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Delivering the annual Smith Lecture in Sydney last week, Patrick Parkinson, professor of law at the University of Sydney, said the Vatican's 'misguided' belief that child sexual abuse cases ought to be dealt with by the Church through canon law.
Persecution of Christians is worsening in 20 countries around the world, according to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
Africa should no longer be seen as a charity case requiring endless handouts from superior Western economies, the Provincial of Jesuits in East Africa is to argue in a lecture tonight.
The Bishop of Portsmouth hopes next year's synod on the family will offer mercy and reconciliation to Catholics who are divorced and remarried.
Pope Francis, who not long ago said he didn't like to give interviews to the press, has spoken at length to the left-leaning Italian daily, La Repubblica - the paper that last month published a personal letter Francis wrote to its former editor, Eugenio Scalfari.