Catholic

  • Want to convert Kerala into global destination for higher studies, says CM Chandy 5 days ago

    Thrissur: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said that his Government wanted to convert the state into a global destination for higher studies with institutions of international standards. Speaking after declaring St Thomas' College of Thrissur Catholic Archdiocese, as an autonomous college, he said 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...
  • 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...
  • Catholic body wishes BJP, hopes it follows Mahatma Gandhi's ideals May 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), the highest body of the Catholic Christians in India has sent a congratulatory message to the BJP. In its message to the Congress, they have asked the party from the experience. In a letter signed by the CBCI president Cardinal Baselios...
  • 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)...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Catholic priest's book on Swami Vivekananda released January 31, 2014

    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 Vivekananda"...
  • 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...
  • Pope Francis urges atheists to join forces with believers December 26, 2013

    Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for "a homemade peace" that can spread across the world. ...
  • Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year December 12, 2013

    Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagination of millions of people who had become disillusioned with the Vatican. This is the third time the magazine has chosen a pope as its Person...
  • Nigeria: 24 dead in church stampede over politics November 4, 2013

    Lagos: A stampede at an all-night church vigil disrupted by politicking over a contentious gubernatorial election has killed 24 people and injured 17 in Nigeria's southeast Anambra state, the Red Cross and government officials said Sunday. The stampede occurred before dawn Saturday at an All Saints' Day open-air vigil organized by...
  • Little boy sits in Pope's chair, steals the show October 31, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis was delivering a homily but a little boy stole the show. Francis was speaking in St. Peter's Square about the important role grandparents play when a little boy walked up behind him and confidently climbed up and sat down on the pontiff's white chair. The Vatican says Francis...
  • Pope Francis likely to visit India in November 2014 October 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The Pope Francis is likely to visit India in 2014. According to sources in the Catholic Church, the new Pope might visit India in November 2014. The Pope is expected to attend the St Francis Xavier's exposition (happens once in every 10 years) in Goa beginning November 2014. ...
  • Delhi: Unidentified men barge into a church, decamp with valuables worth Rs 5 lakh October 10, 2013

    Some unidentified persons allegedly barged into a church in south Delhi and decamped with valuables, before vandalising the properties inside it in the wee hours on Wednesday, police said. According to the police, the robbery took place in St Mary Malankara Catholic Church in Neb Sarai. When people came for morning...
  • Church must end obsession with gays, contraception, abortion: Pope Francis September 20, 2013

    Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality and become more merciful or risk the collapse of its entire moral edifice "like a house of cards". In a dramatically blunt interview with an Italian Jesuit journal, Francis said the Church had...
  • Muslim rebels display human shield tied by rope in southern Philippine standoff September 11, 2013

    Zamboanga city: Rogue Muslim rebels seeking to declare an independent state put a dozen civilians tied together by rope on display as a human shield on Wednesday as a standoff with security forces in a southern Philippine city entered its third day. Waving white flags, the hostages shouted "please don't shoot"...
  • India is a Hindu nation, says Goa CM Manohar Parrikar September 5, 2013

    Catholics in Goa are culturally Hindu and India is a Hindu nation in the cultural sense, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said. "India is a Hindu nation in the cultural sense. A Catholic in Goa is also Hindu culturally because his practices don't match with Catholics in Brazil except in the...
  • Reformist priest praises pope's new tone but wants more August 1, 2013

    Chicago: An Austrian priest who has stirred controversy in Europe with his challenge to Catholic church teachings on taboo topics suggested on Wednesday that women should be allowed to become priests and said that gays need justice, not just mercy. Father Helmut Schuller, who has been banned by American bishops...
  • Pope says Catholic ban on women priests "definitive" July 29, 2013

    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 "the...
  • Pope's Brazil visit raises red flags for World Cup, Olympics July 29, 2013

    A string of organizational flaws during the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil that put him at risk and stranded thousands of visiting faithful has deepened concern about the country's ability to host the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games. Even Rio de Janeiro's mayor gave himself a failing grade in...
  • Despite rapturous reception, Pope Francis faces challenges in Latin America July 27, 2013

    Brazilians have given Pope Francis a superstar's welcome on his first return to his home continent but the big question is whether the trip can help stop the hemorrhaging of the Catholic Church in Latin America. The first Latin American pope is clearly relishing the enthusiasm at a time when the...
  • Indian Catholic priest faces sex charge in US July 16, 2013

    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 and...
  • Policegiri: Christians object to rosary-on-belly scene in the film June 14, 2013

    Mumbai: A Mumbai community NGO Friday strongly objected to what it termed a "blasphemous" item number featuring starlet Kavitta Verma, likely to be shown in the forthcoming Bollywood movie 'Policegiri'. The NGO, Catholic Secular Forum (CSF), has written to the movie producers and the Censor Board protesting the scantily-clad Kavitta allegedly...
  • Pope leads Catholics in first worldwide 'Holy Hour' June 3, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis led Roman Catholics on Sunday in the first worldwide "Holy Hour," in which participants prayed at the same time around the globe for those suffering from war, slave labour, human trafficking and the economic crisis. The Vatican asked Catholics to join him between 5-6 pm Rome time...
  • Ireland: Savita's death prompts review of abortion laws May 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The Irish cabinet has reached an agreement which will allow limited legal abortions for the first time ever. This historic bill is part of legislative changes that were promised after Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar died after she was denied a life-saving abortion. The new bill, which will have to...
  • Ireland: Savita's husband 'optimistic' as verdict nears April 19, 2013

    London: Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar's husband on Friday said he is hopeful of a fair verdict in the inquest into his wife's death following a miscarriage in 2012. "I am still optimistic. The question that has always been in my mind is why Savita died. It has been very tough....
  • Ireland to begin inquiry into Savita Halappanavar's death April 8, 2013

    Dublin: Ireland is set to begin an inquiry into the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar. She had died in 2012 after an Irish hospital denied her an abortion due to the country's strict Catholic laws. More than 50 statements by health experts have been furnished in the case. Ireland has...
  • Pope installed as bishop of Rome, appeals to lapsed faithful April 8, 2013

    Rome: Pope Francis was formally installed as bishop of Rome on Sunday and he urged lapsed Catholics not to be afraid to return to God. Francis celebrated a Mass before thousands of people in the Rome Basilica of St John in Lateran to formally take possession of the cathedral in his...