Christians are still being persecuted in Iraq, according to a priest from Erbil. Father Daniel, 27, was in London this week with the charity Open Doors to brief MPs, Peers and church leaders about the ongoing crisis. in Iraq.

Pro-life charity calls on UK’s top maternity doctor to resign Premium

14 December 2017 | by Alex Daniel

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has called for the resignation of Britain’s leading maternity doctor following her appeal for women to have access to home abortions, writes Alex Daniel.

More people than ever before are being forced to use church and community night shelters, according to the ecumenical housing and homelessness charity Housing Justice, writes Bernadette Kehoe.

A petition launched by the bishops of England and Wales which calls on the government to stand by its manifesto commitment to lift the faith cap on school admissions has received 15,000 signatures in just three weeks.

The Irish bishops have welcomed Pope Francis’ motu proprio concerning the translation of liturgical texts and said they will give time to “reflection and discussion” on the full implications of Magnum Principium.

“Pope calls a doctor to care for Paris archdiocese”, read the headlines in France after the Vatican announced that a former physician ordained at the age of 44 had been picked to become the next archbishop of the French capital, writes Tom Heneghan.

The Belgian bishops’ survey ahead of next year’s Vatican youth synod has found the Church is unknown to many young people and the number of young priests who might connect with them is falling, writes Tom Heneghan.

Catholics across the country celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe this week, a religious holiday that now ranks with Christmas and Easter in the US in terms of participation, writes Michael Sean Winters.

Australia this week was bracing itself for the delivery of the final report of the five-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Friday (15 December).

News Briefing: Church in the World Premium

14 December 2017 | by James Roberts

In defence of ‘temptation’
A German bishop has defended the current German translation of the Lord’s Prayer – which uses the German equivalent of “Lead us not into temptation” – against the Pope’s criticism of it.

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