Pope ends record-setting Asia tour

By Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday 1/19/2015 – Masses of cheering believers in the Philippines turned out to bid farewell to Pope Francis Monday,a fitting end to a week in Asia that saw him draw record crowds and campaign relentlessly for the...

Don’t insult other religions: Pope

But cleric says ‘To kill in the name of God is an absurdity’ By Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Pope Francis on Thursday condemned killing in God’s name but warned religion could not be insulted, weighing into a global debate on free speech...

PHL protests Chinese patrols over territory

MANILA  (AFP) – The Philippines said Monday it would protest to China about what it called Beijing’s increasing patrols in a disputed area of the South China Sea believed to hold vast oil and gas resources. Foreign Department spokesman Charles Jose announced the protest a day...

INC’s 100th anniversary draws 2 million faithfuls

BOCAUE (AFP) – As many as two million people gathered in the Philippine capital on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of a powerful homegrown church, showcasing the conservative group’s discipline and influence. Some of the faithful waited overnight in the pouring Manila rain...