Iraqi Christians have welcomed the start of the Mosul offensive, the aim of which is to drive Islamic State out of their homeland for the past, but a senior Chaldean Catholic said that the hope they felt was tempered by an overarching fear that the power vacuum created by victory for the alliance of Iraqi pro-government forces, Kurdish freedom fighters and US special forces...

As the most respected institution in Congo, the Catholic bishops' conference is putting enormous effort into steering the country onto a path to peace, said an official of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in the war-torn Central African country...


Colombia's Catholic bishops urged the government and armed rebels to commit to an indefinite cease-fire while a new peace deal is negotiated after voters rejected an agreement that would have formally ended the Western Hemisphere's longest-running war...

Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on 4 October, the scope of the humanitarian situation is becoming clear. The death toll has passed 1,000 and cholera is beginning to spread on the island, reports Martha Pskowski..

Pope Francis canonised seven new saints on Sunday in front of an estimated 80,000 people at a Mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome. The new saints were holy not because of their own efforts but because of 'the Lord who triumphs in them and with them,' the pope said...

A Latin American 'Black Pope' joined the Latin American 'White Pope' in Rome today - meaning that for the first time in the Church’s history two of the most powerful figures in Catholicism are from South America.  


A Catholic archbishop who called Hillary Clinton a 'criminal liar, uniquely rich in stale ideas and bad priorities' in a speech at Notre Dame university last month has weighed into the presidential campaign again by lambasting the President Barack Obama's administration for being 'the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers' in generations...


CARITAS ANCHOR House has won a landmark battle against HM Revenue and Customs that will enable the charity to open 25 new flats for homeless people in London, writes Liz Dodd.

THE BISHOP of Shrewsbury, Mark Davies, has written to Catholic schools and colleges warning of the “dangers of the ‘ideology of gender’”, writes Megan Cornwell.

A SENIOR bishop has thrown cold water on the newly announced national vocations initiative that the Irish hierarchy unveiled last week and is due to launch in 2017.

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