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Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Catholic faith responses to political crisis

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

How should the Church respond to the unique challenges it is now confronting in the time of Duterte and social media?

Pope Francis seeks 'unity' with non-Catholics in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Pope Franics is at Geneva at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which was created in 1948 and groups 350 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches from more than 100 countries around the world, with around half a billion believers among them

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis blesses children next to President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset upon his arrival at Geneva Airport for a one-day visit at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WWC) on June 21, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Tony Gentile/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

World Council of Churches slams impunity under Duterte

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The World Council of Churches urges government 'to end the culture of impunity' as around 23,000 people, including Father Richmond Nilo and two other Catholic priests, get killed in the Philippines

CULTURE OF IMPUNITY. The World Council of Churches slams the culture of impunity under President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

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

Pope's envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:52 AM

'Investigating is a duty of justice, we need to do justice to the victims for the good of the country and the good of the Church,' says Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Opposition groups and Catholic bishops walk out of the discussions, accusing the government of failing to make good on a promise to invite international organizations to come to Nicaragua and help probe the violence

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

[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.

Nicaragua agrees during crisis talks to allow probe of deadly unrest

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Under the new agreement Managua would allow in the UN, the EU and urge the presence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate "all deaths and acts of violence, the identification of those responsible and a comprehensive plan for the victims so that effective justice is achieved"

IN PROTEST. A friend of Jorge Carrion, 33, who was shot dead during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, carries a homemade mortar and shouts anti-government slogans during Carrion's funeral in the city of Masaya. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

'Pinapatay nila ang ating kawan. Pinapatay nila kaming mga pastol.'

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ikaw ba ay pumapalakpak pa rin? Ikaw ba ay tumatawa pa rin? Katawa-tawa pa rin ba ito sa iyo?' sabi nina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari ng Arkidiyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan

'HINDI KAMI NATATAKOT.' Naglabas ng matapang na pahayag sina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari laban sa pagpatay kay Father Richmond Nilo ng Nueva Ecija. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Chile authorities raid sites linked to church sex abuse

Jun 14, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'This is not an investigation against the Catholic church,' Prosecutor Emiliano Arias says, but rather an investigation of reports of sex abuse by members of the church who abused minors

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Deadly clashes persist amid Nicaragua national strike

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Fierce unrest in other areas persists, leaving at least 4 dead during pro-government attacks on activists guarding barricades

ARRESTED. People ask for information about their relatives arrested during protests against President Ortega's government, at "El Chipote" prison in Managua on June 13, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

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

Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church

ENVOY. Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (L) and Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu (R) give a press conference at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago on June 12, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 13, 2018

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:15 AM

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Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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

'They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds.'

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders call on President Rodrigo Duterte 'to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church,' as they denounce the killing of Father Richmond Nilo

'WE ARE NOT AFRAID.' Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the killing of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean pedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s

Pope Francis meets with participants at the Children's Train event at the Vatican on June 9, 2018  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Texas family sues U.S. government after mass shooting

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:55 AM

A lawsuit has been filed by Joe and Claryce Holcombe, who are in their mid-80s and lost their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the Texas church shooting

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

NCCP opposes National ID system: No More IDs, please

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines urges lawmakers to ‘be more attuned to responding to the people’s needs'

AGAINST ID SYSTEM. National Council of Churches in the Philippines show disapproval of the proposed ID system through statement. Photo courtesy of National Council of Churches in the Philippines

New group hopes to end Catholic church child abuse

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Jose Andres Murillo, a Chilean victim of clerical pedophilia who recently met with Pope Francis, says, 'There is progress regarding clerical abuse in some countries, primarily due to brave victims who have fought to raise their voices.'

Ortega, bishops discuss Nicaragua violence but fail to reboot talks

Jun 08, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Silvio Jose Baez, the auxiliary bishop of Managua, says President Daniel Ortega 'asked us for a period of reflection to give us an answer, which we asked he give us in writing'

IN PROTEST. A friend of Jorge Carrion, 33, who was shot dead during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, carries a homemade mortar and shouts anti-government slogans during Carrion's funeral in the city of Masaya, 35 km from Managua on June 7, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaraguan gov't calls for new talks after 5 more protest deaths

Jun 05, 2018 - 3:30 PM

More than 100 people have died in the violence sweeping Nicaragua since protests erupted on April 18 against President Daniel Ortega, the man who has dominated the Central American country's politics for 4 decades

PROTESTS. A demonstrator stands behind a barricade during protests in Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, some 40km from Managua on June 2, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

May 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Nicknamed 'the Family,' the group of priestly offenders committed sex abuses with young people including minors, churchgoer Elisa Fernandez tells Channel 13 last week

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

John Paul II's blood relic to be shown again at Manila Cathedral

May 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'Let us once again come together and receive God's grace through the intercession of our beloved St John Paul II,' says the Manila Cathedral on its Facebook page

BLOOD RELIC. Father Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, holds the relic of Saint John Paul II. File photo by Angie de Silva

Cardinal Tagle calls for prayer, fasting vs 'crisis of truth'

May 17, 2018 - 7:36 PM

'We ask pardon for sins committed against truth and open ourselves to the action of the Spirit of Truth,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

CALL TO PRAYER. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle issues a call to prayer and fasting against the 'crisis of truth.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

Islamic State group claims deadly Indonesia church attacks

May 14, 2018 - 12:40 AM

The group claims responsibility for several recent attacks in Indonesia, most of them carried out by its affiliate Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

APARTMENT BLAST. This picture taken on May 13, 2018 shows Indonesian police and soldiers working at the site of a blast at a low-cost apartment complex in Sidoarjo, East Java just hours after a series of blasts targetting churches in the neighbouring city of Surabaya. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Budiao Church ruins excavated after more than 200 years

May 06, 2018 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) The site of the Budiao Ruins is eyed as a new tourist destination in the province of Albay, alongside the Cagsawa Ruins

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Filipinos mark 400th year since Lady of Carmel's arrival in Philippines

May 05, 2018 - 7:52 AM

'Sa mundong sumasamba sa mga huwad na diyos, bumalik tayo sa Carmel,' writes Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for 'Salubong at Traslacion'

FLUVIAL PROCESSION. The image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is brought on a fluvial procession around Manila Bay on May 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox hits BI's definition of 'missionary work'

May 05, 2018 - 7:43 AM

While she has joined rallies for social justice, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox calls these activities 'part and parcel of my apostolate and missionary work'

SEEKING PRAYERS. Priests pray over Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at UP Diliman's Parish of the Holy Sacrifice on April 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Canada presses Pope Francis over apology to indigenous communities

May 02, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Lawmakers are seeking 'official papal apology for the role played by the Canadian Catholic Church in the development, operation and abuse of residential schools'

APOLOGY? In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message as he leads the holy mass to mark the world day of peace, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2018. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Pope Francis speaks out for terminally-ill British toddler

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:08 PM

'I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life,' says the Pope

LIFE. Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome, at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia, on September 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andrew Medichini

TRANSCRIPT: 'Touch wounds of Christ in others' – Cardinal Tagle

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

'We see the true God only in the wounded Christ – wounded yet merciful,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Word Exposed Easter Recollection

WORD EXPOSED. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily at the Word Exposed Easter Recollection on April 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope names Father Medel Aseo as bishop of Tagum

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The Vatican announces the appointment of Tagum Bishop-elect Medel Aseo on the same day he marks his 39th year as a priest

NEW BISHOP. Father Medel Aseo, who is marking his 39th year as a priest, is named as the new bishop of Tagum in Davao del Norte. Photo from SFC Southeastern Mindanao's Facebook page

Pope John Paul II's blood relic honored at Manila Cathedral

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:27 PM

The public veneration of the blood relic at the Manila Cathedral lasts until 8 pm on Saturday, April 7, and resumes from 6 am to 8 pm on Sunday, April 8

BLOOD RELIC. The relic of the blood of Pope Saint John Paul II is on display for public veneration at the Manila Cathedral from April 7 to 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hawaii NGO accuses Quiboloy foundation of fraud

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:45 AM

In an email to Rappler, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's lawyer responds by saying 'jealousy' can often lead groups to make 'disparaging comments about others'

FRAUD ACCUSATION. The Hawaii-based Institute for Human Services (IHS) provides a sample picture of the badge used by volunteers of Children's Joy Foundation allegedly claiming they're raising funds for IHS. Photo courtesy of IHS

Franciscan friars, guardians of Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre

Apr 03, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Dispatched to the city 800 years ago by the Catholic order's founder, Saint Francis of Assisi, the Franciscans have for centuries ensured a permanent Christian presence in the Holy Land

GUARDIANS. Franciscan friars pray during the Lenten procession inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, on February 17, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

FBI investigates Quiboloy church in Hawaii for trafficking

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The investigation stems from a 2015 case involving a former Quiboloy church member who said she was physically abused for failing to raise enough money

CHURCH LEADER. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy leads the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Netizens slam devotees, tourists for leaving trash in Holy Week sites

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Irate netizens document the litter left in Holy Week pilgrimage sites and vacation spots

China-Vatican deal on bishops imminent – Chinese prelate

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Under the deal, the Vatican could agree to recognize 7 bishops who were chosen by the Communist government

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

[OPINION] Jesus wasn't white, he was brown-skinned. Here's why that matters.

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:28 PM

If we can recognize the importance of ethnically and physically diverse role models in our media, why can’t we do the same for faith? Why do we continue to allow images of a whitened Jesus to dominate?

JESUS. Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew and was not white. Photo by Hans Zatzka (Public Domain)/The Conversation

Why a visit to Jerusalem is a must for Catholics

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:53 AM

From the spot Jesus was born to the site of his crucifixion, here are 6 must-see places for Catholics

HOLY SITE. Jerusalem is considered a holy site by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Photo by Rappler/Natashya Gutierrez

Origins of the Visita Iglesia

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Visita Iglesia, the Holy Week practice of visiting and praying in at least 7 churches, was introduced to the Philippines by Augustinian missionaries in the 1560s

VISITA IGLESIA. Filipino Catholics pray at the historic Manila Cathedral during Holy Week. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler