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30 October 2014

He is bishop of what one newspaper has described as “the most gossiped-about diocese in Italy”, with Pope Francis expected to send an apostolic administrator to resolve the problems.

30 October 2014

It is now possible to eat like a Pope, thanks to a new recipe book by 24-year-old TV chef turned Swiss Guard David Geisser.

30 October 2014

POPE FRANCIS has talked of the “God of surprises” several times recently. But where does the phrase come from?

30 October 2014

They were a community of Carmelite nuns in the 1950s with no chapel and no funds to pay builders.

30 October 2014

It scandalised Catholics, and led to the resignation of the “bishop of bling”, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst.

30 October 2014

One hundred and fifty years ago today, the first post-Reformation Mass in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was celebrated.

Previous issues

23 October 2014

Any visitor to the Vatican is likely to see the odd bishop sweeping through St Peter’s square dressed in cassock, pectoral cross and a flash of purple. During a synod – attended by prelates from across the world – this is even more common as bishops each day make their way to the Paul VI audience hall or aula.

23 October 2014

There was an English presence at the beatification of Paul VI on Sunday. Among the choirs singing at the Mass was one from More House, an independent Catholic girls school in London.

23 October 2014

Pope Francis says the Church needs to accompany couples and families in a variety of pastoral situations. It could be the unmarried, divorced or those simply struggling. This, however, can require patience and a sense of humour, as Cardinal Vincent Nichols recalled this week.

23 October 2014

The work of hospital chaplains usually takes place quietly, behind the scenes. Now, a new BBC documentary series will give an insight into this key ministry at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

23 October 2014

The pop singer Madonna was condemned by the Vatican when she performed a mock crucifixion in Rome during a concert in the city.

16 October 2014

“Homeless young people today stand before a cliff that is higher and steeper than ever before,” Cathy Corcoran of the Cardinal Hume Centre told 90 chief executives as they prepared to sleep out in Wembley Stadium on Monday.

16 October 2014

World Homeless Day was also marked with a reception in the House of Lords last week, where the former presenter of BBC’s Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman, was among the guests.

16 October 2014

Prominent Catholics seem to be at the forefront of the battle to restore the reputation of bankers, after a string of scandals that have eaten away at the public’s trust.

16 October 2014

A Christian festival for young people, with singing and prayer, has just ended in Ankawa, a Christian suburb of the Iraqi city of Erbil.

16 October 2014

The Synod on the Family is keen that we do not to rush to judge those failing to live up to church teaching.

16 October 2014

For many years, Cardinal George Pell had a lively column in Australia’s biggest-selling weekly, The Sunday Telegraph. Now he has encouraged other clerics to write for the newspapers.

16 October 2014

When Pope Francis urged participants at the synod to speak their minds, he used the Greek word parrhesia, meaning to speak candidly.

09 October 2014

The Indian Government might have declared Mother Teresa as a “Bharat Ratna” (“Jewel of India”) in her lifetime, but it has decided that it does not have sufficient resources to sponsor the university chair it instituted in her memory.

09 October 2014

Exhibitions, talks, study days, retreats and conferences are among the events taking place to mark the fifth centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila.

09 October 2014

The director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim Knox, has announced that a public appeal to raise £85,000 to keep a seventeenth-century carving of the Mater Dolorosa, the Virgin of Sorrows, in Cambridge has been successful.

09 October 2014

With the problems the Church of England has in attracting vocations from ethnic minorities, you might imagine that St Paul’s Cathedral would have been keener to hold on to its succentor

09 October 2014

The food at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives and eats alongside everyone else, is unlikely, say those who have sampled it, to receive a Michelin star.

09 October 2014

No one doubts Pope Francis’ commitment to collegiality. But it seems he has not forgotten how to exercise papal primacy.

09 October 2014

This synod is not the first to discuss the family.

02 October 2014

Resignations, scandals, pressure on numbers: it might be easy to get disheartened about the Church in England and Wales.

02 October 2014

Fresh moves announced at this year’s Conservative Party conference to cut welfare payments have sparked further criticism by the Church of government policy.

02 October 2014

Inspecting women’s stiletto shoes is not a task you might expect of a priest secretary at Archbishop’s House, Westminster.

02 October 2014

The hunt is on for a London home for the famous bronze depiction of Christ as a homeless person.

02 October 2014

When Malta’s newly elected president, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, met the Pope in Rome on Monday, she may well have raised a hot topic currently exercising opinion on the traditionally Catholic island

02 October 2014

Gino Bartali is best known for winning the Tour de France twice, becoming one of the best-known cyclists of the 1930s and 1940s.