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The leader of the Czech Catholic Church has rejected widespread criticism of the refugee policy of east European EU members, and explained why these countries prefer to take Christian refugees.

The plight of refugees and immigrants was highlighted by many US bishops at Christmas, while President Barack Obama drew attention to the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, writes Michael Sean Winters.


Pontier criticises security crackdown Premium

29 December 2015 | by Tom Heneghan
Archbishop Georges Pontier, head of the Bishops’ Conference in France, has criticised a government plan to withdraw French citizenship from active jihadists who have another nationality, writes Tom Heneghan.

A controversial Russian Orthodox cleric who was dismissed from his post has attacked Russia’s “immoral elites” and predicted a national catastrophe if the country fails to allow free public discussion, writes Josef Pazderka.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will try to persuade Pope Francis to apologise for the part played by the Church in the abuse of aboriginal children at residential schools.


Every case heard by Australia’s Royal Commission into child sexual abuse is uncovering ineptitude, maladministration, cover-ups and corrupt practices, according to the Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council head.

The Venezuelan bishops have implored the government and the army to accept the defeat of the ruling party in mid-term parliamentary elections last month, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

The Argentinian bishops have met President Mauricio Macri, and spelled out their priorities to the government, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

THE BISHOPS’ Conference of England and Wales rejected calls to ordain married men and permit services of General Absolution during a private session of its November plenary meeting.

The parish priest of a church devastated in the Boxing Day floods has vowed that his community will rise again, write Joanna Moorhead and Rose Gamble.


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