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First U.N. 'mercy flight' leaves Yemen's rebel-held Sanaa

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:42 PM

'This is the first of what we hope will be a number of flights in the medical air bridge,' says UN Resident Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande

'MERCY FLIGHT.' In this file photo, Lise Grande, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, speaks to the press upon her arrival at the Sanaa international airport on March 12, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Philippine Band of Mercy inaugurates new medical building

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:21 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine Band of Mercy's newest building was designed to accommodate the expansion of their ambulatory surgical programs

Philippine Band of Mercy: In the Service of the Child (photo taken during annual gift giving, held last December 12, 2019)

Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan tackle Deep South racism in Oscar-tipped film

Sep 08, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The two star in 'Just Mercy,' based on the story of a black man put on death row in Alabama in 1988 for the murder of a young white woman he did not commit

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

Madonna takes kids back to Malawi to open hospital

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:11 PM

Madonna opens the Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care which is named after one of her children

Cardinal Tagle on Earth Day: Protect nature from 'acts of greed'

Apr 22, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Advocates sign the Laudato Si manifesto a guide to ecological action inspired by Pope Francis historic encyclical on climate change

CLIMATE AGREEMENT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal stresses the importance of Earth Day 2017, noting that it coincides with historic Paris climate agreement's entry into force for the Philippines

Turkey halts work of U.S. aid group helping Syrians

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Christine Nyirjesy Bragale director of media relations at Mercy Corps says the group had not been given a reason for having its permit revoked No comment could immediately be obtained from Turkish government officials

Church in Bulacan runs 27-year-old drug rehab program

Jan 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Despite efforts like this President Rodrigo Duterte asks Catholic leaders Meron ba kayong isang bahay lang maski limang kuwarto para rehab?

CHURCH-RUN REHAB. This file photo dated April 5, 2016, shows former drug addicts during a Bible sharing session in Galilee Home, a rehabilitation center run by the Catholic Church in Bulacan. Photo courtesy of Galilee Home

Bishop vs death penalty: 'God did not cast the first stone!'

Jan 21, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Even if anyone has a sinful or scandalous past remember that person can still be redeemed and renew his life Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos says

'MERCY IS LIFE.' Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos urges Catholic to defend life as he delivers final homily of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM) hosted by the Philippines this year. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

'Fake news and trolls are not mercy' – Balanga bishop

Jan 21, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Bullying and Internet bashing are not mercy Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos also says at the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy

STRESSING MERCY. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos condemns fake news and trolls as running counter to mercy, the theme of an international Catholic congress hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Bishop on Duterte tirades: 'Sick doctor still cures others'

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:12 AM

Churchmen are not perfect Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles admits but they should proclaim what is right and proper despite their own misdeeds

'NOT PERFECT.' Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles defends his fellow priests and bishops against the latest tirades of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Int'l delegates of Mercy Congress visit shelters, orphanages

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

One of these Places of Mercy is a rehabilitation center for former drug addicts and other young people once mired in vices

'PLACES OF MERCY.' International delegates of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy visit the Bethany House Santo Niño Orphanage in Guiguinto, Bulacan, on January 19, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lipa archbishop: 'Christ embraces the miserable'

Jan 18, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Imagine Christ who embraces…the addict fearful for his life Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles says at the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy

MERCY CONGRESS. Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles makes an appeal for the abandoned and neglected on the 3rd day of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy on January 18, 2017. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/ Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Bishop on killings: Filipinos 'quiet like in time of Hitler'

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Let us boldly reject merciless ways of dealing with the most miserable including our drug addicts Bishop Teodoro Bacani says at the Mercy Congress

'HOW CAN THIS BE?' Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani on January 18, 2017, questions the silence of many Filipinos about the recent drug-related killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop hits PNP, says Oplan TokHang 'a bringer of death'

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:58 PM

What kind of police force do we have that cannot catch the killers of 4 000 people? asks Bishop Teodoro Bacani at the Congress on Mercy

HITTING PNP. Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani criticizes the Philippine National Police on January 17, 2017, for failing to catch vigilantes who have killed 4,000 suspected drug pushers and users. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Archbishop Villegas: Amid terror, dare to be merciful

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:01 PM

Do not be afraid to wait because love is patient and love always waits Do not be afraid to wait even if it takes forever Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

'BE MERCIFUL.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges Catholics to be 'dare to be merciful' at a time of revenge and terror. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Quevedo on killings: 'We do not practice our faith'

Jan 17, 2017 - 6:45 PM

We are a country where our faith has a dichotomy…We believe but we do not practice it says Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo

LEADING BISHOP. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says the public's attitude toward extrajudicial killings shows that many Filipinos do not practice their faith. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Church silence on killings 'media-perceived,' cardinal says

Jan 17, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo adds that we should think of the Church as not the bishops only

NOT SILENT. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo denies that the Catholic Church has been silent on recent killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Speak out on killings, bishop says in Mercy Congress

Jan 17, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Can we now keep our mouths shut when more than 6 000 of our poor people are being killed? says Bishop Broderick Pabillo at an international congress on mercy

NO TO KILLINGS. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urges Catholics to speak out on recent killings in the Philippines 'if we are true to our call to be a Church of the Poor.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle hits trafficking as Congress on Mercy begins

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:49 AM

We are the disciples of mercy Jesus mercy Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says as he denounces global evils such as human trafficking

CONGRESS ON MERCY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle greets delegates of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy during the opening Mass on January 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH to host Congress on Mercy amid killings

Jan 03, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy hosted by the Philippines will be a healing process for us Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos says

TEACHING MERCY. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos on January 3, 2016, says the upcoming World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, to be hosted by the Philippines, 'will be a healing process' in the face of recent extrajudicial killings. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Manila gets 1st copy of Pope's apostolic letter on mercy

Nov 23, 2016 - 7:48 AM

Implement this in Manila Pope Francis tells Cardinal Tagle referring to his apostolic letter closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy

'MANO PO.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle performs a traditional expression of reverence as he greets Pope Francis in Vatican City on November 20, 2016. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope shuts Holy Door after jubilee of hope for sinners

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED Even if the Holy Door closes the true door of mercy which is the heart of Christ always remains open wide for us says Pope Francis

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at St Peter's basilica to mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI

RAW Deal: No mercy at No Mercy

Oct 08, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The SmackDown brand s pay per view will feature AJ Styles defending his title against John Cena and Dean Ambrose

MERCILESS. AJ Styles (C) will defend the WWE championship against John Cena and Dean Ambrose at No Mercy. Photo from

First mercy killing of minor in Belgium – report

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:05 AM

Belgium has been the only country in the world that allows terminally ill children of any age to choose to end their suffering – as long as they are conscious and capable of making rational decisions

Cheerful Madonna shrugs off controversy in Malawi

Jul 11, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Madonna speaks of her charitable plans in Malawi as it is the first time in nearly 2 years that she has visited the country where she has at times been embroiled in controversy after her adoption of David Banda and Mercy James

Screengrab from Instagram/madonna

US Navy's lead hospital ship returns to PH

Jun 28, 2016 - 6:59 PM

More than 1 000 American sailors disembark at the Legazpi City seaport for a 2 week humanitarian mission

PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle opens Holy Door in Manila City Jail

Mar 26, 2016 - 7:19 AM

We re all like Judas but we re all like Jesus too Cardinal Tagle says

SHEPHERD AND FLOCK. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visits the residents of the Manila City Jail on Holy Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Photo by Roy Lagarde

WATCH: This awesome rapper impresses judges on 'Pilipinas Got Talent'

Jan 23, 2016 - 11:33 PM

Mercy Viola Daily gets giddy as her crush judge Freddie FMG Garcia kisses her on the cheek too

MERCY VIOLA DAILY. The 66-year-old woman raps the Black Eyed Peas' 'Where is the Love?' and gets a kiss on the cheek from her crush, judge Freddie 'FMG' Garcia. Screengrab from YouTube/Pilipinas Got Talent

Christmas 2015: 'Welcome Jesus in the hungry'

Dec 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle stresses the need for mercy while Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Christmas is a mission

Cardinal Tagle opens Holy Door, hits 'merciless' corruption

Dec 09, 2015 - 8:34 PM

Without mercy no church no society will ever be built up Cardinal Tagle says as he opens the Jubilee Year of Mercy

TIME OF MERCY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on December 9, 2015, opens the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Manila. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Roma evictions triple in Italian capital for Pope's 'year of mercy'

Oct 05, 2015 - 10:36 PM

After the pontiff declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy in March Rome carried out 64 forced evictions which violate international law and human rights the pro Roma group Associazione 21 Luglio says

A demonstrator holds a sign (L) reading "step evictions" during a rally for public housing in downtown Rome on April 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

CBCP on Pope's decision: Abortion remains wrong

Sep 03, 2015 - 1:37 PM

Still a Filipino archbishop says Pope Francis through a recent decision wants to show that ‘the mercy of God is bigger than the sin of abortion’

REJECTING ABORTION. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, says the Catholic Church continues to reject abortion as a 'grave and serious wrong.' File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Pope to single mom: 'You respected life, don't be ashamed'

Sep 02, 2015 - 10:49 PM

Single mother Rosemary Farfan tells Pope Francis I ve felt guilty at times and ashamed Calling her a courageous woman the Pope drives her to tears

'DON'T BE ASHAMED.' On ABC News, comforting words from Pope Francis drives single mother Rosemary Farfan to tears. Separate screen shots from the YouTube account of ABC News

[DASH of SAS] 'Mercy' sex in Iloilo

Aug 26, 2015 - 4:03 PM

They are transitional men They engage in sex transactionally on a case to case basis or maybe when the need arises

USNS Mercy welcomed by local officials in Subic Bay

Aug 05, 2015 - 8:01 PM

Participants on USNS Mercy and on the ground include personnel from the United States Australia South Korea Malaysia Japan and New Zealand

USNS MERCY. Photo by Randy V. Datu

The Butcher goes to Jahannam

Jul 18, 2015 - 3:00 PM

He will have to stay in Hell for a while: 58 000 years his fortune teller whispered to him while he was laying comatose at the Kidney Center One hundred for every person killed in Ampatuan town Maguindanao on November 23 2009

Mercito Gesta faces Carlos Molina in April

Mar 14, 2015 - 11:39 PM

No Mercy Gesta is coming off a two consecutive wins and will look to extend that streak to three

NO MERCY. Mercito Gesta will be back in the ring on April 2015, this time under Golden Boy Promotions. Photo from Gesta's official Facebook page

French mercy killing doctor acquitted after emotional trial

Jun 25, 2014 - 9:57 PM

UPDATED The hugely divisive practice is illegal in France but President Francois Hollande promised during his 2012 campaign to look into legalizing it

Priest killed, another injured in US shooting

Jun 13, 2014 - 12:06 PM

How can a person break into a church? How can a person assault a man of the cloth? How can a person take a person s life especially a priest? It s sad a local councilor laments

PH accepts Chinese hospital ship offer

Nov 21, 2013 - 4:13 PM

The Philippines gives it nod to China s offer to send a hospital ship to areas affected by typhoon Yolanda

GOODWILL. A tug pushes out the departing hospital ship Peace Ark bound for the typhoon-ravaged Philippines from a Naval base in Zhoushan in China's eastern Zhejiang province on November 21. AFP Photo

When a girl tells Cardinal Tagle: 'You're fake!'

Oct 19, 2013 - 7:04 PM

The cardinal says adults should learn to listen to the youth not to dismiss them as evil and rebellious

Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle appeal for mercy

Oct 18, 2013 - 9:50 PM

The biggest event in the Philippine Catholic Church this year ends on a historic note – with a message from Pope Francis

'FEMININE' CHURCH. Pope Francis says in a Vatican conference on October 12 that he likes to think of the Church as feminine. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope to PH: Don't get tired of mercy

Oct 18, 2013 - 4:17 PM

For the first time Pope Francis addresses Filipinos in an unprecedented Church conference in Manila

'FEMININE' CHURCH. Pope Francis says in a Vatican conference on October 12 that he likes to think of the Church as feminine. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Priest rents Napoles Forbes Park house

Aug 22, 2013 - 9:49 AM

Monsignor Josefino Ramirez rents the property for P280 000 a month Yet election lawyer Romulo Macalintal who knows him personally says he doesn t keep anything for himself

NAPOLES FRIEND. Monsignor Josefino Ramirez admits knowing Janet Lim-Napoles and working with the family. Photo from Ramirez's Facebook fan page

Evacuation and relief: The life of a Marikina family

Aug 19, 2013 - 4:29 PM

Seventy nine families are currently staying in H Bautista elementary school The Sapia family is one of them