Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki on Thursday after he received a report  on sexual abuse by Catholic priests and the role of clergy who possibly sought to cover up the allegations in the Cologne archdiocese. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/EPA

A team of German lawyers said on Thursday they had found no evidence that a former Archbishop of Cologne had breached his duty in his handling of sexu(...)

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki: under pressure after deciding to withhold a report into sexual abuse by clerics in the Cologne archdiocese. Photograph: Gunther  Ortmann/via Getty Images)

Priests in Cologne’s Catholic archdiocese are demanding their archbishop resign for suppressing a critical report into clerical sexual abuse in the we(...)

The cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Germany’s most influential Catholic diocese stands accused of protecting senior bishops after refusing to publish a report outlining their cover-up of(...)

Participants known as “lifeguards” at an anti-abortion protest march through Berlin. Photograph:  Markus Heine/SOPA Images/ LightRocket via Getty Images

It’s almost 20 years ago, but Annika* remembers her abortion clearly. It was 1999, she had just moved from Zürich to Berlin with her two children afte(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: said Pope Francis “stresses the role of the church in accompanying men and women on the journey of married and family life”. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Presenting people with black-and-white answers is not the way to help with marriage difficulties, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has s(...)

A file photo of the ensemble of the bishop’s residence in Limburg  earlier this month. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Pope Francis has suspended an embattled German bishop from his diocese, where he is under fire after spending €31 million on a new residence.After a 2(...)

The Bishop of Limburg’s residence, with his private chapel (second right). Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Pope Francis had clear words at morning Mass on Monday. Hours before he met Germany’s so-called bling bishop to ask him about his €31 million new r(...)