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article 17 December 2014 UK
Libby Lane, appointed bishop of Stockport (Reuters)
Meet the women taking up the top religious posts

The first female bishop in the Church of England is Reverend Libby Lane. The prime minister said it was an "important day for equality." So who are the other female firsts within their religions?

video 16 August 2014 World, Vatican City

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Pope Francis wows crowds in South Korea - video

Pope Francis, on a five-day tour of South Korea, celebrates a huge open-air mass in the capital Seoul. He also visited a hilltop centre for the sick, disabled and homeless in the town of Kkottongnae.

video 27 April 2014 UK, Italy

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Vincent Nichols: Pope John Paul II 'made mistakes' - video

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, asked about John Paul II's canonisation in relation to the Catholic church's paedophilia scandal, says the late pope "made mistakes" but is still eligible for sainthood.

video 27 April 2014 World, Italy

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Popes John and John Paul declared saints - video

Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday in an unprecedented canonisation ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI.

article 27 April 2014 World
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Saints alive: do we still need them?

As Catholics around the world celebrate the canonisation of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, Channel 4 News asks two British Catholics if saints still have a role to play in today's society.

video 26 April 2014 World, Italy

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Relics on display ahead of papal canonisation - video

A phial containing Pope John Paul II's blood and the papal cap of Pope John XXIII go on display at a Rome hospital, ahead of canonisation ceremony.

post 05 February 2014
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog Child abuse and the Catholic church: is the Vatican still resisting reform?

A UN Committee say the Catholic church has proved itself neither capable nor willing to properly root out abuse.

article 05 February 2014 World, Vatican City
A mass takes place behind St Peter's statue, in the Vatican City's St Peter's Square (R)
Vatican policies 'allowed priests to rape children' - UN

A scathing UN report calls on the Vatican to "immediately remove" all clergy known or suspected of child abuse, and says the church put its reputation before the protection of children.

post 29 December 2013
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog Pope Francis: revolutionary shepherd for a secular age?

If the Vatican under Pope Francis can recommit itself to helping the poor, while becoming more forgiving, then the Catholic church will have been rescued by a revolutionary with a message of simplici