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Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, from the central Syrian town of Qaryatain. The abductions follow the group’s capture of the town last week, which helps link Palmyra to IS-controlled territory in Qalamun, further west.
The bishops of England and Wales have expressed their deep concern at the “deepening humanitarian crisis” at Calais, where up to 5,000 migrants are living in makeshift camps and risking their lives to reach Britain.
The lesbian head of a Caritas after-school centre in Holzkirchen, in Bavaria, who lost her job after announcing that she and her partner wanted to enter a same sex civil partnership, has been reinstated under the new German church labour law.
A forthcoming edition of the BBC programme Songs of Praise is to be filmed at a makeshift church built by migrants at a shantytown in Calais.
The Scottish Church’s aid agency has broken records this year with a Lent appeal attracting donations of £1.7 million.
A Canadian Jewish businessman has told The Tablet he has overseen the rescue of more than 120 Christian and Yazidi girls kidnapped by so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq.
The Vatican has chosen a composition by English Catholic composer Paul Inwood to be the official setting for the hymn of the Holy Year of Mercy.
A Catholic bishop has voiced fears that mass starvation could soon force millions of refugees from eastern Ukraine to flee to Europe. Bishop Jan Sobilo, an auxiliary in the Diocese of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, claims a Russian-backed separatist campaign is fuelling Ukraine’s “worst humanitarian crisis” since the Second World War.
A gay pride rally that was to have been hosted at the church led by the 2014 Templeton Prize winner, Mgr Tomás Halík, is to be staged elsewhere following objections from the head of the Czech Church.
The Government has appealed to the Church of England to support plans to relax Sunday trading laws.