Lenten Season - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Lenten Season


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

LIVE: Easter Vigil Mass with Ateneo president Fr Jett Villarin, SJ

Apr 11, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Easter Vigil Mass with Fr Jett Villarin, SJ, at 8 pm on Saturday

Finding God in the quarantine

Apr 11, 2020 - 7:00 AM

'The Church remains to be the Body of Christ always called to respond to greater charity; as such, it finds and dwells on these spaces where grace is found'

12-year-old boy makes own tableaux display for 'palibot'

Apr 10, 2020 - 10:37 PM

John Maeson Navarro creates the statues displayed in their barangay in Abra

LIVE: Good Friday 2020 with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

Apr 10, 2020 - 8:34 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Good Friday service with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at 9 pm

LIVE: Good Friday 2020 with Archbishop Soc Villegas

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Celebration of the Lord's Passion with Archbishop Socrates Villegas at 2 pm on Good Friday

LIVE: Maundy Thursday 2020 - Mass with Bishop Ambo David

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Mass with Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David at 5 pm on Maundy Thursday

WATCH: Visita Iglesia 2020

Apr 06, 2020 - 12:11 PM

St Pauls Philippines takes pilgrims rendered homebound by COVID-19 to a virtual Visita Iglesia of the ancient churches of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur

In Singapore, Ash Wednesday is do-it-yourself amid coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Using ashes in small plastic packets, Catholics in Singapore trace small crosses on their own foreheads while watching Mass on YouTube

ASH WEDNESDAY. The Church of the Sacred Heart in Singapore distributes ashes in plastic packets to Catholics who want to observe Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020, despite the suspension of public Masses in the city-state due to COVID-19. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

CBCP suggests sprinkling of ashes on head on Ash Wednesday

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The bishops' conference releases additional guidelines for Lenten season amid COVID-19 epidemic, including no touching of the cross

DEVOTION. People wear face mask while praying after attending a mass at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on February 02, 2020 as precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Tagle to social media trolls: Do you know how to love?

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:45 PM

'Ang mga sinungaling, marunong ba yan magmahal? Si Hesus na nagmahal, totoo,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

IN PHOTOS: Filipino penitents atone for their sins on Holy Week 2019

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:31 PM

While the annual tradition may seem extreme to some, penitents continue to perform the ritual to seek forgiveness for their sins and God's blessing

7 Last Words reflection: Self-entrustment, not surrender

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

He is neither giving up nor giving in. No, he is not surrendering; he is embracing his Father’s will as his own, and doing it as an act of love.

Cardinal Tagle on Maundy Thursday: Guide the youth, don't abuse them

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:05 PM

'Para sa mga may responsibilidad sa lipunan, ang mga kabataan ay dapat gabayan, hindi dapat pagsamantalahan,' says Cardinal Tagle before washing the feet of 12 young persons

7 Iloilo churches you can go to for Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:19 PM

One of the first places in the Philippines to accept Catholicism, Iloilo province has a lot to offer with its heritage

HERITAGE. Home to its patron saint - St. Thomas of Villanova, the Miagao Church welcomes pilgrims with its detailed architectural designs. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: For his children’s sake

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Eric Marcelino prays that his annual devotion will keep his family safe from illness

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Naganap na

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Ano ang Naganap? Ang kanyang pinasimulang ministeryo ay natatapos doon sa Kalbaryo. Ang pagkakasugo ng Ama ay tinupad niya ng walang labis at walang kulang.

[OPINION] Holy Week for non-believers

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

What matters is that we confront something within us and take it into the light, and make this week meaningful, not just emotionally, but also spiritually

'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David calls on Filipino Catholics to 'bridge the anomalous gap between faith and social life' as they observe Holy Week 2019

HUMAN CROSS. Families of victims of involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings form a human cross at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as a form of protest on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

7 Last Words reflection: 'I thirst'

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Christ’s thirst was not only physical. It is the agonizing cry of one who is surrounded by blindness, hardness of heart, cruelty.

Cardinal Tagle hits hate speech, fake news

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:30 AM

'Those consecrated by the Spirit will proclaim liberty to the captive. Those consecrated by the Spirit will not lead others to further captivity,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

'DO NOT ENSLAVE OTHERS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle Blesses the oil at the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Archbishop Villegas: Ignorance killing PH 'softly, slowly'

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:47 AM

Ignorance 'has made us a nation that glees in murder' and 'votes for incorrigible liars,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

BLASTING IGNORANCE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates says the ignorance that killed Jesus more than 2,000 years ago is killing the Philippines softly and slowly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

7 Last Words reflection: Forsaken and desperate?

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Cusswords, vulgarities, and obscenities are becoming common and ordinary. There are no longer any qualms of conscience in using them, and they have even become fodder for jokes, laughter, and applause in public.

Cardinal Tagle hits 'sellers' of people: Repent like Judas

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:29 PM

There is goodness even in Judas, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

TONDO VISIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visits Parola, Tondo, to say Mass on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. All photos courtesy of CBCP News

7 Last Words reflection: ‘Father, forgive them, they know not what they do’

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Ignorance is killing us as it killed our innocent Lord. There is a time for mercy but there will soon be a time for reckoning.

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Huling habilin ni Kristo ay mahalin ang iyong kapwa

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Ang paghahabilin ni Hesus kay Maria at kay San Juan na magkanlong sa isa’t -isa ay tanging terrestrial na mensahe niya habang nakapako sa krus

WATCH: 7 Last Words 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Rappler brings you the '7 Last Words of Jesus Christ' – on video – from the St. Paul's Audiovisuals

Screenshot from St. Paul's Audiovisuals

7 Last Words reflection: 'Today you will be with me in Paradise'

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The penitent thief admitted his deserved punishment and defended Jesus’ innocence, and now only asks future acknowledgment. The Savior King, generously giving until the end, promised immediate and eternal fellowship.

7 Last Words reflection: The chain of anger-revenge is broken

Apr 16, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Theologian Karl Rahner comments that the executioners of Jesus knew what they were doing; what they did not know was that they were deeply loved

[OPINION] A change of heart: Living the Laudato Si way

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:09 PM

'Without realizing that everything is connected with one another, as emphasized in the 'Laudato Si,' we become ignorant to just how our individual actions can make a big impact'

WATCH: Visita Iglesia 2019

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:49 AM

The Society of St. Paul’s Philippines - Macau features the churches of the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres for the Visita Iglesia 2019

Screenshot from St. Paul's Audiovisuals

SCHEDULES: Masses and church services for Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:36 PM

(UPDATED) Check out the schedules of Masses and church services in different Catholic parishes across the Philippines for Holy Week 2019

No meat, no problem: 5 Lent-friendly dishes we love

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Did anyone say oyster sisig? Or tuna pie?

Give up gossip for Lent 2019, says Pope Francis

Mar 06, 2019 - 12:39 PM

'We are experts in finding the bad things in others and not seeing our own,' says Pope Francis

ASH WEDNESDAY. Catholics attend an early morning Mass at Saint Peter Parish along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon to mark the Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Travel light, Cardinal Tagle says on Ash Wednesday 2019

Mar 06, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'It is difficult to travel with heavy bags and baggages,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday 2019

ASH WEDNESDAY. Catholics attend an early morning Mass at Saint Peter Parish along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to mark the Ash Wednesday, March 06, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where do ashes for Ash Wednesday come from?

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:01 PM

No, they don't burn random leaves or pieces of paper for Ash Wednesday

MAKING ASHES. Father Jerico Habunal, parish priest of Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish in Poblacion, Muntinlupa City, burns old Palm Sunday branches to be used during Ash Wednesday on March 6, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

I think that cutting down is done in order to make a little more room in our hearts for one another, and also maybe a little more room for God

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle leads Easter Vigil in Manila

Apr 15, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Watch the Manila Easter Vigil on Rappler

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Vigil in the Vatican

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Watch the Vatican Easter Vigil on Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Tira Bakal, a different kind of devotion, penance

Apr 14, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Locals of San Fernando Pampanga add a twist to the traditional senakulo during Holy Week

TIRA BAKAL. Flagellants re-enact the suffering of Jesus Christ in San Fernando, Pampanga on Good Friday, April 14. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 'Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan'

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The Monday protest dramatizes the poor s struggles

Coast guard issues Holy Week guidelines for travelers

Apr 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard vows to remain on alert status from April 5 to 20 to assist Holy Week travelers

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle on the start of Lent

Mar 04, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Kapag walang masyadong nangyayaring pagbabago sa lipunan ang isa nating dapat tingnan ay ang loob

GENUINE CHANGE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges a change of heart as Catholics begin the penitential season of Lent. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila (www.rcam.org)

Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday: Change begins within

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Ang pinakamahalaga natin siguro na kontribusyon sa bayan at sa mundo ngayon ay ang pagbabagong loob Cardinal Tagle says on Ash Wednesday

ASH WEDNESDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle puts ashes on the foreheads of Catholics on March 1, 2017, as they mark Ash Wednesday, the start of the penitential season of Lent. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Palm on the run: A reflection on faith and tradition

Apr 02, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Being away from a predominantly Catholic country is a humbling lesson in being a minority

Pope: Be 'islands of mercy' in 'sea of indifference'

Jan 28, 2015 - 11:24 AM

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

'WEEP FOR OTHERS.' Pope Francis hugs two children – one of them having cried before him – during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, on January 18, 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Aquino to Filipinos: Be ready to sacrifice like Jesus

Apr 16, 2014 - 7:28 PM

As Christ made the supreme sacrifice to save mankind Filipinos should be ready to offer themselves for the greater good of the nation the President says

BE READY TO SACRIFICE LIKE JESUS. President Benigno Aquino III gives his Lenten Message for 2014. Screengrab from YouTube

Good Friday

Apr 05, 2012 - 11:24 PM

To commemorate the death of Christ the theme of sacrifice marks Good Friday on Holy Week Online

FAR GREATER LOVE. Michael Shimamoto performs a song by Jesuit priests Manoling Francisco and Johnny Go. Screen grab from JMM Covers