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Cardinal Schönborn describes the present situation in Turkey as 'deeply worrying' as thousands of suspected political opponents are being imprisoned and there has also been talk of reintroducing the death penalty...


The Catholic Church in Colombia not only has taken an active role in peace negotiations between the government and guerrilla groups, but also has remained close with countless innocents caught in the crossfire, said the Colombian bishops' representative to the National Council for Peace...

 


The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged the Trump administration to "ensure permanent protection" for youth who were brought to the US as minors without legal documentation...


The heads of Jerusalem's Christian churches expressed "serious concern" over an escalation in tensions in Jerusalem's Old City as hostilities remained high following the mid-July shooting deaths of two Israeli policemen and three gunmen on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound...


Next Wednesday (26 July), a year on from the brutal murder of French priest, Fr Hamel, a Mass will be said in the Church of Sant-Étienne-du-Rouvray, in Normandy..


New safety measures have been put in place for up to 7,000 pilgrims who are expected to undertake the arduous “Reek Sunday” pilgrimage to the summit of Croagh Patrick in the west of Ireland, next weekend.

 


The National Churches Trust, the UK’s church building support charity, has launched Sacred Wales (Cymru Sanctaidd), a search for Wales’ favourite church or chapel.


The decline in religious practice among the faithful is a more serious issue than the shortage of priests, the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna has warned, writes Sarah Mac Donald.


News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland Premium

20 July 2017 | by Tom McGrath

Priest mourned
Hundreds of mourners attended a Requiem Mass in Edinburgh for Fr Martin Xavier Vazhachira (left), who was found dead in June on a beach in East Lothian. 


The Church must apologise for its past failure to oppose homosexual prosecution when it is discussing same-sex marriage, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has made clear, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.


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