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Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception and needs to become more merciful

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Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception and needs to become more merciful. The Pope warned that the Church’s moral structure could “fall like a house of cards” unless it changed. Pope Francis used the first major interview of his papacy to explain comments he made in July about homosexuality. He to...

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini has described the Roman Catholic Church as being "200 years behind" the times

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...1; a member of the Jesuit religious order – was often critical in his writings and comments on Church teaching. He was a courageous and outspoken figure during the years he headed Europe’s largest Catholic diocese. In his last interview, given to a fellow Jesuit priest less than a month ago and published the day after his death, the cardinal made sweeping criticisms of the Catholic Chu...

Ignatius IV Hazim, the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Syria, has died in neighboring Lebanon at the age of 92

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...ous organizations known as “Church of the Nazarene, Pentecostal Gospel,” “Holiness Church,” or “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past hundred years. If you are Roman Catholic, your church shared the same rich apostolic and doctrinal heritage as the Orthodox Church for the first thousand years...

German Roman Catholics are to be denied the right to Holy Communion or religious burial if they stop paying a special church tax

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German Roman Catholics are to be denied the right to Holy Communion or religious burial if they stop paying a special church tax. A German bishops’ decree which has just come into force says anyone failing to pay the tax – an extra 8% of their income tax bill – will no longer be considered a Catholic. The bishops have been alarmed by the number of Catholics leaving the Church. T...

Katie Holmes has turned her back on the controversial religion of Scientology by registering with a Catholic church in New York

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Katie Holmes has turned her back on the controversial religion of Scientology by registering with a Catholic church in New York, it has been claimed. According to a new report, the actress has formally confirmed her return to Catholicism by signing up to the Church of St. Francis Xavier. Katie Holmes’ decision to register as a parishioner at the church has been met with excitement by the co...

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church

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Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church. The move follows allegations – which he contests – of inappropriate behavior towards priests dating from the 1980s. In a statement, Cardinal Keith O’Brien apologized to those he had offended during his ministry. The cardinal confirmed he would no...

Pope Francis has once again condemning the Roman Catholic Church’s narcissistic “Vatican-centric view” of religion

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...l do everything I can to change to it.” Pope Francis then went on to lay out his plan, stating: “The Church is or should go back to being a community of God’s people, and priests, pastors and bishops who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God.” Pope Francis has once again condemning the Roman Catholic Church’s narcissistic “Vatican-centric view” of religion He continued:...

Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican

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...“should be expected to offer a definitive or complete word on every question which affects the Church and the world”. This month the Vatican launched an unprecedented survey of the views of lay Catholics on modern family life. The document does restate the Church’s opposition to abortion but concedes that “it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany wom...

Patriarch Fouad Twal, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, has voiced his support for a Palestinian state during a procession to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus

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...a “non-member observer state”. Patriarch Fouad Twal is due to lead midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity. Patriarch Fouad Twal, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, has voiced his support for a Palestinian state during a procession to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus The church is seen by Christians as the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and is in an area of the W...

Polish Catholic Church has warned that modern Halloween rituals risk promoting the occult

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...demons” in the name of “fun”. The archbishop’s statement echoes that of the Catholic Church in Poland, which warned that the “occult rituals” contradicted Church teachings and Christianity. The All Saints religious feast is widely celebrated in the largely Catholic nation on 1 November, with relatives often travelling across the country to tend to the graves of...

Philippine top court has approved a birth control law, in a defeat for the Catholic Church

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...st of the provisions were constitutional. The government of President Benigno Aquino defied years of church pressure by passing the bill. Philippine top court has approved a birth control law, in a defeat for the Catholic Church It says the law will help the poor, who often cannot afford birth control, and combat the country’s high rates of maternal mortality. The provisions will make virtu...

Australian Roman Catholic Church has confirmed that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by its priests since the 1930s

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The Roman Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria has confirmed that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by its priests since the 1930s. The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, described the figures as “horrific and shameful”. They were released in a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into the handling of abuse cases. Campaigners say the true number...

The Knights of Malta military order of the Catholic Church is celebrating its 900th birthday in Rome

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The Knights of Malta military order of the Catholic Church – which dates back to the time of the Crusades – is celebrating its 900th birthday in Rome. The order is one of the few created in the Middle Ages that is still active. It has now become a major international humanitarian organization. The order says that its battles today are no longer fought with swords, but with “peac...

Pope Benedict XVI, German president, Christian Wulff, and his wife Bettina at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin

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...y visit.   The pontiff will travel widely across Germany, where there are officially 25 million Catholics – one third of the population. The Pope has visited Germany unofficially several times since assuming the Church’s highest office, travelling to Catholic strongholds in the Rhineland and his native Bavaria. However, the tour will take Benedict XVI into historically Protestant...

Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, an all-white church in Kentucky, has voted to ban interracial couples from joining

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French Catholic Church has finally corrected a "blasphemous" error that crept into the Gallic version of The Lord's Prayer 50 years ago

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...ho is infinitely good and the source of all goodness, could drive man to evil or sin.” French Catholic Church has finally corrected a “blasphemous” error that crept into the Gallic version of The Lord’s Prayer 50 years ago Le Figaro, France’s main conservative daily, said the consequences of the poor translation on “millions of Catholics” was “incal...

A thunderstorm has forced Pope Benedict XVI to cut short his yesterday speech during a prayer vigil at the Catholic Church of World Youth Day 2011 festival in Madrid. (

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...d’s main cathedral and announced that he would soon proclaim St. John of Avila a doctor of the church, conferring one of Catholicism’s greatest honors on the influential 16th century Spanish saint. The title of church doctor is reserved for those churchmen and women whose writings have greatly served the universal church. There are currently 33 such doctors, including St. Augustine, St...

Pope Francis will set up a Vatican committee to fight abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims

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...lley said the proposed panel of experts could provide codes of conduct for clergymen, guidelines for Church officials and better checks for would-be priests. Pope Francis will set up a Vatican committee to fight abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims “Up until now there has been so much focus on the judicial parts of this but the pastoral part is very, very impor...

Pope Francis has warned the Catholic Church would become a compassionate NGO without spiritual renewal

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Newly-elected Pope Francis has warned the Catholic Church would become “a compassionate NGO” without spiritual renewal. In a Sistine Chapel Mass with cardinals on his first day as Church leader, Pope Francis said: “If we do not confess to Christ, what would we be? “We would end up a compassionate NGO. What would happen would be like when children make sand castles and then...

Valeska Paris, a former Scientologist has claimed she was imprisoned by Church of Scientology for 12 years on board a cruise liner after her family denounced the religion

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Valeska Paris, a former Scientologist has claimed she was imprisoned by Church of Scientology for 12 years on board a cruise liner after her family denounced the religion. Valeska Paris says she was held against her will aboard the church’s luxury “cathedral” ship The Freewinds from the age of 18. The woman, who now lives in Australia, alleges she was forced into hard labour and was never a...

Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world are celebrating the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem

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...ng the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The day culminated with Christmas Eve Mass at the 1,700-year-old Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where it is believed Jesus was born. In Bethlehem, Patriarch Fouad Twal, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem voiced his support for a Palestinian state. Meanwhile in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI held the traditional Mass at St Peter’s...

Pope Benedict XVI has held his last Mass as Pope in St Peter's Basilica in Rome following the shocking announcement of his resignation

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...his resignation. The pontiff presided over an Ash Wednesday ceremony marking the start of the Roman Catholic Church’s season of Lent. It came two days after the surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI, 85, was to retire at the end of the month. In his homily, Pope Benedict implicitly criticized recent infighting among clerics inside the Vatican. He said the face of the Church had been...

Katie Holmes's fears that daughter Suri was set to be inducted into a hardcore Scientology organization were the driving force behind the end of her marriage to Tom Cruise

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...to have brought about a culture clash of religions with Katie Holmes, who was raised a devout Roman Catholic. Indeed, such is the actress’s concern over a backlash from the sect that she is convinced rogue elements from the church have been monitoring her movements. On Tuesday, a worried Katie Holmes called police to the New York apartment where she is living with Suri after spotting two mysterio...

Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square in the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience

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...pe has admitted he faced “choppy waters” during his eight years at the helm of the Roman Catholic Church, but says he was guided by God and felt his presence every day. Pope Benedict XVI, 85, will retire on Thursday – the first pope to abdicate since Gregory XII in 1415. His successor will be chosen in a conclave to take place in March. Pope Benedict told the crowd his papacy had...

One unconfirmed report suggested Pope Benedict had resigned after being presented with a dossier detailing a network of priests who were being blackmailed

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The Vatican has criticized the media for reporting “misinformation” about the Catholic Church in many of Pope Benedict XVI resignation articles. Vatican’s chief spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi said some were trying to profit from a time of disorientation in the Catholic Church to spread “gossip” and “calumny”. Federico Lombardi made the comments on...