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October 2023
‘I don’t give instructions to the Pope’: Higgins on his latest audience with Pope Francis
President Higgins revealed that he and Pope Francis sometimes speak in Spanish during their meetings.
President Higgins: Israel must not fall into same 'category' as Hamas by breaking international law
President Higgins added: ‘If you put yourself into the category of unmediated, unrestrained response, you’re taking great risks I believe yourself.’
Hope, fear and change: Inside the Vatican's historic Synod as the first phase comes to an end
‘Often people have told me: “This Synod will not change anything.” Some with hope and some with fear.’
‘Medieval misogyny’: Women’s ordination group hopes something ‘tangible’ will come from Synod
Miriam Duignan of Women’s Ordination Worldwide says their mission goes beyond women being called to the priesthood.
Australian Bishop says it’s a ‘good thing’ Pope spoke out in support of same-sex blessings
On the eve of the Synod, Pope Francis signalled an openness to blessing same-sex couples.
An historic Synod is taking place in the Vatican, but what is a 'Synod' and why is it important?
It’s been several years in the making, and some within the Catholic Church hope that it will usher in a new and more inclusive way of thinking.
Mary McAleese calls on Catholic Church to 'reform out-dated teachings' and ensure equality
‘We believe that the Catholic Church, which should be and could be an exemplar of equality and respect for human rights, is not,’ said McAleese.
This year
Women given right to vote at upcoming meeting of Catholic Bishops
For years, women within the Catholic Church have been fighting for the right to vote at the periodic meetings.
All time
Catholic bishops have a new view on allowing divorced people receive communion
Their view on gay marriage, however, remains unchanged.
Vatican looks to reform church's stance on 'living in sin', marriage, and divorce
Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church must address the present gulf between what it currently says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do.