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Church must reach out to gays, divorced, Philippine bishop says

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The church must widen its reach to gays and divorced Catholics, said the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, in an Oct. 21 statement after the Synod of Bishops on the family, called for a merciful approach to ministering to the faithful by emulating Christ and not casting stones at sinners.

Caritas Manila, CRS send aid to communities flooded by tropical storm

Catholic aid agencies were involved in efforts to help people who were flooded out of their homes by a tropical storm in the northern Philippines.

A downpour inundated Manila and surrounding communities for 24 hours starting Thursday evening. Forecasters expected that the heavy rain would continue through Saturday.

Emergency response officials said 25 percent of the capital region was under water and nearly 500,000 people were affected by the twin impact of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong and late-summer monsoons.

Nuncio warns against scams as church officials gear up for papal visit

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The papal nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, has asked the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines to warn the public about the unauthorized sale of tickets to Masses and events during Pope Francis' visit to the country next year.

In a letter addressed to bishops' conference president Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pinto talked of the "unpleasant information" the nunciature has received about groups who might wish "to take advantage of the papal visit to exploit innocent people and enrich themselves."

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