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We speak with Mela Habijan, who is both a trans woman and a Catholic. How does she reconcile the two?
'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'
'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
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.’
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?
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
'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
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?
Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines succeeds Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon, who was made bishop of Bacolod in May 2016
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
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?
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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Indonesia is religiously tolerant relative to other countries but it has its own challenges to achieving religious harmony
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
UPDATED Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is accused of failing to remove an erring priest from his diocese
Pope Francis canonizes Swedish nurse Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad as well as Polish priest Jan Papczynski
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin Archbishop of Lyon faces complaints for failing to inform authorities about priests accused of sexual abuse
A bishop says the Church discourages extreme forms of piety that fascinate many of the country s more than 80 million Catholics
UPDATED About 500 of the 5 000 who receive their first communion are street children
The Philippines hosts the International Eucharistic Congress nearly 8 decades after the event was first held here in 1937
Filipinos weigh in on the senatorial candidates views on thorny marriage issues
Cardinal Tagle brought an entire stadium to tears at the International Eucharistic Congress in 2008 a Vatican watcher says
What happens when the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene closes its doors?
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
[EXCLUSIVE] In the Philippines very rough and possibly outdated estimates say about 3 of the country’s priests may have committed sexual misconduct
This case is unique because the alleged sexual abuse happened 30 years ago – and the alleged offender is dead
[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 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
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
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
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
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
’Before considering someone your friend let time test him ’ Pope Francis says as he describes friendship as ‘very sacred’
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
The Argentine pontiff says he was well aware of the pressure that some women are under to abort
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
But in one of the largest pledges of assistance so far France said it would create an additional 10 500 housing places for migrants
God is not necessary to be a good human says the Philippine Atheists and Agnostic Society
While a number of historians have tried to embed Muslim Mindanao into the story of the Philippine nation their success has been modest
If Pope Francis ever decides to return to the Philippines joining the International Eucharistic Congress will be the reason for his return
Morions roam the streets of Marinduque during Holy Week where they participate in different events even scaring kids with their masks and costumes
The Manila archbishop says the Filipino mentality of trabaho lang walang personalan for one can lead to indifference to the needs of others
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says Christians should look at history not their own biases and prejudices against Muslims
UPDATED The Pope says he will visit the Bosnian capital to pray for peace and inter religious dialogue
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