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[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: I can be transgender and Catholic at the same time

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:00 PM

We speak with Mela Habijan, who is both a trans woman and a Catholic. How does she reconcile the two?

[OPINION] Remembering Pope John Paul II: A centenary homage

May 18, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'There was in Pope John Paul II a natural ability to recognize the person behind the veneer of social status, physical ailment, religious membership, ethnicity, or economic class and see her as someone worthy of respect'

Pampanga calls off ritual crucifixions over coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:29 AM

'I'm disappointed,' says resident Ruben Enaje, who aims to be crucified for the 34th straight year as part of a religious vow to atone for his sins

NAILED. Ruben Enaje is nailed to the cross during a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 in San Fernando City, Pampanga. Photo by Darren Langit/AFP

Folk Catholicism or true piety?

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'It is only God who could see the hearts of people'

[OPINION] This Christmas, put down your phones and truly reconnect

Dec 22, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Go, re-connect, and allow your selves to be found. Recover your sense of delight and then once again hear yourself praying, ‘O God, it feels great to be alive.’

[OPINION] Something is wrong with Filipino faith

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Why do we rank as a corrupt country despite being the only Christian nation in Asia? What happened to the faith that teaches us to love God and our neighbors?

First bishop ordained in China under Vatican deal

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Under the terms of the deal agreed in September last year, both Beijing and the Vatican will now have a say in appointing Catholic bishops

Pope says priest celibacy not 'optional'

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:15 PM

'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No,' says Pope Francis

ON CELIBACY. This file photo shows Pope Francis during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/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

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

Pope Francis names 35 new saints, most of them martyrs

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The new saints include 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century, 3 teens slain in 16th-century Mexico, a Spanish priest, and an Italian priest

A tapestry hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica shows Andrea de Soveral, Ambrogio Francesco Ferro, Matteo Moreira, and thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century, during a holy mass for the canonization of 35 new saints on October 15, 2017 at St Peter's square.  Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass today with canonizations of 35 new saints, including thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century by Dutch Calvinists, three Mexican teenagers who died in the 16th century, and Italian Capuchin Angelo d'Acri and the Spanish priest Faustino Miguez of the Incarnation. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Life and hope in a time of death

Apr 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

More than ever we need to ask ourselves: Why do we do any of these things mass services prayers etc for Holy Week at all? Is it possible we’ve forgotten why?

Manny Pacquiao and the Bible

Feb 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Inasmuch as many of us are irritated at Manny Pacquiao for using the Bible in the Senate the reality is that he is not the enemy here

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Dec 08, 2016 - 9:56 PM

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A look at religion in Indonesia 71 years since independence

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Indonesia is religiously tolerant relative to other countries but it has its own challenges to achieving religious harmony

RELIGIOUS HARMONY. Indonesia faces its own challenges in achieving religious harmony. File photo by EPA/MAST IRHAM

A divided Poland mulls total abortion ban

Jul 03, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Poland is mulling a near total ban even as tens of thousands of women opt for sometimes risky illegal abortions or if they can afford it travel to foreign hospitals

ABORTION. Pro-choice campaigners march on June 18, 2016, in Warsaw, Poland, against proposed changes to Poland's restrictive abortion law that would effectively ban terminations in the EU country of 38 million people. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/ AFP

French police quiz cardinal over alleged abuse cover-up

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is accused of failing to remove an erring priest from his diocese

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the under-fire Archbishop of Lyon who is suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest (R) arrives for questioning at a police station in Lyon, on June 8, 2016. Barbarin arrived early on June 8 to a Lyon police station for questioning in two cases of covering up for a paedophile priest of his diocese.   / AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD

Swedish nurse who saved Jews is made a saint

Jun 05, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Pope Francis canonizes Swedish nurse Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad as well as Polish priest Jan Papczynski

epa05346738 A general view of Pope Francis celebrating a mass with the rite of canonization for the Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus Mary Papczynski and Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad as two new saints, at St. Peter Square, Vatican, 05 June 2016. EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

French archbishop admits 'errors' in handling of child sex abuse cases

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin Archbishop of Lyon faces complaints for failing to inform authorities about priests accused of sexual abuse

epa00937461 An Algerian muslim attends a special prayer held by French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (L) in memory of the seven French monks killed 11 years ago at the monastery in Tibhirine, some 100 km southwest of Algiers, Tuesday 20 February 2007. Barbarin is on a two-day visit to Algeria. EPA/Mohamed Messara

Philippine crucifixions a big money spinner

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:28 PM

A bishop says the Church discourages extreme forms of piety that fascinate many of the country s more than 80 million Catholics

CRUCIFIXION. A Filipino Roman Catholic devotee is nailed to a cross by others wearing period Roman-style military dress in a re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday ahead of Easter in the village of San Pedro Cutud, north of Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

IEC 2016: 5,000 take 1st communion in special Mass

Jan 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED About 500 of the 5 000 who receive their first communion are street children

1ST COMMUNION. At the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, thousands of students and street children get to receive their First Communion. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

First IEC in PH: Cardinal Vidal’s First Communion, too

Jan 22, 2016 - 6:10 PM

The Philippines hosts the International Eucharistic Congress nearly 8 decades after the event was first held here in 1937

Colmenares, Kapunan, Romualdez praised for stand on divorce, same-sex marriage

Jan 21, 2016 - 9:29 PM

Filipinos weigh in on the senatorial candidates views on thorny marriage issues

SENATE BETS. The candidates running for senate seats share their views on marriage issues with #TheLeaderIWant forum's audience.

IEC: The event that helped make Tagle a ‘papabile’

Jan 21, 2016 - 6:46 PM

Cardinal Tagle brought an entire stadium to tears at the International Eucharistic Congress in 2008 a Vatican watcher says

CHARISMATIC PREACHER. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle speaks at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland, in 2012. Photo courtesy of IEC Dublin

Black Nazarene: Devotion from the inside

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:13 PM

What happens when the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene closes its doors?

Devotees inside the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene after a 20 hour Translacion on January 10, 2016.

Jesuits on sex abuse case: ‘Invitation to examine ourselves’

Nov 29, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The response is prompted by a sex abuse case the first formal complaint of such nature brought before the Society of Jesus in the Philippines

JESUIT POPE. Pope Francis leads a Church facing accusations of child abuse committed by priests. One of these involves a former Jesuit in the Philippines. In this file photo, the Pope celebrates the sainthood of Jesuit priest Peter Faber at the Chiesa del Gesù in Rome on January 3, 2014. File photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP

Part 2: Sex abuse case: Jesuits asked to pay $16M

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:00 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] In the Philippines very rough and possibly outdated estimates say about 3 of the country’s priests may have committed sexual misconduct

What do Church rules say about ex-Jesuit's sex abuse case?

Nov 25, 2015 - 3:10 PM

This case is unique because the alleged sexual abuse happened 30 years ago – and the alleged offender is dead

LANDMARK DOCUMENT. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines uses a landmark 2003 document to guide itself in handling sexual abuse cases. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Part 1: Ex-Jesuit accused of sexual abuse

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:52 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] This marks the first time that a formal complaint about sexual abuse has been put on record with the Society of Jesus Philippine Province

Pope tells bishops to include 'those on fringes'

Oct 25, 2015 - 8:13 PM

Pope Francis reacts to the bishops report that fudges the key issue of whether divorced and remarried believers should be allowed to play a full role in the Church

GREETINGS. Pope Francis waves to the faithfuls gathered in St.Peter's Square at the vatican as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in 2014. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Stormy synod ends in stalemate: over to you, Pope Francis

Oct 25, 2015 - 7:36 AM

Catholic bishops approve a compromise report leaving it up to Pope Francis to implement ideas on the Church s approach to sex love and marriage

Pope Francis holds the book of the Gospels during a papal mass at St Peter's basilica on October 5, 2014 at the Vatican. Gabriel Bouys/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Grace punchline 2

Oct 24, 2015 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Grace

Oct 24, 2015 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Grace punchline 3

Oct 24, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Pope wows Washington but takes on controversy

Sep 24, 2015 - 10:41 AM

President Barack Obama is clearly delighted to welcome to the White House a pontiff who can lend moral and spiritual force to his own priorities but others may be left uncomfortable by the pope s stances

DISCUSSION. US President Barack Obama (R) talks with Pope Francis during the arrival ceremony at the White House, in Washington DC, USA, September 23, 2015. Photo by Nikki Kahn/EPA

13 Filipino kids to welcome Pope in US

Sep 18, 2015 - 2:14 PM

The children ‘have been selected through a random draw ’ the Philippine embassy says as it thanks the local church for allowing Filipino kids to greet Pope Francis

CLOSE TO CHILDREN. Pope Francis hugs a child during an audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 5, 2015. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

Pope to priests, nuns: Help refugees or pay taxes

Sep 18, 2015 - 11:47 AM

A religious school is tax exempt because it is religious but if it is functioning as a hotel then it should pay taxes just like its neighbor Pope Francis says

HOLY FATHER. Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square, Vatican City, on August 30, 2015. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

Pope Francis hits ‘utilitarian friendships’

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:30 PM

’Before considering someone your friend let time test him ’ Pope Francis says as he describes friendship as ‘very sacred’

TIME FOR PRAYER. Pope Francis leads special prayers marking a day he has dedicated to praising and protecting nature's marvels in St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, on September 1, 2015. Photo by Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Cardinal Tagle issues ‘oratio imperata’ vs El Niño

Sep 11, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Storm the heavens to fight the drought Cardinal Tagle tells Catholics as the current El Niño is likely to become one of the strongest on record

DESTRUCTIVE PHENOMENON. Thousands of dead tuna crabs line the Pacific Ocean shore after succumbing to the effects of warmer ocean temperatures in Laguna Beach, California, USA, on June 16, 2015. The mass die-off on a large stretch of the Southern California coastline may be caused by the El Niño phenomenon. Photo by Eugene Garcie/EPA

Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Sep 01, 2015 - 9:32 PM

The Argentine pontiff says he was well aware of the pressure that some women are under to abort

File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

First Catholic bishop for 3 years ordained in China

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:48 PM

Joseph Zhang Yilin is installed as the official bishop of Anyang in the central province of Henan as hundreds of police blocked access to the Sacred Heart of Jesus church

A worshipper displays a photo of Father Joseph Zhang Yilin in a book after he was ordained as a bishop, in Anyang, China's central Henan province on August 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER

Pope slams nations which 'close the door' to migrants

Jun 18, 2015 - 2:40 AM

But in one of the largest pledges of assistance so far France said it would create an additional 10 500 housing places for migrants

MIGRANTS RIGHTS. Pope Francis gestures in St. Peter's square at the Vatica, on May 22, 2013 during his weekly general audience. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

On being godless and good: Irreligious Pinoys speak out

Jun 04, 2015 - 12:56 PM

God is not necessary to be a good human says the Philippine Atheists and Agnostic Society

An autonomous history of Muslim Mindanao beyond textbooks

May 23, 2015 - 6:03 PM

While a number of historians have tried to embed Muslim Mindanao into the story of the Philippine nation their success has been modest

Bishops, priests from 47 countries in Cebu for confab

Apr 25, 2015 - 5:00 PM

If Pope Francis ever decides to return to the Philippines joining the International Eucharistic Congress will be the reason for his return

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila/CBCPNews

IN PHOTOS: The Moriones festival of Marinduque

Apr 03, 2015 - 7:35 PM

Morions roam the streets of Marinduque during Holy Week where they participate in different events even scaring kids with their masks and costumes

PASSION OF CHRIST. Scenes from the Via Crusis are re-enacted in the streets of Boac town, Marinduque on Good friday. All photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tagle warns vs creeping 'culture of indifference'

Feb 18, 2015 - 5:20 PM

The Manila archbishop says the Filipino mentality of trabaho lang walang personalan for one can lead to indifference to the needs of others

'REPENT, BELIEVE.' Fr Regie Malicdem imposes ashes on Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Cardinal to Christians: Moro dream 'very valid'

Feb 13, 2015 - 9:39 AM

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says Christians should look at history not their own biases and prejudices against Muslims

END CONFLICT. Filipino Muslims shout for peace during a rally for peace in Manila, Philippines, on February 6, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Pope Francis to visit Sarajevo on June 6

Feb 01, 2015 - 7:41 PM

UPDATED The Pope says he will visit the Bosnian capital to pray for peace and inter religious dialogue

PEOPLE'S POPE. Pope Francis gestures in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, on May 22, 2013 during his weekly general audience. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Pope: Be 'islands of mercy' in 'sea of indifference'

Jan 28, 2015 - 11:24 AM

In his message for Lent Pope Francis warns against taking refuge in a universal love while failing to see the poor sitting before our closed doors

'WEEP FOR OTHERS.' Pope Francis hugs two children – one of them having cried before him – during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, on January 18, 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA