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Fr Chito Soganub on Red Wednesday: Persecution strengthens us

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'Even if we are persecuted, we do not lose hope. We do not lose faith,' says Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, the priest once held hostage by terrorists in Marawi City

RED WEDNESDAY. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub leads prayers outside the Manila Cathedral, lit up in red on November 28, 2018, as Catholics mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler     TIMES OF TRIAL. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub urges Catholics not to lose hope in times of persecution, as the faithful mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide – UN

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The current figure is equivalent to the entire population of Thailand, and the number of people forcibly displaced equates to one in every 110 persons worldwide

INTERNALLY DISPLACED. Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

[OPINION] Lesson from prison: How political persecution keeps the ideals of democracy alive

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:18 AM

You cannot kill or jail an idea. By persecuting the messenger, you strengthen it.

Meet the Pope's new envoy to the Philippines

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:56 AM

'Please help me do my mission,' says the new papal nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, in his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral

VATICAN AMBASSADOR. Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, the new papal nuncio to the Philippines, makes his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral on November 22, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East...would come to the Philippines,' Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says at the Manila Cathedral

Red Wednesday mass at the Manila Cathedral on November 22, 2017

Who posted the bomb threat? Police affidavit vs anti-Duterte netizen misses crucial details

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The police accuse Willyn Trabajador of posting a bomb threat against President Rodrigo Duterte, but the criminal complaint they filed against her raises more questions than answers

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real world nightmare

Sep 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.

China rejects U.S. criticism on religious freedom

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:46 PM

The report says in 2016 China physically abused detained arrested tortured sentenced to prison or harassed adherents of both registered and unregistered religious groups

HUA CHUNYING. Photo of Hua Chunying dated November 29, 2011, from Wikipedia.

De Lima: Duterte will use AMLC for political persecution

Jan 03, 2017 - 8:38 PM

The senator is opposing the measure proposed by former President and incumbent Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to remove the central bank s supervision of the anti money laundering body

TOOL FOR PERSECUTION. Senator Leila de Lima hits President Rodrigo Duterte for planning to use the AMLC as a tool to persecute the political enemies of his administration. Rappler file photo

4 important int’l issues Jokowi failed to discuss

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Here are 4 issues that President Joko Widodo avoided discussing in his State of the Nation address despite the fact that they have put Indonesia under the international spotlight

Presiden Jokowi (kedua kiri), Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla (ketiga kiri), dan Ketua MPR Zulkifli Hasan (kiri) sesaat sebelum penyampaian pidato kenegaraan di gedung parlemen, pada 16 Agustus 2016. Foto oleh M Agung Rajasa/Antara

The wRap Indonesia: Missing plane, Rohingya sexual assault claims

Oct 05, 2015 - 6:00 AM

A passenger plane is missing two days after it lost contact with air traffic control police say sexual assault allegations by Rohingya women are false and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

'No trace of assault': Indonesian police reject Rohingya rape claims

Oct 03, 2015 - 7:22 PM

Lhokseumawe police chief Anang Triarsono said the medical examinations performed on three of the Rohingya women found no trace of sexual assault

INCREASINGLY DESPERATE. Rohingya Muslim women and children fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar sit in a boat after they were intercepted by the Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) members in Teknaf, Bangladesh, back in June 2012. File EPA photo

The wRap Indonesia: Justice for mass killing victims, Rohingya rape allegations

Oct 01, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Indonesia commemorates 50 years since the events that triggered mass killings against communists Rohingya women accuse Aceh men of sexually abusing them and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

PERSECUTION. Rohingyas persecuted in Myanmar have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety. File photo by EPA

Raped refugees? Indonesia probes sexual abuse allegations by Rohingyas

Sep 30, 2015 - 5:49 PM

Four Rohingya women aged from 14 to 28 say they were attacked by a group of local men

PERSECUTION. Rohingyas persecuted in Myanmar have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety. File photo by EPA

Pope condemns indifference to jihadist atrocities against Christians

Apr 05, 2015 - 9:46 AM

The leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics brought up the extremist persecution of Christians as the holiest ceremonies of the Church calendar reaches a climax Easter Sunday

VIA CRUCIS. Pope Francis presides over the Way of the Cross torchlight procession on Good Friday in Rome, Italy, 03 April 2015. Angelo Carconi/EPA

Pope leads prayers for persecuted Christians on Good Friday

Apr 04, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Men and women are imprisoned and even killed solely because they are believers or committed to justice and peace They are not ashamed of the cross They are outstanding examples to everyone

PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED. Pope Francis presides over the Way of the Cross torchlight procession on Good Friday in Rome, Italy, April 3, 2015. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

Philippines condemns, vows to help 'thwart' ISIS

Sep 17, 2014 - 3:40 PM

The Philippines keeps close watch on the possible recruitment by ISIS and other foreign extremist groups in the Southeast Asian country

GLOBAL OUTRAGE. Demonstrators hold placards as they protest against the actions of Islamic State in Iraq outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2014. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Vatican urges Philippines to help Christians in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:34 PM

The Philippines will study the Vatican s request as Pope Francis urgently calls on the international community to protect all those affected by the violence

RELIEF FROM VIOLENCE. Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush, about 30 kilometers east of the northern province of Nineveh, rest upon their arrival at the St. Joseph church in the Kurdish city of Arbil, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 7, 2014. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Filipinos to hold Day of Prayer for Christians in Iraq

Aug 12, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Catholic bishops set the Day of Prayer on August 18 as Pope Francis is expected to pray for persecuted Christians on the same day

PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN. An Iraqi Christian woman forced to flee her home shelters in the St Joseph Church in Erbil, northern Iraq, on August 9, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Jalil/EPA

Pope to kiss persecuted Christians' feet – Tagle

Aug 09, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Pope Francis first visit to Asia as pontiff set on August 13 comes as Christian communities suffer persecution in the Middle East

Vatican sends emergency aid to persecuted Christians in Iraq

Jul 26, 2014 - 2:38 PM

The Islamic State which last month declared a caliphate comprising large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria has threatened a Christian presence in the region spanning close to two millennia

STOP PERSECUTION. Pope Francis earlier prayed that Christians in Iraq will be safe from persecution. File photo from AFP.

Passport of ousted Nigeria central bank head seized

May 04, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Central bank governor Lamido Sanusi is in hot water after claiming the state owned oil form corrupted US 20 billion in public funds

Israel unveils tribute to gay victims of Nazis

Jan 10, 2014 - 10:53 PM

This monument reminds us all how important it is for us to respect every human being remarks Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai at the unveiling