Women vow to buck priestly exclusion because it is patriarchy befitting apartheid-era defiance.
Many hope the ordination of South Africa's second female Catholic priest, Mary Ryan, signifies a new era for the church.
The head of the Catholic Church has appointed the first eight members of a panel announced in December to tackle paedophilia scandals in the church.
Thieves have broken into a small church in the mountains east of Rome and stolen a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II.
Pope Francis has told families at special papal baptism that they should not stand on ceremony if their children are in need of food.
Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, saying he shifted the message of the Catholic Church.
While Pope Francis's epistle takes aim at Church elitism and economic failings, it is vague on women's role.
In a drive for transparency, the Institute for Works of Religion has made its accounts public for the first time.
Philippine Catholic leaders are standing firm against contraception, abortion and gay marriage despite Pope Francis' comments urging a change of tone.
Pope approves second miracle to allow canonisation of John Paul, but John XXIII will become saint without requirement.
Gay and lesbian migrants, refugees and locals have found sanctuary and sanity in a place of worship in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
To deny the existence of gay people is to render them unknowable, says Melanie Judge.
Wilfred Napier speaks about voting for a pope, defends his recent remarks about paedophilia and explains why he can't be called a homophobe.
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier has apologised for offending victims of child abuse when described paedophilia as an illness and not a crime.
Pope Francis has called for "a poor Church for the poor", saying he chose his papal name because St Francis of Assisi shunned riches to help the poor.
Paedophilia is not a crime, it is a psychological illness, says Catholic Archbishop of Durban Wilfrid Fox Napier according to a report.
The church and Pope Francis have been accused of complicit silence during Argentina's 'dirty war'.
We take a look at seven of the most likely candidates to take over from Pope Benedict XVI, the first pope to resign in 600 years.
They call it a resignation, but it looks as though Cardinal Keith O'Brien was pushed before he could even think of jumping.