Church leaders praise the efforts of the government to fight the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country but do not approve of the method used.
The remarks of Pope Francis against illegal drugs boosted the administration’s war on drugs, Malacañang Palace said on Sunday.
Pope Francis says it is the duty of governments to fight drug production and drug traffickers, who peddle "death."
Pope Francis has praised the freedom of a hearing-impaired child who climbed onto the stage to play during the pontiff's general audience.
DAVAO CITY--Pope Francis has appointed a priest from Davao del Sur as the new bishop of Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur, the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reported on its website.
Pope Francis is praying with thousands of poor people at St. Peter's Basilica and decrying that the “few rich” grow even wealthier.
One of the early messages of Pope Francis was that the Church must become more pastoral and less dogmatic. God’s mercy and compassion continue to be central to Pope Francis’ message.
In Chapter 36 of Rizal’s second, subversive novel, “El Filibusterismo,” we meet the ridiculous figure of Ben Zayb again, the Spanish journalist. He has just written a long article “reporting” the commotion at the wedding; when he is told by the Spanish censor that the article cannot be published, he says: “If only another crime is committed tomorrow or the day after!”
Last Sunday, Oct. 14, or 38 years after his assassination on March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was declared a canonized saint of the Catholic Church, one of six individuals “raised to the altar” in solemn rites attended by tens of thousands in Rome. Pope Francis, who presided at the Mass along with hundreds of priests and bishops, wore the bloodied cincture or waistband of the martyred
Long before his canonization, he was already being referred to as “San Romero” by people in Latin America. On Sunday, he was finally canonized, and might easily become one of the most popular, but also controversial, saints of our times, especially in Latin America and the Philippines.
Edgar A. Saco is a married priest who now works in the City Cooperative Development Office of Davao City. After reading my column last week, he sent me this open letter wishing to share his personal thoughts with our readers. I am pleased to provide him with my space in the newspaper.
First, I was an Aglipayan. Shortly after my mother passed away, my surrogate mom who raised me as her own, had me rebaptized in the Catholic Church by Belgian missionaries. Since then, I have remained a Catholic although not the fervent, devout kind she would have wanted me to be.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — U2 frontman Bono has described Pope Francis as being “aghast” about sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The Irish singer met privately with Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican hotel where the pope lives, to discuss themes that Bono told reporters included “the wild beast that is capitalism” and sustainable development. […]
You know our woman in Lisbon, Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna “Cookie” Feria, is anything but a stiff diplomat when she welcomes you to her turf with hardly any makeup, her hair in a messy bun. “Oh, call me Cookie,” she insists.
The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has shut down his Facebook page, saying it was a "waste of time,” after the church ordered monks off social media.
Yap, his wife Melody, daughter Ashley and Dylan all went up to the Pope to be blessed by him.
US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed Tuesday.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is calling attention to the plight of merchant seamen and fishermen who may face dismal working conditions and be kept from going ashore when their ships dock in foreign ports. Pope Francis marked the Catholic Church’s “Sea Sunday” by praying for the world’s estimated 1.2 million seafarers and their families […]
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” With this line from John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address, a period of renewed hope was ushered in for the American people and the free world. This is relevant food for thought for us today.
The grape varieties used for the wine at dinner were strange to me—Primitivo, Negroamaro, Fiano, Aleatico. But there would be time to ask the wine producer later about those.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will meet with some of the world's oil executives next week, likely to give them another moral nudge to clean up their act on global warming.Climate change policy and science experts are cautiously hopeful but aren't expecting any miracles or even noticeable changes.
VATICAN CITY — South Korean taekwondo athletes have performed for Pope Francis, after a planned show of Korean unity at the Vatican fell apart when the North pulled out at the last minute. Pope Francis didn’t seem to notice or mind, thanking the athletes Wednesday for their exhibition “which was a show of the will […]
I have a confession to make: My sister and I are Cardinal Tagle “stalkers”.
Your mantra for the week: “Every day I am looking younger and younger, feeling stronger and healthier in every way.” There are many ways for people to feel and look young—from cosmetic surgery to stem cell therapy, to new gadgets for procedures like Thermage, butt threading, and other physical approaches. But there are mental, emotional […]
Katy Perry may have dropped a hint at her relationship status during an interview where she said she’s “spoken for.” The singer had been asked whether she would date a contestant during an interview on Entertainment Tonight, April 23. She rejected the idea and said, “No, I’m sorry I have been spoken for and speak […]
Juday and Ryan prepared a feast for the nuns, made up of pasta with shrimps, salad with berries, meat and fish, and leche flan.
Pope Francis washed prisoners' feet at a Rome jail on Thursday, including a Filipino, two Muslims, an Orthodox Christian and a Buddhist, once again choosing to celebrate Holy Thursday among Italy's incarcerated.
For the Holy Week break, Claudia Barretto jetted off to Italy for some adventure. The daughter of Marjorie Barretto and Dennis Padilla looked quite fashionable as she visited San Giovanni in Rome as posted on her Instagram Sunday. Showing her wit, she said, “My data isn’t the only thing Rome-ing.” View this post on Instagram […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
Michigan Air Jordan Retro 5’s for the Pope @Jumpman23 @UMichFootball #GoBlue #HAILRoma pic.twitter.com/r1r6PI6QYo — 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 […]
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 […]
After receiving a kiss from the beloved Pontiff, the toddler was so smitten that she wanted to take a souvenir home with her.
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 […]
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.”
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 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 […]
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.
"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 ..."
“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 ..."
“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."
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."
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.
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.