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Pope Paul VI prepared 'resignation letter'

16 May 2018 | by Cindy Wooden, CNS

Thirteen years before his death, Blessed Paul VI had written to the dean of the College of Cardinals to say that if he were to become seriously ill or impeded from exercising his ministry, the dean and other top cardinals in Rome should accept his resignation


Pope Francis has expressed grave concern over the tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East, which have escalated in recent days following the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.


Nuns must use Facebook, Twitter and other social media with "sobriety and discretion" according to a new document released by the Vatican


Victoria County Court in Melbourne has fired a staff member for allegedly gaining access to restricted information about the charges facing Cardinal George Pell.


It is “vital” that Cardinal Vincent Nichols give evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), a lawyer has told a hearing.


In the last major pro-life rally ahead of Ireland's 25 May referendum on whether to liberalise the country's abortion laws, thousands gathered to say "no" to far-reaching proposals that could see abortion on demand up to 12 weeks, and even later in some cases.


Bishop of Clifton Declan Lang said Israel has a right to defend itself but also has the moral and legal responsibility not to use disproportionate force 


Pope Francis has said he has thought about when it might be time to “take my leave”.


The president of Croatia’s Bishops’ Conference has urged forgiveness and reconciliation during a Mass at Bleiburg in Austria to commemorate thousands of civilians and demobilised soldiers who were massacred after being forcibly handed over to communist forces by British officials in 1945. 


The 101st German Katholikentag, whose motto this year was “seeking peace”, took place at a time of greater ferment in the German Church than has been seen for some years.


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