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Three quarters of Canadians in a new poll have come out in support of the campaign by the country’s bishops for doctors and nurses to be allowed to opt out of involvement in assisted suicide, writes Peter Kavanagh.


Conference questions ‘Just War’ theory Premium

14 April 2016 | by Philippa Hitchen

Pope Francis sent a message on Monday to a conference being held in Rome to explore  the Catholic commitment to non-violence and the promotion of a just peace, writes Philippa Hitchen.


Superior admits sexual abuse Premium

14 April 2016 | by Francis McDonagh

Allegations of sexual abuse within the Sodality of Christian Life, a “society of apostolic life” founded in Lima by Luis Fernando Figari in 1971 have renewed controversy in Peru.


The Philippines Catholic Church has expressed shock at the shooting and the violent dispersal of protesting farmers in Cotabato province on the southern island of Mindanao, writes Ellen Teague.


Conscience to play greater role for remarried couples Premium

14 April 2016 | by Tablet reporters

Pope FranciS’ apostolic exhortation on the family has drawn praise from prelates around the world both for its idealism about love and relationships, and for its realism.


News Briefing: global Premium

14 April 2016 | by Elena Curti

 In Syria, so-called Islamic State (IS) killed at least 21 Christians and kidnapped dozens more in the town of al-Qaryatain, according to a BBC report. The story quoted the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II describing IS atrocities against Christians when the Islamists seized control of the town last August.


As he ponders his reforms of the Church, Pope Francis, like Hamlet, has a “sea of troubles” ahead of him. So it is appropriate that last night William Shakespeare’s best known tragedy was played out at the Holy See. The performance also made history as the first play from the English playwright to be shown in the Vatican... 


The Czech government has reneged on plans to take in Christian refugees from the plain of Nineveh in Iraq after 25 of the refugees who had already reached the Czech Republic tried to leave for Germany...


The Church should reject Just War theory and revaluate its teaching on conflict, according to a Vatican conference on non-violence. A gathering organised by Pax Christi International with the backing of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said the teaching should now be replaced with a 'Just Peace' approach... 


Polish bishops have moved swiftly to block plans by disgraced Archbishop Juliusz Paetz to take part in celebrations to commemorate the anniversary of Poland's baptism. The archbishop was forced to resign in 2002 amid accusations that he repeatedly abused a number of Catholic seminarians, but has continued to live in Poznan curia and has participated in church events...


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