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Pope praises Filipino bishops for stands against contraception, death penalty, divorce

November 29, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has praised the bishops of the Philippines for their public role in opposition to birth control, divorce, and the death penalty.

Greeting a group of Filipino bishops who were completing their ad limina visits, the Pope said that the Church “must always seek to find her proper visit, because it is by proclamation that the Gospel brings about its life-changing fruits.” Church leaders, he continued, have a duty to “pass moral judgments in those matters which regard public order whenever the fundamental human rights of a person or the salvation of souls requires it.”

In that context, the Pope said: “I commend the Church in the Philippines for seeking to play its part in support of human life from conception until natural death, and in defense of the integrity of marriage and the family.”


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