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14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

May 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Nicknamed 'the Family,' the group of priestly offenders committed sex abuses with young people including minors, churchgoer Elisa Fernandez tells Channel 13 last week

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

John Paul II's blood relic to be shown again at Manila Cathedral

May 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'Let us once again come together and receive God's grace through the intercession of our beloved St John Paul II,' says the Manila Cathedral on its Facebook page

BLOOD RELIC. Father Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, holds the relic of Saint John Paul II. File photo by Angie de Silva

Cardinal Tagle calls for prayer, fasting vs 'crisis of truth'

May 17, 2018 - 7:36 PM

'We ask pardon for sins committed against truth and open ourselves to the action of the Spirit of Truth,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

CALL TO PRAYER. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle issues a call to prayer and fasting against the 'crisis of truth.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

Sister Patricia Fox hits BI's definition of 'missionary work'

May 05, 2018 - 7:43 AM

While she has joined rallies for social justice, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox calls these activities 'part and parcel of my apostolate and missionary work'

SEEKING PRAYERS. Priests pray over Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at UP Diliman's Parish of the Holy Sacrifice on April 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Canada presses Pope Francis over apology to indigenous communities

May 02, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Lawmakers are seeking 'official papal apology for the role played by the Canadian Catholic Church in the development, operation and abuse of residential schools'

APOLOGY? In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message as he leads the holy mass to mark the world day of peace, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2018. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Pope Francis speaks out for terminally-ill British toddler

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:08 PM

'I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life,' says the Pope

LIFE. Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome, at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia, on September 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andrew Medichini

TRANSCRIPT: 'Touch wounds of Christ in others' – Cardinal Tagle

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

'We see the true God only in the wounded Christ – wounded yet merciful,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Word Exposed Easter Recollection

WORD EXPOSED. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily at the Word Exposed Easter Recollection on April 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope names Father Medel Aseo as bishop of Tagum

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The Vatican announces the appointment of Tagum Bishop-elect Medel Aseo on the same day he marks his 39th year as a priest

NEW BISHOP. Father Medel Aseo, who is marking his 39th year as a priest, is named as the new bishop of Tagum in Davao del Norte. Photo from SFC Southeastern Mindanao's Facebook page

Pope John Paul II's blood relic honored at Manila Cathedral

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:27 PM

The public veneration of the blood relic at the Manila Cathedral lasts until 8 pm on Saturday, April 7, and resumes from 6 am to 8 pm on Sunday, April 8

BLOOD RELIC. The relic of the blood of Pope Saint John Paul II is on display for public veneration at the Manila Cathedral from April 7 to 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China-Vatican deal on bishops imminent – Chinese prelate

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Under the deal, the Vatican could agree to recognize 7 bishops who were chosen by the Communist government

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? 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. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Holy Week reflections: From drug addiction to priesthood

Mar 25, 2018 - 8:20 PM

For Fr Flavie Villanueva, a former drug user, faith is one of the reasons why he was able to get out of the vicious cycle of addiction

Virtual Visita Iglesia: Philippine churches in 360-degree video

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

To navigate on mobile and see each church in 360-degree view, scroll up and down or swipe left and right on the screen, while listening to and praying the Stations of the Cross

VISITA IGLESIA. Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miagao, Iloilo, is one of the churches featured in Rappler's Virtual Visita Iglesia this year. Screen grab from 360-degree video by Fung Yu

Pope names new bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines succeeds Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon, who was made bishop of Bacolod in May 2016

NEW BISHOP. Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines, 52, is named bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental. File photo from the Diocese of Bacolod/CBCP News

Treat people as gifts, not commodities – Cardinal Tagle

Feb 25, 2018 - 1:21 PM

At the Walk for Life, Cardinal Tagle blasts a 'throwaway culture' that discards people who no longer prove useful

WALK FOR LIFE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily at the Walk for Life in Quirino Grandstand on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PANOORIN: 2,000 Katoliko, dumalo sa Walk for Life

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Paalala ni Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle sa mga Pilipino, ang buhay ay isang regalo

STOP THE KILLINGS. More or less 2,000 Catholics troop to Quirino Grandstand for the Walk for Life on February 24, 2018, to call for an end to killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

RH 2.0? Why Lagman thinks it's easier to pass divorce bill

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'Divorce is the exception, not the general rule,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, champion of the proposed measure

DIVORCE CHAMPION. Edcel Lagman leads the change for the passage of the divorce law. Photo by Rappler

Cardinal Tagle backs February 24 walk vs killings

Feb 23, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'Maglakad para sa buhay,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ahead of the Walk for Life on Saturday, February 24

'LAKAS, HINDI DAHAS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle pushes for 'active non-violence' during the Catholic-led Walk for Life on February 18, 2017. File photo by Roy Lagarde

UP chancellor endorses February 23, 24 activities vs EJKs, attack on press freedom

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:08 AM

'We need to encourage our students to participate in the activities as part of their education,' UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan says

Vatican revives pope's sexual abuse panel

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:38 PM

'The newly-appointed members will add to the commission's global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults,' says US Cardinal Sean O'Malley

VATICAN CITY. In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims, gathered on St. Peter's square at the Vatican, from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Regina Coeli prayer on June 1, 2014. Photo by AFP / Vincenzo Pinto

Church sets February 24 walk vs killings, dictatorship

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is expected to say Mass at the Walk for Life to be held at the Quirino Grandstand

Pope Francis calls journalists 'protectors of news'

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'In today's world, theirs is, in every sense, not just a job; it is a mission,' Pope Francis says of the work of journalists, as he slams fake news

WELCOMING JOURNALISTS. Pope Francis (L) welcomes journalists on board the plane on the way to Santiago at the start of his seven-day trip to Chile and Peru, on January 15, 2018. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Caritas Philippines: ‘A government that curtails press freedom is insecure'

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Archbishop Tirona says, 'the (SEC) action smacks of a reign of terror, an arrogant and high-handed warning to the media practitioners that do not kowtow to the administration'

Pope denounces violence in visit to restive region of Chile

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:36 AM

The Argentine-born pontiff was shining the spotlight on the simmering conflict between the Chilean state and the Mapuche people

AMONG THE PEOPLE. Pope Francis waves crowds from the popemobile on his way to Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago on January 17, 2018. Pablo Vera Lisperguer/AFP

Pope voices nuclear war concerns as he begins Latin America trip

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:08 AM

'I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.'

HAPPY IN CHILE. Pope Francis smiles at the faithful from the Popemobile in Santiago, on January 15, 2018. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Pope sets off on trip to Chile and Peru

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The 81-year old Argentine will hop on 10 flights to travel over 30,000 kilometers through hot and humid climates for his 22nd trip abroad

AWAITING FRANCIS. Banners welcoming Pope Francis to Peru are seen in Lima on January 13, 2018. Ernesto Benavidez/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

Ahead of pope's Chile visit, priests accused of child sex abuse

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Almost 80 Roman Catholic clergy have been accused of sexually abusing children in Chile since 2000, a US-based monitoring group says

SANTIAGO CATHEDRAL. Aerial picture taken on January 4, 2018 showing the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, where Pope Francis will be giving mass during his upcoming visit to Chile. Javier Torres/AFP

Finding Christ in the Philippine National Police

Dec 24, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Reverend Father Police Senior Superintendent Jason Ortizo shares the highs and lows of being a cop-priest for the Philippine National Police

Caritas brings spirit of Christmas to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Caritas Palo, the humanitarian arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo, distributes relief goods in remote Biliran towns

NEEDS ASSESSMENT. Caritas Palo conducts needs assessment in Naval town in Biliran province, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on December 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Caritas Palo

U.S. Cardinal Law, forced to quit over sex abuse scandal, dies aged 86

Dec 20, 2017 - 3:46 PM

(UPDATED) The former Boston cardinal had fallen from grace after he allegedly shielded priests involved in a wide-reaching sex abuse scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church and eclipsed his long and at one-time venerated career

CARDINAL LAW. US Cardinal Bernard Francis Law prays during the Eucharistic celebration with the new cardinals on November 21, 2010 at St Peter's basilica at The Vatican. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Bishop seeks freedom of supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'For heaven's sake, let's get this man out of jail! I am willing to repay his employer, the supermarket owner, a hundred times over,' says Bishop Pablo David

BISHOP'S APPEAL. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says he is willing to repay 'a hundred times over' the employer of a supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthday

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:59 PM

Pope Francis's birthday this year falls on Gaudete Sunday, which the church marks as a moment of particular joy as celebrations for the birth of Jesus Christ approach

 POPE FRANCIS. This handout picture released by Roman pastry Hedera Sweetness and Co. shows a birthday cake offered to Pope Francis for his 81st birthday, on December 17, 2017 in Rome. HEDERA-MAUPAL/AFP

Father Tito Paez: 'A comrade for others'

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:21 AM

'He offered his life not only as a priest but also as a comrade. He was a comrade for others – a hero, a martyr,' says San Jose City Bishop Roberto Mallari of slain activist priest Marcelito 'Tito' Paez

ACTIVIST PRIEST. Catholic priest Marcelitio 'Tito' Paez was gunned down by unknown men on December 4, 2017, after facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

For families of EJK victims, Christmas will no longer be the same

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The holidays turn somber for those whose loved ones died in extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs

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

New CBCP head tells priests, nuns: Repent

Dec 03, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'humble repentance and reparation' for 'occasions of frailty and scandals' among priests and nuns

NEXT HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (1st from left) is the new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Pope leads Dhaka mass before Rohingya meeting

Dec 01, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Francis, the first pope to visit Muslim-majority Bangladesh in 31 years, arrives in a locally-made popemobile at Suhrawardy Udyan park where nearly 100,000 people wait to celebrate the mass

MASS. Pope Francis performs rituals as he leads mass for Bangladeshi Christians in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO/AFP

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

Pope flies to Bangladesh after contentious Myanmar visit

Nov 30, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The pope lands in Bangladesh, a country struggling to provide for the more than 620,000 Rohingya who have crushed into its refugee camps after fleeing persecution in Myanmar

WITH THE BISHOPS. Pope Francis meets with bishops of Myanmar at St. Mary's Cathedral in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Andrew Medichini/Pool/AFP

Robredo urges police, military, Church to support drug rehab programs

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:05 PM

'Sa inyo po kami huhugot ng pag-asa. Alam po namin na mas marami iyong matitino,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells police and military officers

DRUG REHAB ADVOCATE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech in front of 28 graduates of a drug rehabilitation program in Nueva Ecija. Photo from Robredo's Facebook page

Pope preaches forgiveness in landmark mass for Myanmar Catholics

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:16 AM

(UPDATED) He urges his audience to forgo anger and respond with 'forgiveness and compassion'

VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Pope to meet Myanmar's leader Suu Kyi

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:51 PM

After the talks in the capital Naypyidaw, the pontiff will address Suu Kyi and diplomats there – his first opportunity to speak publicly about the conflict that looms over his trip

MEETING. Pope Francis shakes hands with Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting in Naypyidaw on November 28, 2017. Photo by Max Rossi/POOL/AFP

Pope arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:12 AM

(4th UPDATE) The country is holding its breath over what the pontiff will say on Myanmar soil, where any mention of the word Rohingya could unleash anger from a public that broadly supports the army campaign

WELCOME. Pope Francis is greeted by children in traditional clothing upon his arrival at Yangon International Airport on November 27, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Bohol's Bishop Emeritus Christian Vicente Noel dies

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:55 PM

The retired bishop, who died at the age of 80, will be laid to rest on December 4

BELOVED PRIEST. Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Talibon Christian Vicente Noel (3rd from left), together with priests in Bohol. Photo from Fr. Raymund Estillore's Facebook account