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03 October 2014 14:21 by Liz Dodd, James Roberts

Cardinal Raymond Burke has expressed hope that the forthcoming Synod on the Family will confirm once and for all the Church’s teaching that divorced and remarried people are excluded from Communion.

03 October 2014 13:57 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis has said that Europe must “open its hearts” to refugees, as he met with survivors and relatives of the tragic shipwreck that took the lives of more than 300 migrants last year.

02 October 2014 13:31 by Jonathan Luxmoore

A senior Vatican official has warned that Ukraine will need “far-reaching reform” regardless of the “Russian aggression” that it is experiencing

02 October 2014 13:29 by Christopher Lamb

LABOUR HAS denied claims that a move to legalise assisted suicide will be part of its party manifesto for next year’s general election.

02 October 2014 13:26 by Christopher Lamb

Salford's new bishop has pledged to follow Pope Francis’ exhortation to stay close to his people and is considering giving up his episcopal residence, a Grade I listed manor house.

02 October 2014 13:20 by Fredrick Nzwili

Mgr Robert J. Vitillo, delegate to the United Nations in Geneva for Caritas Internationalis has said that the Ebola crisis in Liberia remains extremely grave and continues to disrupt everyday life for most of the population.

01 October 2014 15:14 by Liz Dodd

The head of The Episcopal Church (TEC) in the US, Katharine Jefferts Schori, has said suggested that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby could postpone the ten-yearly Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops to allow more time to repair divisions over attitudes to homosexuality.

01 October 2014 15:03 by Sarah Mac Donald in Dublin

The Irish Church’s first synod in 70 years will take place over three days in spring 2016 and involve lay Catholics, professionals and Travellers as well as clergy and Religious.

01 October 2014 14:54 by Liz Dodd, James Roberts

Cardinal Raymond Burke has hit out at claims that German Cardinal Walter Kasper “spoke for” Pope Francis when he backed communion for divorced and remarried people.

30 September 2014 13:50 by Liz Dodd

US-led air strikes will kill innocent people instead of wiping out Islamic State (IS or ISIS) jihadists, the most senior Catholic leader in Iraq has warned, as reports emerged of a crisis in the capital, Baghdad.