Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has moved to downplay any comparison between next year’s papal visit to Ireland by Pope Francis and the last one in 1979 when Pope John Paul II became the first pope to set foot on Irish soil, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

The Bishops’ conference of England and Wales has released its first set of guidelines for marriage preparation in the Catholic Church, writes Liz Dodd.

Appeal for more parishes to host refugee families Premium

10 February 2017 | by Carina Murphy

The Church in England and Wales has called for more parishes to sign up to the Government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme to help resettle refugees in the UK.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued an “action alert” to Catholics to send an email message to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence regarding religious liberty, writes Michael Sean Winters.

The Catholic bishops in the Philippines have attacked  President Duterte’s war on drugs, calling it a “reign of terror in many places of the poor”, in a pastoral letter read out in churches last weekend, writes Ellen Teague.

Nearly 2,000 Catholic perpetrators, including 572 priests, allegedly abused 4,444 children over many decades in complaints made to the Church between 1980 and 2015, Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told.

Pope Francis has received a delegation of high-ranking German Protestant church leaders, led by the chairman of the Protestant Churches (EKD), Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Justin Welby said that he was shocked and saddened by the Home Office announcement on 8 February that said just 350 refugee children will be brought to the UK under the Dubs Amendment, far fewer than the 3,000 originally expected...


Turkish officials have launched investigations into contacts between the Vatican and Fethullah Gulen, the alleged mastermind of last July's coup attempt, after claims that his Hizmet movement sought to stir discontent among the country's Christian minorities...


News Briefing: from Britain and Ireland Premium

09 February 2017 | by Liz Dodd

The outgoing Bishop of London, Richard Chartres (above), has praised the work of L’Arche Communities, which support people with learning disabilities, in his valedictory sermon.

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