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Pope Francis 'very distressed' over Turkey's Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:03 PM

This is the Vatican's first reaction to Turkey's decision that has drawn international criticism

IN HAGIA SOFIA. In this file photo, Pope Francis visits the Hagia Sophia Mosque (Santa Sofia) on November 29, 2014 in Istanbul. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Tolentino wants tax deductions for employees working from home

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Senator Francis Tolentino wants employees to receive tax deductions for the additional electricity consumption under the work-from-home scheme, or for employers to cover for the bill increase

DEDUCTIONS. Senator Francis Tolentino proposes tax deductions for employees working from home. Photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

Pope Francis writes to Paralympian Zanardi, hailing his example

Jun 24, 2020 - 5:54 PM

'You have taught us to live life to the full, making disability a lesson in humanity,' says the Pope in his letter to Alessandro Zanardi, who has been in a coma in hospital since a handbike crash last week

INSPIRATION. Alessandro Zanardi win the handbiker category of the Rome marathon in 2017. Shutterstock.com

NCRPO sacks San Juan cops who escorted Mayor Zamora to Baguio

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:31 AM

'I will not condone any wrongdoing of our police officers in the implementation of the community quarantine protocols,' says NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, whose own birthday party violated quarantine rules

DISCIPLINE? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas himself has violated quarantine protocols, allowing his staff to hold a surprise birthday party for him in May 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers fear fake Facebook accounts meant for 'online tanim-ebidensiya'

Jun 07, 2020 - 10:50 PM

'We must not allow social media to be used as a platform for identity theft, intimidation, or worse, a tool to plant bogus evidence,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

San Juan Mayor Zamora, entourage breach Baguio City's health protocols

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Francis Zamora tells Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong he was asleep in his car, unaware that his police escort ignored the border control checkpoint as his 6-vehicle convoy proceeded to the Baguio Country Club

BREACH OF PROTOCOL. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong confirms that San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora and his entourage violated Baguio City's health safety measures on their way to the Baguio Country Club. (Benjamin Magalong file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Francis Zamora photo file photo from Rappler Talk)

Cavite churches prepare for resumption of public masses

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista of the Diocese of Imus says all parish priests are putting in place all the necessary precautionary measures in their churches to protect mass-goers once Cavite is under MGCQ

EMPTY PEWS. A few parishioners at the historic St Francis of Assisi Parish Church in General Trias City, Cavite, after the province eased into general community quarantine on May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Pope says racism 'intolerable,' in reaction to Floyd killing

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:35 PM

But the pontiff also condemns the violence that followed George Floyd's death in the city of Minneapolis as 'self-destructive and self-defeating'

ON RACISM. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Brazil coronavirus toll surges, Pope gives address after 3 months

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:42 AM

'From the great trials of humanity – among them this pandemic – one emerges better or worse. You don't emerge the same,' says Pope Francis

Brazilian health workers protest against working conditions and wage delays in front of the Ministry of Health in Brasilia, on May 21, 2020, amid the COVID-19 corovavirus pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

May 31, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'All the suffering will be of no use if we do not build together a more just, more equitable, more Christian society, not in name but in reality,' says Pope Francis

THE POPE'S MESSAGE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. File photo by Handout /Vatican Media/AFP

LOOKBACK: The should-have-been PBA MVPs

May 27, 2020 - 3:14 PM

Here’s a look at some exceptional PBA players who didn't have the good fortune of copping the highest individual honor

DYNAMIC. In Alaska, Jojo Lastimosa blossomed to become one of the best players in the league. Photo by PBA Throwback and Trivias (@pbaarchive)

Pope to resume window addresses to faithful

May 26, 2020 - 11:04 PM

With the pontiff now set to return to the window, police will be on hand to ensure that believers and onlookers observe social distancing rules, says the Holy See

WINDOW ADDRESSES. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

[OPINION] Laudato Si', 5 years later

May 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Laudato Si' has become one of the most influential social encyclicals that has been released by a pope

'Influencer' Francis Leo Marcos arrested for unauthorized distribution of eyeglasses

May 19, 2020 - 6:50 PM

A warrant from a Baguio court is out against the social media personality with a million followers on Facebook

ARRESTED. Viral social media personality Francis Leo Marcos arrives at the NBI-Cybercrime division on May 19, 2020, following his arrest for alleged violation of the Optometry Law or R. A. 8050 filed against him in Baguio. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pope broke tradition again to make Tagle 'cardinal-bishop'

May 02, 2020 - 10:46 PM

The promotion of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the rank of cardinal-bishop 'required special papal permission'

SOLIDARITY. Pope Francis hugs Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, then archbishop of Manila, in a ceremony at the Vatican on November 21, 2013, days after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged the Philippines. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope promotes Tagle as one of 11 highest ranking cardinals

May 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is now one of the 11 'close-in consultors' of Pope Francis, boosting his chances of becoming the next pontiff

PROMOTED. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is now one of 11 cardinal-bishops serving as the Pope's 'close-in consultors' in the Vatican. Photo from Vatican Media

Pope Francis appoints Cebuano archbishop as envoy to Guatemala

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Guatemala, is a 66-year-old native of Cebu City

CEBU NATIVE. Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, 66, from Cebu City, is the Vatican's new ambassador to Guatemala. Photo from the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia

Zamora not inclined to have coronavirus rapid test in San Juan City

Apr 13, 2020 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Francis Zamora says the city government has tried several kinds of antibody rapid test kits but the 'false negative and false positive results' failed to give confidence in their effectiveness

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora led the inauguration and blessing of 8 COVID-19 modular, lightweight container van facilities equipped with beds and in air condition units and will serve as a staging area for patients line up for admission to San Juan Medical Center COVID ward in front of the SJMC on Monday, April 13, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pope prays for lockdown victims of domestic abuse

Apr 13, 2020 - 6:44 PM

Worries about domestic abuse have spread across the world as nations force billions to stay at home to stop the spread of a disease that has officially killed nearly 115,000 people

PRAYER. This photo taken and released on April 13, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his message during a private Angelus prayer live broadcast from the library of the Apostolic palace in the Vatican on Easter Monday, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA

How virus changed Vatican's Holy Week, Easter Sunday celebrations

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Here is a timeline with videos showing the way COVID-19 has affected the Vatican

GOOD FRIDAY. Pope Francis presides over Good Friday's Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) at St. Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 10, 2020. Photo by Andrew Medichini/Pool/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

Pope Francis marks 'Easter of solitude' in coronavirus lockdown

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,' the Pope says inside the cavernous but near empty Saint Paul's Cathedral

NEAR EMPTY. This photo taken and handout on April 12, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis (center) deliver his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican. Handout photo/Vatican Media/AFP

LIVE: Easter Sunday 2020 - Mass with Pope Francis

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Mass led by Pope Francis at 5 pm, Manila time, on Easter Sunday

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

Pope Francis: Amid crisis, best fruits of sports emerge

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM

After leading the Angelus Prayer on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis also reflects on the United Nations' International Day of Sports


Pope Francis livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement

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)

[REFLECTIONS] Look out for the loneliest amid the pandemic – Pope Francis

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.

SHEPHERD. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis giving his blessing over an empty Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Vatican Media/AFP

Isolated San Juan Mayor Zamora assures the public he's okay

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Mayor Francis Zamora also assures residents that delivery of services, including the distribution of food packs, have not been disrupted

QUARANTINED. In this file photo, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora speaks to reporters after backing a recall petition in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

Francis Zamora self-quarantines after staffer tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:07 PM

This means limited mobility and restrained management for the mayor who oversees San Juan, the city with the highest concentration of coronavirus-positive patients in the country

QUARANTINED. In this file photo, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora speaks to reporters after backing a recall petition in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

Pope Francis: 'You, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm'

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at his Extraordinary 'Urbi et Orbi' to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

URBI ET ORBI. Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing after presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter's Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church, on March 27, 2020 at the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:49 AM

'We were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick.'

TEMPEST. A general view shows Pope Francis (center) presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church on March 27, 2020 at St. Peter's Square the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

Pope reportedly tests negative for virus after Vatican scare

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The 83-year-old pontiff has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold late February

NEGATIVE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020, by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. AFP PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA

Italian clergyman in Pope's residence tests positive for virus

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Italian newspapers say the 83-year-old Pope Francis has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold at the end of last month

HOLY SEE. File photo of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican taken on December 29, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Rappler Talk: Francis Zamora on fighting coronavirus at ground zero

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Watch the interview on Rappler at 10 am Tuesday, March 24

Even locals cannot enter or leave in Albay's hard lockdown

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:58 PM

Albayanons returning to their homes in the province are not allowed to cross the border

Pope urges 'small gestures' such as phone calls to fight off isolation

Mar 18, 2020 - 7:02 PM

'They are gestures of tenderness, of affection, of compassion, which are nonetheless decisive and important – for example, a hot dish, a caress, a hug, a phone call,' says Pope Francis

HUGS AND PHONE CALLS. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis blessing over an empty St. Peter square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:39 PM

The Vatican says all general audiences and the Angelus presided over by Pope Francis will be livestreamed until April 12

People watch a screen live-broadcasting Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 8, 2020, after millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy as the government approved drastic measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the globe. On top of the forced quarantine of 15 million people in vast areas of northern Italy until April 3, the government has also closed schools, nightclubs and casinos throughout the country, according to the text of the decree published on the government website. With more than 230 fatalities, Italy has recorded the most deaths from the COVID-19 disease of any country outside China, where the outbreak began in December. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

[OPINION] The Pope and single-use plastics

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it

7 of 33 coronavirus cases in PH are from San Juan

Mar 11, 2020 - 1:05 PM

All cases are showing symptoms of COVID-19 but are in stable condition

Vatican closes to tourists – but not the faithful

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:31 AM

A Vatican source clarifies that anyone who expresses a wish to pray at the basilica can still pass through the police barrier and walk onto the main square

WINDOW. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking Saint Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 29, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana/Fabi

'Caged' Pope Francis receives guests – from afar

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The Vatican releases pictures showing bishops seated in armchairs spaced a meter apart, in keeping with Italian government regulations aimed at fighting an illness that has killed 366 people in Italy in just over two weeks

CAGED. People watch a screen live-broadcasting Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 8, 2020, after millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis voices support for virus victims in first livestream prayer

Mar 08, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Pope Francis delivers his message from the Vatican Library

Pope to deliver Sunday prayer by livestream due to coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The Pope, who suffered from cough, is also pulling out of an annual spiritual retreat south of Rome to stay at home and get well

LIVESTREAM. Pope Francis waves to the faithfuls as he delivers the Sunday Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican on March 01, 2020. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

PH duo Alcantara, Gonzalez stun Tsitsipas’ Greece in Davis Cup tie

Mar 07, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzalez keep the Philippines’ Davis Cup bid alive over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Greece

STUNNING WIN. Ruben Gonzalez (left) and Francis Casey Alcantara stun tie-leading Greece team of Petros Tsitsipas and Markos Kalovelonis. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

French cardinal exits over failure to report alleged sex abuser

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on January 7, 2019 Lyon archbishop, cardinal Philippe Barbarin gestures as he arrives in Lyon court to attend his trial charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

San Juan temporarily closes prayer hall frequented by coronavirus patient

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora says the prayer room will be disinfected and sanitized

CLOSED DUE TO COVID. Members of the Muslim community in San Juan team up to disinfect the prayer room that had been temporarily closed by the local government on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pope 'tests negative for coronavirus' as Vatican ups controls

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no evidence to suggest a diagnosis of anything other than a slight ailment,' says a Vatican spokesman

NEGATIVE. In this file photo, Pope Francis gives mass at the centuries-old colonial Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua, Panama's patron saint, in Panama City on January 26, 2019. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

San Juan to probe ‘corruption' allegations raised during Greenhills hostage incident

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'Kailangan nating mag-imbistiga. Bagamat ito ay isang bagay na pribado, kailangang mangialam ang lungsod dito,' says San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora

LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora emerges from the inside the V-Mall after assessing the situation of hostage taking incident at the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pope cancels more official appointments over cold

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:52 PM

This comes as Italy grapples with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe. But the Vatican makes no reference to the disease in its announcement.

MORE CANCELLATIONS. Pope Francis (L) kisses a child at the end of his weekly general audience on February 26, 2020, in St Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP