PRIESTS

  • 70yearold priest rapes minor girls inside temple premises August 29, 2014

    Mehrauli: In a shocking incident, a 70yearold priest was arrested from SouthWest Delhi's Mehrauli for allegedly raping two minor girls on Janmashtami. The priest raped the girls aged 6 and 8 inside the temple premises. He was arrested on the day the crime was committed. ...
  • Priest guilty of killing nun will get funeral Mass July 6, 2014

    Columbus: A diocesan official says a Catholic priest convicted of stabbing and strangling a nun 34 years ago in a hospital chapel will receive a funeral Mass. The official with the Toledo diocese says the Rev Gerald Robinson remains an ordained priest and his services will follow the usual protocol...
  • Intercaste marriage by son costs priest his job in Tamil Nadu June 23, 2014

    Namakkal: A temple priest was sacked after his son married a woman belonging to a community of another caste, which was in opposition to the alliance, in Kumarapalayam near Namakkal, Tamil Nadu. The priest of the temple in Kumarapalayam administered by Senkuthur Trust, in which the woman's community members has stake,...
  • Afghan security forces trying to locate abducted Indian June 5, 2014

    Herat: The Afghanistan security forces continue to look for the Indian who was abducted in Herat earlier this week. Sources say that aerial search operations are being held to locate the NGO worker. Herat Governor Sayed Fazal Ullah Wahidi told CNNIBN that the abductors had tried to take Father Alexi Prem...
  • Vaiko writes to PM over abduction of priest in Afghanistan June 4, 2014

    Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in securing the release of a Jesuit priest from Tamil Nadu, who was abducted by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan on June 2. In his letter to Modi, Vaiko contended that 47yearold Fr Alexis Prem Kumar S J...
  • Boy attempts rape on woman priest in a temple June 2, 2014

    A boy allegedly attempted to rape a woman priest in a temple in Muzaffarnagarand she was seriously injured during the incident, police said on Monday. The incident happened on Sunday in a Shiva temple at Muradpura village here, and the victim was seriously injured when she tried to resist the rape...
  • In a first for the country, 900year old Hindu temple in Maharashtra to get women and nonBrahmin priests May 10, 2014

    Solapur (Maharashtra): Here's another traditional male bastion set to crumble. With a Supreme Court prod, the renowned 900year old Vitthoba Temple in the pilgrim town of Pandharpur will script religious history when it appoints its first women priests as also priests from the backward classes as part of an inclusive...
  • First openly gay episcopal bishop divorces husband May 4, 2014

    Concord: The first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church has announced he is divorcing his husband. Retired Bishop Gene Robinson announced that he is divorcing Mark Andrew in an email to the Diocese of New Hampshire on Saturday and an article for The Daily Beast. The coupled entered into a civil...
  • Ishwar Prasad Namburi announced as the head priest of Badrinath May 2, 2014

    With the gates of Badrinath shrine scheduled to be reopened on May 5, Ishwar Prasad Namburi was on Friday formally given charge as the 'Rawal' (head priest) of the famed Himalayan temple. The post was lying vacant ever since former 'Rawal' of the temple B Keshavan Namburi was suspended after his...
  • Playful Irish priest becomes social media sensation after he surprises a bride and groom by singing 'Hallelujah' April 10, 2014

    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 it...
  • Hundreds gather to watch a priest walk through bonfire on Holi March 17, 2014

    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 walking...
  • Unidentified assailants shoot chief priest dead in Puredaal February 7, 2014

    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 Mandir...
  • Catholic priest's book on Swami Vivekananda released January 31, 2014

    A book penned by an Indianorigin 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"...
  • 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 201112 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 January 16, 2014

    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 been...
  • Nataraja temple to be managed by priests not TN government: Supreme Court January 6, 2014

    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 in...
  • Disciple arrested in priest murder case at Chandanpur December 28, 2013

    Police have arrested a person in a threemonthold 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 area when...
  • Sankararaman murder case: The political ramifications November 27, 2013

    Chennai: A Pondicherry court will deliver its verdict in the Sankararaman murder case where pontiffs Jayendra and Vijayendra Saraswati are the prime accused. The 9yearold 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 powerful,...
  • Sankararaman case verdict today; Kanchi seer, junior accused November 27, 2013

    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 90yearold priest in Unnao September 23, 2013

    Lucknow: A 90yearold 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 they...
  • Bihar BJP leaders celebrate Narendra Modi's 64th birthday September 17, 2013

    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 chanting...
  • Dalit priests train youngsters to perform religious ceremonies August 5, 2013

    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 to...
  • Watch: I'm no one to judge gays, lesbians, says Pope Francis July 30, 2013

    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 July 29, 2013

    Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wideranging 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 to...
  • 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 weeklong visit to Brazil, said "the...
  • Ayodhya: 1 person killed, 2 injured in Hanumangarhi temple firing July 22, 2013

    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 RamjanmbhoomiBabri mosque site. The two groups, being led by Mahant Bhavnath Das and...
  • 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...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Rudrapur village mourns the loss of 10 priests June 24, 2013

    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 May 7, 2013

    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 Rajasthan's...
  • Drunk man throws acid at priest at Delhi temple April 12, 2013

    New Delhi: A 25yearold 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 Delhi,...