We are being urged on all sides, in the context of Pope Francis's Year of Mercy, to approach the Church for the forgiveness of our sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I wonder how many Catholics have asked themselves in response: isn't it rather for the Church to be asking us for forgiveness, instead of the other way round?

The silence of Francis faced with the 25,000 disappeared, and their families, in Mexico is especially troublesome to interpret in a kind manner, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, a specialist in Liberation Theologies and Catholic Social Teaching

In Australia Cardinal Pell is public enemy number one, but in the Vatican opinions are divided

Italy last night became the last country in Western Europe to uphold the right of same-sex couples to a civil union. Our Rome Correspondent wonders why the Church has been so silent on the issue.

On the basis of one complaint last autumn – about an alleged series of abusive episodes in the 1940s - the Church has formally apologised and paid compensation. But what happens when 'always believing the victim' collides with 'innocent until proved guilty'?

The revelations in the BBC Panorama programme on the letters that Saint John Paul II wrote to a Polish philosopher and married woman means that we have learned something deeply human about him

This is the week that Christians are supposed to put aside their differences and pray, as the Gospel teaches, 'that they may all be one'. The truth, however, is that full, visible unity among Christians looks little more than a pipe dream

Pope Francis has now asked that the foot-washing ceremony, which takes place during the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, can include women - and there are many liturgical traditionalists unhappy about it

Mohammed Chirani felt devastated by the attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. He felt that he and other Muslims were being 'held hostage' by a minority of fanatics, and that it was his duty to do something about it...

News that the Pope had confirmed a miraculous cure as a result of the heavenly intercession of Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, brought me a spate of phone calls asking me to explain and defend this announcement on radio and television.

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