Ginggoy and Jill Lotho
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The Catholic Church and me: The Philippines

In the most Catholic country in Asia, The Philippines, the Church has played a significant role for centuries.

Recently the Catholic Church lost a long battle in a bid to prevent a family planning bill which aims to provide contraceptives to those who need it most.

The bill has been one of the most divisive issues in the congress, with the Catholic Church and conservative politicians fiercely opposing it.

In some parishes, community health workers promoting the bill have been denied communion by priests.

As the extraordinary Synod gets underway in Rome this weekend to discuss 'family in the context of evangelisation', we brought together a Catholic Filipino family to discuss how their family values relate to the teachings of the Church.

Here is Ginggoy and Jill Lotho's story.

  • 02 Oct 2014
  • From the section World
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