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Pope Francis took to the balcony of St Peter’s Square on Sunday to face down opponents of his reforms of the Roman Curia. The dramatic initiative came two days before another speech setting out his vision for church renewal at an Italian Catholic convention in Florence.

During a visit to the Vatican this week the United States envoy for the human rights of gays and lesbians described the claim that western aid to Africa is given on condition that those countries approve of same-sex marriage as “completely false”.

Denis Hurley Centre opens in Durban Premium

12 November 2015 | by Munyaradzi Makoni
The Denis Hurley Centre named after the late Archbishop of Durban, South Africa, was officially opened on the centenary of his birth, 9 November, writes Munyaradzi Makoni.

New primate wants a more open Church Premium

12 November 2015 | by Tom Heneghan
Jozef De Kesel (pictured), Pope Francis’ choice as the new Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and primate of Belgium, spoke in favour of an open and modern Church after the Vatican announced this week that he would succeed Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has called for the Church to put into practice the concept of a synodal Church, outlined by the Pope on 17 October in his address on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Synod of Bishops, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party made gains in Myanmar’s parliamentary election, with supporters celebrating victory even as the early results came in on Monday, writes Ellen Teague.

The Chaldean Patriarch has condemned as unconstitutional a new law that designates children Muslim if their parent or step-parent converts to Islam, or if their mother marries a Muslim.

The majority-Catholic country of Burundi in East Africa is heading for civil war, church and political leaders are warning, writes Fredrick Nzwili.

A survey has found that the US Church spent about one billion dollars more in connection with the sex abuse crisis than the US$3 billion previously estimated, writes Michael Sean Winters.

THE CATHOLIC Education Service (CES) has defended its decision to advise church schools to teach Judaism rather than Islam as a second religion at GCSE.

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