Fighting Poverty to Build Peace

Pope Benedict XVI has issued his message for the upcoming World Day of Peace celebration, which is observed annually every January 1. The title and theme of his message is “Fighting Poverty To Build Peace”. Poverty has been a perennial focus of past World Day of Peace messages of the Holy See in Rome. But […]

“INTEGRITY OF MIND AND HEART: A WAY TO RECONCILIATION AND PEACE”

A Joint Statement of the Convenors of the Bishops-Ulama Conference on the occasion of the celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace, November 27-December 3, 2008. OUR sacred scriptures, the Holy Bible and the Holy Qur’an, reveal God’s/Allah’s eternal desire to unite His human creatures in whose image they were created. As divinely created beings, […]

Peace on the Balance

AFTER quite a suspenseful wait, the highest court of the land has rendered its verdict: the all-but cooked GRP-MILF Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) is unconstitutional. The justices blightly described the document as among others “whimsical” and “capricious”. Such descriptions are understandable when they come from government officials and politicians who are sworn […]

Peace, Somewhere Over the Rainbow

RECENTLY, a mother and her three children while fleeing from the fighting aboard a banca were killed by a bomb dropped by an Air Force aircraft flying an operation against Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in the marshes of Cotabato. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Alexander Yano promptly and sanctimoniously defended his men […]

Peace Advocates’ Appeal for Sobriety

(Adapted from an original draft statement issued by the Mindanao Peaceweaves on August 4, 2008.) THE extent to which the intense displeasure over the impending signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has already reached an alarming stage. In the last few days […]

Peace-building Against Today’s Crises

OUR nation, like many others around the world, is in the tightening grip of an economic crunch. Prices of oil, goods and services are skyrocketing, and the supply of food is slowing. Despite the fact that a good many Filipinos are able to land jobs abroad, local unemployment and underemployment remain high. In Mindanao, unstable […]

Condemn All Terrorist Acts! Uphold the Rule of Law!

A STATEMENT OF THE PARTICIPANTS TO THE CONFERENCE ON COUNTERTERRORISM MEASURES AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, 26-28 May 2008, Davao City

THE global war on terror has taken its toll among many nations and citizens, especially in the South. Counterterrorism measures (CTMs) are being implemented by states to supposedly safeguard nations and territories against threats, and actual acts, of terrorism.

Bashing Local Media

IN his message on the occasion of the observance of 42nd World Communication Day last May 4, Pope Benedict XVI underscored the “extraordinary potential” of social media. He said: “Without their contribution it would truly be difficult to foster and strengthen understanding between nations, to breathe life into peace dialogues around the globe, to guarantee the primary good of access to information, while at the same time ensuring the free circulation of ideas, especially those promoting the ideals of solidarity and social justice.”

Inter-Religious Formulations

SOMETIME this year, top Vatican officials will meet with the world’s leading Islamic scholars to discuss ways to establish a permanent dialogue between the two faiths as means to world peace. We in Mindanao can say with some pride that we preceded this move by 12 years. In 1996, Mindanao’s Catholic and evangelical bishops and […]

A CALL FOR TRUTH AND A CLEAN, CORRUPTION-FREE SOCIETY

A STATEMENT OF THE INTERRELIGIOUS SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT FOR PEACE OUR country has constantly scored high on the scales of corruption in Asia and the world. As a people, we have seemingly become habituated to the culture of sleaze and dishonesty in the way that many of our leaders carry out their supposed duties to the […]