The Archbishop of the Dutch diocese of Utrecht has warned the Irish Church it needs to take care of its financial resources as a priority if it is to avoid the sort of difficulties he has experienced.

A long-time visitor to St Cuthman’s retreat centre, which Arundel and Brighton diocese recently announced is to close imminently, has criticised the decision and questioned the level of consultation that took place.

The Algerian government has agreed that the beatification Mass for the seven French monks kidnapped from their monastery in Tibhirine and murdered in 1996 can take place in the Mediterranean coastal city of Oran.

Pope Francis will personally apologise to Chilean sexual abuse survivors next weekend when he hosts them as guests at his Santa Marta residence inside the Vatican. Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of a notorious priest abuser in Chile, says he and two others will be in Rome on 28-29 April so that Francis can personally apologise to them for his response to their testimonies. 

India’s Catholic Church has come out in support of rape victims amid nationwide protests calling on the Government to tackle rising violence against women and girls and bring offenders to justice.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has praised the work of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, which last week held a three-day conference to celebrate its 10th anniversary. 

19 April 2018 | by Carol Glatz, CNS

Abbeys should offer oases of peace to hectic world

In this hectic world, Benedictine monasteries and abbeys "become like oases where men and women of all ages, origins, cultures and religions can discover the beauty of silence" and regain their bearings so they can be "in harmony with creation, letting God re-establish a proper order in their lives," Pope Francis said in Rome today.

The German bishops’ conference has issued a statement describing reports that the Vatican had rejected the German plan to offer communion to couples where one is Catholic and the other a different Christian denomination as "false".  

Meeting with a top Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia, the Vatican's chief interreligious dialogue official called for the equal treatment of people of all religions, saying discrimination and double standards based on religious affiliation only increase Islamophobia and Christianophobia.

Poland's Catholic bishops have for the first time urged Poles living in Britain and other countries to join local Catholic communities, conceding they now lack enough priests and parishes to meet expatriate and migrant needs. 

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