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Pope names new bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines succeeds Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon, who was made bishop of Bacolod in May 2016

NEW BISHOP. Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines, 52, is named bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental. File photo from the Diocese of Bacolod/CBCP News

Pope Francis calls journalists 'protectors of news'

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'In today's world, theirs is, in every sense, not just a job; it is a mission,' Pope Francis says of the work of journalists, as he slams fake news

WELCOMING JOURNALISTS. Pope Francis (L) welcomes journalists on board the plane on the way to Santiago at the start of his seven-day trip to Chile and Peru, on January 15, 2018. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis endorses drug rehab led by Cardinal Tagle

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

'That's the way to go,' Pope Francis says, in his first publicly known comment on the Philippines' drug problem, as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a bloody war on drugs

POPE AND CARDINAL. Pope Francis (left) speaks with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) during the Synod on the Family at the Vatican on October 5, 2015. File photo by AFP

13 Filipino kids to welcome Pope in US

Sep 18, 2015 - 2:14 PM

The children ‘have been selected through a random draw ’ the Philippine embassy says as it thanks the local church for allowing Filipino kids to greet Pope Francis

CLOSE TO CHILDREN. Pope Francis hugs a child during an audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 5, 2015. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

Pope Francis hits ‘utilitarian friendships’

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:30 PM

’Before considering someone your friend let time test him ’ Pope Francis says as he describes friendship as ‘very sacred’

TIME FOR PRAYER. Pope Francis leads special prayers marking a day he has dedicated to praising and protecting nature's marvels in St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, on September 1, 2015. Photo by Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Pope: Attachment to computers 'damages souls'

Jun 11, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Pope Francis says many families are together at the dining table but the children have their telephones and are in another world

POPE ON TWITTER. This handout picture released on March 19, 2014, by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (R) launching a tweet with Scholas Occurentes Argentina, a network to promote the meeting and linking of schools around the world, regardless of cultural differences. Photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP

In 2 years, Pope gives plum posts to Filipinos

Mar 14, 2015 - 8:15 AM

Pope Francis marks his second anniversary in office with more Filipino appointees – proof of his focus on the world s peripheries

CLOSE TO FILIPINOS. Pope Francis confers with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during the Synod of Bishops on the Family in October 2014. Photo courtesy of Fr Yulito Ignacio

Pope Francis hails 'Lolo Kiko' nickname

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 78 year old pontiff stresses the value of the elderly by recounting the nickname Filipinos gave him

'LOLO KIKO.' Pope Francis aboard his popemobile greets the faithful welcoming him at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Zalrian Sayat/EPA

John Paul II in Manila: His 7 best words for Filipinos

Jan 12, 2015 - 4:24 PM

What can we learn from John Paul as Francis visits the Philippines?

FINAL VISIT. Then Pope John Paul II waves at the crowd during his second and final visit to the Philippines in January 1995. Photo courtesy of AFP

Why I’m not excited to see Pope Francis

Jan 11, 2015 - 10:48 PM

About 20 years ago other than priesthood my goal in life was to see in person a successor of St Peter

#PopeFrancisPH in Leyte: What to expect

Dec 29, 2014 - 3:12 PM

Pope Francis is visiting Leyte on January 17 to meet typhoons Yolanda Haiyan and Ruby Hagupit survivors

Pope's leadership style: 'He did the laundry'

Dec 05, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Pope Francis emphasizes leading by serving says a best selling author who stresses society s need for new habits of leadership

'MERCY, COMPASSION.' Pope Francis blesses a child as he visits Varginha favela ('shanty town') in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on July 25, 2013. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Pope's Philippine trip 'both state and pastoral visit'

Nov 15, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Pope Francis will hold bilateral talks with the Philippine President as part of the state visit reflecting the highest level of hospitality honor and formality

HEAD OF STATE. Pope Francis is welcomed by South Korean president Park keun-hye (right, front) upon his arrival as they inspect a guard of honor at Seoul Airport in Seongnam City, South Korea on August 14, 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will also welcome Francis at the Villamor Air Base on January 15, 2015. File photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Philippines mulls holiday during Pope's visit

Nov 15, 2014 - 3:05 PM

The Philippine government vows to give Pope Francis the head of state of Vatican City all the courtesies provided to visiting heads of state

IN PHILIPPINES SOON. Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square in Vatican City on October 29, 2014. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

Official Schedule: Pope Francis in the Philippines

Nov 14, 2014 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis will spend more time in Manila than in typhoon hit Leyte when he visits the Philippines in January 2015 This is his official itinerary as released by the Vatican

OLD FRIENDS. Pope Francis (right) greets Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (left) in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, in October 2014. File photo courtesy of Fr Yulito Ignacio

Pope Francis names Pangasinan's Manaoag Shrine a basilica

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:13 PM

By naming it a basilica Pope Francis grants privileges to the Manaoag church and its churchgoers

SPECIAL CHURCH. Pope Francis extends special privileges to the church's visitors by naming the Manaoag Shrine a basilica.

Pope confirms Philippine trip in January 2015

May 27, 2014 - 11:04 AM

UPDATED It s the first papal visit to the Philippines after two decades

OLD FRIENDS. Pope Francis (1st from left) chats with Cardinals Orlando Quevedo (2nd) and Luis Antonio Tagle (3rd) during a meeting of cardinals in Vatican City in February. File photo from

Yolanda, quake areas may 'define' Pope's Philippine trip

May 26, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says he is confident the Pope will visit the Philippines in early 2015

IMAGE UNVEILING. Pope Francis waves next to Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of Holy Pedro Calungsod of Philippines at St Peter's basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican.

Vatican: Pope may visit Philippines early 2015

May 16, 2014 - 7:26 PM

The Vatican confirms a visit by Pope Francis to the Philippines is under study

Cardinal Quevedo: Priests should dress like Francis

Mar 11, 2014 - 12:46 PM

I do not want to wear regalia All I want is they recognize you as a bishop but not necessarily wear a lot of things to show that you re a bishop says Quevedo

Papal ritual raises hope for better ties with Islam

Mar 30, 2013 - 11:16 AM

The inclusion of two Muslims in a foot washing ceremony by Pope Francis could change perceptions of the Vatican in the Muslim world

Pope says hopes to meet archbishop of Canterbury soon

Mar 21, 2013 - 11:22 PM

Pope Francis looks forward to meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury

LONDON, United Kingdom - Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, says a prayer in the gardens of St Paul's Cathedral in central London on March 16, 2013, as he conducts a 'Journey in Prayers' from the City of London to Southwark Cathedral. The Archbishop has emabrked upon a journey through the city of London, stopping off at various points of significance to offer prayers. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT

Priest says pope did not denounce him to Argentine junta

Mar 21, 2013 - 10:33 PM

A Jesuit priest kidnapped and tortured by Argentina s military junta says Pope Francis did not denounce him to the junta

BUSY SCHEDULE. This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office shows Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis, appearing at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Pope set for historic meet with predecessor

Mar 21, 2013 - 9:50 PM

Pope Francis will meet with his predecessor on Saturday March 23

FIRST ANGELUS. Pope Francis leads his first Angelus prayer from the window of the apartments at St Peter's square on March 17, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday mass with inmates

Mar 21, 2013 - 9:45 PM

Pope Francis intends to celebrate mass and wash the feet of inmates at Casal del Marmo a prison for minors on Holy Thursday

Rappler Newscast | March 19, 2013

Mar 19, 2013 - 8:51 PM

Supreme Court stops implementation of RH law Gunmen fire at convoy of UNA bet Jack Enrile Pope Francis inaugural mass

Pope's 1st clarion call: Protect creation

Mar 19, 2013 - 5:47 PM

3rd UPDATE In his inaugural homily Pope Francis stays true to his name which comes from a 12th century saint associated with love for the environment

Pope's inauguration in 3 symbols

Mar 19, 2013 - 3:51 PM

Rich in symbols a two hour ritual inaugurates the 266th Catholic pope

REPLAY: Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis

Mar 19, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Pope Francis presides over the inaugural Mass of his Pontificate on the Feast of St Joseph

Pope Francis eschews tradition with silver ring

Mar 18, 2013 - 11:04 PM

Pope Francis chooses a ring designed decades ago rather than one created specifically for him

Pope Francis waves to the crowd at St Peter's square during his first Angelus prayer at the Vatican on March 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Argentine grandmothers attack Pope over 'Dirty War' era

Mar 16, 2013 - 1:13 PM

An Argentine human rights group accuses Pope Francis of failing to speak out against the country s former military rulers

CHALLENGES AHEAD. Pope Francis holds a mass in this file photo

New pope pays homage to Virgin Mary on first outing

Mar 15, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Pope Francis visits the Santa Maria Maggiore church and places a bouquet of flowers in homage to the Virgin Mary

Irish abuse victims press new pope for action

Mar 15, 2013 - 12:02 AM

Victims of child abuses in Catholic run institutions urge Pope Francis to ensure that those responsible be held accountable

Pope Francis vows 'renewed collaboration' with Jews

Mar 14, 2013 - 11:48 PM

Pope Francis hopes he can contribute to renewing ties with the Jews in a letter to Rome s chief rabbi

POPE FRANCIS I. Argentina's low-profile cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio, is the new pope.

CBCP hopes for 'green' papal agenda

Mar 14, 2013 - 10:58 PM

The CBCP president looks forward to pastoral letters or encyclicals on the environment from the Pope

CHALLENGE. The Catholic Church's new pope

Pope Francis and Argentina's dirty war

Mar 14, 2013 - 10:41 PM

Pope Francis alleged involvement in Argentina s Dirty War casts a shadow over his appointment as pontiff

CONTROVERSIAL POPE. Photo from Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's fan site on Facebook

Social media greet first pope picked in Twitter age

Mar 14, 2013 - 9:54 PM

The inaugural tweet bearing Pope Francis name had been retweeted about 80 000 times by the morning of Thursday March 14

Rappler Newscast | March 14, 2013

Mar 14, 2013 - 9:34 PM

Argentine cardinal Bergoglio is the first Jesuit Latin American pope in history A Jesuit in the Philippines says he was incredulous to hear one of their own is now pope

New pope shuns 'Vatican One' limo

Mar 14, 2013 - 9:07 PM

Instead of taking the Vatican One Pope Francis preferred to take the minibus with other cardinals

Why a Jesuit Pope is a surprise

Mar 14, 2013 - 6:40 PM

A Jesuit pope What does it mean and why is it a novelty?

POPE FRANCIS I. Argentina's low-profile cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio, is the new pope.

#TalkThursday: Pope Francis in a changing world

Mar 14, 2013 - 3:30 PM

TalkThursday talks to Fr Joe Quilongquilong SJ the Rector of the Loyola House of Studies

Q and A: Pope Francis through a priest's eyes

Mar 14, 2013 - 2:14 PM

An Argentinian priest living in the Philippines and who knows the new Pope talks to Rappler about him

Election of Pope Francis stuns analysts

Mar 14, 2013 - 1:18 PM

Francis election was a powerful signal to the region with the world s largest Catholic population that has demanded its rightful place in the Church

This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office on March 13, 2013 shows Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, appearing at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Malacañang: Pope's election 'call for unity'

Mar 14, 2013 - 11:27 AM

The President along with the Filipino people joins all the Catholic faithful as they receive their new leader and meet his proclamation with a sense of boundless promise

Pope Francis urged to work for peace

Mar 14, 2013 - 8:52 AM

World leaders and Catholics hailed the election of Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina as the first Latin American pope urging him to work for religious reconciliation and peace

AFP file

Pope Francis's first days in office

Mar 14, 2013 - 8:24 AM

Pope Francis has a packed agenda for his first days as pontiff

BUSY SCHEDULE. This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office shows Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis, appearing at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

It's Pope Francis, not Francis I

Mar 14, 2013 - 8:18 AM

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio chose to be called Franciscum not Franciscum Primum

POPE FRANCIS. Photo from Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's fan site on Facebook

FAST FACTS: Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2013 - 6:50 AM

Francis is the first pope to choose an original name since John Paul I in 1978

POPE FRANCIS I. Argentina's low-profile cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio, is the new pope.

TIMELINE: From Benedict XVI to Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2013 - 4:41 AM

What happened from the time Benedict XVI resigned until the election of Pope Francis?

BENEDICT XVI TO FRANCIS. This file picture taken on January 13, 2007 at the Vatican shows Pope Benedict XVI (L) meeting Pope Francis, who was then archbishop of Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO / ARTURO MARI / OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Pope must work on inter-faith relations

Mar 14, 2013 - 4:29 AM

UN leader Ban Ki Moon calls on Pope Francis I to promote inter faith dialogue