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Church of England appoints first black bishop in 20 years

The Church of England has appointed its first black bishop after 20 years in a move that significantly increases its handful of minority ethnic clergy in senior leadership positions.

Bishops face sack for child abuse `negligence`: Pope Francis

The decision, which will also apply to other senior Church officials, was unveiled in a papal decree which said such cases would now fall under existing canon law allowing for prelates to be sacked for "serious reasons".

Former British colony Australia says it wants Britain to stay in EU

The former British colony of Australia wants Britain to stay in the European Union, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, weeks before Britain holds a referendum on EU membership.

Beheaded Syriac bishop beatified a century after death

 A Syriac Catholic bishop has been beatified in Lebanon, a century after he was beheaded in Syria by Ottoman security forces during a wave of religiously motivated killings.

Pope approves new office to investigate bishops on sexual abuse

Pope approves new office to investigate bishops on sexual abuse

Pope Francis approved on Wednesday an unprecedented Vatican department to judge bishops accused of covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of minors, in an attempt to meet a key demand by victims` groups.

Appointment of St Stephen's chairman illegal: Ex-Delhi Bishop

A former Bishop of the Delhi Diocese has alleged that the chairman of the governing body of St Stephen's College has been appointed illegally.

Church of England names first woman bishop

 The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first woman bishop, following a historic change in its rules.

Kandhamal Bishop feels threat from expelled diocese employees

Bishop of Phulbani diocese under Church of North India (CNI) Bijay Kumar Nayak, on Friday appealed to the Christian believers to maintain peace, fraternity and brotherhood during observance of Christmas and the New year in the communally-sensitive Kandhamal district.

Pope sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

Pope Francis has dismissed a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Bishop in mob town seeks godfather moratorium

A southern Italian archbishop has proposed a 10-year moratorium on the naming of godfathers in a bid to stem the way mob bosses uses the "padrino" system to spread their influence and authority to the next generation.

Pak court seeks help from Bishop on Christian Divorce Act

A Pakistani court has sought help from the Bishop of Lahore on a petition challenging the century-old Christian Divorce Act which says that a Christian man can divorce his wife only on the grounds of adultery.

HC upholds order holding bishop guilty of contempt of court

Madras High Court Saturday upheld a single judge`s order holding a bishop guilty of contempt of court.

New bishop consecrated for CBE Diocese

Timothy Ravinder was on Saturday consecrated as the sixth Bishop of the CSI Coimbatore Diocese.

Bulgarian bishop donates Rolex for church`s electricity bills

A Bulgarian bishop has donated his expensive Rolex watch to a local church to enable it to pay off an electricity bill.

China govt church strips Shanghai bishop of title

Thaddeus Ma Daqin, an auxiliary bishop in Shanghai, announced his resignation from China`s Patriotic Catholic Association after his ordination in July.

Swaziland gets first female Anglican bishop

Ellinah Wamukoya, 61, was consecrated Saturday to serve as the church`s bishop in Swaziland, a tiny, impoverished nation surrounded by South Africa that is the continent`s last absolute monarchy.

China probing bishop who quit government church

Shanghai`s auxiliary Bishop Ma Daqin announced that he was leaving the Catholic Patriotic Association at the end of his ordination ceremony.

China detains bishop for quitting official post

Thaddeus Ma Daqin announced his resignation from China`s Patriotic Catholic Association at his ordination mass on Saturday.

Delhi bishop disagrees with Anna to continue fast

Delhi Archbishop Vincent M
Concessao, disagreed
with the Gandhian on his decision to continue with his fast
and warned against "subverting democratic processes".

China`s Catholic church `to ordain another bishop`

The ordination would be Beijing`s third without a papal mandate in eight months.