The Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that he is the illegitimate son of Winston Churchill’s private secretary, the late Sir Anthony Montague Brown, a fact his real father's family said that they had been aware of for some time...


Today Pope Francis released his much anticipated apostolic exhortation on the family. Here the Catholic community responds to the document that is being interpreted as a blueprint for a more open Church...

Pope Francis has opened the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive holy communion in the long-awaited publication on his comments on the two Synods of Bishops On the Family today (Friday), but firmly kept the door shut on same-sex marriage being blessed by the Roman Catholic Church...


The Bishop of Limerick has said his diocese stands at a juncture in the lifetime of the Church as the first synod in the diocese in 80 years takes place this weekend.

Churches in Port Talbot have organised a service of support for steel workers affected by the potential closure of Tata Steel, writes Megan Cornwell.

For the first time in its 800-year history, Oxford University will not require theology undergraduates to study Christian theology during their three-year course, writes Rose Gamble.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (above) visited the US this week to promote the work of the Santa Marta Group, which unites government, police and church leaders in the fight against modern slavery.

Bitter divide over abortion Premium

07 April 2016 | by Josef Pazderka

Catholic bishops have won support from Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party for their campaign for a total ban on abortion, writes Josef Pazderka.

In his homily at the vigil for Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis proposed that “a hospital, a home for the elderly, for abandoned children, a school where none exists, a home for the recovery of addicts” or some similar structure be established in every diocese as “a living memory” of the Year of Mercy, writes James Roberts.

Justice authorities have searched offices of Lyon archdiocese for material relating to accusations against Cardinal Philippe Barbarin that he did not report child-abusing priests, writes Tom Heneghan.

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