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On the basis of one complaint last autumn – about an alleged series of abusive episodes in the 1940s - the Church has formally apologised and paid compensation. But what happens when 'always believing the victim' collides with 'innocent until proved guilty'?

The revelations in the BBC Panorama programme on the letters that Saint John Paul II wrote to a Polish philosopher and married woman means that we have learned something deeply human about him

This is the week that Christians are supposed to put aside their differences and pray, as the Gospel teaches, 'that they may all be one'. The truth, however, is that full, visible unity among Christians looks little more than a pipe dream

Pope Francis has now asked that the foot-washing ceremony, which takes place during the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, can include women - and there are many liturgical traditionalists unhappy about it

Mohammed Chirani felt devastated by the attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. He felt that he and other Muslims were being 'held hostage' by a minority of fanatics, and that it was his duty to do something about it...

News that the Pope had confirmed a miraculous cure as a result of the heavenly intercession of Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, brought me a spate of phone calls asking me to explain and defend this announcement on radio and television.

Mother Teresa is destined to become the patron saint of darkness Premium

21 December 2015 | by Paul Murray OP | Comments: 0
We are inclined to forget that Teresa of Calcutta, as well as being an icon of holiness was also a woman of flesh and blood: after her death, remarkable letters written to her spiritual directors were published, and the world and the church and the media­ - all of us­ - were forced to think again about what holiness might mean

As 2015 draws to a close, Pope Francis will address the Roman Curia with the traditional 'end of term' report. But don’t expect him to use these moments to pat himself or others in Rome on the back. Last year’s speech to the curia is still etched on people’s minds as a brutal assessment of the organisations ills

Debt, lack of financial management, benefit issues (sanctions, delays, incorrect payments) and chaotic home lives, or a combination of all, can mean parents struggle to provide three healthy meals a day for children

Making your own mind up on role of religion and belief in UK public life

16 December 2015 | by Gwen Griffith-Dickson | Comments: 0
The Commission on Religion and Belief’s two-year study into the role of religion and belief in UK public life reported just a fortnight ago. Although broadly welcomed by the BBC and national press, the report has mixed reviews in some religious titles, not least The Tablet. Commissioner Gwen Griffith-Dickson explains the Commission’s thinking and invites readers to take a look at the whole report, rather than rely on selective commentary….

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