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Sent from above? How faith matters in poll decisions

Sent from above? How faith matters in poll decisions

Issues, The Flame Explains
  THE GROWING influence of secularization poses a threat to the authority of churches worldwide as some groups question traditional values inspired by religious ideals while calling for freedom of choice.  However, in a deeply religious country like the Philippines – which has a constitution that guarantees the separation of church and state – faith is seen to play a crucial role in practically every aspect of the lives of its citizens, including choosing their next leaders. In the case of Filipinos, religion and politics are not separated, according to Asst. Prof. Ma. Zenia Rodriguez of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) political science department.  “It is safe to say yes it may. Religion continues to play a role in influencing the faithful, and this may extend as ...
Gaps, efforts in eradicating poverty tackled in 3rd int’l sociology conference

Gaps, efforts in eradicating poverty tackled in 3rd int’l sociology conference

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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS and members of religious communities gathered in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to discuss the state of poverty in the country and the efforts being done to combat it in an international conference held Feb. 26 to 27. Rev. Fr. Virgilio Ojoy, O.P., Ph.D. cited Pope Francis’ call to the Church in the Philippines “to combat the causes of the deeply-rooted inequality and injustice which mar the face of the Filipino society.” “He (Pope Francis) urged us to be present to those who are living in the midst of the society burdened by poverty and corruption, are broken in spirit, [are] tempted to give up, to leave school and to live in the streets,” Ojoy said. Ojoy believes there is a need to look at the global forces that cause poverty and examine the particula...