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Catholic Church: Largest Christian church, led by the Bishop of Rome
The Catholic Church, sometimes referred to as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2017. As the world's oldest and largest continuously functioning international institution, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation. The church is headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope. Its central administration is the Holy See.


Ex-pope Benedict wants name removed from new book: aide

Former Pope Benedict wants his name removed as co-author of a new book on the issue of priestly celibacy, his personal secretary said on Tuesday, in the latest twist in a saga that has riveted the..
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Philippines' Catholics parade 'Black Nazarene' in celebration of Christ

Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics in the Philippines walked barefoot on Thursday around a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ believed to have healing powers, praying for good..
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Videos for Catholic Church

Believers and Retrievers: pets taken to church for special blessings in Madrid [Video]Believers and Retrievers: pets taken to church for special blessings in Madrid

The Catholic tradition is meant to bring the animals health and protection for the coming year.View on euronews

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Benedict breaks silence on Vatican's celibacy debate [Video]Benedict breaks silence on Vatican's celibacy debate

Former Pope Benedict, in a new book written with a conservative cardinal, defends priestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church in what appears to be a strategically timed appeal to Pope Francis to..

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Methodist church plans to split over gay marriage, clergy -officials [Video]Methodist church plans to split over gay marriage, clergy -officials

The United Methodist Church plans to split into two denominations later this year, church officials said on Friday, a schism that follows years of contention over whether the church should end its ban..

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Pope asks Catholics to 'acknowledge sins' on Christmas [Video]Pope asks Catholics to 'acknowledge sins' on Christmas

Pope Francis during the Christmas Eve Mass held in St. Peter's Basilica on Tuesday invited Catholics to "acknowledge" their "sins" as they prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

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Barbarin appeals conviction in Catholic Church sex abuse case [Video]Barbarin appeals conviction in Catholic Church sex abuse case

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Don't let Church failings distance you from God, Pope says on Christmas Eve

Pope Francis led the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Tuesday, urging them not to let the Church's failings lead them away from accepting God's love.
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Mexican Catholic group says late leader Maciel abused at least 60 minors

Marcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of the ultra-conservative Legionaries of Christ, abused at least 60 minors, according to a new report published Saturday by the Roman Catholic group.
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'Should have happened a long time ago': Victim advocates welcome Pope’s secrecy changes

Pope Francis’ abolishing of the use of the Vatican’s highest level of secrecy has been called a step in the right direction by advocates, but they say much more needs to be done by the Catholic..
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Alleged U.S. sex abuse victims sue Vatican over secrecy policy

Seven people who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were children sued the Vatican on Tuesday, saying that a secrecy policy imposed on U.S. bishops effectively fostered..
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Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Pope Francis on Tuesday issued sweeping changes to the way the Roman Catholic Church deals with cases of sexual abuse of minors, abolishing the rule of "pontifical secrecy" that previously covered..
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Catholic leaders condemned for failing to recognise sexual assault as a crime

Justice Peter McClellan, head of the royal commission into child sex abuse, has condemned Catholic leaders for failing to recognise sexual assault as a crime.
SBS - Published

Commissioner condemns Catholic leaders

Justice Peter McClellan, head of the royal commission into child sex abuse, has condemned Catholic leaders for failing to recognise sexual assault as a crime.
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'I cannot comprehend': Sex abuse royal commissioner slams Catholic leaders

Speaking for the first time, Justice Peter McClellan says the idea that the abuse of children was a moral failure not a crime was a sign of the "corruption".
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In unusual move, Vatican postpones beatification of first U.S. 'televangelist'

In a highly unusual move, the Vatican has postponed the beatification of the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a charismatic figure of U.S. Roman Catholicism in the 20th century and pioneer in religious..
Reuters - Published

CBD Melbourne: Church sells up in Kew

Melbourne’s spring property market really is the rising tide that lifts all boats. Heck, even the Catholic Church is cashing in.
The Age - Published

Two priests in Argentina sentenced to more than 40 years in sex abuse case

An Argentine court on Monday convicted two Roman Catholic priests and the former gardener of a church-run school for deaf students in the province of Mendoza on 28 counts of sexual abuse and corruption..
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Pope urges Thais not to see Christianity as 'foreign'

Pope Francis paid tribute on Friday to Catholics in Thailand who suffered or were killed for their faith in the past and urged today's Thais not to consider Christianity a "foreign" religion.
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Pro-government supporters attack Catholic church in Nicaragua as tensions flare

Supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega tried to storm a church on Thursday, with a priest saying they hit churchgoers, as tension ratchets up between Roman Catholics and the government in the..
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Argentine prosecutor calls for international arrest of bishop accused of sex abuse

An Argentine criminal prosecutor has requested the arrest of a Catholic bishop after officials said he ignored repeated calls and emails about an investigation of sex abuse allegations against him.
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Small in numbers, Thai Catholics preserve centuries-old traditions

The last time Vararunee Khonchanath was in the presence of a pope was before she was born just over 35 years ago, but when Pope Francis visits Bangkok later this week to bless Thailand's tiny Catholic..
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Guess who's coming to lunch? Pope hosts meal for 1,500 needy people

Pope Francis hosted 1,500 homeless and needy people for lunch on Sunday as the Roman Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor.
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Catholic devotees in Thailand join choir for visit of Pope Francis

A choir formed of Catholic devotees training to join the church in Thailand were rehearsing on Saturday ahead of the visit of Pope Francis next week.
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Pope, closing synod, decries plundering of the Amazon

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the plundering of the Amazon basin, as he closed an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops who discussed the challenges the Church faces in the region.
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Vatican synod proposes ordaining married men as priests in the Amazon

An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops from the Amazon on Saturday proposed that married men in the remote area be allowed to be ordained priests, which could lead to a landmark change in the Church's..
Reuters - Published

Pope, ending synod, says will re-launch study of women deacons

Pope Francis said on Saturday he would reconvene a commission to study the history of women deacons in the early centuries of the Catholic Church, responding to calls by women that they be allowed to..
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Haitian Catholics march for political reform as protests spread

As Haiti entered a sixth week of violent anti-government protests over corruption and economic woes, Catholic leaders held a rare march on Tuesday calling for a resolution to the crisis that has..
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Vatican accuses conservative social media of fomenting hate after statues dumped

The Vatican on Tuesday accused ultra-conservative Catholic social media of fomenting hate, a day after militants stole statues they considered pagan idols from a church and dumped them in the Tiber..
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Pope canonizes British Catholic luminary John Henry Newman, four others

Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian..
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Protest-hit Ecuador seeks foreign help, relocates government

Ecuador sought mediation from the United Nations or Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday after six days of anti-austerity protests that have pushed President Lenin Moreno's government out of Quito and..
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Ecuador open to foreign mediation amid unrest, 570 held

Ecuador's government said on Tuesday it would be open to mediation via the United Nations or the Catholic Church, after almost a week of anti-austerity protests that have rocked the nation and brought..
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Poll shows Brazilian Catholics do not agree with Bolsonaro on Amazon

A majority of Brazilian Catholics believe global warming is a scientific fact and preservation of the Amazon rainforest is vital to reduce the effects of climate change, contrary to the view of..
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Pope urges conservatives to be open to changes in Church

Pope Francis appealed to conservatives on Sunday not to be bound by the status quo as he opened an assembly of bishops to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church in the Amazon, including the..
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Pope installs new cardinals to set future direction of church

Pope Francis installed new cardinals on Saturday, putting his stamp on the future of the Roman Catholic Church with men who share his vision for social justice, the rights of immigrants and dialogue..
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Amazon synod deepens faultlines between pope and conservatives

An assembly of bishops to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church in the Amazon, including the possibility of introducing married priests, has deepened faultlines between Pope Francis and..
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Catholic church set to pay $1 million in compensation to rape victim

The Catholic Church has settled a lawsuit with a man raped as a child by notorious pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.
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Mexico's Oaxaca state legalizes abortion in historic move for Catholic nation

The Mexican state of Oaxaca on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize abortion, making it only the second region of the predominantly Roman Catholic country after Mexico City to permit the procedure.
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Chilean prosecutor who led church abuse probes faces removal amid negligence claim

A Chilean prosecutor who led one of the world's most aggressive investigations of sex abuse allegations against the Roman Catholic Church now faces removal from his post amid claims of impropriety..
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The Catholic church rethinks seminary training after its child abuse scandal

"One has to wonder whether seminaries are the place or way to train men for the priesthood now," says Australian Catholics Bishops Conference chair Mark Coleridge.
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In remote Amazon, indigenous married Catholics spread gospel, pray for priesthood

Just before dawn, Shainkiam Yampik beats a drum carved from a tree trunk at the start of a Roman Catholic prayer service in Wijint, a hamlet of thatched-roof huts in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.
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From Catalina to Alexis: Chilean teen first to legally change gender

In 2016, Chilean 14-year old girl Catalina began to identify with friends and family as Alexis, a boy. It took Chile's conservative, Roman Catholic legal system far longer to come around.
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Wartime "comfort woman" of Japanese campaigned against rape in war

Jan Ruff O’Herne emigrated in 1960 to Australia, settled in Adelaide and became a teacher in Catholic primary schools.
The Age - Published

Environment, poverty, corruption on agenda for pope's Africa trip

Pope Francis leaves on Wednesday for Africa, where poverty, the environment, foreign exploitation of resources and corruption are expected to be high on his agenda as he visits the continent where..
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Poland's Kaczynski condemns gay pride marches as election nears

Poland must resist the "traveling theater" of gay pride marches, the leader of its conservative ruling party said on Sunday, as the staunchly Roman Catholic country gears up for a parliamentary..
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Archbishop pledges to protect confessional seal despite paedophile reporting bill

Victoria’s top-ranking Catholic is willing to put himself in opposition to the law to protect the sanctity of the confessional.
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Liberals fear unrest as Poland Catholic Church doubles down on anti-gay rhetoric

Poland's Catholic Church has doubled down on the anti-gay rhetoric that has become the nationalist ruling party's dominant theme in recent weeks, drawing a rebuke from liberal politicians who compared..
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Australian artist recreates mural of handcuffed George Pell metres from the Vatican

Street artist Scott Marsh has taken his provocative artwork to the heartland of the Catholic Church.
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Petrol bombs thrown at Northern Irish police on eve of marches

Rioters threw petrol bombs at police in Northern Ireland overnight on the eve of annual parades that often raise tensions between pro-British Protestants and Irish nationalist Catholics in the British..
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Vatican defends confessional secret as sexual abuse crisis stings

The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases..
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Vatican says laws cannot force priests to break seal of confession

The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka cardinal says government hiding truth over Easter attacks

The head of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka on Thursday issued a scathing criticism of the government over the Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, decrying a "total lack of interest" in..
Reuters - Published

Skirt or trousers? Mexican gender-neutral school uniform plan creates stir

A proposal to allow children in Mexico City to decide whether to wear skirts or trousers to school has caused a swirl of controversy in a country long regarded as a bastion of Roman Catholic family..
Reuters - Published

Pope asks forgiveness for historical mistreatment of Roma people

Pope Francis on Sunday asked forgiveness in the name of the Catholic Church for the mistreatment of the Roma people, a move likely to increase tensions with Italy's anti-immigrant Interior Minister..
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Italy revokes lease for site of Bannon's right-wing academy

Italy's culture ministry has said it will revoke the lease on a state-owned monastery where a right-wing Roman Catholic institute close to former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had planned to..
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