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December 01, 2015
Staff writers
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
Staff writers
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
Staff writers
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
Staff writers
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
Staff writers
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
Staff writers
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
December 01, 2015
Staff writers
Pope Francis called for Kenya to support its families during his first public Mass in Africa. In his homily, Francis urged the country to resist practices “which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women and threaten the life of innocent children”. He also called on Kenyans to shape a more just society that looked
December 01, 2015
Staff writers
Pope Francis has named Mgr Steven Lopes the first bishop of the ordinariate, which serves groups of former Anglicans living in full communion with the Catholic Church. Bishop-designate Lopes, 40, succeeds Mgr Jeffrey Steenson, 63, who has led the ordinariate in the United States, called the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, since
December 01, 2015
Staff writers
Vatican trial over leaks is postponed for a week A Vatican trial against two Italian journalists, a Spanish monsignor and two others has been postponed for a week to allow one of the defendants to change lawyers. One of the five, the author Emiliano Fittipaldi, has described the trial as “Kafka-esque”. Koreans pray for the Church in
December 01, 2015
Ed West
Almost five centuries ago, on October 31, 1517, a German monk called Martin Luther reputedly nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. The initial cause of Luther’s protest was corruption in the Church, especially the misuse of indulgences, but the controversy soon
December 01, 2015
Will Heaven
Something interesting is going on in the criminal justice system that I suspect we’re going to hear more and more about. As part of what could be a revolution in right-wing thinking about dealing with crime and its causes, the Government is splashing out £1.3 billion on new prisons. The plan is to replace outdated
December 01, 2015
Miguel Cullen
Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 17 Panorama Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 10 When Peter Lanyon flew in his glider, he yearned to be intimate with the air as it rushed over his vessel: suspending, hoisting, buffeting him in the sky, like the contact of a living being. He
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