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Philippine Church alarmed by police killings after election

Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines expressed alarm Monday at a sharp rise in police killings of suspected criminals since the election of a firebrand president who has vowed a bloody war on crime.

Incoming Philippine president launches vulgar attacks on Church

Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation`s fast-growing population.

Pope says he's willing to study women deacons, in major step

Pope Francis said on Friday that he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.

Polish church, state closer than ever on baptism anniversary

Poland this week marks 1,050 years since its `baptism`, considered its founding event, at a time when the state is closer than ever to the powerful Catholic Church which helped the conservatives return to power and is now reaping the benefits.

Pope reaches out to divorcees but holds line on homosexuality

Pope Francis on Friday opted for no change in the Catholic approach to homosexuality but signalled a more open stance on cohabiting and divorced believers under new Church guidelines on family life.

CPI(M) woos Catholic Church ahead of Kerala Assembly polls

With Kerala Assembly polls inching closer, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Wednesday met Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath in a bid woo the Catholic Church here ahead of the release of its candidate list.

Child sex abuse within the Catholic Church

As a French cardinal is accused of covering up child sex abuse by a priest, here are some other alleged or confirmed cases within the Catholic Church around the world.

Pope Francis approves Mother Teresa's elevation to sainthood; canonisation on Sept 4

Pope Francis approves Mother Teresa's elevation to sainthood; canonisation on Sept 4

Mother Teresa, the nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor of Calcutta (now Kolkata), will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony on September 4.

'Growing intolerance, narrow interpretation of nationalism main challenges before Church in India'

'Growing intolerance, narrow interpretation of nationalism main challenges before Church in India'

The key challenges were identified at the 32nd plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

Vatican cardinal denies attempts to cover up child sex abuse

 A high-ranking Vatican official said on Wednesday he should have done more to stop the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, acknowledging that he was told of at least one priest "misbehaving" with boys at an Australian school.

Australian inquiry hears of gun-toting paedophile priest

An Australian inquiry Wednesday heard of a gun-toting paedophile priest who made children kneel between his legs during confession as Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admitted a time of "crimes and cover-ups" within the Catholic Church.

Pope wants Mexico free of `merchants of death`

Pope Francis urged Mexicans on Sunday to turn their country into a land of opportunity where there is no need to emigrate or mourn victims "of the merchants of death."

MP govt yet to hand over schools to Church, says Archbishop

Archbishop of Bhopal, Leo Cornelio, on Saturday said the Madhya Pradesh government was yet to respond to its request regarding handing over some of the state-run schools in backward districts to the Catholic Church to improve their educational standards.

In Kenya slum, Pope slams rich elite over `dreadful injustice` to poor

In Kenya slum, Pope slams rich elite over `dreadful injustice` to poor

'I am here because I want you to know that I am not indifferent to your joys and hopes'.

Graft temptation in public life: Pope

The Catholic Church is not immune to corruption, which is always a temptation for public officials, Pope Francis said in an interview picked up by Vatican Radio.

Prelate, 'sex bomb' arrested in new Vatileaks scandal

In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI's butler engineered a series of leaks that revealed fierce infighting in the highest echelons of the Catholic Church and allegations of serious fraud in the running of the city state.

Christians must move with times: Pope

Christians must adapt as times change, protected by their unwavering faith in Jesus, Pope Francis has said.

Pope apologises for recent Rome, Vatican scandals

Pope Francis offered a rare public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican.

Italy priest sanctioned for blaming children for pedophilia

The Catholic Church in northern Italy's Trento region has sanctioned a priest who said pedophilia in the church was caused by children seeking the affection of priests.

Pope urges Church to move ahead as gay issue overshadows synod

Pope Francis said on Monday that the Church was "not a museum" but a place for progress, as members of a key synod started three weeks of debate aimed at reshaping Catholic teaching on the family.