Burying the Dead: Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines and the Catholic Church's Response

6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Presentation

Rev. Amado Picardal, CSsR, gives this third talk in CWCIT's "Corporal Works of Mercy" lecture series, addressing the more than 10,000 murders carried out by police & death squads in Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's War on Drugs. Suspected of being addicts & pushers, the majority of murder victims are among the poor.

Besides helping bury the dead and providing economic & psychosocial assistance to families of victims, the Catholic Church in the Philippines is exercising a prophetic role. In addition to having established community-based rehab programs for drug users & addicts, the Church is monitoring & denouncing human rights violations & extending sanctuary to witnesses.

About the speaker: Rev. Amado Picardal, CSsR, is a 63-year-old Filipino Catholic priest & member of the Redemptorist Congregation. A human rights & peace advocate, he's based in Davao, where he first began to speak out against the extrajudicial killings carried out there when Rodrigo Duterte was mayor. Since 2003, Fr. Picardal has served as spokesperson of the Coalition Against Summary Execution (in Davao, Philippines) and of the Network Against Killings in the Philippines since 2016. He also serves as executive secretary of the Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.

About the photo: Funeral procession of a suspected drug addict, a victim of Duterte's War on Drugs, through a Filipino slum neighborhood. (Credit: Ezra Acayan)

About the Corporal Works of Mercy
The 7 corporal works of mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus; they give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They respond to the basic physical (corporal) needs of humanity as we journey together through this life:


  • Feed the hungry.
  • Give drink to the thirsty.
  • Shelter the homeless (welcome the stranger).
  • Clothe the naked.
  • Visit the sick & imprisoned.
  • Bury the dead.
  • Give alms to the poor.

Learn more about the 7 corporal works of mercy here. And explore their parallel, the 7 spiritual works of mercy, which focus on the spiritual well-being of others.


Please contact CWCIT at cwcit@depaul.edu or 773.325.4158.


Parking at DePaul
Street parking (both free & metered) is sometimes available on campus, but there are also 2 parking garages available for visitors**:

~ Sheffield Parking Garage (2331 N. Sheffield Ave.)
~ Clifton Parking Deck (2330 N. Clifton Ave.)

**For a discounted rate, please ask for validation at the event's information table. Discounted rates are as follows:

Entrance before 4:00pm = $9.25
Entrance after 4:00pm = $7.25

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Student Center (Lincoln Park), 314B
2250 N Sheffield Ave

Event Type

Diversity, International/Cultural Activities, Workshops & Conferences, Reception, Speaker/Presenters, Religious


Centers and Institutes, Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT)




Free of charge; all are welcome

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