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

Convicted French cardinal Philippe Barbarin to tender resignation to Pope Francis today, pontiff to decide on it within weeks
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Convicted French cardinal Philippe Barbarin to tender resignation to Pope Francis today, pontiff to decide on it within weeks

The pope has previously defended the cardinal, saying in 2016 that his resignation before a trial would be "an error, imprudent".

Australia’s Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sexual abuse amid increasing complaints of misconduct against clergy
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Australia’s Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sexual abuse amid increasing complaints of misconduct against clergy

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two boys, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up.

Pope Francis compares sexual abuse of children to human sacrifice in address to Catholic Church's top bishops
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Pope Francis compares sexual abuse of children to human sacrifice in address to Catholic Church's top bishops

Pope Francis compared the sexual abuse of children to human sacrifice as he addressed the Catholic Church's top bishops at the end of a landmark summit to tackle paedophilia.

Pope Francis opens Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse, offers 21 proposals to fight 'enemy within'
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Pope Francis opens Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse, offers 21 proposals to fight 'enemy within'

Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by offering senior Catholic leaders 21 proposals to punish predators and keep children safe, warning that the faithful are demanding concrete action and not just words.

Firstpost Editor's Picks: Modi-MbS reality check, Sister Lucy, India's reliance on coal; today's must-read stories
India

Firstpost Editor's Picks: Modi-MbS reality check, Sister Lucy, India's reliance on coal; today's must-read stories

As it stands, the statement contains no mention of Pakistan, which seems as good a point as any for India to wake up, smell the coffee and make sense of this latest reality check.

Vatican meet on sexual abuse: Summit to focus on child survivors, but leaving out women sufferers problematic
India

Vatican meet on sexual abuse: Summit to focus on child survivors, but leaving out women sufferers problematic

The approach of the Roman Catholic Church in India seems to be tokenism, making the right noises publicly, while attempting to silence and intimidate the faithful in private.

Kerala priest sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment, Rs 3 lakh fine for raping and impregnating minor
India

Kerala priest sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment, Rs 3 lakh fine for raping and impregnating minor

The matter came into light when the district childline authorities got an anonymous telephone call about the incident.

US nuns call for structural overhaul of male-led leadership in Catholic Church after Pope Francis acknowledges sexual abuse as ‘problem’
World

US nuns call for structural overhaul of male-led leadership in Catholic Church after Pope Francis acknowledges sexual abuse as ‘problem’

The largest association of religious sisters in the United States called on Thursday for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the problem of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns.

Pope Francis admits nuns sexually abused by clerics in 'some regions'; says 'Vatican working on issue for long time'
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Pope Francis admits nuns sexually abused by clerics in 'some regions'; says 'Vatican working on issue for long time'

Pope Francis said the Church has "suspended several clerics" and the Vatican has been "working (on the issue) for a long time".

Pope Francis and Al-Azhar imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb sign historic Abu Dhabhi declaration, call for freedom of belief
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Pope Francis and Al-Azhar imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb sign historic Abu Dhabhi declaration, call for freedom of belief

Pope Francis and a top Muslim cleric Monday issued a joint call for freedom of belief during the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the birthplace of Islam — the Arabian Peninsula