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Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers join forces vs anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:28 PM

'Instead of being a measure to protect our people, in the wrong hands, this bill can be used to oppress our people,' warned the Jesuit priests and the La Salle brothers

ATENEO LEADER. Father Jose Ramon Villarin, president of Ateneo de Manila University, is one of the signatories of a joint Ateneo-La Salle statement against the anti-terror bill. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Former head of world's Jesuits, who lived in PH, dies at 84

May 21, 2020 - 12:02 AM

Father Adolfo Nicolás, former Jesuit superior general, is remembered in the Philippines as a man who 'detested clericalism in whatever form'

'FATHER NICO.' Father Adolfo Nicolás, former head of the world's Jesuits, till his death remained the simple 'Father Nico' whom Filipinos knew. Photo from Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific

Canada's Jesuits to name priests accused of sexual abuse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'It is the right thing for us to do,' and for victims of abuse it is 'important to healing,' says Erik Oland, the head of the Jesuits of Canada

'Confessions of an Ex-Jesuit': New book from Ibarra Gonzalez

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:40 PM

The hardcover edition of the book will be launched on December 8, Sunday, at the Ateneo de Manila University

NEW BOOK. Ibarra Gonzalez releases a new book. Photo and book cover from San Anselmo Publications

Jesuits release list of 89 U.S. priests accused of sex abuse

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and USA Midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church

TRANSCRIPT: 'Touch wounds of Christ in others' – Cardinal Tagle

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

'We see the true God only in the wounded Christ – wounded yet merciful,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Word Exposed Easter Recollection

WORD EXPOSED. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily at the Word Exposed Easter Recollection on April 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Top Catholic seminary hits killings in Duterte drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'We will not forget the evil that has come upon us,' seminarians of the Jesuit-run San Jose Seminary say in a statement on All Souls' Day

DRUG WAR. Relatives light candles for victims of extrajudicial killings in a prayer service on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Family, friends mark 21st death anniv of Jesuit martyr

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Brother Richie Fernando, who died saving students in Cambodia in 1996, is the 26-year-old Filipino Jesuit seminarian now on the road to sainthood

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remembered for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from

Fr Romeo Intengan, priest exiled during Marcos years, dies at 74

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The former head of the Philippine Jesuits, Father Romeo Intengan, is 'dead on arrival' at the Quirino Hospital a week before his birthday

Remembering the Jesuits of Cagayan de Oro

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

There are many more Cagayan de Oro Jesuits I should recognize and tell more stories about There are also those who are still living and of course the Jesuits I have worked for and with in other places

St. Ignatius of Loyola. Photo from Wikipedia

Killed Filipino Jesuit in Cambodia on road to sainthood

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando could become the first Filipino saint born in the 20th century

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remember for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from

Cardinal Tagle: 'What has happened to humanity?'

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Cardinal Tagle cites the Marawi clashes and the Resorts World Manila attack as examples of a modern world that throws away its values

PENTECOST RECOLLECTION. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle holds a recollection on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jesuit leader says martial law 'fraught with danger'

May 28, 2017 - 12:11 AM

Father Antonio Moreno urges vigilance so that the dark atrocities of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos not be repeated

JESUIT LEADER. The head of the Jesuits in the Philippines, Father Antonio Moreno, has led the Jesuit Philippine Province in pursuing a 'roadmap to Mindanao.' File photo from

Answering the call for Magis by serving others

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:21 AM

For Gimar Reyes one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines for 2016 a life devoted to service for others is his way of loving God back

SERVICE. As a Jesuit Volunteer, Gimar Reyes is currently living with an Agta Dumagat community in Sitio Maninit, Barangay Tinib in Casiguran, Aurora. Photo courtesy of Gimar Reyes/XU

Philippine Jesuits join CBCP vs death penalty

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Might should not be equated with right says Father Antonio Moreno the Philippine head of the biggest male religious order in the Catholic Church

JESUIT LEADER. Father Antonio Moreno (right), provincial superior of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, says the Philippine Jesuits joins the CBCP in denouncing the death penalty. File photo courtesy of Rick Flores

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle on hope and Advent

Dec 17, 2016 - 8:03 PM

Hoping is not the certainty of my human sight Hoping is nurtured by faith Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says

ADVENT SEASON. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass on December 13, 2016, for the 10th anniversary of the Church-run station TV Maria. Photo courtesy of Roy Lagarde/CBCP News

Jesuit head in Philippines: Killings 'deplorable'

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:37 AM

Father Antonio Moreno provincial superior of the Philippine Jesuits hits a dangerous culture of impunity that is seeping into our social fabric

JESUIT LEADER. Father Antonio Moreno (right), provincial superior of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, urges his Jesuit brothers to seek a 'discerned response' to the war on drugs waged by the Philippine government. File photo courtesy of Rick Flores

Jesuit groups: Hero's burial for Marcos 'buries human dignity'

Aug 20, 2016 - 7:39 PM

Burying the dictator in the Libingan ng mga Bayani will not heal our wounded country Jesuit groups say

MARCOS FAMILY. Former first lady Imelda Marcos (2nd from the right) and her children weep on September 9, 1993, during a public eulogy for Ferdinand Marcos in Batac, Philippines. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

The dreamers of Zamboanguita

Jun 27, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Two Lumad students tread rough roads and life s challenges to achieve their dreams of having an education and giving back to their communities

DREAMLAND. Poverty may have marred this scenic and friendly place, but Zamboanguita is a home to young Lumad students who will serve as change catalysts for their own community. Photo by Jerome Torres.

'Ignacio de Loyola' is first Filipino film to screen in Vatican

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:48 AM

A Filipino produced historical film based on the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola screens at the Filmoteca Vaticana

Photo from Facebook/Ignacio de Loyola

Philippine Jesuits boost online Holy Week retreat

Mar 24, 2016 - 1:54 PM

The online Holy Week retreat with the theme The Three Doors to Mercy features Jesuit and lay spiritual directors this year

Part 1: Choosing for 2016: Kapitan, lingkod, katiwala

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Genuine leadership from an Ignatian point of view focuses on the possible the future It integrates 4 fundamental pillars: self awareness ingenuity love and heroism

Ateneo priest eyed as next Filipino saint

Dec 12, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle opens the process to declare Fr George Willmann SJ the next Filipino saint

Jesuit priest who allegedly molested Duterte had other victims

Dec 04, 2015 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED The presidential aspirant says the now deceased Fr Mark Falvey SJ abused several other students at Ateneo de Davao

ABUSED. Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte identifies the priest who abused him and other high school students at Ateneo de Davao. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Jesuits on sex abuse case: ‘Invitation to examine ourselves’

Nov 29, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The response is prompted by a sex abuse case the first formal complaint of such nature brought before the Society of Jesus in the Philippines

JESUIT POPE. Pope Francis leads a Church facing accusations of child abuse committed by priests. One of these involves a former Jesuit in the Philippines. In this file photo, the Pope celebrates the sainthood of Jesuit priest Peter Faber at the Chiesa del Gesù in Rome on January 3, 2014. File photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP

Part 2: Sex abuse case: Jesuits asked to pay $16M

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:00 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] In the Philippines very rough and possibly outdated estimates say about 3 of the country’s priests may have committed sexual misconduct

What do Church rules say about ex-Jesuit's sex abuse case?

Nov 25, 2015 - 3:10 PM

This case is unique because the alleged sexual abuse happened 30 years ago – and the alleged offender is dead

LANDMARK DOCUMENT. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines uses a landmark 2003 document to guide itself in handling sexual abuse cases. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Part 1: Ex-Jesuit accused of sexual abuse

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:52 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] This marks the first time that a formal complaint about sexual abuse has been put on record with the Society of Jesus Philippine Province

Ateneo presidents support new Muslim region

Oct 05, 2015 - 2:40 PM

’Here our legislators are not only hewers of laws They are builders of peace ’ presidents of the Philippines’ Jesuit universities say

PEACE IN MINDANAO. A Muslim child (L) gazes at female Filipino Muslims praying on March 6, 2015, during a campaign for peace in the southern Philippine island group of Mindanao. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Rappler Talk: Fr. Ben Nebres, mentor for social entrepreneurs

Jul 08, 2015 - 8:00 PM

How has former Ateneo de Manila University president Fr Ben Nebres able to contribute to the development of so many top social entrepreneurs?

Holy Saturday retreat: Presence of peace

Apr 04, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Through his unconditional love on the cross Jesus taught us to look beyond the sins and shortcomings of others

Good Friday retreat: Absence of angels

Apr 03, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Sometimes it is the memory of ourselves being forgiven that will make possible our forgiving others

Holy Saturday retreat: Closing prayer

Apr 02, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Is there an area in your life – or a person – causing you pain and where the Lord is inviting to take the pain out of love?

Holy Thursday retreat: Silence of stones

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:00 AM

This is your time for God and for yourself – a rare luxury given our busy and frantic lives Be generous with God and don’t shortchange yourself

Holy Saturday retreat: The peace of Easter

Mar 31, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Easter hope brings peace even in the midst of turbulence

Preparing for our online Holy Week retreat

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:27 AM

How would you describe the present season of your life? Take this survey to prepare for our online Holy Week retreat

Holy Saturday retreat: Bridge-building

Mar 30, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Every time you build a bridge you never know how far it can take those who eventually get to cross it

Holy Saturday retreat: The Easter invitation

Mar 29, 2015 - 11:11 PM

This is the heart of Easter – to allow the love of God and the power of that love to transform us The Easter invitation is clear:
 Empty your tomb

Rappler hosts Jesuit's online Holy Week retreat

Mar 29, 2015 - 7:02 AM

Complete with video clips and music to soothe the spirit the online Holy Week retreat runs from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday retreat: Learning from the Lord

Mar 28, 2015 - 10:54 PM

Ask the Lord to teach you how to do as he did: To drop the stone to forego flights and to discard the worldly crown

Holy Saturday retreat: The tomb of our old selves

Mar 27, 2015 - 10:47 PM

Are you willing to let God roll away the stone for you and to liberate you from your tomb?

Holy Saturday retreat: Making sense of disquiet

Mar 26, 2015 - 10:44 PM

Sometimes a sense of disquiet is but a sign that we are not in control because God is actively moving in our lives

Holy Saturday retreat: Stone, angel, and empty tomb

Mar 25, 2015 - 10:41 PM

Imagine yourself part of the scene feeling the mingled emotions of that first Easter morn: puzzlement excitement and fear

Holy Saturday retreat: 'An absolutely powerless God'

Mar 24, 2015 - 10:40 PM

Holy Saturday is an invitation to do what Jesus did: to discard our crown It is a call to self dethronement

Holy Saturday retreat: 'This man's life was a failure'

Mar 23, 2015 - 10:36 PM

The dead Jesus of Holy Saturday buried in a tomb he could not even call his own is the very icon of utter poverty and powerlessness

Good Friday retreat: Closing prayer

Mar 16, 2015 - 11:17 PM

The song which is really a prayer is called I Look to You covered by Boyce Avenue It is a plea for help in times of trouble

Good Friday retreat: Lost and broken wings

Mar 15, 2015 - 10:48 PM

Lost and broken wings can mean many different things: the end of a cherished career the sudden death of dreams the loss of a good reputation

Good Friday retreat: Losing our wings

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:47 PM

Life has a way of making us lose our wings and bruise our hearts We can opt to fight it but such a battle only embitters us

Good Friday retreat: From 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:36 PM

Imagine a slow painful and humiliating death and all throughout the process the antidote that can end all your suffering lies just within your reach

Good Friday retreat: Suffering Servant of Yahweh

Mar 12, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Imagine standing before the cross and seeing the Lord as described in these hauntingly vivid verses