Holy Week 2018 news and updates

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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

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

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?

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 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!

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 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

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

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

Is it wrong to be happy this Holy Week?

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Be happy this week. Resist that gloomy sad face. That does not lead to holiness.

Cadets confined to PNPA after mauling controversy

Mar 26, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Some 20 cadets linked to the graduation day mauling are restricted to the PNPA headquarters in Camp Castañeda while their cases are pending

CADET CORPS. PNPA Homecoming on March 17,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In the town of Baliuag in Bulacan, Good Friday is more festive than Christmas

Jesus' suffering in the world's peripheries

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Love is the redeeming reason for Jesus' suffering

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 26, 2018

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:17 AM

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

HOLY WEEK. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Palm Sunday rites at the Manila Cathedral on March 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle's homily on Palm Sunday 2018

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:04 PM

'Sa panahon natin ngayon, kay dami-raming sumusunod sa mga hari na ang ginagamit ay dahas, armas, pananakot – kapos na kapos sa pag-unawa at pakikiisa sa mga mahihina'

PALM SUNDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of palms outside the Manila Cathedral on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Holy Week 2018: Passion for stewardship

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Are you still a Christian with firm convictions, or have we become so deeply compromised that we are no longer sure on which we stand?

Pope Francis urges young people not to remain silent

Mar 25, 2018 - 6:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, so often corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?' Pope Francis asks

Filipinos start flocking to bus terminals, seaports for Holy Week

Mar 25, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard reminds passengers to arrive at ports at least 3 hours before departure and to refrain from bringing flammable, toxic, and explosive substances

Hundreds of passengers bound for Visayas and Mindanao for the Holy week break patiently wait for a ride at the Araneta Center Terminal in Quezon City on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, March 19-25, 2018

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Holy Week 2018: Where to pray Stations of the Cross in Bicol

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:01 PM

For those who are Bicol-bound this Holy Week, here are tourist destinations that also serve as venue for Stations of the Cross and other traditions

MOUNTAIN HOTEL TURNED NATURE PARK: MAYON SKYLINE. Every year, devotees gather at the Mayon Skyline. Photo courtesy of Ian Diaño

Tagle hits violent, arrogant 'kings' on Palm Sunday 2018

Mar 25, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'Tinatanong tayo ni Pilato: Sino ang pipiliin ninyo – ang mga Barabas ng panahon ngayon, o si Hesus, ang Hari?' says Cardinal Tagle as Holy Week 2018 begins

PALM SUNDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the celebration of Palm Sunday which mark marks the start of Holy Week at The Manila Cathedral. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Holy Week 2018 begins with Palm Sunday rites

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:44 AM

Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of palm fronds (palaspas) outside the Manila Cathedral, while the same ritual takes place in other Philippine churches

HOLY WEEK. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Palm Sunday rites at the Manila Cathedral on March 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte's Holy Week message: Help the oppressed

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The President also calls on Filipinos to unite in building an 'inclusive nation where everyone can enjoy a decent and comfortable life'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018, criticizes the idea of a coalition government proposed by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) for he believes that it would bypass the democratic process of electing a leader which is chosen by the people. Malacañang Photo

Should you blindly follow those Holy Week traditions?

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Can we go to the beach during Holy Week? If it will help you love like Jesus, yes, you can. But if it will distract you from the story of His love, please don't.

Traffic advisory for Holy Week 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Here are the expected dates and areas of heavy traffic buildup during this year's Holy Week

'No specific threat' during Holy Week but security measures in place

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Malacañang says there are additional deployments in places of convergence such as transport terminals, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas

PASSENGERS. Metro Manila residents flocked Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City, patiently waiting for a bus ride to the provinces. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Virtual Visita Iglesia: Philippine churches in 360-degree video

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

To navigate on mobile and see each church in 360-degree view, scroll up and down or swipe left and right on the screen, while listening to and praying the Stations of the Cross

VISITA IGLESIA. Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miagao, Iloilo, is one of the churches featured in Rappler's Virtual Visita Iglesia this year. Screen grab from 360-degree video by Fung Yu

Holy Week 2018 mall schedules

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Wanna hit the mall over the holidays? Here's what's open and when

P2P bus schedules for Holy Week 2018

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Here are the operating days of P2P buses during the observance of Holy Week this year