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Human rights activists light candles for the victims of extra-judicial killings around the country (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The bishops said drug addicts were ‘sick brethren in need of healing, deserving of new life not death’

Father Luciano Feloni, an Argentine priest in Caloocan City, Philippines (CNS)

A parish priest is leading effort to rehabilitate drug users rather than leave them vulnerable to a series of extrajudicial killings

Pope Francis with a group of refugees at a general audience in June (AP)

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'war' is bound to fail  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The Philippines government is risking the worst of all outcomes

Filipino residents in Manila involved with illegal drugs wait to take a pledge that they will not use or sell narcotics after surrendering to police and government officials (CNS)

More than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since the government intensified its anti-illegal drugs drive

Relatives mourn an alleged drug dealer killed by police (CNS)

‘The Church cannot do anything now. Only those who started these bloodbaths can stop it’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry last month (AP)

A crackdown on drug-related crime has left more than 400 suspected dealers dead since President Duterte took office in June

A mother walks with her son under a banner for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (CNS)

Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued a statement, read in churches Sunday expressing deep concerns over the killings of drugs suspects

The president and the cardinal have sharply contrasting personalities.

Showdown in the Philippines

Cardinal Tagle is a ‘Catholic rock star’; President Duterte scorns the Pope and believes in an eye for an eye. Both are loved by the people — so who will prevail?