Case Of The Marian Apparitions At Lipa

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The story of Sister Teresita Castillo and the supposed Marian apparitions of Lipa City, Philippines reads something like a mystery novel.

A negative judgement given in a document signed by local bishops and subsequent suppression of the devotion most likely drove the visionary nun out of the convent.

Years later, some bishops involved in the disapproval of the case allegedly came forward with deathbed confessions, saying they only ruled against the apparitions on threat of excommunication.

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Philippine President Threatens Human Rights Groups With Death

Philippine President Threatens Human Rights Groups With Death

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

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) will multiply.

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