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Celebrating the Mass of the Lord's Supper, Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle washed the feet of a priest who had been held captive for months and the parents of a slain Filipino migrant worker.
Several Philippine Catholic leaders criticized President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court, which is investigating his war on drugs.
Church leaders in the Philippines warned of more killings after the national police announced it is relaunching the government's controversial anti-narcotics war.
Martial law in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, originally aimed at quelling a terrorist attack in Marawi in May, has been extended for another year.