The government fund to help poor families manage the cost a “simple” funeral is not sufficient for even a basic ceremony, MPs have found...

One of Scotland’s most important religious buildings is to be turned into an arts venue after it was saved from ruin by a £4 million donation from the Heritage Lottery Fund, writes Brian Morton.

Pope Francis’ decree for priests to wash women’s feet during the Holy Thursday liturgy has divided Catholics in the UK. Research by The Tablet has found that most responded with enthusiasm to the Pope’s change to the Holy Thursday liturgy.

Church leaders used their pastoral messages and homilies at Easter to recall victims of terrorist attacks and persecuted Christians in the Middle East. The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Davies, (above) in a strongly worded homily on Easter morning, said the Government must reconsider its refusal to recognise “the crime of genocide being perpetrated against Christians and other minorities in this region”.

Bishop Paul Hinder, the Apostolic Vicar for Southern Arabia, has described the plight of the few remaining Christians in Yemen as “truly terrible”.

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31 March 2016 | by James Roberts

The Syrian army, backed by Russian warplanes, is reported to be continuing its offensive against Islamic State (IS) after recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra on Easter Sunday. The army says it will use Palmyra as a launch pad to expand operations against IS and cut its supply routes.

The Vatican will release the apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), Pope Francis' reflection on the synod on family and family life, on 8 April...

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has denounced the Government’s living wage, warning that it will leave working people in poverty...

Three out of the 14 regional ministers appointed by the first democratically elected President of Myanmar, U Htin Kyaw, are Christian...

The bishop responsible for Yemen has confirmed that the priest kidnapped by an IS-affiliated group is still alive, contrary to media reports of his murder by crucifixion...

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