- Now the talking really begins
Pope Francis wanted frankness and openness and that is what he got. But there is also the sense that the real debate in the Church about marriage and families is only just starting
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The pop singer Madonna was condemned by the Vatican when she performed a mock crucifixion in Rome during a concert in the city.
“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.
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.
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.
A Christian festival for young people, with singing and prayer, has just ended in Ankawa, a Christian suburb of the Iraqi city of Erbil.
The Synod on the Family is keen that we do not to rush to judge those failing to live up to church teaching.
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.
When Pope Francis urged participants at the synod to speak their minds, he used the Greek word parrhesia, meaning to speak candidly.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
No one doubts Pope Francis’ commitment to collegiality. But it seems he has not forgotten how to exercise papal primacy.
This synod is not the first to discuss the family.
Resignations, scandals, pressure on numbers: it might be easy to get disheartened about the Church in England and Wales.
Fresh moves announced at this year’s Conservative Party conference to cut welfare payments have sparked further criticism by the Church of government policy.
Inspecting women’s stiletto shoes is not a task you might expect of a priest secretary at Archbishop’s House, Westminster.
The hunt is on for a London home for the famous bronze depiction of Christ as a homeless person.
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
Gino Bartali is best known for winning the Tour de France twice, becoming one of the best-known cyclists of the 1930s and 1940s.
It is almost unheard of for a director of news at the BBC to present one of his own programmes, but James Harding is stepping out from the shadows of management to present a Radio 4 documentary on Pope Francis.
No one should be surprised if we find life elsewhere in the universe, according to Vatican astronomer and Tablet columnist Br Guy Consolmagno.
Maintaining neutrality throughout the Scottish referendum debate has required a delicate balancing act by the hierarchy in Scotland.
The first baby baptised by a former leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has had his baptism “reaffirmed”, but this time by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A Catholic pioneer aviator is to be remembered in a church window in the village where he crashed and died (design above).
The Duke of Cambridge attended Mass for the first time in a public capacity last weekend on a visit to Malta.