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Pope Francis has accepted the ‘resignation’ of the  Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Master, Englishman Matthew Festing (left), who had been involved in an internal row about the distribution of condoms.  File image: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has struck a blow for “reform” within the Catholic Church by weighing in on the side of the progressives against the traditionalists in a(...)

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(...)

Fr Jacques Hamel, who was killed on Tuesday after two assailants took five people hostage in the church at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray  in Normandy, France. Photograph: Parish of Saint-Étienne via Reuters

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s recent comments that Islam “wants to govern the world” and that, to avoid that fate, America needs to reassert “the Christian(...)

Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi at a news conference to publicise his book, ‘Via Crucis’, in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters

A suspect break-in and a subsequent safe robbery, a whole batch of Holy See confidential documents and even documents related to mafia banker Michele (...)

Also on the programme former president of Ireland Mary McAleese says that while she likes Pope Francis she feels he just doesn’t get women – “there’s a blind side here.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Pope Francis has been publicly criticised by Irish American and senior Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke in a documentary to be broadcast on RTÉ One tele(...)

Pope Francis appoints new cardinal Mozambican Bishop Julio Duarte Langa during the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 14th. Francis has now appointed 31 new elector (under 80) cardinals  since his election in March, 2013. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

On Monday of this week, the Holy See quietly initiated a project that in many senses embodies Pope Francis’s famous call for a “church of the poor and(...)

Pope Francis says he intends to travel to Africa once and to Latin America three times next year. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/EPA

Pope Francis has said he would like to “open the doors” to the divorced and remarried, saying they must be “integrated” into Church life.“In the case (...)

Pope Francis: praying for change. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Cardinal George Pell was in jocular form during the first week of the current synod of bishops in Rome. Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the E(...)

The daily Vatican press conference began with a statement from the Holy See, appearing to accuse the media of misinterpreting the synod’s work. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Senior figures attending the synod on family issues in Rome said yesterday they were “surprised by the stir” their discussion document had already ca(...)

A leading cardinal, who previously insisted there can be no change in Catholic Church teaching on remarried divorced Catholics, has said he is sticki(...)

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