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Pope says `no Middle East without Christians`

Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 21:06

Pope Francis on Thursday said the Catholic Church will not accept a Middle East without Christians, who often find themselves forced to flee areas of conflict and unrest in the region.

Church slams reports on Western Ghats, circular read out during mass

Last Updated: Sunday, November 10, 2013, 14:43

Catholic Church in Kerala has again come out strongly against Madav Gadgil and Kasturirangan report on conservation of Western Ghats, warning of strong resistance to implementation of recommendations.

Diplomat replaces scandal-hit cardinal for top Vatican post

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 18:52

The Vatican began a new chapter on Tuesday with scandal-hit cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepping down as right-hand man to Pope Francis and replaced by veteran diplomat Pietro Parolin.

Church panel welcomes NOTA on ballot

Last Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013, 13:13

The Laity Commission of the Kerala-based Syro Malabar Catholic Church has welcomed Supreme Court`s judgment asking the Election Commission to introduce `None of the Above` (NOTA) option in ballot papers.

Pope says Church should `divest` like St Francis

Last Updated: Friday, October 04, 2013, 17:08

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and it’s faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint`s Italian hometown.

Obama `hugely impressed` with Pope Francis

Last Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013, 13:51

US President Barack Obama has said he is `hugely impressed` with Pope Francis.

Ex-pope Benedict denies covering up sexual abuse

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 11:56

Former Pope Benedict has denied that he tried to cover up sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests, in his first direct published comments since he stepped down.

Pope Francis seeks historic easing of rigid Catholic doctrine

Last Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 08:57

Pope Francis has urged a break with the Catholic Church`s harsh "obsession" with divorce, gays, contraception and abortion, in an interview signalling a dramatic shift in the Vatican`s tone.

Church too much obsessed with gays, abortion: Pope Francis

Last Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:27

Setting the tone for his papacy, Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral edifice “will fall like a pack of cards” if care is not taken to balance its divisive rules on gays, abortion and contraception with the need to emerge as merciful and more welcoming place for all.

Special prayers mark Mother Teresa`s death anniversary

Last Updated: Thursday, September 05, 2013, 10:46

Thousands of people from all walks of life on Thursday paid homage to Mother Teresa on her 16th death anniversary with special prayers and masses in the eastern metropolis.

Goa government`s grassroots democracy muddled: Church

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 16:54

The Goa government is muddled as far as grassroots democratic concepts are concerned, the social arm of the influential Catholic church in Goa said.

Pope seeks to align Church hierarchy with the pews

Last Updated: Friday, August 02, 2013, 14:07

Some say his trip last week to Brazil, capped by a Mass for 3 million on Copacabana Beach, and the 80-minute, unfiltered news conference on the plane back to Rome, were the real start of Pope Francis`s pontificate.