Pope Francis has reiterated the Church’s teaching on marriage as Italy debates a same-sex union proposal and anticipation builds around his official response to last October’s Synod on the Family, writes Christopher Lamb.

The president of Poland’s Bishops’ Conference has warned against the rise of a “sick nationalism” in his country, and urged a more tolerant attitude to refugees and migrants, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

Orthodox Council moves to Crete Premium

28 January 2016 | by Tom Heneghan

Eastern Orthodox patriarchs preparing their Churches’ first major council in 1,200 years have switched its venue from Istanbul to Crete following objections by the large Russian Orthodox Church after Turkey shot down a Russian air force jet Ankara said entered its airspace from Syria.

A Russian Orthodox leader has said it would be “too soon” for the Pope to meet Patriarch Kirill, despite recent “considerable improvements” in Catholic-Orthodox relations, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

The most senior Catholic in Somalia has cautioned the international community against complacency over the resurgence of Al-Shabaab after the country was struck by two terror attacks in a week by the Islamists, writes Fredrick Nzwili.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chairman of the pro-life committee of the US Bishops’ Conference, used his homily for the pro-life Vigil Mass on the eve of the annual March for Life in Washington D.C.

School accepts same-sex dating Premium

28 January 2016 | by Mark Brolly
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 formal school events, writes Mark Brolly.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS will be protected from vexatious complaints by humanist pressure groups under new government proposals.

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.

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