Pope Francis is not a Marxist and his ­economics should not be interpreted as ­anti-business, the UK Ambassador to the Holy See has said, writes Liz Dodd.

Christian divisions and a failure to evangelise are leading to insufficient witness by the Church in the Midlands, the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, has said, writes James Macintyre.

A women’s ordination group will hold its annual meeting in a Catholic church for the first time in its history.

A fund-raising campaign has been launched to purchase one of England’s grandest recusant homes to put it back into church hands, writes Liz Dodd.

22 January 2014 | by Carlisle Baker-Jackson

'Reasons to be hopeful for Myanmar for first time in 50 years'

One of Myanmar’s most senior clerics has declared the country is on the eve of an era of “freedom, democracy, justice, peace and hope” and there are “reasons to be hopeful for Myanmar” for the first time in half a century.

22 January 2014 | by Carlisle Baker-Jackson

Chicago cardinal apologises for decades of abuse cover-up

The Archdiocese of Chicago issued a “sincere apology” as it released 6,000 documents yesterday relating to its handling of sexual misconduct by 30 of its priests between 1950 and 1996.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Chairman of the United States Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, delivered a particularly provocative homily at the Vigil Mass yesterday before today’s annual March for Life in Washington.

The Irish Government has announced this week is to re-open its embassy at the Vatican only two years after ministers decided to close it at the height of the devastating abuse crisis.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been overshadowed in the Netherlands by a row over a statement by Cardinal Willem Eijk that the decisions of the Council of Trent were still fully valid.

Private notes and diaries belonging to Pope John Paul II are to be published in Poland, despite a specification in his final will that they should be burned by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow.

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