20 February 2014 | by James Macintyre and Liz Dodd

Britain ‘should take more Syrian refugees’

Church leaders have written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for more Syrian refugees to be let into Britain, write James Macintyre and Liz Dodd.

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Vincent Nichols, said Pope Francis is bringing "radical renewal" to the Church rather than reform.

A jihadist group has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on Christian pilgrims in Egypt on Sunday that left four people dead and 14 wounded.

Some 74 per cent of Poles think that religion is not always the source of morality and people should follow their own conscience first. The results of a poll by the Warsaw-based CBOS polling agency reveal a significant decline of public trust towards religion in Poland.

Australia's upper house of Parliament, the Senate, has rejected an attempt by the Greens to remove the Lord's Prayer from the start of each day's sitting.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected claims by the Archbishop of Westminster that cuts to the welfare system are leaving people in destitution, arguing that they are part of a “moral mission” that would give “new hope”.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, has praised Britain’s faith communities for providing calm in the wake of the murder last year of the British Army soldier, Lee Rigby, on the streets of Woolwich in south-east London.

Italian groups supporting victims of sexual abuse by priests have called for the resignation of Bishop Diego Coletti of the northern diocese of Como after it was discovered that he tried to keep quiet Pope Francis’ laicisation late last year of an abusive priest.

The cardinal in the Dominican Republic (DR) has clashed with the Jesuits in his country, hitting out at a prominent Jesuit priest who defended the right of Haitians born in the Dominican Republic to claim Dominican nationality.

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales along with dozens of free church leaders have urged Prime Minister David Cameron to let more Syrian refugees into Britain.


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