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Falconer’s Bill will be the death knell of care and compassion

Lord David Alton has been a leading opponent of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying/ Euthanasia Bill. Here he outlines some of the reasons why he is determined to prevent this Bill becoming law. I am opposed to the Bill which has been introduced to legalise these provisions (for assisted dying) and set out my reasons: Those […]

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Churches burn as Iraq’s persecuted Christians are forced to abandon homes

by Gerard O’Connell “Today our brothers are persecuted” – the Pope has said, referring to the plight of Christians from the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq. “They are banished from their homes and forced to flee without even being able to take their belongings!” Tragically, as he spoke, the last Christians had just left […]


Low-wage jobs are leading millions into poverty trap says Unite

Low-wage work is the first step to a “poverty pay trap”, a leading union has warned, after new research showed how many people were being “priced out” of the economy. A survey of more than 2,000 workers earning £6.50 an hour or less showed that a third cannot afford to shop where they work, and […]

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Catholic MP blasts ‘awful’ UK immigration policy

By Ellen Teague A leading Catholic MP has branded UK immigration policy a disgrace, claiming that the Government is content to leave asylum seekers living in destitution for fear of being labelled ‘soft’ on migration. Sarah Teather chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, made her comments in an address to the National Justice […]

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Cherish and protect life, Pope urges UK and Ireland faithful

In a special message to Catholics across the UK and Ireland for the Church’s annual Day for Life, Pope Francis has invited young Catholics in particular to work “to ensure adequate legal protection for the fundamental human right to life”. The Pope also asks British and Irish Catholics “to bring the merciful love of Christ […]

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MH17 nun was ‘prepared for death’ says her spiritual director

by Susan Gately The Australian religious who was a victim of the Malaysian Airways tragedy was prepared for death, according to the nun who was her spiritual director for the final weeks of her life. Sr Phil Tiernan RSCJ, who was in her late 70s, was one of 298 passengers and crew who died on […]


Ireland mourns Catholic school administrator lost on MH17

The Irish woman who lost her life in the latest Malaysian airlines disaster was returning from a trip to Ireland from Australia to nurse her ailing mother. Dubliner Edel Mahady was returning to her family in Perth when she died aboard the jet hit by a rebel missile over Ukrainian air space. The mother of two had […]


Pell determined to push the Vatican Bank into modern age

Pope Francis is well on the way to achieving a total and radical reform of the Vatican’s finances. That became abundantly clear on 9th July when the Australian cardinal George Pell, the man he appointed to spearhead the reforms, presented the New Economic Framework for the Holy See at a crowded press conference in the […]


Richard III will receive the burial and respect he deserves

Following months of controversy and a complex legal battle over the reinterment of the remains of King Richard II, The Universe has received a personal assurance from the Dean of Leicester Cathedral that the king’s remains will be treated with “respect” and “dignity”. However, his response may not satisfy campaigners, and in particular The Plantagenet […]


Pope prays for victims of downed plane, urges peace in Ukraine

Though exactly what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 remained unclear, Pope Francis offered prayers for the 298 passengers and crew members who died when it came down in eastern Ukraine. According to Australian news reports, as many as 108 of those who died July 17 were on their way to Melbourne for the International […]


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