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Lucena's first bishop now a step closer to sainthood

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Pope Francis declares Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar of Lucena, Quezon, as 'venerable'

CLOSER TO SAINTHOOD. Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar of Quezon is declared 'venerable.' Photo from alfredomaobviar.wixsite.com

Catholic Church fails to get on youth wavelength

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:30 AM

Prelates attending the meeting at the Vatican have been tasked with finding a way to breathe fresh life into a centuries-old institution suffering from both a damaging global sex abuse crisis and widespread secularity in the West

U.S. opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuse

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:22 PM

'The archdiocese will cooperate with the United States Department of Justice in this matter,' says the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

First pope who visited Philippines is now a saint

Oct 14, 2018 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Like Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador is made a saint in rites led by Pope Francis and joined by 60,000 pilgrims and heads of state

UP FOR SAINTHOOD. The tapestries of Archbishop Oscar Romero (left) and Pope Paul VI (right) hang from a balcony of the facade of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on October 13, 2018, a day before the Catholic Church officially recognizes them as saints. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A total of 167 bishops, priests, and lay members of the church are now under investigation for sexual crimes committed in the South American country since 1960

VISIT. Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (2L) and his wife Cecilia Morel (R) exchange gifts with Pope Francis (2R) during a private audience at the Vatican on October 13, 2018. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/POOL/AFP

Pope says Church can no longer tolerate silence on abuse

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis orders an investigation into Vatican archives concerning resigned archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Duterte's satisfaction rating rises in Q3 – SWS

Sep 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

In the 3rd Quarter 2018 Social Weather Stations survey, majority of Filipinos say that the President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks on God and rape are vulgar

'VERY GOOD' RATING. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at an event in Bohol on June 28, 2018. Malacañang photo

German Catholic Church apologizes for mass child sex abuse

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says he is ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, as well as how so many looked away for so long

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference arrives for the beginning of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference on September 24, 2018 in Fulda, on the eve of a presentation of a report on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clerics against children in 1946 and 2014. Photo by Arne Dedert/AFP

Pope says youth 'outraged' by clergy sex scandals

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Pope Francis: 'We ourselves need to be converted. We have to realize that in order to stand by your side we need to change many situations that, in the end, put you off.'

THE POPE IN ESTONIA. Pope Francis leads a holy mass on September 25, 2018 at the Liberty Square in Tallinn, Estonia on the third day of his Baltic tour.  Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Pope honors Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis' trip to all 3 Baltic states is at risk of being overshadowed by mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy across the globe

Pope Francis' trip, which follows in the footsteps of late Saint John Paul II who travelled to all Baltic states in 1993, may be overshadowed by claims of abuse by the Catholic Church. File Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

September 21 rallies: 'Resist the creeping dictatorship'

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:57 AM

Filipino protesters on September 21, the 46th anniversary of Martial Law under Ferdinand Marcos, seek 'to disallow another dictator to rise or an old one to return'

PAST AND PRESENT. An artist applies finishing touches on giant art heads of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and President Rodrigo Duterte for the 46th anniversary of Martial Law on September 21, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] The silence of the shepherds

Sep 16, 2018 - 6:20 PM

There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think it is acceptable for the common good.

Photo of priest from Shutterstock; photo of bloodied body by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Catholic Church prepares to help those hit by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle mobilizes the disaster response arm of his archdiocese to assist Filipinos who will be affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle mobilizes help for Filipinos to be affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope Francis urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:25 PM

He also warns newly-ordained bishops against succumbing to apathy or mediocrity

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

New York subpoenas every Catholic diocese in state

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:25 PM

All 8 Catholic dioceses have either been or are in the process of being subpoenaed by New York's state attorney general

SUBPOENAS. In this file photo taken on September 7, 2015, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, is viewed in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

[OPINION] The dark side of leadership

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:33 PM

The scandals that rock the Church are not just about sexual abuse or misconduct, but also the self-serving way leadership is exercised

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Irish PM urges action on abuse as Pope admits 'shame and pain'

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis is in Ireland to close the 2018 World Meeting of Families

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis disembarks from the plane on his arrival at Dublin International Airport on August 25, 2018, at the start of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Duterte: 'Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass'

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hits the Catholic Church and the European Union again in a speech at Malacañang

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang on August 13, 2018. Malacañang photo

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account

Lithuania capital launches provocative 'G-spot' tourism ads

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it's amazing. Vilnius, the G-spot of Europe,' says the advertisement

G-SPOT AD. Inga Romanovskiene, director of official tourism service Go Vilnius (R) and Indre Speciunaite (L) public relations project manager pose in front of a projection of a publicity campaign to promote tourism in Vilnius in Vilnius on August 7, 2018. Photo by  Petras Malukas/AFP

Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The update to the Catechism text also says the Church will 'work with determination' for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide

CATECHISM. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The petition includes 3 requests for help in criminal cases of 9 members of the church

CRISIS. Picture of a cross taken in Punta de Tralca, west of Santiago, on July 30, 2018 as Chile's Episcopal Conference holds an extraordinary meeting to analyze the roots of the current crisis that the Catholic Church is experiencing in the country, burdened by the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-up, and how to overcome it. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Chile investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM

The cases relate to incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents

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

Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

CHALLENGING CATHOLICS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes impassioned gestures as he speaks on the 3rd day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3-day Catholic fasting vs blasphemy can include Facebook

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The Catholic Church is holding days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving from July 17 to 19 to atone for the sins of blasphemers, liars, and murderers in the Philippines

WALK FOR LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, prays during the Walk for Life at Quirino Grandstand in Manila on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Catholics mark day of prayer for blasphemers, murderers

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Catholics can observe this day of prayer and penance anywhere, says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. He says prayers can also be offered for 'advocates of fake news.'

CBCP HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), calls for a day of prayer and penance on July 16, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Prominent Chilean priest arrested over sex abuse allegations

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Prosecutor Emiliano Arias says the alleged abuse by Oscar Munoz, 56, took place from 2002 in the capital Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua

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

Duterte says 'sorry, God'

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:37 AM

But the apology is qualified with the President saying he is sorry if the God he wronged is 'the same God' as his

In 24 hours, Duterte breaks vow to stop hitting the Church

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Referring to millions of Filipinos who voted for him, President Rodrigo Duterte claims, 'Sila ang Diyos ko'

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

Duterte wants priests to stop criticizing him from pulpit – Roque

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The President doesn't want criticism of his administration to come from priests, citing the separation of Church and state. He has previously used the presidential podium to comment on religious belief.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures his respect to Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines President Archbishop Romulo Valles, who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. Joining the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte agrees to stop talking about the Church for now

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to a 'moratorium on statements about the Church' after meeting with CBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles, says Malacañang

Bishop warns vs propaganda in Duterte admin's talks with churches

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:02 AM

The proposed dialogue will only be fruitful if it convinces President Rodrigo Duterte to stop killings and respect human rights, says Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon says President Rodrigo Duterte crossed the line when he called God stupid. File photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Australian archbishop gets 12 months for concealing child abuse

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:21 PM

In sentencing, Newcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone says 'there is no remorse or contrition showed by the offender' Archbishop Philip Wilson

Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.

[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.

[OPINION] Why did God give us Duterte?

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

God did not give us Duterte to be our President. The 16 million voters chose him to be President and he is now President. But God can write straight with crooked lines. Even from something bad, good can come out.

Stay faithful, Davao archbishop tells flock after Duterte rant

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'a peaceful and charitable spirit' after their long-time mayor, President Rodrigo Duterte, called God stupid

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

Newsbreak Chats: Anti-tambay campaign, Duterte vs the Church, and other top stories in June 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: The rising number of homicide cases under Duterte, the new crackdown on 'tambays,' Duterte's threats vs the Catholic Church, stories of survivors of sexual violence against children, and the President's second year in office

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Jun 26, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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Jun 26, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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Duterte forms committee to dialogue with Catholic Church

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, and Pastor "Boy" Saycon are tasked to hold talks with religious groups to 'lessen the rift between the government and Church'

MISSION. (Left to right) Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, and Pastor Boy Saycon will meet with Church leaders over President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against God and the Catholic Church

[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.

[OPINYON] Tungkol kay Adan, Eba, at pananampalatayang Katoliko

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Iginagalang ng mga Katoliko ang tungkulin ng Pangulo, at ang mandato niya bilang Pangulo. Sana igalang din niya ang mga Katoliko kahit hindi siya sumang-ayon sa doktrina ng Katoliko.

Duterte photo courtesy of Malacañang

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

FACT-CHECK: Fake details on priest's wallet with '2 condoms'

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Police confirm that no snatching incident was recorded on June 17, when the wallet of Father Raul Cabonce was allegedly snatched

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 18-24, 2018

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Duterte: God is ‘stupid’, Sereno on Midas Marquez and Bongbong Marcos' ambitions

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Jun 21, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says no fight with priests: 'I respect the Church'

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Yet President Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as 'full of shit' and has continued verbal attacks against it amid the recent killings of priests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the query from one of the members of the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO