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January 07, 2016
January 07, 2016
Cardinal Gracias says he will personally ask the Pope to open the Cause of the 2008 martyrs
January 07, 2016
The crozier of St Pope Gregory the Great will be at Canterbury Cathedral this weekend
January 07, 2016
Praying, offering up our sufferings and doing our best to socialise may help us through
January 07, 2016
Film, called 'A Call to Battle', asks Catholic men to 'fill the breach' caused by the crisis in the family
January 07, 2016
This year Francis must make one of the hardest choices any pope has faced for decades. Whatever he decides, there is likely to be great upheaval in the Church
January 07, 2016
A sneak preview of this week's magazine
January 07, 2016
Church official calls for ‘diverse’ schools A spokesman for the Church in Scotland has called for the creation of schools with a more “diverse” belief system that goes beyond Catholicism. In a column for the Herald Scotland, Peter Kearney said this would engender “tolerance and respect for diversity”. Irish bishops mark Rising anniversary The Irish
January 07, 2016
Senior religious and political figures condemned violence in the name of religion and spoke of the threat ISIS poses to Christians in their Christmas messages. “Any claim to justify violence in the name of God is abhorrent. It is always a corruption of true faith,” said Cardinal Vincent Nichols in his homily given at Midnight
January 07, 2016
Hillary Clinton has put her weight behind a campaign to recognise the persecution of Iraqi and Syrian Christians by Islamist extremists as genocide. The US Democrat presidential candidate told a meeting in New Hampshire that she believed there was “enough evidence” to prove that the scale of violence committed against religious minorities by ISIS terrorists constituted
January 07, 2016
Pope Francis has given the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in England a rare honour. The shrine – specifically the Slipper Chapel, the Chapel of Reconciliation and the Domain – has been granted minor basilica status. The announcement was made by Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia on the feast of the
January 07, 2016
✣ Highlights from the week online Poor Christians What is good for the world’s poor may be bad for Christianity, according to a Christmas Day blog on the Economist website. In Europe “priests and ministers are preaching to ever-emptier pews”. Reasons include the greater number of non-Christians through immigration, creeping secularism “and a trend among
January 07, 2016
✣ Mother Teresa to be canonised this year What happened? Pope Francis has authorised the canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa, after the Vatican announced it has recognised a second miracle attributed to her. Her canonisation is expected to take place on September 4 during the Year of Mercy. Earlier this month, the Archbishop of Calcutta