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2 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount Arafat

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Two million Muslims converge outside Mecca as officials safeguard the gathering to prevent deadly stampedes that happened in previous years

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims pray outside the Namirah mosquee at Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, as the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage approaches on August 10, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

More than 2 million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The hajj consists of a series of religious rites which are completed over 5 days in Islam's holiest city and its surroundings in western Saudi Arabia

PRAYERS. Mulism pilgrims gather around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 8, 2019, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Saudi Arabia prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Crowds of worshippers already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar

A general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. More than a million Muslims have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for the start of the Hajj pilgrimage on September 10, which for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

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'

800 Palestinians allowed to exit Gaza for Mecca pilgrimage

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:23 PM

it is the first permission granted for the Muslim umrah pilgrimage since the start of Egyptian military operations in northern Sinai in 2014

An aerial view shows of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circling around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca.  More than 1.8 million faithful from around the world have been attending the annual pilgrimage which officially ends on September 15.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Saudi gov’t allows 3rd airline to ferry Filipinos to hajj pilgrimage

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

The Saudi government used to allow only national carriers Saudia and Philippine Airlines to transport Filipino pilgirms

Muslim pilgrims prepare to circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 27, 2017, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Karim Sahib/AFP

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) 'It's the ultimate journey. What worries me is the return to my normal life. For the moment, I am in a dream,' says one pilgrim

HAJJ PILGRIMAGE. A Muslim pilgrim feeds pigeons as worshipers arrive for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the Kaaba. File photo by Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

Qatar says Saudi blocking hajj access to its citizens

Aug 19, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'Registration of pilgrims from the State of Qatar remains closed and residents of Qatar cannot be granted visas as there are no diplomatic missions,' says a Qatari official

HAJJ. In this file photo, a general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. File Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Batangas hotel offers bike pilgrimage for Lent

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The annual 'Bisikleta Iglesia' will kick off on March 24, spanning a 52-kilometer religious and heritage tour

BISIKLETA TOUR. Participants of the Bisikleta Tour park their bikes outside a church in Batangas. Photo courtesy of Lima Hotel

'PilgrimAge': Joey Samson’s journey to nostalgia

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Joey Samson is this year's featured designer at the annual Red Charity Gala

Taguiwalo, Barcelona attacks, Qatar and Saudi Arabia | Midday wRap

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Mecca – Arab coalition

Jul 28, 2017 - 12:34 PM

The new attack is thought to pose a threat ahead of Hajj when some 2 million faithful from across the world will visit the site

Court approves Israel pilgrimage of Binay couple

May 11, 2017 - 6:11 PM

The Binay family led by former vice president Jejomar Binay and wife Elenita is set to embark on a spiritually charged pilgrimage to the Holy Land later this month

ISRAEL-BOUND. The Sandiganbayan allows former vice president Jejomar Binay to join his family for a pilgrimage to Israel. Photo by Darren Langit

Prosecutors make it hard for Binays to go on a trip to Israel

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:51 PM

Elenita has a good chance to get travel authority but her husband Jejomar faces trickier issues in his motion

THREE HEARINGS IN A DAY. Former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay attends three hearings from morning to afternoon on April 27, 2017 all on her motion to travel to Israel for the Binay family's pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Election protest, Mindanao quake, Binay pilgrimage | Midday wRap

Apr 12, 2017 - 1:28 PM

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Binays seek court nod for spiritual travel to Holy Land

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Binay family members who are facing corruption charges seek the court s permission to join a faith filled journey to the Holy Land

Hajj pilgrims reach site of deadly 2015 stampede

Sep 12, 2016 - 3:12 PM

A number of safety measures have been introduced to prevent a repeat of last year s tragedy which killed around 2 300 people

An aerial picture shows the area where Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the symbolic stoning of Satan, in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Hajj at high point a year after deadly stampede

Sep 11, 2016 - 8:19 AM

3rd UPDATE More than 1 8 million people gather at Mount Arafat praying and reading from the Koran

Muslim pilgrims arrive at Mount Arafat where the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have given his final sermon, near the holy city of Mecca, on September 11, 2016. Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Koran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed gave his last hajj sermon. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Iran says to miss hajj, Saudi 'blocking path to Allah'

May 29, 2016 - 5:59 PM

3rd UPDATE The Iranian Hajj Organization says Saudi Arabia has failed to meet demands over the security and respect of pilgrims but Saudi says the demands are unacceptable

PILGRIMAGE. Iran will not take part in this year's Mecca pilgrimage, which is expected to take place in September. EPA/Ali Hassan

Iran blames Saudi Arabia for hajj 'sabotage'

May 12, 2016 - 7:55 PM

UPDATED Saudi however denies it is banning Iranian pilgrims and says it was Iran which refused to sign their agreement

epa04950237 (FILE) A file picture dated 20 September 2015 showing Muslim pilgrims as they circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 20 September 2015. The Haj pilgrimage 2015 takes place in Mecca from 22 to 26 September. The pilgrimage is one of Islam's five pillars, it has to be performed at least once in one's life if he or she can afford it. On the last day of Hajj pilgrims in Mecca circumvate the Kaaba for farewell. EPA/AMEL PAIN

PH advocates walking to Paris for #COP21: 'We are safe'

Nov 14, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Tell us if you and Filipinos you know in France are also safe Tag us on Twitter: @MovePH or @rapplerdotcom or email move ph@rappler com if you want to share information and images

The wRap Indonesia: Missing plane, Rohingya sexual assault claims

Oct 05, 2015 - 6:00 AM

A passenger plane is missing two days after it lost contact with air traffic control police say sexual assault allegations by Rohingya women are false and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

The wRap Indonesia: Tortured farmer, Go-Mart invasion

Sep 29, 2015 - 7:07 AM

A farmer killed for protesting sand mining is allegedly not the first one murdered Go Jek CEO and Founder Nadiem Makarim talks to Rappler about Go Mart and other top news from Indonesia and around the world

Ucapan dukacita jaringan Gusdurian atas meninggalnya Salim Kancil. Foto dari Twitter @AlissaWahid

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian death toll, Social Good Summit

Sep 28, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The number of Indonesians who died in the hajj pilgrimage stampede continues to rise Rappler and the United Nations Development Programme host the Social Good Summit in Jakarta and other top news from Indonesia and around the world

Indonesian death toll from Hajj stampede rises to 120

Sep 26, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Indonesia the world s most populous Muslim majority country initially indicated only a handful of its citizens died in the stampede but the death toll crept up over the weeks

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

Filipino pilgrim among dead in Mecca stampede

Sep 25, 2015 - 7:47 PM

UPDATED The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs withholds the identity of the victim upon the request of the family The victim is among more than 700 who died

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

Pulse Asia survey, LP eyes Cayetano, Hajj stampede | 12PM wRap

Sep 25, 2015 - 12:21 PM

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Death toll rises to 717 in Hajj stampede

Sep 24, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Another tragedy has struck the Hajj pilgrimage after a stampede kills at least 717 people and injures hundreds more

STAMPEDE. The stampede at the Hajj kills hundreds of pilgrims. Photo by AFP

Poe for president, China’s reclamation, Mecca accident | 6PM wRap

Sep 16, 2015 - 8:23 PM

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Crane collapse kills 107 at Mecca's Grand Mosque

Sep 12, 2015 - 8:06 AM

UPDATED After being hit by a storm a crane crashes into the Grand Mosque in Mecca just days before the annual hajj pilgrimage

A prayer for climate

Sep 01, 2015 - 11:56 AM

With Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si how prepared are we the Philippines the largest Catholic country in Asia to take on the challenge the pontiff has given to us?

PCOS machines, Mamasapano report, Mayweather-Pacquiao contract | The wRap

Apr 23, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Supreme Court ruling may render the PCOS machines useless The NBI calls Mamasapano incident murder Bob Arum refuses to sign the Mayweather Pacquiao contract

Shroud of Turin goes on show to public

Apr 19, 2015 - 10:32 PM

More than one million people have already booked their slots to see the piece of linen that devotees believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ between now and June 24

HOLY RELIC. People attend a mass with the Holy Shroud of Turin exhibited inside the Cathedral of Turin, in Turin, Italy, 19 April 2015. Alessandro di Marco/EPA

Travels for the soul: 3 options for you

Mar 31, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The people behind spiritual and religious pilgrimages are innovating to help pilgrims in their journey toward discovering or renewing their faith

These 7 beautiful pilgrimage sites are just a few hours from Metro Manila

Mar 29, 2015 - 9:56 PM

Whether you'd like to pray, reflect, or just take in the beauty of the surroundings, these locations may be for you

PH peasants to Pope: Help us regain our land

Jan 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Peasants urban poor representatives and families of political prisoners from Southern Tagalog gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio for a pilgrimage for social justice and peace hopeful that Pope Francis will hear their plight

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj

Oct 06, 2014 - 2:53 PM

This year s hajj attracted just over 2 million domestic and foreign believers including almost 1 4 million from abroad

An aerial view shows the Clock Tower and the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on October 5, 2014. Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

Snap! #Hajjselfie gains popularity, sparks controversy

Oct 05, 2014 - 9:17 PM

The increasingly popular phenomenon sparks controversy among more conservative Muslims

Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj

Oct 04, 2014 - 12:27 AM

This year s hajj comes with Saudi Arabia and four other Arab nations joining Washington in air strikes against Islamic State group militants who have committed a spate of atrocities in Syrian and Iraqi territory they seized

This general view shows Muslim pilgrims arriving for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the cube-shaped Kaaba or "House of God" that Muslims believe was built by Abraham 4,000 years ago, on September 30, 2014 .Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

Muslim pilgrims in mass movement as hajj begins

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:18 PM

One of the world s largest annual gatherings and a pillar of the Islamic faith this year s hajj comes with authorities striving to protect pilgrims from Ebola MERS and ISIS

This general view shows Muslim pilgrims arriving for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the cube-shaped Kaaba or "House of God" that Muslims believe was built by Abraham 4,000 years ago, on September 30, 2014 .Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

With wheelchairs, walking sticks, pilgrims throng Mecca for hajj

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Hundreds of thousands of faithful descend on Saudi Arabia s holy city for the annual hajj pilgrimage which starts on Thursday October 2

A Muslim pilgrim feeds pigeons as worshipers arrive for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the Kaaba, on September 29, 2014 as hundreds of thousands of Muslim worshipers started pouring into the holy city for the annual hajj pilgrimage. Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

Pope: End 'unacceptable' Israel-Palestinian conflict

May 25, 2014 - 5:50 PM

UPDATED The pope says The time has come to put an end to this situation which has become increasingly unacceptable

PAPAL PILGRIMAGE. Pope Francis waves to thousands of faithful upon his arrival to lead an open-air mass in the Manger Square, next the Nativity Church, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 25 May 2014. Pope Francis arrived in the West Bank to start the most delicate part of his stay in the Middle East, with visits to the Palestinian Territories and Israel. Photo by Fadi Arouri/EPA

After Brussels attack, Israel hails pope anti-Semitism stance

May 25, 2014 - 5:15 PM

Israel s PM: We appreciate the pope s determined stance against anti Semitism especially in light of the growing hatred of Jews

POPE IN BETHLEHEM. A handout picture provided by the Palestinian Authority shows Pope Francis (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embracing upon the pontiff's arrival to the Palestinian Authority's headquarters in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 25 May 2014. Pope Francis arrived in the West Bank to start the most delicate part of his stay in the Middle East, with visits to the Palestinian Territories and Israel. Photo by Thaer Ghanaim/EPA

Pope takes pilgrimage to Bethlehem

May 25, 2014 - 2:10 PM

Pope Francis begins his two day tour of the Palestinian territories and Israel

Pope urges Syria peace at start of Mideast pilgrimage

May 24, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Pope Francis makes an urgent plea Saturday May 24 for peace in war torn Syria as he kicks off a 3 day pilgrimage to the Middle East

Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan

May 24, 2014 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED The Vatican has billed Francis first visit to a region roiled by religious and political differences as a pilgrimage of prayer

PILGRIMAGE. The Vatican has billed Francis' first visit to a region roiled by religious and political differences as a 'pilgrimage of prayer.' File photo of Pope Francis after Palm Sunday mass by AFP

Fire in Mt Banahaw: 50 hectares destroyed, 6 pilgrims missing

Mar 21, 2014 - 10:45 PM

A fire on Mount Banahaw in Quezon province reduced 50 hectares of one of the mountain’s 3 peaks to ashes 6 pilgrims still remain missing

MOUNTAIN BLAZE. Officials say the fire has begun to die down but strong wind may still cause it to spread. Photo courtesy of Philippine Air Force

Japan town fuming over Murakami fiction portrayal

Feb 07, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Nakatonbetsu s town assembly aren t amused at their portrayal as a home for litterbugs

HARUKI MURAKAMI. A passage in the bestselling author's novella angers citizens of a remote town. Screen grab from his Facebook

Red Hot Chili Peppers leads 7107 Int'l Music Festival lineup

Dec 12, 2013 - 11:35 AM

The 7107 International Music Festival releases the first phase of their lineup

Why cultural sustainability means investing in people

Oct 22, 2013 - 10:52 AM

Sustainable tourism is transformative; it should uplift the lives of the communities and local people