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Anglicans in Scotland have taken the “momentous” decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in church, following a vote at the Scottish Episcopal Church general synod last week.


New Taoiseach / Referendum promised on abortion ban

After six years in office, Enda Kenny has stepped down as Ireland’s Taoiseach and passed the baton to 38-year-old Leo Varadkar, the son of an Indian immigrant and the country’s first openly gay leader.


Professor Alexis Jay (above), Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), has announced a delay in examining allegations relating to St Benedict’s independent school in Ealing, west London, but said they will be heard at a later stage.


Poland’s Bishops’ Conference has ruled out granting Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, in advance of an official instruction on applying the Pope’s apostolic
exhortation  Amoris Laetitia, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.


Venezuelan bishops, led by president of the Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Diego Padrón, met with Pope Francis in Rome on Thursday 8 June, to discuss the situation in the South American country.


Vietnamese bishops have warned high-ranking communist officials of their concerns over a new religion law that is to take effect next year, because it enshrines state control of religious worship, writes James Roberts.


The 2017 Reformation Jubilee must not confine itself to a series of “nice words and gestures” but must end with a “binding step on the future path of ecumenism”, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said in his lecture at Wittenberg’s “week of ecumenism” in the first week of June, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.


France has put under judicial investigation an 81-year-old retired bishop on suspicion he shielded a paedophile priest, the first prelate since 2001 to be officially investigated for failing to denounce an abusive cleric under his authority, writes Tom Heneghan.


Tabs kept on cardinals

Cardinals living in Rome should inform Pope Francis when they leave the city and provide him with an address when they are abroad, a leaked letter has revealed.


The Pontifical Academy for Life, the Vatican organisation devoted to the study of Catholic bioethics, has appointed new members in what seems both an act of continuation with the past, but also a widening of perspectives...


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