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  • Pope appeals to UN to end tragedy in Iraq 1 week ago

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has written to the UN secretary-general appealing for "action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway" against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. In the letter released on Wednesday, Francis urged UN agencies "responsible for security, peace, humanitarian law and assistance to refugees" to aid the...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 7, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: Centre says price checks in place; Opposition stages walk out July 7, 2014

    Prices of food items are under control and there is no need for panic, the government declared on Monday in the Rajya Sabha which took up an impromptu discussion on inflation on the opening day of the Budget session after the opposition pressed for it. ...
  • Pope apologises for 'sacrilegious cult' of Church's sexual abuse July 7, 2014

    Vatican city: Pope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the church should "weep and make reparation" for crimes he said had had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult. "For some time now I have felt in my heart deep pain and suffering," he said in...
  • 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."...
  • 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...
  • Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport June 12, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. The Argentine-born, football-loving pope recorded a video message that will be broadcast on Brazilian television ahead of Thursday's opening match between Brazil and...
  • Pope lauds Indian Cardinal Lourdusamy in Vatican city June 3, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has lauded the role of Indian Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy in spreading the Gospel across the world. Condoling the death of Lourdusamy, the Pope expressed his gratitude for the cardinal's "priestly life spent in spreading the Gospel first in India and subsequently in service to the Universal Church"...
  • Pope expresses deep sorrow over Brussels museum shooting May 25, 2014

    Pope Francis on Sunday said he was deeply saddened by a deadly shooting attack in Belgium which left three people dead, including two Israelis. "I am profoundly saddened, my thoughts go out to those who lost their lives in the attack in Brussels," the 77-year-old pontiff said as he arrived in...
  • Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints April 27, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of more than half a million pilgrims on Sunday, hailing both as courageous men who withstood the tragedies of the 20th century. Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter's Square after the historic double...
  • 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! ...
  • Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily April 13, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, marking Palm on Sunday in a packed St Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he hopped off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people in the crowd. In his homily, Francis called on people,...
  • What crime does a Pope confess to? Pope Francis goes to confession, says he once stole a rosary cross March 29, 2014

    Pope Francis confessed that he took the rosary cross of his late confessor from his casket and wears it to this day in a fabric pouch under his cassock. He said he did so telling the late priest, "Give me half your mercy." Francis made the revelation during an informal chat...
  • 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...
  • Tolerant of homosexuals, openly mingles, was a bouncer, owned a Harley, clicks selfies: Why Francis is the coolest Pope ever March 14, 2014

    From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year. He might not like his superstar status, but he certainly knows how to work a crowd and he has endeared himself to the public for looking out for...
  • The 26 wildest selfies of all time: Starring Barack Obama, a fighter jet pilot, Ellen Degeneres and the Pope March 11, 2014

    The Oscar selfie that broke the Internet was only a culmination of a trend celebrities have taken to bizarre depths. The Pope posed with young people for a papal selfie. The great-great-great grandchildren of author Charles Dickens reportedly took a selfie with his statue on his 202nd birthday. The selfie...
  • Pope Francis accidentally says 'f**k' in Italian during his Sunday blessing at the Vatican March 4, 2014

    Pope Francis swore by mistake during his Sunday blessing at the Vatican in Rome. He was addressing a crowd in Italian from a balcony window when let slip the word 'cazzo' that translates to f**k instead of 'caso', meaning chance, The Guardian reported. However, Gawker said 'caso' meant 'example' or...
  • Pope's simple style influencing cardinal fashion February 21, 2014

    Vatican City: No glitzy gold, no rich velvet, no regal fur. Pope Francis' pared down papal wardrobe of sensible black shoes and a white cassock so thin you can see his black trousers through it is a perfect fit for his call for simplicity and humility among his clergy. The pope's...
  • What sorcery is this? Adorable photos of the Pope struggling to keep his mantle and cap straight in a gust of strong wind February 21, 2014

    Pope Francis is really having a bit of a struggle. A gust of wind blows his mantle as he reads his speech during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Your first reaction is to burst out laughing, and probably his too. But then you notice...
  • 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...
  • Pope's Harley goes under auction hammer in Paris February 6, 2014

    Paris: A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis is being sold at a Paris auction to benefit charity. It's unknown whether the pontiff ever rode the custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide that was a gift from Willie Davidson, a retired Harley-Davidson designer and grandson of the company's co-founder. The pope's...
  • Italy police recover blood cloth from relic of Pope John Paul February 3, 2014

    Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic. They told a news conference in L'Aquila, east of Rome, that they found the fragment in the...
  • News 360: DGCA asks private airlines to treat MPs as VIPs January 29, 2014

    In what could probably expose the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, a letter accessed by CNN-IBN shows that the private airlines were asked by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to provide special privileges to Parliamentarians, contrary to Minister Ajit Singh's claims. ...
  • SuperPope graffiti of Francis sprouts up in Vatican January 29, 2014

    It wasn't enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" or that he fronted this week's Rolling Stone magazine. Now there's SuperPope graffiti sprouting up around the Vatican. The white caped crusader appeared on Tuesday on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near...
  • 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...
  • Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church January 28, 2014

    Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday. Dozens of police with sniffer dogs scoured the remote area for clues to what the Italian Catholic...
  • Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church January 27, 2014

    Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday. Franca Corrieri said she had discovered a broken window early on Sunday morning and had called the...
  • Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in 2 years for molesting children January 18, 2014

    A document on Saturday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. The statistics in the document obtained by The Associated Press for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details...
  • Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests in 2 years January 18, 2014

    Vatican City: In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to a document obtained on Friday and...