Society should find new ways of letting mothers stay with their children rather than face imprisonment, the liaison bishop for prisons said last night.

The manuscript written by Sr Lucia in 1944 on the "third secret of Fátima" is to be exhibited at an exhibition on "Secrecy and Revelation" which will open in the Portuguese shrine at Fátima on 30 November.

Clelia Luro, the widow of a former Argentine bishop with whom Pope Francis had weekly telephone conversations, has died in Buenos Aires.

The Church has welcomed a call from the former Director of Public Prosecutions for teachers and other professionals who fail to report child abuse to face criminal prosecutions.

The "most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria" in which 45 people were killed and 1,500 families held hostage has been reported by the Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama.

The ground-breaking questionnaire about marriage and family life posted online by the bishops of England and Wales is part of an effort by Rome to encourage lay Catholics "openly and with all sincerity, what they really think", a Vatican official said yesterday.

Two Iranian Christians were given 80 lashes last Wednesday for drinking wine during a communion service.

The head of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, said that "no sacrifice is too great to be obedient to the call of Christ that we may be one".

Parliament will write a "blank cheque" for euthanasia if it backs proposals to legalise assisted dying, three senior peers have warned.

Pope Francis has called heads of the Oriental Catholic Churches in the Middle East to join him for a summit in Rome next month to discuss the “real possibilities for peace” in Syria, Iraq and the Holy Land.


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