News from Britain and Ireland
AN INQUIRY has been launched into the murder of Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death while teaching at a Catholic college in Leeds in 2014, after her family claimed that the council withheld information about the attack, writes Liz Dodd.
A PROMINENT free-speech campaigner has claimed that recent legislation intended to stamp out football-related religious abuse has created a new sectarian divide in Scotland, writes Brian Morton.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS will be protected from vexatious complaints by humanist pressure groups under new government proposals.
CARDINAL Vincent Nichols (pictured right), is expected to urge Catholic secondary school leaders to join the fight against the radicalisation of young people by Islamic State (IS) through the internet, writes Paul Wilkinson.
DIOCESES ARE to be encouraged to provide thousands of pounds to support Syrian refugee families under a new private sponsorship scheme which the Government favours to handle the 20,000 Syrian refugees being admitted to the UK.
Christianity in Britain has reached a tipping point, with young people increasingly having no religious beliefs and feeling alienated from the Churches, Britain’s leading sociologist of religion has claimed.
Sarah Mac Donald
The number of priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin is forecast to decline by 70 per cent by 2030, according to new research produced for the Council of Priests.
The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh met with Pope Francis on Monday to update him on his work in the archdiocese in a discussion that included the topic of his predecessor, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was...
Church Sunday schools could face inspection by Ofsted under proposed rules designed to eradicate the kind of extremist religious teaching exposed by the 2014 Birmingham Trojan Horse affair, according to the head of Ofsted, writes Paul Wilkinson.
ATTENDANCE at Church of England services has fallen to a record low, according to figures published this week, as the Archbishop of Canterbury warned primates meeting in Canterbury of an emergent anti-Christian culture, write Rose Gamble and Stephen Bates.
The Papal nuncio to Ireland has been strongly criticised by censured Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery (pictured), over his continued refusal to meet representatives of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), writes Sarah Mac Donald.
Tributes to David Bowie who died on Sunday have highlighted the power of his songs, his originality and his creativity. Here Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, finds evidence also of a struggle with faith
Visits to lonely and isolated people by volunteers from the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) saves the economy in England and Wales at least £11 million a year, according to research by the economic consultancy, Oxera, writes Paul Wilkinson.
Baroness (Karren) Brady of Knightsbridge, speaking on BBC1’s Fern Britton Meets…, spoke about her days as a boarder at The Faithful Companions of Jesus school near Ware in Hertfordshire.
THE BISHOPS’ Conference of England and Wales rejected calls to ordain married men and permit services of General Absolution during a private session of its November plenary meeting.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic clergy are to be fast-tracked into senior positions within the Church of England.
THE BISHOP of Clifton, Declan Lang will next week lead a delegation of bishops from across the globe in a visit to Christian communities in Gaza, Bethlehem and refugees in Jordan, as part of the annual meeting of the Holy Land Coordination, writes Rose Gamble.
A CAMPAIGN to persuade the government to recognise Islamic State’s (IS) persecution of Christians as genocide is gaining momentum, according to Lord (David) Alton, the Catholic peer behind it.
THE PRINCE of Wales (pictured right) has warned that the future of Christianity is in jeopardy in the Middle East, writes Catherine Pepinster.
BARONESS Warsi, a former Conservative Party chairwoman, has strongly criticised the Government’s counter-extremism policy as grounded in religious illiteracy, writes Liz Dodd.
The government is not saying when the 20,000 refugees Britain is taking in from Syria will arrive because it is worried about local reactions, according to the head of a group working to resettle them in the UK.
The Anglican Communion has followed the lead of the Vatican and withdrawn its support from the anti-slavery group, the Global Freedom Network (GFN) after the Pope’s representative signalled his uneasiness about the involvement of an Australian philanthropist, writes Paul Wilkinson.
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