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31 October 2014 13:56 by Liz Dodd

Pope Francis has met the President of the European Parliament ahead of his trip to its headquarters in Strasbourg next month.

31 October 2014 13:53 by Fredrick Nzwili

A Catholic priest in northern Nigeria has questioned the determination of the country's Government to fight the Islamist group Boko Haram, after militants carried out fresh abductions in the troubled region.

31 October 2014 13:48 by Liz Dodd, Christopher Lamb

A former Archbishop of York has resigned as an honorary bishop after a damning report found “systemic failures” in the Church of England's handing of abuse allegations in Manchester.

31 October 2014 13:41 by Sarah Mac Donald in Dublin, Christopher Lamb

Language used at the Synod on the Family to describe gay relationships was “revolutionary”, according to Ireland's senior archbishop, welcoming the changes signalled by the meeting in Rome last month.

A senior cardinal has praised Pope Francis' new way of running the recent bishops' Synod on the Family despite claims from two US bishops that the more open discussions led to 'confusion' and a Protestant-style debate.

30 October 2014 14:41 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis called on activists to attack the structural causes of poverty and defend workers' rights, adding that caring about the poor did not make him a communist.

30 October 2014 14:37 by Jonathan Luxmoore

The head of the Church's doctrine office has praised Poland's Catholic Church for setting an example for the Church internationally, despite recent controversies over its public role in the country.

30 October 2014 14:31 by Brian Morton

Conflict resolution and communication are key components of a new wedding preparation course run by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

30 October 2014 14:28 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Offers by internet giants Apple and Facebook to pay for female employees to have their eggs frozen so that they focus on their careers have been sharply criticised by German bishops.

29 October 2014 15:01 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

The Church in Italy has called for Hallowe’en to be scrapped and replaced with “Holyween”, a night in which children would attend prayer vigils and worship the saints.