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The Vatican has placed the laicised papal ambassador Jozef Wesolowski under house arrest as he awaits a criminal trial for sexually abusing young boys, Catholic News Service reports.

A FEMALE Catholic theologian has been banned by the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh from speaking on church property in his diocese.

MORE THAN half of Scotland’s Catholics voted in favour of independence in last week’s referendum, according to research published this week, writes Brian Morton.

THE CHURCH may have forgotten the importance of mercy in recent decades but allowing Communion for divorced and remarried couples would require a “radical rethink” in teaching, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said this week.

OBESITY, alcoholism, diabetes and smoking could be tackled more effectively if public-health bodies worked more closely with faith-based organisations, according to a report out this week.

Falling numbers and an ageing membership are forcing the Dominicans in Ireland to withdraw from running four parishes.

25 September 2014 | by Paul Wilkinson

Charity axes bigot award

GAY-RIGHTS charity Stonewall is dropping its controversial “Bigot of the Year” award.

NO PARISH funds have been used in a renovation of the curial offices and bishop’s residence, the diocese of Down and Connor said this week following criticism of the two-year project, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

The Church commissioners have accepted a £2 million offer for land that includes an historic Roman fort near Auckland Castle, County Durham.

Pro-life campaigners should avoid coming across as “sourpusses” who forget to proclaim what the Church is for as much as what it is against, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has said.

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