The Swiss theologian Fr Hans Küng, 85, has said he may seek help to take his own life as he becomes increasingly debilitated by a degenerative illness, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

05 October 2013 | by Jon Stibbs

Abusive priest defended by Bergoglio gets 15 years

A priest who was defended by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has begun a 15-year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of an adolescent boy in the 1990s. Fr Julio Cesar Grassi, 57, was the leader of Buenos Aires’ Happy Children Foundation, a centre for troubled boys, at the time the crime took place.

05 October 2013 | by Josef Pazderka

Apology over Polish paedophile scandal

Representatives of the Polish Catholic Church have apologised for the alleged child sex abuse by Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, a 65-year-old Pole who served as papal envoy in the Dominican Republic, and his 38-year-old Polish colleague Fr Wojciech Gil, writes Josef Pazderka.

Women’s ordination would split the Church, Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz has warned, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Slow progress in Christian-Muslim dialogue has led to a growing scepticism about its usefulness and even to hostility among young religious leaders, according to Catholic and Islamic officials at a conference on interfaith relations in Paris, writes Tom Heneghan.

05 October 2013 | by Fredrick Nzwili

Inter-faith prayers for Westgate terror victims

Kenyan religious leaders have led the nation in national prayers for strength and hope days after Islamist terrorists killed 61 and injured more than 200 at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, writes Fredrick Nzwili.

05 October 2013 | by Robert Mickens

Canonisations date

Confirming months of speculation, Pope Francis has officially announced that he will canonise Popes John Paul II and John XXIII at an outdoor Mass on 27 April in St Peter’s Square, writes Robert Mickens.

A religious order is withdrawing from a London parish after serving it for almost nine decades.

24 September 2013 | by Liz Dodd

Church rushes aid to Westgate

Kenya's Catholic bishops have donated food and blood bag kits to help survivors of the terrorist attack on the upmarket Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi that has left 62 people dead and more than 170 injured.

24 September 2013 |

Campaign against pro-life groups

An official French equality council has urged the Government to inform women more actively about abortion rights because anti-abortion groups are far more visible on the Internet.


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