DIOCESES ARE to be encouraged to provide thousands of pounds to support Syrian refugee families under a new private sponsorship scheme which the Government favours to handle the 20,000 Syrian refugees being admitted to the UK.

BRITONS will soon be able to revere a relic of St Thomas of Canterbury that has been kept in Hungary for the past 800 years, writes James Roberts.

Iain Duncan Smith has commiserated with a Catholic charity facing an unexpected VAT bill for £1 million, but said he is unable to intervene.

THE VATICAN Secretary of State for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, has weighed into the EU membership debate saying that Britain is “better in than out”, writes Megan Cornwell.

The public policy arm of Iowa’s Bishops’ Conference and an Iowa-based evangelical organisation are working together to put payday lending on the agenda as the Republican party candidates for the nomination to run for president later this year campaign in the state ahead of voting on Monday 

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has urged Catholic schools to be sensitive and respectful to students who wish to bring a same-sex date to school formal events after a girl overturned a decision by her school to bar her from bringing her girlfriend with an online petition against the decision


Pope Francis met Hassan Rouhani in a private meeting at the Vatican today urging the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran to find peaceful solutions for the Middle East and work with the Catholic church to combat terrorism

The most senior Catholic in Somalia has cautioned the international community against complacency over the resurgence of Al-Shabaab after the country was left reeling by two terror attacks in a week by the Islamists extremists. The al-Qaeda-linked militant group killed more than 20 people on Thursday on a beach in Mogadishu and at least 63 Kenyan soldiers in an ambush near the Ethiopian border

Pope Francis will join leaders of the Lutheran community in Lund in Sweden later this year for a joint commemoration of the start of the Reformation, the Vatican announced. The event in the city where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947 will start a year of events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer was among 50,000 hardy pro-life campaigners in Washington DC this weekend who braved the impending snow storm to mark the 43rd anniversary of the US Supreme Court's Roe vs Wade decision which effectively made abortion legal in the United States

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