Pope Francis: News

10 Jan 2023


Iran's anti-hijab protests: Three more get death penalty amid outrage 

Iran sentenced three more persons to death for participating in anti-hijab protests and 'waging war on God', Mizan news agency reported.

31 Dec 2022


Former Pope Benedict XVI dies aged 95: Vatican

Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95 at his Vatican residence nearly a decade after stepping down due to ill health, BBC reported citing Vatican officials.

27 Oct 2022

Social Media

Pope Francis warns against watching excess news, pornography

Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, has warned against watching excess news and pornography.

30 Oct 2021

Narendra Modi

PM invites Pope Francis to India during meet in Vatican

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met Pope Francis in Vatican City and invited him to visit India.

14 Jul 2021


Pope Francis discharged from hospital ten days after surgery

Pope Francis was seen leaving the hospital on Wednesday, ten days after undergoing planned surgery to remove half his colon.

08 Mar 2021


After whirlwind historic visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome

Pope Francis on Monday wrapped up his historic whirlwind Iraq tour that sought to bring hope to the country's marginalized Christian minority with messages of coexistence, forgiveness, and peace.

18 Feb 2021


Pope celebrates pandemic-aware Ash Wednesday at Vatican

Pope Francis presided over a pandemic-aware Ash Wednesday service, with reduced participation of the faithful and a revised rite to reduce the chance of infection as the virus and its variants continue to spread through Italy.

11 Jan 2021


Women can read at Mass, but can't be priests: Pope

Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass while reaffirming they cannot be priests.

31 Dec 2020

Health & Wellness

Bill legalizing abortion passed in Pope's native Argentina

Argentina on Wednesday became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion, a triumph for a feminist movement that overcame a last-minute appeal by Pope Francis to his compatriots.

25 Dec 2020

Christmas Day

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

On Thursday, Bethlehem ushered in Christmas Eve with a stream of joyous marching bands and the triumphant arrival of the top Catholic clergyman, but few people were there to greet them due to the pandemic induced restrictions that dampened celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

30 Oct 2020


France round-up: Attack flayed globally, Malaysia's ex-PM justifies violence

A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two others at a church in Nice, France, on Thursday, evoking anger and disbelief in the European country, and condemnation globally.

20 Aug 2020


QAnon: What is it and how did it originate?

Recently, there has been a lot of talk around QAnon after Twitter started banning thousands of accounts of users tweeting about it.

20 Sep 2019


Howdy Modi? Rains wreak havoc in Houston before PM's mega-event

The stage is all set in Houston, United States, to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an unprecedented event.

17 Sep 2019


Will meet Narendra Modi and Imran Khan soon: Donald Trump

On Monday, United States President Donald Trump said that he will soon meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan.

16 Sep 2019


Howdy Modi: Trump to attend PM's mega event in Houston

United States President Donald Trump will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mega event in Houston, Texas, on September 22, the White House confirmed on Sunday.

01 Sep 2019

Fire Brigade

Pope Francis rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in lift

The crowd gathered outside the Apostolic Palace for the Sunday Angelus cheered louder than usual as Pope Francis appeared at the window on Sunday.

04 Apr 2019


Prince Harry and Meghan launch Instagram account, break followers' record

Britain's royal couple, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle launched their Instagram account, 'sussexroyal', on April 2, and in less than six hours they crossed the 10 lakh followers' mark.

13 Mar 2019


Cardinal George Pell gets 6-years in jail for child sex-abuse

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse to date, has been sentenced to six years in prison by an Australian court for the "callous" assault of two choirboys in the late 1990s.

Church files on pedophile priests destroyed, top Catholic cardinal admits

A top Catholic cardinal admitted yesterday that Church files on priests accused of sexually abusing children were destroyed in a move which allowed pedophiles to prey on others.

06 Feb 2019


In a first, Pope Francis acknowledges bishops sexually abused nuns

Amid widespread allegations that the Vatican emboldened sexual predators by turning a blind eye to survivor stories, Pope Francis on Tuesday acknowledged that nuns were sexually abused by priests and bishops and that he was committed to solving this problem.

24 Dec 2018


Indonesia: Tsunami kills 281, injures 1016; more deadly waves feared

On Saturday, giant waves crashed the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra killing 281 and injuring 1,016. But the woes of the locals are far from over as weather officials have warned more deadly tsunamis could strike the coasts.

06 Dec 2018

Virat Kohli

PM Modi is the most followed world leader on Instagram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, known to be a charming and influential personality among the world leaders, has emerged as the most popular global leader on Instagram with 15.5 million followers.

03 Dec 2018


Pope tells gay priests to leave, if can't be celibate

In what makes for his clearest statement on homosexuality, Pope Francis has asked homosexual clergy to leave priesthood if they cannot remain celibate.

28 Nov 2018

Donald Trump

TIME Person of the Year 2018 voting opened: Details here

The voting for the TIME Person of the Year 2018 is open, and of all contenders, South Korean boy band BTS is leading the readers' poll right now with 10% of total votes - 3% higher than the Thai Cave divers who rescued trapped children.

19 Nov 2018

Donald Trump

California wildfire: Death-toll rises to 77; search for victims continues

Authorities say one more set of human remains has been found, bringing the total number killed in the devastating California wildfire to 77.

03 Sep 2018

Donald Trump

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte apologizes for cursing Obama

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to former US President Barack Obama for calling him a "son of a whore" in 2016, which sparked a new low in their nations' long alliance.

17 Jun 2018


Pope Francis compares abortion to the Nazis' 'purity' obsession

Speaking off-the-cuff at a meeting, Pope Francis on Saturday likened abortions to the Nazi obsession with "pure race," and said children should be accepted as they are since they are God's gift.

29 Apr 2018


British-toddler Alfie Evans, whose parents fought hospital in court, dies

23-month-old British toddler Alfie Evans, who was at the centre of a long legal battle between the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool and his parents Tom Evans and Kate James, died on Saturday.

04 Apr 2018

Barack Obama

Philippines: President Duterte calls UN Human Rights Chief "empty-headed"

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a foul-mouthed attack on the UN Human Rights Chief, calling him "empty-headed" in a row over international criticism of Philippines leader's deadly drug-war.

09 Jan 2018

Donald Trump

Pope to mothers: 'Feel free to breastfeed in Sistine Chapel'

Pope Francis is renowned for propagating a modern way of thinking that often goes against the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.

28 Dec 2017

Donald Trump

Barack Obama defeats Donald Trump as America's most admired man

Donald Trump might have clinched victory in the US presidential elections, but his predecessor is still the most admired man in America.

25 Dec 2017

Merry Christmas

Pope Francis on Christmas: 'Consider the plight of migrants'

Speaking on Christmas eve at St.Peter's Basilica in Vatican, Pope Francis urged Roman Catholics to not turn a blind eye to the plight of millions of refugees around the world.

27 Nov 2017


Why Pope Francis faces a tricky trip to Myanmar

Pope Francis has arrived in Myanmar at a time when the country faces widespread allegations of ethnic cleansing.

Pope Francis calls NASA's expedition 53 crew; discusses life, philosophy

The crew of NASA's Expedition 53 got a special call in the middle of their workday on Thursday - from Pope Francis.

06 Oct 2017

North Korea

ICAN, campaign against nuclear weapons, wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, known as ICAN, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. An announcement was made today in Oslo, Norway.

28 Sep 2017

Narendra Modi

Kerala priest released from IS captivity in Yemen meets Modi

Father Tom Uzhunnalil met PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and thanked them for their support.

12 Sep 2017

Narendra Modi

Kerala priest Tom Uzhunnalil abducted by IS rescued

On 12th Sep, Kerala priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by the IS from Yemen in 2016, was rescued, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

29 Jul 2017


Charlie Gard dies after battling for 11 months

Charlie Gard, the baby who had been at the center of a high-profile court battle passed away on 28th July.

25 Jul 2017


Pope Francis shuts Vatican's famed fountains due to drought

A prolonged drought in several parts of Italy has prompted the Vatican to shut off its famous fountains.

27 May 2017


Egypt strikes terror camps after attack on Coptic Christians

The Egyptian military has launched airstrikes against "terrorist training camps" in neighboring Libya in retaliation to an attack on Coptic Christians.