When St Columban stood against the powers that be, he spoke fearlessly, with great courage. He paid dearly for his stance. He had to endure the heartbreak of being expelled from his beloved companions and his earliest three monasteries in France. Columban missionaries, over the past 100 years have shared something of his experience.

Russian Patriarch and Archbishop of Canterbury: 'In many countries of the Middle East and Africa there is persecution of Christians, manifested in mass killings, the barbaric destruction of churches, the desecration of holy sites and the expulsion of millions of people from their homes.'

Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Ibrahim Mogra of the Muslim Council joined more than more than 40,000 people from Jewish, Christian and Muslim congregations in the country's biggest day of faith-based social action.

16 November 2017 | by Jorge Galeano

Igniting the engines of hope in Honduras

Honduras, located in the heart of the Americas, remains one of the most violent places in the world for a child to live. Although there are no active wars or armed conflicts here, there’s an underlying war taking place in several of our communities: gang violence accounts for the death of at least one child every 22 hours.

After months of tutoring by a former Anglican who is now a Catholic priest in his diocese, Bishop of Leeds Marcus Stock celebrated old rite Mass for his late predecessors last Saturday, 1 November.

Countless Britons have visited the city over the years as pilgrims. What has become noticeable since the start of this century is that increasingly the British are movers and shakers in the Vatican.

Pope Francis outright condemnation of nuclear weapons today marks an evolution in the Catholic position on this topic.

Thirty years ago when working in the Today programme production office I often heard grumblings about Thought for the Day from fellow journalists, with sentiments being expressed that were much the same as those recently shared by John Humphrys and other presenters in a Radio Times interview.

Representing the interests of Donald Trump’s administration to Pope Francis and the Vatican is going to require a considerable feat of diplomatic tightrope walking. Callista Gingrich, the United States President’s choice as his Ambassador to the Holy See, is already getting a taste of the balancing act she’ll be required to carry out should her position be confirmed.

There was no process, no formal hearing and no appraisal. Within one minute of their meeting starting, Pope Francis had informed Cardinal Gerhard Müller he was being relieved of his duties as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...


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