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Rome and Moscow find common cause Premium

21 November 2013 | by Josef Pazderka
Two high-level meetings of Catholic and Orthodox representatives mark an intensification of mutual contacts, the Vatican and Moscow have stated, writes Josef Pazderka.

Pope Francis has reformed the Vatican’s financial regulatory body that his predecessor set up in 2010 by specifically requiring that its officers be “free from any conflict of interest” and that they have “recognised professional competence in the legal, economic and financial fields”.

The two main candidates in the Paris mayoral election next March have pledged to step up repair work on the capital’s historic churches after architectural associations sounded the alarm at the state of disrepair of some well-known houses of prayer, writes Tom Heneghan.

British Catholics raise almost £1m for typhoon victims Premium

21 November 2013 | by James Macintyre
Catholic Aid agencies have so far received donations of close to £1 million to support the Philippines in the wake of the storm caused by this month’s typhoon.

A consecrated woman from a French religious community is to become the first Catholic to live in Lambeth Palace since the Reformation, writes Abigail Frymann.

Birmingham axes Nativity trail Premium

21 November 2013 | by Paul Wilkinson
Birmingham, which was once infamously accused of trying to replace Christmas with a non-religious “Winterval”, is to drop a Nativity trail that has been staged in the city’s art gallery for the past eight years, writes Paul Wilkinson.

Suspended priest seeks reinstatement Premium

21 November 2013 | by Kathleen Nutt
A Scottish priest is fighting to be reinstated after his suspension led parishioners to walk out of church just before Mass.

Synod opens new door to women bishops Premium

21 November 2013 | by Liz Dodd
The Church of England has voted to fast-track legislation to ordain women bishops, with final approval now expected next year. The vote was passed with 378 votes in favour, eight against and 25 abstentions, write Liz Dodd and James Macintyre.

Poverty is threatening the fabric of society and some families are enduring so much hardship that they are effectively destitute, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have warned.

CDF secretary says ‘don’t fudge the faith’ Premium

21 November 2013 | by James Macintyre
A senior Vatican official told a London audience of priests and laity this week that Catholics should avoid adapting their faith to make it more palatable to modernity, writes James Macintyre.

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