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23 May 2014 13:08 by James Macintyre

President Barack Obama’s former director of faith outreach has said that he “strongly disagreed” with the administration’s 2012 plan to introduce a healthcare mandate requiring all employers to provide birth control coverage including contraception and the “morning-after pill”.

23 May 2014 13:02 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Syrian church leaders speaking in London this week condemned foreign intervention in Syria, saying that a mixture of ignorance and arming the rebels has cost lives.

The head of pro-reform movement We Are Church in Austria has been excommunicated by Pope Francis for celebrating Mass, the Austrian press have reported.

22 May 2014 15:33 by James Macintyre

The Church is opposing a move to abolish civil partnerships and replace them with same-sex marriages, arguing that “great harm” would be caused to those who opted for the unions but believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

22 May 2014 13:35 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, has congratulated the cross-dressing Austrian winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.

22 May 2014 13:26 by Christopher Lamb

Pope Francis today appointed Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, to two important Vatican departments that oversee priests and ecumenism.

The Vatican has reportedly launched a financial investigation into former Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone. The German tabloid Bild said this week that Cardinal Bertone is suspected of irregularities regarding €15 million (£12.1m) from Vatican accounts.

21 May 2014 19:15 by Liz Dodd

Private letters from Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest have been withdrawn from auction following what is understood to have been an intervention by her family.

21 May 2014 16:02 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

The Islamist terrorist organisation Boko Haram is accused of killing 135 people in two days of bloody attacks in the last two days. Yesterday 118 people died in a double bomb attack in the central city of Jos. Today reports emerged of 17 people being killed in an attack on a village in north-east Nigeria, close to the village of Chibok, where hundreds of schoolgirls, thought to be mainly Christian, were seized five weeks ago.

21 May 2014 13:56 by CNS

Fr Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the Jesuits, has announced his intention to resign in late 2016 after he turns 80.