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U.S. bishop steps down in Church abuse scandal

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The Vatican says in a statement that it accepts the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, from the Buffalo diocese in New York state

REPLACEMENT. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger speaks to members of the media following the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, during a press conference at the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on December 4, 2019 in Buffalo, New York. Photo by Aaron Lynett/AFP

Russian Patriarch warns against 'dangerous' domestic abuse bill

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:07 PM

The Patriarch, a 73-year-old monk who has led the Church for a decade, says the bill targeting domestic violence is an attempt to 'legalise outside forces interfering in family life,' which he called a 'sacred space'

PATRIARCH KIRILL. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, to commemorate the day of Saints Cyril and Methodius at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2019. File photo by Mikhael Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for 'malicious, careless' attack

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Farmers Development Center also says their inclusion in the red list was meant to 'silence our advocacy' for farmers rights

MILITARY LIST. The military tells lawmakers on November 5, 2019 that 18 groups are allegedly front organizations for the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Inside the church with an angry-looking Christ

Nov 01, 2019 - 6:06 PM

An angry-looking Jesus. Images of tormented souls in purgatory. An all-seeing eye. A chapel in Negros Occidental gives us a glimpse of Judgment Day.

Kidapawan church welcomes evacuees after magnitude 6.6 earthquake

Oct 29, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle also urges other churches from various dioceses to lend a helping hand to communities in need

EARTHQUAKE. An office worker is attended to by colleagues after she faints following an earthquake that hit Mindanao on October 29, 2019. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

Women urge Pope Francis for Church voting rights

Oct 26, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Ecuadorian nun Ines Azucena Zambrano Jara says women took an active part in the synod, with some of them defining themselves as 'synod mothers'

NUNS. Pope Francis his greeted by nuns during his weekly general audience in the Vatican's Saint Peter square on September 25, 2019. AFP photo

The Vatican out of money? Heavens no, says Pope ally

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'To say that the Vatican is at danger of default is false,' says Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, who heads a group of 6 cardinals that advise Pope Francis on economic reforms

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

[OPINION] How Carlos Celdran made me a decisive Catholic

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:52 PM

'Provocative criticisms from skeptics, agnostics, and atheists should in fact be welcomed as a means for us Catholics to let our faith grow deeper and perhaps evolve'

Archbishop stands by disgraced Pell after sex-case appeal lost

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli says while he accepted the testimony of the victim that convicted Pell, he believes his colleague was the victim of mistaken identity. He did not offer any evidence to support the claim.

Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Convicted paedophile cardinal George Pell had his appeal against child sex abuse charges rejected by an Australian court on Wednesday, August 20, 2019. Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKE / AFP

Methodist Church: Militarization has turned Negros into 'howling wilderness'

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'The deployment of additional troops complicated the already worsening human rights situation in the areas,' says the United Methodist Church

Human chain and candlelight protest was stages by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. Human rights groups in UP Diliman Quezon City set up human chain and lit candles. The groups then marched to the UP Sunken Garden and plant the crosses and lit candles to symbolizing the massacre of victims of violence According to Ralph Baguinon, spokesperson for the UP Rises Against Tyranny and Dictatorship, the killing spree is being carried out by some elements of the military and police over government opponents He said the administration should address its violence and inability to implement real land reform for farmers. August 20 will be a "day of mourning and solidarity" for the victims of the Negros province massacre. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Father of victim hopes for justice as Cardinal Pell waits for appeal verdict

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican number 3, is appealing against his conviction on 5 counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s,

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days.  Pell insisted he has the "full backing" of Pope Francis as he told an inquiry that abuse claims against Australia's most notorious paedophile priest were not "of much interest" to him. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Christian churches fear more PNP, AFP in Negros may mean more deaths

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines says that rights of the citizens to speak and organize should be respected, amid rampant red-tagging of human rights organizations

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/

FALSE: Catholic priests 'perform witchcraft' to make Duterte die

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Organizers say the photos were taken during a symbolic street theater activity called 'Lamay para sa Demokrasya' in May 2018

Cubao diocese refutes sedition claims: 'Bishop Ongtioco never met Bikoy'

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'It is...beyond belief that a case like sedition should be filed based on Bikoy's testimony, whose credibility is questionable,' says Fr Steven Zabala, vicar general of the Diocese of Cubao

SOLIDARITY MASS. Fr Steven Zabala presides a solidarity mass in support of Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, after the Church leader was tagged in the sedition complaint over Bikoy's viral 'narcolist' video. Screengrab from the Diocese of Cubao Facebook page

Pope Francis sanctions former U.S. bishop accused of sexual harassment

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:23 PM

Former US bishop Michael Bransfield has been forbidden to perform the liturgy, among other sanctions

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2019 A general view shows worshipers attending the Pope's Easter Sunday mass outside St Peter's basilica on St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on May, 14, 2019, to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Vatican lifts envoy's immunity over sex assault claims – France

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Luigi Ventura, 74, faces 4 complaints of sexual abuse – including that he molested a junior official at the Paris town hall

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

French priest at heart of church abuse scandal defrocked

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The allegations against priest Bernard Preynat sparked the biggest crisis in the French church in decades, drawing in its most influential cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin

Bethlehem's Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

UNESCO notes the high-quality work of Church and Palestinian officials in restoring 'roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors'

A view of a stained glass window at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank holy city of Bethlehem on July 2, 2019. Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, was removed from UNESCO's list of endangered world heritage sites on today following restorations there. The church was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 and placed on its endangered list the same year due to its poor condition. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

How religious groups clashed over LGBTQ+ rights at Pride 2019

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Religious groups express different opinions on LGBTQ+ rights on the sidelines of the Philippines' largest Pride March to date

'BE TRANSFORMED'. Members of Jesus is our Shield church holds a protest against Metro Manila Pride March outside Marikina Sports Center on June 30, 2019. Photo by Sophia Sibal/Rappler

Pampanga priest accused of abusing 17-year-old girl

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ecclesiastical investigation is ongoing,' says San Fernando Archbishop Florentino Lavarias

[OPINION] Understanding separation of Church and state

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Its misunderstanding can be used to silence the Church

Why Filipinos believe Duterte was 'appointed by God'

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:30 PM

It's rooted in the Filipino view of God as 'Punisher' – like Rodrigo Duterte

Meet Father Richard Mickley of historic PH Pride March of 1994

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Who is Father Richard Mickley, one of the founders of the Pride Movement in the Philippines?

Paris' Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass after fire

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:51 AM

It will take place on June 15 in the Chapel of the Virgin on the east side of the cathedral behind the choir, which has been confirmed to be safe

NOTRE DAME. This aerial picture taken on June 12, 2019 in the French capital Paris shows the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral under repair after it was badly damaged by a huge fire on April 15. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Bombed Catholic church in Sri Lanka attacks reopens

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith leads reconsecration of newly restored St Anthony's and says there were doubts whether the island could pull itself out of crisis after the coordinated suicide bombings on April 21

REOPENS. File photo of Sri Lankan navy personnel carry on repair works on the facade of St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 2, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Israeli court approves Jerusalem church land sale to settler group

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Israel's top court approves sale of properties by the Greek Orthodox Church to a Jewish pro-settlement organization in mainly Palestinian areas of annexed east Jerusalem

A member of Israeli security forces stands guard as a group of Jewish orthodox students wearing shirts bearing the Star of David tour the old city of Jerusalem on June 2, 2019 as Israelis mark Jerusalem Day. Jerusalem Day commemorates Israel's capture of the holy city's mainly Palestinian eastern sector in the 1967 Six-Day War. MENAHEM KAHANA / afp

Vatican moves to counter gender theory in education

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The Church is trying to promote 'dialogue on the question of gender in education,' Milan's Gonzague Institute professor Roberto Zappala says in a statement

St Peter's basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome.  Tiziana FABI / AFP

South Korean megachurch leader's rape term extended

May 17, 2019 - 11:29 PM

A Seoul appeals court has sentenced Pastor Lee Jaerock to 16 years behind bars

SENTENCED. In this file photo, South Korean Pastor Lee Jaerock arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on November 22, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop – Vatican

May 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports

U.S. Catholic dioceses announce abuse 'compensation program'

May 15, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The program by the 6 California dioceses will be managed by two independent monitors who have handled similar programs in New York and Pennsylvania, the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez says

COMPENSATION PROGRAM. A photo of Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Photo adapted from Facebook.

U.S. Catholic abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives

May 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The group wants Vatican to release 'all identities of thousands of offenders known exlusively and held in strict secrecy'

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Gunmen kill 6 in Burkina Faso Catholic Church

May 12, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The attackers set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the local health center

Churches to voters: Choose bets who put country over self

May 12, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Let us not return to dictatorship, warns Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

FOR THE COUNTRY. Faith-based leaders and members belonging to different Christian organizations under the People's Choice Movement hold a candle lighting ceremony ahead of the May 13 elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

May 09, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican – but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sri Lanka Catholic schools to reopen after attacks

May 09, 2019 - 5:54 PM

All state-run schools – more than 10,000 in total – have resumed classes on Monday, May 6, after police and security forces deployed armed guards

BACK TO SCHOOL. Sri Lankan school students return to classes as schools re-open across the country after the Easter attacks in Colombo on May 6, 2019. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Rappler Talk: Will religious endorsements work in 2019 polls?

May 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Rappler talks to sociologist of religion Jayeel Cornelio about religious endorsements – in the time of the President who said God is stupid

Film on Catholic priests using nuns as 'sex slaves' pulled

May 01, 2019 - 9:33 PM

The documentary 'Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church' has been pulled from the channel Arte, following a complaint by a priest

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Aglipayan group hits Duterte, endorses 10 Senate bets

May 01, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'We must not stand by as democracy is murdered,' say 150 bishops, priests, and laypersons of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or the Aglipayan Church

CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

Sri Lanka Catholics to resume mass 2 weeks after attacks

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:08 PM

'But we will start with a smaller number of masses and see if we can slowly increase it depending on how the situation develops,' says Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

Jihadists kill pastor, 4 others in Burkina church attack

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:38 PM

It is the first attack on a church since jihadist violence erupted in Burkina Faso in 2015

East Timor: police arrest ex-priest for sexually abusing girls in his orphanage

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:53 PM

'A list with the names of the girls was on his door, so we knew when it was our turn...It happened every day, during his afternoon naps and the night,' says one victim

Photo by Tjitse Lingsma

[OPINION] The folly of religious endorsements

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Our politics is thoroughly personality-driven. When religious leaders throw their support behind certain candidates, they inevitably echo the divide according to existing political loyalties.

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Heritage churches in Pampanga closed due to damage

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage-Pampanga recommends the temporary closure of all heritage churches in the province pending inspection of their structural integrity

CLOSED. The damaged church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Porac, Pampanga on April 23, 2019 is temporarily closed from the public. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

In Denmark, drop-in baptisms help boost Church numbers

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Denmark's Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings

DROP-IN BAPTISM. In Denmark, its Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings. Screenshot from AFP video

Touring Albay's churches through Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The rich Catholic heritage of Albay province is best seen during the traditional Visita Iglesia

Joroan church. Photo courtesy of Jemn Dimaculangan

WATCH: Visita Iglesia 2019

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:49 AM

The Society of St. Paul’s Philippines - Macau features the churches of the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres for the Visita Iglesia 2019

Screenshot from St. Paul's Audiovisuals

Boracay parish church all set for Holy Week 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Holy Week in Boracay Island will revolve around the Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Parish Church

SEMANA SANTA. Everything is set for the Holy Week church activities in Boracay. Photo BY Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Church groups demand justice for massacred farmers

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Victims' families in Negros Oriental say the police wore bonnets and mercilessly executed their kin

A group of religious people from different sects gathered at the Barangay Mariana Park in Quezon City to air their protest and grievance on the death of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Christian group condemns bloody police ops in Negros Oriental

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'Respecting the rights of the people, even if they are suspected of misdeeds, is a hallmark of a truly democratic society,' the National Council of Churches in the Philippines says

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/