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A lawyer commissioned by a famous German choir to investigate historic child abuse said that at least 231 boys were victims of physical abuse while 60 boys were sexually assaulted between 1964 and 1994. But Ulrich Weber admitted that the abuse at the choir which was run at the time by Georg Ratzinger, the brother of pope emeritus Benedict XVI, may have been much more widespread


Unprecedented levels of migration into Europe are overburdening the continent and causing fears about security due to the growth of international terrorism, Pope Francis told diplomats today. At the same time, however, Francis urged the continent to assist and accept new arrivals on its shores


Gay catholics should not be marginalised and should not be defined by their sexuality, Pope Francis says in a new book out this week. 'I prefer that homosexuals come to confession, that they stay close to the Lord, and that we all pray together,' Francis said in an interview with veteran Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli that has been published in a new book


A Polish Catholic bishop has defended the new ultra-conservative government of the country against rising criticism from the European Union, and in particular Germany, in the first sign of the Catholic church entering into the political fray since elections in October. The church frequently criticised the previous Polish centrist government but has avoided openly supporting the new pro-Catholic ruling party

 


The philanthropist billionaire Albert Gubay who has systematically given at least half of his fortune away to Catholic causes has died. Gubay who was made a papal knight in 2011 died aged 87 at his home in Cheshire...


Soap opera love does not look like love but enthusiasm for a person that dies out, the pope told the congregation at Mass this morning as he sought to answer one of the most imponderable questions of humanity: what is love?. Although many people use the word 'love,' "when used, it is not known what it exactly means," the pope said during morning Mass in the Vatican...


The head of the Syriac Catholic Church has asked Pope Francis to call a world summit at the Vatican to address the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.


There has been a large fall in the number of people attending papal events in Rome, according to figures released by the papal household, writes Christopher Lamb.

The Archbishop of Berlin, Heiner Koch, will visit a centre for gay and transsexual migrants in Berlin next Thursday, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Catholic hospitals have the right to refuse to perform abortions or euthanasia, says the new primate of Belgium, Archbishop Jozef De Kesel (pictured right).


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