A new form of religiously motivated violence termed “Islamist hyper-extremism” threatens to replace pluralism and diversity with a religious mono-culture, warns new report.

Members of the Free Presbyterian Church may protest the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland in 2018 after one of their leaders denounced the trip – the first to be made by a pontiff for nearly 40 years...

Pope Francis told some of the most well respected scientists in the world that it was vital that religion and science work together to help eradicate water and food poverty and help prevent the planet from the ravages of climate change, during the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican...

UKIP’s new leader Paul Nuttall, a product of a Labour-voting Catholic family in Bootle, Merseyside, has said that he would focus on the issues of immigration, patriotism and social mobility in an effort to make his party the voice of working class people.


Pope Francis will visit Ireland in 2018, according to the country’s Prime Minister who met with him this morning in the Vatican. Enda Kenny confirmed the Pope’s planned trip following a 23-minute audience in Francis's private chambers...

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, pictured holding hands with Pope Francis at Castro's residence in Havana in September last year, has died aged 90.


French police are still searching for a man suspected of stabbing an elderly woman to death in a retirement home for Catholic missionaries late last night...

A transcript of Francis’s, off-the-cuff dialogue with delegates to the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus - the Jesuit governing body which met recently in Rome - was published yesterday (24 November) in Spanish, Italian and English on the website of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà CattolicaIn it Francis shares his thoughts on the issues stifling the priesthood...

Its findings will be hotly anticipated, as they could be the start of a process that leads to a much more visible role for women in the Church...

A former Labour minister James Purnell will take over responsibility for the BBC’s religious affairs programming - as the corporation continues to search for a long-term strategy for covering religion in the UK...

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