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Archbishop-elect Matteo Zuppi (Community of St Egidio website)

Bishop Matteo Zuppi will succeed conservative Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

The introduction of  a module on fertility in SRE has been criticised by BPAS (PA)

A pilot-scheme due to be launched in schools in south London has been criticised by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service

A Nepalese woman weeps during a prayer service at the Church of the Assumption, the site of a bomb explosion which killed two and wounded 15 in 2009. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)

Fears grow among Christians in Nepal

Concern about security is growing following the bombing of three churches

A shot from the Amnesty campaign film

Amnesty International has launched a campaign calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Ireland

Cardinal Nichols arrives for the opening Mass of the family synod
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

English leaders says synod ‘will need bringing to a conclusion’

Pope Francis delivers a blessing as he arrives in St Peter's Square today  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis made the surprise comments at today’s general audience in St Peter’s Square

Cardinal Nichols said that every family was a light in the darkness (CNS)

The cardinal called for love which is ‘compassionate’ and ‘honest’ during synod intervention

A bride and groom hold hands on their wedding day (CNS)

On the eve of the family synod, the conference has published survey responses that undermine Church teaching on marriage

Ann Widdecombe: 'We are now faced with an evil which is not going to go away' (PA)

‘We have hesitated too long,’ says Britain’s former prisons minister

Protesters stand outside the Houses of Parliament in London as MPs debate the Assisted Dying Bill (PA)

Parliament is unlikely to debate another Bill on the issue for years to come