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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

Holy Week attacks stall P1.3-B road projects in Davao City

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Authorities suspect the New People's Army is behind the burning of 10 heavy equipment vehicles in different barangays

TORCHED. One of the heavy equipment trucks destroyed by suspected communist fighters during Holy Week in Davao City. Photo from the Davao City Police Office

War on drugs: Police kill 7, arrest 811 during Holy Week 2018

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The killings and arrests are done under anti-illegal drugs raids and buy-busts as Oplan Tokhang was suspended during the holidays

Marinduque high school students win Battle of the Morions

Apr 01, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The Battle of the Morions, or Moryonan, aims to encourage towns and schools to train the new generation in making morions and costumes

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

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

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

Netizens slam devotees, tourists for leaving trash in Holy Week sites

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Irate netizens document the litter left in Holy Week pilgrimage sites and vacation spots

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: Where are the stars vacationing this Holy Week?

Mar 30, 2018 - 8:07 PM

Our favorite celebs take time off in places near and far this Holy Week 2018

Albay's father-and-son 'paso' carvers on techniques and their religious mission

Mar 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The tandem are among the most sought-after carvers in the region

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

Pope Francis washes feet of Filipino prisoner on Holy Thursday

Mar 30, 2018 - 2:49 PM

For the 4th time in his papacy, Pope Francis chooses to celebrate Holy Thursday in an Italian jail

Tomb raiders strike on Maundy Thursday in Abra

Mar 30, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Police suspect some people usually collect bones in untended and cracked tombs which they would then use for charms and potions

The stories behind the Passion of Jesus

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:45 PM

These are the stories of the key characters in the Stations of the Cross

Why? Why? Why?

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Lord, do you not care? Why are you not doing anything to help us? Why are you not saying anything if only to assure us? Why are you not doing anything to stop the killings and the stealing and the vulgarity?

IN PHOTOS: Washing of Feet rites with street dwellers, EJK orphans

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Father Flavie Villanueva leads the Washing of the Feet for urban poor, street dwellers, and orphans of victims of extrajudicial killings on Maundy Thursday 2018

WIDOWED. Fr. Flavie Villanueva washes the feet of a wife who lost her husband in the government's drug war

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?

Vigan’s Semana Santa: Between now and 130 years ago

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Vigan Conservation Complex has a booth for ‘pasyon’ sing-along, except it’s open only on request. Still, the city continues with its century-old Holy Week traditions.

LOOK: Lenten parade at the 2018 Moriones Festival

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Penitents wear morions – these are masks depicting the faces of Roman centurions. They are called by locals as 'Moriones.'

MORIONES. Men and women from Sta Cruz, Marinduque wear morions at the Lenten Parade of the town on March 29, 2018. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

'Put a stop to fake news’ – Cardinal Tagle

Mar 29, 2018 - 2:53 PM

On Maundy Thursday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Catholics are 'not called and consecrated to bring fake news, only Good News, especially through the integrity of our lives'

'STOP FAKE NEWS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle rallies against fake news during his homily for the Chrism Mass. Photo by Angie de Silva

IN PHOTOS: Cardinal Tagle celebrates Chrism Mass

Mar 29, 2018 - 1:55 PM

This year's Chrism Mass also recognizes Gaudencio Borbon Cardinal Rosales, former Archbishop of Manila, for 60 years of priesthood

HOLY OILS. Cardinal Tagle blows on the vessels of holy oil during Chrism mass. Photo by Angie de Silva

[OPINION] Jesus wasn't white, he was brown-skinned. Here's why that matters.

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:28 PM

If we can recognize the importance of ethnically and physically diverse role models in our media, why can’t we do the same for faith? Why do we continue to allow images of a whitened Jesus to dominate?

JESUS. Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew and was not white. Photo by Hans Zatzka (Public Domain)/The Conversation

In defense of Judas

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Have we forgotten that the Eucharist was really for him (and for the potential Judases that we all can turn into)?

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!

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 29, 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

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

STA. MARIA SALOME. Photo by Mavic Conde

Holy Week exodus: Commuters line up for hours in terminals

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The rush to go to the provinces results in up to 3 hours of waiting in bus terminals

MASS EXODUS. The line for a JAC Liner bus going to Lucban town in Quezon has spilled over to Mapagmahal Street in Quezon City. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

Holy Week 2018: Mass readings for Maundy Thursday

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Here is the set of Mass readings in Catholic churches around the world for Maundy Thursday 2018

Holy Week reflections: Alab ng Puso

Mar 28, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Kapag ang relihiyon sa atin ay naging ritwal na lang; kapag ito'y parang obligasyon na lang na wala nang epekto sa buhay, pag-iisip at pag-uugali ng tao, para itong templong wala nang apoy

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

Your Holy Week 2018 binge-watch list

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The long break is the perfect time to catch up on all the shows you won't want to miss

Behind the masks of Marinduque's Moriones Festival

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:37 AM

This Holy Week, the Morions of Marinduque fulfill their vows to show their gratitude to God through the Moriones Festival

Father Roger Diaz (third from left) join other penitents on 15 kilometers walk from Barangay Botilao to Santa Cruz town proper before the start of Good Friday procession.

Origins of the Stations of the Cross

Mar 28, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Know the story behind the origins of this Catholic act of devotion that commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ

Holy Week 2018: Mass readings for Holy Wednesday

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:18 PM

Here is the set of Mass readings in Catholic churches around the world for Holy Wednesday 2018

Holy Week reflections: The path of nonviolence

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Let us never allow ourselves to be motivated by anger or hatred, resentment, revenge, or the instinct to retaliate or return evil for evil

[OPINYON] Nagsisi, nanalangin, nag-selfie

Mar 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Inaasahan ko nang maraming maglalagay ng #BisitaIglesia sa kanikanilang status, kasunod ang #blessed o #saved o #amen.... At palagay ko, wala namang masama rito. Ano ba naman kung isabay ang pagliliwaliw sa pamamanata?

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

I think that cutting down is done in order to make a little more room in our hearts for one another, and also maybe a little more room for God

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:11 PM

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

An Indian boy plays in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi on March 22, 2018. World Water Day is observed on March 22 and focuses on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA

Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of Chito Soganub, Demafelis parents

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Marawi priest rescued from the Maute Group, and the parents of Joanna Demafelis – the OFW found dead in a freezer in Kuwait – will join the Washing of the Feet ritual led by Cardinal Tagle on Holy Thursday

HOLY THURSDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle performs the traditional Washing of the Feet ritual at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Why a visit to Jerusalem is a must for Catholics

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:53 AM

From the spot Jesus was born to the site of his crucifixion, here are 6 must-see places for Catholics

HOLY SITE. Jerusalem is considered a holy site by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Photo by Rappler/Natashya Gutierrez

#WalangPasok: Half-day in gov't offices, public schools on Wednesday, March 28

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Malacañang says this would allow government workers to prepare for the observance of Holy Thursday and Good Friday

MALACANANG MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a Cabinet meeting in Malacanang on March 5, 2018. Beside him is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. Presidential Photo

Origins of the Visita Iglesia

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Visita Iglesia, the Holy Week practice of visiting and praying in at least 7 churches, was introduced to the Philippines by Augustinian missionaries in the 1560s

VISITA IGLESIA. Filipino Catholics pray at the historic Manila Cathedral during Holy Week. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler