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February 02, 2017
February 02, 2017
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February 02, 2017
The case will be examined by Dutch prosecutors to see if a crime has been committed
February 02, 2017
The Pope prays that refugees and the marginalised 'find welcome and comfort'
February 02, 2017
The number of faithful in Syria’s ancient city has fallen from 250,000 to 30,000. Now the war is over, how many of those can be persuaded to stay?
February 02, 2017
The Home Office has invited community groups to integrate refugees - but so far only two groups have joined the scheme
February 02, 2017
Not long after Pope Francis’s election a Vatican official made a sombre announcement. Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo disclosed that more than 3,000 men and women were leaving religious orders every year. Most left, he said, at a relatively young age due to an “absence of spiritual life”, a “loss of a sense of community” or
February 02, 2017
✣ Order of Malta leader resigns What happened? Pope Francis intervened in the Order of Malta, reorganising its leadership. Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing resigned at the Pope’s request, while the sacked Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager (number three) was reinstated. A “papal delegate” will effectively replace the Pope’s current representative, Cardinal Raymond Burke. Francis took
February 02, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online Did Adoration save a city from violence? The city of Juarez in northern Mexico was once considered one of the most dangerous in the world, with 3,766 murders recorded in 2010. Five years later, the number had dropped to 256. Fr Patricio Hileman, one of the missionaries who arrived in
February 02, 2017
The home office has appealed to churches to help integrate refugees, as it tries to meet a target of accepting 20,000 Syrians. The Full Community Sponsorship scheme, launched last July, allows community groups to take responsibility for a refugee’s housing, and help them gain the training and knowledge necessary to begin a new life in
February 02, 2017
A religious Sister who sheltered Jews from the Nazis has been honoured with a plaque in her home town of Hull. Sister Agnes Walsh, who died in 1993, helped to save a Jewish family from deportation while at a convent in southern France during the war. She was recognised as a “Righteous Among the Nations”
February 02, 2017
The governing council of the Order of Malta accepted the resignation of the former Grand Master last weekend – despite a “handful” of its 10 members dissenting from the decision. The Pope, in a letter to Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, lieutenant ad interim of the order, said members of the order could better dedicate
February 02, 2017
US vice president Mike Pence told tens of thousands of people gathered at the March for Life rally last weekend that “Life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress”. Mr Pence is the highest-ranking government official ever to address the rally in person – Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and
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