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  • On Christmas, Pope urges world to be open to God 3 days ago

    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...
  • Christians elated as Pope confers sainthood on two Catholics from Kerala November 23, 2014

    Two Kerala born Catholics have been declared saints today. Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Saint Euphrasia were conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at the Vatican. ...
  • 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...
  • Two Kerala Catholics to be declared saints in Vatican November 22, 2014

    Vatican City: In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala, Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia, will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday. With their canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn stage-by-stage process is known in Catholic parlance,...
  • Pope Francis mulls removing marriage annulment charges November 6, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis on Thursday denounced the hardships Catholics can face when seeking marriage annulments, revealing he once fired an official who tried to charge thousands of dollars for one. Francis told participants at a Vatican course for officials dealing with annulments that as bishop of Buenos Aires, he was...
  • Has the Pope settled the debate between science and religion? October 29, 2014

    The Pope's recent remark about the Big Bang theory not contradicting Christianity was widely appreciated. He said the "Big Bang" theory as a model "does not rule out the intervention of a divine Creator, but rather demands it" and that "the origin of the world is not a product of...
  • Photos: 'The Big Bang theory does not rule out the divine Creator, but demands it': 22 times Pope Francis proved he is a man of the people October 29, 2014

    Pope Francis has been winning hearts ever since he became the absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State. His simple style of living and his views about the gay community have won him a lot of fans.He was once spotted enjoying a meal at a cafeteria in Vatican with other...
  • Big Bang theory for real, God is not a magician, says Pope Francis October 29, 2014

    Vatican city: Scientific theories including the "Big Bang" believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday. Addressing a meeting of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences,...
  • Defying pope, Italian church parade stops by Mafioso's house in tribute July 7, 2014

    Rome: In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and 'ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as "deplorable and disgusting."...
  • Pope lauds Indian Cardinal Lourdusamy in Vatican city June 3, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has lauded the role of Indian Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy in spreading the Gospel across the world. Condoling the death of Lourdusamy, the Pope expressed his gratitude for the cardinal's "priestly life spent in spreading the Gospel first in India and subsequently in service to the Universal Church"...
  • Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints April 27, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of more than half a million pilgrims on Sunday, hailing both as courageous men who withstood the tragedies of the 20th century. Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter's Square after the historic double...
  • Watch: Pope swarmed by fans seeking selfies with him April 14, 2014

    The selfie-fever has now spread to the Vatican. With Easter approaching, the Pope was swarmed by crowds but this time they were trying to take selfies with him. Watch! ...
  • Tolerant of homosexuals, openly mingles, was a bouncer, owned a Harley, clicks selfies: Why Francis is the coolest Pope ever March 14, 2014

    From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year. He might not like his superstar status, but he certainly knows how to work a crowd and he has endeared himself to the public for looking out for...
  • Pope Francis accidentally says 'f**k' in Italian during his Sunday blessing at the Vatican March 4, 2014

    Pope Francis swore by mistake during his Sunday blessing at the Vatican in Rome. He was addressing a crowd in Italian from a balcony window when let slip the word 'cazzo' that translates to f**k instead of 'caso', meaning chance, The Guardian reported. However, Gawker said 'caso' meant 'example' or...
  • Pope's simple style influencing cardinal fashion February 21, 2014

    Vatican City: No glitzy gold, no rich velvet, no regal fur. Pope Francis' pared down papal wardrobe of sensible black shoes and a white cassock so thin you can see his black trousers through it is a perfect fit for his call for simplicity and humility among his clergy. The pope's...
  • 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...
  • Italy police recover blood cloth from relic of Pope John Paul February 3, 2014

    Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic. They told a news conference in L'Aquila, east of Rome, that they found the fragment in the...
  • Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church January 28, 2014

    Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday. Dozens of police with sniffer dogs scoured the remote area for clues to what the Italian Catholic...
  • 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...
  • Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests in 2 years January 18, 2014

    Vatican City: In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to a document obtained on Friday and...
  • People across the world celebrate Christmas with great fervor December 25, 2013

    People all round the world are celebrating Christmas with great fervor and enthusiasm. People of all religions are also celebrating the festival as it is a holiday season and is a great way to spend time with family and loved ones. ...
  • 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...
  • Boy wanders onto the stage during Pope' speech, clings to him, steals the show October 31, 2013

    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 pope smiled while...
  • Pope Francis receives Aung San Suu Kyi in Vatican October 28, 2013

    Pope Francis on Monday received Nobel peace laureate and former political prisoner in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi at the Vatican. The Myanmarese opposition leader is currently on a visit to Europe and was, on Sunday, made an honorary citizen of Rome, the Italian capital. Suu Kyi has become an international symbol...
  • Pope Francis toasts 10 million Twitter followers October 27, 2013

    A jubilant Pope Francis celebrated reaching 10 million followers on messaging site Twitter on Sunday, a milestone in the Vatican's drive to spread the gospel through social media. "Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you!" the pontiff wrote on his nine accounts, which publish simultaneously in...
  • Pope laments 'gay lobby' in the Vatican: Report June 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a "gay lobby" and a "stream of corruption" in the Vatican, according to reports in Catholic media not denied by the Vatican. The pope made the remarks last week in Spanish during a private meeting with representatives of the Latin American and...
  • Practice what you preach, Pope tells priests April 15, 2013

    Rome: Pope Francis told priests on Sunday to practice what they preach, saying the church's credibility was on the line. During a Mass to formally take possession of one of the Vatican basilicas in Rome, Francis said ordinary Catholics need to "see in our actions what they hear from our...
  • Catholics hail Mumbai cardinal Gracias as Pope's advisor April 15, 2013

    Mumbai: The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) on Sunday hailed the appointment of Mumbai's Cardinal Oswald Gracias by Pope Francis as one of his advisors in the Vatican. Cardinal Gracias, 68, was among the eight highranking advisors appointed on Saturday by the new Pope to an advisory council to look into ways...
  • Indian among Pope Francis' advisory council April 13, 2013

    Vatican City: India's Oswald Gracias was among eight highranking cardinals from around the world who were on Saturday appointed by Pope Francis in an advisory council to look into ways of reforming the Vatican bureaucracy. The council will help the Pope revise the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia Pastor...
  • Ridley Scott's next TV series is based on the Vatican April 13, 2013

    Rome: Hollywood director Ridley Scott has filmed a TV series 'The Vatican' in Rome, starring Bruno Ganz as the fictional presentday Pope Sixtus VI. Scott, who last filmed in Rome the blockbuster 'Gladiator', paid the city of Rome 50,000 euros a day to film in the area around St. Peter's Square,...