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  • On Christmas, Pope urges world to be open to God 3 days ago

    Vatican City: Pope Francis ushered the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption. The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of people in St. Peter's Basilica. It is...
  • 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...
  • Special Investigation Team to probe Delhi church fire: sources December 2, 2014

    New Delhi: A Special Investigation Team was constituted on Tuesday to probe into the fire which erupted at the St Sebastian's church in Dilshad Garden in the national capital, sources said. Sources added that Delhi Police representatives will meet Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung over the issue. Meanwhile, Christian groups held...
  • AAP, Congress blame police for failing to maintain communal harmony December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress on Monday accused the Delhi Police of failing to maintain communal harmony in the city after a blaze gutted a substantial part of St Sebastian's Church at northeast Delhi's Tahirpur area. Both the parties have also demanded an impartial investigation into the...
  • Church gutted down in Delhi, foul play suspected December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: A substantial part of a catholic church in northeast Delhi's Tahirpur area was gutted when a fire broke out at its premises on Monday morning with the Christian community suspecting foul play in the incident. Police have registered a case under section 436 IPC (Mischief) on the complaint of...
  • Cuba allows construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years October 28, 2014

    Havana: Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus...
  • Assam, Nagaland church leaders meet Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi October 22, 2014

    Guwahati: A joint peace mission comprising church leaders of Assam and Nagaland met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to discuss the issues relating to the troubled inter-state border. "Church leaders from Catholic and Protestant churches while apprising the chief minister about peace initiatives undertaken by them in the trouble-torn areas along...
  • Tamil Nadu: Petitioner fined for filing petitions repeatedly September 14, 2014

    Madurai: The Madras High Court fined a person for filing habeas corpus petitions alleging illegal detention of his 27yearold daughter who had married against his wishes. Dismissing the petition, the Madurai bench of the court comrpising Justice S Manikumar and Justice VS Ravi imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on M...
  • Nigeria church building collapse kills at least 17 September 13, 2014

    Lagos: At least 17 people were killed when a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of one of Nigeria's bestknown Christian evangelical pastors collapsed, rescue officials said on Saturday. More than 100 people were hurt when the building collapsed on Friday at the compound in the Ikotun neighbourhood belonging...
  • Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats September 13, 2014

    Redipuglia (Italy): Pope Francis urged the world on Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he sees as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a Fascistera monument to soldiers killed in World War I. Francis' aim in recalling those who died in...
  • Churches urge high court to act on gay marriage September 7, 2014

    Salt Lake City: The Mormon Church and four religious organizations are asking the US Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, in a statement on Friday, said that it joined a...
  • Police complaint against Swamy for antiChurch comments July 18, 2014

    Panaji: A police complaint was filed on Friday accusing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy of "attempting to create and promote enmity against the Catholic Church" by posting on his Facebook page that the Church in Goa does not love HIV positive children. The complaint was filed by Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat. "The said...
  • Bajrang Dal members arrested for vandalising a church in Bulandshahr July 17, 2014

    A church was vandalised allegedly by Bajrang Dal activists at village Sehkari Nagar in Bulandshahr, police said. Two persons including Hemant Singh, area coordinator of Bajrang Dal, have been arrested following a complaint by the church priest RC Paul about the incident which occurred on Monday afternoon, according to Senior Superintendent...
  • 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 twothirds majority in each of its...
  • Church of England favours women bishops July 14, 2014

    London: In a historic first, the Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops. The General Synod gave final approval to legislation introducing the change by the required twothirds majority, BBC reported. The crucial vote in the House of Laity went 152 in favour, 45 against, and there...
  • Defying pope, Italian church parade stops by Mafioso's house in tribute July 7, 2014

    Rome: In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and 'ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as "deplorable and disgusting."...
  • Mumbai: Fire breaks out at Income Tax Office June 27, 2014

    Mumbai: A major fire broke out at the Income Tax Office in Mumbai's Church Gate branch on Friday evening. The blaze started from the basement of the building. At least five fire engines have been pressed into service to douse off the flames. The cause of the blaze has not been...
  • Tourism ministry should seek Church's view on exposition: NCP June 24, 2014

    Panaji: Goa's tourism ministry should take the Church into confidence before designing its multicrore publicity campaign for the decennial exposition of St Francis Xavier's relics scheduled later this year, the NCP said on tuesday. "It is only the authorities of the Church who would be able to discern how best...
  • 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...
  • Pope Francis lambasts mobsters, says mafiosi 'are excommunicated' June 22, 2014

    Sibari (Italy): Pope Francis on Saturday issued the strongest attack on organised crime groups by a pontiff in two decades, accusing them of practising the "the adoration of evil" and saying mafiosi are excommunicated. It was the first time a pope had used the word excommunication a total cutoff from...
  • US, France and Germany to impose more sanctions on Russia June 21, 2014

    Warsaw: Leaders of Poland's Catholic Church have apologised to the victims of child sex abuse by priests and admitted they have long ignored the problem. Abuse victims and experts on child psychiatry and sex abuse from Germany and the US attended a conference behind closed doors in Krakow. The first day...
  • Cricketers halt match to catch iPhone thief June 17, 2014

    London: A cricket match in Britain was brought to a halt after both teams abandoned the pitch to chase down and catch a thief who stole a dozen iPhones from the pavilion. The suspect sneaked into the changing rooms to steal 12 iPhones from the jacket pockets of players during a...
  • People throng churches in Nagaland to celebrate Father's Day June 15, 2014

    Kohima: In Nagaland, large number of people thronged churches holding special mass and services to offer prayers for fathers on Father's Day. Church organisations made gift arrangements for fathers on the special occasion and fathers above 70years of age were also honoured with special gifts. Churchgoers were seen standing outside...
  • Rich Swiss couple robbed churches 'for thrills', says police May 28, 2014

    Geneva: Two wealthy Swiss seniors arrested for robbing from church collection boxes, told police that their crime spree was just for thrills, justice authorities said on Wednesday. In a statement, prosecutors in the central region of Lucerne said that the married couple, aged 70 and 73, had admitted stealing money on...
  • Kerala: Vicar booked for 'molesting' girl remanded in judicial custody May 5, 2014

    Thrissur: A vicar of a local church, arrested for allegedly molesting a nineyearold girl, was on Monday remanded in 14 days judicial custody by a court. The vicar of St. Paul's Church at Thaikkattussery, Raju Kokkan, was produced before the Irinjalakuda Judicial First Class Magistrate, Bijumon who remanded him in...
  • First openly gay episcopal bishop divorces husband May 4, 2014

    Concord: The first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church has announced he is divorcing his husband. Retired Bishop Gene Robinson announced that he is divorcing Mark Andrew in an email to the Diocese of New Hampshire on Saturday and an article for The Daily Beast. The coupled entered into a civil...
  • AP: Church leaders ask Christians to vote for secular parties May 4, 2014

    Hyderabad: For the first time, the Andhra Pradesh federation of Churches has issued a pastoral letter urging Christian community to elect only secular parties in the elections. The letter was read out during the mass on Sunday morning. The letter read out on Sunday morning asked the parishioners to elect leaders...
  • Kerala: Pastor arrested for allegedly raping 17yearold inside church May 1, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: A pastor was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a 17yearold girl inside the premises of a church in Kottayam. The alleged rape happened on February 23 but the incident came to light only on April 28. The girl did not inform her parents as she was threatened by the...
  • 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)...
  • Watch: Pope swarmed by fans seeking selfies with him April 14, 2014

    The selfie-fever has now spread to the Vatican. With Easter approaching, the Pope was swarmed by crowds but this time they were trying to take selfies with him. Watch! ...