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Indian bishop arrested for raping a nun: police

Bishop Mulakkal has denied the charges

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Pope silent on claim he ignored abuse

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican envoy to the United States, on Saturday said he had told Francis of the allegations against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013

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The Vatican has changed its teaching and now opposes the death penalty in all cases

The Roman Catholic Church formally changed its teaching on Thursday to declare the death penalty inadmissible whatever the circumstance, a move that is likely to be viewed askance in countries where capital punishment is legal. The 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church has allowed the death penalty in extreme cases for centuries, but the position began to…

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Pope criticizes Trump administration policy on migrant family separation

Pope Francis has criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world’s immigration problems. Speaking to Reuters, the Pope said he supported recent statements by US Catholic bishops who called the separation of children from their parents “contrary to our Catholic values”…

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British toddler at centre of legal battle dies after doctors withdrew life support

Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans died on Saturday after doctors withdrew life support, the child’s parents said, following a protracted legal battle and a campaign that drew support from Pope Francis. “Our baby grew his wings tonight at 2:30am (0130 GMT). We are heartbroken. Thank you everyone for all your support,” the mother, Kate James,…

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Pope urges Middle East ‘reconciliation’ in Easter message

  Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday called for “reconciliation” in the Middle East, singling out the conflict in Yemen during his Easter message to the world. “We beseech fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless, for Yemen and…

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Auditor says he was forced to quit Vatican after finding irregularities

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican’s first auditor-general, who resigned without explanation in June, has broken his silence, saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity, reported Reuters. Speaking to reporters from four media organizations including Reuters in the office of his lawyers in Rome, Libero Milone also…

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Trump announces first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month as part of his first foreign trip, wading directly into the tangled diplomacy of Middle Eastern politics. Trump said he would also visit the Vatican along with his swing through the Middle East, which was added to…

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Leprosy sufferers say exclusion, stigma still exists

Vatican City: Former leprosy sufferers testified Friday at a Vatican conference about the stigma linked to the disease which still persists in some societies, and about their attempts to fight exclusion. Although it has been eradicated almost globally through treatments developed in the 1980s, leprosy still affects 200,000 people a year, particularly in India, Indonesia…

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Italy arrests Pakistani accused of bloody 2009 Peshawar bombing

ROME: A Pakistani suspected of involvement in the Peshawar market bombing — one of the country's bloodiest attacks — has been arrested in Rome, Italian police said on Friday. The man, who has been living in Italy, is accused of taking part in the attack in 2009 in which 134 died, including many women and…

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'Pakistan determined to protect minorities rights'

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi received Father Robert McCulloch, Procurator General at the Vatican in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Friday. The Special Assistant assured the Procurator General that not only the Constitution of Pakistan guaranteed fundamental rights to the minorities, but the government was…

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Israeli, Palestinian presidents in unprecedented Vatican prayers

VATICAN CITY: Israeli and Palestinian presidents meet in an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, a gesture he hopes will “re-create a desire, a possibility” of eventually relaunching the Middle East's stalled peace process. The Vatican has played down any expectations that the Sunday evening meeting between Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas –…

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U.N. watchdog urges Vatican to pursue sex criminals

GENEVA: The United Nations watchdog on torture urged the Vatican on Friday to cooperate with civil authorities in prosecuting all cases of suspected sexual abuse by paedophile priests and to set up its own individual complaints mechanism. Rape and sex crimes can amount to torture or cruel treatment and the Vatican must prevent and punish…

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Kerry asks Vatican to help win release of American jailed in Cuba

VATICAN CITY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asked the Vatican to help win the release of an American contractor who has been in jail in Cuba since 2009.Kerry, the first Catholic U.S. secretary of state in more than 30 years, stopped at the Vatican on his way to Kuwait to hold talks…

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Kerry to hold talks with Vatican on Mideast, other issues

PARIS: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Vatican to meet a top aide to Pope Francis for talks on Tuesday on the Middle East and other foreign policy issues, the State Department said. Kerry is to meet Secretary of State of the Holy See Pietro Parolin “to discuss foreign policy priorities,…

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U.S. spy agency denies that it eavesdropped on Vatican

WASHINGTON/VATICAN CITY: The National Security Agency, responsible for U.S. electronic eavesdropping, said on Wednesday that it does not target the Vatican and called an Italian media report that it had done so “not true.”Panorama magazine said on Wednesday that the NSA had eavesdropped on Vatican phone calls, possibly including when former Pope Benedict's successor was…

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Vatican recalls Dominican Republic envoy over paedophilia accusations

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused him of paedophilia, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church said on Wednesday.The Dominican Attorney General later announced that a special prosecutor had been appointed to investigate Archbishop Josef Wesolowski,…

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New pope slips out of Vatican for morning prayer visit

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, barely 12 hours after his election, quietly left the Vatican early on Thursday to pray for guidance as he looks to usher a Roman Catholic Church mired in intrigue and scandal into a new age of simplicity and humility.Francis, the Argentinian cardinal who has become the first pope born outside Europe…

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Vatican paper criticises gay adoption after Italy ruling

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican newspaper on Sunday stressed that children should be raised by a father and a mother after Italy's top appeals court granted a gay mother custody of her son, prompting a debate over gay adoption.Italy's Court of Cassation on Friday rejected an appeal by a father who feared his son would not…

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Cardinal causes uproar with 'Muslim' video at Vatican

VATICAN CITY: A Roman Catholic cardinal has caused an uproar at the Vatican by screening a spurious YouTube video that makes alarmist predictions about the growth of Islam in Europe.The seven-minute clip, called “Muslim Demographics,” was the talk of an international gathering of bishops on Monday, two days after Cardinal Peter Turkson screened it during…

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“Gospel of Jesus' wife” fragment is a fake, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY: An ancient papyrus fragment which a Harvard scholar says contains the first recorded mention that Jesus may have had a wife is a fake, the Vatican said on Friday. “Substantial reasons would lead one to conclude that the papyrus is indeed a clumsy forgery,” the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said in an editorial…

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