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Cardinal Koch’s visit to Russia strengthens Catholic-Orthodox ties

Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch (CNS)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill says dialogue with Catholics is now ‘essential’

Pope backs us on Communion for the remarried, says German official

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, president of the German bishops' conference (AP)

Freiburg spokesman says local Church has authority to issue new guidelines

Church leaders in Ukraine reject EU demand for new gay rights laws

Ukrainian Catholic leader Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says EU is ‘like a teenager … who needs a Christian education’

Diocese promises transparency as Vatican envoy investigates ‘high-spending’ German bishop

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg (AP)

Diocese of Limburg seeks to ‘appease anxieties’ of priests and lay people

Egypt’s Catholic Church praises military for pushing out Morsi

An anti-Morsi protester holds up a copy of the Quran and a cross (Photo: CNS)

Spokesman says the army was responding to the will of the people

Church leaders welcome EU move to tie aid to religious freedom

European Union flags wave in Brussels (AP)

The EU has adopted new guidelines on promoting religious freedom

Bishop in Mali says his flock are in hiding

French troops stand guard about 40 km outside Segou (Photo: PA)

Bishop Traore, whose diocese is on the frontline of the conflict, says people are too scared to enter churches

Vienna archdiocese to cut parishes by 75 per cent

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (Photo: CNS)

Over the next decade the archdiocese will merge 660 parishes into 150, each one served by three to five priests

German bishops defend exclusion of Catholics who stop paying tax

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg

Archbishop says people who stop paying Church tax should not continue to receive sacraments

Belgian archbishop says he fears consequences of Church paying abuse victims

Archbishop Léonard pauses at a news conference earlier this year (CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters)

Archbishop Léonard tells commission that payments could also be demanded by unhappy children of same-sex parents