Category - Roman Catholic

  • 12 Mar 2013

    BBC Newsnight finally offered a different perspective on the Catholic Church on the eve of the conclave to choose the next pope (11 March 2013), profiling a remarkable and inspirational Mexican bishop.

  • 10 Mar 2013

    The Conclave of the College of Cardinals starts in earnest this week, when the Master of the Papal Liturgical Celebrations, Monsignor Guido Marini, will solemnly announce extra omnes - or the “outside, all” - and the 115 cardinals will find themselves alone in the Sistine chapel alongside their faith, consciences and beliefs. Dr Harry Hagopian, an Armenian Orthodox Christian and Ekklesia associate who advises the Catholic Church in England and Wales on Middle East and interfaith issues, gives his assessment of what is at stake in the choice that is about to be made.

  • 9 Mar 2013

    The BBC says it has seen evidence that Scottish Catholic bishops knew about 20 allegations of child sex abuse by priests between 1985 and 1995.

  • 8 Mar 2013

    The conclave to elect the next Pope has been announced as beginning on Tuesday 12 March 2013, ending much speculation since the cardinals gathered.

  • 6 Mar 2013

    A leading Scottish Catholic academic, commentator and Vatican adviser says the Cardinal O'Brien affair provides an opportunity for the Church to reform itself.

  • 5 Mar 2013

    Pew Research Center polls indicate that during Benedict’s papacy religious observance among Catholics in Western Europe ­remained low but fairly stable.

  • 20 Feb 2013

    Cardinal Peter Turkson may have badly damaged his prospects of becoming pope by suggesting that child sexual abuse is not a major problem in churches in Africa because homosexuality is looked on negatively. The remark is not only offensive but also reveals a dangerous ignorance that may undermine attempts to protect children.

  • 19 Feb 2013

    A Roman Catholic Church delegation has led prayers at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of discussions with the WCC.

  • 16 Nov 2012

    Father Michael Rodrigo’s life and witness in Sri Lanka reflect the importance of perseverance, hope and faith in a better future, says Savi Hensman. This remarkable man still has something to say today, when all too many people live precariously in a divided and often violent world.

  • 6 Nov 2012

    A watchdog group has asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for political violations.