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Almost four weeks of public hearings into child sexual abuse by Anglican and Catholic clergy in the New South Wales city of Newcastle have ended, with a school principal accused of being a “coward” and a “liar” after claiming he could not remember visiting the home of a 13-year-old student who took his own life.


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15 September 2016 | by James Roberts

The Dalai Lama (above) will not attend a gathering of religious leaders, including Pope Francis, in Assisi on 20 September. His secretary, Tenzin Taklha, told AsiaNews that the Dalai Lama had not been invited to the meeting for the “World Day of Prayer for Peace”.


A fourth book of interviews with Pope Emeritus Benedict was initially never intended for publication, the writer Peter Seewald disclosed in an exclusive interview in the German weekly Christ & Welt on 9 September...


The Catholic Church has welcomed the Government’s decision to remove the cap, set at 50 per cent, on faith-based admissions for free schools and new academies...


The chairman of the US bishops' Committee on Migration has said that Catholics "are called to overcome the partisan divides that separate us" on migration issues...


Among Vatican-watchers meeting in Rome’s trattorias and cafes a question that often comes up is this: which people are closest to Pope Francis and how do they influence his decisions? This Pope, however, has studiously avoided allowing one or two courtiers to become powers behind the papal throne. Instead he relies on the nine-member 'Council of Cardinals'  which on Wednesday concluded their latest meeting in Rome... 


A parish priest in Aleppo has welcomed the ceasefire announced this week, saying it has enabled those left in his community to “sleep easily” at night...


The first catechetical resource written for Catholic prisoners is to be published in October...


Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has warned that Europe is in danger of surrendering its Christian heritage and capitulating to Islam...

Pope Francis has declared that a French priest slain by Islamic extremists is a martyr, while urging all religions to denounce those who kill in the name of God...


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