Rodrigo Duterte

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A girl praying at the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu, Philippines in 2019.

Fearful of world war, Philippines' bishops to join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Voicing concern that the far-away conflict in Europe will have consequences in Asia, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, one... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Filipino bishops condemn country's 'murderous and corrupt public order'

Sep 13, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Three archbishops in the Philippines condemned Sunday what they described as “a murderous and corrupt public order” in the country. Read more

A protest against the Philippine war on drugs outside the Philippines Consulate General in NYC.

Filipino priest to stand trial for sedition charges after speaking out on president’s drug policies

Jan 14, 2021

A Catholic priest in the Philippines is set to stand trial on sedition charges, stemming from his public objections to... Read more

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Catholic bishop laments murder of human rights activist in Philippines

Aug 18, 2020

A Catholic bishop deplored Tuesday the murder of a human rights activist in the Philippines.   Read more

Rodrigo Duterte.

Catholic leaders reject Duterte’s call to revive death penalty in Philippines

Jul 29, 2020

Catholic leaders in the Philippines have spoken out against President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to reinstate the death penalty for illegal... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Catholic bishops: Democracy is being eroded in the Philippines

Jul 20, 2020

The bishops of the Philippines have issued a pastoral letter accusing the government of undermining the country’s democratic institutions.  Read more

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Sedition charges dropped against 4 bishops in Philippines

Feb 12, 2020

The Philipine government has dropped charges against four bishops and two priests who were accused of attempting to overthrow President Rodrigo... Read more

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UN approves investigation into drug war in the Philippines

Jul 12, 2019

The UN Human Rights Council has approved a resolution to launch an investigation into the violent war on drugs taking... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Caritas head applauds Philippines new anti-poverty measure

May 29, 2019

A new law in the Philippines to support those living in poverty has won the praise of Caritas Manila, a... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Duterte open to dialogue with bishops after suggesting Filipinos kill them

Jan 16, 2019

A government spokesman said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is open to dialogue with the country’s bishops, after the president recently... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Duterte: Catholics should pray at home, not pay Church 'idiots'

Nov 26, 2018

The president of the Philippines encouraged on Monday Catholics to build their own chapels, rather than attending Catholic churches.  Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Filipino priest who criticized Duterte says he has gone into hiding

Aug 27, 2018

A Filipino priest who has been an outspoken critic of extrajudicial killings in the country says he has gone into... Read more

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte.

Filipino bishops call for prayer, fasting after Duterte's blasphemies

Jul 9, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The Filipino bishops conference has called for three days of prayer and fasting, about a month after President Rodrigo Duterte... Read more

Filipino bishops support mandatory drug tests for students

Jun 27, 2018

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has expressed support for a proposal by the country’s drug enforcement agency that... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

After calling God 'stupid,' Duterte seeks collaboration with bishops

Jun 27, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

After calling God “stupid,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he will seek to have a dialogue with... Read more

Sr. Patricia Fox walks free from the Bureau of Immigration office in Manila where she was held April 17, 2018.

Australian nun to be deported from Philippines for alleged political activism

Apr 25, 2018

An Australian Catholic nun who has been working as a missionary in the Philippines for nearly 30 years has been... Read more

Sr. Patricia Fox walks free from the Bureau of Immigration office in Manila where she was held April 17, 2018.

Australian nun briefly detained in Philippines for political activism

Apr 17, 2018

An Australian nun was arrested and briefly detained earlier this week in the Philippines as the government cracks down on... Read more

A protest against the Philippine war on drugs outside the Philippines Consulate General in NYC.

Filipino seminarians to drug war victims: we remember you

Nov 5, 2017

Victims of the deadly Philippines drug war deserve to be remembered, said Catholic seminarians as they reaffirmed the need for... Read more

Filipinos protest police and vigilante killings.

Catholic leaders decry brutal police killings in Philippines

Aug 23, 2017

As police and vigilante killings continue under President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal campaign against illegal drugs, Catholic leaders in the Philippines... Read more

Duterte's bloody war on drugs slammed as 'social cleansing'

Jul 23, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and government officials are guilty of “social cleansing” under the guise of a war on drugs,... Read more