Statement of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente 

on the Philippine Visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis

“When (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion for them,

because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

(Matthew 9:36, ESV)

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente joins the Filipino people and the entire Catholic community in the Philippines in welcoming the historic visit of Pope Francis and in praying for his safe journey. 

We greet Pope Francis, a brother in the Lord Jesus Christ, with a kiss of peace. 

Pope Francis personifies a Catholic spirituality which embraces a radical way of being with the poor among God’s people. He himself declared - “I believe in God, I believe in Christ, I believe in the Gospel, and the heart of the Gospel is the poor.” 

The world stands witness as to how the Pope is slowly breaking down the walls of elitist culture in the Catholic Church, inaugurating revolutionary reforms within the Vatican, as he leads his Church in incarnating genuine preferential option for the poor. Equally, the Pope, a true defender of the poor, has condemned global capitalist greed and strongly censured the few who lives in extreme wealth at the cost of the majority who wallows in poverty. 

We are certain, therefore, that with his deep concern for the poor, Pope Francis can identify with the continuing passion of the Filipino people who were abandoned and abused by the leaders of this nation. With a heart that truly belongs to God’s Kingdom, we know he shares our people’s aspiration for genuine social transformation, as the Gospel means land and life, job and justice, food and freedom, shelter and sovereignty, democracy and dignity for our people.  

We, therefore, kindly ask the Pope to give his benediction to our people’s courageous struggle for the genuine transformation of Philippine society, and his prayers for those who have lived and died in the hope that just peace will soon dawn in the country. We also humbly appeal to the Pope to exhort the leaders of our nation to renounce their greed for political power and economic wealth which has brought untold misery to the toiling masses among our people, to peasants and workers, to the urban poor and indigenous people. 

For our part, we offer to Pope Francis the Iglesia Filipina Independiente’s sincere friendship, cooperation and commitment to his mission of healing the world from the violence of war and terror, hunger and deprivation, tyranny and oppression, so justice and peace, joy and prosperity may flourish for all people. 

We pray for the ministry of Pope Francis, and may God, the Father of us all, keep him safe in his every step. 

In the peace of Christ,

† Most Revd Ephraim S. Fajutagana

    Obispo Maximo

15th January 2015

    Manila, Philippines


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Dear Friends,

We are glad to share to you the Task Force on Emergency Response (TFER) mid-term report on Typhoon Haiyan. With this report, we would also like to extend our sincere gratitude for your contributions and support on behalf of the survivors of the super typhoon. 

The report covers the initiatives that have been undertaken for the period covering December 2013 to June 2014. This partial report gives a picture of the relief distribution operations, medical missions, psychosocial intervention, livelihood assistance and rehabilitation efforts implemented through TFER Bulig Katilingban. 

We hope that you find this humble report a worthy piece of document not only because it tells about our partnership, but more because it gives testimony to our cooperation in God’s mission in service to the last and the least among our brothers and sisters.

Thank you so much.

Bishop Joselito T. Cruz

Please click image to proceed to report.