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Virus-hit Iran holds Friday prayers for first time in months

May 08, 2020 - 10:16 PM

In order to contain the spread of the disease, Iran has taken various restrictive measures, without ever imposing a lockdown or quarantine

COVID-19 IN IRAN. In this file photo, a woman stands by the fence outside the Imamzadeh Saleh in the Iranian capital Tehran's Shemiran district on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as all mosques and places of worship are closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

[REFLECTIONS] Stories and dreams: Easter in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:03 AM

We can rebuild from the ruins. We can rebuild with one another.

EASTER SUNDAY. Residents pray and look on during an Easter procession at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Dare we not speak of Easter

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM

We can surely speak of Easter even in the midst of this crisis, but dare we not speak of Easter if this pandemic does not change us

FERVENT PRAYER. A devotee prays at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Bulacan on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the nation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Finding the risen Christ

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:32 PM

We participate in Christ's resurrection if we desire not just to be saved from COVID-19 but to help in saving people from this disease

VIA CRUCIS. A devotee does the Stations of the Cross or Via Crucis inside the San Felipe Neri Parish in Mandaluyong City on Holy Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Easter hope rises from the depths of the pandemic

Apr 11, 2020 - 3:07 PM

For those who have faith, death is not the end of life but marks the beginning of another journey. It is when life is transformed, and all of life’s sorrows are converted into a passage into another realm.

[REFLECTIONS] Silence is the language of love

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Beyond this pandemic and unto life everlasting, may our only regret and sadness be that we have not loved enough

HOLY WEEK. A Catholic devotee prays inside the San Felipe Neri Parish in Mandaluyong City on Holy Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] The good about Good Friday

Apr 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We are called by God to uphold justice and protect the least, the last, and the lost during this time of crisis

[REFLECTIONS] Panlaban sa virus

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:28 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David draws Holy Week reflections from a recent Rappler report about a COVID-19 frontliner who herself contracted the dreaded disease

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[REFLECTIONS] A lot of good will come out of this period

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:26 PM

There is goodness everywhere now even in the middle of great sadness. And there is so much faith and full dependence on the One who sees everything.

[REFLECTIONS] Do it best by doing nothing

Apr 09, 2020 - 12:00 PM

This quarantine invites us to celebrate Passover as God originally commanded it. Stay inside. Let God be God as He passes by.

[REFLECTIONS] Why do we suffer?

Apr 08, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Let us not focus on the suffering, but on what we can do to alleviate it

[REFLECTIONS] We need to think and re-think our theology

Apr 08, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Today, we are challenged by John in his letter: 'We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another'

[REFLECTIONS] Holy Week and COVID-19: Embracing uncertainty

Apr 07, 2020 - 5:17 PM

We cannot and must not escape this reality of uncertainty. We have to face it, pray over it, and wrestle with it – and perhaps let go of the need to know why.

[REFLECTIONS] Business temporarily closed: Jesus, what now?

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:39 PM

It was like God was telling me: 'Kirk, you guys claim that your business is about me, that everything you do is for me. Put your money where your mouth is.'

[REFLECTIONS] Faith in the risen Jesus amid the coronavirus

Apr 06, 2020 - 9:57 PM

It is clearly not the powerful and influential in society that we must attend to but those who are weak and vulnerable

[REFLECTIONS] When no one will say 'I am sick'

Apr 06, 2020 - 6:55 PM

The Bible offers comforting answers to questions we have in this time of global pandemic

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

[REFLECTIONS] Don’t get tired of waving your palms

Apr 05, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Proclaim our coming victory over this pandemic, a victory only possible if we don't give up on ourselves, if we don't give up on each other, if we don't give up on God

[REFLECTIONS] Look out for the loneliest amid the pandemic – Pope Francis

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.

SHEPHERD. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis giving his blessing over an empty Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Vatican Media/AFP

WATCH: Stations of the Cross 2020

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:22 PM

St Pauls Philippines takes the faithful through the Way of the Cross in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur

[REFLECTIONS] Turning the coronavirus crisis into opportunity

Apr 04, 2020 - 11:59 AM

A spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, gives us a piece of advice to overcome negative emotions: Live in the now


Apr 03, 2020 - 12:16 PM

We must have the courage to declare with hope: We are Christians. We believe in happy endings. If it’s not yet happy, then it’s not yet the end.

[REFLECTIONS] Glimpses of God’s presence amid a pandemic

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Good Friday may have come too soon for us, but in hope we will experience Easter

LOOK: Marawi residents hold first Islamic Friday prayer in Ground Zero after 2 years

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:10 PM

‘We pray that this land, Islamic City of Marawi, will be handed back to us peacefully’

Marawi City residents hold the Islamic Friday prayer for the first time since the Siege inside the Main Affected Area or "Ground Zero", Friday, November 1, 2019. To date, tens of thousands of displaced residents are still barred from returning to their homes inside the former battlefield.

Prayer rally for Magalong's safety to be held after ninja cops exposé

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Baguio City Hall also puts in place stricter security measures

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former police officer assigned to the CIDG, testifies during the panel before he requested for an executive session with the senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tagle calls on Catholics to ‘pray for the nation’

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes the call as several bishops and priest are subject to ‘persecution and false accusations’ by government

CALL ON THE FAITHFUL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle calls on Catholics to pray for bishops and priests suffering from 'false accusations'. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Caloocan diocese prays for Bishop David's safety: 'Sasamahan namin siya'

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:06 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot na tumayo sa ating pananampalataya, ipaglaban natin ito at lalo nating paigtingin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating Panginoon,' Fr Jay de Leon says

PEACE AND SECURITY. Catholic devotees attend a prayer vigil for the safety and peace of bishops, priests, lay faithful, and the nation, at the San Roque Cathedral on Friday, March 1. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Muslims, Christians join forces vs terrorism in PH

Feb 03, 2019 - 2:27 PM

'We are showing the world that we Filipino Muslims and Christians are one,' says Imam Council of the Philippines Chairman Aleem Said Basher

PRAYER RALLY. Muslims and Christians hold a symbolic exchange of the Muslim Koran and the Christian Bible in a prayer rally at the Quezon Memorial Circle on Febuary 3, 2019. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

'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

Tagle urges Filipinos to live life of prayer, caring to achieve peace

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:22 PM

If we don't care for each other, 'we will be sowing seeds of violence,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his homily for the New Year's Eve mass

PRAY FERVENTLY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily during the New Year's Eve mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pope Francis urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The Pope also says that access 'to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right' and deplored that for many it was 'difficult if not impossible'

PAPAL MESSAGE. In this file photo, Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Cardinal Tagle cries, asks God why innocent people die

Jul 22, 2018 - 11:50 PM

'We want to believe that you do not rejoice in their death. But there are so many of them,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells God in public prayer

IN MEDITATION. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads a meditative prayer at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Catholics mark day of prayer for blasphemers, murderers

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Catholics can observe this day of prayer and penance anywhere, says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. He says prayers can also be offered for 'advocates of fake news.'

CBCP HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), calls for a day of prayer and penance on July 16, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In defense of Judas

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Have we forgotten that the Eucharist was really for him (and for the potential Judases that we all can turn into)?

PANOORIN: Nazareno prayer stations, sinimulan sa Traslacion 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Layunin ng Quiapo Church na pagyamanin ang pananampalataya ng mga deboto ng Itim na Nazareno

NEW FEATURE. Quiapo Church introduces prayer stations for the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2018. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

The week in photos: October 28-November 3, 2017

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Rohingya refugee childrens walk at Moynerghona refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 29, 2017.Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Tauseef MUSTAFA

Inter-faith rally for peace, human rights set for June 12

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Current and former lawmakers religious leaders and advocates will lead the call for peace and respect for human rights amidst the rising tide of terrorism martial rule and impunity that threatens to rip the nation apart

Church launches prayer campaign amid killings

Sep 20, 2016 - 11:49 PM

You cannot imagine what prayer can do CBCP president Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

'LET US PRAY.' The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, launches a weeks-long prayer campaign for peace in the Philippines. Photo by CBCPNews

WATCH: Bon Jovi surprises wedding party with 'Livin' on a Prayer' performance

Jul 08, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Jon Bon Jovi sits among the wedding guests and surprises them with a performance of Livin on a Prayer

Screengrab from YouTube/Cool Coconut Studios

IN PHOTOS: End of Ramadan at Southeast Asia's biggest mosque

Jul 07, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Here are photos of how Indonesians celebrate Idul Fitri

INSIDE. The prayer halls of Istiqlal Mosque were filled with worshippers. Photo by Karma Gurung

Ramadan: We carry what we cannot let go

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:07 AM

Life like Ramadan is also about movements toward the right direction: to continuously change for survival

Cardinal Tagle issues 'oratio imperata' for gov't officials

Jun 18, 2016 - 7:30 AM

This oratio imperata or obligatory prayer comes as the Philippines prepares to usher in a new set of leaders on June 30

ORATIO IMPERATA. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle issues an 'oratio imperata' or obligatory prayer for government officials, to be recited 9 days before they assume office on June 30. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

#PugadBaboy: Deeds over prayers

May 27, 2016 - 5:00 AM

WATCH: Jessica Sanchez covers Celine Dion's 'The Prayer' at 'Idol' finale

Apr 08, 2016 - 6:09 PM

The season 11 runner up belts out her rendition of Celine Dion s hit finishing off a medley by past Idol contestants

'THE PRAYER.' Jessica Sanchez belts out Celine Dion's 'The Prayer' at the 'American Idol' season 15 finale. Screengrab from YouTube/American Idol

Kanye West goes Gospel with Easter prayer track

Mar 29, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Kanye releases his song Ultralight Prayer on SoundCloud

Protesters ransack Muslim prayer hall on Corsica

Dec 26, 2015 - 10:50 AM

They also try to burn copies of the Koran as tensions escalate

'People thirst while golf courses abound in water'

Sep 02, 2015 - 7:50 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle slams a ‘throwaway culture’ that victimizes the poor as a water crisis threatens thousands of Metro Manila households

Bishops issue prayer for PH, China

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:42 PM

We cannot represent the Philippines in the international court but we can certainly represent the Philippines before God reelected CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

OBLIGATORY PRAYER. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (C) leads the recitation of the 'oratio imperata' for peace in the West Philippine Sea, along with CBCP vice president Archbishop Romulo Valles and CBCP secretary general Fr Marvin Mejia. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Pacquiao keeps the faith in defeat

May 04, 2015 - 6:57 AM

An upbeat Manny Pacquiao hosts a prayer service a day after his unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr

PACQUIAO PRAYS. After his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao host a prayer service for his fans.

Aquino to pray for ‘intense haters’ during Holy Week

Apr 01, 2015 - 2:16 PM

The President says his spiritual adviser has counseled him to have some ‘quiet time ’ which he has not had for a while

REMEMBER GOD'S ENDLESS LOVE. President Benigno Aquino III urges Filipinos to recall Christ's suffering this Holy Week. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau