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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

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)

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

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

‘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

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?

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 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 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

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

Holy Week 2018: Mass readings for Holy Tuesday

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:14 PM

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

The purpose of Holy Week processions

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Every year thousands of Filipinos mark Holy Week by marching in the processions

12 JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS. That we may not give up, rather have stronger faith in Jesus in the times of great burdens. Photo courtesy of Legazpi City Facebook Page.

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.

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

Holy Week 2018: Mass readings for Holy Monday

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:33 PM

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

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 reflections: From drug addiction to priesthood

Mar 25, 2018 - 8:20 PM

For Fr Flavie Villanueva, a former drug user, faith is one of the reasons why he was able to get out of the vicious cycle of addiction

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?

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

Holy Week 2018: Mass readings for Palm Sunday

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:03 PM

Here is the set of Mass readings in Catholic churches around the world for Palm Sunday 2018

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

Holy Week superstitions in the Philippines

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:24 PM

What's the difference between getting wet on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? The Holy Week observance in the Philippines has combined the religious faith with folk and even pagan beliefs.

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

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