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After visiting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees at a specially designated centre in Berlin, Archbishop Heiner Koch said it was vital to sensitise the Church to the problems they face, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

The Vatican will commit to ensuring its supply chains are “slavery-proof” following the announcement that the world’s biggest consumer goods firms and supermarket chains have decided to do the same to eliminate forced labour from their business partners, writes Mark Brolly.

Although religious freedom had not yet been achieved in Vietnam, the Churches’ freedom of movement had steadily improved in recent years, Cardinal Reinhard Marx told katholisch.de during a nine-day visit to Vietnam.


Catholic campaigners have welcomed the failure of a pro-euthanasia declaration in the European Parliament, after it gained support from only 95 of the 751 MEPs, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Peter Kavanagh.

Christianity in Britain has reached a tipping point, with young people increasingly having no religious beliefs and feeling alienated from the Churches, Britain’s leading sociologist of religion has claimed.


The number of priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin is forecast to decline by 70 per cent by 2030, according to new research produced for the Council of Priests.

Church speaks up for refugees Premium

21 January 2016 | by Paul Wilkinson

Bishop Patrick Lynch met this week with the government minister responsible for refugee resettlement to discuss the role the Church could play in the ongoing crisis.


The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh met with Pope Francis on Monday to update him on his work in the archdiocese in a discussion that included the topic of his predecessor, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was...

Becket relic returns to Canterbury Premium

21 January 2016 | by Elena Curti
A relic of St Thomas Becket will arrive in Britain from Hungary later this year in a pilgrimage organised by the Hungarian Embassy, the Church of England and the Catholic Church, writes Elena Curti.

The Catholic Church has welcomed Anglican primates’ decision last week to avert schism in the Communion by temporarily excluding the US Episcopal Church.


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