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31 October 2014 13:41 by Sarah Mac Donald in Dublin, Christopher Lamb

Language used at the Synod on the Family to describe gay relationships was “revolutionary”, according to Ireland's senior archbishop, welcoming the changes signalled by the meeting in Rome last month.

A senior cardinal has praised Pope Francis' new way of running the recent bishops' Synod on the Family despite claims from two US bishops that the more open discussions led to 'confusion' and a Protestant-style debate.

30 October 2014 14:41 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis called on activists to attack the structural causes of poverty and defend workers' rights, adding that caring about the poor did not make him a communist.

30 October 2014 14:37 by Jonathan Luxmoore

The head of the Church's doctrine office has praised Poland's Catholic Church for setting an example for the Church internationally, despite recent controversies over its public role in the country.

30 October 2014 14:31 by Brian Morton

Conflict resolution and communication are key components of a new wedding preparation course run by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

30 October 2014 14:28 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Offers by internet giants Apple and Facebook to pay for female employees to have their eggs frozen so that they focus on their careers have been sharply criticised by German bishops.

29 October 2014 15:01 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

The Church in Italy has called for Hallowe’en to be scrapped and replaced with “Holyween”, a night in which children would attend prayer vigils and worship the saints.

29 October 2014 15:00 by Christopher Lamb

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that cohabiting couples and those in second marriages often demonstrate lives of “real goodness” in a pastoral letter to mark the end of the Synod on the Family.

29 October 2014 14:55 by Liz Dodd

Pope Francis told Pentecostal bishops visiting him in Rome that Catholics and Evangelicals should “walk together”, adding that focusing on differences amounted to “sinning against God’s will”.

29 October 2014 14:52 by CNS

The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told the Pontifical Academy of Sciences this week.