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Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

Jun 22, 2019 - 2:03 PM

There is no immediate word from the government on why President Maithripala Sirisena changed his mind on relaxing the tough laws imposed after the Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lankan soldiers secure an area near St. Anthony's Shrine after a car explosion in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. - The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically April 22 to 290 -- including dozens of foreigners -- as police announced new arrests over the country's worst attacks for more than a decade. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Sri Lanka to charge police for 'lapses' over Easter attacks

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Nine police officers will face 'criminal investigations' for failing to act on warnings ahead of the April 21 bombings on 3 churches and 3 hotels carried out by Islamic State-backed jihadists

AFTERMATH. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/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

Sri Lanka Muslim ministers resign en masse over Easter bombings

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:21 PM

The resignations of 9 government legislators come after a Buddhist monk lawmaker supporting President Maithripala Sirisena demanded the sacking of 3 top Muslim politicians

EASTER BOMBINGS. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Police chief blames president for failing to prevent Sri Lanka attacks

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara cites 'serious communication gaps' between intelligence agencies and security arms of the government, all which fall under Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena

TRAGEDY. Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Sri Lanka to relax emergency in a month – president

May 27, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'The emergency was declared to deal with the immediate security situation. However, it will not be necessary to extend this any further,' says Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

STATE OF EMERGENCY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan navy personnel carry on repair works on the facade of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 2, 2019, after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka extends emergency a month after suicide bombings

May 22, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Sri Lanka's president issues a proclamation saying that the emergency will continue for another 30 days, citing 'public security'

SECURITY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.  File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sri Lanka DNA tests confirm Easter attacks ringleader was hotel bomber

May 22, 2019 - 7:34 AM

A Sri Lanka police spokesman says the government's main forensic laboratory matched Hashim's daughter's DNA with the remains of one of the bombers at the hotel

TRAGEDY. Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Sri Lanka town under curfew after anti-Muslim attacks

May 12, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Authorities say mobs are attacking Muslim-owned businesses

Sri Lankan man who confronted bomber at church door remembered

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Ramesh Raju is one of 29 people that media reports say died in the blast at Zion, one of 3 churches and 3 hotels targeted by Jihadist bombers

Silent streets after dozens of children killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:56 PM

'These streets are usually full of children playing,' says Suraj Fernando, whose own 12-year-old grandson Enosh was among those killed. 'Now everybody is inside because they are sad and scared.'

Ranjeewa Silva 46, father of St Sebastian's Church suicide blast victim Enosh Silva, 12, cries next to Enosh's portrait at his house, in Negombo on April 24, 2019. The streets of Sri Lanka's Katuwapitiya should be full of the sound of children's games. But after deadly Easter attacks that killed at least 45 children, they have fallen silent.  LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

Sri Lanka Catholic churches halt public services over security fears

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities make fresh arrests and step up security measures as the government faces pressure over its failure to act on Indian intelligence warnings

Security personnel stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka began a day of national mourning on April 23 with three minutes of silence to honour more than 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts that have been blamed on a local Islamist group. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Police arrest 13 for Sri Lanka blasts

Apr 22, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Reports say 13 men from the same radical group were arrested for the 8 attacks on Easter Sunday

BOMBINGS. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache church in Paris, celebrated in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire, is pervaded by the spirit and hope of a fresh start

Faithful attend mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral at the Saint Eustache church in Paris, on Easter Sunday, on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Sri Lanka blasts: What we know so far

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The series of blasts on Easter Sunday is one of the deadliest attacks in the island nation's history

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Taprobane restaurant at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend when the bombing took place

Philippines denounces Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our nation, together with the rest of the world, is outraged by these latest senseless acts of terror and violence,' says the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Pope Francis urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,' Pope Francis says during his traditional Easter Sunday address

World leaders condemn deadly Sri Lanka blasts

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) A series of blasts ripped through several high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services on Sunday, April 21

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Mass for Easter Sunday 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:40 PM

After the Easter Sunday liturgy, Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) speech. Watch it live on Rappler.

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Easter blasts at Sri Lanka churches, hotels kill at least 207

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

(7th UPDATE) Documents show that Sri Lanka's police chief issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit 'prominent churches'

BOMBING. Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

On Easter 2019, Duterte hopes for integrity in May polls

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:44 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his Easter message, says he hopes evil 'will be swept away by our strong faith in the Almighty'

EASTER SUNDAY. Catholics watch the traditional Salubong that reenacts the meeting of Mary and her resurrected son, Jesus, during the Easter Sunday celebration at EDSA Shrine, Quezon City on April 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: How Philippines celebrated Easter 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Filipinos celebrate the feast of Christ's resurrection through the Easter Vigil and the traditional Salubong procession

Salubong at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, on April 21, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Defend freedom, Robredo tells Filipinos on Easter 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:04 AM

'Sa huli, sa kabila ng kadiliman at kahirapan, ang kabutihan at pagmamahalan pa rin ang mananaig,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Easter Sunday

EASTER VIGIL. The Paschal candle is lit in front of the Baguio Cathedral as part of the Easter Vigil rites on April 20, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Tagle at Easter Vigil: Be the love that triumphs over sin, death

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says expressing one's love need not always be through heroic feats, but can be done be through simple deeds

EASTER VIGIL. Lighted candles illuminate the faces of the Catholics who attended the Easter Vigil Mass led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Black Saturday at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2019

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The increase in tourism is harming the environment of this island known for its remarkable Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people

RAPA NUI. In this file photo, Moais – stone statues of the Rapa Nui culture – are seen on the Ahu Tongariki site on Easter Island off the Chilean coast in the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Gregory Boissy/AFP

Garcia overpowers Easter to unify lightweight titles

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:27 PM

American boxer Mikey Garcia keeps his WBC title and grabs Robert Easter's IBF belt via a unanimous decision victory

GUTSY. Mikey Garcia (right) dominates Robert Easter, in a battle of undefeated champions then boldly calls out Errol Spence. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers rout Mavs to overtake Cavs in Eastern Conference

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Ben Simmons finishes with 16 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers move one win clear of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the standings

ROLLING. Ben Simmons has a near-triple-double as the Philadelphia 76ers overtake the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. File photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP


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

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

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

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 2, 2018

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:22 AM

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

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

Pope Francis urges end to 'carnage' in Syria in Easter message

Apr 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) The pontiff also prays for peace and harmony in the Korean Peninsula

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Sunday Mass

Apr 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) after the Easter Sunday Mass

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

Robredo on Easter: Unite amid threats to democracy

Apr 01, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Jesus' victory over death shows that truth and goodness will always prevail, says Vice President Leni Robredo on Easter Sunday 2018

EASTER SUNDAY. Filipino Catholics join the traditional Easter Salubong at Saint Peter Parish in Quezon City on Sunday, April 1, 2018. The Salubong reenacts the meeting of the risen Jesus and his mother, Mary, on the first Easter. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, March 26 - April 1, 2018

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:26 PM

From rolling away "stones of sin" to threats against media to an exclusive video on violent rituals in the police academy

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos mark Easter 2018 with 'Salubong'

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter

IN PHOTOS: Easter Vigil 2018 at the Manila Cathedral

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:44 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of fire during Easter Vigil

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle on Easter 2018: Roll away 'stones' of sin

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:17 AM

'Iyong bato ng walang paggalang sa kapwa, alisin na para makalabas ang buhay ng pagdadamayan,' Cardinal Tagle says as Filipinos celebrate Easter

EASTER VIGIL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Easter Vigil at the Manila Cathedral on March 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte's Easter Sunday message: Be humble, forgive

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:00 AM

'May we nurture humility and forgiveness in our hearts as these will free us from the shackles of hatred and greed,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

'Ready Player One' review: Popcorn entertainment

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:20 PM

'Ready Player One' satisfies as a treasure trove of what connects almost everyone as consumers of pop entertainment

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Holy Week 2018: Mass readings for Easter Vigil

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Here is the set of readings in Catholic churches around the world for Easter Vigil 2018

Going on an Easter Egg hunt? Check out these places

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The Easter Bunny has hidden a whole lot of eggs around Manila this year!

Holy Week practices in the Philippines

Mar 28, 2018 - 6:54 PM

From crucifixion rites to the Easter egg hunt adopted from Western countries, the Catholic faithful in the Philippines observe practices and traditions in observing Holy Week

Why Holy Week has no fixed dates

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Compared to holidays like Christmas, Holy Week doesn't have fixed dates. Know the reasons behind Holy Week's seemingly random feast dates.

PALM SUNDAY. A layman of the Roman Catholic Church blesses palms during Palm Sunday celebrations in Bulacan, north of Manila on April 9, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Chile's Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Indigenous people who live on Chile s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone covering an area of 720 000 square kilometers 280 000 square miles around the island

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

May 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The school building which doubles as an evacuation center is among the community infrastructure projects being undertaken by Philippine and US soldiers in line with the 33rd Balikatan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio