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Britain, Holy See Celebrate 30 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Britain, Holy See Celebrate 30 Years of Diplomatic Relations

by: Ann Schneible - Zenit in Church Issues,

"We respect one another even if we claim that we are not listening enough to one another. But that in itself calls for a more fruitful dialogue. The British Embassy to the Holy See and the Papal Nunciature at the Court of St. James' exist to foster that, and have shown in recent years the capacity to do so, the willingness to do so, the joy in so doing."

Ireland visitation report: full text

Ireland visitation report: full text

by: Catholic Herald in Church Issues,

The Apostolic Visitation should now be considered completed. The Holy See entrusts its conclusions to the responsibility of the Bishops, clergy, Religious and lay faithful of Ireland, in the hope that they will bear fruit worthy of that process of healing, reparation and renewal which Pope Benedict XVI so eagerly desires for the beloved Church in Ireland.

Religious denominations and the European Union

Religious denominations and the European Union

by: Michele Madonna - L'Osservatore Romano in Church Issues,

Looking at the horizon unfolding before us Europe cannot and must not give up the contribution of Catholicism and of the other religious denominations because, as Benedict XVI clearly affirmed during his recent Visit to the United Kingdom, faith “is not a problem for legislators to solve, but a vital contributor to the national conversation”, and proper attention should also be paid to “the legitimate role of religion in the public square”.

The Catholic Church and gay marriage

The Catholic Church and gay marriage

by: Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Catholic Church does not oppose gay marriage. It considers it to be impossible. If it were possible, then we would have to support it since the Church tells that we must oppose all discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Spanish bishop's solidarity pay cut

Spanish bishop's solidarity pay cut

by: Reporter in Church Issues,

Spain's youngest bishop has taken a voluntary pay cut as a mark of solidarity with the poor and unemployed. His country has the highest unemployment rate in Europe with 5.3 million out of work, or 23 per cent of the working age population.

Catholics seen as threat: say Alencherry, the new Indian cardinal.

Catholics seen as threat: say Alencherry, the new Indian cardinal.

by: Alessandro Speciale - UCAnews in Church Issues,

Extremist groups in India see the growth of the Catholic Church as a “threat” and have successfully lobbied the government against Christians’ rights, the newly elevated Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Church George Alencherry warned in an interview with ucanews.com in Rome. New Indian cardinal adds that radicals are a minority and that most Hindus 'live in harmony' with Christians.

Religious education in schools is 'a priority' say Members of Parliament.

Religious education in schools is 'a priority' say Members of Parliament.

by: Judith Burns - BBC Education in Church Issues,

Members of Parliament have set up a new group to safeguard the teaching of religious education to pupils in England. The new group of MPs believe it is essential children are taught about different cultures and religions. The all party parliamentary group on Religious Education wants the subject to be treated as a priority.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols: secularists are holding back the faithful

Archbishop Vincent Nichols: secularists are holding back the faithful

by: Madelaine Teahan - The Catholic Herald in Church Issues,

Speaking after an official state visit to the Holy See, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said that secularists, “with a kind of stubbornness, with a dogmatism, want to isolate faith and privatise it”, adding: “It is often that kind of intolerance of the reality of faith which is holding back some of the best contributions that can be made to the common good.”  

We stand side by side with the Pope in fighting for faith

We stand side by side with the Pope in fighting for faith

by: Baroness Warsi - The Daily Telegraph in Church Issues,

 When I met the Holy Father in 2010 he told me that he had heard what I had been saying and urged me to carry on making my case robustly.  I will be arguing that to create a more just society, people need to feel stronger in their religious identities and more confident in their creeds. In practice this means individuals not diluting their faiths and nations not denying their religious heritages.

Church treasures - Heritage for sale

Church treasures - Heritage for sale

by: Sam Adams - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Moves by two Catholic cash-strapped religious communities to sell off valuable collections of  ancient artefacts, some of them unique, in their care have led to growing concern among conservationists about the protection of the Church’s sacred history.

The situation of the church in Egypt

The situation of the church in Egypt

by: Zenit.org in Church Issues,

Father Antoine Rafic Greiche, official spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, warned that the success of the Salafists was a grave concern for Christians. "We were expecting the Muslim Brothers to do well but we did not expect at all the success of the Salafists," he said.

Anglican Archbishop says “Cameron is a dictator if he says yes to gay marriage”

Anglican Archbishop says “Cameron is a dictator if he says yes to gay marriage”

by: Giacomo Galeazzi in Church Issues,

In March the British government will start an in depth consultation on gay marriage and PM David Cameron has already declared he wants it to be an important part of his mandate. But now it is not just the Catholic Church protesting to the English government against gay marriage. The Anglican Archbishop of York John Sentamu also warned David Cameron: “Do not legalize gay marriage.”

The Gospel in the time of Facebook

The Gospel in the time of Facebook

by: Cristian Martini Grimaldi in Church Issues,

Facebook, the most popular social network in the world, has several tools to maintain and enrich mutual friendship: this is well-known. However, in general, no one asks themselves how come the dynamics of relationships are exclusively based on positive feedback (thumbs up, sharing) and there are no instant options for disapproval

Bills put thousands of families at risk, warns archbishop

Bills put thousands of families at risk, warns archbishop

by: Archbishop Peter Smith in Church Issues,

 Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has highlighted his concern for the ‘thousands of families’ who would be adversely affected by proposed changes to benefits and Legal Aid. In a letter to the Times, the archbishop commented on the Welfare Reform Bill and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill being debated in the House of Lords