Christian leaders concerned over Aquino-rebel talks

MANILA – A “secret” meeting between Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Moro rebel leaders has not gone down well among Christian leaders, who say transparency and consultation is the way to lasting peace in the country.Mr Aquino met Al Haj Murad Ibrahim, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in Tokyo on Aug 4 [...]

Aquino willing to ‘risk excommunication’

MANILA – Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he is willing to risk excommunication from the Catholic Church rather than scrap the so-called Responsible Parenthood Bill, reported the Asian Church news agency UCA News.“I remain committed to pushing for the introduction of a law for responsible parenthood … at risk of excommunication, it is my obligation [...]

Philippine bishop rejects Aquino’s gambling-sourced fund

MANILA – A bishop in the northern Philippine city of Baguio has rejected President Benigno Aquino III’s offer of using gambling money for economic development.“I told President Aquino we oppose casino and all forms of gambling,” said Bishop Carlito Cenzon of Baguio in an interview with Church-run Radio Veritas 846.Bishop Cenzon said the president (right) [...]

Bishops offer Mass and list of priorities for President Aquino

Manila (Agenzia Fides) – Carry out the long-awaited land reform; reject the document on sexual and reproductive health; eradicate nepotism and corruption from government; ensure food security in the country…These are some of the requests that were submitted by the Filipino bishops to President-Elect Benigno Aquino who yesterday, June 30, was sworn into office. [...]