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CBCP hails 'wise' DOJ move to let Sister Fox stay for now

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, thanks the Department of Justice for its 'wise' decision on Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

PETITION GRANTED. Sister Patricia Fox is allowed to stay in the Philippines, at least for now, after the Department of Justice nullified a Bureau of Immigration order forfeiting her missionary visa. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Pinapatay nila ang ating kawan. Pinapatay nila kaming mga pastol.'

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ikaw ba ay pumapalakpak pa rin? Ikaw ba ay tumatawa pa rin? Katawa-tawa pa rin ba ito sa iyo?' sabi nina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari ng Arkidiyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan

'HINDI KAMI NATATAKOT.' Naglabas ng matapang na pahayag sina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari laban sa pagpatay kay Father Richmond Nilo ng Nueva Ecija. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church

ENVOY. Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (L) and Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu (R) give a press conference at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago on June 12, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

'They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds.'

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders call on President Rodrigo Duterte 'to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church,' as they denounce the killing of Father Richmond Nilo

'WE ARE NOT AFRAID.' Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the killing of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

He is insane. He is possessed.

Jun 10, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Dear children, as for those who dare to teach you error, pray for them and forgive them. They might be insane or possessed. They need God.

John Paul II's blood relic to be shown again at Manila Cathedral

May 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'Let us once again come together and receive God's grace through the intercession of our beloved St John Paul II,' says the Manila Cathedral on its Facebook page

BLOOD RELIC. Father Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, holds the relic of Saint John Paul II. File photo by Angie de Silva

Filipinos mark 400th year since Lady of Carmel's arrival in Philippines

May 05, 2018 - 7:52 AM

'Sa mundong sumasamba sa mga huwad na diyos, bumalik tayo sa Carmel,' writes Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for 'Salubong at Traslacion'

FLUVIAL PROCESSION. The image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is brought on a fluvial procession around Manila Bay on May 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox hits BI's definition of 'missionary work'

May 05, 2018 - 7:43 AM

While she has joined rallies for social justice, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox calls these activities 'part and parcel of my apostolate and missionary work'

SEEKING PRAYERS. Priests pray over Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at UP Diliman's Parish of the Holy Sacrifice on April 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Pope John Paul II's blood relic honored at Manila Cathedral

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:27 PM

The public veneration of the blood relic at the Manila Cathedral lasts until 8 pm on Saturday, April 7, and resumes from 6 am to 8 pm on Sunday, April 8

BLOOD RELIC. The relic of the blood of Pope Saint John Paul II is on display for public veneration at the Manila Cathedral from April 7 to 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China-Vatican deal on bishops imminent – Chinese prelate

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Under the deal, the Vatican could agree to recognize 7 bishops who were chosen by the Communist government

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

[OPINION] Jesus wasn't white, he was brown-skinned. Here's why that matters.

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:28 PM

If we can recognize the importance of ethnically and physically diverse role models in our media, why can’t we do the same for faith? Why do we continue to allow images of a whitened Jesus to dominate?

JESUS. Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew and was not white. Photo by Hans Zatzka (Public Domain)/The Conversation

Virtual Visita Iglesia: Philippine churches in 360-degree video

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

To navigate on mobile and see each church in 360-degree view, scroll up and down or swipe left and right on the screen, while listening to and praying the Stations of the Cross

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

Pope names new bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines succeeds Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon, who was made bishop of Bacolod in May 2016

NEW BISHOP. Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines, 52, is named bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental. File photo from the Diocese of Bacolod/CBCP News

Church at Jesus's traditional burial site reopens after protest

Feb 28, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Christian leaders decide to reopen the church after Israel suspends tax measures they strongly oppose

REOPENED. Christian worshippers pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after it reopened on February 28, 2018, following a 3-day closure to protest against Israeli tax measures and a proposed law. Thomas Coex/AFP

Christian leaders close church at Jesus's burial site in tax dispute

Feb 25, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Christian leaders are angered over attempts by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem to enforce tax collection on church property they consider commercial, saying exemptions only apply to places of worship or religious teaching

HOLY SITE. Christian worshippers pray at the Saint Helena chapel inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during a procession in the Old City of Jerusalem, on February 15, 2018.  Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Cardinal Tagle backs February 24 walk vs killings

Feb 23, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'Maglakad para sa buhay,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ahead of the Walk for Life on Saturday, February 24

'LAKAS, HINDI DAHAS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle pushes for 'active non-violence' during the Catholic-led Walk for Life on February 18, 2017. File photo by Roy Lagarde

U.S. presidents lead tributes to 'America's pastor' Billy Graham

Feb 22, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Donald Trump orders American flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and other US public buildings and facilities on the day of Graham's interment

REVERED REVEREND. In this file photo taken on October 07, 2004 The Rev. Billy F. Graham speaks to the crowd on a rainy night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Larry W Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Billy Graham: U.S. preacher to millions, adviser to presidents

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Influential American evangelist Billy Graham dies at the age of 99, his family says

FAITH LEADER. In this file photo, evangelist Billy Graham takes questions at a press conference in New York 21 June 2005. Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim in New York

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:32 PM

"For the first time I feel they are listening to us," says Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Chilean priest Fernando Karadima

ABUSE. Chilean priest Fernando Karadima leaves the court of Santiago on November 11, 2015 after declaring as witness in a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago for allegedly sexual abuse cover up. Photo by Vladimir Rodas/AFP

Fire hits Jokhang monastery, one of Tibet's most sacred

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) Jokhang houses one of Tibetan Buddhism's most venerated icons – the Jowo Shakyamuni, a statue believed to be 1 of just 3 crafted during the Buddha's actual lifetime

Manila Cathedral hosts St Therese's relics on February 18-19

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:43 PM

'The Manila Cathedral will be open all night until the following day for those who may want to pray and keep vigil in the presence of the Little Flower'

SEAT OF ARCHDIOCESE. The Manila Cathedral is set to host the relics of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus overnight, starting February 18, 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Vatican revives pope's sexual abuse panel

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:38 PM

'The newly-appointed members will add to the commission's global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults,' says US Cardinal Sean O'Malley

VATICAN CITY. In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims, gathered on St. Peter's square at the Vatican, from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Regina Coeli prayer on June 1, 2014. Photo by AFP / Vincenzo Pinto

Church sets February 24 walk vs killings, dictatorship

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is expected to say Mass at the Walk for Life to be held at the Quirino Grandstand

Iglesia ni Cristo system can help Filipinos abroad – Cayetano

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo has 'churches in several countries around the world' and a system of coordinating with government to attend to complaints of overseas Filipinos, says the DFA chief

SPECIAL ENVOY. Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo is the first INC leader to be appointed to a government position. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on divorce

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Watch the livestream of the hearing on divorce and other grounds for dissolving a marriage here

Pope Francis calls journalists 'protectors of news'

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'In today's world, theirs is, in every sense, not just a job; it is a mission,' Pope Francis says of the work of journalists, as he slams fake news

WELCOMING JOURNALISTS. Pope Francis (L) welcomes journalists on board the plane on the way to Santiago at the start of his seven-day trip to Chile and Peru, on January 15, 2018. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Like Coffee

Jan 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Pope targets corruption in politics ahead of final Peru mass

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'By and large, Latin America's political culture is sicker than it is healthy'

READY FOR MASS. Pope Francis walks to the altar to celebrate mass at the Las Palmas air base in Lima on January 21, 2018. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope urges end to violence against women

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:59 AM

'I'm calling on you to fight against this source of suffering including legislation and a culture that rejects every type of violence'

POPE IN PERU. Pope Francis waves to the crowd inside the Cathedral of Trujillo during his visit to the Peruvian city of Trujillo, on January 20, 2018. Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Pope denounces violence in visit to restive region of Chile

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:36 AM

The Argentine-born pontiff was shining the spotlight on the simmering conflict between the Chilean state and the Mapuche people

AMONG THE PEOPLE. Pope Francis waves crowds from the popemobile on his way to Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago on January 17, 2018. Pablo Vera Lisperguer/AFP

Pope sets off on trip to Chile and Peru

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The 81-year old Argentine will hop on 10 flights to travel over 30,000 kilometers through hot and humid climates for his 22nd trip abroad

AWAITING FRANCIS. Banners welcoming Pope Francis to Peru are seen in Lima on January 13, 2018. Ernesto Benavidez/AFP

Finding Christ in the Philippine National Police

Dec 24, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Reverend Father Police Senior Superintendent Jason Ortizo shares the highs and lows of being a cop-priest for the Philippine National Police

Bishop seeks freedom of supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'For heaven's sake, let's get this man out of jail! I am willing to repay his employer, the supermarket owner, a hundred times over,' says Bishop Pablo David

BISHOP'S APPEAL. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says he is willing to repay 'a hundred times over' the employer of a supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthday

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:59 PM

Pope Francis's birthday this year falls on Gaudete Sunday, which the church marks as a moment of particular joy as celebrations for the birth of Jesus Christ approach

 POPE FRANCIS. This handout picture released by Roman pastry Hedera Sweetness and Co. shows a birthday cake offered to Pope Francis for his 81st birthday, on December 17, 2017 in Rome. HEDERA-MAUPAL/AFP

Despite tears, Villegas says heading CBCP a 'blessing'

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:30 AM

In a Rappler Talk interview, Archbishop Socrates Villegas looks back at the 4 years he headed the CBCP. 'We are not really critics. We are partners,' Villegas says.

EXIT INTERVIEW. Archbishop Socrates Villegas sits down for a Rappler Talk interview on the 4 years he headed the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines or CBCP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Archbishop Socrates Villegas on his 4 years as CBCP head

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Rappler talks to Archbishop Socrates Villegas about his experience as CBCP president, and his views on issues such as the proposed revolutionary government

New CBCP head tells priests, nuns: Repent

Dec 03, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'humble repentance and reparation' for 'occasions of frailty and scandals' among priests and nuns

NEXT HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (1st from left) is the new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Pope leads Dhaka mass before Rohingya meeting

Dec 01, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Francis, the first pope to visit Muslim-majority Bangladesh in 31 years, arrives in a locally-made popemobile at Suhrawardy Udyan park where nearly 100,000 people wait to celebrate the mass

MASS. Pope Francis performs rituals as he leads mass for Bangladeshi Christians in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO/AFP

Archbishop Villegas ends term as CBCP president

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

During his 4 years as CBCP president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas spared no one from criticism, from Benigno Aquino III to Rodrigo Duterte

OUTSPOKEN PASTOR. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas leads a procession against drug war killings on November 5, 2017, along the Philippines' iconic EDSA highway. He steps down as CBCP president on November 30, 2017. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Pope 'moral authority' undiminished after Myanmar visit, says Vatican

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:51 PM

'People are not expected to solve impossible problems and the moral authority of the Pope stands,' Vatican spokesman Greg Burke tells reporters at the tail end of a four-day trip to Myanmar

Pope urges Myanmar Buddhist clergy to tackle 'prejudice and hatred'

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Using delicately chosen words, Pope Francis urges the country's highest Buddhist body – the Sangha – to help tackle intolerance and hatred

SPIRITUAL LEADERS. Pope Francis (R) walks with Bhaddanta Kumarabhivasma (center L), chairman of state Sanga Maha Nayaka Committee, during a meeting in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope preaches forgiveness in landmark mass for Myanmar Catholics

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:16 AM

(UPDATED) He urges his audience to forgo anger and respond with 'forgiveness and compassion'

VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Meghan Markle to join Church of England, apply for British citizenship

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:35 AM

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be held in Windsor Castle in May

'BYE, AMERICA. Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle waves as she poses for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Pope Francis sidesteps Rohingya crisis in Myanmar address

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Sharing a stage with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw, the Pontiff does not address the Rohingya crisis head-on, instead he tip-toes around the unfolding humanitarian emergency

FIRST SPEECH. Pope Francis reads a speech during an event in Naypyidaw on November 28, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Islamist leader calls off Pakistan protests after minister resigns

Nov 27, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The decision to capitulate to the protesters' demands is a major embarrassment for the embattled ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as it eyes elections in 2018, analysts say

PROTEST VS MINISTER. Pakistani protesters from the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group shout religious slogans during a protest in Islamabad on November 26, 2017. Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pope arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:12 AM

(4th UPDATE) The country is holding its breath over what the pontiff will say on Myanmar soil, where any mention of the word Rohingya could unleash anger from a public that broadly supports the army campaign

WELCOME. Pope Francis is greeted by children in traditional clothing upon his arrival at Yangon International Airport on November 27, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Meet the Pope's new envoy to the Philippines

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:56 AM

'Please help me do my mission,' says the new papal nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, in his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral

VATICAN AMBASSADOR. Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, the new papal nuncio to the Philippines, makes his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral on November 22, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler