- Now the talking really begins
Pope Francis wanted frankness and openness and that is what he got. But there is also the sense that the real debate in the Church about marriage and families is only just starting
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Pope Francis yesterday called for an end to violence in Ukraine, where at least three people have been killed in clashes that have erupted from two months of anti-Government protests.
A small makeshift bomb exploded in central Rome early this morning, causing slight damage to a building belonging to a French religious establishment and three parked cars, just hours before a visit to Pope Francis by French President François Hollande.
Divisions among Christians and a failure to evangelise are leading to insufficient witness by the Church in the Midlands, the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley has said.
A women’s ordination group will hold their annual meeting in a Catholic church for the first time in their history.
El Salvadorean President Mauricio Funes has announced that the country’s main international airport is to be renamed after Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a military death squad in 1980.
The leading member of the Council of Cardinals (C8) has sharply criticised the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Gerhard Müller.
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said the Government has threatened his Church over its involvement in the pro-EU protests in Kiev that have escalated into violence.
A leading Catholic charity this week named for the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award has reported a marked increase in demand for its services.
The number of diocesan priests in England and Wales fell by more than 15 per cent from 2010 to 2012, according to the latest figures compiled by the Catholic Directory.
President François Hollande, who is to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican today, said in advance he wanted to talk with the Pope about the war in Syria, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the plight of Christians in the Middle East and defending the global environment.