General Synod welcomed a report that proposed the Methodist Church embrace bishops and that the orders of Methodist ministers be recognised by the Church of England.  


Few people have considered how communities and nations actually tolerate and encourage human trafficking, particularly as it relates to prostitution, Pope Francis said.

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has argued that the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, marks a “revolutionary” departure for the Church in the way it interacts with and ministers to the family. He also responded to critics of the exhortation, saying they were too bound up in an “idealistic understanding of marriage and the family”.

The Archbishop said there is a range of approaches to change in an organisation such as the church. "At one end there are the traditionalists, who feel that even if something has only been done twice before, it must never be changed. At the other extreme are the so called radicals who feel that once something has been done twice before, it is high time it was thrown out."

Benedict XVI pledged his “total obedience” to his successor during a telephone call on the evening that Pope Francis was elected. 

A Vatican court found two former top managers of the Vatican bank liable for mismanagement and ordered an injunction for them to pay damages.

North Korea’s economy, human rights record and media consumption all show small signs of improvement. The "notable exception” however is in the area of religious freedom. 

Contemporary art is playing a key role in the £4 million transformation of a church in west London into the new headquarters of the Augustinian order in Britain.

The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker (pictured), has told The Tablet he introduced a motion on new religious communities

Bishop Brendan Leahy has warned that repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution and introducing a liberal abortion regime would result in terminations 


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