It is nothing new that the Catholic Church is sitting on a lot of money and is not exactly clear about how it spends it, what is new is a Pope that wants to bring it closer to the poor - though as two new books show - this is proving tougher than Pope Francis might have originally thought, writes Christopher Lamb in Rome

I'm a much better Christian now I have become a Catholic

03 November 2015 | by K. Albert Little | Comments: 2
When Albert Little decided to convert from an Evangelical Protestant to Catholicism he had no idea that becoming a Catholic would utterly change his Christian life in ways he could never have imagined

The arrest of two people by Vatican police in connection with sensitive leaked documents throws a spotlight on the murkier corners of the Vatican, Christopher Lamb writes in Rome

The majority of the American public are still in favour of it, but the legislators that they elect and the lawmakers that interpret their laws are increasingly more queasy over the death penalty, writes Sean Smith

A proper theory of mercy would embrace the whole of life, not just the ecclesiastical part of life - and the Catholic Church needs to begin recognising this if it is going to progress on families

But given the hostility he faced from some of his own cardinals and fierce resistance from conservative lobbies Pope Francis will end the synod a happy man

An internal forum solution to the question of communion for divorced and the remarried is not a new idea and it has been unofficially been used in parishes for years

The Jungle is no place for the women forced to live there

21 October 2015 | by Sister Lynda Dearlove | Comments: 0
The refugee camp in Calais is a dangerous place but much more so for the women forced to shelter there who are at high risk of sexual violence, rape and must contend with incredibly challenging sanitary conditions

Due to its fiery exchanges between conservatives and progressives some have likened the Synod on the Family with the Second Vatican Council

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