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The mid-40´s saw the birth of what was to be the precursor of the Catholic Bishops´ Conference of the Philippines.  Organized in February 1945 even as the Second World War was raging, the Catholic Welfare Organization (CWO), as its name implied, sought to respond to emergencies resulting from the ravages of war, such as the scarcity of food, medicine, and clothing and various rehabilitation needs.  Thus, understandably, its initial focus was the procurement and distribution of relief goods.

When the dust of war had settled, the CWO became the officially recognized and duly registered organization of the Philippine Hierarchy.  It was also forthwith to be the means through which the interests and values of the Catholic Church were articulated, defended, protected and furthered, primarily through its means of communication to the faithful in the form of pastoral letters, exhortation, and statements.

Expectedly, in the years after the war, there was a pressing need to restore and renew not only the temporal order but also the moral and spiritual lives of the people.  Not surpriosisingly, this was the focus of the Bishops in the decade of the 40´s, especially through the Statement on Social Principles and Pastoral Letters on Materialism, the Virtue of Justice and Social Justice.

The following is a listing of years under from the mid-40´s, each containing an index of the documents made within a particular year of the decade:

1940  |  1945  |  1946  |  1948  |  1949

 

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