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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...

Acting on Pope Francis' “express request”, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is sending a top-level official to Cairo’s Al-Azhar University in the coming days to resume formal dialogue after years of animosity...

Zimbabwean protest leader charged with inciting violence

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has called on his fellow priests to remain steadfast and not allow themselves to be intimidated by the recent spate of kidnappings of clergy and religious...

Cardinal Vincent Nichols today (12 July) congratulated Theresa May on her imminent appointment as Prime Minister, praising her efforts in the fight against human trafficking and her willingness to work with the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has made it clear no changes are planned to the Ordinary or Extraordinary Mass Forms, contrary to the speech delivered by Cardinal Sarah last week...

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