View of Westminster Cathedral (1895 - 1903) - mother church of Catholic community in England and Wales and Metropolitan Church and Cathedral of Archbishop of Westminster.

Roman Catholics decline in England, Wales

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The number of Roman Catholic adherents in England and Wales fell by more than 90,000 in 2012, despite a wave of immigrants from Poland and other Eastern European countries with historically Catholic backgrounds.

Priests and nuns arrive at the inauguration Mass of Pope Francis at St. Peter's square on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

UN panel questions Vatican record on child sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (RNS) According to the “List of Issues” submitted by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Vatican will have to explain the measures it has put in place to “ensure that no member of the clergy currently accused of sexual abuse be allowed to remain in contact with children.”

RNS photo by Peter Sachs.

Lapsed Catholics explain why they leave church

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred lapsed Catholics were asked what issues they would raise with the bishop. He would have gotten an earful. By Peggy McGlone.