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South Korean megachurch leader's rape term extended

May 17, 2019 - 11:29 PM

A Seoul appeals court has sentenced Pastor Lee Jaerock to 16 years behind bars

SENTENCED. In this file photo, South Korean Pastor Lee Jaerock arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on November 22, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop – Vatican

May 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports

U.S. Catholic dioceses announce abuse 'compensation program'

May 15, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The program by the 6 California dioceses will be managed by two independent monitors who have handled similar programs in New York and Pennsylvania, the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez says

COMPENSATION PROGRAM. A photo of Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Photo adapted from Facebook.

U.S. Catholic abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives

May 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The group wants Vatican to release 'all identities of thousands of offenders known exlusively and held in strict secrecy'

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Gunmen kill 6 in Burkina Faso Catholic Church

May 12, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The attackers set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the local health center

Churches to voters: Choose bets who put country over self

May 12, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Let us not return to dictatorship, warns Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

FOR THE COUNTRY. Faith-based leaders and members belonging to different Christian organizations under the People's Choice Movement hold a candle lighting ceremony ahead of the May 13 elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

May 09, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican – but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sri Lanka Catholic schools to reopen after attacks

May 09, 2019 - 5:54 PM

All state-run schools – more than 10,000 in total – have resumed classes on Monday, May 6, after police and security forces deployed armed guards

BACK TO SCHOOL. Sri Lankan school students return to classes as schools re-open across the country after the Easter attacks in Colombo on May 6, 2019. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Rappler Talk: Will religious endorsements work in 2019 polls?

May 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Rappler talks to sociologist of religion Jayeel Cornelio about religious endorsements – in the time of the President who said God is stupid

Film on Catholic priests using nuns as 'sex slaves' pulled

May 01, 2019 - 9:33 PM

The documentary 'Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church' has been pulled from the channel Arte, following a complaint by a priest

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Aglipayan group hits Duterte, endorses 10 Senate bets

May 01, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'We must not stand by as democracy is murdered,' say 150 bishops, priests, and laypersons of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or the Aglipayan Church

CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

Sri Lanka Catholics to resume mass 2 weeks after attacks

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:08 PM

'But we will start with a smaller number of masses and see if we can slowly increase it depending on how the situation develops,' says Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

Jihadists kill pastor, 4 others in Burkina church attack

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:38 PM

It is the first attack on a church since jihadist violence erupted in Burkina Faso in 2015

East Timor: police arrest ex-priest for sexually abusing girls in his orphanage

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:53 PM

'A list with the names of the girls was on his door, so we knew when it was our turn...It happened every day, during his afternoon naps and the night,' says one victim

Photo by Tjitse Lingsma

[OPINION] The folly of religious endorsements

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Our politics is thoroughly personality-driven. When religious leaders throw their support behind certain candidates, they inevitably echo the divide according to existing political loyalties.

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Heritage churches in Pampanga closed due to damage

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage-Pampanga recommends the temporary closure of all heritage churches in the province pending inspection of their structural integrity

CLOSED. The damaged church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Porac, Pampanga on April 23, 2019 is temporarily closed from the public. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

In Denmark, drop-in baptisms help boost Church numbers

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Denmark's Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings

DROP-IN BAPTISM. In Denmark, its Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings. Screenshot from AFP video

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

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

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

Church groups demand justice for massacred farmers

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Victims' families in Negros Oriental say the police wore bonnets and mercilessly executed their kin

A group of religious people from different sects gathered at the Barangay Mariana Park in Quezon City to air their protest and grievance on the death of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Christian group condemns bloody police ops in Negros Oriental

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'Respecting the rights of the people, even if they are suspected of misdeeds, is a hallmark of a truly democratic society,' the National Council of Churches in the Philippines says

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/

Female reporters quit over Vatican call for 'obedience'

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'We are throwing in the towel because we feel surrounded by a climate of distrust and progressive de-legitimisation," says Woman Church World founder Lucetta Scaraffia

A woman reads L'Osservatore Romano newspaper before the start of the canonisation mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on St Peter's at the Vatican on April 27, 2014. Catholics from around the world gathered in Rome on Sunday for a mass presided by Pope Francis to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII -- two influential popes who helped shape 20th century history. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Pope Francis accepts abuse resignation of Chile cardinal Ezzati – Vatican

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Ricardo Ezzati is the 7th senior Chilean church official to resign over a scandal which Pope Francis insists must be remedied

Priest stabbed during mass at Canada's biggest church

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:45 PM

The suspect is arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience, while priest Claude Grou is taken to hospital

CHURCH ATTACK. Catholic Priest Claude Grou was stabbed during a livestreamed morning mass on March 22, 2019, at Canada's biggest church, Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, police said. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The Argentine pontiff could take several weeks to decide whether to accept the resignation

CHURCH CRISIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on May 20, shows Pope Francis shaking hands with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. Hand out/ Osservatore Romano/ AFP

[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

Convicted French cardinal Barbarin to meet Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Pope Francis will grant the 68-year-old archbishop of Lyon a private audience at 10 am Monday, March 18

MEETING POPE FRANCIS. This photo taken on April 26, 2017 at St Peter's square in the Vatican shows Pope Francis (R) talking to Lyon's cardinal Philippe Barbarin at the end of a weekly general audience. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

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

Otso Diretso to Duterte: 'Stop fueling fire of persecution vs Church'

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The opposition senatorial bets argue that President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church are emboldening some to threaten members of the clergy

PROTECT THE CHURCH. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates condemn the death threats received by priests and bishops critical of the drug war. File photo by OVP

[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

French cardinal convicted over sex abuse cover-up

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have decided to go to see the Holy Father to hand him my resignation. He will receive me in a few days' time,' Cardinal Philippe Barbarin says after the verdict

CONVICTED. 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. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Vatican to open archives of WWII pope Pius XII in 2020

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Researchers have long sought to examine the archives over why Pius XII did not intervene more against the Holocaust perpetrated by the German Nazis

VATICAN. In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

France urges Vatican to act after envoy charged with sex abuse

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'I am waiting for the Holy See to assume its responsibilities,' French European Minister Nathalie Loiseau says when asked if Luigi Ventura should see his diplomatic immunity lifted

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray visits Young Focus, Love Yourself, Smile Train

Feb 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The beauty queen finally visit several charities she's been supporting even before she won the crown

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray visits the children at Young Focus Foundation in Tondo, Manila on February 27, 2019 where she do her volunteer work. The foundation helps the children on their on education, health care and personal support. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

Vatican to open probe into Cardinal Pell over child sex abuse

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The investigation could result in a canonical trial and George Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood

VATICAN PROBE. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Priests should be allowed to marry, says Duterte

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says 'even the gay ones' among priests should be allowed to have same-sex marriage

PDP CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City on February 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

Pope calls child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice,' vows 'all-out battle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But some victims are not convinced, saying that Pope Francis talks about the devil but not 'permanently excluding child rapists and abusers' from the Catholic Church

Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. (Photo by GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP)

Overturned statue of accused Polish priest restored

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Polish authorities charge 3 activists for overturning the statue of Polish priest Henryk Jankowski who is facing long-standing accusations of pedophilia

RESTORED. Polish authorities on February 22, 2019 charged 3 men who overturned a statue of Polish priest Henryk Jankowski accused of sex abuse in the northern city of Gdansk. Photo from Wikicommons

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

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

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cardinal admits Church files on pedophile priests 'destroyed'

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created,' German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a landmark Vatican summit on tackling pedophilia in the clergy

PROTEST. A deaf-mute person dressed as a Cardinal takes part in a protest of victims of sexual abuse and members of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), a global organization of prominent survivors and activists who are in Rome for this week’s papal summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 23, 2019 on Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The entire Church must take an honest look, undertake rigorous discernment, and then act decisively,' says Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias

'TAKE AN HONEST LOOK.' Indian cardinal Oswald Gracias (R) arrives for a grand mass in St Peter's Basilica ahead of a papal election conclave on March 12, 2013 in St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Cardinal Tagle at sex abuse summit: Bishops wound victims

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:25 PM

At a historic Vatican summit on sex abuse, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hits a culture of cover-up 'to protect perpetrators and the institution'

HISTORIC SUMMIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the first presentation on February 21, 2019, the first day of a historic sex abuse summit convened by Pope Francis. Screenshot from Vatican News

'Concrete measures' on sex abuse needed, pope tells Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly

PRAYER. Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Duterte hits Church ahead of sex abuse summit

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:08 PM

'The Pope is now calling for a summit to address this particular problem because 4 out of 5, sabi ng Rome, ang pari bakla,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he meets with the barangay councilors from the 4th district of Quezon City in Malacañang on February 6, 2019. Malacañang photo