NCR Today: Pope Francis confirmed that he wants to visit the Philippines and Sri Lanka for two days in January, although neither bishops' conference has heard from him yet.
Religious of the Cenacle Sr. Malen Java Java presented on the topic “Faces of the Family: The Overseas Filipino Workers Challenge” on the first day of the four-day conference organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. She discussed the plight of families whose members are scattered in different countries because that is where they can find temporary work.
Benedictine Sr. Edita Eslopor and fellow Typhoon Haiyan survivors gained Cardinal Luis Tagle’s support for their effort to press the Philippines government for more efficient and humanitarian response to the crisis left by the devastating typhoon that hit the central Philippines in November.
Thousands of Catholic celebrated the reopening of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday after a two-year restoration project.
The Philippine Supreme Court ruled a reproductive health law constitutional Tuesday and declared it effective immediately.
But in rendering the decision, the court also struck down some provisions of "The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012," leading an official of the bishops' conference to call it a "partial victory."
A Catholic priest who has built up a huge global following for his healing ministry has announced he will celebrate his final healing Mass in Cavite province on Easter after the collapse of a deal to build a massive Marian shrine there. The primary donor questioned financial management of his ministry's foundation in charge of the project.
Decades of bloody conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives was declared over when the Philippine government on Thursday signed a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Hundreds have been killed in the Philippines allegedly by members of the security forces since 2001, including the brother of retired Archbishop Fernando Capalla.
Under international pressure and after two days of interrogation, Sri Lanka released Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and human rights worker Ruki Fernando.
The arrests Sunday of human rights defenders Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and Ruki Fernando in Sri Lanka was called "arbitrary" by Amnesty International and other groups.