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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13 October 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Bishop David Konstant, the Emeritus Bishop of Leeds, has died aged 86. Bishop Konstant (above) was Bishop of Leeds from 1985 to 2004. He also served as Chairman of the Department for Christian Education and Formation at the Bishops’ Conference and as Chairman of the Catholic Education Service.

A Catholic Church official has expressed concern over the state of emergency declared in Ethiopia, writes Fredrick Nzwili.

Pope Francis will address a conservative-leaning Rome higher education body later this month, replacing Cardinal Robert Sarah who had been due to preside at the event, writes Christopher Lamb.

Catholic justice and peace campaigners have urged the European Union to become “more democratic and less centralised”, in order to avoid losing more member states after Britain’s vote to leave the EU, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

The Pope’s “lack of clarity” in the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia on whether or not remarried divorcees may receive the Sacraments has opened the door for theological controversy, Freiburg canon lawyer Georg Bier said. Speaking to KNA news agency, the lawyer appealed to Francis for clearer guidelines on the subject.

Church agencies have mobilised to respond to the destruction in Haiti, which took the full impact of Hurricane Matthew last week, leaving as many as 900 people dead and 350,000 in need of humanitarian aid. There are also growing fears of an increase in cholera cases because of flood water mixing with sewage.

Although Republicans have recently championed the religious liberty issue, Hillary Clinton (above) was the only one to address the question in the second presidential debate last Sunday with Republican contender Donald Trump.

Meeting a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, Pope Francis said he does not like "the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions"...

Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke out in front of the prime minister on Wednesday night to urge the government to take action to help refugee children stuck in the jungle camp in Calais at a service in Westminster Abbey to mark the UK’s commitment to combat modern slavery...

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