Pope Francis has urged bishops to carefully vet who they ordain as priests so they ensure the world is served by “mature and balanced” clergy. 


In another tearing up of the rulebook in the US presidential election, Republican candidate Donald Trump used the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York - the traditional Catholic charity dinner after the last presidential debate - to again accuse his rival Hillary Clinton of hating Catholics...

Jesuits in South Africa have said that the Catholic Church outside of which Father Graham Pugin was shot in the face by riot police will no longer be used to host meetings aimed at resolving the crisis between students and the local university because it had been 'violated' by some protesters...

Simply knowing what the Church teaches does not make you a good Catholic, Pope Francis has said during a homily in his Vatican residence, the Casa Santa Marta,. He said that prayer, silent adoration and becoming conscious of sinfulness were the ingredients needed for an active faith...

The primate of All Ireland has admitted that he “at times failed to realise” how easily his words and approach “unintentionally” have “come across as hurtful or defensive” to survivors of abuse, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

Dioceses prepare to close Holy Doors Premium

20 October 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Dioceses across England and Wales are preparing to close their Holy Doors to mark the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, writes Liz Dodd.

Experts have called for the part of Heythrop College that specialises in the study of Eastern Christianity to be saved, writes Abigail Frymann Rouch.

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

20 October 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Princess Eugenie of York (above) laid a wreath on the grave of William Wilberforce, who fought in the eighteenth century to have slaves freed in the British Empire, at a service to commemorate the anti-slavery movement last week.

On Friday 14 October the assembly of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) approved a new university statute negotiated between the university authorities and the Vatican, writes Francis McDonagh.

The first public meeting between a Pope and a bishop from mainland China took place this month, in another move indicating warmer Sino-Vatican relations, writes Christopher Lamb.

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