Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

Stung by accusations of spreading "fake news," the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.

Reformist pope, murdered archbishop to be made saints

Pope Paul VI, who oversaw sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the 1960s, will be made a saint along with a Salvadoran archbishop who was shot dead while celebrating mass, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Pope Francis signed decrees giving the go-ahead for the honors on the basis of miracles attributed to each candidate, […]

Pope praises Pyeongchang Olympics as bridge to peace

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has praised the Pyeongchang Olympics for showing that sport can “build bridges between countries in conflict and give a valid contribution to peace.” Francis delivered the message during his general audience Wednesday ahead of the start of the Paralympics. Francis praised the paralympic athletes as “examples of courage, perseverance and […]

Allegations about 40 gay priests in Italy sent to Vatican

The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.

Pope declares new feast day devoted to the Virgin Mary

Pope Francis has made the devotion to the Virgin Mary a new fixed celebration in the Roman Catholic calendar.

Pope Francis advises preachers to keep it short, sweet and insightful

Roman Catholic faithful all over the world are grateful to Pope Francis for pointedly “suggesting” a 10-minute length limit for Sunday Mass homilies or sermons.

Iba has new bishop

Pope Francis has named Msgr. Bartolome Santos Jr. as the new bishop of the Diocese of Iba, Zambales, which has been vacant for almost four years now.

Vatican investigator meets with Chile abuse victim in NYC

NEW YORK — A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal said he felt his story was finally heard after an hours-long meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator on Saturday, the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission amid criticism of how he is handling the scandal.

Pope Francis on fake news

Call it synchronicity. While I was going over Pope Francis’ advance message for World Communications Day, the hearing of the Senate committee on public information and mass media was starting, with its chair Sen. Grace Poe conducting.

Chot likens PH Fiba World Cup hosting to Papal visit

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes proclaimed that basketball is considered as a religion in the Philippines, and when the country was chosen as one of the hosts for the 2023 Fiba World Cup he took it one step further. “We’re very happy, we will have the world’s best basketball players, some of the world’s […]

Heretic Francis?

Is Pope Francis a heretic, as some conservatives in the Church claim?

Pope movie to star Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce

"City of God" helmer Fernando Meirelles has been selected to direct Anthony Hopkins and "Game of Thrones" star Jonathan Pryce in Netflix's feature film "The Pope".

Cardinal cut: Pope’s tailor rushing orders from 4 new customers

Raniero Mancinelli cannot afford to drop a stitch. Pope Francis is creating five new cardinals next week and the race is on to have their scarlet robes ready in time.

Catholic priests in PH echo Pope’s call for daily prayers for peace

Pray for peace. At 1 p.m. last Thursday, Pope Francis invited everyone to dedicate a minute daily to reflect and pray according to one’s own religious tradition, and to commit to peace around the world. The worldwide minute of prayer marks the second anniversary when Pope Francis together with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Abu Mazen prayed together for peace in the Middle East.

LOOK: Pope Francis’ glum photos with Trudeau, Trump amuse netizens

Just weeks after he met with United States President Donald Trump, the beloved pontiff once again showcased the same level of enthusiasm—or lack thereof—during a photo-op with Trudeau.

The Catholic (as) fascist

I was born into a Vatican II household. Or perhaps it would be more precise to say I belonged to a family that in the 1960s took readily to the new emphases, the changes in the liturgy, in short the opening of windows, made possible by the historic ecumenical council. Looking back on those transition years, I can remember Masses in Cagayan de Oro or in General Santos City where

‘We all need each other’

Pope Francis used social media—a first in the papacy’s history—to address an international conference of diverse personalities including politicians, artists, entertainers, venture capitalists, and founders of the biggest tech companies. The powerful leader of the Catholic Church took part in the nonprofit talk series TED2017 late last month in Vancouver.

The Francis shifts

It’s uncanny that the prelate not among the participants of Vatican II is the Pope who got its spirit and is spreading it. Francis has been sharper at grasping the “signs of the times,” a Council buzzword, and passing them on in our idiom.

#KicksStalker: Pope Francis gets exclusive Jordan Vs from Michigan team

Michigan Air Jordan Retro 5’s for the Pope @Jumpman23 @UMichFootball #GoBlue #HAILRoma — Maurice Hurst Jr (@BigPappi73) April 26, 2017 Pope Francis has shunned away from the usual attire of the previous Catholic leaders and has opted to walk around in plain white shoes instead of the red ones his predecessors chose to wear. This […]

Vote against Duterte in Time poll to prevent more killings

You have an opportunity to save a life in the Philippines. Just go online and vote against Rodrigo Duterte in the Time Magazine poll for the 100 Most Influential People. Want to possibly prevent another poor Filipino from being slaughtered in a grisly campaign? Visit the Time site and click “No” on Duterte. You can […]

WATCH: 3-year-old girl playfully snatches Pope Francis’ hat

After receiving a kiss from the beloved Pontiff, the toddler was so smitten that she wanted to take a souvenir home with her.

Sistine chapel photographed in unprecedented detail

The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photographic venture, the Vatican Museums have said.

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Pope taps Filipino priest as bishop of Papua New Guinea diocese

A Filipino-born priest has been appointed by Pope Francis to head a diocese in the Oceanian country of Papua New Guinea. The Pontiff named Fr. Pedro Baquero Jr. to head the Diocese of Kerema as its new bishop, following the death of its previous bishop in 2013.

Scorsese cites Pinoy Jesuit priest’s reaction to ‘Silence’

In our recent interview with Martin Scorsese, the director cited a Filipino Jesuit priest’s reaction to “Silence,” after he screened the film to about 300 Jesuits at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.

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‘Duterte letter to Pope a show of diplomacy amid tirades vs Church’

President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to write Pope Francis despite cursing the Pontiff during his 2015 papal visit was a “diplomatic action” amid Duterte’s constant tirades against the Catholic Church.

Now you can try the meals chef Jessie served Pope Francis

It’s been two years since Pope Francis visited the Philippines, but chef Jessie Sincioco still can’t get over it. After all, she was chosen to serve His Holiness during his stay at the Apostolic Nuncio’s residence in Manila.

Pope Francis sends special envoy to the Philippines

The 4th World Apostolic Congress of Mercy (Wacom IV) will be held Jan. 16-20 in the Philippines.

McDonald’s crosses cardinals to offer ‘Big Vac’

ROME, Italy — McDonald’s is dishing up “hallowed” hamburgers after the Vatican backed it in a fight with cardinals over a new outlet at the foot of the tiny city state in Rome. Big Macs were being scoffed with glee Tuesday at the US fast food giant a stone’s throw from Saint Peter’s Square. Cardinals […]

Is business the cause of social ills?

In his First Apostolic Exhortation in 2013, Pope Francis said that the three challenges confronting the world today are: (1) “economy of exclusion,” (2) “the idolatry of money,” and (3) “the financial system which rules rather than serve.”

Call for papers on ‘Laudato Si’ implications to Asia-Pacific

Two highly respected peer-reviewed academic journals from the Philippines and Australia will collaborate on a joint publication to discuss the significance of Pope Francis’ second encyclical, “Laudato Si,” in the cultural and geographical context of Asia and the Pacific. Themed “Reading Laudato Sí in Asia-Pacific,” the project results from the research partnership that was forged […]

Aid sought for ‘Lawin’ victims

Caritas Manila and Radio Veritas 846 are collecting donations in cash and in kind for the relief and rehabilitation of northern Luzon provinces hit by supertyphoon “Lawin.”

Offline: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg chats with Pope Francis

The Pope didn't need to log in to his Facebook account. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, together with his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with Pope Francis in his home in Vatican City.

John Paul II Superstar: Poland plans papal musical

It's a tale of saints and singers: a new Polish musical is bringing some pizzazz to the story of its beloved native son, the late pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis tells teens ‘happiness not an app’

In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo provided Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, at the Vatican. The pontiff had a private audience with 500 youths from the diocese. AP In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo provided Thursday, Aug.

Pope Francis reaches 1.6M followers on Instagram in 4 days

Pope Francis has further strengthened his bid to reach out to younger audiences through Instagram.

Pope imposes financial oversight for saints after abuses

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has imposed new financial accountability regulations on the process for making saints after gross abuses were revealed. Francis issued norms Thursday that require external vigilance over the Vatican bank accounts created for canonization causes as well as regular budgeting and accounting to make sure donations are being used correctly. The […]

Pope prays for Schumacher recovery

Pope Francis prayed for racing legend Michael Schumacher on Thursday as he offered his backing for a Formula One-led road safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of children killed by cars. The prayer came after Francis was visited by Jean Todt, the president of the Formula One’s governing body FIA, who showed the pontiff […]

Pacquiao & PBA: Questions, ?,?,?

NO QUESTION about it: the foul moments that saw Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cussing Pope Francis on live television—thereby getting crushed raw in all forms of media—hardly dented the solid clamor for the iron-fisted city executive to seek the presidency in the 2016 national elections.

Aquino woos Euro investments

President Benigno Aquino III wrapped up a working visit to France on Tuesday with a series of meetings with prospective and current European investors before heading to Rome and the Vatican later that day on the final leg of his official visit to Europe.

Chito Miranda still backs Duterte despite slur vs Pope Francis

“Parokya ni Edgar” frontman Chito Miranda remains a loyal supporter of 2016 presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte despite the flak he received for cursing Pope Francis over the traffic situation caused by his visit to the country last January.

Stewards of the environment

(First of two parts) LAST May 24, the encyclical letter Laudato si that Pope Francis wrote on the environmental issue was published. It was hailed as a monumental document to address and give moral guidance on the “ecological crisis.” Earlier on May 2, I was invited to speak about the environment to the delegates of […]

November 6: A Church for the dirty

"Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the priests and laity of Buenos Aires: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets ..."

November 5: “Our church doors should always be open”

“The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open ..."

November 4: Disoriented in the Spirit

“It is true that this trust in the unseen can cause us to feel disoriented: it is like being plunged into the deep and not knowing what we will find. I myself have frequently experienced this."

November 3: “Death is in my thoughts”

In a series of revealing interviews he gave a few years before he became pope, Pope Francis described death as “a daily companion of mine.” Why is that? “I’m over seventy years old and the thread of life I have left on the reel isn’t long."

November 2:  Resurrection is an irresistible force

In “The mysterious working of the risen Christ and his Spirit,” the section in Evangelii Gaudium on the Resurrection as the source of the “mysterious” fruitfulness of the missionary enterprise, we can hear the voice of Pope Francis very clearly.

November 1: Our infinite sadness

Perhaps it is only to be expected that, in an apostolic exhortation that focuses on the joy of the Gospel, death is not a subject or a theme in itself. Death is discussed, when it is discussed, always in relation to the resurrection, or as the fate from which Jesus Christ saved us.