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.

Pope Francis confesses his sins in St Peter`s Basilica

Pope Francis went to confession on Friday in St Peter`s Basilica, leading by example in a Catholic Church initiative to get believers to admit their sins to a priest and do penance before Easter celebrations.

Obama to find ally on justice in first meeting with Pope Francis

Despite differences on moral issues, US President Barack Obama will find in Pope Francis a welcome ally on issues of poverty and social justice when they meet for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday.

Top Malaysia court delays ruling on Catholic use of `Allah`

Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated outside Malaysia`s highest court on Wednesday as it postponed a decision on whether to hear the Catholic Church`s bid to be allowed to call God "Allah".

Conservative Catholic order meets to turn page on scandalous past

How can an order of priests go on serving the Catholic Church after revelations that the man who founded it was a fraud? That is the dilemma facing the Legionaries of Christ.

Gay couples are church`s new educational challenge: Pope

Pope Francis considers that the different realities in today`s society, like children living with gay couples, represent a new educational challenge for the Catholic Church, above all when preaching the gospel.

At first Christmas as pope, Pope Francis urges openness to God

Francis delivered a short homily that was as simple as his white vestments: Man can choose between darkness and light.

Man who set self on fire in St Peter`s Square dies in hospital

A 51-year-old man who set himself alight in St Peter`s Square in Vatican City earlier this week died of his injuries in hospital on Sunday, local media said.

Angels have no wings, says Catholic `angelologist`

Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church "angelologist" who says the heavenly beings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age religions.