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Archbishop orders priests in his archdiocese to refuse to give Holy Communion to anyone who 'joins or supports' any organisation which 'publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline'

Discussions during the second week of the Synod on the Family were overshadowed by clashes over the leaking of a “letter of concern” sent by a group of cardinals to Pope Francis about the process adopted for the gathering.

Germany’s Catholic bishops have launched a programme to promote women in the Church, after a new upsurge of departures in the wake of recent scandals, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin, the relator of the German-language group at the Synod on the Family, said it is crucial that the Pope emphasises that the Eucharist is a “celebration of forgiveness”.

France’s stand-off with the Vatican over its gay candidate for ambassador to the Holy See could last until 2017 as Paris is refusing to give in to pressure from the Holy See to put forward another name, writes Tom Heneghan.

Trump declares his faith Premium

15 October 2015 | by James Roberts
At a rally in Las Vegas last week, the Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump declared that he is “a Protestant, a Presbyterian”, writes James Roberts. According to Spero News, he was responding to remarks by his Seventh-day Adventist rival Ben Carson, about Trump’s faith.

Theologians from across the world were to attend an international congress at Vienna University entitled “Pope Francis and the Revolution of Tender Love”, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

With a week to go until Argentina votes in presidential elections, one of the nation’s most influential Catholic figures has said she is worried the “wrong” person will become president.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law legalising physician-assisted suicide in the largest state in the US, writes Michael Sean Winters.

France has dismissed a 20-year-old case against Fr Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, a Rwandan priest who has been accused of handing over Tutsi refugees to Hutu militias in Kigali during the 1994 genocide there, writes Tom Heneghan.

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