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Pope to resume window addresses to faithful

May 26, 2020 - 11:04 PM

With the pontiff now set to return to the window, police will be on hand to ensure that believers and onlookers observe social distancing rules, says the Holy See

WINDOW ADDRESSES. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican reopens

May 18, 2020 - 4:29 PM

'I share the joy of those communities who can finally reunite as liturgical assemblies, a sign of hope for all society,' Pope Francis says on Sunday during his live-streamed prayer

REOPENING. Nuns go through body temperature scanning and security to access St. Peter's Square Basilica on May 18, 2020 in The Vatican during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

St Peter's Basilica reopens to tourists on May 18

May 15, 2020 - 11:29 PM

The largest Catholic church in the world has been disinfected ahead of the opening, with a team of suited and masked cleaners spraying every surface of the 23,000-square meter site

ST PETER'S BASILICA. A photo taken and handout on April 9, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows a general view of St. Peter's Basilica during the Pope's 'In Coena Domini' Mass of the Lord's Supper of Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples and inaugurating the Easter triduum, on April 9, 2020 behind closed doors in the Vatican, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA

Saint Peter's Square, basilica closed to tourists until April 3

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The Holy See says the measures will remain in place until April 3 'in order to halt the spread of the coronavirus'

CLOSED. People gather at Saint Peter's square during Pope's Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the apostolic palace on December 29, 2019 at the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope says priest celibacy not 'optional'

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:15 PM

'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No,' says Pope Francis

ON CELIBACY. This file photo shows Pope Francis during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

[OPINYON] May panahon para manahimik, magsalita

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

May panahon para basagin ang katahimikan, may panahon para magsalita. At ngayon na ang panahon na iyon.

PANAHON. Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David gives a homily at Sts. Peter and John Parish on June 23. Photo courtesy of Angelo Mangahas

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos mark Easter 2018 with 'Salubong'

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter

WATCH: Relics of Saints Peter and Paul at Manila Cathedral

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:14 PM

Here is Rappler s 360 degree video of the veneration of the relics of Saints Peter and Paul at the Manila Cathedral during the celebration of Pope s Day

SACRED RELICS. A Catholic nun kisses the relics of Saints Peter and Paul displayed at the Manila Cathedral on June 29, 2017, the feast day of the two saints. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bomb attack kills at least 25 near Cairo Coptic cathedral

Dec 11, 2016 - 6:40 PM

3rd UPDATE It is the deadliest suspected attack on Egypt s beleaguered Christian minority in recent memory

Egyptian security forces gather at the site of an explosion at the Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on December 11, 2016 in the Abbasiya neighbourhood in the capital Cairo. Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 90 million, have faced persecution and discrimination that spiked during the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled by a popular uprising in 2011. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

Pope shuts Holy Door after jubilee of hope for sinners

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED Even if the Holy Door closes the true door of mercy which is the heart of Christ always remains open wide for us says Pope Francis

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at St Peter's basilica to mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI

Pope urges return to simple values at Christmas

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:55 AM

Pope Francis ushers in Christmas by urging the faithful to reject the materialism that pervades the gift giving season and to embrace simple balanced values as violence subdues festivities in the Holy Land

HOLY NIGHT. Pope Francis kisses a figurine of baby Jesus during a mass on Christmas eve marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24, 2015 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Phoyo by Vincenzo Pinto / AFP

World's top nature photos to be projected onto St Peter's

Dec 04, 2015 - 11:45 PM

From Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado to France s Yann Arthus Bertrand and Britain s Steve McCurry photographers with a passion for the natural world will see their works adorn the facade of basilica

SOON, NATURE PHOTOS. This file picture shows St Peter's square and the basilica during sunset on March 29, 2014 at the Vatican. Photo by Adreas Solaro/AFP

In Philadelphia, Pope urges laity to strengthen Church

Sep 26, 2015 - 2:41 PM

2nd UPDATE On the final leg of his 6 day US visit Pope Francis is set to meet immigrants and bishops then visit a prison and lead a farewell mass

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia on September 26, 2015 on the final leg of his six-day visit to the US. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Renewable energy, Pope message, China Christmas ban | The wRap

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:02 PM

A petition to the Supreme Court: stop charging for renewable energy Pope Francis asks Christians to practice “tenderness A Chinese city bans Christmas

Pope canonizes two Indians

Nov 23, 2014 - 10:05 PM

Some 5 000 Indians attends the mass to see Francis canonize Kuriakose Elias Chavara 1805 1871 and Euphrasia Eluvathingal 1877 1952

NEW SAINTS. Pope Francis celebrates a canonization mass for Euphrasia Eluvathingal, friar Francescano Amato Ronconi, bishop Antonio Farina, priest Kuriakose Elias Chavara, friar Francescano Nicola Saggio da Longobardi and friar Francescano Amato Ronconi in St Peter's square at the Vatican on November 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Pope Francis to meet sex abuse victims for first time

Jul 05, 2014 - 11:43 AM

Six victims from Britain Germany and Ireland will talk with the head of the Roman Catholic Church at his private residence near Saint Peter s Basilica on Monday July 7

Pope to call for Philippines aid in 'Year of Faith' event

Nov 19, 2013 - 12:15 AM

Pope Francis to urge everyone to donate aid money to the Philippines to end the Vatican Year of Faith event

CALLING FOR AID. Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus prayer on November 17, 2013. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP PHOTO