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An Indian bishop has criticised a call by a radical Hindu group for the execution of people who slaughter cattle or transport beef.


The US Supreme Court seemed equally divided in the long-anticipated arguments on 5 December about the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs.


Pope Francis has expressed his “deep concern” at President Donald Trump’s plan to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel arguing the move will create more tensions in the Holy Land and stressing the city is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. 


Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has delivered a scathing indictment of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, describing a "prevailing culture of secrecy", dysfunction, subterfuge and abject failure to protect the safety and wellbeing of children under Archbishop Sir Frank Little, who led the Church there from 1974-96.


A bishop has called on authorities to investigate the "unjust and brutal" killing of a Catholic priest in the Philippines.


Representatives of the Venezuelan Government resumed negotiations with the opposition on Friday 1 December in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The two sides discussed the US imposed sanctions and recognition of the Constituent Assembly, set up by President Nicolas Maduro to replace the Opposition-dominated National Assembly. 


Francis Sullivan, the chief executive of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council that was set up to coordinate the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, has said the Church “has scandalised the faithful and those who rely on it as a moral compass and prudent guide”.


The national inquiry into child abuse has heard that police raised concerns that a former headmaster of Ampleforth college was “trying to control” an investigation into child sex abuse.


The Czech Church has said talks are underway with the Vatican to repatriate the remains of Cardinal Josef Beran (1888-1969), who was buried in St Peter's Basilica after being exiled by the then Czechoslovakia's communist regime. 


A major ecumenical conference addressing Christian persecution in the Middle East and the Holy Lands is being held this week in Washington.


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