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Workers gather elephant tusks seized in Manila, the Philippines (Photo: CNS)

‘No matter the beauty of a work of art, it cannot justify the slaughter of wildlife,’ say bishops

Pope Francis with Philippine President Benigno Aquino in January (AP)

President Benigno Aquino spoke to reporters about Pope Francis’s trip to the Philippines earlier this year

Residents hold on to a plastic hose and an electricity wire while trying to cross a road after Typhoon Koppu hit the province of Nueva Ecija (CNS)

Relief effort hampered by struggle to communicate with some parts of the typhoon-hit region in the north of the country

Bad should not mean illegal

The war on drugs has failed, and more and more nations are realising it

Children paddle in water in Navotas City, Philippines (CNS)

Archbishop Socrates Villegas says the Philippines is taking ‘all possible approaches’ to dealing with environmental issues

Ash Wednesday in Manila this year. The bishops have great influence in the strongly Catholic country  (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

Vote ‘for the right reasons’ and end political dynasties, churchmen plead

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CNS)

President of bishops’ conference responds to survey that shows 60 percent of Filipinos want divorce to be legalised

A slow shutter speed photo of a consistory of cardinals at the Vatican (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/02/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Indian policemen look on as Christians protest against a spate of attacks on churches in New Delhi (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/02/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Survivors of human trafficking carry offertory gifts during at Mass celebrated (CNS)

Washington bishop urges action against modern day slavery on international day of prayer