Indian prime minister Narendra Modi may have difficulty fulfilling his promise to defend religious minorities, Cardinal George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, has said (summary).
Millions of East Asian Catholics have a dispensation from fasting on Ash Wednesday because it falls on Chinese New Year.
Pope Francis has reportedly returned a cash donation from Sri Lankan Catholics, saying it should be given to the local poor.
Government spies tapped Francis’s phone when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a friend of the Pope has claimed.
Elise Harris profiles the “scandalous” cardinal who shapes Benedict XVI’s theological vision.
And a plush doll version of Pope Francis has gone on sale in the United States ahead of his visit in September.
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