Pope Francis commemorated Jesus’ Last Supper by washing the feet of prisoners who have turned away from a life of mafia crime including three women and  a Muslim man soon to be received into the Church...

The police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has launched an action plan to tackle the shortage of Catholics joining the force, but it has ruled out a return to the controversial 50/50 recruitment policy which stated that there should be an equal number of Catholics and Protestants in the service, writes Carina Murphy.

New census figures showing a drop of almost 6 per cent in the number of Catholics and an increase in the number of those of no religion to 9.8 per cent of the population have prompted the Archbishop of Dublin to say “a radical change” is taking place in Ireland, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

Changes to Lottery funding will unfairly hit repair and restoration work desperately needed by many church buildings, the Archbishop of Cardiff has said.

Thousands of police officers lined the streets leading to Southwark’s Anglican Cathedral on Monday for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed while guarding the Houses of Parliament during the 22 March Westminster terror attack.

Bishop Hervé Gaschignard of Aire et Dax in southwest France has resigned at the Vatican’s request after rumours circulated about his behaviour with young people and Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, the Bordeaux metropolitan bishop, was asked to investigate, writes Tom Heneghan.

The US Supreme Court, with its new member Justice Neil Gorsuch (pictured), is to hear a case on Wednesday with major implications for religious freedom in the United States. Justice Gorsuch, nominated by President Donald Trump, was formally sworn in on Monday, returning the court to its full strength of nine for the first time since Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said the Church needs to examine more closely the position of women deacons in the Church in the past and in the Eastern Church today, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Two Catholic leaders in Syria have criticised the US missile strike on a Syrian government air base suspected of launching a chemical attack on a rebel-held town on Tuesday of last week, writes Ellen Teague.

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13 April 2017 | by James Roberts

A peace march from Ankawa, the Chaldean quarter of Erbil in northern Iraq, to Qaraqosh, near Mosul, urged an end to all forms of violence and called for the gift of peace. Starting in an area heavily populated by Christian refugees from the Mosul area, the 86-mile walk ended on Palm Sunday in Qaraqosh, a town liberated from Islamic State last October after two years of occupation.

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