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1000 years of estrangement: Pope to spend two historic hours with Russian patriarch

Feb 12, 2016

1000 years of estrangement: Pope to spend two historic hours with Russian patriarch

Pope Francis heads to Cuba today looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration. The Argentinian pontiff is due to spend around two hours in private conversation with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at Havana's Jose Marti airport. #NewsTracker #Pope Francis #Russian Orthodox Church #Eastern Europe #Catholic Church in Eastern Europe #Vatican-Orthodox
Pope Francis to visit mosque in conflict-ridden Central Africa

Nov 30, 2015

Pope Francis to visit mosque in conflict-ridden Central Africa

Pope Francis is set to visit a mosque in a flashpoint area of the Central African Republic's capital on Monday. #NewsTracker #Africa #Kenya #mosque #car #Pope #Roman Catholic Church #Pope Francis #Central African Republic #Tour
Now Pope Francis says priests can grant absolution for women who have abortions

Sep 02, 2015

Now Pope Francis says priests can grant absolution for women who have abortions

Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness. #TheySaidIt #Vatican #Catholic Church #Abortion #Pope Francis
Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Sep 01, 2015

Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee Year overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church. #NewsTracker #Vatican City #Vatican #Pope #Catholic Church #Abortion #priests #Pope Francis #Jubilee year
English or Konkani in schools? RSS threatens to take battle to Goa church

Aug 07, 2015

English or Konkani in schools? RSS threatens to take battle to Goa church

The RSS and Goa’s influential Roman Catholic Church are headed for a collision over whether English or regional languages like Marathi or Konkani should be backed as a medium of instruction for primary school students. #NewsTracker #Goa #English #Konkani #Schools #Catholic Church #Marathi
 Ireland backs gay marriage in historic vote, ministers say

May 23, 2015

Ireland backs gay marriage in historic vote, ministers say

The Catholic Church, whose doctrine teaches homosexuality is a sin, limited its 'No' campaigning to sermons to its remaining flock, a marked contrast with active public opposition to similar moves in France and elsewhere. #NewsTracker #Homosexuality #Same-sex marriage #Ireland #Catholic Church
Pope Francis canonizes two Palestinian nuns

May 17, 2015

Pope Francis canonizes two Palestinian nuns

Pope Francis named two Palestinian women as saints on Sunday, in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square just days after the Vatican formalized its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine. #NewsTracker #Palestine #Catholic Church #nuns #Pope Francis #canonise
Vatican recognises Palestine as a state in new treaty

May 14, 2015

Vatican recognises Palestine as a state in new treaty

The Vatican concluded its first treaty that formally recognises the State of Palestine, a move that gives legal weight to the Holy See's years-long recognition and that drew fast criticism from supporters of Israel. #NewsTracker #Israel #Mahmoud Abbas #Palestine #Vatican #Catholic Church #Holy See #Pope Francis
Italian prosecutors say suspected al Qaeda operatives could be targeting Vatican

Apr 24, 2015

Italian prosecutors say suspected al Qaeda operatives could be targeting Vatican

People being investigated in a counter-terrorism investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, one of the prosecutors leading the probe said on Friday. #India #Al-Qaeda #Pakistan #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Italy #Vatican #Catholic Church #Carta