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[OPINION] Bilibid: A semblance of Paradise

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Bilibid is a prison, but it is a community – a community even more alive than the noiseless, walled, camera-secured, and luxurious villages we all aspire to live in

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Thieves strike at Baguio Cathedral during Easter mass

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The church’s CCTV recorded two men stealing a 55-inch flat screen TV from the Bishop’s house

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache church in Paris, celebrated in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire, is pervaded by the spirit and hope of a fresh start

Faithful attend mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral at the Saint Eustache church in Paris, on Easter Sunday, on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Philippines denounces Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our nation, together with the rest of the world, is outraged by these latest senseless acts of terror and violence,' says the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Boracay tourist arrivals up for Holy Week 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Based on figures from Palm Sunday, April 14, to Good Friday, April 19, more than 50,000 tourists have visited Boracay

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

On Easter 2019, Duterte hopes for integrity in May polls

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:44 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his Easter message, says he hopes evil 'will be swept away by our strong faith in the Almighty'

EASTER SUNDAY. Catholics watch the traditional Salubong that reenacts the meeting of Mary and her resurrected son, Jesus, during the Easter Sunday celebration at EDSA Shrine, Quezon City on April 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Defend freedom, Robredo tells Filipinos on Easter 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:04 AM

'Sa huli, sa kabila ng kadiliman at kahirapan, ang kabutihan at pagmamahalan pa rin ang mananaig,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Easter Sunday

EASTER VIGIL. The Paschal candle is lit in front of the Baguio Cathedral as part of the Easter Vigil rites on April 20, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Tagle at Easter Vigil: Be the love that triumphs over sin, death

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says expressing one's love need not always be through heroic feats, but can be done be through simple deeds

EASTER VIGIL. Lighted candles illuminate the faces of the Catholics who attended the Easter Vigil Mass led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Black Saturday at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle slams culture of bullying, 'paninindak'

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:06 AM

'Mangako kayo ngayong Biyernes Santo, hindi kayo maninindak. Hindi kayo magiging marahas. Hindi kayo magiging bully,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

GOOD FRIDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during the Good Friday service at the Manila Cathedral on April 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How Santo Entierro unites Albay families in Good Friday procession

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'While making mistakes is part of our being human, we should not lose hope,' says a devotee, explaining how for her, Santo Entierro represents Jesus taking responsibility for our sins to save us

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION.Devotees join the Good Friday procession in Tiwi, Albay, on April 19, 2019. Photo by Mavic Conde

Tagle to social media trolls: Do you know how to love?

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:45 PM

'Ang mga sinungaling, marunong ba yan magmahal? Si Hesus na nagmahal, totoo,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

IN PHOTOS: Filipino penitents atone for their sins on Holy Week 2019

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:31 PM

While the annual tradition may seem extreme to some, penitents continue to perform the ritual to seek forgiveness for their sins and God's blessing

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2019

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

EcoWaste Coalition ‘laments’ widespread littering at popular pilgrimage destinations

Apr 19, 2019 - 2:46 PM

EcoWaste Coalition appeals to the faithful to be conscientious for a 'garbage-free Holy Week'

Duterte on Holy Week: Serve needy, 'uphold what is good and just'

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:32 AM

'Our strong faith in God has contributed to our resiliency as a nation, especially during trying times,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in his Holy Week message

HOLY WEEK MESSAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipinos to serve the needy and uphold the good in his message for Holy Week 2019. Photo from Malacañang

7 Last Words reflection: Self-entrustment, not surrender

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

He is neither giving up nor giving in. No, he is not surrendering; he is embracing his Father’s will as his own, and doing it as an act of love.

Cardinal Tagle warns vs cell phone addiction: 'Parang alipin na tayo'

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

'Our imprisonments are very subtle,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Holy Thursday 2019

BLOWING ON OIL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle blows on holy oil to bless it during the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday, April 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle on Maundy Thursday: Guide the youth, don't abuse them

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:05 PM

'Para sa mga may responsibilidad sa lipunan, ang mga kabataan ay dapat gabayan, hindi dapat pagsamantalahan,' says Cardinal Tagle before washing the feet of 12 young persons

7 Iloilo churches you can go to for Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:19 PM

One of the first places in the Philippines to accept Catholicism, Iloilo province has a lot to offer with its heritage

HERITAGE. Home to its patron saint - St. Thomas of Villanova, the Miagao Church welcomes pilgrims with its detailed architectural designs. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: For his children’s sake

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Eric Marcelino prays that his annual devotion will keep his family safe from illness

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Naganap na

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Ano ang Naganap? Ang kanyang pinasimulang ministeryo ay natatapos doon sa Kalbaryo. Ang pagkakasugo ng Ama ay tinupad niya ng walang labis at walang kulang.

IN PHOTOS: This is where Pinoy celebrities are spending the Holy Week break

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:14 PM

The stars take time to travel during the break

JETSET. Erwan Heussaff and Anne Curtis are in California over the Holy Week break. Photo from Instagram.com/annecurtissmith

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

[OPINION] Holy Week for non-believers

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

What matters is that we confront something within us and take it into the light, and make this week meaningful, not just emotionally, but also spiritually

'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David calls on Filipino Catholics to 'bridge the anomalous gap between faith and social life' as they observe Holy Week 2019

HUMAN CROSS. Families of victims of involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings form a human cross at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as a form of protest on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

7 Last Words reflection: 'I thirst'

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Christ’s thirst was not only physical. It is the agonizing cry of one who is surrounded by blindness, hardness of heart, cruelty.

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

LOOK: Clark airport opens new facilities in time for Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:49 AM

As many as 12,000 passengers use the airport daily during Holy Week

Cardinal Tagle hits hate speech, fake news

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:30 AM

'Those consecrated by the Spirit will proclaim liberty to the captive. Those consecrated by the Spirit will not lead others to further captivity,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

'DO NOT ENSLAVE OTHERS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle Blesses the oil at the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Archbishop Villegas: Ignorance killing PH 'softly, slowly'

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:47 AM

Ignorance 'has made us a nation that glees in murder' and 'votes for incorrigible liars,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

BLASTING IGNORANCE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates says the ignorance that killed Jesus more than 2,000 years ago is killing the Philippines softly and slowly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Exodus to provinces starts for Holy Week 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The transportation department sets up help desks at terminals and opens hotlines

EXODUS. Thousands of passengers line up for buses at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal to go home to provinces for the Holy Week. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

7 Last Words reflection: Forsaken and desperate?

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Cusswords, vulgarities, and obscenities are becoming common and ordinary. There are no longer any qualms of conscience in using them, and they have even become fodder for jokes, laughter, and applause in public.

IN PHOTOS: Albayalde inspects transpo hubs for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde inspects the Araneta Center and Pasay City bus terminals, the new Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

ABOARD. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde enters a waiting bus for inspection. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle hits 'sellers' of people: Repent like Judas

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:29 PM

There is goodness even in Judas, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

TONDO VISIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visits Parola, Tondo, to say Mass on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. All photos courtesy of CBCP News

7 Last Words reflection: ‘Father, forgive them, they know not what they do’

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Ignorance is killing us as it killed our innocent Lord. There is a time for mercy but there will soon be a time for reckoning.

Bank schedules for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Here are the operating hours of banks during Holy Week

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Huling habilin ni Kristo ay mahalin ang iyong kapwa

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Ang paghahabilin ni Hesus kay Maria at kay San Juan na magkanlong sa isa’t -isa ay tanging terrestrial na mensahe niya habang nakapako sa krus

Malacañang declares half-day work suspension for gov't offices on April 17

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Work for government employees is suspended starting 12 noon on Wednesday, April 17 to give them 'full opportunity to properly observe' the April 18 and 19 holidays

Passengers are seen at the bus terminal along EDSA in Pasay on 13 April 2019, Every holy week, lot of Filipinos travel to their province to spend vacation this holy week. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Cops, fire, jail personnel on full alert for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'Criminals do not rest, so the DILG and its attached agencies must not rest as well,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has raised the alert status of the agencies

HOLY WEEK DRILL. Members of the Manila Police District participate in a drill in Intramuros, Manila, on April 4, 2019, in preparation for Holy Week. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

WATCH: 7 Last Words 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Rappler brings you the '7 Last Words of Jesus Christ' – on video – from the St. Paul's Audiovisuals

Screenshot from St. Paul's Audiovisuals

Over 7,000 transpo workers get drug test for PDEA's Oplan Huli Week

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

There are 36 bus drivers, 17 conductors, and one dispatcher who test positive for shabu

DRUG TEST. The PDEA conducts a surprise drug test in transportation terminals for Holy Week 2019. PDEA photo

7 Last Words reflection: 'Today you will be with me in Paradise'

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The penitent thief admitted his deserved punishment and defended Jesus’ innocence, and now only asks future acknowledgment. The Savior King, generously giving until the end, promised immediate and eternal fellowship.

7 Last Words reflection: The chain of anger-revenge is broken

Apr 16, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Theologian Karl Rahner comments that the executioners of Jesus knew what they were doing; what they did not know was that they were deeply loved

Over 91,000 cops deployed for Holy Week 2019

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Expect more cops in places of convergence and transportation hubs for Holy Week 2019

DEPLOYMENT. Thousands of cops will be stationed in places of convergence to prevent crimes. File photo by Jireh Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION] A change of heart: Living the Laudato Si way

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:09 PM

'Without realizing that everything is connected with one another, as emphasized in the 'Laudato Si,' we become ignorant to just how our individual actions can make a big impact'

Metro Manila number coding suspended April 17-22

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding beginning Holy Wednesday, April 17, until Easter Monday, April 22

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Walang tubig, kuryente, pera – penitensya ngayong Kuwaresma

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Paaano ba tayo sasampalataya, magiging Kristiyano, at higit sa lahat, magiging tao sa panahon ni Rodrigo Duterte?

WATCH: Stations of the Cross 2019

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Society of Saint Paul Philippines-Macau brings us a virtual yet meaningful Way of the Cross in Ligao City

SORROW. Religious images and actual plays depict the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Religious image photo by Jordan Villa/Rappler; Quezon City inmates theater play photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: From churches to jails, Filipinos mark Palm Sunday 2019

Apr 14, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Here's how Filipinos observed Palm Sunday 2019 in different places of worship across the Philippines

BLESS US. Inmates at the Manila City Jail wave their palm fronds, and raise their hands, as they pray for blessings on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler