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McAleese calls Church an ‘empire of misogyny’

Former Irish president Mary McAleese said the Church was an “empire of misogyny” at a Voices of Faith conference in Rome last week. The summit has been held at the Vatican in recent years but moved after officials objected to its speakers, including McAleese.

Nun battling Katy Perry dies in court

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, who was involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent, has died after collapsing in court.

Pope to visit the Baltic states in September

Pope Francis will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in September as the nations celebrate their 100th anniversaries, the Vatican has said.