Church funded, fuelled militancy in India, says former CPI-M MP

A senior CPI-M leader and former Member of Parliament of India has said the church has been used by various external agencies for the pumping in of funds for organising militancy and separatist movements in Tripura.

Pope tells Church to embrace modern world as he embraces history

In a break with tradition that reflected Francis`s modernising instincts, the order to open the doors was delivered in Italian rather than Latin.

Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them.

Pope speeds up Vatican streamlining in surprise synod move

Pope speeds up Vatican streamlining in surprise synod move

Pope accelerated his streamlining of the Vatican bureaucracy.

Catholic Bishop's Conference slams govt's new adoption guidelines

The government's guidelines to allow single people to adopt children have invited criticism from Catholic Bishop's Conference of India (CBCI) which also endorsed the stand taken by the Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity to stop adoption from its orphanages.

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.

MP church named after Italian girl who died of cancer

A church in Sironj town of Madhya Pradesh has been named after Italy's Chiara Badano, a cancer patient who was beatified in 2010.

Pope Francis says those who hid sex abuse by priests `are guilty`

Pope Francis on Monday unambiguously said Church officials who covered up sexual abuse "are guilty" of wrongdoing, as he returned home after a triumphant trip to the United States where he held emotional talks with child abuse survivors.

Nigeria shuts down churches over noisy worship

Authorities in Nigeria`s financial capital Lagos have shut down churches across the city after a glut of complaints over noisy worship.

Israel arrests Jewish suspects over torching famous church

Israeli security forces on Sunday said they had arrested several Jewish suspects over an arson attack last month at a famous Catholic church on the Sea of Galilee.

Explosives found at church in Jos, central Nigeria: Police

Explosives were found at a church in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, police and the Red Cross told AFP, adding that the device went off but there were no casualties.

Background check mix-up let suspected Charleston shooter buy gun - FBI

The suspect in the killings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, was able to buy a gun because of mistakes in a background check that should have revealed an admission of drug possession, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Friday.

Church in Nadia district vandalised by unidentified persons

Unidentified persons vandalised a church at Taherpur in West Bengal's Nadia district, the police said on Friday.

In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Church

Pope Francis used his first Mass in Ecuador on Monday to ask for support in his efforts to reach out to Catholics who feel shunned by the Church when the world`s bishops gather at the Vatican in October.

Ecuador tense with anti-govt protests ahead of pope visit

Ecuador tense with anti-govt protests ahead of pope visit

Just days before the hotly-anticipated visit of Pope Francis to Ecuador, the country`s President has come under increasing pressure from opposition protests demanding his ouster.

No racial motivation seen in US church fires: ATF

Fires at six African-American churches in the southern United States do not appear to be linked or racially motivated, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said Thursday.

Six black churches burnt after Charleston church massacre

In the two weeks after a racially motivated massacre claimed lives of nine African-Americans, at least six predominantly African-American churches in south US had been burnt down, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

US Episcopal church elects first black presiding bishop

The US Episcopal Church elected Bishop Michael Curry on Saturday as its next presiding bishop, making him the first African-American leader of the 2.5 million-strong church.

Charleston minister: `The devil can`t take your church`

Charleston minister: `The devil can`t take your church`

The visiting minister at the church where nine African Americans were fatally shot last week said the racist shooter failed in his quest to foment hatred and to break their spirit of love and faith.

Anger, protests grow after Charleston church killings

Residents of South Carolina, still shaken by the unthinkable murder of nine African Americans, planned protests across the state today, giving voice to their grief, anger and demands for change.