Filipinos celebrate Easter with crucifixion, flogging

Filipino zealots marked Good Friday with a bloody display of religious frenzy by having themselves nailed to crosses and whipping their backs raw in Asia’s bastion of Catholicism. Though frowned upon by the church, the gruesome re-enactments of Christ’s final moments draw thousands of believers — and tourists — in a carnival-like atmosphere that is ...

Religion

Filipino Catholics protest bill to legalize divorce

Filipino Catholics protest bill to legalize divorce

Around 2,000 Roman Catholic Filipinos protested in Manila on Saturday against a push to legalize divorce, with church groups also using the “Walk for Life” march to...

Photos: Millions join 2018 Black Nazarene procession that lasted 22 hours

Photos: Millions join 2018 Black Nazarene procession that lasted 22 hours

The faith of Catholic Filipino devotees remains strong as at least 2.5 million and up to 5 million people joined yesterday’s Black Nazarene festivities in Manila, the...

Philippine bishops lead thousands in call to end killings

Philippine bishops lead thousands in call to end killings

Catholic bishops on Sunday led thousands of Philippine worshippers in calling for an end to killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war as they urged police and...

IS ‘straggler’ from Indonesia captured in Marawi

IS ‘straggler’ from Indonesia captured in Marawi

An Indonesian militant who joined gunmen loyal to the Islamic State group in a five-month battle for a southern Philippine city was arrested there today, police said. The...

Vatican: No gluten-free hosts for Eucharist but GMOs OK

Vatican: No gluten-free hosts for Eucharist but GMOs OK

The unleavened bread used to celebrate the Eucharist during Catholic masses can be made with genetically modified organisms, the Vatican said Saturday, but they cannot be entirely...

Archbishop Romulo Valles: Duterte’s fellow Davaoeño is new CBCP president

Archbishop Romulo Valles: Duterte’s fellow Davaoeño is new CBCP president

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles is the new president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) after winning the elections Saturday. Valles, who served as...

Philippine forces declare Eid truce in Marawi City

Philippine forces declare Eid truce in Marawi City

The Philippine armed forces declared an eight-hour ceasefire Sunday in its ongoing offensive against Islamist militants occupying parts of the war-torn city of Marawi to allow...


 

Coconuts Manila Religion

Religion is a pretty big thing in Manila, so it’s no surprise that faith-related issues make it to the headlines almost on a daily basis. The Philippines is predominantly Catholic, but there are Muslims, Protestants, and Christians too — conflicts inevitably arise sometimes. Religous leaders are often very influential, much to the dismay of government officials who always highlight the separation of Church and State. Religous celebrations and festivals in the Philippines are always massive and colorful.