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Goa Church denies playing politics ahead of state polls

At least 1.5 million people, nearly 26 percent of Goa's population, are Catholic.

Pope Francis empowers Catholic priests to forgive abortion

Pope Francis empowers Catholic priests to forgive abortion

Announcing in an apostolic letter released on Monday, Pope Francis has extended indefinitely the power of Catholic priests to forgive abortions.

Pope Francis says he believes ban on female priests is forever

Pope Francis says he believes ban on female priests is forever

Francis has previously said that the door to women`s ordination is closed, but proponents of a female priesthood are hoping that a future pope might overturn the decision.

Pope says he believes ban on female priests is forever

The Church barred women from becoming deacons centuries ago.
 

The 'miracles' that led to Mother Teresa's sainthood

The 'miracles' that led to Mother Teresa's sainthood

Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003 as the "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".

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.