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John Paul II: Beloved pope who left reformists cold

Last Updated: Sunday, April 27, 2014, 16:06

Pope John Paul II, who was declared a saint on Sunday along with John XXIII, was a charismatic leader who helped topple communism but was criticised for failing to tackle the scourge of child sex abuse by priests.

John Paul biographer, aide defend sex abuse record

Last Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014, 21:39

Pope John Paul II`s biographer and longtime spokesman sought today to defend his record on sex abuse against evidence that he did not grasp the scale of the scandal until very late in his papacy.

Late Pope John Paul-II`s blood stained relic disposed off by thieves

Last Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014, 13:30

The Italian Police have reportedly detained three thieves for stealing Polish pope John Paul II`s blood stained relic and discarding it away.

Blood of Pope John Paul II stolen for `satanic` purposes?

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 13:24

Even as the police continue to look for the missing reliquary which had the blood of late Pope John Paul II and was stolen from a small church in Italy, the Italian Anti-Plagiarism Observatory has reportedly expressed fears that Satanic sects could be behind the theft.

Against his will, John Paul II`s notes in print

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 20:26

Pope John Paul II`s secretary says he "did not have the courage" to burn the pontiff`s notes, and is having them published, contrary to John Paul`s wish.

Device explodes in Spain cathedral, no one hurt

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 02, 2013, 21:38

A device exploded inside a cathedral in northeastern Spain on Wednesday that is one of the country`s most popular religious and tourist attractions, causing some damage but no injuries, an official said.

Vatican to declare Pope John Paul II, John XXIII as ‘Saints’ to unify Catholics?

Last Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013, 18:37

In an official announcement on Monday, Pope Francis declared sainthood dates for two Popes, late Pope John Paul II(1978 to 2005) and John XXIII (1958-1963).

Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

Last Updated: Friday, July 05, 2013, 18:36

Pope Francis cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.

Miracle judges approve Pope John Paul II for sainthood

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 03, 2013, 09:54

The Vatican congregation in charge of examining candidates for sainthoods has recognised a second miracle by John Paul II, leaving just a papal signature necessary to authorise the former pope`s canonisation.

Pope John Paul II closer to `sainthood`, second mirracle apporoved

Last Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 13:26

Late Pope John Paul II has been confirmed to be steps away from `sainthood` after his second miracle for a Costa Rican woman who was suffering from severe brain injury was approved by commission of theologians.

Pope Benedict XVI`s shock resignation stuns Catholic world

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 09:47

When an 85-year old Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation citing poor health concerns, the entire Catholic world was stunned and shocked, with the Catholic Church in a quandary as it has to choose the successor by Easter.

Pope Benedict XVI to resign: Vatican

Last Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013, 16:59

Otherwise known as Joseph Ratzinger was elected in April 2005 when Pope John Paul II died.