Jan 26, 2015

Philippine police clash with Muslim rebels; 30 killed

Heavy fighting in the southern Philippines between police and Muslim rebels on Sunday left at least 30 elite policemen dead, a military spokesman said. Col. Restituto Padilla said the clashes happened at a remote camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro ...

Jan 16, 2015

Pope on climate change: Man has 'slapped nature in the face'

Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation. Francis has spoken ...

Pope puts dignity, poverty at the fore in Philippines trip

Jan 16, 2015

Pope puts dignity, poverty at the fore in Philippines trip

Pope Francis began his visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation Thursday with a provocative statement about one of Europe’s largest Catholic nations: Referring to the Paris attacks, Francis said there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. ...

Jan 8, 2015

Manila traffic cops to don diapers for papal visit

When Pope Francis visits the Philippines next week, traffic cops won’t leave their posts if they have to answer the call of nature. The roughly 2,000 traffic enforcers on duty during the Jan. 15-19 papal visit will be required to wear adult diapers, said ...

Jan 3, 2015

Prison sex assault of girl, 8, fuels anger in Philippines

An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a toilet at a notorious Philippine prison, officials said Saturday, fueling a national uproar over revelations that its inmates were “living like kings” with stripper bars and jacuzzi baths. The girl, who was visiting her inmate father ...