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16 February 2017 | by James Roberts

Pope Francis has condemned clerical sex abuse as an “absolute monstrosity” and asked victims and their families for forgiveness on behalf of the Church. Francis’ comments were published as a preface to a new book by Daniel Pittet, a Swiss man who was sexually abused for four years by a priest when he was a child.


Gay Christians have welcomed the unprecedented defeat of a Church of England report that backed the traditional understanding of marriage as between a man and a woman...


The Vatican has sent Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Pacific island of Guam to investigate sexual abuse, less than a month after he was effectively rendered powerless in his position as the patron of the troubled Knights of Malta...


Pope Francis has said indigenous groups must give their consent before economic activity takes place that affects their ancestral lands, in remarks that signify another clash between Francis and President Trump’s agenda... 


Christians should accept the vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president as at the moment “we see neither the destination nor the road”, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury...


Top Church lawyer Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio releases booklet on Amoris Laetitia supporting Francis’ moves to allow those in second marriages to receive communion..

 


Church officials in Portugal said on Monday they have assembled more than 15,000 pages of testimony and documentation to support the proposed beatification of Sister Lucia, one of three shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in the town of Fatima 100 years ago...


Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, niece of France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen, has accused the French Church of caving in to public pressure and playing down the abortion issue, calling for limits on the right to end a pregnancy...


India must stop harassing non-governmental organisations, reform anti-conversion laws, stop forcing Hindu personal laws on Sikh, Muslim and Christian minorities, and put pressure on state lawmakers to abandon anti-Christian laws, according to a new report from an influential US think tank on religion...


Without commenting on the authenticity of alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pope Francis has appointed a Polish archbishop to study the pastoral needs of the townspeople and the thousands of pilgrims who flock to the town each year...


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