Monthly Archives: August 2014

Catholic bishops urge Scots to vote in independence referendum

As the debate on the Scottish independence referendum enters its final stretch before the poll on 18 September, the country’s two leading archbishops have urged voters to engage with the issues and make their views heard, while making clear that the … Continue reading

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Ex-nuncio abuser faces full force of law in three jurisdictions

The Vatican yesterday scotched accusations that by bringing charges in Rome against a former nuncio to the Dominican Republic it was in some way “covering up” his sex abuse crimes against children there. After church procedures have run their course, the Vatican said, he could face trial … Continue reading

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Pope Francis press conference on papal plane from Seoul: full transcript

On his flight back from Korea yesterday Pope Francis held another lengthy press conference, generating a series of stories today: He approved the idea of military intervention in Iraq to prevent the genocide now taking place at the hands of jihadists, saying … Continue reading

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Catholic Church urges global action to assist victims of Iraq ‘catastrophe’

Catholic Church leaders in London, Brussels and Rome have spoken out in stark terms to condemn the brutal extermination of religious minorities in northern Iraq by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL), and to call for international … Continue reading

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The key to tolerant schools is not state-imposed values but a mature faith

The Department for Education has published proposals calling for “British values” such as “mutual respect and tolerance” to be promoted among independent schools and academies. The Government intervention follows a July report into Birmingham schools that found a concerted effort … Continue reading

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British cardinal issues SOS for persecuted communities of Iraq

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has called for the UK government to lead efforts to aid the persecuted communities in the north of Iraq. His call came as the US made the first air … Continue reading

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