EGYPT’S NEW constitution will accommodate non-Muslims and the next government is unlikely to be Islamist, the Anglican Bishop of Egypt has said.

A senior Russian Orthodox church official has welcomed requests for Russian citizenship by thousands of Syrian Christians as a sign of his country’s moral standing in the region, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

The Israeli Government has tried to deflect embarrassment after the Vatican rejected its last-minute request for what would have been the first meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis, writes Robert Mickens.

26 October 2013 | by Robert Mickens

New venue for Lenten retreat Premium

Breaking a custom of nearly 100 years, Pope Francis has moved his annual Lenten spiritual exercises with officials of the Roman Curia out of the Vatican to a retreat centre in the Alban Hills south of Rome, writes Robert Mickens.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops released the nominees for its top offices this week, writes Michael Sean Winters.

26 October 2013 | by Jonathan Luxmoore , Jon Stibbs

Church offers training to budding entrepreneurs Premium

The Catholic Church in Communist Cuba is offering a choice of educational programmes for budding entrepreneurs or cooperatives on the island. Under the courses, prospective small business owners learn how to establish and run their own companies.

26 October 2013 | by Jonathan Luxmoore

Abortion resolution condemned Premium

A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT resolution calling for abortion to be recognised as a “fundamental right” in all European Union member states has been condemned by Catholic church leaders, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

26 October 2013 | by Peter Kavanagh

Yukon schools divided on gays Premium

A Bishop’s sexual orientation counselling policy for publicly funded Catholic schools in Whitehorse, Yukon, is dividing parents, writes Peter Kavanagh.

The archbishop of Westminster and the Anglican Bishop of London made history this week when they met in the Tower of London to pray together in the cell of St Thomas More.

26 October 2013 | by Paul Wilkinson

Church sold by diocese will become a mosque Premium

A redundant Catholic church in Stoke-on-Trent has been sold by the Archdiocese of Birmingham to the local Muslim community, writes Paul Wilkinson.


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