Pope urged to seek Turkey help over kidnapped bishops

Pope Francis was urged Friday to use a visit to Turkey later this month to press for the liberation of two orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria in April 2013.

Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees
Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees

Roman Catholic bishops Saturday failed to reach 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.

Church of England votes in favour of female bishops

For the first time in the history, the Church of England on Monday voted in favour of women being allowed to become bishops.

Church of England rejects blessings for gay marriages

Bishops in the Church of England issued new guidance Saturday warning clergy they should not bless couples in same-sex marriages, after the idea was recommended in an internal report last year.

No proof kidnapped Syria bishops are free: Christian group

There is "no tangible proof" that two Orthdox bishops kidnapped in Syria have been released, an association of Middle Eastern Christians said Wednesday, going back on an earlier claim that the pair had been freed.

Syria opposition chief `seeking release of bishops`

Interim opposition chief George Sabra was Tuesday working to secure the release of two bishops kidnapped in a north Syria village, a Greek official said, as a fresh wave of violence hit the country.

Two bishops kidnapped in northern Syria: State media

An armed group kidnapped two bishops in a village in Aleppo province in northern Syria, the state news agency SANA reported.

Church of England allows gay men to become bishops if they ‘remain celibate’

The Church of England has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops, provided the men vow to remain celibate.

Bishops told pedophiles lie, victims must be heard

Psychologists have told bishops that priests who rape and molest children often lie when confronted with an accusation.

China slams Vatican for excommunicating bishops

The Vatican recently excommunicated the ordinations by China`s state-sanctioned Catholic church.

China wants to ordain bishops `without delay`

China`s state-controlled Catholic Church wants to ordain at least 40 bishops "without delay".

Anglican Church to allow gay bishops

Church will seek to move in line with the Equality Act by updating its rules to permit gay bishops.

Vatican must repair rift over bishops: China

The relations between Vatican and China are at their lowest point in years.

Chinese bishops elect leaders amid Vatican tensions

The Vatican and China have not had formal diplomatic ties since 1951, when the Holy See angered Mao Zedong`s Communist government by recognising the Nationalist Chinese regime as the legitimate government of China.

Bishops must take more action on abuse: Vatican

The Vatican is preparing a new set of guidelines for bishops on sexual abuse.

‘Gay bishops are okay if celibate’

The spiritual head of the Anglican Church, backed gay people becoming bishops as long as they remain celibate.

Vatican to bishops: Follow law, report sex abuse

The Vatican responded Monday to allegations that it had concealed years of clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bishops and other high-ranking clerics should report such crimes to police if required by law.

Head of US bishops defends Pope`s record fighting sex abuse

The head of the US Catholic
Church on Thursday defended Pope Benedict XVI`s record in fighting
priestly paedophilia, praising the pontiff for introducing
measures to combat the scourge.

Swiss Catholic bishops admit sex abuse underestimated

Swiss Roman Catholic bishops admitted
on Wednesday that they had underestimated the extent of sexual abuse
by the clergy and called on any victims to seek prosecution.

European bishops urge abuse victims to go to the police

European bishops are urging clerical sex abuse victims to go to police and are promising more transparency and cooperation with civil authorities in abuse cases.