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Pope urges respect for prostitutes at crowded Bangkok mass

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Pope Francis focuses his message on helping vulnerable children and women 'who are victims of prostitution and human trafficking, humiliated in their essential human dignity'

POPE FRANCIS IN THAILAND. Pope Francis (C) leaves after a Holy Mass at the National Stadium in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Pope Francis kicks off Asia tour with Buddhist temple visit

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan

Pope Francis (C) waves as he leaves St. Louis Hospital in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Pope lands in Thailand, start of two-country Asian tour

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Francis is the first pontiff in nearly four decades to visit Thailand where the nearly 400,000-strong Catholic community makes up a little more than 0.5% of the population

THE POPE IN THAILAND. Pope Francis (C) arrives on the Military Air Terminal at Don Muang airport in Bangkok on November 20, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Heart' of Catholicism in Thailand fired up for Pope Francis

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:31 AM

A Catholic holdout in a sea of Buddhist temples, St. Joseph's Church in Ayutthaya survived hardship, occasional hostility and war

In this photo taken on November 17, 2019, peope walk past St. Joseph church in Ayutthaya. Setting foot in a powerful Buddhist kingdom more than three centuries ago, fearless European missionaries built a church on the banks of a river - the birthplace of a Catholic community in Thailand which eagerly awaits the arrival of Pope Francis on November 20. PANUPONG CHANGCHAI / AFP

Vatican ends contract of top anti-money laundering official

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:19 AM

The Vatican statement says: 'Thanking him for his service in recent years (the Holy Father) has appointed his successor,' adding that Rene Bruelhart's mandate had expired

Swiss Rene Bruelhart (Brülhart), President of the Board of Directors of the Financial Information Authority (AIF) of Vatican City poses on March 7, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Pope to visit Hiroshima on anti-nuclear weapon mission

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Pope Francis, 82, flies to Asia on November 19, where he will first visit Thailand and then Japan, including the two cities destroyed by devastating US nuclear attacks during the Second World War

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (C) has a lunch with people on November 17, 2019, at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican, to mark the World Day of the Poor. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Dead Kids,' 'The Two Popes' to debut at Cinema One Originals Film Fest

Nov 06, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The two Netflix originals will be screened at the Cinema One Originals Film Fest that will run from November 13 to 17

DEAD KIDS. The movie, the first Filipino Netflix original, makes its premiere at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival. Image courtesy of Netflix

WATCH: 'The Two Popes' full trailer is here

Nov 06, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star in the upcoming film by 'City of God' director Fernando Meirelles

THE TWO POPES. Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce play Pope Benedict and Cardinal Bergoglio, the would-be Pope Francis in the upcoming film. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Pope Francis demands 'predators' stop plundering the Earth

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Women urge Pope Francis for Church voting rights

Oct 26, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Ecuadorian nun Ines Azucena Zambrano Jara says women took an active part in the synod, with some of them defining themselves as 'synod mothers'

NUNS. Pope Francis his greeted by nuns during his weekly general audience in the Vatican's Saint Peter square on September 25, 2019. AFP photo

The Vatican out of money? Heavens no, says Pope ally

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'To say that the Vatican is at danger of default is false,' says Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, who heads a group of 6 cardinals that advise Pope Francis on economic reforms

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)

Pope Francis warns overeating 'avenue of personal destruction'

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Pope Francis cites the 'distorted relationship between food and nutrition' has left almost 700 million people overweight, 'victims of improper dietary habits'

Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018 .  TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Pope elevates UK's John Henry Newman to sainthood

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Along with Newman, Pope Francis canonizes 4 others to sainthood – the highest position within the Church

NEW SAINTS. Tapestries of the new Saints (from L) Brazilian Dulce Lopes Pontes, Italian Giuseppina Vannini, English John Henry Newman, Indian Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan and Swiss Margarita Bays are displayed during their Canonization Mass, on October 13, 2019 In Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzolo/ AFP

Pope Francis blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope

ON AMAZON. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis slams 'abuse' of Alzheimer's sufferers, carers

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Sufferers 'are often victims of violence, mistreatment and abuse that crushes their dignity,' says the Pope in a message to mark World Alzheimer's Day on September 21

Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018 .  TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Pope Francis will travel to Thailand from November 20-23, and then to Japan on November 26, the Vatican says

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis' and Father Pedro's Opeka arrives at the humanitarian association Akamasoa in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on September 8, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis in Mauritius on last leg of Africa tour

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:37 AM

(UPDATED) The pope will celebrate mass at the Mary Queen of Peace Monument, the same hillside location where John Paul II celebrated the eucharist during the last papal visit to Mauritius in 1989

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis' and Father Pedro's Opeka arrives at the humanitarian association Akamasoa in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on September 8, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Million turn out for Pope Francis Madagascar mass

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) During the homily, the Pope urges the Madagascar faithful 'to build history in fraternity and solidarity' and 'in complete respect for the earth and its gifts, as opposed to any form of exploitation'

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives at the Androhibe Soamandrakizay diocesan grounds to lead a Holy Mass in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on September 8, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:16 AM

(UPDATED) Sunday will mark the high point of Francis' visit with a huge mass in the capital expected to be attended by some 800,000 pilgrims

POPE FRANCIS'S TRIP. Police stand next to a huge banner welcoming Pope Francis, as his convoy is due to drive past, during his official visit to Madagascar in the capital Antananarivo on September 6, 2019. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Pope Francis urges prayers for victims of Hurricane Dorian

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:18 AM

'I would like to ask everyone... to pray for the victims of the hurricanes in the Bahamas, poor people who in one day lost their homes, lost everything and lost their lives,' says the Pope

Pope Francis waves at the crowd next to Mozambican President Felipe Nyusi (R) upon his arrival at the Maputo International Airport on September 4, 2019 on in Maputo, Mozambique. Pope Francis will visit Mozambique from the September 4-6.  GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

Pope Francis kicks off Africa tour in violence-hit Mozambique

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The pope is expected to be welcomed by tens of thousands during his visit

BOARDING. Pope Francis boards a plane for a trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, at Rome's Fiumicino airport on September 4, 2019. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis to visit poor of Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Sep 02, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The pope's decision to visit two of the most impoverished countries in the world is seen as an act of solidarity from a cleric who was a frequent presence in the shantytowns of Argentina

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport.  File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis to create 13 new cardinals in October

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The appointments come as the Argentine pontiff gradually shapes a less European college of cardinals

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. - Pope Francis has set aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle paedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church again in 2018, from Chile to Germany and the United States. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / POOL / AFP)

Pope Francis gets stuck in Vatican elevator, freed by firemen

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Pope Francis apologizes for being late to his weekly Angelus prayer

Pope Francis speaks from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the weekly Angelus prayer on August 25, 2019 at the Vatican.  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

In 'season of creation,' Cardinal Tagle reminds all to take care of Earth

Sep 01, 2019 - 4:35 PM

'Let us renew our pledge to respect one another and the web of life,' Cardinal Tagle adds

WALK FOR CREATION. People from various schools, parishes, religious communities, and civil organizations join the 3rd Walk for Creation on September 1, 2019, vowing to address the ecological crisis. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

WATCH: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in 'The Two Popes' teaser trailer

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The two actors share the screen in the upcoming film about the transition of power between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis

TWO POPES. Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins play Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI respectively in Netflix's upcoming film. Screenshot from Netflix Philippines on YouTube

Pope Francis fears for Amazon, planet's 'vital lung'

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:08 PM

He urges the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to pray for the fires to be extinguished as quickly as possible

POPE'S MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the weekly Angelus prayer on August 25, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis sanctions former U.S. bishop accused of sexual harassment

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:23 PM

Former US bishop Michael Bransfield has been forbidden to perform the liturgy, among other sanctions

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2019 A general view shows worshipers attending the Pope's Easter Sunday mass outside St Peter's basilica on St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on May, 14, 2019, to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Pope Francis appoints new Vatican spokesman

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Matteo Bruni, who has worked in the Holy See Press Office since 2009 and coordinated the press on the pontiff's international trips since 2013, takes over from interim spokesman Alessandro Gisotti

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (C) greets journalists on his flight from Rome to Havana on September 19, 2015. File photo by Tony Gentile/AFP

Pope Francis tells migrant mass 'no one exempt' from helping

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:36 AM

The Pope says 'the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped...This is a tremendous responsibility, from which no one is exempt'

BLESSING. This photo taken and handout on July 8, 2019 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis blessing a child as he celebrates a mass for migrants on July 8, 2019 in the Vatican. Handout/Vatican Media/AFP

Pope Francis calls for 'humanitarian corridors' for migrant rescues

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Pope Francis says 'the international community cannot accept such grave incidents'

Emergency workers recover bodies after an airstrike killed nearly 40 at Tajoura Detention Center, east of Tripoli on early July 3, 2019. - Nearly 40 migrants were killed and more than 70 wounded in an air strike on their detention centre in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, an emergency services spokesman told AFP. "This is a preliminary assessment and the toll could rise," said spokesman Osama Ali. He said 120 migrants were detained in the hangar, which was directly hit by the strike. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Putin meets pope, 'welcoming' populist gov't during Italy trip

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Rome's historic center is on security lockdown for the visit with 50 streets blocked to traffic and Italian media reporting that mobile phone signals could be scrambled

MEET AGAIN. File photo of Pope Francis (left) greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican on June 10, 2015. Photo by Gregorio Borgia/pool/AFP pool

Pope Francis asks priests 'be merciful' to sailors, fishermen

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:41 AM

'The life of a sailor or fisherman is characterized by isolation and distance,' the Pope tells a delegation of priests from the Stella Maris network which operates in 300 ports around the world

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Iraq officially invites Pope to visit

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'I am honored to officially extend an invitation to Your Holiness to visit Iraq – the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of Abraham, the father of the faithful and messenger of the divine religions,' says President Barham Saleh

IRAQ INVITES POPE. In this file photo, Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport . File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis names Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Novaliches Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa is set to replace Antonio Tobias, who is past the retirement age of 75

NEW APPOINTMENT. Pope Francis names Father Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches in the Philippines. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis beatifies 7 Communist-era bishops in Romania

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Pope Francis says the 7 Greco-Catholic bishops 'suffered and sacrificed their lives, opposing a system of totalitarian and coercive ideology'

Pope Francis to 'go beyond fear' in Romania

May 31, 2019 - 3:23 PM

During the 3-day trip to Romania, Pope Francis is expected to touch on issues fuelling nationalism, such as poverty, as well as inter-religious relations

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport . Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

Pope Francis condemns abortion as use of 'paid killer'

May 25, 2019 - 10:47 PM

'Is it lawful to eliminate a human life to resolve a problem? It is lawful to hire a paid killer to resolve a problem,' says the Pope

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/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

Pope's charity czar brings light to child squatters

May 12, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski broke a police seal to turn the electricity back on in a Rome building where 450 people had been living without light or hot water since May 6

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

Pope to preach unity to North Macedonia

May 07, 2019 - 12:31 PM

People of all faiths are scooping up the 15,000 tickets to attend the Pope's mass in Skopje's main square, to be held just down the street from where Mother Teresa was baptized in 1910

POPE FRANCIS IN BULGARIA. Pope Francis delivers a speech during an inter-faith "meeting for peace" on Nezavisimost (Independence) square in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, on May 6, 2019. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis asks Bulgarians to 'open hearts' to migrants

May 05, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Pope Francis urges Bulgarians to 'not close your eyes, your hearts, or your hands to those who knock at your door'

Pope urges hairdressers to cut gossip

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:35 PM

He said the cosmetologists should be guided by their patron saint, Peruvian Martino de Porres

NO GOSSIP. Pope Francis welcomed hairdressers, hairstylists and beauticians to the Vatican but warned them not to indulge in gossip while feathering locks or painting fingernails. File photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Abdication becoming more frequent in the modern age

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:59 AM

As medical technology improves and lifespans grow, the concept of a lifetime of duty is gradually being eroded and abdications are becoming increasingly acceptable and frequent

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures shows Pope Benedict XVI (top-L)in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on March 27, 2012, Spanish King Juan Carlos de Borbon (top-C) at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on June 5, 2012, Japan's Emperor Akihito (top-R) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2018, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (bottom-L) in Doha on December 18, 2012, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (bottom-C) on April 30, 2013, King Albert II of Belgium (bottom-R) in Liege on July 19, 2013. When the 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito steps down on April 30, 2019 it will be the latest in a string of historic abdications that have included the pope and several monarchs. CARL COURT, CLAUDIO SANTANA, KARIM JAAFAR, JOHN THYS, ESTEBAN FELIX, Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP / POOL / AL-WATAN DOHA

Pope Francis appeals for evacuation of refugees in Libya camps

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The refugees' situation 'which is already very serious, has become even more dangerous due to the ongoing conflict,' says the Pope

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019. Photo by Giuseppe Lami/AFP

Pope Francis urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,' Pope Francis says during his traditional Easter Sunday address

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Mass for Easter Sunday 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:40 PM

After the Easter Sunday liturgy, Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) speech. Watch it live on Rappler.

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

[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'

Ex-pope Benedict blames Church sex abuse crisis on 1960s sexual revolution

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The pope emeritus, who retired in 2013, blames the crises rocking the Roman Catholic Church globally with the fight for an 'all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer admitted any norms'

ROME - APRIL 2013: Pope Benedict XVI stepping down from his Popemobile after a procession into Easter Sunday Mass, in a crowded St Peter's Square, Vatican City - 24th April 2011 - Image