China steps up campaign to remove church crosses

Authorities in Wenzhou, known as China`s Jerusalem, have given Christian churches a deadline to remove prominent crosses within weeks, worshippers and an activist group said Thursday, stepping up a long-running campaign.

Ecuador tense with anti-govt protests ahead of pope visit
Ecuador tense with anti-govt protests ahead of pope visit

Just days before the hotly-anticipated visit of Pope Francis to Ecuador, the country`s President has come under increasing pressure from opposition protests demanding his ouster.

Achuthanandan hits out at Mani using biblical quotes

Veteran Marxist leader VS Achuthanandan, an atheist, today quoted the Holy Bible in the state Assembly while launching a scathing attack on Finance Minister KM Mani, a die-hard Catholic, for his alleged involvement in bar bribery scam.

Australia child sex abuse inquiry told cardinal tried to bribe victim

An Australian inquiry into child sex abuse heard Wednesday that the nation`s former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis` finance chief, tried to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep him quiet.

Religion helps Vanuatuans through cyclone shock

 Celine Jimmy prayed three times before running out of a clubhouse into the darkness to a family home as Cyclone Pam roared through her village in Vanuatu, her four children close by her side.

Pope Francis declares jubile in powerful reform signal

Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming the Church.

Indian-origin Irish minister comes out as gay

An Indian-origin senior Cabinet minister in Ireland on Sunday announced he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country.

Joseph Vaz: Sri Lanka`s first saint

Sri Lanka`s first saint was a 17th century missionary whose role in reviving the Catholic faith during religious persecution by Dutch colonisers gives him a contemporary resonance on the island.

China jails six 'cult' members in continuing crackdown

China has jailed six members of a fringe religious group known as "Almighty God" for up to five years for promoting their faith, state-media reported Saturday.

Catholic bodies trying to convert people to Christianity: Hindutva outfits

Even before the Ved Nagar conversion row could die down, Hindutva outfits questioned the working of Catholic organisations in Etmadpur tehsil of Agra where, they alleged, a few people had been persuaded to convert to Christianity on the promise of jobs, higher education and a better life.

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.

BJP Catholic legislators want a Catholic CM in Goa

The battle for BJP's next chief minister in Goa has just got trickier. Some Catholic legislators in the party are rooting for a Catholic leader as the successor to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is poised to become India's next defence minister.

Vatican synod discusses accepting homosexuality

 Senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings have called on the church to adopt a more positive stance on homosexuality.

Roast pigs and mudbaths mark colourful Philippine festivals

Roast pigs decked out as superheroes and mud-coated farmers paraded in separate Philippine villages Tuesday in two of the mainly Catholic nation`s most colourful religious festivals.

Pope Francis even ready to baptise Martians!

Pope Francis has said that if Martians came to earth he is ready to baptize them if they wanted to become Catholic.

Philippines` Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds

Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ.

Pope urges `sexual responsibility` against AIDS

Pope Francis called on Monday for fidelity and chastity to be used to fight the AIDS virus in Africa, in an address to visiting Tanzanian bishops that -- in line with Catholic doctrine -- did not mention the use of condoms.

Anti-abuse groups reject Australian cardinal`s apology

Child rights advocates on Friday rejected an apology from Australia`s top Catholic cleric George Pell over sex abuse in the Church, saying it was "hypocritical" and lacked credibility.

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

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

Pope opens critical week for reform, family issues

Pope Francis is opening most critical week of his papacy: 2 commissions of inquiry on Vatican finance, dealing with rejection by Catholics of church teaching on contraception, divorce and gay unions.