A major inquiry into historical institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland has found that nuns at four Catholic-run homes physically and emotionally abused children in their care...

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, has been recalled to Rome after six years in the post. From February he will serve directly in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, with a particular focus on relations with Italy...

President-elect Donald Trump announced his choices for the Bibles on which he would be sworn in today as President of the United States...

A group of Catholic bishops visiting the Holy land have called Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem “a scandal” to which “we must never become accustomed”...

Scotland's leading Catholic hospice faces an ethical crisis after it emerged that changes to its funding arrangements could force it to means test patients, writes Brian Morton.

Schools face admissions shake-up Premium

19 January 2017 | by Sarah Mac Donald

Ireland's Minister for Education has set out proposals on school admissions aimed at ending the selection of pupils on the basis of their faith.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has renewed his call for refugees from the Middle East to be welcomed and accommodated in England and Wales amid fears that some of the most vulnerable are excluded from the Government’s relocation scheme, writes Rose Gamble.

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

19 January 2017 | by Liz Dodd

Some 23 churches are to be closed as part of a major diocesan restructure the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold (above), has revealed, with 100 of the diocese’s 150 parishes involved in amalgamations.

Catholics will cease to be a majority of the Brazilian population by 2036, according to a recent analysis, carried out by demographer Professor José Eustáquio Diniz Alves, writes Francis McDonagh.

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