Migrant crisis puts Italy`s bishops and politicians at loggerheads

It has been a hot summer in Italy and tempers have started to fray, even in the upper echelons of the Catholic Church.

Pope creates global prayer day for `Care of Creation`

Pope Francis has established an annual day of global prayer "for the Care of Creation" to boost support for the environment, the Vatican said Monday.

Argentine-Israeli pianist to play in mosque, synagogue, church

 Argentine-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim will be in Argentina in August to play in a mosque, synagogue and a Catholic church in a symbolic bid to unite the human race.

Pope closes South America trip urging youths to ''make a mess''
Pope closes South America trip urging youths to ''make a mess''

 Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to "make a mess".

Pope's ''homecoming'' tour moves from Ecuador to Bolivia

Pope Francis showed his sense of humour during the last few hours of his trip to Ecuador on Wednesday, straying from a prepared speech to joke with people who came to see him at a shrine near the highland capital Quito.

Catholic Church should not have ''leaders for life'', Pope says

The Roman Catholic Church should not have "leaders for life" in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday.

Pope`s Philadelphia mass set to draw huge crowds
Pope`s Philadelphia mass set to draw huge crowds

 Pope Francis`s mass in Philadelphia for the Catholic Church`s World Meeting of Families in September is expected to draw up to two million faithful, organisers said Thursday.

Pope says family separation can be 'morally necessary'
Pope says family separation can be 'morally necessary'

Pope Francis today said that it may be "morally necessary" for some families to split up, marking a change of tone in the Catholic Church's attitude to troubled marriages.

Pope Francis says family separation can be `morally necessary`
Pope Francis says family separation can be `morally necessary`

 Pope Francis said Wednesday that it may be "morally necessary" for some families to split up, marking a change of tone in the Catholic Church`s attitude to troubled marriages.

Pope Francis begs forgiveness for medieval persecution of Waldensians
Pope Francis begs forgiveness for medieval persecution of Waldensians

Pope Francis on Monday asked forgiveness for the Catholic Church's "un-Christian and even inhuman attitudes and behaviour" towards the evangelical Waldensian church in Italy during the Middle Ages.

Pope demands 'action now' to save planet from environmental ruin
Pope demands 'action now' to save planet from environmental ruin

Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. 

Pope`s rebel advisors break Vatican code of silence

External experts brought in by Pope Francis to help tackle the tiny city state`s ills are answering the papal call for openness -- and infuriating some Holy See stalwarts in the process.

Burundi says elections will go ahead

Burundi`s government insisted on Friday that the first stage of controversial elections will go ahead next week despite the central African nation`s ongoing political crisis.

Catholic Church says withdrawing support for Burundi elections

Burundi`s influential Catholic Church on Thursday said it was withdrawing its support for upcoming elections in the crisis-hit central African nation.

Tide turning in Italy over gay marriage

Italian public opinion has moved decisively in favour of legally recognising same sex couples after Ireland`s "Yes" to gay marriage, the first poll issued since the landmark referendum revealed Wednesday.

Church reels after Ireland's huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

The once all-powerful Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms today with the country's overwhelming vote to allow gay marriage and confront the "social revolution" behind it.

Ireland celebrates after huge `Yes` to gay marriage
Ireland celebrates after huge `Yes` to gay marriage

Ireland on Sunday celebrated a historic referendum approving gay marriage, as the once all-powerful Catholic Church reflected on the need for a "reality check" to keep in touch with changing times.

Sacramental wine: Catholic Church in Kerala courts controversy

The Catholic Church in Kerala, which has supported the government's steps on prohibition, has courted controversy by seeking permission to increase the production of sacramental wine.

Irish gay marriage vote reflects Church in decline

Friday`s vote on legalising same-sex marriage in Ireland is a further sign of the waning influence of the once-dominant Catholic Church, experts said.

Mother Teresa to be canonised in September 2016

Mother Teresa would be canonised in September 2016, senior priest and spokesperson of the Syro Malabar Church Paul Thelekat said on Monday.