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  • Church must be 'oasis of mercy,' not severe fortress, says Pope Francis April 11, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental. At St Peter's Basilica on Saturday, he listened as a Vatican prelate read excerpts from a papal bull, or decree, in which Francis proclaimed an "Extraordinary Jubilee of...
  • Don't ignore killing of Christians: Pope to world April 7, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis on Monday again pressed the international community to do something about the killing of Christians in several parts of the world and not "look the other way." He has been increasingly vocal about the fate of Christians being targeted by Islamic extremists in parts of the Middle...
  • Pope, thousands brave rain for Easter in St Peter's Square April 5, 2015

    Vatican City: In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. Cautious hope ran through Francis' "Urbi et Orbi"...
  • Pope tells Catholics at Easter vigil: Seek truth, beauty and love April 5, 2015

    Rome: Pope Francis led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Easter on Saturday night, urging them at a vigil Mass to shun indifference and boldly live their faith. Marking the third Easter since his election in 2013, the pope maintained an Easter vigil tradition by baptizing late entries into the...
  • Swine flu virus to die as temperatures rise: Goa minister March 21, 2015

    Panaji: Goa Health Minister Francis D'Souza said the swine flu virus will die automatically when the mercury will rise in the state with the advent of summer and the situation was under control. Speaking to IANS on Friday on the sidelines of a book release function at the state secretariat here,...
  • Twin bombings at churches in Pakistan kill 14, wound 78 March 16, 2015

    Lahore: Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. Islamist terrorists in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities...
  • Pope Francis condemns the attack on two churches in Pakistan March 15, 2015

    Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the attack on two churches of Lahore in which at least 15 persons were killed and 78 others injured, While addressing in the Vatican City Pope said, "With pain and great sorrow, I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in the city...
  • Pope says feels great pain over Pakistan church attacks March 15, 2015

    Rome: Pope Francis said he felt great pain over bomb attacks outside two churches in Pakistan on Sunday, departing from scripted remarks in his customary address to decry "persecution" of Christians. "These are Christian churches. Christians are persecuted, our brothers spill their blood simply because they are Christians," the pontiff said...
  • Pope Francis' confession: I'm a disaster with machines. I don't know how to work a computer February 6, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has made a confession of sorts, telling a 16-year-old girl that he doesn't have a clue about how to work a computer. The 78-year-old Francis made the confession on Thursday during a Google Hangout with several disabled kids from around the world. Francis responded to them from...
  • Goa deputy CM Francis D'Souza inaugurates India Beach Fashion Week February 6, 2015

    Candolim: It was a day of fun and glamour in Goa Thursday as the first edition of Gionee Smartphones India Beach Fashion Week (IBFW) was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza. The show host, VJ Anushka Dandekar asked D'Souza to officially announce the launch of the fashion gala's first...
  • Jennifer Lawrence to star in Francis Lawrence's 'The Dive' January 19, 2015

    Los Angeles: Actress Jennifer Lawrence will soon be working again with her 'Hunger Games' director Francis Lawrence. The pair will team up for 'The Dive' - the biopic based on the real life story of freediving married couple Francisco "Pipin" Ferreras and Audrey Mestre, reported The Wrap. James Cameron is...
  • Listen to women more, don't be macho, Pope tells men January 18, 2015

    Manila: Pope Francis said on Sunday men should listen to women's ideas more and not be male chauvinists. The Argentine pope made impromptu remarks during a youth rally at a co-ed Catholic university in the Philippine capital, Manila, after he noted that four of the five people who addressed him on...
  • Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis in Vatican January 9, 2015

    Los Angeles: Actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie has met Pope Francis during her Vatican City visit to screen her latest directorial venture 'Unbroken'. The 39-year-old star was delighted to be invited to the Vatican by the head of the Catholic church, and to be asked to screen her movie for the Political Academy...
  • Pope in New Year call for peace, teases 'noisy' Mexicans January 1, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis ushered in 2015 in typically unpredictable style on Thursday, launching an appeal for an end to war before light-heartedly teasing the many Mexicans in the crowd at St Peter's Square. Addressing tens of thousands of pilgrims, the Argentinian pontiff marked both the international day of peace and...
  • Jennifer Lawrence cheers her hometown Louisville's basketball team December 29, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actress Jennifer Lawrence stood out among a crowd in a team T-shirt cheering and flashing signals as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college basketball game got underway in her hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, Saturday. 'The Hunger Games' actress made quite an appearance from her seat in the stadium as...
  • God is father and his patience is stronger than darkness: Pope Francis December 25, 2014

    "Through the course of history the light that shatters the darkness reveals to us that God is father and that his patience fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption. This is the message of Christmas night," said Pope Francis. ...
  • On Christmas, Pope urges world to be open to God December 25, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis ushered the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption. The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of people in St. Peter's Basilica. It is...
  • 'Mockingjay' disarms 'Penguins' to retain top spot at U.S. box office December 1, 2014

    Los Angeles/New York: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,' the third film in the dystopian action series starring Jennifer Lawrence, collected $56.9 million to hold off advances by animated films 'Penguins of Madagascar' and 'Big Hero 6' and claim victory at the U.S. holiday weekend box office. 'Penguins of Madagascar,'...
  • Pope prays in Istanbul mosque in new outreach November 30, 2014

    Istanbul: Pope Francis stood on Saturday for two minutes of silent prayer facing east in one of Turkey's most important mosques, a powerful vision of Christian-Muslim understanding at a time when neighboring countries are experiencing violent Islamic assault on Christians and religious minorities. His head bowed, eyes closed and hands clasped...
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' review: The movie leaves with more question marks than full-stops November 28, 2014

    Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Not very much happens in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The studio's decision to make two films from the final book in Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy may have made sense from a business point of view - hey, it worked...
  • Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit November 28, 2014

    Ankara: Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border. Francis is expected to use his opening...
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: Live tweet review November 28, 2014

    Directed by Francis Lawrence, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1' stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh1 Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Julianne Moore. It is the sequel to 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and is the first of two films based on the novel...
  • I am not amazed: Martin Sheen on not winning an Oscar November 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Warren Anderson had shut his life out and chose to remain inhuman, says the very accomplished Hollywood actor Martin Sheen, who essays the Union Carbide chief in 'Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain', a movie which relives the Bhopal gas disaster, 30 years after its occurrence. In an interview, Sheen has...
  • Pope condemns Islamic State violence November 28, 2014

    Jerusalem: On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists. In an interview published on Friday, Francis was quoted as saying that the persecution of Christians today is "the worst" it...
  • Live: Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia have been congregated as saints November 23, 2014

    In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican. With their canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn stage-by-stage process is known in Catholic parlance, the centuries-old Syro...
  • Pope Francis denounces euthanasia as 'sin against god' November 15, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement on Saturday, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against god and creation. Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors. Earlier this month, the...
  • Laxmikant Parsekar elected unanimously by MLAs, sworn in as Goa CM November 8, 2014

    Panaji: Laxmikant Parsekar has been sworn in as the new Goa Chief Minister at Raj Bhawan at 4 PM on Saturday. Parsekar earlier held the portfolio of the state Health Minister. An elated Parsekar who has strong RSS links, said, "I am very happy to be elected as the CM". Parsekar...
  • Laxmikant Parsekar to be sworn in as Goa CM, Manohar Parrikar to join Narendra Modi's Cabinet November 8, 2014

    Panaji: Laxmikant Parsekar has been named as the next Goa Chief Minister, declared Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Parsekar will be sworn in at Raj Bhawan at 4 PM on Saturday. Parsekar has strong RSS links and currently holds the portfolio of the state Health Minister. Parsekar,...
  • Manohar Parrikar resigns as Goa Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar likely to take the post: sources November 8, 2014

    Panaji: Manohar Parrikar resigned as Goa Chief Minister on Saturday. The 58-year-old submitted his resignation through fax to Governor Mridula Sinha. Sources have tipped that state Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is likely to be the next CM, even as a certain section of the Goa cabinet rooted for deputy CM...
  • Ahead of Parrikar's resignation, MLAs threaten to resign if Francis D'Souza not made Goa CM November 8, 2014

    Panaji: As the race for the next Goa Chief Minister gets tougher, the rift within the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state is coming to the fore. Some MLAs have threatened to resign if Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza is not elevated after Manohar Parrikar quits as the Chief...