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11 July 2014 16:34 by Christopher Lamb

Negative attitudes towards the Catholic Church and its leadership have increased in recent years due to hostility to official teaching and clerical sexual abuse, a new academic study has found.

11 July 2014 16:12 by Liz Dodd, CNS

A bishop in the southern Italian region of Calabria has ordered an end to all religious processions in his diocese after 30 men carrying a large statue of the Madonna and hundreds of people accompanying the statue paused and bowed in front of the house of a mafia godfather last Sunday.

10 July 2014 15:27 by Liz Dodd

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ordered a priest to break the seal of confession, a move his diocese called an “assault” on the Catholic faith.

10 July 2014 13:00 by Jo-Anne Rowney

Young people need to find silence away from the noise of social media in order to encounter God, the archbishop in charge of new evangelisation has said.

10 July 2014 12:51 by Ruth Gledhill

Four Catholic cathedrals are among the 22 who will benefit from £5 million in the first round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral repair fund.

09 July 2014 17:04 by James Roberts

Lord Christopher Patten of Barnes has been appointed president of a new committee that will propose reforms to Vatican media outlets.

09 July 2014 17:02 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

In the latest of Pope Francis’ sweeping reforms to Vatican finances, he has appointed a new board to the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank (IOR) with French financier Jean-Baptiste de Franssu as president.

09 July 2014 12:30 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

At least 24 Christians were killed and 32 injured when armed rebels and Muslims attacked the compound of St Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral in Bambari, Central African Republic, on Monday.

09 July 2014 12:07 by Ruth Gledhill

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, pledged their full backing for the new public enquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations by public institutions.

09 July 2014 11:37 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said the sexual abuse crisis in the Church was not a chapter of past history because abuse “can and does still take place”.