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Pope Francis tells migrant mass 'no one exempt' from helping

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:36 AM

The Pope says 'the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped...This is a tremendous responsibility, from which no one is exempt'

BLESSING. This photo taken and handout on July 8, 2019 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis blessing a child as he celebrates a mass for migrants on July 8, 2019 in the Vatican. Handout/Vatican Media/AFP

Genes, yes, but obesity pandemic mostly down to diet – study

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Researchers say that for people genetically predisposed to a wider girth, these unhealthy lifestyles compounded the problem, resulting in an even higher rate of weight gain

Paris' Notre-Dame holds first Mass since devastating blaze

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:11 AM

'The fire, which ravaged the building on April 15, has provoked a wave of emotion, not only for the community of believers,' says Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit

FIRST MASS. The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit (C) greets other members of the clergy following the first mass in a side chapel, two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, on June 15, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Karine Perret/POOL/AFP

The biggest world stories of the week: May 26-June 1, 2019

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Here's a roundup of the stories that made headlines across the globe

FIRST PUBLIC STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after speaking on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

12 dead after gunman fires 'indiscriminately' in Virginia govt complex

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) The Virginia Beach police chief says the shooter was also killed after an extended gun battle with responding officers, in a scene that 'best could be described as a war zone'

ANOTHER SHOOTING. In this image received from Lucretia Cunningham via @SouthsideDaily to AFP, a police officer blocks a road to the Virginia Beach municipal complex, the site of a mass shooting, in Virginia Beach, Virginia on May 31, 2019. Photo by Lucretia Cunningham/@SouthsideDaily/AFP

Student killed in U.S. school shooting near Columbine

May 08, 2019 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) Two suspects are in custody – an adult man and a male youth. Both attended the school. There were no further suspects.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, COLORADO - MAY 07: Students and teachers raise their arms as the exit the scene of a shooting in which at least seven students were injured at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Tom Cooper/Getty Images/AFP

LISTEN: OPM singers unite to perform 'Sana Naman, Taumbayan'

May 03, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The song is released days ahead of the 2019 elections

Tagle at Easter Vigil: Be the love that triumphs over sin, death

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says expressing one's love need not always be through heroic feats, but can be done be through simple deeds

EASTER VIGIL. Lighted candles illuminate the faces of the Catholics who attended the Easter Vigil Mass led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Black Saturday at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2019

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

SCHEDULES: Masses and church services for Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:36 PM

(UPDATED) Check out the schedules of Masses and church services in different Catholic parishes across the Philippines for Holy Week 2019

Call for nominations: 2019 U.P. Gawad Plaridel

Mar 30, 2019 - 1:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE: For 2019, the 14th UP Gawad Plaridel will be given to an outstanding transmedia practitioner. The deadline for submission of nominations is on April 15, 2019, 5pm.

Photo courtesy of UP College of Mass Communication

Gunman kills 5 in mass shooting at U.S. manufacturing facility

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The incident is the latest in the list of at least 37 mass shootings in the United States in 2019 alone

Gunman kills 5 at U.S. bank – police

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The latest mass shooting ramps up the number of people killed in gun violence in the US to nearly 40,000 in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Florida sheriff suspended over Parkland shooting response

Jan 12, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Governor Ron DeSantis said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel had "repeatedly failed" and "demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership" following shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017.

LEADERSHIP. Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel (C), Florida Governor Rick Scott,(R),and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi,(L), speak to the media on February 15, 2018 about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Midnight Mass with Cardinal Tagle for Nazareno 2019

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Watch the midnight Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene, with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as homilist

3 dead, 4 injured in California shooting – police

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The shooting takes place at Gable House Bowl, a gaming complex, in the coastal city of Torrance

Tagle urges Filipinos to live life of prayer, caring to achieve peace

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:22 PM

If we don't care for each other, 'we will be sowing seeds of violence,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his homily for the New Year's Eve mass

PRAY FERVENTLY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily during the New Year's Eve mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope Francis cautions against materialism | Midday wRap

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Margie de Leon

Pope Francis urges more 'sharing and giving' in Christmas Mass

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The birth of Christ points to a new way to live 'not by devouring and hoarding, but by sharing and giving,' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis leads a mass to mark the first World Day of the Poor, on November 19, 2017 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican.  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

READ: Gospel for Christmas Day - December 25, 2018

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Christmas day 2018

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 24, 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 9

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 23, 2018

Dec 23, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 8

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 22, 2018

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 7

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 21, 2018

Dec 21, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 6

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 20, 2018

Dec 20, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 5

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 19, 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 4

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 18, 2018

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 3

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 17, 2018

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 2

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 16, 2018

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 1

LIST: Simbang Gabi schedules across the Philippines for 2018

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:17 PM

Rappler compiles the Simbang Gabi schedules in key churches and chapels – including those in shopping malls – across the country

SIMBANG GABI. Baclaran Church is among hundreds of churches welcoming Catholics for the 9 days of Simbang Gabi this year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sandiganbayan verdict: Imelda Marcos guilty of graft | Midday wRap

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Mara Cepeda

Marine combat veteran kills 12 in crowded California bar

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:51 PM

(5th UPDATE) The assailant, identified as Ian David Long, a troubled former machine gunner who served a tour in Afghanistan, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

his handout video grab obtained on November 8, 2018 courtesy of Jeremy Childs twitter account shows people gathering outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, in the Los Angeles-area, after a gunman barged into a large, crowded venue and opened fire late November 7, wounding at least 11 people including a police officer, US police said. The venue in a quiet, upscale residential suburb was hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office said. Jeremy CHILDS / USA Today / AFP

Pakistan military says 'patience' tested ahead of mass blasphemy protests

Nov 02, 2018 - 4:41 PM

'We are tolerating remarks against us but action can be taken according to the law and constitution,' says the Pakistan military spokesman. 'Don’t force us into taking an action.'

Students of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), march as they chant slogans following the Supreme Court decision to acquit Christian woman Asia Bibi of blasphemy, in Karachi on November 1, 2018. Pakistan's Imran Khan won praise for his stance against religious hardliners, as demonstrators blocked major roads to protest the Supreme Court's overturning of a blasphemy conviction. ASIF HASSAN / AFP

2nd Glory Awards, musical tribute to highlight UP CMC homecoming on Oct 6

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:17 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Twelve UP College of Mass Communication alumni will receive 'Glory' trophies for the excellence and impact of their work in various mass communication fields

Prison break: convicts on the run after Indonesia disaster

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The mass prison break occurs after the powerful tremor sparked a wall of water that devastated the small city of Palu on Friday

PRISON BREAK. Earthquake photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP. Prison gate image from Shutterstock

Woman shoots dead 3 at U.S. warehouse, commits suicide

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:06 PM

The suspect – a 26-year-old identified as Snochia Moseley – died after shooting herself in the head, Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler says

Japan's 'Twitter killer' charged with 9 counts of murder

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Takahiro Shiraishi is charged with murder after admitting killing and butchering all 9 of his victims – all but one of whom were women aged between 15 and 26

Husband 'kills wife, toddler children' in Australia home

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:14 PM

(UPDATED) Police charge Anthony Robert Harvey with the murders of his two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, his 3-year-old daughter Charlotte, his mother-in-law Beverly Quinn, and his wife Mara in the southwestern city of Perth

CRIME SCENE. A police forward command vehicle is seen outside a house from where police recovered 5 dead bodies in the suburb of Australia's western city of Perth on September 10, 2018. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

North Korea to celebrate 70th anniversary

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, was proclaimed on September 9, 1948, 3 years after Moscow and Washington divided the peninsula between them in the closing days of the Second World War

ANNIVERSARY. Decorations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the country's founding hang from a building in Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Brazil closes, then reopens border to Venezuelan migrants

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is not justified to take the easy path to 'close the doors' because of difficulties in hosting refugees,' Supreme Court justice Rosa Weber says in her ruling

MASS MIGRATION. File picture taken on February 27, 2018 at the Brazil-Venezuela border in Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil.  A Brazilian federal court has ordered on August 5, 2018 a block on Venezuelans crossing the border from their economically imploding country. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

South Korea women hold record mass rally against 'spycam porn'

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The protestors are demanding that the government toughen punishments for offenders, and shutter websites hosting the footage

NO TO 'SPYCAM PORN'. Female protesters shout slogans during a rally against 'spy-cam porn' in central Seoul on August 4, 2018. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Gunman kills two in Toronto shooting rampage

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(6th UPDATE) The gunman opens fire on pedestrians, killing two. The suspect is later found dead in an alley after an exchange of gunfire with police

SHOOTING. Toronto Police officers walk the scene at Danforth St. at the scene of a shooting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, July 23, 2018. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

2018 Glory awardees of UP Masscom named

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The Glory Award is given in honor of the excellence and impact of the awardees' work in broadcasting, film, journalism, research and allied disciplines such as social advocacy

Tech leaders say killer robots would be 'dangerously destabilizing' force in the world

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:35 PM

As nations such as the US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the UK develop automated weapons systems, tech leaders band together to pledge not to help in the development and use of these 'slaughterbots'

MUSK. Elon Musk is among the leaders of the 160 organizations that have signed the pledge against automated weapons. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP


Is Unesco World Heritage status for cultural sites killing the things it loves?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Achieving Unesco status is an internationally competitive process. Nations want this recognition because they can promote a place or practice as a unique cultural tourism attraction.

TOURIST MAGNET. Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016. Shutterstock

IN PHOTOS: Same-sex couples wed under LGBTs Christian Church

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The LGBTs Christian Church, a religious organization, hopes that the State will eventually legalize same-sex marriage

'You're all going to die': Parkland shooter's phone videos released

May 31, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'My name is Nik, and I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018,' says the 19-year-old, in clips apparently in part filmed on February 14 – the day of the shooting

FLORIDA SHOOTING. Hector Romero Assistant Public Defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, Public Defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (C) on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Court House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. File photo by Susan Stocker-Sun Sentinel/AFP

Police body cam footage shows tense moments after Vegas shooting

May 03, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The footage's release comes after a judge sides with media organizations including The New York Times and The Washington Post that lobbied in court that the evidence be made public

SHOOTING AT THE STRIP. Las Vegas police run by a banner on the fence at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Japan recommends $684-M railway system for Davao City

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The JICA-backed plan will traverse 15 kilometers across the city, with another 6.6 kilometers extension