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The Church in England and Wales is hopeful that the new Conservative Government will lift the faith-school admissions cap on academies.

A Northern Irish bakery has been found guilty of discrimination after it refused to bake a cake decorated with a pro-gay marriage message, in a judgement which makes clear that a business is not a religious organisation, and having deep-held beliefs do not give business owners the right to make choices about who they provide services for.

Pope Francis has named the former head of the Dominicans, Fr Timothy Radcliffe, to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

A Belgian bishop has warned his German counterparts that even a narrowly defined legalisation of assisted suicide or euthanasia represents a "dam break" that only leads to further widening of the law and public acceptance of the practice.

Pope Francis on Sunday canonised two nineteenth-century Palestinian nuns at a ceremony in Rome attended by the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, days after the Holy See said it would soon sign its first treaty with the State.

A priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has been arrested for alleged fraud just weeks after returning from a year-long suspension over his involvement in a civil partnership.

Cardiff Archbishop George Stack has praised The Tablet for its “critical loyalty” to the Catholic Church in a thanksgiving Mass to mark 175 years of the journal’s continuous publication.

An Irish-based support group for the children of Catholic priests has been assured by the bishops that money will be provided to fund any counselling its clients require.

A huge swing by Catholic voters away from their traditional support for Labour helped ensure the almost total wipeout of the party by the Scottish nationalists in last week's general election.

Berta Soler, leader of Cuba's Ladies in White human rights movement, has dismissed President Raul Castro’s assertion that he might become Catholic again as “a joke”.

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