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Rappler's latest stories on religious groups in the Philippines


LIST: Online masses, services by religious groups amid coronavirus

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Religious groups offer livestreamed services, online masses, and pre-recorded videos for their members to follow while in the safety of their homes

Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for 'malicious, careless' attack

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Farmers Development Center also says their inclusion in the red list was meant to 'silence our advocacy' for farmers rights

MILITARY LIST. The military tells lawmakers on November 5, 2019 that 18 groups are allegedly front organizations for the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Delegates from 67 countries attend Jehovah’s Witnesses event

Nov 02, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The 5,500 overseas delegates join the 25,000 local members in the three-day international convention held at the Mall of Asia Arena and the SMX Convention Center

More than 5,500 foreigners are converging to attend the 2019 International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Mall of Asia Arena and the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from November 1 to 3. Contributed photo

Is it dangerous or about love? Church groups split over SOGIE bill

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Koko Alviar of the Aglipayan Church says his faith teaches him to 'exist in a community of love.' Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines lawyer Lyndon Caña argues that gender identity is a mere 'feeling' and not a fact.

OPPOSE. Attorney Lyndon Cana of the Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines speaks at the Senate hearing to oppose the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Equality (SOGIE) bill on September 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Key figures in the 2015 Iglesia ni Cristo controversy: Where are they now?

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Personalities involved in the 2015 controversy that hit the influential religious group are detained, granted refugee status, or in hiding except for the INC executive minister

After the 2015 controversies: What's been happening inside the Iglesia ni Cristo?

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:35 AM

For the INC's 105th anniversary on July 27, Rappler speaks with members, both active and inactive, who talk about changes – some of them painful – in their church

SEAT OF POWER. The enormous Central Temple of Iglesia ni Cristo in Quezon City. File photo by Rappler

What you need to know about INC’s outreach program, Lingap sa Mamamayan

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:19 PM

The INC has not faltered in conducting charitable activities under its Lingap sa Mamamayan program, which has broken Guinness World Records

How Top 15 senatorial candidates performed in INC provinces

May 17, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Did Iglesia Ni Cristo-backed senatorial candidates succeed in the 10 provinces with the most members?

[OPINION] The folly of religious endorsements

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Our politics is thoroughly personality-driven. When religious leaders throw their support behind certain candidates, they inevitably echo the divide according to existing political loyalties.

'Our faith is our vote,' Christians told ahead of May 13 polls

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Nakakatakot ang eleksyon na ito,' says lawyer Alex Lacson, warning that 'we have not the seen the worst' of President Rodrigo Duterte

ELECTION FORUM. Lawyer Alex Lacson, convenor of the People's Choice Movement, speaks during the election form 'Our Faith, Our Vote' at Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City on April 8, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte taps Evasco to dialogue with religious groups

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Malacañang is still uncertain if President Rodrigo Duterte will accept the Papal Nuncio's invitation to Pope's Day celebration

United Methodists: Release 3 missionaries in Philippines

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:06 PM

'We vigorously protest this treatment of our mission personnel, placed and supervised in collaboration with the United Methodist Church in the Philippines,' says Thomas Kemper, general secretary of the United Methodist Global Ministries

MISSIONARY HELD. Tawanda Chandiwana of Mutare, Zimbabwe, is one of 3 missionaries that the United Methdist Church says have been 'held by the Republic of the Philippines.' From the United Methodist General Board Global Ministries