Vietnam - The families and supporters of 17 imprisoned Christians have undertaken a pilgrim march to demand their release. In a walk to the capital, Hanoi, at the end of August, pilgrims stopped at major religious sites along their route to pray for those detained. Once in the city, the marchers walked through the streets with banners until...

On the third weekend of September every year, one of the biggest pilgrimages takes place to Our Lady’s shrine in Knock, Co. Mayo. This is an unique two-day event attended by the many devotees of St Pio from all over Ireland and from abroad.The 33rd year of the pilgrimage takes place from September 15-16, this year, beginning with a seminar at 2pm...

The legal representative of Paolo Gabriele, the papal butler implicated in the Vatileaks scandal, has stepped aside. Carlo Fusco has reportedly ended his links to Gabriele over a reported difference of opinion over how best to present the butler’s case when he faces trial for theft of personal letters subsequently leaked to an Italian reporter....

Bahrain - Muslim clerics in the tiny Gulf kingdom are threatening to halt the proposed construction of a Catholic church there. Following  an announcement in August that the headquarters of the Vicariate of Northern Arabia, the Apostolic Office with responsibility for some 2 million Catholics in the Gulf region of the Middle East, was to...

After almost 25 years of Redemptorists ministering to young people in Cork, the Scala community has officially opened its new permanent foundation at the former Castlemahon House, Blackrock, Cork. The house dates back to 1798, and was acquired by the Dublin Province of the Redemptorists two years ago; since then it has undergone extensive...

The Vatican has dropped its lawsuit against the German magazine Titanic over an offensive photograph of Pope Benedict. In July the magazine had retouched a picture of the Pontiff to accompany coverage of the Vatileaks issue. The Vatican immediately sought an injunction to prevent distribution of the magazine. The matter has now been concluded.

Britain - The former co-chair of the Tory party has been named a Minister for Faith and Communities. In this week’s reshuffle of the David Cameron-led Conservative Party, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was shifted from her former role despite a request to the prime minister for her to retain her position. Born in 1971, the Muslim peer, the first Muslim...

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