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Just seven of the world’s bishops recommended to Pope Paul VI that the Church’s ban on contraception should be maintained ahead of his controversial 1968 encyclical on the topic, a new book has revealed. 

 


Leading Jewish commentators have criticised a newly published text by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI that calls for deeper Jewish-Christian dialogue, describing Benedict’s contribution as a “step backwards”.

 


Downside Abbey has announced that Fr Nicholas Wetz, Prior at Belmont Abbey, will move to Downside to take on the role of Prior Administrator from September.


The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa says that he does not fear death but is careful about what he eats, as he continues to challenge the government to hold overdue elections.


The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has added his voice to the multiple appeals that have been made to Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide to resign by calling on Pope Francis to sack him.


The "prosperity gospel" that US President Donald Trump and many of his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal.


Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have distanced themselves from a group that is promising to defend the church and avenge the deaths of priests.


Facing child trafficking allegations at one of its homes for unmarried mothers in India, the Missionaries of Charity said the order condemns the actions of individuals involved and stressed that these are unrelated to the order.

 


The Catholic Education Service (CES) and the Bishop with special responsibility for religious education have reacted with outrage at a new pamphlet calling for urgent reform of religion in schools in England and Wales, written by former Home Secretary Charles Clarke and Professor Linda Woodhead and launched at the House of Commons on 17 July. 


The Iraqi Catholic nun who had repeatedly been denied entry into the UK where she has a sick sister has finally received a visa following a U-turn by the Home Office.


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