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Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted Parish Church in Maricaban, Pasay City, in the Philippines.

Manila’s Catholic dioceses cancel public Masses amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Aug 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

The dioceses have dispensed Catholics from their Sunday obligation. Read more

Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila (right) is led to his cathedra inside the 
Manila Cathedral by Archbishop Charles Brown, papal nuncio to the 
Philippines, during the cardinal's installation as new prelate of the 
Archdiocese of Manila on June 24, 2021.

Philippine bishops support pope’s letter on traditional liturgies

Jul 22, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines issued a statement on Thursday supporting Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis custodes, which... Read more

Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle before a mosaic of catechist St. Pedro Calungsod in St. Peter’s Basilica on Nov. 21, 2013. Credit: Kerri Lenartowick/CNA.

Pope Francis to mark 500 years of Catholic faith in the Philippines with Mass

Mar 3, 2021

Pope Francis will offer Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 14 to mark 500 years of Catholic faith in... Read more

The flag of the Philippines.

Catholic bishop laments murder of human rights activist in Philippines

Aug 18, 2020

A Catholic bishop deplored Tuesday the murder of a human rights activist in the Philippines.   Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Catholic bishops: Democracy is being eroded in the Philippines

Jul 20, 2020

The bishops of the Philippines have issued a pastoral letter accusing the government of undermining the country’s democratic institutions.  Read more

National Flag of the Philippines.

Sedition charges dropped against 4 bishops in Philippines

Feb 12, 2020

The Philipine government has dropped charges against four bishops and two priests who were accused of attempting to overthrow President Rodrigo... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Gaudete Sunday Mass with Rome's Filipino community Dec. 15, 2019.

Pope Francis celebrates a Filipino Christmas tradition at the Vatican

Dec 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On Gaudete Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated a Filipino Christmas tradition in St. Peter’s Basilica -- the Simbang Gabi Christmas novena.  Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Duterte open to dialogue with bishops after suggesting Filipinos kill them

Jan 16, 2019

A government spokesman said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is open to dialogue with the country’s bishops, after the president recently... Read more

Cardinal Vidal remembered as a peacemaker, pastor

Oct 25, 2017

By JD Flynn

Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, the late emeritus Archbishop of Cebu, Philippines, will be buried Oct. 26 in the mausoleum at the... Read more

In strongly Catholic Philippines, bishops' conference picks new leader

Jul 17, 2017

The Philippines is one of the most populous Catholic countries in the world. About 80 percent of the country's 100... Read more

In Philippines, brutal drug war prompts Catholic outcry

Jan 25, 2017

Catholic leaders have spoken out against a drug war that has left thousands dead, and the Philippines' new president is... Read more

Manila Cathedral.

Terrorist threats may suspend Masses in Philippines capital

Dec 1, 2016

An uptick in terrorist activity may cause Masses and other liturgical celebrations to be suspended in the capital city of... Read more

Cardinal Luis tagle.

As drug war darkens, Filipino cardinal sheds light with rehab centers

Oct 25, 2016

As the Philippines' controversial drug war rages on, Catholic parishes are working with local government to provide drug rehab and... Read more


As Philippines drug war escalates, bishops call for justice

Oct 20, 2016

Amid President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war against the underworld of drugs in the Philippines, the country's bishops are rallying with... Read more

Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo of Cotabato in the Philippines.

Philippines cardinal worked for peace with Muslims

Apr 9, 2014

Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, O.M.I., the newest cardinal from the Philippines, is a dedicated servant of the poor who has... Read more

Pope Francis takes a moment to pray before the mosaic of St. Pedro Calungsod in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 21, 2013.

Pope to Filipino community: pray with a child's simplicity

Nov 21, 2013

Pope Francis met with the Filipino community of Rome today, encouraging them in the wake of their native country's recent... Read more