CARDINAL Vincent Nichols (pictured right), is expected to urge Catholic secondary school leaders to join the fight against the radicalisation of young people by Islamic State (IS) through the internet, writes Paul Wilkinson.

ACADEMICS HAVE launched a study into how and why people convert to another religious or spiritual tradition, writes Paul Wilkinson.

DIOCESES ARE to be encouraged to provide thousands of pounds to support Syrian refugee families under a new private sponsorship scheme which the Government favours to handle the 20,000 Syrian refugees being admitted to the UK.

BRITONS will soon be able to revere a relic of St Thomas of Canterbury that has been kept in Hungary for the past 800 years, writes James Roberts.

Iain Duncan Smith has commiserated with a Catholic charity facing an unexpected VAT bill for £1 million, but said he is unable to intervene.

THE VATICAN Secretary of State for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, has weighed into the EU membership debate saying that Britain is “better in than out”, writes Megan Cornwell.

The public policy arm of Iowa’s Bishops’ Conference and an Iowa-based evangelical organisation are working together to put payday lending on the agenda as the Republican party candidates for the nomination to run for president later this year campaign in the state ahead of voting on Monday 

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has urged Catholic schools to be sensitive and respectful to students who wish to bring a same-sex date to school formal events after a girl overturned a decision by her school to bar her from bringing her girlfriend with an online petition against the decision


Pope Francis met Hassan Rouhani in a private meeting at the Vatican today urging the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran to find peaceful solutions for the Middle East and work with the Catholic church to combat terrorism

The most senior Catholic in Somalia has cautioned the international community against complacency over the resurgence of Al-Shabaab after the country was left reeling by two terror attacks in a week by the Islamists extremists. The al-Qaeda-linked militant group killed more than 20 people on Thursday on a beach in Mogadishu and at least 63 Kenyan soldiers in an ambush near the Ethiopian border

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