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20 May 2014 15:38 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

A group of Italian woman who are in love with Catholic priests have appealed to Pope Francis to re-examine the rules on priestly celibacy. The 26 women, who signed with only their Christian names, wrote to the Pope saying it was hypocritical for priests to live a “secret life”.

20 May 2014 13:45 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Ralph Heskett, a Redemptorist who has led the Church in Gibraltar, as the new Bishop of Hallam.

20 May 2014 13:09 by Jon Stibbs

Representatives of Nicaragua’s bishops and the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, are to meet President Daniel Ortega tomorrow to try to defuse years of tension between the head of state and the Church.

20 May 2014 12:49 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Potentially criminal transactions identified by the Vatican financial watchdog have soared as Pope Francis’ improved scrutiny measures start to pay off.

19 May 2014 18:05 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Pope Francis is establishing a commission under the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to examine the appeals of priests punished for sexual abuse of minors and other serious crimes.

19 May 2014 15:12 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis has set a date for his first visit home, authorities in Argentina have claimed.

19 May 2014 13:54 by Christopher Lamb

A prominent gay Catholic has been told he cannot be a Cafod volunteer due to his “speaking out against aspects of church teaching”.

19 May 2014 13:51 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

The Bishop of Basel, Felix Gmür, has permitted the democratically elected Basel Catholic church corporations (“katholische Landeskirchen beider Basel”), which are officially only responsible for church finances, to formulate an initiative appealing for equality between men and women as far as ordination to the priesthood is concerned.

16 May 2014 15:12 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis cancelled his engagements this morning and postponed a visit to a Marian shrine outside Rome in the run up to his visit to the Holy Land.

16 May 2014 13:17 by James Macintyre

The Chairman of Governers at a Catholic primary school that is being transferred to the Church of England after its intake became overwhelmingly Muslim is calling for a national review of the purpose of Catholic education.