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A Catholic diocese in Northern Ireland has temporarily suspended the sign of peace during Mass following an outbreak of the ‘Australian flu’ in its parishes...


'On the right, young people are deeply spiritual (devoted to the rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, practices of piety). An increasing number of student groups are evangelical Catholics. On the left young people are deeply involved in social justice, advocacy and service projects.'


Nearly 100 Catholics protested the demolition of a church in China, after authorities demolished the building claiming it was occupying land illegally.


A new Vatican sponsored app will help priests to follow the advice of Pope Francis, preaching homilies that are short and simple “so that everyone can understand.”


In Kazakhstan, "divorced people living with someone else would not dare ask for holy Communion because they know they are living in a situation of sin. It would be blasphemy," said Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana.


Pro-life campaigners have threatened legal action against the Scottish government in an attempt to block new rules allowing women to take abortion pills at home.

 


Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in August 2018 is likely to cost more than €20 million (£17.7m), according to the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin


A church in Wales, which recently marked its centenary with a Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Wrexham, Peter Brignall, is to close in February, he has announced.


The Society of Jesus has denounced threats made against an outspoken Honduran Jesuit who has highlighted accusations of widespread irregularities in the Central American country's recent presidential election.

 


The leader of the Irish Church “deeply troubled” by call for a repeal of the pro-life constitutional article and unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks.



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