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Benedict, when he was pope, in 2005. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

There has been strong reaction from Irish Catholic priests to the intervention of former pope Benedict XVI in the Church’s ongoing celibacy debate. I(...)

Former pope Benedict XVI: Was it a mistake to allow Benedict retain the title Pope Emeritus and continue to wear the white cassock peculiar to popes?  Photograph: Getty Images

And lo, it has come to pass! Former pope Benedict XVI has directly intervened in church affairs in an overt attempt to frustrate a decision his succes(...)

Pope Francis   with former pope Benedict at the Vatican in December 2018. Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty

The former pope Benedict XVI has spoken out against allowing married men to become priests, in a move that could jeopardise a potential plan by Pope F(...)

 Pope Francis (left) meeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2018. File photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty Images

Former pope Benedict in a new book written with a conservative cardinal, defends clerical celibacy in the Catholic Church in what appears to be a(...)

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

Pope Francis: “the people chosen for the washing of the feet in the liturgy of Holy Thursday may be selected from all the people of God, and not only men and boys”.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has decreed that people chosen for the washing of feet at Holy Thursday ceremonies may from now on include women and girls. The papal (...)

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa: said that the synod on the family had taken a step backward on gay and transgender issues. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

A former Vatican official who was stripped of his post early this month after acknowledging publicly that he was gay and in a relationship, has renewe(...)

South African cardinal Wilfred Napier, said a paper calling for greater inclusivity towards homosexuals had been published at last year’s synod without prior knowledge of many. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Senior conservative cardinals have complained that efforts are being made at the Synod of Bishops in Rome to guarantee liberal-sounding “pre-cooked” p(...)

Pope Francis arrives in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican  on Wednesday for his weekly audience. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Yet another senior Catholic Church figure has this morning been openly critical of the “welcoming” language used in a Synod document earlier this week(...)