Marawi priest Chito Soganub speaks of 'one God' for Christians, Muslims

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:35 PM

On a plane to Manila, Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub shares his views on the similarities between Christians and Muslims

COMMONALITIES. Father Teresito Soganub speaks about his faith. Screenshot of a sourced video

Bishop to Duterte: Allow some Marawi families to come home

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña also urges Christians 'to continue caring for the Maranaos' by sending help through government, NGOs, or the Catholic Church

MARAWI CRISIS. Marawi Bishop Edwin Dela Peña requests President Rodrigo Duterte on September 19, 2017, to allow some displaced Marawi families to return to their city. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Marawi bishop can't confirm if Soganub is now Muslim

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Referring to conversions, Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says, 'There is no substance to it if you are under duress. You cannot give your full consent'

NOW FREE. Former Maute Group hostage Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub appears in a press conference on September 18, 2017, after 117 days in captivity. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Australia gay marriage debate highlights church divisions

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Although attitudes to same sex marriage vary across denominations and congregations many Australians view the church as the greatest source of resistance to such unions

OPPOSED. This picture taken on September 9, 2017 shows protesters holding up banners at an anti same-sex marriage rally in Sydney. Peter Parks/AFP

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:08 AM

On the last day of his fifth visit as pope to his native continent he reiterates calls for peace in Colombia and prays for a peaceful end to Venezuela s grave crisis

GOODBYE, COLOMBIA. Pope Francis waves just before leaving, at the Rafael Nunez airport in Cartagena on September 10, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP

1.3M join pope's mass in Colombia's ex-'narco city'

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:41 AM

In Medellin he urges the Church to get out its comfort zone in order to confront challenges such as Colombia s peace process

IN MEDELLIN. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile on his way to the Enrique Olaya Herrera airport, in Medellin, Colombia, on September 9, 2017. Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

Toll our bells, Cardinal Tagle says amid drug war killings

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Cardinal Tagle calls for the 5 minute tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila at 8 pm starting September 14

TOLLING OF BELLS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle calls for the tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila in the face of widespread killings in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle: 'We cannot govern the nation by killing'

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:54 AM

UPDATED We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal Cardinal Tagle says in his strongest written statement against drug war killings

TOP PRELATE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle speaks at the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in July 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

United Methodist Church slams killings in Duterte's drug war

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:59 PM

With more than 300 000 members the United Methodist Church says President Rodrigo Duterte has agitated cops and vigilantes to kill

RECENT KILLING. Loved ones of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, pay their last respects as the teenager is laid to rest on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Pope prays for peace in Colombia, Venezuela

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:24 AM

Pope Francis lands in Colombia to plead for lasting peace in a country moving towards the end of a half century war and prays for stability in its crisis stricken neighbor Venezuela

POPE IN BOGOTA. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile upon arrival in Bogota, Colombia, on September 6, 2017. John Vizcaino/AFP

Cardinal Tagle slams 'false gods' creating 'false worlds'

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Cardinal Tagle s warning – about the threat to the Filipino culture of caring – comes at a time of rampant killings to create a drug free Philippines

'CULTURE OF CARING.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says the Filipino 'culture of caring' is threatened by false gods who create false worlds. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Eid'l Adha, Filipino Muslims pray for strength amid prejudice

Sep 01, 2017 - 5:12 PM

This comes as the Marawi City crisis fuels anti Muslim sentiments in predominantly Christian Philippines

MUSLIM FEAST. Muslims in Manila celebrate the Eid'l Adha at Rizal Park on September 1, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler    MUSLIM FEAST. Muslims in Manila celebrate the Eid'l Adha at Rizal Park on September 1, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Over 2M Muslims begin hajj spiritual journey

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:51 AM

More than two million Muslims from around the world begin the hajj pilgrimage at Islam s holiest sites

SPIRITUAL TREK. Muslim pilgrims walk and pray on Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on the eve of Arafat Day which is the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage on August 30, 2017. Karim Sahib/AFP

Religious superiors on killings: 'What have we done to deserve this?'

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s drug war is no other than an extermination program of a section of our society says the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines AMRSP

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Members of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines join a rally demanding justice for 17-year-old Kian delos Santos at the People Power Monument on August 21, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hajj pilgrimage: Saudi Arabia says ready to welcome over two million pilgrims

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Pilgrims are to begin gathering from Tuesday evening August 29 in Mina Valley near Mecca to prepare to climb Mount Arafat considered the climax of the hajj on Thursday August 31

HOLY SITE. Muslim pilgrims prepare to circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 27, 2017, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Karim Sahib/AFP

More bishops call for tolling of bells vs drug war killings

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The bishops of Cagayan de Oro Cubao Bacolod and San Jose in Nueva Ecija ask churches to toll their bells against drug related killings in the Philippines

YOUNG VICTIM. Bishop Pablo David blesses the remains of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos, an alleged frame-up victim in the government's drug war, at his funeral Mass. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

September 1 a regular holiday for Eid'l Adha

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Proclamation 297 declaring the holiday

Muslim Community in Quezon City gather at the QC Memorial Circle Monday for a prayer to celebrate the feast of Eid'l Adha in honor of Ibrahim's sacrifice to Allah. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Gulf row stunts Qatar hajj numbers

Aug 29, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Impacting on the hajj only a few dozen Qatari nationals have been able to travel to Mecca and Medina western Saudi Arabia in contrast to thousands last year

CENTER OF FAITH. Muslim pilgrims surround the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on August 28, 2017 Karim Sahib/AFP

Two million pilgrims converge on Mecca for the hajj

Aug 28, 2017 - 11:10 AM

This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shiite Iran regional rival to Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia and comes with the Gulf mired in political crisis and Islamic State ISIS group jihadists squeezed in Iraq and Syria

Muslim pilgrims prepare to circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 27, 2017, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Karim Sahib/AFP

Tagle, Villegas speak out vs new drug war killings

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:45 AM

This comes after a series of drug raids killed at least 81 people – including 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos – in only 4 days

LEADING BISHOPS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (left) attend a press conference on July 7, 2014, about the trip of Pope Francis to the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:28 AM

4th UPDATE The decision comes after the kingdom received an envoy from Doha for the first time since Saudi Arabia Egypt Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar on June 5

REOPENING SOON. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Confronting Islamophobia

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Swami Tyagananda a Hindu monk offers a nugget of wisdom For him it is difficult to hate a religion when you personally know that warm intelligent and considerate people practice it

Adventures in non-faith

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:02 PM

We are now witnessing Catholicism at its best Those from the faith would do well to reconnect with their faith today and join their Church as it tells those who suffer that they too may partake of the kingdom of God – distant but ever present

Religion and our state

Aug 04, 2017 - 7:42 PM

When secular state becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

Basagan ng Trip: Is Islam violent?

Aug 01, 2017 - 10:32 PM

With Islamophobia rising worldwide two social scientists team up to shed light on the sensitive topic of Islam and violence

Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrims

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:15 PM

The Qatari Islamic affairs ministry says the Saudi side has refused to communicate regarding securing the pilgrims safety and facilitating their Hajj

In this file photo, Muslim pilgrims walk outside the King Abdul Aziz airport upon their arrival to the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on September 4, 2016. Amer Hilabi/AFP

Yes to divorce

Jul 31, 2017 - 10:41 AM

However divorce laws must look into inequalities to ensure that women are protected and their stronger emotional ties to their children are recognized

Killed Filipino Jesuit in Cambodia on road to sainthood

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando could become the first Filipino saint born in the 20th century

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remember for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from

For Palestinians, holy site showdown represents rare victory

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:54 AM

The celebrations came nearly two weeks after the attack near the Haram al Sharif compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount

Israeli security forces are seen during clashes between them and Palestinian demonstrators at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Admit your weaknesses, Cardinal Tagle says

Jul 28, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle also tells his flock to defend the weak as he opens the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization

'GLORY TO GOD.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle sings the 'Gloria' with actions on the first day of the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 28, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thousands protest to call against curbing incense burning in Taiwan

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:39 PM

The government earlier called to curb incense burning after their monitoring found alarming level of harmful microscopic particles

Israel bars men under 50 from Jerusalem Old City prayers

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:50 PM

The rare measure comes after Israeli ministers decided not to order the removal of metal detectors erected at entrances to the Haram al Sharif mosque compound

Israeli security forces stand guard outside the Lion's Gate, a main entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 20, 2017. Ahrab Gharabli/AFP

Israel reopens sensitive holy site, but Muslims refuse to enter

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:36 PM

UPDATED Dozens of Muslim worshippers hold midday prayers outside the site in protest at new security measures

HEIGHTENED SECURITY. Palestinian women walk by as Israeli police patrol near Lion's Gate, a main entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 16, 2017. Menahem Kahana/AFP

Incoming CBCP head views self as Duterte's 'friend-sinner'

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:20 PM

UPDATED Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says there was no conflict between the local church and Rodrigo Duterte when he was Davao City mayor

FRIENDS FOR YEARS. Then-Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte apologizes to Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles on December 4, 2015, after Duterte cursed Pope Francis in a campaign speech. File photo from the Facebook page of Christopher 'Bong' Go

Davao Archbishop Valles elected CBCP president

Jul 08, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The Davao archbishop is set to lead the CBCP as his friend – President Rodrigo Duterte – pursues a bloody war on drugs that has alarmed Catholic bishops

NEXT PRESIDENT. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines elects Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (1st from left) on July 8, 2017, as its next president. Photo by Roy Lagarde

ARMM gov, imams hit proposed Muslim-only ID

Jul 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The president of the Imam Council of the Philippines says Bakit po ang mga Muslim lang? Ang mga Muslim ba yun lang ang extremist?

INTERFAITH PRAYER. Imam Ebra Moxir (center), chaplain of the Philippine National Police and president of the Imam Council of the Philippines, joins the launch of the Pasa Lord interfaith prayer movement at Amoranto Theater, Quezon City, on July 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Muslim-Christian unity to build 'new Marawi' – Tagle

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Kung sino man ang nagplano na hatiin ang mga Kristiyano at Muslim mukhang inis na inis ngayon kasi hindi nagtatagumpay lagi says Cardinal Tagle

'SIGNS OF HOPE.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says on July 4, 2017, that a sense of 'common humanity' is one of the 'building blocks of a new Marawi.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Church should go beyond hitting killings – Tagle

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Filipinos seem to accept rampant killings – but out of despair not moral conviction

PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is not enough for the Catholic Church to say killing is evil. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Daan-daang Katoliko, sumama sa 'Walk for Life' sa Navotas

Jul 03, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David also presides over a Mass for victims of extrajudicial killings

Bishop slams vigilantes as 'termites,' 'new Judases'

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:10 AM

God knows who you are Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says in one of the most scathing homilies against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David listens to a woman lamenting extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in her community, after a Mass for EJK victims on July 2, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte's 1st year an 'eye opener' for Catholic Church

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It appears that our pastoral education for people has not been enough That s why for them it seems okay to kill to eliminate the problem of illegal drugs

'MANO PO.' President Rodrigo Duterte places his forehead on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's hand as a traditional form of respect during a meeting in the Palace on July 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Obama calls for tolerance, unity in childhood home Indonesia

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:44 PM

Obama praises the spirit of tolerance in Indonesia saying one could see mosques temple and churches alongside each other

UNITY. Former US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the 4th Congress of Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta on July 1, 2017. Adek Berry/AFP

WATCH: Relics of Saints Peter and Paul at Manila Cathedral

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:14 PM

Here is Rappler s 360 degree video of the veneration of the relics of Saints Peter and Paul at the Manila Cathedral during the celebration of Pope s Day

SACRED RELICS. A Catholic nun kisses the relics of Saints Peter and Paul displayed at the Manila Cathedral on June 29, 2017, the feast day of the two saints. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

American Muslims decry Trump travel ban

Jul 01, 2017 - 9:09 AM

His statements and his rhetoric have caused a great amount of harm to the American Muslim community says Azhar Azeez president of the Islamic Society of North America

Faryal Khatri, spokeswoman for the Islamic Society of North America, introduces organizers of the ISNA annual convention, during a press conference in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 2017. Photo by Nova Safo/AFP

Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others a man of faith and high ideals a thoroughly decent man says Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

SUPPORT. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017 after being charged with historical sex offenses in a case that has rocked the church. Pell says he will return to Australia to face sex abuse charges. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope backs Australian cardinal in fight against sex abuse charges

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Cardinal George Pell says he has been a victim of relentless character assassination and vows to clear his name and return to work in Rome

UNDER INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis injects new blood into cardinals club

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:29 AM

Four of the 5 new cardinals come from countries that have never had a cardinal before: El Salvador Laos Mali and Sweden; the fifth is from Spain

NEW CARDINALS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a meeting with new Cardinals, from right, Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Laos; Anders Arborelius, Sweden; Gregorio Rosa Chavez, El Salvador; Juan Jose Omella, Spain; and Jean Zerbo, Mali, after the ceremony of their elevation at the Vatican, on June 28, 2017. Osservatore Romano/AFP

Cardinal Tagle marks 60th birthday, gets letter from mother

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:31 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reflects on life as a pilgrimage as he marks his 60th birthday

CARDINAL'S BIRTHDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle marks his 60th birthday in the presence of his mother Milagros, his father Manuel Sr, his brother, and his 'extended family of aunts and cousins' at the Manila Cathedral on June 21, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Prayers for Marawi as Muslims in PH observe Eid'l Fitr

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:23 AM

Muslims in the Philippines will observe the end of Ramadan with the Islamic City of Marawi still under siege

END OF RAMADAN. A Maranao woman and resident of Marawi awaits news of the war in her city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

CBCP guide lists websites peddling fake news

Jun 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

A guide issued by the CBCP tags at least 29 websites for carrying fake or unverified contents