Zimbabwe’s Churches met the governor of the Reserve Bank this month to discuss his attempts to avert financial collapse in the country. Since the abandonment of the Zimbabwe dollar due to hyperinflation in 2009, Zimbabwe has been using the US dollar in a multi-currency system including the euro and South African rand.

Syrian President Bashar Assad is planning a new constitution for his country to ensure equal rights for all citizens and to eliminate discrimination towards religious minorities, according to a delegation of bishops that visited him recently, writes Ellen Teague.

Speaking in London last Friday at Heythrop College, the Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul and Erbil, Boutros Moshe, echoed Woody Guthrie. “That land is our land!” he intoned. “We did not take it through invasion or war.

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23 June 2016 | by James Roberts

Pope Francis patted a tiger from a travelling circus on Thursday last week when the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall hosted a ceremony paying homage to clowns, musicians and other circus workers. The tiger brought a smile to the Pope’s face as it stalked across the marble floor on a leash in front of hundreds of onlookers, and guzzled milk from a bottle.

This week’s Orthodox Holy and Great Council, the first such summit of primates in over 1,200 years, has an official agenda that excludes many of the major problems facing the Orthodox world today...

Benedict XVI’s resignation and withdrawal into a life of prayer has taught the Church a lesson of doing “theology on its knees”, Pope Francis has said...

Pope Francis invited a dozen refugees to appear with him on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica during his general audience in Rome today...

Pope Francis will visit a memorial to the Armenians slaughtered by the Ottoman empire a century ago although is unlikely to describe the event as a 'genocide' during his trip to the country this weekend... 


The Bishop of Paisley has urged members of the Scottish Parliament to embrace an integrity that goes further than “loyalty to our party” and is rooted in loving service to the whole parliament, above and beyond partisan lines...

The long-awaited Holy and Great Council of Eastern Orthodoxy, the first in over 1,200 years, began a week of deliberations in Crete on Monday with many participants saying such meetings should become a regular institution in future...

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