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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

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

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

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

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

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

[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'

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

Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for 'malicious, careless' attack

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Farmers Development Center also says their inclusion in the red list was meant to 'silence our advocacy' for farmers rights

MILITARY LIST. The military tells lawmakers on November 5, 2019 that 18 groups are allegedly front organizations for the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Christian churches fear more PNP, AFP in Negros may mean more deaths

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines says that rights of the citizens to speak and organize should be respected, amid rampant red-tagging of human rights organizations

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/

Touring Albay's churches through Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The rich Catholic heritage of Albay province is best seen during the traditional Visita Iglesia

Joroan church. Photo courtesy of Jemn Dimaculangan

WATCH: Visita Iglesia 2019

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:49 AM

The Society of St. Paul’s Philippines - Macau features the churches of the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres for the Visita Iglesia 2019

Screenshot from St. Paul's Audiovisuals

Boracay parish church all set for Holy Week 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Holy Week in Boracay Island will revolve around the Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Parish Church

SEMANA SANTA. Everything is set for the Holy Week church activities in Boracay. Photo BY Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Church groups demand justice for massacred farmers

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Victims' families in Negros Oriental say the police wore bonnets and mercilessly executed their kin

A group of religious people from different sects gathered at the Barangay Mariana Park in Quezon City to air their protest and grievance on the death of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Christian group condemns bloody police ops in Negros Oriental

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'Respecting the rights of the people, even if they are suspected of misdeeds, is a hallmark of a truly democratic society,' the National Council of Churches in the Philippines says

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/

Christian group slams red-tagging of Aglipayan bishops

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:09 AM

'We call on the government to stop these vehement attacks,' says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

RED-TAGGING. Aglipayan Bishop Antonio Ablon is one of the religious leaders 'maliciously tagged' as part of the communist party, says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'Walk on the road to integrity,' bishop urges Ilocanos as church becomes minor basilica

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Retired Cotabato Bishop Orlando Quevedo makes the call in his homily at the elevation rite of the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte

POPE'S CHURCH. Church officials solemnly declares the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte as a minor basilica -  a church with special pontifical privileges. Photos from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik': Religious groups unite vs injustice, Duterte attack on Church

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik at hindi lang manindigan kundi sama-sama tayong manindigan,' says Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo

RESISTANCE. Church people hold placards to denounce injustices and to show their force during the interfaith rally at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila on Friday, January 25. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: A dozen wishes for 2019

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We have our own wishes for the country, its leaders, and key institutions. What are yours?

Laoag diocese sets date for Badoc church's declaration as minor basilica

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) The Laoag diocese announces that the declaration rite of the centuries old church into a minor basilica will be on February 5, 2019

SPECIAL CHURCH. The Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc gets special pontifical privileges as Vatican elevates its status to minor basilica. Photo from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page

Vatican elevates 2 Philippine shrines to minor basilicas

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Philippines has now a total of 15 minor basilicas

MINOR BASILICAS. The Vatican gives the title minor basilica to the Shrines of Mount Carmel in Quezon City and La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte. La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc photo from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page; Lady of Mount Carmel photo from MtCarmel Shrine Facebook page

On Human Rights Day, groups call for accountability vs violations under Duterte

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:25 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity (iDEFEND) urges the public to remain steadfast in demanding the government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights

Thousands of activist gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to commemorate the 70th International Human Rights Day. Protesters continue to lament the killings and violations of human rights and vow to defend the people's rights against the government attacks. December 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte and the hypocritical Church

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Every time he attacks priests for their hypocrisy, President Duterte echoes the sentiments of many

Duterte: Build chapels in your house, no need to go to church

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a vocal critic of the government's bloody anti-drug campaign, responds to the President's renewed attacks on his person

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Christian churches seek donations for Filipinos hit by Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and CBN Asia, producer of 'The 700 Club Asia,' call for donations for those hit by Typhoon Ompong

TYPHOON OMPONG. Residents of Barangay Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal, suffer flooding due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) on September 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mormon Church shelters Filipinos affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints prays 'for the safety and well-being of the Philippines' as it is battered by Typhoon Ompong

SHELTER FROM THE STORM. Many Mormon Church buildings in the path of the typhoon are already being used to shelter members and others, and the Church is working with local vendors to secure food, water, and other basic supplies. Photo courtesy of Intellectual Reserve Inc/Mormon Newsroom

Methodist missionary deported after weeks in detention

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana of Zimbabwe leaves the Philippines after the Bureau of Immigration accused him of joining political activities

DEPORTED MISSIONARY. Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana of Mutare, Zimbabwe, leaves the Philippines on July 5, 2018. Photo courtesy from NCCP's Facebook page

U.S. missionary back home after expulsion from Philippines

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:32 PM

American Methodist missionary Adam Thomas Shaw is one of 3 foreign missionaries ordered by the Philippine government to leave for allegedly engaging in political activities

ORDERED TO LEAVE. American Methodist missionary Adam Thomas Shaw appears in a press conference on July 2, 2018, about the plight of 3 Methodist missionaries, including himself, who were ordered to leave by the Philippine government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Anti-tambay campaign, Duterte vs the Church, and other top stories in June 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: The rising number of homicide cases under Duterte, the new crackdown on 'tambays,' Duterte's threats vs the Catholic Church, stories of survivors of sexual violence against children, and the President's second year in office

Evangelical churches slam Duterte barbs vs 'stupid God'

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches says it is 'immensely offended' after President Rodrigo Duterte blasted as stupid 'the God of the Christian faith'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ceremonial distribution of 3,772 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to agrarian reform beneficiaries in the Western Visayas region at the Cabatuan Covered Gym in the Municipality of Cabatuan, Iloilo on June 20, 2018, explains that he is simply doing his job when the CLOAs have been distributed to the rightful beneficiaries. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte forms committee to dialogue with Catholic Church

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, and Pastor "Boy" Saycon are tasked to hold talks with religious groups to 'lessen the rift between the government and Church'

MISSION. (Left to right) Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, and Pastor Boy Saycon will meet with Church leaders over President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against God and the Catholic Church

[OPINYON] Tungkol kay Adan, Eba, at pananampalatayang Katoliko

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Iginagalang ng mga Katoliko ang tungkulin ng Pangulo, at ang mandato niya bilang Pangulo. Sana igalang din niya ang mga Katoliko kahit hindi siya sumang-ayon sa doktrina ng Katoliko.

Duterte photo courtesy of Malacañang

Bishops hit Duterte for calling God stupid

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Paano siya magiging Pangulo para sa lahat ng Pilipino kung wala siyang paggalang sa mga mananampalatayang Katoliko?' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) issue statements criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte (right) for calling God stupid. File photo of Duterte courtesy of Malacañang; file photos of David and Villegas by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says no fight with priests: 'I respect the Church'

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Yet President Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as 'full of shit' and has continued verbal attacks against it amid the recent killings of priests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the query from one of the members of the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Duterte and the defensive Catholic Church

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The bigger issue for the Church hierarchy is that for many of its faithful, its institutional credibility is in doubt. This situation Duterte clearly exploits.

HRW: Murders of priests, journalists 'matter of grave concern'

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'These killings, alongside the thousands of deaths in the drug war, are grim reminders of the vulnerability of the poor and those who speak out for their rights,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

After priest killings, Duterte again threatens Church leaders

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'Ang problema ng mga buwang na ito, santo lahat. Gobyerno, military, police, puro demonyo na,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about Catholic leaders urging him to tone down his tirades against the Church

Cardinal Tagle hits 'fake freedom' on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 2:33 PM

'Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the 120th Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle criticizes 'fake freedom' brought about by injustices, in his Independence Day message for 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NCCP opposes National ID system: No More IDs, please

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines urges lawmakers to ‘be more attuned to responding to the people’s needs'

AGAINST ID SYSTEM. National Council of Churches in the Philippines show disapproval of the proposed ID system through statement. Photo courtesy of National Council of Churches in the Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Victory Church holds formation program for PNP

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:50 PM

'We believe God is truly moving in the Philippines, especially in our government,' Victory Church says

SURRENDERING TO GOD. Members of the Philippine National Police attend a two-week values formation program by Victory, one of the biggest Christian churches in the Philippines. All photos from Victory on Facebook

5 years of groundbreaking investigative journalism

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

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Christian churches on drug war: 'Stop the slaughter!'

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:40 PM

While we reiterate our support [for] the campaign against illegal drug use we are appalled at the way such war on drugs is being conducted says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

'STOP KILLINGS.' Protesters light candles outside Camp Crame to oppose drug-related killings under the Duterte administration. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

United Methodist Church slams killings in Duterte's drug war

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:59 PM

With more than 300 000 members the United Methodist Church says President Rodrigo Duterte has agitated cops and vigilantes to kill

RECENT KILLING. Loved ones of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, pay their last respects as the teenager is laid to rest on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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Jul 03, 2017 - 9:36 AM

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Christian churches slam martial law in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM

We urge our President to lift martial law at the soonest possible time says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

TIGHT SECURITY. Filipinos pass through a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017, following armed clashes between the terrorist Maute Group and government forces in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Christian churches: 'Stop the killings, Mr President!'

Dec 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines asks why he who expressed disdain over Filipinos killing fellow Filipinos would now tolerate impunity

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte poses with troops of the Northern Luzon Command at their headquarters in Tarlac City on December 11, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Pope Francis on Paris attacks: 'This is not human'

Nov 14, 2015 - 7:40 PM

UPDATED I am shaken and pained I don’t understand but these things are hard to understand Pope Francis says as he condemns the Paris terror attacks

CATHOLIC LEADER. Pope Francis speaks during his eneral audience in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, on November 11, 2015. Photo by Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Philippine Catholic leaders urged to reject ivory

Nov 04, 2015 - 6:05 PM

The beauty of a work of art cannot justify the slaughter of wildlife the threat posed to biodiversity by poachers and traffickers says CBCP s Socrates Villegas

We need election debates, not boodle fights

Sep 20, 2015 - 1:19 PM

In lieu of political reforms perhaps the only hope remains in the academe Church and media to try to bring discernment back into our choice of leaders