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Following his election as Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron was grilled by the media about his beliefs as an evangelical Christian. Has the focus on faith, which began with Tony Blair, reached the point where it is harder than ever to hold religious beliefs and play an active role in political life?
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The Catholic Church in England and Wales is giving its backing an ecumenical campaign encouraging blood and organ donation.
Pope Francis has appointed a scholar priest from the diocese of Brentwood to the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which oversees the interpretation and promotion of Scripture in the Catholic Church.
THE CLOSURE of an multinational group set up to select a new Bible translation for use during Mass in the English-speaking Church was described this week as an “opportunity lost”.
WOMEN IN Killaloe in County Clare who successfully campaigned for the deferral of the permanent all-male diaconate in the diocese are calling for money set aside for the project to be diverted to training the laity.
POLITICIANS HAVE backed a Catholic approach to tackling the global economic crisis, as the Archbishop of Canterbury invited young bankers to spend a year praying with him at Lambeth Palace to form them for life in the City.
Pope Francis has urged the Church to be open to new ways as it faces up to the challenges of twenty-first century society, as he moved one of his most modernising predecessors a step closer to sainthood.
The final document articulating the thinking of the Synod on the Family was passed – minus three sections relating to Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics and to the pastoral care of gay men and women.
Sixteen Synod Fathers either voted against the message of the Synod of the Family that was published on Saturday or abstained.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that he could now envisage a "demanding penitential pathway" by which divorced and remarried Catholics could eventually be allowed to receive Communion.
Pope Francis has allowed the Sistine Chapel to be rented out to luxury car-maker Porsche, in the first time the sacred space has been used for a corporate function.