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Filipinos are in love with the Virgin Mary, and the Baclaran shrine is proof

Jul 2, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- A long-venerated icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help turned 150 this year, and many Filipinos’ Marian devotion has never been stronger.

Filipino bishops: Moral disagreement is no excuse for hatred, violence

Jun 16, 2016 - 12:39 am .- Encounter and dialogue are the proper response to disagreements over morality, said the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, emphasizing in the wake of the Orlando shooting that hatred and violence have no place in the lives of Christians.

The Philippine president-elect's shocking insult to Catholic bishops

May 26, 2016 - 04:25 pm .- The president-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, recently described the country's bishops as corrupt and “sons of whores” for allegedly resorting to seeking favors from politicians.

Pope Francis had a special message for the Eucharistic congress in the Philippines

Feb 1, 2016 - 07:30 pm .- Pope Francis’ closing message to the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress said that the Eucharist is a consolation for the Catholic – and also a summons to be a missionary to bring God’s mercy to everyone.

Millions flood streets of Manila for Black Nazarene devotion

Jan 13, 2016 - 09:43 pm .- Millions of Catholic faithful swarmed the streets of metro Manila for the procession of the Black Nazarene over the weekend, as clergy encouraged the devotees to use the occasion to reflect on Jesus Christ’s path to Calvary.

Meet the families bearing the consequences of environmental change

Dec 13, 2015 - 03:43 pm .- For Mary Ann Remocaldo, taking out the trash is not just a simple household chore. Instead, proper waste disposal has meant the difference between living normally and worrying about dangerous floods and diseases.

Filipinos mourn the death of pioneer Bishop Francisco San Diego of Pasig

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:01 pm .- Catholics in the Philippines are mourning Wednesday's death of Bishop Francisco San Diego, who founded the Diocese of Pasig in 2003 and led it until his retirement in 2010.

Understanding the fierce devotion behind the Black Nazarene

May 27, 2015 - 12:27 am .- For over four centuries, a historical and iconic miraculous statue of Jesus Christ carrying his Cross has become an emblem of passion, struggle and faith for Filipino Catholics.

Does Francis like being Pope? A behind-the-scenes chat in the Philippines

Jan 29, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila with 40 Jesuit priests and told them how it feels to be the Successor of Peter.  

A step forward for evangelization in the Philippines

Jan 21, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A three-day conference on evangelization took place in Manila during Pope Francis' Philippines visit, exploring the relationship between the beatitudes and evangelization in the southeast Asian nation.

After Francis: what the 'Pope of Surprises' means for Philippines bishops

Jan 18, 2015 - 08:54 pm .- Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines prompted gratitude from leading bishops who encouraged Filipinos to reflect on the Pope’s message and to use discernment in responding to modern life.

Pope Francis prays for woman killed at Philippines Mass

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:16 pm .- Pope Francis led a youth rally in prayer for Kristel Padasas, a young woman who died in a freak accident at Saturday’s papal Mass in the Philippines.

What Pope Francis learned from homeless girl: 'Cry with the suffering!'

Jan 17, 2015 - 09:14 pm .- Pope Francis praised Filipino former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar for asking why God allows children to suffer, saying her tearful question show that Christians must “learn how to weep.”

Rain during papal Mass a small sacrifice compared to Typhoon Haiyan

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:45 pm .- Hundreds of thousands of people put up with the rain and the wind to attend an outdoor Mass with Pope Francis on Jan. 17 on the Philippine island of Leyte--“ground zero” of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan disaster.

'We will always be grateful,' Filipino archbishop tells Pope Francis

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:03 pm .- Although Tacloban was “ground zero” of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster that brought fear, suffering, and death, a Philippines bishop has told Pope Francis that the Christian faith and the papal visit have consoled the Filipino people.

Here's what Pope Francis gave the president of the Philippines

Jan 16, 2015 - 01:56 am .- During his first full day in the Philippines, Pope Francis met with President Benigno Aquino and other officials at the presidential palace, encouraging them to use the country’s strong religious heritage as a force for good.

'Our faith makes us stand up again and again,' Cardinal Tagle tells Pope

Jan 15, 2015 - 10:38 pm .- Seven cathedrals of Manila have been destroyed, but the eighth remains strong like the Philippines’ people, Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila said in an invigorating speech to Pope Francis Friday.

Pope Francis: Philippines' 500 years of Christianity can inspire more good

Jan 15, 2015 - 08:06 pm .- Pope Francis praised Philippines Catholics’ strong faith and challenged them to continue to let the Christian message bear fruit, noting the upcoming 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in Philippines.

Overwhelming welcome for Pope Francis foreseen in Philippines

Jan 14, 2015 - 10:29 pm .- Pope Francis can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome in the Philippines, say two natives of the country who work in media.

New app takes Pope Francis' Philippines visit mobile

Dec 17, 2014 - 03:56 pm .- The new official app for the Pope’s January visit to the Philippines will help people follow the Pope’s activities and find the latest news, while letting them offer their prayers on a special prayer wall.

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