The scale of the challenge facing Pope Francis in his reform of the Vatican has burst into the open after an audit of its finances was controversially suspended amid a growing internal power struggle at the heart of the Church.

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28 April 2016 | by James Roberts

Warnings of a looming food crisis in Malawi are coming this month from missionaries in the country and Cafod’s Malawi representative, Verity Johnson. “The month of June will see an unprecedented food crisis,” warned Fr Piergiorgio Gamba, a Montfort missionary.

Archbishop Peter Smith has welcomed changes to the Trade Union Bill after writing urging the Business Secretary to rethink the legislation in light of Catholic Social Teaching...

One of the many priests who presided over the funerals of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster has said that it's time to forgive the authorities responsible for the death of 96 Liverpool fans, if they are truly sorry...

Fr. Hans Küng, the Swiss theologian, has told The Tablet that he has received a letter from Pope Francis that responds to his "request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility"...

Hundreds of Rwandan refugees have been forced to shelter in a Catholic church in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, following days of xenophobic violence that has left five people dead and tarnished the nation’s reputation as a safe haven for foreign workers and investment...

Pope Francis has written to the President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America about the role of the laity, saying clericalism is obstructing "the prophetic flame of which the entire Church is called to bear witness in the heart of her peoples”...

The French bishops have named a respected senior civil servant to head their independent commission on sexual abuse of minors, prompting arch-conservative Catholics to try to discredit him as too liberal for the post...

The chairman of the South African Catholic bishops conference has urged both sides to pull away from the rhetoric of civil war after the ruling African National Congress party was reported to have charged an opposition party leader with high treason...

The border fence currently being constructed by Austria to keep migrants crossing into the country from neighbouring Hungary will have a Catholic sized hole in it after a diocesan bishop refused the government permission to build on church land..

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