French Muslims have stepped up their cooperation with the Catholic Church, a trend that has developed over the past year as community leaders have sought to ease tensions over radical Islamist attacks following last November’s Bataclan massacre in Paris and the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel in his church in July.

European nations are wrong to strive to accommodate an ever-growing number of Syrians as refugees, the Archbishop of Aleppo has said.

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10 November 2016 | by James Roberts

Compassionate and non-judgmental health care delivered by the Catholic Church in Kenya has significantly helped reduce the HIV/AIDS burden, Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference commission on AIDS relief, told faith-based organisations meeting in Nairobi on 3 November to review the way HIV/Aids is being tackled in the country.

The Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, said in a statement it is investigating the incident of a pro-life priest who placed "the body of an aborted fetus" on an altar and broadcast it on Facebook Live to get people to vote for Republican Donald J. Trump, causing 'the desecration of the altar'...

Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump's shock win in the presidential election. Most expressed hope that Trump would pay attention to their agenda, while others were more decidedly downbeat and still others counselled prayer...

In this year's election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures. Voters passed an assisted suicide measure in Colorado and voted in favour of the death penalty in three states and in favour of legalised recreational marijuana in four states and against it in one. They also voted for minimum wage increases and gun control measures in four states...

African nations are seeking to suspend the work of the first UN independent expert charged with investigating abuse against the global LGBT community...

The Vatican’s top diplomat, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has congratulated President-elect Donald Trump but offered his prayers that the new United States’ leader will work for the world’s peace and well-being...

America is waking up to the prospect of a wall from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans splitting the continent in two, built by a new president who has no qualms in picking a fight with the Pope, has vowed to rip up the previous incumbent's much maligned healthcare insurance scheme, and the very real prospect of a Supreme Court bench sometime in the future having an opposite view of Roe v Wade for the first time...

Australia’s Parliament has voted against its Government’s plan to hold a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage.

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