The Catholic church is “particularly subject to the temptation to cover up abuse” in order to protect its reputation, the national inquiry into child sex abuse has been told. Lawyers representing abuse victims said mandatory reporting of sexual misconduct should be introduced in the church to prevent abuses occurring. 

The Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols has offered his congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their engagement was announced by the Prince of Wales

Francis comes to the country formerly known as Burma after 600,000 Rohingya muslims have been driven out of Rakhine state into Bangladesh in what the United Nations described as a “textbook case” of ethnic cleansing. The Pope has repeatedly raised the plight of the Rohingya in the Vatican, but on this trip he has been advised by the local church not to identify the Rohingya by name.

The leader of the TUC has called told a Vatican conference that there is an urgent need for a new Cardinal Manning to take up the fight against unfair employment practices.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has described a bomb and gun attack in a crowded mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people, as 'terrible beyond words.'

Inequality and the 'new global titans of technology' are depriving working people of dignity, Britain’s trade union chief will tell Catholic and labour movement leaders at the Vatican today.

Pope Francis has led a special prayer service in St Peter’s Basilica for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


The Ukrainian bishop whose diocese includes the rebel-occupied Donbass has warned that Russia is still "pouring arms and bullets" into the eastern region, with up to a dozen Ukrainian soldiers dying weekly. 

Ukraine's Catholic Church has welcomed a vote by MPs to make the 25 December Western Christmas a public holiday for the first time, in addition to the 7 January Orthodox Christmas. 

Russia's Supreme Court has confirmed that children can be removed from their parents if they involve them in banned social or religious groups, in a move said by local media to be aimed against the outlawed Jehovah's Witnesses. 


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