A new report by the Catholic charity Marriage Care has found that a quarter of people are in distressed relationships, with the biggest strain being money worries, writes Liz Dodd.

The mother and baby home scandal concealed wrongdoing and incriminated victims resulting in destroyed lives, distorted facts and the depersonalisation of individuals, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin has said.

Church leaders have paid tribute to Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, the former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, who died this week aged 66. The former IRA leader, who played a key part in securing the Good Friday Agreement, died after a short illness.

The Catholic aid agency Cafod is to cut the post of HIV advisor and disband its HIV Advisory Group (Hag) after more than 20 years, writes Carina Murphy.

Bishops, more than 100 priests, relatives and the President of Ireland were among the 1,600 people who attended the funeral of Bishop Eamonn Casey in the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in Galway last week.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for the food crisis in East Africa has raised £24 million since it was launched last week, with donations still flooding in. DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed has thanked the British public for its generous response and the Government for its financial support.

The president of Germany’s bishops’ conference has criticised calls for Nato member states to spend more on defence, warning Europe’s security needs will not be met by “military means alone”, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

In his latest book, entitled “The Pope – Mission and Mandate” (Der Papst – Sendung und Auftrag), CDF Prefect Cardinal Gerhard Müller supports a “cautious” decentralisation, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

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23 March 2017 | by James Roberts

The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, announced that the annual March for Life, planned for today, has been cancelled to focus efforts on flood relief around the country. The El Niño weather system has been blamed for strong rains and flooding in Peru that have claimed the lives of at least 70 people and displaced 70,000.

Pope Francis has offered his prayers for those affected by the terrorist attack at Westminster yesterday in which four people, including the assailant, were killed and at least 30 others injured...

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