Church

  • Police complaint against Swamy for anti-Church 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 co-ordinator 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 two-thirds 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 two-thirds 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 multi-crore 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 non-Muslims from using 'Allah' June 23, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's top court on Monday upheld a government ban forbidding non-Muslims 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 4-3 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 70-years 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 nine-year-old 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 17-year-old inside church May 1, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: A pastor was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a 17-year-old 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! ...
  • Country Music Awards: George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban lead the winners April 7, 2014

    Las Vegas: Country music veteran George Strait and singer Miranda Lambert led the winners at the 49th Academy of Country Music awards, while the genre's biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and Keith Urban, sang their hits. Strait, 61, won the night's top prize of Entertainer of the...
  • Goa parties chant 'secular mantra' after Church vote appeal March 29, 2014

    A recent statement by Goa Church calling upon citizens to vote for "secular" candidates has stirred up a debate in the state's political arena, where parties are trying to show their commitment to secularism. With each party trying to project the statement in its favour, the media conferences are often found...
  • 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...
  • New York church posts horrific anti-gay sign outside its premises February 27, 2014

    An anti-gay pastor of a church in Harlem, New York, has raised many eyebrows by putting up a horrific anti-gay sign in front of the church. Dr James David Manning, a man who has been openly critical of the Barack Obama administration and the progression of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,...
  • A year after resignation, ex-Pope 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Jacobite church leaders violate HC order, taken into custody, released February 1, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Catholicos Baselios Thomas I, the head of the Jacobite Syrian Christian churches and 70 others broke open the locks of the Aluva Thrikunnathu Seminary and offered prayers on Monday early morning. The police arrested them for violating the high court order and was later released on bail. This seminary...
  • 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...
  • 6 church members slain in rural El Salvador January 13, 2014

    Officials in El Salvador say six members of an evangelical church were shot to death in a rural western province by suspected gang members. The federal prosecutor's office says the victims, ranging in age from 16 to 54, were riddled with bullets Saturday night in Ahuachapan state near the border with...
  • Nitish Kumar exchanges greetings with principals of Patna missionary schools on Christmas December 26, 2013

    Midnight services in Churches heralded the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas that was celebrated with gaiety in Bihar on Wednesday. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wished people on the occasion and prayed that the spirit and warmth of Christmas bestow enduring peace and harmony. The state capital was decked up for Christmas....
  • Christmas spirit grips Delhi, people celebrates with carols, cakes, candles December 25, 2013

    The festive spirit gripped the national capital on Wednesday on the occasion of Christmas as people flocked to churches to light candles and pray for peace and harmony. The decorated cathedrals saw people irrespective of faith and religion - bundled in woollens and wearing bright smiles - light candles and greet...