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Inside the church with an angry-looking Christ

Nov 01, 2019 - 6:06 PM

An angry-looking Jesus. Images of tormented souls in purgatory. An all-seeing eye. A chapel in Negros Occidental gives us a glimpse of Judgment Day.

Adventures in non-faith

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:02 PM

We are now witnessing Catholicism at its best Those from the faith would do well to reconnect with their faith today and join their Church as it tells those who suffer that they too may partake of the kingdom of God – distant but ever present

8 travel destination ideas for your next road trip

Apr 02, 2016 - 7:47 PM

Where to go tubing try your first climb cool off under a waterfall and more – plus all of these destinations are hours away from Manila

CHASING WATERFALLS. Ready for a new adventure?

#INCvictory: Netizens want to know what’s the deal with gov't

Aug 31, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The public wants answers: Why are Iglesia ni Cristo members claiming victory? What transpired during the talks between Malacañang and the religious group?

INC 'DEVELOPMENTS.' President Benigno Aquino III convenes his cabinet late evening Sunday, August 30.

Coal power plant project faces Church opposition

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The church agency says addressing the looming power crisis should not be at the expense of the health of the people and the environment

NO TO COAL. NASSA's Fr. Edwin Gariguez (2nd from right) joins other groups in launching of the one Million signature campaign against coal-fired power plant during a press conference in Quezon City on June 5. Photo courtesy of Nassa

#ShowThePope: Most beautiful PH churches

Jan 04, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Netizens share photos of some of the Philippines most beautiful churches – monuments to Filipino faith – that they would like to ShowThePope

Trust in President's office, Senate declines – survey

Oct 27, 2014 - 1:01 PM

UPDATED The Church remains the most trusted institution in the Philippines according to a survey that the country s top 100 corporations subscribe to Less than 2 of 10 respondents believe the government is not corrupt

TRUST DECLINES. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 40th PBC Resolution on October 24, 2014. Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau

One year after: Pre-restoration almost done for Bohol, Cebu churches

Oct 15, 2014 - 6:16 PM

EXCLUSIVE The National Historical Commission provides a report on the status of 26 earthquake damaged structures in Bohol and Cebu

What makes Catholicism a happy religion

Aug 18, 2014 - 8:25 PM

I can only attempt to articulate whether Catholicism can offer me a way to genuine happiness; and my experience finds that the road Catholicism follows is indeed a happy one

8 beautiful Metro Manila churches for Visita Iglesia

Apr 15, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Explore the metro with an open heart and go to these old and beautiful churches for your Visita Iglesia (church visit) this year

What hampers restoration of Visayas' heritage sites?

Dec 21, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The lack of manpower equipment and funding makes difficult the restoration of structures damaged by Yolanda and the Bohol quake heritage experts say

AWAITING RESTORATION. The facade of Loboc church in Bohol completely crumbled because of the October 15 Visayas earthquake. All photos courtesy of NCCA

Battered church offers shelter from the storm

Nov 16, 2013 - 11:20 AM

In the aftermath of Yolanda many in Tacloban went to the church for solace

Balayan church drops plan to lease convent to grocery chain

Nov 05, 2013 - 8:59 PM

An online petition helps turn the tide against the proposed commercialization of a National Historical Landmark

GROCERY BESIDE THE CHURCH? Petitioners call on the Archdiocese of Lipa to drop its plans to lease the convent adjacent to Church of Balayan to a supermarket chain. Photo from

Cultural agencies to restore damaged heritage structures

Oct 15, 2013 - 5:36 PM

A team of experts that will be formed and will visit the sites starting October 17 with mobilization fund from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts

HERITAGE IN DANGER. The bell tower of the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Bohol is in ruins. Photo by Robert Michael Poole

Veteran journalist unveils 'Altar of Secrets'

Jun 11, 2013 - 2:45 AM

A veteran journalist launches a book on the abuses of bishops and priests The book Altar of Secrets is the first of its kind in the Philippines

'How can a book destroy the Church?'

Jun 08, 2013 - 4:30 PM

Like Pope Francis the book Altar of Secrets helps rebuild the Catholic Church by exposing its weaknesses

Beautiful Batanes: 10 things to do

Jun 06, 2013 - 3:42 PM

Here are 10 ways to enjoy the beauty of Batanes

ENDLESS HILLS. To escape to Batanes is to escape to a green wonderland. All photos by Pia Ranada

Multimedia tour of PH’s ‘Sistine Chapel’

Mar 30, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Step inside the Philippines Sistine Chapel in this 10 step multimedia tour

Vitug Vlogs: Challenge for Pope Francis

Mar 28, 2013 - 9:33 PM

Rappler’s editor at large Marites Vitug says the Philippine church poses a challenge to the new pontiff

The Catholic vote, anyone?

Mar 04, 2013 - 4:25 PM

Who is afraid of the Catholic vote? I am afraid of its impact on the Church whose servant I am

Candidates to Church: No name-calling

Feb 23, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Administration candidates tagged by the Diocese of Bacolod as Team Patay are disappointed by the Church s strong criticism of their position on the RH law

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

[Q and A] Celdran: 'I'm Catholic until it is taken away from me'

Jan 29, 2013 - 10:12 PM

I was raised a Catholic It s just part of my wiring already So being Catholic is something that I am until it is taken away from me

BIG LEGAL BATTLE. Artist and advocate Carlos Celdran tells Rappler he thinks he has a big legal battle ahead of him in a Skype interview on January 29, 2013. Screenshot of Rappler interview.