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21 September 2017 | by James Roberts

The co-president of Pax Christi International, Marie Dennis (pictured), has described a decision to make Pope John XXIII the patron saint of the Italian military as “inappropriate”. 


A Catholic bishop and a Caritas worker in Mexico have said the situation was extremely serious after the 19 September earthquake, and much aid would be needed...


One in four state secondary schools are failing to meet their legal obligation to teach religious education a new survey has shown. The figures also highlight sharp differences in the provision of RE between faith schools and academies and other schools. By law, RE must be taught by all state-funded schools in England...


As search and rescue operations continued in central Mexico, where more than 200 people died after a strong earthquake on 19 September, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims...

 


Eight Catholic Labour MPs have formed a new group to “explore and apply” Catholic social teaching to public policy. Ahead of the official launch of ‘Catholics for Labour’ at this year’s party conference in Brighton, the eight MPs have signed a letter outlining the group’s raison d’etre: “Catholics for Labour has lofty ambitions. We are not about standing still or merely making observations of the world around us. Our hearts and minds are firmly focused on social justice and guided by the teaching of the Catholic faith"...


A priest from the diocese of Ahiara in Nigeria has disclosed the contents of a letter he wrote to Pope Francis, and the Pope’s reply, following the threat made four months ago by Pope Francis that the cleric, along with more than 100 other diocesan priests, would be suspended if they did not accept their new bishop...


One hundred years after Russia's communist revolution inaugurated an era of church persecution and state-sponsored atheism, an Eastern Orthodox novel recently won the country's top literary prize, and a statue of the country's first Christian emperor was erected outside the Kremlin walls...


The Vatican’s former doctrine chief has criticised Francis’ papacy for lacking theological rigour, while suggesting he is ready to make a comeback and work in the Roman Curia....


Pope Francis has re-founded a major Church institute on marriage and the family dedicated to St John Paul II by shifting its focus to studying the everyday realities of family life...


Cardinal Blase Cupich has announced a ban on all guns on church properties. His decision comes as the city of Chicago continues to battle chronic violence...


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