Ordinary Catholics support Pope Francis, the head of Pope’s ‘kitchen cabinet’ has said, criticising Cardinal Raymond Burke, who in 2014 Pope Francis removed from his position as head of the Apostolic Signura, as “a disappointed man” who “wanted power and lost it”.Describing opponents of the Holy Father as...

Chai BradyPresident Michael D. Higgins has expressed the hope that Pope Francis will travel North of the border during an expected visit to Ireland next summer.In a 15-minute meeting with Mr Higgins in Rome the Pope said the prospect of a visit to the North was a possibility.Mr Higgins told the Pontiff that circumstances had changed since the last...

Over 90% of British women want a ban on sex-selective abortion, with 70% wanting the time limits for abortion to be lowered and 59% wanting the limit lowered to 16 weeks or lower, according to a new poll of 2,008 adults conducted by ComRes. Although abortion is theoretically illegal in British law, doctors are exempt from prosecution for abortions...

Actor Sean Bean, who has taken on one of his most “nerve-wracking” roles playing a hard-working Catholic priest, has said he discovered through his experience how “selfless” priests are.Known for action roles in Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, in a new six-part BBC drama written by Jimmy McGovern the actor plays Fr...

“Justice must be allowed to run its course,” in connection with child abuse charges levelled in Australia at Cardinal George Pell, who has headed the Vatican’s Secretariat of the Economy since 2014, according to Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher.Maintaining that the cardinal is entitled to the presumption of innocence...

Chai BradyAn Irish priest known for his work protecting children in danger of trafficking and abuse has briefed the Oireachtas on the depraved tortures faced by vulnerable young people.Fr Shay Cullen, a Columban missionary, has been fighting horrific treatment of women and children in the Philippines, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace...

The murder case of Salvadoran martyr Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened. The Archbishop of San Salvador, an outspoken critic of the violence in the El Salvador Civil War as well as poverty and corruption in the Central American country, was shot and killed while celebrating Mass  in 1980, but because of an amnesty prohibiting the...

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