Pope John Paul II

Sex abuse scandal haunts Pope Francis' aide and Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell

Sex abuse scandal haunts Pope Francis' aide and Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell

George Pell strongly denies the allegations and says he had no knowledge of widespread paedophilia in the church in Australia, even suggesting a conspiracy to bring him down.

Jun 29, 2017, 08:58 AM IST
'Pope John Paul II had intense relationship with married woman'

'Pope John Paul II had intense relationship with married woman'

The letters do not indicate that the Pope, who died in 2005 at the age of 84 , broke his vow of celibacy.

Feb 15, 2016, 17:55 PM IST
Pope John Paul II was in 'intense' relationship with a married woman philosopher?

Pope John Paul II was in 'intense' relationship with a married woman philosopher?

Hundreds of letters and photographs have revealed that Pope John Paul II was in a close relationship with a married woman. The relationship lasted more than 30 years.

Feb 15, 2016, 13:58 PM IST

Pope honours Ugandan martyrs on Africa tour

Vast crowds of Ugandans greeted Pope Francis on Saturday as he honoured Christians martyred for the faith on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, which he dubbed "the continent of hope".

Nov 28, 2015, 13:48 PM IST
Gloomy Sculpture of England`s football defeats sold for $646,000

Gloomy Sculpture of England`s football defeats sold for $646,000

A granite monument with every defeat ever suffered by the England football team over 124 years engraved on it sold for $646,000 on Tuesday.

Mar 11, 2015, 10:40 AM IST

Late pope gets flowers from would-be assassin

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish former extremist who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, on Saturday laid flowers on the late pontiff`s tomb.

Dec 27, 2014, 23:04 PM IST

Late pope gets flowers from would-be assassin

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish former extremist who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II on Saturday laid flowers on the late pontiff's tomb.

Dec 27, 2014, 22:49 PM IST

Iran dismisses Khomeini link to Pope shooting

Iran has rejected claims by Mehmet Ali Agca that late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered him to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

Dec 25, 2014, 20:46 PM IST

John Paul II: Beloved pope who left reformists cold

Pope John Paul II, who was declared a saint on Sunday along with John XXIII, was a charismatic leader who helped topple communism but was criticised for failing to tackle the scourge of child sex abuse by priests.

Apr 27, 2014, 16:06 PM IST

John Paul biographer, aide defend sex abuse record

Pope John Paul II`s biographer and longtime spokesman sought today to defend his record on sex abuse against evidence that he did not grasp the scale of the scandal until very late in his papacy.

Apr 25, 2014, 21:39 PM IST

Blood of Pope John Paul II stolen for `satanic` purposes?

Even as the police continue to look for the missing reliquary which had the blood of late Pope John Paul II and was stolen from a small church in Italy, the Italian Anti-Plagiarism Observatory has reportedly expressed fears that Satanic sects could be behind the theft.

Jan 28, 2014, 13:24 PM IST

Against his will, John Paul II`s notes in print

Pope John Paul II`s secretary says he "did not have the courage" to burn the pontiff`s notes, and is having them published, contrary to John Paul`s wish.

Jan 22, 2014, 20:26 PM IST

Device explodes in Spain cathedral, no one hurt

A device exploded inside a cathedral in northeastern Spain on Wednesday that is one of the country`s most popular religious and tourist attractions, causing some damage but no injuries, an official said.

Oct 02, 2013, 21:38 PM IST

Vatican to declare Pope John Paul II, John XXIII as ‘Saints’ to unify Catholics?

In an official announcement on Monday, Pope Francis declared sainthood dates
for two Popes, late Pope John Paul II(1978 to 2005) and John XXIII (1958-1963).

Sep 30, 2013, 18:37 PM IST

Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

Pope Francis cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.

Jul 05, 2013, 18:36 PM IST

Miracle judges approve Pope John Paul II for sainthood

The Vatican congregation in charge of examining candidates for sainthoods has recognised a second miracle by John Paul II, leaving just a papal signature necessary to authorise the former pope`s canonisation.

Jul 03, 2013, 09:54 AM IST

Pope John Paul II closer to `sainthood`, second mirracle apporoved

Late Pope John Paul II has been confirmed to be steps away from `sainthood` after his second miracle for a Costa Rican woman who was suffering from severe brain injury was approved by commission of theologians.

Jun 20, 2013, 13:26 PM IST

Pope Benedict XVI`s shock resignation stuns Catholic world

When an 85-year old Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation citing poor health concerns, the entire Catholic world was stunned and shocked, with the Catholic Church in a quandary as it has to choose the successor by Easter.

Feb 12, 2013, 09:47 AM IST

Pope Benedict XVI to resign: Vatican

Otherwise known as Joseph Ratzinger was elected in April 2005 when Pope John Paul II died.

Feb 11, 2013, 16:59 PM IST

‘Iran behind Pope John Paul II’s attempted murder’

The Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II in his new autobiography has claimed that Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had personally told him to kill the pope.

Feb 01, 2013, 13:11 PM IST