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Cecilia Bartoli, the Italian mezzo-soprano opera singer, has become the first woman to perform with the choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. She joined the men and boys to sing Beata Viscera, by the medieval monk Pérotin, based in Nôtre Dame Cathedral in the 12th century.


Scotland’s bishops have condemned a decision by the Holyrood parliament on abortion as 'immoral' and 'in conflict with public opinion'. Their statement follows an announcement by the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for Health, Shona Robison, that Scottish women will be allowed to take the abortion pill Misoprostol at home, making the country the only part of the UK where it is legally permitted outside a clinical setting.


The theological work and papal teaching of retired Pope Benedict XVI "continue to be a living and precious heritage for the church," Pope Francis said.


Science, technology, religion and the humanities need to work together for their mutual benefit and to safeguard humanity, Pope Francis said.


Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party is to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe on charges he "allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power". The process could take as little as two days to complete, and President Mugabe could be removed by Wednesday.


Pope Francis has criticised the use of mobile phones while driving, saying many drivers have a poor sense of responsibility and do not realise the ‘serious consequences of being distracted.’


The Vatican announced it had launched a new investigation into reports about sexual abuse in a pre-seminary for young adolescents run by the Diocese of Como, Italy, but located inside the Vatican.

 


Pop singer Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has been awarded $5m after a Los Angeles jury found that a restaurant owner intentionally interfered with the singer’s attempts to purchase a former convent from the Archdiocese.


Ireland’s Church leaders have called for an end to all paramilitary attacks in Northern Ireland, warning the attacks continue to have a major impact on the wellbeing of children and young people and threaten to 'trap them in never-ending cycles of violence.'


The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said after their meeting in Leeds last week that they were "grateful" for guidance that they have received from CDW that the motu proprio "concerns future liturgical translations and cannot be applied retroactively".


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