The week in photos: August 26-September 1, 2017

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

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

INK FESTIVAL. A participant displays his tattoo to audience of the Dutdutan festival at the World Trade Center in Pasay on September 1, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Yes to divorce

Jul 31, 2017 - 10:41 AM

However divorce laws must look into inequalities to ensure that women are protected and their stronger emotional ties to their children are recognized

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Jul 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

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Cardinal Pell back in Australia to face abuse charges

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:02 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to face a Melbourne court on July 26 for a preliminary hearing on multiple sexual assault charges related to offenses allegedly committed decades ago

Pope dismisses doctrine chief in turbulent week for Vatican

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has clashed with Pope Francis over key reform issues and has been caught up in controversy earlier this year

MUELLER DISMISSED. In this file handout photograph provided by Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis (L) speaks with then-archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during a private audience at the Vatican on April 5, 2013. Osservatore Romano/AFP

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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All smiles as Pope asks Trump to work for peace

May 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED Trump s audience with the pontiff a keenly anticipated highlight of his first overseas tour lasts just under half an hour and concludes with both men in apparently jovial mood

FIRST FACE-TO-FACE. US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis meet in the Vatican for the first time

Pope to create 5 new cardinals

May 21, 2017 - 8:39 PM

The new cardinals will form part of an elite group within the church

Trump aims to mend Muslim ties on 1st foreign trip

May 20, 2017 - 12:02 PM

US President Donald Trump tweets he will be strongly protecting American interests in his marathan 8 day trip to the Middle East and Europe

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1. Photo by Mandal Ngan/AFP

Trump takes perilous first steps on world stage

May 20, 2017 - 7:33 AM

US President Donald Trump will make 6 stops in 8 days holding countless face to face meetings with world leaders like Saudi s King Salman and Pope Francis

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4. Photo by Mandael Ngan/AFP

Vatican says Philippine killings 'deeply troubling'

May 09, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The Vatican also voices concern over enforced disappearances as well as human trafficking in the Philippines

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Trump announces trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican

May 05, 2017 - 12:17 AM

Trump will add the 3 stops to an already announced visit to NATO and G7 summits in Brussels and Sicily later this month

TRUMP'S TRIP. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question at a town hall event on October 6, 2016 in Sandown, New Hampshire. File photo by Mary Schwalm/AFP

Vatican, Myanmar agree to establish diplomatic ties

May 04, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The move comes as Myanmar s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pope Francis on the latest leg of a European tour overshadowed by her country s treatment of the Rohingya

SUU KYI AND POPE FRANCIS. Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pope Francis during a private audience on May 4, 2017 at the Vatican. Photo by Tony Gentile/ AFP

Sex and intrigue of Vatican court drama gets TV treatment

Apr 21, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Italy s Leone Film Group buys the rights to a series of books by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi on the Vatileaks cases which rocked the Roman Catholic Church with their leaked accounts of mismanagement corruption and waste

DRAMA IN THE VATICAN. A journalist reads Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate' (Charity in Truth) during a Vatican news conference for the release of the document on July 7, 2009. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Vigil in the Vatican

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:19 PM

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Sluggish reforms blot Pope Francis' 4-year report card

Mar 12, 2017 - 11:04 AM

Pope Francis continues to bask in a remarkable level of popularity around the world but inside the Vatican Curia there is not always the same enthusiasm for the pope

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis looks on as he leaves at the end of a mass on Christmas eve marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Pope considering Egypt trip – Vatican

Mar 12, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Italy s national broadcaster has claimed Pope Francis would be in Cairo from May 20 21 but the Vatican says there are no dates nor a program yet

EGYPT VISIT? The Vatican says Pope Francis is considering a trip to Egypt this year. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

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Victim quits pope's abuse panel, slams 'shameful' Vatican

Mar 01, 2017 - 11:19 PM

Marie Collins says the final straw came in January when officials refused to guarantee that all letters from victims survivors would receive a response or to cooperate with the commission on developing safeguarding guidelines

QUITTING. This file photo taken on May 03, 2014 shows member of the anti-pedophilia Pontifical commission, Marie Collins attending a press conference on May 3, 2014 at the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi / AFP

Venezuela's Maduro seeks papal help in new opposition talks

Feb 06, 2017 - 3:39 PM

Vatican backed talks to get dialogue going among the parties have not made much progress since December

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and members of the military high command seen during a military parade in Caracas on February 1, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Vatican replaces image of Pope Francis on euro coins

Jan 28, 2017 - 9:36 AM

The EU s official journal on January 24 has published pictures of the Vatican s new coins and they show that Pope Francis image has been replaced

'POPE OF THE POOR.' Pope Francis his greeted by a prelate during the Vespers mass for the solemnity of the conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle on January 25, 2017 at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

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Duterte writes a personal letter to Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza who is in Rome for talks with communist rebels hopes to personally hand the letter to the pope during a side trip to the Vatican

Abbas opens Vatican mission, warns over US embassy move

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Abbas reiterates his opposition to the possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as pledged by US President elect Donald Trump

DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C, R) looks on after he inaugurated the new Palestinian diplomatic mission to the Holy See with Palestinian Ambassador Issa Kassissieh (L) in Rome on January 14, 2017. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope slams jihadist attacks as 'homicidal madness'

Jan 09, 2017 - 8:14 PM

We are dealing with a homicidal madness which misuses God s name in order to disseminate death in a play for domination and power Pope Francis says

Pope Francis arrives to pose with the Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See in the Sistine Chapel at the end of an audience for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings on January 9, 2017 in Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzolo/ AFP

WATCH: Pope urges peace, comforts terror victims in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2016 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics says he hopes for peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism

WATCH: Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass

Dec 25, 2016 - 12:39 AM

The Mass is livestreamed straight from St Peter s Basiica on midnight Vatican time 4 am Manila time

Pope tells Vatican to put women, lay experts into top jobs

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:37 PM

Pope Francis says the appointment of women and lay people to top jobs in the Curia is appropriate given their expertise compared to staff from the clergy

Looking for the nearest confessional or mass? There's an app for that!

Nov 24, 2016 - 7:20 PM

The app which will arrive in 2017 is said to be designed to engage today s mobile generation

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Pope shuts Holy Door after jubilee of hope for sinners

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED Even if the Holy Door closes the true door of mercy which is the heart of Christ always remains open wide for us says Pope Francis

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at St Peter's basilica to mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI

Venezuela crisis talks to resume on hostile note

Nov 12, 2016 - 12:22 PM

The day could determine whether the sides maintain their fragile dialogue or whether antagonism and instability resurge in the oil rich South American country

CRISIS TALKS. Venezuelan opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba arrives for meeting between Venezuela's government and opposition leaders for Vatican-backed talks, in a bid to settle the country's deepening political crisis, in Caracas on November 11, 2016. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Pope holds special Vatican Mass for 1,000 prisoners

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:50 PM

Certainly breaking the law involves paying the price and losing one s freedom is the worst part of serving time All the same hope must not falter says Pope Francis

Pope Francis leads a mass for the Jubilee of Inmates, on November 6, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. One thousand prisoners -- including some lifers -- take part in a special event at the Vatican this weekend, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers.  The prisoners from 12 countries will had yesterday the opportunity to confess and walk through the "Holy Door" at Saint Peter's Basilica, a Jubilee tradition by which Catholics can ask forgiveness for their sins. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO

Failure in Venezuela talks could lead to 'bloodshed' – Vatican envoy

Nov 06, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Both sides are due to start talks on Friday November 11 aimed at finding some way to resolve Venezuela s deepening political and economic crisis

CRUCIAL TALKS. This handout picture released by Venezuelan Presidency shows Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) shaking hands with Venezuelan opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba, before a meeting between Venezuela's government and opposition leaders for Vatican-backed talks, in a bid to settle the country's deepening political crisis, in Caracas on October 30, 2016. Venezuelan Presidency/Handout/AFP

Italian priest blames earthquakes on gay unions

Nov 05, 2016 - 9:59 PM

The Vatican issues a stinging rebuke saying the idea of a vengeful God is a pagan vision dating from the pre Christian era

DESTROYED BASILICA. A picture shows the destroyed Basilica of St Benedict in the historic center of Norcia, on October 31, 2016, a day after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

Venezuela rivals seek to ease political crisis

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro remain wary while the opposition itself is divided over the strategy with some groups refusing to sit down with the government

General view of the meeting between Venezuela's government and opposition leaders for Vatican-backed talks, in a bid to settle the country's deepening political crisis, in Caracas on October 30, 2016. Ronald Schemidt/AFP

China priests' fears over Vatican's Beijing olive branch

Nov 01, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Since January Chinese and Vatican officials have met at least 4 times including in Rome to try and resolve the delicate issue of the appointment of bishops – the heart of the dispute

This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Greg Baker/AFP

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Oct 26, 2016 - 7:57 PM

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Pope aide interviewed by Australia police over abuse claims

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims authorities say

Vatican finance chief, Australian Cardinal George Pell attends a mass for the ordination of new bishops on March 19, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Venezuela opposition challenges gov't dialogue plan

Oct 25, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Months of tension that have included riots and looting threatened to boil over after authorities enraged the opposition last week by annulling its drive for a recall referendum

Students clash with riot policemen during a protest in San Cristobal, state of Tachira, Venezuela on October 24, 2016. George Castellanos/AFP

Pope raises 'gaucho priest' and 6 others to sainthood

Oct 16, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Portraits of the new saints hung high among the columns of Saint Peter s Basilica at the Vatican where the pontiff blessed 7 relics of the saints

NEW SAINTS. Tapestries hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica show portrait of French Salomon Leclercq (L) and Manuel Gonzalez Garcia during a canonization mass led by Pope Francis on October 16, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope urges 'stable peace' on visit to Azerbaijan

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:40 PM

UPDATED There is no alternative to patiently and assiduously searching for shared solutions by means of committed and sustained negotiations says Pope Francis

In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office Pope Francis disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at the International Airport of Baku on October 2, 2016. Pope Francis continues his tour of the Caucasus with a visit to Azerbaijan where he will meet President Ilham Aliyev, just days after the authoritarian leader won a referendum on constitutional changes seen as consolidating his grip on power. / AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Sep 05, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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Mother Teresa to be elevated to sainthood

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:45 PM

The sainthood ceremony comes one day short of the 19th anniversary of Teresa s death at 87 in the Indian city where she spent her adult life first teaching then tending to the dying poor

VATICAN PREPS. A tapestry with a portrait of Mother Teresa hangs on the St Peters' facade prior to the arrival of Pope Francis on September 3, 2016 for a catechism with nuns of the Missionary of Charity, the Religious family founded by Mother Teresa. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Saint Teresa of Kolkata: Revered, reviled and misunderstood

Sep 04, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The austere persona she displayed to the world with her gaunt masculine face masked a lighter albeit troubled soul

LIVE EVENT: Canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Sep 04, 2016 - 10:24 AM

The Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa to be led by Pope Francis will take place at 4:30 pm Manila time Sunday September 4

Pope extends stamp on Church with new ministry for human development

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is part of Pope Francis efforts to focus on the most vulnerable sectors

Pope Francis salutes during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square on August 31, 2016 at the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Taiwan VP to visit Vatican amid China progress

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:40 PM

Vice President Chen Chien jen will be present for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta among other activities

epa05043808 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (L) and vice presidential candidate Chen Chien-jen after their registration for the 2016 presidential election at the Central Election Commission in Taipei, Taiwan, 27 November 2015. Taiwan's general elections will be held on 16 January 2016. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Jesuit scholar explains Pope’s views on love and marriage

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Fr Michael Kirwan SJ says that the pope s apostolic exhortation should have also discussed the child sexual abuse cases including those committed by priests and nuns