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The cardinal said some criticisms of the former pope’s preface to his latest book were ‘diabolical and cover the Church with a mantle of sadness and shame’

The law has effectively stopped the Church from opening new academies and free schools

The retired pope has given a rare endorsement of a serving Church official

Tim Farron had previously said abortions were too widely available and called for restrictions

Frank, uncompromising and at times brutally honest, the debate shows an alternative way forward for ecumenical dialogue

The party had pledged to legalise the practice in the province without mentioning the Northern Ireland Assembly

‘Where do your candidates stand on the future of EU citizens in the UK and reciprocal rights for UK citizens in the EU?’ the bishops ask.

Around four per cent of people who claim to be non-religious even say they pray daily

The decision is ‘disloyal, outrageous and unacceptable’, Br Rene Stockman said

In a pastoral letter, the bishop addresses the crisis in vocations, calling on the faithful to do all they can to pray for more priests