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Caution, cancellations mark Ash Wednesday in time of virus

By Nicole Winfield, Jim Gomez — February 26, 2020

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

By Thomas Reese — December 9, 2019

(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

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 13, 2019

(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

By Associated Press — January 26, 2019

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.

Israel should have barred Duterte

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 2, 2018

Duterte arrives in Israel today. Hold my head while I gag.

Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 7, 2018

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

By Yonat Shimron — March 30, 2018

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.

Love, marriage and food for the heart

By Gary Edmonds — February 13, 2018

(RNS) — When a faith-based charity saw that the cost of marrying was preventing some couples in the Philippines from legalizing their unions, it found a way to make the impossible possible.

Dancing for fertility in the northern Philippines

By Ronn Bautista — May 17, 2017

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.

Trump flunks the Holocaust. Duterte proves it.

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 2, 2017

Trump’s overture to Duterte is a moral obscenity.

Philippine Catholic Church to slam ‘reign of terror’ behind war on drugs

By Reuters — February 4, 2017

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’

By Reuters — January 24, 2017

(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

By guest — October 10, 2016

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

By Yonat Shimron — June 27, 2016

(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

By Josephine McKenna — August 13, 2014

(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.

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