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Pray for Duterte, 'he is a very sick man' – Bishop David

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The Caloocan bishop is reacting to comments made by President Duterte that Catholic saints are fools and drunkards

‘SANTO RODRIGO.’ President Rodrigo Duterte tells an All Saints’ Day audience that Catholic saints are ‘gago’ and ‘lasenggo,’ so they should just place his photo at their altars. File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

Pray for the Philippines, bishop tells Padre Pio devotees

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:32 PM

‘Kung sugatan po ang buhay natin, sugatan din ang bayan natin,’ says Bishop Broderick Pabillo as Saint Padre Pio's heart relic visits the Manila Cathedral

HEART RELIC. Devotees touch the incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio, which was brought to the Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop hits killings as Padre Pio heart relic visits UST

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Killing ‘is never the way of Jesus Christ,’ says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, pointing out that the heart of Saint Padre Pio is ‘like that of Jesus’

PADRE PIO. The heart relic of Saint Padre Pio is seen on display at the University of Santo Tomas for overnight veneration. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Repent, bishop says after Duterte admits to EJKs

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'We should welcome this public confession,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after President Rodrigo Duterte admits his 'only sin' is extrajudicial killings

REJECTING KILLINGS. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is one of the bishops most outspoken against drug war killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Tagle, Villegas seek aid for monsoon flood victims

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Filipinos can course donations through their parishes, dioceses, or Caritas offices, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

IN PRAYER. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads a prayer at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop David on drug users: They're drug victims, too

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:32 PM

'Isn't it obvious that they are also victims, and that they also need to be saved, not killed?' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, reacting to SONA 2018

SHEPHERD, PREACHER. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David delivers the homily at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Manila on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HOAX: Bishops' 'Start the Drug Dealings' banner

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The original photo calls for an end to tyranny

Bishops hit Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings are not human lives!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after SONA 2018

DEFENDING LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David attends the recently concluded Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. Days later, he criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte for pitting human rights against human lives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Jul 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

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Bishop slams 'death squads' in 2 overnight Caloocan murders

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We used to call them bonnet gangs. Now we just call them what they really are – death squads,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

SHEPHERD. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David celebrates Mass at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on July 19, 2018. Photo by Roy Lagarde

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

Catholic council opposes charter change, rejects dictatorship

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The Council of the Laity of the Philippines rejects 'any attempt to bring back dictatorship,' and calls for prayer vigils on the day President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address

CHARTER CHANGE. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for charter change to shift the Philippines to federalism. Malacañang file photo

Pope Francis names Cainta priest as new auxiliary bishop of Antipolo

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Father Nolly Buco is the first priest from the Diocese of Antipolo to become a bishop. He is parish priest of Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta, Rizal.

NEW BISHOP. Father Nolly Buco, 54, is named auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo. Photo from Our Lady of Light Parish/Diocese of Antipolo

Cebu archdiocese says shootout 'not attack vs Church'

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The shooting incident at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence is 'a wake-up call' about depression, says Cebu Archdiocese media liaison Monsignor Joseph Tan

KILLED ON THE SPOT. Cebu City police killed this man in a shootout inside the compound of the Cebu Archbishop's Residence on July 10, 2018. Photo from Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak's Facebook account

Evangelical churches slam Duterte barbs vs 'stupid God'

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches says it is 'immensely offended' after President Rodrigo Duterte blasted as stupid 'the God of the Christian faith'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ceremonial distribution of 3,772 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to agrarian reform beneficiaries in the Western Visayas region at the Cabatuan Covered Gym in the Municipality of Cabatuan, Iloilo on June 20, 2018, explains that he is simply doing his job when the CLOAs have been distributed to the rightful beneficiaries. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINYON] Tungkol kay Adan, Eba, at pananampalatayang Katoliko

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Iginagalang ng mga Katoliko ang tungkulin ng Pangulo, at ang mandato niya bilang Pangulo. Sana igalang din niya ang mga Katoliko kahit hindi siya sumang-ayon sa doktrina ng Katoliko.

Duterte photo courtesy of Malacañang

Bishops hit Duterte for calling God stupid

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Paano siya magiging Pangulo para sa lahat ng Pilipino kung wala siyang paggalang sa mga mananampalatayang Katoliko?' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) issue statements criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte (right) for calling God stupid. File photo of Duterte courtesy of Malacañang; file photos of David and Villegas by Angie de Silva/Rappler

More Catholics outraged by killings of priests

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:35 AM

'Let us not stop making noise until our cry for justice and truth is heard. Let the killings stop!' says Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco after the recent murder of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo.

SLAIN PRIEST. Father Richmond Nilo is the 3rd Filipino priest to be killed in less than 7 months. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Bishop: Open churches for drug recovery programs

Aug 15, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma however condemns extrajudicial killings as a way to address the drug crisis

DRUG SUSPECT. A suspected drug user wearing a Duterte campaign wristband takes his oath after voluntarily surrendering in Manila, Philippines, on July 15, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

CBCP slams 'vigilantism' amid Duterte crime war

Jun 20, 2016 - 1:42 PM

UPDATED God never gave up on us We have no right giving up on ourselves or on our brothers and sisters CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

RESPECT FOR LIFE. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas slams 'vigilantism' in the face of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's war against crime. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila