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#1 yohan

Posted 01 August 2009 - 12:41 AM

http://news.bbc.co.u...les/1262783.stm

The Philippines has the highest birth rate in Asia, and forecasters say the population could double within three decades.
The church's influence is strong in Asia's largest Catholic nation.

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Some interesting pictures with this link

http://news.bbc.co.u...fic/1901095.stm

http://news.bbc.co.u...fic/7305522.stm

Health officials in the Philippines have issued a warning to people taking part in Easter crucifixion rituals.

They have urged them to get tetanus vaccinations before they flagellate themselves and are nailed to crosses, and to practise good hygiene. On Good Friday dozens of very devout Catholics in the Philippines re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
.....And they advise that the nails used to fix people to crosses must be properly disinfected first. Often people soak the nails in alcohol throughout the year.

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This is an old article (2002), but it seems the problem is everywhere, typically for Catholic priests, worldwide, also in Asia, and especially in Philippines.

http://news.bbc.co.u...fic/2116154.stm

The Philippines Catholic Church has apologised for sexual abuse by hundreds of its priests over the last 20 years.
.....Monday's statement was the first official response from the Church in the Philippines, where at least 85% of the 76 million-strong population is Catholic.
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The Philippines is one of several Asian countries which have been wracked by sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church in the past few months.
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Bishops in Australia and New Zealand have apologised to dozens of victims of sexual abuse carried out by priests and police are investigating several priests in Hong Kong for alleged indecent assault.

#2 yohan

Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:50 PM

Whatever is going on in Philippines, Christianity remains strong.
No way to go without the blessing of the Church.

News are always full with pictures related to the Church, especially when elections are coming.

For example Cardinal Rosales of Manila Cathedral, healing the sick...

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Brother Eddie want to become president of the Philippines - elections will be soon - Monday, 10th of May 2010.

[size="2"]Brother Eduardo "Eddie" Villanueva is the founder of 'Jesus Is Lord Church' [/size]with millions of followers.

It seems he is by far the leading candidate.

http://www.presidenteko.com/poll.php

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The present president cannot run again.

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[size="2"]POPE BLESSES ROSARY -- Pope Benedict XVI blesses Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's rosary during a meeting at the Vatican [/size]

#3 กำนัน

Posted 16 February 2010 - 05:25 AM

I was reading some info on Atheism in the Philippines and it seems that less than one percent of the population claims to be Atheist, and of those, many prefer to describe themselves as Agnostic. The internet encouraged them to speak more openly about their beliefs (or lack of) and it's apparently gaining momentum. I wonder how many there are in reality, but they are either too lazy, or too compliant to admit it openly?

#4 yohan

Posted 16 February 2010 - 05:57 PM

View PostMandrunk, on 16 February 2010 - 05:25 AM, said:

I was reading some info on Atheism in the Philippines ...
For sure not in Cebu, the strongest fortress of Christians in Philippines.

It's totally different from what you see in Thailand. There are no missionaries in Philippines, no proselytism, as there is nobody to convert. All are already Christians. Even conservative Catholicism does not disturb you in Philippines, and there are no Atheists or Agnostics, but these are more or less Filipinos, who are interested in other Christian churches...LDS, Iglesia ni Cristo, Jesus is Lord, Jehovahs, Redemptorists, Presbytarians, etc. etc. etc. up to Billy Graham's show, or Brother Mike and Brother Eddie.

You see, Mandrunk, all what is related to the history of Cebu, you can find in the Church and its archives - like the Cathedral Museum. There is no other way of information, as the Church was doing a lot in the past, what is done today in ward offices. The Church is a part of the daily life, a part of Filipino culture, impossible to ignore.

My fostergirl last year asked me to go with her on Sunday to the Sto. Nino Church - so how can I say NO, and where else can we go in the city anyway? So after church, we went to the book store, and the first book she bought was the Bible because she did not have her own one. She is so happy with that new Bible and a History Book of Cebu, which is starting with planting a cross in 1521, 14th April by Spain...

Her school is also a Catholic school, and in the supermarket in evening when I was going with her to buy some food to bring back home, the cashier was suddenly looking to the ceiling and was starting to pray, because she had to work and could not attend the evening mass. And she was not alone, suddenly the whole department store was like closed for the next 5 minutes....

You have so many religious groups, I never heard about some of them, like this one...

But for sure if you go there to visit them you might have a nice day with young people. It's not only about religion.

http://www.confrater...s.blogspot.com/

http://en.wikipedia....c_Saints<br />
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Edited by yohan, 16 February 2010 - 05:41 PM.


#5 yohan

Posted 26 February 2010 - 05:04 PM

View PostMandrunk, on 16 February 2010 - 05:25 AM, said:

..... it seems that less than one percent of the population claims to be Atheist, and of those, many prefer to describe themselves as Agnostic...
It depends where you are in Philippines,

for sure in Cebu 99 percent are into Christianity, and the huge majority are Roman Catholics...

[attachment=5127:Resize of pope-cebu.jpg]


But not only in Cebu of course, the Catholic Church is always near to you....

These are the 2 female presidents of the Philippines, Aquino and Arroyo... and the Church...


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#6 yohan

Posted 27 February 2010 - 06:23 AM

http://www.asiasenti...=1&limitstart=0

A Birth Control Battle Looms in Manila - A long informative article about Philippine politics and the Catholic Church

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Theocracy is alive and well in the only Catholic nation in Asia, debunking the growing myth that the Catholic Church’s power has waned with the death of Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin. The Philippines is 80 percent Catholic. And, although surveys have shown that there is no Catholic vote, politicians know better. “There may be no solid Catholic vote, but certainly, there is such a thing as Catholic backlash,” said one high-ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.



View Postyohan, on 01 August 2009 - 12:41 AM, said:

http://news.bbc.co.u...les/1262783.stm

The Philippines has the highest birth rate in Asia, and forecasters say the population could double within three decades.
The church's influence is strong in Asia's largest Catholic nation.
Broken link, correct link below, country profil Philippines

http://news.bbc.co.u...les/1262783.stm

http://news.bbc.co.u...fic/4113534.stm

This is about Cardinal Sin, who died 2005.

However despite his death, support for the Catholic Church remains strong among the Filipinos...

He was very active in politics and very powerful.
Every president of the Philippines had to consider his opinion...

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[size="2"]Cardinal Jaime Sin, who has died at the age of 76, was hugely revered. [/size]

[size="2"][/size]Cardinal Sin saw an integral role for religion in politics.

He led peaceful revolts which led to the toppling of two former presidents, Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada.

Cardinal Sin, who suffered from kidney problems and diabetes, retired in November 2004 but he remained arguably the most influential Christian leader in South East Asia.

Former President Fidel Ramos (who clashed with the cardinal over the latter's opposition to birth control), once called him the "divine commander-in-chief".

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In January, 2001, Sin again called on people to gather in peaceful rallies that led to the ousting of President Joseph Estrada, who faced an impeachment trial for alleged corruption.

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Edited by yohan, 27 February 2010 - 06:05 AM.



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