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The Church’s safeguarding office is to be relocated from Birmingham into the headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales at Eccleston Square, ­central London.

The Church’s teaching on marriage and family life is disconnected from the real-life experience of many Irish Catholics, the country’s bishops have acknowledged.

The Bishop of Brentwood says he hopes the forthcoming Vatican Synod on Marriage and Family Life will decide to allow remarried divorcees to receive Communion in some circumstances, writes Christopher Lamb.

In an interview on German television to mark the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, head of the papal household, revealed how he did not favour the election of Pope Francis.

19 March 2014 | by Ellen Teague and Abigail Frymann

Chinese officials refuse cathedral funeral request for bishop

A Chinese bishop who spent more than two decades in communist Beijing’s prison and labour camps died last Sunday under house arrest aged 95.

Three of the nine accused in a case involving the rape of a nun and parading her semi-naked through the streets during anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal, eastern Orissa state, in August 2008 have been convicted.

The Church’s teaching on marriage and family life is disconnected from the real-life experience of many Irish Catholics, the country’s bishops have acknowledged.

19 March 2014 | by James Macintyre and Liz Dodd

Charities say budget ‘fails poorest’ as Nichols challenges businesses

A Catholic charity has accused the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, of “failing the poorest” in his Budget, which was announced today.

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has established the Personal Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman for Catholics wishing to avail themselves of the Tridentine Rite Mass in Latin.

The newly elected mayors of both Boston and New York City boycotted their cities’ St Patrick’s Day parades because the organisers refused to permit gay and lesbian groups to march under gay activist banners.

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