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Pope winds up World Youth Day in Panama with giant mass

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Pope Francis tell youth: 'Go back to your parishes and communities, to your families and your friends, and share this experience, so that others can resonate with the strength and enthusiasm that is yours'

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he arrives in the popemobile to give an open-air mass at the Campo San Juan Pablo II on the outskirts of Panama City, on January 27, 2019. Pope Francis winds up a global gathering of young Catholics on Sunday with a giant open-air mass for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims before leaving Panama. Marvin RECINOS / AFP

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

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

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Pope slams 'fear' over migration as he begins World Youth Day trip in Panama

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The festive 5-day youth meeting offers Pope Francis a brief respite from a torrent of Church sex scandals that have jolted his papacy

WYD 2019. Pope Francis waves to the crowd of faithful from the Popemobile, after landing at Panama's Tocumen International Airport on January 23, 2019. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Panama youth meeting offers pope respite from scandals

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The festive 5-day meeting with an expected 200,000 young people from around the world offers the 82-year-old pontiff a brief respite from a torrent of sex scandals that have jolted his papacy

EASTER. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobie after the mass of Easter on April 1, 2018 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Rock and roll nuns to perform for Pope Francis in Panama World Youth Day

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:03 PM

It may be rock and roll, but Twisted Sister they ain't, and sex and drugs are not an option for the Sisters of the Servants of the Plan of God. They play their brand of melodic rock in their traditional habits.

SERVANTS. Eight of the9 members of religious musical band "€œSiervas"€ (Servants), known as the 'rock nuns'€ pose for a picture during a rehearsal in Lima on January 14, 2019. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Panama prisoners build confession boxes for papal visit

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Pope Francis' visit to Panama in January 2019 is the first to the Central American country since the late John Paul II made the trip in 1983

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis will visit Panama for the  Catholic World Youth Day festival. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis urges young people not to remain silent

Mar 25, 2018 - 6:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, so often corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?' Pope Francis asks

Next World Youth Day in Panama in 2019 – Pope Francis

Jul 31, 2016 - 6:10 PM

It will the first time a pope visits the Central American country since Pope John Paul II s trip in 1983

epa05449587 Pilgrims welcome Pope Francis (not seen) in the Campus Misericordiae before a holy mass ending the World Youth Day 2016 in Poland in Brzegi, Poland, 31 July 2016. EPA/PAWEL SUPERNAK POLAND OUT

Use the Gospel as your GPS, Pope tells huge Mass in Poland

Jul 31, 2016 - 8:17 AM

3rd UPDATE Speaking at World Youth Day 2016 Pope Francis calls on tech savvy youngsters to download the best link of all that of a heart which sees and transmits goodness without growing weary

NEXT HOST. Confetti falls over pilgrims on July 31, 2016 after Pope Francis (not seen) announced Panama will host World Youth Day 2019. Photo by Jacek Turczyk/EPA

Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout central European country

This file photo taken on June 30, 2016 shows Pope Francis greeting the crowd during a Jubilee audience at St Peter's square in Vatican.  Gabriel Bouys/AFP

World Youth Day: Pope to headline 'Catholic Woodstock'

Jul 24, 2016 - 11:42 AM

With Europe reeling from a series of terror attacks targeting civilians Poland will deploy over 20 000 policemen and has temporarily restored border checks with EU neighbors

READY FOR WYD. A picture taken on July 23, 2016 shows the Misericordiae Campus where the World Youth Day will take place next week, in Brzegi, near Krakow. Bartosz Siedlik/AFP

Young Catholics set stage for Pope Francis at World Youth Day

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:16 PM

About 600 000 people have already registered but we expect many more to show up in Krakow at the last minute so all in all we expect up to 1 5 million people Monika Chylaszek a spokesman for Krakow city hall explains

Pope Francis (R) wears a plastic poncho as he waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Threat of traffic

Oct 29, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Pope Francis' love affair with Filipinos

Jan 17, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Pope Francis steals the hearts of Filipinos What makes him click with his followers?

Pope Francis wearing a plastic praincoat waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Photo by Johannes Eiselle/AFP

Airlifts and emergencies: Keeping people safe in a papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Things don’t always go to plan when an overeager crowd welcomes a widely popular religious leader

Pope John Paul II – and his security team –wade through the crowd during his 1995 visit to the Philippines. AFP file photo

Pope Francis and his brand of activism

Jan 14, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The Pope encourages the kind of activism that aligns with the Christian doctrine and goes against the structural causes of poverty

Faithfuls cheer Pope Francis as he arrives to celebrate a mass at the World Cup Stadium in Daejeon, South Koera, 15 August 2014. Photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/ EPAZENNARO

Looking back: The visits of Paul VI and John Paul II

Jan 13, 2015 - 6:20 PM

God truly blessed us with their presence and most of all because in seeing them we were brought closer to Jesus Christ No doubt this is what we will experience with the coming of Pope Francis

'Tell The World of His Love': Remember this song?

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:40 AM

When Pope John Paul II came to the Philippines for the World Youth Day in 1995 he was welcomed by the Catholic faithful with a song called Tell The World of His Love This is the story behind the song

John Paul II in Manila: His 7 best words for Filipinos

Jan 12, 2015 - 4:24 PM

What can we learn from John Paul as Francis visits the Philippines?

FINAL VISIT. Then Pope John Paul II waves at the crowd during his second and final visit to the Philippines in January 1995. Photo courtesy of AFP

Touched by a saint: A close encounter with Pope John Paul II

Jan 11, 2015 - 9:48 PM

What’s it like to meet someone like a pope? Anna Marco recounts her meeting with Pope – now Saint – John Paul II back in 1995

WATCH: 'Tell The World of His Love' composer performs her song

Jan 11, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Watch songwriter Trina Belamide sing her own composition and look back at the past papal visits in the Philippines

The man who shoots popes

Jan 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Veteran photographer Noli Yamsuan Jr shares his wealth of experience through years of shooting papal visits and his expectations from the Pope Francis coverage

PENTHOUSE MAY 1983 EDITION. 'They like my work (Cuaresma) so much, they just didn’t buy my images, they placed me on an assignment and that pays a lot more.' Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pope Francis eyes Philippine visit

Jul 29, 2013 - 10:23 PM

Pope Francis says he wants to visit Asia because it s a continent Benedict XVI did not get to Will this happen in 2016 in time for the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu?

Pope: Marriage not 'out of fashion'

Jul 29, 2013 - 2:41 PM

Pope Francis asks youth to rebel for marriage

Pope to youth: Go, the Church needs you

Jul 29, 2013 - 12:02 AM

The Pope says the youth should bring the Gospel even to those who seem farthest away most indifferent

Next World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in 2016

Jul 28, 2013 - 11:37 PM

Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day the Catholic youth fest will be held in the Polish city of Krakow in 2016

INVITED. Pope Francis in a file photo by AFP

Pope in Brazil backs young protestors seeking change

Jul 28, 2013 - 3:18 PM

Pope Francis: The young people in the street are the ones who want to be actors of change Please don t let others be actors of change

WITH THE YOUTH. Pope Francis waves at faithfuls standing along the beachfront in Rio de Janeiro on his way for a prayer vigil with hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims attending World Youth Day (WYD) at Copacabana beach on July 27, 2013, during his week-long visit to Brazil. AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba

Pope to bishops: Listen to those who left us

Jul 28, 2013 - 7:42 AM

In a landmark speech Pope Francis fleshes out the reasons why people leave the Catholic Church

Don't be imposing, Pope Francis tells priests

Jul 28, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Pope Francis says We do not want to be presumptuous imposing our truths

Youth to priests: Engage us, teach us about human sexuality

Jul 27, 2013 - 8:19 PM

We really need people who will engage our generation for mentorship and spiritual direction

Papal visit fiascos raise concern ahead of Brazil World Cup

Jul 27, 2013 - 1:23 PM

A series of fiascos during Pope Francis s visit this week have raised fresh concerns about Brazil s ability to stage next year s World Cup

Brazilian protesters wreck banks in Sao Paulo

Jul 27, 2013 - 8:02 AM

UPDATED Sau Paulo protesters ransacked banks blocked traffic in solidatiry with Rio de Janeiro protesters

Pope reaches out to youth alienated by church failings

Jul 27, 2013 - 7:56 AM

The Pope makes a political message in a country that was rocked by massive protests against corruption lagging public services and the cost of hosting the World Cup

RE-ENERGIZE FLOCK. Pope Francis celebrates the Way of the Cross at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 26, 2013 during the World Youth Day. Photo by EPA/Luca Zennaro

Pope warns youth against materialism

Jul 26, 2013 - 9:14 AM

In his first World Youth Day speech Pope Francis warns the youth against the illusion of being happy

Pope to youth: Don’t lose faith amid corruption

Jul 25, 2013 - 11:45 PM

Pope Francis calls on the youth of Brazil to keep the faith in the face of corruption

‘DEFEAT EVIL.’ Pope Francis calls on the youth of Brazil to keep the faith in the face of corruption. "You are not alone, the Church is with you, the Pope is with you." AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba

Pope decries money, power 'idols' in 1st Brazil Mass

Jul 24, 2013 - 11:16 PM

Pope Francis leads his first large Mass since returning to his native Latin America decrying ephemeral idols like money and power at Brazil s most revered shrine

Rio metro breaks down, causing chaos amid papal visit

Jul 24, 2013 - 7:54 AM

Crowds of people crammed into buses scrambled to find taxis or began walking toward Copacabana beach for a mass to officially kick off World Youth Day

PILGRIMS AT THE SAMBODROMO. A group of pilgrims attend the first official day of the week-long World Youth Day festival in Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 23 July 2013. Photo by EPA/Marcelo Sayão

Pope warns of a jobless generation on Brazil trip

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:56 PM

Pope Francis warned Monday that the world risks having an entire generation of jobless young people as he headed to Brazil

ENCOURAGING PEOPLE. Before his homily about care for creation, Pope Francis stops to kiss a sick man during his inaugural procession. File photo from Vatican Radio's Facebook page

Latin America's first pope heads to restive Brazil

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:37 AM

Pilgrims from around the world began to gather in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day

STAGE IS SET. A stage for a papal mass and youth vigil to be held during the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil next week on "Campus Fidei", a 300-hectare vacant lot in Guaratiba, 40 km west of central Rio de Janeiro, is being given the finishing touches on July 18, 2013. Photo by AFP/Christophe Simon

Pope due in restive Brazil to meet Catholic youth

Jul 21, 2013 - 2:09 AM

Francis is due in Brazil on July 22 on his first foreign trip as pontiff to attend the World Youth Day in the world s biggest Catholic country

Pope ditches bullet-proof car for Brazil trip

Jul 17, 2013 - 9:15 PM

Pope Francis will ditch the bullet proof popemobile used by his predecessors on his visit to Brazil this month and travel in an open top jeep the Vatican says

POPE'S APPEAL. Pope Francis appeals to kidnappers in Syria to release their hostages. File photo from AFP

Brazil protesters hope for Pope's backing during visit

Jul 17, 2013 - 11:47 AM

Young Brazilians who marched in June to demand more funding for health and education are hoping Pope Francis will back their cause

READY FOR POPE FRANCIS. Scene in a church at a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 14, 2013, where Pope Francis is due to celebrate mass during his upcoming visit next July 22 to 28. AFP PHOTO / Vanderlei Almeida

Pope readies trip to simmering Brazil

Jul 15, 2013 - 10:20 AM

Pope Francis travels to Brazil later this month a country riven by social tensions and with the highest number of Catholics in the world

READY FOR POPE FRANCIS. Scene in a church at a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 14, 2013, where Pope Francis is due to celebrate mass during his upcoming visit next July 22 to 28. AFP PHOTO / Vanderlei Almeida

1.5-M people due in Rio for papal visit

Jul 10, 2013 - 7:17 AM

World Youth Day 2013 to be held in Rio de Janeiro July 23 28; Pope Francis set to attend

'CRISTO REDENTOR' The Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue atop Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 05 December 2012. Photo by EPA/Gernot Hensel

Pope confirms he will attend World Youth Day

Mar 20, 2013 - 11:14 PM

World Youth Day will take place July 23 28

FIRST ANGELUS. Pope Francis leads his first Angelus prayer from the window of the apartments at St Peter's square on March 17, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

The story of Sining Bodega

Aug 10, 2012 - 4:55 PM

Hurrah for the writers groups that abound For aspiring fiction writers here s Sining Bodega

FOUR OF SINING BODEGA's original members: (From left) Dr. Joachim Antonio, Jonathan Guillermo, Bok Gil and Norman Tan. Photo by KC Calpo