Vatican officials have confirmed that Pope Francis plans officially to launch a Year for Consecrated Life next autumn, saying its main purpose is to celebrate the renewal that the Second Vatican Council sparked in religious orders.
Pope Francis has urged Catholics to offer charity this Lent to the materially, morally and spiritually destitute, but warns that they must give “until it hurts” if they really want to be like Christ, writes Robert Mickens.
More than 16,000 responses have been received by the Bishops’ Conference of England of Wales to a Vatican survey of Catholics’ views on same-sex marriage, contraception and Communion for divorced and remarried couples, writes James Macintyre.
Britain's last remaining Catholic adoption agency has won an appeal against a decision to strip it of its charitable status.
Pope Francis has met Philomena Lee, the woman whose son was put up for adoption by nuns in 1955, and whose story has been made into an Oscar-nominated film starring and co-written by Steve Coogan.
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