A Salesian priest who posed as a psychologist to gain access to young women told one of his victims he was “teaching her how to love”, writes Liz Dodd.

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06 October 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Catholic and Anglican bishops undertook an historic pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome to celebrate deepening relations between the two Churches. Thirty-six bishops from 19 countries met in Canterbury, where on Saturday the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, David Hamid, preached at Mass in the cathedral’s Undercroft and the Catholic Archbishop-elect of Regina in Canada, Don Bolen, preached at the Anglican Sung Eucharist on Sunday morning.

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury were trying to keep hopes alive for closer Catholic and Anglican relations this week by commissioning bishops from their respective Churches on joint missions, writes Christopher Lamb.

As politicians arrived in Brussels ahead of a conference to discuss the future of Afghanistan, the UK’s Catholic international development charity Cafod warned that more support must be given to local organisations, particularly those that empower women, writes James Roberts.

A Russian Orthodox leader has launched a new attack on the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, demanding that “Uniatism” be made a key topic of future Catholic-Orthodox talks, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

Indian Christian leaders are calling for dialogue to avert war on the India-Pakistan border following the Indian army’s military strikes against the “terrorist units” that India says target it from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Pope Francis this morning announced the theme of the next Synod of Bishops, saying it would focus on "youth, faith and discernment of vocation"...

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury held their third formal meeting this morning in the Vatican with the two leaders calling for joint action based on the needs of the world...

Citing Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si’, on humanity's relationship with the earth and each other, seven Catholic institutions from around the world said this week they planned to divest from fossil fuel corporations...

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury sought to bypass doctrinal disagreements over female ordination by not including a single woman among a group of Catholic and Anglican bishops being sent out to work on joint mission projects together...

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