Pope Francis

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The pope has appeared to break with the position of the  Catholic Church by supporting civil unions for same-sex couples, according to remarks he made in a new documentary. File photograph:  Lauren DeCicca/Getty

Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay peop(...)

The investment was made under the watch of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who was stripped of his rights as a cardinal by the Pope last month. Photograph: iStock

The Vatican invested some donations for the poor and needy in derivatives that bet on the creditworthiness of Hertz, the US car rental company that de(...)

Doctors and nurses should never be required to assist in the deliberate ending of life, the Catholic Bishops have said. Photograph: iStock

Doctors and nurses should never be required to assist in the deliberate ending of life, the Catholic Bishops have said, and asked people “to consider (...)

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at his residence in Rome, Italy on September 30th. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

A former senior Vatican cardinal, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Francis last month, has been accused of using €700,000 of Catholic Church fun(...)

Pope Francis leads his Sunday prayer from  his office overlooking Saint Peter’s Square.  Photograph: EPA/Riccardo Antimiani

The deaths of so many elderly people in the Covid-19 pandemic has been criticised by Pope Francis in his third encyclical, published on Sunday. “Th(...)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg protests outside  the Swedish parliament  in Stockholm  during a  Fridays for Future climate protest last week. The pandemic  has only intensified the widespread appreciation that business as usual can no longer be countenanced. Photograph:   Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty Images

The teenagers of Ireland had planned on hosting a massive Fridays for Future protest last week on September 25th to remind their elders that they cont(...)

An inflatable boat off the Libyan coast. Over the past three years, tens of thousands of refugees and migrants have been caught trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea and detained without charge or trial. Photograph: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty

Refugees and asylum seekers who have been locked up in a remote Libyan detention centre for two years, after trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to (...)

The then newly elevated cardinal, Giovanni Angelo Becciu from Italy, pictured in June 2018. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

One of the Vatican’s most powerful cardinals has resigned suddenly amid an ongoing investigation into the suspected misuse of Catholic charitable fund(...)

The Catholic church ‘is 1.2 billion people which is why I stay’, former president Mary McAleese told BBC 4 Woman’s Hour programme. File photograph:  James Forde for The Irish Times

Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese has said people are leaving the Catholic church “in droves” because they are tired of “little old men, tryin(...)

While numbers demanding communion by mouth  were ‘not huge, reports were fairly consistent from parishes across the country’, Fr  Liam Power said. Photograph: iStock

A Waterford priest has criticised as selfish the behaviour of Catholics who demand Communion on the tongue despite Covid-19 restrictions. Fr Liam Pow(...)

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