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Pope to new cardinals: No more flashy parties

Pope Francis is warning his new cardinals to keep the partying to a minimum and keep their egos in check when they are formally elevated at a Vatican ceremony next month.

Pope says his consern for poor comes from Gospel

A seagull flies near the window as Pope Francis reads out his Sunday Angelus prayer in the Vatican on Sunday.— AP

Pope Francis is insisting that his concern for the poor and critique of the global economic system isn’t some novel, communist-inspired ideology but rather the original and core “touchstone” of the Ch

Pope condemns ‘graft’ in Rome

Pope Francis leaves at the end of a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on  Thursday. 	— AFP

Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday administrators and criminals in Rome who allegedly pocketed public funds meant to help poor migrants, saying the eternal city needed a “spiritual and moral renewal”

Pope slams ISIS brutality in his Christmas message

Pope Francis condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by ISIS insurgents in his Christmas message on Thursday and urged people not to be indifferent to the suffering of so many around the worl

Pope Francis names French cardinal as camerlengo

Pope Francis attends a meeting in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Saturday. 	— AP

Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, the cardinal who runs the Vatican after the death or resignation of a Pontiff.

No Pope-Dalai meet as Vatican toes China line

Pope Francis will not meet the Dalai Lama when the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visits Rome this weekend, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday — a decision apparently seeking to avoid upsetting China.

Vatican finds millions of euros tucked away

The Vatican’s economy minister has said hundreds of millions of euros were found “tucked away” in accounts of various Holy See departments without having appeared in the city-state’s balance sheets.

Pope Francis risks Islamic ire with toughened appeal on terror

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The Pope’s suggestion that Muslims are not doing enough to counter terrorism may increase tension between the West and Islam, but it reflects sincere concern in the Church over the issue, Vatican expe

Two Indians declared saints

The tapestries of Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal and Father Elias Chavra are displayed on the St. Peter’s Basilica — AP

Kerala’s Father Chavra, Sister Euphrasia, 4 others beatified

Pope to raffle off gifts to raise money for poor

Pope Francis delivers a speech during his general audience at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. 	— AFP

Want a white Panama hat owned by the Pope?

I travelled to Hampi recently and was blown away by the palace and temple ruins, and the fascinating landscape it was set in. To make it even more interesting, I stayed in a wildlife resort nearby.

President Barack Obama’s visit to India as the chief guest for our 66th Republic Day was a first since, surprisingly, no other US President had come in this capacity before.