Priests

  • Playful Irish priest becomes social media sensation after he surprises a bride and groom by singing 'Hallelujah' 10-04-2014 03:13 PM

    An Irish priest has become a social-media sensation after he surprised a bride and groom by singing a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' at their wedding. Video of the Rev Ray Kelly's altar-side performance has shot to the top of YouTube in Ireland with more than 240,000 viewings since...
  • Hundreds gather to watch a priest walk through bonfire on Holi 17-03-2014 10:33 AM

    The Hindu mythological tale of Prahlada emerging unscathed from the flames as Holika burnt to death was on Monday replayed at Jatwari village in Mathura where a priest walked through a bonfire to mark the festival of Holi. According to sources, Santosh Panda of Jatwari village performed the feat of...
  • Unidentified assailants shoot chief priest dead in Puredaal 07-02-2014 08:41 PM

    A chief priest of a temple in Ayodhyawas on Friday shot dead by some unidentified assailants in Puredaal village in Gonda, police said. Ramdev Das (77) of "Ayaram Akhara" of Ayodhya, who had come in Gondaon Thursday along with his disciples to take part in a religious programme in Jhalidham...
  • Catholic priest's book on Swami Vivekananda released 31-01-2014 05:22 PM

    A book penned by an Indian-origin Catholic priest based in Rome, a critical study of the philosophical anthropology of Swami Vivekananda, was released here Saturday at the close of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the sage. Aimed at fostering "religious harmony", "Man Without Frontiers: The Ultimate Concern of Swami...
  • Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in 2 years for molesting children 18-01-2014 02:31 PM

    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...
  • Drunk priest axed to death by saint in Mathura 16-01-2014 03:22 PM

    The priest of a temple in Shahpur village in Mathura was allegedly axed to death by a sadhu, police said on Thursday. The incident took place on Wednesday evening. "The accused, Baba Lal Giri, has been arrested and an axe along with a lathi (baton) used for the killing has...
  • Nataraja temple to be managed by priests not TN government: Supreme Court 06-01-2014 04:36 PM

    The famous Nataraja temple in the town of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu will be managed by priests and not by the state government, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered. A bench of justices B S Chauhan and S Bobde set aside the order of the Madras High Court which had...
  • Disciple arrested in priest murder case at Chandanpur 28-12-2013 01:38 PM

    Police have arrested a person in a three-month-old priest murder case at Chandanpur village under New Mandi police station in the district. During investigation, police on Friday arrested Anuj Kumar, a disciple of murdered priest Tejpal, who later confessed to the crime, police claimed. Communal tension had prevailed in the...
  • Sankararaman murder case: The political ramifications 27-11-2013 10:45 AM

    Chennai: A Pondicherry court will deliver its verdict in the Sankararaman murder case where pontiffs Jayendra and Vijayendra Saraswati are the prime accused. The 9-year-old murder case had far reaching political ramifications. Jayendra Saraswati, pontiff and high priest of Hinduism, was someone who was revered by the rich and the...
  • Sankararaman case verdict today; Kanchi seer, junior accused 27-11-2013 07:45 AM

    Chennai: On September 3, 2004, a man named Sankararaman, a manager of the Varadarajaperumal temple in Kanchipuram, was brutally murdered. It would have passed off as just one of those senseless crimes, had it not been for an investigative report in Tamil magazine Nakkeeran, linking the murder to the de...
  • Unidentified men kill 90-year-old priest in Unnao 23-09-2013 07:20 PM

    Lucknow: A 90-year-old priest was killed in Unnao district of the state, police said on Monday. The deceased was identified as Gaya Narain, priest of the Digambar Swami temple in Sumari village under the Purva police station area, who was attacked by unidentified persons last night leading to his death...
  • Bihar BJP leaders celebrate Narendra Modi's 64th birthday 17-09-2013 02:20 PM

    BJP leaders and workers in Bihar on Tuesday organised 'yagna' and cut cakes to celebrate the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's 64th birthday. A large number of BJP workers, led by senior leaders Sanjay Paswan and Giriraj Singh, visited a temple in Patna and performed a special yagna amid...
  • Dalit priests train youngsters to perform religious ceremonies 05-08-2013 03:41 PM

    Upset over priests refusing to perform rituals at their ceremonies, a group of Dalits have trained themselves in the rituals and are now teaching them to Dalit youths in Kota and Bundi districts of Rajasthan. The Dalit priests belonging to Valmiki community are conducting all religious rituals from births, weddings...
  • Watch: I'm no one to judge gays, lesbians, says Pope Francis 30-07-2013 09:38 AM

    Pope Francis seems to be reaching out to gays and lesbians, including gay priests saying he is no one to judge them. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. ...
  • Won't judge gay priests, says Pope 29-07-2013 06:16 PM

    Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I...
  • Pope says Catholic ban on women priests "definitive" 29-07-2013 05:22 PM

    Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests is "definitive" although he would like them to have more leadership roles in its administration and pastoral activities. The pope, speaking to reporters on Sunday night aboard the plane taking him home from a week-long visit to Brazil, said...
  • Ayodhya: 1 person killed, 2 injured in Hanumangarhi temple firing 22-07-2013 01:08 PM

    Ayodhya: One person was killed and two others critically injured in a firing between rival group of priests following a dispute over property and the money collected from devotees in Hanumangarhi temple. The temple is situated near the Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri mosque site. The two groups, being led by Mahant Bhavnath Das...
  • Indian Catholic priest faces sex charge in US 16-07-2013 01:10 PM

    Washington: An Indian Catholic priest, who was arrested in the US on charges of engaging in sexual contact with a child under 13 years of age, has been released on a bail of USD 75,000. Father Leo Koppala, from Andhra Pradesh, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Rudrapur village mourns the loss of 10 priests 24-06-2013 08:31 AM

    Rudrapur: Uttarakhand is struggling to come to terms with the devastation caused due to heavy rains and flash floods. One village enroute to Kedarnath, Rudrapur, has lost 10 young priests, who were killed in the flash floods. An inconsolable mother, a little girl blissfully unaware of the loss of her...
  • Ajmer priests not to help Pakistani pilgrims in prayers 07-05-2013 04:32 AM

    Jaipur: Khadims (priests) at the dargah (shrine) of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer have decided not to assist Pakistani pilgrims in offering prayers at the shrine. Several groups of khadims have decided to join the increasing protests against the killing of Sarabjit. About 640 pilgrims from Pakistan will be visiting...
  • Drunk man throws acid at priest at Delhi temple 12-04-2013 01:07 AM

    New Delhi: A 25-year-old man threw acid at a priest and another man in New Delhi when he was prevented from entering a temple, police said on Thursday. Priest Ravishankar and his friend Moolchand were sitting outside the temple when Ramesh threw acid at them in Nand Nagari in east...
  • Three priests commit self-immolation in Karnataka 08-04-2013 11:13 AM

    Bidar (Karna): Upset over the mysterious death of their seer, three priests allegedly committed suicide by self-immolation inside a mutt complex in northern Karnataka on Monday, police said. The priests of Chouli Mutt - Jagannath Swami (21), Sharanayya Swami (18) and V Reddy Swami (50) - allegedly set fire to...
  • Pope Francis urges decisive action against sexual abuse by priests 06-04-2013 11:41 AM

    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...
  • Pope urges decisive action against sex abuse 06-04-2013 06:35 AM

    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...
  • MP: Temple priest abducts, rapes woman 02-04-2013 05:14 PM

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  • Rajasthan: Muslim cleric refuses to perform rituals 10-11-2012 09:01 AM

    Jaipur: A wedding in Rajasthan's Barmer town, over 550 km from Jaipur, witnessed high drama Friday when the maulavi (priest) refused to perform the marriage rituals after he saw women from the groom's side dancing in public. The maulavi objected to the dancing as he claimed that women were not...