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Government and Orthodox Church leaders in Russia have welcomed the Pope’s historic 12 February meeting with Patriarch Kirill, although the joint declaration they signed at Havana airport was criticised as a “betrayal” by the head of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

The cardinal who leads the pontifical body on child protection has stressed bishops have an obligation to report suspected abuse to civil authorities, writes Christopher Lamb.

Comece, the commission of European Bishops’ Conferences, has hailed a European Parliament resolution branding the systematic killing of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by the violent Islamic State movement as genocide, writes Tom Heneghan.

Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne has drawn attention to the fact that Christian refugees are being persecuted in Germany. Speaking at an ecumenical service in Düsseldorf on 13 February, he said it was alarming that Christians were being threatened by other asylum seekers in refugee camps.


Visitors to Lourdes fall by a quarter Premium

18 February 2016 | by Tom Heneghan
The number of pilgrims visiting the Marian shrine at Lourdes fell by 24 per cent between 2009 and 2014, influenced by rising costs, administrative problems and competition from the Medjugorje shrine in Bosnia-Herzegovina, writes Tom Heneghan.

At an ecumenical remembrance service for the 11 people who died in a head-on train collision in Bad Aibling in Bavaria on 9 February, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and the leader of the German Protestant Church, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm,...

Abortion has emerged as the key issue in next Friday’s Irish general election, with bishops urging Catholics to lobby candidates over their stance on the constitution’s pro-life eighth amendment


WESTMINSTER DIOCESE has reported a rise in the number of people asking to be received into the Church this Lent, bucking a year-on-year trend of decline.


‘Much respected advocate’ dies Premium

18 February 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Louise Zanré, former director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK), died this week aged 47.


THE BISHOP of Brentwood is to consult the laity of the diocese to help plan for the future, writes Rose Gamble.

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