Pope Francis is sending a cardinal to Iraq to help thousands of Christians fleeing the rapid advance of jihadis of the Islamic State (IS), the Vatican said on Friday.
Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, head of the Syro Malabar catholic church, Monday left for Vatican to attend the conclave of cardinals who will be electing the new Pope.
Last year he was named `bigot of the year` by the gay rights charity Stonewall.
The Catholics in Kerala has reacted strongly against the "reported" statement by the newly appointed Cardinal on the killing of two Indian fishermen.
Catholic Cardinal assured Cuban leaders would release 11 political prisoners.
The cardinal had held secret meeting with the bishop and sexual abuse victim.
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe has been linked to several shady property deals.
The Vatican issued an unprecedented public rebuke of a leading cardinal who had questioned the church`s policy of celibacy and openly criticized the retired Vatican No. 2 for his handling of clerical sex abuse cases.
President Barack Obama's speech at Siri Fort auditorium
Day in Pics: 27th January
Showbiz World - January 27, 2015