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Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] When religion blames the victim

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:57 PM

'In congregations around the Philippines, women are enjoined to be submissive to their husbands. The Filipino translation is more forceful: magpasakop sa asawa.'

Church and Bank of England apologize for slavery roles

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Research finds that nearly 100 clergymen and 6 governors plus 4 directors of the bank benefitted from slavery

A pedestrian walks past the Bank of England in London on June 17, 2020. - The Bank of England, confronted by Britain's collapsing coronavirus-ravaged economy, will on June 18 reveal the outcome of its latest monetary policy meeting with analysts predicting more stimulus. The British central bank has been at the forefront of economic fire-fighting over this year's deadly COVID-19 emergency -- and could expand its quantitative easing (QE) stimulus in an attempt to kickstart growth. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

French Catholic Church counts over 3,000 child victims of sex abuse

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:07 PM

The number of estimated victims represents more than 40 cases per year on average over the past 7 decades

PROBE. (From L) Members of the French Independent Commission on sexual abuse in church (Commission independante sur les abus sexuels dans l'Eglise - CIASE), psychanalyst Jean-Pierre Winter, judge Antoine Garapon, former State Council deputy-president and CIASE president Jean-Marc Sauve, and CIASE general secretary Sylvette Toche pose for a photograph as they attend their first meeting on February 8, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Do coronavirus restrictions threaten religious freedom?

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:45 AM

From Washington to Manila, religious freedom is set to become one of the most enduring debates of the coronavirus era

Cavite churches prepare for resumption of public masses

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista of the Diocese of Imus says all parish priests are putting in place all the necessary precautionary measures in their churches to protect mass-goers once Cavite is under MGCQ

EMPTY PEWS. A few parishioners at the historic St Francis of Assisi Parish Church in General Trias City, Cavite, after the province eased into general community quarantine on May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Tabuk City government in Kalinga allows churches to reopen

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Tabuk City has no confirmed coronavirus cases to date. Churches in the city can hold public masses at 50% seating capacity and mass attendees should observe social distancing and other precautionary measures.

KALINGA CATHEDRAL. The altar of the Saint William's Cathedral in Tabuk, Kalinga. Photo from the Facebook page of Saint William's Cathedral-Tabuk

Catholic, Protestant leaders condemn anti-terror bill

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Christian leaders warn that silence about the Philippines' proposed anti-terror law 'only assures the impending destruction and abuse of our people'

VOICE OF FAITH. Church representatives join a protest outside Congress on June 3, 2020, to condemn the proposed anti-terror law in the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[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?'

Brazil coronavirus toll surges, Pope gives address after 3 months

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:42 AM

'From the great trials of humanity – among them this pandemic – one emerges better or worse. You don't emerge the same,' says Pope Francis

Brazilian health workers protest against working conditions and wage delays in front of the Ministry of Health in Brasilia, on May 21, 2020, amid the COVID-19 corovavirus pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna dies

May 29, 2020 - 1:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'Today, Bocaue lost its finest public servant. Mayor Joni was relentlessly serving Bocaueños during this lockdown despite her medical condition, which eventually [cost her] her life,' says Senator Joel Villanueva, the mayor's brother

BOCAUE MAYOR. Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna died on May 28, 2020. Photo from the official Facebook page of Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna

[OPINION] Laudato Si', 5 years later

May 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Laudato Si' has become one of the most influential social encyclicals that has been released by a pope

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reopen Sunday

May 23, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'Starting on Sunday 24th this most Holy Place will be accessible again to the faithful for visits and prayers,' says a statement by leaders of the 3 denominations that share the site

Christian worshippers pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after it reopened on February 28, 2018, following a three-day closure to protest against Israeli tax measures and a proposed law. Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, seen by many as the holiest site in Christianity, reopened on February 28 after a three-day closure to protest against Israeli tax measures and a proposed law. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

Cardinal Pell knew of clergy abuse for decades – inquiry

May 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Pell knew as far back as the 1970s and failed to seek the removal of accused priests, an inquiry reveals

CARDINAL. Australian Cardinal George Pell is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Cardinal Pell freed after winning appeal over child sex abuse

Apr 07, 2020 - 9:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The 78-year-old leaves Barwon Prison near Melbourne after the court overturns 5 counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s

FREE MAN. Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria on February 26, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

WATCH: Visita Iglesia 2020

Apr 06, 2020 - 12:11 PM

St Pauls Philippines takes pilgrims rendered homebound by COVID-19 to a virtual Visita Iglesia of the ancient churches of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur

Pope Francis livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement

Cebu church masses go online amid coronavirus ban on crowd gathering

Mar 19, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma suspends masses to help stop spread of novel coronavirus

MASSES SUSPENDED. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma suspends masses in Cebu. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

New coronavirus cluster linked to different South Korean church

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The Grace River Church continued holding services despite repeated government requests for the public to avoid group activities, including religious meetings

DOGGIE. Shoppers wearing face masks amid concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak walk through a market in Seoul on March 14, 2020. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Mormon Church halts all public gatherings worldwide due to coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The church says it took the measures after consulting government and medical officials, and has 'sought the Lord's guidance in these matters'

CONGREGATION. Over 20,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints attend the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Mormon Church on October 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

Manila churches suspend Masses amid coronavirus lockdown

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Most Catholic churches in Metro Manila suspend public Masses starting March 14

PRAYER. People wear face masks while praying at Baclaran Church in Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Vatican closes to tourists – but not the faithful

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:31 AM

A Vatican source clarifies that anyone who expresses a wish to pray at the basilica can still pass through the police barrier and walk onto the main square

WINDOW. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking Saint Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 29, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana/Fabi

No holy water, 'mano po': Church's 12 measures vs coronavirus

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:48 PM

The novel coronavirus changes even the way people practice their faith in predominantly Catholic Philippines

FAITH. A Catholic wears a face mask while praying after Mass at Baclaran Church in Parañaque City on February 2, 2020, as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

San Sebastian Basilica offers Lent tours for the public

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The tours are scheduled on March 14, March 28, and April 5

GRAND CHURCH. A tour guide leads guests inside the main hall of the San Sebastian Church. Photo from the San Sebastian Church Conservation and Development Foundation

French cardinal exits over failure to report alleged sex abuser

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on January 7, 2019 Lyon archbishop, cardinal Philippe Barbarin gestures as he arrives in Lyon court to attend his trial charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Discrimination fears hamper virus checks at Korean 'cult'

Mar 02, 2020 - 12:02 PM

In a message to his followers, the sect's founder calls the outbreak the 'work of the devil,' but also says they are 'the sons of God' and will triumph over it

WAITING. People wait in line to buy face masks in front of a store at Dongseongro shopping district in Daegu on February 27, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Seoul seeks murder charges against sect founder over coronavirus

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus is accused of submitting false lists of its members to authorities

CHURCH. South Korean health officials are wearing protective suits and spraying disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Photo care of Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu/AFP

Vatican opens archive on pope's silence during Holocaust

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:31 AM

Why did Pius XII stay silent during the extermination of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust?

PONTIFF. Pope Pius XII meets with people from Rome's San Lorenzo district, after a violent bombardment caused severe damage to the buildings and the entire neighborhood during WWII. Photo by ANSA/AFP

South Korea starts virus checks on 200,000-plus 'cult' members

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:10 AM

Most of South Korea's novel coronavirus are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, an entity often accused of being a cult

SPRAY. Market workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant at a market in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 23, 2020 as a preventive measure after the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Vietnamese dissident monk who was a Nobel Prize nominee dies at 93

Feb 23, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Head of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Thich Quang Do has spent most of his life advocating for religious freedom and human rights in communist-run Vietnam

DISSIDENT MONK. In this file photo, Vietnam's dissident Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do sits inside the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City on July 27, 2007. Photo by Aude Genet/AFP

1st South Korea virus patient dies as number of infections doubles

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) A man in his 60s in North Gyeongsang province tests positive for the coronavirus after dying Wednesday, February 19, following symptoms of pneumonia

CULT. South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant near a church in the southeastern city of Daegu. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

[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'

Pope convenes bishops' synod in 2022

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:32 PM

Pope Francis also issues a message of support to nongovernmental organizations and governments coming to the aid of migrants

SYNOD. Pope Francis calls for a synod. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Masses suspended in Singapore, Hong Kong due to coronavirus

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:53 AM

'As Catholics, we need to be responsible in playing our part to contain the spread of this virus,' says Singapore Archbishop William Goh

HOLY MASS. Mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Deaf Argentine child abuse victims accuse pope of inaction

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:12 AM

'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope

ABUSER. Italian Catholic priest Nicola Corradi is being escorted out of court after being sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexually abusing deaf children at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, in this Argentine city, on November 25, 2019. Photo by Andres Larrovere/AFP

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:27 AM

In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 representatives of one of the Amazon Rainforest's ethnic groups (Front) take part in Pope Francis' (L) mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM

The Pope is being pressured to open the priesthood to married men in the Amazon, as well as to give women a greater role to play

GREEN. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

In sickness and in health: Mass wedding in South Korea defies virus fears

Feb 07, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Unification Church founded by Sun Myung-Moon distributed face coverings to the 30,000 crowd, but only some donned them

MASS WEDDING. Couples wearing protective face masks attend a mass wedding ceremony organized by the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea on February 7, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Court clears French cardinal of shielding alleged pedophile priest

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The trial court rules that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin chose not to tell the authorities of the abuse allegations 'in order to preserve the institution to which he belongs'

CLEARED. File photo of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (right), the former Archbishop of Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: I don't believe in god

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:18 PM

What led our podcast guest David Ong to his atheism? What values does he hold? Would he raise his child godless or marry a staunch Catholic? Let's find out!

Manila Cathedral opens slots for weddings affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 16, 2020 - 4:25 PM

The church says it is accommodating January and February weddings scheduled in places affected by the eruption

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the first day of the traditional Simbang Gabi at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'I cannot keep silent!' Benedict writes in a book, which follows an extraordinary meeting of bishops last year that recommended the ordination of married men in certain circumstances

PONTIFFS. Pope Francis (L) meets with Pope Benedict XVI (R) at the Vatican. (Photo by Handout/Vatican handout/AFP)

Pope appoints new envoy to France after abuse claims

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:15 PM

French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse

NEW ENVOY. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore the Vatican's new envoy to France. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

LOOK: Coco Martin gives thanks during visit to Quiapo Church

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:49 PM

The actor, a known devotee of the Black Nazarene, posts a photo of himself attending one of the masses at Quiapo Church

WATCH: Traslacion 2020 Dungaw pulls in thousands of devotees

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:02 PM

Thousands flock to the San Sebastian Church for the annual Dungaw, where the image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel de San Sebastian looks out from the church's terrace as the Black Nazarene passes

DUNGAW. The image of the Black Nazarene meets his mother, Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the San Sebastian Church. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

[PODCAST] Who is the Filipino? The Black Nazarene faithful: Devotion or delusion?

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:10 PM

For some Christians, it is idolatry. For the Catholic Church it is a grand case of the so-called 'popular piety'

Texas gun laws saved lives in church attack – Trump

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:54 AM

In a country where critics say guns are too readily available, the laws in Texas are among the most permissible

CHURCH SHOOTING. Authorities work the scene after a shooting took place during services at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. Photo by Stewart F. House/AFP

China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for 'inciting' subversion

Dec 30, 2019 - 3:45 PM

China's officially atheist government is wary of any organized movements outside its own control, including religious ones

JAILED. The charge of inciting subversion has often been used against dissidents as a way to silence criticism of the government and the Communist Party.

Churchgoers kill gunman who shot 2 during Texas service

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:38 AM

A gunman kills a churchgoer and injures another before other parishioners return fire

Defrocked US cardinal gave money to top clerics – report

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere

ABUSE. Evidence of sexual abuse was found against former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP