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  • Church of England says yes to women bishops July 15, 2014

    London: The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes on Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops. The church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, voted for the historic measure, reaching the required two-thirds majority in each of its...
  • Anglican leader says Pakistan's minorities should have equal rights May 28, 2014

    The Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday called for Pakistan to safeguard the rights of its religious minorities and afford them equal treatment under the law. Justin Welby, the leader of the world's Anglicans, was on a two-day visit to the eastern city of Lahore where he met with church leaders, government...
  • Prayers, church bells herald Christmas in Mumbai December 25, 2013

    Mumbai: With the chimes of church bells, moving midnight mass, earnest prayers and warm greetings early on Wednesday, Mumbai celebrated Christmas. Archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Oswald Gracias led the midnight mass at the Holy Name Cathedral till past 2 am on Wednesday as early morning winter chill started settling over city. The...
  • Pope urges decisive action against sex abuse April 6, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said on Friday. Francis, in a meeting with the Holy See's doctrinal chief, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was...
  • Thousands gather at St Peter's Square to hear Pope's first Angelus March 18, 2013

    Thousands of Catholics waving flags from around the world packed St Peter's Square on Sunday to hear Pope Francis deliver his inaugural Angelus. ...
  • New Pope urges Church to return to its Gospel roots March 15, 2013

    Vatican City: In his first public Mass, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church on Thursday to stick to its Gospel roots and shun modern temptations, warning that it would become just another charitable group if it forgot its true mission. In a heartfelt, simple homily, the Argentinian Pope laid out a...
  • Pope Francis: Simple image, complex past March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: On the streets in Buenos Aires, the stories about the cardinal who would become the first pope from the Americas often include a very ordinary backdrop: The city bus during rush hour. Tales are traded about chatting with Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio as he squeezed in with others for...
  • MP: Archbishop allegedly tried to make priest mentally unsound February 16, 2013

    Bhopal: A local court has ordered registration of a case against the Archbishop of Bhopal and two others for allegedly conspiring to make a priest and former spokesperson of the local church mentally unsound by administering drugs. Judicial Magistrate First Class Alok Mishra ordered the filing of a case against...
  • Halloween is harmful, pagan, says Polish bishop October 31, 2012

    Warsaw: Some Catholic bishops in Poland say that Halloween is harmful because it promotes "diabolical" behavior and are asking believers not to observe it. Archbishop Andrzej Dziega in Szczecin, in the northwest, said in letter to his parishioners that under the vestige of fun, Halloween can be "destroying the spiritual life."...
  • Kerala elated as Alencherry ordained cardinal February 20, 2012

    Kochi: Catholics in Kerala were elated as Mar George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, was on Saturday ordained a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Many of the Catholics, who form 50 per cent of the over seven million Christians in Kerala, were glued...
  • Guwahati Archbishop nominated for Nobel Prize June 13, 2011

    Guwahati: Archbishop of Guwahati Thomas Menamparampil has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his initiatives to bring peace among ethnic communities of the North East. The Archbishop's name has been nominated by a popular Italian magazine 'Il Bollettino Salesiano' which also published a four-page story on...
  • English Catholics head warns against emails, SMS August 3, 2009

    London: The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales is concerned that excessive use of emails and mobile phone text messaging is creating shallow friendships and undermining community life, according to an interview published on Sunday. Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, also said that popular social...
  • Sonia must speak up for Christians: Archbishop September 28, 2008

    New Delhi: Attacks on churches and Christians in Orissa and Karnataka have become a political issue with governments in both states fending allegations that they are shielding the attackers. Churches and Christians came under attack in Kandhamal district of Orissa after a Vishwa Hindu Parisad leader and four others were shot...
  • Cuttack Archbishop seeks compensation for Christians September 2, 2008

    New Delhi: The Archbishop of Cuttack has approached the Supreme Court seeking inquiry into the compensation for the Kandhamal riot victims. The Archbishop also sought an inquiry into the deployment of the RAF in the affected villages. Following this, the Central Government Counsel assured the court that he will talk to...
  • Sharia laws vary among world's Muslims and how February 13, 2008

    Paris: Sharia law is understood and applied in such varied ways across the Muslim world that it is difficult to say exactly what it is and how it could fit into a western legal context, according to experts on Islam. Full Islamic criminal law, the harsh code most non-Muslims think of...
  • Archbishop calls for Sharia for Britain, sparks row February 8, 2008

    New Delhi: There is an uproar in Britain after the Church of England's most senior figure backed the introduction of Sharia in that country. Advocating limited application of Islamic sharia law in Britain, the Archbishop of Canterbury said it 'seems inevitable' that elements of the Muslim law, such as divorce...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury under fire for Sharia remarks February 8, 2008

    New Delhi: Sharia law would help achieve social cohesion in Britain, says the Archbishop of Canterbury. Archbishop Rowen Williams's controversial remarks were made during an address on civil and religious law in London on Thursday. Some Muslim groups welcomed Williams’s unexpected comments, but the government distanced itself from them, saying...
  • Curfew in parts of Orissa after Xmas violence December 26, 2007

    New Delhi: An indefinite curfew has been imposed in parts of Orissa in the wake of communal clashes on Tuesday. One person was killed and several others injured after Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists allegedly vandalised churches, protesting the conversion of tribals. The situation is tense in Baliguda, Daringbadi, Bramnigaon and Phulbani....
  • Vatican didn't know Archbishop spied June 16, 2007

    Vatican City: The Vatican did not know the former Warsaw archbishop had spied for Poland's former communist regime when Pope Benedict XVI nominated him last month, a senior cardinal was quoted as saying on Monday. Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus resigned on Sunday after admitting to collaborating with Poland's communist secret police -...