Parolin meets Nato troops Premium

12 May 2016 | by Christopher Lamb

The Holy See’s top diplomat met with Nato troops in Lithuania last Saturday and stressed the need for peace in the Baltic region as tensions increase with Russia, writes Christopher Lamb.

Mission to Maduro Premium

12 May 2016 | by Christopher Lamb

The Vatican’s foreign minister will travel to Venezuela on 24 May where he is likely to have discussions with government authorities and politicians, the Holy See has confirmed, writes Christopher Lamb.

Long-stifled complaints of clerical sexual abuse are emerging in dioceses around France, putting bishops accused of covering up for wayward priests under unprecedented pressure and casting a dramatic shadow over a Paris monsignor regarded as a leading Vatican expert on homosexuality.

Christian bakers in Belfast who were fined for refusing to decorate a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan would have been forced to express a political opinion in conflict with their faith, according to Northern Ireland’s Attorney General. Ashers bakery, which is run by the McArthur family – Amy and Daniel McArthur are pictured above – was ordered to pay £500 last year when it was found to have discriminated against a customer on the grounds of his sexual orientation.

News Briefing: global Premium

12 May 2016 | by James Roberts

Bishop Giorgio Bertin (above), the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu and the larger Somalia, said he fears a worsening security situation in the country, following reports that Islamic State (IS) has gained ground there. Last month, a pro-IS group calling itself Jahba East Africa claimed an attack in the capital Mogadishu.

Pope Francis has said he will establish a Vatican commission to look at whether women can be ordained as deacons. Speaking today to a group of female religious, the Pope said a commission would be useful in order to clarify the role of women deacons in the early Church...

Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders sent a letter to the Prime Minister this week highlighting their “moral outrage” about illicit business practices in developing countries ahead of London’s anti-corruption summit on Thursday...

The director of Last Days in the Desert - the new film about Jesus' life - shares his thoughts on depicting evil...

The world's third most Catholic country has made history this week by electing its first transgender politician to the House of Representatives...

The McArthur family were in court again today to defend their rights to freedom of expression seeking to overturn the judgment that they discriminated against a customer for refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-same-sex marriage slogan...

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