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 Cardinal Timothy Dolan:  The ‘New York Times’ editorial says –   “Newly released court documents make it clear that he sought and received fast approval from the Vatican to transfer the money just as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was about to open the door to damage suits by victims raped and abused as children by Roman Catholic clergy.” Photograph: Getty Images

A New York Times editorial has described as “shocking” revelations that the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Mil(...)

Anti-abortionists protest  in San Salvador, El Salvador, in the days before a woman known as “Beatriz”  had a Caesarean section to end her pregnancy. Photograph: Ulises Rodriguez/Reuters

A pregnant woman at the centre of an abortion controversy in El Salvador had her malformed foetus delivered yesterday by Caesarean section to save her(...)

People queue to buy toilet paper in a supermarket in Caracas. Supplies of food and other basic products have been patchy in recent months, with long queues forming at supermarkets and rushes occurring when there is news of a new stock arrival. The situation has spawned jokes among Venezuelans, particularly over the lack of toilet paper. The government announced this week it was importing 50 million rolls to compensate for ’over-demand due to nervous buying’. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

With no miracle in sight, Roman Catholic churches are being asked to ration wine in the latest shortage to illustrate Venezuela’s economic troubles.A (...)

IAustralian prime minister Julie Gillard leaves Parliament House in Canberra, following a national apology for forced adoptions.

Australia n prime minister Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in parliament to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced (...)

Keychains featuring newly-printed images of the newly-elected Pope Francis, are displayed in a tourist shop near the Vatican in Rome. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

The Vatican on today strongly denied accusations by some critics in Argentina that Pope Francis stayed silent during systematic human rights a(...)

White smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican last night, indicating a new pope has been elected. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The tasks facing Pope Francis I are truly enormous and, while just about everyone wishes him well, you do have to wonder how a man of 76 will b(...)

Sri Lanka's Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, arrives to lead Mass at the San Lorenzo In Lucino church in Rome today. With the vast majority of Catholics now living outside Europe, there is growing pressure for a pontiff from another part of the world. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Roman Catholic cardinals prayed today for spiritual guidance ahead of a closed-door conclave to choose a new pope to lead the church at one of (...)

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