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An “ecumenical act of penance” for the injuries, malicious acts and misunderstandings that both sides have been guilty of in the past 500 years, should be the main concern of Catholics and Protestants during the coming Reformation Anniversary Year, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity (PCPCU), Cardinal Kurt Koch, has said, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.


The French bishops’ conference has urged disillusioned citizens to “rediscover the meaning of politics” in the months leading up to next spring’s presidential and parliamentary elections and renew the country’s social contract, writes Tom Heneghan.


Nigeria’s Cardinal, Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, the retired archbishop of Lagos, has welcomed the release of 21 girls kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok in the north-east of the country by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. He urged the Nigerian Government to prioritise securing the release of the remaining girls.


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Bishop George Abou Khazen, the apostolic vicar of Aleppo, has condemned the shelling of the Christian quarter of western Aleppo by rebels in the east, which resulted in the deaths of four schoolchildren on 13 October.


Two Australian bishops have said they share an 'ecumenism of humiliation' over child sexual abuse and a determination to work alongside survivors. They were among 19 pairs of Catholic and Anglican bishops commissioned for a joint mission by Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury...


The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord (Rowan) Williams of Oystermouth has accused the Government of  “foot-dragging” over plans to resettle minors from the Calais jungle camp, after 14 refugee children arrived in Britain at the beginning of the week...


The new chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has pledged to neither reduce nor restrict its scope, adding that she expects “significant progress” to be made by the end of 2020...

Members of the Society of Jesus must look to 'make the impossible possible', and to make a meaningful contribution toward 'reconciliation among human beings' and with God and creation, according to the newly elected Jesuit superior general...

 


The Church can serve as a bridge between nations when political relations sour, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said on a visit to Britain amid strained ties between the two countries...


Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis has stressed the moral imperative for Americans to welcome refugees and combat the prevalent fear, anxiety and hostility shown towards individuals from the Middle East...


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