Britain - A man who tied a pig’s head bearing the painted name ‘Allah’ to the gates of a mosque has been handed a four-month prison sentence. Simon Parkes, a former soldier, admitted to the offence and one of spray-painting  racist messages on the mosque in Cheltenham. He said he had been angered by Muslims burning poppies on Remembrance...

Dublin has just seen off the Tall Ships and the Notre Dame and Navy invasion. Now, for two weeks in September, the Absolut Fringe Festival promises us great performances showcasing the latest and best Irish and international arts. Now in its 18th year, the festival hosts performances from up to 90 artists with companies presenting 624 events...

Nigeria - A Catholic cathedral has moved to ban a traditional headwrap worn by women during Sunday Masses. Citing security concerns amid continuing bomb attacks on places of worship by the militant Boko Harma group, St Theresa’s Cathedral in Nsukka has ruled that the traditional gele can no longer be worn inside the building. The ban also affects...

Australia - A Catholic bishop has criticised moves to lift restrictions on the availability of the RU486 abortion pill. Responding to the decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous of Sydney said wider access to RU486 was “a retrograde step”. As a result of the TGA decision, pharmacies as well as...

On August 28, a divisive issue in Italy was re-ignited by a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the country’s Law 40, regulating Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in the country. In a case brought  in 2010 by a couple, Rosetta Costa and Walter Pavan, who are asymptomatic carriers of cystic fibrosis, the court...

Australia - A former vicar general in New South Wales has been arrested for allegedly failing to report clerical abuse to police in the 1970s. According to police, in his role as the principal of a school in the Diocese of Newcastle, Fr Tom Brennan became aware of the abuse of two children by then-Father John Denham but he concealed the...

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...

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