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Hope is a gift from God that allows us to see beyond problems and pain and see the beauty of God, Pope Francis said today. Speaking on Monday during the homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta, Francis he reassured the faithful by telling them not to panic: God is greater than our sins.


One of the most powerful men in Asia was part of a group of humanitarian groups that financed a spectacular art instillation projected on to St Peter’s Basilica this week. Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home - which used the Vatican as a canvas for famous and inspiring pictures of the world around us


British mosques should be built without minarets, former Conservative party chairwoman Baroness Warsi said yesterday, in a speech outlining her vision for a “quintessentially British” form of Islam. Speaking at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, where she was giving her inaugural lecture as a Visiting Professor, Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi called on Muslims to develop “a very British Islam” in line with Islamic tradition.


Cardinal George Pell will not travel to Australia next week to give evidence to the country’s royal commission into abuse due to ill health. A statement from his office said that due to a pre-existing heart condition a cardiologist in Rome has said it is not safe for the 74-year-old cardinal, who is Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy in the Vatican, to make long haul flights. 


On the 110th anniversary of the 1905 separation of Church and State in France, the bishops’ conference complained that “a school of thought exists in our country that wants to move from a laïcité of the state to a secularisation of society”, writes Tom Heneghan.

Brazil’s Christian Churches have united in concern at attempts to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, writes Francis McDonagh. The bishops’ conference’s National Justice and Peace Commission expressed “immense apprehension”, ...

Senior Russian Orthodox officials have called for next year’s planned Pan-Orthodox Council, the first for over a millennium, to be held in Russia, not Istanbul, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

The Vatican this week responded to criticism of its decision to proceed with the prosecution of five people, including two journalists, on allegations relating to the leaking and dissemination of private documents, writes Christopher Lamb.

The Church must put mercy before judgement, Pope Francis said before officially inaugurating the Jubilee Year which he stressed continues the legacy of the Second Vatican Council.


The dramatic swing to the far Right in the first round of France’s regional elections, where the anti-immigrant National Front (FN) came first in six of the 13 metropolitan regions, shows an important shift in Catholic voting, according to the respected Ifop opinion polling institute.

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