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Hundreds attend Sunday service a week after Texas church shooting

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

A temporary memorial is also opened inside the church where the mass shooting took place

ROSES FOR THE VICTIMS. The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs is turned into a memorial to honor those who died on November 12, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Pence in Texas for prayer service as church shooting victims identified

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Among the victims identified are 8 children, officials say

IN MEMORIAM. Twenty-six crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 8, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:41 PM

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'

ENOUGH SNAPS. Pope Francis waves during his weekly audience at St.Peter's Square in Vatican city, on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Texas church shooter once escaped mental hospital

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

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

TRIBUTES. Brenda Woldridge (2L) and Meredith Cooper lay flowers at a memorial outside the First Baptist Church, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 7, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

Air force error allowed Texas shooter to buy guns despite conviction

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:09 AM

(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

PROBE. Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 7, 2017

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:29 AM

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Family dispute suspected in Texas church shooting

Nov 07, 2017 - 6:41 AM

(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

REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS. Flowers are placed at a police barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

PH 'grieves' with U.S. after Texas mass shooting – DFA

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Secretary Cayetano: 'We are saddened by this unimaginable tragedy in San Antonio that took the lives of many innocent men, women, and children'

CRIME SCENE. Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images/AFP

Texas mass shooting leaves U.S. mourning, Trump says guns not to blame

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:42 PM

'This isn't a guns situation,' Trump insists, calling it 'a mental health problem at the highest level'

IN MOURNING. A candlelight vigil is observed on November 5, 2017, following the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 people dead according to authorities. Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP

Scalawag cops will answer to the Lord, Dela Rosa tells Catholic Church

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:20 AM

'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

SAME PRAYER. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says cops also want to bring justice to Filipinos. Rappler file photo

Trump condemns 'horrific shooting' in Texas church

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:06 AM

Trump: 'This act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of worship. Our hearts are broken.'

IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump addresses US and Japanese business leaders at the US Ambassador Bill Hagerty's (not pictured) official residence in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Gunman kills 26 at Texas church service

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:33 AM

(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

In this screen grab taken from a Facebook video released by user Jordan Steubing, Police and first responders block a road near a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017. Jordan Steubing/Facebook/AFP

On day of rally vs EJKs, Malacañang seeks Church's help vs drugs

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Malacañang also says the President allows 'constructive dissent,' as the Church prepares for a big rally against alleged extrajudicial killings

BETTER RAPPORT. New Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls for unity of the national government with the Catholic Church. Malacanang photo

Lifting the veil of the Catholic Church and the Iglesia ni Cristo

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

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.

1,000 candles lit for EJK victims on All Souls' Day

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:36 PM

'Kapag ang tao ay dinuraan mo, para mo na ring dinuraan ang Diyos,' says Father Flaviano Villanueva of the Society of the Divine Word

CANDLE-LIGHTING. Relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) light candles for their slain loved ones at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on November 2, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Top Catholic seminary hits killings in Duterte drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'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

DRUG WAR. Relatives light candles for victims of extrajudicial killings in a prayer service on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Pope Francis admits to snoozing while praying

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:39 PM

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

SNOOZE. Pope Francis ooks at a child as he attends a meeting with members of the Scholas Occurrentes initiative, in Palazzo San Calisto in Rome on October 26, 2017.  Photo by Andrew Medichini/AFP

How other religions in PH observe Undas

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Some faiths have practices similar to Undas, while others do not commemorate it at all

IN PHOTOS: Victory Church holds formation program for PNP

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:50 PM

'We believe God is truly moving in the Philippines, especially in our government,' Victory Church says

SURRENDERING TO GOD. Members of the Philippine National Police attend a two-week values formation program by Victory, one of the biggest Christian churches in the Philippines. All photos from Victory on Facebook

WATCH: This church is made of real human bones

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Take a spine-tingling peek inside the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Bone Church

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 31, 2017

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a photo prior to a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Brother Eddie rejects 'nanlaban' claims by PNP

Oct 29, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Brother Eddie Villanueva says he 'could not imagine' how suspects with handcuffs 'can have the courage to grab the guns' of the police

HITTING EJKS. Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church founder Brother Eddie Villanueva in a press conference on October 27, 2017, questions the 'nanlaban' claim of the Philippine National Police. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Brother Eddie slams EJKs, blames 'scalawag' police

Oct 27, 2017 - 6:29 PM

'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

JIL ANNIVERSARY. Jesus Is Lord (JIL) founder Brother Eddie Villanueva speaks at the 39th anniversary of JIL at Quirino Grandstand in Manila on October 27, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope Francis endorses drug rehab led by Cardinal Tagle

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

'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

POPE AND CARDINAL. Pope Francis (left) speaks with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) during the Synod on the Family at the Vatican on October 5, 2015. File photo by AFP

Novaliches bishop, QC gov't, PNP sign drug rehab deal

Oct 22, 2017 - 8:20 AM

Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias says the Diocese of Novaliches wants to start change at the barangay level

DRUG REHAB. Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias signs a drug rehabilitation agreement alongside representatives from the Quezon City government and the Philippine National Police on October 18, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle to ex-drug dependents: You're not a 'hopeless case'

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:53 PM

More than a hundred former drug dependents graduate from the Catholic Church's 'Sanlakbay' drug rehabilitation program

HEARTWARMING. Cardinal Tagle hugs one of the 132 Sanlakbay graduates on Saturday, October 21. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

Rebuilding the churches of Bohol

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Four years after an earthquake leveled both the Loon Church and the Maribojoc Church, the reconstruction of the two historic structures has begun

WHAT REMAINS. The image of Christ the King stands intact at the entrance of the ruins of the Holy Cross Parish Church in Maribojoc. Photo courtesy Isabel Templo

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

Heritage expert thought Paoay museum was Marcos family project

Oct 09, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Eric Zerrudo says he was paid in cash, making him think it was indeed a family-funded project

TOBACCO MISUSE. Lawmakers, led by Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas Jr, probe alleged misuse of tobacco funds in his home province. Rappler photo

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

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Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

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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

Nuns and priests to Duterte: 'Magpo-protesta kami hangga't kailangan'

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'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

STOP THE KILLINGS. Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross braved the rain in Luneta to protest against extrajudicial killings. Photo by Martin San Diego/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

Bacolod diocese to ring church bells for 40 days

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:18 AM

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.'

PRAYER RALLY. The Diocese of Bacolod led by Bishop Patricio Buzon holds prayer rally Thursday night, September 21, at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City to mark the 45th anniversary of martial law. All photos by Marchel P. Espina/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