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  • Jayalalithaa condoles death of Cardinal Lourdusamy June 5, 2014

    Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday condoled the death of Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, saying he was a "pillar of the Catholic community". Cardinal Lourdusamy, 90, passed away in Rome June 2. Jayalalithaa said: "I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing away of Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy,...
  • Pope lauds Indian Cardinal Lourdusamy in Vatican city June 3, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has lauded the role of Indian Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy in spreading the Gospel across the world. Condoling the death of Lourdusamy, the Pope expressed his gratitude for the cardinal's "priestly life spent in spreading the Gospel first in India and subsequently in service to the Universal Church"...
  • Pope appoints former child victim to church group on sex abuse March 22, 2014

    Pope Francis on Saturday named a woman molested by a priest as a child to be part of a core group to help the Catholic Church fight the clerical sexual abuse of minors that has haunted it for over two decades The first eight members - four women and four men...
  • 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...
  • Little boy sits in Pope's chair, steals the show October 31, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis was delivering a homily but a little boy stole the show. Francis was speaking in St. Peter's Square about the important role grandparents play when a little boy walked up behind him and confidently climbed up and sat down on the pontiff's white chair. The Vatican says Francis...
  • West Bengal: Journey of vegetable vendor to global art market August 23, 2013

    Kolkata: A vegetable vendor went on to write her own destiny by pasting papers on canvases. Despite many odds stacked agaisnt her, Shakila Sheikh from West Bengal made it big to the global art market. Tearing papers with bare hands has given Shakila more artistic freedom than most of the...
  • Catholics hail Mumbai cardinal Gracias as Pope's advisor April 15, 2013

    Mumbai: The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) on Sunday hailed the appointment of Mumbai's Cardinal Oswald Gracias by Pope Francis as one of his advisors in the Vatican. Cardinal Gracias, 68, was among the eight highranking advisors appointed on Saturday by the new Pope to an advisory council to look into ways...
  • Indian among Pope Francis' advisory council April 13, 2013

    Vatican City: India's Oswald Gracias was among eight highranking cardinals from around the world who were on Saturday appointed by Pope Francis in an advisory council to look into ways of reforming the Vatican bureaucracy. The council will help the Pope revise the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia Pastor...
  • Even an Indian can become pope, says Cardinal George Alencherry March 17, 2013

    Cardinal George Alencherry said the Church was already open to the reality of electing a pope that was outside Europe. ...
  • South Africa: Paedophiles not criminals, says cardinal March 16, 2013

    Johannesburg: A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis this week has told the BBC paedophilia is an illness and not a crime. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday that paedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. "From my...
  • Pope Francis delivers first blessing, asks world for prayers March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, delivered his first blessing to a huge crowd in St Peter's Square on Wednesday night, asking for the prayers of "all men and women of good will" to help him lead the Catholic Church. Francis, speaking Italian with a slight...
  • Cardinals elect Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, and said he would take the name Francis I. Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica just over an hour...
  • Cardinals elect new Pope after fifth ballot March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new Pope. The new pontiff has chosen to be called Pope Francis. The decision by 115 cardinal electors came sooner than many faithful expected because of the large number of possible frontrunners identified before the vote to replace Pope Benedict,...
  • Cardinals fail to elect Pope after three ballots March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel for a second day on Wednesday after a secret conclave of cardinals held two more inconclusive votes for a new Pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church. Following an initial split ballot when they were first shut away amid the...
  • Cardinals begin papal conclave in earnest on Wednesday March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: After a first inconclusive vote, Cardinals began the process of choosing a new pope in earnest on Wednesday, praying for inspiration at the start of the first full day in a conclave to choose a leader to face a major crisis in the Catholic Church. The 115 cardinal electors...
  • How the papal conclaves fared in the past century March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Over the past century, no conclave has lasted more than five days and the fastest vote was for Pope Pius XII. Twice prelates from North America missed the vote because they couldn't get to Rome in time, and a Hungarian cardinal sat out two conclaves because he was...
  • Papal conclave to elect new Pope begins March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Roman Catholic Cardinals begin a conclave on Tuesday to elect the Church's 266th pontiff and a successor to Pope Benedict, who abdicated unexpectedly in February. The 115 cardinal electors under the age of 80 prayed for divine help on Tuesday, hours before entering the frescoed Sistine Chapel on...
  • Cardinals head to conclave to elect new Pope March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Roman Catholic cardinals gather under the gaze of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" on Tuesday to elect a new pope to tackle the daunting problems facing the 1.2-billion-member Church at one of the most difficult periods in its history. The 115 cardinal electors aged under 80 began moving early on Tuesday...
  • Conclave to elect next pope opens amid uncertainty March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There's no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix...
  • Cardinals head to conclave, Church beset by woes March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Roman Catholic cardinals gather under the gaze of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" on Tuesday to elect a new pope to tackle the daunting problems facing the 1.2-billion-member Church. The secret conclave, steeped in ritual and prayer, could carry on for several days, with no clear favourite in sight to take...
  • Cardinals gather for the last time ahead of conclave March 11, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks on Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful at a time...
  • 115 Cardinals arrive in Rome to appoint new Pope March 8, 2013

    Vatican City: As the last of the 115 cardinal electors arrived in Rome, speculation has mounted that the cardinals would soon set a date for the start of the conclave to appoint Pope Benedict's successor. "We shall see, we shall see," Italian cardinal Crescenzio Sepe told journalists as he arrived at...
  • Conclave start seen delayed as Vatican muzzles cardinals March 7, 2013

    Vatican City: Vatican officials on Wednesday told cardinals gathered for the election of the next pope to stop speaking to the media, as further indications emerged that a conclave would not start early next week as had been expected. American cardinals who had been scheduled to hold their third media briefing...
  • Cardinals start work on timetable for pope selection amidst resurfacing of sex abuse scandal March 5, 2013

    Cardinals have gathered in Vatican City to work on a timetable to choose the next pope amidst sex abuse scandals that have resurfaced to haunt the church. ...
  • US cardinals seek answers on Vatican dysfunction March 5, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals said on Monday they want to talk to Vatican managers about allegations of corruption and cronyism within the top levels of the Catholic Church before they elect the next pope, evidence that a scandal over leaked papal documents is casting a shadow over the conclave and setting...
  • Preparations to elect pope begins in earnest at Vatican March 4, 2013

    Vatican City: Preparations for electing Roman Catholicism's new leader begin in earnest on Monday as the College of Cardinals opens daily talks to sketch an identikit for the next pope and ponder who among them might fit it. The idea is to have the new pope elected during next week...
  • British cardinal apologises for his sexual conduct March 4, 2013

    London: Keith O'Brien, who resigned last week as Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric after claims of sexual impropriety, admitted on Sunday that his conduct had "fallen below the standards expected of me". In a statement, O'Brien also apologised "to those I have offended... to the Catholic Church and people of...
  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves Vatican City before abdication February 28, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict left the Vatican on Thursday and headed to the papal summer residence where he will become the first pontiff in six centuries to resign instead of ruling for life. A white Italian air force helicopter lifted off from the Vatican's heliport to fly the 85-year-old pope...
  • Scotland's Archbishop resigns amidst charges of sexual abuse February 26, 2013

    A top Scottish cleric has resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused four trainee priests in the 1980s. ...
  • Pope Benedict says pray 'for me and next pope' February 18, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope, in his penultimate Sunday address to a crowded St Peter's Square before becoming the first pontiff in centuries to resign. The crowd chanted "Long live the pope!," waved banners and broke into sustained applause...