Christians across Britain are making an unprecedented contribution to society through their social action, according to a new report from the think tank Theos.

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

15 December 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke and Professor Linda Woodhead (above) have urged the Government to rethink its decision to remove a 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions to schools.

News Briefing: global Premium

15 December 2016 | by James Roberts

The Justice and Peace Commission of the bishops’ conference of Venezuela has denounced the murder of 12 young people who were stopped by agents of Liberation of the People, a government security force which, according to the human rights NGO Provea, has been involved in more than 750 extrajudicial deaths since President Nicolás Maduro created it in July 2015.

A special compensation fund for victims of priestly sexual abuse whose cases – according to both state and church law – are statute-barred because they occurred too long ago, has been set up by the Swiss bishops’ conference, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, known as the "cardinal of the people" and one of the most active voices against Brazil's military dictatorship, died in Sao Paulo on Wednesday...

The Pope has appointed a conservative 67-year-old to replace the retiring Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz as Archbishop of Krakow, the traditionally liberal Polish province once headed by Pope John Paul II...

Civil war has broken out in the Knights of Malta after the Order’s leader threatened action against any member criticising the decision to sack one of his top aides...

The Pope turns 80 on Saturday but has made it clear that he wants as 'normal' a day as possible...

The strike for better pay and conditions has seen thousands of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers walk off the job since 5 December, leaving scenes of chaos as patients are stranded in hospital wards or forced to go to expensive private clinics...

The BBC has admitted that a report on the evening news on Pope Francis' visit to Auschwitz earlier this year in which a reporter accused the Catholic church of silence in response to Nazi persecution of the Jews was "at odds with the balance of evidence" to the contrary...

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