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Kenneth Langone, founder of the Home Depot megastore who is worth an estimated US$2.1bn, said an anonymous donor is considering withholding a seven-figure donation towards New York’s St. Patrick's Cathedral, because of the Pope’s comments about the rich.
The leader of the broadcasting regulator Ofcom has paid tribute to the religious sisters at her secondary school after being made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours.
Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne has insisted that the Pope’s position on communion for remarried divorcees is firmly against allowing it, despite the fact that German-speaking bishops are at odds on the question and those advocating reform have claimed the support of Pope Francis.
The head of a Christian charity running hundreds of food banks across the UK still wants to discuss the economic crisis with the Government, despite being accused of “scaremongering” by the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith.
The former coalition minister Sarah Teather has said that she resigned because she could no longer support her party’s policies on immigration and welfare, and revealed that she came to the decision during a month-long Jesuit retreat.
Britain should withhold aid to countries that persecute Christians, a senior Conservative has said.
The federal environment ministry has suspended the implementation of a plan that would have led to the eviction of up to two million families from an area of dense rainforest following protests led by the powerful Church in southern Kerala state.
The Church of England is the glue that holds society together, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in his first New Year message in which he urged Christians to “change the world”.
A missing priest from has been found dead in his car in a supermarket car park.
The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham today established its first autonomous monastery today in Birmingham.