A spoof front page of the Vatican’s newspaper mocking the Pope is being circulated inside the Roman Curia in another example of hostility against Francis on his own doorstep. The realistic mock up of L’Osservatore Romano pokes fun at the Pope by responding to the questions about his family life document, Amoris Laetitia...

Five centuries after the start of the Protestant Reformation, leaders of the Catholic and Lutheran churches came together in a demonstration of unity to release new Bible translations...

Mosaic’s future uncertain Premium

10 February 2017 | by Carina Murphy

The future of a “unique” twentieth-century mosaic of the Crucifixion, created by a leading Viennese artist at a church in Oldham, Lancashire, is uncertain after a proposed reorganisation in the Salford diocese threatened the church with closure.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has moved to downplay any comparison between next year’s papal visit to Ireland by Pope Francis and the last one in 1979 when Pope John Paul II became the first pope to set foot on Irish soil, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

The Bishops’ conference of England and Wales has released its first set of guidelines for marriage preparation in the Catholic Church, writes Liz Dodd.

Appeal for more parishes to host refugee families Premium

10 February 2017 | by Carina Murphy

The Church in England and Wales has called for more parishes to sign up to the Government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme to help resettle refugees in the UK.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued an “action alert” to Catholics to send an email message to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence regarding religious liberty, writes Michael Sean Winters.

The Catholic bishops in the Philippines have attacked  President Duterte’s war on drugs, calling it a “reign of terror in many places of the poor”, in a pastoral letter read out in churches last weekend, writes Ellen Teague.

Nearly 2,000 Catholic perpetrators, including 572 priests, allegedly abused 4,444 children over many decades in complaints made to the Church between 1980 and 2015, Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told.

Pope Francis has received a delegation of high-ranking German Protestant church leaders, led by the chairman of the Protestant Churches (EKD), Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

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