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Leaked letters: Benedict XVI rebukes criticism of resignation

The former Pope apparently wrote the letters in response to criticism from Cardinal Brandmüller

Apostolic visitor outlines plans to expand Medjugorje

Archbishop Hoser described the shrine as ‘Europe’s spiritual lungs’ and said more infrastructure was needed

Some cry ‘scandal’ to cover their own failings, Pope says

Hypocrites call out scandal to make themselves seem pure, the Pope said

Cardinal falls ill as blood of St Januarius liquefies

The ceremony takes place three times a year, and failure to liquefy is seen as a portent of disaster

Leaked letters: Benedict XVI rebukes criticism of resignation

The former Pope apparently wrote the letters in response to criticism from Cardinal Brandmüller

U.S. bishops announce new abuse-prevention measures and call for McCarrick investigation

There will be an independent reporting mechanism and a new Code of Conduct for bishops

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Cardinal Marx admits Church made mistakes and calls for change after German abuse report

The Church lacked attentiveness, sensitivity and love, the cardinal said

Indiana diocese releases names of credibly accused clerics

The Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend said he hoped releasing the list would ‘begin the process of healing’

Indian bishop accused of rape steps aside, requests leave from Vatican

Bishop Franco Mulakkal denies repeatedly raping a nun

Canadian cardinal: Women should help screen, train priest applicants

The Canadian cardinal said women should assess the suitability of seminarians

Vatican delegation will travel to China this month to finalize agreement, Chinese newspaper reports

A Chinese government-backed paper said there are no ‘disputes on issues of principle’ between the two sides

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Increasing numbers of Catholics attend Sunday evening Mass

Many find the time more convenient – and are prepared to travel

China’s war on Christianity

Amid new rumours of a deal with the Holy See, persecution of Christians is at its highest level since the Cultural Revolution

How Padre Pio changed my life

The intervention of St Pio of Pietrelcina gave me the push I needed

Nuns don’t belong in horror movies

Screenwriters still resort to cliché when tackling the supernatural

Never again, again: Bishops promise action, but will it make a difference?

Ordinary Catholics want cultural and moral change, not bureaucracy

Episcopalis communio: three things you need to know about the Pope’s new document

Is the ‘apostolic constitution’ as big a deal as people think?

Episcopalis communio: what does the Pope’s new document mean for the Church?

The new law appears to combine the Synod’s teaching authority with that of the Roman Pontiff

How do we heal after the abuse crisis? This book has some suggestions

Fr Thomas Berg shows how there can be a way forward for victims

The Vatican’s photo blunder shows media reform is still a work in progress

Some Vatican staff shared the public’s dismay at the image – but by then it was too late

If the Church won’t hold bishops accountable, then should the courts?

Some fear that state investigations will lead to state interference

Heroes, by the grace of God

The martyrs teach us that witness to the truth is always possible

Adoremus: this is what hope looks like

The downpour was certainly penitential, but also strangely uplifting

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