Pope Francis wished a happy 90th birthday to the "father of liberation theology" and thanked him for his contributions to the Catholic Church and his love for the poor.

Catholic priests will be required to break the seal of confession in some cases after new laws passed the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Legislative Assembly in Canberra without amendment.

The Church is being urged to find ways for women to be granted an 'official ministry' in the Amazon region, a part of the world suffering from a shortage of priests and where Catholics are unable to attend Mass for long periods of time. 

By opening an embassy in Juba, and taking the unusual step of naming his ambassador to Syria a cardinal, Francis is determined to use all the diplomatic levers at his disposal to respond to the world’s humanitarian crises

Pope Francis has sent a special message to Catholics in England and Wales asking them to break the chains of captivity of those who have been human trafficked and to 'bring comfort to those who have survived such inhumanity'.

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has welcomed the launch of a new app designed to empower the public to detect signs of modern-day slavery in car wash workers.

Jonathan Aitken (pictured), the former Conservative cabinet minister who served a prison sentence for perjury, is to be ordained and plans to work as an unpaid prison chaplain.

Western European Christians are more likely than the religiously unaffiliated to express anti-immigrant and anti-minority views, with Catholics tending to have more negative views of Muslims than Protestants, a new Pew Research Center survey said.

The Supreme Court has dismissed an attempt to overturn Northern Ireland’s abortion laws, ruling that the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission does not have the standing to challenge the existing law

Following the outbreak of Ebola in the north-west Diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro, the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suspended the administration of sacraments requiring physical contact.


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