History was made in Ireland last weekend with the beatification of Jesuit priest Fr John Sullivan (1861-1933) at a ceremony presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Almost half of the adult population in England and Wales now claims to have no religion, although the number of Catholics has remained stable, according to a new analysis, writes Carina Murphy.

An online youth survey asking young Catholics for their views ahead of a world meeting of bishops in 2018 is to be extended, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has announced, writes Carina Murphy.

The Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) has discharged seven parish priests who signed a letter challenging the reconciliation under way between the ultra-traditionalist group and the Vatican. The seven, who include the head of the group’s main church in Paris, criticised a recent Vatican decision to ensure the validity of marriages in SSPX congregations and the consent that the group’s leadership gave it.

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...

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