Catholic Relief Services committed $5 million (roughly £4m) as an initial contribution to help Haiti and other Caribbean nations recover from the storm, the strongest to hit the region in a decade...

The new favourite for Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is a committed Catholic who, while Prime Minister of Portugal, opposed the legalisation of abortion...

After being reprimanded by Pope Francis over the summer for calling on priests to face east while saying Mass, Cardinal Robert Sarah is refusing to back down and is becoming a rallying point of opposition to this papacy...

Even though the people of Colombia voted against the terms of a peace accord between the country and the Farc rebels in a referendum last week which would have signalled the end of more than half a century of civil war, the Norwegian Nobel committee have this year awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos...

General Congregation 36: Establishing good relations between the Church and China is still a dream for the Jesuits four hundred years after St Francis Xavier died on an island off the mainland. It is a dream too for Francis, the first Jesuit Pope. These are the words of the Society of Jesus’ current leader in China, Fr John Lee Hua SJ...

General Congregation 36: The growing Jesuit communities of South Asia can make a vital contribution as the Society of Jesus grapples with issues including religious intolerance and fundamentalism. In an interview with The Tablet, the Provincial of South Asia, Fr George Pattery S.J. said the great strength of the region’s communities is that of being at home with other religions, cultures and numerous languages...

The president of the German Bishops’ conference has said he fully supports Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy and is deeply disturbed by the rise of nationalism in Germany...

Lawmakers in the Sejm, Poland’s lower house of parliament, have voted overwhelmingly to reject a bill for a near-total ban on abortion. Although Poland has among the tightest abortion laws in Europe, the bill proposed far more restrictive laws that would ban all abortions unless the mother's life was at risk. MPs voted to reject the bill by 352 votes to 58...


Archbishop Eamon Martin  has intervened in the debate on the possible repeal of the Irish constitution’s pro-life Eighth Amendment, warning Catholic politicians that they “cannot leave their faith at the door” on public policy, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

Faith schools urged to reach out Premium

06 October 2016 | by Lorna Donlon

Catholic schools should challenge the views of those critics who claim they are an “inward looking cult” and build on the momentum they now have, following the Government’s decision to remove the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions for free schools and new academies, the General Secretary of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference (CISC), Raymond Friel, has said.

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