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THE newly appointed Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, who also becomes Primate of All Ireland, says he wants to see a “humble renewal” of the Irish Church led from the bottom up by the laity.
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would require its own nuncio, it emerged this week, writes Christopher Lamb.
INCONVENIENT Mass timings are putting off non-practising Catholic parents from returning to church, according to new research published on Thursday, writes Liz Dodd.
JONATHAN RUFFER, the City investment adviser and philanthropist, says he was inspired to bankroll the £60 million redevelopment of the former palace of the Bishop of Durham during an Ignatian retreat at St Beuno’s College in North Wales four years ago, writes Paul Wilkinson.
CARDINAL Vincent Nichols has attacked the extremist group Islamic State (IS), describing the depth and scale of the barbarity it perpetrates as “unconscionable”
LETTERS WRITTEN by the wife of assassinated United States President John Kennedy to an Irish priest and held by the Vincentians have been returned to her family, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
Cuts to subsidised faith-school transport revealed by The Tablet last week mean poorer Catholics are no longer able to afford to send their children to church schools, according to parents and MPs.
Schools may be failing in their obligations to teach religious studies after the numbers taking exams in the subject at GCSE level dramatically declined, writes Joanna Moorhead.
Scotland’s archbishops have urged Catholics to vote in the country’s forthcoming independence referendum while stressing their own neutral position on the vote, writes Brian Morton and Christopher Lamb.
Chemin Neuf, the ecumenical Christian community, has moved in to the former Carmelite monastery at Sclerder Abbey in Cornwall.
The Catholic shrine at Walsingham is looking for a new director after the Marist Fathers announced they were leaving after almost 50 years, writes Christopher Lamb.
The introduction of the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Killaloe has been met with opposition from some women who reject the idea of another male-only ministry.
Ireland’s first new Catholic secondary school in 30 years opened its doors this week in a west Dublin suburb, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
Cardinal George Pell will be in Britain next week to mark the official opening of a centre of new evangelisation, writes Joanna Moorhead.
FREE TRANSPORT to and from faith schools has effectively been scrapped in England’s countryside, according to an investigation by The Tablet.
LEADING ACADEMICS have backed Professor Sir Tom Devine’s call for a “yes” vote in the upcoming Scottish referendum.
FALLING NUMBERS of vocations could see ancient parishes wiped out, according to the co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests this week.
FOUR WOMEN of the Year have been chosen by representatives of Catholic women’s organisations and lay movements, writes Liz Dodd.
MORE THAN 1,000 people attended a charismatic-style “healing mission” at a Catholic cathedral in Aberdeen last weekend, writes Brian Morton.
BRITONS WHO join extremist Islamic groups in the Middle East should have their passports revoked, a former Archbishop of Canterbury suggested this week, while the current Archbishop of York condemned the Government’s response to those fleeing persecution in Iraq.
THE BISHOP of Paisley has offered “prayerful support” to families and communities affected by the closure of the last surviving shipyard on the Lower Clyde and the only yard still building merchant vessels, writes Brian Morton.
Leading theologians have criticised the closure of a university’s postgraduate theology and ministry programme as “deeply regrettable”.
The number of students taking religious studies at A level in England has almost doubled in a decade, according to new figures, writes Ruth Gledhill.
The Chief Executive of the Catholic charity Marriage Care welcomed the Government’s greater commitment to supporting marriage pledged by the Prime Minister in a ringing endorsement of family life in London this week.
A major survey hoping to garner examples of how religious faith is treated in the workplace in Britain has been launched, writes Christopher Lamb.
The Catholic Union has criticised the decision by Travelodge to remove Bibles from its hotel rooms, writes Ruth Gledhill.
A leading Catholic aid charity has called on governments to challenge businesses that exploit the poor and the environment.
The Bishop of Motherwell has told a sheriff court that a priest “booby-trapped” a church house following attempts to evict him, writes Brian Morton.
A leading Catholic historian has lent his weight to the pro-independence movement by announcing that he will vote “Yes” in the forthcoming Scottish referendum, writes Brian Morton.
Ireland’s new abortion law’s first test case has seen a rape victim denied an abortion, then her baby delivered by Caesarean section at 25 weeks, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
A senior English Benedictine house is considering its future after the retirement of its abbot and the decision not to immediately appoint a successor.
St Mary’s Cathedral in Aberdeen is to host a three-day “healing mission” run by a group offering the charismatic-style laying-on of hands, writes Brian Morton.
Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi called for David Cameron to “seriously consider” authorising targeted military action to save the lives of religious minorities driven from their homes by jihadists in northern Iraq.
The 77-year-old nun who twice arranged for a provocative black Islamic flag to be removed from the gate of the Will Crooks Estate in Poplar, east London, has called for extra funding to help with training and employment for the area’s young men.
The Church of England has made its largest single property sale, writes Ruth Gledhill.
The leader of the Anglican Church in Ireland has rejected the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey’s stance on assisted dying, describing it as “perplexing”.