ROMAN CATHOLIC

  • 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 nonMuslims from using 'Allah' June 23, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's top court on Monday upheld a government ban forbidding nonMuslims 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 43 decision, the Federal...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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"...
  • 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 56 pm Rome time...
  • Preparations to elect pope begins in earnest at Vatican March 4, 2013

    Vatican City: Preparations for electing Roman Catholicism's new leader begin in earnest on Monday as the College of Cardinals opens daily talks to sketch an identikit for the next pope and ponder who among them might fit it. The idea is to have the new pope elected during next week...
  • British cardinal apologises for his sexual conduct March 4, 2013

    London: Keith O'Brien, who resigned last week as Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric after claims of sexual impropriety, admitted on Sunday that his conduct had "fallen below the standards expected of me". In a statement, O'Brien also apologised "to those I have offended... to the Catholic Church and people of...
  • Pope ushers in Christmas, decries commercialisation December 25, 2011

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict ushered in Christmas for the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics, urging humanity to see through the superficial glitter and commercialism of the season and rediscover the real significance of the humble birth of Jesus. The 84yearold pope, celebrating the seventh Christmas season of his pontificate, also urged...
  • Mexico lawmakers mull timebound marriages October 2, 2011

    Mexico City: The Roman Catholic Church reacted harshly on Friday to a bill proposed by Mexico City legislators that would require all couples to sign a prenuptial agreement specifying how to handle child custody and other issues in case of divorce and estimating how long the marriage is expected...
  • Pope John Paul II gets Facebook page March 14, 2011

    Vatican City: The Vatican will unveil the latest instalment in its social media transformation next week a Facebook page dedicated to the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II, officials said. The site, which will link to video highlights of John Paul's 27year papacy, is designed to promote the May...
  • 40 arrested for protesting against Obama May 18, 2009

    South Bend (Indiana): Nearly 40 people were arrested on Sunday as they tried to enter the University of Notre Dame to protest President Barack Obama's appearance at commencement, police said. At least 39 people were taken into custody on trespassing charges, police Sgt Bill Redman said. Among those arrested were Norma...
  • Kerala Bishop in trouble over adoption of young woman October 15, 2008

    Kochi: A Catholic Bishop in Kerala has landed in trouble after he decided to adopt a 26yearold woman as his daughter, with some priests openly questioning the act saying adoption was against the Canon Laws. Archbishop of Verapoly, Daniel Acharuparambil, the supreme head of the Latin Catholics in the state,...
  • India's pride: St Alphonsa | Sister to Saint | In Pics October 12, 2008

    Vatican City: Kerala nun Sister Alphonsa was declared a saint at ceremony in Vatican on Sunday. Pope Benedict XVI canonised her at a ceremony in St Peter's Square, making Alphonsa the first Indian woman saint. The canonisation took place after 1440 hrs IST and the ceremony was attended by around 25,000...
  • Made in India: Bible which draws from Vedas, Gandhi August 10, 2008

    Kochi: A new version of the Bible published by the Roman Catholic Church has become a huge hit in Kerala. References in the Indianised version of the Bible have been picked up from the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Manusmriti. The characters in the Bible have also been dressed up in...
  • Hugo Chavez tastes defeat in referendum December 3, 2007

    New Delhi: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost Sunday's referendum vote by a whisker 51 per cent of voters. Opposition activists were ecstatic as the results were announced shortly after midnight with 88 per cent of the vote counted. The trend was declared irreversible by elections council chief Tibisay Lucena. Opposed to...