After visiting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees at a specially designated centre in Berlin, Archbishop Heiner Koch said it was vital to sensitise the Church to the problems they face, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
The Vatican will commit to ensuring its supply chains are “slavery-proof” following the announcement that the world’s biggest consumer goods firms and supermarket chains have decided to do the same to eliminate forced labour from their business partners, writes Mark Brolly.
Although religious freedom had not yet been achieved in Vietnam, the Churches’ freedom of movement had steadily improved in recent years, Cardinal Reinhard Marx told katholisch.de during a nine-day visit to Vietnam.
Catholic campaigners have welcomed the failure of a pro-euthanasia declaration in the European Parliament, after it gained support from only 95 of the 751 MEPs, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Peter Kavanagh.
Christianity in Britain has reached a tipping point, with young people increasingly having no religious beliefs and feeling alienated from the Churches, Britain’s leading sociologist of religion has claimed.