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Israeli court approves Jerusalem church land sale to settler group

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Israel's top court approves sale of properties by the Greek Orthodox Church to a Jewish pro-settlement organization in mainly Palestinian areas of annexed east Jerusalem

A member of Israeli security forces stands guard as a group of Jewish orthodox students wearing shirts bearing the Star of David tour the old city of Jerusalem on June 2, 2019 as Israelis mark Jerusalem Day. Jerusalem Day commemorates Israel's capture of the holy city's mainly Palestinian eastern sector in the 1967 Six-Day War. MENAHEM KAHANA / afp

Franciscan friars, guardians of Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre

Apr 03, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Dispatched to the city 800 years ago by the Catholic order's founder, Saint Francis of Assisi, the Franciscans have for centuries ensured a permanent Christian presence in the Holy Land

GUARDIANS. Franciscan friars pray during the Lenten procession inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, on February 17, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Serious Joker

Feb 21, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Pope of the fringes: Francis as pilgrim-diplomat

Jan 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM

The Argentine Jesuit’s overseas trips reflect a constant theme of Francis papacy: reaching out to the world’s peripheries – the poor and the vulnerable

Graphics by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Belgium hunts gunman as attack claims fourth victim

May 25, 2014 - 10:17 PM

UPDATED Police releases three videos of the suspect walking into the museum with two bags removing an automatic rifle shooting through a door and then walking away again

Israel police won't let extremists spoil pope visit

May 19, 2014 - 1:07 AM

There have been attempts here principally as we get closer to the visit itself by some extremists to try and make a provocation and create a bad atmosphere before the visit

COOPERATION. The Vatican said in a statement that Francis and Yatsenyuk had discussed the "specific role" that religious organizations could play "in fostering mutual respect and harmony." File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Bong Revilla back in PH from Holy Land trip

Apr 13, 2014 - 6:51 PM

The senator says he is ready to face charges in court

BACK. Fresh from his trip to the Holy Land, Sen Bong Revilla says he is ready to face the plunder case filed against him by the Ombudsman. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera​

Bong Revilla off to Holy Land 'to seek divine intercession'

Mar 30, 2014 - 1:22 AM

The senator s media aide denies the senator is planning to escape charges relating to the pork barrel scam

DOUBLE TALK? Senator Bong Revilla believes the Aquino administration supports the lifting of term limits in the 1987 Constitution. File photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Jinggoy jokes to Bong: ‘Kakosa ko!’

Feb 17, 2014 - 6:17 PM

Estrada jokingly greets Senator Bong Revilla as his kakosa or cell mate Revilla says it shows Estrada is handling the controversy against them well

Pope Francis announces first visit to Holy Land

Jan 05, 2014 - 7:45 PM

The Pope will carry out a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 24 to 26

FIRST VISIT TO HOLY LAND. Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 24 to 26. File photo by Filippo Monteforte / AFP

Palestinian president Abbas invites Pope Francis to Middle East

Oct 17, 2013 - 7:26 PM

Israeli President Shimon Peres also invited Francis during a visit earlier this year

MAHMUD AND FRANCIS. Pope Francis (R) receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) in a private audience in the pontiff library, Vatican City, Vatican, 17 October 2013. EPA/Maurizio Brambatti/Pool

Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Dec 24, 2012 - 9:00 PM

Thousands of Palestinians and tourists flocked into the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas in the little town where many believe Jesus Christ was born