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Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian: Priest who spent 20 years in jail under Mao

Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, who died on 27 April aged 96, revived the Catholic church in Shanghai after years of Maoist persecution. His death leaves one of China's largest and wealthiest dioceses deeply unsettled, riven by tensions generated by the Communist Party's insistence on tightly controlling all organised religions.

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Invisible Ink: No 170 - Hilaire Belloc

One of the residents of Chelsea's illustrious Cheyne Walk, along with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, George Eliot and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Anglo-French poet, essayist and historian Hilaire Belloc was born in 1870, and famously said: "When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read."

Secretly-married priest jailed for sex assault on 17-year-old girl

A secretly-married priest who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in what a judge described as an “enormous breach of trust” was today jailed for six months.

Dying mother told abortion a 'Catholic thing'

A senior midwife told an Indian woman her baby could not be terminated as she miscarried in an Irish hospital because “it’s a Catholic thing”, an inquest has heard.

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Pope leads Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis is celebrating his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter's Square, which is packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans.

Pope Francis meets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in first for Vatican in 600 years

Present and former Pope wore similar white clerical garb at Castel Gandolfo

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Moscow gives new leader VIP welcome

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Cardinal Keith O'Brien was in long-term gay relationship, claims 'partner'

Formerly Britain's most senior Catholic cleric O'Brien is renowned for railing against homosexuality

Pope Francis at his inauguration mass

Pope Francis defended against allegations of collusion with Argentine junta by alleged victim

Jesuit priest emphatically denies being denounced by Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Argentineans cheer for Pope Francis - their local boy made good shepherd

The joke doing the rounds in Buenos Aires at the moment is that porteños, as locals here are known, care more about football than the new Pope. But following the surprise appointment of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, as the new Bishop of Rome last week, Argentineans have clearly warmed to the idea of having their own pontiff. Thousands of people packed the capital’s main square over the past two days to celebrate Francis’s inauguration.

The potential saint-in-the-making, Carlos de Dios Murias, a left-leaning priest, was taken away by the military in the Argentine province of La Rioja in 1976

Young Franciscan monk killed by the military during Argentina's Dirty War could become first beatified person under Pope Francis' reign

A young Franciscan monk, who was kidnapped and killed by the military during Argentina’s dirty war of the late 1970s, could be the first person beatified under the reign of Pope Francis, it emerged today.

Our new Pope offers an opportunity for the rebirth of the Church

He must be prepared to stand up for the common good; to stand up for women, and deal with the scandal that is child abuse

Wilfrid Fox Napier, The Catholic Archbishop of Durban

South African cardinal who said paedophilia is 'not a criminal condition' apologises for offence

Cardinal Napier was among the conclave which elected the new Pope Francis

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