religions in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on religions in the Philippines


[OPINION] Why did priests and religious vote for Duterte?

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'My classmate who told me that he voted for Duterte after a process of discernment was most likely influenced by regionalism rather than the Holy Spirit'

[OPINION] I was an atheist, then a Christian, and now an agnostic

Mar 08, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'No matter which side you're on, it's wrong to make people feel unsafe for believing in the things they do, or feel that they are lesser than you for not believing in what you believe'

[OPINION] Walking away from the golden calf

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'I could no longer claim membership in the Catholic Church in good faith – not just because of the hypocrites in her, but because of the inherent hypocrisy in her system'

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: I don't believe in god

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:18 PM

What led our podcast guest David Ong to his atheism? What values does he hold? Would he raise his child godless or marry a staunch Catholic? Let's find out!

[OPINION] National Baptist Day: Laughing instead of mourning

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:26 PM

On social media, Kristoffer Pasion, a Filipino historian, minces no words: 'As a Baptist, I denounce this and the disgusting hypocrisy of these church leaders who invited Duterte and laughed at his curse-laden speech'

[OPINION] Something is wrong with Filipino faith

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Why do we rank as a corrupt country despite being the only Christian nation in Asia? What happened to the faith that teaches us to love God and our neighbors?

[OPINION] Apollo Quiboloy, stop!

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:22 PM

There’s nothing funny about Pastor Quiboloy. Nothing is funny when religious work perpetuates people’s ignorance.

[OPINION] How Carlos Celdran made me a decisive Catholic

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:52 PM

'Provocative criticisms from skeptics, agnostics, and atheists should in fact be welcomed as a means for us Catholics to let our faith grow deeper and perhaps evolve'

[OPINYON] Ikinasal ako sa isang atheist

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Akala ko noong una 'pag atheist, barumbado, matapang, siga, pero nagkamali ako. Sila pa 'yung mas nakakaunawa, sila pa 'yung mas gumagalang ng paniniwala ng iba.

[OPINION] A young Muslim's notes from Manila

Aug 12, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Moving to predominantly Christian Manila was daunting for Earl, a practicing Muslim from Zamboanga. What challenges did he face?

[OPINION] Constructing a Muslim identity in a predominantly Christian society

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'My first years as a new Muslim were definitely tough. I was previously unaware of how difficult life was as a Muslim, because it was a struggle that I could not relate to as a Christian.'

[OPINION] 'Ikaw ang unang Muslim na nakilala ko'

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:39 AM

I am positive that we can become a nation that can rise beyond the idea that we should all be similar, and that we need to change those who do not fit our standards

[OPINION] One woman's journey from Christianity to agnosticism

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:17 AM

My departure from Christianity does not mean that I will cling to the arms of blasphemy

[OPINYON] Hindi ko kailangan ng relihiyon upang maging mabuting tao

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Ayaw kong mabuhay sa takot. Ayaw kong isipin na dapat ganito, ganiyan ang gawin ko upang 'maligtas' ako sa kung anong katapusang mangyayari.

How other religions in PH observe Undas

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Some faiths have practices similar to Undas, while others do not commemorate it at all

Religion and our state

Aug 04, 2017 - 7:42 PM

When secular state becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

[Dash of SAS] Love and sex advice from the Pope

May 19, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Many of the laws in the Philippines are based on the love and sex advice dispensed by the Church says sex and gender columnist Ana Santos

INC stages biggest event to woo non-members

Sep 26, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Speaking to Rappler Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Brother Edwil Zabala says this is the biggest evangelical mission in the INC s 101 year history

BOOSTING MEMBERSHIP. The Iglesia ni Cristo is holding its biggest grand evangelical mission on September 26, 2015, to boost its membership in the face of its worst crisis. File photo by Rico Cruz in 2014  BOOSTING MEMBERSHIP. The Iglesia ni Cristo is holding its biggest grand evangelical mission on September 26, 2015, to boost its membership in the face of its worst crisis. File photo by Rico Cruz in 2014

'Introducing Papa Jesus through Pope Francis'

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:25 PM

A young family camps out along Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue so that their young son may learn about Jesus through Pope Francis

‘MEETING’ THE POPE. Calix holds on to a small statue of the Sto Nino, or the child Jesus. Photo by Rappler

Luistro: Forming God-loving learners still DepEd's vision

Aug 30, 2014 - 5:04 PM

Education Secretary Armin Luistro says his department s new vision mission and core values must be appreciated in its entirety

Muslims and Christians: Misrepresentation of the 'other' and ourselves

Apr 09, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Do we understand our Muslim brothers and sisters?

Graphics by Mara Mercado/ Rappler

Are we truly a secular society?

May 03, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The Constitution says we are But in practice we are not

Vitug Vlogs: Challenge for Pope Francis

Mar 28, 2013 - 9:33 PM

Rappler’s editor at large Marites Vitug says the Philippine church poses a challenge to the new pontiff

Malacañang: Pope's election 'call for unity'

Mar 14, 2013 - 11:27 AM

The President along with the Filipino people joins all the Catholic faithful as they receive their new leader and meet his proclamation with a sense of boundless promise

Pope would've slammed bid vs Team Patay

Feb 28, 2013 - 9:07 AM

Pope Benedict XVI warns the Church against transforming herself into a directly political subject that engages in partisan interests

Team Patay, Team Buhay: Unconscionable

Feb 25, 2013 - 7:03 AM

Putting posters up about conscience in the context of a particular vote for or against people trivializes the moral authority of the Church

Church officials turn on government over US troops

Jun 12, 2012 - 5:10 PM

On Independence Day church officials accused the government of trying to increase US troop numbers in the country