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[OPINION] Bilibid: A semblance of Paradise

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Bilibid is a prison, but it is a community – a community even more alive than the noiseless, walled, camera-secured, and luxurious villages we all aspire to live in

Photo from Shutterstock

Thieves strike at Baguio Cathedral during Easter mass

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The church’s CCTV recorded two men stealing a 55-inch flat screen TV from the Bishop’s house

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache church in Paris, celebrated in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire, is pervaded by the spirit and hope of a fresh start

Faithful attend mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral at the Saint Eustache church in Paris, on Easter Sunday, on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Philippines denounces Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our nation, together with the rest of the world, is outraged by these latest senseless acts of terror and violence,' says the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Boracay tourist arrivals up for Holy Week 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Based on figures from Palm Sunday, April 14, to Good Friday, April 19, more than 50,000 tourists have visited Boracay

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

On Easter 2019, Duterte hopes for integrity in May polls

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:44 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his Easter message, says he hopes evil 'will be swept away by our strong faith in the Almighty'

EASTER SUNDAY. Catholics watch the traditional Salubong that reenacts the meeting of Mary and her resurrected son, Jesus, during the Easter Sunday celebration at EDSA Shrine, Quezon City on April 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Defend freedom, Robredo tells Filipinos on Easter 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:04 AM

'Sa huli, sa kabila ng kadiliman at kahirapan, ang kabutihan at pagmamahalan pa rin ang mananaig,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Easter Sunday

EASTER VIGIL. The Paschal candle is lit in front of the Baguio Cathedral as part of the Easter Vigil rites on April 20, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/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)

Duterte on Holy Week: Serve needy, 'uphold what is good and just'

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:32 AM

'Our strong faith in God has contributed to our resiliency as a nation, especially during trying times,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in his Holy Week message

HOLY WEEK MESSAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipinos to serve the needy and uphold the good in his message for Holy Week 2019. Photo from Malacañang

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Naganap na

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Ano ang Naganap? Ang kanyang pinasimulang ministeryo ay natatapos doon sa Kalbaryo. Ang pagkakasugo ng Ama ay tinupad niya ng walang labis at walang kulang.

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David calls on Filipino Catholics to 'bridge the anomalous gap between faith and social life' as they observe Holy Week 2019

HUMAN CROSS. Families of victims of involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings form a human cross at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as a form of protest on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Touring Albay's churches through Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The rich Catholic heritage of Albay province is best seen during the traditional Visita Iglesia

Joroan church. Photo courtesy of Jemn Dimaculangan

LOOK: Clark airport opens new facilities in time for Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:49 AM

As many as 12,000 passengers use the airport daily during Holy Week

Archbishop Villegas: Ignorance killing PH 'softly, slowly'

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:47 AM

Ignorance 'has made us a nation that glees in murder' and 'votes for incorrigible liars,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

BLASTING IGNORANCE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates says the ignorance that killed Jesus more than 2,000 years ago is killing the Philippines softly and slowly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

7 Last Words reflection: Forsaken and desperate?

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Cusswords, vulgarities, and obscenities are becoming common and ordinary. There are no longer any qualms of conscience in using them, and they have even become fodder for jokes, laughter, and applause in public.

IN PHOTOS: Albayalde inspects transpo hubs for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde inspects the Araneta Center and Pasay City bus terminals, the new Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

ABOARD. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde enters a waiting bus for inspection. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle hits 'sellers' of people: Repent like Judas

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:29 PM

There is goodness even in Judas, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

TONDO VISIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visits Parola, Tondo, to say Mass on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. All photos courtesy of CBCP News

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Huling habilin ni Kristo ay mahalin ang iyong kapwa

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Ang paghahabilin ni Hesus kay Maria at kay San Juan na magkanlong sa isa’t -isa ay tanging terrestrial na mensahe niya habang nakapako sa krus

7 Last Words reflection: 'Today you will be with me in Paradise'

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The penitent thief admitted his deserved punishment and defended Jesus’ innocence, and now only asks future acknowledgment. The Savior King, generously giving until the end, promised immediate and eternal fellowship.

7 Last Words reflection: The chain of anger-revenge is broken

Apr 16, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Theologian Karl Rahner comments that the executioners of Jesus knew what they were doing; what they did not know was that they were deeply loved

[OPINION] A change of heart: Living the Laudato Si way

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:09 PM

'Without realizing that everything is connected with one another, as emphasized in the 'Laudato Si,' we become ignorant to just how our individual actions can make a big impact'

WATCH: Visita Iglesia 2019

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:49 AM

The Society of St. Paul’s Philippines - Macau features the churches of the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres for the Visita Iglesia 2019

Screenshot from St. Paul's Audiovisuals

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Walang tubig, kuryente, pera – penitensya ngayong Kuwaresma

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Paaano ba tayo sasampalataya, magiging Kristiyano, at higit sa lahat, magiging tao sa panahon ni Rodrigo Duterte?

WATCH: Stations of the Cross 2019

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Society of Saint Paul Philippines-Macau brings us a virtual yet meaningful Way of the Cross in Ligao City

SORROW. Religious images and actual plays depict the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Religious image photo by Jordan Villa/Rappler; Quezon City inmates theater play photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tagle on Palm Sunday 2019: Follow humble leaders

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle warns against the 'more attractive' tendency to follow the high and mighty

HUMILITY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the Palm Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Environment group gives tips for 'trash-free' Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Here are some tips from EcoWaste Coalition on observing an eco-friendly Holy Week this year

READY FOR PALM SUNDAY. Vendors at Santo Nino de Tondo Parish start making palms in preparation for Palm Sunday. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Traffic advisory for Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Here are the dates and areas where heavy traffic buildup is expected during this year's observance of Holy Week

IN PHOTOS: Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:04 PM

More than a hundred activists hold a Holy Week-themed protest to highlight the suffering of the urban poor, farmers, and students

STOP THE KILLINGS. A performance artist lay in the pavement to symbolize the peoples suffering during the Kalbaryo ng Mamamyan protest in Manila on April 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay parish church all set for Holy Week 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Holy Week in Boracay Island will revolve around the Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Parish Church

SEMANA SANTA. Everything is set for the Holy Week church activities in Boracay. Photo BY Boy Ryan B. Zabal

NLEX, SCTEX, Cavitex to beef up operations for Holy Week 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Portable toll booths and additional traffic personnel will be deployed during the Holy Week rush

MORE TOLL BOOTHS. NLEX Corporation will add portable toll booths at the plazas in NLEX and SCTEX to manage traffic. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Maynilad water service interruptions set for Holy Week 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 3:05 PM

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad says it will conduct network upgrades. Check the list of affected areas and their water service interruption schedules here.

LOOK: PH Coast Guard dispatches vessels for Holy Week security

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is on heightened alert status in preparation for Holy Week

Members of the Philippine Coastguard prepare for deployment to secure local and foreign tourists during the holy week. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Over 50,000 tourists expected in Boracay for Holy Week 2019

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Local authorities assure tourists that tight security measures will be implemented in the island and mainland Malay to ensure their safety

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kennon Road open during Holy Week 2019

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:52 AM

(UPDATED) Kennon Road will be open to light vehicles from 6 pm of Friday, April 12, to 6 am of Monday, April 22

LANDSLIDE-PRONE ROAD. Kennon Road has been often closed to traffic because of landslides. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

MRT, LRT schedules for Holy Week 2019

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) LRT Lines 1 and 2, meanwhile, will be closed from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday

NO OPERATIONS. The MRT3 will be closed during the Holy Week. AFP File photo

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

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

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Marinduque high school students win Battle of the Morions

Apr 01, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The Battle of the Morions, or Moryonan, aims to encourage towns and schools to train the new generation in making morions and costumes

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos mark Easter 2018 with 'Salubong'

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter

IN PHOTOS: Easter Vigil 2018 at the Manila Cathedral

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:44 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of fire during Easter Vigil

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle on Easter 2018: Roll away 'stones' of sin

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:17 AM

'Iyong bato ng walang paggalang sa kapwa, alisin na para makalabas ang buhay ng pagdadamayan,' Cardinal Tagle says as Filipinos celebrate Easter

EASTER VIGIL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Easter Vigil at the Manila Cathedral on March 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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

The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

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

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

Holy Week 2018: Mass readings for Easter Vigil

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Here is the set of readings in Catholic churches around the world for Easter Vigil 2018

Netizens slam devotees, tourists for leaving trash in Holy Week sites

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Irate netizens document the litter left in Holy Week pilgrimage sites and vacation spots

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle's homily on Good Friday 2018

Mar 30, 2018 - 11:52 PM

'Papayagan ba natin ipako sa krus si Hesus? O baka meron tayong ibang poprotektahan na hari? Ano 'yung hari na isasalba natin?'

MOVING STORY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle wipes his tears as he recounts a moving story on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Where are the stars vacationing this Holy Week?

Mar 30, 2018 - 8:07 PM

Our favorite celebs take time off in places near and far this Holy Week 2018

Albay's father-and-son 'paso' carvers on techniques and their religious mission

Mar 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The tandem are among the most sought-after carvers in the region

IN PHOTOS: Good Friday service at the Manila Cathedral

Mar 30, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Catholics line up to kiss the feet of the image of Jesus Christ on the cross during the Good Friday service led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the commemoration of the Lord'd Passion at the Manila Cathedral. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler