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August, 2017

Philippine Bishops alarmed by high ‘war on drugs’ deaths

August 23, 2017 ·  By


Catholic bishops expressed serious concerns after the Duterte administration’s intensified campaign that has left at least 81 people dead in four days— 32 of them from the simultaneous police raids in Bulacan province on Tuesday, the highest death toll in a day in the government’s war on drugs. Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos said they […]


Pope: Everyone has a duty to protect children

August 23, 2017 ·  By

Pope Francis greets a child at a General Audience. On International Missing Children's Day, the Holy Father reminded everyone of the duty to protect children, especially those most at risk. - ANSA

(Vatican Radio) “It is a duty of everyone to protect children, especially those exposed to elevated risk of exploitation, trafficking, and deviant conduct.” That was the message of Pope Francis for International Missing Children’s Day at his General Audience on Wednesday. Missing Children’s Day was established in the United States by President Ronald Reagan in […]


Kalookan bishop slams killing of 17-year-old boy in drug war

August 22, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

NO TO KILLINGS. Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the killing of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos at the hands of the police 'is one very specific case of abuse.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Who needs martial law if our police would behave this way?’ says Kalookan Bishop Pablo David, citing other alleged abuses by the police MANILA, Philippines – Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David slammed the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old student shot by the police after he allegedly fought back during anti-drug operations in […]


Bishops voice outrage at Duterte plan to scrap rights body

August 22, 2017 ·  By

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to close the country’s Commission on Human Rights during his State of the Nation Address on July 24. (Photo by Richard Madelo)

Philippine president wants to do away with human rights commission after it critcized drugs war At least two Catholic bishops have attacked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after he announced he intends to abolish the country’s human rights commission. Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said the president was “out of his mind.” In his State of […]


Pope Francis says sexual abuse by priests is an ‘absolute monstrosity’ in new book

August 22, 2017 ·  By Reuters for

Pope Francis made the comments in a foreword to a book by Daniel Pittet, who was abused by a priest. Photograph: ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

In foreword to memoir by survivor of clerical abuse, pope promises action but critics say he has not done enough to hold perpetrators to account Pope Francis has branded sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests a “monstrosity” and pledged action against perpetrators and bishops who protected them. The pope made the comments in […]


Pizza and crisps makers urged to reduce fat to tackle childhood obesity

August 22, 2017 ·  By Denis Campbell for

PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie said a third of children are leaving primary school overweight. Photograph: Martin Lee/Rex Features

Public Health England widens focus from cutting sugar as children are copying adults in consuming too many calories per day Public health bosses are urging food manufacturers to make chips, pizzas, crisps and burgers healthier, opening a second front in efforts to tackle childhood obesity. Public Health England wants to go further than the focus […]


CA rejects Taguiwalo as DSWD chief

August 22, 2017 · 

REJECTED. Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo respond to questions in her final confirmation hearing on August 16, 2017. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Editors’ Note: In relation to this report, Rappler apologizes for mistakenly publishing the draft of a story – “Duterte to appoint Nikki Prieto-Teodoro as DSWD chief” – that was still being verified. We have taken down the post. Please see our “Corrections” page for August 2017. MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Commission on Appointments […]


The Scourge of HIV, the Internet and Sex Tourism

August 18, 2017 · 

Germany's Escort Girls Anticipate Increasing Demand During World Cup

The Scourge of HIV, the Internet and Sex Tourism Fr. Shay Cullen 17 August 2017 It was a day of courage and resilience for Isabel, a 14-year old child who could not endure the pain and hurt and fear of sexual abuse by her grandfather any longer. Despite threats against her and her sister, she […]


Info: Bird-Flu Philippines

August 18, 2017 · 


Dear colleagues, After crosschecking with the medical department in Eschborn and an interest regarding the bird flu cases kindly see the below links for your information: As you probably know the Department of Agriculture ordered the slaughter of about 200,000 birds due to an avian flu epidemic at several poultry farms in Pampanga province, about […]


President Trump gave the most disgusting public performance in the history of the American presidency

August 18, 2017 ·  By David Rothkopf for


Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon gave the most disgusting public performance in the history of the American presidency. Framed by the vulgar excess of the lobby of Trump Tower, the president of the United States shook loose the constraints of his more decent-minded advisers and, speaking from his heart, defended white supremacists and by extension, […]

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