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03 November 2016 | by Liz Dodd

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said the scourge of human slavery is slowly emerging from the shadows as the Home Secretary joined him at a Vatican meeting to announce £14 million to tackle people trafficking.

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch has visited Christian villages of the Nineveh Plain that were reclaimed last week during a military offensive aimed at reconquering the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State, writes Ellen Teague.

The celebrations that opened the 500th Anniversary Year of the Reformation began appropriately in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses against the selling of indulgences to the door of the Castle Church on 31 October 1517. The act is commonly viewed as the trigger for the Reformation.

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03 November 2016 | by James Roberts

Italy’s most powerful earthquake since 1980 has left more than 15,000 people homeless, according to the country’s civil protection agency. No one was killed in Sunday’s 6.6 magnitude quake but 20 were injured and damage to the area round the town of Norcia is extensive.

About 500 Australian priests and male religious have been registered on a new national Catholic database to enable bishops and leaders of religious congregations to check the background of clerics and brothers visiting or moving to their region...


Cardinal Vincent Nichols has apologised for the role the Catholic Church played in placing babies with adoptive families in the decades after the Second World War. Nichols told an ITV documentary the practices of adoption agencies 'reflected the social values at that time, and were sometimes lacking in care and sensitivity'...


Mozambique is plagued by trafficking in human organs and witchcraft is to blame, said a religious sister working in the country..

Catholics are giving a decided edge to Hillary Clinton in the US election, according to a new poll released this week...

The Catholic Church's insistence that it cannot ordain women to the priesthood and episcopacy is a teaching likely to last forever, Pope Francis said today on the flight back from Sweden...

Members of Venezuela's divided opposition and government leaders agreed to tone down their heated rhetoric in the first step of the Vatican-mediated talks attempting to defuse the country's political crisis ahead of further street protests calling for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.

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