News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

12 January 2017 | by Liz Dodd

A terminally ill man has launched a campaign to change the law on assisted dying in the first legal challenge since MPs rejected proposals to allow euthanasia in September 2015.

The head of the Catholic Church in Belarus, widely considered Europe’s most repressive state, has accused the Government of President Alexander Lukashenko, of downgrading the number of active Catholics in the country, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

News Briefing: global Premium

12 January 2017 | by James Roberts

Catholic Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba has urged the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, to prioritise forgiveness and make it a central pillar of the national dialogue he has announced for the war-ravaged country.

Given the public disagreements between Pope Francis and US President-elect Donald Trump over issues ranging from the building of a wall on the Mexican border to climate change and migration, it is not surprising that the question of who will be Trump’s ambassador to the Holy See is causing intense interest...

The Catholic bishop of Charleston has called for the perpetrator of the 2015 church shooting to be spared capital punishment, after jurors unanimously agreed to sentence Dylann Roof to death...

Church leaders must face up to the fact that Christians in refugee camps in Germany are being persecuted, according to a Lutheran pastor. The Revd Gottfried Martens (pictured below) said that the persecution must be confronted and accused the Churches of not wanting to address the problem for fear of giving the impression that there is a connection between Islam and violence...

Strict recruitment criteria in Catholic schools have contributed to a headship crisis in some parts of the country. One in 10 schools loses its head teacher every year, according to research conducted by The Times, with faith schools in particular struggling to attract high-calibre candidates because of the requirement that heads be members of their faith...

Nigeria has consistently ranked in the top 20 worst places to be a Christian, according to global watchdog Open Doors...

The leadership of the Order of Malta denied the legality of a Vatican investigation into the forced resignation of the group's former grand chancellor, but the commission established by Pope Francis said it "is completely legitimate and authorised" to investigate the matter and inform the pope...

Irish Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery is to celebrate a public Mass, five years after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith forbade him to minister publicly for expressing liberal views on women priests, the Eucharist and the Church’s teachings on sexuality...

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