Roman Catholic Church


Roman Catholic Church promotes Mary Magdalene to First Division

Mary Magdelene was the Apostle of the Apostles" (Apostolorum Apostola) Archbishop Arthur Roche said, "therefore it is right that the liturgical celebration of this woman has the same grade of feast given to the celebration of the apostles in the General Roman Calendar."


Pope open to discussion of women deacons

Pope Francis has opened the possibility that women could be ordained as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church.


Salesian leaders deny claim kidnapped priest crucified

Catholic leaders in India have denied American press reports that a Salesian priest kidnapped by ISIS in Aden last month was crucified on Good Friday.


Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

The suffering of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, religious freedom in the West and a defense of human dignity, marriage, and the family major themes of joint statement.


Pope asks for forgiveness for Catholic conduct towards other Christians

The text of the Homily given by Pope Francis at the Vespers Service marking the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held in the Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome on 25 Jan 2016


Synod on the Family calls for changes in Catholic pastoral practices over divorce/remarriage

The Roman Catholic Synod on the Family wrapped up its work last week without recommending changes in church doctrine, but urging a softer line on church discipline.


Benedict on Music as the encounter with the divine

[I]n no other cultural domain is there a music of greatness equal to that which was born in the domain of the Christian faith. From Palestrina to Bach, to Händel, even down to Mozart, Beethoven, and Bruckner, Western music is something unique, which has no equals in the other cultures.