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[OPINION] The silence of the shepherds

Sep 16, 2018 - 6:20 PM

There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think it is acceptable for the common good.

Photo of priest from Shutterstock; photo of bloodied body by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Christian churches seek donations for Filipinos hit by Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and CBN Asia, producer of 'The 700 Club Asia,' call for donations for those hit by Typhoon Ompong

TYPHOON OMPONG. Residents of Barangay Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal, suffer flooding due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) on September 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mormon Church shelters Filipinos affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints prays 'for the safety and well-being of the Philippines' as it is battered by Typhoon Ompong

SHELTER FROM THE STORM. Many Mormon Church buildings in the path of the typhoon are already being used to shelter members and others, and the Church is working with local vendors to secure food, water, and other basic supplies. Photo courtesy of Intellectual Reserve Inc/Mormon Newsroom

Catholic Church prepares to help those hit by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle mobilizes the disaster response arm of his archdiocese to assist Filipinos who will be affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle mobilizes help for Filipinos to be affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China shuts down prominent Christian church

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Around 70 officials stormed into the Zion Church – housed on the third floor of a nondescript office building in the north of the capital – after its Sunday afternoon service, says church pastor Jin Mingri

Pope Francis urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:25 PM

He also warns newly-ordained bishops against succumbing to apathy or mediocrity

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

New York subpoenas every Catholic diocese in state

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:25 PM

All 8 Catholic dioceses have either been or are in the process of being subpoenaed by New York's state attorney general

SUBPOENAS. In this file photo taken on September 7, 2015, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, is viewed in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

[OPINION] The dark side of leadership

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:33 PM

The scandals that rock the Church are not just about sexual abuse or misconduct, but also the self-serving way leadership is exercised

Australian Catholics vow to end child abuse 'cover-ups'

Aug 31, 2018 - 12:34 PM

'Many bishops failed to listen, failed to believe, and failed to act,' says Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Irish PM urges action on abuse as Pope admits 'shame and pain'

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis is in Ireland to close the 2018 World Meeting of Families

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis disembarks from the plane on his arrival at Dublin International Airport on August 25, 2018, at the start of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Fans, churchgoers pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson remembers his dear friend known as the 'Queen of Soul' at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father preached

TRIBUTE FOR THE QUEEN. A man paints a mural of Aretha Franklin on a wall down the street where the Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke celebrating the life of singer Aretha Franklin at her father's church, New Bethel Baptist, during a Sunday morning service in Detroit, Michigan on August 19.  Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Duterte: 'Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass'

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hits the Catholic Church and the European Union again in a speech at Malacañang

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang on August 13, 2018. Malacañang photo

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account

Lithuania capital launches provocative 'G-spot' tourism ads

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it's amazing. Vilnius, the G-spot of Europe,' says the advertisement

G-SPOT AD. Inga Romanovskiene, director of official tourism service Go Vilnius (R) and Indre Speciunaite (L) public relations project manager pose in front of a projection of a publicity campaign to promote tourism in Vilnius in Vilnius on August 7, 2018. Photo by  Petras Malukas/AFP

Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The update to the Catechism text also says the Church will 'work with determination' for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide

CATECHISM. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The petition includes 3 requests for help in criminal cases of 9 members of the church

CRISIS. Picture of a cross taken in Punta de Tralca, west of Santiago, on July 30, 2018 as Chile's Episcopal Conference holds an extraordinary meeting to analyze the roots of the current crisis that the Catholic Church is experiencing in the country, burdened by the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-up, and how to overcome it. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Ukrainian president slams Russian church as 'national security threat'

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Conflict between Ukraine and Russia has exacerbated tensions between the two churches, with Ukranian Patriarch Filaret once saying Putin was 'possessed by Satan'

LEADERS. Patriarch Filaret (L) of the Kiev-based Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2nd L) attend a religious procession in Kiev on July 28, 2018, marking the 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of U.S. cardinal caught in abuse scandal

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Theodore McCarrick is one of the most prominent American cardinals active on the international stage. The charges make him one of the most high-profile Catholic leaders to face abuse claims.

RESIGN. Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Chile investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM

The cases relate to incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents

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

Huge Christian church hits Duterte, says PH 'in sickbed'

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'The nation is now in sickbed and our people are in distress,' says the Council of Bishops of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines or UCCP

SINCERITY DOUBTED. The United Church of Christ in the Philippines Council of Bishops says it doubts the sincerity of President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

CHALLENGING CATHOLICS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes impassioned gestures as he speaks on the 3rd day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3-day Catholic fasting vs blasphemy can include Facebook

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The Catholic Church is holding days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving from July 17 to 19 to atone for the sins of blasphemers, liars, and murderers in the Philippines

WALK FOR LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, prays during the Walk for Life at Quirino Grandstand in Manila on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Catholics mark day of prayer for blasphemers, murderers

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Catholics can observe this day of prayer and penance anywhere, says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. He says prayers can also be offered for 'advocates of fake news.'

CBCP HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), calls for a day of prayer and penance on July 16, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] On Duterte's sexual abuse and the washing of the feet

Jul 15, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Washing his feet will symbolically send a powerful image of subservience rather than prophetic witness, and will be used to coopt your credibility and cause confusion and division within the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches

3rd Methodist missionary leaves Philippines after expulsion

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) Government critics fear a crackdown on foreign missionaries as President Rodrigo Duterte detests foreigners who speak out against his administration

METHODIST CHURCH. This file photo dated July 2, 2018, shows leaders and members of the United Methodist Church urging the Philippine government to allow 3 Methodist missionaries to leave the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Prominent Chilean priest arrested over sex abuse allegations

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Prosecutor Emiliano Arias says the alleged abuse by Oscar Munoz, 56, took place from 2002 in the capital Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua

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

Duterte says 'sorry, God'

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:37 AM

But the apology is qualified with the President saying he is sorry if the God he wronged is 'the same God' as his

In 24 hours, Duterte breaks vow to stop hitting the Church

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Referring to millions of Filipinos who voted for him, President Rodrigo Duterte claims, 'Sila ang Diyos ko'

PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles in Malacañang on July 9, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte wants priests to stop criticizing him from pulpit – Roque

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The President doesn't want criticism of his administration to come from priests, citing the separation of Church and state. He has previously used the presidential podium to comment on religious belief.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures his respect to Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines President Archbishop Romulo Valles, who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. Joining the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte agrees to stop talking about the Church for now

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to a 'moratorium on statements about the Church' after meeting with CBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles, says Malacañang

Bishop warns vs propaganda in Duterte admin's talks with churches

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:02 AM

The proposed dialogue will only be fruitful if it convinces President Rodrigo Duterte to stop killings and respect human rights, says Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon says President Rodrigo Duterte crossed the line when he called God stupid. File photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Duterte says he welcomes criticism, but not from foreigners in PH

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:46 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says every Filipino is entitled to criticize him 'as a matter of right,' but not foreigners, 'however holy' they are

CRITICISM. President Rodrigo Duterte says he is welcome to criticisms, as long as these were not from foreigners. Malacanang file photo

Methodist missionary deported after weeks in detention

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana of Zimbabwe leaves the Philippines after the Bureau of Immigration accused him of joining political activities

DEPORTED MISSIONARY. Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana of Mutare, Zimbabwe, leaves the Philippines on July 5, 2018. Photo courtesy from NCCP's Facebook page

U.S. missionary back home after expulsion from Philippines

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:32 PM

American Methodist missionary Adam Thomas Shaw is one of 3 foreign missionaries ordered by the Philippine government to leave for allegedly engaging in political activities

ORDERED TO LEAVE. American Methodist missionary Adam Thomas Shaw appears in a press conference on July 2, 2018, about the plight of 3 Methodist missionaries, including himself, who were ordered to leave by the Philippine government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines orders 3 Methodist missionaries to leave

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman engaged in 'political activities,' like Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman have been ordered by the Bureau of Immigration to leave the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Australian archbishop gets 12 months for concealing child abuse

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:21 PM

In sentencing, Newcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone says 'there is no remorse or contrition showed by the offender' Archbishop Philip Wilson

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Jul 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.

[OPINYON] Diyos ay pag-ibig

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Nakalulungkot na nalantad kayo sa pagmumura, pagbabanta, at panghihiya ng Pangulo ng ating bansa. Piliin ninyong mahalin pa rin siya, ngunit manatili sa katotohanan ng ating pananampalataya.

Roque claims Church leaders working with Left to oust Duterte

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Malacañang also claims that Church leaders are only criticizing the President because 'their candidate' lost in the 2016 elections. But criticism from Church leaders began when Duterte cursed Pope Francis, months before he topped presidential surveys.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Diyos ni Digong ang diyos ng hidwaan

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Hindi hinubog sa imahe ng kanyang ‘sensible God’ si Rodrigo Duterte

[OPINION] Why did God give us Duterte?

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

God did not give us Duterte to be our President. The 16 million voters chose him to be President and he is now President. But God can write straight with crooked lines. Even from something bad, good can come out.

Stay faithful, Davao archbishop tells flock after Duterte rant

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'a peaceful and charitable spirit' after their long-time mayor, President Rodrigo Duterte, called God stupid

FRIENDS FOR YEARS. Then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte apologizes to Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles on December 4, 2015, after Duterte cursed Pope Francis in a campaign speech. File photo from the Facebook page of Christopher 'Bong' Go

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

Malacañang disputes Church 'destabilization plot' floated by Boy Saycon

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls Boy Saycon a 'bagito' in government who should be given a 'thorough briefing on how we go about releasing information to the public'

More Christian groups rebuke Duterte for mocking God

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines slams the 'brazen exercise of power against one's religion.' The Philippines for Jesus Movement says, 'Mr President, you are no simple citizen.'

HITTING DUTERTE. Brother Eddie Villanueva, founder of the Philippines for Jesus Movement, is one of the Christian leaders hitting President Rodrigo Duterte for his rant against God. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte 'committed sin that only Satan can do' – Christian group

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:33 PM

'President Duterte has crossed the line!' says Bishop Daniel Balais, national chairman of the Christian group Intercessors for the Philippines

FACING OUTRAGE. The Christian group Intercessors for the Philippines says it 'condemns to the highest degree' the 'blasphemous words against God' uttered by President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo