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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 3, 2018

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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This picture taken on March 29, 2018, shows the dust storm in Khartoum A thick sandstorm engulfed the Sudanese capital on Thursday, forcing authorities to cancel flights and shut schools in Khartoum and other nearby towns. / AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY

Manila Cathedral to display blood relic of Pope John Paul II

Apr 02, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'This is the first-ever blood relic of the great Pope still in liquid form stored in a glass container here in our country,' says the Manila Cathedral

BLOOD RELIC. The blood relic of the late Pope John Paul II is given to the Manila Cathedral as a gift by his former secretary, Stanislaus Dziwisz. Photo from the Manila Cathedral's Facebook page

Pope Francis walks alone through Auschwitz

Jul 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM

3rd UPDATE The Argentine pontiff leads prayers for the 1 1 million mostly Jewish victims murdered at the camp

SILENT VISIT. Pope Francis visits the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Brzezinka, Poland, July 29, 2016. Photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout central European country

This file photo taken on June 30, 2016 shows Pope Francis greeting the crowd during a Jubilee audience at St Peter's square in Vatican.  Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Cloth with Pope John Paul II's blood stolen in Germany

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Its material value is small but the spiritual loss is much greater the provost of the Cologne Cathedral is quoted as saying

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 23, 1998 shows Pope John Paul II waving at Abuja airport after he wound up a three-day pastoral visit to military-ruled Nigeria. A cloth with a drop of the late Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from Cologne Cathedral, German police have said on June 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK

Marcos wealth, John Paul II ‘intimate letters,’ stegodon tusk | 12PM wRap

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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John Paul II had intense friendship with married woman – BBC documentary

Feb 15, 2016 - 5:17 PM

While the documentary does not claim he broke his vow of celibacy with Polish born philosopher and writer Anna Teresa Tymieniecka the tone of some of his letters to her points to intense feelings between them

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An open letter to Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:32 AM

A heritage advocate writes to save the trees along Pope John Paul II Avenue in Cebu City from being uprooted for road widening purposes

Photo from Ka Bino Guerrero

Palace received info on 'threat' vs Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2015 - 5:42 PM

Malacañang says the information is raw and unverified but was relayed by security officials out of prudence

GOODBYE, POPE.Pope Francis waves to the crowd at the Villamor Airbase as he boards his flight to Rome on January 19, 2015. Rappler screengrab

A mother's prayer to Pope Francis

Jan 19, 2015 - 3:21 PM

A mother believes Pope Francis will be able to grant her wish for her daughter just like Saint Pope John Paul II did when he came to the Philippines

How a Filipino woman saved the Pope

Jan 15, 2015 - 5:32 PM

In January 1995 policewoman Aida Fariscal arrested a terrorist Her work was crucial to saving thousands of lives

Airlifts and emergencies: Keeping people safe in a papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Things don’t always go to plan when an overeager crowd welcomes a widely popular religious leader

Pope John Paul II – and his security team –wade through the crowd during his 1995 visit to the Philippines. AFP file photo

Terror scenarios in Pope visit

Jan 14, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Authorities identify at least 7 threat groups during Pope Francis visit to the Philippines

SECURE THE POPE. President Benigno Aquino III conducts a personal inspection underneath the LRT Quirino station during the dry run of the papal convoy on January 13, 2015, two days before the visit of Pope Francis. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Agenda: Securing Pope Francis

Jan 14, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Pope Francis will have 44 sub events in the Philippines a nightmare for security authorities

Pope John Paul II – and his security team –wade through the crowd during his 1995 visit to the Philippines. AFP file photo

Past popes and Philippine presidents

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Past popes have commented on state affairs in previous visits to the Philippines Will Pope Francis known for his blunt frankness do the same?

PAST PAPAL VISITS. Past popes have commented on state affairs during their visits to the Philippines. Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II photos from papalvisit.ph, Pope Francis from AFP

WATCH: When Al-Qaeda targeted Pope John Paul II

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:12 PM

What happened the last time a pope visited the Philippines?

Quevedo: Pope combines heart and mind

Jan 13, 2015 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis may be conservative in doctrine but his pastoral practice is more generous and compassionate says Cardinal Orlando Quevedo

'CHURCH OF THE POOR.' Children of Filipino food scavengers eat a 'pagpag' (recycled food) meal collected from the Payatas dump site ahead of Pope Francis' visit in Quezon City, eastern Manila, Philippines, January 13, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Looking back: The visits of Paul VI and John Paul II

Jan 13, 2015 - 6:20 PM

God truly blessed us with their presence and most of all because in seeing them we were brought closer to Jesus Christ No doubt this is what we will experience with the coming of Pope Francis

'Tell The World of His Love': Remember this song?

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:40 AM

When Pope John Paul II came to the Philippines for the World Youth Day in 1995 he was welcomed by the Catholic faithful with a song called Tell The World of His Love This is the story behind the song

Plot to kill a pope: 'Miracle' saved John Paul II in Manila

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:02 AM

Ramzi Yousef the architect of the first World Trade Center bombing plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in Manila in 1995 He fled but was later arrested in Pakistan

ARRIVAL HONORS: President Fidel Ramos meets Pople John Paul II at the Villamor airbase in 1995. Photo by Noli Yamsuan

John Paul II in Manila: His 7 best words for Filipinos

Jan 12, 2015 - 4:24 PM

What can we learn from John Paul as Francis visits the Philippines?

FINAL VISIT. Then Pope John Paul II waves at the crowd during his second and final visit to the Philippines in January 1995. Photo courtesy of AFP

Do you know them? They walked with Saint John Paul

Jan 12, 2015 - 3:09 PM

We’re counting on social media to help us find these people who have ‘walked with a saint’ – 9 individuals who were part of Pope John Paul II’s convoy when he visited the Philippines in 1995 Do you know any of them?

Touched by a saint: A close encounter with Pope John Paul II

Jan 11, 2015 - 9:48 PM

What’s it like to meet someone like a pope? Anna Marco recounts her meeting with Pope – now Saint – John Paul II back in 1995

WATCH: 'Tell The World of His Love' composer performs her song

Jan 11, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Watch songwriter Trina Belamide sing her own composition and look back at the past papal visits in the Philippines

Black Nazarene, Aquino on Garin, 'Charlie' worldwide rally | The wRap

Jan 10, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Millions flock to the Black Nazarene procession in Manila New Philippine health secretary: Janette Garin Protesters worldwide condemn the Paris attack

The man who shoots popes

Jan 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Veteran photographer Noli Yamsuan Jr shares his wealth of experience through years of shooting papal visits and his expectations from the Pope Francis coverage

PENTHOUSE MAY 1983 EDITION. 'They like my work (Cuaresma) so much, they just didn’t buy my images, they placed me on an assignment and that pays a lot more.' Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

John Paul II gets flowers from would-be assassin

Dec 28, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The latest highly publicized act of contrition by Mehmet Ali Agca comes 31 years to the day after John Paul II visited him in prison in Rome to forgive him for the 1981 shooting

ACT OF CONTRITION. This handout photo grabbed from a video made and released by ADNKRONOS on December 27, 2014 shows Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish former extremist who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, holding a bouquet of flowers on St. Peter's square in The Vatican. ADNKRONOS/Stringer/AFP

When the Pope visits, it will be different from 1995

Dec 26, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Philippine Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr who organized both trips compares the 1995 and 2015 papal visits

Philippines' top Dominican 'humbled' by Vatican job

Oct 04, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Fr Gerard Francisco Timoner III also vice chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas tells Rappler his Filipino context will help in his new assignment

POPE'S APPOINTEE. Fr Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP (right), receives the profession of faith made by a Dominican priest (left) on June 20. Months later, Timoner is named member of the International Theological Commission. File photo courtesy of opphil.org

'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs

Aug 16, 2014 - 11:27 AM

According to the Church around 10 000 Koreans were martyred in the first 100 years after Catholicism was introduced to the peninsula in 1784

#PugadBaboy: Dogma punchline 2

May 10, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Dogma punchline 3

May 10, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Dogma

May 10, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Our popes: New saints an inspiration to Filipinos

Apr 28, 2014 - 4:47 PM

Many devotees of the two popes were moved to tears during the Philippine tribute to the two new saints on April 27

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

Why Popes John XXIII, John Paul II are dear to Pinoys

Apr 27, 2014 - 4:45 PM

The country has a lot of reasons to celebrate the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II as they established connections with Filipinos

Tagle to lead PH tribute to twin papal canonization

Apr 27, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Filipinos go to the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City to pay tribute to Popes John XXIII and John Paul III who will be declared saints today

Pilgrims converge in Vatican for canonization of popes

Apr 27, 2014 - 10:16 AM

More than one million faithful are expected to attend what will be a unique event

The Pope who loved the Filipino youth, family, and chocolate cake

Apr 26, 2014 - 9:24 PM

Always the late John Paul II would ask Archbishop Cruz how the Filipino youth and family are living the faith and would recall the extraordinary welcome he had during his papal visits

POPE JOHN PAUL II. The joint sanctification of popes John Paul II and John XXIII is expected to draw up to 1 million pilgrims and tourists to Rome this weekend. Photo by Ritchie B Tongco/EPA

Filipinos looking forward to canonization of 2 popes

Apr 26, 2014 - 7:39 PM

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII are set to be proclaimed saints on Sunday April 27

SAINTS SOON. Popes John Paul II (right) and John XXIII (left), will soon become saints of the Catholic Church

PHLPost to issue gold-foiled 3D stamps for Popes' canonization

Apr 24, 2014 - 5:31 PM

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue limited edition stamps to commemorate the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII

Ukraine PM to meet Pope Francis amid crisis

Apr 22, 2014 - 9:35 PM

The Vatican has faced some criticism over its low key reaction to the spiraling crisis in Ukraine

Dissenters voice doubt over John Paul II sainthood

Apr 22, 2014 - 1:14 PM

Pope John Paul is slated to be declared a saint on Sunday but some disagree with the declaration of his sainthood

JOHN PAUL II. A picture made available on April 7, 2014 shows a portrait of Pope John Paul II during the final preparations for the opening of The Holy Father John Paul II Family Home Museum in Wadowice, near Cracow, Poland, 05 April 2014. Jacek Bednarczyk/EPA

Italian police find John Paul II relic discarded by thieves

Feb 01, 2014 - 6:02 PM

The stolen relic a piece of golden threaded cloth stained with the late Pope John Paul II s blood after a 1981 assassination attempt was found in a garage after three robbers threw it away thinking it was not valuable

RECOVERED. This religious relic, a piece of cloth impregnated with the blood of Polish pope John Paul II, was found by Italian police on Saturday, February 1, 2014, after it was stolen by robbers a week ago. File photo by San Pietro della Ienca church/AFP

Vatican sets April 27 for historic two-pope sainthood

Sep 30, 2013 - 4:33 PM

Pope Francis will canonize his predecessors John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27

Pope to unveil sainthood date for John Paul II, John XXIII

Sep 30, 2013 - 11:45 AM

The unprecedented double sainthood for two popes is seen by Vatican watchers as an attempt to breach a traditional left right divide in the Church

SOON-TO-BE SAINTS. The canonization dates for Popes John XXIII (L) and John Paul III (R) will be announced September 30, 2013, by Pope Francis. File photos from AFP

Costa Rican woman details 2nd John Paul 'miracle'

Jul 06, 2013 - 11:22 PM

Floribeth Mora was cured of brain aneurysm

MIRACLE. Floribeth Mora listens to the questions of the reporters in front a Pope John Paul II's shrine at her home in Dulce Nombre de Tres Rios, province of Cartago, Costa Rica, 05 July 2013. Photo by EPA/Jeffrey Arguedas

Vatican approves sainthood for John Paul II, John XXIII

Jul 06, 2013 - 9:43 AM

Pope Francis gives the go ahead for John Paul II to be made a saint and grants a rare exception for the canonization of another predecessor John XXIII

SOON TO BE SAINTS. The good pope and the popular pope (Left, John XXIII; Right, John Paul II)

Choice of Pope Francis boosts Tagle's future chances

Mar 15, 2013 - 10:16 AM

If Tagle is able to create a stir among his peers in the next few years his being pope is not far fetched

John Paul II mulled resigning, too

Feb 26, 2013 - 3:35 PM

Like Benedict XVI no less than John Paul II the most beloved pope in recent history also contemplated resigning from office Paterno Esmaquel reports