Pope Francis walked a diplomatic tightrope when he arrived in Georgia today by stressing the importance of each country’s sovereignty while avoiding outright criticism of Russia, which has troops on the ground in two Georgian territories...

A Catholic archbishop has urged Pakistan and India to pull back from armed conflict over the disputed Kashmir region after India this week carried out "surgical strikes" as retaliation against Pakistan forces attacking an Indian army base earlier this month...

Professor Philip Booth delivered his inaugural lecture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on Tuesday evening, writes James Roberts. In a packed Waldegrave Drawing Room, Professor Booth spoke on the theme of 'Regulating Markets in an Economy Without Angels'...

Pope Francis has thrown his weight behind Mexican bishops who are opposing the Government’s plan to introduce same-sex marriage, which they say would undermine traditional family values...

The leader of the conflict-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) met Pope Francis this week, just a few days after the country’s Catholic bishops announced they were suspending their involvement in national talks designed to pave the way for elections in the country...


The German bishops have called for a new immigration law that takes account of the “different motives” of people attempting to enter Germany, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

29 September 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (above) praised Churches for speaking out on behalf of refugees at a service for delegates at the party’s conference in Liverpool.

Pairs of Catholic and Anglican bishops from around the world are to be given a special commission next week to work together in a joint mission of witness to the Gospel, as part of a series of events to mark 50 years of official Anglican-Catholic dialogue and the opening of the Anglican Centre.

Inquiry prompts more abuse claims Premium

29 September 2016 | by Liz Dodd

There has been a 15 per cent increase in the number of reported allegations of child abuse in the Church, according to data released by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) this week.

Journalist Martin Bashir has been appointed as the BBC’s new religious affairs correspondent. He succeeds Caroline Wyatt, who is stepping down after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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