12 Things You Didn’t Know About Philippines and The Catholic Church
12. The largest human gathering from the creation of mankind was on January 18, 2015 at Rizal Park in Manila with an estimated 7 million people attending the Holy Mass celebrated by His Holiness Pope Francis.
11. The largest human cross was achieved by 13,266 participants organized by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila on March 9, 2011. The cross was in two colours, black and white.
10. The biggest catholic church in East Asia measuring nearly 316.7148 sq. m is the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours in Taal, Batangas built by Augustinian Missionaries in 1572. It is large enough to house another church within it.
9. The oldest official pawnshop in the Philippines is established by the Archdiocese of Manila in 1882. Monte de Piedad y Caga de Ahorros, the first savings bank in 1882 also operated as a pawnshop providing collateral-backed loans for the people. (The first online pawnshop in Southeast Asia is established in the Philippines! Pretty cool, huh?)
8. The oldest university in Asia is UST, established in 1611. UST is older than Harvard in the United States.
7. Two popes have officially recognized the image of the Black Nazarene. In 1650, Pope Innocent X approved veneration of the statue and allowed a group of religious laymen to form in its name (the Confraternity of the Most Holy Jesus Nazarene), while in 1880, Pope Pius VII’s Apostolic Blessing allegedly gave plenary indulgences to those who prayed to it.
6. The Basilica of San Sebastian is the only all-steel church in Asia and was the second building to be made out of steel, next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
5. The largest bell in Asia hangs at the belfry of the 221-year old Panay Church. It is 7 feet in diameter and 7 feet in height, and weighs 10.4 tons. Its tolling can be heard as far as 8 km. away. It was casted from 70 sacks of coins donated by the townspeople as a manifestation of faith and thanksgiving.
4. There are approximately over 84,600,000 Roman Catholics in the Philippines or roughly 86% of the population.
3. The Philippines and Vatican are the only two countries in the world where divorce is illegal.
2. The Catholic Church supports the legalization of Marijuana. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines states: “Catholic health care ethics, in fact, considers as morally justifiable the use of marijuana for terminal cancer patients in severe pain.”
1. The Philippines is the only predominantly Christian country in Asia as a result of Spanish colonization which lasted for over 377 years (1521-1898).
published July 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm
Clarification of the CBCP position on the matter of legalization of marijuana
THE CBCP is NOT endorsing the legalization of marijuana. It has merely noted that under the existing provisions of R.A. 9165, particularly Section 81, “r”, the Dangerous Drugs Board may permit the importation, distribution and prescription of dangerous drugs for medical and research purposes.
We also merely pointed out an ethical principle articulated by the Holy See, which may be found in the Charter for Catholic Health Care Workers, holding that the use of narcotic substances in analgesia and pain management especially for the terminally ill is morally permissible.
That is quite a different matter from the claim that CBCP endorses the legalization of marijuana. We did no more than underscore existing provisions of law and Catholic moral doctrine.
It is our position that the blanket rejection of all drugs listed as dangerous under R.A. 9165 and other laws and ignoring the exceptive clauses such laws include as well as extraordinary circumstances that warrant extraordinary measures will NOT be consistent with Catholic teaching on the availability of even narcotic substances in the face of the excruciating pain that terminally ill patients and others in similar condition are burdened with.
Please note that this position applies not principally to marijuana but to all substances that may presently be found in the table of substances appended to R.A. 9165, and is applicable only when medical science is able to establish the beneficial use of such substances in a regulated and controlled manner in the dire circumstances we earlier mentioned.
The agony associated with such situations calls for humanization, and if the regulated and controlled use of even narcotic substances promises to alleviate this inordinate suffering — something only medical science can establish – then there will be no objection to the regulated and controlled use of such substances in extreme circumstances on moral grounds.
+ SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
July 9, 2014
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