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23 February 2017 | by James Roberts

The head of Pakistan’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference has lamented that “the scourge of terrorism has spread like a cancer and it has long roots in our society” after more than 80 people were killed and 350 injured by a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in Sindh on 16 February.

The Vatican has issued a warning against the misuse of official images of the Pope Francis or the Holy See, saying it will intervene with 'appropriate action' if necessary...

After a wave of attacks on property owned by foreign nationals in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, and Johannesburg, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference justice and peace commission called for restraint...

The Ukrainian Catholic Church has called on the international community to 'stop the aggressor' in Ukraine's 'forgotten conflict' and help the one million children in need of urgent humanitarian assistance...


Pro-life campaigners have warned that proposed changes to standards for pharmacists could discriminate against professionals who object to providing the morning-after-pill because of their faith...

The White House has announced it will enhance enforcement of immigration laws and prevent further unauthorised immigration into the US...

US Cardinal Raymond Burke spent two days in Guam interviewing witnesses and alleged victims in a clerical sexual abuse case against Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana...

Irish Cardinal Desmond Connell, the retired archbishop of Dublin, died 21 February at the age of 90...

South Sudan's bishops have appealed for humanitarian assistance, as collapsing economy and ongoing civil war has led to an official UN declaration of famine in parts of the country..


Cardinal Vincent Nichols has consecrated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Westminster Cathedral..

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