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Jesus, Mary, Joseph as detained refugees in California nativity scene

Dec 12, 2019 - 10:02 AM

'We put them in different cages, as a symbol representing our community, and all immigrants, who are being held in detention centers and need our help,' says the co-creator of the installation

CLAREMONT, CA - DECEMBER 09: A Christmas nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph separated and caged, as asylum seekers detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at Claremont United Methodist Church on December 9, 2019 in Claremont, California. The church hopes the display will prompt viewers to ask themselves what the family would face today if seeking refuge in the U.S. as they did when fleeing Nazareth to Egypt to escape capture by the forces of King Herod. The Claremont United Methodist Church has worked to assist asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP DAVID MCNEW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Methodist Church: Militarization has turned Negros into 'howling wilderness'

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'The deployment of additional troops complicated the already worsening human rights situation in the areas,' says the United Methodist Church

Human chain and candlelight protest was stages by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. Human rights groups in UP Diliman Quezon City set up human chain and lit candles. The groups then marched to the UP Sunken Garden and plant the crosses and lit candles to symbolizing the massacre of victims of violence According to Ralph Baguinon, spokesperson for the UP Rises Against Tyranny and Dictatorship, the killing spree is being carried out by some elements of the military and police over government opponents He said the administration should address its violence and inability to implement real land reform for farmers. August 20 will be a "day of mourning and solidarity" for the victims of the Negros province massacre. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik': Religious groups unite vs injustice, Duterte attack on Church

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik at hindi lang manindigan kundi sama-sama tayong manindigan,' says Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo

RESISTANCE. Church people hold placards to denounce injustices and to show their force during the interfaith rally at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila on Friday, January 25. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

3rd Methodist missionary leaves Philippines after expulsion

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) Government critics fear a crackdown on foreign missionaries as President Rodrigo Duterte detests foreigners who speak out against his administration

METHODIST CHURCH. This file photo dated July 2, 2018, shows leaders and members of the United Methodist Church urging the Philippine government to allow 3 Methodist missionaries to leave the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says he welcomes criticism, but not from foreigners in PH

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:46 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says every Filipino is entitled to criticize him 'as a matter of right,' but not foreigners, 'however holy' they are

CRITICISM. President Rodrigo Duterte says he is welcome to criticisms, as long as these were not from foreigners. Malacanang file photo

Methodist missionary deported after weeks in detention

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana of Zimbabwe leaves the Philippines after the Bureau of Immigration accused him of joining political activities

DEPORTED MISSIONARY. Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana of Mutare, Zimbabwe, leaves the Philippines on July 5, 2018. Photo courtesy from NCCP's Facebook page

U.S. missionary back home after expulsion from Philippines

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:32 PM

American Methodist missionary Adam Thomas Shaw is one of 3 foreign missionaries ordered by the Philippine government to leave for allegedly engaging in political activities

ORDERED TO LEAVE. American Methodist missionary Adam Thomas Shaw appears in a press conference on July 2, 2018, about the plight of 3 Methodist missionaries, including himself, who were ordered to leave by the Philippine government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines orders 3 Methodist missionaries to leave

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman engaged in 'political activities,' like Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman have been ordered by the Bureau of Immigration to leave the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

United Methodists: Release 3 missionaries in Philippines

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:06 PM

'We vigorously protest this treatment of our mission personnel, placed and supervised in collaboration with the United Methodist Church in the Philippines,' says Thomas Kemper, general secretary of the United Methodist Global Ministries

MISSIONARY HELD. Tawanda Chandiwana of Mutare, Zimbabwe, is one of 3 missionaries that the United Methdist Church says have been 'held by the Republic of the Philippines.' From the United Methodist General Board Global Ministries

George H.W. Bush hospitalized day after wife's funeral

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant,' the office of the former president says in a statement

HOSPITALIZED. In this file photo, Former US President George H. W. Bush points to his wife Barbara Bush (not in photo) during an event in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

How other religions in PH observe Undas

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Some faiths have practices similar to Undas, while others do not commemorate it at all

United Methodist Church slams killings in Duterte's drug war

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:59 PM

With more than 300 000 members the United Methodist Church says President Rodrigo Duterte has agitated cops and vigilantes to kill

RECENT KILLING. Loved ones of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, pay their last respects as the teenager is laid to rest on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Jury condemns U.S. church shooter to death

Jan 11, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Dylann Roof 22 was convicted last month of 33 federal charges – including hate crimes resulting in death – in connection with the shooting spree at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston South Carolina

A man stops to observe the makeshift memorial in front of Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on January 4, 2017. Logan Cyrus/AFP

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Apr 04, 2016 - 12:02 PM

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Palace on Kidapawan rally: No reason for deaths

Apr 02, 2016 - 3:26 PM

There is no reason why people must die for asking for assistance from their own government says Malacañang as it urges hotheads to reserve judgement pending the investigation

PALACE STATEMENT. Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III, head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office holds a press briefing in Malacañang. Screenshot from PCOO video

Police prepare charges vs Kidapawan rally leaders

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Armed with a warrant police search the facilities of the Spottswood Methodist Center for firearms a day after the scuffle

SEARCH. A policeman conducts a search for firearms in facility inside the Spottswood Methodist Center on April 2, 2016. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

High emotions as Charleston mourns massacre victims

Jun 26, 2015 - 8:33 AM

President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the eulogy at Friday s funeral of another victim Emanuel s chief pastor Clementa Pinckney

MOURNING. Mourners process past the body of slain State Senator Clementa Pinckney lying in State at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, June 24, 2015. Photo by Richard Ellis/EPA

Pastors, librarian among Charleston shooting victims

Jun 19, 2015 - 7:45 AM

With the southern coastal city and the United States reeling from the apparently racially motivated attack details emerge of the lives cut short by it

CHARLESTON. People are seen here hugging at the memorial site of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church where nine people were murdered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 18 June 2015.

9 killed in South Carolina church shooting

Jun 18, 2015 - 1:13 PM

UPDATED A white gunman shoots and kills 9 people at a historic black church in downtown Charleston South Carolina an incident the police call a hate crime

CRIME SCENE. Police investigators are seen outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, June 17, 2015. Richard Ellis/EPA

Fil-Am Sedrick Barefield commits to US NCAA school SMU

Nov 13, 2014 - 3:56 PM

Barefield will play under NBA and NCAA champion coach Larry Brown at SMU

NEW GUY ON CAMPUS. Sedrick Barefield will take his game to Southern Methodist University. Photo from Barefield's Facebook

Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end

Dec 14, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Sunday s funeral will begin at 8:00 am with a two hour ceremony for 5 000 people

ALMOST THE END. Women are consoled as they react in sadness after walking past the casket of late South African President Nelson Mandela, on the final day of lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo by Matt Dunham/EPA

Where is lawyer Joe Frank Zuñiga?

Jul 05, 2012 - 5:46 PM

Bataan lawyer Joe Frank Zuñiga has been missing since June 20