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The first external audit of Vatican finances by an internationally respected accountancy firm has been halted. In what will be seen as a blow to Pope Francis’ reforms, a letter on 12 April was sent to Holy See departments informing them the work of PricewaterhouseCoopers has been 'suspended immediately'...


Mayoral candidates agreed about the harmful effects of fixed-odds betting terminals on the capital’s high streets...


The Archdiocese of Sydney has denied threatening to boycott companies involved in a public campaign advocating same-sex marriage in Australia, after Australia's biggest communications company, Telstra, rejected claims that pressure from the Church forced it to step back from an active role in the campaign...


An international group of bishops, nuns, priests and lay people, who have all been investigated by Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, have written to Pope Francis calling for a reform of the investigation process and specifically an end to anonymous denunciations...


Pope Francis and the newly elected President of the Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadéra, expressed a united desire for peace in the conflict-torn African nation as they met in the Vatican yesterday...


Poland celebrated its 1,050th anniversary of its conversion to Christianity at the weekend, amid growing disagreements about the role of the Catholic Church in public life...


Six members of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, including a young nun from Northern Ireland, are among the dead in the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador since 1979...


Leaders of the Catholic and Protestant churches in Austria have prepared guidelines for Muslim converts to Christianity after increasing numbers of asylum seekers are asking to be baptised...


What you say and how you live always go hand in hand, building up the church and the people of God, Pope Francis told new priests. 'Therefore, may your doctrine be nourishment to the people of God, joy and supporting those faithful to Christ [be] the fragrance of your life, because the word and example go together,' he said.


Pope Francis’ decision to fly Syrian refugees back to Rome with him after his trip to Lesbos at the weekend was “an inspiration of the Holy Spirit”, he said...


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