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Leaders from Church and state around the world responded to the death on 25 November of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with hope for the future of Cuba, write Michael Sean Winters and James Roberts. Pope Francis, who met with Castro in September 2015, expressed sorrow over the dictator’s death in a telegram to Castro’s brother, Raúl.


A Catholic charity has published a “roadmap for social justice in Europe”, with proposals to counter growing “poverty, exclusion and indifference”, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.


Europe’s Catholic bishops have predicted that the Church’s just concluded Year of Mercy will enrich the continent’s “journey of faith” and have pledged to support local Christian initiatives deriving from it, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.


Free-market social conservative François Fillon became the man to beat in France’s presidential election next spring after winning a resounding 67 per cent in the centre-right primary run-off last Sunday, following a campaign in which religious issues played an unusually prominent role.


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01 December 2016 | by James Roberts

The US Government has offered public support for the mediation efforts of DR Congo’s Catholic bishops in working peacefully towards presidential elections for a successor to President Joseph Kabila.


Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agaña in Guam, a US dependent territory in the Pacific Ocean, has been accused by at least four former altar boys of sexual abuse offences including rape, between the 1950s and 1970s...

Acclaimed US director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis today after screening his film, Silence, in Rome for about 300 Jesuits...


The four cardinals who have publicly challenged Pope Francis' family life document could lose their red hats, according to a senior Church lawyer. Mgr Pio Vito Pinto, who leads the Vatican's appeal court, says the prelates have caused 'grave scandal' by calling into question the Pope’s faithfulness to Catholic doctrine...

 


The Catholic Worker farm in Hertfordshire, which looks after destitute mothers and their children, has said it faces an uncertain future unless it can buy the farmhouse it currently rents from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity...

The European Parliament has included Russian Churches and religious organisations on a list of bodies spreading Kremlin-orchestrated “anti-EU propaganda”, and urged Western governments to be more vigilant in “countering disinformation”...

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