The head of the liaison body between the Australian Catholic Church and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has called for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to be answerable to the Pope in a much more direct way, rather than reporting through the Vatican bureaucracy.

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09 March 2017 | by James Roberts

The Episcopal Conference of Honduras has published a letter to the country’s Catholics ahead of the presidential elections in November, calling for people to consider the electoral campaign carefully. Controversy surrounds the poll after the law was changed to allow President Juan Orlando Hernández to seek re-election, despite objections from the opposition parties.

Calling health care "a vital concern for nearly every person in the country," the U.S. Catholic bishops said March 8 they will be reviewing closely a measure introduced in the House March 6 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


Pope Francis has said ordaining married men is a 'possibility' as the Church grapples with the 'enormous problem' of a global shortage of priests, a situation that is most acute in the Argentinian pontiff’s home continent of Latin America...

A new Vatican women’s advisory group has been launched to counter the “lack of the presence of women” in leadership roles in the Roman Curia which has no women in leadership roles despite representing a fifth of the workforce...

A South Sudanese Bishop has denounced President Kiir’s declaration of a ‘National Day of Prayers’, calling it a 'political prayer' and a mockery...

The Catholic Church in the Philippines has attacked the country’s lower house lawmakers who voted overwhelming in favour of bringing back capital punishment for serious drug crimes today (7 March)...

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will meet Pope Francis at the end of this month or in the beginning of April, Clarence House has confirmed...

Police in Kerala have arrested five nuns on suspicion of covering up the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl by a catholic priest...

The UK feels like the "most divided country" he has lived in "in his lifetime", the Archbishop of Canterbury has told his fellow peers during his first speech in the House of Lords debate on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - report stage, on Tuesday (7 March)...

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