The Vatican made the announcement after Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The recognition of Fr Rother's martyrdom clears the way for his beatification...

Latest figures released by the Church today show that Catholic schools are the most ethnically diverse in the country, educating 21 per cent more pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds than non-faith schools...

A popular acting head teacher at a Catholic school in Hampshire has been told by the Bishop of Portsmouth he cannot apply for the permanent position because he is in an “irregular relationship”...

The Catholic Diocese of Oslo says it is still suing the Norwegian government for “unfair” treatment despite the news this week that it is being fined one million Krone (£115,000) for, according to prosecutors, exaggerating how many members it had in order to receive government subsidies worth millions of pounds...

Pope Francis is being urged by church and political leaders to make an historic visit to Northern Ireland during his 2018 trip to the Republic for the World Meeting of Families. The Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, confirmed that the Pope had accepted his invitation to visit Ireland after a meeting in Rome on Monday.

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

01 December 2016 | by Liz Dodd

The Prime Minister, Theresa May (above), has spoken about how her Christian faith inspired her political career. She said that growing up as the only daughter of a clergyman instilled in her a sense of service.

Leaders from Church and state around the world responded to the death on 25 November of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with hope for the future of Cuba, write Michael Sean Winters and James Roberts. Pope Francis, who met with Castro in September 2015, expressed sorrow over the dictator’s death in a telegram to Castro’s brother, Raúl.

A Catholic charity has published a “roadmap for social justice in Europe”, with proposals to counter growing “poverty, exclusion and indifference”, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

Europe’s Catholic bishops have predicted that the Church’s just concluded Year of Mercy will enrich the continent’s “journey of faith” and have pledged to support local Christian initiatives deriving from it, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Free-market social conservative François Fillon became the man to beat in France’s presidential election next spring after winning a resounding 67 per cent in the centre-right primary run-off last Sunday, following a campaign in which religious issues played an unusually prominent role.

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