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Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to allow Communion for remarried divorcees was given a negative reception from some of his most powerful confrères at last month’s consistory, according to an Italian journalist.

Cardinal Kurt Koch has welcomed the “new perspectives” Pope Francis has opened for ecumenism, especially the new priority the Pope has given to the dialogue with the Pentecostal Churches, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Limburg bishop removed Premium

27 March 2014 |
The POPE has permanently removed a German bishop following an investigation by the German bishops.

FIVE LAYPEOPLE, four of them women, have been named by Pope Francis to the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

President Barack Obama was set to meet Pope Francis on Thursday at the Vatican, writes Michael Sean Winters.

Convert or go to hell, Pope Francis has warned members of Italy’s Mafia in an emotional address to victims of gang violence, writes Liz Dodd. Speaking at a prayer vigil at the Church of San Gregorio VII in Rome last week Francis said that gangsters’ “blood-stained money, blood-stained power” would not give them happiness.

A chorus of international protest has forced the Sri Lankan Government to release two Catholic human-rights activists two days after their arbitrary arrest.

Several Catholic priests fled the country’s Black Sea region of Crimea after receiving threatening phone calls and messages from local pro-Russian armed militia and in some cases being abducted for several days, writes Josef Pazderka.

A Catholic charity has given an “exceptional” £400,000 towards the construction of Bahrain’s first Catholic cathedral, which will also serve Catholics in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, where church-building is outlawed.

The relic, pictured right, said to be the Crown of Thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head before the Crucifixion, was brought in procession on 21 March from Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral to the nearby Sainte Chapelle, which was built to house it in 1248, writes Tom Heneghan.

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