Good Friday
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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)

The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

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

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle's homily on Good Friday 2018

Mar 30, 2018 - 11:52 PM

'Papayagan ba natin ipako sa krus si Hesus? O baka meron tayong ibang poprotektahan na hari? Ano 'yung hari na isasalba natin?'

MOVING STORY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle wipes his tears as he recounts a moving story on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Good Friday service at the Manila Cathedral

Mar 30, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Catholics line up to kiss the feet of the image of Jesus Christ on the cross during the Good Friday service led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the commemoration of the Lord'd Passion at the Manila Cathedral. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Filipinos celebrate Easter with crucifixion, flogging

Mar 30, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Though frowned upon by the Church, the gruesome reenactments of Christ's final moments draw thousands of believers and tourists in a carnival-like atmosphere that is big business for locals

Do we save Jesus or another king? – Tagle

Mar 30, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'We are being asked again. Do we nail Jesus to the cross? Do we allow Jesus to be crucified? Or maybe we are protecting another king?' asks the Manila Archbishop during the Good Friday service

Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion 04. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Mama, please let's bring Jesus to the hospital’

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'Mama, why is Jesus bleeding? Kawawa naman siya!'

CRUCIFIED CHRIST. Christians around the world remember the crucifixion and death of Christ on Good Friday. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marawi evacuees rally to be allowed to return home for good

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Organizers secure a permit from Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra but he says he didn’t know they planned to enter the ground zero. The military says it was generally peaceful.

PEACE RALLY. Security forces block Muslim residents of Marawi who attempt to hold Friday prayers inside ground zero on March 30, 2018. Photo courtesy of Baishora Ace

Holy Week 2018: Readings at the Good Friday service

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Here is the set of readings in Catholic churches around the world for Good Friday 2018

The death of a subversive

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Our religious observance becomes totally contradictory to what they were supposed to be. I have thought of these questions for a long time now: How can millions of Catholics piously kneel and venerate the cross on Good Friday and at the same time approve that addicts must die because they are a threat to the whole country?

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Our Good Friday that is Janet Napoles

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We write about the pork barrel queen in the holiest of weeks in Asia’s biggest Christian country, and rightly so. She represents one of our worst contradictions as a nation of the faithful.

ANIMATION: How do Filipinos observe Holy Week?

Mar 22, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Ever wondered why the dates for Holy Week change? Check out this video!

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, April 10-16, 2017

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:17 PM

A round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

IN VIDEOS: Holy Week 2017

Apr 15, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Watch how Filipinos observe Holy Week

Pope blasts migrant suffering in Easter prayer

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:39 AM

Shame for all the images of devastation destruction and shipwrecks which have become ordinary in our lives Pope Francis says in an apparent reference to Mediterranean migrant disasters

WITH THE FLOCK. Pope Francis also speaks of the child abuse scandals that have rocked Catholicism in recent years. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Penitential 'Walk for Life' on Good Friday

Apr 15, 2017 - 1:09 AM

Around 3 000 Catholic devotees go through the Stations of the Cross in Manila and offer prayers for various intentions

In Siquijor, regaining healing powers while Christ is dead

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:00 PM

For 7 Fridays leading to Good Friday Siquijor s healers scour Mount Bandila an and other sources for ingredients for a powerful concoction to be mixed and brewed on Black Saturday

GOOD FRIDAY. Noel Torremocha goes to Mt. Bandila-an and atop the crosses atop the mountain where they will do the cooking. All photos by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Crucifixions in San Pedro Cutud

Apr 14, 2017 - 8:11 PM

The tradition of voluntary crucifixions and self flagellation in Pampanga continues to draw devotees and fascinate spectators

TRADITION. Ruben Enaje (center), 57, is nailed to the cross for the 31st time in Barangay San Pedro Cutud. Photo by Darren Langit

WATCH: Commemoration of the Lord's Passion with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Watch the Good Friday mass live here on Rappler

Tagle tells Catholics to reject killing culture

Apr 14, 2017 - 1:50 PM

On Good Friday Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Masindak tayo at malungkot huwag po nating hayaan na ang kultura ay kumalat

Pro-Life groups participate in the Walk for Life along Roxas Boulevard from Rajah Sulayman Park to the Manila Cathedral in Manila on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle leads Good Friday 'Walk for Life'

Apr 14, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads Catholics during a Walk for Life procession on Good Friday April 14

#FridayFeels: 'Father, forgive us'

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Is this part of your Holy Week ritual?

When they gave him vinegar: From Christ to Raymart Siapo

Apr 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

On Good Friday in the Philippines – a country that celebrates its long Christian heritage – we see not the death but the persistence of cruelty

Tagle invites Catholics to Good Friday 'Walk for Life'

Apr 02, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The Good Friday Walk for Life begins 4:30 am at Baclaran Church and ends at the Manila Cathedral says Cardinal Tagle

TOP PRELATE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle walks toward the altar for a Mass to launch a drug rehabilitation program in San Juan City on March 17, 2017. Photo by Roy Lagarde

IN PHOTOS: Thousands in Jakarta Cathedral for Good Friday Service

Mar 26, 2016 - 11:41 AM

More than 15 000 Catholics attended Good Friday service in the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Assumption Jakarta

Pope slams Europe over migrants, denounces pedophile priests

Mar 26, 2016 - 8:09 AM

In the wake of this week s deadly attacks in Brussels Pope Francis slams terrorist acts committed by followers of some religions which profane the name of God and which use the holy name to justify their unprecedented violence

GOOD FRIDAY. Pope Francis during the Via Crucis (Way Of The Cross) procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday in Rome, Italy, 25 March 2016. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

FULL TEXT: Cardinal Tagle's Good Friday homily

Mar 25, 2016 - 8:36 PM

Ang mundo natin ngayon wag kang magpapatalo Unahan Yapakan Ang hindi mayayapakan yan ang nakatupad ng kanyang misyon Kaya punong puno tayo ng inggitan siraan Bago ako maunahan tapakan ko na

GOOD FRIDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle slams the 'gospel of success' in his Good Friday homily on March 25, 2016. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Cardinal Tagle hits ‘gospel of success’ in Good Friday homily

Mar 25, 2016 - 6:24 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says this misguided ambition has also led politicians to attack their rivals so they can win more votes

'GOSPEL OF SUCCESS.' In his Good Friday homily on March 25, 2016, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle criticizes the ways people take advantage of each other for the sake of a better life. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Philippines marks Good Friday with crucifixions

Mar 25, 2016 - 12:29 PM

UPDATED The Church discourages these extreme acts because Jesus Christ had already undergone that for all of us There is no need to repeat it a Catholic priest says

20TH YEAR. Alex Daranang, a street vendor from Brgy. San Pedro Cutud in San Fernando, Pampanga is nailed to the cross on the eve of his 60th birthday. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Bags of trash spoil Lent at Antipolo Cathedral

Mar 25, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Together with their prayers pilgrims leave their trash at the Antipolo Cathedral

Witnessing the crucifixion: A Fil-Am's Good Friday

Apr 04, 2015 - 5:53 PM

It turns out my Catholic American experience is mild and typical compared to my first Good Friday in the Philippines

DEVOTION. Many of the flagellants have tattoos devoted to Christ. Some of the participants have been to jail and commit self-flagellants to repent for their sins.

The devotion of Ben Kristo

Apr 04, 2015 - 2:05 PM

Ruben Enaje known as Ben Kristo due to his plum role in his city s Senakulo is planning to retire after 29 consecutive years of crucifixion

Pope leads prayers for persecuted Christians on Good Friday

Apr 04, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Men and women are imprisoned and even killed solely because they are believers or committed to justice and peace They are not ashamed of the cross They are outstanding examples to everyone

PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED. Pope Francis presides over the Way of the Cross torchlight procession on Good Friday in Rome, Italy, April 3, 2015. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

#PugadBaboy: No perfect religion

Mar 06, 2015 - 5:00 AM

San Pedro Cutud: Via Crucis

Apr 19, 2014 - 6:59 PM

The Good Friday rites at San Pedro Cutud culminate with the most brutal re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Hinuklog: Passion of the Christ street play

Apr 19, 2014 - 1:25 PM

The play draws thousands of tourists who want to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ

San Pedro Cutud: Bernardo, the aspiring Kristo

Apr 19, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Meet Bernardo, a 40 year-old construction worker who has been participating in the bloody Lenten rites for almost half of his life

Bernardo, 40, construction worker, flagellant of 18 years, and aspiring Kristo.

San Pedro Cutud: The bloody pilgrimages

Apr 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM

In Pampanga, Lenten atonement takes a bloody turn – year after year

Every year, devotees flock to San Pedro Cutud to witness a group of flagellants whip themselves to a bloody pulp. Photo by Marga Deona

Philippines' Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds

Apr 18, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The ritual held every year to mark Good Friday in Asia s bastion of Catholicism has become a major tourist draw despite official disapproval from Church leaders

My Catholic life

Apr 17, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Tradition is one thing and religion is another

IN PHOTOS: La Granja passion play

Mar 31, 2013 - 12:31 PM

La Granja an agricultural village in La Carlota joins the entire country in interpreting the Passion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday

IN PHOTOS: Holy Week in Cebu

Mar 30, 2013 - 8:13 PM

Andrei Amodia chronicles observance of Holy Week in Cebu

PH marks Good Friday with mock crucifixions

Mar 29, 2013 - 2:26 PM

Filipino penitents have themselves crucified on Good Friday in a ritual discouraged by the Catholic Church

Questions about morality on Good Friday

Mar 29, 2013 - 1:15 PM

Christ allowed himself to be nailed to a cross knowing he was going to die Could we consider this a form of suicide?

Costly Lenten dishes and defeated purposes

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:26 PM

We eat expensive fish meals for a supposedly sacrificial Lenten practice reflecting our attitudes toward following rules

VIDEO: Tagle on 'service in love'

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:16 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers a moving homily on love that is ready to serve service rooted in love

Pope to prisoners: I'm at your service

Mar 29, 2013 - 8:10 AM

Washing the feet of 12 young prisoners Pope Francis breaks tradition to fulfill his call for the Church to come out of herself

Good Friday crucifixion: Repentance or tetanus?

Mar 28, 2013 - 6:39 AM

The DOH warns against infections from Good Friday rituals discouraged by the Catholic Church

IN GOOD FAITH. A penitent has himself crucified on a cross with the belief that it would absolve him of his sins on Good Friday in Cutud, Pampanga. File Photo Rappler/John Javellana