Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction after it was bought for a record $450m (£341m) in New York on Wednesday evening.

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), has expressed alarm over a warning that food banks could struggle to meet demand this winter unless there is urgent action to tackle delayed benefit payments.

The Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement is launching a campaign to highlight growing mental health problems amongst young people, as it marks its eightieth year in England and Wales.

A senior Catholic priest in Northern Ireland has had to intervene in a row over the proposed location of a memorial to the victims of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing, to stress that the Catholic Church has “no objection whatsoever” to a permanent memorial being erected to the victims.

The Diocese of Menevia has announced that a disused church on the outskirts of Aberystwyth is to be renovated, five years after the controversial closure of St Winefride’s (pictured) in the town centre on health and safety grounds. Since then parishioners have had to attend Mass in a parish hall.

A new icon has been created to mark 100 years of Catholic education in Scotland.

More than 40 per cent of Australian Catholics attending Mass were born outside the country, a national survey has found.

The Austrian bishops’ conference has rejected extending the definition of marriage to include homosexual partnerships.

A Catholic video game based around the life of Pope St John Paul II will be launched at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney next month

A Catholic priest is reported to be mediating a potential political exit for Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who is said to be insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler.

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