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The former cardinal played in key role in promoting Vatican-Beijing relations

The cardinal said his own mother was embarrassed to be Catholic after the ‘disastrous’ summer

Some fear that state investigations will lead to state interference

A Pennsylvania district attorney said the allegations were baseless and lamented the fact they were leaked

Senior US bishops thanked the Pope for meeting them, but declined to go into details on what was discussed

Proportion of US Catholics with a favourable view of the Pope has dropped from 83 per cent to 63 per cent

A man who rose quietly through the Curia has become the most incendiary figure in the Church

High-minded members of the professional class disdain the sport, but they miss the point

The Pope has appointed the Archbishop of Baltimore to investigate allegations against Bishop Michael Bransfield

Investigators found no natural explanation for the oil being emitted from the statue’s eyes