Social media is destroying political discourse and is colouring people’s voting patterns, according to the former Cabinet minister and BBC Trust chairman, Lord [Chris] Patten.

A Multi-Academy trust that runs 36 Catholic schools in the diocese of Plymouth is letting down its most disadvantaged pupils, Ofsted has said, write Rose Gamble and Megan Cornwell.

Church leaders from East Anglia have met with senior police officers and the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to discuss solutions to tackling human trafficking in the diocese, writes Rose Gamble.

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08 December 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Social action by the Catholic Church has been recognised as part of a “rich tradition of religion as a force for good in this country”, in a government review into integration and opportunity in isolated and deprived communities published on 5 December.

Victoria’s four diocesan bishops have declared that domestic violence is a crisis in Australia, write Mark Brolly and Jonathan Luxmoore. In a statement distributed to parishes throughout the state last weekend, the bishops cited statistics showing that a woman died at the hands of her partner or ex-partner every week and that one in four children witnessed their mother being abused.

US bishops are sending warning shots across the bow of the incoming Trump administration, warning the new president and his team that any effort to implement his campaign promise to deport the estimated 10 million undocumented migrants will be met with resistance from Catholic church leaders, writes Michael Sean Winters.

News Briefing: global Premium

08 December 2016 | by James Roberts

A Chinese Catholic bishop excommunicated by the Vatican participated in the ordination of a new bishop in China last week, sparking protests at the service and jeopardising the likelihood of an imminent agreement between Rome and the Communist Government in Beijing on the appointment of new bishops.

A Swiss bishop has instructed Catholic priests not to give last rites to people suspected of seeking assisted suicide, following a sharp rise in the practice in his country...

The Vatican’s female employees, the majority of whom work in invisible roles such as answering the telephone and mending priests’ vestments, have been formally recognised for the first time...

The Pope has identified the publishing of disinformation as the greatest sin of the media today. In an interview with the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio, Francis was asked what he regarded as the most damaging aspect of contemporary communications.


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