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Quiboloy spokesman says former church members behind FBI arrests

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:19 PM

A spokesman of televangelist Apollo Quiboloy said the arrest of Kingdom of Jesus Christ officials is part of a conspiracy

[OPINION] Celebrating the birth of a radical activist on Christmas

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'People should be reminded that Jesus, in choosing the side of the downtrodden, was a radical change maker who dreamt and worked for a better world'

Quiboloy again sued for human trafficking

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:40 PM

In 2018, the self-proclaimed 'Appointed Son of God' was accused of running a child sex ring. This time, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy faces sexual abuse and forced labor allegations.

After 'reunion,' Pastor Apollo Quiboloy tags along with Duterte in Sulu trip

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'I'd be happy to see more of the pastor in the coming days,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after his first meeting with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in 3 years

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte introduces Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. founder and lead Pastor Apollo Quiboloy to Sulu Governor Abdusakur Mahail Tan during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on June 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

At Jesus's birthplace, an app is born to ease crowds

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:03 PM

The app, which will be introduced early next year, is aimed at ensuring a regular flow of tourists at the Church of the Nativity

BETHLEHEM. A couple poses for a picture in front of the Grotto of the Nativity, the place where Jesus is said to have been born, inside the Church of the Nativity in the occupied biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Mormon Church shelters Filipinos affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints prays 'for the safety and well-being of the Philippines' as it is battered by Typhoon Ompong

SHELTER FROM THE STORM. Many Mormon Church buildings in the path of the typhoon are already being used to shelter members and others, and the Church is working with local vendors to secure food, water, and other basic supplies. Photo courtesy of Intellectual Reserve Inc/Mormon Newsroom

He is insane. He is possessed.

Jun 10, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Dear children, as for those who dare to teach you error, pray for them and forgive them. They might be insane or possessed. They need God.

Hawaii NGO accuses Quiboloy foundation of fraud

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:45 AM

In an email to Rappler, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's lawyer responds by saying 'jealousy' can often lead groups to make 'disparaging comments about others'

FRAUD ACCUSATION. The Hawaii-based Institute for Human Services (IHS) provides a sample picture of the badge used by volunteers of Children's Joy Foundation allegedly claiming they're raising funds for IHS. Photo courtesy of IHS

FBI investigates Quiboloy church in Hawaii for trafficking

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The investigation stems from a 2015 case involving a former Quiboloy church member who said she was physically abused for failing to raise enough money

CHURCH LEADER. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy leads the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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

[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

Quiboloy's controversial plane returns to Davao City

Mar 19, 2018 - 6:48 PM

'It was an unfortunate event, but as you can see, my jet is now here in my hangar. We are cleared. We are free to fly again,' says Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in a post on his Facebook account

FREE TO FYL. Apollo Quiboloy, founder of Kingdom of Jesus Christ posts on his Facebook account his return to Davao City onboard his controversial private plane. Photo from Pastor Quiloboy's Facebook account

Sereno on impeachment, Cayetano on Manalo, Quiboloy denies detention | Evening wRap

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:08 PM

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'Quiboloy didn't violate any US law' – spokesman

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy denies reports that the pastor was 'detained' at the Honolulu airport, but is mum on the reported $350,000 cash and rifle parts found in the private plane that carried him

PASTOR QUIBOLOY. Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy refers to himself as the 'Appointed Son of God'. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the ‘Appointed Son of God’?

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Quiboloy's religious group is currently under investigation by the FBI for alleged human trafficking in Hawaii

Philippines on China, Malacanang on Manalo, Quiboloy detained in Hawaii | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Quiboloy temporarily detained in Hawaii

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Hawaii authorities find $350,000 in cash and rifle parts in a Philippines-bound private plane boarded by Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy and 5 others, a media report says

PRAYING FOR DUTERTE. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy says he will continue to pray for his good friend Rodrigo Duterte and the success of Duterte's administration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte: Threats to kill can be defended, even in front of Jesus Christ

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Nobody can argue with that statement [to kill] maski sa harap ni Hesu Kristo says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony for the promoted Star Rank Officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 30, 2017, reiterates his ordder to the police to sustain their efforts against illegal drugs and criminality. But he was quick to add that he will not tolerate any forms of abuse and corruption among the PNP ranks. Malacañan Photo

Pacquiao defends death penalty: Even Jesus was sentenced to death

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:10 PM

God allows governments to use capital punishment Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death because the government imposed the rule then says Senator Manny Pacquiao

DEATH PENALTY. Senator Manny Pacquiao defends anew the need to reimpose the death penalty, saying God allows government to impose it

The harsh are not enshrined in memory

Dec 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Harshness never conquers Tenderness does

Quiboloy: I won't interfere with national interest

May 23, 2016 - 11:40 AM

But the religious leader also says he puts the interests of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ above anything else including friendships

PRAYING FOR DUTERTE. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy says he will continue to pray for his good friend Rody Duterte and the success of his administration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte ‘blocking’ Quiboloy’s efforts to help with Cabinet choices

May 20, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Is politics getting in the way of the 30 year friendship of Rodrigo Duterte and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy?

SPAT BREWING? Duterte appears in Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's television show on Election Day, May 9, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Quiboloy predicts landslide win for Duterte

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM

You cannot fight the devil if you are a saint You can only fight the devil if you are more of a devil than the devil himself the congregation leader says of his old friend Rodrigo Duterte

ANOINTED. Kingdom of Jesus Christ Founder Apollo Quiboloy (left) arrives on stage during his birthday celebration in Davao City on Monday, April 25. Photo by Saimehen Iluis/ Rappler

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

Quiboloy church to help members who sold toxic fruit candies

Jul 13, 2015 - 9:13 PM

UPDATED Quiboloy s legal counsel confirms that the ambulant vendors who were arrested in Surigao del Sur are member of their congregation

As president, ‘I can’t afford to fail’ – Duterte

May 18, 2015 - 2:59 PM

The Davao City mayor also tells OFWs in Hong Kong not to be influenced by popularity surveys in deciding who to vote for in 2016

DUTERTE IN HONG KONG. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who reportedly eyes the presidency, tells overseas Filipino workers that his anti-drugs campaign is meant to protect the children of OFWs. Photo release by Kingdom of Jesus Christ movement

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.

IN PHOTOS: The Moriones festival of Marinduque

Apr 03, 2015 - 7:35 PM

Morions roam the streets of Marinduque during Holy Week where they participate in different events even scaring kids with their masks and costumes

PASSION OF CHRIST. Scenes from the Via Crusis are re-enacted in the streets of Boac town, Marinduque on Good friday. All photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Aquino's Holy Week message: Others before self

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:20 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also appeals to Filipinos to live out the core message of Pope Francis Philippine visit – greater compassion for the poor

REMEMBER GOD'S ENDLESS LOVE. President Benigno Aquino III urges Filipinos to recall Christ's suffering this Holy Week. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Kalbaryo protest seeks Aquino's resignation

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:26 AM

For urban poor groups kalbaryo – suffering – is not only recalled during the Lenten season but defines their life under the Aquino administration

'Introducing Papa Jesus through Pope Francis'

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:25 PM

A young family camps out along Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue so that their young son may learn about Jesus through Pope Francis

‘MEETING’ THE POPE. Calix holds on to a small statue of the Sto Nino, or the child Jesus. Photo by Rappler

When Rome is too far, Quirino Avenue will do

Jan 18, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Neighbors Nenita Escorpiso and Monette Ayora say waiting for Pope Francis on a Manila roadside in rainy weather is far easier than going to Rome to see him

PILGRIMS IN THE RAIN. Nieghbors Nenita Escorpiso (left) and Monette Ayora (right) don’t pass up on the once-in-a-lifetime experience despite the rain and cold weather.

Pope in the Philippines: 'A friend visiting a friend'

Jan 09, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Advocates of the Catholic faith see Pope Francis Philippine visit – especially to disaster hit Leyte – as a powerful gesture that will bring comfort and hope to Filipinos

OLD FRIENDS. Pope Francis (right) greets Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (left) in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, in October 2014. File photo courtesy of Fr Yulito Ignacio

An open letter to Malaya dela Cruz

Aug 26, 2014 - 10:39 AM

I can answer all the questions you didn t ask in your piece even though the article s intro stated you were questioning the teachings you grew up with

Tagle to Filipinos: Everyone is called to be holy

Apr 27, 2014 - 8:57 PM

Cardinal Tagle says the canonization rites show holiness can be attained even by ordinary people

Man crushed by giant John Paul II crucifix in Italy

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:16 PM

The cross fell during a ceremony and killed the young man on the spot

Riot police, protesters clash in Venezuela

Apr 21, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Hundreds of anti government activists marked Easter Sunday in Chacao by holding a peaceful march calling for the resurrection of democracy

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

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

The practice of crucifixion

Apr 18, 2014 - 9:29 AM

With the remembrance of Jesus’ Crucifixion on Good Friday let’s take a look at the cross as a brutal method of capital punishment

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Senakulo: Passion and protest

Apr 17, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The Passion play has become a rich source of metaphors to bring forth social political and economic issues

Aquino to Filipinos: Be ready to sacrifice like Jesus

Apr 16, 2014 - 7:28 PM

As Christ made the supreme sacrifice to save mankind Filipinos should be ready to offer themselves for the greater good of the nation the President says

BE READY TO SACRIFICE LIKE JESUS. President Benigno Aquino III gives his Lenten Message for 2014. Screengrab from YouTube

Lenten reflection: A call to compassion

Apr 14, 2014 - 12:08 AM

The Church is wounded but can regain its sense of mission if it remembers who it serves

Why quitting is not an option

Jan 21, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Here are some tips you can do when life rears its ugly head and stares you in the eye

Pope to call for Philippines aid in 'Year of Faith' event

Nov 19, 2013 - 12:15 AM

Pope Francis to urge everyone to donate aid money to the Philippines to end the Vatican Year of Faith event

CALLING FOR AID. Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus prayer on November 17, 2013. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP PHOTO

Christopher de Leon returns to theater

Aug 27, 2013 - 2:17 PM

Multiawarded actor to build up his resume in stage with production of Lorenzo based on Filipino saint

COMEBACK IN MUSIC AND THEATER. The esteemed actor with his wife and fellow actor-singer, Sandy Andolong. Photo from his Facebook

'Mikado': Opera turning Japanese

Aug 27, 2013 - 12:00 PM

There s good reason to expect big things from the Philippine Opera Company

SAVOY OPERA. Manhattan School of Music, New York soprano Paulina Yeung in 'Mikado.' Image from the Philippine Opera Company Facebook page

Catholic channel may air on free TV

Aug 13, 2013 - 3:43 PM

For the first time a Catholic channel may air on Philippine free TV says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

An Easter reflection: God’s glory is a person fully alive

Mar 31, 2013 - 6:00 AM

The challenge for believers in the resurrection of Jesus is how to take the crucified out of their crosses