The former secretary to a saint and the oldest member of the College of Cardinals died yesterday at the age of 100...

The Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith (above), has criticised politicians for reducing debate around Britain’s membership of the European Union to “scare stories”. In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Smith said he was sceptical about the economic arguments of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for remaining within the EU, such as saying Britain would be worse off outside the union.

Alexander van der Bellen, a former leader of the Green Party who is now independent, narrowly won the Austrian presidential election by 31,000 votes on 22 May.

A leading Christian charity has reported that Christian refugees from the Middle East face harassment and persecution in Germany by their Muslim counterparts, writes Jonathan Luxmoore. In a mid-May report, the Netherlands-based Open Doors said it had interviewed 231 Christian refugees “in a variety of locations” across Germany, and found evidence of “an increase in aggression and violence” from other Muslim asylum-seekers.

Pope Francis sent a top-level Holy See delegation to Istanbul for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May. However the summit was boycotted by one of the world’s leading aid agencies, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which described it as a “fig-leaf of good intentions”.

Expectations that the Vatican could mediate between the Venezuelan Government and its opposition were dashed last week when Caracas blocked a proposed visit by the Vatican’s foreign minister, amid escalating chaos in the country.

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26 May 2016 | by James Roberts

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has admitted that enacting legislation allowing medically assisted suicide by the Supreme Court deadline of 6 June is probably impossible. With parliament in recess until 30 May and the Senate insisting on its own debates, most observers believe that, come 7 June, Canada will have no laws regulating assisted suicide.

Kenya’s Catholic bishops are calling on their government to reverse its decision to close all of its refugee camps, displacing more than 600,000 people...

Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols will hold their first ever live Q&A on Facebook this week to discuss evangelisation...

The new 'At Home' scheme of the Jesuit Refugee Service will match destitute asylum seekers with religious communities and parishes willing to offer short-term accommodation...

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