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The Church’s national safeguarding coordinator in Scotland has welcomed the Pope’s decision to hold bishops accountable for negligence in child sex-abuse cases, writes Brian Morton.


The Catholic Church has warned about the use of human-animal hybrids to grow organs for transplant ahead of this year’s Day for Life.


Converts face ill-informed scrutiny Premium

16 June 2016 |

Christian converts seeking asylum in the UK are having their claims assessed on the basis of their knowledge of Bible trivia rather than examining what they really believe, according to a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Asylum Advocacy Group (AAG), writes Rose Gamble.


A vote for Brexit could herald not only economic uncertainty for the island of Ireland but could jeopardise the “embedding of a culture of peace” in Northern Ireland, the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has warned.


The relics of St Anthony of Padua began their tour of Britain and Ireland this week starting in Cahir, County Tipperary. Thousands are expected to turn out to pay homage to the two relics, one of which Pope Francis venerated 16 years ago in Argentina when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.


France’s former leader Nicolas Sarkozy has highlighted the country’s Christian roots as a rallying point in his planned political comeback, indicating issues of faith and identity should become campaign issues for next year’s presidential election, writes Tom Heneghan.


The French bishops have protested against government plans to impose tighter rules on opening private schools, an initiative meant to prevent the spread of radical Muslim schools that could also affect schools of other religions. writes Tom Heneghan.


Francis will affirm courage of first Christian nation Premium

16 June 2016 | by Amalia Illgner

Next week sees only the second visit by a Pope to the tiny, landlocked former Soviet republic of Armenia, in an historic three-day trip starting on 24 June. Armenia adopted Christianity as its official religion in 301 AD, and the visit is being officially billed as the “Visit to the first Christian nation”.


News Briefing: global Premium

16 June 2016 | by James Roberts

Pope Francis is reportedly “shaken” by the massacre in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early on Sunday morning that left 49 people dead (at time of going to press).


Catholics on both sides of the argument last night debated the motion that 'Catholic values are best served by Britain remaining in the European Union' at an event in Westminster Cathedral Hall organised by Catholic Voices...


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