FORMER Home Secretary Charles Clarke has attacked the Government for allegedly downgrading religious education (RE) in the National Curriculum, writes Liz Dodd.

Food poverty in Britain is becoming a chronic problem and not just an acute situation, the head of Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) said this week.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has celebrated Mass in Westminster Cathedral for more than 600 couples marking significant anniversaries this year, writes Liz Dodd.

Mgr Andy McFadden, the Principal Catholic Chaplain to the Royal Navy, has been appointed Principal of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre in Andover – the first Catholic Forces Chaplain to achieve the senior post.

The French Catholic Church has joined local Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist religious leaders in supporting the “Fast for the Climate” interfaith campaign.

The Islamist overthrow of the Iraqi city of Mosul has emptied it of its ancient Christian population, who may never return, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul said.

Pope Francis has shown his support for a new Catholic cathedral in the Persian Gulf by giving a brick from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome as the new building’s foundation stone.

Fears for the health of Pope Francis have surfaced after he cancelled two days of engagements.

The Archbishop of Dublin has called for a “full-bodied investigation” into all of Ireland’s mother and baby homes after details emerged of 796 children and babies who had died at a convent-run home in County Galway for whom no burial records could be found.

The Church in Brazil has condemned the priorities of the Brazilian authorities in their hosting of the World Cup by publishing pamphlets shaped like referees’ red cards.


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