Pope opens Synod rejecting bad shepherds

Pope Francis Sunday inaugurated the Synod with a warning about the risks of "greed for money and power" and "bad shepherds", government leaders and other officials--who impose responsibilities onto people that they themselves are unwilling to bear.

Pope Francis calls for reflection on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis used his Palm Sunday Mass homily to call on Catholics to reflect, asking the faithful at the start of Holy Week if they were traitors like Judas or loved God like Joseph.

Football-mad Pope Francis greets his winning team

Pope Francis warmly greeted players from his favourite football team San Lorenzo after a general audience in St Peter`s Square on Wednesday, following their victory in the national championship in Argentina.

Pope overhauls Catholic image but real reforms await

Pope Francis has turned around the way the Catholic Church is seen but his promise of Vatican reform awaits next year, observers said on Tuesday.

Kurien heads Indian team to Vatican for installation of Pope

An Indian delegation led by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien on Monday left for the Vatican from Delhi to take part in the installation of Pope Francis as the 266th Pontiff of Catholic church.

Petition filed against Nityananda`s appointment as pontiff

The petitioner also sought a direction to the authorities concerned to safeguard the assets of the Madurai Adheenam (Mutt) valued at several thousand crores of rupees.

Nithyananda declared 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam

Nityananda had landed in controversy after a video footage showing him in a compromising position with an actress was telecast by local TV channels in March 2010.