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[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?

[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

Newsbreak Chats: Anti-tambay campaign, Duterte vs the Church, and other top stories in June 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: The rising number of homicide cases under Duterte, the new crackdown on 'tambays,' Duterte's threats vs the Catholic Church, stories of survivors of sexual violence against children, and the President's second year in office

Duterte forms committee to dialogue with Catholic Church

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, and Pastor "Boy" Saycon are tasked to hold talks with religious groups to 'lessen the rift between the government and Church'

MISSION. (Left to right) Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, and Pastor Boy Saycon will meet with Church leaders over President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against God and the Catholic Church

[OPINYON] Tungkol kay Adan, Eba, at pananampalatayang Katoliko

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Iginagalang ng mga Katoliko ang tungkulin ng Pangulo, at ang mandato niya bilang Pangulo. Sana igalang din niya ang mga Katoliko kahit hindi siya sumang-ayon sa doktrina ng Katoliko.

Duterte photo courtesy of Malacañang

Bishops hit Duterte for calling God stupid

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Paano siya magiging Pangulo para sa lahat ng Pilipino kung wala siyang paggalang sa mga mananampalatayang Katoliko?' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) issue statements criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte (right) for calling God stupid. File photo of Duterte courtesy of Malacañang; file photos of David and Villegas by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says no fight with priests: 'I respect the Church'

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Yet President Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as 'full of shit' and has continued verbal attacks against it amid the recent killings of priests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the query from one of the members of the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Duterte and the defensive Catholic Church

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The bigger issue for the Church hierarchy is that for many of its faithful, its institutional credibility is in doubt. This situation Duterte clearly exploits.

HRW: Murders of priests, journalists 'matter of grave concern'

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'These killings, alongside the thousands of deaths in the drug war, are grim reminders of the vulnerability of the poor and those who speak out for their rights,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

After priest killings, Duterte again threatens Church leaders

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'Ang problema ng mga buwang na ito, santo lahat. Gobyerno, military, police, puro demonyo na,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about Catholic leaders urging him to tone down his tirades against the Church

Cardinal Tagle hits 'fake freedom' on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 2:33 PM

'Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the 120th Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle criticizes 'fake freedom' brought about by injustices, in his Independence Day message for 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 3, 2017

Jul 03, 2017 - 9:36 AM

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Pope Francis on Paris attacks: 'This is not human'

Nov 14, 2015 - 7:40 PM

UPDATED I am shaken and pained I don’t understand but these things are hard to understand Pope Francis says as he condemns the Paris terror attacks

CATHOLIC LEADER. Pope Francis speaks during his eneral audience in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, on November 11, 2015. Photo by Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Philippine Catholic leaders urged to reject ivory

Nov 04, 2015 - 6:05 PM

The beauty of a work of art cannot justify the slaughter of wildlife the threat posed to biodiversity by poachers and traffickers says CBCP s Socrates Villegas

We need election debates, not boodle fights

Sep 20, 2015 - 1:19 PM

In lieu of political reforms perhaps the only hope remains in the academe Church and media to try to bring discernment back into our choice of leaders

What the health sector can learn from the papal visit

Feb 04, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Here are three things the health community can glean from Pope Francis recent State and Apostolic mission to the Philippines

Pope Francis interacts thru a sign language to a Filipino parents with disabilities during a meeting with families at the MOA Arena. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Pope Francis says sorry for 'impatience' in Leyte

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Pope Francis also thanks the local archbishop for the witness of faith and endurance which your people showed me in the midst of their trials

Behind the scenes: The Pope most Filipinos didn't see

Feb 01, 2015 - 5:45 PM

There is no difference between how he is in public and how he is in private the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines tells Rappler

PRIVATE MEETING. In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office, Pope Francis poses for 'selfies' with survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on January 17, 2015, as part of his trip to the Philippines.

#ShowThePope: The Philippines that Francis saw

Jan 29, 2015 - 6:18 PM

What did Filipinos tell the Pope through their words songs and sheer numbers? What images of the Philippines are forever etched in his memories?

FOR #POPEFRANCISPH. What do you want to #ShowThePope? Tweet us your photos! We'll compile these in a gallery that we'll send to the Vatican.

Mercy and compassion when it hurts the most

Jan 25, 2015 - 4:03 PM

My father has a bitter sweet mantra that he says to himself to stay sober: ‘Just for today I wont drink Bahala na bukas

Learning joy from Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2015 - 8:35 AM

I’m not comfortable with the fanfare that follows Pope Francis but there are many things this man is doing right

POPE IN A RAINCOAT. Pope Francis aboard his popemobile reets devotees following a mass at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

#PopeFrancisPH visit commemorative stamps now available

Jan 23, 2015 - 5:04 PM

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost urges online buyers to place their orders only on the Pinoy eMall site following reports that copies of the commemorative stamps are being sold in the black market at much higher prices

PAPAL VISIT STAMPS. Four art pieces from a design composition form the block of four stamps. Photo from PHLPost

The problem with how media covered Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2015 - 4:06 PM

The important questions were never asked The contradictions were not questioned If anything the opportunity to know the Pope better was lost

Pope on big families: Not main cause of poverty

Jan 21, 2015 - 8:14 PM

Hailing big families in the Philippines Pope Francis blames poverty on an economic system that has replaced man with the god of money

FILIPINO FAMILIES. Pope Francis interacts through sign language with a Filipino person with disabilities during his meeting with families in the Philippines. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

CBCP on Pope's interview: 'Leave rabbits in peace'

Jan 21, 2015 - 2:46 PM

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says the Pope in his comments on responsible parenthood stressed traditional Church teaching

IN-FLIGHT INTERVIEW. Pope Francis gestures as he talks with journalists on the plane during the flight from Manila to Rome on January 19, 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

LISTEN: A collection of Pope Francis' homilies and speeches

Jan 20, 2015 - 8:24 PM

Listen and relive the words of Pope Francis through Rappler s collection

Facebook users of all faiths love Pope Francis

Jan 20, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Facebook users of all faiths share their love for Pope Francis

Philippine police arrest 3 for bomb joke during papal mass

Jan 20, 2015 - 5:08 PM

The crime of making false reports about bombs is punishable with up to 5 years in jail or a fine of P40 000 894 or both

CROWD CONTROL. Anti-riot police try to control devotees during a mass officiated by Pope Francis in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

A young priest's 3 takeaways from the Pope's homily

Jan 20, 2015 - 4:33 PM

The striking points from the Pope s Manila Cathedral homily: exercising love in service being present to the people and having love in one s service to be a good shepherd

PHONES OUT. Priests take photos of Pope Francis as he celebrates Mass at the Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015.

Family of dead volunteer in papal visit to receive aid

Jan 20, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Because Judy the mother of Kristel Padasas is a long time OFW she is entitled to various government benefits from the labor department

Pope Francis receives letter to pray for grieving Filipino family

Jan 20, 2015 - 12:22 PM

The letter is handed to Pope Francis by a young Thomasian who spoke before him

Q&A: A youth's personal encounter, lessons from Pope Francis

Jan 20, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Leandro Santos II one of 4 Filipino youths who gave testimonials before Pope Francis at UST shares his experience and lessons learned in his encounter with the pontiff

ONCE IN A LIFETIME HUG. Youth speaker Leandro Santos II hugs Pope Francis after delivering his testimonial at UST. Screengrab from Rappler

Pope Francis back in Rome from PH visit

Jan 20, 2015 - 1:53 AM

Mobile application flightradar24 a live tracker of air traffic shows the papal flight reaching Rome at 12:38 am Tuesday January 20 Manila time

Even veteran Vatican reporters blown away by Filipino crowds

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Journalists who have covered pope in the last 20 years or so call the turnout at papal events in the Philippines incredible

GRATITUDE. Policemen secure the road as waiting Filipinos wave flags to bid farewell to Pope Francis on his departure on January 19, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Pope Francis ends Philippine visit, reminding Filipinos of compassion

Jan 19, 2015 - 6:09 PM

Will the Pope s messages sink in?

Mercy and compassion? Aquino fails to pardon some inmates during Pope visit

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The government originally planned to release a list of names the President would be granting executive clemency but Malacañang says it did not want to rush the decision

POPE IN THE PALACE. Pope Francis signs the guestbook in Malacanang Palace.

Palace thanks Filipinos for cooperation during papal visit

Jan 19, 2015 - 1:26 PM

Malacañang thanks the public government and security officials media and church leaders for coming together to ensure the safety of Pope Francis

WATCH: Timelapse of Luneta grounds during Pope Francis' mass

Jan 19, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Check out this timelapse of Luneta and the Quirino Grandstand from dawn to dusk on the day of the Pope s biggest public event during his 5 day visit

What now after Pope visit? Tagle: Reflect on his messages

Jan 19, 2015 - 11:10 AM

There is so much to reflect on to pray over Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle says of Pope Francis messages to Filipinos

BACK TO ROME. Pope Francis waves as he prepares to leave the Philippines for a flight back to Rome. Rappler photo

#PopeFrancisPH: Pope Francis leaves Manila

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Watch Pope Francis departure from the Philippines

Some pilgrims go home ‘disappointed’ for not seeing Pope Francis

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:25 AM

How do some pilgrims feel after coming home without seeing the Pope?

Crowd stays overnight at Nuncio residence to see Pope one last time

Jan 19, 2015 - 7:50 AM

What will people do for one last glimpse of Pope Francis?

Filipinos bid goodbye to Pope Francis

Jan 19, 2015 - 6:47 AM

UPDATED The Philippines bids goodbye to the beloved pontiff after 4 fruitful days in the country

PAALAM! Pope Francis waves goodbye to the crowd assembled at the Villamor Airbase tarmac (not seen in photo) as he boards the plane that will bring him to Rome.

Pope Francis to youth: On loving and receiving love

Jan 19, 2015 - 12:29 AM

The Pope teaches an important lesson during his encounter with the youth

IN QUOTES: Pope Francis in the Philippines

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:39 PM

Here is a collection of quotes from Pope Francis’ state and pastoral visit to the Philippines

Pope Francis aboard his popemobile reets devotees following a mass at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Weeping girl before Pope Francis wants to be social worker

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Physically abused by her own mother the 12 year old now under the care of a foundation says she wants to be a social worker to help other neglected children

Is Francis conservative or liberal? Tagle: 'He is what he is'

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says the Pope has no liberty to invent his own teaching but is attentive to the signs of the times

Pope Francis aboard the popemobile bless a child following a mass at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Tagle on PH missionary calling: 'It is the time of the heirs'

Jan 18, 2015 - 9:27 PM

The Philippines is bringing the Catholic faith back to Europe from where it came and overseas Filipino migrant workers are a big part of that missionary presence

Pope Francis aboard his popemobile greets the faithful welcoming him at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Zalrian Sayat/EPA

Special gift: What the Pope gave President Aquino

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Pope Francis gifts President Benigno Aquino III an old atlas of the world of which there are only 50 copies ever made

SPECIAL GIFT. Pope Francis gifts President Aquino with an old atlas of the world as Europeans saw it. Holy See Press Office.