The ATTACKS in Paris were a “declaration of war” not only on Christianity but on Western civilisation and Islam, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said in Vienna, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

UK responds with prayer and sorrow Premium

19 November 2015 | by Rose Gamble
Leaders of the Catholic and Anglican Churches have expressed their sorrow and commitment to pray in the wake of the Paris attacks, writes Rose Gamble.

Ancient sites in Sinai lose visitors Premium

19 November 2015 | by Ellen Teague
CURRENT Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, which counsels against all travel to North Sinai and all but essential travel to South Sinai, has led to fewer British visitors travelling to the peninsula’s religious sites.

Germany’s Church has criticised new government plans to restrict family reunifications for refugees, and warned against a new wave of “anti-refugee rhetoric”, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Liberal-minded bishops have made only limited progress in their efforts to persuade the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to reflect more fully Pope Francis’ priorities such as care for the poor and the environment, writes Michael Sean Winters.

A bizarre procession to the Royal Courts of Justice in London preceded a legal bid this week to halt the relaxation of rules governing assisted suicide, writes Paul Wilkinson.

A decision by eight Liberal Democrat MPs to back a government relaxation of Sunday Trading laws could tip the balance in favour of ending the restrictions on big stores’ opening times.

CSAN names former family doctor as new chief executive Premium

19 November 2015 | by Rose Gamble
THE SOCIAL action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, CSAN, has appointed a former GP, Philip McCarthy, as its new chief executive.

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato si’, has triggered wider cooperation between green groups and faith communities, according to scientists meeting in London this week.

IF WE give in to the temptation not to even try to make sense of the perspective of Islamic State terrorists we have given up on something vital in our humanity, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said this week, writes Joanna Moorhead.

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