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Led by Davao archbishop, CBCP defends Bishop David vs Duterte

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says he is 'saddened and disturbed' by President Rodrigo Duterte's statements against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CHURCH OFFICIALS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HOAX: Vatican ‘prohibits’ priests, nuns from joining political rallies

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Nuns and priests are not excommunicated for joining political rallies, according to the CBCP

House OKs renewing CBCP broadcast franchise for 25 years

Sep 10, 2018 - 6:30 PM

House Bill 8155 gives the President a 'special right' to 'temporarily take over and operate' the CBCP’s media facilities during times of war, rebellion, public peril, calamity, emergency, disaster, or disturbance of peace and order

3-day Catholic fasting vs blasphemy can include Facebook

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The Catholic Church is holding days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving from July 17 to 19 to atone for the sins of blasphemers, liars, and murderers in the Philippines

WALK FOR LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, prays during the Walk for Life at Quirino Grandstand in Manila on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Catholics mark day of prayer for blasphemers, murderers

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Catholics can observe this day of prayer and penance anywhere, says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. He says prayers can also be offered for 'advocates of fake news.'

CBCP HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), calls for a day of prayer and penance on July 16, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Magsaya kayo at magalak!': Liham ng CBCP sa 7 iba-ibang wika

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Narito ang salin ng CBCP pastoral letter na 'Rejoice and Be Glad' sa mga wikang Tagalog, Ilocano, Bicolano, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Binisaya (Leyte-Samar), at Binisaya (Cagayan de Oro)

PASTORAL LETTER. Humarap sa isang press conference si CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (kaliwa) noong Hulyo 9, 2018, para ilabas sa publiko ang CBCP pastoral letter laban sa iba-ibang pang-aabuso ngayon sa Pilipinas. Katabi niya si Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara (kanan). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In 24 hours, Duterte breaks vow to stop hitting the Church

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Referring to millions of Filipinos who voted for him, President Rodrigo Duterte claims, 'Sila ang Diyos ko'

PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles in Malacañang on July 9, 2018. Malacañang photo

FULL TEXT: CBCP statement on blasphemy, killings, social ills

Jul 09, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Read the full text of the statement 'Rejoice and Be Glad!' issued by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines at the end of its 117th plenary assembly

CBCP PLENARY. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the CBCP, leads a press conference on July 9, 2018, at the end of the CBCP's 117th plenary assembly over the weekend. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Catholic bishops slam abuses under Duterte, call for 3 days of fasting

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines issues one of its most stinging critiques of the Duterte regime, covering the 'tambay' crackdown, drug war killings, and the sin of calling God stupid

CBCP PLENARY. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center), CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left), and CBCP social communications chair Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara hold a press conference on July 9, 2018, at the end of the CBCP's 117th plenary assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop warns vs propaganda in Duterte admin's talks with churches

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:02 AM

The proposed dialogue will only be fruitful if it convinces President Rodrigo Duterte to stop killings and respect human rights, says Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon says President Rodrigo Duterte crossed the line when he called God stupid. File photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

HOAX: ‘CBCP-owned’ stocks

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Stocks owned by two bishops in the 'list' are not necessarily owned by CBCP. The remaining 13 are not bishops but priests and nuns.

[OPINION] Why did God give us Duterte?

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

God did not give us Duterte to be our President. The 16 million voters chose him to be President and he is now President. But God can write straight with crooked lines. Even from something bad, good can come out.

Stay faithful, Davao archbishop tells flock after Duterte rant

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'a peaceful and charitable spirit' after their long-time mayor, President Rodrigo Duterte, called God stupid

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

After rants vs Catholic Church, Duterte to meet CBCP president

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Pope Francis' envoy to the Philippines, 'also welcomes further meetings' with the President, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MEETING. Malacañang announces that President Rodrigo Duterte (R) will be meeting with CBCP President Romulo Valles. Photos by Roy Lagarde/CBCP News and Malacañang

More Christian groups rebuke Duterte for mocking God

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines slams the 'brazen exercise of power against one's religion.' The Philippines for Jesus Movement says, 'Mr President, you are no simple citizen.'

HITTING DUTERTE. Brother Eddie Villanueva, founder of the Philippines for Jesus Movement, is one of the Christian leaders hitting President Rodrigo Duterte for his rant against God. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP head says priests shouldn't carry guns despite killings

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, says the CBCP gives its 'trust and confidence' to the Philippine National Police

LAKAD-DASAL. Catholics join the 'Lakad-Dasal' in Metro Manila on June 22, 2018, to honor the 3 priests slain in the Philippines in less than 7 months. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP hails 'wise' DOJ move to let Sister Fox stay for now

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, thanks the Department of Justice for its 'wise' decision on Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

PETITION GRANTED. Sister Patricia Fox is allowed to stay in the Philippines, at least for now, after the Department of Justice nullified a Bureau of Immigration order forfeiting her missionary visa. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Pinapatay nila ang ating kawan. Pinapatay nila kaming mga pastol.'

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ikaw ba ay pumapalakpak pa rin? Ikaw ba ay tumatawa pa rin? Katawa-tawa pa rin ba ito sa iyo?' sabi nina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari ng Arkidiyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan

'HINDI KAMI NATATAKOT.' Naglabas ng matapang na pahayag sina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari laban sa pagpatay kay Father Richmond Nilo ng Nueva Ecija. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds.'

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders call on President Rodrigo Duterte 'to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church,' as they denounce the killing of Father Richmond Nilo

'WE ARE NOT AFRAID.' Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the killing of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP condemns 'outrageously evil' murder of Fr Richmond Nilo

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The bishop of slain Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo slams the 'escalating violence and culture of impunity in the country, even against helpless clergymen'

SLAIN PRIEST. The remains of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo lie in state in Nueva Ecija on June 11, 2018, a day after he was killed by an unidentified gunman before saying Mass. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Priest shot dead in Nueva Ecija

Jun 10, 2018 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang condemns the death of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo, the latest member of the clergy killed by unidentified gunmen

Archbishop Villegas: Stand up vs 'reign of murder, vulgarity'

May 22, 2018 - 7:21 PM

'Hindi ba sobra na? Hindi pa ba tayo maninindigan? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?' says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas

BISHOP'S CALL. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges his flock to stand up against the 'reign of murder and vulgarity' in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fr Mark Ventura's bishop hits 'unfounded rumors' on his murder

May 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg speaks up after President Rodrigo Duterte claims Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was killed because of his illicit affairs

SLAIN PRIEST. Father Mark Ventura, who was shot dead by riding-in-tandem assailants, is the second priest killed in 4 months. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

Family of Fr Mark Ventura, PNP offer cash reward for info on his killers

May 03, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Fr. Ventura's family and the Cagayan Valley regional police have raised a P300,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest of his killers

COMPOSITE. The PNP releases the facial composite of one of the suspects in th killing of Fr. Mark Ventura. Photos by Raymond Dullana and Paul Lopez

Cardinal Tagle calls for tolling of bells amid Fr Ventura's death

May 02, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'The bells haunt the perpetrators of violence and killing to remember their victims, never to forget them,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle after the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura

BLESSING OF FIRE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of fire at the Easter Vigil rites on March 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle hits murder of Cagayan's Fr Mark Ventura

May 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'Stop killing our prophets!' Carmelite priests say in a separate statement on the murder of 37-year-old Father Mark Ventura in Cagayan

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the ordination of a new bishop, Monsignor Bartolome Santos, at the Malolos Cathedral. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP condemns murder of Cagayan priest Mark Ventura

Apr 29, 2018 - 4:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines calls on government 'to act swiftly' against 37-year-old Father Mark Ventura's murderers

YOUNG PRIEST. Father Mark Ventura, a 37-year-old priest in Cagayan, is shot dead by still unidentified killers on April 29, 2018. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Pope names Father Medel Aseo as bishop of Tagum

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The Vatican announces the appointment of Tagum Bishop-elect Medel Aseo on the same day he marks his 39th year as a priest

NEW BISHOP. Father Medel Aseo, who is marking his 39th year as a priest, is named as the new bishop of Tagum in Davao del Norte. Photo from SFC Southeastern Mindanao's Facebook page

Ash Wednesday on Valentine's: 'Love expressed by sacrifice'

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:30 AM

'The 3 keys for Valentine's Day are the same 3 keys for the season of Lent – sacrifice, prayer, and giving,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas

START OF LENT. Ash Wednesday, when Catholics have their foreheads marked with ashes, starts the 40-day penitential season of Lent. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Dela Rosa slams CBCP: 'Kayo lang ang banal, porke kayo ang pari?'

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The PNP chief is furious at the Catholic bishops' group for criticizing cops who brought bibles and rosaries in their return to the anti-drug war

FURIOUS. PNP chief Dela Rosa slams the CBCP during a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

CBCP hits move to let Congress change Constitution

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The CBCP voices its fears of a 'creeping dictatorship' in the face of 'self-serving' motives for Charter Change

CBCP PRESIDENT. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, delivers the homily at the closing Mass of the National Conference for the Promotion of the New Ratio in Cebu City on January 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Roy Lagarde/CBCP News

LOOK: Marawi bishop visits destroyed cathedral for 1st time

Jan 14, 2018 - 7:36 AM

'It was heartbreaking,' Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says

HEARTBREAKING VISIT. Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña visits the destroyed Marawi Cathedral for the first time since the Marawi siege. All photos courtesy of ACN

CBCP hits murder of 'martyr' priest from Nueva Ecija

Dec 22, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Now led by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, the CBCP also calls for a probe into other 'deaths under investigation' in the Philippines

'HERO, MARTYR'. Catholic priest Marcelitio 'Tito' Paez was gunned down on December 4, 2017, after facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Gov't can lose 'moral mandate' due to RevGov – Villegas

Dec 04, 2017 - 6:58 AM

In a Rappler Talk interview, Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Filipinos did not elect their current leaders just to form a revolutionary government

REVGOV TALKS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a Rappler Talk interview on December 1, 2017, that the Philippines does not need a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite tears, Villegas says heading CBCP a 'blessing'

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:30 AM

In a Rappler Talk interview, Archbishop Socrates Villegas looks back at the 4 years he headed the CBCP. 'We are not really critics. We are partners,' Villegas says.

EXIT INTERVIEW. Archbishop Socrates Villegas sits down for a Rappler Talk interview on the 4 years he headed the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines or CBCP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Archbishop Socrates Villegas on his 4 years as CBCP head

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Rappler talks to Archbishop Socrates Villegas about his experience as CBCP president, and his views on issues such as the proposed revolutionary government

New CBCP head tells priests, nuns: Repent

Dec 03, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'humble repentance and reparation' for 'occasions of frailty and scandals' among priests and nuns

NEXT HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (1st from left) is the new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Archbishop Villegas ends term as CBCP president

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

During his 4 years as CBCP president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas spared no one from criticism, from Benigno Aquino III to Rodrigo Duterte

OUTSPOKEN PASTOR. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas leads a procession against drug war killings on November 5, 2017, along the Philippines' iconic EDSA highway. He steps down as CBCP president on November 30, 2017. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Catholics return to EDSA as bishop warns of 'curse'

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:45 AM

'A curse awaits a nation that kills its own people,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday at the EDSA Shrine

PRAYER POWER. Catholics return to EDSA on November 5, 2017, to denounce the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Our Lady of Fatima returns to EDSA

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:30 PM

This is the exact same image brought to the 1986 EDSA Revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos, says Archbishop Socrates Villegas

BACK IN EDSA. The image of Our Lady of Fatima, which was used in the People Power Revolution of 1986, is brought back to EDSA, this time for a procession against drug-related killings. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Villegas homily on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday

Nov 05, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Start the healing by repenting now,' says outgoing CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday in EDSA Shrine

Villegas hits priests, cops, politicians in EDSA Mass

Nov 05, 2017 - 3:30 PM

'Magbagong buhay na tayo, kasama ako,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas said at EDSA Shrine on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday

APPEAL. Archbishop Socrates Villegas during the 'Lord Heal our Land Sunday' mass, November 5, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos dies at 74

Oct 22, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Born in Bohol, Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos was a bishop for more than 3 decades

LONG-TIME BISHOP. Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos was a bishop for more than 3 decades when he died on October 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of PIA Caraga

Pope Francis saddened over death of Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Pope Francis sends his condolences and hails Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal for his 'untiring and devoted service to the Church'

POPE AND CARDINAL. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal greets Pope Francis in Vatican City on March 15, 2013, days after Francis was elected. Screenshot from the Vatican's YouTube page

FAST FACTS: Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Vidal played key roles in both the 1986 People Power Revolution and EDSA II revolt in 2001

ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS. Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, 86. Photo from Facebook page of Cardinal Vidal

Bishops mourn death of Cebu's Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was 'a true servant-leader rather than a prince,' says Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo

FILIPINO CARDINALS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle greets Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal before the start of the CBCP's 109th plenary assembly at the Pius XII Center in Manila on July 5, 2014. File photo by CBCP News

CBCP denies it 'regrets' killing of Hapilon, Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The lie is posted on the Facebook page 'Rodrigo Duterte Supporters,' as the Duterte administration is accused of spreading propaganda on social media

CBCP DENIAL. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, denies that the CBCP 'regrets' the killing of Marawi siege leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Dela Rosa to CBCP: Cops turned informers must have affidavits

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa says they are open to their testimony as long as they will tell the truth

OPEN. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he is okay with cops testifying about vigilante-style killings as long as they are swear on their statements. File photo by Joel Liporada