Christianity

Dalit Christians caught in the Church vortex

The Christians all over India observed November 11 as “Dalit Liberation Sunday” (DLS) with an avowed aim of bringing the Dalit Christians at par with the ‘Dalit Hindus’ in matters of economic and social equality...

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Christian organisation chief demands probe into death of Fr Kuriakose

President of Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) R L Francis has demanded an inquiry into the mysterious death of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, a key witness in the rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Father Kuriakose was found dead in Punjab's Jalandhar today...

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The Sins of the Believers

The controversies that surround the church fraternity are often deliberately ignored and the recent Nun Rape case is a standing testimony for that. In the state of Kerala alone, dozens of such cases had been reported in the past where the church had in several instances tried to buy the silence of victims. ..

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Priests sex abuse scandals dent Pope Francis popularity in US

The sexual abuse scandal has undermined Pope Francis’ once-soaring popularity in the United States, with a poll released on Tuesday showing that support for the pontiff has dropped precipitously among Americans, according to New York Times...

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Frightening Franco Fiasco

The blitzkrieg that has hit the Catholic Church in India over the last couple of months could verily use another set of three Fs – the ‘Frightening Franco Fiasco’. It is frightening because of the incalculable harm, and in some cases, irreparable loss, to the otherwise “goody” image of the Catholic Church in India. It was a fiasco because of the fumbling, bumbling silence of the CBCI and the Papal Nuncio in India...

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Jharkhand Baby Farms-Flourishing brazen Industry of commercial baby rearing

PRIYA S dwells into the flourishing business of baby selling involving nuns of Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhand...

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Sins of Catholic clerics: Over 300 priests, bishops accused of child sex abuse; victims more than 1,000 throughout US

The sins of priests and Bishops are coming out one after the other. These priests and Bishops are committing serious crimes including sexual assault, blackmailing etc rather serving the message of ‘God’ to the people. The shocking exposition this time comes from Pennsylvania, United States where at least 300 priests are accused of child sex abuse by more than 1,000 victims throughout the country...

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Did the Church leaders unknowingly expose Karunanidhi’s active role in dissemination of Christianity ?

The Church leaders have unreservedly mourned the death of Karunanidhi. The Church and Christian leaders are not so univocal. On such sentimental issues, their responses are customarily very much formal or official. But in the case of expressing about the death of Kalaignar, their mourning is visible when they say: “Karunanidhi's death is a big loss to religious minorities and other oppressed groups like Dalits.”..

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Women’s panel calls for abolishing church confession; Bishops' body oppose

The National Commission of Women (NCW) has called for abolishing the ritualistic practice of confession in the churches in view of the growing incidents of molestation of women by the priests in the churches. The advise of the NCW has come under fire from the Church...

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Global Church body comes in support of Swami Agnivesh, condemns attack

Swami Agnivesh, who faced the people’s wrath for denigrating Hindu deities and insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has found a global sympathiser in World Council of Churches (WCC) that condemned the attack on this ‘renowned social activist’ in India...

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Leading Catholics urge CBCI, Vatican to sack rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal

s many as 168 leading Catholic figures and lay people have darted letters to the Vatican urging the Pope to sack the Indian Bishop accused of raping a nun even as Bishop Franco Mulakkal who is accused of raping a nun in Kerala, pleaded that he was being fabricated by the nun...

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Cops seek freezing bank funds of Mother Teresa nuns

Exposure of child trafficking activities following arrest of a nun from Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, the investigating cops and tax officials have sought to freeze the bank funds of the nuns associated with Missionaries of Charity...

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Rapist 'Father' who misused 'Confession', surrenders: Big questionmark of Confessions and its 'byproducts'

The whole episode has put a big questionmark on the system of Confessions and its relvance and trustworthyness. No one can deny that the 'Thiruvalla' incidance is a an isolated and rare one... this is the only which has got voice...there might be thousands buried under the suppression and threats by the Holy Priests!..

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It’s 'Nun' of Kerala Bishop’s ‘Business’

A Kerala Bishop has been accused of sexually exploiting a nun for years. In another case some priests were alleged to have 'blackmailed and sexually abused' a married woman in Kerala for years. And the Catholic Church is just sitting idle. There is no reaction from the progressive intellectuals and media. This silence is criminal...

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Church leaders misleading Christian community about BJP, RSS: PCLM

Senior columnist and President of PCML R L Francis alleged that the Protestant and Catholic Churches are spreading falsehood and canard against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and also against the Union Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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Catholic schools to teach Constitution to students

Against the background of countrywide criticism over their letters for prayer to ‘save constitution’, ‘to elect a new government that would protect plurality of India’ and ‘to protect the human rights’ the Catholic Bishops have decided to teach constitution in their schools to educate the students...

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Global Church body sends Eid greetings to Muslim community

The World Council of Churches (WCC), a global Church conglomerate has extended its warm greetings to the Muslim community on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. WCC general Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered written greetings of peace...

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NCCI expresses concern over ‘violation of minority human rights’

The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), an apex body of the protestant churches in India, has expressed serious concern over the “worsening situation of violation of human rights in the country”...

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Delhi Archbishop’s ‘prayer’ letter evokes nationwide criticism

The letter of Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto asking the church leaders and members of the Catholic community to pray and observe fast on every Friday till the 2019 elections are held to defeat the ‘nationalist groups’ has evoked nationwide criticism from various organisations, political parties and lay people...

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Christian groups repeatedly tamper democracy ; Why Election Commission silent, asks LRO

In a letter sent to the ECI, LRO Convener Vinay Joshi has slammed the body for its languorous approach to tackle the Christian groups which are tampering the very spirit of democracy by spreading nefracious propoganda. ..

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Catholic Church leaders raise objection to chanting ‘Jai Hind’

After the Delhi Archbishop’s letter to the ‘faithful’ in Christian community to pray and observe fast on every Friday in the churches to defeat the ‘nationalist forces and parties’ coming to power in 2019 general elections again, the Catholic Church leaders have taken objection to chanting of ‘Jai Hind’...

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Delhi Archbishop calls for nationwide prayers to influence 2019 elections

Archbishop of Delhi Anil JT Couto called on the faithful in every parish to recite the prayer and fast for a year starting May 13, 2018 and perform the Eucharistic adoration every Friday until the 2019 elections...

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Dalit Christians in Tamil Nadu diocese allege caste discrimination

Contrary to the general belief and perception that there is no discrimination in Christian faith and that all are treated with equal respect, the Dalit Christians of Sivagangai Diocese in South Tamil Nadu have alleged widespread caste-based discrimination...

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PCML wants Pope Francis to reform Catholic Church in India

The Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) on the occasion of Good Friday demanded form the Pope Francis to bring reforms in the Catholic Church in India...

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NBCC does a ‘Father Macwan’ in Nagaland, asks faithfuls to choose between ‘trishul’ & ‘cross’

Repeating what Archbishop Thomas Macwan did in Gujarat assembly elections, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) went a step ahead asking the Nagaland voters to choose between the ‘Trishul’ and ‘Cross’...

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Ban on conversion notwithstanding, Christianity spreads in Nepal

Despite strict laws that ban religious conversion, Christianity has spread rapidly over the last two decades in Nepal, where many see it as an escape from the deeply entrenched caste system...

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An open letter to Cardinal Baselios Cleemis President of CBCI

The author asks some very pertinent and disturbing questions to the President of Catholic Bishop's Conference of India, the top body of Indian Catholics...

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Assam Christian Forum supports Gujarat Archbishop Macwan

The Assam Christian Forum (ACF) has come out openly in support of the Archbishop of Gandhinagar Archdiocese Thomas Macwan and appealed to all the people to pray for the defeat of “nationalist forces” in Gujarat elections...

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The ‘unholy’ game plan of the ‘holy’ father

The Archbishop of Gandhinagar Thomas Macwan had issued a letter to voters directing them to vote against the ‘nationalist forces’ and ensure victory of those who ‘remain faithful to Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any sort of discrimination’...

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Kerala Archbishop rules out support to BJP

KCBC president Archbishop Soosa Pakiam of Thiruvananthapuram said the bishops’ meeting with Shah last week was cordial...

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Masked gunmen kill 23 in gun attack on Christians in Egypt

A group of masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians when they were driving to a monastery located south of Cairo on Friday and killed 26 of them while injuring 26 others, Reuters reported quoting the Governor of Egypt’s Minya Province Essam al-Bedaiwy...

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Pope on a visit to Egypt to accelerate peace initiatives

Pope Francis, the highest spiritual mentor of Catholics worldwide, will be arriving today in Egypt by a special Alitalia plane on a peace mission and to boost the peace initiatives in that strife-torn Islamic country...

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Honour each other's religions, Indresh Kumar exhorts Christian leaders

Senior RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar interacted with the participants on various national and social issues...

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Honour each other's religions, Indresh Kumar exhorts Christian leaders

Senior RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar interacted with the participants on various national and social issues...

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 WCC condemns terror attacks on Egypt churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned the vicious attacks on innocent worshippers in St George (Mar Girgis) Coptic Church in Tanta and in front of St Mark´s church in Alexandria, Egypt, an official release said...

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"Yoga good for body and mind, not necessary for experiencing the divine"

The Indian Catholic Church believes that yoga is not needed to experience the supreme bliss or divine spirit. It is only a way to keep your body in perfect health condition, the Church believes...

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Brazil’s ex-president Dilma Rousseff visits Ecumenical Center

Former President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff was given a warm reception and welcome at the Ecumenical Centre of the World Council of Churches (WCC), on Friday...

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‘It’s better to be an atheist’ than a hypocritical Catholic!

Pope Francis..

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Three prominent Christian Cardinals meet PM

A three-member delegation of Catholic Cardinals called on the Prime Minister on Wednesday to discuss regarding the visit of the Pope to India and kidnapping of Father Tom...

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Catholic Bishop’s report on Dalit Christians “eyewash”: PCLM

The report on Dalit Christians recently promulgated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) is far from reality and merely public relations exercise, alleged the Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM)...

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Nagaland church seeks repeal of good governance day on Dec 25

Church organisations in Northeast India opposed NDA government’s decision of holding good governance day on December 25...

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Company Law Tribunal dismantles CSI Board of Directors for corruption

The National Company Law Tribunal has removed all the directors and office-bearers managing the country’s largest protestant group – The Church of South India (CSI) -and installed retired judge K Sampath ..

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Catholic Church's ban on female priests will stay forever says Pope

As a response to a journalist asking whether the church might see female priests in the coming decade, the Pope Francis recited an apostolic letter written in 1994 by Saint Pope John Paul II, saying that ordaining women was not possible because Jesus chose only men as his apostles. The Pope also said that Catholic Church's ban on female priests will remain forever. The remarks came in during Pope’s travel from Sweden to Rome. Pope said, "St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and ..

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Pope Francis likely to visit India, Bangladesh next year

Pope Francis is planning to visit India, Bangladesh and Portugal in 2017 much to the excitement and delight of the Catholic Christians in these countries...

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1500-yr-old Bible found, blasts Jesus' crucifixion theory, Vatican surprised

Much to the dismay of the Vatican, an approx. 1500-2000-year-old bible was found in Turkey, in the Ethnography Museum of Ankara...

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Petition drive to restrain govt representation at Mother Teresa’s canonization 

A group of ideologically like-minded social activists has initiated a petition signing drive to appeal to the Government of India not to send their representative at Mother Teresa’s Canonisation as scheduled on September 4 this year. ..

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Eight Christians face trial for alleged conversion bid in Nepal school

This is the first trial related to religious freedom since the country’s secular Constitution came into effect in 2015. The defendants are out on bail. Trial set to start on 23 July...

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Doubts raised on screening of film on Kandhamal violence

The documentary titled “Voice from the ruins - Kandhamal in search of justice”, will be screened July 17 to 19 in theatres of Kerala. Fr. Ajaya Kumar who made this film traces the origins of the violence against Christians in Orissa...

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WCC grants membership to NE India church body

The Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) has been included as new member of the World Council of Churches in its just concluded Central Committee meeting in Norway...

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NCCI renews quota demand for converted Dalits

Given the reality of caste-based discrimination in the Church organisations, how far the NCCI’s demand of quota for converted Dalits is justified?..

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Christians overtake Muslims in Tamil Nadu

The share of Christians in the Tamil Nadu population has been growing since 1951 when it was at 4.7 percent...

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Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, says Pope’s aide

Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting held by Cambridge University’s Woolf Institute...

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East Germany’s “secular reality” a new challenge to reformation tradition

Eastern Germany is the heartland of the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther, but today is one of the most secularized parts of the world, says German sociologist Monika Wohlrab-Sahr...

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East Germany’s “secular reality” a new challenge to reformation tradition

Eastern Germany is the heartland of the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther, but today is one of the most secularized parts of the world, says German sociologist Monika Wohlrab-Sahr...

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MP police detain three Christians for forceful conversions

Rev V A Anthony V, his wife Prabha and another woman were arrested after police; acting on the complaints made by Hindu activists took them into custody for involving in forceful conversions. The Christian world sees this incident as an attack on the religious freedom of the Christians in India...

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Global meeting seeks inspiration from Reformation to transform world 

More than 120 people from throughout the world have gathered in the eastern German city of Halle to reflect on how insights from the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago can contribute to transforming the world today...

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Catholic Church leaders urge PM Modi to invite Pope Francis to India

The leaders of the Indian Catholic Church asked the prime minister to lead a government delegation to Rome for the canonization of Mother Teresa. The bishops praised the government's involvement in trying to get the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in Yemen. Modi pledged support for Ranchi hospital for the poor and Tribals, an initiative of local Catholics...

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The hidden agenda of USCIRF

SCIRF's principal responsibilities include reviewing, through the lens of international human rights law, the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and making policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress...

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Church challenge: Welcoming "strangers" in a climate of fear

In the midst of a mounting climate of fear of refugees and immigrants, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling on Christians to be true to the Biblical imperative to “welcome the stranger”...

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Global Christian consultation expresses concern over growing persecution

An historic consultation of church leaders, drawn from 56 nations, to focus on intensifying "discrimination, persecution and violence" against Christian communities around the world has called on churches globally to pray, support and be in solidarity with those suffering persecution due to their faith...

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European solidarity must be strengthened: Church leaders

At the one-day consultation, the church leaders talked about how Christians in the different churches in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the people in the receiving countries can appropriately deal with the challenges facing the refugees...

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Indonesian Islamists demonstrate against churches after rioting

Not content with riots last week that attacked three churches, the Islamic Defenders Front is demanding the speedy closure of ten churches...

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Govt mulls de-recognizing Mother Teresa’s 13 orphanages

Government mulling derecognising 13 orphanages run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity due to its non-compliance with adoption guidelines...

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Engage in social work not for conversion, Justice Kurian tells Christians

Justice Kurian Joseph says communalism can be dealt with only through humanism...

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European churches urged to work together to address refugee crisis

In the wake of the current refugee crisis, European churches are being encouraged to deepen their efforts in receiving, supporting and protecting refugees who arrive in the region...

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WCC holds seminar on indigenous ecological spiritualities and Christian faith

The event brought together thirty participants including church leaders, theologians, activists and staff of Christian organizations coming from different parts of Indonesia (Java, Bali, Papua), the Philippines and India and representatives from the host organizations...

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Kerala Bishop calls for vigilance against 'love jihad'

Idukki Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil on Saturdya said that ‘Love Jihad’ and ulterior motives of SNDP are spoiling the young girls from Christian families. ..

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WCC calls on churches to pray for peace and reunification of Korea

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invited its member churches to join in prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, August 9...

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300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption

Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic Church in Spain..

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Missionaries of Charity under govt scanner for foreign funds

The crackdown of the Indian government on the foreign funded non-governmental organisations has involved at least three major organisations, including Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Bharat Sevasram Sangha and ISKCON, based in West Bengal...

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New Government report predicts doom of British Christianity by 2067

A new Government aReport in the UK has predicted doom of Christianity by 2067 in Great Britain. ..

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Global Christian body expresses concern over migrant issue

Deeply concerned for migrants in many regions, especially those “driven to undertake journeys of desperate risk and danger”, the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has declared: “All members of the international community have a moral and legal duty to save the lives of those in jeopardy at sea or in transit, regardless of their origin and status.”..

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Christians need ‘spirituality of resistance’: WCC

Christians need a “spirituality of resistance” to face oppression, violence and experiences of defeat, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, said in an address at Germany’s biggest Protestant gathering...

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WCC, Church leaders urge South Sudan government to stop war

As the tragic situation of conflict in South Sudan moves into its 18th month, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) continue calling for an end to the senseless conflict...

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Why Christianity poses a clear threat to India

Christianity has not – yet – failed in India. With powerful backers in the West, it is preparing for another big harvest...

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Recent Pew research finds Christianity on speedy decline in USA

Christianity is sharply speeding downwards in the United States of America (USA), according to new research from the Pew Research Centre, making it for a significantly less Christian country than that of just seven years ago...

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Churches promote just financial systems at 14th World Social Forum

The increasingly influential role of the financial sector, its impact on communities and their struggles toward a just financial system remained the focus of discussions in the workshops organized by the churches at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, Tunisia...

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Christian protests: A well-planned Catholic conspiracy to malign #ModiSarkar

The Catholic Christian lobby in India and abroad has opened a front against the Narendra Modi government, BJP, RSS and VHP under a well thought off conspiracy. ..

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Christian protests: A well-planned Catholic conspiracy to malign #ModiSarkar

The Catholic Christian lobby in India and abroad has opened a front against the Narendra Modi government, BJP, RSS and VHP under a well thought off conspiracy. ..

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Are Christians truly under attack in India?

Indians never hesitated to accept those who were in trouble and who wanted to preserve their faith because they did not distinguish between human beings on religious lines. Their attitude was that all belong to one big human family and all have the same divine essence in them. For them “religion” was not an identity but a natural, ideal way of life. So what happened that nowadays there is a lot of talk that Christians are under attack in India? Have Hindus become intolerant?..

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Navi- Mumbai church attacked by bikers, hauling stones on the holy monument

Navi- Mumbai saw yet another attack on Christianity when some bikers in a mischief act hit St George church in Panvel on Friday night..

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The story of two rapes and government response in West Bengal

The democratic, secular and Christian lobby has launched a tirade against the Modi Government under a definite conspiracy. ..

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Golbal church body stands by Indian churches amidst acts of violence

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of World Council of Churches (WCC) in a statement expressed support to the churches in India amidst the acts of viuolence and vandalism...

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Haryana police arrests 14 for vandalising church

Haryana police has arrests 14 people on charges of vandalising ..

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Christian body working for responsible elections in Nigeria

Contrary to their consistent claim that they do not indulge in political activities and confine them to social and service activities in inaccessible areas, the members of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) are engaged in making a ‘positive contribution’ to electoral process...

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World Christian body condemns alleged ISIS atrocities in Syria

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has strongly condemned the latest attacks and atrocities reported to have been committed by the so-called “Islamic State” against Assyrian Christians in Syria...

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How foreign media reacted to Bhagwat’s remarks on Mother Teresa

The foreign media too followed their Indian secular counterparts in deploring the RSS Chief for his attributing ‘motives to service of Mother Theresa...

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How Bhagwat’s comments on Nobel laureate missionary handpicked and made controversial

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) SarSanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on conversion in the guise of social service and especially about Mother Theresa were expected to raise many en eyebrows and incite counter-offensive. Moreover, it did so; that too, on the expected lines...

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WCC Commission addresses issues related to religion and violence

Violence perpetrated in the name of religion was highlighted as “a defining issue of our generation” by Canon David Porter when he spoke to members of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches (WCC)...

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Will the religious leaders take PM’s advice in right earnest?

Though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one of his excellent speeches Tuesday called for harmony amongst religions to accomplish his “Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas” mission, the million dollar question is : “Will the religious leaders, particularly those representing Semitic faiths, take the PM’s advice in the right earnest?”..

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Is Delhi Archbishop pushing communal agenda over facts?

The Archbishop said that the result of Delhi elections was a ‘vote for change’. He also saw a message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this result...

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Church leaders misleading Christian community: PCLM Chief

A prominent Christian organization has accused the Church leaders of ‘misleading’ the Christian community vis-a-vis Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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Pope Francis needs a counter punch

Pope Francis, the most progressive Pope the Catholic world has so far, on Friday defended the freedom of expression but with a rider. Talking to newsmen on a papal plane en route Philippines from Sri Lanka the pontiff said: “Freedom of speech is a fundamental right but every religion has its dignity”...

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Indian Dalits defend decision to abandon Christianity

Reconverted 'untouchables' say Church does little to improve their status in India..

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Pope names 15 new cardinals from 14 different nations to reflect church diversity

Pope Francis has named 15 new cardinals, selecting the “princes of the church” from 14 nations, including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand and Myanmar...

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US gospel radio announces to expand its Indian network

Aiming to expand its operation in India, a US gospel radio has announced to develop its radio programming in the Telugu language...

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British Queen emphasizes "reconciliation" in Christmas message

British Queen Elizabeth II called for "reconciliation" in her annual Christmas broadcast delivered on Thursday afternoon...

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Conversion: 200 Mahadalits convert to Christianity in Bihar, probe ordered

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Thursday ordered a probe into the conversion of 40 Mahadalit families comprising 200 people to Christianity in his home district of Gaya...

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‘How do we welcome the tenderness of God?’ Pope Francis asks his followers

In his much awaited speech at the Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Wednesday Pope Francis asked millions of his followers to introspect and ask themselves- How do we welcome the tenderness of God?..

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National United Christian Forum oppose ban on conversion

Citing Article 25 of the Constitution, the National United Christian Forum (NUCF) – comprising three leading churches of the country – has Opposed to a national ban on conversion...

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Pope Francis visits Israel

A short animated film marking the visit of Pope Francis to Israel in May 2014.Pope Francis visited the Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Mount Herzl, where he lay a wreath on the tomb of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, as well as the memorial for the victims of terrorism. ..

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Pope to Christian fundamentalists: You’re no better than ISIS

"You just can't say that, just as you can't say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups," Pope Francis said...

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Christian Victims of Francis Xavier oppose public display of his corpse

The Konkani Christian Victims of Francis Xavier;s Atrocities, a newly formed group of Christians has braced itself to oppose the heinous display of the corpse of Francis Xavier during Christmas days in Goa...

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Indian Catholics now have three native saints

From now on Indian Catholics will have three native saints following the elevation of Kuriakose Elias Chavara, popularly known as Chavara Achen, and Sister Euphrasia, popularly known as Evuprasiamma, in a canonisation ceremony presided over by Pope Francis II in the Vatican Sunday...

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Catholics overjoyed over sainthood to two Keralites

Kerala's Catholic community was overjoyed and held special prayers as the Pope will elevate two Keralite religious leaders as saints at a special service in the Vatican Sunday...

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Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, says British Library Manuscript

A manuscript dating back 1,450 years discovered in British Library is behind claims that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and they had two children...

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Christians, Hindus discern common ways of working for justice and peace

In South Asia, where conflicts are often fuelled by religion, a World Council of Churches (WCC) conference stressed the role of Christians and Hindus as eminent stakeholders in their common search for justice and peace – beyond majority and minority politics...

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Vatican Greets Hindus on Diwali: wants a culture of 'inclusion'

Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has offered Diwali greetings for Hindus worldwide. In its Diwali greetings, the Vatican appeals Hindus to foster together a culture of ‘inclusion’ voicing concerns over growing negative effects of globalization...

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Vatican approves document accepting gays, divorced

Participants in the Vatican synod of bishops approved Saturday a final document that proposes acceptance of gays and compassion for divorced persons "with respect and delicacy."..

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Indian cardinal pledges to support Modi government’s aid programs

The president of India's Catholic bishops Cardinal Baselios Cleemis (Isaac) Thottunkal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pledging the Church's support for government education, health care and anti-poverty programs...

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Catholic Church: harvest in Africa and Asia - Famine in Europe and US

Catholic Church: harvest in Africa and Asia - Famine in Europe and US..

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Pope Francis calls for Middle East peace

Pope Francis made a surprise stop at the hulking wall Palestinians see as a symbol of Israeli oppression on Sunday, minutes after begging both sides to end a conflict that he said was no longer acceptable...

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Pope Francis begins Middle East tour

Pope Francis arrived in Jordan Saturday to begin his Middle East tour in which he aims to boost ties with Muslims and Jews and ease an age-old rift within the branches of Christianity, media reported...

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Now, a Vatican touch to Nigerian scam in Goa

A Roman Catholic priest Fr. Cruz Fernandes, attached to the church of Navelim village, located 40 km from Panaji, has complained that he was cheated by a 'priest' from Vatican City in Rome to the tune of Rs.48,500...

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Controversy lurks as scholars try to work out Bible’s original text

International team attempts to reverse-engineer changes made to wording over thousands of years..

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I'm not a Buddhist, I'm Christian: Miranda Kerr

Model Miranda Kerr has denied long-running rumours that she is practices Buddhism...

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Oldest image of Jesus found in ancient Egyptian tomb

A team of Spanish archaeologists have discovered an image of what they assume is the earliest known depiction of Jesus Christ...

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Oldest image of Jesus found in ancient Egyptian tomb

A team of Spanish archaeologists have discovered an image of what they assume is the earliest known depiction of Jesus Christ...

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Will the EC act against St Xavier’s College principal now?

The letter by the Principal of the college belonging to a religious minority tantamount to similar violation of the model code of conduct and as such warrants immediate disciplinary action by the EC...

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Oriental links of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ spent some years of life in India learning Sanskrit and other religious scriptures. There has been ample evidence to substantiate this claim, and the evidence is produced by western and eastern scholars of Christianity. The Government of India's Films Division has made a documentary on this subject. ..

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British PM calls UK 'Christian country'; faces public ire

British Prime Minister David Cameron is now in the line of fire for asking Britons to be unashamedly "evangelical" about its Christian faith and announcing that he wanted to see a bigger role for religion in UK. ..

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'Homeless Jesus' sparks debate on meaning of Christianity

In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., "Homeless Jesus" is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons...

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Easter: A Christian ritual or a Pagan festival?

Easter is one such Pagan festival adopted by the Christianity from the Roman traditions. It is associated with the Goddess of Fertility and is celebrated on the first Sunday after the spring equinox and has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ...

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Vatican Should Pay for "Collective Sin": Dalit Christians

In an open letter to His Holiness Pope Francis and Church authorities, the PCLM President R. L. Francis said Dalits converted to Christianity to preserve their dignity, thereby losing out on reservation benefits available to them under the Constitution...

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Why do some Catholics dislike Pope Francis washing feet?

On Thursday evening (April 17), in a familiar reprise of an ancient rite, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wis., will wash the feet of 12 men, all seminarians — a re-creation of Jesus’ action at the Last Supper when he washed the feet of his disciples and, according to Catholic doctrine, formally instituted the priesthood, reported a news portal- ucanews.com..

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Pope Francis calls for reflection on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis used his Palm Sunday Mass homily to call on Catholics to reflect, asking the faithful at the start of Holy Week if they were traitors like Judas or loved God like Joseph...

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Is Jesus Christ's crucifixion wrongly depicted?

According to researchers, the Shroud of Turin that shows the impression of a crucified man suggests that he was suspended from a cross in a Y-shape position -- with arms above the head -- and not outstretched horizontally in a 'T' shape, as Christ's crucifixion is popularly depicted...

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WCC Gen Secy expresses concern over Israeli Knesset law

Joining his voice to those of the churches in Palestine and Israel, the World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed “grave concern” about a law recently passed by the Israeli Knesset or parliament. ..

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PCLM for equal rights to nuns in India

Nuns in the Catholic Church suffer more than ordinary women in India and are being discriminated in power sharing. Considering several cases of harassment, sexual assault with the nuns by priests, the Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) appeals the women’s organizations in India to focus on the plight of 140,000 nuns, 35,000 of whom are residing in Kerala alone. ..

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WCC general secretary expresses concern over Ukraine

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is deeply concerned by the current dangerous developments in Ukraine,” the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the WCC said recently. ..

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WCC invites Asian youth to join ‘YATRA 2014’

The World Council of Churches (WCC), the worldwide organization of Churches, is organizing two-week training for Asian youth. The objective of the training is to promote and strengthen religious harmony. ..

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Indian Christians for Narendra Modi as PM

A nationwide preliminary sample survey by Christian organizations indicates that Christians have “no objection to Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister of India through legitimate democratic procedure.” ..

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Christian churches rake up issue of Dalit discrimination

The Christian churches in India are again at it. They are raking up the issue of discrimination against the Dalit Christians and Muslims once again at international fora. The latest is their pleading this case and seeking more protection to them with a visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Prof. Dr Heiner Bielefeldt. ..

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Bishop used fund for “poor relief” to build luxurious palace

The controversial bishop of the German Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, for the construction of his luxurious residence allegedly used millions of dollars that were meant for poor relief. ..

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Bishop used fund for “poor relief” to build luxurious palace

The controversial bishop of the German Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, for the construction of his luxurious residence allegedly used millions of dollars that were meant for poor relief. ..

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Pope celebrates Valentine's Day with thousands of engaged couples

Signs of affection were as common as signs of the cross in St. Peter's Square on Friday as couples from around the world attended a special Valentine's Day gathering with Pope Francis, reported ucanews web portal. ..

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Cardinal Cleemis elected new CBCI President

Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis, the major archbishop of Syro Malankara Catholic Church, was on Tuesday elected as the 13th president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI). ..

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Asia's biggest Christian convention begins in Kerala

Asia's biggest Christian convention got underway here Sunday with Philipose Mar Chrysostum, senior metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Church, leading the opening worship...

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UN denounces Vatican over child sex abuse by Catholic priests

The UN has denounced the Vatican for "systematically" adopting policies which enabled priests to sexually abuse thousands of children, BBC reported Wednesday...

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Surprised breeze of glasnost: Vatican tweets graffiti image of 'Super Pope' Francis

Pope Francis as superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him: the image graffitied by an anonymous artist onto a wall in Rome was tweeted by the Vatican on Tuesday, a news appeared in ucanews.com says. ..

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Vatican blamed of non-transparency over defrocked priests

After a brief denial, the Vatican has confirmed that, in his final two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked almost 400 priests for assaulting children. But critics are claiming that the circumstances of the revelations could be merely a “damage control”...

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Pope Benedict reportedly defrocked 400 priests in 2 years

The maximum penalty for a priest convicted by a church tribunal is essentially losing his job: being defrocked, or removed from the clerical state. There are no jail terms and nothing to prevent an offender from raping again. ..

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United Nations too Christian, claims report

Study calls for greater religious tolerance with Hinduism and Buddhism under-represented and funding a major issue ..

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Dalit Christians oppose plans to include them in SC category

The Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) and United Christian Democratic Forum (UCDF) have named Church authorities of conspiring to include them in the Scheduled Caste list, which they said is not acceptable to Dalit Christians. ..

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Churches vandalised in Argentina, the home country of Pope Francis

Another two churches were vandalised over the past few days in Argentina, which has seen at least five incidents of destruction and defacement in houses of worship in less than two months, authorities said Tuesday...

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Papal nuncio warns US bishops to be pastors, not ideologues

As the U.S. Catholic bishops began their annual fall meeting on Monday (Nov. 11), they were directly challenged by Pope Francis’ personal representative to be pastors and not ideologues — the first step of what could be a laborious process of reshaping the hierarchy to meet the pope’s dramatic shift in priorities. ..

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Absence of love, charity spawns selfishness, says Pope

Selfishness fills the "void" created by a lack of love and charity, Pope Francis said Wednesday during his general audience in St Peter's Square...

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Senior Vatican official sends Diwali greetings

The Vatican's inter-religious dialogue chief has sent greetings for the upcoming Diwali festival stressing the common humanity shared by Christians, Hindus and other religions, ethnicities and cultures. ..

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Cardinal Tagle speaks out against secular winds of change

Cardinal Tagle says he is grateful that “the traditional values that have kept families together and alive” are still there in his homeland but acknowledges that “they are beginning to see the effects of secularization and the media” and the “winds of change” that they herald...

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Vatican recalls medal after misspelling 'Jesus'

A medal commissioned to commemorate the pontificate of Pope Francis has been abuptly recalled after the Vatican realized that it had misspelled the name of someone fairly important to the Roman Catholic Church. ..

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Peace Train takes a journey towards reunification of Koreas

A Peace Train has recently started its journey from Berlin, Germany through Russia and China to northeast Asia and the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea..

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Don't be too spiritual: Pope tells nuns

Pope Francis Friday berated the nuns whose fixed smiles betray "a lack of joy that comes from within"...

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New constitution needed to reform Vatican Curia : Group of Cardinals tells Pope

The scandal-tainted Vatican Curia or central administration needs complete overhauling with a new constitution, a group of cardinals advising Pope Francis has said...

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Sainthood of Popes John Paul II, John XXIII set for April

Pope Francis has announced that Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints next year April 27, BBC reported Monday. ..

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WCC grieves over Pak church bombings

The World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed “heart-felt sorrow” at the heavy loss of life from the bombings at the All Saints Church in Peshawar calling it the “single worst loss of life among Christians in Pakistan”. ..

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Argentina Priest jailed for sex abuse

Father Julio Cesar Grassi, a prominent Roman Catholic priest in Argentina has been jailed, four years after being convicted of sexually abusing a teenage boy. ..

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WCC meet focuses on minority rights

Organized by the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), the event brought together religious leaders, social and human rights activists, diplomats, academics and scholars from September 16 to 18 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. ..

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WCC meet focuses on minority rights

Organized by the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), the event brought together religious leaders, social and human rights activists, diplomats, academics and scholars from September 16 to 18 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. ..

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Pope Francis’ sternest message to Catholics: shed puniness; work for society

In a wide-ranging interview for 16 Jesuit publications around the world, Pope Francis has express his grief that the Roman Catholic Church is 'obsessed' with issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception, and called instead for a focus on healing and mercy. The Holy Father has said that Catholic Church should shift its' priority from dogma to mercy...

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WCC panel to discuss politicization of religion

A World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Geneva will facilitate dialogue on issues related to religious minorities and the politicization of religion, which contributes to discrimination and persecution of religious minorities around the world. ..

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'Sarna’ followers stage massive protest over ‘Tribal Mary’

Thousands of ‘Sarna’ religion followers staged a protest march demanding immediate removal of the controversial statue of Mother Mary clad in tribal attire of white saari with red borders and carrying the infant Jesus. ..

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Court orders Italy Catholic Church to compensate child sex abuse victim

A court in Italy has ordered the Catholic Church to pay 700,000 euros to the family of a woman who was reportedly sexually abused by a priest when she was a child...

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Christians demand law to control Church properties

Lay Christian leaders have alleged that the Church authorities control funds equivalent to the Indian Navy’s annual budget, demanding a law to govern Church properties. ..

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Vatican panel member faces lawsuit over gay remarks

A former economy minister in Italy said he was suing a woman member of the new Vatican financial reform panel, who is also a journalist, over tweets she made claiming he is gay...

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Sainthood possible for GK Chesterton?

And Pope Francis' election could further smooth the way for the beloved author and apologist. ..

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Lawyer seeks to have Jesus' conviction quashed

Dola Indidis, a former spokesman of the Kenyan Judiciary, is attempting to sue, among others, the Republic of Italy and the State of Israel over the execution of the Christian Messiah. ..

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N-weapons a crime against God, humanity: Vatican

These bombings, the National Catholic Reporter sais, were indiscriminate acts of destruction and death – crimes against God and man himself, and therefore, merit unequivocal and unhesitating condemnation. ..

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No space for deadin Hyderabad

Cemeteries in Hyderabad are turning away the dead as there is hardly any space left to create new graveyards. Some of the graveyards in the core areas of the city have “no space available” boards outside. ..

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Ireland adopts landmark abortion law

Ireland signed a landmark abortion law on Tuesday, allowing women in the predominantly Catholic country to have an abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, following the tragic death of an Indian dentist...

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Who am I to judge gay people, says Pope

On a flight from Brazil to Rome, the Pope reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's position that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not, BBC reported. ..

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Don't be 'part-time' Christians: Pope

Addressing three million Christians in Brazil Pope Francis in his first ever outside trip after his pontification urged the Christians to lead a 'full and meaningful' life...

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WCC expresses solidarity with Buddhists over Mahabodhi blasts

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has expressed “heartfelt sorrow and solidarity” with the Buddhist community over the recent bomb blasts at the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya, in the north Indian state of Bihar. ..

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Naxal-affected Jagdalpur diocese gets new Bishop

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Joseph Kollamparampil as the new bishop of Jagdalpur diocese that covers the Naxalites-infested Bastar area of Chhattisgarh state in Central India. ..

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Pope issues new law criminalising sexual abuse of kids

Pope Francis has issued new legislation criminalising the sexual or physical abuse of children in the Vatican. ..

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Shame Vatican: UN panel sets deadline for Vatican to confess on child sex abuse cases

Vatican is facing a huge embarrassment and shame as the Human Rights panel of the United Nations has posed a list of tough questions to the Vatican about child abuse by Catholic priests. This is seen as a potential embarrassment for Pope Francis a few months into his papacy...

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Growing ‘Satan worship’ cult sends shockwaves among Naga Christian leaders

There are some interesting developments in north east India’s Christian communities that are converted from tribals. Virag Pachpore looks at the weird but interesting things…..

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Goa govt, Church agree on inviting pope

The BJP leadership has asked the Goa diocese to route the invitation through the central government. ..

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Bats posing survival threats to ancient churches in UK

Medieval churches in United Kingdom which survived the “ravages” of the reformation, might now have to be abandoned because European law is allowing them to be overrun with bats, the Church of England has warned. ..

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Minority Commission’s endorsement to Conversion activity and violence

The Minority Commission’s decision to felicitate Kandhamal violence culprit Father Ajay Singh with Minority Man Award has attracted heavy criticism. R.L. Francis looks at the matter… ..

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Pope Francis clears sainthood for John Paul II, John XXIII

Late pope John Paul II is set to become a saint later this year as Pope Francis has approved his second miracle. ..

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Vatican reports 2.2 mn euro profit amid drop in donations

The Vatican posted a budget surplus of 2.2 million euros for the 2012 fiscal year, although its charitable offerings fell, the Holy See said. ..

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Pope John Paul II closer to sainthood after 2nd miracle confirmed

All that former Pope John Paul needs is the Pope Francis’ sign-off to become a saint later this year after doctors and the commission of theologians okayed the second miracle performed by John Paul II, the commission of theologians has also given its approval...

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Pope Francis targets Catholics living together without marriage

Pope Francis has decried the number of Catholics now cohabiting and said he would order a study to tackle the question. ..

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Exorcist claims holy water cures nightmares

An exorcist from the Vatican told Filipinos during a visit to Manila over the weekend that sprinkling holy water over themselves before going to bed would fight nightmares. ..

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Pope confesses homosexual lobby, corruption exists in his government

Already having a maligned image world-over due to pedophiles and sex-maniac church clerics, the Pope Francis has created more trouble for Roman Catholic Church order by his confession that there exists a ‘homosexual lobby’ within his government in Vatican, along with corruption. ..

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ASI, church lock horns over dress code in Goa

The church administrators are opposed to worshipers coming to church in bikinis—a sight rare in other churches of the world. The ASI, however, says it cannot ban the bikini. ..

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didn't want to be pope: Pope Francis

Through an interesting revelation, Pope Francis has said that he never wanted to be pope and that he's living in the Vatican hotel for his "psychiatric" health...

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Pope backs Syria peace conference bid

Pope Francis has voiced support for international attempts to convene a peace conference to be attended by Syria's government and opposition. ..

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Pope's spontaneous remarks leave Vatican in a spin

Of the various innovations that Pope Francis has already introduced into the way a pontiff lives and works, one of the most significant is his celebration of weekday morning Masses with invited guests. ..

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Dalit Christians accuse Church of failing them

Dalit Christians who constitute 75 per cent in Tamil Nadu have accused the Church of failing to make use of the legal and Constitutional provisions to safeguard their interests. ..

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Pope's comment on redemption for atheists sparks debate

American atheists welcomed Pope Francis’ comments that God redeems nonbelievers, saying that the new pontiff's historic outreach is helping to topple longstanding barriers. ..

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Human trafficking disgrace to civilized society: Pope

Civilized society would not tolerate such abuse, Francis tells Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers. ..

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Tourists at Bom Jesus Basilica asked to dress properly

The church authorities have started providing shawls to visitors who are dressed inappropriately. ..

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Goa Church backs local taxi drivers

The reaction came after Russian ambassador to India had supported his countrymen driving taxis in the state. ..

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New CRI secretary calls to sink all differences

The stress on identity as members of particular congregation or other group may hinder the mission, he said. ..

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Buddhist-Christian encounter to explore new mode of dialogue

In collaboration with the Christian Conference of Asia and organized by the WCC unit on Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation an "interface" of 25 Buddhists and Christians will take place 27 to 31 May in Bangkok, Thailand, and center on themes of life, justice and peace, central elements in the WCC 10th Assembly theme. ..

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India's diocesan priests revisit Vatican Council

Sixty five diocesan priests from all over the country have gathered for the two-day meeting with the theme “Revisiting II Vatican Council: Ministry and Life of Priests in the Light of the Aggiornamento of Vatican II”. ..

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Chinese Church leaders resent Beijing's grip on bishop polls

Church observers in China have reacted strongly to a revision of the regulations surrounding the election of bishops, which they say grants the government-backed Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) overarching control over who can become a bishop. ..

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Church has no room for power struggles, says pope

While acknowledging that power struggles have existed in the Church since it began, Pope Francis said Jesus’ teaching on power leaves no room for them..

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About 300 artists to paint Biblical Noah’s Ark in Kerala

The mural painting would be spread over an area of 3000 sq.ft. and is likely to fetch the world record for being prepared by a large number of artists hailing from various countries within a single day, said K.A. Francis, Akademi chairman. ..

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