Listen to ordinary faithful: Pope to theologians

Pope Francis Pope Francis on Friday urged the Catholic Church's top theologians to listen to what ordinary Catholics have to say rather than just making their own pronouncements on hot-button issues.

Delhi church fire: Christians to meet Rajnath Singh today

In the wake of a mysterious fire that gutted a Catholic church in the city, Delhi diocese Archbishop Anil Couto will on Wednesday meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Church gutted down in Delhi, case filed

New Delhi: A substantial part of a catholic church in northeast Delhi's Tahirpur area was gutted when a fire broke out at its premises on Monday morning with the Christian community suspecting foul play in the incident.

Pope says he will visit US in September 2015

Pope Francis said on Monday he will visit the United States in September 2015 to take part in a Catholic Church congress on the family.

Burkina main players consider transition plan

Burkina Faso's political parties, army and civil society groups were on Saturday to consider a plan for a transitional government after last week's ousting of veteran president Blaise Compaore, sources said.

French territory in Pacific faces uncertain future

In a tiny French territory in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, three kings and the Catholic Church have held their grip on power hundreds of years after France became a secular republic.

Pope hails the poor, homeless as 'unknown saints'

Pope Francis has paid tribute to what he calls the "unknown saints" those who flee war, hunger and poverty, the jobless and the homeless.

Pope Francis faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays
Pope Francis faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church`s doors to remarried divorcees and gays.

Pope approves Sri Lanka`s first saint ahead of visit: Church

The Pope has approved Sri Lanka`s first saint, an Indian missionary credited with reviving the Catholic Church on the island during persecution by Dutch colonial rulers, the church said Thursday.

Pope Francis marries off couples who have cohabited, had children

Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants the Catholic church to be more open and inclusive.

US slams Sri Lanka over intimidation of war victims

The United States led Western criticism of Sri Lanka today after pro-government activists broke up a meeting of US diplomats and ethnic Tamils who lost loved ones in the island`s separatist war.

Pope promises `solutions` to priestly celibacy: Report

Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican.

Pope begs forgiveness for `sacrilegious cult` of Church sexual abuse

Pope apologises for "sacrilegious cult" of Church``s sexual abuse

Pope meets sex abuse victims for first time

Pope Francis met clerical sex abuse victims for the first time Monday, amid criticism that he has been slow to deal with a scandal hugely damaging to the Catholic Church.

Priest killed, another injured in US shooting

Police were hunting on Thursday a gunman or gunmen who killed one priest and injured another at a Catholic church in Arizona.

Irish church under fire over children`s mass grave

The Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers.

30 killed at Central African Rep church

Muslim rebels stormed a Catholic church compound in the capital of Central African Republic on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people in a hail of gunfire and grenades, witnesses said.

Pope says favours celibacy for priests but door open to change

Pope Francis on Monday said he believed that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma, and "the door is always open" to change.

Pope condemns Catholic Church `profiteers`

Pope Francis on Monday condemned "profiteers" and "climbers" who used the Catholic Church to make money as he embarks on Vatican reforms aimed at promoting greater transparency and doing more to help the needy.

Mizoram observes `Good Friday`

Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, was observed with religious solemnity in Mizoram Friday.