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Bishops pray for sedition accusers: 'May they meet the God of all Truths'

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:53 AM

'We will not be discouraged,' say the 4 bishops who vowed to continue serving their flock despite the sedition complaint filed against them

THE POWER OF PRAYER. The 4 bishops facing a sedition complaint release a fraternal message praying for their accusers.

Bishop David says he refused Bikoy's request for church sanctuary

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:35 PM

'I whispered to [Fr Alejo] to better check first on the veracity of the man's story who came and left as a total stranger to me,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

SEDITION COMPLAINT. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David denies having any viable link to Peter Joemel Advincula, alias Bikoy, who is accusing him and 35 others of inciting to sedition. File photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Ecumenical groups condemn sedition charges vs bishops, priests

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Ecumenical Bishops Forum and Isaiah Ministry say the actions of the Duterte administration against critics show his steady move towards violent repression and total dictatorship

Religious congregations led by the Association of Mother Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) lead the symbolic candle lighting event outside of the Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City to show support and solidarity to those bishops and other personalities charged by the government of inciting to sedition on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cubao diocese refutes sedition claims: 'Bishop Ongtioco never met Bikoy'

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'It is...beyond belief that a case like sedition should be filed based on Bikoy's testimony, whose credibility is questionable,' says Fr Steven Zabala, vicar general of the Diocese of Cubao

SOLIDARITY MASS. Fr Steven Zabala presides a solidarity mass in support of Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, after the Church leader was tagged in the sedition complaint over Bikoy's viral 'narcolist' video. Screengrab from the Diocese of Cubao Facebook page

CBCP president: Sedition allegations vs bishops 'beyond belief'

Jul 20, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'I cannot bring myself to believe that these bishops were involved in seditious activities; they are bishops whose sincerity, decency, respectfulness and love for our country and our people are beyond doubt,' says Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles of the 4 bishops included in the PNP's sedition complaint

CATHOLIC LEADERS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra immediately forms a panel to investigate the complaint

BIKOY VIDEOS. Vice President Leni Robredo is included in the 36 respondents of a CIDG complaint for inciting to sedition over the viral Bikoy videos. OVP Photo

Bills renewing TV5, CBCP franchises lapse into law

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:01 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo cannot explain why Duterte did not sign the bill instead

Davao Archbishop Valles reelected as CBCP president

Jul 06, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Archbishop Romulo Valles remains to lead the CBCP as his friend, President Rodrigo Duterte continues to criticize the Catholic Church

PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles on July 9, 2018. Malacañang photo

Pope Francis names Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Novaliches Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa is set to replace Antonio Tobias, who is past the retirement age of 75

NEW APPOINTMENT. Pope Francis names Father Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches in the Philippines. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Bishop David slams Bikoy for lying, linking him to Trillanes

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) Archbishop Socrates Villegas also denies the claim of Peter Joemel Advincula or Bikoy that he met with anti-Duterte plotters on December 12, 2018

HITTING 'BIKOY.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David slams Peter Joemel Advincula, also known as Bikoy, for peddling 'lies.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: Villegas, Tagle 'say followers are traitors' for not voting for Otso Diretso

May 23, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says the claim is 'fake news and propaganda'

Church says Tagle, CBCP didn't endorse Otso Diretso

May 10, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle endorsed a process of discernment, not a specific set of candidates, in the May 13 elections

CHURCH LEADER. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily at the Easter Vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP lay arm endorses Otso Diretso, 2 other Senate bets

May 07, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'We believe we need an independent Senate,' says Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas president Julieta Wasan, adding they cannot anymore remain nonpartisan

PEOPLE'S CHOICE. Senatorial bets Gary Alejano, Neri Colmenares, Florin Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, Chel Diokno, and 5 other candidates, mostly from opposition slate Otso Diretso, get the support of the People's Choice Movement in the May 13 elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler, Wednesday

Bishop David: 'Biggest lie' to say drug war is against drugs

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admits the Catholic Church has 'failed to educate consciences,' leading to the support of many Catholics for drug war killings

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'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

Legazpi bishop urges voters not to sell their votes

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon even challenges parishioners who attended the Palm Sunday service to drop the palaspas if they will give in to vote buying

EASTER. Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi leads the children back to Albay Cathedral right after the Easter Sunday dawn mass held at Penaranda Park. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

[OPINION] An open letter to President Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 3:25 PM

'Just as you take seriously your duty to protect the country, priests are earnestly committed to defending the Word of God,' students tell President Rodrigo Duterte

Priests photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler; Duterte photo from Malacañang

When the Catholic Church flexes political muscles

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Here's a look at the times when Catholic bishops and priests took sides in Philippine politics

MENTOR AND AIDE. The late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin (right) served as the mentor of then Father Socrates Villegas (left), now archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. Sin is known for his influence in Philippine politics, while Villegas is also known for speaking out on social ills. File photo from CBCP

Duterte vs the Church: Do the times call for a Catholic vote?

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:12 PM

A viral video of Archbishop Socrates Villegas fuels hopes that more bishops will openly – though indirectly – campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's bets

Bataan bishop scraps fees for funeral Masses

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:44 PM

This is the latest in a growing trend in the Philippine Catholic Church to scrap the arancel system, or the practice of imposing taxes on 'free' church services

NEW ORDER. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos scraps fees for funeral Masses in his diocese, which covers the entire province of Bataan. File photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Christian group slams red-tagging of Aglipayan bishops

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:09 AM

'We call on the government to stop these vehement attacks,' says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

RED-TAGGING. Aglipayan Bishop Antonio Ablon is one of the religious leaders 'maliciously tagged' as part of the communist party, says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Tinig sa karimlan ang simbahan

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Batid ng mga pari na hindi lamang ito atake sa ating pampulitikang institusyon – atake rin ito sa ating moralidad, dignidad, at espiritwal na buhay

Pope Francis names 2nd Filipino bishop in U.S.

Mar 05, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Monsignor Alejandro Aclan of Pasay City is appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

HOLY FATHER. Pope Francis names Monsignor Alejandro Aclan as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. File photo from AFP

WATCH: Bishop David rebukes Catholics who back drug war killings

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Maraming Kristiyanong namimili lang nung kayang tanggapin na sinasabi ng Panginoon,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

PROPHETIC VOICE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David officiates a Mass for the dead at La Loma Catholic Cemetery on All Souls' Day, November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte said kill the bishops – and his word became flesh

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's violent tirades against clergymen begin to take flesh in the form of death threats. What Duterte says, Duterte gets.

Robredo, Diokno hit death threats vs bishop critical of Duterte’s drug war

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:19 PM

'Kailan ba ito mahihinto? At bakit pinapayagan natin itong kulturang ito na siyang manaig sa atin?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

TEACHING HIS FLOCK. Calookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David delivers a scathing homily against extrajudicial killings on July 2, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo: Maria Ressa, Bishop David prove human rights worth fighting for

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo praises Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for her 'revolutionary' resilience and Bishop Pablo David for his compassion

KA PEPE DIOKNO AWARDS. (From L-R): DLSU president Brother Armin Luistro, ex-president Noynoy Aquino, UP professor Randy David, Vice President Leni Robredo, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, DLSU Chancellor Brother Bernie Oca, and DLSU College of Law founding dean Chel Diokno. Photo from OVP

Bishop critical of Duterte drug war gets death threats

Feb 26, 2019 - 3:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle alerted him about death threats against priests. He backtracks on his call to kill 'useless' bishops.

SHEPHERD. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb and prays for the soul of Kian Loyd delos Santos, at La Loma Catholic Cemetery in Caloocan City on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Maria Ressa, Bishop David receive Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Bishop Pablo David does not attend the awarding ceremony after receving a number of death threats in the past week

FREEDOM FIGHTER. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa delivers her speech during the Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards. Screenshot by Rappler

Ex-FM Bishop retires in new blow to Australian government

Feb 21, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Julie Bishop stuns her parliamentary colleagues with the decision not to recontest her West Australian seat in elections due by mid-May

BISHOPS RETIRES. Australia's incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) walks with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop after a party meeting in Canberra on August 24, 2018. File photo by David Gray/AFP

Bacolod bishop urges speedy resolution of businessman's slay

Feb 21, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod says the killing of businessman Alex Yao 'has no place in our Christian communities, more so, in our society that upholds the principles of law and order'

SCENE OF THE CRIME off. Police cordon the area outside the Redemptorist Churchin Bacolod City where businessman Alex Yao and his wife were attacked on February 19, 2019. Contributed photo

McCarrick defrocking 'a clear signal' abuse won't be tolerated – U.S. bishops

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

'For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgment will be one small step, among many, toward healing,' says US Conference of Catholic Bishops

ABUSE. Evidence of sexual abuse was found against former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Church mourns death of 2 bishops

Feb 11, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Bishop Emeritus Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel diocese dies at the age of 79 while San Carlos Bishop Emeritus Nicolas Mondejar dies at the age of 94

GOING HOME. Two senior bishops of the Catholic Church died on Sunday, February 10. Mondejar photo from Commission on Youth -  Diocese of San Carlos; Gutierez photo from CBCP

Pope admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:24 PM

Pope Francis says the problem can be found 'anywhere' but is prevalent in 'some new congregations and in some regions'

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome. File photo by Andrew Medichini/Pool/AFP

Panelo to CBCP: Stick to 'spiritual' matters, don't criticize Duterte

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'We have enough critics. We have the opposition, we have the human rights, dadagdagan mo pa,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

CBCP President Davao Archbishop Valles presides over a press conference condemning the recent bombing of the Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo that killed 20 people. With him are Caloocan Bishop David and Caloocan Archbishop Ledesma at the Pope Pius Center in Manila on January 28.2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH not civilized if kids treated as criminals – CBCP

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'There is no way we can call ourselves a civilized society if we hold children in conflict with the law criminally liable,' says the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

CBCP OFFICIALS. Officials of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines led by its president, Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center), hold a press conference after the CBCP's 118th plenary assembly in Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

After Jolo bombing, CBCP hits 'cycle of hate'

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says a 'cycle of hate' is 'destroying the moral fabric of our country'

CHURCH OFFICIALS. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Romulo Valles (right) and vice president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) address the media in a press conference on January 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte to tambays: Steal from, kill 'rich' bishops

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'Kayong mga tambay diyan, 'pag dumaan 'yang obispo ninyo, holdapan 'yan, maraming pera 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of Masbate Governor Antonio Kho at the Kalasangan Farm in Cataingan, Masbate on January 9, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. bishops face pressure amid new sex assault revelations

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The sex abuse crisis is the main topic of discussion in a January retreat of US bishops in Chicago

Church hits bid to put one Balangiga bell in National Museum

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'They belong in the church, not in a museum,' says the Catholic Church in Borongan, which owns the historic Balangiga Bells

HISTORIC BELLS. The Balangiga Bells arrive at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on December 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Duterte's 'kill bishops' remark just for 'dramatic effect' – Panelo

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte was just 'upset' because the 'good things that he does for this country are not even appreciated' by the Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command Ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on October 24, 2017, urges the PAF to continue performing their duties as he assures that the government has their full support. Malacañan Photo

'Kill bishops, all they do is criticize,' says Duterte

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo, walang silbi 'yang mga gagong 'yan,' President Duterte says a week after he made allegations against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ozamiz Airport Modernization Project in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on November 28, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Pablo Virgilio David: The shepherd of Caloocan

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:00 PM

We need Church leaders who will describe rightly what we are facing: a death of conscience by those who justify the killings

Led by Davao archbishop, CBCP defends Bishop David vs Duterte

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says he is 'saddened and disturbed' by President Rodrigo Duterte's statements against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CHURCH OFFICIALS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop David hails conviction of Kian delos Santos killers

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:31 AM

'Salamat sa Diyos!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a drug war critic detested by President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAYING FOR KIAN. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a teenager gunned down by Caloocan policemen, as part of the remembrance of All Souls' Day on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Build chapels in your house, no need to go to church

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a vocal critic of the government's bloody anti-drug campaign, responds to the President's renewed attacks on his person

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Caloocan bishop denies Duterte's accusation of stealing

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:03 PM

'I think he has confused me for someone else,' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a thundering voice against the killings under the Duterte administration

Diocese of Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, DD officiated a mass for the dead at the Old Chapel of the La Loma Catholic Cemetery on All Souls' Day, November 2, 2018. Hi homily centered on the value of the human being. November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Polish bishops apologize for child sex abuse by priests

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'We ask pardon of God, of all victims of sexual abuse, of their families, and of the entire Church community for all hurt inflicted on children and young people, as well as their families, by priests, believers, and lay people employed by the Church'

POLISH PRELATE. In this file photo, Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish prelate (left) delivers his speech as Pope Francis meets with Polish bishops at Wawel royal castle's cathedral in Krakow, on July 27, 2016 during World Youth Days (WYD). Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP