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Ukrainian synod seeks to set up church independent of Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will meet on Saturday to work towards an independent church, following an Orthodox "schism", in what Kiev authorities hope will signal a further step out of Russia's orbit.

Catholic Church fails to get on youth wavelength

Vatican City - Hailed as a chance for the Catholic Church to reconnect with today's young, a month-long meeting at the Vatican ended with a whimper Saturday as bishops from across continents fail to see eye to eye.

Catholic Church fails to get on youth wavelength

Vatican City - Hailed as a chance for the Catholic Church to reconnect with today's young, a month-long meeting at the Vatican has ended with a whimper as bishops from across continents fail to see eye to eye.

Pope gives Chinese bishops 'warm welcome'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a "warm welcome" to two Chinese Catholic bishops attending a synod for the first time following a landmark deal between China and the Vatican.

Stormy synod ends in stalemate: over to you, Pope Francis

Vatican City - Catholic bishops on Saturday wrapped up a divisive synod by approving a compromise report reflecting a stalemate in the battle between the Church's conservative and liberal wings over its approach to sex, love and marriage.

Over to you Pope Francis, as bishops wrap up stormy synod

Vatican City - Catholic bishops were on Saturday wrapping up an often stormy synod on the family: now it is over to Pope Francis to decide what may change in the Church's approach to sex, love and marriage.

Pope speeds up Vatican streamlining in surprise synod move

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday accelerated his streamlining of the Vatican bureaucracy by announcing plans to create a new ministry which will increase the role of lay believers in the Church.

Pope seen set to urge flexibility as family synod wraps up

Vatican City - With one week to go before the end of the Vatican's global council on the family, Pope Francis appears increasingly likely to shrug off conservative pressures and recommend the Church take a one-to-one approach to sinners.

Cardinal says liberals and Islamists are 'Beasts of Apocalypse'

Vatican City - A top African cardinal has described the threat posed by Islamic extremism and western liberal culture as the twin "Beasts of the Apocalypse" comparable to Nazism and communism.

Is 'Vatileaks' back? Letter mystery at Church synod

Vatican City - The leak of a private letter from rebellious cardinals to Pope Francis has revived a cloak-and-dagger atmosphere at the Vatican, with the spectre of "Vatileaks" and a butler's betrayal rearing its ugly head.

Rebel cardinals accuse pope of stacking synod cards

Vatican City - Conservative cardinals have accused Pope Francis of stacking the cards against them in an ongoing battle over issues including the Church's approach to gays and to divorced and remarried believers, it emerged Monday.

Pope warns against conspiracy theories of Vatican skullduggery

Vatican City - Pope Francis has warned bishops at a global Church meeting on the family not to be taken in by conspiracy theories, as conservatives and liberals reportedly engage in Machiavellian attempts to manipulate the synod.

Pope says Church stance on marriage not up for review at synod

Vatican City - Pope Francis has told bishops taking part in a Church review of family teachings that its stance on the indissolubility of marriage was not up for discussion, despite hopes of an opening towards remarried divorced people.

Poll boosts Church liberals with support for divorce communion

Rome - It is a topic which has bitterly divided Church leaders reviewing family teachings at the Vatican, but a new poll published Tuesday showed practising Catholics in Italy strongly support communion for remarried divorced people.

First global Catholic LGBT network hopes to build bridges

Rome - The first global Catholic LGBT network attempted Monday to reach out to bishops meeting to debate the Church's approach to the family, as liberals hope for an opening up towards sexual minorities."Dear sisters and brothers at the synod...

Pope urges Church to move forward as gay controversy overshadows synod

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday urged the Catholic Church to "move forward" as a review of teaching on the family got under way amid unprecedented controversy over its attitude to homosexuality.

Skirts versus cassocks as Catholic women bid for rights

Rome - It will be a landmark review of Church teachings and women want their say: as bishops gather in Rome to review attitudes to modern family life, the "Catholic Women Speak" network is primed for a fierce but uphill struggle.

Pope defends marriage, hetero couples after gay priest bombshell

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday defended marriage and heterosexual couples as he opened a synod on the family overshadowed by a challenge to Vatican orthodoxy by a gay priest.

Before bishops meet, discordant voices on gays' place in Church

Rome - In the days leading up to a synod of bishops at which the Church's approach to homosexuality will come under review, representatives of gay Catholics from nearly 40 countries have descended on Rome.

New York Catholics pray for synod divorce reforms

New York - New York Catholics basking in the glow of Pope Francis's recent visit are hoping that the imminent synod at the Vatican will make remarried divorcees more accepted by the church.

Catholic bishops poised to clash over divorce and gays at synod

Vatican City - Catholic bishops are congregating in Rome for three weeks of debate on the family that could radically reshape the Church's approach to the divisive issues of divorce and homosexuality.

Ahead of synod on family, pope rules out divorce

Divorce will not be on the agenda at an upcoming synod on the family, Pope Francis said Monday three weeks after he streamlined the process for Catholic couples to obtain annulments.

Pope urged to condemn gay unions as unnatural

Vatican City - Nearly half a million Catholics have signed a petition urging Pope Francis to condemn same sex unions as unnatural and rule out allowing divorced believers who remarry to receive communion, organisers claim.

Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision

- Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront "taboos.

Setback for pope as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees

- Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday failed to reach a consensus on opening the Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis.

Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

- Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.

Catholic bishops snub Vatican on gays

- Catholic bishops said Tuesday that they remain fundamentally opposed to homosexual relationships, tempering the message of a landmark Vatican report calling for a more positive approach to gay believers.

Op-Ed: The Catholic Synod statement on Israeli settlements

New York - Pope Benedict XVI convened the first Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops in Vatican City from October 10th to 24th.
 

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