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News from Britain and Ireland

24 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

Northern dioceses are seeing their incomes drop due to declining numbers of Massgoers and economic pressures following the recession.

24 April 2014 by James Macintyre

THE ARCHBISHOP of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, has defended the Islamic community and called for sympathy over the pressures it faces following reports of Islamist infiltration in schools, writes James Macintyre.

24 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

Hundreds of parents in London have been left disappointed after missing out on their first choice of Catholic primary school due to heavy oversubscription in some areas.

24 April 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

The Archbishop of Dublin has signalled his openness to a discussion on the ordination of married men as priests, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

24 April 2014 by James Macintyre

DOZENS of cinemas across the UK and Ireland will broadcast the canonisations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII in Rome on Sunday, some in 3-D, writes James Macintyre.

24 April 2014 by Abigail Frymann, James Macintyre

Nick Clegg has revealed that he is an agnostic who remains open to the possibility of adopting faith, not an atheist as he has widely been regarded up to now.

24 April 2014 by James Macintyre

POPE FRANCIS wants to abolish hypocrisy, heavy-handedness and other “bad habits” within the church leadership, according to the Archbishop of Southwark, writes James Macintyre.

Previous issues

16 April 2014 by James Macintyre

THE LEADER of the ordinariate has lamented the lack of growth of the group, set up in 2011 to allow former Anglicans to enter communion with the Catholic Church, writes James Macintyre.

16 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

Permission to ordain married men should be widened, according to three bishops of England and Wales who have spoken out following reports that Pope Francis would like episcopal conferences to put forward suggestions for reform.

16 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

the LONG-awaited announcement of a new Bishop of Brentwood was made this week with the surprise appointment of a Marist priest who is currently the director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, writes Christopher Lamb.

16 April 2014 by James Macintyre

Prime Minister David Cameron has placed his authority behind what appears to be a Downing Street strategy to restore good relations with the Catholic Church following the public row with Cardinal Vincent Nichols over the impact of government welfare reforms.

16 April 2014 by James Macintyre

THE LONG-STANDING director of music at St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield has been made redundant as the cathedral struggles to pay back a debt of more than £1 million, writes James Macintyre.

16 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has faced down criticism of its refusal to release the findings of a marriage and family survey by revealing it had been requested to keep the results secret by a Vatican cardinal.

16 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

A BRITISH academic has been appointed by Pope Francis as the next president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, writes Christopher Lamb.

16 April 2014 by James Macintyre

A PASSION PLAY in Oxford has been cancelled after a bureaucratic misunderstanding involving the local police and council, writes James Macintyre.

10 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

A Vatican conference on human trafficking will help establish an international hub in London to help combat the crime, according to the commissioner for the Metropolitan Police.

10 April 2014 by Brian Morton

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into sexual misconduct in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, writes Brian Morton.

10 April 2014 by James Macintyre

A CATHOLIC primary school dominated by Muslim pupils is to become a Church of England academy, in the first switch of this kind.

10 April 2014 by James Macintyre

Church EDUCATIONISTS and Catholic teachers have expressed concerns over pupils playing violent adult-rated computer games at home while parents are left ignorant about their children’s activities, writes James Macintyre.

10 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb, noo

An iconic church in the Diocese of Lancaster has been handed to the traditionalist Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

10 April 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

Frustration over the plight of censured priest Fr Tony Flannery appears to be mounting within his Redemptorist order, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

10 April 2014 by James Macintyre

A community project run by the Archdiocese of Cardiff at a former Congregational chapel in the city has received an £80,000 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, writes James Macintyre.

03 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

The BISHOPS’ Conference of England and Wales has told Catholic parliamentarians that they will not be refused Communion if they voted in favour of same-sex marriage.

03 April 2014 by James Macintyre

ALL 35 Catholic schools in the counties of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset are set to become academies under plans by the Diocese of Plymouth, writes James Macintyre.

03 April 2014 by Liz Dodd

A CATHOLIC bishop has warned that government policies are leaving victims of trafficking vulnerable to abuse, writes Liz Dodd.

03 April 2014 by James Macintyre

Campaigners against sexual abuse have expressed grave concerns as a leading figure in Catholic education was given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to downloading more than 5,000 indecent images of children, writes James Macintyre.

03 April 2014

A FORMER altar boy who was sexually abused by a priest in the Archdiocese of Birmingham has launched a £300,000 compensation claim.

03 April 2014 by Christopher Lamb

Pope Francis has appointed a former rector of the English College as an auxiliary bishop in Westminster.

03 April 2014 by James Macintyre

THE?QUEEN was due to meet Pope Francis on Thursday, making him the fifth Pope she has met in her lifetime and the fourth as monarch, writes James Macintyre.

03 April 2014 by James Macintyre

The decision to allow Britain’s last remaining Catholic adoption agency to retain its charitable status has been dismissed as “mistaken” by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), writes James Macintyre.

03 April 2014 by James Macintyre

BELFAST CITY Council has voted to invite Pope Francis to visit the city. No member of the council voted against the decision to issue the formal invitation, with 30 votes in favour, writes James Macintyre.

27 March 2014 by Christopher Lamb

The next Archbishop of Liverpool says he plans to “get the smell of the sheep” in his new diocese, quoting a phrase used by Pope Francis when he urged priests to be close to their people, writes Christopher Lamb.

27 March 2014 by James Macintyre

CHURCH LEADERS and ­parliamentarians have expressed outrage at the revelation that more than 15,000 aborted and mis­carried foetuses have been burned as “clinical waste” in hospitals, in some cases to provide heating and power.

27 March 2014 by James Macintyre

The Archdiocese of Liverpool is blocking an attempt by an independent Catholic school in Crosby to become a free school, writes James Macintyre.

27 March 2014 by Christopher Lamb

Catholic grant-making body has awarded almost £300,000 to a series of projects that work with the poor.

27 March 2014 by James Macintyre

TRADITIONAL “Victorian” expectations of family life should give way to a much greater understanding of those with “patchwork” families or who live on their own, a leading Catholic theologian has said, writes James Macintyre.

27 March 2014 by James Macintyre

THE PRIME MINISTER, David Cameron, has expressed his opposition to assisted suicide in advance of the issue being debated in Parliament, arguing that people who are terminally ill will feel unfairly pressurised into ending their lives, writes James Macintyre.

27 March 2014 by Abigail Frymann

An ordinariate priest has admitted that he entered a civil partnership six years ago when he was a Church of England priest.

27 March 2014 by Liz Dodd

The Church has welcomed a £20 million government grant for cathedral repairs but warned that dioceses must apply quickly to avoid missing out, writes Liz Dodd.