» 12/19/2006, 00.00
World’s first eco-friendly church to be built in a Manila dumpsite
A church made from recycled material is rising among the shanties of Smokey Mountain, a dumpsite in the Philippines capital. The “Church of Hope” will turn waste into fertiliser and other useful materials, helping residents learn how to improve their living conditions.
Card Tagle calls for honour and integrity against rampant corruption
The archbishop spoke before 350,000 people who took to the streets to protest against pork barrel, i.e. the use of public funds to perpetrate abuse and malfeasance. The cardinal calls for more attention to the poor as well as "unity and patriotism" regardless of faith. President Aquino offers to change the way funds are distributed but protesters call it window dressing.
Caritas Manila launches "Community of hope" program against hunger
The 55th anniversary of Caritas Manila is being commemorated with celebrations and with a new program to aid those in need. Collection of things "no longer useful" to raise funds for aid. Tomorrow, 5,000 volunteers will clean the streets, as a sign of concern for society and solidarity.
29/04/2009 PHILIPPINES – ASIA
Climate change “more dangerous” than economic crisis, Asian bank says
The Asian Development Bank calls on South-East Asian countries to adopt “green” policies. Experts predict a GDP loss ranging from 2.2 to almost 7 per cent if appropriate measures are not taken. The Catholic Church urges the faithful to respect the environment.
Marian pilgrimage for conversion, consecration and peace in the country
Filipino bishops declare today, Feast Day of the Holy Name of Mary, a national day of prayer for peace and justice. They call on all the faithful to take part in the third national pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Mediatrix of all Grace.
Mindanao: grenades thrown at a Catholic church, three people wounded
The attack took place yesterday morning during Sunday Mass. The identity of the attackers is still unknown. Police believe the incident is linked to the death of a young Muslim male, who was recently hit in Lanao del Norte by a bus driven by a Christian. The bishop of Malaybalay urges Catholics to pray and not give in to isolated provocations.
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