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June 12, 2018 3:36 AM Pope Jean-Paul II statue moved to avoid French secularism laws

PLOËRMEL, France: A 13-ton statue of late pope Jean-Paul II was moved Monday to "private land" in northwestern France following a court ruling it had to be taken down due to strict secularism laws separating church and state. A crane lifted the papal statue from a square in the town of Ploermel, Brittany, about 30m to nearby private land after an outcry 7

May 20, 2018 12:59 PM Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan. In the event of a conclave of cardinals to name a new pope, 11 of the new 14 being under 80 years of age would be eligible to take part. "I am happy to announce 11

March 29, 2018 4:49 AM Chinese prelate: China-Vatican deal on bishops imminent

Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican November 3, 2013. — Reuters picBEIJING, March 29 — A historic agreement between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops in China could be signed as early as this Saturday, a Chinese government-approved bishop said in a report published today. Negotiations 11

March 21, 2018 11:56 AM Pope sacks Vatican communications chief following ‘Lettergate’ scandal

Pope Francis is said to have requested Vigano's resignation. — Reuters picVATICAN CITY, March 21 — Monsignor Dario Vigano, the Italian head of the Vatican communications department who was caught up in the so-called “Lettergate” scandal, has resigned, the Vatican said on Wednesday. A brief Vatican statement said Pope Francis had “accepted” Vigano’s resignation 7

March 18, 2018 1:31 AM Polish archbishop censures priest for Pope death wish

WARSAW: A Polish archbishop on Saturday denounced a conservative priest from the devout Catholic country who last month wished Pope Francis a speedy death if he did not open himself up to wisdom. "It is with great pain and regret that I learnt of the recent remarks made by Father Edward Staniek about Pope Francis," Krakow archbishop Marek Jedraszewski 9

March 15, 2018 2:31 PM Wilshere back for England as Southgate brings in three new faces

Jack Wilshere during training with the England squad at Chantilly June 12, 2016. — Reuters pic LONDON, March 15 ― Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was recalled to the England squad for the first time in nearly two years while manager Gareth Southgate called up three new faces for friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy. Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and central 15

March 7, 2018 1:26 PM Slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero to be made a saint

Pope Francis had given final approval to several sainthood causes. — Reuters picVATICAN CITY, March 7 —Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, a champion of the poor who became a human rights icon in Latin America when he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980, will be made a Roman Catholic saint. A statement today said Pope Francis had given final 18

February 10, 2018 12:09 AM First look at ‘Scandal’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ crossover

‘Scandal’, starring Kerry Washington, bows out from US TV April 19 on ABC. — AFP-Relaxnews picLOS ANGELES, Feb 10 — The first meeting between Olivia Pope from Scandal and Annalise Keating, the lawyer and professor from How To Get Away With Murder, will take place March 1 on ABC, in a crossover episode which now has a trailer. Two worlds are set to collide 11

February 9, 2018 11:05 AM Hong Kong cardinal says Vatican deal with China 'evil'

HONG KONG: A war of words between a Hong Kong bishop and the Vatican escalated Friday with the outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen calling the Pope's warming ties to Communist China "evil". Beijing and the Vatican severed diplomatic relations in 1951, and although ties have improved in recent years as China's Catholic population has grown, they remain at odds over which 6

January 25, 2018 2:32 AM Everett and Tuturro to star in TV remake of ‘The Name of the Rose’

Actors Ethan Hawke (left) and Rupert Everett attend ‘Cinema Cafe With Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett’ during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Filmmaker Lodge in Park City, Utah January 23, 2018. — AFP picLOS ANGELES, Jan 25 — Hollywood stars Rupert Everett and John Turturro are to star in the first television adaptation of The Name of the Rose, its producers 17