Caution, cancellations mark Ash Wednesday in time of virus
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass as planned, but elsewhere in Italy services were canceled over fears of the new coronavirus.
Francis appoints Filipino Cardinal Tagle to key Vatican office
(RNS) — Well-liked and respected at home, the bright and pastorally minded archbishop of Manila has all of the attributes prized by Francis.
United Methodist Church scraps plans to host General Conference in the Philippines
(RNS) — Plans for a meeting in the Philippines are off because space was not available for the full two weeks needed to host the gathering of United Methodists from around the world.
Filipino Muslims approve new autonomous region in referendum
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines overwhelmingly approved in a referendum the creation of a new autonomous region in hopes of ending nearly half a century of unrest, election officials said.
Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists.
Devotees re-enact Good Friday crucifixions in Philippines
SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — The Lenten rituals are frowned upon by church leaders in the Philippines, Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation, especially if the event is used to boost tourism and business.
Dancing for fertility in the northern Philippines
OBANDO, Philippines (Reuters) There was dancing in the streets of Obando town in the northern Philippines on Wednesday (May 17) as people feted patron saints they believe bring spouses, fertility and good harvests.
Philippine Catholic Church to slam ‘reign of terror’ behind war on drugs
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ Catholic Church will assail President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs for creating a “reign of terror” among the poor, in sermons to be read at services across the country this weekend.
After papal blessing, Duterte challenges abusive priests to ‘showdown’
(RNS) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched an angry rebuke on Thursday of priests and bishops critical of his drug war, accusing them of homosexuality, corruption and child abuse.
Once-powerful Philippines church divided, subdued over drug killings
Priests are unsure how to take a stand against the thousands of killings in a war that has such overwhelming popular support.
Philippines’ president-elect takes on Catholic Church over contraception
(RNS) The Filipino president elect paid men to undergo vasectomies while mayor of Davao.
5 things to know about Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea
(RNS) Catholics are a minority in South Korea, representing just over 10 percent of the population. But their numbers have doubled since 1990, and the pope wants to encourage them.