A former treasurer of Ukip Scotland has accused the party of using anti-Catholic rhetoric to whip up support before the May Holyrood elections, writes Brian Morton.

The government has pledged to protect the religious character of Catholic schools when they convert to academies, in a new Memorandum of Understanding released this week.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols broke ranks this week to voice his support for the UK remaining in the European Union. While the Bishops’ Conference as a body issued a neutral statement encouraging Catholics to pray before they vote, and voicing support for, as well as concerns about, the EU, the cardinal said that personally he thought Brexit would create “complex problems”.

An international group of bishops, sisters, priests and laypeople who have been investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) have written to Pope Francis outlining their criticisms of the process and warning that a body that acts as “investigator, accuser, judge and jury” cannot deliver justice, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

The president of the Nordic Bishops’ Conference has complained about a lack of consultation on the Pope’s planned October pilgrimage to Scandinavia, and cautioned that local Catholics will show little interest if the event is limited to commemorating the Reformation with Lutherans, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

The French Bishops’ Conference, under pressure after sexual abuse cases in Lyon archdiocese revealed faulty responses there, has pledged to shed light on all such cases – even those that have not led to formal complaints, writes Tom Heneghan.

Liberation theologian Leonardo Boff has launched an excoriating attack on the deputies of Brazil’s lower house of Congress who voted in favour of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff last Sunday, writes Francis McDonagh.

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The Vatican’s chief interfaith expert has warned that dialogue with Muslims has so far produced “negligible results” and failed to prevent the threatened eradication of Christianity in the Middle East.

MPs have voted unanimously to describe IS atrocities against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities as genocide, and to refer the issue to the UN Security Council...

The first external audit of Vatican finances by an internationally respected accountancy firm has been halted. In what will be seen as a blow to Pope Francis’ reforms, a letter on 12 April was sent to Holy See departments informing them the work of PricewaterhouseCoopers has been 'suspended immediately'...

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