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The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia would open eight new schools “straight away” if the Government lifts a 50 per cent faith admissions cap, a spokesperson from the Diocese has said...


Pope Francis has written to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asking him to to end the war in his country, to protect civilians and to ensure humanitarian agencies can deliver emergency aid to the people...


The death of Bishop Javier Echevarría, 84-year-old Prelate of Opus Dei, 'marks the end of an era for the Prelature, and its next head will be the first one not to have had a personal relationship with the founder'...

 


New Zealand's new leader, Bill English, has declared that many of his views were still in line with his strong Catholic belief: he said he remains opposed to abortion and euthanasia, but admitted soon after becoming the 39th prime minister he had changed his mind on gay marriage...

 


"We are united in the blood of our martyrs," the Pope said in a phone call to the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church after a terrorist attack killed 25 people in Cairo on Sunday...


Famous cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga has said he will continue to build a 325ft Christmas tree in the centre of Sri Lanka’s capital despite protestation from the Archbishop of Colombo, who declared the initiative “wasteful”...


Baby Jesus, whose parents could find no decent shelter and had to flee persecution, is a reminder of the "painful experience" of so many migrants today, Pope Francis said, just before the Vatican Christmas tree was lit and its Nativity scene unveiled for the first time last Friday...


A bomb blast killed at least 25 people on Sunday morning during Mass at Cairo’s Coptic cathedral complex, one of the most symbolic religious sites for Egypt’s Copts. The explosion ripped through St Peter's Church, wounding at least another 49 people...

 


The head of the Order of Malta, Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, has announced that his top official, Chancellor Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, is to step down...


The honorary leader of world Orthodoxy has taken the unusual step of praising the Pope's March apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, and dismissing claims that it departs from traditional Christian teaching...

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