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"02.12.2016 17:54:36" thetablet.co.uk Acting Head at Catholic school forced to leave due to "irregular relationship" A petition calling on the diocese to reverse their decision has been signed by 425 people so far – the majority of whom are parents of pupils.
"30.11.2016 18:10:05" thetablet.co.uk 'Red hats' who challenged Pope could be stripped of rank of cardinal “What they [the cardinals] have done is a very grave scandal".
"30.11.2016 18:04:38" thetablet.co.uk Martin Scorsese meets Pope after private screening for Jesuits Scorsese gave the Pope two paintings, one of which was an image of Mary venerated in the 1700s.
"29.11.2016 17:23:33" thetablet.co.uk Only response to Pope's Ireland visit is 'solid protest', says leader of Free Presbyterian Church The Pope is “no closer to proclaiming the one true biblical Gospel - that salvation is by faith alone through Christ alone”.
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"28.11.2016 15:41:42" thetablet.co.uk Irish prime minister confirms Pope Francis will visit Ireland in 2018 for World Meeting of Families Enda Kenny tweeted confirmation of the first papal visit to his country in almost 40 years after meeting with Francis in the Vatican today.
"20.11.2016 14:16:56" thetablet.co.uk Mercy doesn't end today, says Pope at close of Holy Year In his homily, Francis said that even if the Holy Door is closed, "the true door of mercy, which is the heart of Christ, always remains open wide for us".
"19.11.2016 22:58:53" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis has shown us that being a cardinal is no longer about status but service "The Pope has made it his mission to give red hats to the unambitious, pastorally-minded men serving in some of the most far-flung and dangerous parts of the world," says our Rome Correspondent, Chris Lamb.
"19.11.2016 12:45:28" thetablet.co.uk Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world Cardinal Mario Zenari, the Pope's ambassador to Syria, spoke on behalf of the new cardinals, promising Pope Francis that they and the entire Church would continue to be envoys of God's mercy, bending down to help those "left half dead on the side of the
"18.11.2016 12:19:41" thetablet.co.uk US Church must become 'agent of healing' post-Trump, says Cardinal-elect In a revealing interview with The Tablet's Rome correspondent, cardinal-elect Joseph Tobin talks about the US Church in the aftermath of the presidential election and the recent backlash against Pope Francis and Amoris Laetitia from within the Church...
"08.11.2016 17:17:10" thetablet.co.uk Catholic priest puts dead foetus on the altar in a bid to rally support for Trump “A human being has been sacrificed and the altar of God has been desecrated, all for politics”.
"04.11.2016 15:23:14" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Kasper: Time to end debate on Amoris Laetitia and put it into practice Since Francis published his post-synodal document on the family in March this year, he has faced strong opposition from parts of the Church.
"04.11.2016 12:17:03" thetablet.co.uk Washington DC takes next step towards legalising assisted suicide "Our coalition will continue to fight this bill, which has few safeguards to protect the vulnerable and does nothing to help the thousands of D.C. residents desperate for access to better health care and improved social services, such as counselling."
"03.11.2016 14:53:12" thetablet.co.uk Closure of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family a 'very sad moment', says Director "It's a very sad moment that an Institute like this should be closed and it's a big challenge for us to continue teaching what students we have over the next two years so they can complete their studies".
"03.11.2016 11:15:50" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols apologises for Church's role in adoptions “For the hurt caused by agencies acting in the name of the Catholic Church”...
"02.11.2016 17:07:50" thetablet.co.uk Church is afraid to speak out about organ trafficking, says Mozambique nun "The sorcerer performs his rituals and tells them that in order to have better living conditions or to obtain what he or she is asking for, he will ask him or her to bring a person's head, hand or tongue."
"02.11.2016 13:38:00" thetablet.co.uk US election: Catholic women responsible for boosting Clinton campaign The 'gender gap' is clearly evident among white Catholic voters...
"01.11.2016 17:54:54" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis: Catholic Church is very unlikely to ever ordain women "If one carefully reads the declaration of St John Paul, it goes in that direction, yes."
"01.11.2016 17:23:49" thetablet.co.uk Venezuelan President and opposition agree to cool rehetoric following Vatican-led talks “At the start of this journey, I ask you in the name of Pope Francis that each side agrees to some concrete gestures to give credibility to this process”.
"01.11.2016 16:33:32" thetablet.co.uk The Beatitudes according to Pope Francis Number 3: "Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him."
"01.11.2016 16:05:18" thetablet.co.uk Government's decision to expand Down's screening will lead to more abortions, Catholic MP warns “The decision shows a shocking lack of willingness to consult by the Department of Health, and suggests to me that there is a mindset that those with Down's Syndrome are not worth being born”.
"01.11.2016 13:20:35" thetablet.co.uk Church launches guide to death for digital age Priests are advised to prioritise the sick and dying in their parishes.
"01.11.2016 12:34:45" thetablet.co.uk Former international footballer takes next step to become Catholic priest Mulryne said he wanted “to give oneself completely to God”.
"31.10.2016 18:06:31" thetablet.co.uk Pope expresses gratitude to Martin Luther but swerves Eucharist question in first address in Sweden “With gratitude we acknowledge that the Reformation helped give greater centrality to Sacred Scripture in the Church's life”.
"31.10.2016 17:58:17" thetablet.co.uk Jesus' burial place exposed for the first time in centuries "The techniques we're using to document this unique monument will enable the world to study our findings as if they themselves were in the tomb of Christ."
"31.10.2016 16:38:13" thetablet.co.uk Christians have 'chance to accept a common path', Francis tells joint prayer meeting of Lutherans an The Pope is in Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Luther's protest in Wittenberg that started the Reformation.
"31.10.2016 16:23:01" thetablet.co.uk Delegation from Islamic university visits parish of murdered priest "I found a spirit of fraternity and love, despite what has happened”.
"31.10.2016 14:08:36" thetablet.co.uk Priests to celebrate Masses outdoors after massive earthquake destroys town The 6.5 magnitude earthquake reduced the Basilica of St Benedict to rubble.
"31.10.2016 11:27:21" thetablet.co.uk Compensation claim launched in High Court by former pupils of St William's school for boys More than 200 men claim they were abused at St William's over a twenty-one year period.
"28.10.2016 15:02:37" thetablet.co.uk Francis heads for new periphery by marking Protestant anniversary in avowedly secular Sweden “Luther never meant to split the Church...He did what any theologian might do today.”
"28.10.2016 14:50:17" Timeline Photos Sneaky peek at this week's Tablet: Coverage of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; Melanie McDonagh takes a look at the Church's attitude towards ghosts; a nun doing incredible work in palliative care speaks to Elena Curti; and much more news and
"28.10.2016 12:12:02" thetablet.co.uk Pope overhauls Cardinal Sarah's department Francis has appointed a series of pastoral moderates to replace more conservative-minded figures in a move that will be considered an attempt to rein in the Cardinal.
"27.10.2016 16:30:34" thetablet.co.uk Churches come together to welcome child refugees “Volunteers have stood out in the cold chanting: 'Children from Calais you are welcome.'”
"27.10.2016 13:40:20" thetablet.co.uk Dutch cardinal slams plan to allow assisted suicide for those weary of life "When one becomes an expense for the health care system, one would almost feel guilty for continuing living regardless.”
"27.10.2016 11:54:17" thetablet.co.uk Pope urged to make peace mission to South Sudan Francis is reportedly considering the request despite security risks in the war-torn country.
"27.10.2016 10:52:30" thetablet.co.uk Santa Marta: Home Secretary to announce £11m funding to tackle modern slavery More to follow shortly...
"26.10.2016 12:18:40" thetablet.co.uk Australian police fly to Rome to interview Cardinal over sexual assault allegations "As a result of the interview, further investigations are continuing. We are not prepared to comment further at this time."
"26.10.2016 11:36:59" thetablet.co.uk Vatican to open Argentine 'dirty war' archives "We believe this service is a service to the homeland and for the reconciliation of Argentines. We are not afraid of the archives. The archives contain the truth of history."
"25.10.2016 13:03:15" thetablet.co.uk Brentwood Cathedral will turn red to raise awareness of Christian persecution in the Middle East “It is time for governments and international bodies to highlight the human rights abuses faced by Christians in the Middle East and to respond to them. If they don't, then Christianity will be wiped out in this region in a systematic and violent way."
"25.10.2016 11:30:57" thetablet.co.uk New Vatican directive bans Catholics from keeping ashes of loved ones at home The instruction, which was signed off by Pope Francis, states that every appearance of “pantheism, naturalism or nihilism” must be avoided when it comes to preserving ashes.
"25.10.2016 09:58:35" thetablet.co.uk Venezuelan President meets with Pope as country teeters towards political crisis Despite vast oil wealth, Venezuelans are struggling with food shortages and soaring prices: this has led to political instability with opposition to Leftist President Maduro trying to unseat him.
"25.10.2016 09:40:14" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis opens papal bedroom to the public for the first time Pope Francis "wanted this place - so rich in history and so significant - to be a gift for the people".
"24.10.2016 17:03:01" thetablet.co.uk Manila Archdiocese launches drug rehab programme after huge increase in vigilante killings "We reject retributive ways to handle [the drug problem]," said Father De La Cruz.
"24.10.2016 16:30:48" thetablet.co.uk French Church to help resettle refugees after Calais camp closure begins "Following the example of Christ, we can confront without fear the challenge of fraternity that we face, which we should approach in the spirit of the Gospel.”
"24.10.2016 14:01:39" thetablet.co.uk Pope makes appeal for battle-stricken Mosul “Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that for too long have been perpetrated against innocent citizens: whether they be Muslims, whether they be Christians, or people belonging to other ethnic groups and religions.”
"24.10.2016 10:33:05" thetablet.co.uk Ashers Bakery case: Christian couple lose 'gay cake' appeal In court on Monday, the judges said that it did not follow that icing a message meant you supported that message.
"20.10.2016 14:19:40" thetablet.co.uk Catholics need to move beyond the Catechism, Pope says “Studying the Catechism teaches us who Christ is. But this is not enough.”
"20.10.2016 12:26:29" thetablet.co.uk Time is running out for vulnerable children in Calais jungle camp, Rowan Williams warns government The dismantling of the four square kilometre site is expected within weeks but the French have refused to name a final date.
"18.10.2016 16:23:02" thetablet.co.uk Churches can offer 'different perspective' on Russian British relationship, says Patriarch “We, people of the faith … can distance ourselves from the short-term interests and problems and offer a different perspective, including on the current state of Russian-British relations”.
"18.10.2016 14:16:27" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal-designate urges Americans to welcome refugees despite fear of terrorists "These refugees are all human persons - made in the image of God, bearing inherent dignity, and deserving our respect and care and protection by law from persecution".
"13.10.2016 16:38:32" thetablet.co.uk Homeless charity wins landmark battle over tax The Catholic charity spent a year fighting a £1 million VAT bill for property it owned in Newham, in east London.
"13.10.2016 14:45:28" thetablet.co.uk Christians who reject all refugees are 'hypocrites,' Pope says "You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25," which is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and welcome the stranger.
"13.10.2016 14:13:55" thetablet.co.uk Christians who reject all refugees are 'hypocrites,' Pope says "You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25," which is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and welcome the stranger.
"13.10.2016 11:40:23" thetablet.co.uk Nichols makes urgent plea on behalf of Calais Jungle refugee children in front of prime minister “Little children are at risk in refugee camps including Calais. I hope our government and the government of France will improve the effectiveness of asylum procedures for those who have a right to be here.”
"12.10.2016 14:51:51" thetablet.co.uk Pope calls for ceasefire to protect 'victims of the inhumane conflict in Syria' In a statement, Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organisation for Catholic charities around the world, also said more than 275,000 people "face intensified daily bombardment in eastern Aleppo; 100,000 of the people trapped in the rebel-controlled
"12.10.2016 11:47:01" thetablet.co.uk Patriarch Kirill in historic visit to UK The planned itinerary was criticised by Labour MP Alison McGovern who said that Buckingham Palace invitations should not be issued to “people who spread propaganda for Putin”.
"12.10.2016 10:25:24" thetablet.co.uk Jesuits call for negotiations after South African priest shot in face sheltering students “The shooting of Fr Graham has shocked and distressed many people, including students”.
"12.10.2016 10:17:57" thetablet.co.uk Archbishop of Detroit says special 'Mass of Pardon' for the sins of the diocese "We can never proclaim the good news without calling for repentance. And we can never call for repentance without the invitation of the good news. That's what tonight is about."
"11.10.2016 16:22:47" thetablet.co.uk Justice and peace campaigners demand EU reforms “The EU is in bad shape. One important member state has decided to leave, and many others openly ignore or defy rules and decisions previously adopted together."
"11.10.2016 15:37:06" thetablet.co.uk Pro-life group banned from holding pro-Trump vigil at Southwark Cathedral The Dean of Southwark said the event had been organised without the cathedral's knowledge and was inappropriate.
"09.10.2016 14:46:52" thetablet.co.uk Francis makes cardinals less european and more pastoral "Throughout, the Pope has tried to both internationalise the college of cardinals by making it less European, while also selecting new “princes of the Church” who are renowned for their pastoral experience", writes our Rome Correspondent, Chris Lamb.
"09.10.2016 13:47:32" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis announces 17 new cardinals "Their coming from 11 nations expresses the universality of the Church that proclaims and witnesses the good news of God's mercy in every corner of the earth."
"07.10.2016 17:13:41" thetablet.co.uk Society of Jesus: Thirty-sixth General Congregation The Jesuits are currently meeting in Rome and preparing to elect a new leader. The 215 delegates have come from all over the world in only their 36th gathering in nearly 500 years.
The Tablet has been talking to some of the delegates about their ministry
"07.10.2016 16:27:59" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Sarah presents counter-vision to Francis on eve of book launch "Meanwhile Francis - conscious that Cardinal Sarah is not on the same page as him - has just announced he will speak at the inauguration of the new academic year at Rome's John Paul II institute, instead of the Guinean prelate, originally lined up to
"06.10.2016 12:15:57" thetablet.co.uk Pope announces theme of next Synod of Bishops The chosen topic follows on from the findings of the recent Synods on the family and the conclusions contained in the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
"06.10.2016 10:56:03" thetablet.co.uk Pope's impact has reached 'far beyond Rome' says Welby at private Vatican meeting “Your letters and encyclicals have spoken far beyond Rome and her church, in a manner which is universal”.
"06.10.2016 10:01:51" thetablet.co.uk Seven Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies "Climate change is already affecting poor and marginalised communities globally through drought, rising sea levels, famine and extreme weather. We are called to take a stand".
"06.10.2016 09:27:59" thetablet.co.uk Pope and Welby unity plan tries to bypass female ordination problem “We ourselves do not yet see solutions to the obstacles before us”.
"05.10.2016 15:56:04" Photos from The Tablet's post This week Pope Francis visited survivors of the Amatrice earthquake in Italy in which nearly 300 people died. Here are some of the most poignant images from the day:
"05.10.2016 15:36:40" thetablet.co.uk Bishop brings forward confirmation age for children in Leeds “There are different schools of thought around the age for Confirmation: some prefer the sacrament to be administered earlier at the age of 11 because it completes the Right of Initiation as a young Catholic whilst others invite candidates in their mid to
"05.10.2016 11:33:54" thetablet.co.uk Cardinals 'shattered' by hostility to Pope “It hurts me that Francis is meeting with so much hostility in the Church. Why is that? He is after all the Successor of St Peter! He is the Pope!”
"05.10.2016 10:02:37" thetablet.co.uk Polish bishops condemn abortion protest “Protest marches won't help, since 'Do not kill' means 'Do not kill'."
"04.10.2016 16:47:04" thetablet.co.uk Retiring bishop defends decision to allow traditionalist groups into diocese "As Bishop I have to look at the wider picture: times have changed, people have moved away, congregations are aging. What does one do?”
"03.10.2016 10:05:24" thetablet.co.uk Francis praises Azerbaijan's religious tolerance and calls on faiths to be 'agents of peace' In case you missed it this weekend:
"03.10.2016 09:56:54" thetablet.co.uk Pope warns of global war to destroy the institution of marriage "Marriage is the most beautiful thing that God has created".
"22.09.2016 14:57:36" thetablet.co.uk Scholars call for end to church ban on artificial contraception “The Church has to recognise the reality of people's lives. The gulf between practice and teaching is too great and causes serious anxiety to many people.”
"22.09.2016 14:52:35" thetablet.co.uk Pope warns journalists not to use their trade as a weapon Pope Francis described gossip as a “terrorist bomb” with words.
"22.09.2016 14:11:18" thetablet.co.uk Catholic development charity announces closure “Our uppermost thoughts now are for the people we work alongside, such as the Yemeni, Somali and Southern African women struggling to have a voice and to counter deeply entrenched abuse of their rights and violence against them."
"17.09.2016 09:30:02" thetablet.co.uk Francis and Welby show that disagreements don't have to be a paralysing Ahead of two important meetings between the head of the Catholic Church and the symbolic leader of the Anglican communion, our Rome Correspondent Chris Lamb explores how Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury can work together to heal the divisions
"16.09.2016 16:31:39" Timeline Photos Bible Society has been asking which books of the Bible Christians like the most. Now we're asking Catholics to share their favourite. Whether you prefer Psalms, have a penchant for Hebrews or enjoy Job, please let us know your thoughts in the comments
"16.09.2016 16:19:46" Timeline Photos Inside this week's Tablet: Brendan Walsh sheds light on the fate of Heythrop College; the daughter of the former Bishop of Durham recalls her controversial father; and Liz Dodd asks: what impact will Theresa May's changes to the education system have?
"15.09.2016 16:53:34" thetablet.co.uk Benedict's Regensburg Address was 'prophetic', says German cardinal The 2006 speech was considered controversial on account of the Pope linking Islam with violence.
"15.09.2016 16:06:15" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis ends 15 years of discussion on law on sacraments by adopting Eastern code The Apostolic letter aims to plug gaps in rules on baptisms and marriages between Latin and Orthodox couples.
"15.09.2016 15:58:27" thetablet.co.uk Holy See urges UN to strengthen rights of older people amid concern of 'increasing discrimination' “Living longer must never be seen as an exception, a burden or challenge, but rather it must be recognised as the blessing that it is.”
"15.09.2016 10:15:35" thetablet.co.uk Catholics urged to reject partisan views on migration and heed the Gospel message "We will continue to underscore the right of people to migrate who are unable to find the means to support themselves and their families in their homeland, or who are fleeing persecution and violence."
"14.09.2016 17:02:57" thetablet.co.uk Parish priest in Aleppo welcomes ceasefire An estimated 300,000 Syrians have so far been killed in the five-year war.
"14.09.2016 11:41:16" thetablet.co.uk Church releases first catechism for prisoners “In this Year of Mercy I hope that one of the outcomes of the publication of this resource will be that prisoners will come to understand God as a loving and forgiving father and that faith communities will extend a welcome to those who are trying to turn
"14.09.2016 09:58:31" thetablet.co.uk Austrian cardinal fears "Islamic conquest of Europe" “God have mercy on Europe and all its peoples who are in danger of gambling away their Christian heritage,” he prayed.
"14.09.2016 09:23:05" thetablet.co.uk Francis declares Fr Hamel a martyr while denouncing religious violence as satanic “This man accepted his martyrdom with the martyrdom of Christ at the altar.”
"13.09.2016 15:35:41" thetablet.co.uk Ordination does not bestow superiority, says Cardinal Nichols at conference for priests The Cardinal reflected on the example of priesthood set by Fr Jacques Hamel, murdered in July in his church.
"13.09.2016 14:53:38" thetablet.co.uk Pope praises Argentinian bishops' correct interpretation of Amoris Laetitia Francis has praised the bishops' text saying it correctly spells out the way his apostolic exhortation should be understood.
"13.09.2016 12:04:22" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis approves day of prayer for survivors of abuse At the request of a clerical abuse survivor from Canada, a universal Day of Prayer will be established because "prayer is one part of the healing process for survivors and the community of believers".
"13.09.2016 11:31:42" thetablet.co.uk Pope to say Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel The liturgy is to take place in the chapel of Pope Francis' residence.
"13.09.2016 10:58:59" thetablet.co.uk 200 religious leaders petition PM over refugee policy destroying families “Families in these situations can currently be reunited only by resorting to desperately unsafe irregular journeys, sometimes ending in avoidable tragedies”.
"08.09.2016 09:47:17" thetablet.co.uk Down's syndrome test could be 'quietly pushed through' A Catholic MP is planning a parliamentary debate on the value of people with Down's syndrome.
"07.09.2016 17:06:25" thetablet.co.uk Polish President writes to Nichols and Welby amid fears for Poles in Britain Since Britons voted to leave the European Union hate crime has increased substantially.
"07.09.2016 11:39:15" thetablet.co.uk Welby criticised for meeting 'vigilante' Islamic clerics “It is deeply disturbing that some of these conservative Islamic clerics who incite this vigilante violence against Pakistani Christians and any politicians who stand up for them, have not only been granted visas for a preaching tour of UK mosques, but
"06.09.2016 16:19:23" thetablet.co.uk Church must play role in reform of inhumane prison system, says Cardinal “The Catholic Church will be your partner in this. We are ready to work alongside and support you in transforming prisons from places of despair to places of redemption.”
"06.09.2016 15:23:55" thetablet.co.uk Glasgow priest causes stir in parish politics “People have left the parish and gone elsewhere because of him.”
"06.09.2016 12:46:14" thetablet.co.uk Zimbabwe: Bishops voice concern as 'leadership vacuum' creates political unrest “Biologically things come to a stage in life where somebody can no longer fully function in certain offices".
"05.09.2016 16:27:20" thetablet.co.uk Pilgrims asked to pray for Spanish nun murdered in Haiti 26 Catholic missionaries were killed around the world in 2014 alone.
"05.09.2016 14:54:48" thetablet.co.uk Indonesian terrorist was inspired by death of Fr Jacques Hamel, says local police chief “Judging from the cellphone seized by security forces, this youth was obsessed with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi”.
"05.09.2016 12:51:00" thetablet.co.uk St Teresa will always be 'Mother' Teresa, says Pope "For Mother Teresa, mercy was the 'salt' which gave flavour to her work, it was the 'light' which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering."
"03.09.2016 11:31:01" thetablet.co.uk The burkini debate: What, or what not, to wear The row over burkinis is a reminder not only of the attitude of Islam to women's bodies but also of the presumptions about the female form in Christianity, Judaism and secular society | by Tina Beattie
"03.09.2016 08:30:00" thetablet.co.uk Ingrid Betancourt shares her experience of hostage at the hands of Farc Last week one of the world's longest insurgencies came to an end with a deal between the Colombian Government and the rebel group Farc. Here, a former hostage, held captive for six years, explains why she backs the deal and the efforts at reconciliation
"02.09.2016 17:00:18" Timeline Photos Inside this week's Tablet: Fr James Martin SJ explores Mother Teresa's 'dark night' of the soul, Ingrid Betancourt shares her experience of being a hostage at the hands of Farc and Tina Beattie explores the hypocrisy surrounding the burkini debate.
"02.09.2016 14:16:54" thetablet.co.uk New General Secretary for EU bishops says Church should work for the Common Good in Europe Comece is the organisation responsible for monitoring the political process of the European Union in all areas of interest to the Church.
"02.09.2016 14:03:16" thetablet.co.uk Mother Teresa: 'An extraordinary witness to fidelity' "Most people assume that saints are sustained by their vibrant faith, which carries them through toil and trouble. Mother Teresa, who will be canonised on Sunday, worked heroically, despite letters revealing her secret 'dark night' of the soul"l | By Fr
"01.09.2016 17:11:47" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis calls for environmental action to be added to the official list of works of mercy The Pope announced the 1 September World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation last year as part of a series of actions to increase the profile of environmental issues within the Church.
"01.09.2016 17:01:55" thetablet.co.uk Georgetown University to favour descendants of slaves in admissions process Georgetown relied on the Jesuit plantations in Maryland — and the sale of produce and slaves — to finance its operations.
"01.09.2016 15:20:12" thetablet.co.uk Abbot of Ampleforth steps down amid abuse allegations Ampleforth has been rocked by a series of allegations linking priests to the abuse of boys.
"31.08.2016 11:57:30" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis announces new social justice department The new dicastery has been given a wide-ranging brief, from unemployment to the death penalty, and has a green light from the Pope to collaborate with non-Catholic institutions.
"26.08.2016 16:23:20" thetablet.co.uk France's highest administrative court suspends 'burkini ban' in test case "These measures created troubles, because now you have some conflicts on the beaches that you didn't have before. There is no problem of security, no problem of public order, it's just discrimination, and a political manoevre in the context of the next
"26.08.2016 12:45:59" thetablet.co.uk Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis to meet for joint prayer service The meeting comes just weeks before the Pope is due in Lund, Sweden, for the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
"26.08.2016 11:02:18" thetablet.co.uk Community shocked as two Catholic nuns murdered in their home “Unbridled love and care for mankind has been met with unparalleled savagery."
"25.08.2016 16:16:59" thetablet.co.uk Archbishop Tartaglia to offer Mass for Italy's earthquake victims "As you will be able to discern from my surname, I too am from an Italian family, and I feel very personally the pain of those who have been afflicted".
"25.08.2016 14:33:20" thetablet.co.uk Catholic schools celebrate GCSE results despite national dip How did your school fare?
"25.08.2016 11:32:42" thetablet.co.uk Italian religious leaders criticise 'burkini ban' “I think of our nuns, I think of our peasant grandmothers who still wear head coverings.”
"24.08.2016 16:26:50" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Sarah reiterates ad orientem comments and urges priests to carry out 'liturgical examination of conscience' Cardinal Sarah reiterates ad orientem comments and urges priests to carry out 'liturgical examination of conscience' Pope Francis has made it clear no changes are planned to the Ordinary or Extraordinary Mass Forms.
"24.08.2016 15:52:52" thetablet.co.uk Taiwan's visit to the Vatican could strain Beijing-Holy See relations The visit by Vice President Chen comes at a sensitive time in relations between China and the Holy See.
"24.08.2016 15:26:02" thetablet.co.uk Maynooth to review policies in wake of allegations about seminarians' behaviour “There is no place in a seminary community for any sort of behaviour or attitude which contradicts the teaching and example of Jesus Christ”.
"24.08.2016 12:09:58" thetablet.co.uk Amoris Laetitia meets criteria of 'ordinary magisterium', says ecclesiology professor The article came in response to questions raised about the formal weight of Amoris Laetitia.
"24.08.2016 10:32:43" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis prays Sorrowful Mysteries for Italy earthquake victims “Hearing the mayor of Amatrice say that the town no longer exists, and learning that there are children among the dead, I am deeply saddened.”
"24.08.2016 09:42:57" thetablet.co.uk Church urges government to use school chaplains in bid to tackle arson attacks in Kenya "We are working on a new scheme of service that would enable the government to post chaplains from mainstream churches in secondary schools from the next financial year".
"23.08.2016 17:05:08" thetablet.co.uk Discrimination and racial inequality pervasive in Britain, say Catholic charities A recent report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that deep-rooted racial injustice remains entrenched in twenty-first century Britain.
"23.08.2016 14:47:44" thetablet.co.uk Iranian religious leader applauds Pope Francis for his stance on Islam and Isis “I am really delighted to have heard your comments during your last trip to Poland in which you stated 'Islam is not equal to terrorism' and further dismissed the association of violence and harshness with any and all divinely-sent religions”.
"22.08.2016 16:31:59" thetablet.co.uk Ireland: Association of priests publicly criticise Papal Nuncio “Our Nuncio and our bishops seem to be oblivious of the implications of just doing what we always did as if there wasn't a cliff-face ahead of us”.
"22.08.2016 13:39:47" thetablet.co.uk Pro-life groups welcome Marie Stopes suspension “It is absolutely scandalous that Marie Stopes International, which likes to talk about women dying from unsafe abortions, is itself being rapped for exposing patients to potential harm”.
"22.08.2016 09:35:45" thetablet.co.uk Former abbot charged with historical child sex offences Laurence Soper arrested at Luton Airport and due in court on today.
"21.08.2016 14:19:19" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis prays for victims of child suicide bombing at Turkish wedding “Dear brothers and sisters, I have heard of the sad news of the bloody attack yesterday which struck the beloved Turkey”.
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"19.08.2016 16:04:23" thetablet.co.uk More students than ever choosing Religious Studies A Level Among all subjects, only Further Maths has seen more rapid growth!
"19.08.2016 12:34:57" thetablet.co.uk Catholic newsreader sends message of hope to refugees “May God keep you, comfort you and at the end of your journey give you peace, hope and love and a warm, safe home.”
"18.08.2016 11:41:57" thetablet.co.uk Catholic America 'shunned' black women religious for too long Historian reveals racist history of religious life in America at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
"17.08.2016 15:31:25" thetablet.co.uk Senior Polish prelate serves notice on priests working abroad “We're trying to ensure this doesn't mean our Church has to close in on itself. But there are problems maintaining the numbers available for countries like Britain and France.”
"17.08.2016 12:10:50" thetablet.co.uk Pope appoints head of new office for laity, family and life The dicastery is likely to be a crucial battleground in the implementation of the Pope's family document.
"16.08.2016 16:45:10" thetablet.co.uk Impoverished Hindu and Catholic families receive houses for Year of Mercy “This is the first monsoon season we can sleep without worries of the shelter leaking.”
"16.08.2016 15:43:06" thetablet.co.uk Oklahoma Christians march against Satanic mass "For us, it's about overpowering darkness with light, so anything they do over there, we're going to overpower with goodness and love and Jesus.”
"16.08.2016 14:10:07" thetablet.co.uk Mongolian Church prepares to celebrate first ordination of native priest It's the world's youngest Church!
"16.08.2016 12:25:24" thetablet.co.uk French President visits Pope Francis as Paris-Vatican tension eases It was the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel in his church last month that sealed the rapprochement.
"15.08.2016 14:38:45" thetablet.co.uk Pope prays for all exploited women and girls days after visiting group of ex-prostitutes "Mary's canticle leads us to think of many painful situations today and particularly those of women overpowered by the burdens of life and the drama of violence, women who are slaves of the abuse of the powerful, girls forced into inhuman work, women
"11.08.2016 17:05:48" thetablet.co.uk Bishop Daly's Requiem begins with condolences from Pope Francis The Pope paid tribute to Bishop Daly's "generous and dedicated episcopal ministry in the service of peace and justice" and said that he joined those gathered "in prayerful thanksgiving for his life and in commending his soul to the merciful love of God
"11.08.2016 16:37:10" thetablet.co.uk Catholic universities ranked top for student satisfaction Can you guess which ones made the top twenty?
"11.08.2016 16:29:14" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis invites Syrian refugees to lunch “The children gave the Holy Father a collection of their drawings, and the Pope reciprocated with toys and other gifts.”
"10.08.2016 17:31:33" thetablet.co.uk London priest pleads guilty to child sex abuse Judge Christopher Hehir described him as “a wolf in shepherd's clothing”.
"10.08.2016 10:50:28" thetablet.co.uk Goddard hounded out of job, allege abuse victims “I don't think she went particularly willingly, I think she was pushed.”
"09.08.2016 17:08:53" thetablet.co.uk Catholic LGBT campaigner arrested in Ugandan gay Pride crackdown Gay rights are deteriorating across the African continent, Amnesty International report.
"09.08.2016 14:53:03" thetablet.co.uk Brazilian priest accused of abuse commits suicide in prison The priest had been mentioned in the credits of the Oscar-winning film Spotlight.
"09.08.2016 09:46:56" thetablet.co.uk Pakistan Church condemns Quetta hospital bombing "The atmosphere is getting frightening. Lawyers and journalists are targeted like this."
"08.08.2016 16:46:43" thetablet.co.uk Embattled nuns in Aleppo appeal for prayer and support “We have no water, no electricity, and the fighting is continuing incessantly”.
"08.08.2016 15:57:19" thetablet.co.uk 'White handkerchief' bishop dies aged 82 “His ministry was characterised by his deep love of the people of this diocese".
"08.08.2016 12:22:55" thetablet.co.uk US bishops speak out on gay marriage after Biden officiates at same-sex ceremony "We also stand with Pope Francis in preserving the dignity and meaning of marriage as the union of a man and a woman."
"07.08.2016 09:00:00" thetablet.co.uk Vultum Dei Quaerere: Sisters doing it for themselves Pope Francis' apostolic constitution on the contemplative life for women, published last month, offers encouragement and challenges to Religious and contemporary society, says Patricia Rumsey.
"06.08.2016 20:38:01" thetablet.co.uk Pope sends personal letter of support to Refugee Olympic Team Pope Francis assured the team of his prayers and asked that they would also pray for him.
"06.08.2016 09:00:00" thetablet.co.uk "Fr Hamel immediately became a symbol of a country under siege", argues Tom Heneghan The brutal murder of a parish priest at his altar has focused attention on the delicate relationship between Church and state in a land still divided over the place of religion in society.
"05.08.2016 16:52:48" thetablet.co.uk Rio cardinal blesses Olympic torch ahead of opening ceremony The blessing was not scheduled by the Games' organisers, but was requested by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.
"05.08.2016 15:42:29" Timeline Photos Inside this week's Tablet: Christopher Lamb analyses the most pertinent events from this year's World Youth Day; Tom Heneghan explores how the brutal murder of Fr Jacques Hamel focused attention on the delicate relationship between Church and state in
"05.08.2016 14:49:19" thetablet.co.uk Vatican to release special stamp in honour of Mother Teresa The limited-edition stamp will be available from 2 September, two days before Pope Francis officially declares her a saint.
"05.08.2016 12:38:22" thetablet.co.uk Hong Kong Cardinal says Vatican and China close to “mutual agreement” on bishops Members of the 'underground' Church have reportedly expressed deep scepticism over any deal with Beijing.
"04.08.2016 16:15:23" thetablet.co.uk Forgiveness is 'direct route' to Heaven, says Pope Francis on Assisi pilgrimage “it becomes ever clearer that the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world'.
"04.08.2016 10:11:10" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Ouellet: Amoris Laetitia promotes more respectful pastoral approach "It is a document worth reading and re-reading slowly."
"04.08.2016 08:58:08" thetablet.co.uk Body found in Arkansas River identified as missing seminarian "I was looking forward to how God would use him as a priest in the Diocese of Wichita. Now, we must all mourn his much anticipated ministry and the many fruits we all knew would be abundant by his priestly life and ministry."
"03.08.2016 17:07:03" thetablet.co.uk Greatest Olympic prize is solidarity, says Pope "'Fight the good fight' and end the race together, desiring as a prize not a medal, but something much more precious."
"03.08.2016 16:08:14" thetablet.co.uk Church expresses fears for Dalits as caste conflict in India intensifies “What is happening is dangerous and frightening.”
"03.08.2016 13:57:02" thetablet.co.uk Police urge UK priests to 'review their security plans' after murder of Fr Hamel “I know these are troubling times and it makes sense for all church leaders to review their security plans and to encourage their flocks to be vigilant.”
"03.08.2016 11:49:12" thetablet.co.uk Controversy over Maynooth could 'damage' seminary, says Association of Catholic Priests Pressure is growing after the Archbishop of Dublin refused to send diocesan seminarians to Maynooth seminary.
"02.08.2016 17:27:07" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis: Parish secretaries seem to be like 'disciples of Satan' The Pope was speaking during a private meeting with Polish bishops.
"02.08.2016 15:38:12" thetablet.co.uk Meningitis warning for World Youth Day pilgrims after Italian teenager dies on journey home Doctors urge anyone with symptoms to seek immediate help after sudden death of 19-year-old.
"02.08.2016 15:08:37" thetablet.co.uk Funeral held for 'Christ-like' Fr Jacques Hamel “Jacques, you were a loyal disciple of Jesus”.
"02.08.2016 13:05:59" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis sets up commission to look at the question of female deacons The Holy Father is understood to have made the decision after "intense prayer and mature reflection”.
"02.08.2016 11:23:29" thetablet.co.uk Investigation into Archbishop of Lyon dropped after insufficient evidence in child sexual abuse case
"02.08.2016 09:15:09" thetablet.co.uk Syrian refugee children forced into arranged marriages and child labour, new report reveals There are 4.5 million Syrians living as refugees in neighbouring countries.
"01.08.2016 12:16:54" thetablet.co.uk Muslims flock to Mass across Europe in solidarity with Catholics mourning death of Fr Hamel "It's an important gesture of fraternity. They've told us, and I think they're sincere, that it's not Islam which killed Jacques Hamel."
"01.08.2016 10:09:56" BBC News Up to a million young Catholic pilgrims have arrived in Kraków in Poland this week to celebrate #WorldYouthDay. They've been joined by Pope Francis - and the BBC's Tom Burridge - who is here to take your questions. What's it all about? What has the Pope Our Rome Correspondent, Chris Lamb, speaks to the BBC about Pope Francis' message at World Youth Day:
"19.07.2016 17:18:33" thetablet.co.uk Salford parish becomes first to sponsor Syrian refugees Last year Pope Francis invited every Catholic parish in Europe to respond to the growing refugee crisis.
"19.07.2016 12:27:31" thetablet.co.uk Nuclear weapons cannot be morally justified, says Church as MPs vote in favour of Trident “People of faith say it is never permissible to use nuclear weapons or to threaten to commit mass murder with nuclear weapons."
"16.07.2016 11:01:00" thetablet.co.uk What went wrong with the Heythrop/Roehampton University rescue plan? "It is not only immediate jobs and courses that are on the line...this is the end of 400 years of Jesuit teaching at Heythrop."
"16.07.2016 08:00:00" thetablet.co.uk Theresa May: Quiet daughter of the Church Theresa May's appointment as Conservative leader and Prime Minister invites comparisons with Margaret Thatcher. But there is another politician with whom better parallels can be drawn, argues Nick Spencer.
"15.07.2016 14:33:32" thetablet.co.uk Hispanic Catholics more likely to vote for Hillary Clinton, research finds Democrat nominee Clinton currently holds a 17-point advantage among Catholic registered voters, driven largely by support in the Latino community.
"15.07.2016 10:07:19" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis condemns Nice terror attack “We want to make known, on the part of Pope Francis and ourselves, our sharing and solidarity in the suffering of the victims and all the French people".
"14.07.2016 16:59:25" thetablet.co.uk Dublin archbishop and laywoman appointed to new Vatican communications department
"14.07.2016 15:19:22" thetablet.co.uk Zimbabwean pastor released after prayer vigil outside court “To our president the message is simple: sir, the people demand you to inspire them. They demand you to motivate them and they demand you to reassure them."
"14.07.2016 14:04:25" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Sarah's very public slap-down shows Pope is willing to use his authority "There have been a series of incidents that reveal the cardinal is part of a faction making life difficult for this Pope", says Christopher Lamb.
"13.07.2016 16:17:49" thetablet.co.uk Deal between Heythrop and Roehampton collapses "The Society of Jesus regrets it is unable to support any continuing negotiation with Roehampton University, as it believes it will be impossible to form a partnership which meets the requirements of all stakeholders."
"12.07.2016 17:07:32" thetablet.co.uk Zimbabwean pastor and protest leader arrested and charged with inciting violence "You are watching this video because I have either been arrested or have been abducted. It's a video we had pre-recorded for a day like this one."
"12.07.2016 16:45:04" thetablet.co.uk Pope sends Vatican official to resume talks with Muslim university The meeting “will evaluate how to begin the resumption of dialogue between the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and al-Azhar University".
"12.07.2016 12:31:37" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols congratulates incoming Prime Minister Theresa May The Archbishop of Westminster said he was “personally delighted” at the appointment of Mrs May.
"12.07.2016 09:48:09" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis issues directive contradicting advice of Cardinal Sarah "Some of his phrasing has been badly interpreted, as if he had announced new, different indications from those now given in liturgical norms and the words of the popes on celebration toward the people and the ordinary rite of the Mass."
"11.07.2016 16:57:50" thetablet.co.uk Religious leaders need to help heal the 'spiritual wounds' in America "Truly, we are all called to be ministers of healing to a hurting world".
"11.07.2016 16:33:16" thetablet.co.uk Poland temporarily brings back border checks ahead of World Youth Day Pilgrims travelling to Poland for World Youth Day will need to pack their passports after the Polish Government announced a temporary suspension of the Schengen passport-free zone.
"11.07.2016 15:00:07" thetablet.co.uk Former Fox News correspondent to head up Vatican press office “The purpose of my work is very clear: to serve the Pope”.
"08.07.2016 16:49:45" Timeline Photos Inside this week's Tablet: Andrew Connell explores the religious faith that inspired the foreign policy of Tony Blair; Melanie McDonagh discovers the joy of tidying up; Ulla Gudmundson examines what the rest of Europe makes of Brexit; plus news and views
"07.07.2016 17:11:13" thetablet.co.uk Vatileaks: Female defendant and priest sentenced while journalists acquitted The five defendants were being tried under a new law created by Pope Francis to criminalise leaking.
"07.07.2016 16:19:44" thetablet.co.uk Pope appoints Chicago Archbishop to Congregation for Bishops The appointment is likely to give the archbishop significant influence over future episcopal appointments.
"07.07.2016 14:43:07" thetablet.co.uk Chilcot's final verdict on Britain's role in the Iraq conflict is both damning and shaming
"07.07.2016 12:20:28" thetablet.co.uk Catholic development agency facing closure "The trustees are open to other opportunities arising, yet we must remain realistic and act responsibly."
"07.07.2016 11:59:37" thetablet.co.uk Bishops' Conference criticised over failure to support Heythrop “The Society of Jesus has sought the support of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. We confidently hoped to receive support for a merger that holds so much promise but there are now signs this
"06.07.2016 16:57:34" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Sarah to conduct study into Ordinary and Extraordinary Mass forms Cardinal Sarah to conduct study into Ordinary and Extraordinary Mass forms The cardinal has also suggested a date for when he thinks the Church should return to a common orientation of priests and people eastwards.
"05.07.2016 16:26:13" thetablet.co.uk Breaking news: Heythrop Principal resigns as doubts cast on Roehampton partnership “I am of course disappointed that in my time we have not been able to arrive at a plan that could be agreed by all those who would rightly need to agree it."
"05.07.2016 15:49:31" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis: There is no military solution for Syria, only a political one "How can you believe in someone who caresses you with the right hand and strikes you with the left hand?"
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"05.07.2016 12:18:50" thetablet.co.uk Catholic nursing home fined in euthanasia case “This is an important precedent because the judge considered the nursing home as an extension of a private residence.”
"05.07.2016 11:46:51" thetablet.co.uk Pope accepts resignation of controversial cardinal
"05.07.2016 09:38:21" thetablet.co.uk Vatileaks: Prosecutors call for prison sentences for defendants Prosecutors have called for the woman at the heart of the Vatileaks trial to be sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.
"04.07.2016 16:28:24" thetablet.co.uk South African cardinal reveals tensions in hierarchy over Church's attitude to gay people Cardinal Napier: “Political correctness (PC) is today's major heresy”.
"04.07.2016 13:16:40" thetablet.co.uk Pope says opposition to Vatican reforms will not deter him Speaking during an interview with Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, the Pope admitted there was a faction within the Church who “say no to everything”, but despite their resistance, he would “not cut off heads”, adding, “I reject conflict”.
"04.07.2016 10:38:51" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis prays for the conversion of terrorists after Baghdad and Dhaka attacks “Let us pray together for them – for all the dead – and let us ask the Lord to convert the hearts of all those blinded by hatred.”
"01.07.2016 17:00:34" thetablet.co.uk Benedict XVI says he dismantled Vatican's 'gay lobby' The Pope Emeritus said he was aware of a group of between four or five gay people who tried to influence decisions during his papacy.
"01.07.2016 13:36:34" thetablet.co.uk Relics of Blessed Oscar Romero join 14 Catholic 'Witnesses for Freedom' in fortnight for... "The most important lesson is the idea of being radically faithful. You have to follow your faith even though the consequences are dire."
"01.07.2016 11:46:19" thetablet.co.uk Colleagues who tied Catholic co-worker to a cross cleared of religiously aggravated assault "You have been convicted of a very unpleasant offence. Each of you should have known better."
"01.07.2016 10:14:28" thetablet.co.uk UK authorities fail in bid to extradite Benedictine monk accused of historic sex crimes He disappeared from the Benedictine university at Sant'Anselmo in Rome, where he had been working as bursar, in 2011, after failing to return to London for further police questioning about alleged abuse.
"30.06.2016 16:13:16" Timeline Photos Inside this week's Tablet: Post-Brexit analysis from the experts; the outcome of the first pan-Orthodox Council for 1,200 years; update on the planned Heythrop-Roehampton merger; and much more news and views from the Catholic Church around the
"30.06.2016 15:53:08" thetablet.co.uk The first pan-Orthodox Council for 1,200 years ends with hope for the future Our reporter in Crete shares his analysis of events on the final day of the historic meeting.
"30.06.2016 14:29:20" thetablet.co.uk Pope prays for grace to cry at concentration camp where nearly a million Jews died Pope Francis has cancelled his planned speech and asked for silence during his visit to the Polish concentration camp next month.
"30.06.2016 12:50:02" thetablet.co.uk Scottish universities roll out pilot scheme to attract more trainee Catholic teachers The Catholic Teachers' Certificate (CTC) in Religious Education will now be available at more universities in Scotland.
"29.06.2016 17:56:14" thetablet.co.uk Catholic charities fear lost EU funds could impact vital development work “This will hurt the very people we exist to serve.”
"29.06.2016 14:59:52" thetablet.co.uk Head of SSPX accuses Pope Francis of encouraging doctrinal errors The society has been in talks with the Vatican in search of a way to reintegrate it and its members fully into the life of the Catholic Church.
"29.06.2016 11:54:09" thetablet.co.uk Heythrop-Roehampton merger thrown into doubt Heythrop College is due to close in 2018 if no partnership deal is found.
"29.06.2016 11:48:19" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols condemns upsurge in racist attacks post Brexit "We have to say this is simply not acceptable in a humane society and it should never be provoked or promoted.”
"24.06.2016 17:16:41" thetablet.co.uk Francis denounces 1915 genocide of Armenians as papal trip begins The Pope's comments were a departure from his planned text.
"22.06.2016 11:58:21" thetablet.co.uk Pope welcomes refugees on stage during general audience The Pope has made care for the poor and disenfranchised a hallmark of his pontificate.
"19.06.2016 13:46:10" thetablet.co.uk Ecumenical Patriarch stresses unity ahead of week-long Council The churches of Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia and Antioch (Damascus) are boycotting the Council, the first in over 1,200 years.
"18.06.2016 12:54:33" thetablet.co.uk Russian patriarch says Crete meeting should prepare full Pan-Orthodox Council later The Council due to open on Monday in Crete has been beset by controversy.
"17.06.2016 16:09:20" thetablet.co.uk EXCLUSIVE: Pell says 'no more pools of darkness' in Vatican finances Financial reforms that have already been put in place are irreversible, claims Pope Francis' treasurer.
"17.06.2016 12:06:20" thetablet.co.uk MP Jo Cox: Details emerge of her dedication to the local community "The Catholic community throughout England and Wales will be praying for Jo, her husband Brendan and their family."
"16.06.2016 10:16:34" thetablet.co.uk Our perception of Ramadan highlights the gap between Christianity and Islam "Every year we read stories of Muslim children sent home from school, forced to eat by their teachers, refused participation in group sports, even advised not to partake in Ramadan during exams. Ramadan is clearly considered a hindrance to participation
"10.06.2016 12:12:16" thetablet.co.uk Blow for financial transparency as Vatican cancels PwC audit of Church's finances This will be seen as another setback in Pope Francis' battle to reform Church finances.
"09.06.2016 15:03:02" thetablet.co.uk Report into Loughinisland murders reveals police collusion “One of the most damning expositions of state collusion in mass murder ever published.”
"09.06.2016 12:37:01" thetablet.co.uk Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem sends message to world's Muslims for Ramadan "In a Middle East beset by violence, we ask God to help every person to respect one another, to pray and be courageous that hatred and injustice will have no force of law in our region, the cradle of civilizations."
"09.06.2016 10:24:05" thetablet.co.uk Ampleforth headmaster resigns after school reforms battle The first lay headmaster of Ampleforth College has stepped down less than two years after joining the private Catholic school
"08.06.2016 17:18:06" thetablet.co.uk Faith leaders can help stop leprosy stigma, say Vatican conference organisers The Catholic Church is continuing to battle for the eradication of leprosy even though many in the west have forgotten its existence.
"08.06.2016 14:59:56" thetablet.co.uk Bartholomew insists Council will go ahead despite threats of boycott The major Pan-Orthodox Council is the first incorporating all Churches for 1,200 years.
"08.06.2016 12:19:32" thetablet.co.uk Muslim scholar says terrorism in Islam is like abuse in Catholic Church Speaking on the first day of Ramadan, Professor Rizvi said terrorists such as those of Islamic State had taken Qu'ranic verses out of context and were masking their criminality with religion.
"08.06.2016 11:18:20" thetablet.co.uk Mexican President faces setback after gay marriage 'protest vote' in state elections The Catholic country voted for the conservative opposition party in seven of the 12 states.
"07.06.2016 15:48:50" thetablet.co.uk Pope appoints apostolic administrator to archdiocese facing abuse allegations Archbishop Apuron strongly denies the allegations of historic child sex abuse.
"07.06.2016 14:54:57" thetablet.co.uk Indian bishop donates kidney to Hindu "in the spirit of the church" The Kerala bishop hopes his gesture will inspire others to donate organs.
"07.06.2016 12:59:41" thetablet.co.uk Philippines Catholic Church breaks silence over Duterte “Mine is the silence of Jesus before the arrogance of Pilate.”
"06.06.2016 16:27:10" thetablet.co.uk Vietnamese authorities accused of torturing Christian activist "The Vietnamese government has the obligation to respect the right of religious communities to organise themselves as independent communities and to appoint their own leaders,"
"06.06.2016 12:46:43" thetablet.co.uk Name of paedophile priest blacked out to acknowledge victims "The black line above stands both as a symbol of respect to the bravery of victims and survivors, and for the college's deep remorse."
"06.06.2016 10:35:37" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis canonises two new saints “The Church today offers us two of her children who are exemplary witnesses to this mystery of Resurrection.”
"04.06.2016 17:06:00" thetablet.co.uk Once a Catholic, sometimes a Catholic A recent report suggests that while the Church is relatively successful at keeping those born and raised Catholic, it has a poor record of making converts...
"04.06.2016 14:05:00" thetablet.co.uk Catholic priests at sea: a new exhibition sheds light on the Battle of Jutland
"04.06.2016 09:03:00" thetablet.co.uk EU debate: Professor Nicholas Boyle examines the benefits of strength in numbers
"03.06.2016 16:45:28" Timeline Photos Inside this week's Tablet: Sarah Mac Donald meets the priest abandoned by the Church; Liz Dodd investigates how small acts of good will can change the world; and Diana Klein asks why Catholicism makes so few converts. Plus views and news from the Catholic
"03.06.2016 14:11:49" thetablet.co.uk Poland could lose EU vote for not following 'rule of law' Poland's conservative government has come under fire for proposed laws including a complete abortion ban.
"03.06.2016 09:44:43" thetablet.co.uk Indonesia: Thousands attend beach Mass to protest hotel development Bishop Leteng promised to continue staging protests against the development plans.
"02.06.2016 15:07:04" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis woos younger audience with first social media book Have you ever wanted to know what the Pope eats for breakfast or what his favourite work of art in the Vatican is? Now you can ask him.
"02.06.2016 14:32:58" thetablet.co.uk Philadelphia archbishop to head exhortation working group The archbishop said there was no policy dimension to what the group is doing.
"02.06.2016 10:12:45" thetablet.co.uk Canada's House sends assisted suicide bill to Senate for approval The nation's bishops describe the legislation as "fundamentally unjust" and an "affront to human dignity".
"01.06.2016 16:35:07" thetablet.co.uk Campaigners for women's ordination have unprecedented meeting with Vatican representative The group has been given official permission to hold a public demonstration in the gardens of Castel Sant'Angelo.
"01.06.2016 15:42:08" thetablet.co.uk Pope to lead common prayer service at Reformation commemoration in Sweden
"01.06.2016 14:22:48" thetablet.co.uk Bishop Doran unveils ministry for lay people The initiative has been compared to the introduction of permanent deacons.
"01.06.2016 11:45:35" thetablet.co.uk Kidnapped journalist thanks Catholic Church for negotiating release “Being a human rights defender in Colombia is a dangerous, often deadly job."
"31.05.2016 16:10:03" thetablet.co.uk Correspondent for Catholic newspaper expelled from Egypt “Given the circumstances, everything suggests that this was designed to intimidate all the foreign correspondents based in Cairo. It is a very worrying signal for the foreign media, to say the least.”
"31.05.2016 14:08:35" thetablet.co.uk Support those at risk of euthanasia so they choose to live, says Quebec Cardinal The ban on medically assisted dying is due to be lifted in Canada on 6 June.
"31.05.2016 11:13:12" thetablet.co.uk Displaced Iraqi children make First Holy Communion in makeshift camp The children and their families fled the city of Qaraqosh when Islamic State terrorists attacked last year and they have been living in the camp ever since.
"31.05.2016 10:32:33" thetablet.co.uk Ignore the church schedule and serve the people, Pope tells deacons The Pope's advice for deacons:
"28.05.2016 09:00:00" thetablet.co.uk The Tablet interview: Cardinal Kurt Koch The Vatican's man promoting Christian unity talks to James Roberts about the challenge of Muslim relations.
"27.05.2016 16:35:46" Timeline Photos Sneak preview of this week's issue of The Tablet, including an enlightening interview with Cardinal Kurt Koch, the man heading up the department for Christian Unity at the Vatican; an insight into the work of Baroness Anelay with the Church in the area of
"27.05.2016 14:32:22" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols calls for closer relationship between Church and State “We know that this relationship between the role and powers of the state on the one hand, and the role and commitment of the Church on the other, is never an easy one.”
"27.05.2016 12:25:32" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Loris Capovilla: oldest member of the College of Cardinals dies at age 100 Cardinal Capovilla was private secretary of John XXIII.
"27.05.2016 10:48:12" thetablet.co.uk Vatican bank supervisors step down over management differences The resignations are the latest setback in Pope Francis' attempts to reform the Holy See's finances
"26.05.2016 09:11:42" thetablet.co.uk Refugees: Kenyan bishops speak out against closure of largest camp “We urge the government to show a sincere commitment to the needs of all, including refugees.”
"25.05.2016 11:52:16" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Welby to hold first live Facebook Q&A Questions so far have included: what can lay people do to promote Christian unity? Will the Church of England rejoin the Catholic communion? What are churches doing to ensure that young people are properly discipled?
"25.05.2016 11:10:06" thetablet.co.uk Refugees to be paired with religious communities and parishes “We've found that the hosts gain a lot. For many people they see the refugee crisis all over the news and they want to help but they don't know how.”
"24.05.2016 16:29:37" thetablet.co.uk Catholic Church in England and Wales is failing to attract new believers, finds report Fewer than one in ten Catholics are converts, despite the Catholic population remaining steady over the past three decades, reveals the report published today.
"24.05.2016 13:05:16" thetablet.co.uk British minister praises work of Catholic congregations in conflict zones “Religious groups have the greatest sensitivity of all – they see people day to day at their most vulnerable.”
"24.05.2016 11:08:47" thetablet.co.uk Catholic development agencies call for change to aid system "Their members understand the local culture better than anyone else, and they will carry on when the foreign experts and the television cameras have departed.”
"23.05.2016 17:20:46" thetablet.co.uk Catholics gather for Mass for Slovakian nun shot in South Sudan Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Terézia Racková, 58, was shot while driving an expectant mother to the hospital.
"23.05.2016 16:19:10" thetablet.co.uk After five-year standoff Pope welcomes Muslim leader to Vatican "The meeting is the message," the Pope told Ahmad el-Tayeb as the two met for the first time since relations soured in 2011.
"23.05.2016 15:18:41" thetablet.co.uk Spike in clerical sex abuse cases reported in US Up 35 per cent from 620 new reports of abuse a year earlier.
"23.05.2016 14:08:00" thetablet.co.uk Ancient relic of St Thomas a Becket returns to UK for first time in 800 years "The Hungarian pilgrimage reminds us that St Thomas is very much a shared saint – across the denominations and in various countries. But he is also very much 'our saint,' born and bred in London, his chapel once standing on London Bridge and his name
"22.05.2016 09:00:00" thetablet.co.uk We chuckle when the West points a finger at us for corruption, says Nigerian CEO Last week David Cameron was overheard describing Nigeria to the Queen as 'fantastically corrupt'. A Nigerian businesswoman acknowledges the charge but argues against the hypocrisy that tolerates one rule for the rich West and another for the world's
"21.05.2016 14:01:00" thetablet.co.uk 'I've never met someone who didn't have a little bit of something good in them' The author of this week's radical report on prison education talks to Peter Stanford about her ideas for change.
"21.05.2016 11:30:00" thetablet.co.uk 'I've never met someone who didn't have a little bit of something good in them' The author of this week's radical report on prison education talks to Peter Stanford about her ideas.
"21.05.2016 09:00:00" thetablet.co.uk Interview: 30 minutes with Cardinal Charles Maung Bo from Burma The first cardinal of Burma speaks exclusively to The Tablet about the joys and challenges of leading the Church in one of the newest democracies in the world. He shares the prayers he said while living under military dictatorship.
"20.05.2016 16:30:33" thetablet.co.uk Female deacons: how likely is it to happen under Francis? There are New Testament references to female deacons and we know that papal and conciliar documents mention women deacons, says expert Phyllis Zagano.
"20.05.2016 16:07:46" thetablet.co.uk South Sudan: Missionary sister dies from wounds Sr Veronika has died after being ambushed and shot in South Sudan.
"19.05.2016 17:31:37" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Bo: Brexit would be selfish “Personally, I wish that the UK stays along with the EU as a family. There are many things to share.”
"19.05.2016 12:28:50" thetablet.co.uk Slovakian missionary sister shot in South Sudan She was ambushed as she was driving a patient to hospital.
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"18.05.2016 12:29:21" thetablet.co.uk Thousands call for midwives to withdraw abortion support The Royal College of Midwives last week gave its full support to a campaign to scrap the legal abortion limit.
"18.05.2016 11:27:02" thetablet.co.uk Church must not condemn opium farmers, says Mexican bishop "The problem is unemployment. People have to work. They need economic resources so that their children go to school. They need income to buy the basics."
"18.05.2016 10:18:58" thetablet.co.uk Philippines: Duterte cancels trip to apologise to Pope Francis Mr Duterte said the visit to Rome would only be an “exercise in duplicity”.
"17.05.2016 15:57:27" thetablet.co.uk Italian cardinal under investigation for role in embezzlement of priests' fund The move by prosecutors came as the Pope urged Italian bishops to “maintain only what is useful for the faith experience and the charity of the people of God” when it comes to property and finances.
"17.05.2016 13:41:57" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis: Conquest is at the heart of Islam...and Christianity The Pope's comments were made during a wide-ranging interview with French Catholic newspaper La Croix.
"17.05.2016 09:28:21" thetablet.co.uk Whoopi Goldberg gets back in the habit to surprise a group of Catholic nuns The delight on the nuns' faces is priceless - watch the short film clip.
"16.05.2016 16:31:24" thetablet.co.uk Pope agrees to talk to campaigners about Church during Argentina's Dirty War “Where was God when planes dumped our living children into the sea?”
"16.05.2016 15:13:10" thetablet.co.uk New deaconess commission is not pathway to ordination of women priests, says Vatican spokesman The Vatican attempts to clarify the Pope's comments on female deacons.
"16.05.2016 13:14:19" thetablet.co.uk Show compassion for each other, not your pet cats and dogs, says Pope “How many people are attached to their cats and dogs but then forget about people nearby who are hungry."
"15.05.2016 19:00:00" thetablet.co.uk Waiting Game Today's political landscape is unlike any set of circumstances I have known in 45 years of reporting, says Julia Langdon.
"14.05.2016 14:25:44" thetablet.co.uk Missing former abbot arrested in Kosovo Abbot Soper is wanted for questioning by the Metropolitan Police regarding offences against children.
"14.05.2016 13:18:01" thetablet.co.uk Playing for high stakes It's inside the Vatican, and among a number of fellow bishops, that Francis faces his biggest critics, says Christopher Lamb.
"14.05.2016 11:30:00" thetablet.co.uk Where the Spirit moves This Sunday marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, a festival celebrated with particular fervour by Evangelical Churches. As Churches continue to explore each other's traditions, Evangelicals are turning increasingly to Catholic
"13.05.2016 14:23:16" Timeline Photos Sneak preview of this week's Tablet, including a report into the Evangelicals turning to Catholicism to deepen their faith; the challenges facing Pope Francis' reform attempts; and what the government's academisation U-turn means for Catholic
"13.05.2016 11:50:55" thetablet.co.uk Pro-life charity 'deeply saddened' by new abortion figures The report shows that every one in four pregnancies now ends in abortion.
"12.05.2016 16:54:45" thetablet.co.uk It is now impossible to launder money through the Vatican, insists Bank chairman “Anyone who would be tempted to use an account in an institution to launder money, the last place he would want to come to is the Institute for the Works of Religious ”.
"12.05.2016 12:57:41" thetablet.co.uk Pope urges commission to look into allowing women to be ordained as deacons BREAKING NEWS: Catholic Church may ordain women deacons.
"12.05.2016 10:44:29" The Tablet's cover photo
"11.05.2016 12:13:33" thetablet.co.uk 'Last Days' director imagined a devil looking a lot like Jesus "The moment I thought of the demon, I thought, 'How on earth am I going to present him?' He's here on earth to destabilise, to make doubt, to make him insecure."
"11.05.2016 10:15:39" thetablet.co.uk Philippines elects first transgender Catholic to congress "That somebody of my condition is going to enter Congress for the first time is a statement that even transgender people can serve our country and should not be discriminated against."
"10.05.2016 17:09:33" thetablet.co.uk 'Gay cake' case is not a discrimination case, says Ashers Bakery lawyer “This was never just a case about one little bakery in Belfast."
"10.05.2016 16:47:16" thetablet.co.uk Buses to carry slogan 'Subhan Allah' ahead of Ramadan Christian groups have voiced criticism over Islamic Relief's campaign, which they compared to the Lord's Prayer advert that was banned in cinemas.
"10.05.2016 14:03:15" thetablet.co.uk Chinese bishop who spent years in labour camps dies Bishop Thomas Zhang Huaixin was the first Chinese bishop with dual approval from China and the Vatican.
"10.05.2016 12:12:55" thetablet.co.uk Philippines bishops: Catholic Church will not stop 'interfering' in politics You won't believe what the man on course to become the Philippines' new president called Pope Francis.
"10.05.2016 11:30:00" thetablet.co.uk Pro-life supporters banned from protesting within clinic 'buffer zone' Campaigners are calling for the introduction of a similar law in the UK.
"09.05.2016 16:03:55" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit is essential for Catholics Just days before Pentecost Sunday the Pope says Christians risk reducing the faith to a code of ethics.
"09.05.2016 15:19:17" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal claims Pope can't understand refugee crisis because he is not from Europe "The sensitivity of Pope Francis on social issues is different from ours in Europe."
"09.05.2016 13:59:37" thetablet.co.uk The 8 things Catholics and Muslims agree on Senior leaders from the Catholic Church and the Muslim community have issued an eight-point joint statement reflecting their shared beliefs.
"07.05.2016 23:16:43" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols welcomes first Muslim mayor of London "I assure him of my prayers for his time in this important office in which he will face the great challenges of London, in its richness, diversity and energy."
"07.05.2016 12:00:00" thetablet.co.uk Anti-Semitism and the politics of intolerance Following the recent inflammatory comments from Naz Shah and Ken Livingstone, a former Labour Party minister points out that attitudes towards Israel are part of a wider problem across Europe.
"07.05.2016 09:00:00" thetablet.co.uk The Tablet interview: Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Burma On the eve of a two-week visit to the UK, the first ever cardinal of Burma speaks to The Tablet about his hopes for peace in his troubled country.
"05.05.2016 16:03:38" Timeline Photos Here's a sneak preview of this week's Tablet: What the Hillsborough disaster teaches us about forgiveness and justice; an interview with the first cardinal of Burma; a former Labour MP shares his thoughts on anti-semitism + much more news and views from
"05.05.2016 10:33:06" thetablet.co.uk Alberta bishop says community is in shock as emergency declared in Fort McMurray St Paul's church is believed to be destroyed.
"05.05.2016 09:49:53" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols welcomes Government U-turn on child refugees "I encourage the Catholic community to keep on playing its part through working with local authorities, being generous with time and resources, and extending the hand of welcome to refugees arriving here."
"04.05.2016 17:14:16" thetablet.co.uk Religious freedom deteriorating globally, report finds “Christian communities have borne a significant brunt of the oppression, with numerous churches bulldozed and crosses torn down.”
"04.05.2016 17:02:54" thetablet.co.uk Catholic medics back junior doctors' strike “We can only pray that common sense, humility, co-operation and compassion will prevail.”
"04.05.2016 14:05:45" thetablet.co.uk Female theologian targeted in vicious online campaign “I've been called a eugenicist, a Nazi; I got an email asking me if I was a witch. I've closed my Twitter account and stopped reading the blogs, but my kids still see this stuff. It's so distressing."
"04.05.2016 09:53:04" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols asks Catholics to 'protest' immigration policies of fear The cardinal's comments come just days after MPs voted no to letting 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into Britain.
"03.05.2016 16:26:46" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis: Are you a stubborn Christian or a vagabond Christian? The Pope called on the faithful to reflect on whether they have strayed from the path of Christian life.
"03.05.2016 15:32:29" thetablet.co.uk New Vatican magazine criticises Church for 'ignoring role of women' The Pope has been urged to give a greater role to women in the Church, where the vast majority of positions of authority are held by men, and where the possibility of female ordination is not permitted to be discussed.
"03.05.2016 12:53:37" thetablet.co.uk Bishops urge Irish Catholics to choose pro-life candidates "The next assembly term will see further pressures being brought to bear on politicians to introduce abortion to Northern Ireland," the bishops said.
"03.05.2016 09:39:43" thetablet.co.uk Trevi fountain turns red to commemorate Christian martyrs In 2015 7,100 Christians were killed for their faith.
"29.04.2016 15:29:38" thetablet.co.uk Council of Christian and Jews: Papal declarations on Nostra Aetate can help counter anti-Semitism “Catholic teaching emphasises the fact that God cares for all humanity, regardless of status or background or identity.”
"29.04.2016 15:01:50" thetablet.co.uk Six arrested in alleged Islamic State attack on Vatican "I swear I will be the first to attack them in this Italy of crusaders, I swear I'll attack it, in the Vatican God willing,"
"29.04.2016 11:25:11" thetablet.co.uk Beatification of Irish Jesuit will be 'a very ecumenical event' Pope Francis has approved a miracle by Irish Jesuit Father John Sullivan.
"28.04.2016 18:06:25" thetablet.co.uk Vatican finance watchdog reports significant increase in suspicious activity The Vatican's financial watchdog has said it received 544 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year.
"27.04.2016 17:17:49" thetablet.co.uk Fr Hans Kung says Pope has responded to his letter on infallibility
"27.04.2016 11:32:22" thetablet.co.uk Liverpool bishop says it is time to forgive authorities 'if they are truly sorry' A Catholic bishop who buried some of the victims of Hillsborough when he was a parish priest says the inquest verdict was more emotional than the tragic day itself.
"26.04.2016 15:27:57" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit is not the property of the ecclesial hierarchy In a set of firm remarks Pope Francis has criticised clericalism, and called on the laity to take an active role in the Church.
"22.04.2016 16:02:24" thetablet.co.uk Pope pledges 'substantial' personal offering for Ukraine collection The collection for the Ukraine will take place in parishes across Europe this weekend.
"22.04.2016 12:34:17" thetablet.co.uk Shortage of vocations leads to closure of 22 churches in Wales Read the pastoral letter from the Bishop of Wrexham.
"22.04.2016 11:16:50" thetablet.co.uk The refugees who arrived in the Vatican: 'I would like to thank the Pope...he has saved us' Last weekend, after a visit Lesbos, Pope Francis brought home with him three refugee families. Our correspondent in Rome interviewed one of the new arrivals at the Vatican.
"22.04.2016 10:25:54" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols welcomes unanimous Commons vote on Islamic State atrocities "We are witnessing nothing less than genocide being committed with horrifying cruelty against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East".
"21.04.2016 11:44:23" thetablet.co.uk MPs unanimously declare Islamic State treatment of Christians and Yazidis genocide Pressure is now mounting on the British Government to refer the issue to the UN Security Council.
"21.04.2016 09:36:19" thetablet.co.uk Blow for Pope's reforms as audit into Vatican finances forced to halt The work of PricewaterhouseCoopers has been "suspended immediately".
"20.04.2016 17:44:30" thetablet.co.uk Mayoral candidates promise churches they'll crack down on predatory betting shops Fixed-odds betting terminals have led to people gambling thousands of pounds away within minutes.
"20.04.2016 11:28:34" thetablet.co.uk Archdiocese of Sydney denies boycotting companies over same-sex marriage views The conservative coalition Government plans a plebiscite on the same-sex marriage question if it wins the General Election, expected on 2 July.
"19.04.2016 11:46:25" thetablet.co.uk Half of all new converts to Catholicism in Vienna are Muslim The Catholic and Protestant churches are working together to draw up guidelines for conversions.
"19.04.2016 10:25:09" thetablet.co.uk Irish nun dies leading children to safety in Ecuador earthquake Sr Clare was 33 when she died.
"19.04.2016 09:15:32" thetablet.co.uk Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis has created confusion where we needed clarity "He has handed his critics more ammunition than he needed to. And so the arguments will go on and on - and on", says Clifford Longley
"18.04.2016 16:30:34" thetablet.co.uk Be a living example of what you preach, Pope tells new priests "May your doctrine be nourishment to the people of God, joy and supporting those faithful to Christ (be) the fragrance of your life, because the word and example go together."
"18.04.2016 11:18:00" thetablet.co.uk Decision to take refugees to the Vatican was inspired by the Holy Spirit, Pope says "What I saw today and what you saw in that refugee camp – it makes you weep."
"16.04.2016 14:30:00" thetablet.co.uk Compassion is this pastor's watchword Some analysts are saying that it changes nothing. Some are saying it changes everything. Can both views of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family relationships be right? Our Rome correspondent investigates.
"16.04.2016 08:30:00" thetablet.co.uk Shedding blood for the life of humanity is just what women do Periods: It's a pity that the same silence surrounds the subject among Christians as it does in wider culture.
"15.04.2016 17:11:13" thetablet.co.uk Pope's trip to Lesbos 'humanitarian' not political, says Vatican spokesman The Pope is due to meet thousands of refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe during a trip to Lesbos tomorrow.
"15.04.2016 12:39:52" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols: UK would face problems if it left the EU “Once you start down the path of division, that almost inevitably leads to further division. Once it becomes your solution it becomes a frequent solution."
"15.04.2016 10:08:00" thetablet.co.uk Bernie Sanders' visit to Rome sparks internal Vatican row Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will today attend a Vatican-sponsored conference in a visit that has sparked an internal row and concerns about political bias on the part of the Holy See.
"14.04.2016 18:00:49" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Walter Kasper: Amoris Laetitia 'changes everything' One of the key reforming voices during the Synod of Bishops on the family has said Pope Francis' document is a decisive shift for the Church.
"14.04.2016 11:13:29" thetablet.co.uk Vatican tells disgraced archbishop to stay away from Polish celebrations Nuncio warns Paetz that he is not welcome at two-day event to commemorate 1,050 years of Christianity in Poland.
"14.04.2016 09:10:07" thetablet.co.uk 'Blasphemy' court case suggests that religion is no longer the opiate of the masses for Putin... A Russian man who claimed that “God does not exist” during a heated exchange on a social media website is in danger of becoming the first victim of a new law that hints at the rising influence of the Orthodox Church on the Kremlin.
"13.04.2016 16:33:03" thetablet.co.uk Pro-life groups respond to historic Belfast Court ruling on abortion Last week a Northern Irish woman received a suspended three-month sentence after Belfast Crown Court found her guilty of procuring her own abortion. The decision was divisive, leaving pro-choice groups arguing against “antiquated” abortion laws and
"13.04.2016 14:21:51" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis asks Christians to pray for him ahead of his trip to meet refugees "I ask you to please accompany me with prayers, invoking the light and power of the Holy Spirit and the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary."
"13.04.2016 11:25:10" thetablet.co.uk Rise of the child suicide bomber is one of 'gravest situations' on earth, says report UN finds that 20 per cent of suicide bombers in some conflict areas are children.
"13.04.2016 10:36:43" thetablet.co.uk Europe's bishops deplore continuing mistreatment of Roma gypsies "We encourage Christian communities in Europe to continue supporting Roma well-being and actively working to end hate speech and social exclusion."
"13.04.2016 09:15:07" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis appoints Mexico nuncio as his ambassador to the US The decision is likely to be seen as a pro-migration move ahead of US elections.
"12.04.2016 11:40:36" thetablet.co.uk Jehovah's Witnesses targeting Muslim refugees in Germany “They are glad that someone is at least taking notice of them”, said Fr Albrecht.
"12.04.2016 10:16:10" thetablet.co.uk No justice for victims of election violence, say Catholic bishops after collapse of trial “It must never be forgotten that many people lost their lives, thousands were displaced and have never gone back to normal life,” say Kenyan bishops.
"11.04.2016 11:17:22" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols: Human trafficking is an evil that must be stopped The Santa Marta Group met in New York last week to discuss ending the £100 billion human trafficking and slavery industry.
"09.04.2016 10:30:00" thetablet.co.uk The tone and style of the Pope's new apostolic exhortation is as significant as its content "When the quote marks and footnotes fall away, Pope Francis finds his own voice. It's a voice that is refreshingly immediate, savvy and down to earth, and quite unlike that of any of his predecessors."
"08.04.2016 15:00:22" thetablet.co.uk Amoris Laetitia: Reaction from the Catholic community "The real power of the exhortation is in converting the Church for its massive new mission: to become the world's biggest and most famous school of married love".
"08.04.2016 11:03:09" thetablet.co.uk Amoris Laetitia opens the way to holy communion for divorced and remarrieds Pope Francis has opened the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive holy communion in the long-awaited publication of his apostolic exhortation on the family.
"08.04.2016 10:14:20" thetablet.co.uk Apostolic Exhortation on the family: The Pope is calling for a new openness on the part of the... The apostolic exhortation “The Joy of Love” is published today and signals the start of a more flexible, understanding Church, says our correspondent in Rome.
"07.04.2016 10:23:43" thetablet.co.uk Polish women walk out of Catholic churches in protest of bishops' call for stricter abortion laws Watch the video of Polish women walking out of Mass as the bishops' letter on abortion is read out.
"06.04.2016 17:37:59" thetablet.co.uk France ends standoff with Vatican by withdrawing gay envoy nominee Laurent Stefanini's nomination as ambassador to the Holy See was stonewalled by Rome.
"06.04.2016 14:50:31" thetablet.co.uk Five things to remember about the Pope's synod document What to expect from the Pope's eagerly anticipated apostolic exhortation on the family.
"06.04.2016 11:10:30" thetablet.co.uk A spy drama, the Panama Papers and the fight against corruption From 2004-2013, developing and emerging economies lost US$7.8 trillion in illicit financial flows from crime, corruption, tax evasion, and other illegal activity – with illicit outflows of cash increasing nearly twice as fast as global GDP during the time
"06.04.2016 10:14:47" thetablet.co.uk Pope to visit refugees on island of Lesbos Francis has made support for refugees a key part of his pontificate and over Easter repeatedly criticised world authorities for turning their backs on the plight of migrants.
"05.04.2016 17:04:09" thetablet.co.uk Northern Irish woman receives suspended sentence after home abortion Pro-life campaign group, Precious Life, has called for an appeal against the sentence, which they think is too lenient.
"05.04.2016 16:01:02" thetablet.co.uk Will Pope Francis bring the Society of Saint Pius X in from the cold in this year of mercy? Francis' recent meeting with Bishop Bernard Fellay is the latest evidence of a Pope who places personal reconciliation ahead of doctrine, says Christopher Lamb.
"05.04.2016 13:30:32" thetablet.co.uk Selfish desire for money is the enemy of true harmony, Pope says The Pope's words come just days after an unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from the database of the world's fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca, which show the myriad ways in which the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes.
"05.04.2016 12:36:23" thetablet.co.uk South Africa: Church leaders call for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma “In any normal democracy the state president would go before the nation tonight and announce his resignation,” Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said.
"04.04.2016 17:10:35" thetablet.co.uk Scottish bishops urge Catholics to 'influence society for the better' ahead of Holyrood elections The letter will be read out in parishes this weekend.
"04.04.2016 15:00:44" thetablet.co.uk Polish Government supports Catholic abortion ban The leader of Poland's ruling party said that as a Catholic he has to follow the bishops' call.
"04.04.2016 13:11:49" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis announces special collection for Ukraine The collection will take place in churches across Europe on Sunday 24 April.
"31.03.2016 16:51:44" thetablet.co.uk Cost of a simple funeral leading poor families into debt, MPs warn "We do not want a return to the spectre of miserable 'pauper's funerals'", Christian MP says.
"31.03.2016 14:17:35" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis to release document on the family on 8 April The apostolic exhortation will provide guidance on, among other things: broken families, the importance of serious marriage preparation programs, raising and educating children, and "integrating" divorced and civilly remarried Catholics into active parish
"30.03.2016 13:15:12" thetablet.co.uk Archbishop Sentamu: Government’s living wage will keep people in poverty Speaking days before the new pay standard is due to come into force the Archbishop said the Government's "living wage” was "spin" and only increased minimum pay slightly.
"30.03.2016 11:29:42" thetablet.co.uk Christians appointed to first democratically elected Myanmar government Three out of the 14 regional ministers appointed by the first democratically elected President of Myanmar are Christian.
"29.03.2016 16:58:38" thetablet.co.uk Kidnappped priest still alive, says Yemen bishop Fr Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped earlier this month by an IS-affiliated group and rumours have been circulating of his death by crucifixion.
"29.03.2016 16:12:38" thetablet.co.uk Catholic leaders express shock at 'religiously motivated' death of Muslim shopkeeper Popular member of the community extended Easter greetings to Christian friends on Facebook before his murder.
"29.03.2016 16:09:12" thetablet.co.uk Catholic leaders express shock at 'religiously motivated' death of Muslim shopkeeper Popular member of the community extended Easter greetings to Christian friends on Facebook before his murder.
"29.03.2016 14:41:35" thetablet.co.uk Canadian priest investigated for 'gambling away' £260,000 of refugees' money The priest is under investigation.
"29.03.2016 13:08:12" thetablet.co.uk Rich countries have failed to take in their fair share of Syrian refugees, Oxfam claims Wealthy countries have taken in less than 1.5 per cent of those displaced by the war.
"28.03.2016 10:19:41" thetablet.co.uk Christians celebrating Easter targeted by terrorists in Pakistan Over 70 people are dead, many of whom are women and children.
"25.03.2016 15:55:00" thetablet.co.uk The interview: Joseph Fiennes The Catholic-raised star of the Easter film, Risen, talks to Peter Stanford about struggling with faith.
"24.03.2016 16:06:54" Timeline Photos In this week's Tablet: Oliver Rafferty looks back at how the Church changed its approach to the perpetrators of the Easter Rising; theologian Rachel Davies explores Paschal mercy and the power of faith; and Peter Stanford speaks to actor Joseph Fiennes
"24.03.2016 15:24:53" thetablet.co.uk Pope warns priests at Chrism Mass against spiritual blindness The problem for priests is an excess of “bubbly” or “light” spirituality which distracts from the real “Living Water” of the gospel, the Pope said.
"24.03.2016 12:51:20" thetablet.co.uk Brussels Archbishop warns against anti-refugee sentiment in wake of attacks Archbishop De Kesel said people must recognise that radicalised groups "are an extremely small minority".
"24.03.2016 10:36:44" thetablet.co.uk Electing pro-life president may be only hope for Little Sisters of the Poor The sisters are fighting 'ObamaCare' because they say the contraception mandate violates their religious freedom rights.
"23.03.2016 20:30:18" thetablet.co.uk High profile Catholics call for Stephen Crabb to rethink welfare policies The new Work and Pensions Secretary, who describes himself as a Christian, was asked to rethink welfare cuts and benefit sanctions, particularly those which target the disabled.
"23.03.2016 17:34:01" thetablet.co.uk David Cameron: 'Muslims need our help' Today the Prime Minister called on the Christian community to stand in solidarity with Muslims whose religion he said had been "hijacked" by extremists.
"23.03.2016 15:39:59" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis condemns ‘cruel fundamentalism’ of Belgian terrorists "I ask everyone to persevere in prayer and to ask the Lord in this Holy Week to comfort the hearts afflicted and convert the hearts of these people blinded by this cruel fundamentalism."
"23.03.2016 12:32:23" thetablet.co.uk Westminster Council rejects ‘homeless Jesus’ The sculpture has particular significance for Catholics because it was blessed by Pope Francis in 2013.
"22.03.2016 18:09:08" thetablet.co.uk Only 13 per cent of Dutch Catholics believe in heaven, survey shows A major survey on religion in the Netherlands has found that only 13 per cent of Dutch Catholics believe in the existence of heaven and fewer than half accept Jesus as the son of God.
"22.03.2016 16:49:17" thetablet.co.uk Conservative peers accused of sabotaging Islamic State genocide debate The amendment was voted down by 148 votes to 111.
"22.03.2016 15:36:20" thetablet.co.uk Pope among those offering prayers for victims of Brussels bombings #PrayForBelgium is trending on Twitter as messages of support pour in.
"22.03.2016 12:07:40" thetablet.co.uk Many killed as Brussels airport and metro rocked by three explosions Airport chaplains are at the scene to support victims and their families, and the Belgium bishops have responded.
"21.03.2016 18:03:52" thetablet.co.uk President Obama prioritises visit to Catholic cardinal during historic Cuba trip The Pope and the Archbishop of Havana have been credited with facilitating the thawing of Cuba/US relations by arranging secret meetings between country officials at the Vatican.
"21.03.2016 14:05:09" thetablet.co.uk Israel preventing Christians worshipping freely in Holy Land during Easter, Church organisation says Police barriers and permits are restricting movement of Christians in the Holy Land during Holy Week.
"21.03.2016 12:16:22" thetablet.co.uk Stop crucifying yourselves and love each other instead, senior Catholic tells Filipinos During Holy Week some Catholic devotees in the Philippines are known to perform extreme forms of penance during Lent and Holy Week.
"17.03.2016 16:57:41" thetablet.co.uk US Government declares Islamic State atrocities against Christians genocide The UK Parliament has yet to do so, despite significant pressure from parliamentarians, led by Catholic peer Lord Alton.
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"12.03.2016 18:01:19" thetablet.co.uk 'Vatileaks' trial to resume as defendant sent back to Vatican jail The priest is charged, along with Francesca Chaouqui, with revealing material from a papal commission.
"11.03.2016 16:08:01" thetablet.co.uk Does Christianity have a future in Syria? John Pontifex visits Homs five years on to find out Five years on from the start of the Syrian civil war, the Christian population is a fraction of what it once was.
"11.03.2016 14:42:10" thetablet.co.uk Lord Stern: Pope’s encyclical was ‘perfectly timed’ for UN climate summit The prominent economist praised the moral leadership of the Pope and said his encyclical influenced the historic climate change agreement reached in Paris.
"10.03.2016 15:26:08" thetablet.co.uk Pope approves new transparency rules for the creation of saints A book last year on leaked financial documents from the Holy See revealed that officials promoting sainthood causes were handling hundreds of thousands of euros without any oversight on how the money was spent.
"10.03.2016 12:46:30" thetablet.co.uk Salesian Society confident of negotiating return of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnali was praying in the chapel of the convent at the time of the attack.
"10.03.2016 12:14:44" thetablet.co.uk Advisors criticised for what Pope Francis said - and didn't say - on Mexico trip Two different sources have suggested the Pope was ill-advised and spoke out about the wrong things during his trip.
"09.03.2016 17:56:48" thetablet.co.uk Catholic church and political leaders welcome Senate nomination for Australia's 'Nelson Mandela' The aboriginal former Catholic priest is known as 'Father of Reconciliation'.
"09.03.2016 13:45:19" thetablet.co.uk Controversial Swiss theologian pleads with Pope Francis to solve problem of infallibility EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Swiss theologian, Hans Küng, pleads with Pope Francis to solve problem of infallibility.
"09.03.2016 12:49:38" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols: Government’s Prevent strategy alienates people “We are at a very delicate point in which the defining of what is extremism could go quite seriously wrong".
"08.03.2016 13:59:26" thetablet.co.uk Church of England Vicar poses as homeless man to see whether good samaritans still exist This will bring a tear to your eyes.
"08.03.2016 12:39:55" thetablet.co.uk Number of Catholics in Europe growing, says Vatican statistics office The Church is growing at a faster rate than the world's population on every continent apart from Oceania.
"07.03.2016 18:24:07" thetablet.co.uk Priest resigns over racist abuse in Munich diocese The Congo-born priest has been subjected to racist abuse for nearly a year.
"07.03.2016 13:45:49" thetablet.co.uk Ukraine church confirms allegiance to Rome after tension over agreement with Moscow Ukrainian Greek Catholics are in full unity with Rome and have been a major source of friction between Moscow and the Vatican.
"07.03.2016 12:37:17" thetablet.co.uk Critics of Church are 'sensationalist' and have 'a short memory', says Vatican The Holy See’s statement comes amid renewed media scrutiny surrounding Cardinal Pell's evidence on historic child abuse in the Australian Church.
"04.03.2016 17:57:10" thetablet.co.uk Four Catholic nuns killed in Church-run elderly people’s home in Yemen They are among 16 shot dead today.
"04.03.2016 17:04:06" thetablet.co.uk Award-winning environmental campaigner murdered in Honduras Her family and colleagues insist her death was politically motivated because of her work with indigenous communities.
"04.03.2016 11:50:21" thetablet.co.uk We're on the brink of a teaching crisis but there's still much to celebrate about school Lauren Nicholson-Ward, a religious studies teacher at a comprehensive school in the Midlands, finds her students' difficult questions leading her closer to God.
"03.03.2016 18:37:35" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Pakistan The state-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan has reported that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
"03.03.2016 10:20:08" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Pell admits he was told about abusive priest and failed to act The commission also heard that as an auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne Pell received complaints but left the matter to the Catholic education office.
"02.03.2016 18:25:16" thetablet.co.uk Institutional racism still rife, says South African Archbishop Last October South Africa saw the biggest student protests to take place in the country since the apartheid.
"02.03.2016 16:48:16" thetablet.co.uk Heathrow’s immigration detention centre “among worst” Many of the men detained at Harmondsworth are asylum seekers, refused or awaiting visas, or people who have overstayed their visas.
"02.03.2016 12:10:57" thetablet.co.uk Child as young as eight among hundreds abused by clergy in Pennsylvania diocese, Jury finds At least 50 priests or religious leaders were involved in the abuse and diocesan leaders systematically concealed the abuse to protect the Church's image, according to the report. The news comes in the same week Cardinal Pell faces victims of child sex
"02.03.2016 11:03:24" thetablet.co.uk Where does the royal commission leave Cardinal Pell in the Vatican? In Australia, Cardinal Pell is public enemy number one, but in the Vatican opinions are divided, says our Rome Correspondent.
"01.03.2016 16:44:05" thetablet.co.uk Archbishop of Karachi: Pakistani Christians called to love amid violence "Our daily mission is to bear witness to peace and to love where there is so much violence in this country torn apart by terrorism".
"01.03.2016 12:48:32" thetablet.co.uk Meet the priest bringing Catholics back to the faith through food Father Patalinghug admits his work is not a traditional ministry, but he said it is meeting people where they are just as Jesus sent his disciples out and told them to "eat what is set before you".
"01.03.2016 12:10:32" thetablet.co.uk Spotlight not anti-Catholic, Vatican newspaper says "There is still trust in a faith that has at its heart the defence of victims, the protection of the innocent".
"01.03.2016 11:14:39" thetablet.co.uk Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States in London for Government talks He said there is an increasing awareness that the sort of influence the Holy See can have creates “the conditions on the ground and in the minds and hearts of the people” which will allow them to resolve some of the very big issues that the world faces
"29.02.2016 13:44:13" thetablet.co.uk Pope Francis leaves 12 white roses on the coffin of pregnant receptionist The Pope, who was greeted daily by receptionist Miriam at his residence in Rome, prayed for 20 minutes beside her coffin.
"29.02.2016 12:41:02" thetablet.co.uk Spotlight takes top award at Oscars and wins Best Original Screenplay “This film gave a voice to survivors and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican.”
"29.02.2016 11:10:49" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Pell gives evidence from Rome into child sex abuse in the Australian Church “I must say, in those days, if a priest denied such activity, I was very strongly inclined to accept the denial.”
"27.02.2016 22:30:00" thetablet.co.uk The notion of one soulmate is at the root of a lot of dissatisfaction in our world Why the Valentine's Day prayer from the Bishops' Conference left me cold || by Joanna Moorhead
"27.02.2016 17:45:00" thetablet.co.uk Profile: Sarah Teather In a moving and honest interview, former Liberal Democrat minister, Sarah Teather, shares how her Catholic faith played a major part in her decision to leave Parliament.
"26.02.2016 16:11:47" thetablet.co.uk Irish bishops oppose attempts to relax abortion laws as faithful go to the polls “You cannot pretend to be a Catholic and leave aside a very vital part of Catholic teaching,” said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.
"26.02.2016 14:19:16" thetablet.co.uk Vatican selling Year of Mercy cruises to wealthy patrons The cruise costs up to £4,670 with an optional £1,996 extra for a three-day Rome excursion.
"26.02.2016 13:36:15" thetablet.co.uk Catholic charity concerned after cross removed from a Catholic church in China Aid to the Church in Need says situation for Christians in China is getting worse.
"26.02.2016 11:22:07" thetablet.co.uk Italy's historic same-sex legislation begs the question: Is the Church's position changing? Last night Italy became the last country in Western Europe to uphold the right of same-sex couples to a civil union. Our Rome Correspondent asks whether the Catholic world in the west is now moving to a de facto position where it no longer actively
"25.02.2016 18:11:21" Timeline Photos In this week's Tablet: Special focus on the crisis that is dominating the EU referendum and the US presidential campaign.
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"25.02.2016 17:46:44" thetablet.co.uk Catholic MPs split on EU referendum At least 10 Conservative Catholic MPs will defy their party’s official policy and campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.
"25.02.2016 14:48:24" thetablet.co.uk Adoption rights withdrawn from Italy's same-sex civil union bill Italy will tonight vote on the new draft of a bill to allow same-sex civil unions in the country for the first time.
"25.02.2016 12:31:27" thetablet.co.uk Violent killings of Christians in Nigeria up 62 per cent 1.3 million Christians have fled to safer areas of the country or risked smuggling routes to Europe, says report.
"25.02.2016 11:29:49" thetablet.co.uk Philippine archbishop urges Catholics to boycott Madonna concert Filipino Catholics being warned to "be wary of the subtle attacks of the evil one".
"24.02.2016 17:38:07" thetablet.co.uk Head of Ukrainian Church consoled by Pope's words after disappointment over joint declaration The Pope's remarks on the papal flight back from Mexico were "truly the opening of the doors of mercy," said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych.
"24.02.2016 16:48:02" thetablet.co.uk Senator Bernie Sanders: Pope Francis’ views are critique of conservative politics Just days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump labelled the Pope "disgraceful", Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders says in fact he is a socialist.
"24.02.2016 12:14:49" thetablet.co.uk Hundreds of lapsed Catholics reached by Mercy Bus in Lancashire "If you have got any burdens, come on the bus and be free from them. If you are going through any struggles right now – a family feud, financial problems, a broken relationship – come on board the bus and experience God's mercy"
"16.02.2016 15:20:35" thetablet.co.uk President of papal commission on sex abuse reminds clergy of obligation to report crimes The statement comes after the media revealed a Vatican training course for new Catholic bishops featured a speech informing clergy they had no duty to report sex abuse to police.
"16.02.2016 11:58:21" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Nichols comes out in support of St John Paul II after Panorama report “Faithful to God, faithful to his vows, faithful to his loving friends.”
"15.02.2016 18:11:33" thetablet.co.uk Letters written by Saint John Paul II reveal his deep humanity Being a celibate priest does not make someone immune from falling in love. After all, at the heart of Christianity is the belief in a God who is love.
"15.02.2016 15:46:27" thetablet.co.uk Francis gives away a lot to the Russians in joint agreement Pope Francis is willing to be pragmatic when it comes to making diplomatic breakthroughs - but to what cost, asks Christopher Lamb.
"15.02.2016 14:07:50" thetablet.co.uk Revealed: St John Paul II's relationship with a married woman Anna-Teresa sent him pressed flowers from a garden in Vermont where they had shared some of their most treasured moments.
"15.02.2016 13:12:18" thetablet.co.uk Pope in Mexico: No need to emigrate in order to dream Pope in Mexico: No need to emigrate in order to dream Pope Francis visits impoverished slum area of Ecatepec and brings hope to 300,000 gathered for Mass.
"15.02.2016 12:47:23" thetablet.co.uk Francis fulfills his primary goal of Mexico trip and prays in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Francis fulfills his primary goal of Mexico trip and prays in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Pope Francis' prayers are answered: a chance to spend time alone with Our Lady of Guadalupe.
"14.02.2016 09:30:00" thetablet.co.uk Marriage preparation: what to do before you say ‘I do’? We asked five Catholic couples to share their experiences of preparing for married life.
"12.02.2016 17:08:05" thetablet.co.uk Come to church this Valentine’s Day to meet your soulmate, say Catholic Bishops Catholic Bishops' Conference (England and Wales) has also released a prayer for single people for Valentine's Day entitled prayer for those seeking a spouse
"12.02.2016 14:03:48" thetablet.co.uk The Pope’s Russian gamble The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill is due to take place today. It's being seen as breaking years of deadlock between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But making further progress will mean solving not only theological bu
"12.02.2016 11:24:45" thetablet.co.uk Pope’s Mexico prison trip to go ahead as 49 killed in riot Security has been stepped up after the incident.
"11.02.2016 12:38:46" thetablet.co.uk Shocking video of Christian man attacked by Hindu extremists and paraded through streets The Christian man was allegedly tortured, had his hair shaved and was paraded through the streets on a donkey - mocking Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
"10.02.2016 17:10:55" thetablet.co.uk Pupil files human rights complaint against Catholic school in Ontario It's the the latest in an ongoing debate about Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools.
"10.02.2016 14:09:05" thetablet.co.uk History made as Hampton Court hosts first Catholic service since the Reformation An historic event of reconciliation between the two denominations in the palace of the king responsible for England’s break with Rome.
"10.02.2016 12:39:58" thetablet.co.uk Bogus trader who claimed to be the Pope’s banker jailed for 14 years The man used the cash to fund a lavish lifestyle in London:
"09.02.2016 15:42:07" thetablet.co.uk IN PICTURES: Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2016 A feathered dog and skeleton man are just some of the revellers enjoying this year's pre-Lent festivities:
"08.02.2016 15:15:09" thetablet.co.uk Cardinal Pell allowed to give evidence about sex abuse in Australia via video link Royal Australian commission agrees that Cardinal Pell is too ill to travel any time in the future:
"08.02.2016 14:00:48" thetablet.co.uk Is the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis threatening to overwhelm Pope Francis? Despite his popularity, the Pope is in danger of being blindsided by the Vatican's reaction to victims, writes our Rome Correspondent:
"05.02.2016 17:04:52" Timeline Photos Catholic MP calls for UK Government to support EU resolution naming the killing of Christians by Islamic State as genocide:
"05.02.2016 13:45:13" Timeline Photos The Tablet's Editor sets the record straight on Spotlight:
"05.02.2016 11:57:22" Timeline Photos Breaking news: Pope Francis announces first ever meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church
"04.02.2016 10:46:40" Timeline Photos Ahead of his visit, Pope Francis asks the Mexican people for one thing: time alone with Our Lady
"03.02.2016 16:00:08" Timeline Photos A man who allegedly posed as a priest for more than 20 years and tricked parishioners into buying fake trips to see the Pope has been arrested in LA. Catholics who received the sacraments from him are being told they can receive them again:
"02.02.2016 18:21:10" Timeline Photos Bishops encourage Catholics to watch Spotlight:
"02.02.2016 15:16:04" Timeline Photos Christians huddled together to pray as their church in the Calais jungle was destroyed:
"01.02.2016 14:44:04" Timeline Photos Watch Pope Francis' video message about the importance of the Eucharist. He tells Catholics what it should inspire us to do:
"29.01.2016 13:37:54" Timeline Photos World leaders should be more like Pope Francis, say senior Catholics at the Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines:
"29.01.2016 12:10:05" Timeline Photos Opposition to the high-interest loans in US is big election issue for religious
"28.01.2016 11:36:57" Timeline Photos What was #PopeFrancis meeting Apple and Google about last week?
It's part of the Vatican's quiet tech revolution, says Megan Cornwell.
"22.01.2016 11:54:37" Timeline Photos Could Pope Francis be coming to Britain? He certainly might, says papal foreign secretary:
"13.01.2016 18:01:08" Timeline Photos #Catholic Jean Vanier to address #anglicancommunion by @JustinWelby #primates2016 http://ow.ly/X0eSp
"06.01.2016 15:10:32" thetablet.co.uk Je suis not amused: Vatican slams anniversary edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine Je suis not amused: Vatican slams anniversary edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine JE SUIS NOT AMUSED: VATICAN SLAMS ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF CHARLIE HEBDO MAGAZINE
The Vatican's official newspaper has accused the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo of "genuine blasphemy" for its depiction of God in the anniversary edition of th
"04.01.2016 14:13:11" Timeline Photos ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY PUSHING HIS OWN LIBERAL AGENDA OVER THE NEEDS OF CHRISTIANS, SAYS MP
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s new year message prioritised his left-wing, liberal agenda over the needs of Christians, a Tory MP has claimed.
"17.12.2015 12:22:49" thetablet.co.uk The Tablet LITHUANIA PUTS PRESSURE ON EU BY CALLING CHRISTIAN PLIGHT IN MIDDLE EAST GENOCIDE
Lithuania has become the first EU country to legally call the persecution of Christians in the Middle East by Isis and other Muslim organisations genocide.
The Baltic s
"01.12.2015 12:02:16" thetablet.co.uk POPE FRANCIS HAS BEEN NAMED PETA'S PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR PREACHING KINDNESS TO ANIMALS
Pope Francis has been chosen because, according to the animal charity, for asking the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and all other citizens of the world to r
"27.11.2015 11:17:06" thetablet.co.uk POPE FRANCIS TAKES TO THE SLUMS OF KENYA AND ATTACKS FACELESS ELITES WHO SQUANDER THE RESOURCES OF THE WORLD WHILE THE POOR SUFFER
After calling on world leaders to take action on climate change yesterday, Pope Francis turned his attention to some of
"26.11.2015 16:13:59" thetablet.co.uk POPE FRANCIS' TRIP TO AFRICA IS IN ITSELF THE MOST PROFOUND MESSAGE HE COULD SEND TO CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN PARIS, SAYS CHRIS LAMB
A Pope from the ends of the earth has chosen to visit one of the poorest parts of the world at a critical moment.
"26.11.2015 16:11:49" thetablet.co.uk NO AGREEMENT AT PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC FOR THE WORLD, POPE FRANCIS TELLS UN IN NAIROBI
A failure by world leaders to confront climate change in Paris would be a catastrophe, Pope Francis said in a visit to the United Na
"25.11.2015 16:14:26" thetablet.co.uk POPE IN AFRICA: FRANCIS TELLS KENYANS THAT VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF POVERTY
Violence and terrorism feed on “despair” which comes from poverty and frustration, Pope Francis said on his arrival in Africa.
After landing in Nairobi
"24.11.2015 15:17:01" thetablet.co.uk VATILEAKS JOURNALISTS WILL FACE TRIAL ON MONDAY DESPITE LATE PLEA TO VATICAN TO HAVE CASE DISMISSED
An Italian journalist said that he has done nothing that is illegal in Italian law and that the trial against him was “Kafka-esque” as a Vatican trial
"24.11.2015 11:01:16" thetablet.co.uk DEPRIVING ISIS OF A HOME, A CALIPHATE, IS KEY TO VICTORY BUT THE WEST MUST NOT HUMILIATE MUSLIMS
Islam's narratives requires American boots on the ground in Syria to discover whether Allah is willing them to win or not - but if they lose the West mus
"23.11.2015 14:38:09" thetablet.co.uk THE GUN LAWS AND ANTI-CATHOLICISM, PARIS ATTACKS AND DIESEL THE POLICE DOG, MYANMAR, THE LIVING WAGE AND POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA
The Tablet rounds up the web stories, analysis and comment this week that provide a thought-provoking look at the world ar
"23.11.2015 12:56:12" thetablet.co.uk THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND MAY SUE OVER CINEMA BAN OVER PRAYER ADVERT BEFORE STAR WARS FILM
The Church of England said that it may sue the three largest cinema chains in the UK after they banned a 60-second advert promoting prayer.
The Church of England p
"18.11.2015 14:58:47" thetablet.co.uk CATHOLIC CHARITIES RECEIVE HATE MAIL OVER SUPPORT FOR RELOCATION OF SYRIAN REFUGEES TO THE US
Catholic charities in the US have been receiving hate mail after the Paris terrorist attacks because of their support for more Syrian refugees to be housed
"18.11.2015 11:59:08" thetablet.co.uk HAS POPE FRANCIS JUST OPENED THE DOOR FOR NON-CATHOLICS TO RECEIVE COMMUNION?
On Sunday a Lutheran woman addressed a question to Pope Francis when he visited the Lutheran Church on Rome on Sunday.
“We have lived together for many years, sharing joys
"17.11.2015 16:16:00" thetablet.co.uk THE TIME IS NOW FOR PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGN IN THE US TO CHALLENGE ROE VS WADE AND CHANGE ABORTION LAWS
A Supreme Court decision to rule on an appeal against a Texas house bill restricting abortion in the state, will thrust the issue to the heart of next y
"16.11.2015 15:37:43" thetablet.co.uk PORNOGRAPHY IS A MORTAL SIN THAT PERVADES ALL WALKS OF HUMAN LIFE, US CATHOLIC BISHOPS STATE
"Producing or using pornography is a mortal sin that needs to be confessed in order for the person to receive God's forgiveness," says the draft version of C
"13.11.2015 11:42:17" thetablet.co.uk TORTURE OF DEFENCE LAWYERS AS WELL AS THEIR CLIENTS STILL A MAJOR PROBLEM IN CHINA
Tang Jitian, a former prosecutor and lawyer in Beijing, told Amnesty International that he was tortured by local security officials in March last year, when he and thr
"12.11.2015 12:35:34" thetablet.co.uk US BISHOPS ARE HAPPY FOR THE SPOTLIGHT TO BE SHINED ON SEX ABUSE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
The US church still stands ready to help the victims of clergy sexual abuse, according to the head of the US Bishops' Committee on Child and Youth Protection.
"10.11.2015 14:23:13" thetablet.co.uk THE COMPLETE OVERHAUL OF THE VATICAN'S FINANCES ARE STILL ON COURSE SAYS TOP FINANCIAL ADVISER
Reforms governing the transparency and accountability of Vatican monetary transactions are working as intended, said a layman who is spearheading Pope Fran
"10.11.2015 11:53:33" thetablet.co.uk 154,000 SIGN PETITION AGAINST AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AND LIAM NEESON ON THEIR SUPPORT OF ABORTION... JUST 48,000 SIGN PRO-ABORTION PETITION BY AMNESTY
More than 154,000 people have signed a petition urging Amnesty International to stop pushing a pro-a
"10.11.2015 11:03:56" thetablet.co.uk HONG KONG CARDINAL ENTERS POLITICAL FRAY TO URGE CATHOLICS TO VOTE AGAINST ADVOCATES OF GAY MARRIAGE
Cardinal John Tong said that anti-discrimination laws in Hong kong were a precursor for the legalisation of same sex marriage and that movements towa
"05.11.2015 11:05:49" thetablet.co.uk The Tablet - News News MIDDLE EAST CATHOLICS IN UK SAY THEY DON'T WANT TO GO HOME TO BE PERSECUTED, RAISING FEARS OF CHRISTIANITY BEING WIPED OUT IN THE REGION
The vast majority of Christians who have fled persecution and hardship in the Middle East do not plan to return,
"04.11.2015 15:19:28" DEBATE: Freedom of speech v respect for religious belief DEBATE: Freedom of speech v respect for religious belief A panel debate marking the 175th anniversary of The Tablet newspaper and the 165th anniversary of St Mary's University, Twickenham.
Chaired by BBC's Caroline Wyatt, with: Francis Campbell (St Mary's); Dr Adrian Pabst (University of Kent) and the Rt H
"04.11.2015 11:27:18" thetablet.co.uk THE VIDEO OF A FLASH MOB IN A ROMAN PRISON IN PRAISE OF POPE FRANCIS HAS BECOME AN INTERNET SENSATION
Women prisoners at the Rebibbia prison outside Rome last week can be seen dancing in the video, which has been downloaded all over the world, to the
"03.11.2015 15:03:58" thetablet.co.uk PR ARRESTED BY VATICAN POLICE OVER LEAKED DOCUMENTS PROCLAIMS HER INNOCENCE ON FACEBOOK
One of the two people arrested on Monday in connection with confidential documents allegedly leaked to an Italian journalist who plans to publish them in a book h