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Pope Francis has challenged Catholic families to pray together with “simplicity” and to be patient with one another, telling them they will have “joyful” homes only if they cultivate the “welcoming, merciful, and respectful” love of God, writes Robert Mickens.

02 November 2013 | by Paul Wilkinson

Maryvale rocked by resignations Premium

One of the Church’s most important higher education establishments was in turmoil this week after the sudden resignation of its acting director.

02 November 2013 | by Liz Dodd

Media shift over UK papal visit Premium

The battle between faith and secularism dominated media coverage of Benedict XVI’s visit to the United Kingdom in 2010, a shift from 1982 when ecumenism was presented as the overriding theme of Pope John Paul II’s trip, according to a new study, writes Liz Dodd.

02 November 2013 | by Paul Wilkinson

Parents defend new free school Premium

The man leading plans to establish a free school with a Catholic ethos has accused the local diocesan schools commission director of “unprovoked hostility” in her comments on the move in The Tablet last week, writes Paul Wilkinson.

Britain is afflicted by a hidden violence on its poorest citizens that is in danger of destroying society, warned the former master of the Dominicans this week.

02 November 2013 | by Paul Wilkinson

Bid to keep document on married clergy Premium

An historic book currently at the heart of a battle to prevent its sale to a foreign buyer includes a document in which two bishops argue about married priests, writes Paul Wilkinson.

A review of a major inquiry into clerical sexual abuse in Dublin has accused it of treating priests unfairly.

02 November 2013 | by Paul Wilkinson

Faith tourism plan launched in Wales Premium

A bid to boost tourism at places of worship in Wales was launched last weekend by Welsh Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart, writes Paul Wilkinson.

HEAD OF the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, has warned that the Church cannot accept proposals “argued in terms of mercy” to readmit divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacraments.

THE BISHOP at the centre of a spiralling scandal in Germany about his lavish lifestyle has been told by the Vatican it is impossible for him to return to his diocese in the present climate, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.


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