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.

Ireland liable for abuse in Catholic-run school: Europe court

Ireland has been rocked by a series of official investigations in recent years that have lifted the lid on decades of sexual, physical and emotional abuse in institutions run by the Catholic Church.

Victims hope UN probe will stem child sex abuse by clergy

Victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests said today they hoped UN scrutiny of the Vatican would help finally to hold perpetrators to account and halt future violations.

Kerry, first Catholic Secretary of State to travel to Vatican

John Kerry, the first Catholic Secretary of State, would travel to Vatican to meet the Holy See Pietro Parolin, the new Secretary of State of the Vatican.

Man stabbed to death in Ireland over chess dispute

In a gruesome incident, an Irish man in Dublin was brutally beaten and stabbed to death allegedly by an Italian over a row during a chess match.

Talks to ease Northern Ireland tensions break down

Marathon talks between the leaders of Northern Ireland`s Catholic and Protestant communities broke down without agreement to ease tensions.

Take to the streets, Pope tells Catholics

Pope Francis has urged god to help Catholics in becoming more outgoing and take to the streets to show god`s love.

God told me to resign: Ex-Pope Benedict

Former Pope Benedict has said he resigned after "God told me to" during what he called a "mystical experience", a Catholic news agency reported.

Pope set to wash sins via Twitter

On this World Youth Day, Catholics need not necessarily be present in flesh and blood to seek forgiveness, as Pope Francis would be offering an easier means of absolution via Twitter.

Italian official held for 10-mn-euro graft

A former senior official in the Italian government has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling 10 million euros of interior ministry funds, said police.

Savita`s husband welcomes apology of midwife

Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar`s husband welcomed an apology given by midwife for her remarks about Ireland being a "Catholic country" while denying termination to his 17-week pregnant wife.

Pope washes feet of young detainees in ritual

Pope Francis has washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention centre in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope.

Twitter abuzz with papal jokes as Benedict decides to quit

Users of micro blogging platform Twitter have posted some amusing theories on why Pope Benedict XVI has decided to step down.