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September 03, 2021
A group committed to upholding the right to freedom of speech has threated a university with legal action after it “cancelled” a Catholic chaplain because of the views he expressed about abortion and assisted suicide. The Free Speech Union (FSU) said it will take the University of Nottingham to court unless it reversed its decision
September 02, 2021
  A priest “cancelled” by the University of Nottingham after he expressed pro-life opinions about abortion and assisted suicide has assured students that he will serve them as chaplain. In a video message recorded for the Catholic Herald, Fr David Palmer told students that he would continue in the role in spite of the decision
September 01, 2021
The former head of the UK’s largest private abortion provider has come to the defence of a Catholic university chaplain “cancelled” for expressing his pro-life opinions. Ann Furedi, until recently the chief executive officer of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), said Nottingham University was “stupid” for refusing to recognise Fr David Palmer as chaplain
August 31, 2021
Pope Francis has advanced the cause for sainthood of a young mother who sacrificed her own life to save her unborn child. The Pontiff recognised the “heroic virtues” of Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, who died from cancer in 1995 at the age of 26 years after she refused chemotherapy for herself so her unborn son,
August 27, 2021
 A Liverpool priest has described how he saw his life was flashing before his eyes like “a drowning man” the moment he was told that Pope Francis wanted to appoint him as an auxiliary bishop of his home diocese. Canon Thomas Neylon said that although he was summoned to London see Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the
August 26, 2021
As MPs debate a Bill allowing assisted suicide in the UK, new research highlights the emotional toll it takes on medical staff
August 25, 2021
The bishops of England and Wales have urged Catholics to write urgently to peers to ask them to speak against the Assisted Dying Bill when it comes before the House of Lords in the autumn. In the first major intervention by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales since the introduction of the Private Member’s
August 20, 2021
Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to receive a vaccine against coronavirus as an “act of love”. In a video message, the Holy Father joined with the bishops from the Americas to urge the faithful not to hesitate about getting a protective jab. “Thanks to God’s grace and to the work of many, we now have
August 20, 2021
Catholics should pray for the people of Afghanistan in the confidence that Jesus Christ will never abandon them, a bishop has said. Bishop Declan Lang, chairman of the Department of International Affairs of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, issued a statement as the Taliban regained control of Kabul, the capital, immediately following the
August 16, 2021
Pope Francis has said he is mourning death of a French priest murdered by an immigrant awaiting trial for an arson attack on Nantes Cathedral. Fr Olivier Maire, 60, head of the Montfort missionaries at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, was providing shelter to Emmanuel Abayisenga when he was allegedly beaten to death. The 40-year-old Rwandan Hutu surrendered to
August 16, 2021
Contributions to papal charities are slumping amid reports of financial scandals in the Vatican, according to reports. Speculation is mounting that concerns over corruption at the highest levels of the Catholic Church may be a factor in the falling generosity of the world’s faithful. It comes after the Vatican’s secretariat for the economy posted another
August 16, 2021
A mother of a disabled boy is asking the Canadian government to extend euthanasia to children so a lethal injection might be given to her son. Karie-Lyn Pelletier, from L’Islet, says she wants to be able to end the life of her four-year-old boy, Abel, if his condition further deteriorates. The child suffers from Mednik
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