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December 10, 2015
Archdiocese hires two full-time evangelisers The Archdiocese of Birmingham has appointed two people to promote evangelisation full-time. Natalie Orefice, a member of Catholic Voices and a former police officer, and Paul Northam, a youth worker, will be based at the Maryvale Institute. Sciaf welcomes pledge from Nicola Sturgeon Sciaf, the Scottish Church’s aid agency, has
December 10, 2015
During an inflight press conference on his way back from Africa last week Pope Francis criticised “fundamentalists” within the Church. Asked about religious fundamentalism in light of the Paris attacks, the Pope responded by saying that “we are all God’s children, we all have the same Father … we need to live peacefully alongside one
December 10, 2015
New Argentine leader ‘close to the Pope’ Gabriela Michetti, newly elected vice-president of Argentina, is regarded as “one of the top five” politicians closest to Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio. Analyst Fernando Farias said Michetti was “very religious” and predicted improved Church-state relations. South Korean Church makes deal with North The Church in South Korea has said
December 01, 2015
✣ Pope hails ‘wisdom of the poor’ in Nairobi What happened? The Pope denounced the conditions slum-dwellers had to live in during a visit to a Nairobi slum last week, saying that access to safe water was a human right and that everyone should have dignified housing. Francis insisted on access to a basic sewage system, rubbish
December 01, 2015
✣ Highlights from the week online A good man maligned Tim Muldoon of Aleteia wrote about the film Spotlight, based on the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the clerical abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. Muldoon raised concerns about the portrayal of the public relations officer at Boston College, Jack Dunn. Muldoon quoted
December 01, 2015
Pope Francis has appointed two auxiliary bishops to the Diocese of Westminster, Canon Paul McAleenan and Mgr John Wilson. The episcopal ordinations of Canon McAleenan, a priest of Westminster diocese, and Mgr Wilson, a priest of the Diocese of Leeds, will take place in Westminster Cathedral on January 25, the feast of the Conversion of St
December 01, 2015
A senior official at Lourdes has hailed British pilgrimages as the best in the world. Dr Alessandro de Franciscis, president of the Office of Medical Observations, said that pilgrimages organised in Britain and Ireland were so good that he was proposing them as a model for the rest of the world. “If you asked me what
December 01, 2015
The High Court in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation is in breach of human rights laws. In a landmark ruling the court declared that abortion should be available in the case of foetal abnormality or rape. The 1967 Abortion Act does not currently apply in the province, where abortion is only permitted when
December 01, 2015
The Catholic Church has welcomed the launch of an independent inquiry into child abuse in England and Wales and has set up a council to assist with inquiries. The national inquiry will examine 12 different institutions and locations, including the Church of England, Rochdale council and political institutions in Westminster, and will be chaired by Judge
December 01, 2015
Vatican approves new sacrament translations New translations of the texts used for marriage and confirmation in England and Wales have been approved by the Vatican. The texts will be published by the Catholic Truth Society in January and will be used from Easter Sunday, March 27. Diocese hires graffiti artist for Year of Mercy The Diocese of
December 01, 2015
Put down the weapons of war and work for justice, Pope Francis has urged the people of the Central African Republic. “Even when the powers of hell are unleashed, Christians must rise to the summons, their heads held high, and be ready to brave blows in this battle over which God will have the last word.
December 01, 2015
Pope Francis has urged Ugandans to honour their martyrs every day by caring for others. The Pope made the appeal at a Mass outside the country’s Catholic shrine to the martyrs. On Saturday he visited the Anglican shrine and museum located on the site where many of the 45 martyrs died. The main exhibit features statues
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