Justice authorities have searched offices of Lyon archdiocese for material relating to accusations against Cardinal Philippe Barbarin that he did not report child-abusing priests, writes Tom Heneghan.

The Pope should demand the resignation of every bishop who has failed properly to deal with cases of child sexual abuse, according to one of the Australian Church’s most outspoken internal critics, writes Mark Brolly.

Cutting aid to refugees in the Middle East and closing European borders to them is illogical, said Cardinal Christoph Schönborn following a two-day visit to Christian refugees in Iraq.

A new papal document on the family will open up possibilities for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion but holds back from a general change to church practice in this area.

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07 April 2016 | by James Roberts

A boy injured in a suicide bomb attack at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, on Easter Sunday, rests in his bed on 28 March at a hospital in the city.

Video, posted on Facebook, shows women leaving Warsaw church of Saint Anna and shouting "scandal" as a priest read out a letter from Polish Catholic bishops in favour of the total ban on abortion. The same church service walkout took place in Gdansk St Mary´s cathedral...

France ended a year-long standoff with the Vatican on Wednesday by announcing that Laurent Stefanini, a gay diplomat whose nomination as ambassador to the Holy See was stonewalled by Rome, had been named the new French representative to UNESCO...

Almost a quarter of Catholic prisoners encounter obstacles in the practice of their faith, a major new report commissioned by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has found...

Pope Francis’ eagerly anticipated apostolic exhortation following two synods on the family will be released this morning. Here are five points to bear in mind about the document, titled 'Amoris Laetitia' ('The Joy of Love')...


Pope Francis is planning a visit to Greece, a move that will throw him into the heart of a European debate over the migrant crisis...

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