CATHOLIC CHURCH

  • J&K polls: Invisible native Christians, least talked about and most neglected December 9, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar has two churches - Holy Family Catholic Church on Maulana Azad road and the Protestant's All Saints Church near Sher-E-Kashmir cricket stadium. These churches look almost invisible most part of the year and come alive during the Christmas in December. But, this time there...
  • Malaysia's top court forbids nonMuslims from using 'Allah' June 23, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's top court on Monday upheld a government ban forbidding nonMuslims from using "Allah" to refer to God, rejecting an appeal by the Roman Catholic Church that argued that the ban failed to consider the rights of minorities in the mostly Muslim nation. In a 43 decision, the Federal...
  • Kerala: Vicar at large after molesting a minor girl April 25, 2014

    Thrissur: A vicar of a local church is absconding after allegedly molesting a 10-year-old girl, who was studying lessons for "Holy Communion", a church ceremony, police said. The accused identified as Raju Kokkan, Vicar of St.Paul's Catholic Church at Thaikkattussery near was booked under under IPC section 376 (punishment for rape)...
  • 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...
  • A year after resignation, exPope Benedict has no regrets February 10, 2014

    A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and muchcriticized 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...
  • Pope Francis may visit Sri Lanka on Asia trip February 10, 2014

    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, who...
  • Italy Church appeals to thieves to return John Paul blood relic January 29, 2014

    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 the...
  • Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year December 12, 2013

    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 Person...
  • Nigeria: 24 dead in church stampede over politics November 4, 2013

    Lagos: A stampede at an allnight 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 openair vigil organized by...
  • Pope Francis likely to visit India in November 2014 October 17, 2013

    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 October 10, 2013

    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 morning...
  • Church must end obsession with gays, contraception, abortion: Pope Francis September 20, 2013

    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 had...
  • Despite rapturous reception, Pope Francis faces challenges in Latin America July 27, 2013

    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 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...
  • Pope leads Catholics into Easter at vigil service in St Peter's March 31, 2013

    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' Basilica...
  • Pope presides over trimmed Easter Vigil service March 31, 2013

    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 of...
  • New Pope returns to Rome hotel to pay bill March 15, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis returned on Thursday to the Church-run residence where he was staying before becoming pontiff, and insisted on paying the bill, despite now effectively being in charge of the business, the Vatican said. The morning after his election, Francis asked a driver to take him to the clerics'...
  • 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 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...
  • Papal conclave: Topless women protest outside Vatican March 13, 2013

    Vatican: Police wrestled two topless women to the ground during a brief protest in St Peter's Square outside the Vatican on Tuesday after cardinals withdrew into the Sistine Chapel to begin the process of electing a new pope. Witnesses said that at least two women took part in the protest, which...
  • Watch: How the Vatican Conclave elects the pope March 12, 2013

    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 March 12, 2013

    One hundred and fifteen cardinals from around the world hold the future of the Catholic Church in their hands. ...
  • 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...
  • Benedict to become 'pope emeritus' after resignation February 27, 2013

    Vatican City: Two pontiffs, both wearing white, both called "pope" and living a few yards from one another, with the same key aide serving them. The Vatican's announcement on Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI will be known as "emeritus pope" in his retirement, be called "Your Holiness" and continue to wear...
  • 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 blesses thousands at St Peter's Square February 17, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of wellwishers from around the world. Smiling broadly, Benedict raised his arms outstretched to the massive crowd in...
  • Pope's sudden resignation sends shockwaves through Church February 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church including his closest advisers on Monday when he announced he would stand down in the first papal abdication in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to run the Church through a period of major crisis. Church...