The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines assured the government that the country's church leaders are not against President Rodrigo Duterte.
Calling the Philippines' current situation "grave," Fr. Shay Cullen acknowledges the dangers of speaking out, but says, "We have to stand by the principles we declare we believe in."
As Filipinos remembered their departed on All Souls' Day, church leaders called for prayers for those who fell victim in the government's all-out war against illegal drugs.
The country's Catholic bishops urged voters to reject "notoriously corrupt" politicians running in next year's national elections in a pastoral letter sent to parishes.
The bishops, in the letter read at Masses Sunday, also sought to remind the voters that voting was not merely a political right, but "a moral obligation," reported the Asian Catholic news portal ucanews.com.
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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During a meeting with families, the pope praised his predecessor Paul VI, who wrote Humane Vitae and "had the strength to defend openness to life."
Pope Francis also addressed climate change, interreligious dialogue, and his safety aboard the papal plane to Manila, the Philippines.
Pope Francis stresses the same things as Asian bishops stress: dialogue, intercultural dialogue, interreligious dialogue, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo says.
Pope Francis returns to Asia this week, where crises are priming the ground for the kind of church he is working to grow.