Papal

  • 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 Francis calls for peace on Easter Sunday April 1, 2013

    Pope Francis delivered his first traditional Papal blessing in front of huge crowds in Saint Peter's Square on Easter Sunday. He called for peace in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and drew attention to the war in Syria. ...
  • Pope Francis meets Benedict, tells him 'we're brothers' March 24, 2013

    Castel Gandolfo: The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning pope telling a retired one, "We are brothers," and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of...
  • Thousands gather at St Peter's Square to hear Pope's first Angelus March 18, 2013

    Thousands of Catholics waving flags from around the world packed St Peter's Square on Sunday to hear Pope Francis deliver his inaugural Angelus. ...
  • Want 'poor Church and Church for the poor': Pope March 16, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church, said on Saturday that it should be poor and remember that its mission is to serve the poor. The pope made his comments in an audience with journalists, explaining why he chose to...
  • World View: Will Musharraf's return to Pakistan have any impact? April 9, 2013

    Hello and Welcome to Worldview with me Suhasini Haidar- tonight-- the catholic world has a new pope We'll tell you more about the man and the many firsts of Pope Francis. CNN's Erin McLaughlin will join from the Vatican, also Shasta Darlington is going to take us on the bus route...
  • New Pope urges Church to return to its Gospel roots March 15, 2013

    Vatican City: In his first public Mass, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church on Thursday to stick to its Gospel roots and shun modern temptations, warning that it would become just another charitable group if it forgot its true mission. In a heartfelt, simple homily, the Argentinian Pope laid out a...
  • News 360: Cobrapost expose reveals brazen money laundering at banks March 14, 2013

    A sting operation conducted by Cobrapost across various branches of private financial institutions, including HDFC, ICICI and Axis banks showed how bank employees were helping customers convert black money into white. ...
  • Goa churches hold prayers after election of new Pope March 14, 2013

    Panaji: Special prayers were held during regular mass in Goa churches on Thursday after Pope Francis was elected to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. Goa, which has 27 per cent population believing in the Catholic faith, was holding prayers for the new Pope right from the day when Pope...
  • Catholics overjoyed at first Latin American Pope March 14, 2013

    Buenos Aires, Argentina: Tears and cheers erupted across Latin America on Wednesday as an Argentine cardinal became the first pope from the hemisphere, and many expressed hope that he could help bring the church closer to the poverty-wracked region that is home to more Roman Catholics than any other. Drivers honked...
  • Full text: First speech of Pope Francis to the world March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: The following is the Vatican's official English translation of Pope Francis's speech "Urbi et Orbi" delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Wednesday night. Brothers and sisters, good evening! You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop. It seems...
  • Pope Francis: Simple image, complex past March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: On the streets in Buenos Aires, the stories about the cardinal who would become the first pope from the Americas often include a very ordinary backdrop: The city bus during rush hour. Tales are traded about chatting with Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio as he squeezed in with others for...
  • Cardinals fail to elect Pope after three ballots March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel for a second day on Wednesday after a secret conclave of cardinals held two more inconclusive votes for a new Pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church. Following an initial split ballot when they were first shut away amid the...
  • Black smoke signals inconclusive papal vote March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Black smoke rose from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, signalling Roman Catholic cardinals had not agreed on a Pope to succeed Benedict on their first full morning of voting in a secret conclave. Cardinals held an initial ballot on Tuesday and held two more on Wednesday morning, with...
  • 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...
  • Papal conclave: Topless women protest outside Vatican March 13, 2013

    Vatican: Police wrestled two topless women to the ground during a brief protest in St Peter's Square outside the Vatican on Tuesday after cardinals withdrew into the Sistine Chapel to begin the process of electing a new pope. Witnesses said that at least two women took part in the protest, which...
  • How the papal conclaves fared in the past century March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Over the past century, no conclave has lasted more than five days and the fastest vote was for Pope Pius XII. Twice prelates from North America missed the vote because they couldn't get to Rome in time, and a Hungarian cardinal sat out two conclaves because he was...
  • Papal conclave to elect new Pope begins March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Roman Catholic Cardinals begin a conclave on Tuesday to elect the Church's 266th pontiff and a successor to Pope Benedict, who abdicated unexpectedly in February. The 115 cardinal electors under the age of 80 prayed for divine help on Tuesday, hours before entering the frescoed Sistine Chapel on...
  • Live coverage: Vatican conclave to elect the next pope March 12, 2013

    Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope, seeking to overcome their divisions and rally behind a single man who can lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church and tend to its many problems. Watch the live stream and follow realtime updates on our live blog on...
  • Conclave to elect next pope opens amid uncertainty March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There's no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix...
  • Pope blesses astronauts in 1st papal call to space May 21, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: Pope Benedict XVI had a direct line to the heavens Saturday, with NASA's help. Speaking from the Vatican, the pontiff bestowed a historic blessing upon the 12 astronauts circling Earth during the first-ever papal call to space, wishing a swift recovery for the shuttle commander's wounded congresswoman wife and...