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Vatican warns of ‘new genocide’

The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible “new genocide” in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the ISIS militants who are ki

Church should not be afraid of change: Pope Francis

Pope Francis catches an Italian flag thrown by a pilgrim at the end of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI— AP

Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new

Popes faces test with vote on gays, divorcees

Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church’s doors to remarried

Vatican rolls back welcome to gays

The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on ga

Vatican’s U-turn on gays, mulls merciful approach

Pope Francis prays at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican  on Sunday during a mass honouring the canonisation. AFP

In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognise positive aspects of same-sex

Pope tells bishops to ‘speak frankly’

Pope Francis (right) greets cardinals and bishops as he arrives to give a speech in the Synod Aula at the Vatican on Monday.—AP

Pope Francis urged bishops to be frank and not afraid to “speak freely” as a synod on the thorny subject of Catholic teachings on the family opened in Rome Monday.

Pope signals backing for Church reform

Synod of 200 top clerics discusses thorny questions

Pope Francis braces for opinion clash over ‘sinners’

Pope Francis speaks to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa (left) on being given a private audience at the Vatican. AP

Nice-guy Pope Francis looks set to have his mettle tested by his first mutiny in the ranks this weekend at a Catholic meeting on the contentious issue of traditional marriage.

Pope hails Benedict, elderly at Vatican

Pope Francis (right) greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the end of a meeting with elderly faithful in St. Peter’s Square - AP

Elderly people, including former Pope Benedict, attended a gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican on Sunday, where Pope Francis denounced the neglect and abandonment of the old as “hidden e

40 say ‘I do’ at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

A groom and a bride exchange rings during their wedding ceremony celebrated as part of a mass by Pope Francis — AFP

For-ty “I do’s” or “Si” in Italian have been pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.

Foreign funding of NGOs is a topic that never seems to lose currency.

The recent comments of Justice Markandey Katju, a retired Supreme Court judge, in support of the uniform civil code on the ground that the Muslim personal law is “barbaric, backward and unjust” has ra