Cardinal Norberto Rivera confirmed last weekend that Pope Francis will visit Mexico next year for eight days from 12 to 20 February, with trips to the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Mexico’s border with the United States as possible parts of his itinerary, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

‘Combat drugs culture’ Premium

05 November 2015 | by Isabel de Bertodano
The problems posed by drug addiction in parts of Argentina are being ignored, according to Archbishop Eduardo Martín who has demanded that authorities take action in his Rosario Diocese.

In the run-up to the German Bundestag’s vote on four possible amendments on assisted suicide due yesterday, leading churchmen and politicians, including Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz and Chancellor Angela Merkel, once again underlined their opposition to legalising the practice, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Catholic bishops of the EU met in Paris last week to discuss the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP 21, to be held in the French capital from 30 November to 11 December, write Tom Heneghan and Michael Sean Winters.

Dozens of Christian leaders have joined the chorus of protest against the growing “intolerance” by Hindu nationalists under the BJP Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, writes Anto Akkara.

Anger at Abbott refugee speech Premium

05 November 2015 | by Mark Brolly
Two leading Australian Catholics have expressed dismay at former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s speech in London urging European leaders to stop the flow of refugees into the EU.

The Synod on the Family opened the door for the readmission of remarried divorcees to the Sacraments in individual cases, Cardinal Walter Kasper said at Aachen in his festive address on the occasion of Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff’s 75th birthday, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

FEAR OF being accused of prosely­tising has meant that Christian charities avoid mentioning religion and using overtly Christian titles, a report has found.

Orthodox head visits Lambeth Palace Premium

05 November 2015 |
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew used his two-day visit to Lambeth Palace this week to call for urgent action on the environment.

NORTHERN IRELAND remains the only part of the UK where gay marriage is illegal, despite a narrow majority of politicians at Stormont voting to support its introduction this week, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

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