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FALSE: Catholic priests 'perform witchcraft' to make Duterte die

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Organizers say the photos were taken during a symbolic street theater activity called 'Lamay para sa Demokrasya' in May 2018

Cubao diocese refutes sedition claims: 'Bishop Ongtioco never met Bikoy'

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'It is...beyond belief that a case like sedition should be filed based on Bikoy's testimony, whose credibility is questionable,' says Fr Steven Zabala, vicar general of the Diocese of Cubao

SOLIDARITY MASS. Fr Steven Zabala presides a solidarity mass in support of Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, after the Church leader was tagged in the sedition complaint over Bikoy's viral 'narcolist' video. Screengrab from the Diocese of Cubao Facebook page

Pope Francis sanctions former U.S. bishop accused of sexual harassment

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:23 PM

Former US bishop Michael Bransfield has been forbidden to perform the liturgy, among other sanctions

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2019 A general view shows worshipers attending the Pope's Easter Sunday mass outside St Peter's basilica on St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on May, 14, 2019, to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Vatican lifts envoy's immunity over sex assault claims – France

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Luigi Ventura, 74, faces 4 complaints of sexual abuse – including that he molested a junior official at the Paris town hall

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

French priest at heart of church abuse scandal defrocked

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The allegations against priest Bernard Preynat sparked the biggest crisis in the French church in decades, drawing in its most influential cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin

Pampanga priest accused of abusing 17-year-old girl

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ecclesiastical investigation is ongoing,' says San Fernando Archbishop Florentino Lavarias

[OPINION] Understanding separation of Church and state

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Its misunderstanding can be used to silence the Church

Why Filipinos believe Duterte was 'appointed by God'

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:30 PM

It's rooted in the Filipino view of God as 'Punisher' – like Rodrigo Duterte

Paris' Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass after fire

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:51 AM

It will take place on June 15 in the Chapel of the Virgin on the east side of the cathedral behind the choir, which has been confirmed to be safe

NOTRE DAME. This aerial picture taken on June 12, 2019 in the French capital Paris shows the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral under repair after it was badly damaged by a huge fire on April 15. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Vatican moves to counter gender theory in education

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The Church is trying to promote 'dialogue on the question of gender in education,' Milan's Gonzague Institute professor Roberto Zappala says in a statement

St Peter's basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome.  Tiziana FABI / AFP

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop – Vatican

May 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports

U.S. Catholic dioceses announce abuse 'compensation program'

May 15, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The program by the 6 California dioceses will be managed by two independent monitors who have handled similar programs in New York and Pennsylvania, the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez says

COMPENSATION PROGRAM. A photo of Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Photo adapted from Facebook.

U.S. Catholic abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives

May 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The group wants Vatican to release 'all identities of thousands of offenders known exlusively and held in strict secrecy'

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Gunmen kill 6 in Burkina Faso Catholic Church

May 12, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The attackers set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the local health center

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

May 09, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican – but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sri Lanka Catholic schools to reopen after attacks

May 09, 2019 - 5:54 PM

All state-run schools – more than 10,000 in total – have resumed classes on Monday, May 6, after police and security forces deployed armed guards

BACK TO SCHOOL. Sri Lankan school students return to classes as schools re-open across the country after the Easter attacks in Colombo on May 6, 2019. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Rappler Talk: Will religious endorsements work in 2019 polls?

May 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Rappler talks to sociologist of religion Jayeel Cornelio about religious endorsements – in the time of the President who said God is stupid

Film on Catholic priests using nuns as 'sex slaves' pulled

May 01, 2019 - 9:33 PM

The documentary 'Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church' has been pulled from the channel Arte, following a complaint by a priest

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Sri Lanka Catholics to resume mass 2 weeks after attacks

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:08 PM

'But we will start with a smaller number of masses and see if we can slowly increase it depending on how the situation develops,' says Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

East Timor: police arrest ex-priest for sexually abusing girls in his orphanage

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:53 PM

'A list with the names of the girls was on his door, so we knew when it was our turn...It happened every day, during his afternoon naps and the night,' says one victim

Photo by Tjitse Lingsma

[OPINION] The folly of religious endorsements

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Our politics is thoroughly personality-driven. When religious leaders throw their support behind certain candidates, they inevitably echo the divide according to existing political loyalties.

Priest stabbed during mass at Canada's biggest church

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:45 PM

The suspect is arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience, while priest Claude Grou is taken to hospital

CHURCH ATTACK. Catholic Priest Claude Grou was stabbed during a livestreamed morning mass on March 22, 2019, at Canada's biggest church, Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, police said. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The Argentine pontiff could take several weeks to decide whether to accept the resignation

CHURCH CRISIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on May 20, shows Pope Francis shaking hands with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. Hand out/ Osservatore Romano/ AFP

[OPINION] An open letter to President Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 3:25 PM

'Just as you take seriously your duty to protect the country, priests are earnestly committed to defending the Word of God,' students tell President Rodrigo Duterte

Priests photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler; Duterte photo from Malacañang

When the Catholic Church flexes political muscles

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Here's a look at the times when Catholic bishops and priests took sides in Philippine politics

MENTOR AND AIDE. The late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin (right) served as the mentor of then Father Socrates Villegas (left), now archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. Sin is known for his influence in Philippine politics, while Villegas is also known for speaking out on social ills. File photo from CBCP

Convicted French cardinal Barbarin to meet Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Pope Francis will grant the 68-year-old archbishop of Lyon a private audience at 10 am Monday, March 18

MEETING POPE FRANCIS. This photo taken on April 26, 2017 at St Peter's square in the Vatican shows Pope Francis (R) talking to Lyon's cardinal Philippe Barbarin at the end of a weekly general audience. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Duterte vs the Church: Do the times call for a Catholic vote?

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:12 PM

A viral video of Archbishop Socrates Villegas fuels hopes that more bishops will openly – though indirectly – campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's bets

Bataan bishop scraps fees for funeral Masses

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:44 PM

This is the latest in a growing trend in the Philippine Catholic Church to scrap the arancel system, or the practice of imposing taxes on 'free' church services

NEW ORDER. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos scraps fees for funeral Masses in his diocese, which covers the entire province of Bataan. File photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Otso Diretso to Duterte: 'Stop fueling fire of persecution vs Church'

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The opposition senatorial bets argue that President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church are emboldening some to threaten members of the clergy

PROTECT THE CHURCH. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates condemn the death threats received by priests and bishops critical of the drug war. File photo by OVP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Tinig sa karimlan ang simbahan

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Batid ng mga pari na hindi lamang ito atake sa ating pampulitikang institusyon – atake rin ito sa ating moralidad, dignidad, at espiritwal na buhay

French cardinal convicted over sex abuse cover-up

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have decided to go to see the Holy Father to hand him my resignation. He will receive me in a few days' time,' Cardinal Philippe Barbarin says after the verdict

CONVICTED. In this file photo taken on April 03, 2016 Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin leads a mass, in Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Vatican to open archives of WWII pope Pius XII in 2020

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Researchers have long sought to examine the archives over why Pius XII did not intervene more against the Holocaust perpetrated by the German Nazis

VATICAN. In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

France urges Vatican to act after envoy charged with sex abuse

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'I am waiting for the Holy See to assume its responsibilities,' French European Minister Nathalie Loiseau says when asked if Luigi Ventura should see his diplomatic immunity lifted

Vatican to open probe into Cardinal Pell over child sex abuse

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The investigation could result in a canonical trial and George Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood

VATICAN PROBE. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Priests should be allowed to marry, says Duterte

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says 'even the gay ones' among priests should be allowed to have same-sex marriage

PDP CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City on February 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

Pope calls child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice,' vows 'all-out battle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But some victims are not convinced, saying that Pope Francis talks about the devil but not 'permanently excluding child rapists and abusers' from the Catholic Church

Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. (Photo by GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP)

Overturned statue of accused Polish priest restored

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Polish authorities charge 3 activists for overturning the statue of Polish priest Henryk Jankowski who is facing long-standing accusations of pedophilia

RESTORED. Polish authorities on February 22, 2019 charged 3 men who overturned a statue of Polish priest Henryk Jankowski accused of sex abuse in the northern city of Gdansk. Photo from Wikicommons

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cardinal admits Church files on pedophile priests 'destroyed'

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created,' German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a landmark Vatican summit on tackling pedophilia in the clergy

PROTEST. A deaf-mute person dressed as a Cardinal takes part in a protest of victims of sexual abuse and members of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), a global organization of prominent survivors and activists who are in Rome for this week’s papal summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 23, 2019 on Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The entire Church must take an honest look, undertake rigorous discernment, and then act decisively,' says Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias

'TAKE AN HONEST LOOK.' Indian cardinal Oswald Gracias (R) arrives for a grand mass in St Peter's Basilica ahead of a papal election conclave on March 12, 2013 in St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Cardinal Tagle at sex abuse summit: Bishops wound victims

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:25 PM

At a historic Vatican summit on sex abuse, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hits a culture of cover-up 'to protect perpetrators and the institution'

HISTORIC SUMMIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the first presentation on February 21, 2019, the first day of a historic sex abuse summit convened by Pope Francis. Screenshot from Vatican News

'Concrete measures' on sex abuse needed, pope tells Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly

PRAYER. Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Duterte hits Church ahead of sex abuse summit

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:08 PM

'The Pope is now calling for a summit to address this particular problem because 4 out of 5, sabi ng Rome, ang pari bakla,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he meets with the barangay councilors from the 4th district of Quezon City in Malacañang on February 6, 2019. Malacañang photo

Spanish victims of sexually abusive priests speak out

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The heads of around 100 bishops' conferences from every continent will convene from February 21 to February 24 for the Vatican meeting on the protection of minors

Sex abuse survivors spell out Catholic Church challenge

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Victims' groups lay out demands as the Vatican is set to hold a global child abuse summit

JUSTICE. Survivors of sexual abuse by priests and clergy stand before photos of accused religious men during a news conference with lawyer Jeff Anderson of Jeff Anderson & Associates on February 14, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

Vatican defrocks former U.S. cardinal over sex abuse claims

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) Theodore McCarrick is the first cardinal ever to be defrocked for sex abuse

France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The envoy, 74-year-old Luigi Ventura, is accused of molesting a man at the Paris townhall on January 17 when Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave a New Year's address to diplomats, religious leaders, and civil society figures

ENVOY. French President Emannuel Macron (L) shakes hands with Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year wishes to the diplomatic corps on January 4, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Pope admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:24 PM

Pope Francis says the problem can be found 'anywhere' but is prevalent in 'some new congregations and in some regions'

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome. File photo by Andrew Medichini/Pool/AFP

Who were targets of disinformation in 2018?

Feb 05, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Aquinos, the Catholic Church, and critics of Marcos and Martial Law, are the top targets of disinformation in the 133 claims that Rappler fact-checked in 2018