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The Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina is counting on Pope Francis’ visit today to help reunite the country and draw international attention to "injustices and crimes" which remain unresolved two decades after a bloody war.

The future of Heythrop College is under threat after newly filed accounts reveal the 400-year-old institution is in a precarious financial position while talks over a merger with St Mary’s University seem to have stalled.

Catholic charities have vigorously condemned a London council for threatening to fine homeless people up to £1,000 for sleeping rough.

Pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela have been warned not to venture alone on a section of the path where an American woman has disappeared, and other walkers have reported assaults.

Catholic Republican and presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Pope Francis should “leave science to the scientists” ahead of the publication of the papal encyclical on the imperative to care for the environment.

Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment is likely to be called “Laudato Sii” (Be praised), a line taken from St Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun.

The head of the Church in Scotland has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.

Cardinal George Pell has been left with “no alternative but to consult with his legal advisers” after an abuse survivor who advises Pope Francis said on air that the prelate should be dismissed and had shown an “almost sociopathic … lack of care” to victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

Membership of the Church of England has dropped sharply in Britain in the last two years while the number of Muslims has grown, a new survey has revealed.

Redefining marriage will be a "serious injustice" with far-reaching consequences for all, Australia's Catholic bishops warned as the push for legalising same-sex marriage in the country appeared to be reaching a crescendo.

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