Filipinos attend a religious celebration to remember Filipino women who became victims of atrocities during the Second World War at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Manila’s Baclaran district on Aug. 25, 2019. (File photo by Jire Carreon for

Nov 24 2021

Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines called on the faithful to stand for truth amid the proliferation of “fake news” and lies.

The call was made during celebrations across the country of the Solemnity of the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday, November 21.

“If we believe in ‘fake news’ and if we spread it, we become instruments of lies,” said Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila in a homily during Mass on Sunday.

“If we become instruments of lies, we stop being on the side of Jesus, we become instruments of the enemy, we become the tools of the devil,” added the cardinal.

The Manila prelate said he is worried over the proliferation of “fake news” in various social media platforms.

He noted the a lot of people believe what they see on social media without verifying the truth or fact-checking the details.

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