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Pope Francis decries 'extremist' attacks in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis urges for 'comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith'

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis slams extremism on Christmas. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Queen admits 'bumpy' year in Christmas message

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The queen has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails

POPULAR QUEEN. Queen Elizabeth II has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails. Photo by Toby Melville / POOL / AFP

Duterte on son’s resignation, NCCC mall fire, Peya Travel owner arrested | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

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Paolo Duterte resignation, NCCC fire, Pope Francis Christmas message | Midday wRap

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:18 PM

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FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' Christmas 2017 message

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:46 PM

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace and urges the world to see Jesus in the faces of little children caught in the middle of war

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Reasons to smile this season

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:04 AM

Thank you for a year when you chose to stay honest, decent, and true!

Lawmakers' Christmas wish? Justice for EJK victims

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Legislators also call for peace and unity among Filipinos

Duterte: Remember Marawi heroes, displaced residents this Christmas

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:00 AM

'Let us pause and remember our countrymen who have lost their lives fighting for the integrity of our country, and for those who lost their homes and loved ones in the recent war,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his Christmas message

Senators' Christmas wish for PH: Respect, peace, and healing

Dec 25, 2016 - 11:35 AM

Senator Leila de Lima also wishes that President Rodrigo Duterte be blessed with the gift of life and the grace of compassion

CHRISTMAS. Senators wish for peace and healing for the country this Christmas.

Pope Francis urges compassion for children at Christmas

Dec 25, 2016 - 9:03 AM

Let us allow the child in the manger to challenge us but let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today s world

CHRISTMAS. Pope Francis carries the statue of baby Jesus during a mass on Christmas eve, marking the birth of Jesus Christ. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

FULL TEXT: Huwag maging manhid sa mga pagpatay kahit Pasko – Villegas

Dec 25, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Mayroon tayong Pasko ngunit patuloy ang pagdanak ng dugo sa ating mga lansangan sabi ni CBCP president at Archbishop Socrates Villegas sa kanyang December 25 pastoral letter

NO TO KILLINGS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the recent killings in the Philippines in a pastoral letter for Christmas Day. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Robredo: Spread love, hope vs 'darkness' in PH

Dec 24, 2016 - 5:26 PM

In her Christmas message on Saturday December 24 Vice President Leni Robredo cites a recent survey indicating fear and worry among Filipinos regarding extrajudicial killings in the country

Duterte's wish for Christmas? Peace, order, progress for PH

Dec 24, 2016 - 3:24 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte in his Christmas message released on Saturday December 24 encourages Filipinos to welcome 2017 with great happiness

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Villegas on killings and Christmas

Dec 24, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Christmas comes to us as a feast of beauty but we are not blind and numb to the ugliness that has come upon us says Archbishop Socrates Villegas

NO TO KILLINGS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the recent killings in the Philippines in a pastoral letter for Christmas Day. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Archbishop Villegas hits killings in Christmas plea

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:08 AM

Murder is ugly Extrajudicial killing is ugly Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a Christmas message about the ugliness during this feast of beauty

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. This picture taken in a Manila morgue on December 2, 2016, shows the body of an alleged drug dealer gunned down by unidentified men. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cardinal Tagle on Christmas: Why no hope for those astray?

Dec 23, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asks Why is there room for destroying lives but minute space for saving them?

SHEPHERD AND FLOCK. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visits the residents of the Manila City Jail on Holy Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Photo by Roy Lagarde

10 Christmas stories around the world you (also) probably missed

Dec 29, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Last minute preps for Christmas made me miss the news I read back on people stories that happened during the holidays and came up with this list

Courtney Love writes Christmas letter for late husband Kurt Cobain

Dec 29, 2015 - 11:55 AM

Merry Christmas Kurt the greatest true love I ve ever experienced in my life

Obamas and their dogs send festive cheer to Americans

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:42 PM

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pay tribute to US soldiers in a joint address on Christmas

US President Barack Obama addresses troops on Christmas Day at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe on December 25, 2014 as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

In Christmas message, Pope Francis speaks out on conflicts, migrants

Dec 25, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Pope asks God to repay all those both individuals and states who generously work to provide assistance and welcome migrants

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks to the faithful during the traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) Christmas Day message and blessing from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City, December 25, 2015. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Aquino on Christmas: Lend cheer to the downcast

Dec 25, 2015 - 8:54 AM

Let us reinforce the ties woven from our shared aspirations of a harmonious and progressive future for all

A family takes a "groupie" after the rainy first Simbang Gabi mass at Quiapo Church in Manila on early Wednesday, December 16. Photo by Jansen Romero

Christmas 2015: 'Welcome Jesus in the hungry'

Dec 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle stresses the need for mercy while Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Christmas is a mission

VIRAL AD: Duterte tells criminals, 'Ito na ang huli ninyong Merry Christmas'

Dec 23, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte s latest political advertisement is reportedly produced by an action star who avidly supports him

Pope Christmas message, PH communists, Jordan pilot | The wRap

Dec 26, 2014 - 6:51 PM

Pope Francis says: “so many tears this Christmas Communists resume talks with the Philippine government Jordan vows to save its pilot held captive by ISIS

Renewable energy, Pope message, China Christmas ban | The wRap

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:02 PM

A petition to the Supreme Court: stop charging for renewable energy Pope Francis asks Christians to practice “tenderness A Chinese city bans Christmas

Aquino’s Christmas message: Spend time with your family

Dec 22, 2014 - 6:48 PM

The President also asks Filipinos to pray for victims of Typhoon Ruby and mentions the upcoming visit of Pope Francis

SPREAD LOVE. President Benigno Aquino III encourages Filipinos to spend time with their families this Christmas. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Rappler Newscast | December 25, 2013

Dec 25, 2013 - 8:04 PM

The Energy secretary offers to resign Pope Francis prays for the PH in his first Christmas message Kim Jong Un tells his military: boost combat readiness

In Christmas message, Pope prays for PH

Dec 25, 2013 - 7:29 PM

2nd UPDATE In his Christmas message Francis also appeals for peace in conflict stricken countries including Syria South Sudan Israel and Palestine

URBI ET ORBI. Pope Francis delivers his traditional Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 26, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP / Filippo Monteforte

HIGHLIGHTS: Pope Francis' Christmas message

Dec 25, 2013 - 6:07 PM

Pope Francis delivers his first Christmas message addressing a world that reels from disaster and conflict

Pope hopes for peace in Christmas message

Dec 26, 2012 - 4:44 AM

Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and denounced the savage violence in Africa during his Christmas message

Pope calls for 'end to bloodshed' in Syria

Dec 25, 2012 - 7:58 PM

Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to the bloodshed and a political solution in conflict wracked Syria in a traditional Christmas message that touched on several other of the world s conflict zones

RELIGION CORRUPTIBLE? Pope Benedict XVI in a file photo from Facebook

Queen Elizabeth's Christmas speech goes 3D

Dec 20, 2012 - 10:01 PM

Exactly 80 years after her grandfather king George V first started broadcasting a speech on December 25 the queen will embrace the new technology to mark her Diamond Jubilee year