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Pope Francis speaks from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday at the Vatican. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

The Vatican is to prepare a guidebook for Catholic bishops worldwide so they “clearly understand their duties and tasks” in dealing with clerical chil(...)

In a concluding address at the end of a four-day meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church Pope Francis said empirical explanations were not enough ‘faced with such cruelty, with so much idolatrous sacrifice of children to god power, money, pride’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has issued a plea for the eradication of child abuse “from the face of the earth”. At the Vatican on Sunday morning he said: “I make a (...)

  Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the second day of a global child protection summit   on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/AFP/Getty Images

A leading US cardinal has called for new independent ways of reporting bishops who cover up the abuse of children by priests or who may themselves be (...)

Pope Francis greets clergymen at the opening of a global child protection summit. Photograph: Vicenzo Pinto/AFP

Catholic Church leaders from around the world have heard an African woman describe being abused from the age of 15 for 13 years by a priest, who she s(...)

Peter Isley, survivor of sexual abuse, talks to reporters outside the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/ Remo Casilli

Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy have demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offence(...)

Fr Power accepted scandals within Catholic church had undermined their moral authority. Photograph: iStock

The Catholic diocese of Waterford and Lismore has said it had no money to pay its priests’ wages at Christmas because of a major downturn in the amoun(...)

Now is the time for Pope Francis  to spell out in detail, to the leaders before him and to the laity, exactly what process is being used when a bishop or other leader is accused of negligence or cover up. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference across the world – the church’s regional organisations – will be in Rome to attend a Vatican meeting (...)

The Church of England introduced contactless payment terminals in its more than 16,000 churches, cathedrals and religious sites with the aim of making portable card readers available. Photograph: Chris Marsh

Digital collection boxes are the latest innovation at church services to facilitate worshippers who no longer carry cash but may wish to make donation(...)

Pope Francis called this week’s Rome meeting to raise awareness globally about clerical child sexual abuse, highlighting it is not just a “western” problem. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A four-day meeting of Catholic bishops and other senior clergy begins at the Vatican on Thursday to address the issue of clerical child sexual abuse. (...)

Laughter and joy are key to a relationship. The financial cost should never be an obstacle to getting married.

Two days away from the Feast of St Valentine, it is good to return to the appeal of Pope Francis when he spoke to engaged and newly married couples du(...)

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