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Christmas is more than ‘a beautiful memory’: Francis

Christmas is more than ‘a beautiful memory’: Francis

Vatican City: Christmas “is not only a temporal recurrence or a beautiful memory”, but a “journey” to “meet the Lord” and what’s more to “letting Him meet us” in which…

Christians who steal from the State feed their kids ‘unclean bread’

Christians who steal from the State feed their kids ‘unclean bread’

‘St. Peter did not have a bank account’: Pope Francis Pope Francis delivered an impassioned sermon on Monday, during which he quoted a passage from the bible that said some…

The Yeti returns : bear facts unearthed

The Yeti returns : bear facts unearthed

LONDON: One of the greatest mysteries of the Himalayas may have finally been solved. Genetic testing has led scientists to believe that the abominable snowman – the Yeti, actually existed…

Assisted Suicide for Kids to be legal in Belgium?

Assisted Suicide for Kids to be legal in Belgium?

Belgium might become the first country in the world to allow seriously ill children the right to choose to die if lawmakers in the Federal Parliament decide to expand on…

Don Giovanni forsakes Priesthood for Love

Don Giovanni forsakes Priesthood for Love

ITALY: It’s a love story.  A 60-year-old parish priest in the southern town of Avellino has shocked his congregation and hit national headlines by announcing that he is to leave…

Vatican Palace is ‘boring’: Pope Francis

Vatican Palace is ‘boring’: Pope Francis

Vatican City: Pope Francis joked about the difficulties of being head of the world’s Catholics saying he never wanted the job on Friday in unscripted comments in which he also…

Gay Man sodomised, head bashed in: Hate crime in Russia

Gay Man sodomised, head bashed in: Hate crime in Russia

Moscow: He was beaten, stripped naked and sodomised with several beer bottles. His skull was smashed with a stone. His crime: he said ‘I am Gay’.  A 23-year-old man has…

Nun from Goa serves 3 popes in a row

Nun from Goa serves 3 popes in a row

Panaji: There’s an Indian nun working away at the Vatican Archives, and she’s Sister Lucy Britto from Goa who is the first Indian nun to have served at the Vatican…

German Bishop’s Conference calls for women to perform baptisms, weddings

German Bishop’s Conference calls for women to perform baptisms,  weddings

Germany’s top Roman Catholic has called for women to be allowed to become deacons, which would enable them to perform baptisms and marriages outside of mass – a novelty for…

France says Yes to Marriage Equality

France says Yes to Marriage Equality

France has become the 14th country to approve a law allowing gay marriage. New Zealand approved same-sex marriage last week. The bill, which also legalises adoption by same-sex couples, was…

Pope to say Holy Thursday Mass in detention centre

Pope to say Holy Thursday Mass in detention centre

The washing of feet on the Thursday before Easter is a Christian tradition commemorating Christ’s Last Supper. It is part of a papal calendar of events running up to Easter,…

Turkish dams decrease Iraq’s water share

Turkish dams decrease Iraq’s water share

Turkey’s dam-building has decreased the Iraq’s share of the Euphrates River’s water.  The country’s ministry of water resources is blaming the neighbouring country.  Presently Iran is getting 15 billion cubic…

Pope Francis Challenges Vatican Tradition

Pope Francis Challenges Vatican Tradition

The new Pope is already beating a ‘new path’, introducing subtle but significant changes to the tradition- steeped Vatican. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had a reputation as a humble pastor…

Papal election: who’re the favourites?

Papal election: who’re the favourites?

Conclave Cams and Twitter bans aside, this conclave is unique in many ways. One of the main reasons for the suspense is that, despite the best efforts of analysts, no…

News Black out from Vatican Conclave

News Black out from Vatican Conclave

VATICAN CITY — Cardinals attending closed-door discussions ahead of the conclave to elect the next pope  have imposed a media blackout, forcing the cancellation of the popular daily press briefings…