Runaway abbot arrested in Kosovo Premium

19 May 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Laurence Soper (pictured right), the fugitive former abbot of Ealing Abbey in west London, is to be extradited to Britain following his arrest in Kosovo, writes Liz Dodd.

At a Mass to celebrate over 25,000 years of marriage last Saturday Cardinal Vincent Nichols (above) told 700 Catholic couples that the family is the engine of history.

Bishops from the home countries of Middle Eastern migrants seeking refuge in Europe have said that there are concrete programmes to Islamise Europe, the refugee coordinator for the Commission of the Bishops’ conferences of the European Community (Comece) told Germany’s Tagespost on 10 May.

Pope Francis has stepped into the political turbulence engulfing Brazil by meeting two prominent opponents of the impeachment process against suspended president, Dilma Rousseff.

A Vatican delegation held a second meeting with Chinese Communist Party officials at the end of April in Beijing, it has now emerged ­– suggesting that the Holy See is still enthusiastically seeking normalisation of relations with China, writes Ellen Teague.

An offer of “vigilant collaboration” has been made to the maverick new Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte (pictured right), by the head of the Philippines Bishops’ Conference.

News Briefing: global Premium

19 May 2016 | by James Roberts

One of Argentina’s most high profile human rights campaigners is to visit Pope Francis at the end of this month, ending decades of tension between them.

Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, has cancelled a visit to Venezuela that was scheduled for late May, the Venezuelan Catholic Church reported yesterday...

A Slovakian missionary sister who runs a hospital in South Sudan was shot while driving in the town of Yei this week...

Pro-life campaigners have called on the Royal College of Midwives to withdraw its backing for abortion to be legalised up until the day of birth...

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