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Op-Ed: Pope John Paul II's canonization and rainbows that circle the sun

Pope Francis has declared Pope John Paul II a Roman Catholic Saint. Having been a local witness to this event, I recalled seeing Pope John Paul II in action when I was a youth participant of the 1993 8th World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Man baptised at the age of 99

London - A 99 year-old man from Brentwood in Essex in England has been baptised. “I have been thinking about it for a couple of years,” commented Norman Machin after the baptism.

Court overturns landmark clergy sexual abuse conviction

Philadelphia - In shocking blow to victims of child sexual abuse and their advocates, a Roman Catholic Church senior official who was found guilty of covering up child sexual abuse for years had his conviction overturned Thursday by a Pennsylvania appeals court.

'God told me to': Why ex-pope Benedict resigned

When former Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world in February announcing his resignation from the papacy, the 86-year-old said he left his office due to the effects of aging. Now a new report says he got his pink slip from a different source — God.

Vatican: Morning mass Tuesday prior to conclave to elect new Pope

Morning Mass will be held Tuesday, in St Peter's Basilica, before eligible cardinals are closeted away in conclave as they begin the process to elect a new Pope.

Controversial Catholic poster reaches Supreme Court

Manila - MANILA – A controversial Catholic poster reminding voters to support only ‘pro-life’ candidates that voted against the divisive Reproductive Health (RH) Law that President Benigno S. Aquino III signed last year has now reached the country’s highes

Pope Benedict XVI's last Sunday blessing draws tens of thousands

Rome - St. Peter's square was packed with tens of thousands of pilgrims as Pope Benedict gave his last blessing to the faithful and others that came to see the Pope. The Pope will steps down on Thursday, saying his health and age meant he could not continue.

UK’s top Roman Catholic accused of ‘inappropriate behaviour’

A UK newspaper says that the most senior Roman Catholic in the UK, 74 year old Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who is due to retire next month, faces accusations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ and has been reported to the Vatican.

U.N. accuses U.S. of not dealing with sexual abuse by clergy

The United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) issued a scathing report, accusing the United States of failing to properly deal with "sexual abuse committed by clerics and leading members of certain faith-based organizations."

Magdalen Laundries: Irish Premier's profound and moving apology

Dublin - The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny tonight spoke in the Irish Parliament, the Dáil Éireann, on the terms of the McAleese report on Ireland’s notorious Magdalen Laundries.

Op-Ed: Farewell to Pontiff — U.S. Bishop share his respects

A Pontiff excuses himself from the most revered post in the world drawing questions and speculations while the search for a successor draws candidates from around.

Young Filipino cardinal could be next pope

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle could be the next pope following the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, reportedly for health reasons.

Pope Benedict XVI to resign February 28-Vatican spokesperson

Rome - According to a Vatican spokesman, Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation on Feburary 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI has been the head of the Roman Catholic Church since May 7, 2005.

Irish Premier's apology for Magdalen Laundries a 'cop-out'

Dublin - On Feb. 5, the Irish government released a long awaited report on Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries. The Magdalen Laundries operated from 1765, and took in ‘fallen women’ but their existence was often ignored in Ireland and unknown to the outside world.

Catholic hospitals 'turned away' rape victim for matters of faith

Cologne - Two Roman Catholic hospitals are under fire in Germany for reportedly refusing to exam a 25-year-old suspected rape victim because –– it would include giving advice on abortion and the "morning after" pill which runs contrary to the Catholic faith.

Ireland to legalize abortion, after death of Savita Halappanavar

In a move that's expected to anger the Roman Catholic Church, Ireland has decided to legalize abortions in cases where the mother's life is at risk; coming weeks after the death of Savita Halappanavar who died after being refused an abortion.

‘Bigot of the Year’ title sparks furious row in Scotland

A furious row involving the Catholic Church, the gay-rights organization Stonewall and the Scottish government has erupted after the leader of Catholics in the country was named Bigot of the Year in an awards ceremony.

Pope Benedict canonises first ever Native American saint

In a ceremony held today, Sunday, at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI created seven new saints, one of whom, Kateri Tekakwitha, is the first Native American to be canonised.

Vatican approved 'pay to pray' order angers Catholics in Germany

Alarmed by their declining congregations, Catholics in Germany who refuse to pay a church tax will be refused Holy Communion or anointing of the sick — unless in danger — Germany's Catholic bishops have decreed.

France to ban words 'mother' and 'father' from official documents

As part of reforms to legalise gay marriage, the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ could disappear from the French Civil Code.

Australia's Catholic Church admits 620 child sex abuse cases

Melbourne - The Roman Catholic Church in Australia's state of Victoria has admitted that hundreds of children have been sexually abused since the 1930s.

French gay activists angered at Church’s ‘Prayer for France’

On August 15, a controversial ‘Prayer for France’ will be read out at French Catholic churches as the Feast of the Assumption is celebrated, reviving a centuries old tradition. The text of the 2012 version has outraged gay rights groups in France.

In historic verdict, priest guilty in child sex abuse cover-up

Philadelphia - No top U.S. official of the Roman Catholic Church has been ever criminally convicted for child endangerment –– until now.

Ireland's top Catholic cleric told to resign over new abuse claim

The leader of Ireland's 4 million Catholics faces pressure to resign following fresh allegations that he failed to act on claims of sexual abuse, which in turn led to more children being abused.

Lawyer on UK Churches: 'no legal grounds to resist' gay marriage

United Kingdom - Following a coalition government decision to legalize same-sex marriage last fall, a Catholic attorney warns that the Catholic Church and others could be prosecuted despite assurances to the contrary from PM David Cameron's government.

PTT dismisses Cardinal's 'anti-secularist, anti-gay' sermon

A secular charity has accused the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brian, of trying to outdo Pope Benedict XVI in his attacks on secularism and gay rights.

Filipinos whipped and nailed to crosses in crucifixion ritual

San Fernando - Penitent Filipinos marched through villages, while being beaten with sticks and ropes, in a re-enactment of Jesus Christ’s suffering held yearly on Good Friday. The religious event culminates with a crucifixion ritual that the Catholic church rejects.

Archbishop defends his claim that AIDS is ‘intrinsic justice’

A Belgian archbishop has been defending his remarks alleging that AIDS is an “intrinsic justice” on gay people. André-Joseph Leonard’s remarks led to the resignation of his spokesman.

Entire UK Anglican parish decides to convert to Catholicism

An entire Anglican parish in England has decided to convert to Catholicism because it doesn’t agree with the idea of women bishops.

RC Church in Ireland has lost ‘all credibility’ over paedophiles

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has lost “all credibility”, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
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