Pope Francis today appealed for better living conditions for prisoners after he welcomed 1,000 inmates into St Peter’s basilica. Speaking at the Sunday Angelus, the Pope urged prison authorities to respect "the human dignity of detainees" and stressed the criminal justice system must include rehabilitation alongside punishment... 

The former head of the Church in Hong Kong has shared strong concerns about the Vatican’s attempt to woo China with a reported deal concerning the appointment of Catholic bishops...

The time has come to end the heated debate over the correct interpretation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia and begin putting it into practice, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has emphasised...

Washington City Council has moved one step closer to allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives...

Archbishop Denis Hart has announced the closure of Melbourne’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family from the end of 2018 due to the small number of students enrolled in recent years and the increasing financial burden placed on his Archdiocese as a result - a decision the Institute's Director, Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott, has described as "very sad"...

The director of the Catholic Education Service (CES) has described the concept of returning to schools segregated entirely by religion as “dreadful”, writes Rose Gamble. Paul Barber told TES, formerly the Times Educational Supplement, that he believed a move back to schools where all the pupils were of the same faith would benefit no one.

One in four parents in Britain hesitate to teach their children about religion, fearing that it will make them unpopular at school, new research conducted by the think tank, Theos, has shown, writes Rose Gamble.

Bishops downbeat on Brexit Premium

03 November 2016 | by Tom Heneghan

Bishops from Britain and Ireland gave a sombre assessment of the aftermath of the Brexit vote to a meeting of bishops in the European Union, stressing the uncertainty it has brought and expressing their concern about rising hate crimes and possible  effects on Northern Ireland.

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

03 November 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said the scourge of human slavery is slowly emerging from the shadows as the Home Secretary joined him at a Vatican meeting to announce £14 million to tackle people trafficking.

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch has visited Christian villages of the Nineveh Plain that were reclaimed last week during a military offensive aimed at reconquering the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State, writes Ellen Teague.

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