The Church of England has appointed its first female bishop of London. The Right Reverend Sarah Mullally, who takes over the role from the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, has become the most third most senior bishop in the Church of England.

A staff member of the Italian bishops' conference criticised a new law allowing citizens to create advance directives because the law makes it possible for patients to refuse artificial nutrition and hydration.

A group of 20 Catholic bishops and other religious leaders described as "deeply troubling" the movement today "to enforce the false idea - that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa," in an open letter written on 15 December.

There is something inherent in the “very nature” of the English Benedictine Congregations’ schools and monasteries that has contributed to and “even enabled” the scale and extent of child abuse, the national inquiry into child sex abuse has heard.

The president of Poland's Bishops Conference has urged a calming of "hatred and prejudice" in national life, warning they risk damaging the country's international image. 

The final report of Australia’s Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse called for celibacy to be voluntary for Catholic clergy and religious, for priests to be required to report admissions or suspicions of child abuse heard in Confession and for a more transparent process to appoint bishops.

It might not be not cosy, calm or bright – but this year's Nativity scene illustrates the ongoing need for the corporal works of mercy, including feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick.

CAFOD is warning that the continuing conflict has lead to bleak humanitarian conditions, which has exacerbated the food crisis in the country.

Of all the survivors who reported abuse in religious institutions, more than 60 per cent said it had happened at the hands of the Catholic Church. The report said the Church had demonstrated “catastrophic failures of leadership”, particularly before the 1990s. The average age of abuse victims at Catholic institutions was 11 years old.


Archbishop Justin Welby apologised after a review of the Church's handling the Bell case concluded that "the Church of England failed to institute or follow a procedure which respected the rights of both sides". 

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