A temporary memorial is also opened inside the church where the mass shooting took place
Among the victims identified are 8 children, officials say
The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says meanwhile that the bureau has recovered the phone belonging to the gunman, but has been unable to access the device so far
(UPDATED) The US Air Force is investigating its failure to enter the Texas church shooter's domestic violence conviction – which legally barred him from buying or owning guns – into a national criminal database
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(UPDATED) Investigators are focusing on reports that the suspect had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who regularly attended the church but was not there during the assault
Secretary Cayetano: 'We are saddened by this unimaginable tragedy in San Antonio that took the lives of many innocent men, women, and children'
'This isn't a guns situation,' Trump insists, calling it 'a mental health problem at the highest level'
'Kung ikaw ay pulis gagawa ka ng krimen ay mananagot ka kay lord, at kung ikaw naman ay pari at gumagawa ka ng kasinungalingan, mananagot ka rin kay lord,' says PNP chief Dela Rosa
Trump: 'This act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of worship. Our hearts are broken.'
(UPDATED) The worshippers are gunned down at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small rural community about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio
Malacañang also says the President allows 'constructive dissent,' as the Church prepares for a big rally against alleged extrajudicial killings
The Catholic Church and the Iglesia ni Cristo are often left unchecked because of how they are revered as institutions. Rappler has pursued investigations of alleged abuses.
'Kapag ang tao ay dinuraan mo, para mo na ring dinuraan ang Diyos,' says Father Flaviano Villanueva of the Society of the Divine Word
'We will not forget the evil that has come upon us,' seminarians of the Jesuit-run San Jose Seminary say in a statement on All Souls' Day
The head of the Roman Catholic Church confesses he sometimes falls asleep while praying and claims saints too have been known to grab some Holy shut-eye
(UPDATED) Some faiths have practices similar to Undas, while others do not commemorate it at all
'We believe God is truly moving in the Philippines, especially in our government,' Victory Church says
Take a spine-tingling peek inside the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Bone Church
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Brother Eddie Villanueva says he 'could not imagine' how suspects with handcuffs 'can have the courage to grab the guns' of the police
'This policy against drugs should not be at the expense of the rule of law,' says Jesus Is Lord (JIL) founder Brother Eddie Villanueva on JIL's 39th anniversary
'That's the way to go,' Pope Francis says, in his first publicly known comment on the Philippines' drug problem, as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a bloody war on drugs
Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias says the Diocese of Novaliches wants to start change at the barangay level
More than a hundred former drug dependents graduate from the Catholic Church's 'Sanlakbay' drug rehabilitation program
Pope Francis sends his condolences and hails Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal for his 'untiring and devoted service to the Church'
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(3rd UPDATE) Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was 'a true servant-leader rather than a prince,' says Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo
Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal dies one week after he was rushed to the hospital
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
(UPDATED) Only 13% of those surveyed, meanwhile, think the Church should not 'interfere' with the anti-drugs campaign
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
Four years after an earthquake leveled both the Loon Church and the Maribojoc Church, the reconstruction of the two historic structures has begun
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
(UPDATED) The former head of the Philippine Jesuits, Father Romeo Intengan, is 'dead on arrival' at the Quirino Hospital a week before his birthday
Eric Zerrudo says he was paid in cash, making him think it was indeed a family-funded project
'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
(UPDATED) The exact details and nature of the allegations against Cardinal George Pell have not been made public, other than they involve 'multiple complainants'
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'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'
'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'
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
Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña presents 'Duyog Marawi,' a rehabilitation program that focuses on healing and peace-building efforts in his city
'Kailangan nating iparating sa pamamagitan ng pagdalo at pakikisama rito para marinig, at sana marinig nga, na maitama ang dapat na maitama dahil binigay natin sa kanya ang boto ng bayan,' says Colegio de San Juan de Letran rector Fr Clarence Marquez
From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God
Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon says the ringing of church bells is a 'revival of a century-old practice for the departed. Now it becomes even more meaningful, in the context of extrajudicial killings.'
'Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk
Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña also urges Christians 'to continue caring for the Maranaos' by sending help through government, NGOs, or the Catholic Church
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'