With the help of the Archdiocese of Cologne, a new church in Södertalje, 30 km south of Stockholm, for 5000-6000 Chaldean Catholics, who fled to Sweden from the conflict areas of the Middle East, was consecrated on 8 December. Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne flew to Södertalje for the consecration.

Russian politicians are preparing legislation with Orthodox church backing to restrict magicians, shamans and faith-healers, after claims that one in five citizens have paid extortionate sums for their services. 

Following days of violence and a backlash after US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican this week appealed for “wisdom and prudence” to prevail. 

Pope Francis communicates well in today’s digital culture because “what you see is what you get”, the secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has said.

A Polish church spokesman dismissed a threat of European Union sanctions if his country's parliament goes ahead with church-backed legislation to curb abortions of handicapped foetuses.

A European financial watchdog has praised the Vatican for freezing suspicious transactions but stressed the Holy See must do more to prosecute those accused of laundering money. 

A better translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” found in the Lord’s Prayer is needed, Pope Francis has said. 

Catholic Conservative MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has called on the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, to lift the Government's “damaging” cap on admissions to faith schools.

Cardinal Basil Hume and a former Downside Abbey headmaster “did nothing at all” after a paraplegic woman informed them that she had been sexually abused by a Benedictine monk from the Abbey over several years, the national inquiry into child abuse has heard.

Clifton diocese has confirmed that a former Church of England bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to become Catholics “to live and worship in anonymity.”

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