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Vatican says it axed chief auditor for spying

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) But Libero Milone says he was barred from seeing Pope Francis by high-ranking officials to prevent him from saying anything regarding his investigations

Pope Francis names new ambassador to Philippines

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Archbishop Gabrielle Giordano Caccia is named apostolic nuncio to the Philippines as President Rodrigo Duterte slams the Catholic Church over his war on drugs

PAPAL NUNCIO. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Gabrielle Giordano Caccia (center) as his new ambassador to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of www.conseilmaronite.org

Pope slams climate change deniers as 'stupid'

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:43 AM

Francis says individuals and politicians have a moral responsibility to act on advice from scientists who had clearly outlined what must be done to halt the course of global warming

MAING A POINT. Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome, at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia, on September 11, 2017. Andrew Medichini/Pool/AFP

Pope injures head in Popemobile during Colombia procession

Sep 11, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Television pictures show the Pope colliding with the glass of the vehicle s covered platform and then being assisted by his bodyguard

BRUISED. Pope Francis, showing a bruise around his left eye and eyebrow caused by an accidental hit against the popemobile's window glass while visiting the old sector of Cartagena,Colombia, is greeted by faithful on September 10, 2017. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:08 AM

On the last day of his fifth visit as pope to his native continent he reiterates calls for peace in Colombia and prays for a peaceful end to Venezuela s grave crisis

GOODBYE, COLOMBIA. Pope Francis waves just before leaving, at the Rafael Nunez airport in Cartagena on September 10, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP

1.3M join pope's mass in Colombia's ex-'narco city'

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:41 AM

In Medellin he urges the Church to get out its comfort zone in order to confront challenges such as Colombia s peace process

IN MEDELLIN. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile on his way to the Enrique Olaya Herrera airport, in Medellin, Colombia, on September 9, 2017. Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

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

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Pope prays for peace in Colombia, Venezuela

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:24 AM

Pope Francis lands in Colombia to plead for lasting peace in a country moving towards the end of a half century war and prays for stability in its crisis stricken neighbor Venezuela

POPE IN BOGOTA. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile upon arrival in Bogota, Colombia, on September 6, 2017. John Vizcaino/AFP

Pope's plane detours to avoid Hurricane Irma

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Because of a hurricane the Holy Father s flight will take a more southern route and will enter the airspaces of 3 other countries Barbados Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago the Vatican says in a statement on September 6

DETOUR. Pope Francis poses for a photograph with journalists on an aircraft on September 6, 2017, as he travels to Colombia. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

WATCH: Hip Hop gets holy with Colombia's rapping nun

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:16 PM

Maria Valentina also plays the ukulele and once played rock guitar

RAPPING NUN. Sister Maria Valentina will be performing for the pope during his visit to Colombia. Rappler screenshot

Colombia government, rebels hail pope-backed ceasefire

Sep 05, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and National Liberation Army ELN negotiators announce a ceasefire two days before a visit to Colombia by Pope Francis

STEP TOWARDS PEACE. Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinoza (C) raises the hands of chief negotiators Juan Camilo Restrepo (L-for the Colombian government) and Pablo Beltran (for the ELN guerrilla) in Quito on September 4, 2017. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

The week in photos: August 26-September 1, 2017

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

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

INK FESTIVAL. A participant displays his tattoo to audience of the Dutdutan festival at the World Trade Center in Pasay on September 1, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pope to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh as Rohingya crisis intensifies

Aug 28, 2017 - 5:29 PM

The visit to Myanmar will be the first by any pope to the country formerly known as Burma Former Pope John Paul II visited Bangladesh in 1986

PAPAL WAVE. In this file photo, Pope Francis waves to journalists as he boards an airplane bound for Sarajevo. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Venezuela asks pope help, vaunts Russia ties versus US

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Nicolas Maduro: I ask for the pope s help against the military threat from the United States

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

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

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Jul 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

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Pistons acquire Bradley, renounce rights to Caldwell-Pope

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:22 AM

The Detroit Pistons acquire guard Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forward Marcus Morris

BOUND FOR DETROIT. Avery Bradley is headed to the Pistons. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

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

Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others a man of faith and high ideals a thoroughly decent man says Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

SUPPORT. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017 after being charged with historical sex offenses in a case that has rocked the church. Pell says he will return to Australia to face sex abuse charges. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

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Jun 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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Pope backs Australian cardinal in fight against sex abuse charges

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Cardinal George Pell says he has been a victim of relentless character assassination and vows to clear his name and return to work in Rome

UNDER INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis injects new blood into cardinals club

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:29 AM

Four of the 5 new cardinals come from countries that have never had a cardinal before: El Salvador Laos Mali and Sweden; the fifth is from Spain

NEW CARDINALS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a meeting with new Cardinals, from right, Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Laos; Anders Arborelius, Sweden; Gregorio Rosa Chavez, El Salvador; Juan Jose Omella, Spain; and Jean Zerbo, Mali, after the ceremony of their elevation at the Vatican, on June 28, 2017. Osservatore Romano/AFP

Pistons guard Caldwell-Pope suspended after DUI guilty plea

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The 24 year old Kentavious Caldwell Pope is sentenced to probation

The week in photos: May 20-26, 2017

May 27, 2017 - 8:57 AM

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VATICAN VISIT. Pope Francis walks past US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and the daughter of US President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump (L) at the end of a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. Photo by Alessandra Tarantino/AFP/Pool

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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All smiles as Pope asks Trump to work for peace

May 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED Trump s audience with the pontiff a keenly anticipated highlight of his first overseas tour lasts just under half an hour and concludes with both men in apparently jovial mood

FIRST FACE-TO-FACE. US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis meet in the Vatican for the first time

Pope to create 5 new cardinals

May 21, 2017 - 8:39 PM

The new cardinals will form part of an elite group within the church

Trump aims to mend Muslim ties on 1st foreign trip

May 20, 2017 - 12:02 PM

US President Donald Trump tweets he will be strongly protecting American interests in his marathan 8 day trip to the Middle East and Europe

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1. Photo by Mandal Ngan/AFP

Trump takes perilous first steps on world stage

May 20, 2017 - 7:33 AM

US President Donald Trump will make 6 stops in 8 days holding countless face to face meetings with world leaders like Saudi s King Salman and Pope Francis

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4. Photo by Mandael Ngan/AFP


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

Pope Francis 'won't judge' Trump before hearing him out

May 14, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The pontiff says he has never judged anyone without listening to them first

Pope greeted by thousands on Fatima pilgrimage

May 13, 2017 - 10:48 AM

I implore for concord among all people Pope Francis says

FATIMA PILGRIMAGE. Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during his visit to the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima on May 12, 2017. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Pope Francis to make pilgrimage to Fatima for child saints-to-be

May 10, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Some 400 000 pilgrims from around the world will welcome the Argentine pontiff on the giant esplanade that faces the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal

FATIMA CHILDREN. Lucia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the 3 children whom the Virgin Mary revealed her famous '3 secrets' in Fatima, Portugal. Photo attributed to Joshua Benoliel in Ilustracao Portuguesa no. 610, 29 October 1917 / Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

Vatican, Myanmar agree to establish diplomatic ties

May 04, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The move comes as Myanmar s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pope Francis on the latest leg of a European tour overshadowed by her country s treatment of the Rohingya

SUU KYI AND POPE FRANCIS. Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pope Francis during a private audience on May 4, 2017 at the Vatican. Photo by Tony Gentile/ AFP

Pope urges 'negotiated solutions' to Venezuela unrest

Apr 30, 2017 - 11:12 PM

Pope Francis appeals to the government and all sectors of Venezuela to avoid all forms of violence

THE PONTIFF'S APPEAL. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking Saint Peter's Square during his Angelus prayer on February 19, 2017 in Vatican City. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis leads mass for thousands of Egyptian Catholics

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Egypt s Catholic community is estimated at about 272 000

PEACE AND TOLERANCE. Pope Francis announces his visit to Egypt on April 25. Screengrab from The Vatican YouTube video

Pope Francis heads for Egypt as 'pilgrim of peace'

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Pope Francis 27 hours on Egyptian soil will include a meeting with the grand imam of the Al Azhar mosque sealing a recent improvement in relations between Catholicism and the Sunni branch of Islam

HEADING TO EGYPT. Pope Francis waves goodbye during a departure ceremony at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, near Colombo, on January 15, 2015. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachch/AFP

Pope Francis urges connection, not division, in TED talk

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:28 PM

Pope Francis: The future is most of all in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a you and themselves as part of an us

'FUTURE IS YOU' Pope Francis delivers a TED Talk from the Vatican, April 25, 2017. Frame grab from video by TED Talks

Sex and intrigue of Vatican court drama gets TV treatment

Apr 21, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Italy s Leone Film Group buys the rights to a series of books by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi on the Vatileaks cases which rocked the Roman Catholic Church with their leaked accounts of mismanagement corruption and waste

DRAMA IN THE VATICAN. A journalist reads Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate' (Charity in Truth) during a Vatican news conference for the release of the document on July 7, 2009. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope to make Fatima child shepherds saints

Apr 20, 2017 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED The canonization of Jacinta and Francisco Marto will take place during the Argentine pontiff s visit to one of Catholicism s major pilgrimage sites

FATIMA CHILDREN. Lucia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the 3 children whom the Virgin Mary revealed her famous '3 secrets' in Fatima, Portugal. Photo attributed to Joshua Benoliel in Ilustracao Portuguesa no. 610, 29 October 1917 / Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Apr 16, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The pontiff also speaks out against the hostilities and famine in South Sudan Sudan Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this file photo, a Syrian man carries his two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Vigil in the Vatican

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:19 PM

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Pope blasts migrant suffering in Easter prayer

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:39 AM

Shame for all the images of devastation destruction and shipwrecks which have become ordinary in our lives Pope Francis says in an apparent reference to Mediterranean migrant disasters

WITH THE FLOCK. Pope Francis also speaks of the child abuse scandals that have rocked Catholicism in recent years. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Palm Sunday church bombings kill at least 43 in Egypt

Apr 09, 2017 - 5:45 PM

4th UPDATE The Islamic State claims responsibility for the twin attacks on Egypt s Coptic Christian minority

ATTACKED. A general view shows people gathering outside the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 km (75 miles) north of Cairo, after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. Khaled Desouki/AFP

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TOAST TO FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Thailand Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-chan hold a toast for the decades-long friendship between the two countries following the signing ceremony at the Thai Koo Fah Building in Bangkok, Thailand on March 21, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo

Pope Francis tells youth to resist 'false' reality of social media

Mar 22, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Pope Francis: Don t let yourselves be led astray by this false image of reality Be the protagonists of your history; decide your own future

WITH THE FLOCK. Pope Francis greets the crowd from the popemobile after the celebration of a mass marking the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope begs God's forgiveness for Church sins in Rwanda genocide

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:04 AM

Francis s pardon plea follows a request from Rwanda in November for the church to apologize for its role in the massacres

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (R) receives a present from Rwanda's President Paul Kagame ahead of a meeting at the Vatican March 20, 2017. Photo by Tony Gentile /AFP

Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April, Vatican says

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:07 AM

This comes as Pope Francis has made interfaith dialogue and reconciliation a leading theme of his pontificate

TRIP TO EGYPT. The Vatican says Pope Francis is set to visit Egypt in April 2017. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sluggish reforms blot Pope Francis' 4-year report card

Mar 12, 2017 - 11:04 AM

Pope Francis continues to bask in a remarkable level of popularity around the world but inside the Vatican Curia there is not always the same enthusiasm for the pope

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis looks on as he leaves at the end of a mass on Christmas eve marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO