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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…

In Defence of Mother Teresa

In Defence of Mother Teresa

One of the most controversial stories covered  this week is this new study by Canadian academics on Mother Teresa, claiming that she was “anything but a saint.” This isn’t new:…

Gordon Brown: The Future is Hers

Gordon Brown: The Future is Hers

Unless we act, 531 million of today’s girls will never complete a school education, and in the poorest countries only one in 700 will go to university. Because of two…

Girls are ‘smarter’ phone users

Tech-savvy girls in the UK are more likely than boys to own and use a smartphone and other mobile devices, according to new market-oriented research. In the UK, girls aged…

TibetansToo happy to set themselves ablaze: China

TibetansToo happy to set themselves ablaze: China

That scores of Tibetans have burned themselves alive to protest Chinese rule is not a secret. News outlets all over the world have reported on the self-immolations. But China’s state-run…

Study says Mother Teresa was miserly

Study says Mother Teresa was miserly

LONDON: A study conducted by Canadian researchers has called the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta “anything but a saint”. They say that her saintly figure is  a creation of an…

The Seat of Rome is Vacant

The Seat of Rome is Vacant

Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down at  (7pm GMT) Thursday, becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. It leaves the world’s 1.2bn Roman Catholics leaderless – albeit not…

Rape and genocide in Sri Lanka?

Rape and genocide in Sri Lanka?

COLOMBO: Nearly four years after the end of the country’s civil war, Amnesty international claims that Sri Lankan security forces continue to use torture, rape and other forms of sexual…

Pope forces ‘Bigot of the Year’ to quit

Pope forces ‘Bigot of the Year’ to quit

Pope Benedict forced the resignation of Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic in attempt to minimise the impact of allegations. The pope has forced the abrupt resignation of Britain’s most senior…

Indian fishermen at Sri Lankan Church Festival

Indian fishermen at Sri Lankan Church Festival

Sunday, 24th February marked the  two-day Annual Festival Church festival in Katchativu. Some ten thousand pilgrims arrived at the islet from Kurikadduwan Jetty and Delft jetty in Sri Lanka and…