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Pope accepts resignation of Nigerian bishop rejected by priests

Pope Francis had threatened priests in Ahiara with suspension if they did not accept Bishop Peter Okpaleke

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Pope accepts resignation of Nigerian bishop rejected by priests

Pope Francis had threatened priests in Ahiara with suspension if they did not accept Bishop Peter Okpaleke

It’s time to be ‘honest’ in dialogue with Muslims, says Chaldean archbishop

Archbishop Bashar Warda said Christians should not be afraid to speak plainly

Catholics urged to affirm ‘liberating truth’ of Humanae Vitae

The document ‘defended the integrity of married love and warned us against the danger of reducing sexuality to a source of pleasure alone’

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Vatican investigator meets Bishop Barros accuser

Juan Carlos Cruz says he feels his story has finally been heard

Analysis: revival of sex abuse commission comes amid growing criticism

The Vatican’s record on abuse has faced increasing scrutiny over the past few weeks

Pope Francis restores Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Cardinal O’Malley continues as president and is joined by 9 new members

Bishop Sherrington speaks out against abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’

Bishop Sherrington said a ban would threaten freedom of expression and foster intolerance

Vatican calls pre-synod meeting with young people in March

Social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will allow young people to interact ‘with their peers in Rome’

UK government will not block restoration of traditional marriage in Bermuda

The territory becomes the first in the world to abolish same-sex marriage

Pope issues document updating resignation rules for bishops

‘Imparare a congedarsi’ (Learning to say farewell) and was given ‘motu proprio’ on February 15

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Italian voters may be about to reject the Church’s words on immigration

The Church must address the difference between refugees and economic migrants

Newman teaches us a whole new way to look at history

He understood how the atheist view impoverishes our understanding of the rise of Christianity

Why we must protect the conscience rights of medical professionals

Is it really such a radical idea to think healthcare professionals should not be forced to help in procedures to which they morally object?

Walther’s Saints of the Week: 18 – 24 February

Including a great English martyr and a monk famed for his icon painting

How Newman inspired the German resistance

It is 75 years since anti-Nazi demonstrators took the action which would lead to their executions

Worried about Cardinal Cupich’s ‘paradigm shift’? Just stick to the teaching of the Church

If the new paradigm trumps the old paradigm, what is to stop some future paradigm shift trumping the current one?

Lent is the perfect time to rediscover the rosary

Those who need guidance praying the rosary should try Fr Dwight Longenecker’s book

How despots exploit Vatican foreign policy

The Holy See is doing little to challenge authoritarian regimes

How a parish group dedicated to the Eucharist helped revive a London church

The Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament now has hundreds of members across the world

‘Let’s not make it just about…sins of the flesh’: an interview with Cardinal Cupich

The cardinal believes reception of Communion depends on ‘conscience’. Does his reasoning add up?

The legend of the Holy Grail can help deepen our faith

Francis Phillips reviews Charles Coloumbe’s ‘Catholic Quest for the Holy Grail’

Cardinal Cupich’s significant factual error

The cardinal’s much-discussed lecture was worryingly ambiguous – and in one important place just incorrect

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