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Fr. Rhoel Gallardo (1965-2000).

Sainthood cause opened for Filipino priest killed by Islamists in 2000

Fr. Rhoel Gallardo died after being held for 43 days by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis sends Easter message to Philippines to mark 500th anniversary of first Mass

Pope Francis sent a video message to mark the 500 year anniversary of the first Mass on Philippine soil on... Read more

Cardinal Jose Fuerte Advincula

Pope Francis names Cardinal Tagle’s successor in Manila archdiocese

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Jose Fuerte Advincula, who received the red hat last November, as the next archbishop of... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Philippine president threatens to close Catholic churches that hold public Masses

A spokesperson for Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, said the government will force local churches to close if priests... Read more

The procession in St. Peter's Basilica for the papal Mass marking 500 years of Catholicism in the Philippines on March 14, 2021.

Pope Francis celebrates 500 years of 'the joy of the Gospel' in the Philippines

Pope Francis offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark 500 years of Catholic faith in the Philippines. 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

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

Filipino Catholics grateful for easing of Mass restrictions as Lent begins

Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, applauded the government’s decision to ease restrictions on religious services, which... Read more

Procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila, January 7, 2010.

Attendance limited at Black Nazarene Masses in Philippines

Filippino churches and authorities will limit attendance for the Masses of the Black Nazarene - one of the country’s largest... Read more

Philippine Catholics lament police killings of indigenous people during arrest

Catholic and human rights groups have condemned the killing of nine indigenous group leaders, who were shot as authorities arrested... Read more

Philippines flag.

Bishop cautions against martial law in Philippines after bombings

Following twin bombings in a southern region of the Philippines, a local bishop is asking the government not to impose... Read more

Catholic leaders condemn Philippine bombings as ‘unconscionable’

Catholics responded to twin bombings on an island in the Philippines Monday with prayers and calls for peace.  Read more

Filipino Catholic college defends stance against homosexual acts

The college maintains that in alignment with Catholic teaching, no sexual orientation is prohibited, but certain sexual acts are.  Read more

Rodrigo Duterte.

Catholic leaders reject Duterte’s call to revive death penalty in Philippines

Catholic leaders in the Philippines have spoken out against President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to reinstate the death penalty for illegal... Read more

Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa, Philippines.

Filipino seminary shelters tourists trapped on holiday

A Filipino seminary has opened its doors to over a dozen trapped tourists, who have been stranded since a mandatory... Read more

Catholic leaders warn Philippine divorce bill lacks sufficient debate

Catholic leaders in the Philippines have voiced concern that a bill aiming to legalize divorce is progressing without significant debate.  Read more

Passengers are screened at an airport in Manila, Philippines following a coronavirus outbreak in China.

Filipino bishops urge caution amid coronavirus report

Filipino Church leaders have urged parishioners to be extra cautious amidst a deadly outbreak of coronavirus, which has affected hundreds... Read more

Supreme Court of the Philippines rejects petition to legalize same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has reiterated its dismissal of a petition to redefine marriage in the country to... Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines.

Cardinal Tagle speaks of 'shock and sadness' at Philippines' suicide rates

In the wake of rising suicide rates in the Philippines, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle issued a Christmas statement expressing his... 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

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

Fr. Raniel Berdos, CS. Courtesy photo.

From the Philippines, a missionary in Tokyo

On Sundays, Fr. Raniel Berdos can be found strolling the aisles of St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo.  Read more