A new law issued by Pope Francis has trimmed back some of the powers initially handed to Cardinal George Pell, the man he put in charge of overhauling Holy See finances, writes Christopher Lamb.

Church leaders around the United States have responded to a series of race-related killings last week with statements, sermons and tweets of grief and solidarity. In separate incidents, five white police offers were shot dead by a black man, Micah Johnson, during a protest rally in Dallas.

The Vatican nuncio in Paris has warmly praised Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay, senior French diplomat whose appointment as Ambassador to the Holy See was rejected by the Vatican, writes Tom Heneghan.

Evan Mawarire, the Zimbabwean pastor who was arrested on Tuesday (12 July) charged with inciting violence and disturbing the peace has been released after thousands of Christians staged a ‘prayer protest’ outside the court in which he was being held...


Relief agencies ‘can demand good governance’ Premium

14 July 2016 | by Andrew Mambondiyani

Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has created a new opportunity for humanitarian aid agencies to insist on good governance, a Caritas spokesman has said, as the country turns to the West amid reports that Harare’s relations with China are going sour.

News Briefing: global Premium

14 July 2016 | by James Roberts

Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos dedicated his victory in the Euro 2016 European Football Championship in France to Jesus, making an emotional confession of his faith during the post-match press conference. Portugal beat their French hosts 1-0 in the final.

Members of the Church of Canada thought that they had voted against a proposal to allow same-sex marriages to be celebrated in the church after it was announced by officials earlier this week that the motion had not been carried...

Venezuela’s bishops have said they are profoundly uneasy about a decision by the government to increase the power of the military...

Negotiations to secure the future of Heythrop College by partnering with the University of Roehampton have failed...


A controversial US bill that two archbishops said would provide "a measure of protection for religious freedom at the federal level" but critics say is "state-sanctioned discrimination" has begun to make its way through the legislative process in the US...

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