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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

Pope says priest celibacy not 'optional'

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:15 PM

'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No,' says Pope Francis

ON CELIBACY. This file photo shows Pope Francis during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik': Religious groups unite vs injustice, Duterte attack on Church

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik at hindi lang manindigan kundi sama-sama tayong manindigan,' says Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo

RESISTANCE. Church people hold placards to denounce injustices and to show their force during the interfaith rally at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila on Friday, January 25. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'We exist' LGBT say in message to pope in Panama

Jan 26, 2019 - 11:30 AM

"Together as a community, we are saying: We are here," says a 21-year-old protestor

'LOVE IS LOVE.' A couple kisses during a "Besaton" (kiss marathon) in the framework of a demonstration by members of the LGBT community and activists, to make visible sexual and gender diversity during Pope Francis' visit to Panama for the World Youth Day on Juanury 25, 2019. Photo by Raul Arboleda / AFP

Pope Francis announces Japan visit in November

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The pope has made two trips to Asia since his election 5 years ago, visiting the Philippines and Sri Lanka in 2014, followed by Myanmar and Bangladesh in 2017

JAPAN VISIT. Pope Francis announces his plan to visit Japan in November 2019. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Sotto seeks to mediate between Duterte, Catholic Church

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

'Marami na kasi sa mga kababayan natin ang uncomfortable with the situation.... Subukan ko lang, wala namang mawawala,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: A dozen wishes for 2019

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We have our own wishes for the country, its leaders, and key institutions. What are yours?

Duterte willing to be crucified if priests debunk corruption allegations

Jan 10, 2019 - 11:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte dares the Catholic Church to rebut the allegations against priests and bishops in 'Altar of Secrets,' a book by the late Rappler senior investigative reporter Aries Rufo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of Masbate Governor Antonio Kho at the Kalasangan Farm in Cataingan, Masbate on January 9, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, is to stand trial along with five others from his diocese over allegations that they helped cover up abuse.

ON TRIAL. 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. Photo by Jeff Pachoud / AFP

Panelo: Duterte only 'puts religion to test' when saying Trinity is 'silly'

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says that President Rodrigo Duterte only intends to 'initiate an intellectual discussion' for the 'faithful's enlightenment and spiritual awakening'

ATTACK. In a December 29 speech, President Rodrigo Duterte mocked the Christian doctrine of Holy Trinity. Rappler photo

[OPINION] Be careful against many antichrists

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Do not force the infinite God to fit into our limited minds. They who call God stupid is antichrist. Pray for these people but do not imitate them. Respect them as elders but do not follow their bad example.

U.S. bishops face pressure amid new sex assault revelations

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The sex abuse crisis is the main topic of discussion in a January retreat of US bishops in Chicago

Second Chinese underground bishop steps aside

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

There are an estimated 10 million Catholics in China, divided between a government-run association whose clergy are chosen by the Communist Party, and the unofficial church loyal to the Vatican

Chinese tourists take pictures in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or Shishi Catholic Church, in Guangzhou, in Guangdong province on September 22, 2018. China and the Vatican will push to improve bilateral ties after the two sides signed a "provisional" agreement on the appointment of bishops, the Chinese foreign ministry said on September 22, 2018. Johannes EISELE / AFP

Jesuits release list of 89 U.S. priests accused of sex abuse

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and USA Midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church

Panelo on Balangiga ceremony 'incident': Not Duterte's style

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte could not have been involved in telling priests to leave the venue of the Balangiga Bells handover

TURNOVER CEREMONY. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes the hand of Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez at the Balangiga Bells turover ceremony on December 15, 2018. Photo from Presidential Communications Office

Bishop from China's underground Catholic church steps down – state media

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The bishop's decision to step aside follows a rare visit by an official Vatican delegation to Beijing

CATHOLICISM IN CHINA. Robes used by clergy are seen in a room in a Catholic church in China's central Henan province on August 13, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

[OPINION] Challenge to Catholics: Time for appeasing Duterte is over

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:44 AM

The threat of violence is meant to intimidate the leaders of the Church, to instill fear in their hearts so that they will remain silent and will not be a threat to his authoritarian rule

California nuns stole school funds for Vegas gambling, travel

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees, and donations at St. James Catholic School

[OPINION] Duterte and the hypocritical Church

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Every time he attacks priests for their hypocrisy, President Duterte echoes the sentiments of many

Duterte: Build chapels in your house, no need to go to church

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a vocal critic of the government's bloody anti-drug campaign, responds to the President's renewed attacks on his person

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Lucena's first bishop now a step closer to sainthood

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Pope Francis declares Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar of Lucena, Quezon, as 'venerable'

CLOSER TO SAINTHOOD. Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar of Quezon is declared 'venerable.' Photo from alfredomaobviar.wixsite.com

Catholic Church fails to get on youth wavelength

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:30 AM

Prelates attending the meeting at the Vatican have been tasked with finding a way to breathe fresh life into a centuries-old institution suffering from both a damaging global sex abuse crisis and widespread secularity in the West

U.S. opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuse

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:22 PM

'The archdiocese will cooperate with the United States Department of Justice in this matter,' says the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

First pope who visited Philippines is now a saint

Oct 14, 2018 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Like Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador is made a saint in rites led by Pope Francis and joined by 60,000 pilgrims and heads of state

UP FOR SAINTHOOD. The tapestries of Archbishop Oscar Romero (left) and Pope Paul VI (right) hang from a balcony of the facade of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on October 13, 2018, a day before the Catholic Church officially recognizes them as saints. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A total of 167 bishops, priests, and lay members of the church are now under investigation for sexual crimes committed in the South American country since 1960

VISIT. Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (2L) and his wife Cecilia Morel (R) exchange gifts with Pope Francis (2R) during a private audience at the Vatican on October 13, 2018. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/POOL/AFP

Pope says Church can no longer tolerate silence on abuse

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis orders an investigation into Vatican archives concerning resigned archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Duterte's satisfaction rating rises in Q3 – SWS

Sep 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

In the 3rd Quarter 2018 Social Weather Stations survey, majority of Filipinos say that the President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks on God and rape are vulgar

'VERY GOOD' RATING. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at an event in Bohol on June 28, 2018. Malacañang photo

German Catholic Church apologizes for mass child sex abuse

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says he is ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, as well as how so many looked away for so long

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference arrives for the beginning of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference on September 24, 2018 in Fulda, on the eve of a presentation of a report on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clerics against children in 1946 and 2014. Photo by Arne Dedert/AFP

Pope says youth 'outraged' by clergy sex scandals

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Pope Francis: 'We ourselves need to be converted. We have to realize that in order to stand by your side we need to change many situations that, in the end, put you off.'

THE POPE IN ESTONIA. Pope Francis leads a holy mass on September 25, 2018 at the Liberty Square in Tallinn, Estonia on the third day of his Baltic tour.  Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Pope honors Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis' trip to all 3 Baltic states is at risk of being overshadowed by mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy across the globe

Pope Francis' trip, which follows in the footsteps of late Saint John Paul II who travelled to all Baltic states in 1993, may be overshadowed by claims of abuse by the Catholic Church. File Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

September 21 rallies: 'Resist the creeping dictatorship'

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:57 AM

Filipino protesters on September 21, the 46th anniversary of Martial Law under Ferdinand Marcos, seek 'to disallow another dictator to rise or an old one to return'

PAST AND PRESENT. An artist applies finishing touches on giant art heads of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and President Rodrigo Duterte for the 46th anniversary of Martial Law on September 21, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] The silence of the shepherds

Sep 16, 2018 - 6:20 PM

There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think it is acceptable for the common good.

Photo of priest from Shutterstock; photo of bloodied body by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Catholic Church prepares to help those hit by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle mobilizes the disaster response arm of his archdiocese to assist Filipinos who will be affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle mobilizes help for Filipinos to be affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope Francis urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:25 PM

He also warns newly-ordained bishops against succumbing to apathy or mediocrity

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

New York subpoenas every Catholic diocese in state

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:25 PM

All 8 Catholic dioceses have either been or are in the process of being subpoenaed by New York's state attorney general

SUBPOENAS. In this file photo taken on September 7, 2015, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, is viewed in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

[OPINION] The dark side of leadership

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:33 PM

The scandals that rock the Church are not just about sexual abuse or misconduct, but also the self-serving way leadership is exercised

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Irish PM urges action on abuse as Pope admits 'shame and pain'

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis is in Ireland to close the 2018 World Meeting of Families

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis disembarks from the plane on his arrival at Dublin International Airport on August 25, 2018, at the start of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Duterte: 'Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass'

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hits the Catholic Church and the European Union again in a speech at Malacañang

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang on August 13, 2018. Malacañang photo

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account

Lithuania capital launches provocative 'G-spot' tourism ads

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it's amazing. Vilnius, the G-spot of Europe,' says the advertisement

G-SPOT AD. Inga Romanovskiene, director of official tourism service Go Vilnius (R) and Indre Speciunaite (L) public relations project manager pose in front of a projection of a publicity campaign to promote tourism in Vilnius in Vilnius on August 7, 2018. Photo by  Petras Malukas/AFP

Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The update to the Catechism text also says the Church will 'work with determination' for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide

CATECHISM. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The petition includes 3 requests for help in criminal cases of 9 members of the church

CRISIS. Picture of a cross taken in Punta de Tralca, west of Santiago, on July 30, 2018 as Chile's Episcopal Conference holds an extraordinary meeting to analyze the roots of the current crisis that the Catholic Church is experiencing in the country, burdened by the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-up, and how to overcome it. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Chile investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM

The cases relate to incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP