Philippine bishops to decide whether to establish climate change desk

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — 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…

Philippine trip highlights pope’s tenacity, attention to details

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — New situations are opportunities to learn new things, even about the 78-year-old Pope Francis. After two days of watching the pope tenaciously keep his appointments in the Philippines despite pouring rain Jan. 17-18, one lesson is that the papal wardrobe needs to be expanded to include rain gear. A white umbrella…

Exuberant crowds greet pope in unofficial welcome to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Although it was not called a welcoming ceremony, Pope Francis was greeted by government and church officials and an exuberant crowd Jan. 15 at Manila’s Villamor Air Base. The pope arrived 13 minutes earlier than scheduled at the base near Manila’s international airport following a six-hour flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka,…

Waiting for the pope, Philippine family reflects on dreams, blessings

ANTIPOLO, Philippines (CNS) — Domingueto and Olimpia Ranola are proud of their daughter, Maricel, the only one of their nine children to go to college and one of the few young people from San Isidoro Labrador Parish chosen to attend Pope Francis’ Jan. 18 meeting with youths in Manila. In an interview in their neat…

Hoping location is everything: Former street kids want pope to visit

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Father Matthieu Dauchez knows the children he works with are not the only poor people in the Philippines, but that has not stopped him from lobbying loudly and praying constantly that Pope Francis will stop by. “We’re a drop in the ocean, but I hope he’ll see this drop,” Father Dauchez…

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

September 19, 2014 MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — 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 the evening of Sept. 18. Forecasters expected that the heavy rain would…