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Filipinos warned against making money out of 'miracles'


Philippine church leaders have warned the faithful against making money out of reported "miracles" and "apparitions" of Mary.

Fr. Melvin Castro, director general of the Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, noted that stories of weeping images of the Jesus' mother had surfaced in the media.

The stories followed a church declaration that a reported apparition of the Mary in the province of Batangas in 1948 has a "supernatural character."

Philippine bishops mull establishment of climate change desk

Philippine bishops meeting in Manila will decide whether or not to establish a "climate change desk," part of a push by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.

The federation wants each bishops' conference in 22 countries to set up such a desk to support action plans to mitigate the impact of climate change and also study Pope Francis' “Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home” encyclical.

Philippines not likely to recognize same-sex marriage, spokesman says


The predominantly Catholic Philippines, a U.S. colony for 50 years, is not likely to recognize same-sex marriage despite its legalization in the United States.

"Our laws are clear. The Family Code only recognizes the marriage between a man and a woman," presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma Jr. said two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States.


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