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25 May 2014 11:27 by James Macintyre in Jerusalem

Pope Francis this afternoon unexpectedly invited the Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican in attempt to revive the dormant Middle East peace process.

23 May 2014 17:59 by James Macintyre

Pope Francis called for a “just” solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and an urgent end to the Syrian crisis today, in a series of highly political remarks at the start of his three-day visit to the Holy Land.

23 May 2014 17:50 by Liz Dodd

A Catholic college in Ireland is to close its doors after efforts to keep it afloat financially failed.

23 May 2014 17:17 by James Macintyre in Jerusalem

Pope Francis is to arrive in Jordan tomorrow for the first leg of a three-day visit to the Holy Land that will be steeped in politics despite his claim in Rome this week that he is hoping for “purely a religious trip”.

The United Nations has issued a second damning report into the Vatican’s response to the child sex abuse scandal, but paid tribute to recent efforts by Pope Francis to improve the Church’s record on safeguarding.

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.