The case filed against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court in The Hague is a "very good step" toward stopping drug-related killings, a Catholic bishop said.
Eco Catholic: Late March saw an amazing week in the Salvadoran struggle against mining. And we owe much of the magic to Gov. Carlos Padilla from the Philippines.
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.
At the urging of Catholic leaders, El Salvador has passed a law banning metal mining nationwide, making the small Central American country the first in the world to outlaw the industry.
New York -- In response to the pope's Jan. 1 message, advocates for peace-making said nonviolent campaigns are becoming increasingly successful and common, violent insurgencies increasingly rare and unsuccessful.
Philippine House passes measure to reinstate death penalty: "Certainly we are for the campaign against drugs, and we know drugs can have very serious harmful effects on families," said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro. "But also we would like to say that drug offenders should not be subject to the death penalty, because it's not a humane and Christian way of dealing with the problem."
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Philippine cardinal on death penalty: "The death penalty has not reduced crime because it does not solve criminality from its roots," Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said. "To help solve these roots of criminality, the church and the state need to protect and strengthen the basic unit of society, which is the family."
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issues executive order on contraceptives: The Philippine president's executive order that the government begin distributing free contraceptives to the poor by 2018 may face delays because of a pending case before the country's Supreme Court.
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."