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A tourist wear a protective mask as she walks in front of the Trevi Fountain downtown Rome,  Italy. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Italy’s health authorities said on Tuesday they may set up a new quarantine red zone to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Europe’s worst-hit (...)

Where and when have Roman Catholic women with a sense of vocation to the priesthood been listened to by Francis or his predecessors? Photograph:  Getty Images

Pope Francis’s reaffirmation of the exclusion of women from ordination (Holy Orders) in his recent exhortation Beloved Amazonia (Querida Amazonia) rem(...)

EU commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic (right), gives a press conference flanked by  European Commission  president Ursula von der Leyen (left), held at the Emergency Response Coordination Centre in Brussels, on the EU response to Covid-19 on Monday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

European authorities raised the risk level of the Covid-19 coronavirus to “moderate to high” for the continent on Monday as a dedicated task force was(...)

Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez and vicepresident Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner attend the ordinary opening session at the Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/AFP.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced on Sunday that he will send to Congress a bill to legalise abortion, an initiative that has broad soci(...)

Pope Francis coughs during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/PA

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that a cold he is suffering from has forced him to skip a Lenten spiritual retreat with senior Vatican officials nea(...)

Pope Francis: Heresy is back. In a big way. You know this is the case when that old rhetorical question “is the Pope a Catholic?” doesn’t work anymore; especially when a vocal minority suspect he isn’t.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

On April 30th last year a group of Catholic theologians wrote an open letter to the College of Bishops accusing Pope Francis of heresy and asking that(...)

Pope Francis’s removal of the pontifical secret from canon law trials involving clerical sexual offences “has opened the way to a new era of transparency”. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

On the December 17th last the Vatican announced that the “pontifical secret” would no longer be applied to canon law trials involving clerical sexual (...)

The Pope urged bishops to pray for more priestly vocations. Photograph: iStock.

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin has said he is “very much open” to calls for a softening on the church’s clerical celibacy rules to cope (...)

Pope Francis greets the faithful during his weekly general audience  at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

The Association of Catholic Priests has said it is “disappointed” that Pope Francis has declined to approve the ordination of married men to address t(...)

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into the bog and is stuck’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and “sunk into the bog and is stuck”. “The engine is(...)

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