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Freiburg spokesman says local Church has authority to issue new guidelines

International community urged to help set up election body and investigate alleged crimes against humanity

A wave of attacks on gay people is sweeping Russia. and local Church leaders, fearful of western influence, are not addressing it

Bishops defend the Polish Church’s record on tackling abuse

Bishop Tebartz-van Elst was accused of extravagance for building a £12.5 million diocesan centre

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says EU is ‘like a teenager … who needs a Christian education’

Diocese of Limburg seeks to ‘appease anxieties’ of priests and lay people

Mgr Vladimir Ghika died after three years of imprisonment

Carmelite Father Aurelio Gazzera says Islamists have “reserved bloodiest treatment for Catholic catechists”

Jonathan Luxmoore says clergy are being kidnapped, tabernacles profaned and Church hospitals ransacked in the Central African Republic