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Philippine capital to remain under ‘modified’ lockdown

The Philippine capital will remain under lockdown, or what the government described as "modified enhanced community quarantine," until the end of May.

Churches struggle to minister to flock as pandemic batters psyches, spirits

Brutal sanctions against quarantine violators, combined with a 24/7 news cycle and social media virality, have worsened mental health problems in the country.

Compassion, not heavy-handedness

Regardless of when the lockdown is lifted, what is important is for the government to handle the public health crisis with appropriate policies.

Manila archdiocese submits COVID-19 precautionary measures to gov’t

The Archdiocese of Manila has submitted proposals to the government that show its parishes are prepared and ready to resume liturgical celebrations.

Catholic educators consider homeschooling amid pandemic

Catholic schools in the country might implement homeschooling when the new school year opens in August.

Manila bishop renews appeal for return of religious services

Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila appealed to the government to allow religious services in areas where quarantine policies have been relaxed.

Rights groups call for release of political prisoners amid pandemic

Human rights groups called on the Philippine government to release political prisoners amid reports that several inmates have been infected by the new coronavirus disease.

Schools need to look into possibility of shifting to online classes

A Catholic bishop in the southern Philippines said schools should start looking into the possibility of shifting to online classes.

Pope Francis calls for European unity amid pandemic

Pope Francis called on European leaders to work together in addressing the possible social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov’t cash aid not enough to help poor

Ibon Foundation warned that 97 percent of 11.4 million poor Filipino households that received cash aid from the government are barely surviving the lockdown.

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