The Bishop of Paisley has urged members of the Scottish Parliament to embrace an integrity that goes further than “loyalty to our party” and is rooted in loving service to the whole parliament, above and beyond partisan lines, writes Brian Morton.

Thousands of Catholics in England and Wales have taken action in response to the Pope’s plea to protect the planet, according to statistics released on the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si’, writes Rose Gamble.

The first jointly-run Catholic and Church of Ireland faith school in Northern Ireland could provide a model for other rural schools that wish to safeguard their Christian ethos, Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry has said.

Catholic theologian Tina Beattie (above), who signed a letter objecting to the potential criminalisation of Polish women who have abortions, will not lose her position as a member of Cafod’s Theological Reference Group, despite an online petition calling for her removal reaching more than 5,000 signatures.

The controversy over the sale of indulgences which led to the Reformation was “one of the most expendable” controversies in Christian history, according to the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch.

Zimbabwe’s Churches met the governor of the Reserve Bank this month to discuss his attempts to avert financial collapse in the country. Since the abandonment of the Zimbabwe dollar due to hyperinflation in 2009, Zimbabwe has been using the US dollar in a multi-currency system including the euro and South African rand.

Syrian President Bashar Assad is planning a new constitution for his country to ensure equal rights for all citizens and to eliminate discrimination towards religious minorities, according to a delegation of bishops that visited him recently, writes Ellen Teague.

Speaking in London last Friday at Heythrop College, the Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul and Erbil, Boutros Moshe, echoed Woody Guthrie. “That land is our land!” he intoned. “We did not take it through invasion or war.

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23 June 2016 | by James Roberts

Pope Francis patted a tiger from a travelling circus on Thursday last week when the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall hosted a ceremony paying homage to clowns, musicians and other circus workers. The tiger brought a smile to the Pope’s face as it stalked across the marble floor on a leash in front of hundreds of onlookers, and guzzled milk from a bottle.

This week’s Orthodox Holy and Great Council, the first such summit of primates in over 1,200 years, has an official agenda that excludes many of the major problems facing the Orthodox world today...

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