IFI woman bishop, church leaders red-tagged in Ilocos Norte

Iglesia Filipino Independiente Batac Bishop Emelyn Gasco-Dacuycuy says the red-tagging persists even after a dialogue with provincial police BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Church workers of the Iglesia Filipino Independiente (IFI) on Friday, June 3, found posters and leaflets bearing the names and faces of their church leaders, including their first female bishop, scattered in front … Read more

California church shooter was licensed armed security guard

David Chou had worked for three different Las Vegas security firms since 2018, records show, and was licensed to carry a gun in his work through October 2022 SACRAMENTO, USA – The Las Vegas man accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a burst of gunfire at a Taiwanese-American church luncheon in … Read more

Russian Orthodox Church scolds Pope Francis after ‘Putin’s altar boy’ remark

Pope Francis tells an Italian newspaper that Patriarch Kirill, who has given the Ukraine war his backing, ‘cannot become [President Vladimir] Putin’s altar boy’ LONDON, UK – The Russian Orthodox Church scolded Pope Francis on Wednesday, May 4, for using the wrong tone after he urged Patriarch Kirill not to become the Kremlin’s “altar boy”, … Read more

Bishops seek probe into red-tagged church worker’s arrest in Cagayan de Oro

The Ecumenical Bishops Forum decries the arrest of church worker and activist Aldeem Yañez even as it calls for thorough and impartial investigations into what religious leaders see as a glaring violation of civil liberties CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – A group of bishops from different Christian churches on Monday, April 18, called on … Read more

US paralegal admits role in smuggling Quiboloy’s church workers – US justice department

Paralegal Maria de Leon agrees to plead guilty for her role in facilitating sham marriages to allow church workers to immigrate to the US to solicit ‘donations’ for pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s ‘bogus charity’ MANILA, Philippines – Los Angeles-based paralegal Maria de Leon admitted to conspiring with embattled preacher Apollo Quiboloy’s subordinates to smuggle church workers … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Ukraine invasion splits Orthodox Church, isolates Russian patriarch

VATICAN CITY – Russian Patriarch Kirill’s full-throated blessing for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has splintered the worldwide Orthodox Church and unleashed an internal rebellion that experts say is remarkable. Kirill, 75, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, sees the war as a bulwark against a West he considers decadent, particularly over the acceptance … Read more

[OPINION] Marcos Jr. and the ‘meddling’ Church

‘There is no country so democratic that it can live and thrive without religion’ When the camp of presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos (BBM) said that the clergy were meddling in politics, an initial message was sent on the kind of Church and State dynamics a probable BBM administration would prefer. Its statement on the alleged … Read more

Wrong to use church as venue for campaign rallies

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidate Isko Moreno, who has frequently invoked his “fear of Jesus” in taking certain policy positions, thumbed down the use of a church or religious building for campaign rallies. Days before, his campaign manager Lito Banayo was more specific – he referred to a rally held for Vice President Leni Robredo … Read more