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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)

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

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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

Relatives mourn over the coffins of the 44 fallen policemen (CNS)

Benigno Aquino under pressure to resign after 44 police officers are killed in battle with Islamists

Members of the Philippines military carry bodies of their colleagues who died in deadly clashes with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (CNS)

A 12-hour gun fight between Islamic rebels and government troops took place earlier this week

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI audience hall (PA)

Pope says it gave him ‘consolation and hope’ to see so many large families during papal visit to South Asia