Pope Francis, speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, said the world sees Europe as 'elderly and haggard' and 'less and less a
protagonist' in events.
The Pope has named Guinea's Cardinal Sarah, seen as 'traditional' in terms of liturgy, the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
China has proposed to the Vatican a joint system of appointing bishops -- a move that raises hopes of a breakthrough in the states' relations.
Authorities at Christ Church college, Oxford, ruled that Oxford Students for Life could not hold a debate on the motion 'Britainís Abortion Culture
Hurts Us All,' following pressure from a womenís group.
The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories,
healing what was described as a 'source of resentment.'
84% of Latin American adults report that they were raised Catholic, but only 69% currently identify as Catholic.
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