Cardinal Vincent Nichols has rebuked the almost 500 priests in England and Wales who have signed a letter resisting any change to church teaching at the Vatican’s next Synod on the Family in October, saying that discussions around the Synod are "not best conducted through the press".

The papal almoner, an archbishop who distributes charitable aid from Pope Francis, has planned a special afternoon for about 150 homeless people: a walk through the Vatican Gardens, a visit to the Vatican Museums, private time in the Sistine Chapel and dinner in the museums' cafeteria.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols urged Christians to emulate Oscar Romero by making the cries of the poor central to their prayers.

Pope Francis has called the death penalty “inadmissible” and said it has no legitimacy in modern justice systems.

Pope Francis entreated Catholics to fight for Naples’ soul during a weekend visit to the Mafia-ridden city that he said heralded a springtime of redemption.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols this evening celebrated a Requiem Mass for Richard III days before he was due to be reburied in an Anglican cathedral in Leicester.

A new Bishop of Arundel and Brighton has been appointed to succeed Kieran Conry, who resigned last September having admitted to being unfaithful to his vow of celibacy.

Pope Francis has today accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien from the “rights and privileges” of being a cardinal.

A traditionalist bishop who has denied the Holocaust has been automatically excommunicated along with the priest he illicitly ordained a bishop.

Portland, Oregon is the least religious city in the US with 42 per cent of its population self-identifying as “religiously unaffiliated,” according to the findings of a new survey.

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