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'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan
'In congregations around the Philippines, women are enjoined to be submissive to their husbands. The Filipino translation is more forceful: magpasakop sa asawa.'
Research finds that nearly 100 clergymen and 6 governors plus 4 directors of the bank benefitted from slavery
The number of estimated victims represents more than 40 cases per year on average over the past 7 decades
From Washington to Manila, religious freedom is set to become one of the most enduring debates of the coronavirus era
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
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.
Christian leaders warn that silence about the Philippines' proposed anti-terror law 'only assures the impending destruction and abuse of our people'
'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?'
'From the great trials of humanity – among them this pandemic – one emerges better or worse. You don't emerge the same,' says Pope Francis
(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
Laudato Si' has become one of the most influential social encyclicals that has been released by a pope
'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
Pell knew as far back as the 1970s and failed to seek the removal of accused priests, an inquiry reveals
(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
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
Many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma suspends masses to help stop spread of novel coronavirus
The Grace River Church continued holding services despite repeated government requests for the public to avoid group activities, including religious meetings
The church says it took the measures after consulting government and medical officials, and has 'sought the Lord's guidance in these matters'
(3rd UPDATE) Most Catholic churches in Metro Manila suspend public Masses starting March 14
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
The novel coronavirus changes even the way people practice their faith in predominantly Catholic Philippines
The tours are scheduled on March 14, March 28, and April 5
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
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
The Shincheonji Church of Jesus is accused of submitting false lists of its members to authorities
Why did Pius XII stay silent during the extermination of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust?
Most of South Korea's novel coronavirus are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, an entity often accused of being a cult
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
(UPDATED) A man in his 60s in North Gyeongsang province tests positive for the coronavirus after dying Wednesday, February 19, following symptoms of pneumonia
'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 Francis also issues a message of support to nongovernmental organizations and governments coming to the aid of migrants
'As Catholics, we need to be responsible in playing our part to contain the spread of this virus,' says Singapore Archbishop William Goh
'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope
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
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
The Unification Church founded by Sun Myung-Moon distributed face coverings to the 30,000 crowd, but only some donned them
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'
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!
The church says it is accommodating January and February weddings scheduled in places affected by the eruption
'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
French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse
The actor, a known devotee of the Black Nazarene, posts a photo of himself attending one of the masses at Quiapo Church
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
For some Christians, it is idolatry. For the Catholic Church it is a grand case of the so-called 'popular piety'
In a country where critics say guns are too readily available, the laws in Texas are among the most permissible
China's officially atheist government is wary of any organized movements outside its own control, including religious ones
A gunman kills a churchgoer and injures another before other parishioners return fire
Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere