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The University of Notre Dame has announced it will be retaining its requirement that all undergraduates take two theology courses, writes Michael Sean Winters.

A number of active Catholic church communities in Germany are converting their churches into housing for refugees and will be celebrating Mass and other liturgies in places outside their churches, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

The bishops of Central America have appealed for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to allow Cuban migrants to pass through the region en route to the US, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

In a message marking the feast of the apostle Andrew, patron saint of the Orthodox world, Pope Francis urged Catholics and Orthodox to offer a “credible and effective witness” to the Christian values of trust, respect, charity and reconciliation.

Russia’s Orthodox Church has cancelled a top-level delegation to Turkey, after last month’s downing of a Russian fighter jet, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

A LEADING Russian Orthodox priest has praised the “iron will” of President Vladimir Putin and welcomed his “readiness to go all the way” in making Russia a dominant power, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

As from the beginning of the new church year, the present 653 parishes in the Vienna archdiocese have been clustered into 140 so-called “development areas”, each of which will evenutally become a “new parish” (Pfarre Neu), writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Northern Ireland’s pro-life groups have urged the Attorney General to appeal this week’s High Court ruling that the abortion laws there breach human rights under the European Convention.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols endorsed “proportionate military intervention” against Islamic State (IS) in Syria hours before MPs prepared to vote on the issue, writes Elena Curti.

Up to half of the 150 parishes in the Diocese of Salford will close in the face of falling numbers of both priests and parishioners, writes Paul Wilkinson.

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