Indian-origin Irish minister comes out as gay

An Indian-origin senior Cabinet minister in Ireland on Sunday announced he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country.

Joseph Vaz: Sri Lanka`s first saint

Sri Lanka`s first saint was a 17th century missionary whose role in reviving the Catholic faith during religious persecution by Dutch colonisers gives him a contemporary resonance on the island.

China jails six 'cult' members in continuing crackdown

China has jailed six members of a fringe religious group known as "Almighty God" for up to five years for promoting their faith, state-media reported Saturday.

Catholic bodies trying to convert people to Christianity: Hindutva outfits

Even before the Ved Nagar conversion row could die down, Hindutva outfits questioned the working of Catholic organisations in Etmadpur tehsil of Agra where, they alleged, a few people had been persuaded to convert to Christianity on the promise of jobs, higher education and a better life.

Listen to ordinary faithful: Pope to theologians

Pope Francis Pope Francis on Friday urged the Catholic Church's top theologians to listen to what ordinary Catholics have to say rather than just making their own pronouncements on hot-button issues.

BJP Catholic legislators want a Catholic CM in Goa

The battle for BJP's next chief minister in Goa has just got trickier. Some Catholic legislators in the party are rooting for a Catholic leader as the successor to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is poised to become India's next defence minister.

Vatican synod discusses accepting homosexuality

 Senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings have called on the church to adopt a more positive stance on homosexuality.

Roast pigs and mudbaths mark colourful Philippine festivals

Roast pigs decked out as superheroes and mud-coated farmers paraded in separate Philippine villages Tuesday in two of the mainly Catholic nation`s most colourful religious festivals.

Pope Francis even ready to baptise Martians!

Pope Francis has said that if Martians came to earth he is ready to baptize them if they wanted to become Catholic.

Philippines` Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds

Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ.

Pope urges `sexual responsibility` against AIDS

Pope Francis called on Monday for fidelity and chastity to be used to fight the AIDS virus in Africa, in an address to visiting Tanzanian bishops that -- in line with Catholic doctrine -- did not mention the use of condoms.

Anti-abuse groups reject Australian cardinal`s apology

Child rights advocates on Friday rejected an apology from Australia`s top Catholic cleric George Pell over sex abuse in the Church, saying it was "hypocritical" and lacked credibility.

Top Malaysia court delays ruling on Catholic use of `Allah`

Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated outside Malaysia`s highest court today as it postponed a decision on whether to hear the Catholic Church`s bid to be allowed to call God "Allah".

Pope opens critical week for reform, family issues

Pope Francis is opening most critical week of his papacy: 2 commissions of inquiry on Vatican finance, dealing with rejection by Catholics of church teaching on contraception, divorce and gay unions.

Ireland liable for abuse in Catholic-run school: Europe court

Ireland has been rocked by a series of official investigations in recent years that have lifted the lid on decades of sexual, physical and emotional abuse in institutions run by the Catholic Church.

Victims hope UN probe will stem child sex abuse by clergy

Victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests said today they hoped UN scrutiny of the Vatican would help finally to hold perpetrators to account and halt future violations.

Kerry, first Catholic Secretary of State to travel to Vatican

John Kerry, the first Catholic Secretary of State, would travel to Vatican to meet the Holy See Pietro Parolin, the new Secretary of State of the Vatican.

Man stabbed to death in Ireland over chess dispute

In a gruesome incident, an Irish man in Dublin was brutally beaten and stabbed to death allegedly by an Italian over a row during a chess match.

Talks to ease Northern Ireland tensions break down

Marathon talks between the leaders of Northern Ireland`s Catholic and Protestant communities broke down without agreement to ease tensions.

Take to the streets, Pope tells Catholics

Pope Francis has urged god to help Catholics in becoming more outgoing and take to the streets to show god`s love.