President Benigno Aquino's coalition scores significant ballot box winners; voter watchdogs have questions about procedures.
Leading church and laypeople have called for faith, hope and vigilance in the homestretch of campaigning for Monday's midterm elections, which could determine whether President Benigno Aquino III's reform agenda moves forward or stalls.
It will also be the second election using the nationwide Automated Election System that caused controversy three years ago, when the accuracy and reliability of the voting machines were called into question.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle kept the spotlight on "God's work of creation" and St. Joseph's role in mission during a Mass on Monday, International Labor Day, ahead of the annual marches and street protests of labor unions.
The first laborer was God, who was "not just sitting pretty" but who busied himself creating heaven, things in the world and human beings, whom he made in his image, Tagle said.
The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said North Korea's recent threats of aggression may be an attempt to shore up foreign aid while preserving pride.
"It is our presumption that they wish to draw out some financial assistance from abroad without conceding their pride or self-esteem," Bishop Peter Kang U-Il of Cheju, South Korea, wrote in an email Tuesday to Catholic News Service.
He said Catholic bishops "feel very sorry" that tension provoked by North Korean threats are making "the whole world very uncomfortable and anxious."
The new law would provide government-funded contraception for the poor and mandate medical care for women who have had abortions, among other provisions.
Philippine Catholic leaders said they would appeal to the Supreme Court if the Reproductive Health Bill -- versions of which have passed the House and Senate -- gets signed into law.
Updated Dec. 17: The Philippine House and Senate have passed legislation that will promote artificial contraception as a family planning method, despite bishops' opposition.
In an increasingly modern and progressive Indian society, there is concern over the dampening missionary spirit among the country's religious men and women.
Cardinal-designate Tagle will be ‘clear and articulate’ voice of Asian bishops, a true 'servant-leader,' fellow archbishop says.
There was much rejoicing in the Philippines when Cardinal-designate Luis Antonio Tagle opened the Year of Faith in Manila over the weekend.