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Pope Francis kicks off Asia tour with Buddhist temple visit

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan

Pope Francis (C) waves as he leaves St. Louis Hospital in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Panama prisoners build confession boxes for papal visit

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Pope Francis' visit to Panama in January 2019 is the first to the Central American country since the late John Paul II made the trip in 1983

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis will visit Panama for the  Catholic World Youth Day festival. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April, Vatican says

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:07 AM

This comes as Pope Francis has made interfaith dialogue and reconciliation a leading theme of his pontificate

TRIP TO EGYPT. The Vatican says Pope Francis is set to visit Egypt in April 2017. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Turkey: Pope's genocide declaration bears stamp of 'Crusades' mentality'

Jun 26, 2016 - 4:12 PM

It is not an objective statement that conforms with reality says Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canlikli

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on June 25. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Pope visits Armenian genocide memorial

Jun 25, 2016 - 4:12 PM

I pray here with pain in my heart that such tragedies will not happen again that humanity does not forget and knows how to overcome evil with good says Pope Francis

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on June 25. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Business in PH: The winners and losers in 2015

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:45 AM

With big ticket events like the visit of Pope Francis and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC summit there were business sectors that gained and lost in 2015

SET TO LEAD. The Philippine economy is ready for take-off and the country needs a leader who continue reforms, implement inclusive growth initiatives and inspire the nation to be united in moving forward

'I have special admiration for Filipinos' - Pope Francis

Oct 25, 2015 - 10:54 PM

The leader of the Catholic church fondly remembers the warm welcome he got in the Philippines

Pope Francis (R) wears a plastic poncho as he waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Pope Francis will spend an emotional day in the Philippines on January 17 with survivors of a catastrophic super typhoon that claimed thousands of lives, highlighting his concern over climate change. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

Pope electrifies Philadelphia with advice on family, immigration

Sep 27, 2015 - 11:30 AM

His reform minded approach to social issues humility and focus on the most vulnerable has struck a chord across the country s racial and socioeconomic divide

Pope arrives in Havana with call for further US-Cuba thaw

Sep 20, 2015 - 7:05 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis calls on Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama not to falter on the road to closer ties

Pope Francis (L) waves as he arrives, accompanied by Cuba's President Raul Castro, at the airport in Havana, Cuba, 19 September 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Cuba at the start of an historic nine-day trip that is also set to take him to the USA. Cuban President Raul Castro, a Marxist and atheist who has said in the past that he is a great admirer of the Argentinian-born Francis, greeted the pontiff at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. Photo by Tony Gentle/EPA

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

BSP to produce more Pope Francis coins

Mar 06, 2015 - 6:13 PM

Those interested to have commemorative papal coins have until March 13 to reserve online

What the health sector can learn from the papal visit

Feb 04, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Here are three things the health community can glean from Pope Francis recent State and Apostolic mission to the Philippines

Pope Francis interacts thru a sign language to a Filipino parents with disabilities during a meeting with families at the MOA Arena. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Pope Francis says sorry for 'impatience' in Leyte

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Pope Francis also thanks the local archbishop for the witness of faith and endurance which your people showed me in the midst of their trials

Pope Francis to visit Sarajevo on June 6

Feb 01, 2015 - 7:41 PM

UPDATED The Pope says he will visit the Bosnian capital to pray for peace and inter religious dialogue

PEOPLE'S POPE. Pope Francis gestures in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, on May 22, 2013 during his weekly general audience. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Behind the scenes: The Pope most Filipinos didn't see

Feb 01, 2015 - 5:45 PM

There is no difference between how he is in public and how he is in private the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines tells Rappler

PRIVATE MEETING. In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office, Pope Francis poses for 'selfies' with survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on January 17, 2015, as part of his trip to the Philippines.

Confirmed: Pope 'much updated' on RH law

Jan 31, 2015 - 5:20 PM

Pope Francis had the Reproductive Health law in mind when he spoke about Filipino families the CBCP head tells Rappler

UPHOLDING LIFE. Pope Francis attends a meeting with families in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Chasing the Pope, parang pag-ibig lang

Jan 31, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Parang pag ibig kung para sa iyo talaga gagawa ng paraan ang tadhana para magtagpo kayo

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More than 3.3M tweets recorded during PH papal visit

Jan 30, 2015 - 6:46 PM

Smart Communications Inc reports there were 3 664 tweets per second at 6:30 pm on January 15 when Pope Francis arrived in Manila

Filipinos take pictures of the Pope Francis while passing by a street near the Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

CAAP mulls moratorium on penalties for drones

Jan 29, 2015 - 10:17 PM

Drones confiscated during the papal visit will be returned once their operators register them with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

#ShowThePope: The Philippines that Francis saw

Jan 29, 2015 - 6:18 PM

What did Filipinos tell the Pope through their words songs and sheer numbers? What images of the Philippines are forever etched in his memories?

FOR #POPEFRANCISPH. What do you want to #ShowThePope? Tweet us your photos! We'll compile these in a gallery that we'll send to the Vatican.

Street families speak up on DSWD Batangas trip

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:57 PM

Some participants of the family camp attend the Senate inquiry presenting two sides

DSWD spends P4.8M on street families' Batangas trip

Jan 27, 2015 - 5:15 PM

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman during a Senate committee hearing defends her department s decision to take street families to out of town trips called family camps

The irresponsibility of rabbits

Jan 27, 2015 - 2:09 PM

His is the smiling face under the dripping cowl of a yellow raincoat preaching mercy and compassion but little of either is shown for the women who are blamed for breeding like rabbits in a church that bans artificial contraception

Covering the Pope: The phones and raincoats got me thinking

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Was it more important to take that photo than to look at the Pope and say pray before him or for these Catholics to marvel at his presence?

Francis, Charlie and the right to offend

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:50 AM

The idea that the religious have a right not to be offended is an invitation for the many to oppress the few

Mercy and compassion when it hurts the most

Jan 25, 2015 - 4:03 PM

My father has a bitter sweet mantra that he says to himself to stay sober: ‘Just for today I wont drink Bahala na bukas

'Amang' was biggest threat to Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2015 - 11:45 PM

Ambassador Paynor says the Pope did not wear any bullet proof vest inside his garment Instead what he wore was a poncho for rain protection

Baby Brandon, blessed by Pope Francis, dies

Jan 24, 2015 - 9:59 PM

Brandon s mother Gladys Precilla Lao says her son died at 6:44 pm Friday January 23 at the St Luke s Medical Center in Quezon City

Pope Francis blesses Brandon Emmanuel Lao during his meeting with families at the Mall of Asia Area on January 17, 2015. Rappler photo

The return of Baywalk’s banished ‘bedspacers’

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Strange how a day before Pope Francis comes to Manila 100 or so people seem to have vanished They seem to have magically disappeared from the same place where the sea swallows the sun

LEFT IN THE DARK. Manila Bay is the site of many majestic sunsets. It is also home to about 100 Baywalk bedspacers, whose future remains bleak. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Learning joy from Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2015 - 8:35 AM

I’m not comfortable with the fanfare that follows Pope Francis but there are many things this man is doing right

POPE IN A RAINCOAT. Pope Francis aboard his popemobile reets devotees following a mass at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Palace defends sending street kids to resort

Jan 23, 2015 - 7:18 PM

We don’t make it a point to lie about these things also because you see that one of the administration’s biggest program is poverty alleviation

MEETING THE KIDS. Pope Francis meets with street children under the care of Tulay ng Kabataan after the Mass at the Manila Cathedral, January 16, 2015. Photo from Osservatore Romano/AFP

PNP sacks officer for delaying cops' food allowance during Pope visit

Jan 23, 2015 - 5:57 PM

PNP OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina places Police Security and Protection Group budget officer Police Superintendent Evangeline Martos under administrative relief

Police and volunteers secure the express lane before the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila, Philippines, 15 January 2015. Pope Francis, on his second Asian tour visited Sri Lanka and the Philippines exactly 20 years after St. John Paul II's visit to the two countries. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

#PopeFrancisPH visit commemorative stamps now available

Jan 23, 2015 - 5:04 PM

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost urges online buyers to place their orders only on the Pinoy eMall site following reports that copies of the commemorative stamps are being sold in the black market at much higher prices

PAPAL VISIT STAMPS. Four art pieces from a design composition form the block of four stamps. Photo from PHLPost

The problem with how media covered Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2015 - 4:06 PM

The important questions were never asked The contradictions were not questioned If anything the opportunity to know the Pope better was lost

Why Pope Francis disrupts our political categories

Jan 23, 2015 - 2:15 PM

If we truly want our encounter with Pope Francis to last beyond his pastoral visit we should instead ask how does Pope Francis or how does Catholicism or Christianity in general for that matter see the world?

Pope Francis lifts troubled PH flag carrier

Jan 23, 2015 - 12:33 PM

A blessing is what Asia s longest serving commercial carrier needs the most at this time says PAL president and COO Jaime Bautista and it gets just that

Citizen journalists cover the 'Millennial Pope'

Jan 23, 2015 - 10:19 AM

Rappler thanks volunteers and netizens who covered the papal visit with us

#PugadBaboy: Security protocol

Jan 23, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Not God's will: Hope is dead, long live hope

Jan 22, 2015 - 4:39 PM

For non believers certainly there is something to be said about the power that brings 6 to 7 million people out on the streets We must learn from it

POPE IN A RAINCOAT, Pope Francis in raincoat holds a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Photo by Johannes Eiselle/AFP

Hidden from the Pope?: Netizens, DSWD speak up on #streetkids

Jan 22, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Discussion on the disappearance of street families in Manila during the papal visit

12 faces of Christ during the papal visit

Jan 22, 2015 - 9:46 AM

In those 3 days I found myself encountering the God of surprises my educators have introduced me to

Pope Francis boards a Philippine Airlines plane at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City at the end of apostolic visit to the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pope on big families: Not main cause of poverty

Jan 21, 2015 - 8:14 PM

Hailing big families in the Philippines Pope Francis blames poverty on an economic system that has replaced man with the god of money

FILIPINO FAMILIES. Pope Francis interacts through sign language with a Filipino person with disabilities during his meeting with families in the Philippines. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Covering the Papal Visit: People over Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2015 - 6:51 PM

More than the opportunity of seeing Pope Francis 4 times I will treasure more the stories and the conversations I had with the people

Pope Francis aboard his mobile is given a send off by a huge volume of devotees following a mass at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aquino reiterates stance: 'I am against abortion'

Jan 21, 2015 - 4:58 PM

Malacañang releases President Benigno Aquino III s 5 point position on responsible parenthood following Pope Francis statements against artificial contraception

CHURCH AND THE STATE. Pope Francis next to President Benigno Aquino III at arrival honors at Malacanang Palace, Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

CBCP on Pope's interview: 'Leave rabbits in peace'

Jan 21, 2015 - 2:46 PM

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says the Pope in his comments on responsible parenthood stressed traditional Church teaching

IN-FLIGHT INTERVIEW. Pope Francis gestures as he talks with journalists on the plane during the flight from Manila to Rome on January 19, 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

The many faces of Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2015 - 1:41 PM

We see a pattern in Pope Francis’ Church—vague but impressive words followed by clear but contradictory actions

Pope Francis: What’s the big deal?

Jan 21, 2015 - 10:28 AM

If your faith could so easily be shaken then perhaps you didn’t have enough of it in the first place

Were street families hidden from the Pope?

Jan 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

About 400 individuals from street families under the DSWD s MCCT program in Malate are brought to a resort in Nasugbu Batangas during the papal visit

CHILDREN. Pope Francis meeting children at an event in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo from Osservatore Romano/AFP