PONTIFF

  • 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'...
  • 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...
  • Nithyananda's surrender evokes mixed response June 14, 2012

    Madurai: The surrender of selfstyled godman Nithyananda in a magistrate court in Ramanagaram has evoked mixed response in Madurai, where he was anointed as 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam. Members of Madurai Aadheeenam Retrieval Committee and its organiser M Solaikannan celebrated by breaking 108 coconuts at Vinayaka temple in North...
  • HMK pained by anointment of Nithyananda May 8, 2012

    MADURAI: The Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) and the Saivite Disciples Committee have petitioned the Joint Commissioner of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Administration Department (HR&CE) in Madurai against the appointment of Nithyananda as the 293rd pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam. A delegation headed by K A Muruganji, president of...
  • Nithyananda 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam April 28, 2012

    BANGALORE: Selfstyled godman Nithyananda was on Friday declared 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, one of the ancient Saivite mutts in Tamil Nadu, at Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam in Bidadi on BangaloreMysore Road. The 292nd pontiff of the Aadheenam, Arunagirinatha Sri Gnanasambanda Desika Paramacharya Swamigal, announced this in the Dhyanapeetam.The pontiff told reporters:...