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Pope Francis summons bishops for meeting on protecting minors

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The Philippines' representative is expected to be Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

CATHOLIC LEADER. Pope Francis prays during a weekly general audience at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on November 22, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis intends to visit Japan in 2019

Sep 12, 2018 - 6:47 PM

'I would like to communicate my intention to visit Japan next year,' the pope tells a group of Japanese during an audience at the Vatican

VISITING JAPAN. Pope Francis on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:25 PM

He also warns newly-ordained bishops against succumbing to apathy or mediocrity

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Lolo Kiko with Nanay Amba: Pope meets new PH envoy to Vatican

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:25 PM

A Bicolana career diplomat, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis

'NANAY AMBA.' Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis on September 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Vatican News

Pope warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Syrian rebel bastion

Sep 02, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Pope Francis urges the international community and other actors 'to make use of the instruments of diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations, in compliance with international humanitarian law and to safeguard the lives of civilians'

PRIVATE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The Pope also says that access 'to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right' and deplored that for many it was 'difficult if not impossible'

PAPAL MESSAGE. In this file photo, Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope silent on claim he ignored abuse

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano calls on Francis to resign in a letter published Saturday in the National Catholic Register

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope declines to comment on Cardinal McCarrick allegations

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'I will not say a word about that. I think that the communique speaks for itself,' the Pontiff says

ONBOARD PRESSER. File photo of Pope Francis talking with journalists aboard a plane on June 21, 2018. Photo by Ciro Fusco/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Irish PM urges action on abuse as Pope admits 'shame and pain'

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis is in Ireland to close the 2018 World Meeting of Families

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis disembarks from the plane on his arrival at Dublin International Airport on August 25, 2018, at the start of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Pope steps up rhetoric over U.S. clerical child abuse 'atrocities'

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,' Pope Francis says in a letter

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solario/AFP

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Marches and tears on eve of vote to legalize abortion in Argentina

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Abortion is a thorny issue in Argentina – which is mostly Roman Catholic and the home country of Pope Francis, the first pontiff born in Latin America

PRO-ABORTION. Activists in favor of legalizing of abortion hold a march disguised as characters from Canadian author Margaret Atwood's feminist dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale", display green headscarves as they perform at the 'Parque de la Memoria' (Remembrance Park) in Buenos Aires. Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP

Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The update to the Catechism text also says the Church will 'work with determination' for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide

CATECHISM. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

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Jul 31, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of child abuse cover-up

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The Vatican announces the departure of Philip Wilson, sentenced to a year in detention earlier this month after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge of concealing abuse by a pedophile priest

Pope accepts resignation of U.S. cardinal caught in abuse scandal

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Theodore McCarrick is one of the most prominent American cardinals active on the international stage. The charges make him one of the most high-profile Catholic leaders to face abuse claims.

RESIGN. Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Vatican launches live translation app for papal events

Jul 28, 2018 - 2:10 AM

The app translates Italian, the language the Pope usually uses when addressing the faithful, into Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese

MASS TRANSLATION. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. A new app will level a few language barriers as it translates the Pope in real-time. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP


Chile investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM

The cases relate to incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Prominent Chilean priest arrested over sex abuse allegations

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Prosecutor Emiliano Arias says the alleged abuse by Oscar Munoz, 56, took place from 2002 in the capital Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope Francis names Cainta priest as new auxiliary bishop of Antipolo

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Father Nolly Buco is the first priest from the Diocese of Antipolo to become a bishop. He is parish priest of Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta, Rizal.

NEW BISHOP. Father Nolly Buco, 54, is named auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo. Photo from Our Lady of Light Parish/Diocese of Antipolo

Pope fears for Christian presence in Middle East

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:47 PM

'Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,' says Pope Francis

RELIGIOUS LEADERS. Pope Francis (L) watches as Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros (Theodoros) II releases a dove after a meeting with other religious leaders at the Pontifical Basilica of St Nicholas in Bari, in the Apulia region in southern Italy, on July 7, 2018. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Mexico president-elect meets predecessor to ready 'transformation'

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:51 AM

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's victory is the first time in Mexico's modern democracy that a candidate has won more than half the vote

MEETING. Handout picture released by the Mexican Presidency showing President Enrique Peña Nieto (L) and newly elected Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a meeting at the National Palace in Mexico City on July 3, 2018. Handout photo by Mexican Presidency/AFP

Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.

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Jul 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

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HOAX: Pope Francis 'kisses' model on the chest

Jul 01, 2018 - 1:10 PM

An altered photo posted online shows this supposed kiss – which never happened. One commenter uses the fake photo to justify President Rodrigo Duterte kissing a married overseas Filipino worker in South Korea.

HOAX: Pope Francis 'defends’ Duterte’s 'God is stupid' remark

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:31 PM

No documents in the Vatican’s website nor news reports support the claim

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

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

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

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TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

HOAX: ‘Pope Francis called Duterte a blessing, a good leader’

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The video in the blog post is an April 2 CNN Philippines newscast that reported on Duterte and Pope Francis’ separate Easter Sunday messages. The Pope does not mention Duterte at all in this message.

'Invest wisely' in migrants' home countries, says Pope Francis

Jun 22, 2018 - 5:08 PM

'The problem of wars is difficult to solve, as is the problem of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Nigeria,' but 'the problem of hunger can be solved,' the Pope says

AIR PRESSER. Pope Francis talks with journalists aboard a plane, at the end of his visit to Geneva on June 21, 2018, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. Photo by Ciro Fusco/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis seeks 'unity' with non-Catholics in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Pope Franics is at Geneva at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which was created in 1948 and groups 350 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches from more than 100 countries around the world, with around half a billion believers among them

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis blesses children next to President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset upon his arrival at Geneva Airport for a one-day visit at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WWC) on June 21, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Tony Gentile/AFP

Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church

ENVOY. Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (L) and Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu (R) give a press conference at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago on June 12, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean pedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s

Pope Francis meets with participants at the Children's Train event at the Vatican on June 9, 2018  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Pope Francis urges oil majors to combat global warming, aid poor

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:32 PM

'Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!' says the Pope

POPE. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican orders ex-diplomat to face child sex abuse trial

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Carlo Alberto Capella's first hearing is set for June 22

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis calls for dialogue as Nicaragua violence escalates

Jun 04, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The Church is trying to mediate the crisis in the Central American country, but it called off peace talks with President Daniel Ortega's government last week after a march led by victims' mothers was met with gunfire, killing at least 16 people

NICARAGUA VIOLENCE. A demonstrator fires a home-made mortar against riot police during protests in Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, some 40km from Managua on June 2, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

The week in photos: May 26-June 1, 2018

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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A Bangladeshi volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a shrine in Dhaka on May 27, 2018.Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Taekwondo for peace: Korean youths perform for Pope Francis

May 30, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The young Koreans unfurl a banner reading 'Peace is more precious than victory'

14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

May 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Nicknamed 'the Family,' the group of priestly offenders committed sex abuses with young people including minors, churchgoer Elisa Fernandez tells Channel 13 last week

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Slain Salvador archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be made saints

May 19, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October, announces Pope Francis

SAINTHOOD. Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be declared saints in a canonization ceremony in October. Photo of Romero by Marvin Recinos/AFP; photo of Vatican and Pope Paul VI from Shutterstock

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

Canada presses Pope Francis over apology to indigenous communities

May 02, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Lawmakers are seeking 'official papal apology for the role played by the Canadian Catholic Church in the development, operation and abuse of residential schools'

APOLOGY? In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message as he leads the holy mass to mark the world day of peace, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2018. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Alfie Evans, British toddler at center of legal battle, dies

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:01 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Doctors have withdrawn life support for the baby with a degenerative medical condition. His case has attracted attention from people around the world, including Pope Francis.

ALFIE EVANS. A bus passes balloons and posters left in support of British toddler Alfie Evans, on a bus-stop opposite Alder Hey childrens hospital in Liverpool, north-west England on April 26, 2018. Alfie Evans, who is 22 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition which has not been definitively diagnosed. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Parents of terminally ill UK toddler launch new legal bid

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Doctors have removed the ventilator support of British boy Alfie Evans, who suffers from a rare neurological disease, but he has continued breathing independently for more than a day

TERMINALLY ILL. Supporters of seriously ill British toddler Alfie Evans demonstrate outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England.  Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Pope Francis admits 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Pope Francis expresses his 'shame' and 'pain' for the suffering of the victims and pledges to meet them

CHILE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. Pope Francis says he intends to summon 32 Chilean bishops to Rome to discuss an investigation into the abuse carried out by Archbishop Charles Scicluna. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

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EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

Pope Francis urges end to 'carnage' in Syria in Easter message

Apr 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) The pontiff also prays for peace and harmony in the Korean Peninsula