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04 December 2013 15:10 by Ellen Teague

Taizé’s Prior, Brother Alois, and several other brothers visited North Korea, as part of a programme of visits to Myanmar, China, India and North and South Korea during October and November.

04 December 2013 14:51 by Robert Mickens

Pope Francis and his eight-member Council of Cardinals have held their second round of meetings by looking at Vatican offices in an effort to re-organise the Roman Curia.

04 December 2013 14:42 by Ellen Teague

Islamist rebels have abducted 12 nuns from a convent in the historic Christian town of Maaloula, around 50 miles north of Damascus. The nuns were taken on Monday from the St Thecla Greek Orthodox convent to the nearby rebel-held city of Yabroud.

04 December 2013 14:24

About 1,000 Dutch Catholic churches – around two-thirds of the total in the country –will be shut by 2025, Cardinal Willem Eijk warned Pope Francis at an ad limina visit on Monday.

04 December 2013 14:16 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

The controversial Swiss theologian Hans Küng has welcomed the structural reforms advocated by Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium and said they will meet with wide approval “far beyond the Catholic Church”.

04 December 2013 14:09 by Robert Mickens

Pope Francis and his Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, have held talks in Rome with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, furthering plans for a papal visit to the Holy Land next spring and discussing peaceful coexistence in the region.

02 December 2013 13:53 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Pope Francis expressed his “closeness” to the people of Glasgow after Friday evening’s helicopter crash in the city centre and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia offered a special Mass on Saturday for those who have been involved in the tragedy.

02 December 2013 13:50 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Almost two-thirds of voters in Croatia yesterday voted in favour of asking their Government to recognise marriage in the country’s constitution as the union of one man and one woman.

02 December 2013 12:22 by Christopher Lamb

The Bishop of Portsmouth wants Catholics to put their faith into action by serving at food banks, on credit unions, befriending immigrants and “campaigning for justice”.

29 November 2013 17:46 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

One of the most senior clerics in the Central African Republic (CAR) yesterday called on the international community to help end the brutal violence gripping his country.