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- Kasper says Pope Francis would like to see an ‘opening’ on church teaching on divorced and remarried
- Pell adds voice to growing opposition to Kasper’s efforts to relax Communion ban for remarried divorcees
- Fleeing Iraqi Christians flood French consulate in Erbil with visa applications
- Children make noise in church – welcome it, says evangelisation bishop
- If there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, why not ordain women to the diaconate? Michael Phelan
- Christians and Yazidis in Iraq: unwanted guests in their own country John Eibner, Christian Solidarity International
- Church should rethink its attitude to adoption Katherine Backler
Protests against nuclear weapons organised by Catholic peace groups will be held at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and across the country this afternoon to mark Ash Wednesday.
The Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, handed out soup and sandwiches to the homeless at a soup kitchen in the city centre at the weekend.
Ghanaian cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said this week that “homosexuals are not criminals” and should not be sentenced for up to life in prison.
The Algeria Government postponed a visit by a French magistrate investigating the 1996 massacre of seven Cistercian monks, four days before he was due to arrive on 2 March, saying it was not ready to receive him and a dozen experts.
Pope Francis has said that the Church leadership needs to “take into account people’s situations” and their ability to adhere to the ban on artificial contraception.
The persecution of Christians in contemporary society was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at his Mass this morning in the Sanctae Marthae residence.
Senior Bishops in England and Wales have issued pastoral letters urging Catholics to return to Confession this Lent.
The Lourdes sanctuary in south-western France has scrapped plans to build more baths for pilgrims in favour of a new design meant to make the grotto area more a place of prayer and reflection.
The Church needs to find a way to minister to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the Church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told a meeting of the world's cardinals.
The Pope’s newly announced finance minister has said that the working languages of the forthcoming Secretariat for the Economy will be English as well as Italian, a sign that the new Vatican department will be run as a global institution.