Australia - Documents gained by the media reveal that the Church in New South Wales apparently operated under the belief that it did not have to offer files on paedophile priests to the police. Following a Freedom of Information request by a politician, the ABC network discovered that the Church had issued a memorandum stating that it would not...

The father of missing Trevor Deely has spoken of how faith continues to help his family cope with their loss, 13 years after the young man vanished without trace from a Dublin street. “We cling to faith,” Michael Deely told The Irish Catholic this week, “and we don’t give up on him.”Michael said that faith was...

Vatican - The newly-appointed Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin is recuperating after his recent surgery, the Holy See Press Office has said.In a statement last weekend, the office said: "As is known, he recently underwent a surgical procedure, which took place in Padua in the department of hepatobiliary surgery in the...

The papal honeymoon appears to be coming to an end.  Various bloggers, religious cyberpolice, advocates of ‘orthodoxy’ and sentinels of the true faith have marshalled their not inconsiderable resources to call into question the media’s enthusiasm for Pope Francis, to query the wisdom of Peter’s proximity to the sheep,...

United Nations - Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations has called on the international community to seize the opportunity in disarming weapons of mass destruction.During an address to the UN General Assembly last week, the archbishop said recent moves on chemical weapons in...

A huge crowd took part in the annual Corpus Christi procession led by archbishop Diarmuid Martin in Dublin last week. Parishes from all over the Dublin Archdiocese participated in the Eucharistic procession which took place in the grounds of Clonliffe College last Thursday evening. Carrying banners, representatives of many parishes, lay groups and...

Germany - The Vatican has announced that the Vicar General of the German Diocese of Limburg will administer the troubled diocese following the removal of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, whose €31 million spend on his house caused uproar in the country.According to the Vatican press office, Pope Francis authorised "a period of leave...

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