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Explained: Kerala Catholic nun Mariam Thresia is a Saint. What does that mean, and what does sainthood take

Mariam Thresia was born in the Chiramel Mankidiyan family in Puthenchira village of Thrissur district in 1876. She began a life of prayer at an early age, and longed for a life of seclusion.

Pope Francis declares Kerala-born nun Mariam Thresia as Saint

The nun was canonised along with English Cardinal John Henry Newman, Swiss laywoman Marguerite Bays, Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes and Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini.


Kerala-born nun Mariam Thresia to be declared saint by Pope Francis today

 In 1914, Thresia, along with her three friends, established a religious group Congregation of Holy Family, which later became one of the prominent religious congregations of the Syro-Malabar Church.

Pope Francis to declare Kerala nun a saint on October 13

Mariam Thresia, the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family (CHF), will be raised to the glory of the altar during a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in Rome's St Peter's Square on Sunday, Vatican News said.

Married men to be ordained priests? On agenda at Pope Francis-led synod

Pope Francis urged the bishops to use the three weeks to pray, listen, discern and speak without fear. "Speak with courage," he said. "Even if you are ashamed, say what you feel."

Pope Francis 'not afraid' of schism with US Catholics

The pope has responded to attacks from conservative Catholics who criticize his stance on social issues and climate change. He accused some of stabbing him in the back.


For Pope Francis, a perfect moment for an unsettling warning on the environment

While condemning environmental devastation, Francis recognized on Saturday that the poor often had little alternative to illegal logging or stripping the earth of minerals. Indeed, on the roads west of Antananarivo, climate change did not seem to be a pressing concern.

Pope says it’s ‘an honor that the Americans attack me’

Pope Francis on Wednesday acknowledged the sharp opposition he has faced from conservative Catholic detractors in the United States

Freed from elevator, pope names new cardinals from Muslim, developing countries

After being trapped in an elevator due to a power outage, Pope Francis made it to his weekly Angelus prayers. There, he announced 13 new cardinals from the periphery of the church, some of whom have worked with refugees.

Pope Francis stuck in elevator for 25 minutes in Vatican, freed by fire brigade

Pope Francis explained that there had been a electrical power problem in the Vatican and that he had been stuck in the elevator until freed by Vatican fire officers. "A round of applause for the fire brigade," he told the crowd.

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Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to visit Arabian Peninsula

The Catholic leader was greeted by Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Emirati vice president and prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the presentation of delegations in the courtyard of the royal palace

Top Frames: Barack Obama at the podium, Pope Francis at the Paul VI hall

U.S. President Barack Obama (at podium) delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, Pope Francis (C) waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.


Donald Trump, Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton make it to Yale Book Quotations for 2015

The yearly list of quotations that would be included in the Yale Book of Quotations were announced. Here's what was said.

Top Frames: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Nevada, 13 died in Karachi landslide

Hillary Clinton greets members of the culinary workers union local 226 as she arrives to speak at a demonstration outside the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, At least 13 people, including seven children, died as a landslide hit shanties erected in Karachi's Gulistan-i-Jauhar area early Tuesday Ocotber 13.

Top Frames: Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, Modi's US tour, Pope Francis visits US

Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Mecca. The trip to Silicon Valley forms part of Narendra Modi’s visit to the US’ west coast – the first by an Indian prime minister in more than three decades. Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his humble manner and his “church of the poor” to a rich and powerful nation polarized over economic inequality, immigration and equal justice.

Christians celebrate Easter across the world

Easter commemorates the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem.


Christmas Eve celebrations in India and Vatican

A glimpse into the Christmas Eve celebrations in India, and the Vatican.

Pope Francis visits third holiest site in Islam, Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

Pope Francis toured the compound accompanied by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

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Australian sex abuse victims call for Papal promise to protect children

Australian victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy have called for a face to face meeting with Pope Francis. They want a Papal commitment to protect children in the future. Testimony from a high ranking Vatican official that he’d been lied to and knew nothing of alleged abuse in the 1970s has frustrated witnesses. […]

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for clergy in Michoacan, Mexico

Pope Francis wraps up his trip to Mexico on Wednesday with some of his most anticipated events: a visit in a Ciudad Juarez prison just days after a riot in another lockup killed 49 inmates and a stop at the Texas border when immigration is a hot issue for the U.S. presidential campaign. He also […]