HLI Mourns Loss of Ricardo Jamin Cardinal Vidal

Cardinal Vidal Dies After Receiving Sacraments of the Church With great sadness Human Life International (HLI) mourns the loss of His Eminence, Ricardo Jamin Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu, of the Philippines. A beloved HLI Episcopal Advisor since 1994, he was a remarkable witness for Life and Family and a great supporter of our . . . Read more

HLI Philippines Holds Country’s First Rally Against Divorce Bill

Human Life International (HLI) has reported more than once on Filipino House Bill 6027, its attack on marriage and evils of divorce. Ironically, sponsoring House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has termed the legislation a “dissolution of marriage” bill, but as the Catholic Church already has the annulment procedure for dissolution of marriage, it is in truth a . . . Read more

The Philippines Under Attack: The Divorce Deception

The last country in the world to completely outlaw divorce is the Philippines. Now, however, a new bill, House Bill 6027, is threatening the sanctity of marriage and family life by introducing divorce in a predominantly Catholic country (86%), seeking to permit divorce in the broad and undefined cases of “irreconcilable differences” or “severe and . . . Read more

Philippines’ Sorsogon City Selected as Pilot City for NFP

After years of grave pressure and harassment from both government and non-government organizations – including international population control groups – for her refusal to accept and distribute contraceptives, Mayor Sally Lee’s Sorsogon City has been selected as pilot city for the implementation of Natural Family Planning (NFP). The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22nd. . . . Read more

Divorce Threatens the Philippines

The sanctity of marriage is still respected and defended in the Philippines. However, it is under assault by some members of the Filipino government. House Bill 6027 is threatening to legalize divorce, which would have detrimental effects upon family life and Filipino society. More than 86% of the country is Catholic and, fortunately, many Filipinos . . . Read more

Working Hard, Working Faithfully

I like to think of myself as a hardworking person. Not that I couldn’t do better, but I try my best to keep up with correspondence and the administrative work of HLI while traveling and attending various meetings and events. Though it’s a blessing to do this work, it can be exhausting at times. But . . . Read more

Psalm 73, Today

The mind boggles at the sheer arrogance and backwardness of so many of our political leaders. Yet these forces are seeing many victories at the higher levels of societies — governments, huge NGOs, multinational organizations. They have the money and the power, without a doubt. But they do not have God, and God will not . . . Read more

Return from the Philippines

It is our loving God who will transform cultures, and He asks us to be His voice, His hands and His feet. So many friends of ours in the Philippines are following this call with courage, even as the Culture of Death seeks to consolidate its recent wins in this country. Sadly, others are taking . . . Read more

Saying Goodbye to a Friend

As this email goes out, I will probably have just landed in Manila and met our dear friend, the unstoppable Dr. Ligaya Acosta, our director of Asia and Oceania. This is my sixth (seventh?) mission to the Philippines since I joined HLI almost five years ago. My colleague and traveling partner, Dr. Brian Clowes, can’t . . . Read more