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Dalai Lama 'deeply sorry' for comments on women

Jul 03, 2019 - 10:37 AM

But the Tibetan spiritual leader does not apologize for saying that US President Donald Trump has a 'lack of moral principle' and 'complicated' emotions.

REGRETS. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama addresses a seminar in Mumbai.  Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

The science of awakening

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Awakenings do not inflame tragedy or sorrow. Awakenings get you to a level that transcends your sorrows, fears, and frustrations.

Dalai Lama 'doing much better,' should leave hospital in few days – spokesman

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:20 AM

(UPDATED) A representative of the Dalai Lama says he is in New Delhi for a doctor's visit, and is 'doing much better'

AILING. File photo of the Dalai Lama. From Wikipedia

Millions in India gather for world's largest religious event

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:42 PM

More than 100 million devotees over the next 48 days are converging in India's sacred rivers during the Kumbh Mela


Crystals 101: Everything you need to know about crystal healing

May 02, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Xavier Cortez, who sells crystals to the likes of Nadine Lustre, talks to us about crystal healing

How theater acting gave me a sense of calm

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:41 PM

We all find inner peace in different places. In my case, I found the opportunity to cultivate inner peace and to renew the spiritual side of me in an acting workshop.

Which tarot card rules your zodiac sign?

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Here's what your tarot card says about your personality, challenges, and life lessons

Rappler Talk: Michael Berg on harnessing power of mind to beat addiction

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:50 PM

How can drug addiction be conquered? Kabbalah Center International s Michael Berg speaks

Cardinal Tagle: 'What has happened to humanity?'

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Cardinal Tagle cites the Marawi clashes and the Resorts World Manila attack as examples of a modern world that throws away its values

PENTECOST RECOLLECTION. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle holds a recollection on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Church and China Communists vie over French missionary

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Auguste Chapdelaine born on a farm in Normandy was ordained in his early twenties and sent in the early 1850s to the southern Chinese region of Guangxi where he was known as Father Ma

This photo taken in May 2016 shows parishioners during a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. The finishing touches are being put to a new museum in Dingan, the village where French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine died in 1856, celebrating the 'patriotism' of his execution and condemning the 'spiritual opium' of religion. Photo by Greg Baker/ AFP

Will scandals erode Iglesia ni Cristo bloc vote?

May 01, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Recent scandals involving the Iglesia ni Cristo cast doubt on the practice of bloc voting Will INC members still obey their ministers on election day?

CENTURY-OLD CHURCH. A man holds the flag of the Iglesia ni Cristo during its centennial celebration in Bulacan in July 2014. File photo by Rico Cruz

FULL TEXT: Cardinal Tagle's Easter homily

Mar 27, 2016 - 5:00 PM

My dear brothers and sisters Easter is a time to look for Jesus Those who look for Jesus will find Jesus

'BLOOD OF CHRIST.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Mass in the evening of March 26, 2016, to celebrate Christianity's greatest feast – Easter. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Cardinal Tagle opens Holy Door in Manila City Jail

Mar 26, 2016 - 7:19 AM

We re all like Judas but we re all like Jesus too Cardinal Tagle says

SHEPHERD AND FLOCK. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visits the residents of the Manila City Jail on Holy Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Photo by Roy Lagarde

When they ask me about ‘God,' I talk about music

Mar 24, 2016 - 3:09 PM

Much like religious practices like hearing mass and visiting churches on Holy Week I think people can miss out on the point when they just focus on just those practices and not realizing why they do them in the first place

Pope to gossiping priests, nuns: 'Bite your tongue'

Feb 02, 2016 - 12:13 PM

Pope Francis also reminds the clergy not to break their religious vows of chastity poverty and obedience

epa05138558 A handout picture released by Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis during an audience with nuns and priests for the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, 01 February 2016. EPA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Feb 01, 2016 - 12:48 PM

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Pope's envoy at IEC: 'Church should return to youth'

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo adds The death of the family is the death of humanity

Binay takes communion from Pope's envoy at IEC

Jan 24, 2016 - 7:23 PM

This comes as the local church said the International Eucharistic Congress will not become a platform for politics

PILGRIM, POLITICIAN. Vice President Jejomar Binay goes down the stage after receiving communion from the Pope's representative, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, during the International Eucharistic Congress opening Mass in Cebu City on January 24, 2015. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle on Nazareno: 'Siya ang humahawak sa atin'

Jan 09, 2016 - 7:12 AM

Hindi ka pabigat Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle says in a homily for devotees of the Black Nazarene

SOURCE OF HOPE. Filipino devotees jostle to reach a statue of the Black Nazarene during a procession in Manila, Philippines, on January 9 2015. File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Christmas 2015: 'Welcome Jesus in the hungry'

Dec 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle stresses the need for mercy while Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Christmas is a mission

Cardinal Tagle: Gift of self can overcome hatred

Dec 20, 2015 - 5:16 PM

Instead of hatred Jesus said: This is my body for you This is my blood for you Cardinal Tagle says

'GIFT OF SELF.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle stresses the need for the 'gift of self' at a time when people have grown 'suspicious of each other.' File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Cardinal Tagle opens Holy Door, hits 'merciless' corruption

Dec 09, 2015 - 8:34 PM

Without mercy no church no society will ever be built up Cardinal Tagle says as he opens the Jubilee Year of Mercy

TIME OF MERCY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on December 9, 2015, opens the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Manila. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Cardinal Tagle on family as ‘home for the wounded heart’

Oct 03, 2015 - 8:44 AM

‘The wounds may come from the family but it is also the family that becomes the source of comfort and healing ’ Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says at the World Meeting of Families

MUCH-APPLAUDED. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers a keynote speech at the World Meeting of Families in the United States on September 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

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

Top Vatican reporter writes book about Cardinal Tagle

Sep 19, 2015 - 8:19 AM

In an e mail to Rappler author Cindy Wooden says Cardinal Tagle’s pastoral approach resembles the pastoral approach of Pope Francis

'ASIAN FRANCIS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (R) stands with Pope Francis (L) in a meeting with street children in Manila, Philippines, on June 16, 2015. Photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP

Pope Francis hits ‘utilitarian friendships’

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:30 PM

’Before considering someone your friend let time test him ’ Pope Francis says as he describes friendship as ‘very sacred’

TIME FOR PRAYER. Pope Francis leads special prayers marking a day he has dedicated to praising and protecting nature's marvels in St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, on September 1, 2015. Photo by Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Cardinal Tagle issues ‘oratio imperata’ vs El Niño

Sep 11, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Storm the heavens to fight the drought Cardinal Tagle tells Catholics as the current El Niño is likely to become one of the strongest on record

DESTRUCTIVE PHENOMENON. Thousands of dead tuna crabs line the Pacific Ocean shore after succumbing to the effects of warmer ocean temperatures in Laguna Beach, California, USA, on June 16, 2015. The mass die-off on a large stretch of the Southern California coastline may be caused by the El Niño phenomenon. Photo by Eugene Garcie/EPA

CBCP on Pope easing annulments: ‘Fresh air’

Sep 09, 2015 - 11:59 AM

In a historic move Pope Francis reforms the annulment process to ensure that ‘the heart of the faithful is not long oppressed by the darkness of doubt’

‘POPE OF MERCY.’ Pope Francis speaks during an audience in Vatican City on September 5, 2015. Three days later, he issues a letter simplifying the annulment process for Catholics. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

Cardinal Tagle: Rest, don’t worship your work

Sep 05, 2015 - 8:27 AM

Saying people have become ‘too pragmatic ’ Cardinal Tagle asks his flock ‘Do you have time as they say to smell the roses?’

'REST, CONTEMPLATE.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges his flock in a homily on September 1, 2015, to rest and contemplate the world's beauty. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

CBCP on Pope's decision: Abortion remains wrong

Sep 03, 2015 - 1:37 PM

Still a Filipino archbishop says Pope Francis through a recent decision wants to show that ‘the mercy of God is bigger than the sin of abortion’

REJECTING ABORTION. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, says the Catholic Church continues to reject abortion as a 'grave and serious wrong.' File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Pope to single mom: 'You respected life, don't be ashamed'

Sep 02, 2015 - 10:49 PM

Single mother Rosemary Farfan tells Pope Francis I ve felt guilty at times and ashamed Calling her a courageous woman the Pope drives her to tears

'DON'T BE ASHAMED.' On ABC News, comforting words from Pope Francis drives single mother Rosemary Farfan to tears. Separate screen shots from the YouTube account of ABC News

Why Catholic Church OKs marijuana for the terminally ill

Aug 17, 2015 - 9:00 PM

While allowing the use of marijuana for the terminally ill Catholic bishops in the Philippines deny supporting a proposed medical marijuana bill

TOP BISHOP. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, shown here in a recent Mass, says the Catholic Church allows the use of marijuana for terminally-ill patients. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Cardinal Tagle’s secretary now rector of Manila Cathedral

Aug 16, 2015 - 4:39 PM

Giving his secretary a piece of advice Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle recalls the time he himself was installed as a cathedral rector – inside a stockroom

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (left) installs his private secretary, Fr Reginald Malicdem, as the new Manila Cathedral rector. Photo courtesy of Alexander Amora Juni

Q and A: ‘Magtatagumpay ang Iglesia ni Cristo’ nguni't...

Aug 15, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Pero meron pa ring hamon sabi ng sociologist na si Jayeel Cornelio Dagdag niya The social media element is a game changer for the Iglesia ni Cristo

'THEY'VE ARRIVED.' The Iglesia ni Cristo will grow 'much stronger' in the next 100 years, sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says in an interview with Rappler 2014. Photo by Rico Cruz/Rappler

Q and A: We're not divided, INC spokesman says

Aug 11, 2015 - 1:01 PM

Speaking to Rappler Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala seeks to reassure INC members who have begun to doubt their church

'NOT DIVIDED.' Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Brother Edwil Zabala says the century-old church remains united as it faces its worst crisis. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PODCAST: Saan patungo ang Iglesia ni Cristo?

Aug 08, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Para maintindihan natin ang krisis sa Iglesia ni Cristo makakasama natin ang isang sociologist of religion si Jayeel Cornelio

DOJ denies INC 'abduction' is 'case closed'

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Three ministers allegedly abducted by the Iglesia ni Cristo however surface to deny their alleged abduction

'MISSING MINISTERS.' Unidentified men post this message on July 23, 2015, on the window of the Iglesia ni Cristo building at 36 Tandang Sora St, Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler   Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Angel Manalo: 'Kuya, sana magkausap na tayo'

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:57 PM

Angel Manalo also tells his brother Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo: Ang mommy sana makausap mo na Sabik na sabik siya

LEADER'S BROTHER. Angel Manalo hits 'corruption' within the Iglesia ni Cristo as he addresses reporters on July 24, 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NBI on Iglesia ni Cristo 'abduction': Case closed

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:34 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation rules out the alleged abduction of Iglesia ni Cristo ministers after investigators fail to find enough evidence

'MISSING MINISTERS.' Another message was posted by unidentified men on the window of the INC building at 36 Tandang Sora St. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo sues expelled minister for libel

Jul 27, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Expelled minister Isaias Samson Jr former editor in chief of the INC publication Pasugo earlier accused INC general auditor Glicerio Santos Jr of corruption

EXPELLED MINISTER. Isaias Samson Jr, former editor in chief of the Iglesia ni Cristo publication 'Pasugo,' faces a libel complaint. File photo by Rappler

US-based INC minister: 'Never my intention to quit'

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:30 AM

But Iglesia ni Cristo s Louie Cayabyab asks his flock to support the vigils in their districts citing INC members who are risking their lives

US-BASED MINISTER. Iglesia ni Cristo minister Louie Cayabyab says he wants to stay in the century-old church. Screen grab from Youtube

WATCH: Supporters of Manalo kin enter INC compound

Jul 26, 2015 - 8:40 PM

The group of Iglesia ni Cristo members also argues with the police who asked them to clear the area following complaints from concerned citizens

SUPPORTING MANALOS. Supporters of Angel and Tenny Manalo troop to 36 Tandang Sora in Quezon City on July 26, 2015, to support the mother and brother of Iglesia ni Cristo's leader. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler  Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

INC minister defies orders, quits during service

Jul 26, 2015 - 1:34 PM

In a YouTube video people weep as a minister refuses to read a circular expelling the mother and brother of Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo

DEFYING ORDERS. An Iglesia ni Cristo minister is shown in a Youtube video defying orders of the church's central office, and quitting in the middle of a worship service. Screen grab from Youtube

Iglesia ni Cristo head gathers flock amid crisis

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED Iglesia executive minister Eduardo Manalo does not directly address issues involving the INC such as alleged corruption and the supposed abduction of ministers

REVERED LEADER. Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, the church's third leader, follows in the footsteps of Iglesia founder Felix Manalo. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Expelled INC minister: Don't cover up wrongdoing

Jul 25, 2015 - 10:05 PM

Be spokespersons of God expelled Iglesia ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson Jr tells church spokesmen Bienvenido Santiago and Edwil Zabala

IGLESIA SPOKESMEN. Brother Edwil Zabala (L) and Brother Bienvenido Santiago (R), both spokesmen of the Iglesia ni Cristo, address issues concerning the century-old church. File photos by Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo eyes case against critics

Jul 25, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Speaking to Rappler Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Bro Edwil Zabala dares critics to present their evidence against the century old church

MULLING CASE. Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala says the 100-year-old church is considering to sue its critics. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

For Manalo kin, help comes in food deliveries

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:40 PM

One delivery amounts to P3 000; another comes from a Singapore based supporter of Angel and Tenny Manalo kin of the head of Iglesia ni Cristo

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) inspect foods to be delivered at the Manalo's residence at 36 Tandang Sora in day 2 of INC crisis. Photo by Mark Saludes / Rappler (c) Mark Z.Saludes

DOJ orders probe into Iglesia ni Cristo 'abduction'

Jul 24, 2015 - 2:10 PM

UPDATED The Department of Justice however says it will avoid issues internal to the Iglesia ni Cristo a group known for its influence in government

 SECURED BY POLICE. Quezon City police secure the gate of the Iglesia ni Cristo compound in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, around midnight on July 24, 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pope Francis to send envoy to Cebu in 2016

Jul 14, 2015 - 8:01 PM

Filipino bishops won t insist on inviting Pope Francis because they want to give other countries a chance to see the pontiff

IN SPIRIT. Pope Francis prays at the Shrine of the Virgin of Caacupe during a Mass in Caacupe, Paraguay, on July 11, 2015. Through a representative, he will be in the Philippines in spirit in January 2016. Photo by Ciro Fusco/EPA

CBCP on gay marriage ruling: Church cares for all

Jun 28, 2015 - 12:28 AM

While sticking to Church doctrine Catholic bishops vow to revisit our concepts and presuppositions after the US Supreme Court favored same sex marriage

PRIDE MARCH. Filipinos join a march to celebrate gay pride in the Philippines on June 27, 2015, a day after the US Supreme ruled that gay marriage is legal. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler