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June 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
The Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Our Lady, Help of Christians – known as Worth Abbey – have elected Dom Mark Barrett as the seventh abbot of their foundation, succeeding Abbot Luke Jolly, who is retiring upon the completion of his term of office. English Benedictines choose their superior every eight years, after a
June 09, 2021
Charles Collins
"I don't expect members of panel shows or even Church Times columnists to be experts on Catholic Church law," writes Charles Collins. "But let’s face it, most of those who are upset with the Catholic Church for allowing Johnson to marry his girlfriend (and mother of his child) are more upset with the prime minister’s policies than his - or the Church’s - morals."
June 08, 2021
Staff Reporter
In a statement, ACN UK National Director Neville Kyrke-Smith stressed the need for swift action. “It is urgent that the Prime Minister acts to save the lives of Maira and her family," he said. "They are in grave danger.”
June 01, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
Senior officials presented the revision of the Church’s universal law regarding punishments for canonical crimes as a major overhaul, though at least one expected change did not materialise, and journalists raised outstanding issues regarding accountability and transparency.
May 24, 2021
Staff Reporter
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury is urging “all those who value the sanctity of human life and desire the best care and support for the sick and dying” to oppose an “assisted dying” Bill that is expected to be introduced into the House of Lords on Wednesday. “The Bill comes at the end of a
May 17, 2021
Staff Reporter
Nazir Afzal, the newly appointed Chair of the Bishops' safeguarding agency, says, "“The Catholic Church has recognised the failures of the past and the need to put things right. This is what attracted me to the role."
May 10, 2021
Staff Reporter
A coalition of faith groups and religious leaders has denounced the government’s New Plan for Immigration” (NFPI). “We believe these proposals lack humanity and respect for human dignity,” they say in a open statement issued on Monday. “We believe it would be wrong to create a system in which the way people enter the UK
May 05, 2021
Staff Reporter
Pro-life advocates are gearing up to challenge attempts by the British Parliament to impose drastic changes on Northern Ireland’s abortion policies. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has announced a legal action against the UK government’s grant of wide-ranging powers to Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis to implement “fully-funded abortion service” in Northern
April 23, 2021
Staff Reporter
The non-binding motion further calls on the UK government “to fulfil its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and all relevant instruments of international law to bring it to an end.”
April 11, 2021
Staff Reporter
"We know," said Detective Supt Andy Wadey, "that many people were very upset by what happened on Good Friday and we deeply regret that." The Detective Superintendent noted the "significant reflection and learning" that he and Superintendent Roger Arditti have undertaken in the days since the Good Friday incident, along with their colleagues in the BCU and senior leaders at New Scotland Yard.
April 11, 2021
Nathan Morley
Prince Philip in military uniform, 9 November 1947. (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The life and times of a thoroughly modern royal By Nathan Morley Prince Philip set the tone for the royal family of the post-war era. In fact, he grew up at the speed of war. As a young lieutenant aboard the battleship Ramillies
April 10, 2021
Staff Reporter
"Saddened to learn of the death of your husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," reads the telegram from Pope Francis, signed by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, "His Holiness Pope Francis offers heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty and the members of the Royal Family."