The head of Ofsted has described her "regret" that the Church of England has resisted changes in the law to allow out-of-hours religious schools to be inspected.

The Portuguese priest and poet José Tolentino Mendonça has been chosen to write the meditations for the Pope’s upcoming Lenten retreat.

Officials from various UK government departments and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, met on Tuesday in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to discuss a complaint made by Lord Alton and others that the scheme to offer refugee places to Syrians has accepted too few Christians.

The Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch has declared his support for Turkey’s current anti-Kurdish military campaign in Syria.

A German church leader has apologised to local parishioners after announcing plans to close eight of his diocese’s 21 Catholic schools.


Baroness Nuala O’Loan has told The Tablet that healthcare professionals are “increasingly being asked to do things which they in conscience cannot do”, as her bill on conscientious objection had a second reading in the House of Lords.

Manchester City Council has voted to prevent pro-life vigils outside abortion clinics in the city.

The first Russian Orthodox church in honour of Tsar Nicholas II and his family has been dedicated in Moscow a century after their murder by Bolsheviks.

The fight against human trafficking is being lost because the “collective response is uncoordinated and fragmented”, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has warned. 

About 20 candidates have undergone training, culminating in leading a “practice” funeral in a church - even with an empty coffin lent by a funeral director.  

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