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A swift and united response by religious leaders helped to avert a “dangerous and polarising situation” in the wake of the Lee Rigby murder, according to the UK Ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker.
The man in charge of Labour’s policy review, Jon Cruddas, said this week that the party leaders are nervous of taking up the new direction that would be required to implement Catholic Social Teaching (CST), writes Elena Curti.
Pope Francis has appointed two men known for their extensive pastoral experience to dioceses in Scotland and Ireland, write Sarah Mac Donald and Brian Morton.
MANY IN Britain have forgotten the basic facts of Christianity, which at its heart helps people understand those who suffer from oppression, neglect or poverty, according to the Archbishop of Birmingham, writes Liz Dodd.
A MAJOR international partnership between the Church and law enforcement agencies is to be announced at next week’s meeting of the Santa Marta group to combat human trafficking.
Politicians in both Palestine and Israel must recognise that there is more to leadership than security and aggression, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said this week on his first visit to Gaza, an experience he described as “very dramatic and traumatic”, writes Joanna Moorhead.
Benedictus, a Catholic liberal arts college to be based in London, said this week it aims to enrol its first students in autumn 2016, writes Joanna Moorhead.
PRAY AT WORK, do not gossip and be fair in your dealings with others: these are some of the ideas put forward by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh in an evangelisation drive inspired by Pope Francis.
The Chairman of Heythrop’s board of governors has resigned as crucial talks about the future of the Jesuit-run college in west London take place.
A DEBATE ON abortion organised by an Oxford University pro-life group was cancelled this week after students planned a protest to disrupt the event, writes Katherine Backler.
NEW GUIDANCE for Catholics on putting current equality law into practice was published this week by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, writes Joanna Moorhead.
CARDINAL VINCENT Nichols said this week that he believes Pope Francis appreciates the experience of the English Catholic Church in learning to exist in a culture that does not always agree with it.
MEN FROM ethnic minorities are to be targeted in an effort to boost numbers at seminaries in Britain.
NEXT YEAR’s Synod on the Family must take issues such as Communion for the divorced and remarried and cohabitation off the agenda, according to a leading American conservative prelate.
MEMBERS OF the first diocesan synod in Ireland for half a century should challenge Catholics about being part-time Christians who are simply clients of “an ecclesiastical franchise”.
THE NEW Bishop of Leeds has been warned that holding episcopal office is “dangerous” and that service must be at the centre of his ministry, writes Christopher Lamb.
FIFTY JOBS are to be axed by the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales as part of plans to cut costs by £3 million.
RADICAL PLANS to deal with the crisis caused by a dwindling number of both priests and Massgoers in Hexham and Newcastle diocese are to be revealed this weekend, writes Joanna Moorhead.
POPE FRANCIS is to publish an encyclical on climate change and plans to convene a meeting of faith leaders on the issue ahead of two crucial summits on the environment next year, writes Christopher Lamb.
PUPILS AT Catholic schools are teaching their parents about their faith rather than the other way round, according to the surprising findings published this week of a research paper on evangelisation in England and Wales.
WORK BY the Catholic Education Service has ensured that changes to the religious studies GCSE syllabus to make it more academic, and compel the study of two religions instead of one, will maintain a Catholic ethos, writes Joanna Moorhead.
THE FIRST prior of the Community of St Anselm at Lambeth Palace, which will bring together young Christians of all denominations, was announced by the Archbishop of Canterbury this week.
Birmingham is reinstating its Nativity Trail at the city’s art gallery, just a year after it was dropped as a regular feature of its Christmas celebrations, writes Paul Wilkinson.
One of Ireland’s most senior bishops has warned that the Church is witnessing the last vestiges of Christendom.
The PRINCE of Wales this week spoke again of his despair at the plight of Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in northern Iraq and Syria.
A senior Conservative minister, Eric Pickles, has admitted the Government gets irritated by the interventions of church leaders, but at the same time says it is good to listen to what they have to say, writes Joanna Moorhead.
A PARISH PRIEST has refused a request from the Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis to either cancel or change the venue of a talk by the reforming Irish priest Fr Tony Flannery.
PUPILS, STAFF and parents at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds say they have drawn strength from their faith and from messages of support from around the world, according to head teacher Steve Mort, following the jailing this week of a 16-year-old boy for the killing of Ann Maguire, writes Joanna Moorhead.
FR GERARD W. HUGHES, the author of the best-selling God of Surprises, who died this week, was “an uneasy prophet who sought God in the turmoil, rather than in the tranquillity, of the status quo”, according to the Jesuit provincial in Britain.
A RETIRED vicar’s campaign against the effect the council tax has on the poorest people in society has been boosted by two court victories, writes Joanna Moorhead.
GUIDANCE FOR Catholics voting in next year’s general election will be discussed when English and Welsh bishops gather in Leeds next week for their biannual meeting, writes Christopher Lamb.
LANGUAGE USED at the Synod on the Family to describe gay relationships was “revolutionary”, according to Ireland’s senior archbishop, welcoming the changes signalled by the meeting in Rome last month.
The BISHOP of Portsmouth has spoken of his sadness and the importance of obedience while reflecting on the resignation of Kieran Conry, the former bishop of the neighbouring diocese of Arundel and Brighton, who stood down last month following a relationship with a female parishioner.
CHURCH VOLUNTEERS and premises are playing a key part in tackling the problem of homelessness in London, according to a new report, which reveals that almost 450 religious buildings are being used as night shelters, with 1,577 people being helped over the last year, writes Joanna Moorhead.
INCIDENTS OF child sexual abuse cannot be made a special case in the confessional with absolution conditional on disclosure to the police, a priest who works with abuse victims said this week.
Six Catholic cathedrals have received almost £1.5 million in the second round of grants awarded by the Government to fund repairs on the buildings to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
PROMOTING vocations must be more than mere “paper pushing’, priests at a conference in Maynooth were told last weekend, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
Conflict resolution and communication are key components of a new wedding preparation course run by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.