Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard a flight from Mexico to Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has indicated that women exposed to the Zika virus may be permitted to use contraception to avoid pregnancy, in a departure from Catholic(...)

Health agents prepare guppy fish to consume larva of Zika-transmitting mosquito in  Rio de Janeiro: the Catholic church in Brazil – one of the worst affected countries – is strongly opposed to allowing abortions for pregnant women exposed to the  virus. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Pregnant women exposed to the Zika virus and who may be carrying foetuses with catastrophic brain defects should not be permitted to have abortions, t(...)