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).

Islamic scholars and politicians must make clear that violence is against the will of Allah, CDF Prefect Cardinal Gerhard Müller told the German weekly Die Zeit, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

In his New Year’s Day sermon at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn called on Muslim countries to respect the basic value of religious freedom.

Protesters attacked a mosque on Christmas Day, claiming they were defending this Mediterranean island’s “Christian identity”, writes Tom Heneghan.

The Mexican Government is being accused of failing to control the criminal activity of drugs cartels, writes Isabel de Bertodano...

The Catholic Church in Uganda has been accused of profiting from child labour, writes Rose Gamble.

It is feared at least 80 people were killed when Boko Haram extremists struck the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri and the town of Madagali on 27 December with grenades and suicide bombers.

The biggest statue of Jesus in Africa stands at the village of Abajah in Imo State, southeastern Nigeria, writes Ellen Teague.

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