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[OPINION] Remembering Pope John Paul II: A centenary homage

May 18, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'There was in Pope John Paul II a natural ability to recognize the person behind the veneer of social status, physical ailment, religious membership, ethnicity, or economic class and see her as someone worthy of respect'

John Paul II's blood relic to be shown again at Manila Cathedral

May 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'Let us once again come together and receive God's grace through the intercession of our beloved St John Paul II,' says the Manila Cathedral on its Facebook page

BLOOD RELIC. Father Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, holds the relic of Saint John Paul II. File photo by Angie de Silva

Pope John Paul II's blood relic honored at Manila Cathedral

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:27 PM

The public veneration of the blood relic at the Manila Cathedral lasts until 8 pm on Saturday, April 7, and resumes from 6 am to 8 pm on Sunday, April 8

BLOOD RELIC. The relic of the blood of Pope Saint John Paul II is on display for public veneration at the Manila Cathedral from April 7 to 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 3, 2018

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Manila Cathedral to display blood relic of Pope John Paul II

Apr 02, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'This is the first-ever blood relic of the great Pope still in liquid form stored in a glass container here in our country,' says the Manila Cathedral

BLOOD RELIC. The blood relic of the late Pope John Paul II is given to the Manila Cathedral as a gift by his former secretary, Stanislaus Dziwisz. Photo from the Manila Cathedral's Facebook page

Pope Francis walks alone through Auschwitz

Jul 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM

3rd UPDATE The Argentine pontiff leads prayers for the 1 1 million mostly Jewish victims murdered at the camp

SILENT VISIT. Pope Francis visits the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Brzezinka, Poland, July 29, 2016. Photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout central European country

This file photo taken on June 30, 2016 shows Pope Francis greeting the crowd during a Jubilee audience at St Peter's square in Vatican.  Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Cloth with Pope John Paul II's blood stolen in Germany

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Its material value is small but the spiritual loss is much greater the provost of the Cologne Cathedral is quoted as saying

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 23, 1998 shows Pope John Paul II waving at Abuja airport after he wound up a three-day pastoral visit to military-ruled Nigeria. A cloth with a drop of the late Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from Cologne Cathedral, German police have said on June 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK

Marcos wealth, John Paul II ‘intimate letters,’ stegodon tusk | 12PM wRap

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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John Paul II 'intimate letters' report a 'Valentine's joke' – library

Feb 16, 2016 - 10:14 PM

Tomasz Makowski director of Poland s national library calls the BBC report of Pope John Paul II s relationship a rather bad joke

POPE JOHN PAUL II. Priests, victims of the armed conflict and faithful gather outside the Our Lady of the Asuncion church in the Marinilla municipality, Antioquia department, Colombia on June 3, 2015 to participate in a ceremony with the relics of Pope John Paul II. File Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

John Paul II had intense friendship with married woman – BBC documentary

Feb 15, 2016 - 5:17 PM

While the documentary does not claim he broke his vow of celibacy with Polish born philosopher and writer Anna Teresa Tymieniecka the tone of some of his letters to her points to intense feelings between them

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Pope prepares to take US bow after Cuba stopover

Sep 19, 2015 - 1:30 PM

This visit has added significance as it comes in the aftermath of a historic Cuba US rapprochement which has allowed diplomatic relations to be restored

POPE FRANCIS IN CUBA. A vintage car rushes by a billboard with the portrait of Pope Francis in Havana, Cuba, September 18, 2015, on the eve of the upcoming visit of the Pope to the island. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

An open letter to Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:32 AM

A heritage advocate writes to save the trees along Pope John Paul II Avenue in Cebu City from being uprooted for road widening purposes

Photo from Ka Bino Guerrero

Trust in Pope rises across PH religions, except INC

Apr 09, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Pope Francis breaks the record of the late John Paul II as the most popular pontiff in the Philippines a Social Weather Stations survey shows

Pope Francis (R) wears a plastic poncho as he waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Pope Francis will spend an emotional day in the Philippines on January 17 with survivors of a catastrophic super typhoon that claimed thousands of lives, highlighting his concern over climate change. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

Palace received info on 'threat' vs Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2015 - 5:42 PM

Malacañang says the information is raw and unverified but was relayed by security officials out of prudence

GOODBYE, POPE.Pope Francis waves to the crowd at the Villamor Airbase as he boards his flight to Rome on January 19, 2015. Rappler screengrab

Will Pope's visit boost Tagle’s chances as first Asian pontiff?

Jan 19, 2015 - 3:59 PM

To some the papal visit provides a preview of the Catholic Church s future

A mother's prayer to Pope Francis

Jan 19, 2015 - 3:21 PM

A mother believes Pope Francis will be able to grant her wish for her daughter just like Saint Pope John Paul II did when he came to the Philippines

Pope Francis' love affair with Filipinos

Jan 17, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Pope Francis steals the hearts of Filipinos What makes him click with his followers?

Pope Francis wearing a plastic praincoat waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Photo by Johannes Eiselle/AFP

How a Filipino woman saved the Pope

Jan 15, 2015 - 5:32 PM

In January 1995 policewoman Aida Fariscal arrested a terrorist Her work was crucial to saving thousands of lives

Airlifts and emergencies: Keeping people safe in a papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Things don’t always go to plan when an overeager crowd welcomes a widely popular religious leader

Pope John Paul II – and his security team –wade through the crowd during his 1995 visit to the Philippines. AFP file photo

Terror scenarios in Pope visit

Jan 14, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Authorities identify at least 7 threat groups during Pope Francis visit to the Philippines

SECURE THE POPE. President Benigno Aquino III conducts a personal inspection underneath the LRT Quirino station during the dry run of the papal convoy on January 13, 2015, two days before the visit of Pope Francis. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Agenda: Securing Pope Francis

Jan 14, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Pope Francis will have 44 sub events in the Philippines a nightmare for security authorities

Pope John Paul II – and his security team –wade through the crowd during his 1995 visit to the Philippines. AFP file photo

Past popes and Philippine presidents

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Past popes have commented on state affairs in previous visits to the Philippines Will Pope Francis known for his blunt frankness do the same?

PAST PAPAL VISITS. Past popes have commented on state affairs during their visits to the Philippines. Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II photos from, Pope Francis from AFP

WATCH: When Al-Qaeda targeted Pope John Paul II

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:12 PM

What happened the last time a pope visited the Philippines?

Quevedo: Pope combines heart and mind

Jan 13, 2015 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis may be conservative in doctrine but his pastoral practice is more generous and compassionate says Cardinal Orlando Quevedo

'CHURCH OF THE POOR.' Children of Filipino food scavengers eat a 'pagpag' (recycled food) meal collected from the Payatas dump site ahead of Pope Francis' visit in Quezon City, eastern Manila, Philippines, January 13, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Looking back: The visits of Paul VI and John Paul II

Jan 13, 2015 - 6:20 PM

God truly blessed us with their presence and most of all because in seeing them we were brought closer to Jesus Christ No doubt this is what we will experience with the coming of Pope Francis

'Tell The World of His Love': Remember this song?

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:40 AM

When Pope John Paul II came to the Philippines for the World Youth Day in 1995 he was welcomed by the Catholic faithful with a song called Tell The World of His Love This is the story behind the song

Plot to kill a pope: 'Miracle' saved John Paul II in Manila

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:02 AM

Ramzi Yousef the architect of the first World Trade Center bombing plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in Manila in 1995 He fled but was later arrested in Pakistan

ARRIVAL HONORS: President Fidel Ramos meets Pople John Paul II at the Villamor airbase in 1995. Photo by Noli Yamsuan

John Paul II in Manila: His 7 best words for Filipinos

Jan 12, 2015 - 4:24 PM

What can we learn from John Paul as Francis visits the Philippines?

FINAL VISIT. Then Pope John Paul II waves at the crowd during his second and final visit to the Philippines in January 1995. Photo courtesy of AFP

Do you know them? They walked with Saint John Paul

Jan 12, 2015 - 3:09 PM

We’re counting on social media to help us find these people who have ‘walked with a saint’ – 9 individuals who were part of Pope John Paul II’s convoy when he visited the Philippines in 1995 Do you know any of them?

Touched by a saint: A close encounter with Pope John Paul II

Jan 11, 2015 - 9:48 PM

What’s it like to meet someone like a pope? Anna Marco recounts her meeting with Pope – now Saint – John Paul II back in 1995

WATCH: 'Tell The World of His Love' composer performs her song

Jan 11, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Watch songwriter Trina Belamide sing her own composition and look back at the past papal visits in the Philippines

Black Nazarene, Aquino on Garin, 'Charlie' worldwide rally | The wRap

Jan 10, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Millions flock to the Black Nazarene procession in Manila New Philippine health secretary: Janette Garin Protesters worldwide condemn the Paris attack

The man who shoots popes

Jan 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Veteran photographer Noli Yamsuan Jr shares his wealth of experience through years of shooting papal visits and his expectations from the Pope Francis coverage

PENTHOUSE MAY 1983 EDITION. 'They like my work (Cuaresma) so much, they just didn’t buy my images, they placed me on an assignment and that pays a lot more.' Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

John Paul II gets flowers from would-be assassin

Dec 28, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The latest highly publicized act of contrition by Mehmet Ali Agca comes 31 years to the day after John Paul II visited him in prison in Rome to forgive him for the 1981 shooting

ACT OF CONTRITION. This handout photo grabbed from a video made and released by ADNKRONOS on December 27, 2014 shows Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish former extremist who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, holding a bouquet of flowers on St. Peter's square in The Vatican. ADNKRONOS/Stringer/AFP

When the Pope visits, it will be different from 1995

Dec 26, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Philippine Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr who organized both trips compares the 1995 and 2015 papal visits

PAL is official carrier for Pope Francis PH visit

Dec 17, 2014 - 7:50 PM

The airline is set to roll out the red carpet for the Pope

November 1 in history

Nov 01, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Apart from the dead and the blessed history shows that there are other important milestones in the past that are also worth commemorating on November 1

Philippines' top Dominican 'humbled' by Vatican job

Oct 04, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Fr Gerard Francisco Timoner III also vice chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas tells Rappler his Filipino context will help in his new assignment

POPE'S APPOINTEE. Fr Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP (right), receives the profession of faith made by a Dominican priest (left) on June 20. Months later, Timoner is named member of the International Theological Commission. File photo courtesy of

'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs

Aug 16, 2014 - 11:27 AM

According to the Church around 10 000 Koreans were martyred in the first 100 years after Catholicism was introduced to the peninsula in 1784

Pope sets Philippine trip January 15-19

Jul 29, 2014 - 6:05 PM

2nd UPDATE We can show the world what it means to be pained to clean up to stand again and to face another morning Cardinal Tagle says

Pope chooses Visayas as core of Philippine trip

Jul 07, 2014 - 7:25 PM

Pope Francis age and medical condition – part of his lungs is gone – can however limit his itinerary

IMAGE UNVEILING. Pope Francis waves next to Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of Holy Pedro Calungsod of Philippines at St Peter's basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope urges Syria peace at start of Mideast pilgrimage

May 24, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Pope Francis makes an urgent plea Saturday May 24 for peace in war torn Syria as he kicks off a 3 day pilgrimage to the Middle East

#PugadBaboy: Dogma punchline 3

May 10, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Dogma punchline 2

May 10, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Dogma

May 10, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Our popes: New saints an inspiration to Filipinos

Apr 28, 2014 - 4:47 PM

Many devotees of the two popes were moved to tears during the Philippine tribute to the two new saints on April 27

Tagle to Filipinos: Everyone is called to be holy

Apr 27, 2014 - 8:57 PM

Cardinal Tagle says the canonization rites show holiness can be attained even by ordinary people

Pope declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

Apr 27, 2014 - 5:16 PM

It is the first time that two Catholic Church leaders are declared saints on the same day

NEW SAINTS. Popes John Paul II (right) and John XXIII (left) become saints of the Catholic Church following a historic canonization ceremony in the Vatican

Why Popes John XXIII, John Paul II are dear to Pinoys

Apr 27, 2014 - 4:45 PM

The country has a lot of reasons to celebrate the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II as they established connections with Filipinos