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When the Catholic Church flexes political muscles

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Here's a look at the times when Catholic bishops and priests took sides in Philippine politics

MENTOR AND AIDE. The late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin (right) served as the mentor of then Father Socrates Villegas (left), now archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. Sin is known for his influence in Philippine politics, while Villegas is also known for speaking out on social ills. File photo from CBCP

Duterte says priests should be shot

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'Wala akong pakialam kung mamatay kayong lahat, maluwang pa ang ating cemetery,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that priest's IQs are 'deficient'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a printed matrix as he reveals a possible motive on the killing of a Catholic priest, Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Isabela City Gymnasium in Basilan on March 3, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Priests facing death threats: Digong, hindi kami takot sa 'yo

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot. Ang proteksyon natin ay kapag tayo'y nagsalita,' says a priest who faces death threats and is critical of President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAYER POWER. Nuns and laypersons pray over 3 priests facing death threats – Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva (left to right) – after a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose the threats to their lives. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

CCTV shows alleged abduction plot vs priest

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Father Flavie Villanueva, a priest critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, bares details of alleged threats to his life

MASKED MAN. CCTV footage show a masked man surveilling the office of Father Flavie Villanueva, a priest critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, a week after he received a threatening text message. Screenshot from CCTV video

LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

More priests bare death threats under Duterte's watch

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Fathers Flavie Villanueva, Robert Reyes, and Albert Alejo expose death threats they have recently received under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte

Catholic Priest Fathers Albert Alejo, Flavie Villanueva holds a press conference to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch today at St. Vincent School Theology QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Police file rape charges vs Negros Occidental priest

Feb 28, 2019 - 10:54 AM

A parish priest in Cadiz City is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl

It wasn't first time for priest in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

In 2010, Father Ricky Bacolcol was injured in a blast during a Christmas Day Mass also in Jolo, Sulu

BOMBING AFTERMATH. Policemen and soldiers are seen in front of the Jolo Cathedral, where a bombing took place on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

'They died for faith': Priests mourn Mass-goers in Jolo bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'Most of those who died were our regular Sunday 8 am Mass-goers,' says Jolo apostolic administrator Father Romeo Saniel

JOLO CATHEDRAL. Philippine soldiers walk past the damaged area of the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after two explosions tore through the place of worship. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Fr Chito Soganub on Red Wednesday: Persecution strengthens us

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'Even if we are persecuted, we do not lose hope. We do not lose faith,' says Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, the priest once held hostage by terrorists in Marawi City

RED WEDNESDAY. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub leads prayers outside the Manila Cathedral, lit up in red on November 28, 2018, as Catholics mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler     TIMES OF TRIAL. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub urges Catholics not to lose hope in times of persecution, as the faithful mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[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

Malacañang tells activist priest to file writ of amparo

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:38 PM

'It can be filed in the lower courts and it will be acted upon expeditiously,' Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque assures Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal

Father Amado "Picx" Picardal walks his bike out of the Baclaran Church after his sendoff mass on Wednesday.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

Wanted: Filipino priest accused of sex abuse in U.S.

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Suspended Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes, who also admitted to financial irregularities, is believed to have fled to the Philippines

WANTED. Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes is accused of sexual abuse in the United States. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Dallas

[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

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

Robredo asks Filipinos to unite vs killings, culture of violence

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:52 AM

'Huwag nating hayaang humantong sa sukdulan ng kaguluhan ang kalagayan ng ating bayan,' says Robredo

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A prayer interrupted: What we know so far in Father Nilo's killing

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo is shot dead on June 10, just as he was preparing to say evening Mass. There are now 8 suspects in the killing.

PNP arrests 'mastermind' in killing of Fr Richmond Nilo

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Manuel Torres allegedly paid P100,000 to self-confessed gunman Omar Mallari to kill Father Richmond Nilo

TOP COP. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame . File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suspect in killing of Fr Nilo released; new suspect identified

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Cabanatuan City RTC orders the withdrawal of criminal charges against Adell Milan

SWORN STATEMENT.  Adell Milan signs his sowrn statement.

FACT CHECK: Misleading video on priest in Camarines Sur murder case

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The blog post uses a November 2016 news report that is unrelated to the murder. Authorities have not yet officially named any suspect in the case nor confirmed there is a video of the crime.

Screenshot of website article supposedly showing a video of a murder in Baao, Camarines Sur, reportedly involving a priest

CBCP head says priests shouldn't carry guns despite killings

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, says the CBCP gives its 'trust and confidence' to the Philippine National Police

LAKAD-DASAL. Catholics join the 'Lakad-Dasal' in Metro Manila on June 22, 2018, to honor the 3 priests slain in the Philippines in less than 7 months. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] We must not keep quiet

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Kill us if they wish but our blood will speak louder than our voices. There is a message that only martyrdom can teach. We will not be threatened.

Priest photo from Shutterstock

FACT-CHECK: Fake details on priest's wallet with '2 condoms'

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Police confirm that no snatching incident was recorded on June 17, when the wallet of Father Raul Cabonce was allegedly snatched

CCTV footage shows arrested suspect in Fr Nilo slay far from crime scene

Jun 22, 2018 - 1:34 PM

The family and lawyer of Adell Milan present CCTV footage showing the primary suspect in the murder of Fr Richmond Nilo in another town less than an hour before the priest is killed

PROOF? CCTV footage shows Adell Milan on his motorbike passing by T. Ador Dionisio National High School in San Isidro town minutes before Fr Richmond Nilo is gunned down in Zaragoza town, which is about 25 kilometers away. Screengrab from sourced video

'We only want real justice for Fr Richmond Nilo'

Jun 22, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Diocese of Cabanatuan Vicar General Noel Jetajobe says, 'It will be a double injustice if we send the wrong guy to jail and fail to get the guilty ones'

JUSTICE FOR FR NILO. Various church groups call for justice and an end to all senseless killings and violence during the 9th day of the killing of Father Richmond Nilo. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP got the wrong guy – grandma of accused in Fr Nilo murder

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:18 AM

Elena Matias, grandmother of the accused Adell Milan, says the PNP’s facial sketch will show that her grandson does not look like the suspect at all

MY GRANDSON. Elena Matias holds a photo of her grandson Adell Milan, alleged suspect in the killing of Fr Richmond Nilo. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Duterte says no fight with priests: 'I respect the Church'

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Yet President Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as 'full of shit' and has continued verbal attacks against it amid the recent killings of priests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the query from one of the members of the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

246 priests, ministers want to carry firearms outside their homes – PNP

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:25 PM

This announcement from the Philippine National Police follows the series of killings of priests in the country

PNP CHIEF. Director General Oscar Albayalde during press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, June 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte vows justice for Fr Nilo in call to Cabanatuan bishop

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Top presidential aide Bong Go says President Rodrigo Duterte called Bishop Sofronio Bancud on June 14 to convey his condolences for the murder of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo

Bishop Sofronio Bancud leads the funeral mass for Fr Richmond Nilo, concelebrated with papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriel Giordanno Caccia, and other priests and bishops from the diocese. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: Drenched in God’s blood

Jun 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte’s persistent attacks against the Catholic Church, even after these killings, leave us with only one thought: that beyond his insensitivity, he is out to silence an institution that has now become his fierce critic

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

Slain Catholic priests remembered on Father's Day 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - 11:57 AM

'Ipanalangin natin ang mga pari, na nagsisilbi ring ama sa kanilang mga parokya at Simbahan, na biktima na rin ng mga karumal-dumal na pagpatay,' says Senator Leila de Lima on Father's Day 2018

'STOP THE KILLINGS.' Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) led a lightning protest to urge the government for an immediate resolution of the killing of Fr. Richmund Nilo and other victims of murder. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Suspect in Father Nilo's killing arrested – Nueva Ecija police

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(3RD UPDATE) Authorities identify the suspect as Adell Milan

TRAILED. Priest killed in Cabanatuan was followed before he was shot. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Slain priest Richmond Nilo buried in Nueva Ecija

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) As Father Nilo is buried at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, authorities announce the arrest of the principal suspect in his killing

RESTING PLACE. Priests carry Nilo’s coffin outside the cathedral as hundreds of mourners surround them on June 15, 2018. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

HRW: Murders of priests, journalists 'matter of grave concern'

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'These killings, alongside the thousands of deaths in the drug war, are grim reminders of the vulnerability of the poor and those who speak out for their rights,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

After priest killings, Duterte again threatens Church leaders

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'Ang problema ng mga buwang na ito, santo lahat. Gobyerno, military, police, puro demonyo na,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about Catholic leaders urging him to tone down his tirades against the Church

Senate to investigate killings of priests

Jun 13, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution urging the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs to probe the killings of priests amid President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church

Top Catholic seminary condemns killing of Fr Richmond Nilo

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:30 AM

'Walang Karlistang duwag,' say the men of San Carlos Seminary, as they condemn the killings of two of their alumni, including Father Richmond Nilo of Nueva Ecija

IN MOURNING. San Carlos Seminary mourns the recent killings of priests, including their alumni Father Richmond Nilo and Father Marcelito Paez. Composite image based on posts on the San Carlos Seminary Facebook page

Malacañang condemns killings of priests

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:45 AM

'We join the Catholic bishops and faithful in condemning the murder of Catholic priests,' says Malacañang, but remains mum on calls for President Rodrigo Duterte to tone down verbal insults against the Church that may embolden more attacks

Blood stains the floor of Nuestra Senora de la Nieve chapel in Barangay Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija where Catholic priest Richmond Nilo was shot to death as he was preparing for mass on Sunday, June 10, 2018.   Central Luzon regional director Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus told Rappler a CCTV footage captured a man stoop beside the windows of the chapel and shot the priest instantaneously before escaping with his company on a motorcycle.   (2nd photo shows the window where the gunman aimed to shoot the priest). Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Father Nilo: Nueva Ecija's hardworking defender of the Catholic Church

Jun 12, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The gunman who killed Fr Richmond Nilo fired his gun from the window of the chapel while the priest was preparing to say the 5 pm Mass

REMEMBERING FR NILO. Parishioners from all walks of life of St Vincent Ferrer Parish in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, pay their last respects to their slain parish priest Fr Richmond Nilo. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Father Richmond Nilo was trailed before being shot

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:36 AM

From an adjacent barangay, Father Richmond Nilo was followed by a vehicle until the priest reached Nuestra Senora de las Nieve chapel in Barangay Mayamot where he was later shot, Central Luzon police say

TRAILED. Priest killed in Cabanatuan was followed before he was shot. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

PNP forms team to probe killing of Nueva Ecija priest Richmond Nilo

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:35 AM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde also orders all local police chiefs to reach out to priests and ask if they face threats

PNP CHIEF. Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks in a press conference in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Fr Mark Ventura's bishop hits 'unfounded rumors' on his murder

May 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg speaks up after President Rodrigo Duterte claims Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was killed because of his illicit affairs

SLAIN PRIEST. Father Mark Ventura, who was shot dead by riding-in-tandem assailants, is the second priest killed in 4 months. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

Fil-Am priest is St Mary's Cathedral pastor, rector in SF

Feb 28, 2015 - 11:17 PM

The appointment of Father Arturo Albano who came to the US in 1979 takes effect July 1

Pope picks Filipino as Vatican envoy to UN

Jul 02, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Hailing from Bohol Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza becomes the first Filipino to represent the Vatican before the United Nations

VATICAN DIPLOMAT. Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza speaks to students of Fordham University in the United States about serving in Haiti. File photo by Chris Taggart courtesy of Fordham University, www.fordham.edu

Fr. Robert Reyes: running priest no more

Apr 25, 2012 - 12:59 PM

Fr Robert Reyes will be living the life of a monk in Palawan ending years of running for causes

(Don't) keep it in your pants

Feb 14, 2012 - 5:05 PM

Here s a modest proposal against Church celibacy

Priests and continent celibacy

Feb 14, 2012 - 10:38 AM

The laity needs to understand and appreciate the meaning of celibacy for priests

Archbishop Oscar Cruz