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[OPINION] Christians can do more than protest

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'It is easy for anyone to call on protest if he has the social safety nets when social unrest arises. But what about the poor?'

[OPINION] Walking away from the golden calf

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'I could no longer claim membership in the Catholic Church in good faith – not just because of the hypocrites in her, but because of the inherent hypocrisy in her system'

FULL TEXT: Huwag maging manhid sa mga pagpatay kahit Pasko – Villegas

Dec 25, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Mayroon tayong Pasko ngunit patuloy ang pagdanak ng dugo sa ating mga lansangan sabi ni CBCP president at Archbishop Socrates Villegas sa kanyang December 25 pastoral letter

NO TO KILLINGS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the recent killings in the Philippines in a pastoral letter for Christmas Day. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Philippine Catholic church defends Pacquiao on gay marriage stance

Feb 21, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Father Jerome Secillano defends Pacquiao s opposition to gay marriage but says Pacquiao should respect homosexuals and not condemn them

BUSINESS AS USUAL. Manny Pacquiao continues training despite the backlash over his comments on same-sex marriage. Photo by Wendell Alinea

Bacolod church holds mass for victims of Paris attacks

Nov 18, 2015 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED San Sebastian Cathedral rector Felix Pasquin says the Paris attacks should strengthen us in our faith in the Lord Jesus as the conquerer of evil

AFTERMATH. People walk by a graffiti reading "Paris doesn't yield to fear" following a minute of silence, on November 16, 2015 at Republique subway station in Paris. Photo by Loic Venance / AFP

Q and A: Cardinal on biases vs Muslims: 'Failure of the Church'

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:27 PM

I believe the words of the Gospel are very important for us now The words of the Gospel are peace respect and justice

MINDANAO'S CARDINAL. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, the first cardinal from Mindanao, supports the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Photo by Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Seeking God by hashtag: Pope sparks Filipino social media frenzy

Jan 15, 2015 - 10:59 AM

The cyber savvy Pope Francis ignites a frenzy in the Philippines the so called social media capital of the world

YOUR IMAGES. What images do you want to show Pope Francis? Check out Rappler's crowdsourced photo mural here: and use the hashtag #ShowThePope on social media.

Youth groups to hold camp, activities during Pope's visit

Jan 13, 2015 - 6:19 PM

Led by the Student Christian Movement Philippines SCMP thousands of youths from Metro Manila and nearby provinces are expected to flock to public sites of Pope Francis activities despite tight security

FOR THE YOUTH. (L-R) Marc Abila, National Editors Guild of the Philippines president, Einstein Recedes, Student Christian Movement Philippines spokesperson, Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, and Sarah Elago, National Union of Students of the Philippines president hold posters that show how Pope Francis is an icon for the plight go Filipino youth. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Millions flock to Manila for Nazarene procession

Jan 09, 2015 - 5:47 AM

UPDATED Millions take part in the yearly religious event which also serves as a dry run for the city of Manila in the week leading up to Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines

DEVOTION. Devotees of the Black Nazarene flock to the city of Manila on its feast day, held roughly a week before Pope Francis visits the Philippines. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

CBCP slams ABS-CBN's 'misleading' Pope shirts

Dec 29, 2014 - 1:10 PM

The CBCP slams t shirts bearing quotes attributed to Pope Francis as misleading and erroneous The shirts bear the phrase No race no religion

'MISLEADING.' The CBCP urged the public not to 'patronize items with misleading posts and statements.' Photo from The ABS-CBN Store

How do Filipino women view the choice to have an abortion?

Nov 24, 2014 - 9:25 PM

In the US women subscribe to the our body our choice principle In the Philippines women who seek abortion rationalize the decision by painting a picture of a forgiving understanding God

RH law: Victory over religious bigotry

Apr 15, 2014 - 10:20 AM

We were up against arguably the most powerful social institution in the Philippines the Roman Catholic Church

RH law: A mixed blessing

Apr 11, 2014 - 11:14 AM

If the two sides in the RH law debate can work together to uplift the health condition of the most marginalized in society the real winner will be the entire nation

Yolanda Ong

Cebu archdiocese asks prayers for Cardinal Vidal

Sep 19, 2013 - 7:43 PM

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma says the cardinal s condition should not be a cause for panic and worry but acknowledges that when we age our health changes

UNDER OBSERVATION. Cebu's Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is at the Perpetual Succor Hospital. Photo from his Facebook page

Cardinal Vidal suffers stroke, under observation

Sep 18, 2013 - 8:13 PM

The archbishop emeritus of Cebu is already in stable condition but has been advised by doctors at the Perpetual Succor Hospital to stay for a couple of days more

UNDER OBSERVATION. Cebu's Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is at the Perpetual Succor Hospital. Photo from his Facebook page

The Church is not beyond scrutiny

Jun 10, 2013 - 9:12 AM

Altar of Secrets is the first book of its kind in the country a journalist’s attempt to bring some air and light into a musty place

The fall of the rising star

Jun 06, 2013 - 6:07 PM

The Catholic Church handles cases of priests sexual dalliances – such as Bishop Crisostomo Yalung s – in a conspiracy of silence on the pretext of an internal investigation

A bishop and multimillion-peso donations

Jun 04, 2013 - 7:59 PM

By insiders estimates the Catholic Church run Radio Veritas was able to raise about P100 million in donations in 1986 No accounting has been made

White or purple, RH vote matters for UNA

Apr 15, 2013 - 1:53 PM

The candidates stand on the RH law is giving birth to endorsements or rejection

GRAND RALLY. UNA holds its Iloilo proclamation rally in Barotac Nuevo, a town led by the Biron clan allied with the opposition. Photo by Rappler/Franz Lopez

6 ways to move the RH Law forward

Apr 05, 2013 - 4:53 PM

I m confident that the Supreme Court will give its blessings and the RH law will get implemented So what could we do to advance this law?

Pinoys trust the Church more than gov't

Feb 27, 2013 - 7:04 PM

The results show that establishing trust is a dynamic process that all institutions need to pay close attention to

PHILIPPINES, Manila : A sea of Catholic devotees jostle for position as they try to touch the life-size statue of the Black Nazarene as it arrives at the Quiapo Church during the annual procession in honor of the centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ in Manila on January 9, 2013. Masses of Catholic devotees swept through the Philippine capital on January 9, in a spectacular outpouring of passion for a centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ that many believe can perform miracles. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

The Catholic Church: Going out with a bang?

Feb 04, 2013 - 5:56 PM

The entrenched interests of the Catholic Church in the Philippines or in countries that have a strong Catholic presence is slowly being exposed and questioned

Spiritually pro-RH

Jan 24, 2013 - 8:59 AM

Humility demands that we know the limits of personal experiences and beliefs And it is cruel to use the death and suffering of people to argue for your political cause

UN weighs in on RH Bill

Aug 05, 2012 - 12:14 PM

The Philippines will reverse gains in development goals if RH Bill not passes says the UN a day after Catholics rallied against the proposed law

Catholic nuns join some 7000 protesters during an anti reproductive health (RH) bill rally at a Catholic shrine in Manila on August 4, 2012. Philippine nuns and priests led thousands of Catholics in a protest in Manila against a proposed law that would provide free contraceptives in a bid to curb population growth. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Bishop breaks silence on diverted funds

Jun 20, 2012 - 5:12 PM

Parañaque Bishop Jesse Mercado says he s willing to resign if charges of fund diversion against him are proven true

BREAKING SILENCE. Paranaque Bishop Jesse Mercado says he is willing to resign if proven guilty.

PNoy and God's 'anointed' ones

Feb 27, 2012 - 12:44 PM

President Aquino has distanced himself from Church leaders This comes with a price

Extra Lenten penance for politicians

Feb 22, 2012 - 9:22 AM

But the call for penance is meant for all Catholics in this 40 day season of prayer fasting and almsgiving

EXTRA PENANCE. A Catholic bishop says the President should show concern for the poor by resolving the Hacienda Luisita issue. File photo from PCOO/Malacañang