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16 January 2014

What does the new constitution that Egyptians have been voting on this week amount to? Some say it is better news for women and religious minorities than the previous sharia-based one, while others fear it hands too much power to the military.

14 January 2014

In his annual address to the Vatican's Diplomatic Corps on Monday Pope Francis noted once again the plight of Christians in the Middle East and Africa and the suffering of victims of violence worldwide.

08 January 2014

Preaching on Epiphany, the prominent Dominican bioethicist and bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, contrasted the Enlightenment to the truth of the Gospel and noted that the eighteenth-century movement had been followed by terror and totalitarianism

25 December 2013

Pope Francis prayed for victims of violence and war in his Christmas Urbi et Orbi blessing.

25 December 2013

The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, highlighted the plight of Christians in the Middle East in his homily for Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral in London on Christmas Eve.

24 December 2013

Pope Francis tonight presided at his first Christmas Mass as Bishop of Rome, telling worshippers in a brief homily that Jesus is not just a teacher of wisdom, but is the meaning of life and history, the light who brightens our darkness and is our peace.

18 December 2013

The Prince of Wales made an unprecented plea for the protection of the Middle East's ancient Christian Churches, who he said were being deliberately targeted by Islamic extremists.

12 December 2013

In his first message to mark World Peace Day, which falls on 1 January, Pope Francis made a renewed attack on the global economic system as well as highlighting human trafficking, the absence of religious freedom and organised crime as threats to global peace.

11 December 2013 by Durban Cardinal Wilfrid Napier's tribute to Mandela

To almost everyone who hears the name Nelson Mandela (or even more fondly, Madiba) the first thought is that he is the icon of what is good and true in man today.

29 November 2013

Church reform is forging ahead. In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis not only intensifies his criticism of capitalism and the fact that money rules the world, but speaks out clearly in favour of church reform “at all levels”.