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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

'Heart' of Catholicism in Thailand fired up for Pope Francis

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:31 AM

A Catholic holdout in a sea of Buddhist temples, St. Joseph's Church in Ayutthaya survived hardship, occasional hostility and war

In this photo taken on November 17, 2019, peope walk past St. Joseph church in Ayutthaya. Setting foot in a powerful Buddhist kingdom more than three centuries ago, fearless European missionaries built a church on the banks of a river - the birthplace of a Catholic community in Thailand which eagerly awaits the arrival of Pope Francis on November 20. PANUPONG CHANGCHAI / AFP

'There was such suffering': Pope Francis on meeting with migrants

Apr 18, 2016 - 1:06 AM

There were so many children Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying drowned at sea says the pontiff

Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016.  Pope Francis received an emotional welcome today on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit aimed at showing solidarity with migrants fleeing war and poverty. Pope Francis, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Jerome visit Lesbos today to turn the spotlight on Europe's controversial deal with Turkey to end an unprecedented refugee crisis. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Philadelphia crowd basks in pope's love

Sep 27, 2015 - 7:23 AM

Since becoming pope in 2013 Francis has focused on society s most deprived and needy

Pope Francis kisses an infant en route to Independence Hall in Philadelphia on September 26, 2015. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

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?

Social media gift for Pope Francis: #ShowThePope photos

Jan 20, 2015 - 8:22 AM

On his way back to the Vatican Pope Francis is given a collection of photos shot by netizens from all over the Philippines

Joe Torres presents the #ShowThePope album to Pope Francis. Photo by Roy Lagarde

PH shows it can secure a pope

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:44 PM

The Pope s visit is one big security nightmare He is not just a head of state he is the leader of 1 2 billion Catholics around the world

Pope Francis ends Philippine visit, reminding Filipinos of compassion

Jan 19, 2015 - 6:09 PM

Will the Pope s messages sink in?

Pope Francis and a young girl’s question

Jan 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The young girl’s question highlights in a huge way the most difficult problem this country has not been able to solve – massive and extreme poverty

Pope Francis: A symbol of hope and contradiction

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Pope Francis represents the best and the worst of Catholic faithful He is after all every Catholic combined

Mercy and compassion? Aquino fails to pardon some inmates during Pope visit

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The government originally planned to release a list of names the President would be granting executive clemency but Malacañang says it did not want to rush the decision

POPE IN THE PALACE. Pope Francis signs the guestbook in Malacanang Palace.

Ngayong umalis na ang Papa

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:01 PM

Ngayong nakaalis na ang Papa naiiwan sa ating lahat na isakatuparan ang mga hangarin at sentimyentong hinimok niya Nasa sa atin ang pagbabagong pinapangarap natin

Pope Francis invites PH officials to nunciature

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Before he departs for Rome Pope Francis invites key government officials to the Apostolic Nunciature

ECSTATIC CROWD. Filipinos cheer Pope Francis as he arrives at the SM Mall of Asia. Screenshot by Rappler

#AnimatED: Pope Francis triggers rethinking

Jan 19, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Catholic clergy political leaders need to reboot mindsets focus on common good

Pope to youth: Gadgets good but there’s danger

Jan 18, 2015 - 12:01 PM

4th UPDATE Pope Francis challenges them to think well feel well do well

Girl breaks down before Pope

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:24 AM

UPDATED Two street children tell their stories to Pope Francis at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila a law student wants to know how to love and a Typhoon Yolanda volunteer asks what more the youth can do

They brought UST diplomas, transcripts to no avail

Jan 18, 2015 - 9:18 AM

Police deal with a massive crowd at the UST gates – all wanting to get in

The silence of Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2015 - 8:00 AM

In silence we too need to ask whether religious inspiration is enough to reverse social injustice in this country

Thousands flock to UST to see Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:39 AM

This is Pope Francis much anticipated encounter with young Filipinos

Terror threat against Pope Francis in the PH

Jan 17, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Was the Philippine government justified in shutting down cell networks that can trigger explosives?

Thousands cheer as Pope arrives in Palo

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:31 AM

The Pope s next agenda: Meeting with survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Palo Leyte

PAPAL BLESSING. Pope Francis reaches out to thousands who gathered at the Tacloban City airport after his Mass, as he begins his motorcade from Tacloban to Palo

‘We are on Yolanda ground zero’

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:07 AM

The local church thanks Pope Francis for visiting Leyte despite the storm

Pope in Tacloban: ‘I am here to be with you’

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:05 AM

Jesus will be there for us Pope Francis tells Yolanda survivors in a touching homily in Tacloban

Pope Francis leaving for Tacloban earlier

Jan 17, 2015 - 7:10 AM

Pope Francis is on his way to Villamor Airbase

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Thousands of pilgrims entering the papal mass venue still happy and energetic despite the long walk and persistent drizzles. All photos by Derek Alviola

Not a Bible story: Filipinos climb trees to see Pope Francis

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:33 PM

Partly undertstood today why Zacchaeus went up the tree to see Jesus Rob Roque says in a post on Facebook

SEEKING A BETTER VIEW: A man climbs a tree in front of the Manila Cathedral in attempt to see Pope Francis. Rappler photo

Pope Francis now in MOA to meet with families

Jan 16, 2015 - 5:20 PM

Pope Francis meeting with Filipino families is his first intimate and long encounter with groups of Filipinos

ECSTATIC CROWD. Filipinos cheer Pope Francis as he arrives at the SM Mall of Asia. Screenshot by Rappler

Tagle to Pope: Music, faith secret of Filipino resilience

Jan 16, 2015 - 1:11 PM

Our melodies make our spirits soar above the tragedies of life our faith makes us stand up again and again after earthquakes typhoons and wars Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells Pope Francis

WELCOME. Pope Francis gives Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle a warm embrace at the Manila Cathedral during the Holy Mass. Rappler screengrab

Pope Francis kisses Palace babies

Jan 16, 2015 - 9:58 AM

Pope Francis arrives in Malacañang on Friday for a meeting with President Aquino

FANS. Pope Francis kisses a baby in the Malacañang Palace. Screenshot from Rappler video

Palace, cathedral, arena: Full day for Pope Francis

Jan 16, 2015 - 8:01 AM

Pope Francis will celebrate mass at a centuries old cathedral and later meet worshippers in a stadium setting more familiar to rock stars as his trip to the Philippines gets into full swing

Pope Francis waves to students (not in picture) delivering a performance shortly after arriving at a military airbase in Manila on January 15, 2015, while President Benigno Aquino smiles. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Up to 1 million Pinoys welcome Pope Francis – MMDA

Jan 15, 2015 - 9:37 PM

Between 800 000 and 1 million people are eager to see the charismatic pontiff on his first day in the Philippines

HELLO, POPE! Filipinos welcome Pope Francis during his arrival at the Villamor Air Base on January 15, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Day 1: Smooth, quick motorcade for Pope Francis

Jan 15, 2015 - 8:37 PM

The motorcade of the Pope is without hitches He arrives at the Apostolic Nunciature in less than 40 minutes from Villamor airbase

WELCOME! Pope Francis makes his way towards the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila. Photo by Rappler

OFW from Japan comes home to see the Pope

Jan 15, 2015 - 7:47 PM

Migrants like Jing Fukuda face many challenges living in a country that is not theirs and hope Pope Francis understands their struggles

2 kids get first hug from Pope Francis

Jan 15, 2015 - 6:23 PM

Two lucky kids get a warm hug from Pope Francis as Manila erupts into a rapturous welcome for the charismatic Pope

How a Filipino woman saved the Pope

Jan 15, 2015 - 5:32 PM

In January 1995 policewoman Aida Fariscal arrested a terrorist Her work was crucial to saving thousands of lives

Thousands welcome Pope Francis to the Philippines

Jan 15, 2015 - 5:32 PM

UPDATED WITH VIDEO The charismatic pontiff begins his packed 5 day visit to the Philippines a predominantly Catholic nation battered by disasters and beset with poverty and corruption

Mabuhay, Pope Francis!

Jan 15, 2015 - 3:40 PM

Millions of Filipinos plan to endure crushing crowds security threats and stormy weather to get close to the Pope

Pope Francis waves goodbye during a departure ceremony at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, near Colombo, on January 15, 2015. Photo by Lakruwan WanniarachchAFP

Ormoc dance group to welcome Pope Francis to Leyte

Jan 14, 2015 - 8:16 PM

Find out why a group of young students from Ormoc and nearby areas are spending their time and money to welcome Pope Francis through song and dance

Photo by ME Guisihan

Islam leaders support Pope, PH unity

Jan 14, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Two Islam leaders share their thoughts on their upcoming meeting with Pope Francis on January 18 during an interfaith dialogue

SUPPORT. Islam leaders Imam Ebra Moxsir (L) of the Imam Council of the Philippines and the PNP Chaplain Service, and Dean Julkipli Wadi (R) of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies express their support for Pope Francis. L photo by Rappler, R photo from UP IIS

To Pope Francis: Speak truth to power

Jan 14, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Let not Filipino hospitality disarm and distract you from your greater purpose

Wooden barricades and the Pope who breaks barriers

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:14 PM

It s ironic that the Philippines installs these barricades to protect the Pope known for breaking barriers

WOODEN BARRIERS. Policemen inspect the open field venue near the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a mass on January 17. Photo by EPA

MILF leaders invited Pope Francis to Cotabato

Jan 13, 2015 - 3:20 PM

Pope Francis knows Mindanao knows the problems of Mindanao says Cardinal Orlando Quevedo

Plot to kill a pope: 'Miracle' saved John Paul II in Manila

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:02 AM

Ramzi Yousef the architect of the first World Trade Center bombing plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in Manila in 1995 He fled but was later arrested in Pakistan

ARRIVAL HONORS: President Fidel Ramos meets Pople John Paul II at the Villamor airbase in 1995. Photo by Noli Yamsuan

Aquino on papal visit: Don’t let PH be remembered for tragedy

Jan 12, 2015 - 7:22 PM

President Benigno Aquino III appeals for cooperation and says the government wants to strike a balance between giving in to the Pope s wishes and securing him

PROTECT THE POPE. President Benigno Aquino III appeals to Filipinos to work together to protect Pope Francis. Malacañang File Photo

Do you know them? They walked with Saint John Paul

Jan 12, 2015 - 3:09 PM

We’re counting on social media to help us find these people who have ‘walked with a saint’ – 9 individuals who were part of Pope John Paul II’s convoy when he visited the Philippines in 1995 Do you know any of them?

FYI: No camping out where Pope visits

Jan 12, 2015 - 1:21 PM

Police officials will not allow anyone to camp out at the public venues hours or days before the Pope s events

Rappler teams up with Catholic news group for papal visit

Jan 11, 2015 - 5:44 PM

The partnership boosts Rappler s coverage of the Pope s journey from the Vatican to Sri Lanka to the Philippines

Pope Francis and the road to Manila

Jan 09, 2015 - 9:59 PM

We are told that the Pope just keeps on going and going and going that he never stops and hardly sleeps

Devil in the details: Protecting Pope Francis in PH visit

Jan 06, 2015 - 2:49 PM

It s a huge military operation involving 7 000 troops – more than double the number deployed during the 3 week siege in Zamboanga City in September 2013

PEOPLE'S POPE: Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives at the general audience in St Peter's Square in Vatican City on September 10 2014. Photo by Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

No passport processing in NCR during Pope visit

Jan 06, 2015 - 2:38 PM

There will be no passport processing releasing and other related consular services in the capital during the Pope s visit

Plays on Pope's life to run during papal visit

Jan 05, 2015 - 7:26 PM

The productions are called With Love Pope Francis and I Love Pope Francis