A lay Polish missionary has been killed in Bolivia after the childcare centre she was volunteering at was broken into...

The president of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, has called on Muslims in Germany to take a critical look at the connection between religious belief and violence in Islam...


Williams voices doubts over May, Trump and the majority vote Premium

26 January 2017 | by Margaret Hebblethwaite

Lord (Rowan) Williams has expressed concern about “the blurring of boundaries between democratic decision and populist mandate”, writes Margaret Hebblethwaite.

In their two-hour meeting with Pope Francis in Rome last week the Irish bishops expressed serious concerns over the “sharp decline of faith practice” in Ireland, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

The chairman of the US bishops' Committee on Migration has criticised President Donald Trump's executive memorandum to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border, saying it would "put immigrant lives needlessly in harm's way"...

News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

26 January 2017 | by Liz Dodd

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini (above), has been recalled to Rome after six years in the post. From February he will serve directly in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, with a focus on relations with Italy.

Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes has published a short book identifying what he regards as the central aims of the Pope, writes James Roberts.

The Russian Orthodox Church’s foreign relations director has urged Catholic and Orthodox leaders to “speak with a single voice”, a week after bishops from both Churches pledged to “stand together” against the forces eroding religious belief in Europe, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

News Briefing: global Premium

26 January 2017 | by James Roberts

The triennial national assembly of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) ended in Mangalore, south-west India, on 22 January with a colourful three-kilometre march (above), with youth delegates from across India marching in their traditional ethnic attire.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, directly intervened to stop the deportation of an Iraqi Christian who fled Mosul when Islamic State (IS) fighters invaded the city...

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