People who practise religion live up to six years longer than their agnostic and atheist peers, according to a new study based on obituaries

The newly released Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae 2016 reports a 1.1 per cent increase in absolute Catholic numbers between 2015 and 2016. In 2015 there were 1,285 million baptised Catholics and in 2016 1,299 million. However the world population increased by 1.14 per cent (from 7.383 billion to 7.467 billion) meaning that as a proportion of world population the proportion of Catholics fell

Irish hospitals with a Catholic ethos will not be allowed to opt out of carrying out abortions when new, more liberal laws on terminations come into effect following May’s referendum on the issue, the country’s prime minister has said

Police and prosecutors yesterday raided Catholic Church offices in two Chilean cities looking for documents and investigative reports related to the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the country

'Today, Russia ranks among the worst violators of religious freedom and human rights,' Ambassador Callista Gingrich said during a roundtable discussion on Ukraine held at the US embassy in Rome

Pope Francis’ council of cardinals advisers have issued a progress report setting out the guidelines for reforming the Roman Curia and what has been achieved after five years. 

Arriving on his second visit to Chile, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said his mission to the country is a sign of Pope Francis' closeness to the local church following devastating reports of sexual abuse and cover-ups by members of the clergy.

Professor John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame in the US, has defended the "institution of universities" saying they are of enduring value at a talk given at Oxford University. 

As 32 nations get ready to vie for the World Cup in Russia, Pope Francis greeted players, organisers and football fans who will be following "this event that overcomes all borders."


The South Korean Archbishop Kim Hee-Jung of Gwangju has called the outcome of the 12 June summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “a surprise and a joy”.



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