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Pope Francis tonight presided at his first Christmas Mass as Bishop of Rome, telling worshippers in a brief homily that Jesus is not just a teacher of wisdom, but is the meaning of life and history, the light who brightens our darkness and is our peace.
An unprecedented number of people have been killed in South Sudan this Christmas in a cycle of revenge and suspicion that threatens the nation's viability, the country's senior bishops have warned.
In a move that has delighted pro-life campaigners, Spain's conservative Government has agreed to ban the option of abortion on demand during the first trimester of pregnancy.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has praised both Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury for inspiring Christians throughout the world.
Christianity in Britain is a generation away from extinction, the Bishop of Shrewsbury will argue tonight in a homily at Midnight Mass.
Pope Francis has sent a message of sympathy to people injured when part of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End collapsed in the middle of a performance.
The Diocese of Lancaster is to close an historic library in Preston that houses one of the largest collections of Catholic books, pamphlets and photographs in the north west.
The shadow foreign secretary has accused British politicians of having “forsaken” speaking out about the plight of Christians in the Middle East, who are being deliberately targeted for their faith.
Pope Francis has urged top officials in the Roman Curia to be "conscientious objectors to gossip", lamenting that such backbiting was a tacit rule of life inside the Vatican.
The first monastery within the ordinariate established for disaffected Anglicans is to open on New Year’s Day, it was announced today.