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Swapping his clerical collar for a beanie hat and tattered jacket, the Revd Sam King of Calne Baptist Church posed as a homeless man to test whether people on the streets of Reading would help him


The number of baptised Catholics in Europe is growing, according to figures released this week by the Vatican concerning the Church’s workforce, sacramental life, dioceses and parishes


Munich archdiocese said it deplored the fact that the Afro-German parish priest was resigning but stood by his decision after the 66-year-old received death threats and was allegedly stalked by members of the Christian Social Union, which is a coalition partner of the Chancellor Angela Merkel


Critics of the Catholic Church's response to the sex abuse scandal are "sensationalist" and have "a short memory", the Vatican has asserted in a scathing response to Cardinal Pell's evidence in front of an Australian Commission


Amid tensions about the position of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics in the renewed dialogue between Vatican and Moscow the leaders of the church met with Pope Francis in the Vatican and stressed their allegiance to Rome. 'We came to reaffirm our communion with the Holy Father and to ask for his help for the suffering people of Ukraine,' Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk confirmed...


Four Indian nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Charity have been killed today in an attack on an elderly people's home in the Yemeni Port of Aden


A leading human and environmental rights campaigner was murdered in her home in the western town of La Esperanza last night after gunmen broke in at around 1am, in what is being interpreted as an attempt to silence her


Christians in the Middle East do not need 'special' protection, says Pope's 'foreign secretary'
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, said that Christians persecuted in the Middle East should not be singled out for special protection despite accord signed with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

Pope Francis will visit Pakistan this year, after accepting an invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier this week, state-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan has reported


Cardinal George Pell has concluded his evidence to Australia’s abuse commission with an admission that he was informed of an abuse complaint but didn’t act on it


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