Catholic Church

  • Pope appoints former child victim to church group on sex abuse 22-03-2014 11:00 PM

    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...
  • A year after resignation, ex-Pope Benedict has no regrets 10-02-2014 10:38 AM

    A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticized papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who now works for the former pope as well as being the head of...
  • Pope Francis may visit Sri Lanka on Asia trip 10-02-2014 10:21 AM

    Pope Francis on Saturday told Sri Lankans living in Italy that he hoped to take up an invitation to visit their country, where the wounds of civil war still needed to heal. The Pope met a group of Sri Lankan pilgrims, led by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo,...
  • Italy Church appeals to thieves to return John Paul blood relic 29-01-2014 10:19 AM

    The Catholic Church has appealed to thieves to return a reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II that disappeared in what it called a "vile and sacrilegious theft". The gold reliquary was stolen on the weekend from a small stone church, San Pietro della Ienca, in...
  • Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year 12-12-2013 11:12 AM

    Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagination of millions of people who had become disillusioned with the Vatican. This is the third time the magazine has chosen a pope as its...
  • Nigeria: 24 dead in church stampede over politics 04-11-2013 09:48 AM

    Lagos: A stampede at an all-night church vigil disrupted by politicking over a contentious gubernatorial election has killed 24 people and injured 17 in Nigeria's southeast Anambra state, the Red Cross and government officials said Sunday. The stampede occurred before dawn Saturday at an All Saints' Day open-air vigil organized...
  • Pope Francis likely to visit India in November 2014 17-10-2013 03:47 PM

    New Delhi: The Pope Francis is likely to visit India in 2014. According to sources in the Catholic Church, the new Pope might visit India in November 2014. The Pope is expected to attend the St Francis Xavier's exposition (happens once in every 10 years) in Goa beginning November 2014....
  • Delhi: Unidentified men barge into a church, decamp with valuables worth Rs 5 lakh 10-10-2013 08:56 AM

    Some unidentified persons allegedly barged into a church in south Delhi and decamped with valuables, before vandalising the properties inside it in the wee hours on Wednesday, police said. According to the police, the robbery took place in St Mary Malankara Catholic Church in Neb Sarai. When people came for...
  • Church must end obsession with gays, contraception, abortion: Pope Francis 20-09-2013 05:52 PM

    Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality and become more merciful or risk the collapse of its entire moral edifice "like a house of cards". In a dramatically blunt interview with an Italian Jesuit journal, Francis said the Church...
  • Despite rapturous reception, Pope Francis faces challenges in Latin America 27-07-2013 06:30 AM

    Brazilians have given Pope Francis a superstar's welcome on his first return to his home continent but the big question is whether the trip can help stop the hemorrhaging of the Catholic Church in Latin America. The first Latin American pope is clearly relishing the enthusiasm at a time when...
  • Pope urges decisive action against sex abuse 06-04-2013 06:35 AM

    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...
  • Pope leads Catholics into Easter at vigil service in St Peter's 31-03-2013 11:53 AM

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, leading the world's 1.2 billion Catholics into Easter for the first time, on Saturday urged those who have strayed from the faith to allow God back into their lives. Francis, who was elected on March 13, presided at a solemn Easter vigil Mass in St Peter'...
  • Pope presides over trimmed Easter Vigil service 31-03-2013 06:19 AM

    Vatican City: Pope Francis celebrated a trimmed back Easter Vigil service on Saturday after having reached out to Muslims and women during a Holy Week in which he began to put his mark on the Catholic Church. Francis processed into a darkened and silent St Peter's Basilica at the start...
  • Watch: How the Vatican Conclave elects the pope 12-03-2013 09:44 AM

    The papal conclave is going on and it's one of the oldest electoral traditions - rich in symbolism and secrets. ...
  • Vatican to elect new pope on Wednesday, 115 cardinals to cast vote 12-03-2013 08:38 AM

    One hundred and fifteen cardinals from around the world hold the future of the Catholic Church in their hands. ...
  • Scotland's Archbishop resigns amidst charges of sexual abuse 26-02-2013 09:40 AM

    A top Scottish cleric has resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused four trainee priests in the 1980s. ...
  • Savita Halpannavar's father to write to President, PM 19-11-2012 10:47 AM

    Belgaum: The father of the Indian dentist who died in Ireland after doctors allegedly refused to terminate her pregnancy today said he would write to the President and Prime Minister, demanding that India press for an independent inquiry into his daughter's death. Savita Halpannavar's father demanded that an Indian be...
  • Pope: We await 2012 with trepidation 01-01-2012 09:27 AM

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of 2011 with prayers of thanks and said humanity awaits the new year with apprehension but also with hope for a better future. "Another year approaches its end, while we await a new one, with the trepidation, desires and expectations of always,"...