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Sotto seeks to mediate between Duterte, Catholic Church

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

'Marami na kasi sa mga kababayan natin ang uncomfortable with the situation.... Subukan ko lang, wala namang mawawala,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: A dozen wishes for 2019

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We have our own wishes for the country, its leaders, and key institutions. What are yours?

Duterte willing to be crucified if priests debunk corruption allegations

Jan 10, 2019 - 11:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte dares the Catholic Church to rebut the allegations against priests and bishops in 'Altar of Secrets,' a book by the late Rappler senior investigative reporter Aries Rufo

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

IN VIDEOS: The colorful Feast of the Black Nazarene 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:28 AM

Go micro, and dive into the sea of people, through the videos produced by Rappler's Nazareno 2019 coverage team

DUNGAW. The image of the Black Nazarene is brought outside San Sebastian Church to 'meet' his mother, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, for the traditional 'Dungaw' as part of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

During Traslacion, a day’s work is fuelled by devotion

Jan 10, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The Feast of the Black Nazarene is the one day they could sell the whole day in the streets of Quiapo

WORK AND DEVOTION. For most vendors, work and devotion go together during the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

WATCH: Mary gazes at suffering Nazarene in Dungaw 2019

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:59 PM

The Dungaw depicts the Blessed Mother seeing her suffering Son, the Black Nazarene, on his way to Calvary

DUNGAW. The image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (right) is depicted gazing at the image of the Black Nazarene (left) at the traditional 'Dungaw' as part of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Walking towards Mary and Jesus during Traslacion

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Devotees cross crowded streets where each step is another chance to receive blessings from blessed replicas of the statue

MOVING FORWARD. Devotees cross crowded streets to reach San Sebastian Church for the "Dungaw". Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Orthodox patriarch signs decree on independent Ukraine church

Jan 06, 2019 - 12:09 AM

'Dear Ukrainians, this is a historic event! This is a great day!' says Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko

SIGNED. This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on January 5, 2019 shows Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I signing the 'Tomos' decree of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Church of St George in Istanbul. Photo by Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, is to stand trial along with five others from his diocese over allegations that they helped cover up abuse.

ON TRIAL. In this file photo taken on April 03, 2016 Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin leads a mass, in Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud / AFP

Panelo: Duterte only 'puts religion to test' when saying Trinity is 'silly'

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says that President Rodrigo Duterte only intends to 'initiate an intellectual discussion' for the 'faithful's enlightenment and spiritual awakening'

ATTACK. In a December 29 speech, President Rodrigo Duterte mocked the Christian doctrine of Holy Trinity. Rappler photo

[OPINION] Be careful against many antichrists

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Do not force the infinite God to fit into our limited minds. They who call God stupid is antichrist. Pray for these people but do not imitate them. Respect them as elders but do not follow their bad example.

IN PHOTOS: Thousands join Black Nazarene thanksgiving procession

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The procession marks the start of the 9-day novena mass for the feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2019

Black Nazarene thanksgiving procession. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Laoag diocese sets date for Badoc church's declaration as minor basilica

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) The Laoag diocese announces that the declaration rite of the centuries old church into a minor basilica will be on February 5, 2019

SPECIAL CHURCH. The Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc gets special pontifical privileges as Vatican elevates its status to minor basilica. Photo from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page

Pope Francis vows Church will 'never again' ignore abuse accusations

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'The Church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case,' Pope Francis says

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

At Jesus's birthplace, an app is born to ease crowds

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:03 PM

The app, which will be introduced early next year, is aimed at ensuring a regular flow of tourists at the Church of the Nativity

BETHLEHEM. A couple poses for a picture in front of the Grotto of the Nativity, the place where Jesus is said to have been born, inside the Church of the Nativity in the occupied biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP


Second Chinese underground bishop steps aside

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

There are an estimated 10 million Catholics in China, divided between a government-run association whose clergy are chosen by the Communist Party, and the unofficial church loyal to the Vatican

Chinese tourists take pictures in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or Shishi Catholic Church, in Guangzhou, in Guangdong province on September 22, 2018. China and the Vatican will push to improve bilateral ties after the two sides signed a "provisional" agreement on the appointment of bishops, the Chinese foreign ministry said on September 22, 2018. Johannes EISELE / AFP

Jesuits release list of 89 U.S. priests accused of sex abuse

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and USA Midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church

Vatican elevates 2 Philippine shrines to minor basilicas

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Philippines has now a total of 15 minor basilicas

MINOR BASILICAS. The Vatican gives the title minor basilica to the Shrines of Mount Carmel in Quezon City and La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte. La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc photo from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page; Lady of Mount Carmel photo from MtCarmel Shrine Facebook page

Panelo on Balangiga ceremony 'incident': Not Duterte's style

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte could not have been involved in telling priests to leave the venue of the Balangiga Bells handover

TURNOVER CEREMONY. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes the hand of Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez at the Balangiga Bells turover ceremony on December 15, 2018. Photo from Presidential Communications Office

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:27 AM

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko addresses the synod of bishops, saying Kiev's national security depends on 'spiritual independence' from Moscow

SYNOD. This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press-service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) talking as he attends the historic synod expected to establish an Orthodox church independent from Russia on December 15, 2018. Photo by Genya Savilov/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP

Bishop from China's underground Catholic church steps down – state media

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The bishop's decision to step aside follows a rare visit by an official Vatican delegation to Beijing

CATHOLICISM IN CHINA. Robes used by clergy are seen in a room in a Catholic church in China's central Henan province on August 13, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

Dec 15, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The synod seeks to recognize Ukraine's independence from the Russian Orthodox Church

HISTORIC. Kiev authorities express hope that the unification synod will be a one step closer to independence from Russia. Photo from Shutterstock

LIST: Simbang Gabi schedules across the Philippines for 2018

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:17 PM

Rappler compiles the Simbang Gabi schedules in key churches and chapels – including those in shopping malls – across the country

SIMBANG GABI. Baclaran Church is among hundreds of churches welcoming Catholics for the 9 days of Simbang Gabi this year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Balangiga Bells back in Eastern Samar for handover

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The historic Balangiga Bells arrive in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, to be transported to the town of Balangiga for the formal handover rites on December 15

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Challenge to Catholics: Time for appeasing Duterte is over

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:44 AM

The threat of violence is meant to intimidate the leaders of the Church, to instill fear in their hearts so that they will remain silent and will not be a threat to his authoritarian rule

Church of England to hold services to mark gender change

Dec 11, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The guidance says: 'The Church of England welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people, equally with all people, within the body of Christ'

CHANGING CHURCH. The Canterbury Church in Canterbury, Kent, England. Shutter Photo

California nuns stole school funds for Vegas gambling, travel

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees, and donations at St. James Catholic School

On Human Rights Day, groups call for accountability vs violations under Duterte

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:25 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity (iDEFEND) urges the public to remain steadfast in demanding the government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights

Thousands of activist gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to commemorate the 70th International Human Rights Day. Protesters continue to lament the killings and violations of human rights and vow to defend the people's rights against the government attacks. December 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte and the hypocritical Church

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Every time he attacks priests for their hypocrisy, President Duterte echoes the sentiments of many

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

Religious freedom at risk in 1 of 5 countries – report

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Of the 38 countries where freedom is threatened, the situation has worsened in 18 of them, 'in particular in two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India'

South Korean cult leader jailed for raping followers

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Pastor Lee Jaerock's victims were 'unable to resist as they were subject to the accused's absolute religious authority,' says a judge of the Seoul Central District Court

ARRESTED.South Korean Pastor Lee Jaerock arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on November 22, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

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

Brother Eddie's Jesus Is Lord Church marks 40th anniversary

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Brother Eddie Villanueva, founder of Jesus Is Lord Church, says injustices continue in the Philippines because not everyone recognizes God

JIL ANNIVERSARY. Jesus Is Lord (JIL) founder Brother Eddie Villanueva stresses the importance of knowing and acknowledging God as he slams the 'vicious cycle' and 'rampant injustice' in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

WATCH: Mass, grand procession for La Naval de Manila 2018

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The grand La Naval de Manila procession follows a Mass led by Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City

LA NAVAL. Thousands of devotees mark the annual La Naval fiesta, such as this one held on October 8, 2017. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

Church groups condemn harassment: Defending poor, powerless not a crime

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'Hindi pwedeng hindi tayo magsasalita dahil ito ang misyon natin, ito ang purpose ng church, ang mag-minister sa mga api at dukha,' Reverend Marie Sol Villalon of the Promotions of Church People's Response says

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the 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

Christian churches seek donations for Filipinos hit by Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and CBN Asia, producer of 'The 700 Club Asia,' call for donations for those hit by Typhoon Ompong

TYPHOON OMPONG. Residents of Barangay Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal, suffer flooding due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) on September 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mormon Church shelters Filipinos affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints prays 'for the safety and well-being of the Philippines' as it is battered by Typhoon Ompong

SHELTER FROM THE STORM. Many Mormon Church buildings in the path of the typhoon are already being used to shelter members and others, and the Church is working with local vendors to secure food, water, and other basic supplies. Photo courtesy of Intellectual Reserve Inc/Mormon Newsroom