A number of active Catholic church communities in Germany are converting their churches into housing for refugees and will be celebrating Mass and other liturgies in places outside their churches, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
In a message marking the feast of the apostle Andrew, patron saint of the Orthodox world, Pope Francis urged Catholics and Orthodox to offer a “credible and effective witness” to the Christian values of trust, respect, charity and reconciliation.
As from the beginning of the new church year, the present 653 parishes in the Vienna archdiocese have been clustered into 140 so-called “development areas”, each of which will evenutally become a “new parish” (Pfarre Neu), writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
Sarah Mac Donald
Northern Ireland’s pro-life groups have urged the Attorney General to appeal this week’s High Court ruling that the abortion laws there breach human rights under the European Convention.
Up to half of the 150 parishes in the Diocese of Salford will close in the face of falling numbers of both priests and parishioners, writes Paul Wilkinson.
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