Inés San MartínAfter statements from several Australian bishops reaffirming Church teaching to Catholics in the country ahead of an upcoming vote on same-sex marriage, two bishops are singing outside the chorus, with one of them saying it’s a “decision each person is free to make”.Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, appointed by Pope...

Belgium’s Brothers of Charity Group, which runs 15 centres for psychiatric patients, has rejected a Vatican order to stop offering euthanasia.The organisation said that it “always took into account shifts and evolutions within society”, and “emphatically believed” its euthanasia program was consistent with the...

The UK’s Labour party are creating a new group in order to reach out to the country’s Catholics.Nine MPs are launching a ‘Catholics for Labour’ group this Sunday which will focus on social justice and will be guided by Catholic social teaching.Labour politician Mike Kane MP, currently shadow schools minister, said there are...

Vatican diplomat embroiled in child pornography caseA member of the Vatican diplomatic corps serving in Washington has been recalled to the Vatican as he is involved in a criminal investigation regarding child pornography, the Vatican said. The Vatican was informed by the US State Department “of a possible violation of laws relating to child...

Despite goals to end global hunger by 2030, the latest report from the UN shows the number of undernourished people has increased rapidly.The number of people lacking adequate food on the planet increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ (UNFAO) recent...

Junno Arocho EstevesSalesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location, one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment, when he received some unexpected news.“Those who kept me came to where I slept and said, ‘I bring you good news. We are sending you home. If you need to go to the...

China has signed off on revised religious regulations which will lead to greater government control of religions in the communist-run country.The State Administration for Religious Affairs announced that the leading Chinese Communist Party (CCP) signed the State Council order for the newly revised Regulations for Religious Affairs (RRA) which will...

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