Archbishop Georges Pontier, head of the French bishops' conference, has sharply criticised the Socialist government's plan to criminalise websites that offer women alternatives to abortion, saying it's a violation of freedom of expression and conscience...

The Archbishop has warned that imperial ambitions are still 'very much alive' in Russia and stressed that his country will defend its 'freedom and independence' against any new act of aggression...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill consecrated the Moscow church’s new showcase cathedral along the Seine in Paris last Sunday and mentioned Russian President Vladimir Putin and former French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy at the top of the list of people he thanked for making it possible...

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has cautioned against polarisation over the interpretation of the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia and called for greater objectivity in the debate...

The Vatican made the announcement after Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The recognition of Fr Rother's martyrdom clears the way for his beatification...

Latest figures released by the Church today show that Catholic schools are the most ethnically diverse in the country, educating 21 per cent more pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds than non-faith schools...

A popular acting head teacher at a Catholic school in Hampshire has been told by the Bishop of Portsmouth he cannot apply for the permanent position because he is in an 'irregular relationship'...

The Catholic Diocese of Oslo says it is still suing the Norwegian government for “unfair” treatment despite the news this week that it is being fined one million Krone (£115,000) for, according to prosecutors, exaggerating how many members it had in order to receive government subsidies worth millions of pounds...

Pope Francis is being urged by church and political leaders to make an historic visit to Northern Ireland during his 2018 trip to the Republic for the World Meeting of Families. The Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, confirmed that the Pope had accepted his invitation to visit Ireland after a meeting in Rome on Monday.

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

01 December 2016 | by Liz Dodd

The Prime Minister, Theresa May (above), has spoken about how her Christian faith inspired her political career. She said that growing up as the only daughter of a clergyman instilled in her a sense of service.

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