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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

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Oct 18, 2017 - 2:04 PM

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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

Cebu's Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal dies

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:03 AM

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal dies one week after he was rushed to the hospital

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

'Small majority' of Filipinos want Church help in drug rehab

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Only 13% of those surveyed, meanwhile, think the Church should not 'interfere' with the anti-drugs campaign

REHAB EFFORTS. A Filipino attends a Mass presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (not in photo) on March 17, 2017, to launch a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation program in San Juan. File photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Pope Francis names 35 new saints, most of them martyrs

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The new saints include 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century, 3 teens slain in 16th-century Mexico, a Spanish priest, and an Italian priest

A tapestry hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica shows Andrea de Soveral, Ambrogio Francesco Ferro, Matteo Moreira, and thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century, during a holy mass for the canonization of 35 new saints on October 15, 2017 at St Peter's square.  Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass today with canonizations of 35 new saints, including thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century by Dutch Calvinists, three Mexican teenagers who died in the 16th century, and Italian Capuchin Angelo d'Acri and the Spanish priest Faustino Miguez of the Incarnation. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Church to hold EDSA march vs killings on November 5

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls on Catholics to join a huge procession along EDSA against the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

NO TO KILLINGS. Catholics join a Mass on September 21, 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of Martial Law and to oppose extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Fr Romeo Intengan, priest exiled during Marcos years, dies at 74

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The former head of the Philippine Jesuits, Father Romeo Intengan, is 'dead on arrival' at the Quirino Hospital a week before his birthday

More bishops to protect cops testifying on EJKs

Oct 06, 2017 - 6:56 PM

'We are opening our doors as sanctuary to those who want to stand for the truth,' Bishop Roberto Mallari says, supporting this move by Archbishop Socrates Villegas

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. Nanette Castillo grieves next to the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Some 50 witnesses for Cardinal Pell sex abuse hearing

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:32 AM

(UPDATED) The exact details and nature of the allegations against Cardinal George Pell have not been made public, other than they involve 'multiple complainants'

50 WITNESSES. Cardinal George Pell (center L) leaves after a committal hearing relating to charges of historical sex abuse at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 6, 2017. Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Lacson urges Church to present 'reformed' cops in Senate probe

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:16 PM

'Sa tulong nga ng simbahan, sana po mapadala nyo dito yung sinasabi na mga pulis na nagbalik loob at nagtitiwala sa simbahan at kung sila may statements na, mas mainam po iyon'

Sen. Ping Lacson during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee public hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Police seek Catholic Church protection to testify on EJKs

Oct 02, 2017 - 10:57 AM

'Their consciences are troubling them,' according to Archbishop Socrates Villegas, as the Catholic Church says it will 'look prudently into the sincerity of their motives'

CBCP CHIEF. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Intrigue swirls anew in court of Pope Francis

Sep 26, 2017 - 10:18 PM

New claims about mismanagement of the Catholic Church's finances and vitriolic attacks on Pope Francis from hardline traditionalists offer a keyhole glimpse of in-fighting simmering behind closed doors at the Vatican, experts say

POPE FRANCIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis leading a mass on September 25, 2017 at Santa Marta in Vatican. Handout photo/AFP

Marawi bishop urges Catholics to adopt communities for rehabilitation

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña presents 'Duyog Marawi,' a rehabilitation program that focuses on healing and peace-building efforts in his city

DUYOG MARAWI. Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña (right) and Father Edwin Gariguez (left) present the 'Duyog Marawi' rehabilitation program in a press conference on September 19, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk

'KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the 'killing of conscience' as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

We need new prophets

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Prophets first speak truth to power They do so because they believe that the future can be so much better

'Can gov't blame witnesses if they feel safer with the Church?'

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the Catholic Church is not obstructing justice by protecting witnesses to the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is protecting witnesses to the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos after the witnesses voluntarily sought his custody. File photo by Angie de Silva/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

Cabanatuan bishop: Indifference to killings means consent

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Stand firm against killings says the bishop of the city where 14 year old Reynaldo de Guzman also known as Kulot was found dead in a creek

DEAD SON. Weary, the parents of Reynaldo de Guzman – Lina and Eduardo – rest their heads as they wait for their son to be brought back home. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caritas Manila to help Marawi victims through livelihood

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The Catholic Church through Caritas Manila is planning to provide livelihood programs to help Marawi victims get back on track

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Taytay priest in trafficking case posts P120k bail

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:32 PM

Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos gains temporary freedom after spending almost 3 days in the Marikina City police jail

TRAFFICKING CASE. Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos is accused of human trafficking after allegedly 'booking' a 13-year-old girl through a pimp. File from the website of Cainta Catholic College

Church vows no cover-up in Taytay priest's case

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon names tough talking retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz as lead investigator in the trafficking case of Taytay priest Arnel Lagarejos

CHURCH PROBE. Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon (in photo) names tough-talking retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz as lead investigator in the case of Taytay priest Arnel Lagarejos. File photo from Diocese of Antipolo

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 sjapc.net

Taytay priest nabbed for 'booking' 13-year-old girl

Jul 29, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos has been relieved of all his designations in his diocese Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon says

ARRESTED PRIEST. Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos of the Diocese of Antipolo is under detention for allegedly 'booking' a 13-year-old girl in Marikina City. Photo courtesy of the Rizal provincial government

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

Caritas PH brings P10-M aid to home-based Marawi evacuees

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:29 PM

An estimated number of 97 788 families from Marawi or 438 701 evacuees are staying with their relatives or friends in surrounding regions

EVACUEES. NASSA/Caritas Philippines during its rapid needs assessment in one of the evacuation areas in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of NASSA/Caritas Philippines

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

Cardinal Pell back in Australia to face abuse charges

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:02 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to face a Melbourne court on July 26 for a preliminary hearing on multiple sexual assault charges related to offenses allegedly committed decades ago

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

Venezuela Catholic Church calls government 'dictatorship'

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:27 AM

An influential voice in Venezuela the church has long had strained relations with President Nicolas Maduro who is under mounting opposition and international pressure to hold early elections

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

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Jul 03, 2017 - 9:36 AM

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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