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547 boys were abused at German Catholic choir school: Lawyer

The Regensburger Domspatzen ("Cathedral Sparrows"), a 1,000-year-old cathedral choir in Bavaria, was in 2010 dragged into the massive sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic Church in recent years.

Cardinal George Pell 'totally rejects' sex abuse charges

"I am looking forward finally to having my day in court. I am innocent of these charges," Pell said in a statement.

Indonesia police fire tear gas on Muslims protesting church

Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital Jakarta.

Australia's Catholic Church paid $213 million in abuse compensation, costs

Australia's Catholic Church paid $213 million in abuse compensation, costs

A Royal Commission is Australia`s most powerful type of inquiry that is able to compel people to testify and recommend legislative changes and criminal charges.

4,500 pederasty cases reported against Australia's Catholic Church

Almost 4,500 people reported cases of pederasty or child sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the Catholic Church in Australia between 1980 and 2015.

Pope creates 17 cardinals, `Princes of the Church`

Pope creates 17 cardinals, `Princes of the Church`

The cardinal electors come from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Central African Republic, Italy, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Spain, the United States and Venezuela.

Missing Mexican priest found alive, tortured

A priest whose disappearance sparked protests in an eastern Mexican town was found alive but with injuries consistent with torture, the Catholic church said.

Vatican wishes Donald Trump well in US presidency, prays for "enlightenment"

The Catholic Church`s highest-ranking diplomat wished US President-elect Donald Trump well on Wednesday, saying he would pray for the new incumbent to be "enlightened".

Pope says he believes ban on female priests is forever

The Church barred women from becoming deacons centuries ago.
 

Pope Francis calls for 'immediate ceasefire' in Syria

Pope Francis, in his strongest appeal to date on the conflict in Syria, on Wednesday called for an "immediate ceasefire" to allow for the evacuation of civilians.

French church where priest slain to reopen

Two months after its priest was murdered by teenage jihadists, parishioners of a Catholic church in northern France will gather Sunday for a solemn re-opening ceremony to seek solace and solidarity.

Catholic churches in Kerala remember Mother Teresa

Catholic churches in Kerala remember Mother Teresa

Hours before Mother Teresa is elevated to sainthood, the Catholic churches in Kerala held special prayer sessions and meetings to remind the people of her great work for the underprivileged.

Mother Teresa's canonization – Know who all from India will attend event

Mother Teresa's canonization – Know who all from India will attend event

In March, Pope Francis had announced that Mother Teresa will be elevated to sainthood after the Church recognised two miracles attributed to her after her death.

Mother Teresa`s legacy under cloud as sainthood nears

Mother Teresa`s legacy under cloud as sainthood nears

Pope Francis approved the canonisation of the widely beloved Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa last December, nearly two decades after she died in Kolkata.

Sonia Gandhi writes to Pope Francis before Mother Teresa's canonisation

Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that Mother Teresa was one of the most revered, loved and admired figures in India.

Philippine Church alarmed by police killings after election

Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines expressed alarm Monday at a sharp rise in police killings of suspected criminals since the election of a firebrand president who has vowed a bloody war on crime.

Incoming Philippine president launches vulgar attacks on Church

Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation`s fast-growing population.

Pope says he's willing to study women deacons, in major step

Pope Francis said on Friday that he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.

Polish church, state closer than ever on baptism anniversary

Poland this week marks 1,050 years since its `baptism`, considered its founding event, at a time when the state is closer than ever to the powerful Catholic Church which helped the conservatives return to power and is now reaping the benefits.