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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (AP)

The Philippines is the only Asia-Pacific country where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the last two decades

Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (AP)

The Philippine House of Representatives will vote by the end of this year on reinstating capital punishment

A 2011 demonstration in which protestors demanded justice for the murder of Fausto Tentorio (AP)

As yet, no one has been charged for the murder of Father Fausto Tentori in 2011 despite there being several witnesses

The US bishops attend the opening Mass of a plenary assembly in St Louis (Chris Lee/St Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/10/16

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

Nuns take part in a protest against extrajudicial killings in President Duterte's 'War on Drugs' campaign (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/10/16

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

Alleged drug users are arrested with zip ties during a police operation in Quezon City (CNS photo/Mark R. Cristino, EPA)

Archbishop Villegas says Filipino virtues are being replaced by ‘cuss words, lies and vulgarity’

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

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’