Maneka Gandhi, minister for women and child development, says the current ban on pre-natal testing, which has been in place since 1944, has created a booming black market trade in the illegal testing of foetuses and backstreet abortions rather than protecting the unborn female

Pope Francis has asked a favour of the Mexican people when he visits their capital city next week: that they would give him a couple of minutes alone in front of the image of the Virgin Mary at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

A church leader in Syria has compared the aid given by some countries to enable Christians to emigrate to a deportation. The Melkite Greek Archbishop of Aleppo said that some EU countries have been offering free flights and visas to the middle classes that would be the 'backbone' of any rebuilding after the war

The Church’s instinct to deal with sex abuse cases internally has been its most dangerous and common response to the crisis, according to Fr Hans Zollner SJ, president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University in Rome

Pope Francis has given his first interview on China praising it as a great country and a civilisation that the Church should respect.

Catholic laity in Italy took to the streets of Rome in their hundreds of thousands last Saturday to protest against proposed legislation to allow legal rights for gay couples and limited same-sex adoption, writes Christopher Lamb.

Bishops say Pope Francis must be told the truth about the “unprecedented” violence and misery in Mexico during his five-day visit that begins next Friday.

French authorities have destroyed a church and mosque in the migrants’ camp in Calais known as the “Jungle”, which is home to nearly 6,000 people, writes Megan Cornwell.

The Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese, Oliver Doeme, has vowed to remain with his people in the face of the murder of at least 85 men and women by Islamist militants near Maiduguri City, in Borno State.

The scourge of poverty was an abiding theme at the 51st Eucharistic Congress, at Cebu in the Philippines, with the Pope’s envoy calling for “a third world war against the cruelty of dogs getting fed with sumptuous, organic food, while poor children scramble for scraps from the table”.

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