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Pope Francis has named a Venezuelan veteran of the Vatican diplomatic corps to be the third-ranking official in the Vatican Secretariat of State.


Pope Francis has offered prayers and expressed his closeness to those suffering after a motorway bridge collapsed in the northern Italian city of Genoa yesterday, killing at 39 and injuring 15.


The following are excerpts of statements, and links to the full statements, made by the bishops of the six Pennsylvania dioceses named in a grand jury report released Aug. 14 that detailed a two-year investigation of seven decades of clergy sex abuse claims. Many of the claims date back decades.

 


More than 1000 children were sexually abused by hundreds of paedophile priests in Pennsylvania for decades, according to a report released today


A pro-life charity, Life, has started legal action against Lambeth Council after they were instructed to remove their stall from a Country show in July, saying the action infringed their human rights. 


A survey published less than two weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland has shown that the majority of Irish people support married clergy, women priests and agree with former president Mary McAleese that women are not treated equally in the Church.


Recently signed peace agreements between the government and rebels are raising hope in South Sudan, according to Catholic bishops in the country. 


Charities have welcomed the Government’s £100 million strategy to tackle rough sleeping on the streets, but say more affordable accommodation needs “urgently” to be made available.


Former Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson left an Australian court on Tuesday (14 August) to begin 12 months’ home detention, with a six-month non-parole period, as a supporter of the prelate and a prominent abuse survivor had a bitter verbal exchange after the hearing.


It is not enough to avoid evil, a Christian must actively pursue goodness and renounce evil, Pope Francis has said.


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