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Pope targets corruption in politics ahead of final Peru mass

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'By and large, Latin America's political culture is sicker than it is healthy'

READY FOR MASS. Pope Francis walks to the altar to celebrate mass at the Las Palmas air base in Lima on January 21, 2018. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

CBCP denies it 'regrets' killing of Hapilon, Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The lie is posted on the Facebook page 'Rodrigo Duterte Supporters,' as the Duterte administration is accused of spreading propaganda on social media

CBCP DENIAL. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, denies that the CBCP 'regrets' the killing of Marawi siege leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Should the Catholic Church shut up?

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The moral message of religious leaders does not resonate with the public s captivation with safety and the President s willpower

Brunei's sultan bans Christmas in hardline shift

Dec 23, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Most people are too scared to speak up about the ban and while some privately gripe about the rule they know there is little to be done

CONTRAST. This photo taken on December 22, 2015 shows The Dorchester hotel in central London which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei decked out with Christmas decorations, in contrast to Brunei where Christmas celebrations are banned. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Pope says Christians, Muslims are 'brothers' in war-torn C.Africa

Nov 30, 2015 - 2:32 PM

UPDATED The pontiff has hammered home the message of peace during his visit to the Central African Republic which has been wracked by tit for tat violence between Muslim rebels and Christian vigilante groups

FRANCIS IN BANGUI. Pope Francis (R) greets waiting crowds during a visit to a refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

'Sayang' Poe: Grace and the INC

Sep 03, 2015 - 8:30 PM

I was glad that she might consider running for the top position and I had high hopes for her as an alternative to Jejomar Binay But she dashed my hopes

Ka Arnel joins the INC supporters on the flyover across EDSA Shrine while the crowd cheers.

INC, Grace Poe, and other graceless spectacles

Aug 30, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Opportunism – especially for the purpose of rabble rousing – is not acceptable

Danish intelligence knew gunman 'at risk of radicalization'

Feb 17, 2015 - 9:57 PM

UPDATED There are growing questions about whether the security services did enough to prevent the attacks on a cultural center and a synagogue which killed two people and shocked the tranquil nation

'JE SUIS DANOIS' A woman lights candle in front of the Danish embassy to pay tribute following the terrorist attack in Copenhagen, in Paris, France 15 February 2015. Yoan Valat/EPA

Tens of thousands in Copenhagen vigil for shooting victims

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt: This is a conflict between the core values of our society and violent extremists

MASSIVE RALLY. People attend a memorial ceremony after the terror attacks in Copenhagen, Denmark, 16 February 2015. Asger Ladefoged/EPA

Denmark charges two as Europe on edge after fresh attacks

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:51 PM

The twin weekend attacks has stoked renewed fears of Islamist and anti Semitic violence in Europe

TRIBUTE. Flowers left following shootings in the Danish capital, outside the Krudttonden cafe, the venue of a free speech event that was titled 'Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression', in Copenhagen, Denmark, 16 February 2015. Soeren Bidstrup/EPA

Copenhagen gunman had 'history of violent crime'

Feb 16, 2015 - 8:46 AM

Expressions of sympathy and horror pour in from across the world after the weekend shootings

'JE SUIS DANOIS' A woman lights candle in front of the Danish embassy to pay tribute following the terrorist attack in Copenhagen, in Paris, France 15 February 2015. Yoan Valat/EPA

Netanyahu urges Jews to move to Israel after Copenhagen attacks

Feb 15, 2015 - 8:35 PM

Israel is your home We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe says the Israeli prime minister

File photo of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by Gali Tibbon/Agence France-Presse

Copenhagen attacks: Police say they killed lone suspect

Feb 15, 2015 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED The man believed to be behind the assaults is shot dead after he openes fire on police officers near a rail station a spokesman says without giving details about his identity

HIGH ALERT. Danish police patrol the streets of central Copenhagen, Denmark, 15 February 2015. Martin Sylvest/EPA

Two dead, 6 injured in Copenhagen shootings

Feb 15, 2015 - 7:36 AM

UPDATED A huge manhunt operation is underway in Denmark overnight after the attacker fled following both shootings

CRIME SCENE. Forensic experts look for clues at the scene in front of the Krudttoenden cafe, where shots were reportedly fired during a discussion meeting about art, blasphemy and free speech in Copenhagen, Denmark, 14 February 2015. Liselotte Sabroe/EPA

Corrupting God's name for political gain

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:40 PM

Among Philippine politicians and celebrities God is always on their side especially when they are caught robbing their constituents blind

Iraq works to ease tensions after mosque attack kills 70

Aug 23, 2014 - 6:54 PM

UPDATED The attack at the mosque in Diyala province the day before threatens to increase anger among Iraq s Sunni Muslim minority with the Shiite led government

INC lobbies for key gov't positions

Jul 28, 2014 - 7:30 AM

The INC makes it easy for their political allies to know what they want in the form of lists of appointive positions they want secured for their own members

Pope's gentle message dodges hot button issues

Mar 20, 2013 - 7:01 AM

The first Latin American pope has been heralded by supporters as a progressive but scholars say he is unlikely to bend on Church doctrine and key moral issues were glaringly absent from his speech

INSTALLATION RITES. Thousands of Catholics attend the rites to official begin Pope Francis' papacy. Photo from AFP

Christian, Buddhist places of worship shut in Indonesia's Aceh

Oct 23, 2012 - 3:28 PM

Authorities in Indonesia s only province that uses Islamic sharia laws said they had closed some Christian places of worship and Buddhist temples following pressure from hardliners

Europe's first hijab-wearing mayor to take office in Bosnia

Oct 10, 2012 - 8:11 AM

Amra Babic 43 who regularly wears the hijab won 30 percent of the votes in the mayoral race in Visoko a town of some 40 000 people near Sarajevo Bosnia Herzegovina

Amra Babic, the newly elected mayor of the central Bosnian town of Visoko, poses in her office in Visoko on October 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC

Mass Myanmar monk rally backs anti-Rohingya plan

Sep 03, 2012 - 10:08 AM

Lines of clerics wearing their traditional deep red robes passed through the streets of Mandalay flanked by crowds of supporters in scenes not witnessed since a monk led protest in 2007

PROTEST. Myanmar Buddhist monks rally on the streets of Mandalay on September 2, 2012 as they support the country's president, Thein Sein, and protest against the UN over the recent violence in Rakhine state, a western part of Myanmar. Fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state has left almost 90 people from both sides dead since June, according to an official estimate, although rights groups fear the real toll is much higher. Speaking a dialect similar to one in neighbouring Bangladesh, the Rohingya are seen by the Myanmar government and many Burmese as illegal immigrants. AFP PHOTO

Why Pakistan abandoned its Nobel laureate

Jul 30, 2012 - 12:48 PM

Abdus Salam the child prodigy born to a humble family in Punjab who won accolades for his ground breaking research in theoretical physics is all but forgotten