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06 October 2014 13:23 by Liz Dodd, Joanna Moorhead, Abigail Frymann Rouch

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry days after he admitted to having been “unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest”.

06 October 2014 09:48 by Christopher Lamb in Rome

Bishops and cardinals should speak boldly during the Vatican's Synod on the Family, Pope Francis said in opening remarks to the gathering’s first session this morning.

05 October 2014 10:40 by Christopher Lamb in Rome

Pope Francis has warned bishops not to “thwart” the synod on the family with their own ideas but instead find ways to support ordinary Catholics.

03 October 2014 15:11

Bishops from around the world are meeting in Rome from 5 to 19 October to discuss issues affecting the family. A year ago the Vatican sent out a detailed questionnaire in which thousands of Catholics gave their views on issues such as marriage, divorce, single parenthood, gay relationships and contraception. Already in recent weeks, cardinals have openly argued over a proposal to reform the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion, but many other issues will be up for discussion.

03 October 2014 14:32 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis has summoned the Vatican’s Middle East experts to an urgent summit on the plight of minorities in Syria and Iraq.

03 October 2014 14:29 by Christopher Lamb

At Mass last night Cardinal Vincent Nichols took possession of his titular church, San Alfonso di Liguori all'Esquilino.

03 October 2014 14:23 by Liz Dodd

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has said that priestly celibacy is not a dogma and “can be changed”.

03 October 2014 14:21 by Liz Dodd, James Roberts

Cardinal Raymond Burke has expressed hope that the forthcoming Synod on the Family will confirm once and for all the Church’s teaching that divorced and remarried people are excluded from Communion.

03 October 2014 13:57 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis has said that Europe must “open its hearts” to refugees, as he met with survivors and relatives of the tragic shipwreck that took the lives of more than 300 migrants last year.

02 October 2014 13:31 by Jonathan Luxmoore

A senior Vatican official has warned that Ukraine will need “far-reaching reform” regardless of the “Russian aggression” that it is experiencing