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Fathers Flaviano “Flavie” Villanueva (left) and Albert Alejo speak to the media before appearing for court on Feb. 11, 2021, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Filipino priests acquitted of sedition charges

Sep 8, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Father Albert Alejo, SJ, and Father Flaviano “Flavie” Villanueva, a priest of the Society of the Divine Word, were acquitted... Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and pilgrims from the Philippines at the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal

Cardinal Tagle to young Filipinos: ‘Only Jesus will make us true influencers’

Aug 4, 2023

By Roy Lagarde

Speaking to young Filipino pilgrims at World Youth Day in Lisbon, the cardinal expressed hope they would find a way... Read more

More than 100,000 faithful gathered Jan. 8, 2023, to venerate the “Black Nazarene” in the Philippines after a two-year suspension of the traditional procession due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

‘Black Nazarene’ procession in the Philippines draws over 100,000 two years after pandemic

Jan 10, 2023

By CNA Staff

The origin of the image dates back to 1607, when the wooden image representing Christ bent under the weight of... Read more

A girl praying at the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu, Philippines in 2019.

Fearful of world war, Philippines' bishops to join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Voicing concern that the far-away conflict in Europe will have consequences in Asia, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, one... Read more

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

Philippines cancels Black Nazarene procession again, citing COVID-19 

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Philippine authorities are canceling the country’s “Black Nazarene” procession — an annual event where millions of Catholics accompany a revered... Read more

The old facade of the diocesan shrine and parish of Our Lady of Grace of the Diocese of Kalookan.

Filipino Catholic priest breeds rabbits to feed poor parishioners

Oct 27, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

An Oblates missionary priest in the Philippines has been breeding rabbits for a year now to feed the poor in... Read more

Cardinal Jose Advincula (right) during the his installation as new prelate of the Archdiocese of Manila on June 24, 2021.

Asian Church leaders vow to listen to faithful as synodal process starts  

Oct 18, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Church leaders across Asia vowed to listen to the faithful as the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality started... Read more


Filipino Catholics launch movement for ‘righteous elections’

Oct 1, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Faith-based and civil society groups in the Philippines have launched a movement that aims to work for “clean, accurate, responsible... Read more

Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary motherhouse, Quezon City, Philippines

8 elderly nuns in Manila succumb to COVID-19; outbreak hits seminary

Sep 22, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Manila announced the death of eight elderly nuns who had... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Filipino bishops condemn country's 'murderous and corrupt public order'

Sep 13, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Three archbishops in the Philippines condemned Sunday what they described as “a murderous and corrupt public order” in the country. Read more