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Vatican invited to mediate in Venezuela crisis

The Roman Catholic Church may soon join Ibero-American leaders seeking dialogue between Venezuela`s feuding government and opposition, the head of a regional bloc said on Thursday.

Press freedom `at stake` as Vatileaks verdict expected

A Vatican drama of sex, lies and press freedom was to peak Thursday with a verdict in the trial of two journalists and sources accused of leaking details about financial mismanagement within the Holy See.

Divorced Catholics must refrain from sex: Philadelphia archbishop

Divorced Catholics must refrain from sex: Philadelphia archbishop

The guidelines by Archbishop Charles Chaput close the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion.

Christians should ask gay community for forgiveness for past treatment: Pope Francis

Christians should ask gay community for forgiveness for past treatment: Pope Francis

Pope Francis has said Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

Pope Francis posts first picture on Instagram

Pope Francis posts first picture on Instagram

Pope Francis posted his first photo on Instagram on Saturday, a picture showing him kneeling down praying, on the third anniversary of his inauguration as Holy Father.

Donald Trump calls Pope`s criticism of him `disgraceful`

Donald Trump on Thursday called remarks by Pope Francis "disgraceful," after the pontiff argued the Republican White House hopeful could not claim to be a Christian based on his anti-immigrant stance.

Historic Vatican accord with Palestine takes effect

The Vatican`s first accord with the Palestinians -- an agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the Middle East peace process -- has come into force, the Holy See announced Saturday.

Mother Teresa to be made saint of Roman Catholic Church

Mother Teresa to be made saint of Roman Catholic Church

Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian Catholic bishops conference, said on its website that Pope Francis had earlier on Thursday approved a decree recognising a miracle attributed to her intercession with God.

Is Pope Francis anti-American?

He is the self-declared foe of unbridled capitalism, rabid consumerism and have-it-all lifestyles -- but are conservatives right in fearing Pope Francis is anti-American at heart?

Masked assailants set church ablaze in Yemen`s Aden

Unidentified assailants set ablaze one of the few churches in Yemen`s second city Aden on Wednesday, a day after it had been damaged by vandals, witnesses said.

Cuba detains dissidents ahead of Pope Francis visit

Cuba detains dissidents ahead of Pope Francis visit

Cuban police detained about 50 people when a predominantly Roman Catholic dissident group led a march in Havana on Sunday, less than a week before Pope Francis visits the communist-ruled country.

Murdered South African Catholic takes step to sainthood

A South African school principal, bludgeoned to death 25 years ago for refusing to take part in a witchcraft-related ritual, was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, moving him a step closer to sainthood.

Pope takes message of inclusion to Bolivia

Pope Francis greeted Bolivians with a message of inclusion Wednesday, a central theme of his three-nation tour to his home continent, as he arrived in South America`s poorest nation.

Philippine Church stands firm against gay marriage

Philippine Church stands firm against gay marriage

 The leadership of the Philippines` dominant Roman Catholic church stressed its opposition to legalising gay marriage on Sunday despite last week`s landmark decision by the US Supreme Court.

Action against Kerala priest: Church awaits directions from Vatican

Roman Catholic Church in Kerala is waiting for "directions" from the Vatican after taking initial action against a priest based on Canon law for allegedly raping a teenaged girl earlier this year.

Thousands attend funeral for slain New York City policeman

Thousands of policemen from around the United States gathered on Friday at the funeral of a 25-year-old New York City officer who was shot in the head while on patrol, making him the fifth member of the NYPD to die in the line of duty since December.

Meghalaya celebrates Easter

Christians in Meghalaya today celebrated Easter to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, with religious fervour.

US Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

The Presbyterian Church USA which accounts for just under two million members, voted Tuesday to expand its definition of marriage to include gay and lesbian couples.

Christians protest deadly attacks on churches in Pakistan

 Hundreds of Christians today took to the streets in several cities in Pakistan to protest against the killing of 15 people in Taliban suicide attacks on two churches in Lahore, the cultural capital of the country.

Irish bishops appeal for `No` in gay marriage referendum

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland on Tuesday appealed for a "No" vote in May`s historic referendum in the predominantly Catholic nation for a constitutional amendment to allow same-sex marriage.