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12 October 2013 | by Robert Mickens

Call for a less worldly Church Premium

All members of the Church have been asked by Pope Francis to strip themselves of the “cancer” of “worldliness” on a moving visit to Assisi which seemed to crystallise the pastoral aims and style he has sought to inculcate in the first seven months of his pontificate.

Paris Cardinal André Vingt-Trois has accused Education Minister Vincent Peillon of making “a sort of secular religion” out of France’s official Church-State division (laïcité), writes Tom Henghan.

Former Melbourne priest Greg Reynolds believes a widely publicised incident last year in which part of a Communion host was given to a dog by its owner during Mass at a breakaway church may have been a decisive factor in the priest’s expulsion from the Church, writes Mark Brolly.

One of Ireland's top bioethicists has resigned from the board of directors and the board of governors of the Catholic Mater Hospital in Dublin over the terms of Ireland's new abortion act.


The new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh says Scottish Catholics may in future have to marry in a civil ceremony as well as in Church.


The Swiss theologian Fr Hans Küng, 85, has said he may seek help to take his own life as he becomes increasingly debilitated by a degenerative illness.


Catholic Aid agency Cafod has announced that it will not accept royalties from the controversial political memoirs written by its media executive, Damian McBride, after concerns that its reputation could be damaged.

One of Ireland’s top bioethicists has resigned from the board of directors and the board of governors of the Catholic Mater Hospital in Dublin over the terms of Ireland’s new abortion act, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

The Church of England is among a group of investors who have purchased more than 300 branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to form a new bank, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

A report that claims Catholic schools take fewer children from disadvantaged backgrounds than other schools uses flawed criteria, according to the chairman of the Catholic Education Service.


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