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The church hierarchy can expect a lighter mailbag following the news that Daphne McLeod, the chairwoman of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, is retiring after 20 years.
Actors including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams (pictured) and Stanley Tucci are reportedly in talks to star in the Tom McCarthy film on the clerical sexual-abuse scandal in Boston.
The disciples in woolly jumpers and the risen Christ with gardening tools are just some of the unusual portrayals by the artist Eularia Clarke (1914-1970), whose Picnic on the Shore is pictured above.
Pig wrestling can now be listed alongside bingo, barbecues and selling marmalade as one of the ways for parishes to raise money.
As one of the inspirations for the BBC2 sitcom Rev, and host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, his fan base is now arguably as large as, if not larger than, it was in his days in the 1980s as a musician with Jimmy Somerville in the Communards.
The challenging pace set by Professor Linda Woodhead on debating and researching religion is expected to step up a gear as she has accepted an invitation to become president of Modern Church.
In a new twist for ecumenical relations this week, a Requiem Mass – which included a tribute from Pope Francis – took place for an Evangelical bishop, Tony Palmer, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident last month.
One of the largest Pentecostal churches in Brazil, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, last week inaugurated a new 10,000-seat venue in São Paulo.
Sending questionnaires to the laity, exploring the role of women in the Church – in many ways Cardinal Edward Clancy, who died last weekend at the age of 90, was a man ahead of his time.
Peace is in danger of breaking out between the Church and Stonewall, the gay equality organisation.
With the synod on the family just a matter of months away, a well-timed book-length interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller is to be released.
The eighth-century monastery on the remote island of Skellig Michael in south-west Ireland harks bark to an ancient monasticism but has now taken on a more futuristic role as a location for the latest Star Wars film.
After over a decade in the editor’s chair, Catherine Pepinster is taking a sabbatical. During this period she will spend six months as Visiting Scholar at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford
On Monday, Europe will pause as it commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, a scene of which is depicted in the watercolour above.
The “great silence” on a recent retreat at Douai Abbey was disturbed when some of the rooms at the Benedictine monastery in Berkshire were invaded by giant hornets in the middle of the night.
English-born Bishop Richard Williamson, who was expelled from the ultra-traditionalist Society of St Pius X (SSPX) in 2012 for challenging the society’s leaders, has founded a new “Priestly Union of Marcel Lefebvre” in France for priests who leave the SSPX.
Ahigh-church Anglican vicar has increased by as much as ten-fold his visitor count by opening what is believed to be the first full-time post office in a church. Last month, Fr Andrew Foreshew-Cain incurred a formal rebuke from his bishop when he married his partner, Stephen Forshew, a Catholic from Australia.
It is rare to find evidence of Christianity in Britain prior to AD 306, when Emperor Constantine came to power. Yet a silver ring with a Christian motif has been found at a dig at the Roman fort of Binchester, in County Durham.
The distinguished journalist Roland Hill, who has died aged 93, began his career on The Tablet after the Second World War. Born in Hamburg the son of a businessman called Rudolf Hess (no relation of Hitler’s deputy), Hill fled Nazi Germany for Austria.
Competing against choirs from as far afield as China, the Bradford Catholic Girls’ Choir has won two bronze medals at the World Choir Games in the Latvian capital, Riga.
Amid all the public commemorations that are marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Bishop of the Forces, Richard Moth, is also pondering a poignant personal story connected with the conflict.
Along with helping the Holy See to elucidate its message more effectively, one of the tasks facing the committee appointed to oversee Vatican communications is to make savings. Indeed, Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, ...
With their match against the Church of England fast approaching, the Vatican cricket team is garnering support from across the world.
Congratulations to Tablet columnist Br Guy Consolmagno, who has won the Carl Sagan medal, a prestigious scientific award for those who communicate astronomy to the public.
While Westminster politicians were due to debate whether assisted suicide should become the law of the land, a group of 1,200 of the sick and dying – many of them elderly – were preparing to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes.
The two are close friends having spent the summer commentating on the World Cup in Brazil together after both made the move from BBC to ITV Sport.
Given the poor state of religious literacy among young people, it is time to think creatively about how to communicate basic tenets of faith.