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Archbishop of Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin  in  court in Lyon, France where he is on trial charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and ’90s. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

“I never sought to hide, much less to cover up, these horrible facts,” said Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of the Gauls, o(...)

Peter’s Square in Rome: An Italian priest laicised by the Vatican in 2012 for sex abuse crimes may have subsequently abused as many as 10 boys. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Italian Catholic Church has been rocked by revelations that a priest laicised by the Vatican in 2012 for sex abuse crimes may have subsequently ab(...)

Marie Collins: Development a “very serious mater”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Abuse survivor Marie Collins has described as “sickening” apparent attempts to block an abuse survivor’s nomination to the Pope’s child protection com(...)

Cardinal Peter Turkson said that Pope Francis was planning to publish a papal encyclical later this year on human ecology. The cardinal is currently visiting Ireland.  File photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis intends to publish an encyclical letter later this year on the theme of human ecology that will explore the relationship between care for(...)

Fr Javier Baeza: “We’re giving a message of hope, solidarity and struggle.”

You can tell that San Carlos Borromeo, in the Vallecas district of Madrid, is no ordinary church even before you’re inside. Colourful murals and graff(...)