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Pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO/Gregorio Borgia

MANILA—People across the mainly Catholic Philippines feel regret, gratitude and sympathy after Pope Benedict XVI announced plans on Monday to resign, a presidential spokesman said.

“Not only the Catholic world, but all peoples and nations of goodwill are filled with great regret,” one of President Benigno Aquino’s spokesmen, Edwin Lacierda, said in a statement.

“At this time, when the pope has announced the physical challenges he faces makes it difficult to continue bearing the burdens of his office, we join the Catholic world and all whose lives he has touched in prayer and sympathy.”

The 85-year-old pope announced on Monday he would resign because of health reasons.

Lacierda praised the pope for showing humility by resigning, while highlighting the sympathy the pontiff expressed for Filipinos when the country was hit by deadly storms and other disasters.

“We recall, in particular, with fond gratitude, the many prayers and comforting words Pope Benedict XVI has dedicated to Filipinos in times of calamity and challenge,” he said in a statement.

Lacierda also cited the pope’s role in many events that rallied Catholics in the Philippines, such as last year’s canonisation of Pedro Calungsod, who became the second Filipino saint in history.

The Philippines is regarded as Asia’s bastion of Catholicism. About 80 percent of the country’s 100 million people are Catholic, a legacy of three centuries of Spanish colonialism that ended in the late 1800s.

The church still wields great influence in the Philippines, where divorce and abortion are illegal.

However Aquino overcame fierce church opposition to this year push through a birth control law that requires government health centers to give away contraceptives to the poor and for sex education to be taught in schools.

Elvira Go, who runs a Catholic-themed restaurant in Manila called Ristorante de la Mitre, said she was extremely saddened by the pope’s resignation but praised his decision.

“He has been sick and he had the best intention of the church in mind. He is an intellectual who is loved by all the cardinals. He would not have resigned if he thought he still had the strength to continue,” Go said.

“This is the time to show unity, especially now that the church is under attack from many of its enemies.”

Ivy Taalip, in her 30s, from a Christianized tribal community in the far south of the Philippines who works in Manila as a maid, sent text messages back to her family after watching the story break on television.

“The news is shocking. I am very sad, so are my siblings and parents. I am praying that his health improves,” she said.

“It is God’s will. The church has always taught us that God has mysterious ways. But what will happen to the church now?”


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  • junsepara

    I pray for his health, and sadden by his resignation, I wish pope should be elected a bit younger like in the age of 60′s they have enough wisdom in this years, like pope john paul II, the best pope ever!!!!

    • kanoy

       YES!!! HE WILL ANSWER TO GOD SOON FOR PROTECTING PEDOPHILES AND THEREBY EXPLOITING CHILDREN,,,,SEE YA IN HELL-O RATZ MAN

      • bugoybanggers

        Shut up! DEVIL!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        another child raper protector dare you to go tell them that.they are praying he fries.and i agree with them

      • kanoy

         REMEMBER WHEN RATZ WAS STILL A CARDINAL ALL THE SECRET MEMOS HE INSISTED BE KEPT UNDER LOCK AND KEY…..THEN WHEN HE GOT TO POPE HE REFUSED TO SWEAR UPON THE BIBLE IN COURT ABOUT THE PEDOPHILES AND CLAIMED DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY SO HE WOULD NOT PERJURE HIMSELF….GOD KNOWS ALL HIS EVIL DEEDS….HE WILL PAY…SOON!!

      • junsepara

        REMEMBER MAO SIK TONG AND HIS WIFE, DENG TIU PA ING, KILLED MILLIONS OF CHINKS DURING CULTURAL REVOLUTION GATHERED THEM UP IN  CONCENTRATION CAMPS, MEN, WOMEN AND AND CHILDREN, RAPED, MOLESTED AND THEN KILLED THEM!!!THAT WAS YOUR RELATIVES, ANCESTORS, BELIEVERS, EDUCATORS DIED AT THE HANDS OF YOUR MASTERS, HE,HE,HE, POOR CHINK!! SOON YOU WILL FOLLOW, AND YOUR VERY OWN ANCESTORS WILL BE YOUR TORMENTORS, HE,HE,HE,HE,

        DUMB@AZZ CHINKS!!

      • Yxon

        usyusero ka talaga,..sa kanya naman yun…kung meron man as you alleged, then he is answerable for that….bakit ba gusto mong sumama?..usher ata ka doon.  
        and we know also that there are wayward priests…even 
        Christ knows that there are, (remember one of his apostles, Judas). but it’s theirs to answer to God.  
        Their failings does not deter us from still going to God. 

      • kanoy

         GRAB THE SHEEP AND GET THE FLOCK OUT OF HERE PEDOPHILE LOVER!!!

      • junsepara

        GRAB A CHINK AND GET THE CHINK OUT OF HERE, CHINK , MOLESTER KILLER!!!

      • Yxon

        and so are you !!!

      • kanoy

         OH MOST CERTAINLY,,,,BUT, UNLIKE THE POPE AND THOUSANDS OF HIS CARDINALS BISHOPS MONSIGNORS AND PRIESTS,,,I WILL NOT HAVE TO ANSWER FOR BEING OR PROTECTING PEDOPHILES WHO HARM THOSE JESUS SPECIFICALLY WARNED US NOT TO HARM……THE CHILDREN,,,,LIKE I SAID SEE YA IN HELL-O POPE…I CANT SEE HIM THERE IF I AINT THERE,,,,DUH

      • junsepara

        YOU DON’T HAVE GOD CHINK, YOUR PEDOPHILES ARE MAO SIOK TONG ET AL, THEY ARE IN HELL BEING TORMENTED BY YOUR OWN PEOPLE,, AND YOU WILL FOLLOW THEM, HE,HE,HE, POOR CHINK!!

        DUMB@AZZ CHINK

      • Yxon

        so you do believe in God, then, read your Bible and learn. The Lord’s fear is the downfall of His people due to their ignorance.

      • kanoy

         YOU CATHOLICS ARE A HYPACRITICAL JOKE…YOU ALL WANT TO THUMP A BOOK CALLED THE BIBLE THAT YOU BELIEVE TO BE 80% TRUTH AND 20% LIES
        THE 80% IS WHERE GODS WORD AGREES WITH YOUR DOCTRINE
        THE 20% IS THE PART OF GODS WORD THAT 100% DISAGREES WITH YOUR DOCTRINE
        SO I FEEL GOOD TO BE CALLED A LIAR BY THE SAME GROUP THAT CALLS GOD A LIAR
        THANK YOU

      • Yxon

        relax, and don’t let anger dwell in your heart (your writing reflects it)…and have an open mind…… this is a clean forum ..you just dont have to make unsubstantiated allegations.. that’s murder

      • kanoy

          relax, and don’t let anger dwell in your heart (your writing reflects it)…and have an open mind…… this is a clean forum ..you just dont have to make unsubstantiated allegations…..ALLEGATIONS BACKED BY HUNDREDS OF CONVICTIONS IN THE US ALONE, BACKED BY THE POPE SENDING HIS SLAVE TO JAIL LATER PARDONING HIM FOR EXPOSING THE CORRUPTION IN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY ALLEGATIONS BACKED BY FACTS PUBLIC RECORDS

        Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
        bishop-accountability.o r g
        Number of paedophile convictions rises by two thirds

      • Yxon

        speculations are speculations and that is fired up by those who trying to put the Pope and the RCC down. but that would not be possible. the Church had been thru many scandals but it remain as steadfast as it is for 2,000 years.
        the priests were convicted, (from the study commission for the purpose, that is about 6% of the clergy population) and were dismissed or served their penalties. and the church knows this malady, that’s why they are taking steps for the reformation, i.e., a review of the seminary education.

      • junsepara

        HE, HE,HE, CHINK, YOU DON’T HAVE GOD, DO YOU EVEN KNOW GOD???? YOUR GOD IS YOUR COMMIE MASTERS SPENDING YOUR MONEY IN MACAU, HE,HE,HE, AND YOUR PEDOPHILES ARE MAO SIOK TONG, DENGUE TIU PAING, AND CHOU BE LAT HE,HE,HE,HE, THEY ARE THE KILLERS AND MOLESTERS OF YOUR MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN, SINCE I BELIEVE IN GOD THEY ARE IN HELL GNASHING THEIR TEETHS BEING PUNISHED BY THEIR OWN PEOPLE THEY PUT TO DEATH, HE,HE,HE, AND SOON YOU WILL FOLLOW IN HELL AND YOUR OWN TORMENTORS ARE YOUR OWN PEOPLE, HE,HEHE, POOR CHINK!!!

        DUMB@AZZ CHINK

      • kanoy

         SURE MARY,,,,ACCORDING TO YOUR MOTHER I AM GOD,,,,BECAUSE WHEN I SCREWED HER SHE KEPT HOLLERING ”OH GOD OH GOD YOU BEAST OH GOD”

      • junsepara

        HE,HE,HE,HE, SURE MAO SIOK TONG ACCORDING TO YOUR MASTER  YOUR MOTHER WAS SHOUTING  COME ON SCREW ME  HARD, AND THEN KILLE ME, OH YES, OH YES, OH YES, HE,HE,HE,HE,

  • avmphil

    Reply to Kanoy:

    There is no such term as Christian Zionists in the annals of Christian Literature. However, if you put straight to the point, there was a time when Christian Zealots (had to be organized) to Liberate the Holy Land from Muslim Zealots and infidels from the 10th century. 

    Zionism is associated with Judaism of the people we call the Jews, who are still waiting for their ‘Messiah’ to liberate them. Thus if one terms Zionists, than He or She is in favor of Zionism. As a Christian, I am obliged to support the Jews for they keep the Holy Land from the infidels. Except by birth and lineage, no other can be a Zionist than a Jew.Your tirade against the Pope and his followers is unfair.

    • bugoybanggers

      Ang ZIONISM o JUDAISM ay suportado ng mga Protestante/Evangelist sa pamumuno ng mga AMERIKANO. Ang Katolikismo ay ayaw o hindi sinosuportahan ang mga JUDAISM dahil sila ang nagpakasakit kay Kristo. Noong WW2, ang mga Catholic ang nagpapatay sa mga JEWS. Sa ngayon ang mga KANO lang ang sumosuporta sa ISRAEL at kasama na ang mga KRISTIANO kuno ng Pilipinas na halos sambahin ang kanilang KASIKATAN. Tandaan ninyo, ang JEWS o mismo ang mga KANO ang PINAKAMARAMING KAAWAY SA BUONG MUNDO! Ibagsak na ang JUDAISM/ZIONISM dahil sila ang mga tunay na RACIST sa mundo. Mga mang aagaw ng lupain, mga sakim sa kapangyarihan at mga mayayabang. 

      • avmphil

        Your dislike of the Jews is steadfast and evident. And that’s your opinion. However, please be reminded that the Jewish State was the original home of the Israelites from 1,300-1,500 BC. No record exits to show they are an aggressive invader of foreign lands, except King David captured and proclaimed the City of Jerusalem and subsequently burnt by the Persians in 586 BC. Since than, the Jews had been a ‘wondering Jew’ till 1949 AD., despite 300 years of control by the Christian Byzantine Empire. The rest is history.Period.

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      • bugoybanggers

        Mag basa ka at mag saliksik.. kung ano ang puno’t dulo ng Problema. Hindi na kailanagan pang pagdebatehan ang mga walang kwentang kwento mo. Ang mga Istraelites? Asan na sila? Sila ba ang sinabi mong JEWS na galing Europe? Sila ba ang lahi ng mga Palestino? Tama, pag sinabi mong Istraelites sila nga ang mga nanirahan sa PALESTINE.. sino sila? mag saliksik ka,, hindi sila mga EUROPEAN CONVERT! Malinaw?

    • Crazy_horse101010

      the firstl zealots were monks who lived in the desert.and did a lot of writing

      • bugoybanggers

        Bakit saan galing ang PASTOR mo? Sa eskwater area?

  • bugoybanggers

    Catholicism (Unity) to Protestanism (Cluster/Dis-unity, INC, Baptist,Lutheran,Methodist, Adventist, Evangelist, CULTS,etch..blah blah blah) to Atheism/Scientology (Destruction/ Confusion).. Pag wala na sa MUNDO ang Katolikismo, matutuwa ang mga Protestante dahil magkakanya-kanya na ang lahat..Kapag mangyayari, kalituan ang patutunguhan hanggang mauwi sa Atheismo / Scientology.. at ang kinahinatnan ay ang pag hahari ng SATANISMO..

    -The word god is nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends. ~Albert Einstein
     
    -The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. ~Ben Franklin
     
    -The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief. ~Sigmund Freud
     
    -All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. ~Thomas Paine
     
    -There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. ~Thomas Jefferson
     
    -If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people. ~Anon
    ITO ANG MGA KATAGA NG MGA MATATALINO LABAN SA RELIGION NA PINAG SIMULAN NG MGA KATOLIKO HANGGANG MAUWI SA PROTESTANISMO AT PAGKALAGLAG SA ATHEISMO/SCIENTOLOGY.

  • bugoybanggers

    hindi ka pinipilit maniwala, inggit ka nga naman kaya sige ipagpatuloy mo iyan. Puntahan mo si Tagle sa bahay niya at paulanan mo ng bala hindi laway!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    The people here bashing the pope and the RCC just studied bible yesterday! And who is their teacher? Of course mr. pastor! may bayad pa yan na 10%. At yun bible nila peke pa!

    So what do you do get from these people? BORN AGAIN Fundamentalist!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      my teacher was your priest he was sick of being a hypocrite..who told you about 10 percent your priest right after you paid him 10000 pisos for blessing your toliet

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        pati utak nito bulol! epekto ng pag ka born again! 

      • Crazy_horse101010

        better to be born again than be unborn. i send you in tv the other night, you was a extra for the walking dead

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        as your name says, sira-ulong kabayo!

        what do you expect! hahaha!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        your right i earned my name because im big and im crazy as a march hare and i love it. god gave me a mandate to remove stupidity in the world and your name was number one on the list. i cant disobey god. bring it on im enjoying this haw haw haw

      • bugoybanggers

        Bakit ang banyo ko hindi ko naman pina BLESS,, baka ikaw Crazy! Kayong mga EVANGELIST-ZIONIST ang gumagawa ng kwento.. asan? Paninira mo bulok..alam na namin iyan, ang pakay ninyo ay pag watak watakin para magkaroon ng kalitohan at ang patutunguhan ATHEISMO! hanggang SATANISMO.. mabuhay kayo mga EVANGELIST-ZIONIST!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Yun mga pastor na ito iba takbo ng utak! Bakit? 

    Yun mga pari, 8 years pinag-aralan un bible! Yun mga pastor, 2 years lang. Pekeng bible pa ang ginamit! Holy Cow!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      who told you that your priest right after you gave 10000 pisos right after he blessed your television

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        hahaha…wala sa amin ganyan. bka sa pastor mo 10%! tyak yun!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        no i love my pastor i give him 50 percent for being honest. he doesnt make as much money has priests

      • bugoybanggers

        Tama, ang Kapilya ninyo hindi maboboo. I love your MONEY!

    • bugoybanggers

      Gawa ng amo nilang kano.

    • antonioluna

      bibliya pinagaralan ng mga pari kaya pala may sarili kayong paniniwala ng walang basehan hehehe, isa kang anak ng pari hehehe

  • wawa2172

    Maraming salamat Pope Benedict for the leadership that you rendered to the Catholic religion.  Thanks to the prayers and concern for those affected by  war, crisis and calamities. Most of all thanks for your humility in passing the leadership of the church to others after years of serving the church well. At age of 85, we know that your body and mind can no longer handle the immense responsibility of leading billions of believers. Thanks for the moral lesson that you shared to us that there is no such thing as monopoly in leadership. One must learn to let it go to give others worthy to lead. We love you Pope Benedict and God Bless always.

  • intolerancebreedschaos

    If a Pinoy Pope was to be elected… the whole world will be thrown back into the Dark Ages simply due to the fact that the local church are comprised of close-minded, bigot fundamentalists who come with equally disturbing fanatical followers (such as the ones on this comment thread) — mindlessly bringing in racism and intolerance for other religions into the mix.

    Honestly, someone religiously neutral can just spend some time reading through the comments here from the so-called faithful and be forever disgusted by the ignorance of local Catholicism.

    Just saying.

    • antonioluna

       i agree on this

  • Yxon

    to catholic commenters here, please dont be misled into the pit by the bashers here. let them be in their own destructive way. respond aptly as a christian should. remember, if you were slapped, give the other cheek.; if you were stoned, respond with bread. you just level with their ignorance if give tit for tat. also try to explain our religion, so that they maybe enlightened. if you cant, then better not to respond.

  • antonioluna

    santong papang pinoy aba eh magdiriwang ang sangkaterbang manyakis na pari, magdiriwang ang mga damaso de pajero, magdiriwang ang mga palalong nasa loob ng RCC dahil sa santo papa lang daw sila mananagot



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