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Pope Francis has declined the chance send a representative to take part in setting up Colombia’s peace tribunal but has welcomed the end of more than half a century of fighting between FARC rebels and the Government...


Leading members of the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) will visit the Holy Land together from 16-22 October, in a pilgrimage that will be a “common prelude to the Joint Festival of Christ agreed on by both Churches”, according to a statement from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)...


Pope Francis has created a new department focussing on helping migrants and caring for the environment and has named one of Africa’s most prominent cardinals – who some have tipped as a future Pope – to lead it...

 


A man imprisoned for killing an Italian Catholic priest in Turkey was released after serving almost half of his 18-year sentence...


The Catholic Church in Ghana has released a report exposing land injustices in an attempt to urge government officials to protect rural people in the west African nation.


A Spanish monsignor found guilty of leaking confidential documents about the Vatican's financial reform has begun serving his 18-month prison sentence at the Vatican. Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, was found guilty on 7 July of stealing and passing on documents to Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi...

 


Shi'ite Muslim leaders from Iran have issued a joint declaration with US Catholic bishops calling for nations in possession of weapons of mass destruction 'to rid themselves of these indiscriminate weapons'...


A new study from the Pew Research Center examines the reasons Christians select some congregations to attend over others and found that good preaching and a welcoming atmosphere were the two most frequently cited reasons...


The Czech Catholic Church has protested the extension of child adoption rights to same-sex couples under an amendment to the country's registered partnerships law that shows a lack of respect 'for those who cannot assert their own legitimate needs'...


A huge Russian Orthodox cathedral complex is to be dedicated in October in central Paris, according to a senior official, at a ceremony attended by Patriarch Kirill and President Vladimir Putin...


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