Roman Catholic Church

Cardinal Pell: Dramatic fall from grace for Vatican treasurer

Pell is the most senior Roman Catholic official to be convicted of sexual offences, bringing a rolling abuse scandal that has dogged the church worldwide for three decades to the heart of both the Vatican and Australian civic life.

Feb 26, 2019, 06:34 AM IST

Vatican changes stance on death penalty as Pope makes it 'inadmissible' in all cases

The Pope has made the death penalty inadmissible whatever may be the circumstance.

Aug 02, 2018, 20:21 PM IST

Sexual assault case: Kottayam court records statement of nun, who alleged rape, unnatural sex

A court near here has recorded the statement of a nun who has alleged rape and unnatural sex by a Jalandhar-based Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church.

Jul 06, 2018, 11:05 AM IST

Goa Church denies playing politics ahead of state polls

At least 1.5 million people, nearly 26 percent of Goa's population, are Catholic.

Jan 18, 2017, 21:33 PM IST

Pope Francis empowers Catholic priests to forgive abortion

Announcing in an apostolic letter released on Monday, Pope Francis has extended indefinitely the power of Catholic priests to forgive abortions.

Nov 22, 2016, 06:14 AM IST

Pope Francis says he believes ban on female priests is forever

Francis has previously said that the door to women`s ordination is closed, but proponents of a female priesthood are hoping that a future pope might overturn the decision.

Nov 02, 2016, 12:25 PM IST

Pope says he believes ban on female priests is forever

The Church barred women from becoming deacons centuries ago.

Nov 02, 2016, 09:06 AM IST

The 'miracles' that led to Mother Teresa's sainthood

Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003 as the "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".

Sep 04, 2016, 07:37 AM IST

Vatican invited to mediate in Venezuela crisis

The Roman Catholic Church may soon join Ibero-American leaders seeking dialogue between Venezuela`s feuding government and opposition, the head of a regional bloc said on Thursday.

Jul 22, 2016, 06:17 AM IST

Press freedom `at stake` as Vatileaks verdict expected

A Vatican drama of sex, lies and press freedom was to peak Thursday with a verdict in the trial of two journalists and sources accused of leaking details about financial mismanagement within the Holy See.

Jul 07, 2016, 18:16 PM IST

Divorced Catholics must refrain from sex: Philadelphia archbishop

The guidelines by Archbishop Charles Chaput close the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion.

Jul 07, 2016, 14:21 PM IST

Christians should ask gay community for forgiveness for past treatment: Pope Francis

Pope Francis has said Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

Jun 27, 2016, 09:21 AM IST

Pope Francis posts first picture on Instagram

Pope Francis posted his first photo on Instagram on Saturday, a picture showing him kneeling down praying, on the third anniversary of his inauguration as Holy Father.

Mar 19, 2016, 19:46 PM IST

Donald Trump calls Pope`s criticism of him `disgraceful`

Donald Trump on Thursday called remarks by Pope Francis "disgraceful," after the pontiff argued the Republican White House hopeful could not claim to be a Christian based on his anti-immigrant stan

Feb 19, 2016, 00:23 AM IST

Historic Vatican accord with Palestine takes effect

The Vatican`s first accord with the Palestinians -- an agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the Middle East peace process -- has come into force, the Holy See announced Saturday.

Jan 02, 2016, 22:16 PM IST

Mother Teresa to be made saint of Roman Catholic Church

Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian Catholic bishops conference, said on its website that Pope Francis had earlier on Thursday approved a decree recognising a miracle attributed to her intercession with God.

Dec 18, 2015, 06:13 AM IST

Is Pope Francis anti-American?

He is the self-declared foe of unbridled capitalism, rabid consumerism and have-it-all lifestyles -- but are conservatives right in fearing Pope Francis is anti-American at heart?

Sep 18, 2015, 10:22 AM IST

Masked assailants set church ablaze in Yemen`s Aden

Unidentified assailants set ablaze one of the few churches in Yemen`s second city Aden on Wednesday, a day after it had been damaged by vandals, witnesses said.

Sep 16, 2015, 15:13 PM IST

Cuba detains dissidents ahead of Pope Francis visit

Cuban police detained about 50 people when a predominantly Roman Catholic dissident group led a march in Havana on Sunday, less than a week before Pope Francis visits the communist-ruled country.

Sep 14, 2015, 11:09 AM IST

Murdered South African Catholic takes step to sainthood

A South African school principal, bludgeoned to death 25 years ago for refusing to take part in a witchcraft-related ritual, was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, moving him a step closer to sainthood.

Sep 13, 2015, 16:40 PM IST