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Catholic leaders praise missionaries in Central African Republic

A French soldier patrols near a burning house at a village in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CNS)

Priests and nuns have remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.

Clergy have vital role to play in helping stamp out the fires of Kiev

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev last week (AP)

Catholic and Orthodox leaders can help bring the crisis in Ukraine to a peaceful end

Cardinal defends publication of Blessed John Paul II’s private notebooks

Blessed John Paul II's notebooks are set to be published on February 5

Former personal secretary to the late Pontiff says that ‘it would be a crime to destroy’ the documents

How will Francis handle Hollande?

François Hollande meets representatives of France’s Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists at the Élysée Palace last year             (AP)

When the Pope receives the French president at the Vatican today the conversation may be a little awkward

Church entering ‘new era’ under Pope Francis, top papal adviser says

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa (CNS)

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has said that the Church is entering a new era

Belgian bishops criticise vote to allow children to choose euthanasia

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard (CNS)

‘I hope the political class will be persuaded to reflect,’ says Archbishop Leonard

Church leaders in Central African Republic tell of humanitarian crisis in capital city

A youth squats inside a burned out car in Bangui Below: Displaced civilians at the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Thousands of civilians take shelter in churches, but parishes struggling to cope

Priest in Central African Republic hopeful of foreign help after archbishop’s appeal to UN

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

International community urged to help set up election body and investigate alleged crimes against humanity

Will the Church in Russia speak out over attacks on gay people?

A gay rights activist  is kicked as he lies on the ground in front of Moscow 
City Hall

A wave of attacks on gay people is sweeping Russia. and local Church leaders, fearful of western influence, are not addressing it

Polish bishops apologise for clerical abuse

Archbishop Jozef Michalik of Przemysl (CNS)

Bishops defend the Polish Church’s record on tackling abuse