The most prevalent problem cited by couples experiencing difficulties in their relationships relate to communication (60 per cent) followed by anxiety and stress (58 per cent), according to according to new figures published on St Valentine’s Day by Accord, the Catholic marriage care agency in Ireland, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

Traditional church teaching and the attitudes of some Christians are partly responsible for the high level of mental health problems among gay and bisexual people, according to a new report by a Christian charity.

Nichols voices fears over women deacons Premium

16 February 2017 | by Martin o’Brien

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has spoken out against the possibility of a female diaconate, voicing concerns that efforts to make women deacons could derail other attempts to find them leadership roles in the Church.

Government claims that a scheme to rehome child refugees encouraged trafficking are “spurious” and “disgraceful”, a leading Catholic anti-slavery campaigner has said.

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

16 February 2017 | by Liz Dodd

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is to gather the views of thousands of young people on the future of the Church through a mobile phone app.

The five bishops of the dioceses of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo have written a joint message to all the faithful asking for peace and prayers as the state, and more specifically the capital city Vitória, descended into a state of anarchy and violence, writes Filipe Avillez.

Cardinal George Pell has described as “a political stunt” a Greens’ motion adopted by Australia’s Senate. The motion calls on him to return to his homeland to face the Royal Commission inquiring into child sexual abuse by institutions including the Church, writes Mark Brolly.

Members of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) have denounced ongoing repression of Christians by the Cuban Government, writes Martha Pskowski.

News Briefing: global Premium

16 February 2017 | by James Roberts

Pope Francis has condemned clerical sex abuse as an “absolute monstrosity” and asked victims and their families for forgiveness on behalf of the Church. Francis’ comments were published as a preface to a new book by Daniel Pittet, a Swiss man who was sexually abused for four years by a priest when he was a child.

Gay Christians have welcomed the unprecedented defeat of a Church of England report that backed the traditional understanding of marriage as between a man and a woman...

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