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Tagle, Villegas seek aid for monsoon flood victims

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Filipinos can course donations through their parishes, dioceses, or Caritas offices, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

IN PRAYER. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads a prayer at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINYON] Diyos ay pag-ibig

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Nakalulungkot na nalantad kayo sa pagmumura, pagbabanta, at panghihiya ng Pangulo ng ating bansa. Piliin ninyong mahalin pa rin siya, ngunit manatili sa katotohanan ng ating pananampalataya.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Diyos ni Digong ang diyos ng hidwaan

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Hindi hinubog sa imahe ng kanyang ‘sensible God’ si Rodrigo Duterte

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Jul 01, 2018 - 12:42 PM

'Stupid God', Duterte ratings and economy in the "doldrums?"

[OPINION] God is love

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:56 AM

We are in a spiritual warfare against error and sin. Shield yourselves from error and guide your fellow youth in godliness. Read more about the faith.

Bishops hit Duterte for calling God stupid

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Paano siya magiging Pangulo para sa lahat ng Pilipino kung wala siyang paggalang sa mga mananampalatayang Katoliko?' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) issue statements criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte (right) for calling God stupid. File photo of Duterte courtesy of Malacañang; file photos of David and Villegas by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] We must not keep quiet

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Kill us if they wish but our blood will speak louder than our voices. There is a message that only martyrdom can teach. We will not be threatened.

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Bishops hit priests carrying guns amid killings

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Gun-toting priests? They might want to consider leaving the priesthood and joining the police or the military instead,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

NO TO KILLINGS. The Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) leads a lightning protest to urge the government to immediately resolution of the killing of Father Richmond Nilo and other victims of murder. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Pinapatay nila ang ating kawan. Pinapatay nila kaming mga pastol.'

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ikaw ba ay pumapalakpak pa rin? Ikaw ba ay tumatawa pa rin? Katawa-tawa pa rin ba ito sa iyo?' sabi nina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari ng Arkidiyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan

'HINDI KAMI NATATAKOT.' Naglabas ng matapang na pahayag sina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari laban sa pagpatay kay Father Richmond Nilo ng Nueva Ecija. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Top Catholic seminary condemns killing of Fr Richmond Nilo

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:30 AM

'Walang Karlistang duwag,' say the men of San Carlos Seminary, as they condemn the killings of two of their alumni, including Father Richmond Nilo of Nueva Ecija

IN MOURNING. San Carlos Seminary mourns the recent killings of priests, including their alumni Father Richmond Nilo and Father Marcelito Paez. Composite image based on posts on the San Carlos Seminary Facebook page

Malacañang condemns killings of priests

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:45 AM

'We join the Catholic bishops and faithful in condemning the murder of Catholic priests,' says Malacañang, but remains mum on calls for President Rodrigo Duterte to tone down verbal insults against the Church that may embolden more attacks

Blood stains the floor of Nuestra Senora de la Nieve chapel in Barangay Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija where Catholic priest Richmond Nilo was shot to death as he was preparing for mass on Sunday, June 10, 2018.   Central Luzon regional director Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus told Rappler a CCTV footage captured a man stoop beside the windows of the chapel and shot the priest instantaneously before escaping with his company on a motorcycle.   (2nd photo shows the window where the gunman aimed to shoot the priest). Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

'They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds.'

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders call on President Rodrigo Duterte 'to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church,' as they denounce the killing of Father Richmond Nilo

'WE ARE NOT AFRAID.' Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the killing of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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.

Archbishop Villegas: Stand up vs 'reign of murder, vulgarity'

May 22, 2018 - 7:21 PM

'Hindi ba sobra na? Hindi pa ba tayo maninindigan? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?' says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas

BISHOP'S CALL. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges his flock to stand up against the 'reign of murder and vulgarity' in the Philippines. 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?

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.

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?

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.

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Mar 14, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Archbishop Villegas to De Lima: Your detention is 'biggest symbol' of PH decay

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:11 PM

'I do not know why God is allowing all this moral decay to happen to our country,' says Archbishop Villegas as Senator De Lima marks her first year in jail

IN PRAYER. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas prays before an image of Our Lady of Fatima during the 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday on November 5, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ash Wednesday on Valentine's: 'Love expressed by sacrifice'

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:30 AM

'The 3 keys for Valentine's Day are the same 3 keys for the season of Lent – sacrifice, prayer, and giving,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas

START OF LENT. Ash Wednesday, when Catholics have their foreheads marked with ashes, starts the 40-day penitential season of Lent. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Villegas' guide on charter change

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

What ethical norms must govern changing the Constitution?

PASTORAL GUIDE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas offers guidelines for his flock, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, to help in understanding charter change. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who should draft new charter? Not Congress, Villegas says

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas also slams proposals to extend the terms of government leaders as the Philippines shifts to a federal form of government

CHARTER CHANGE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issues a pastoral guide on efforts to revise the Philippine Constitution. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Dec 04, 2017 - 10:46 AM

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Gov't can lose 'moral mandate' due to RevGov – Villegas

Dec 04, 2017 - 6:58 AM

In a Rappler Talk interview, Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Filipinos did not elect their current leaders just to form a revolutionary government

REVGOV TALKS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a Rappler Talk interview on December 1, 2017, that the Philippines does not need a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite tears, Villegas says heading CBCP a 'blessing'

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:30 AM

In a Rappler Talk interview, Archbishop Socrates Villegas looks back at the 4 years he headed the CBCP. 'We are not really critics. We are partners,' Villegas says.

EXIT INTERVIEW. Archbishop Socrates Villegas sits down for a Rappler Talk interview on the 4 years he headed the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines or CBCP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Archbishop Socrates Villegas on his 4 years as CBCP head

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Rappler talks to Archbishop Socrates Villegas about his experience as CBCP president, and his views on issues such as the proposed revolutionary government

Archbishop Villegas ends term as CBCP president

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

During his 4 years as CBCP president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas spared no one from criticism, from Benigno Aquino III to Rodrigo Duterte

OUTSPOKEN PASTOR. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas leads a procession against drug war killings on November 5, 2017, along the Philippines' iconic EDSA highway. He steps down as CBCP president on November 30, 2017. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Catholics return to EDSA as bishop warns of 'curse'

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:45 AM

'A curse awaits a nation that kills its own people,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday at the EDSA Shrine

PRAYER POWER. Catholics return to EDSA on November 5, 2017, to denounce the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Our Lady of Fatima returns to EDSA

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:30 PM

This is the exact same image brought to the 1986 EDSA Revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos, says Archbishop Socrates Villegas

BACK IN EDSA. The image of Our Lady of Fatima, which was used in the People Power Revolution of 1986, is brought back to EDSA, this time for a procession against drug-related killings. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Villegas homily on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday

Nov 05, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Start the healing by repenting now,' says outgoing CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday in EDSA Shrine

Villegas hits priests, cops, politicians in EDSA Mass

Nov 05, 2017 - 3:30 PM

'Magbagong buhay na tayo, kasama ako,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas said at EDSA Shrine on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday

APPEAL. Archbishop Socrates Villegas during the 'Lord Heal our Land Sunday' mass, November 5, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu archbishop hits EJKs ahead of EDSA procession

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:59 PM

'Lord, heal our wounded land!' says Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as Catholics in Cebu also prepare for a major procession against extrajudicial killings

NO TO KILLINGS. A candle-lighting activity is held in Quezon City on November 2, 2017, to protest against killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villegas hits 'huling baraha' mentality amid PH killings

Nov 03, 2017 - 9:44 PM

'Ang kakapitan natin ay ang Diyos, hindi ideolohiya, hindi partido,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says ahead of an anti-EJK event along EDSA on November 5

NO TO KILLINGS. A Mass is held for victims of drug-related killings at San Isidro Labrador Parish in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, on October 31, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos dies at 74

Oct 22, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Born in Bohol, Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos was a bishop for more than 3 decades

LONG-TIME BISHOP. Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos was a bishop for more than 3 decades when he died on October 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of PIA Caraga

Pope Francis saddened over death of Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Pope Francis sends his condolences and hails Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal for his 'untiring and devoted service to the Church'

POPE AND CARDINAL. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal greets Pope Francis in Vatican City on March 15, 2013, days after Francis was elected. Screenshot from the Vatican's YouTube page

Bishops mourn death of Cebu's Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was 'a true servant-leader rather than a prince,' says Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo

FILIPINO CARDINALS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle greets Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal before the start of the CBCP's 109th plenary assembly at the Pius XII Center in Manila on July 5, 2014. File photo by CBCP News

CBCP denies it 'regrets' killing of Hapilon, Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The lie is posted on the Facebook page 'Rodrigo Duterte Supporters,' as the Duterte administration is accused of spreading propaganda on social media

CBCP DENIAL. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, denies that the CBCP 'regrets' the killing of Marawi siege leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Church to hold EDSA march vs killings on November 5

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls on Catholics to join a huge procession along EDSA against the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

NO TO KILLINGS. Catholics join a Mass on September 21, 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of Martial Law and to oppose extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dela Rosa to CBCP: Cops turned informers must have affidavits

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa says they are open to their testimony as long as they will tell the truth

OPEN. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he is okay with cops testifying about vigilante-style killings as long as they are swear on their statements. File photo by Joel Liporada

Lacson urges Church to present 'reformed' cops in Senate probe

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:16 PM

'Sa tulong nga ng simbahan, sana po mapadala nyo dito yung sinasabi na mga pulis na nagbalik loob at nagtitiwala sa simbahan at kung sila may statements na, mas mainam po iyon'

Sen. Ping Lacson during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee public hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH losing soul to 'Father of Lies' – Archbishop Villegas

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:15 AM

'To keep quiet in the face of evil is a sin,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says, as Filipinos mark the 45th anniversary of martial law in the face of abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte

'BAYAN, GUMISING!' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges Filipinos to wake up to killings, fake news, and other abuses, as the Philippines marks the 45th anniversary of martial law. File photo courtesy of Sabins Studio

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More bishops call for tolling of bells vs drug war killings

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The bishops of Cagayan de Oro Cubao Bacolod and San Jose in Nueva Ecija ask churches to toll their bells against drug related killings in the Philippines

YOUNG VICTIM. Bishop Pablo David blesses the remains of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos, an alleged frame-up victim in the government's drug war, at his funeral Mass. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Tagle, Villegas speak out vs new drug war killings

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:45 AM

This comes after a series of drug raids killed at least 81 people – including 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos – in only 4 days

LEADING BISHOPS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (left) attend a press conference on July 7, 2014, about the trip of Pope Francis to the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

New CBCP head views self as Duterte's 'friend-sinner'

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says there was 'no conflict' between the local church and Rodrigo Duterte when he was Davao City mayor

FRIENDS FOR YEARS. Then-Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte apologizes to Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles on December 4, 2015, after Duterte cursed Pope Francis in a campaign speech. File photo from the Facebook page of Christopher 'Bong' Go

Davao Archbishop Valles elected CBCP president

Jul 08, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The Davao archbishop is set to lead the CBCP as his friend – President Rodrigo Duterte – pursues a bloody war on drugs that has alarmed Catholic bishops

NEXT PRESIDENT. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines elects Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (1st from left) on July 8, 2017, as its next president. Photo by Roy Lagarde

CBCP guide lists websites peddling fake news

Jun 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

A guide issued by the CBCP tags at least 29 websites for carrying fake or unverified contents

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