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  • Pope seeks global help for Kerala

    Vatican City : Pope Francis on Sunday called for solidarity and help from the international community for people affected by flooding in Kerala which has caused widespread death and destruction.

  • Abuse of children shameful: Vatican

    The Holy See treats with great seriousness the work of the Investigating Grand Jury of Pennsylvania and the lengthy Interim Report it has produced. The Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors Greg Burke, director, Vatican’s Press Office.

  • Sexual abuse accusations criminal and morally reprehensible: Vatican City

    Vatican City: The Vatican broke its silence about a grand jury report that detailed decades of sexual abuse of thousands of children by over 300 priests in the US state of Pennsylvania, calling the accusations “criminal and morally reprehensible”.

  • Aussie bishop convicted of sex abuse coverup resigns

    Vatican City : Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resigna­tion of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordi­nary Catholics, priests and even the Australian Prime Minister.

  • Vatican tribunal convicts ex-envoy of child porno distribution

    Vatican City : The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican.

  • Pope Francis begins purge in Chile church over sex abuse scandal

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the bishop at the center of Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal and two others as he launches the purge of a church that has lost its credibility under an avalanche of accusations of abuse and cover-up.

  • Vatican orders ex-envoy to face child sex abuse trial

    Vatican City : A monsignor who was a former advisor at the Vatican’s US embassy in Washington will face charges of possessing and exchanging child pornography, the Holy See announced on Saturday.

  • All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal

     Vatican City  : Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation on Friday over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in Chile after three days of intense meetings with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

  • France warns of new disaster looming in Syria’s Idlib region

    Paris : French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Sunday that a new humanitarian disaster was looming in Syria, in the rebel-held region of Idlib, seen as the next possible target of the regime’s fightback.

  • Pope Francis discusses peace with South Sudan delegation 

    Vatican City : Pope Francis has met representatives of the South Sudan Council of Churches and discussed how to promote peace in a country ravaged by a bloody four-year civil war. “The Pope holds the suffering people of South Sudan in his heart,” said Council Secretary James Oyet Latansio following the Vatican meeting with Francis on Friday.

  • Pope defends Jerusalem ‘status quo’

    Vatican City : Pope Francis on Wednesday defended the “status quo” of Jerusalem, hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognise the disputed city as Israel’s capital.

  • Cardinal: Pope can help but Rohingyas have to go back 

    Vatican City : The top Catholic official in Bangladesh hopes Pope Francis’s visit there and to Myanmar will bolster moves to alleviate the Rohingya refugee crisis that has put the neighbouring nations in the global spotlight.

  • Pope to hold talks over Korean issue today

    Francis is “keeping the issue alive and adding a new dimension,” said Lopez, who is attending the conference as a member of a delegation from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Pope Francis denounces porn and corruption of kids’ minds, bodies

    Vatican City : Pope Francis on Friday denounced the proliferation of adult and child pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online even as the Vatican confronts its own cross-border child porn investigation involving a top papal envoy.

  • Vatican reminds us of our inheritance

    What we need to remember is that in India, those who worship the gurus in the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist traditions are basically following the same impulses that defined the canonisation of Mother Teresa by the Vatican. Yet, catch a secularist admitting that the impulses are common and that faith and religiosity continue to define India, as it has done for thousands of years.

  • Mother gets a postal stamp in her name

    Mumbai : Mother Teresa, who is now Saint Mother Teresa, will have a new stamp in her name.  This philately stamp was unveiled by Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, on the occasion of her canonisation.