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Schools admissions row may go to court Premium

24 November 2016 | by Rose Gamble

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has said it is willing to defend in court its requirement for parents applying to oversubscribed Catholic schools to seek certification from a priest to prove that they practise their faith. 


The Church is developing a new toolkit for parishes considering sponsoring Syrian refugees to ensure that families fleeing war are successfully integrated into British life, writes Megan Cornwell.


Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that there has been an explosion in the number of Confessions heard in churches in England and Wales during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, writes Liz Dodd.


The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (pictured), speaking after receiving an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Paris, said Europe needed to rediscover religion as part of its response to the widespread disappointment with politics that has led to the Brexit vote and support for nationalist leaders on the Continent.


The twelfth Caravan of Central American Mothers of dis­appeared migrants set out on 15 November, writes Martha Pskowski.


Judge rules communion hosts can be part of ‘artwork’ Premium

24 November 2016 | by Katy Hounsell-Robert

The quiet city of Pamplona which usually only attracts attention during its St Fermin fiesta of Running of the Bulls in July, has become the centre of a bitter legal dispute over the use of consecrated hosts in an art exhibition, writes Katy Hounsell-Robert.


Iraqi Shia Muslims are showing a “new kindness” to Christians, having persecuted them during Iraq’s recent civil war, according to the Archbishop of Basra, writes Abigail Frymann Rouch.


Two hundred and fifty victims of sexual abuse attended a state ceremony entitled “Gesture of Responsibility” in the historic assembly hall of the Austrian Parliament on 17 November, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.


Former prime minister François Fillon took a surprise lead in France’s presidential sweepstakes last Sunday by winning the first round of the centre-right primary, in part thanks to his strong appeal to Catholic voters.


The president and vice president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have stressed that Thanksgiving Day is a time for the nation to pause and 'give God thanks for the abundant blessings he has bestowed upon us', in the annual holiday message...


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