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Pope Francis has formally stripped the Vatican secretariat of state of its financial assets and real estate holdings.(AP)

Pope formally strips Vatican secretariat of state of assets

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Rome
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 06:19 PM IST
The changes are a response to a spiraling Vatican criminal investigation into years-long allegations of mismanagement of donations and investments by the Vatican’s secretariat of state.
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Stressing that health is an international issue, Pope Francis appeared to criticise so-called ‘vaccine nationalism’, which U.N. officials fear will worsen the pandemic if poor nations receive the vaccine last.(Reuters image)
Stressing that health is an international issue, Pope Francis appeared to criticise so-called ‘vaccine nationalism’, which U.N. officials fear will worsen the pandemic if poor nations receive the vaccine last.(Reuters image)

In Christmas message curbed by Covid-19, pope calls on nations to share vaccines

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Vatican City
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 08:48 AM IST
In a sign of the times, Pope Francis delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message virtually from a lectern inside the Vatican instead of from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica before tens of thousands.
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The Vatican told Roman Catholics on Monday that it was morally acceptable to use Covid-19 vaccines even if their production employed cell lines drawn from tissues of aborted foetuses(REUTERS)
The Vatican told Roman Catholics on Monday that it was morally acceptable to use Covid-19 vaccines even if their production employed cell lines drawn from tissues of aborted foetuses(REUTERS)

Vatican permits use of Covid-19 vaccines made using aborted foetal tissue

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Vatican
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 11:09 PM IST
A note from the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said “it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted foetuses in their research and production process.”
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Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican, December 2, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican, December 2, 2020.(Reuters file photo)

Pope Francis updates Vatican financial authority following scandals

By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh | Vatican City
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 12:29 AM IST
Pope Francis has revamped the Holy See’s financial intelligence and anti-money-laundering unit following financial scandals, including an ongoing in-house corruption probe, Vatican officials said Saturday.
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This year, there will be no courtesy visits, and each cardinal has a 10-person limit for guests.(via Reuters. Representative image)
This year, there will be no courtesy visits, and each cardinal has a 10-person limit for guests.(via Reuters. Representative image)

New cardinals quarantine in pope’s hotel ahead of consistory

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Rome
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 08:47 PM IST
The 10-day quarantines, with Covid-19 tests administered at the start and finish, are just one example of how Saturday’s ceremony to elevate new cardinals is like nothing the Holy See has ever seen.
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Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia.(Reuters File Photo)
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia.(Reuters File Photo)

Muslims have right to kill French: Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad

By Agencies | Paris/ Kuala Lumpur
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 12:59 AM IST
Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad accused French President Emmanuel Macron of not being civilised and “primitive”.
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In this photo, Washington DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets parishioners following Mass at St. Augustine Church in Washington.(AP)
In this photo, Washington DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets parishioners following Mass at St. Augustine Church in Washington.(AP)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory to be Vatican’s first Black Cardinal from US

By Associated Press | Srivatsan K C | Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2020 01:55 PM IST
In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
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While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages.(Reuters Photo)
While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages.(Reuters Photo)

Plot thickens over origins of Pope’s civil union endorsement

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Vatican City
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 09:07 PM IST
The Vatican refused to comment on whether it cut the remarks from its own broadcast or if the Mexican broadcaster that conducted the interview did. And it didn’t respond to questions about why it allowed the comments to be aired now in the documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday.
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Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience, at the Vatican.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience, at the Vatican.(REUTERS)

Pope reverts back to mask-less old ways at indoor audience

By Associated Press | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi | Associated Press, Rome
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 03:45 PM IST
Francis shunned a face mask again during his Wednesday general audience in the Vatican auditorium, and didn’t wear one when he greeted a half-dozen mask-less bishops at the end. He shook hands and leaned in to chat privately with each one.
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With nowhere to go and no one to see, many of us have rediscovered our love of books and of reading(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
With nowhere to go and no one to see, many of us have rediscovered our love of books and of reading(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Page-turners

By Seema Goswami | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2020 07:03 AM IST
Here’s a list of the books that have kept me entertained over the last month
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Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, at the Vatican.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, at the Vatican.(REUTERS)

Pope Francis removes Polish bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Rome
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 06:54 PM IST
The resignation of Edward Janiak as bishop of Kalisz suggests the Vatican was able to substantiate at least some elements of the accusations made in a documentary about sex abuse in Poland that has undermined the country’s influential Catholic hierarchy.
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Pope Francis(AP photo)
Pope Francis(AP photo)

Pope taps cardinal from Congo to join group of key advisors

By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh | Vatican City
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 12:06 AM IST
Pope Francis named the archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo, to his core group of cardinal advisers Thursday, giving the African prelate an influential new role in helping shape Vatican policy.
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Pope Francis(AP file photo)
Pope Francis(AP file photo)

In big shift, Pope names 6 women to Vatican financial oversight body

By Reuters | Vatican City
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 07:44 PM IST
Pope Francis has appointed six women, including the former treasurer for Britain’s Prince Charles, to the council that oversees Vatican finances, naming them in one fell swoop to some of the most senior roles.
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Pope Francis noted that some of those dead were the doctors and nurses themselves, and said Italy would remember them with “prayer and gratitude.”(REUTERS)
Pope Francis noted that some of those dead were the doctors and nurses themselves, and said Italy would remember them with “prayer and gratitude.”(REUTERS)

Pope Francis hails Italy coronavirus doctors, nurses as heroes

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Rome
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 05:10 PM IST
The northern region of Lombardy, Italy’s financial and industrial capital, was the hardest-hit region in the onetime European epicenter of the pandemic.
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People wearing protective face mask bike in front of St. Peter's Square due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Vatican May 3, 2020.(REUTERS)
People wearing protective face mask bike in front of St. Peter's Square due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Vatican May 3, 2020.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Vatican to introduce temperature checks at St. Peter’s Basilica

By Reuters | Vatican
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 08:18 AM IST
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said thermal temperature scanning at St Peter’s Basilica will be used at least during services on Sundays and religious feast days.
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Brazilian auteur Fernando Meirelles was nominated for an Oscar this year for his Anthony Hopkins-Jonathan Pryce starrer The Two Popes (2019)
Brazilian auteur Fernando Meirelles was nominated for an Oscar this year for his Anthony Hopkins-Jonathan Pryce starrer The Two Popes (2019)

Terms of engagement: Fernando Meirelles on the changing dynamics of filmmaking

By Ananya Ghosh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2020 09:49 PM IST
The movie-viewing experience will go through a tectonic shift in the post-pandemic world. The Cidade de Deus director terms it as necessary evolution
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Pope Francis urged Catholic priests on Tuesday to “have the courage” to go out and help those sickened by the novel coronavirus(REUTERS)
Pope Francis urged Catholic priests on Tuesday to “have the courage” to go out and help those sickened by the novel coronavirus(REUTERS)

Pope tells priests to ‘have the courage’ to go out and meet coronavirus sick

By Agence France-Presse | Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2020 04:44 PM IST
St Peter’s Square in the Vatican -- in the centre of the Italian capital Rome -- was almost empty on Tuesday with only a few dozen people walking around, most of them without masks.
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Pope Francis will deliver Sunday prayer by livestream due to coronavirus(REUTERS)
Pope Francis will deliver Sunday prayer by livestream due to coronavirus(REUTERS)

Pope Francis to deliver Sunday prayer by livestream due to coronavirus

By Agence France Presse | Vatican City
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 07:16 PM IST
The Vatican had promised to review the 83-year-old pontiff’s schedule “to avoid the dissemination” of the new COVID-19 disease.
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A coughing Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered for the traditional Sunday blessing that he is canceling his participation at a week-long spiritual retreat in the Roman countryside because of a cold.(AP)
A coughing Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered for the traditional Sunday blessing that he is canceling his participation at a week-long spiritual retreat in the Roman countryside because of a cold.(AP)

Coughing Pope pulls out of spiritual retreat amid Italy’s coronavirus alarm

By Associated Press | Vatican City
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2020 06:50 AM IST
It is the first time in his seven-year papacy that he has missed the spiritual exercises that he initiated early in his pontificate to mark the start of each Lenten season.
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Sister Lucy Kalapura (52) was expelled from the congregation in August last yea(Representative Photo/AP)
Sister Lucy Kalapura (52) was expelled from the congregation in August last yea(Representative Photo/AP)

Vatican rejects second plea of Kerala nun to revoke expulsion

By Ramesh Babu | HIndustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2020 02:44 PM IST
The Vatican had rejected Sister Lucy Kalapura‘s first plea to revoke her expulsion from the from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) last November.
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Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder during the fight.(REUTERS)
Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder during the fight.(REUTERS)

Tyson Fury longs for caravan despite receiving White House, Vatican invites

By Agence France-Presse | London
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 04:01 PM IST
Tyson Fury’s demolition of American Deontay Wilder on Saturday captured the imagination of the general public as it represented another step on the road to redemption for the complex character.
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Image for representation(Reuters file photo)
Image for representation(Reuters file photo)

Trial delayed for French priest accused of abusing 75 boys

By Associated Press | Lyon, France
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 07:02 PM IST
The case is France’s worst clergy abuse drama to reach court so far, and its repercussions reached all the way to the Vatican.
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Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he leads the Christmas Eve mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on December 24.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he leads the Christmas Eve mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on December 24.(REUTERS)

‘God continues to loves us all, even the worst of us’: Pope Francis in Christmas message

By Agence France-Presse | Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2019 11:26 AM IST
The Argentinian also emphasized “unconditional” love, in a year that has seen the Pope move to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church.
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This latest collection of artefacts is the designer’s interpretation of Christian art and is touted to be “one of a kind”
This latest collection of artefacts is the designer’s interpretation of Christian art and is touted to be “one of a kind”

I had a lot of Catholic influence around me

By Sanskrita Bharadwaj | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 06:22 PM IST
Two time National Award-winning costume designer, Ana Singh talks about her new art collection
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The bare-all autobiography of a nun in Kerala, who was expelled from the congregation three months ago for indiscipline, is set to ruffle many feathers in the Catholic church. (Representative Image)(AP)
The bare-all autobiography of a nun in Kerala, who was expelled from the congregation three months ago for indiscipline, is set to ruffle many feathers in the Catholic church. (Representative Image)(AP)

‘Time Church should reform’: Kerala nun narrates sexual abuse in her book

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 04:07 PM IST
In the book ‘Karthavinte Namathil’ (In the Name of Christ), 52-year-old Sister Lucy has described alleged abuses and assaults in convents and seminaries under the church.
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Pope Francis leads a Mass to close a three-week synod of Amazonian bishops at the Vatican on sunday, October 27.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis leads a Mass to close a three-week synod of Amazonian bishops at the Vatican on sunday, October 27.(REUTERS)

Pope declares Vatican’s Secret Archive not so secret anymore

By Associated Press | Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2019 07:02 PM IST
The archive contains the documentation on the life of the universal Catholic Church dating from the eight century to the present. It contains 600 different collections that are organized across 85 kilometers (50 miles) of shelving.
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Sister Lucy Kalapura, who supported the protest for the arrest of Jalandhar bishop Franco Mullakkal on sexual assault allegations, had been asked to leave the vocation immediately by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) or be defrocked.(HT photo/ Vivek Nair)
Sister Lucy Kalapura, who supported the protest for the arrest of Jalandhar bishop Franco Mullakkal on sexual assault allegations, had been asked to leave the vocation immediately by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) or be defrocked.(HT photo/ Vivek Nair)

Kerala nun writes to Vatican to make case before Pope

By Press Trust of India | Kochi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 10:21 AM IST
Sister Lucy Kalappura, who took part in a protest by nuns belonging to Missionaries of Jesus Congregation, seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, was expelled by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation in August this year.
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Pope Francis said Sunday it was time for “predators” to stop plundering the Earth for financial gain(REUTERS)
Pope Francis said Sunday it was time for “predators” to stop plundering the Earth for financial gain(REUTERS)

Pope Francis demands ‘predators’ stop plundering the Earth

By Agence France-Presse | Vatican City
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 01:52 AM IST
Some 184 Catholic bishops had gathered at the Vatican with representatives of indigenous peoples, experts and nuns, to discuss a multitude of regional concerns, from the destruction of the rainforest and the global climate emergency, to land-grabbing and the exploitation of indigenous peoples.
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The Vatican has dismissed an appeal by a Kerala nun challenging the Franciscan Clarist Congregation’s (FCC) decision to expel her for “failing to give a satisfactory explanation for her lifestyle in violation of FCC laws.”(HT File)
The Vatican has dismissed an appeal by a Kerala nun challenging the Franciscan Clarist Congregation’s (FCC) decision to expel her for “failing to give a satisfactory explanation for her lifestyle in violation of FCC laws.”(HT File)

Vatican dismisses Kerala nun’s appeal challenging decision to expel her

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Kochi
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 01:15 AM IST
Sister Lucy Kalapura, who took part in a protest seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, was expelled in August this year.
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Faithfuls at a Mass in Vatican on Sunday for the canonisation of five persons including Kerala-born nun Mariam Thresia.(REUTERS)
Faithfuls at a Mass in Vatican on Sunday for the canonisation of five persons including Kerala-born nun Mariam Thresia.(REUTERS)

Day after Mariam Thresia’s canonisation, Kerala surgeon questions saint’s miracle

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 08:21 PM IST
Dr N Sulphi, secretary of the Kerala unit of the Indian Medical Association said the medical community is opposed to the stamp of approval for a miracle to elevate a person to sainthood.
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