Pope Francis has named Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich a member of the Congregation for Bishops, the office that advises the pope on the nomination of bishops around the world...

Senior figures in the Catholic Church in East Anglia have met with members of the Government’s independent monitoring body on human slavery and the local police force in a bid to tackle the problem of trafficking in the region, writes Rose Gamble. 

Catholic Churches are among those to receive a share of a £22.9 million windfall for repairs from the Government.

The Dominican Order is to withdraw from some parishes in England and Scotland due to a lack of trained friars, writes Liz Dodd. The English Province announced this week that it is to hand over control of St Columba’s parish in Glasgow and St Cuthbert’s parish in Durham to diocesan clergy. It is also to gradually withdraw from St Dominic’s parish in Newcastle.

The chair of the Scottish Government’s inquiry into child abuse has resigned amid calls for her dismissal, and accused politicians of undermining her, writes Brian Morton.

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07 July 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Faith leaders including Cardinal Vincent Nichols (pictured) and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, have signed a letter condemning the rise in racist attacks in Britain since the country voted to leave the European Union.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has removed from ministry four priests accused of sexual abuse after their cases were reviewed by a new panel examining paedophilia cases in his Lyon archdiocese, writes Tom Heneghan.

Plans for the construction of an ocean-to-ocean canal across Nicaragua have led to a bitter political conflict, ahead of presidential elections in November, writes Martha Pskowski.

Catholic bishops in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, have called for open negotiations and a peaceful resolution to the conflict between the Government and a teachers’ union over educational reforms that has left eight people dead.

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07 July 2016 | by James Roberts

Pope Francis had a private meeting in the Vatican on Friday last week with Rome’s new mayor, Virginia Raggi, of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. The 37-year- old lawyer (above) is the youngest person to head Rome’s City Council, and the Eternal City’s first female mayor.

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