Ruth Worsley is to become the Church of England’s fifth woman bishop after being named the Bishop of Taunton in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

The Church wants priests who are unafraid of persecution, are angels of hope and charity, and are convincing witnesses with a life rooted in prayer and the Gospel, Pope Francis told new archbishops.

The Vatican’s top spokesman on social justice told delegates at a UN conference in New York that the world needs to find new ways of understanding progress and economic growth if it is to reverse global warming and overcome poverty.

In an effort to render the Vatican more effective in today's digital world, Pope Francis established a new Secretariat for Communications, whose aim is to coordinate and streamline the Holy See's multiple communications outlets.

The gradual loosening of restrictions for euthanasia has made headlines in Belgium as an official revealed about 50 people opt to die annually for psychological reasons.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Tuesday expressed “deep concern” after the Episcopal Church in the US approved liturgies for marrying same-sex couples.

Pope Francis urged top business and finance leaders meeting in London to address the “scandal of global inequality” and bring economic development and benefit to all people.

Pope Francis has joined with other Christian leaders to condemn the terror attacks that killed 38 people, at least 30 of them Britons, in Tunisia last Friday.

The president of the US bishops' conference called the Supreme Court's June 26 marriage ruling "a tragic error" and he urged Catholics to move forward with faith "in the unchanging truth about marriage being between one man and one woman."

A coalition of leading environmental charities will welcome Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the need to care for the environment with a rally in Rome on Sunday.

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