Southwark Archdiocese is facing a shortfall of £4.5 million over five years for its work supporting sick and retired priests, a letter to parishioners has revealed, writes Megan Cornwell.

St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Middlesbrough will display a “Lampedusa cross”, carved out of driftwood from capsized refugee boats, in an act of solidarity with refugees. The cross is due to be presented to the dean, Canon Gerard Robinson, after Mass on 1 September. It will be displayed in the cathedral for three weeks before circulating through the diocese.

Pope Francis will tomorrow declare Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint in a ceremony in front of thousands in St Peter’s Square, write Anto Akkara and Christopher Lamb. The Albanian nun, one of the most iconic figures of the twentieth century, received the Nobel Peace Price in 1979 for her work with those suffering in the slums of India.

The Church in Italy has been mobilised at full force to assist the thousands of people made homeless in the Amatrice earthquake with a pledge of one million euros from the Bishops’ Conference and a special collection to be taken at Masses later this month to help with relief efforts.

News Briefing: The Church in the World Premium

01 September 2016 | by James Roberts

The final text of the peace agreement between the FARC rebel group and the government in Columbia, ending the five-decades-long conflict, has been welcomed internationally. “The end of the armed conflict is near,” said Clare Dixon, head of Cafod’s Latin America section.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will meet Pope Francis for a third time during an inter-religious gathering in Assisi later this month...


Pope Francis has called for environmental action to be added to the list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy...


The Abbot of Ampleforth, Fr Cuthbert Madden, has stepped down from his role leading the monastic community in Yorkshire while the police investigate historic abuse allegations against him...

Pope Francis has declined the chance send a representative to take part in setting up Colombia’s peace tribunal but has welcomed the end of more than half a century of fighting between FARC rebels and the Government...

Leading members of the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) will visit the Holy Land together from 16-22 October, in a pilgrimage that will be a “common prelude to the Joint Festival of Christ agreed on by both Churches”, according to a statement from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)...

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