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President Obama’s directive that all public schools are to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity has been described as deeply disturbing by the chairmen of two US Catholic bishops’ committees...


Pope Francis has said missionary conquest is at the heart of the two Abrahamic religions of Islam and Christianity...


The cardinal who leads a major Vatican financial institution is being investigated for embezzlement relating to a fund for priests in his former diocese...


The Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch appointed two women to his host delegation at a major Pan-Orthodox Church Council in June...


Over 600,000 people from 181 countries have so far registered for the Church's World Youth Day in Poland, while 1.5 million more are expected to join the celebrations from 27 July...

 


Hollywood film star Whoopi Goldberg recently surprised a group of Catholic nuns by dressing up in a habit and presenting them with a new van and $10,000 towards their work with poor communities in New York City...


One of Argentina’s most high profile human rights campaigners is to visit Pope Francis at the end of this month, ending decades of tension. Hebe de Bonafini, a leader of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo group, has long been critical of Francis, calling for him to speak about the Argentine Church’s involvement with the 'Dirty War' of the 1970s and 1980s...


The Vatican’s spokesman has attempted to clarify Pope Francis' remarks to women religious about the possibility of ordaining female deacons after media outlets started speculating about the ordination of women to the priesthood...

 


France has named a new ambassador to the Holy See, ending an embarrassing 15-month deadlock over its rejected gay nominee whom Paris seemed determined to impose on the Vatican...


Too many people show more compassion to their pets rather than to the suffering of fellow men and women, Pope Francis said today...


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