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Sri Lanka falls silent for Easter attack victims

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:17 PM

The coronavirus pandemic forces the Roman Catholic leadership to call off elaborate services to honor the 279 people killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

ONE YEAR. A relative pays his respect at a graveyard for St. Sebastian's Church bomb blasts victims in Negombo on April 21, 2020, to mark the first anniversary of the attacks. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

[FULL TEXT] Pope Francis' Easter message in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Indifference, self-centeredness, division, and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words forever!

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. ANDREAS SOLARO / POOL / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Churchgoers 'present' despite empty pews on Easter 2020

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:38 PM

From drive-by processions to photos of parishioners taped on church pews, here is how Filipinos celebrated Easter in the time of COVID-19

SIGN OF HOPE. While parishioners have to stay home, churches remain the focal point of Easter Sunday on April 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duterte to Filipinos on Easter Sunday: 'Find strength in the narrative of the Resurrection’

Apr 12, 2020 - 1:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte talks of the hope brought by the Risen Christ as the Philippines continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a late-night address on the COVID-19 situation on April 6, 2020. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

[REFLECTIONS] Stories and dreams: Easter in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:03 AM

We can rebuild from the ruins. We can rebuild with one another.

EASTER SUNDAY. Residents pray and look on during an Easter procession at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Dare we not speak of Easter

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM

We can surely speak of Easter even in the midst of this crisis, but dare we not speak of Easter if this pandemic does not change us

FERVENT PRAYER. A devotee prays at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Bulacan on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the nation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pope guides locked-down world through virtual Easter

Apr 10, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'We can either get depressed and alienated... or we can get creative,' says Pope Francis

VIRTUAL HOLY WEEK. This handout photo taken and released on April 8, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis (C) speaking during a weekly live broadcast private audience in the library of the Apostolic palace at The Vatican. AFP Photo/Vatican Media

[REFLECTIONS] Holy Week and COVID-19: Embracing uncertainty

Apr 07, 2020 - 5:17 PM

We cannot and must not escape this reality of uncertainty. We have to face it, pray over it, and wrestle with it – and perhaps let go of the need to know why.

[REFLECTIONS] Business temporarily closed: Jesus, what now?

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:39 PM

It was like God was telling me: 'Kirk, you guys claim that your business is about me, that everything you do is for me. Put your money where your mouth is.'

Close to their flock, at a distance: Priests find ways to bless 'palaspas'

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:35 PM

'Let it be a statement of hope: There is going to be new life, new creation, after COVID-19,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

PALM SUNDAY. Carmelite priest Father Gilbert Billena blesses the palm fronds of residents in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, as Masses remain suspended on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Palm Sunday 2020 with Pope Francis

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the online Palm Sunday Mass led by Pope Francis, live from Vatican City at 5 pm (Manila time)

LIVE: Palm Sunday 2020 with Cardinal Tagle

Apr 05, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle leads an online Palm Sunday Mass at 2 pm, Manila time, from the Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome

[REFLECTIONS] Don’t get tired of waving your palms

Apr 05, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Proclaim our coming victory over this pandemic, a victory only possible if we don't give up on ourselves, if we don't give up on each other, if we don't give up on God

Catholics in quarantine mark first online Holy Week

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

‘There is still the Holy Week but we celebrate it differently, and hopefully, more deeply,’ says Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila

Parishioners of St. Peter Parish in Quezon City pray in front of a cross outside the church on April 4, 2020, as the parish distributes palm fronds for free on the eve of the start of the Holy Week. Celebration inside the church is not allowed since the start of the enhanced community quarantine to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Holy Week 2020: Mass readings for Palm Sunday

Apr 04, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Here is the set of Mass readings in Catholic churches around the world for Palm Sunday 2020

Meghan could face estranged father in court over leaked letter – media

Jan 15, 2020 - 7:50 PM

Meghan Markle's claim against Associated Newspapers cites the publication of a letter she wrote her father as 'the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright, and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018'

MEGHAN FIGHTS THE MAIL. In this file photo taken on June 08, 2019 Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, return to Buckingham Palace. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Prince Harry extends privacy claims against UK media

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Prince Harry takes legal action against more tabloids, days after pressing charges against The Mail on Sunday newspaper

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP)

Harry, Meghan sue newspaper over 'privacy breach'

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:51 PM

In a stinging attack on British tabloid media, Prince Harry says his wife is being dogged by the press in the same way as his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was before her death in 1997

ROYAL COUPLE. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the 'Justice desk,' an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. File photo by Betram Malgas/Pool/AFP

Sri Lanka court rejects Easter bomb murder charge against officials

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Police Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara and former defense secretary Hemasiri Fernando are represented in court after being arrested last week on charges their negligence led to the attacks

EASTER ATTACKS. A general view of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 29, 2019, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

Jun 22, 2019 - 2:03 PM

There is no immediate word from the government on why President Maithripala Sirisena changed his mind on relaxing the tough laws imposed after the Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lankan soldiers secure an area near St. Anthony's Shrine after a car explosion in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. - The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically April 22 to 290 -- including dozens of foreigners -- as police announced new arrests over the country's worst attacks for more than a decade. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Sri Lanka to charge police for 'lapses' over Easter attacks

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Nine police officers will face 'criminal investigations' for failing to act on warnings ahead of the April 21 bombings on 3 churches and 3 hotels carried out by Islamic State-backed jihadists

AFTERMATH. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

Sri Lanka to relax emergency in a month – president

May 27, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'The emergency was declared to deal with the immediate security situation. However, it will not be necessary to extend this any further,' says Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

STATE OF EMERGENCY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan navy personnel carry on repair works on the facade of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 2, 2019, after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka extends emergency a month after suicide bombings

May 22, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Sri Lanka's president issues a proclamation saying that the emergency will continue for another 30 days, citing 'public security'

SECURITY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.  File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Andrew Lloyd Webber is richest UK musician, Ed Sheeran doubles fortune

May 09, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber beats Paul McCartney as Britain's wealthiest musician, while Ed Sheeran doubles his wealth from last year

Sri Lankan man who confronted bomber at church door remembered

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Ramesh Raju is one of 29 people that media reports say died in the blast at Zion, one of 3 churches and 3 hotels targeted by Jihadist bombers

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)

Sri Lanka blasts: What we know so far

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The series of blasts on Easter Sunday is one of the deadliest attacks in the island nation's history

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Taprobane restaurant at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend when the bombing took place

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)

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

World leaders condemn deadly Sri Lanka blasts

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) A series of blasts ripped through several high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services on Sunday, April 21

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

Easter blasts at Sri Lanka churches, hotels kill at least 207

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

(7th UPDATE) Documents show that Sri Lanka's police chief issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit 'prominent churches'

BOMBING. Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

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

IN PHOTOS: How Philippines celebrated Easter 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Filipinos celebrate the feast of Christ's resurrection through the Easter Vigil and the traditional Salubong procession

Salubong at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, on April 21, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

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)

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

Tagle on Palm Sunday 2019: Follow humble leaders

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle warns against the 'more attractive' tendency to follow the high and mighty

HUMILITY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the Palm Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Skincare brand Sunday Riley admits posting fake Sephora reviews

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Do you trust reviews on beauty retailer sites?

SATURN REVIEWS. The Sulfur Acne treatment mask is one of the products in question. Image from the Sunday Riley Instagram account

Taking Back Sunday is coming to Manila in 2019

Oct 10, 2018 - 1:21 PM

They'll be singing their debut album 'Tell All Your Friends' in full

Image from Pulp Live World's Facebook

TRANSCRIPT: 'Touch wounds of Christ in others' – Cardinal Tagle

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

'We see the true God only in the wounded Christ – wounded yet merciful,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Word Exposed Easter Recollection

WORD EXPOSED. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily at the Word Exposed Easter Recollection on April 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

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

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Ed Lingao launches group in honor of late daughter

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The group launches two books – 'What Do You See Ellie' and 'Appreciating Art'

Pope Francis urges end to 'carnage' in Syria in Easter message

Apr 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) The pontiff also prays for peace and harmony in the Korean Peninsula

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Sunday Mass

Apr 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) after the Easter Sunday Mass

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

Robredo on Easter: Unite amid threats to democracy

Apr 01, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Jesus' victory over death shows that truth and goodness will always prevail, says Vice President Leni Robredo on Easter Sunday 2018

EASTER SUNDAY. Filipino Catholics join the traditional Easter Salubong at Saint Peter Parish in Quezon City on Sunday, April 1, 2018. The Salubong reenacts the meeting of the risen Jesus and his mother, Mary, on the first Easter. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos mark Easter 2018 with 'Salubong'

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter

Duterte's Easter Sunday message: Be humble, forgive

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:00 AM

'May we nurture humility and forgiveness in our hearts as these will free us from the shackles of hatred and greed,' says President Rodrigo Duterte