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- Heythrop chairman quits as west London's 400-year-old Jesuit college considers its future
- Prince Charles tells Armenian church of his heartbreak over attacks on Middle Eastern Christians
- Nichols says Pope Francis appreciates the 'pragmatic minority' temperament of English Catholicism
- Cardinal O’Malley: we need urgent action on convicted Bishop Finn, LCWR probe was 'a disaster' and I'd ordain women
Internal disagreements within the board of governors of Heythrop are thought to lie behind the resignation of its chairman, which comes during crucial talks about the future of the Jesuit-run college in west London.
The Prince of Wales this week followed up his impassioned plea for religious freedom at the 4 November launch of an Aid to the Church in the Need report on persecution, with a visit to St Yeghichè’s Armenian church in South Kensington, London.
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.
Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, in an interview on the CBS news programme “60 Minutes” said that the Vatican must “urgently” address the case of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, the only US bishop to have been convicted of failing to report an instance of clergy sex abuse to the authorities.
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”.
Pope Francis has condemned the “primacy of profit”, which he said was hindering the battle against world hunger.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has caused an uproar in his conservative UMP party by saying he would repeal France’s same-sex marriage law if elected again in 2017.
Archbishop Francisco Javier Martínez Fernández of Granada in southern Spain has suspended a group of 10 priests from their duties after they were accused of sexually abusing a young man when he was a minor.
Pope Francis has approved lifting the ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic Churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Police chief Kevin Hyland, 51, a Catholic who has worked with many church organisations in fighting human trafficking, has been appointed Britain’s first anti-slavery tsar.