The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and the Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, led tributes to the former Bishop of Galway, Eamonn Casey, who died this week aged 89.

Church of England clergy have spoken of their disappointment at Anglo-Catholic Bishop Philip North’s decision to decline the See of Sheffield following a backlash over his position on the ordination of women, writes Carina Murphy.

A leading Scottish politician has revealed plans to “chip away” at Catholic education. Tommy Sheppard (above), SNP MP for Edinburgh East, was recorded at a Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) fringe event at the 2016 SNP Conference saying that he wanted to end mandatory representation by faith groups on local authority education committees and that he wanted to help achieve a completely secular school system in Scotland.

One of Australia’s three commercial free-to-air television networks has expressed concern about a ruling that an advertisement produced by a Christian group, directing viewers to an anti-abortion website, is a political advertisement.

Myanmar’s cardinal has defended his country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi from international critics who say she has failed to speak out against a violent crackdown on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority by the country’s military, writes Ellen Teague.

The United Nations says the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with starvation and famine threatening more than 20 million people in Nigeria, East Africa and Yemen.

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16 March 2017 | by James Roberts

The leaders of the Catholic and Protestant Churches in Germany, Cardinal Reinhard Marx (above right) and Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (above left), celebrated an ecumenical service of Repentance and Reconciliation at Hildesheim on 11 March with German political leaders.

Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has warned that Brexit may lead to fresh divisions between communities and destroy the goodwill built up during the years of the peace process in Northern Ireland...


The Catholic church in Bolivia has condemned a draft law which would allow abortion in cases where the mother is living in ‘extreme poverty’...

Foreign Office officials’ understanding of the importance of religion is still inadequate to enable them to understand its role in regions of the world torn apart by sectarian conflict, a senior government defence adviser has said...

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