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27 October 2014 15:32 by Liz Dodd

A pair of priests whose tap-dancing duel at the North American College in Rome was posted on the internet earlier this year have become an online sensation.

27 October 2014 15:30 by Liz Dodd, CNS

Twelve Chaldean religious men and priests living in the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden have been suspended from exercising their priestly ministry for not receiving permission from their superiors before emigrating from Iraq.

27 October 2014 15:28 by Liz Dodd

The president of the Canadian Bishops’ Conference has spoken of his “profound sadness” after a gunman shot dead a solider in Quebec and another fatally shot a soldier at a national war memorial before storming the country’s parliament in Ottawa last week.

27 October 2014 15:11 by Liz Dodd

Priests should refuse absolution to people who confess to abusing children, a Catholic academic has said, days after the Church of England announced it would be examining whether abuse admitted in the confessional should remain confidential.

24 October 2014 14:35 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis has ordered an inquiry into an Italian bishop over the alleged behaviour of some of its priests.

24 October 2014 14:34 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

The Catholic Church is educating Myanmar citizens about their democratic rights to ensure that next year’s general election – the second in more than 50 years – is not “worthless”.

24 October 2014 14:33 by Sarah Mac Donald

THE FORMER head of the Church body set up to protect children in Ireland this week attacked the country’s bishops, accusing them of “minimal responses and empty gestures” when dealing with clerical abuse.

24 October 2014 14:32 by Liz Dodd, CNS

Pope Francis has called for abolition of the death penalty and life imprisonment, saying that Christians are called to campaign for an end to capital punishment.

23 October 2014 14:52

The rector-archpriest of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has denounced the idea of charging admission fees for tourists at France's most famous churches, saying such a fee would make free access for believers all but impossible to ensure.

23 October 2014 14:47 by Jonathan Luxmoore

German church leaders have criticised a cross-party bill to allow assisted suicide, which is currently unregulated in the country.