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Vatican discredits ex-SAF chief's claim on Marwan threat

Feb 12, 2015 - 2:06 PM

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi says terrorist Marwan s reported plot to kill Pope Francis in the Philippines is unfounded

'UNRELIABLE' CLAIM. The threat against Pope Francis, as reported by relieved police commander Getulio Napeñas (in photo), is 'unfounded,' Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi says. Photo by Mark Cristino

'Amang' was biggest threat to Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2015 - 11:45 PM

Ambassador Paynor says the Pope did not wear any bullet proof vest inside his garment Instead what he wore was a poncho for rain protection

Aquino's speech a commentary on Arroyo years – Tagle

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:36 PM

Meanwhile the Vatican spokesman finds the Philippine president s speech interesting : You see what is the perspective of the politician and of the Pope Two different perspectives

POPE IN THE PALACE. Pope Francis signs the guestbook in Malacanang Palace.

Flying high with Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2015 - 8:34 PM

Pope Francis might be the leader of my Church a rock star and a holy man but for me right now Pope Francis is an assignment

FLYING WITH THE POPE. Pope Francis touches the head of a Filipino cameraman aboard the papal plane. Photo by Joe Torres

Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis, shows off new film

Jan 08, 2015 - 11:37 PM

She met the 78 year old pontiff along with her brother and her daughters Shiloh and Zahara

MRT hike, Aquino on Purisima, Vatican on PH | The wRap

Jan 05, 2015 - 7:31 PM

Protesters to Supreme Court: Block MRT fare hike President Aquino defends police chief Purisima The Vatican says the Philippines is part of the Church’s ‘great frontier’

Vatican: Philippines part of Church's 'great frontier'

Jan 05, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi says Asia is one of the great frontiers of the Church of our time and Pope Francis indicates this with his exciting trips

REACHING OUT. The Vatican describes Asia as a 'great frontier' that Pope Francis wants to reach. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Ex-Vatican bank heads accused of embezzlement, accounts seized

Dec 06, 2014 - 10:58 PM

While the IOR would not provide details on the case given the ongoing judicial enquiry Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi tells Italian media the trio are suspected of embezzling money

VATICAN BANK. This file picture shows the headquarters of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) the Vatican's bank on February 18, 2012 at the Vatican. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Tired but smiling, the pope gets back to work

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Pope Francis returns to Vatican from a brief respite receiving political and religious leaders after a sudden indisposition forced him to cancel a hospital visit a day earlier

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Cardinal Quevedo a 'prophet' in Mindanao

Feb 22, 2014 - 7:25 PM

UPDATED At the Vatican Pope Francis gives the red hat to Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo

Q & A: Mindanao cardinal dreams 'like Pope Francis'

Feb 21, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo who becomes cardinal on February 22 says he wants a simple Church a poor Church a humble Church

New cardinal: 'Spokesman' from the poorest islands

Jan 16, 2014 - 6:00 PM

Pope Francis has pulled Cotabato from the fringes and newly named Cardinal Orlando Quevedo vows to speak out on the challenges facing southern Philippines

WHAT'S NEXT? Will the relationship between Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, officially a cardinal in February, and the Aquino administration change? File photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Mindanao cardinal fears 'crowning with thorns'

Jan 15, 2014 - 8:46 PM

The first cardinal from Mindanao Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo admits he feels some insecurity He asks himself: Am I equal to the task?

Quevedo: Mindanao's first cardinal

Jan 13, 2014 - 6:41 AM

Named a cardinal Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo can soon advise the Pope on Islam and inter religious dialogue

Pope urges dialogue in Myanmar at talks with Suu Kyi

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:16 PM

With Myanmar rocked by sectarian unrest Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi discuss peace and democracy

TALKING PEACE. Aung San Suu Kyi talks with Pope Francis at a private audience at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / FRANCESCO SFORZA

Pope to live in Vatican guesthouse 'until further notice'

Mar 27, 2013 - 7:45 AM

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the new pontiff would remain in the 120 room guesthouse among other members of the clergy until further notice

Pope Francis waves from the popemobile after a mass on St Peter's square as part of the Palm Sunday celebration on March 24, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Pope Francis's first days in office

Mar 14, 2013 - 8:24 AM

Pope Francis has a packed agenda for his first days as pontiff

BUSY SCHEDULE. This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office shows Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis, appearing at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Benedict XVI starts new life with TV and snooze

Mar 01, 2013 - 9:56 PM

Benedict XVI began his life of retirement by watching a bit of TV getting a good night s sleep and reciting the rosary a day after his resignation

LAST APPEARANCE. Benedict XVI greets the public before retiring to a life of monasticism. Photo from AFP

Papal cohabitation a unique challenge

Feb 14, 2013 - 10:09 AM

The Catholic Church faces a unique challenge starting next month when a living former pope begins a cohabitation with his successor both residing in the world s tiniest sovereign state

The portrait of Pope Benedict XVI (L) is displayed next to Pope John Paul II's on a wall of the St Paul Outside the Walls’ basilica on February 13, 2013 in Rome. The portraits of each pope are displayed in a frieze extending above the columns separating the four aisles and naves. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI

Benedict XVI will lose power of infallibility

Feb 13, 2013 - 10:31 PM

The issue is complex for many Catholics who believe the election of a pope is divinely inspired and are accustomed to popes remaining in office until death

RELIGION CORRUPTIBLE? Pope Benedict XVI in a file photo from Facebook

Conclave to elect new pope not before March 15

Feb 13, 2013 - 9:15 PM

UPDATED The meeting to elect the new Pope will only be held after March 15 says the Vatican spokesman

STEPPING DOWN. Pope Benedict XVI will resign from the papacy on February 28, Vatican's spokesman says. File photo from AFP

Vatican defends ivory record with elephant lovers

Jan 23, 2013 - 10:22 PM

The Vatican defended itself against accusations it encourages illegal ivory trafficking