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Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk

'KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the 'killing of conscience' as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Prosecutors may end presentation of evidence in Revilla case this September

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:47 PM

Bong Revilla and Janet Lim Napoles’ lawyers continue to object to the testimonies of bank officials

'KONTING DASAL  PA.' Plunder defendant Bong Revilla is greeted by dozens of supporters on September 19, 2017 as he asks for more prayers in his plunder trial. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bank filed report on Revilla account after pork scam exposé – witness

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:05 PM

An Asia United Bank officer tells the Sandiganbayan s First Division that there was a covered transaction in one of the Revilla accounts

ALL SMILES. Former senator Bong Revilla attends hearing in his plunder trial over the alleged anomalous disbursement of his pork barrel funds at the Sandiganbayan on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Toll our bells, Cardinal Tagle says amid drug war killings

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Cardinal Tagle calls for the 5 minute tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila at 8 pm starting September 14

TOLLING OF BELLS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle calls for the tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila in the face of widespread killings in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle: 'We cannot govern the nation by killing'

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:54 AM

UPDATED We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal Cardinal Tagle says in his strongest written statement against drug war killings

TOP PRELATE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle speaks at the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in July 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

United Methodist Church slams killings in Duterte's drug war

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:59 PM

With more than 300 000 members the United Methodist Church says President Rodrigo Duterte has agitated cops and vigilantes to kill

RECENT KILLING. Loved ones of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, pay their last respects as the teenager is laid to rest on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Still no trial for Jinggoy Estrada; urges court to grant bail

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED The President knows what he is talking about being a prosecutor before says Estrada of Duterte who said he and Revilla should be granted bail

POSTPONED AGAIN. After a deferment of his plunder trial last July,  detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada's graft trial is also deferred to September 25. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle slams 'false gods' creating 'false worlds'

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Cardinal Tagle s warning – about the threat to the Filipino culture of caring – comes at a time of rampant killings to create a drug free Philippines

'CULTURE OF CARING.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says the Filipino 'culture of caring' is threatened by false gods who create false worlds. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Religious superiors on killings: 'What have we done to deserve this?'

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s drug war is no other than an extermination program of a section of our society says the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines AMRSP

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Members of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines join a rally demanding justice for 17-year-old Kian delos Santos at the People Power Monument on August 21, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Confronting Islamophobia

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Swami Tyagananda a Hindu monk offers a nugget of wisdom For him it is difficult to hate a religion when you personally know that warm intelligent and considerate people practice it

Adventures in non-faith

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:02 PM

We are now witnessing Catholicism at its best Those from the faith would do well to reconnect with their faith today and join their Church as it tells those who suffer that they too may partake of the kingdom of God – distant but ever present

Killed Filipino Jesuit in Cambodia on road to sainthood

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando could become the first Filipino saint born in the 20th century

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remember for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from sjapc.net

Admit your weaknesses, Cardinal Tagle says

Jul 28, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle also tells his flock to defend the weak as he opens the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization

'GLORY TO GOD.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle sings the 'Gloria' with actions on the first day of the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 28, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Incoming CBCP head views self as Duterte's 'friend-sinner'

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:20 PM

UPDATED Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says there was no conflict between the local church and Rodrigo Duterte when he was Davao City mayor

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

Davao Archbishop Valles elected CBCP president

Jul 08, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The Davao archbishop is set to lead the CBCP as his friend – President Rodrigo Duterte – pursues a bloody war on drugs that has alarmed Catholic bishops

NEXT PRESIDENT. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines elects Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (1st from left) on July 8, 2017, as its next president. Photo by Roy Lagarde

ARMM gov, imams hit proposed Muslim-only ID

Jul 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The president of the Imam Council of the Philippines says Bakit po ang mga Muslim lang? Ang mga Muslim ba yun lang ang extremist?

INTERFAITH PRAYER. Imam Ebra Moxir (center), chaplain of the Philippine National Police and president of the Imam Council of the Philippines, joins the launch of the Pasa Lord interfaith prayer movement at Amoranto Theater, Quezon City, on July 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Muslim-Christian unity to build 'new Marawi' – Tagle

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Kung sino man ang nagplano na hatiin ang mga Kristiyano at Muslim mukhang inis na inis ngayon kasi hindi nagtatagumpay lagi says Cardinal Tagle

'SIGNS OF HOPE.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says on July 4, 2017, that a sense of 'common humanity' is one of the 'building blocks of a new Marawi.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Church should go beyond hitting killings – Tagle

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Filipinos seem to accept rampant killings – but out of despair not moral conviction

PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is not enough for the Catholic Church to say killing is evil. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

WATCH: Relics of Saints Peter and Paul at Manila Cathedral

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:14 PM

Here is Rappler s 360 degree video of the veneration of the relics of Saints Peter and Paul at the Manila Cathedral during the celebration of Pope s Day

SACRED RELICS. A Catholic nun kisses the relics of Saints Peter and Paul displayed at the Manila Cathedral on June 29, 2017, the feast day of the two saints. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope dismisses doctrine chief in turbulent week for Vatican

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has clashed with Pope Francis over key reform issues and has been caught up in controversy earlier this year

MUELLER DISMISSED. In this file handout photograph provided by Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis (L) speaks with then-archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during a private audience at the Vatican on April 5, 2013. Osservatore Romano/AFP

Cardinal Tagle marks 60th birthday, gets letter from mother

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:31 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reflects on life as a pilgrimage as he marks his 60th birthday

CARDINAL'S BIRTHDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle marks his 60th birthday in the presence of his mother Milagros, his father Manuel Sr, his brother, and his 'extended family of aunts and cousins' at the Manila Cathedral on June 21, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP guide lists websites peddling fake news

Jun 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

A guide issued by the CBCP tags at least 29 websites for carrying fake or unverified contents

'Understanding of history' can correct anti-Muslim biases – envoy

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:15 PM

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad clarifies that there is no interfaith conflict in the Philippines

VALUE OF DIALOGUE. British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad says Christians and Muslims 'have a lot to learn from each other.' Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Inter-faith rally for peace, human rights set for June 12

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Current and former lawmakers religious leaders and advocates will lead the call for peace and respect for human rights amidst the rising tide of terrorism martial rule and impunity that threatens to rip the nation apart

WATCH: Marian image in San Mateo crowned by papal mandate

Jun 05, 2017 - 12:05 AM

Here is Rappler s 360 degree video of the canonical coronation held during a Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu in San Mateo

CANONICAL CORONATION. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo leads the canonical coronation of Our Lady of Aranzazu in San Mateo, Rizal, on May 31, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cardinal Quevedo slams terrorism as 'demonic ideology'

May 31, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The true believers in Islam have condemned this ideology Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says as clashes continue in Marawi City

SLAMMING TERROR. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says in a homily on May 31, 2017, that terrorism is a 'demonic ideology' destroying friendships between Christians and Muslims. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mindanao bishops declare 'martial law must be temporary'

May 26, 2017 - 7:52 PM

We shall condemn any abuse of martial law and as in the past will condemn it outright if it goes in the way of evil the Catholic bishops of Mindanao say

'PURSUE PEACE.' Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo stresses the need for peace in a statement on martial law issued on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Mindanao. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[Two Pronged] Threesome gone wrong

May 14, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Carl s wife left him for the man they had threesomes with He writes to our Two Pronged duo asking for advice

Illustration by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Pope Francis casts doubt on Bosnian Virgin apparitions

May 14, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A million pilgrims visit Medjugorje Bosnia each year where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to 6 young villagers on June 24 1981

Catholic pilgrims pray in front of a statue of Virgin Mary on June 25, 2011 near the Medjugorje church in the southern Bosnian village of Medjugorje. Almost one million people visit Medjugorje each year, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to six young villagers for the first time on June 24, 1981. For 30 years, the alleged phenomenon was ignored by Roman Catholic authorities until 2010, when Pope Benedict XVI issued an order to form an investigation team to search for the truth in case of Medjugorje sightings. AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC / AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC

Bukidnon athlete sets new record in secondary girls javelin throw

Apr 25, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Sylvian Faith Abunda achieves the new record of 42 85 meters in her fourth attempt eclipsing the 42 34 record posted by teammate Efrelyn Democer during the Palarong Pambansa 2015 held in Tagum

RECORD HOLDER. Sylvian Faith Abunda from Region X wins the gold medal and sets a new record for secondary girls javelin throw. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

When they gave him vinegar: From Christ to Raymart Siapo

Apr 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

On Good Friday in the Philippines – a country that celebrates its long Christian heritage – we see not the death but the persistence of cruelty

Rappler's Virtual Visita Iglesia, in 360 degrees

Apr 09, 2017 - 6:00 AM

Presented via 360 degree video on YouTube the Virtual Visita Iglesia brings us to 14 different churches across Luzon Visayas and Mindanao

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

Tagle to wash feet of ex-drug addicts, police

Apr 01, 2017 - 7:12 PM

Relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings will also join the annual Washing of the Feet ritual to be led by Cardinal Tagle on Holy Thursday

TOP PRELATE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is set to wash the feet of 12 people, including former drug addicts and policemen, during the annual 'Washing of the Feet' ritual on April 13, 2017. File photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila, www.rcam.org

Cardinal Tagle slams drug trade, launches rehab

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Selling drugs is killing people Cardinal Tagle says as he launches another Catholic run drug rehabilitation program

NO TO DRUGS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle condemns the illegal drug trade as he launches another Catholic-run drug rehabilitation program on March 17, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Austrian bishops slam human rights abuses in PH

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:18 AM

This is the first non Filipino Catholic bishops conference to speak out against human rights abuses in Duterte led Philippines

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. This photo taken March 9, 2017, shows a policeman (R) and members of a village standing over a body, who according to witnesses was thrown from a car and then shot several times by suspects, along a road in Quezon City. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle on the start of Lent

Mar 04, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Kapag walang masyadong nangyayaring pagbabago sa lipunan ang isa nating dapat tingnan ay ang loob

GENUINE CHANGE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges a change of heart as Catholics begin the penitential season of Lent. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila (www.rcam.org)

Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday: Change begins within

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Ang pinakamahalaga natin siguro na kontribusyon sa bayan at sa mundo ngayon ay ang pagbabagong loob Cardinal Tagle says on Ash Wednesday

ASH WEDNESDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle puts ashes on the foreheads of Catholics on March 1, 2017, as they mark Ash Wednesday, the start of the penitential season of Lent. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle to parishes: Hold People Power activities

Feb 24, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle makes this unprecedented move as the Duterte administration chooses to hold a low key celebration of People Power this year

TOP PRELATE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila to remember the EDSA People Power Revolution of February 1986. File photo courtesy of Veritas846.ph on Facebook

Manny Pacquiao and the Bible

Feb 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Inasmuch as many of us are irritated at Manny Pacquiao for using the Bible in the Senate the reality is that he is not the enemy here

Should the Catholic Church shut up?

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The moral message of religious leaders does not resonate with the public s captivation with safety and the President s willpower

Church in Bulacan runs 27-year-old drug rehab program

Jan 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Despite efforts like this President Rodrigo Duterte asks Catholic leaders Meron ba kayong isang bahay lang maski limang kuwarto para rehab?

CHURCH-RUN REHAB. This file photo dated April 5, 2016, shows former drug addicts during a Bible sharing session in Galilee Home, a rehabilitation center run by the Catholic Church in Bulacan. Photo courtesy of Galilee Home

Bishop vs death penalty: 'God did not cast the first stone!'

Jan 21, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Even if anyone has a sinful or scandalous past remember that person can still be redeemed and renew his life Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos says

'MERCY IS LIFE.' Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos urges Catholic to defend life as he delivers final homily of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM) hosted by the Philippines this year. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

'Fake news and trolls are not mercy' – Balanga bishop

Jan 21, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Bullying and Internet bashing are not mercy Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos also says at the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy

STRESSING MERCY. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos condemns fake news and trolls as running counter to mercy, the theme of an international Catholic congress hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Bishop on Duterte tirades: 'Sick doctor still cures others'

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:12 AM

Churchmen are not perfect Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles admits but they should proclaim what is right and proper despite their own misdeeds

'NOT PERFECT.' Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles defends his fellow priests and bishops against the latest tirades of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lipa archbishop: 'Christ embraces the miserable'

Jan 18, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Imagine Christ who embraces…the addict fearful for his life Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles says at the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy

MERCY CONGRESS. Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles makes an appeal for the abandoned and neglected on the 3rd day of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy on January 18, 2017. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/ Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Archbishop Villegas: Amid terror, dare to be merciful

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:01 PM

Do not be afraid to wait because love is patient and love always waits Do not be afraid to wait even if it takes forever Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

'BE MERCIFUL.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges Catholics to be 'dare to be merciful' at a time of revenge and terror. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle hits trafficking as Congress on Mercy begins

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:49 AM

We are the disciples of mercy Jesus mercy Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says as he denounces global evils such as human trafficking

CONGRESS ON MERCY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle greets delegates of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy during the opening Mass on January 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

From Mary Jane to Mama Mary: Ex-drug addict tells his story

Jan 14, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fazenda da Esperança graduate Richard Elson a former drug addict who is now a seminarian believes that every life has hope

EX-DRUG ADDICT. Richard Elson, a former drug addict who is now a seminarian, speaks at the 'Day of Hope' Mass at the Manila Cathedral on January 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

VLOG: Cardinal Tagle nanguna sa binyag ng 400 mahihirap na bata

Jan 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the baptism of 400 children from the slums of Manila

MANILA'S SHEPHERD. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle baptizes one of the 400 indigent children at the Manila Cathedral on January 14, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler