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Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega calls Catholic Church 'dictatorship'
World

Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega calls Catholic Church 'dictatorship'

The Catholic Church in Nicaragua has been under increasing government pressure since being accused by Ortega of backing protests against his government in 2018

Canada says Pope Francis's apology to Indigenous peoples not enough
World

Canada says Pope Francis's apology to Indigenous peoples not enough

Pope Francis said he is on a 'penitential pilgrimage' to atone for the church's role in the residential school system, in which generations of Indigenous children were forced to attend church-run, government-funded boarding schools to assimilate them into Christian, Canadian society

Explained: The drama surrounding US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi receiving Communion at Vatican
World

Explained: The drama surrounding US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi receiving Communion at Vatican

Pelosi received the Holy Communion at St Peter's Basilica in Vatican on Wednesday. Last month, her home archbishop, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, denied her from receiving the sacrament in his archdiocese because of her support for abortion rights

Watch: Pope Francis jokes some tequila would help his knee pain; video goes viral
World

Watch: Pope Francis jokes some tequila would help his knee pain; video goes viral

The Mexican priest lauded the Pope for spreading happiness despite his discomfort and called him "an example for future priests". To which, the Pope responded by saying, “You know what I need for my leg? A little tequila!”

Vatican to focus on fighting clerical sex abuse as Pope Francis unveils new reforms
World

Vatican to focus on fighting clerical sex abuse as Pope Francis unveils new reforms

Francis was elected pope in 2013 in large part on his promise to reform the bulky and inefficient Vatican bureaucracy, which acts as the organ of central governance for the Catholic Church

Pope Francis says 'couples who choose to have pets instead of children are selfish', draws flak
World

Pope Francis says 'couples who choose to have pets instead of children are selfish', draws flak

While speaking on parenthood at the Vatican during a general audience meet, Pope Francis said that pets take the place of children in society sometimes

I am an Indian Christian and I do not feel persecuted in my motherland
India

I am an Indian Christian and I do not feel persecuted in my motherland

A few, isolated cases of Christian persecution cannot be generalised to be the plight of all Christians in India. It is the conversion that is the real trigger to the disharmony between Christians and Hindus

French Roman Catholic Church had 3,000 child abusers, reveals probe
World

French Roman Catholic Church had 3,000 child abusers, reveals probe

According to an independent commission report, two-thirds of the abusers were priests and have worked in the church over the past 70 years.

Narcotic Jihad: Catholic Church in Kerala decides to be 'guarded' in its future sermons
Politics

Narcotic Jihad: Catholic Church in Kerala decides to be 'guarded' in its future sermons

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on 21 September rejected the comments made by the Bishop, saying the southern state is a firm terrain of secularism

Matteo Villardita, who dresses up as Spider-Man to cheer ailing children, meets Pope Francis in Vatican City
Arts & Culture

Matteo Villardita, who dresses up as Spider-Man to cheer ailing children, meets Pope Francis in Vatican City

The Vatican described Villardita as “really a good super-hero” and quoted him as saying that during Italy’s long months of pandemic lockdown he made more than 1,400 videocalls, since he wasn’t able to visit in person, to help ailing children smile.

Italian teenager Carlo Acutis, who died in 2006, could be Catholic Church's first millennial saint
Lifestyle

Italian teenager Carlo Acutis, who died in 2006, could be Catholic Church's first millennial saint

Since his death, Carlo has become known in some Catholic circles as the patron saint of the internet for his facility with computers and his early and enthusiastic embrace of the web, which he used as an expression of his Catholic faith.

Vatican said to be hacked from China just weeks before embarking on talks with Beijing
World

Vatican said to be hacked from China just weeks before embarking on talks with Beijing

The revelations are certain to anger the Vatican as its relationship with the Chinese government has been enormously delicate, especially over China’s crackdown on Hong Kong

The Two Popes movie review: Anthony Hopkins-Jonathan Pryce Netflix film is a charming affirmation of faith
Entertainment

The Two Popes movie review: Anthony Hopkins-Jonathan Pryce Netflix film is a charming affirmation of faith

The Two Popes shows a Catholic Church at the crossroads, and the choices it must make to stay relevant to 1.2 billion people around the globe.

Kerala court stays expulsion of Sister Lucy Kalappura till 1 Jan; nun was dismissed for joining protest against rape-accused Franco Mulakkal
India

Kerala court stays expulsion of Sister Lucy Kalappura till 1 Jan; nun was dismissed for joining protest against rape-accused Franco Mulakkal

Sister Lucy Kalappura had published poems, purchased a car and taken part in a street protest by five nuns of the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, against a former bishop of Jalandhar dioecese

Sister Lucy Kalappurakkal says Church strategy is to discredit her, as 'a lie told hundred times becomes truth'
India

Sister Lucy Kalappurakkal says Church strategy is to discredit her, as 'a lie told hundred times becomes truth'

The Church’s powers-that-be unite against dissenters and critics, Sister Lucy alleged, pointing out that her dismissal from her congregation was greeted with press releases from Kerala bishops, who welcomed her ouster.

Sister Lucy Kalappura writes to Vatican, claims disciplinary action taken for participating in protests seeking arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal
India

Sister Lucy Kalappura writes to Vatican, claims disciplinary action taken for participating in protests seeking arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal

She alleged 'disciplinary action' was taken for participating in protests by a group of nuns seeking arrest of a bishop accused of raping a fellow nun

Dismissed Kerala nun accuses Catholic priest of 'humiliating' her on social media after he releases video with 'vulgar' language
India

Dismissed Kerala nun accuses Catholic priest of 'humiliating' her on social media after he releases video with 'vulgar' language

Kerala nun Sister Lucy Kalappura, who had voiced support for the rape survivor in the Franco Mulakkal case, alleged that a Catholic priest posted the CCTV visual of media persons visiting her in the convent in the social media platforms to 'humiliate' her

Kerala nun rape: Activists term dismissal of Sister Lucy desperate attempt to save Franco Mulakkal, say it is meant as warning to witnesses
India

Kerala nun rape: Activists term dismissal of Sister Lucy desperate attempt to save Franco Mulakkal, say it is meant as warning to witnesses

Kerala nun rape case: Reformists in the Syro-Malabar Church see the dismissal of Sister Lucy Kalappura from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) as part of a desperate attempt to save Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of repeatedly raping a nun between 2014 and 2016

Colombo's Catholic Church head sceptical about ongoing probe into Easter Sunday bombings, says 'it will end in nothing'
World

Colombo's Catholic Church head sceptical about ongoing probe into Easter Sunday bombings, says 'it will end in nothing'

The head of Colombo's Catholic church in Sri Lanka Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing probe in the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests
World

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests

The pope's action on Ezzati contrasted with his rejection last Monday of a resignation offered by French cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence earlier this month for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority