Pope Francis to meet Cuban President Castro privately on Sunday

Pope Francis and Cuban President Raul Castro will meet privately on Sunday, a spokesman said, four months before the pontiff`s trip to the Caribbean island, his first as leader of the Catholic Church.

Number of British women becoming nuns hits 25-year high

The number of women becoming nuns in Britain reached a 25-year high last year, according to figures released by the Catholic Church on Thursday.

US Catholic Church shells out $150 mn over pedophilia

The Catholic Church in the US forked out $120 million to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy and $30 million on pedophile prevention programs over 12 months, according to an annual report out Friday.

Pope considering visiting Cuba in September: Vatican

Pope Francis is planning to visit Cuba in September as part of a trip that will also take him to the United States, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Church must be 'oasis of mercy,' not severe fortress: Pope

Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental.

US senator's anti-Hindu views repudiated by Catholic leadership

The US state of Idaho's Catholic leadership has declared that a state senator's anti-Hindu views run counter to the teachings of the Church and Pope Francis's support for inter-religious dialogue.

Pope: Death penalty represents 'failure', fosters vengeance

Pope Francis says nothing can justify the use of the death penalty and there is no "right" way to humanely kill another person.

Church deplores RSS chief's comment on Mother Teresa

The Catholic Church on Tuesday expressed strong resentment at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comment that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor, describing as 'inhuman' any attempt to malign her.

Polish Catholic Church to help victims of paedophile priests

Poland`s Catholic Church on Wednesday said it would set up a handful of sites across the country where victims of sexual abuse by priests can go for psychological and legal help.

Vatican abuse commission to recommend action against bishops

A commission advising Pope Francis on how to root out sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Catholic Church is studying sanctions for bishops suspected of cover-ups or of failing to prevent abuse, members said on Saturday.

Two Vatican officials denied visa for Bengaluru meet
Two Vatican officials denied visa for Bengaluru meet

The Catholic church on Wednesday alleged that two key Vatican officials who were to address the 27th national assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) here had been denied visa.

Pope Francis advises families to talk more instead of using smart phones

 Pope Francis has urged families to put aside their smart phones and social media feeds and learn how to talk to one another again.

Church backs Congo protesters, rights group says 42 killed

Democratic Republic of Congo`s powerful Catholic church on Wednesday backed ongoing protests against reforms that could extend President Joseph Kabila`s rule, denouncing a government crackdown which a rights group said had killed 42 people.

Belgian bishop distances himself from gay rights award

A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to "respect" divorced people and homosexuals.

Millions to gather for pope in stormy Philippines

Pope Francis will celebrate mass with millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday in what could be the world`s biggest papal gathering, capping off a dramatic trip in the Catholic Church`s Asian heartland.

Pope speaks out against `confusing` family values

 Pope Francis on Friday urged Catholic leaders in the Philippines to resist powerful forces that are tempting youth with "confusing" versions of sexuality, marriage and the family.

Pope demands Philippine leaders end `scandalous` inequalities
Pope demands Philippine leaders end `scandalous` inequalities

 Pope Francis on Friday demanded world leaders end "scandalous social inequalities", as he called on them to show integrity and reject corruption.

Pope top billing in Philippines from cathedral to arena

Pope Francis will celebrate mass at a centuries-old cathedral and later meet worshippers in a stadium setting more familiar to rock stars as his trip to the Philippines gets into full swing on Friday. 

Pope arrives in Philippines amid massive security operation
Pope arrives in Philippines amid massive security operation

Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines on Thursday for the second leg of an Asian tour that organisers believe could see a world-record crowd turn out for a papal mass.

Pope urges respect for human rights on Sri Lanka trip

Pope Francis urged respect for human rights as he began a two-nation Asia tour in a windswept Sri Lanka Tuesday, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a decades-long civil war.