N.J. Viehland served as a reporter, Philippine news editor and reporter trainer in her two decades with UCA News. She was head of operations in the Philippines until 2012, when she began freelance reporting on the church in the Philippines and Asia for National Catholic Reporter. In 2014, she joined Global Sisters Report as a correspondent in the Philippines.
Leading Filipino Catholics welcome pronouncements Pope Francis made on contraception, family and marriage when he met with thousands of families in Manila Jan. 16.
Francis reiterated at the Manila meeting the church's teaching on human life, marriage and family promulgated by Pope Paul VI in his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae.
At the same time, the pope "offered leeway" for particular cases where the ban on artificial contraception may not apply, noted Benedictine Sr. Mary John Mananzan.
Pope Francis deeply touched the many Filipinos who came in droves to see the pope who loves children and poor people and embraces the sick and suffering.
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