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.

Sainthood for California missionary angers native Americans

The Franciscan friar who brought Christianity to California in the 18th century is on track for sainthood, but for Native Americans, his legacy is anything but holy.

Pope orders bishops to cooperate with sex abuse commission

Pope Francis on Thursday ordered Roman Catholic bishops around the world to fully cooperate with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics and to give the issue top priority even if it unearths new scandals.

Pope sees 'shadows and dangers' amid Vatican attack fears

Pope Francis on Thursday told Italian police officers in charge of security around the Vatican that he saw "shadows and dangers", but urged them not to give in to fear.

Slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero moves closer to sainthood

The Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, has moved closer to being declared a saint.

Pope warns of "spiritual Alzheimer's" among 'diseases' threatening Roman Curia

Pope Francis lambasted the Roman Curia, the administrative apparatus that enables him to govern the Roman Catholic church, in a speech Monday in which he accused it of "spiritual Alzheimer`s" and a list of other shortcomings.

Pope Francis was brought up on ''donkey's milk''

The head of the Roman Catholic Church has a fondness for donkey milk, it has been revealed. 

Pope says will visit United States next year

Pope Francis announced on Monday he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.

Humanity humiliated by Pakistan lynching: Vatican

A top Vatican official has described the lynching of a Christian couple in Pakistan as a humiliation for all of humanity.

Church tells Sri Lanka not to exploit pope for polls

 The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year.

Prayer meet held in Kolkata on Mother Teresa's death anniversary

Special peace prayers were held Friday to observe the 17th death anniversary of Mother Teresa at the Mother House here.

Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse

The Vatican`s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.

Jayalalithaa condoles death of Cardinal Lourdusamy

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday condoled the death of Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, saying he was a "pillar of the Catholic community".