A Catholic priest has identified the location of tons of toxic waste buried by the Mafia after persuading informants to confide in him. In the 1980s and 1990s companies owned by the Neapolitan Camorra mob were paid by big business, mostly in northern Italy, to dispose of the industrial and toxic waste legally.

More than 75,000 people demonstrated in Paris and Bordeaux last Sunday against the “deconstruction of the family”, reviving the protest movement that began last year in opposition to gay marriage, writes Tom Heneghan.

09 October 2014 | by Isabel de Bertodano

Bishops reject new civil code Premium

A new civil code hastily approved by the chamber of deputies in Argentina is not supported by the Church, according to a lawyer working on behalf of the bishops, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

Some 80 volunteers blanketed a 400-metre stretch of Parliament Hill, Ottawa, last week, with 100,000 tiny flags, half of them blue, half pink.

09 October 2014 | by Ellen Teague

Nuncios speak for IS victims Premium

Christians driven from their homes by terrorists from the Islamic State (IS) must be given the right to return to their homes and the freedom to practise their religion, the Vatican’s Middle East experts have declared, write Hannah Roberts and Ellen Teague.

The Government has asked the Guatemalan Church to mediate in negotiations between indigenous groups and the mining industry, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

The left-leaning Luxembourg Government is considering ending state subsidies for Churches and religious education in state schools, writes Tom Heneghan.

A SENIOR Catholic peer has criticised the Synod on the Family for excluding women and called for greater equality in the Church’s decision-making.

THE NUMBER of annulments in the United Kingdom has declined dramatically over the past 10 years, according to figures seen by The Tablet.

VOCATIONS ARE a top priority for the Church in Ireland, according to the newly elected president of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, writes Sarah Mac Donald.


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