One of the most senior figures in the Vatican was this week subjected to days of cross- examination over what he knew about clerical sexual abuse in his home diocese almost 40 years ago.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, is due to meet senior British Government Ministers including the Minister for Europe during a visit to the United Kingdom this week, writes Liz Dodd.

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has stressed it was not the Church but individual priests who were responsible for the abuse scandal.

Actor Mark Ruffalo (left), star of Spotlight, joined a protest outside a Catholic cathedral hours before the Oscars started on Sunday, writes Ellen Teague.

Interest in the Church and in examining the values that German society is based on has greatly increased, especially in the former Communist-controlled east of the country, according to the Archbishop of Berlin, Heiner Koch, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

A law allowing civil partnerships for gay couples was passed by the Italian parliament last week. The legislation did not include any provisions for same-sex adoption, writes Christopher Lamb.

The Argentine president has said there was no political point behind a gift from Pope Francis to a social leader imprisoned in Argentina, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

Catholic churches and charities in sub-Saharan Africa are leading efforts to aid millions of people in the region without food.

The Church in Guatemala has hailed a landmark ruling in which two former soldiers have received life sentences for crimes committed during the country’s civil conflict, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

The Canadian parliamentary committee set up to make recommendations on assisted suicide made sweeping proposals triggering angry responses from medical associations and the Church, writes Peter Kavanagh.

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