Filipino Catholics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Filipino Catholics


Catholics mark day of prayer for blasphemers, murderers

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Catholics can observe this day of prayer and penance anywhere, says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. He says prayers can also be offered for 'advocates of fake news.'

CBCP HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), calls for a day of prayer and penance on July 16, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Becoming Catholic in the age of Duterte

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:03 AM

The only way God can seem stupid is when lives are wasted, rights violated, rule of law undermined and justice compromised, and believers, Catholics or non-Catholics alike, remain quiet on the sidelines

Thou shall not kill? Why Christians support a deadly drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says some Christians see President Rodrigo Duterte as a God-sent figure to bring justice to the Philippines – even if this means deaths

DIVINE LEADER? President Rodrigo Duterte is seen by some Christians as chosen by God. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Divorce and the religious response

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The realities that necessitate divorce include: violence, infidelity, and abandonment. Instead of providing comfort, religion brings only oppression when often a romanticized image of the family is used against even the most dysfunctional relationships.

Should the Catholic Church shut up?

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The moral message of religious leaders does not resonate with the public s captivation with safety and the President s willpower

Devotees defy terror threat as Traslacion progresses

Jan 09, 2017 - 7:10 AM

3rd UPDATE Black Nazarene devotees participate in their long procession from the Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church

TRASLACION. The Black Nazarene on January 9, 2017. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Groups want TRO on implants lifted, ask to be intervenors in SC case

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Reproductive health advocates claim that keeping the temporary restraining order in place would deprive millions of Filipino women access to contraceptives

'Living in sin,' returning to the sacraments

Aug 13, 2015 - 12:57 PM

Should divorced Catholics who remarry be allowed to receive communion?

Thousands of Filipinos in Vatican welcome Pope Francis home

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:53 AM

According to Filipino community organizers an estimated 7 000 Filipinos were among the crowd gathered outside St Peter’s Square to attend the Pope’s weekly Angelus

Manila pilgrims endure long wait for glimpse of pope

Jan 15, 2015 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED If we are here early the Pope might bless us This is where we draw our strength despite our old age say Manila pilgrims waiting for Pope Francis

YOUNG PILGRIMS. Youth flock the area near the Papal Nunciature hours before the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila. Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

To Pope Francis: Speak truth to power

Jan 14, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Let not Filipino hospitality disarm and distract you from your greater purpose

Pope Francis and the road to Manila

Jan 09, 2015 - 9:59 PM

We are told that the Pope just keeps on going and going and going that he never stops and hardly sleeps

#AnimatED: Waiting for the Pope

Dec 15, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The visit in January will be an opportunity for our bishops priests and concerned Catholics to voice support for this daunting mission of Pope Francis to breathe fresh air into a Church that has locked its doors to many Catholics

#SimbangGabi2014: Global mass schedules

Dec 03, 2014 - 8:13 PM

UPDATED Dec 3 11:54 pm Send your parishes SimbangGabi2014 schedule to Rappler Find out how in this story

There is no One Catholic Church

Nov 21, 2014 - 11:07 AM

Catholicism s diversity is a double edged sword While it is to be celebrated it is also the reason for the tensions within the institution

'Spirit of listening' in historic Vatican meet on family

Oct 15, 2014 - 8:13 PM

Initiated by Pope Francis landmark discussions on the family – including issues such as gay marriage and divorce – will soon shift to local churches in the Philippines

HISTORIC MEETING. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (1st from right) is one of the 3 presidents-delegate of the Synod of Bishops convened by Pope Francis. Screen grab from

No religion

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:00 AM

I have no problem with their God And because I trust that they are true believers I trust also that they have no problem with the fact that I have not found one

On Father Obach's apology

Jul 14, 2014 - 8:15 AM

I hope the apology does not shield the Church from its own need for introspection as to why it is so cruel to women

Filipino Catholics are conservative and liberal

Feb 15, 2014 - 11:15 AM

When it comes to divorce and the use of contraceptives opinions become more liberal or progressive in the sense that they challenge the official position of the Catholic Church

RH law oral arguments set a week before TRO ends

Jun 04, 2013 - 9:48 PM

This is due to the many interventions filed and several petitions still coming says Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te

Think beyond the parish

Apr 13, 2013 - 12:47 PM

The statistical data are clear: At a national scale the pews of the Catholic Church are emptying

Pope resignation: I pray it signals a new dawn

Feb 13, 2013 - 4:59 PM

For us clerics who have tasted the forbidden fruit of religious power the Pope s resignation is as sobering as it is shocking

The privatization of the Catholic faith

Feb 04, 2013 - 4:47 PM

This is an invitation to academics theologians ministers youth leaders and the youth themselves to start engaging in a dialogue My only hope is that in these conversations the technocratic voice of the adult experts will not drown out the very voice of the people we wish to represent

Why Pinoys find it harder to relate to Easter

Apr 07, 2012 - 7:40 PM

Filipinos relate better to the crucified Jesus given our own situation of poverty and suffering Catholic bishops say

EASTER SUNDAY. Filipinos find it easier to relate to the suffering Christ, Catholic bishops say. Screen grab from The Word Exposed