The Bishop of Shrewsbury has paid tribute to Pope Pius X and Pope Benedict XV for standing against popular opinion in their opposition to the First World War, writes James Macintyre.

A delegation of Catholic bishops celebrated Mass with the Catholic community in Gaza last Sunday, expressing solidarity with local Christians and the wider people of the Palestinian strip of land ruled by Hamas.

A 34-year-old Sicilian man has been charged with the murder of a well-known Catholic pro-life activist in Ireland, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

Pope Francis has sacked four cardinals – including former Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone SDB – from a five-member commission that oversees the activities of the Vatican bank.

The Vatican’s newly installed Secretary of State, Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, held lengthy talks with his US counterpart John Kerry in Rome yesterday in which the pair discussed topics ranging from the Middle-East peace process to President Barack Obama's controversial healthcare mandate.

Pope Francis has baptised the infant of an Italian couple married outside the Church at a high-profile Mass in the Sistine Chapel, highlighting his often-stated conviction that children should never be denied the sacrament due to their parents’ irregular marital situation.

A memorial prayer vigil for murdered pro-life activist and Focolare member took place last night in a Dublin church last night.

Egypt's interim President, Adly Mansour, visited the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, at his cathedral in Alexandria during Coptic Christmas Eve on 6 January. Egyptian presidents normally send greetings, so the personal visit was both unusual and symbolic.

14 January 2014 | by Helen Pye

Russian Patriarch hailed Kalashnikov as patriotic

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, wrote a letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church shortly before his death expressing guilt and remorse for those killed by his invention, it emerged yesterday.

Pope Francis has established a diocese in Australia for the country's 35,000 Syro-Malabar Catholics, indicating the big increase in Indian migrants to Australia in recent years.

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