MP Fiona Bruce has said Christians have become fearful of speaking openly about their religion in case of a potential backlash.Read the full story ›
Women whose babies were taken from them in post-war Britain because they were unmarried tell of their ongoing pain in a new ITV documentary.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis said he believes the Catholic church may well never accept women priests in some of his most definitive remarks on the controversial issue.
The pontiff, who has proved socially liberal on many topics, said his predecessor Pope John Paul II's 1994 ruling against opening up the clergy to women still stands.
When pressed over that would remain the case forever, he replied: "If we read carefully the declaration by St.John Paul II, it is going in that direction."
The Catholic Church teaches that women cannot be ordained priests because Jesus willingly chose only men as his apostles.
Those calling for women priests say he was only following the norms of his time.
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Pope Francis paid a visit to a maternity ward in Rome and a hospice for the terminally ill, as part of the Holy Year of Mercy.Read the full story ›
The former Bishop of Durham who notoriously once questioned the Virgin Birth has died at the age of 91, his family has said.Read the full story ›
The Roman Catholic nun was declared a saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony in the Vatican on Sunday where thousands of people attended.Read the full story ›
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