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Asia Bibi: Pakistani Christian woman in limbo after blasphemy verdict

Blasphemy is a massively inflammatory issue in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where even unproven allegations of insulting Islam and Prophet Mohammed can lead to lynchings and murders.

published on : 15th November 2018

Pope Francis says safe drinking water is a human right, not merchandise 

In a message to a water management conference Thursday, Francis lamented that war, corruption and financial interests often get in the way of providing universal access to clean water for all.

published on : 8th November 2018

US synagogue attack 'inhuman act of violence': Pope Francis​

Saturday's attack comes at a time of heightened tensions -- a day after a supporter of Trump was arrested for mailing explosive devices to Democrats and liberals, setting the country on edge.

published on : 28th October 2018

Vatican stalls on married Catholic priests

The suggestion of easing the rules on celibacy was raised by the Auxiliary Bishop of Brussels, Jean Kockerols, during a month-long meeting of the world's bishops.

published on : 26th October 2018

Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message

Some youth delegates at the meeting have insisted the final document express an inclusive message to make LGBT Catholics feel welcome in a church that has often shunned them.

published on : 21st October 2018

Pope Francis defrocks two Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

Defrocking is considered the harshest penalty for priests within the Church and means the offender is forbidden from exercising any clerical duties at all, even in private.

published on : 13th October 2018

Pope accepts Washington cardinal's resignation amid scandal

A Vatican statement Friday said Francis had accepted Wuerl's resignation as Washington archbishop, but named no replacement.

published on : 12th October 2018

Pope Francis meets top US cardinal in shadow of abuse scandal 

Pope Francis was accused of lifting sanctions against McCarrick that his predecessor Benedict XVI had imposed charges refuted Sunday by the Vatican's prefect for the Congregation for Bishops.

published on : 8th October 2018

Pope Francis says Church can no longer tolerate silence on sexual abuse 

Following Vigano's letter, US groups representing survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests urged the Vatican to publish a list of clerics accused of sexual assault.

published on : 6th October 2018

Pope Francis calls on Chinese Catholics to reconcile after bishop deal

Pope Francis called Wednesday for all Chinese Catholics to reconcile, while admitting that a historic deal with Beijing on nominating bishops may have caused "confusion".

published on : 26th September 2018

Pope Francis gets Estonian e-residency

"Pope Francis is the 37,647th e-resident," the Estonian presidency said in a statement after the pontiff received his own digital ID.

published on : 25th September 2018

Pope Francis acknowledges abuse scandals driving people from church

Francis told a gathering of young people in Estonia that he knew many young people felt the church had nothing to offer them and simply doesn't understand their problems today.

published on : 25th September 2018

Pope Francis to honour victims of Nazi and Soviet occupations in Baltic amid abuse crisis

The pontiff will also visit mainly Protestant Latvia on Monday and secular Estonia on Tuesday as all three Baltic states mark 100 years of independence this year.

published on : 22nd September 2018

Kerala nun rape case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal seeks Pope Francis' permission to step down temporarily

Franco Mullakal has written to the Pope expressing his desire to step down temporarily from the responsibilities of the diocese and has sought permission for the same, Jalandhar diocese said.

published on : 17th September 2018

Pope Francis intends to visit Japan in 2019

The Argentine pontiff has repeatedly voiced a desire to visit Japan, home to some 450,000 Roman Catholics.

published on : 12th September 2018
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