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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.

Pope Francis' Philippine trip draws to triumphant close

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:34 PM

The Pope draws millions in his last full day in the Philippines the biggest event of his five day visit

Pope Francis' with youth, Luneta mass, network shutdown | The wRap

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Pope Francis tells people: don’t be afraid to cry What sets apart the Catholic Filipino according to the Pope? And cellular networks shut down to secure him

IN PHOTOS: Pope Francis in the Philippines, day 4

Jan 18, 2015 - 6:43 PM

Highlights of Pope Francis fourth day in the Philippines in photos

Pope Francis aboard his popemobile kisses a child prior to his mass at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Zalrian Sayat/EPA

Pope Francis warns vs 'destruction' of family

Jan 18, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Pope Francis: Through sin man has also destroyed the unity and beauty of our human family creating social structures which perpetuate poverty ignorance and corruption

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' homily, Mass at Luneta

Jan 18, 2015 - 4:02 PM

The full text of Pope Francis homily as delivered during the Holy Mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Manila Sunday January 18

Pope to Filipinos: Be missionaries of the faith

Jan 18, 2015 - 3:56 PM

UPDATED Being the foremost Catholic country in Asia is both a blessing and a vocation for the Philippines Pope Francis says

FILIPINO FAITHFUL. Hundreds of thousands gather near the Quirino Grandstand to attend the Concluding Mass of Pope Francis on Sunday, January 18. Photo courtesy of PAF-PIO

'6 to 7 million' attend Pope Francis Mass in Manila

Jan 18, 2015 - 3:24 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis celebrates mass with 6 to 7 million singing and cheering Catholics in one of the world s biggest outpourings of papal devotion

MAP: Catholicism in the Philippines

Jan 18, 2015 - 2:34 PM

See the extent of the Roman Catholic religion s reach in the country

CATHOLIC FAITHFUL. Pope Francis on a popemobile waves to well-wishers at a street following his meeting at the Malacanang Palace on January 16. Dennis Sabangan/EPA

#PopeFrancisPH: Mass in Luneta

Jan 18, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Watch Pope Francis mass at the Quirino Grandstand

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' message, youth encounter, UST

Jan 18, 2015 - 1:40 PM

The full transcript of Pope Francis impromptu speech as delivered during the encounter with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday January 18

Youth on Pope Francis: A symbol of hope

Jan 18, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Instead of spending the long weekend at the mall Ramon and his friends choose to see Pope Francis their idol and symbol of hope

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' undelivered speech, UST youth encounter

Jan 18, 2015 - 12:11 PM

In his prepared speech the Pope calls for concern for the environment This is not only because this country more than many others is likely to be seriously affected by climate change