A leading Christian charity has reported that Christian refugees from the Middle East face harassment and persecution in Germany by their Muslim counterparts, writes Jonathan Luxmoore. In a mid-May report, the Netherlands-based Open Doors said it had interviewed 231 Christian refugees “in a variety of locations” across Germany, and found evidence of “an increase in aggression and violence” from other Muslim asylum-seekers.

Pope Francis sent a top-level Holy See delegation to Istanbul for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May. However the summit was boycotted by one of the world’s leading aid agencies, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which described it as a “fig-leaf of good intentions”.

Expectations that the Vatican could mediate between the Venezuelan Government and its opposition were dashed last week when Caracas blocked a proposed visit by the Vatican’s foreign minister, amid escalating chaos in the country.

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26 May 2016 | by James Roberts

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has admitted that enacting legislation allowing medically assisted suicide by the Supreme Court deadline of 6 June is probably impossible. With parliament in recess until 30 May and the Senate insisting on its own debates, most observers believe that, come 7 June, Canada will have no laws regulating assisted suicide.

Kenya’s Catholic bishops are calling on their government to reverse its decision to close all of its refugee camps, displacing more than 600,000 people...

Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols will hold their first ever live Q&A on Facebook this week to discuss evangelisation...

The new 'At Home' scheme of the Jesuit Refugee Service will match destitute asylum seekers with religious communities and parishes willing to offer short-term accommodation...

A former consultant to a pontifical commission who denied to a Vatican court that she leaked documents about the Vatican's financial reform to an Italian journalist had admitted to sending the documents when she was first interrogated, a Vatican policeman said...

Mandatory payment of six years worth of back-dated property taxes will force the closure of all the Catholic schools in a region of northern Italy, according to an archbishop who has written to the prime minister to urge him to intervene...

The Catholic Church is failing to attract new believers and has the fewest number of converts compared to other Christian denominations, a new report produced by St Mary’s University, Twickenham, has found...

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