NEWS ANALYSIS: Despite Duterte’s continuing foul-mouthed attacks on Catholicism, his preferred candidates are predicted to win senate seats.
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‘We never expected these kind of attacks on our communities worshipping in our Church,’ Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told the Register.
News casts further doubt on the communist government’s willingness to be conciliatory toward the Church, in the wake of last year’s Vatican deal.
The nation’s bishops have condemned the government-approved wave of extrajudicial executions of drug traffickers and addicts, which have killed more than 7,600 people in less than eight months.
Pope Francis and Myanmar’s Cardinal Bo have again highlighted the plight of the Southeast Asian country’s oppressed Muslim minority.
Although President Obama praised nation last year as ‘a majority-Muslim country that represents tolerance and peace,’ there are signs of a growing Islamization in the Asian country’s politics.
President Obama’s recent visit generated goodwill between the two former antagonists, but the communist nation still seems unwilling to allow basic rights.
Despite cursing the Pope and mocking a murdered missionary, the foul-mouthed mayor of the city of Davao now will lead the Philippines.
Father Charles Burrows, an Irish missionary in Indonesia who prayed with the condemned man, discusses this week’s executions with the Register.