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Cardinal Vincent Nichols opened his homily for Midnight Mass last night by acknowledging anxiety about the state of the world and quoting the poet W B Yeats: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world …”


Pope Francis used his homily to again highlight the dangers of the commercialisation of Christmas marking out the similarities between the housing crisis facing Mary and Joseph and the prevailing attitude at Christmas today...


He’s the arch-conservative cardinal demanding Pope Francis answer his questions on whether divorced and remarried Catholics can receive communion. 


A landmark abuse claim that could see the Diocese of Middlesbrough paying out millions of pounds in compensation has had three of its first test cases dismissed by a judge...


Retired papal diplomat Archbishop Silvano Tomasi is to look at the dismissal of Albrecht von Boeselager, the Order’s number three who was dramatically sacked by the Grand Master, Matthew Festing...

 


In this year's address Francis set forward twelve guiding principles for his shake-up of the Church's headquarters, including an end to the old curial tradition of “demotion by promotion”, the practice of getting rid of people by promoting them...


Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning Prince Charles said that the suffering of those fleeing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere echoed the suffering of the Holy Family, who had arrived in Bethlehem as refugees...


A former private secretary and biographer of assassinated archbishop Oscar Romero has been removed from the priesthood following allegations that he sexually abused a girl in the 1980s.


Yesterday Pope Francis expressed condolences to the victims and their families, calling for an end to terrorism...


Mgr Lucio Vallejo Balda walked free from his Vatican prison cell last night after Francis offered a Christmas-time clemency halfway through the Spanish priest’s 18-month sentence...


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