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Pope Francis called for a Church that is “poor in means and rich in love” as he canonised two shepherd children who had witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fátima a century ago, writes Christopher Lamb.


Archbishop Georges Pontier, chairman of the French bishops’ conference, has wished France’s newly elected President Emmanuel Macron (above) well and has urged him not to pursue divisive social policies. Issues such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage and adoption rights, debates about allowing euthanasia, tighter rules for secularism in public and other social policies caused strains between Church leaders and the outgoing Socialist government of France’s former president, François Hollande.


If the Catholic Church recognises as "worthy of belief" only the initial alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, it would be the first time the church distinguished between phases of a single event, but it also would acknowledge that human beings and a host of complicating factors are involved, said a theological expert in Mariology...


Pope Francis will celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and the Corpus Christi procession on a Sunday this month (18 June) and not on the traditional Thursday feast day, which is on 15 June this year...


Child malnutrition in parts of Venezuela is now at the level of a humanitarian crisis, warns a new report by the Catholic aid agency, Caritas...


Public prosecutors in Australia's Victoria State have submitted recommendations to Police on whether to try Cardinal George Pell on decades-old abuse allegations, but their advice has not been made public...


The commission that now-retired Pope Benedict XVI established to study the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, reportedly voted overwhelmingly to recognise as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981...


Pope Francis is considering dedicating a meeting of the Synod of Bishops to the concerns of the indigenous people of the Amazon region, a Peruvian archbishop said...


A priest was stabbed at the altar while celebrating Mass in Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral on 15 May...


An Anglican church in Newcastle has insisted its decision to consecrate a renegade bishop is not intended to split the Anglican Church, but is necessary "to preserve the Church of England's heritage and mission"...


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