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The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith, has promised to "pass on" calls for Benedict XVI to "open the Vatican's secret sex abuse files".
Catholic campaigners seeking reform within their Church have published six questions for the Pope to consider during his visit to the UK next week.
A UN human rights team has confirmed that two armed groups in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo raped more than 150 women.
Seven people who say they were abused as children by a Roman Catholic priest in California are taking legal action against the Catholic Diocese of Oakland.
A group of Roman Catholics have marched to St Peter’s Square in the Vatican to call for women to be ordained as priests. Police asked them to leave as they peacefully handed out flyers to passers-by.
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that individuals should not be kept on the Sex Offenders' Register for life without the possibility of review.
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Human rights and gay campaigner Peter Tatchell, an atheist, has praised Catholic bishops for rejecting baseless claims that being gay is linked to abusing children.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed strong concern about the response of, and to, the Catholic Church in Ireland over sex abuse. But his remarks may also have been exaggerated.