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Aid and rescue workers in Haiti were waiting for the worst of the winds to subside on Wednesday morning before assessing the damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew which ripped through the Caribbean island throughout Tuesday and overnight into today...


Pope Francis is facing considerable hostility within the Catholic Church, according to two prominent cardinals. Although the world at large is grateful that Pope Francis is “living the Gospel Message”, Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said he was 'shattered' by the amount of opposition to the Pope in church circles...


Catholic bishops in Poland have condemned an unprecedented “national strike” by women against a government-backed bill to ban abortion, but denied supporting moves to jail mothers who procure terminations...


The Bishop of Lancaster, Michael Campbell, has defended his decision to turn over the running of churches in his diocese to a traditionalist group and the Syro Malabar church in an interview marking his 75th birthday on 2 October...

 


Australia's long-running federal inquiry into child sexual abuse should not 'trespass on the holy ground of religious belief and practice', respected Australian Jesuit priest and law professor Fr Frank Brennan warns...

 


The vote against a peace deal with the Farc Communist rebels in Colombia is an opportunity for both sides to listen to each other and for those who voted 'Yes' to be reconciled with those who, for social, political, institutional and ethical reasons, think differently, the Catholic Church in the South American country has said...


Pope Francis this morning (Tuesday) paid a visit to the earthquake-hit town of Amatrice where he went to a school and into the 'red zone', an area cordoned off for safety reasons. Francis explained at the weekend he wanted to go to the town 'privately, alone, as a priest, bishop and Pope'...


A visit by Pope Francis to Colombia has been thrown into doubt after voters rejected a peace deal between the government and Farc guerrilla forces. Francis had said that he would visit the country if a truce between the warring parties was agreed but yesterday evening - before news of the vote came in - stressed he would only do so if the people voted in favour...


Jesuits from around the world meeting in Rome today accepted the resignation of their leader and will next week elect his successor. 215 delegates have begun their 36th General Congregation (GC36) to determine who should be their next leader and agree on priorities for the future. Whoever is elected will be only the thirtieth Superior General since their founder, St Ignatius of Loyola was elected in 1540...


Gay Catholics, those confused about their sexuality or other Catholics convinced that they were born in the wrong body deserve the same attentive pastoral care as anyone else, Pope Francis said on the flight back from Azerbaijan...


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